Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Cool Calico!


I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a textile project for our Masterboards theme. I was going to cut this piece of painted and inked calico into ATCs but couldn't bear to cut into it so made a small wallet instead.

Do join me over at PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Seasonal Greetings with Eileen Hull Designs

Hello and welcome to a Christmas make, but one which you can adapt all the year round to create a lovely small present which looks good but it is actually quite simple to make!

This week it is the turn of Eileen's Educators to share a Seasonal Greetings project and I have made a small book/box which will hold six votive candles. I love that when you invest in Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies that you can use so many of them together and in so many ways. This project in particular uses pieces from four of her dies!

Before I share a tutorial here are a few close ups:

On the outside it looks like a book .......

I have kept the decoration relatively simple on the front cover. This is one of my handmade poinsettias and you can find a tutorial HERE on my blog. 

And here is the inside - a little box of beautifully scented candles.

And here is how it all came together:

I started with the Pocket Notebook covering my boards with this beautiful Stamperia paper before cutting out. The reverse side of the board is a lovely silver so I only had to cover one side.

Next up is the Treasure Box die. I used the lid section only, cutting the two side pieces and the inner piece.

When this is made up it fits very nicely into the Pocket Notebook.

For the front cover I cut the gorgeous oval from the Movers & Shakers part of the Trinket Box. I love this shape and find it a good size for holding down the ribbon and acting as a base for my decorations.

I used a little tissue paper to hold the candles inside the box.

And finally I used the little Scallop decoration from the Gift Box die to hold the candles in place. You do have to stick this down a little offset so the book closes but in the scheme of things it doesn't look out of place.

Add in a few decorations and you have a lovely present either for Christmas or New Year, but a something you can also make throughout the year for birthdays and special occasions ...... everyone loves a scented candle!

Do hop on over to Eileen's blog HERE for loads of seasonal inspiration from Eileen's Inspiration and Educator Teams.

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!
Jennie x

Dies used:
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Pocket Notebook #663638
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Treasure Box #663634
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Trinket Box #662360
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Gift Box with Scallop #664345

Friday, 6 November 2020

A Lifetime Trio

 Hello and Welcome!

Today we have a brand new challenge over at A Vintage Journey where we are sharing with you Pairs, Trios and Sets. I hadn't intended to be part of this challenge but then hey presto there I was creating a trio of little collages to decorate a book I was making. More about that later, but here are the details of the challenge.

Toni is challenging us to create a set that works together. It could be ATCs, tags, a triptych or any grouping. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Many of you will know that I do a fair amount of knitting and spinning of wool. Just lately I have been designing my own cardigan with my handspun wool and it has taken a lot of maths and calculations to get everything right. So ... yes I needed a book to write up all my notes properly and in one place where I will hopefully be able to build on the design created so far. 

As I started to make the book I realised I had been knitting for at least 60 years! My grandmother and mother taught me when I was six (apparently!) and I picked it up very quickly and was soon making dolls clothes and blankets. Despite knitting taking a bit of a back seat in terms of fashion during the 70s I still knitted colourful fair isle tank tops and shawls.  Coming to Shetland meant my knitting experience exploded and since moving here in 1979 I have knitted all manner of garments using techniques learnt in lace and fair isle and of course spinning my own wool. 

The three collages are very similar. I needed to keep them flat and so have used layers of favourite Tim Holtz papers and rub ons. I was experimenting recently with embossing powder and inks and so had these  three small bookplate frames to use as well.

I love layering the rub ons over the adhered papers - they are just so perfect. A stamp would not be able to to do that!

A slightly different colour palette for my "early 20s" period ......

Again creative use of rub ons but also adding the stitching around the edges of the pieces creates a more cohesive look.

And then finally the "older woman" .........

..... again using some of my favourite scraps and little pieces.

And so to the book -  using Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook Die as the base, which has been covered in Calico and then another collage using Tim Holtz papers and ephemera. The Fair Isle heart is from a jumper I knitted in 1980 for Terry which was lovingly worn for many years and has now been felted and made into a Bear. But this little piece was still left. 

Shetland wool felts very readily being a short staple, so although this looks fragile it should wear well.

The three signatures look great with their collaged covers and by keeping them reasonably flat they have not made the book too bulky. I am keeping the signatures loose at the moment so I can write up the notes easily.

And the cardigan ..... 

.... a sneek peak of the first fitting on the dummy. I have handspun all the wool and dyed about 50% myself. It is a mixture of Merino and Shetland but all hanks had 30% of silk blended in, so it is beautifully soft and light.

The colourwork patterns are Norwegian as I thought it suited the wool better and you will note that it is not yet a cardigan! It  has been knitted in the round and now I have to cut up the front (known as steeking) after I have added the front bands. It needs a good press but I am very pleased with it and it does fit well.

This post has been a little bit of a journey for you all ..... but sometimes it is good to see why people create and what has prompted the creativity. My little set of three collages certainly have a purpose as you have now been able to see.

As always thank you for joining me and I hope you will be able to join in our fabulous challenge as I am sure you may find you are already creating a pair or a set or a trio! If you need inspiration there is plenty on our blog from the other Creative Guides, so do hop on over and take a look HERE.

Have a happy weekend whatever you are creating!

Jennie x

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Dream No Small Dream

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a Words of Wisdom project, using some of my favourite Fresco's, Vintage Ink and the Dog Stamps and Alison's fabulous Daydreaming Quotes.

Do hop on over if you would like to see more!

Jennie x