Thursday, 21 February 2019

A Little Bit of Parisian Decoupage

It is my turn today to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts. 
This small MDF trinket box got a real Parisian boudoir make-over. 

Do join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

It's all about Friendship and Brayers!

Hello to you all and welcome to a sneak peek of my project over at PaperArtsy tonight.

Our current challenge is all about BRAYERS and I had great fun creating this double journal spread using my Gelli Plate and simple brayering techniques and using some fabulous new stamps from Alison Bomber (aka Words and Pictures)

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to see more details.

Jennie x

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Being Inspired

I have been sharing this project today over at Calico Craft Parts and a tutorial on my blog here for the Primroses. However the mixed media background was inspired by my lovely friend Brenda Brown (Bumblebees and Butterflies).

I always adore the grungy mixed media backgrounds created by Brenda as they always look so beautifully shabby chic and are always the perfect foil for the wonderful embellishments she layers on top. In a recent blog post creating with mini printer trays she created a most stunning background using a combination of tissue tape, stamping, gesso and paints. I really just had to give it a go and she has kindly allowed me to share my take on her background.

This project is just so fabulous. You can access all the details on Brenda's post HERE.

I have used slightly different products but tried to get the same effect.

I started with some randomly placed Tim Holtz tissue tape on my birch banner. (It had a light coat of gesso to give it a bit of tooth.)

Next a bit of rust - I have used Prima Rust Effect Paste which goes on quite thick but you can spritz it with water to get a more uneven covering.

Then some stamping with black archival ink - again quite random. I was a bit worried that the large numbers would be too heavy but I needn't have worried!

And here's the magic bit! Scrape white gesso randomly over the whole project with a palette knife leaving some areas free of any gesso and others with just a light covering.

For the final layer I added some DecoArt Quinacridone Gold around the edges and when that had dried blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides around the outside edges and slightly into the middle. 

Spritzing the Distress Oxides and then mopping them up a bit before blasting with the heat gun has added some lovely rusty colouring.

A slightly different effect to Brenda's but I love the different random layers I managed to achieve. Next time I will let more of the stamping show through and perhaps be a bit braver in the size of stamps!  Also a different surface rather than using wood might allow the products to sink into the background more and create a different effect.

A very enjoyable process and one that dried quickly enough to enjoy it in a single sitting! Thank you so much Brenda for always providing so much inspiration and all your detailed steps which allow us to give them a try.

I hope you will hop on over to Brenda's blog to see some of her other wonderfully creative projects and tutorials. You will be soooo inspired!

As always thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Primrose Flower Tutorial

Hello and welcome to a long overdue flower tutorial.

I am a real sucker for flower arranging magazines and flower and seed catalogues as I just love looking at how flowers are constructed and whether I can recreate the design and colouring in paper.

Some primroses on the front of a magazine really caught my eye recently as they were so delicate and the colouring so bright. So out came the dies and inks !

Primroses are quite simple structures but are made up of five petals which appear to have a notch in the top of the rounded petal. Over the years I have purchased a large selection of very different petal dies and so I was able to have a good hunt through and found this perfect one from a set by Donna Salazar (sadly no longer available).

I have used my usual go to cardstock (Stampin Up Very Vanilla) and Fossilised Amber Distress Ink. As you can see I have only splodged the ink over the central area with a paintbrush. Nothing technical!

Each petal was spritzed with water and scrunched up - I use the wooden end of an old paintbrush to get this started and then give everything a final twist.  Leave to dry naturally rather than blasting with a heat gun. If I am in a hurry I sit them on the radiator, otherwise I normally leave them overnight.

When dry you can carefully pull out the individual petals.

Using a bone folder (or a wooden one as I have) pull out each of the leaves from the centre to the outside but keep in as many of the creases as you can.

Using a ball tool smooth out the centre of the flower on the soft mat.

Turn the flower over and using a smaller ball tool run this around the very outside edge of each petal.

When you then turn the flower over it just needs a little "squish" together and the addition of a yellow or green sticky dot in the centre.

Getting the right leaf shape and colour is also important and whilst this leaf shape is not quite right it is almost there (from Tammy Tutterow's Pom Pom Posies). I have blended Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink and curled the leaves around a bone folder.

Not a true primrose but they certainly look very bright and delicate and full of spring promise on my project which I shared at Calico Craft Parts earlier today.

I hope this inspires you to have a go at making some spring primroses.

If you would like to know how I created the background then please click the link HERE.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

Spring Has Returned

Today I am sharing a project over at Calico Craft Parts with a hint of spring!  
Do please join me if you would like to see more. 

I am also sharing a new tutorial on how I made the Primroses which you can find HERE and a further post of how I created the background inspired by my lovely friend Brenda Brown HERE.

A busy day !!! 

Jennie x

Friday, 1 February 2019

ATC Mini Album

Hello and welcome to my second post today it being the first of the month. 

We have a brand new challenge starting at Mini Album Makers and this month I have made a small Mini Album from envelopes to hold some of my huge stash of ATCs.

As always my fellow Design Team members have created a wonderful array of mini books, so do hop on over to our blog to be inspired and to get all the details of the challenge.

As always I will share a few photographs of the mini album first before explaining how I made it.

I have been able to incorporate eight ATCs which you can see (including an AT Coin) and within each envelope there is space to add another three should I make any that are flat enough to fit into the envelope! I have also used cardstock from a 6 x 6 paper stack with minimal waste both to make the envelopes and to decorate the outer covers.

 The cover is a simple board construction.


I used my Envelope Punch Board to make three envelopes measuring 
3" x 4" from 6 x 6 paper.

Before making up the envelopes I stamped on the inside and used the Bind It All to punch a set of holes down the inside edge.

The back flap allows more ATCs to be incorporated but also allows the little 
Bind It All Book to be stuck into the cover.

It measures 5.3/4" by 4" and is scored at 3 1/4" to create a flap. 
Again I have used the Bind It All to punch holes for the binder down the inside edge.

I have decorated the page with paper and some stamping.

I used my Bind It All to create a small bound book with the 
three envelopes and the flap at the back.

The cover was constructed from a piece of board measuring  8" x 4.1/4" 
which was scored at 3.3/4" from each side to create a 1" spine.

I covered the front, back and spine with more of the patterned cardstock, 
adding some ribbon and lace to the spine and one of my favourite ATCs to the cover.

Finally, having decorated the small bound book I stuck this into the cover.

This was a relatively quick mini album to make as my decorations were already made. 
I think the mini album would also make a lovely birthday present with 
some photographs and little notes in the envelopes. 

As always thank you for joining me today for what is always a pretty 
lengthy post for these mini album's.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

My Hearts Desire

Hello everyone and welcome to the first of two posts today it being the first of the month. Where on earth did January go !!

We have a wonderful new challenge starting today over at A Vintage Journey today. The lovely Annie is our host and her theme for us is:


Since February is the month of love, include hearts as the main focus of your project. 
Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, 
industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles we prefer.

As always there is an amazing array of heart themed projects by my fellow Creative Guides for your inspiration, so I hope you will hop on over and take a look and also join us in our challenge.

Well inspiration has been a bit lacking here in the Tingwall craft room since the New Year. So how to kick start it ....... I decided to turn the challenge theme on it's head and and pick out all the things that in the past have been MY hearts desire.

So a mixed media piece on a beer mat (using hearts of course), jade Infusions, flowers and buttons and those crazy glass beads I seem to love but which go everywhere!

I am afraid there are no step by step photographs as I believed it might go into the bin as had everything else these last few weeks!

I started with some builder's scrim and lace on the MDF beer mat and added some MDF elements from Calico Craft Parts.

I managed to balance things on top of each other so the piece had a bit of depth .

Then everything got a coat of gesso before adding the "A Bit Jaded" Infusions and plenty of water.

A little bit of stamping came next, but there wasn't much room left to get a stamp in! By this stage I was beginning to love what I had made and realised the bin wasn't going to be the recipient, so I managed to add the word to the heart.

A rub with some soft gold wax and a sprinkling of the gold beads.

Thankfully the exercise worked and I feel now that I have got going again ..... ! 

Thank you so much for joining me today and I'll be back in a few hours with another Mini Album for the Mini Album Makers Challenge for February.

Jennie x