Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Angel Bauble


I am sharing this little Christmas Angel Bauble over at Calico Craft Parts today. It would make a lovely present for hanging on the tree or as a gift tag for a special parcel.

Do please join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x


Monday, 4 December 2017

Celebrating the Life of an Inspirational Nana

Hello to you all and welcome to something a little bit different today.


I was hunting through my big blanket box which houses all my mini books the other day when I came across this little mini book I made about three years ago for a Textile Challenge here in Shetland. I have not shared it here on my blog and had actually forgotten that I had made it! So it was a lovely surprise to find it.

I had started with a piece of white furry fabric which I backed with a long piece of lace and some vintage ruler ribbon on the front. I had intended that this would wind around a bobbin to make a pull out mini book. However, by the time I had glued my photographs and other ephemera on it would not roll ! so I came up with the idea of this rather long and thin book.





The covers of the book measure 8 3/4" by 1 1/2" which I have decorated with some of my then favourite Prima papers. When extended the fabric book measures 22" (and impossible to photograph!)



The book celebrates the life of my paternal grandmother (Nana R) who was widowed in 1930 aged just 35 with three very young children (my father was only two years old, his sister four and his younger brother just a few months).



She was an outstandingly brave, hardworking, strong and powerful woman (in a soft and gentle way) who managed to work in order to continue the purchase of her own home and look after her young children.





She has been an incredible inspiration to all of us in the family.





I love that I managed to find some wonderful dictionary pages to describe her. I was very fortunate in being able to spend a lot of time with her as a teenager and before I was married. She was a wonderful passenger in my little mini after I passed my driving test and we travelled all over Suffolk visiting old family haunts.

I am so pleased that I found this little book and able to share it with you. 

I would like to enter my little textile book into this month's Mini Album Makers Challenge. If you are an avid mini book maker this is a challenge for you! Do hop on over and have a look at the wonderful DT creations - so much fabulous inspiration.



Thank you for joining me today and I hope you manage to find some crafting fun.


Jennie x




A Frosty Winter Tag for A Vintage Journey



It is my turn today to kickstart the December Destinations Inspirations over at A Vintage Journey using four new products in our Travel Bag series. 

Do please join me if you would like to see how I made this frosty winter tag. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x



Friday, 1 December 2017

A Winter Wonderland ...

Hello and welcome to the first day of December ! We have a brand new challenge starting over at A Vintage Journey today and our lovely host Sandy has chosen the theme


Winter Wonderland


As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Lets see some snow, snowmen, bare trees or some snow covered pines in the meadow! Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk style.



There are times living here in the north at this time of the year when it feels as though one is living in a sepia photograph. So I had this in my mind when creating this project. 




I used a Tim Holtz Vignette Box which got a coat of white chalk paint on the outside and then sanded it down to get a really washed out look.



I then decorated it with one of my favourite Poinsettia flowers made using Tim's Tattered Floral Die. 

You can see the tutorial HERE.




A few more flowers and wintry looking seed heads .......



And this gorgeous stag from Calico Craft Parts.  What you can't see is how he sparkles with a lovely pearly shimmer on his white chalk paint!



Very few photographs I am afraid, as I lived in the moment and just made this project quite quickly without too much in the way of mixed media applications. Which is a prompt to suggest that you join us in our challenge this month even though you may have little time with Christmas preparations well under way. 

Hop on over to our blog to see what my fellow Creative Guides have to inspire you with this wonderful theme. You will not be disappointed. You will also find all the details for entering this month's challenge and the prize to be won from our sponsor this month - the amazing Andy Skinner!



As always thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!

Jennie x




Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tidying Up My Bits and Bobs!


Hello Everyone and welcome to the last day of November - where did that month go!

I have a lovely little book box project over on Calico Craft Parts today having decided I needed a home for all the Bits and Bobs on my dressing table. Do hop on over and have a look if you would like to see more.


Jennie x



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Rusty Roundup!

I am really enjoying the DecoArt products - Texture Sand Paste and Fluid Acrylics - and the techniques learnt from Andy Skinner and others on his Design Team. As I share quite a number of sneak peaks here for Calico Craft Parts  I thought I would do a rusty roundup of two of my projects which got the rusting treatment.



First up is a Steampunk letter A which got the rusting treatment. I'd like to think that with a surname of Atkinson which is synonymous with northern England, that at some point they were involved in the Industrial Revolution and that they also liked tea and gin!






I had the sea very much in mind in June so made this rusty porthole instead of a birthday card for my husband who always has his birthday while we are cruising the West Coast of Scotland. I was very pleased with the rusty effects and the patina on the cogs.




Thank you for joining me for this little rusty round up!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Tim Holtz Style Christmas Countdown Mini Book

Hello Everyone! and welcome to my finished Christmas Countdown Book. I have already shared a few photographs of some of the pages, but here it is in its entirety. It has been great fun putting this together and using some of my favourite Tim Holtz stash!


The inspiration to make the book came after seeing Jenny Marples' (Pushing the Right Buttons) wonderful Tim Holtz Style December Daily 2017 - a fabulous book for the whole of the month. 

My book is very vintage inspired and is a flip over on a stand (details at the end of the post) with the cover of the book being the page for 25 December. 



The pages have been made back to back - so the first twelve days flip over and then the book is turned around for the next twelve days. Here are some favourite pages:





And here is a video slideshow of all the pages so you can see the book in its entirety:




Postscript: the video is clearer when viewed on Youtube!

My husband Terry made the stand for me. It has lead weighted base so will take a reasonably heavy book and has two "gaps" so that the two book back covers can be placed inside the frame so the whole thing is very sturdy.




I have used all my favourite Tim Holtz goodies: the Christmas Stack of papers (8 x 8), Art Dolls, Christmas Ephemera Pack, Christmas dies (old and new), Small Talk stickers, Christmas Quote Chips and various other Ideology metal pieces. 



The base of the stand is decorated with two of my handmade Christmas flowers using Tim's Tattered Poinsettia die.

The whole process has been so much fun (I just love making little collages and the 6 x 4 pages were just a perfect size). I can't wait now for the 1st December! It is a tradition in our family that the house is only decorated for Christmas a couple of days before (my parents both had their birthdays in the week before Christmas and Mum liked to keep birthdays separate and is something we have continued). I thought it would be lovely to have a little corner on the dresser with my flip over Christmas Countdown Book along with an Advent Candle. It will feel as though Christmas is coming!


Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Heartfelt Journal - My Story I Will Share



Hello and Welcome! 

Although my Eileen Hull Heartfelt Journal has been shared previously on my blog, I had not detailed how I had made the covers. So I have done a small step by step of how the covers were created and a small slideshow of the first signature in the book.  

Unfortunately I decided to do this on a very stormy afternoon here in Shetland and so some of the photographs are a bit of an odd colour!


I used Daler and Rowney mount board for my covers and gave them a good coat of gesso. Then I added some texture paste through two of my favourite stencils by 13 Arts.


I am not too bothered if bits are missing here and there!


My favourite way of getting colour onto the board is by using PaperArtsy Infusions. These little pots are really fabulous but ..... and this is what I love ..... each time you use them you get a slightly different effect depending on how much of the walnut stain comes out of the bottle.



I like to go in with plenty of water and take quite a bit off rather than trying to do it gently.



I love adding the Distress Oxides to the Infusions - the blending seems a little heavy handed but once spritzed with water it does disappear! I blended Vintage Photo first then a little Walnut Stain around the edges.




I love the mottled, worn look (the skies must have been very heavy at this point!)


So now back to the original book and you can see how I layered my Ephemera. I have not used any foam patches, just glued everything down but those nearer the top are not glued right to the edges, so they appear to "float".  








And not forgetting the back of the journal!


This journal is to be a story of me - life, loves and achievements. So far I have only created the first signature for my childhood and teenage years - now to start filling in the details.


I think the video is best viewed on Youtube - I am still learning about resolution!

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x




Thursday, 16 November 2017

A is for .........

You can find out if you hop on over to the Calico Craft Parts blog to see my post today which features a rusty steampunk letter A. 


Hope to see you there!

Jennie x