23 November 2014

It's A Mega Flake!

Hi everyone and welcome. Another day another Christmas card - oh yes, they're coming thick and fast now! Hopefully you've seen three of my entries to The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge here, here and here. Now it's time to unveil my take on Linda's Tag No. 3...


Before we start here's that essential admin stuff; this annual challenge is being hosted by Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself and has been very generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The idea is that you take inspiration from each of Linda's weekly tags and create your own version, linking all 12 before December 21st to be in with a chance to win.


I absolutely LOVED what Linda had done with her tag, with the watery stamping and large snowflake being real stand out features. Having spritzed and flicked Wild Honey and Tattered Rose Distress Spray Stains over the background, I used a snowflake embossing folder with Pine Needles Distress Ink (and a light mist of water) as a stamp to replicate the original look.


The huge flake started life as a piece of card covered with Copper Kettle Mega Flakes before being die cut and embossed with the new Tim Holtz set. With dabs of ink from the Vintaj Patina set and a light rub over with Coffee Archival Ink it was ready to go. I drew around it with a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker to add a shadow and work out where to place the smaller flakes.


Using some Paper Snowflakes die cuts I covered a few in white embossing powder and others in Antique Linen Distress Glitter. The little snowflake stamp from the Mini Blueprints set was the perfect size for adding a little black detail. Finally the Simple Saying was stamped onto more of that Mega Flaked card and had a white embossed edge added.


Four down, a few more to go to catch up, and I have to say this is really proving to be the most fun challenge to take part in. With that ready made starting point courtesy of Linda, a lot of the thinking (OK, procrastination) is taken out of the creative process, leaving me free to concentrate on the overall design. Boy, does that make life easier! I hope you take a look at The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge and give it a go. Meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


22 November 2014

Patchin' It Up at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome to a new weekend! Great to have your company today. I'm out and about again, this time back on home turf at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Burton on Trent where a certain fella in a red suit is due to rock up... just saying if you're in the area :)


As it's a Saturday it's time for my weekly slot over at IndigoBlu where I'm sharing a great layering technique that creates quick, yet effective cards. Hope you can join me over there.

Whatever you're up to this weekend have a great one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

21 November 2014

He's Just A Skater Boy...

Hi everyone and welcome back. Oh boy, so many cards to share with you, so little time. Yesterday I promised you a second hit of inspiration for the current A Vintage Journey challenge 'All Sewn Up'. Remember, we are looking for Tim Holtz inspired sewing themed projects and as ever the challenge is sponsored by Country View Crafts.


My buddy Trace persuaded me that Tim's Found Relative cards were a must have, and she was so right! The occasions ones are perfect for adding a seasonal focal photo with a real vintage vibe. I couldn't resist adding stitching around this one and a hint of colour was easily applied with a Distress Marker. They are also perfect for adding remnant rub-ons or (in this case) Chit Chat stickers too as well.


No self respecting skater boy can do without a pair of skates so these Sizzix Tim Holtz ones were perfect. A little Black Soot Distress Paint on the heels, some Brushed Pewter Distress Paint on the blades and of course some matching laces and they're done.


Book pages look great when you stamp and water-colour them with your Distress Inks but they can be flimsy, so I piled a few layers together and hand-stitched them together. Plus this addition complimented the text on the background too.


Don't forget to get your entries in to our 'All Sewn Up' challenge at A Vintage Journey to be in with a chance to win. I'll be back tomorrow with a card for IndigoBlu. In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

20 November 2014

Do You Believe?

Hi everyone and welcome. Time for me to share another of my Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas cards, having previously shared the first one here and the second here. Today I'm taking inspiration from Tag No. 2, very much a Wendy Vecchi style one this time. Again I 'deconstructed' Linda's ideas to build the layers shown here.


OK, let's start by doing the admin stuff - this annual challenge is being hosted by Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself and has been very generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The idea is that you take inspiration from each of Linda's weekly tags and create your own version, linking all 12 before December 21st to be in with a chance to win.


Now on Linda's original tag she has very cleverly layered the stencilling and stamping onto one layer but I wanted to go with my tried and trusted layering formula to get the design right on a square card base. By stamping, stencilling and spraying the Christmas tree design onto two overlapping circles I could work out where to add the other details. You should be able to spot the reverse printing from the Checkmate stencil, the border stamping and the Merry Christmas stencilling. By sticking to a limited colour palette the way Linda did this all married perfectly.


You may be able to spot the little droplets of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains on the background and I used a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker with my waterbrush to create the shadow around the circles. 


Then onto those finishing touches. Linda's idea to add the words from the License Plate Art stamp set was genius, particularly when teamed with Red Geranium Embossing Powder. I added a stencilled/embossed parcel too. Then the little metal snowflakes attached with jump rings and mirrored star provided that touch of sparkle.


This card came together so easily by using the ideas from Linda's original tag and I can't wait to share the next couple very soon.
Tomorrow I'll be back with some extra inspiration for the current A Vintage Journey challenge; I hope you can join me for that, and in the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


19 November 2014

Dancing In The Moonlight

Hi everyone, welcome and thank you for dropping by. WOW, what a fantastic reaction to my first Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas entry! Clearly that one hit the spot - no pressure on the rest then! I'm pleased to say 2, 3 and 4 are done but I'm jumping to my entry for Tag No. 5 tonight to enable me to enter another challenge with this card...


OK, let's get the admin stuff out the way - this annual challenge is being hosted by Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself and has been very generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The idea is that you take inspiration from each of Linda's weekly tags and create your own version, linking all 12 before December 21st to be in with a chance to win. I've jumped to my card version of the Week 5 tag today.


Linda's version featured rays, stars and silhouettes and a monochrome colour scheme and initially had me stumped a little. Back to that 'deconstruction' and a little theme inspiration from this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge 'To the Moon'. It occurred to me that the rays could actually represent moonbeams to work with a doily 'moon' and the scattering of stars.


I started by colouring the moon with a mist of Wild Honey and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stains (CAN'T live without these!!!) and having clear embossed the rays on a plain white base this also got a spritz of the DSS, this time in Dusty Concord flavour. By using a hand torn circular mask at the beginning of this process I could concentrate the colour beneath the doily. To echo Linda's stars I used the same Silver Embossing Paste through the Stars Layering Stencil in random patches, covering some of these with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter for extra sparkle. Then back to those Spray Stains, this time with a paint brush to flick droplets of Dusty Concord and Picket Fence over the stars.


The silhouette die cuts on Linda's original tag were echoed with the die cut Holiday Greens in complimentary textured card. Then I stamped mini baubles on watercolour paper, painting them with Shaded Lilac Distress Stain and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, before fussy cutting and clear embossing them. They were hung from the branches on mirrored stars, clustered around a stamped greeting.


I think this card captures the essence of Linda's 5th tag and echoes the theme of the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The plan is to be back tomorrow to share the next one. Hope you can join me for that, and in the meantime take care of yourselves (particularly those suffering those Arctic conditions in North America right now). Jenny xxx


18 November 2014

Those Funkie Junkie Tags...

Hi everyone and welcome, including my latest followers - it's so exciting to see those numbers gradually build and I always appreciate you joining me. First up, in my last post I mentioned running a workshop at JGD Crafts on Saturday, and what a great time we had. The group were really enthusiastic and so welcoming, and our host Janet was a real gem. She is clearly a master organiser, and we were spoiled rotten with the most wonderful buffet, complete with handmade/decorated cupcakes! I can see why they come back for more:) Thank you to you all for making it such an enjoyable day.


I returned home and took a quick flick through Blogland to be greeted with some fantastic news... a win for my Inspired by Rust piece!!! Thank you so much to the team at Artist Trading Post for this honour - you added the cherry on top of the cake for my weekend!


And so on to the business of the day. For the past couple of years I've joined in with Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge because it is a great way to get those festive cards made in time. I may have been making Christmas projects since the beginning of the summer (actually it feels like the beginning of time right now!) but as none of those are for personal use the pressure is now. The joy of this challenge is in Linda's inspirational tags, each of which give your mojo a kickstart. And of course no challenge would be complete without a prize; with sponsorship from The Funkie Junkie Boutique there are gift certificates for the winners and discount coupons for everyone who enters!!! Woohoo!!!


Here's my take on Tag 1. My approach this year is to 'deconstruct' the elements on Linda's originals (ha! it's not just the chefs on Masterchef that can do it!) and layer them onto a card. So we have the Holiday Knit stencilled tag, with a coordinating stencilled layer on the base. Then there's stamped spruce leaves, various ephemera elements (courtesy one of Tim Holtz' ephemera packs) and some metal embellishments. Here are a few close ups...





One down, another three already completed, four more to do to catch up - it's do-able! And if you're thinking "Yeh sure, just not for me", remember you've got until December 21st to get them all done and linked - anything's possible...

I'll be back tomorrow with the next one. In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


15 November 2014

A Simple Wreath at IndigoBlu


Hi everyone and welcome. Phew, so we've made it to another Saturday and it's my regular slot over at IndigoBlu today. I'm keeping it simple this time with a quick and effective way of making an elegant little number for Christmas. Hope you can join me over there for a closer look.

I'm out and about again today at JGD Crafts in Sutton in Ashfield with the lovely Janet Humphries, running a one day card workshop - and I believe there are treats in store for us there!

Whatever you're up to this weekend take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

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