Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring ...... (in sepia)

It has been a little quiet here lately mainly due to a lovely holiday in Ireland and some time spent experimenting with new (and old!) products.

Today I am sharing a project over at Calico Craft Parts using one of their little printer trays which I had great fun filling! Here is a sneak peek, but I hope you will join me over there if you can.

Jennie x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Love This Life

I have been desperate to have a crafting play since getting back from our short (musical) holiday in Ireland as my motivation seems to still be somewhere else!

So I have had a lovely afternoon creating this tag with lots of my favourite textures, inks and elements, along with some new Tim Holtz embellishments which arrived while I was away.

The background tag is a combination of Ranger texture paste, builders sticky scrim and some Mixed Media die cut pieces which were given a good coat of gesso. When it was dry I then spritzed with Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord and Broken China Distress Spray Inks. I realised I haven't used this combination for ages - it was always one of my favourites.

Then it was a case of having fun embellishing! There is some hessian and more scrim layered at the bottom, some lovely Tim Holtz Ephemera labels, Prima metal and lace and of course my handmade flowers.  I even had a go at adhering some micro beads ... 

All the flowers have been made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die (my all time favourite). The rolled rose was edged with Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord Distress Inks before being spritzed, scrunched and then created.

Vintage Photo Distress ink edged this one before being spritzed and scrunched. 

And of course there are always the little ones which get tucked in.

And the reason for focusing on the flowers is that the Monday Simon Says Stamp Challenge is all about handmade flowers this week. I have been meaning to join in with the Monday challenge for a long time, but this seems like a good challenge to start with given my love of handmade flowers!

I decided that this little quote was quite appropriate given that I seem to have found myself again ......

As always thank you for joining me and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Golden Lady

Today over at Calico Craft Parts I am playing with more napkins and discovering actually how much you can throw at greyboard! 

If you would like to find out more then do please hop on over and join me!

Jennie x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Clipper Sailing Days

I hope you can join me tonight over on the PaperArtsy blog where I am sharing a project using some of the new PaperArtsy Release Stamps, Stencils and Infusions for the Paints and Infusions Challenge.

Nautical but with a difference!

I hope you can join me there.

Jennie x

Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard!

I seem to have the sea on my mind at the moment - but that is probably not surprising given that we are already planning the summer cruise in Mrs Muir and what needs to be completed before we leave.

This Tando boat kit has sat on my desk waiting for a chance to be played with for some time now and no better excuse than to use it for my project for A Vintage Journey for this month's challenge which is

All Aboard!

Brenda is our host for our anniversary challenge.

Come and join us in our open house challenge where you choose what you want to step aboard with. Although we still need to see you working within our styles and genres you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow. Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebration.

The boat (or rather dinghy!) is made of thick grey board which I first painted with gesso to seal and then PaperArtsy Space Cadet Chalk Paint. The crackle effect was created with DecoArt Weathered Wood which then had brown inks (Archival and Distress) blended on top. However, after I had taken this photograph I didn't like the effect so the inks were wiped off and I sanded back a bit more of the crackle!

I stamped a sailing boat on some tissue and added it to the back of the frame.

A couple of embellishments which got the "rusty" treatment using DecoArt products. I love that you can actually get the same effect on greyboard (the compass) and metal (the word tab). I have used two or three different colours of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and finally splotched on Quinacridone Gold. 

This is how the oars started out! but when I finally went to adhere them to the dinghy they were just not a sufficient contrast. So .... they got painted in brown paint!  A bit of a shame as I really liked this effect!

I decided that my edges needed a bit of treatment so used some tissue tape to hide all the differing states of crackle I managed to achieve!

More rusting on this metal embellishment and you can see a bit more clearly how well the Weathered Wood knocked back to reveal the blue underneath. I am pleased to say that our dinghy (known as Gertie for some unknown reason!) is in pristine condition!

I used a World Map stamp to create these little rolled charts. 

The cog is a paper clay moulding which again took the "rusting" paints very well.

A Tim Holtz Vintage Relative .......

So it's All Aboard for A Vintage Journey (and Mrs Muir eventually!).

I do hope you will find time to join in our challenge and of course for some fabulous inspiration then DO hop on over to our challenge post as my Creative Guide teamies have some amazing projects to share. 

Thank you for joining me today. This is a scheduled post as I am in Ireland at the moment (just south of Galway) enjoying traditional music and concertina workshops!

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Moving on!

Today I am saying farewell over at Country View Challenges after four years on the DT and instead of sharing a project I am sharing three of my favourite makes. 

I've had fabulous fun and created alongside some amazingly talented people in that time, but I feel the time is right to move on to experiment with new products, take part in new challenges and basically extend myself more in new areas.  And of course find time to design and make more flowers!

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my projects over the years - your visits are always appreciated.

Have a great weekend and see you next month with my projects for A Vintage Journey, Calico Craft Parts and PaperArtsy - (I am still busy!!!).

Jennie x

Three Sisters Triptych

Teasing you today with a sneak peek of a project I am sharing over at Calico Craft Parts.  Do hop on over if you would like to see more!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

New Stamp Release : PaperArtsy Vintage Botanical

Hello everyone and I am just a little bit excited to be part of the fabulous new stamp release by Scrapcosy (AKA Raquel Burillo Perez) at PaperArtsy tonight.  I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Raquel Burillo Perez as one of her wingman, alongside the amazingly talented Lynne Moncrieff.  

To start off tonight I am sharing Leandra's video with the new stamps and of course our samples!

So now to share with you those wonderful vintage botanical stamps and stencils and how I really enjoyed them for my sample projects.  This is a LONG post as we had three stamp and stencil sets to work with!

A la' Fleur

I really adore these vintage packet seed style stamps and the vintage stencil is just to die for! Despite being very detailed, each image stamps with great clarity. 

I decided to make a set of ATCs with the smaller flowers, however, you will see that with all my samples I have mixed and matched some of the stamps and stencils from the other sets.

My ATCs were painted first with Chalk  Fresco Paint which gave a wonderful base for stamping and painting on.

I created texture by using Grungepaste through the stencils which I then overpainted with Gold Fresco Paint. I found this created a lighter finish rather than adding the gold to the Grungepaste at the beginning.

I painted each flower with Ochre and Green Olive Infusions but mixed the Infusions with Satin Glaze on my craft mat before painting. This gives a lovely lush satiny finish.

A few splatters with Ochre and Green Olive Infusions and a little overstamping with Potting Soil Archival. More Archival ink was blended around the edges to create the vintage feel, along with a swipe of gold pen around the edges.

I am not normally a "painter" but I very much enjoyed painting these images, particularly with the Infusions. 

The Vegetable Patch

Who could not love these wonderful vintage vegetables and the wonderful stencil!  Again the images are very detailed but stamp beautifully. I decided to make a set of card fronts but I think some gift tags would be great too!

I again decided to use Fresco Paint as the base on my cardstock. This time I used Nougat for a creamier look. Apart from being a lovely base to stamp on, I do feel the Infusions are a deeper colour, although being used with lots of water.

The vegetables are a joy to "paint"  with Rust Brown Infusions - such fabulous detail!

I used Grungepaste through the stencil which was coloured with a little Potting Soil Archival ink.  I just love those two small "index" stamps. I just used them on everything!

The Infusions splatter beautifully on the paint finish of the background.

I am desperate to have a go at making vintage seed packets for my gardening mad family!

Tea Infusions

It is difficult to have a favourite as all the stamps sets are fabulous but I was really drawn to this set with its nautical feel of days gone by - imagine clipper ships, tea chests, rare botanicals ........ 

This is such a useful collection of stamps - the smaller stamps are just perfect for adding background stamping along with the vintage Carte image, although this would make a fabulous element in its own right. The flowers are particularly beautiful and can be stamped flat or fussy cut to create layers. This is a collection I will come back to time and time again.

I decided to make another trio of ATCs with a wood panel feel.

Again I painted the ATCs with Chalk Fresco Finish and then added Sleight Blue Infusions and loads of water!

The card was then scored and the scoring highlighted with Potting Soil Archival Ink to create the faux wood panel look.

The Grungepaste was then layered over the top and coloured lightly with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I have used lots of little stamps here and there and in particular the text from the bottom of the Radish stamp from the Vegetable Collection!

I just adore this flower! It was quite easy to fussy cut after being painted with more Sleight Blue Infusions.

A little Gold Fresco Paint over the Grungepaste provided some highlights and this little "badge" from the Vegetable set provided a final layer and a co-ordinating look.

I loved this little set of ATCs so much I really didn't want to send them to Leandra! 

A long post but I do hope you have been inspired to want to use these wonderful stamps and stencils. I really do know that I will be using them over and over!

All I can say is a huge thank you to Leandra and Raquel for inviting me to be part of this wonderful vintage stamp release. It has been so much fun.

Have a great evening and thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Live your Dream

Today I am sharing my last creative make over at Country View Crafts Projects as I feel that the time is right to seek new challenges and adventures!

Do join me over there if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Gibson Glamour

I am excited to be sharing my first ever art doll over at Calico Craft Parts today!

Do hop on over if you would like to see her in all her glory!

Hope to see you there.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Shabby Wishes

I am sharing a Valentine's card of a more unusual hue today over at Country View Projects.  

Do join me if you would like to see  more.

Jennie x

Friday, 3 February 2017

Be thankful for what you have ...

Hello and welcome to something a little different today! 

An altered wood block!

We have a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey. I am the host for the challenge this month and I have chosen


We often use words for card making, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags .... in fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them into your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art.

When I was a child I had these words printed on a small card which sat by my bed. I think it was a present from one of my Nana's. The words have always remained with me and when I saw the stamp a number of years ago I just had to buy it.  The little card is sadly long gone.

When I searched for the origins of the words it now seems that Oprah Winfrey has coined this as one of her "phrases" but to me it has always been an old saying, almost a prayer.

And this is what I started with! My husband is a woodturner and has a bin beside the wood burner in his workshop full of odds and ends. So I saw this rather tatty piece and decided to give it a make over.  (He has said since that if he had known what I was going to make with it he would have cut me something nicer!)

I painted the wood block with Raw Sienna DecoArt Acrylic (two coats) and then applied DecoArt Crackle Paint.

When it was fully dry (I left it overnight to do it's magic) I started layering these lovely shabby roses from a napkin. I used a tiny paintbrush and some water to paint around the edges so that I could tear them easily and used Multi Medium to adhere them.

It was quite easy to layer the different flowers on top of each other and mould them around the wood block.

I stamped my words on Tissue-Tex paper and again used Multi Medium to adhere it.  Finally I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and gave the whole block a coat of Multi Medium to "fix" it!

I played around with different embellishments but in the end everything was just too much and so I decided to keep them minimal.

I painted the metal with PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco Finish paint to create the shabby chic look.

I really love the way the tissue just blends into the crackle and who would think that it started off as a piece of wood destined for the wood burner!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and hop on over to the challenge post HERE to see some amazing projects from my very talented fellow Creative Guides - you can't fail to be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!

Jennie x