13 February 2016

A Fern Favourite

Hi everyone and welcome. So, half way through the weekend the hamster wheel keeps a-spinning... have to say I've been blown away by the response to my 'Art Chemistry' canvas. As well as the previously mentioned Top 3 at Emerald Creek Dares, it's now been awarded Top 3 at Country View Challenges and Winner at Anything But Cute (where 'Lady Elsie' was also named Sara Emily's Favourite too!)

Back here on Terra firma, and last weekend I got to play 'Wendy Vecchi' style - I had so much fun it turned from one day into two. To explain, Linda Coughlin was kind enough to send me some stamped images and backgrounds from the new Wendy Vecchi releases. Black archival ink on plain white card. Ready for inking, cutting and so much more. Wendy is a master at finding fabulous quotes to include in stamp sets and I adore her backgrounds (waiting for them to come through as we speak!!!) but it's also been brilliant to use the new nature based stamps and stencils.

(click on each image for a closer look)

This card has a Victorian feel to it don't you think? I started by spritzing the Botanical Register background with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain before dripping and blotting some water, splattering black gesso over and adding ink to the edges. It works perfectly on top of the ripped page from a gardening encyclopaedia I picked up from a charity shop. That's all layered onto a 'Quilted' embossed piece of white card previously dipped in a  mix of surgical spirit and Archival Inks (Forget Me Not, Potting Soil and Cornflower Blue).

I rescued the Cabinet Card die cut frame (covered in Silver embossing paste and covered with the Forget Me Not and Cornflower Blue Archival Inks again) from my 'spares' box to work as a perfect foil for the potted plant. Stamped from the Blooming Art set it was coloured with Distress Markers before being cut out. I rather like the effect of layering Remnant Rubs over it as a contrasting silhouette. The little heart uses the Ticking background and faux stitching. And finally the quote comes from the Exceptional Art set and fits perfectly in Tim's Simple Sayings frame/die.

Play time resulted in many more cards and I'll be sharing these in the coming weeks. For now make sure you check out Wendy's new releases and keep your eyes peeled for more wonderful Wendy makes from other members of the Frilly and Funkie DT.

I'm entering this into;
Vintage Stamping Challenges - #41 Splatters and Drips
(as both backgrounds required a fair few of those!!!)

Hope you enjoy what remains of the weekend, have a happy Valentines Day and most importantly, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

10 February 2016

Be the person... for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn today to share a new project using some brand new IndigoBlu releases - fun stamp sets and new yummy paint colours. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see over there...

Hope you can join me over at the IndigoBlu blog to see more...
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

6 February 2016

Saturday Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of the weekend! As promised I'm back this morning over at Frilly and Funkie with a tutorial for my last Frilly and Funkie DT project, a card featuring embossing and so much more. Thank you so much for all the positive reactions to this one - I hope you enjoy finding out how it came together now :)

Join me over at Frilly and Funkie for some inky fun.
And whatever you're up to after that this weekend take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

3 February 2016

Enjoy your Embossing with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's my turn to host the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, the theme this time being 'Enjoy your Embossing'. For this one you need to make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favourite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) - just enjoy your embossing!

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot over at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

So here's my DT project for this one...

I'm not going to go into any detail about how this card came together because there's a full step by step tutorial coming this Saturday over at Frilly and Funkie. Needless to say there are a few ideas there to try!

The rest of the Funkie side of the DT have come up with beautiful projects of their own so please make sure you hop on over to Frilly and Funkie to see them. Then it will be your turn (if you've not already joined in the fun) to show us what you can do with your favourite method(s) of embossing.

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

1 February 2016

Sitting in the eye of a tornado...

Hi everyone and welcome! So here we are, the start of February already and it feels like the World is spinning ever faster. As a rule I stick to sharing my latest projects with you but just for once I've decided to share the smallest fragments of my creative life instead...

First up the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine will be out at the end of the week and I'm thrilled to be able to share that one of my projects has been featured! That excitement never diminishes however often it happens and I'm deeply indebted to the incredible superwoman that is Trish Latimer for continuing to support my work and that of so many other superb designers. We are SO lucky to have a craft magazine of this quality produced in the UK - thank you to all of you who continue to subscribe/buy your copies and help to keep it in circulation. My project? It was inspired by my travels to Venice - here's a sneek peak (taken from the Craft Stamper blog)...

Next, it's been a ridiculously busy weekend for the folks at IndigoBlu (me included) with the release of 21 brand new stamps(!) 4 ranges of mixed media papers, AND Stencils AND Kits AND even a jewellers grade resin!

In order to show you more and share some amazing ideas for using them Kay Halliwell-sutton and Mike Deakin filmed a video for you; it's available on the IndigoBlu YouTube channel and there's an added bonus - watch it, subscribe to the channel and leave a comment under the video itself and you'll be in the running for a give away of the brand new Elsie and Valerie stamps!!! To see Elsie in action check out my last project HERE.

Not content with just one give away, Kay decided to share the news on the IndigoBlu Facebook page - leave a comment on the relevant post (pinned to the top) before 5pm Saturday 6th February and you'll be in with a chance to win two of the new stamps!!!

It's always a joy to have your work praised by fellow creatives and I was thrilled to be awarded a Top 3 badge by Kim over at Emerald Creek Dares for my Art Chemistry Canvas. Check out their latest challenge and the DT projects; seriously, there's some awesome talent in that team!!!

Meantime it's all go over at Frilly and Funkie - Linda Coughlin is back from the January 2016 CHA show with oodles of products to share with you at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Take a look at the Pre-Orders and New Arrivals sections and you'll see what I mean!!! And the challenge blog team continues to evolve; having already welcomed the fabulous Kathy Clement (Kathy by Design) to the Frilly side of the team in January, we are now beyond excited to introduce the incredible Suzanne Czosek (Suzz's Stamping Spot) to the Funkie side of the team!!! It truly is a blessing and an honour to get to work with such inspirational figures in the creative industry.

So what's next in February? Well in between the power/water going on and off here (bathroom renovations!!!) I'm putting together my latest Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie, figuring out which of the new IndigoBlu stamps to use for the DT blog posts, prepping for three days of demoing at the CHSI Stitches trade show (IndigoBlu/Craft Stamper) and creating new projects for magazines and an exciting new on-line publication.

Then there's some brand new workshop projects of course (I'm already booked to teach at Daisy's Jewels and  Crafts, Coventry on Saturday 5th March - would love to see you there).

So now maybe the title of this post makes more sense - 'sitting in the eye of a tornado' - it's dead calm sat here in the middle whilst everything else swirls around at an alarming rate!!! And that's a seriously exciting place to be!!!

I hope you can join me back here on Wednesday for the reveal of my latest Frilly and Funkie DT project.
Until then, and whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

30 January 2016

Lady Elsie...

Hi everyone and welcome. Recently I told you the sad story of Dearest Daphne and mentioned her heart's desire Charles, son of an Earl and a bit of a cad. It's now time to introduce to you Charles' mother, the Right Honourable Lady Elsie...

(click on  each image for a closer look)

Lady Elsie spends a lot of time thinking about the past these days. As the future in Europe seems to her to grow more uncertain and day to day life becomes so drearily predictable, it's a comfort to return to her childhood memories...

Her childhood was a time of freedom long since lost. Under the instruction of their governess, Elsie and her sisters received an education appropriate to their position, learned much of the social etiquette that would be essential in adulthood and were also indulged in their literary and artistic pursuits. The chance to escape into the grounds of their family estate and sketch, paint or read as the warmth of the sun beat down was a treasured time, a dim and distant memory that grows more golden with age.

Elsie always knew that her life would be planned by those around her; it was her duty to marry a man chosen by her parents, ensuring bloodlines, hierarchy, and an order that spanned back centuries. Her mother's only involvement in Elsie's education was to teach her what was expected of her and what she must endure without complaint. And so it was that she began running a household, welcoming guests and dignitaries without question or hope of friendship, and being of use to her husband in any way he saw fit.

The Earl, though not unattractive, had an air of arrogance that gave him an ugly personality. Elsie never entertained the fantasy that the Earl felt any sort of love for her even though she was by any standards a true beauty. Just as she had learned well her duties, Elsie's husband had instilled within him from an early age the belief that a man of privilege could take whatever he wanted whenever and wherever he wanted without reproach. As such Elsie knew that the visits 'to his club' in London would include many dalliances which should never be questioned.

Whilst initially she longed for him to return home to her now she almost dreads the time they spend in each other's company. Elsie's abiding interest in art and culture are lost on him, and as the wine and port flow and his belligerence increases, she listens on in unexpressed sadness as he berates 'those damned Suffragettes and their poisonous ideas'.

The one glimmer of light in her life was on the birth of her son. Briefly 'applauded' for having fulfilled the duty of producing an heir she looked upon him as an angel with a shock of blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. Of course, as with any joy, it was short lived. A governess took over the upbringing of her boy until the time when he was packed off to a succession of boarding schools and ultimately University. Along the way she saw those unpleasant traits inherited from his father develop in Charles and she fears that another generation will be forced to endure all that she has.

And so it seems that in potentially scorning young Daphne's desires, Charles may in fact have given her a lucky escape from a life of servitude and acceptance. Yet all their futures are soon to be changed in a way that will impact on the entire social fabric as the dynasties of Europe collide...

Hopefully this canvas captures some of Elsie's story in its twists, turns and textures.

I'm entering this canvas into the January 2016 Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge.
I've used all the gorgeous Sprays from the limited edition set alongside C'est la vie Cerise and Silver Moon Turquoise Embossing Powders. This has to be one of my all time favourite colour schemes and I've used the sprays to colour most of the embellishments along the way.

There's some stamping using the brand new IndigoBlu Teeny Backgrounds swirl in Gothic Purple StazOn ink and stencilling using their Roman Numerals stencil. And then there's Elsie herself (yep, she's stamped too! on tissue, layered onto burlap and texture paste!)
I wonder what story you could tell using her...

If you want to see Elsie and so many more new and exciting releases make sure you tune into the IndigoBlu YouTube channel after 1pm today (Saturday 30th January) to see a very special video with a double giveaway featuring Elsie and another beauty, Valerie!!!

For my part I hope you've enjoyed this latest tale and am pleased to say there's more to come.
Have a great weekend whatever you're up to and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

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