Friday, 30 October 2020

Make it Count

 Hello and Welcome! 

It has been a bit grey this last week here in the North, so I seem to be turning to brighter colours to bring a little sunshine into the craft room. And the new Crackling Campfire Distress Ink really gives you that lift!

Today is the fifth Friday of the month and so we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. The chance to have a play, use your imagination and ..... make it count! So that's what I did and bought them all together in this tag.

This was the base tag before I started embellishing it. Sprayed Crackling Campfire Distress combined with Fossilised Amber and a bit of Speckled Egg Oxide Distress picked up off the craft mat at the end. I have used a combination of stamping and rub ons and also added some texture with Distress Texture Paste which was then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I love layering tags but it is always a shame to lose some of the best bits in the middle of the tag!

I love this bookplate frame and never tire of it. I have die cut it from very thick card and used white embossing powder but distressed the edges a bit so I could add Vintage Photo Distress Ink. For some reason this Photo Booth picture reminded me of my Mum. 

These were yellow flowers which I sprayed with Crackling Campfire ... I love the way the inks take to different substrates and base colours so they all match on the tag but are all different in hue.

I probably spent more time trying to get that bit of string behind the frame than embellishing the whole tag! and it's still not right !

The ribbon was also dyed with Crackling Campfire .... are you getting that I really love this colour!

A fun play and nice to be back in the craft room creating. I have "come in from the garden" (so to speak!). It has been a lovely summer at home and I have really enjoyed the long hours spent in the borders and recreating the field garden next to the house. But time now to get cracking on some new projects.

As always thank you for joining me today and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see all the wonderful tags created by the team - it is our favourite part of the monthly schedule.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Tea Cup Coasters and Napkin Box for Eileen Hull Designs

Hello and Welcome to a fun little project using Eileen Hull's latest two die releases - Tea Cup and Spoon and Post Box.

Before I share a tutorial here are a few details:

I have made the box by turning it onto its side. I have kept the decoration simple using some lovely stamps from PaperArtsy (Scrapcosy ESC15) and papers from Graphic 45.

The two tea cup coasters sit inside perfectly along with a couple of nice napkins.

I used the same napkins to decorate the coasters and spoon ......

...... which were crackled and aged using DecoArt Crackle Paste and  White Antiquing Cream. I have used gold metallic paint around the edges which you often see on china teacups and saucers, again trying to get a distressed look.

Unfortunately I am only working with die cuts as the die has not arrived  here in the UK yet. Once it does arrive I will die cut the cup in cork and adhere it to the back of the coasters so it doesn't slip.

This will make a lovely present for a tea drinking friend and there is just enough room to squeeze a couple of nice tea bags in behind the napkins.

Please do scroll down for the tutorial and there is a little extra at the end as I made another two coasters from a different crackle medium!  As always thank you for joining me and I hope you have fun with these new dies from Eileen. I can see there are many possibilities!

Jennie x



I have used the Post Box on its side, cutting off the two side flaps to create the open top of the box. Had I got the die I would have covered my board with papers for both the outside and inside of the box. But I made the box up and then cut papers to fit.

I had thought about having the side (which is the top!) of the box opening, but decided it looked better stuck down and the cups still sit inside ok.

Again had I had the die I would have adhered my napkin to the board and then cut out the cup shape, rather than adding the napkin and then having to cut around the edges. It still worked though!

I used a sanding block to smooth out some of the edges.

Once the Gel Medium had dried overnight I then added the Crackle Glaze and again left it to dry overnight to ensure the crackle did its stuff!

Adding the Antiquing Cream highlights the cracks. Each coaster then got three coats of varnish to seal the distressed napkin and to ensure that a hot cup does not cause any damage.

I also made another pair of coasters this time using a different type of Crackle Medium.

The die cut shapes were first painted with an Acrylic Chalk Paint (PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Space Cadet) and were then covered with DecoArt Weathered Wood.

When the Weathered Wood has dried the "magic" happens when you add another Acrylic Paint over the top which reacts with the Weathered Wood and cracks to show the colour underneath.

I have used the PaperArtsy stamps I used on the box, this time stamping on tissue paper with Archival Ink.

It is then possible to adhere the torn tissue paper stamped area to the cup shape with Gel Medium. Again I added three coats of varnish to protect the artwork and will add cork to the reverse once I get the die.

Dies used:

Sissix Eileen Hull Bigz L Die Tea Cup & Spoon #664797
Sissix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL Post Box #664798

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Patchwork Patterns

 Hello and Welcome!

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a project for our Geometric theme.

Hop on over if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Friday, 2 October 2020

Lightly Dance with Crackling Campfire!

 Hello and welcome!

Here we are already at the beginning of another month ....... despite all the restrictions and not being able to go anywhere, here at Tingwall House, we are both keeping very busy and enjoying our art and music, along with our creating either in the craft room or the wood workshop. 

Our new challenge at A Vintage Journey starts today hosted by the lovely Annie. 

She is challenging us to uses numbers as the focal point in our projects. Stencils, die cuts, fussy cuts or rub ons, rust them up, use texture paste or paint them, the decision is yours as long as the numbers are prominent.

We have loads of inspiration for you, so just hop on over to the challenge site HERE to see what else the Creative Guides have been making

The new Tim Holz Distress colour Crackling Campfire was just sitting on my desk waiting for an outing, so I decided to have a little experiment using the usual Distress techniques but combining it with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ........ a lovely combination!

The lighter tag has crackle paint smeared here and there too.

I decided to layer the tags to create a larger tag celebrating the number three. 

I am SO missing my usual catch ups with my two old school friends - we should have been in Crete in May and enjoying a long weekend in Essex around now. So ..... for when we can meet again this might make the cover of a holiday journal.

I really love the way these colours combine - the Crackling Campfire seems to be layers of orange and red. It looks as though I used two or three colours here but all one!

Sadly I creased one of the legs before getting it stuck down ....... the things you don't notice until you take a zoomed in photograph!

I used the Distress Spray Stain to colour cardstock before die cutting the embossed leaves and what a glorious colour that ribbon is.

A final touch was to isolate part of a quote from one of Alison Bomber's quote sets (Life and Living EAB19).

You can just see a little of the crackle medium behind the ladies.

A fun and colourful tag to brighten up these days of Autumn and a lovely reminder of happy times spent (and to spend!) with my two great friends.

As always thank you for joining me and I hope you find time to join us in our challenge. 

Have a great crafting weekend.
Jennie x

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Eileen Hull Designs Chapter 4 Release

 Hello and welcome!

There is great excitement in the Eileen Hull Camp today as two new Scoreboards are released. We have all had sooo much fun playing with these wonderful dies and you will be amazed at the wonderful projects that have been created. 

So do please join our Blog Hop and Release Party. You can click the link HERE to go to the main Blog Hop post where all the Inspiration and Educator Creators taking part in the Blog Hop are listed or keep scrolling and click on the links at the end of this post. Leave a comment on each designer's post to be entered to win the Post Box die and also join us for the Facebook Live Release Party tomorrow to be entered to win the Teacup Die. Random winners will be picked and announced on Tuesday's Facebook Live! 

I decided to concentrate on the tea cup and made this shabby chic fun whimsical china cup full of flowers, rosettes and other ephemera.

I used a napkin to create the "china cup" feel. This has been layered onto the die cut and then crackled with Deco Art Crackle Glaze.

I have used gold paint around the edges of the cup and spoon to add that old china tea set look. The decoration on the spoon was a gold rub on.

I just love that spoon! I used a small part of the napkin to create the china crackle effect.

There is a "separator" as part of the die which allows two cups to be put together to create a cup to fill. I cut mine down to half the size so I could get the cup sitting on the cotton reel. But it still gave enough room to add plenty of embellishments.

I got a bit of height at the back by adding three rosettes of different sizes. Then I stuffed the box with some tissue paper which gave me a base to adhere the other elements. In places it was easier to use sticky pads rather than waiting for the glue to dry!

So what not to love !!!! These dies are going to be spectacularly popular so keep a look out here in the UK for stockists, particularly Country View Crafts who hope to be stocking both dies shortly.

Thank you for joining me today and have fun hopping and see you at the Release Party later!!

Jennie x
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