Sunday, 9 May 2021

Shabby Chic Vintage Envelope Pocket

 Hello and welcome!

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a shabby chic project for the Find Your Vibe theme. How could I not have fun with my favourite Fresco colours, Sara Naumanns stamps and lots of lace!

All the details are on the blog but here are a few photographs to whet your appetite.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Edwardian Folio

Hello and welcome to another wrap around folio design using Eileen Hull's Notebook Die. 

I really enjoy the experimentation of cutting different elements of Eileen's book dies to make a wrap round. 

This time I have made the folio using cardstock as the base rather than board. It feels a little flimsy at the beginning but once you add pockets and flaps it becomes quite sturdy.

I wanted to make a journal using the new Vintage Engravings along with the new Backdrop and Kraft papers from Tim Holtz. 

They seemed to match the Backdrop papers so well and I had a lovely afternoon painting them using Distress Crayons.

As you can see there are plenty of pockets and flaps and although the Backdrop papers are 10 x 6 they are the perfect size for this little folio.

I have a step by step tutorial video on my Youtube channel which details how I made the folio along with all the cutting and scoring sizes for the individual pockets and flaps. 

I have not joined in a challenge for ages, so am joining in with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Feminine.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Wrap Around Folio and Single Sheet Tag Book for Eileen Hull Designs (Tutorial)

Hello and welcome to more creativity with Eileen Hull's dies. Today I am sharing a new way to create with the Folio Die which also includes another single sheet tag book. 

I really love the chunkiness of the new Folio die and have been experimenting with different ways of cutting the outer covers and to date this is my favourite - a wrap around!

Cutting three spine pieces provides a means of adding three covers together hence the wrap around (hope that makes sense!).

The Folio opens up to reveal ....

... a central folio ...

... which holds a folder and notebook (made using the Notebook Die).

Along with a Tag Book made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 patterned cardstock.

I have used 49 Market Papers and Ephemera. I only discovered this brand recently and am very impressed with the quality and thickness of the cardstock and the beautiful co-ordinating papers.

I have used Eileen's new waterfall die to create this little showpiece on the inside cover.

Here is the video explaining how I have made the Folio.

And here is the video explaining how I made the single sheet Tag Book.

You should be able to pause the video where necessary to capture cutting and scoring instructions and where to fold and glue.

Thank you for joining me today and I really hope you enjoy these new ideas.

Jennie x

Eileen Hull Dies Used:

 Sizzix Scoreboards XL Folio Journal #664884
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Card, Waterfall and Tags #665154
Sizzix Bigz Notebook Die #663365

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Wood Effect Butterfly Box


I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a project for our Free To fly theme.
I have been having great fun using Raquel's Infusions wood effect technique to create this whimsical box using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box Die and a recycled tube and empty ribbon spool.

Do join me over there if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

One Page Tag Book for Eileen Hull Designs (Chapter 2)

 Welcome to Eileen Hull's Chapter 2 Release Party! Today Eileen's teams are sharing Folio Journal accessory dies, the Waterfall, Tags and Book Binding dies (and the adorable Bigz Camper Van). There is no need to limit these dies for books, you can use them for so many different elements in different size journals, cards and layouts. 

I love creating little books from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, in fact it was what drew me to scrapbooking all those years ago. So what better way than to share Eileen's new tag dies than to make a small folded tag book which can stand alone or which you can add to a journal or notebook.

Check out all the different ways to use these dies on our Blog Hop. Click through and leave a comment on each of the designers' posts and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate in Eileen's Etsy Shop. 

You can start the blog hop here:

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Karen Bearse
Susie Bentz
Sarah Lizzie Dodd
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Jenny Marples
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Mitsyana Wright
Cheryl Waters

Join us on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for an up close and personal look at the team's projects ..... and their craft rooms! Eileen will also demo how to use the dies during the show. I really hope you can join us for this fun event. 

So here are a few more details of my tag book along with a YouTube tutorial.

Using just a few simple folds and cuts it is easy to create lots of places for tags and ephemera.

The little book opens out with even more pockets and tags ......

.... and including enough room for photographs.

My parents when they were "courting" went everywhere by bus and their photograph albums are full of bus tickets. So I tried to create something similar using Tim Holtz photographs and stamped tickets.

These flowers came with the papers (49th Market) and were just perfect without adding too much bulk.

Either watch the tutorial video here or click on the YouTube link.

These little books either stand alone, or can be added to a journal. This is a Pocket Notebook I made for my friend Elizabeth and I added a little tag book to the back cover. I made it slightly longer in length to accommodate some larger tags.

Do join me later in the month when I will have another tutorial for a one sheet tag book which will fit inside the new Folio die.

As always thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Hop Winner!

 A bit of a "drum roll" post tonight! Each of us who took part in the Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Hop have the chance of choosing a winner from all of those who commented on our own blog post. My random number chose

Tammy P

Congratulations Tammy, do please quote my winners code BDAYWIN25JA

to claim your $25 dollar prize.

Thank you to the huge number of visitors and comments I received for my card and tag tutorial last week. I do so appreciate you all stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Vintage Rosebud Flowers for Eileen Hull Designs

With spring just around the corner (hopefully!) what better time than to share a flower tutorial. We have an extra week this month and a few of us on Eileen's Inspiration and Educator Teams are sharing ideas for Spring and Easter projects.

The flowers are the perfect size for Eileen's Tiny Book Box.

And they can be made with inked or plain cardstock, patterned paper .... just about anything you want really to match your project.

If you click the link below you will go straight to the tutorial!

Small Vintage Rosebud Flower Tutorial

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Thursday, 25 March 2021

TopFlight Stamps Birthday Hop!

It is Topflight Stamps 4th birthday and to celebrate, I have been invited to join the team and some other great designers to showcase birthday cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. 

As Donna stocks a great range of PaperArtsy products I have created a birthday card and matching tag using Raquel's latest stamp release along with some new Fresco Finish Paints .... more about the card later in the post!
Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Lisa Hoel's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.

Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog.

Topflight Stamps

Lisa Hoel

Jennie Atkinson

Cornelia Wenokor

Karen Bearse

Dina Kowal

Kathi Rerek

Connie Mercer

Ericka Strange

Jenny Marples

Autumn Clark

Rachel Greig

Gwen Lafleur

Annette Allen

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!
And so here are the details of my birthday card and tag:

I decided to make a tall slim card and matching tag using single layer stamping techniques and Raquel's lovely new stamps to create a feeling of depth.
My video below on single layer stamping with these stamps shows how to use this technique with Raquel's latest stamps and PaperArtsy Paints and Satin Glaze:

I am no painter but it is easy to use these stamps to good effect with either paints or inks.

I used four individual Fresco Finish colours along with Satin Glaze. You will see from the video above how easy it is to combine the glaze and paints to create a lovely silky soft look.

There are some nice small sentiments included in the latest stamp release which work well on tiny tags.

I hope this little set will give you some ideas and inspiration for using these PaperArtsy stamps and products, all of which you can get from TopFlight Stamps.

Thank you to Donna and the team for inviting to me to share in the Birthday Celebrations!
Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Chunky Folio for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome ! 

It is the fourth Wednesday of the month and time for Eileen Hull's Educator Team to share their projects for this month's theme which is ..... more of the Chapter 1 Folio dies!

I have long wanted to create a book to house some of my favourite ATCs, many of which have particular techniques which I love but which are quite 3D and bulky! The ATCs were languishing in a box but I realised looking at the Folio Die I could make an extremely chunky book using the full width of the spine.

As the ATCS were chunky they needed to be stuck to some heavy paper so I used some very thick watercolour paper which was not very easy to decorate.

Having cut the Folio pieces from good thick board I knew I would have to use linen to hold it all together. There are no process photographs, but I have used the same process as my book HERE.

It was interesting coming up with a closure!

I have used an ATC on the front cover - one of my favourites using up old board letters, gesso and PaperArtsy Infusions. And the spine was large enough to take a full ATC as well. It didn't stick down very centrally so I had to add the key to even it out a bit! This is a wood board ATC and the text paper matched that which I had used on the front cover.

I thought initially to theme my ATCs aroud the months of the year, but I realised it wasn't going to work by the time I got to March, so after that it is a bit random. There are photographs below of the pages, but sorry there is little in the way of how they came together. Most of the pages were completed using pieces out of my bits box and anything that was lying around my desk. I must have got so carried away I completely forgot to get the camera out! 

Here is a short walkthrough video of the inside pages:

As always thank you for joining me!

Jennie x

And here are a few of the inside pages, not such great photography I am afraid as my camera was focusing on the outside edges of the double spread!