Thursday, 19 September 2019

Fabulous New Stamp Release at PaperArtsy!

Hello and welcome to this quick post to let you know that Alison Bomber (Words and Pictures) has released another three sets of quotes over at PaperArtsy. Check out the link HERE to see her stunning samples.

I was very lucky to get to play with them for the release so if you would like to see more of what I made with the stamps then click the link HERE!

I have also been playing with the Gelli Plate and using some of the fabulous new Fresco colours ..... they are yummy!

Hope to see you over at PaperArtsy!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 September 2019

Box It Up ......

.... that's our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey!

Hello and welcome to another Friday and another post with creative work for A Vintage Journey. The lovely Julia is our host this month and our theme is BOXES.

Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

The latter part of Shetland summertime is full of the local agricultural shows where locals also showcase their produce, arts and crafts. The SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) show was last weekend and the Institute competition was themed Black and White. Basically as a group (that's us in Tingwall) we must display five different crafts in the named theme. So I made this mixed media box which I thought I would share for our new challenge.

There are no photographs of the "doing" but I will share some details with you.

I used a Calico Craft Parts Box Kit and painted it Chalk White and added some text around the outside with texture paste.

The lid was covered with Tim Holtz Botanical Tissue Wrap and fixed with multi medium before being crackled with DecoArt Crackle Glaze.

It is not very easy to see the crackle although I did rub a little Black Soot Distress Ink over the top, but I didn't want to overdo it and make it look "dirty"!

I kept the decoration simple just a flower and roman numeral as I didn't want to lose the lovely botanical drawings.

And here is our entry on the day - five members, five individual crafts. And they all have to be displayed in an area 18" x 18" x 18".  We won first prize and the 90th Anniversary Trophy (again .... we were defending winning last year!).

I also did amazingly well at the show winning five trophies! I got many lst awards in arts, craft, knitting and photography and ended up winning the most points in the show! I still can't believe it happened. My favourite win was the Fair Isle Pincushion - my busty big backside Shetland wifie! She won the huge rose bowl !!!

Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey where my fabulous fellow Creative Guides have created some amazing box projects. There is so much to inspire you! so I do hope you will join us in our challenge.

As always thank you for joining me and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Flower Girl Mini Album

Hello and welcome to the first of September! 

We have had a lovely summer break over at Mini Album Makers, but we are back again this month!
As always on the first day of the month we start a new challenge and this month I am sharing a small folded book with a few surprises inside!

Over the years I have collected a number of ideas for mini books on my Pinterest pages and I love trawling through them all getting ideas. However, I have wanted to make this particular mini album for ages as it really is a cutie (measuring 4"x 4.5") and can be used for birthdays, scrapbooking or even journalling.

The mini album was designed by Kirsten Hyde and first appeared on Kaisercraft's Design Team blog. Unfortunately that post has now disappeared but you can find the tutorial on Kirsten's blog by clicking the link HERE. She has lots of wonderful tutorials on her blog, so do check them out! I am very grateful that Kirsten has given me permission to share this mini book and link with you all.

I will not share how I made the book in this post as you can see all the details (including the measurements) on Kirsten's blog, but I will share how I decorated mine.

I have used Maja Design papers which are a lovely thickness for this type of project. My cover is made from two sheets glued together as I didn't particularly like the other side of either of my pieces!

I have used many of the labels and little bits and pieces that you can find on their papers .....

..... including the strip at the bottom of the sheet to cover up some wonky cutting at the right hand edge.

And the surprises .... there is a fabulous little drawer on the bottom of the album ......

...... and an accordian fold book which sits on top of the drawer.

I managed to cut some of my leftovers to create the little book - this gorgeous little piece has been waiting to be used for ages.

This mini album was great fun to make and I intend to send it to my grand daughter as her birthday card. She loves flowers and I have found a lovely little flower bracelet to put into the box and I shall fill the pages of the book with photographs of her in the garden. I am sure it will become a lovely keepsake.

I am sure there are many different ways this little mini album could be used and a huge thank you to Kirsten for letting me create with one of her designs.

And now for some news! Today Mini Album Makers Challenge turns TWO YEARS OLD!  To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a blog hop and giveaway with a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang!

For your chance to win this prize and take part in the blog hop just hop on over to Mini Album Makers Challenge for all the details and links to my fabulous teamies who have created so many wonderful mini albums to inspire you.

Have a great month and happy crafting!

Jennie x