28 July 2015

Blog Candy Giveaway Winners...

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm busy beavering away behind the scenes as ever getting attempting to get ahead of myself in preparation for some holiday time. Part of that organisation is to announce the winners of my recent Blog Candy Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to spread the word. And so to the winners (drumroll)...

(As you can see I took the highly technical approach)

Huge congratulations to Lia, Elly and Samantha!!!
Please email me HERE with your postal address so I can pop your bundle of goodies in boxes and send them off to you.

I'll be back soon with my Tim Holtz tag project for this month and hope you can join me for that.
Meantime, whatever you're up to today take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

22 July 2015

Raise It Up! for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! At the start of the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, 'Raise It Up!' it's the turn of the Funkie side of the DT to share their projects, including lil' ole me! Our host for this one is the wonderful Pamellia. Here's what she has requested; "I want to see lots of layers, lots of panels and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic or vintage project, BUT they must be raised up! Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand tall!" With the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, three Top 3 badges, and a draw for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, there are plenty of reasons to join in the fun.

I was inspired by two of my DT team mates when creating this layered gift bag. Having drooled over Pamellia's recent layered challenge piece I fancied grabbing the same Spellbinders dies and putting a funkier twist to them. And I've used Shelly's superb tutorial again for creating hand made stamens to place at the centre of my flower. Here's the finished bag...

(click on each image for a closer look)

You'll probably notice I didn't include as many layers as on Pamellia's original (though a few of them are raised up on foam pads) but I did use the Radiant Rectangles die set to cut them. The rose gold/copper ones are covered in FlitterGlu and Mega Flakes from IndigoBlu - you can die cut any of your regular card once these wafer thin gilding flakes have been applied to achieve a sumptuous metallic finish. I also rubbed a little Black Soot Distress Ink over those layers to match the copper tone filigree centre embellishment.

The alternate layers were also cut using the dies. Having spread texture paste through the Vintage Quilt stencil each one was spritzed with a combination of Industrial Chic mists and a finishing touch of Crow's Nest Copper. The base is kraft card which has been embossed using a folder to add even more height to the base. On top I piled some of those little pieces of dyed seam binding that Linda sends with her little parcels of joy inside each order. You'll also see a couple of brass leaves, shaped for more dimension, little heirloom roses (defined with more of that Crow's Nest Copper) and a handmade flower featuring Shelly's idea for Liquid Pearls stamens. The flower was coloured with a combo of the Copper mist and Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray, and I added a touch of dilute Rusty Lantern Lime Magicals to the centre. A few filigree metal corners finished off this rather elaborate gift bag topper. I hope you like it!

I look forward to seeing your 'raised up' creations entered for the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and for more inspiration please make sure you check out my Funkie team mates awesome creations.

Before I leave you, just a quick reminder that my Blog Candy Giveaway ends this Sunday 26th July so please make sure you've entered as there are three parcels waiting patiently to be sent out...

Have a great Wednesday everyone and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

20 July 2015

Destination Inspiration Terminal 3 at A Vintage Journey

Hello and welcome everyone! It's my turn to take you on your travels to the latest Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey. Here's a sneak peek of what lays in store for you when you disembark at the other end of the link...

Hope you can join me over there, Jenny xxx

15 July 2015

Christmas Plaques for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. It's my turn to share a project (well three actually!) using the new Clearly IndigoBlu stamps over on the IndigoBlu blog today. Here's a sneak peek to tempt you into joining me over there...

If you fancy seeing me create one of these IRL then you're in luck - I've one more to put together at the IndigoBlu Open Day this coming Saturday 18th July at the Retford HQ between 10am and 4pm!!! With all the new releases, lots of demonstrations, a well stocked craft shop, homemade cake and even a free prize draw it's going to be a really fun day and we'd love to see you there.

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

13 July 2015

The adventures of Flat Susan continue...

Hi everyone and welcome. I've been hosting a well travelled little friend recently and it's my turn to share that time with you. For those of you who aren't familiar with Flat Susan she is the brainchild of the lovely Neet (Hickydorums) and has been travelling the World (in her very own suitcase!)

Living right next to the Trent and Mersey Canal it was essential that Susan got to see it's delights and as luck would have it there was a floating market taking place. I marvelled at the fact that so many clever people could live and work in such a small place but Susan reminded me that it was all a question of being organised when you're small. Funny, that would prove to be somewhat prophetic! 

And there was another fortuitous event for Susan to attend. I got the chance to meet up with fellow creatives Anne Redfern (Redanne) and Tracy Evans (Craft Addicts) for a wonderful pub lunch. Bless her, Susan found it almost impossible to get a word in sideways! It's so very rare I get the opportunity to leave the confines of the craft room and this was a real treat.

Talking of confines... I've been kinda chained to the laptop more recently (the necessities of setting up a new DT and managing another) so Susan became a rather constant companion in these endeavours. In fact she's really got the hang of touch typing, not bad for someone who's reach only extends to about four keys at a time! Remember what she said earlier about 'it all being a question of organisation'? I've discovered that Susan is very good at making lists and cracking the whip...

Something else she's become a 'dab hand' at is using FlitterGlu. So whilst I got to grips with the stamping side Susan worked that Scoochy like a pro. I'm telling you, that girl has an amazing eye for detail!

And so, with her CV nicely extended and a new tag in hand, it's time to head off to visit Rosie (Crafting at S G) down the road. It's been a joy to host this special little lady and I look forward to seeing where she travels over the coming weeks and months. Jenny xxx

8 July 2015

Something to Say... at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome to my regular Frilly and Funkie post. Today sees the start of the second week of this fortnight's challenge and I'm the host! I picked the challenge theme, 'Something to Say...'. There are so many fabulous quotes and sayings now available for use on our projects. Whether you stamp it, print it, write it or die cut it, make your sentiment the main focus of attention on your vintage or shabby chic entries.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot 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 new Top 3 Badges for three outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner has become so hard!

And so to my Funkie side of the DT offering. To make those words the real focus it had to be a journal page for this one, though it has to be said this didn't turn out anything like I expected!!!

(click on the images for a closer look)

I'd gesso'd the base diary pages and was all set to stencil away with a flowery theme in mind (in fact I started and scrapped the paste off again!) but as this 'journal' has developed the surfaces become less even and harder to work on. So, Plan B. I grabbed a sheet of 'Correspondence' paper (one of my favourite designs from this collection), cut it to the required length and got stamping. Part of the design includes red, open flowers which look similar to one in the 'Flower Garden' stamp set, so I added to that design with more flowers and a few stems for good measure in Red Geranium Archival Ink. These were painted with a mixture of Distress Markers, Distress Stain and a little water, though this diminished the petal and stamen details. Out came my Snow Cap Pigment ink (you could use Glacier White equally well) and a white gel pen to stamp/redraw in those details.

Now back to that stencilling; white paste through the 'Blossom' Layering stencil which then absorbed some of the inks. I tried adding some Picket Fence Distress Paint but it wasn't quite strong enough so then came a layer of 'Merci Beaucoup Mint' embossing powder - perfect! Having blended Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges of the paper I stamped the main sentiment from the Life Quotes set, added a Big Chat and Small Talk sticker (more Frayed Burlap around that too) and splattered Black Soot Distress Paint over the lot.

Now I'd love you to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see what my fabulous new Funkie team mate Shelly Hickox has created (it's positively AWESOME!) and one of my creative heroes, Linda Coughlin has conjured up (SENSATIONAL as ever!) Aren't I just the luckiest person to get to play 'alongside' these industry leaders! And then get those entries in to be in with a chance to win.

Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week I wish you a great one and remember to take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

6 July 2015

Bin Diving? Nothing gets wasted here...

URGENT UPDATE: My crafty buddy and DT team mate Sue Carrington who you all know and love has had a horrible weekend - her blog has been hacked!!! As a result she's got to start all over again (can you imagine - that's everything from 2009 gone! - and yes, every which way has been tried to recover it). Anyway PLEASE make sure you follow her on her new blog and help spread the message;


Hi everyone and welcome, including my latest followers - so glad to have you joining in the fun! First up I need to give you a 'heads up' about the Blog Candy Giveaway that's running here through Sunday, July 26th. Please make sure you follow the link HERE (or on my sidebar) to find out how you can be in with a chance to get your hands on some fab crafty stash...

Now on to today's offering. I've been 'bin diving' and it's all thanks to the lovely Ruth (a love to create) an incredibly talented person I was lucky enough to meet recently at Stamp Magic. If you haven't seen her blog yet I can highly recommend a visit. Ruth is part of the DT over at Stamps and Stencils and recently shared a clever way of reusing those ink stained baby wipes HERE. Well that was it, no argument here, into the bin for me! retrieving all the old, previously discarded wipes, removing the scraps of paper that had become entangled with them, and flattening them out. Here's the first card I made using one of these 'revived' wipes...

(click on each image for a closer look)

The joy of this idea is that you don't have to start from a blank page. The ink patterns and colours are already in place and it's simply a case of enhancing them and working with the design they have predetermined. I have no idea which colours were mopped up with this particular one, just that dark blues, light browns and a touch of black were mainly in evidence. So, having adhered the wipe firmly to a piece of card to stabilise it, I reached for the IndigoBlu 'Circle Dot Background' stamp and some Midnight Blue Stazon ink (as it won't bleed on the fabric surface). Over the top I layered some white texture paste, stencilled randomly through an old circular stencil picked up as a sale item some long time ago.

To top this all off I die cut some cogs and gears, giving them a liberal covering of gold embossing powder and swiping Jet Black Stazon ink over the top to 'age' them. They work well when teamed with Tim Holtz Idea-Ology cogs and gears. The sentiment always makes me chuckle and comes from the IndigoBlu 'Little Voice' set. I thought it would appeal to my Father In Law's sense of humour as he celebrated his birthday - let's hope! A little 'watercolour' edging just helped to make the panel appear raised when added to a plain background.

It really didn't take long to put this together and with a small pile of used wipes sitting on my desk I now have a place to start when the old mojo takes a hike. Please make sure you pop over and see Ruth's tutorial for even more ideas.

I'll be back on Wednesday with my next Frilly and Funkie project. In the meantime PLEASE make sure you follow http://stampssuestyle.blogspot.co.uk/ and update your dashboards so you don't miss out on this incredible lady's work.
Thank you (and make sure you backup your blogs!) Jenny xxx

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