Thursday, 20 April 2017

A Corner of Your Heart

Hello and welcome to my second project this month at Calico Craft Parts. 

I am really not quite sure where April has gone to so far! The weeks really do seem to be flying past but at least we are enjoying some spring weather at long last.


With Spring in mind I have made little springtime memory house which reminds me of a lovely photograph of my dear cousin and I in a tiny little garden hideaway at RHS Rosemoor last year.


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

Jennie x


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More Colour Play!

You know how it is .....
set yourself an hour to tidy up the craft table and end up making a journal page!


It seemed a shame not to use the colourful Kohinoor Watercolours before they get put away for another period of hibernation, so I had a real splashing time getting as much colour as I could on my page.


It really is great to just go with it and see what happens - after all if it didn't work it didn't matter!


I was quite pleased with the effect once it got a little texture paste and stamping.


Embellished with more pieces lying around the table - 
a form of clearing up .... !!!


This was a good heavyweight piece of watercolour paper and it took the paints and water well.


I shall be back to normal by the time the next 
project comes around ! 

As I had so much fun sploshing the watercolours I thought this would make a good entry for the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp which is Splash it On!

Now to tidy the desk ..........

Jennie x



Sunday, 16 April 2017

April Showers


An afternoon to play .......



and what better than a journal page using my watercolours which my husband is always urging me to use!


I am a great fan of Kassa (Delight in the Detail) and her use of watercolours so I fished out my brightest set - the Kohinors (which are looking pretty grotty) - and tried some April Showers splotching and dripping!



I added a little ink blending and quite a bit of stamping before I felt happy with it as a background. For a neutrals girl this is pretty colourful for me!



I had this Indigo Blu quote in mind which I always think is just written for Shetland! .....



.... and decided to give the girls colourful dresses!


And the reason I was playing was due to the April Showers!

April Showers is the current challenge theme at Frilly and Funkie and Watercolours the twist at Mixed Media World so a great opportunity for me to enter my journal page into both of the challenges. 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you having a lovely holiday weekend.

Jennie x




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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Travel Journal

Tonight I am sharing a project over at PaperArtsy for the current "Resin" challenge. As it won't be long until I am off on another fabulous holiday I thought I would make a little travel journal using their wonderful Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps.


Here's a sneak peek so click the link HERE if you would like to see more.

If you have come here from PaperArtsy to see how I made the journal, then please scroll down for the instructions!



My journal measures 6" x 3 1/2" and has an (almost) 3/4" spine.



I started with some lightweight cream cardstock (9 1/2" x 7 1/4") and added some texture with grungepaste through a stencil. Once dry I then painted the whole cardstock with a light coat of Fresco Chalk Paint.


Adding the Fresco allows me to use quite a lot of water to add the PaperArtsy Infusions.



I cut boards to size for the book - hopefully you can see the measurements!  If you cut a small piece of board and fold it in half, this will give you "spacer" for the gap between the spine and the cover. Normally two widths of board is sufficient gap to allow the covers to bend.


I then folded in the edges and using Red Sticky Tape stuck them down. I find the tape easier to use than glue and a lot less messy!


After inking with the Infusions and before making the book I had stamped some images where I knew my embellishments were unlikely to be.

(Apologies for the "blue" haze on the photographs - we do have some weird and wonderful weather up here!)



I punched two holes in the spine and added an eyelet to stop the cardstock from splitting.



I cut four pieces of cardstock (6 1/2" x 5 3/4") folded them in half and punched holes to match the cover. This twine fitted the hole nicely and was easy to tie. If difficult to tie the twine, add a little spot of PVA glue to the knot and this should stop it unravelling.




I stamped cream cardstock to cover the inside of the covers and created a small pocket inside the front for small tickets which I like to collect while away.

The book is held together with some dyed seam binding which is long enough to wrap around twice. I find this the easiest way to close the journal as sometimes they do get a little bulky.

And here are some close up photographs of the finished journal (as detailed on the PaperArtsy blog).





As always thank you for joining me and I would love to see any journals this little tutorial inspires you to make.

Have a great week!

Jennie x


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Friday, 7 April 2017

The Magic of Three

Like everyone else I have been experimenting with the new Distress Oxides and although I only have three colours (so far ...!) I have finally started getting some lovely colourful backgrounds. 

As we have a new challenge starting today at A Vintage Journey I thought I would use them to create a masculine tag which is probably destined for a birthday card at some point in the year!


The lovely Annie is hosting our challenge this month which is all about .....

THE MAGIC OF THREE

It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers.  So our challenge is to use three of something (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!).  All you need to do is let us know your three magic components and ensure that your project is in our vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that A Vintage Journey favours.


Emerald Creek are our sponsors this month with a lovely prize for one lucky winner and of course there is the opportunity for three Pinworthies to be a Guest Designer at some point in the future.


Probably as a throwback to my Planning Design background I am a great fan of using things in threes! Having had the Rule of Thirds drilled into me (in order to combine brevity, rhythm and the smallest amount of pattern - if I remember correctly) I suppose it is no surprise really.

My intention had been to use three tags for this little project, but I ended up using three of a lot more besides!


I have only three colours of Distress Oxides: 

Broken China
Fossilised Amber 
Vintage Photo 

but I have enjoyed experimenting with them. This was my favourite look where the Broken China and Fossilised Amber had been the main colour ways with the Vintage Photo added and spritzed after I was happy with the overall coverage. Quite bright for me! but I do love the chalky finish and the gorgeous blend of colours which tend not to merge into each other.

I chose three tags which were the closest in terms of colour density.


I then added some texture paste through a stencil although it doesn't pick up the colour underneath in the same way as the ordinary Distress Inks. The text stamping was with ordinary Vintage Photo but I think would have looked as good with the Oxide. I added some tissue tape for a bit of interest too.


And then the layering of the three tags .......


...... adding three labels .......


.... and three cogs .....

all quite unintentional as I only noticed when the tag was finished!


A side view showing how the foam pads have really given a nice depth to the tag.


As always thank you for joining me and I do hope you find time to play along with our challenge.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x





Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wedding Hearts .....


With a couple of weddings coming up in the next few months I thought I would make a wedding gift for my first project of the month at Calico Craft Parts.

Do please join me if you would like to see how I crackled and decorated this MDF heart.

Jennie x




Monday, 3 April 2017

Travelling with A Vintage Journey


Today I am sharing a journal page using the contents of this month's Travel Bag at A Vintage Journey. Hop on over if you would like to see more!

Jennie x


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Butterfly Birthdays


I have been topping up my birthday card box whilst experimenting with PaperArtsy Infusions and enjoying the lovely Tim Holtz Flutter stamp set.



I used Green Olive Infusions both for the background and to paint the butterfly. You can't see it here but the butterfly has a lovely pearl shimmer (Perfect Pearls Biscotti).



I also used a some of my favourite Tim Holtz and PaperArtsy stamps - they always work so well together.

As the challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Things with Wings this week I thought I would enter this card into the challenge. However, I am mainly glad to have got a few more cards done for the box!


I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Promise of Spring

Spring is my favourite time of the year, not least as I seem to be able to be on top of the garden! But it is the promise that Spring brings which I love, those little seeds and bulbs which bring those gorgeous summer blooms.


These were the thoughts that were in my head when I played around with some bits and pieces in my "must put away" box for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  

This is one of my favourite times of the month - when we have an extra Friday in the month and the Creative Guides at AVJ all get to "play" and make a tag! I do suggest you hop on over using the link HERE as there are some amazing tags from my CG sisters in so many different styles. So much inspiration! Right back to my tag! 



I had some PaperArtsy Fresco's left over on my craft mat from another project (Sugar Plum and Blush) so mopped up by brayering them on to a tag. It was a little bright for what I had in mind so I brayered Snowflake Fresco over the top to get a shabby finish. The scores were made at 1/2" intervals and I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink into the folded creases to get the faux wood panel effect.


The napkins were still in my box from February's AVJ project! 


Once the napkins were in place I just felt it needed a little cluster. The frame and butterfly are made from paper clay and I added some glass micro beads (a recent purchase) but the "here and there" is a little difficult to control!



Great crafting fun and thankfully my "must put away" box is a little emptier!

As always thank you for joining me today.
Happy crafting!

Jennie x