Friday, 29 May 2020

A Noble Chap!

Hello and welcome!

As it is the fifth Friday in the month we have our usual Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey where the Creative Guides have fun and experiment with whatever is on their desk or ideas they have picked up and want to try.

I am the latter this month having tried out a new technique with material and tissue paper for my background.

It is quite difficult to see in the photographs but the tissue paper has taken on the mesh texture of the material, but in addition I was also able to stamp and splatter on it before decorating.

I will take you through the background steps, mainly because I need to remember how I did it!

Underneath that is my tag! I have used fabric pva to attach the background fabric and then little pieces on the top. I then gave the whole lot a coating with Gel Medium .....

..... then before it dried I covered it with tissue paper and gently smoothed it out.

Once it had dried I was able to trim off the edges and overstamp with some small Tim Holtz stamps and using Archival ink.

I machine stitched various elements of the tag and attached the tag to another using a zig zag stitch around the edges.

Finally I added some black paint spatters and blended a little Black Soot Distress Ink on some of the raised edges.

I really like the final effect - although no one would believe that it was material underneath!

I am still experimenting so watch this space! And do hop on over to A Vintage Journey so see the wonderful tag makes of my Creative Sisters on the team. There are always so many individual ideas - you can't help but be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Small Vintage Rosebud Flower Tutorial

Hello and welcome to a new flower tutorial!

I am always experimenting with dies to make flowers and this flower uses just two die shapes which you will find on many die sets. I have used Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits die for the flowers in this tutorial but you will also find similar on Tim Holtz Thinlits Small Tattered Florals and many other makes.

They are a perfect size for cards and sturdy enough for the front of a book.

And the perfect size for Eileen's Tiny Box!

They can be made up with inked edges, inked all over or with plain and patterned cardstock - so very versatile and easy to get a match to your patterned papers or mixed media products.

And so for the step by step:

For each flower you will need two of a five/six petal die (larger) and two six petal die (smaller) which I have cut from standard smooth cream cardstock. As you will see further along the smaller petal die needs to have six shaped edges. Once you have the principle of how the flower is made up you can transfer it to other flower shapes.

I have used Ranger Distress Inks to colour my flowers as I love how the colours bleed when sprayed with water. You can ink the edges with a single colour .......

...... or use varying hues of a single colour ........

........ or you can combine two or three colours for a lovely mix. Just make sure you ink the front AND backs of the flowers.

I like to spritz the ink so it blends further and dries with little watery spots!

Leave to dry fully, preferably overnight.

It is always helpful if you can break the fibres of the cardstock a little. I have used a ball tool but a bone folder works just as well. I am not shaping anything just breaking the fibres.

To start building the inside of the flower work on the two smaller flower shapes. I like to use a pearl gem in the middle of the flower to help with the folding of the petals, but with practice you can manage without!

Fold up three of the petals (as shown) and add a small amount of PVA (dries clear) glue to the other three.

Then fold up the glued petals over the inner three. You get a sort of  "scrunched bud shape"!

Place this inside the other flower petal and glue down. Add three small spots of PVA glue to three of the petals ......

....... and fold and glue these around the inner bud.

Finally add glue to the remaining three petals and fold and glue around the bud shape.

You should have a lovely bud shape which can be used as a flower on its own. You will see that depending on how well you "squish" the petals you can either have an open bud or one that is more closed.

Take the two outer larger flower shapes and break down the fibres again either with a ball tool ......

....... or a bone folder (well mine is a wooden folder made by my husband).

Then using a thin pokey tool or knitting needle, roll the outside edges of the flower petal some in and some out.

Finally glue these two outer layers together and add the inner bud you made earlier.

You can either leave the flower open, or squished up .... or just make a bud by adding another layer of green petals.

I do hope this tutorial gives you some ideas for using flower dies which you may well have.

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Merci Beaucoup

Collage is our current theme over at PaperArtsy and tonight I am sharing a layered collage piece using Sara Naumann's wonderful French themed stamps released at the beginning of the year.

Do join me over on PaperArtsy if you would like to see how this all came together.

Jennie x

Friday, 15 May 2020

Beautiful Blooms Tutorial

Today I am sharing a tutorial over at A Vintage Journey for these blooms.

Do join me by clicking the link HERE if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Popping Pink!

Popping Pink is our current theme at PaperArtsy and tonight I am sharing a simple journal page using some glorious stamps from Elizabeth Borer and gorgeous pink Frescos on the Gelli Plate.

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 May 2020

Tiny Book and Box by Eileen Hull

Hello and welcome to another post celebrating the first of the month - this time for the start of our new challenge at Mini Album Makers.

Eileen Hull is our sponsor this month and we are all using her latest die, the fabulous Tiny Book and Box. As a lover of tiny books these dies are just the ticket for me! I have used some small pieces of leftover paper from a very much loved Tim Holtz set. Unfortunately I have managed to delete the step by step photos from my camera before loading them onto the computer (doh!) but I have taken as many photographs as possible to show how the book and box came together.

I have covered the box with paper glueing it first to the cardstock and then cutting with the die. I really loved this last bit of paper with the fabulous rose so have kept my decoration of the box simple with  a ribbon tie.

As always Eileen includes some lovely little shapes on the die and this oval is a perfect size for decoration. I have used it to catch the ribbon on the back of the box.

Decoration is simple in the form of a pearl brad and sentiment from another of Eileen's dies.

You can see how neatly the tiny book sits in the box!

Again I kept the decoration simple as too much means the book doesn't fit into the box.

I made a small accordion fold book inside the covers which is closed with tea dyed ribbon.

Each of the pages in the accordion book have been decorated with smaller images from my leftover paper and the Tim Holtz's Field Notes Stamps.

I do hope these photographic details will have given you some ideas of how to use Eileen's new dies. I am delighted to be part of Eileen's 2020 Educator Team and both the Educators and the Inspiration Team have been sharing a huge range of ideas for these dies since they were released at the beginning of Apirl. You can check them out on Eileen's blog here.

And do hop on over to Mini Album Makers to join us in our challenge - there is no theme just share any book you make in the month of May and there's a lovely prize of a set of dies for one lucky winner.

As always thank you for joining me.
Stay safe!
Jennie x

Blooming Beautiful for May Day

Hello and welcome to the first of two posts today it being the 1st May.

May Day (normally!) marks the start of warmer  weather and blossom filled trees. In ancient times a May Queen would be crowned, children would dance around a May Pole, wear white and decorate themselves and the May Pole with lovely new spring flowers.

It is quite fitting then that our new challenge theme at A Vintage Journey is


Flowers are such a perennial favourite for most of us, so this month we would love to see your beautiful blooms showcased on your project. You might choose to use a die cut, stamps, readymade, homemade, or pressed flowers .... a single flower or a whole bouquet!

As I am the host for this month's challenge I thought it about time I shared a tutorial for a new bloom. However, you will have to wait until the 15th of the month when I share it on the blog for A Vintage Journey! In the meantime here are some details to whet your appetite! I have used Eileen Hulls Display Stand Die to create my base for this summery array, along with some favourite Pion Papers.

If you are looking for floral inspiration then hop on over to the blog HERE where my fellow Creative Guides have shared a lovely range of floral projects which should spark your creativity. We would love you to join us in our challenge this month and you can get all the details over at A Vintage Journey.

So ..... until the 15th!
Happy Crafting and Stay Safe!
Jennie x