14 June 2017

You're My Inspiration at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Nancy Dynes turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and her chosen theme this time is 'You're My Inspiration!' Here's what she says about it; "Simply find any type of image or photo that inspires you to create a vintage or shabby chic project. Please post your inspiration image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it. The inspiration image does not need to be included as part of your project, just on your blog post."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

So here's the picture that kick started my creative brain (and has done before, wow! over 2 year ago HERE);


Here's the card I came up with this time, inspired by the mix of aged mirror, paint and script;


Time for the step by step tutorial, which has been broken into four chunks.


Step 1 - Rub over a sheet of Metallic Kraft card with a sanding grip.
Step 2 - Use a brayer to apply a patchy layer of Pumice Stone Distress Paint.
Step 3 - When dry, brayer a patchy layer of Iced Spruce Distress Paint.
Step 4 - Repeat Step 3 using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.


Step 5 - Use the stamps from the Etcetera set with Black Archival Ink to add a patchwork of images over the card. Chop down the card to fit a 6" square card.
Step 6 - Take an A6 sized piece of card and dip it into diluted Iced Spruce Distress Oxide.
Step 7 - Dry thoroughly before repeating Step 6 with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 8 - Repeat Step 6 this time with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide.


Step 9 - Repeat Step 6 with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.
Step 10 - Finally repeat Step 6 with another layer of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 11 - Cut a 9.5cm chunk from this card and use FlitterGlu to stamp the largest of the circles from the Brushstrokes set. Cover with Sheffield Steel Mega Flakes, rub over with your finger and use a Scoochy from the FlitterGlu starter set to remove any excess. Repeat this process using the ledger sheet image from the Etcetera set on the remaining inky card.
Step 12 - Stamp the numbers in the Etcetera set at the top and bottom of the card using Orange Blossom and Watering Can Archival Ink.


Step 13 - Use the circular die from the Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats Thinlits die set to cut a spiral shape from the left over altered Metallic Kraft card. Stamp the two ephemera images from the Etcetera set onto card using Watering Can and Orange Blossom Archival Ink, then cut them out.
Step 14 - Stitch around the edges of the main piece of Metallic Kraft card and the largest piece of inky card with a sewing machine and black cotton. Cut matting layers of Yellow and Black Classic Kraft card, sand and ink over with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. Cut a rectangular piece from the ledger stamped inky card, then ink around the edges of both pieces with more Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 15 - Add small splatters of diluted Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough and Weathered Wood Distress Paint over the centre of the larger piece of inky card  (you can use less and your choice of colours instead).
Step 16 - Add Rusty Hinge and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints to the edge of two Quote Chips.

To finish, layer up the elements created as shown on the main photo, adding Star Adornments and an Index Clip Fastener inked with Orange Blossom and Watering Can Archival Ink. Here's some close ups of the end results;





That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'You're My Inspiration!' I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects, together with a picture showing what has inspired you to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Have a fantastic end to your week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


13 June 2017

Sweet Treats and Stampotique Hanging Hearts Basket for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! Last week I shared a 'serving suggestion' for the Basket from Eileen Hull Designs HeARTfelt Collection, released by Sizzix (you can find it HERE). Well one was simply not enough! As part of the Inspiration Team's collaboration with Stampotique I was lucky enough to receive the 'Hanging Heart's stamp and couldn't wait to see what it would look like on the side of a sweet treats basket.


I haven't done a full tutorial for this basket as basically the process is the same as for the first one. Following the first four steps in my original post, I added uneven layers of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple Distress Paints (gosh, even the names get the mouth watering right?!) When dry I used my finger to apply a thin uneven layer of Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste and let it air dry. I pounced the Candied Apple paint onto every edge before assembling the basket.


The Hanging Hearts were stamped on each side of the basket using embossing ink and were given a coat of Hammered Metal Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Crafts. I love how the mix of ingredients in this powder give a finish that isn't just flat colour! You'll see the hearts were then painted with more of the paint used to colour the basket. The words 'When we love - we grow', also from Stampotique, were stamped with Black Archival Ink to add a final finishing touch.


Imaging my delight in finding some berry bonbons that matched the basket perfectly!
Needless to say, those are disappearing fast in this house now the photos have been taken... 

I hope this inspires you to make your own sweet treats basket for someone special. There will be lots more projects coming throughout the rest of this month from the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team as part of the collaboration with Stampotique - you can check them all out HERE.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new Frilly and Funkie creation. For now have a great day, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

6 June 2017

Eileen Hull, Stampotique, the Basket and Moving Home

Hi everyone and welcome! As part of a month long collaboration between Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team and the good folks at Stampotique I've got another new project to share with you today; this time I'm using the 'Basket' die from Eileen's HeARTfelt collection, some of her gorgeous double-sided patterned papers from the HeARTfelt Paper Pad and fun images from Stampotique.

One of the samples I made for the Creativation 2017 show was a little basket using Eileen's fabulous die. It proved particularly useful for holding business cards and this gave me the idea for the latest project, a holder for change of address cards. It just so happens one of the designs in Eileen's patterned Paper Pad is a house which worked perfectly with the 'Stitched Houses' stamp from Stampotique.


So here's the basket/new home card holder, complete with coordinating card blanks. You'll see the houses stand proud from the sides of the basket to allow for the free movement of the handles and there's a faux stitched theme to the basket base to match the papers and houses design.

Let's get started with the tutorial for making it (click on the images for a closer look);


Step 1 - Cut one base, two sides, two handles and two basket rims from mat board or similar using the Basket die. I like to run the basket rim shapes back through the die lined up with the top of the side cut to shape it.
Step 2 - Paint both sides of every element with Salty Ocean Distress Paint. An even coverage is not required.
Step 3 - Apply Mowed Lawn Distress Paint to your craft mat and press each element into it to add a second uneven layer. Reapply the paint to your craft mat for every piece coloured.
Step 4 - Repeat the previous step, this time using Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.


Step 5 - Roll a tracing wheel over the outer edges of each side piece to create interlocking wavy lines of faux stitching.


Step 6 - Use black and white permanent pens to draw lines following the holes created by the tracing wheel.


Step 7 - Fold the base pieces and stick to the basket sides with strong adhesive of your choice.
Step 8 - Attach the handles to one side of the basket base using brads through the pre-cut holes.
Step 9 - Glue one of the shaped basket rim pieces over the brads on the inside of the basket.
Step 10 - Repeat the last two steps to secure and cover the basket handles on the other side of the basket.


Step 11 - Stamp the 'Stitched Houses' design on to four different sheets of from the Paper Pad and cut out.
Step 12 - Layer different roofs and buildings over 10 of the stamped houses.
Step 13 - Stamp the houses onto mat board. Cut out the building parts, colour the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, and glue onto the backs of each of the corresponding paper houses. These can now be glued onto the sides of the basket, overlapping where required.
Step 14 - Cut white card into business card sized rectangles (roughly 3.5" x 2") and cut smaller pieces of paper from the multi-coloured houses Paper Pad sheet (roughly 1.5" x 2"). Stick the patterned paper to the ends of the white card rectangles to create matching new home address cards.

Here are some close ups of the finished new home address card holder so you can see those all important details;





I hope you've enjoyed seeing this little project and the tutorial. If you have any questions please feel do leave a comment below and I'll do my best to help. Meantime please do make sure you hop on over to the Eileen Hull Designs blog where there are links to even more projects which several of my uber-talented Inspiration Team mates are sharing as part of the collaboration this month.

Thank you so much for joining me today. Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

31 May 2017

Something Old for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and I've called it "Something Old"; I'm sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

You know you have your family well 'trained' in your creative ways when they become experts at spotting old 'treasures' in need of a makeover or perfect for adding to projects. A little while back my husband spotted a pile of metal objects sat rusting in the rain out in my Father in Law's back garden. They were all destined for the tip but hubby had enough foresight to salvage them. One of the items in this pile was an old metal toolkit tin which had a fabulous patina, brought to life with a few coats of clear lacquer. Now successfully rescued, the tin had a look of a well loved travel paint box about it so I decided to add the 'paints', art tools and a freshly completed dreamy Tuscany landscape inside a vignette tray.


Time to share how this came together. I added a single drop of Distress Oxide Reinker to water to create a watercolour 'paint'. The hills of Tuscany are a patchwork of vineyards and farmland so these were represented by the patchwork of ephemera on some papers from the Memoranda collection. I painted stripes of Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Iced Spruce across a piece of paper cut to fit inside one of the vignette trays, blending them together with more water. 


The same process was used on more pieces of Memoranda paper, this time blending dilute Broken China, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber over them to represent more fields.


These layers were left to air dry before being cut into shape and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.


To create the typical warm Tuscany villas I blended Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink over more paper, cutting out the buildings and roof tops with the Cityscapes, Suburbia dies.


No other tree epitomises the Tuscan landscape like the Italian Cypress so they were an essential addition, cut using a Suburbia die from paper blended with Cracked Pistachio and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.


The 'paint palette' was created on a piece of watercolour card, later stamped with images and coloured with Old Paper Distress Stain Spray. I mixed a drop of each Distress Oxide Reinker previously used on the landscape with transparent paste and applied it to the palette.


The various 'tools' were also coloured with a mix of Distress Oxide Inks and Alcohol Inks to age them.


Finally I altered the vignette tray with Ground Espresso and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints and Rust Alcohol Ink before adding the various painted paper layers to build up the Tuscany landscape.


Now for some close ups of the finished 'artist's tin'...





I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation of this old rusty tin. That's it from me for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "Somthing Old". Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates from both the Frilly and Funkie sides of the Design Team have incorporated something old into their creations. And remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning.

For now, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


23 May 2017

I Felt at Home with Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team

Hi everyone and welcome! Today marks the start of a new crafty journey as I post my first project for Eileen Hull Designs. As many of you will know it was my absolute honour to help represent Eileen at the Creativation show back in January. Having initially been invited to be a part of Eileen's magnificent Inspiration Team some time ago, the stars have finally aligned and I'm thrilled silly to be jumping on board.

For the entire month of May the Inspiration Team are sharing projects featuring Eileen's HeARTfelt Collection by Sizzix with Kunin Felt, which is 100% Polyester Fibre, made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. I have never worked with this felt before and am now well and truly hooked! It cuts like a dream, is easy to sew, adheres well with adhesives and comes in a huge range of colours.

Given recent form, it takes little guesswork to know what I created as my first project...


Cutting and binding the notebooks (shared recently over several posts) by hand has got quicker but is still time consuming.
Eileen's Passport Die speeds up the whole process immeasurably and here's how;


I began by cutting two cover pieces and one spine from Matboard, then painted them (Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint).
I also cut two covers and the central section of the spine from Kunin felt.


I machine stitched some wavy lines over the two felt cover pieces (this felt is a dream to stitch on!) and then hand stitched some more lines embroidery thread. Tucking all the spare bits of cotton underneath, I then stuck the two felt covers to the coordinating painted Matboard covers before attaching them on each side of the spine with a strong wet glue. None of it bled through the felt and it gave me a bit of 'wiggle room' to match up the cover pieces perfectly and stayed in place firmly when dry.


Cutting Eileen's Stitchy Flowers from the felt was a breeze when I used the following sandwich through my Big Shot; Multi Purpose Platform, Precision Base Plate, a piece of copy paper, Kunin felt, Thinlits dies, Cutting plate. My favourite parts to this set are the central stamens and they cut easily too.


I cut more of the stamens from card to add to the bottom of the felt layered flowers, then stitched a little more embroidery thread to the centre of each flower to secure them. Then it was just a case of cutting a couple of leaves from the same set, positioning the flowers and leaves on the cover, and gluing them in place. At this stage I also added the central spine section cut in felt to the Matboard base.


To enable me to add signatures easily inside I threaded three pieces of coloured elasticated cord through the holes on the spine that are part of the die design, Travelers Notebook style. The ends were trimmed too.


Now this is the bit that can take time - creating the pages to go inside the notebook. However, Eileen has made life so much easier by including the page template part of the die design.


I used the matching floral sheets from her HeARTfelt Paper Pad and cut three as cover for the signatures. The design pre-cuts the holes for stitching and even rounds the corners off perfectly! You could colour in those flowers to match.


I used the same part of the die to cut the pages by folding copy paper in half and running three sheets through at a time. So that's 6 pages cut in one hit! Once you've cut enough pages simply pop them inside each of the three patterned paper covers and thread through some waxed cotton, knotting it on the back to secure them.


 The signatures easily slip through the elasticated cord inside the notebook as can be seen below;


And here's the full view of the completed felt cover;


So that's it for my first 'official' Eileen Hull Designs project as part of the amazing Inspiration Team!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing just a fraction of what Kunin Felt can do when combined with Eileen Hull Designs fabulous dies. Eileen will be sharing lots of the team's makes and also those by the Kunin Design Team all this month HERE so do make sure you check them out.

For now enjoy the rest of your week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

17 May 2017

The Sound of Music for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Linda Coughlin's turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and she's called it 'The Sound of Music'. Here's what she has to say about the theme; "When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters' Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.


I created another of my little handmade notebooks to match the theme and have a feeling my Frilly side has rather taken over on this one! The background rather lent itself to a romantic feeling with the Opaque Crackle through the Flourish stencil rather reminding me of lace. The base is real vintage music score and I added a layer of Distress Matte Collage Medium over the top of the crackle to protect it from flaking off with lots of handling. The edges were inked with Tree Branch Archival to add to the aged look.


I also used the Tree Branch Archival ink to stamp the flowers from the Illustrated Garden stamp set onto watercolour card twice before colouring with Distress Crayons and water. To stop the colour from moving further and to give a more matte feel I covered the hand cut layers with Frosted Crystal embossing powder. I added a border about two thirds of the way down the notebook cover using some Industrious stickers from my stash and Linen Ribbon. Having added lace from my stash (Linda has some beautiful lace and appliques in stock) I layered on the flowers with self-adhesive pearls and a Mirrored Star. Finally words were used from my favourite Clippings pack. I went on to hand bind the book with Coptic stitching.


I hope you like how this little notebook turned out. That's it from me for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "The Sound of Music". Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates from both the Frilly and Funkie sides of the Design Team have incorporated music into their creations. And remember to link your own musical, shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Behind the scenes I'm creating other projects to share as well as prepping for a demo day at PDA Cards & Crafts, Langley Mill, this weekend. Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


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