11 January 2017

New Years Inspiration at Frilly and Funkie - Make it Happen

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn to host the first challenge of 2017 over at Frilly and Funkie and the chosen theme is New Years Inspiration; at the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve this year.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here 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.

My DT project for this one won't make a great deal of sense to anyone without explanation as I've not opted for a sentiment or phrase to sum up my goal for 2017. Instead I've chosen to make something which will demonstrate my determination to make the words "Make it happen" a mantra for the year; it's time to make positive steps forward in life alongside making the most of offered opportunities (those are always welcome of course!) The people I admire most in the craft and hobbies industry are the ones who have made things happen through hard work, commitment and self-belief, and being honest it's that last one that is the most challenging, particularly in a culture which has a tendency to pour scorn on self-confidence.


This portfolio contains A5 replicas of some of my favourite canvases created over the last year to make it possible to physically share my work with people rather than just on social media or in print. Seeing pictures of artwork is always good but you really get the measure of it in real life, especially when there's lots of texture and dimension included. Its first journey will be to accompany me to Creativation 2017 (the new name for CHA) which this year takes place in Phoenix, Arizona; what better place to show people what you can do!


The portfolio covers came from a book salvaged from a charity shop onto which I added a Wendy Vecchi inspired vintage style floral panel bundle and a faux plaster plaque using a Prima IOD mould and paper clay (the tutorial promised  for achieving this look is included at the end of the post). I rebuilt the spine using strong card following an online tutorial by Seth Apter and added sticky backed canvas, coloured with Vintage Distress Collage Medium, to cover it. The filigree metal corners were added to the book covers for decorative purposes and I also 'aged' them further by applying the smallest amount of Distress Paint in patches. Here are a couple of close ups of the front cover;



And here's how I've added the canvases inside - as you can see from the first one they are all as dimensional as the originals, meaning that the finished portfolio measures almost 5 1/2 inches wide! There's also some vintage music score dating back to 1899 added to the inside covers and room for me to include some flat collage work and journalling if time allows before I fly.


As promised last Friday on my Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus post here's how to add a faux plaster/stone look to your Prima IOD paper clay moulded pieces (and remember, these beauties are currently discounted by an extra 15% at The Funkie Junkie Boutique).

Start with a layer of Peeled Paint Distress Paint over the dry moulded object label.


When the first layer is dry use a brush to add an uneven layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint. Some of the detailed areas will have the Peeled Paint layer still exposed.


Ensure the second paint layer is dry before spritzing water over the whole piece. While wet add a couple of drops of Mushroom Alcohol Ink to the edges and allow the ink to run before blotting with tissue to dry.


Finally add a layer of Crazing Distress Collage Medium and allow this to dry naturally to reveal the delicate crazing.


Here's what your 'faux aged plaster' moulded label will look like; you can add stamping or Remnant Rubs to finish.


So that's it for my DT project (and additional tutorial) for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge all about our New Years Inspiration. Please make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have created to represent their goals for 2017 and remember to link up your own projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'll leave you with a list of ingredients used for altering the covers of my new portfolio and a promise that I'll be back with some sneek peaks of something very exciting soon. Until then take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


6 January 2017

Friday Focus for Frilly and Funkie - Prima IOD Moulds and Paper Clay

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn to shine a light on a product range given an extra 15% discount at The Funkie Junkie Boutique for the next two weeks; Prima IOD Moulds and Paper Clay will be offered at an even better price through January 19th so make sure you stock up!!!


To give you some ideas for using Prima IOD Moulds and Paper Clay I'm sharing a few projects made with them over the past year. And I have had another play with the new Object Labels sets this week so there's a brand new altered book, part of which you can see above.

See the whole book over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE - I'd love to hear if you've used them or have any questions.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

2 January 2017

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all! WOW! Long time no blog. It's been a busy time for us all I guess and getting the chance to sit for any length of time to put together something that makes any sense has been beyond me I'm afraid. Is this why so many of us are resorting to the instant sharing afforded by Instagram, Facebook and the like? Well I'll definitely make the effort to continue to share DT projects, tutorials and other creative 'stuff' here on my blog through 2017 whenever possible.


In that spirit I'm here to share that I have a post going live for the Destination Inspiration series at A Vintage Journey today. Hopefully you can join me to see what I've been up to with the contents of the travel bag; it's a Wendy Vecchi inspired creation and that travel bag really came in useful!

For now I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, successful and creative 2017. Jenny xxx

7 December 2016

Home for the Holidays with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Here we are, December has arrived, and we're all now hurtling rapidly towards the festive season. Does the clock speed up at this time of year or is it just me? Anyway, the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge, hosted by the amazing Kathy Clement, is called 'Home for the Holidays!' "Let's get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season. You can make centrepieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes... basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme."

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Having been inspired by Tracy Evans' styling for her decorations this year (elegant, mercury glass ornaments, vintage inspired) I decided to feature my festive Idea-Ology stash in two altered jars with something of this look. The clean jars needed altering and ageing first up so I began by pouncing a mix of Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative around, removing some where I got over-enthusiastic! Next up the base and top were heat embossed with silver powder - have patience when heat embossing thick glass as it takes an age to warm up/melt/cool down! Finally I imperfectly (deliberately!) stamped the snowflakes from the Tim Holtz 'Scribble Woodland' stamp set in Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.



The inside 'snow scene' was created by layering Texture Paste and Distress Glitter (Linda still has a pot of my favourite Pumice Stone version left in stock - yay!) into which I sat Decorative Deer and Small Woodland Trees (sprayed in Iced Spruce Distress Stain Spray and covered in the same glitter). Around the top of the jar I tied a combo of Tinsel Twine, Christmas Jute String and burlap rope (Linda stocks some fabulous natural trims) before adding Christmas Word Keys, Typed Tokens and those fabulous Pinecones. You can also find multi-sized jump ring sets in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique which are fabulous value for money and leave you free to make up chains to any lengths you want.




I'm pleased to report the recipients of these vintage style jars liked them, even if they were so 'hot off the press' they required further drying time!!! At least the snow scenes inside will need no dusting and should be easy enough to pack away at the end of the festivities.

They are being entered into the following challenges;
Emerald Creek Dares - Winter Wishes Part 1
Country View Challenges - Christmas

That's my contribution to the Design Team's inspiration for our 'Home for the Holidays!' challenge. Make sure you hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the other fabulous makes from my super talented teamies and find out what they've made to decorate their holiday homes, I'm sure you'll find plenty of inspiration so you'll be ready to join in the fun with us and of course be in with a chance to win!
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


2 December 2016

Winter Magic with A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! Today sees the launch of the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey called 'Winter Magic'. Our host for this challenge is the wonderful Deb Riddell. Here's what she has in mind for this theme; "For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter? Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season and in a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style."

This month we are sponsored by Country View Crafts who have generously offered a £20 voucher to their online store for a randomly drawn winner. And three hand picked Pinworthies will be offered the chance of a guest appearance for a later challenge, so there's plenty of reasons to join in.

(click on each image for a closer look)

And now here's my own take on 'Winter Magic' - a canvas celebrating the magic that nature itself creates at this time of the year here in the UK. For me the beauty of this season extends beyond the sparkling lights, trees and tinsel. The last traces of fallen leaves caught beneath a snow/frost laden carpet, and revelation of weather-beaten structures, unburdened by much of the usual floral and fauna, are as magical as any festive decorations.



I started with the base of this deep edged canvas, randomly adding layers of Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso and Walnut Stain Distress Paints direct to the surface to get a look of dark soil. Next I applied a patchy layer of Texture Paste, leaving some of the 'soil' exposed on the edges, and stamped into it with the Tim Holtz 'Leaf Prints' stamps (mist them with water to ensure they release from the paste). When dry I restamped into the leaf impressions with the same brown shades of Distress Paint to make them stand out, and finally added a thin layer of white gesso to give the impression of frost on top of fallen leaves. With that the background was complete.



The colours mentioned by Deb in her description included blue, white and silver, and as luck would have it I picked up an old blue bottle at a vintage market in Retford recently. It still has the chips and grime of ages past, and with the addition of some Remnant Rubs (from the Elements set) a few dribbles of Ranger's Pearl Alcohol Ink Mixative, some twine and wire wrapping, and Tim's Festive Idea-Ology charms, it was the perfect match. Of course it would have looked weird just sitting in the middle of the canvas so I added chunks of canvas stretcher wood, dowsed in Iced Spruce Distress Paint, dripped with gesso, Pearl Mixative and Espresso Alcohol Ink, and stamped with numbers from the 'Sideshow' set in Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. Obligatory rusty nails, Idea-Ology Nail Heads, and a sentiment from the Small Talk Occasions set adorned the 'fence' beautifully but it also needed a few more leaves. To get that crunchy texture I quadruple embossed some card with Ranger's Snowflake Embossing Tinsel and stamped into it with one of the 'Leaf Prints' using Potting Soil Archival Ink. If you stamp and fussy cut the card first you get the perfect shape too.


So that's where this month's fabulous theme took me. Now I urge you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with - it's well worth the visit! Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win.

I'm entering this canvas into the following challenges;
Anything But Cute challenge #19 - Rustic Glam
Fashionable Stamping Challlenges challenge #117 - Tis The Season
That's Crafty challenges - All Grungy

And how exciting! I've just discovered I won last month's top spot over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #20 for my vintage lace/rusty canvas!!! Thank you so much to the team for awarding me this honour.

Off now for some Friday fun. Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

25 November 2016

Exciting News from Eileen Hull and Bella Crafts Publishing!!!

Hi everyone and welcome! I've got some exciting news to share today!!! Recently I was contacted by Eileen Hull with an invitation to submit projects to a brand new e-book. The book, published by Bella Crafts Publishing, contains over 100 inspirational projects including over 40 step by step tutorials for flowers, books, boxes, gifts, layouts, cards, holiday projects and so much more. AND there's a gallery section with over 60 ideas for using Eileen's line of Sizzix dies from lots of your favourite designers.


The book - Die Cutting Magic, is published by Bella Crafts, who produce amazing quality e-books and on-line magazines, and it is being launched today - Black Friday. As a BF offer, the book is available for $2.97 (yes, really!) and will be available at this price until Midnight 28th November (Pacific Time). That is a whopping 77% discount off the normal price of $12.97 - which is still a bargain for a 165 page book, packed with over 60 ideas and step by steps to over 40 amazing projects!

Are you looking for ideas for projects from Clean and Simple (CAS) right through to Mixed Media, with full step by step instructions? Do you need something to kick start your mojo? It would make a great Christmas present for crafty family or friends, and we all need a treat ourselves don't we?!

There are so many of your favourite designers included and it's a massive honour to have been included amongst them. Click on the link on my sidebar to purchase your copy, and remember, that HUGE discount is only available for the launch weekend so grab it NOW!!!!!! (you can't get much for $2.97 these days so it really is a proper Black Friday weekend bargain).

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

23 November 2016

Bountiful Harvest for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the US and the Autumn leaves falling to the ground here in the UK, the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge hosted by the wonderful Nancy Dynes is called 'Bountiful Harvest'. For this one she wants us all to "create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of autumn."

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


For me the bounty of this season comes from the array of trees in the park where we walk our dog. After the acorns and conkers have fallen and the berries have all been picked, it's the turn of the leaves to take centre stage; the rich hues dress the branches (and then the floor!) bringing much needed colour to the rapidly shortening days. Hopefully you'll see all of this captured in my card.


I've used Tim Holtz 'Leaf Prints' stamp set extensively for this, firstly in the background layers as a paint resist, then for the second Crushed Olive background with simple inky stamping, and finally for the embossed centrepiece. Contrasting the earthy layers was important for this design; kraft card blended with shades of brown and blue paint made the yellows, reds and greens really pop the way they do against autumnal skies. I also found a coordinating scrap of blue leather and piled ink on a piece of gauze for added texture.

The bottom leafy layer is so easy to achieve - just smoosh the four red Distress Paints on your craft mat, press the leaf stamps into it and stamp onto plain white card. Then when dry spritz over with the Distress Spray Stains and hey presto! autumn has arrived! I added a small sprinkle of black embossing powder to the final layer of heated gold embossing powder to get the aged look before pressing another of those gorgeous leaf shapes into it (cover the stamp in black archival ink first to make the final image stand out even more). The middle layer is a simple case of mopping up the remaining Distress Spray Stains with white card and stamping some of the leaves with Distress Inks (a touch of spritz and flick with the water makes it look as weather-beaten as me after my dog walks!!!)


So that's my contribution to the Design Team's inspiration for our 'Bountiful Harvest' challenge. Make sure you hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the other fabulous makes from my super talented teamies and find out how they've celebrated this season, by which time I'm sure you'll be ready to join in the fun with us and of course be in with a chance to win! For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


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