25 September 2018

Pickin' a Ticking Pumpkin for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back today with a new project idea for Autumn (Fall) incorporating Eileen Hull's 'Spring Leaves' Bigz Die, her Colorbox Blends and the Twist & Style Tool. Ready for Harvest Festivals and Halloween here's my vintage style Ticking Pumpkin!

Before beginning it's important to say I was inspired to create this by a project guide found on the website A Delightsome Life. I started with a piece of ticking fabric roughly 15 inches long by 7 1/2 inches tall. Folding it width-wise with the right sides together I machine stitched along the short edges to create a cylinder shape. Then using strong thread I did a running stitch about 1/2 inch from one end, gathering it together and tying in a knot firmly. Turning the stitching to the inside of the cylinder I filled it with some flame-resistant toy stuffing before doing a running stitch around the un-closed edge. Pulling the thread firmly and knotting you now have a cylinder knotted at each end.

Using an embroidery needle with a large eye I threaded twine through from the bottom to the top of the cylinder. Pulling the thread round I knotted the two ends together, pulling to create a crease in one side of the cylinder. By repeating this process with the same piece of thread five more times, in through the bottom and out through the top, I ended up with the basic pumpkin shape. The twine was secured with a final knot at the top.

Cutting three strips of thick white paper 1 3/4 inch wide by 12 inch long I coloured each one with Eileen's Colorbox Blends inks. To get a lovely streak free finish I pressed the ink nozzle firmly onto my media mat, releasing a puddle of ink and then used a mini blending tool to add the ink to the strips on both sides. The colours used were Melon, Golden and Nutmeg, all of which worked well with the ticking fabric. I then cut a mix of the two largest leaves using the Spring Leaves Bigz Die (10 leaves in total - 4 large, 6 slightly smaller).

I shaped each of the leaves on the underside and used the remaining Nutmeg ink left on my blending tool on the edges of them. After using a hot glue gun to fix a piece of twig into the centre of one end of the pumpkin I then arranged and attached the leaves around it. To finish I used the Twist & Style Tool to create coils of copper wire that were shaped into tendrils on the end of a paintbrush, again attaching them to the twig with the hot glue gun. Having completed this one, I would recommend adding the first layer of leaves, then the tendrils and finally the second layer of leaves trimmed at the base to fit so you can disguise the glue in the centre.

Here are some close ups so you can see how it all came together;

That's it from me but there's lots more seasonal inspiration from the team over on Eileen Hull's website so do make sure to check it all out.

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

23 September 2018

Glittering in the sun...

Hi everyone and welcome. Autumn has surely arrived here in the UK fast and thoughts are fast turning to warm sweaters, shorter days and roaring fires. Inspired by the nature's final flourish and the upcoming colder weather I have created a new Etcetera Tag featuring Tim Holtz 'Nature's Wonder' stamp set. At it's heart is a bejewelled flower glittering in the sun, a piece from Tim's Assemblage which fits perfectly in the centre of a Funky Floral die cut flower.

I started by covering the Small Etcetera Tag with layers of Distress Paint (Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap) before smearing over Texture Paste. It gives an uneven finish which is opaque in some areas and semi-translucent in others, mimicking the effect of a hard frost on the ground. Stamping the text background from the Entemology stamp set and numbers from the Merchant stamp set over with Archival Inks added detail without being too obtrusive.

The leaves that create the structure for this tag can be found in the Nature's Wonder stamp set and were created using Alcohol Lift-Ink. I love that if you are over generous with this ink you get a reprint that recreates that slightly blurred look you get when pressing flowers and leaves between paper. After fussy cutting and shaping the edges were inked and as you can see they were layered with die cut twigs and Beaded Berries (oh boy am I pleased these have been re-released for this holiday season!)

The leaves looked completely at home on their base of Opaque Crackle Paste spattered with a little Stream Alcohol Ink to coordinate with the sanded Classic Kraft Stock underneath. Talking of adding texture, you'll notice that flamboyant flower in the centre has been die cut from card covered in a pale coloured Textile Surface painted with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint. And by cutting the stamens onto which the Sunburst Charm sits from Metallic Kraft Stock it enhances the glisten coming from the little crystals. You may well have spotted that I've removed the links to either side of this charm - it's easy to do with a pair of snips.

It's so much fun to put together phrases using the Clippings Stickers, mounting them on card to give added dimension and stability before trickling them through the bouquet of foliage to add the finishing touch.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this new tag and feel inspired to create some seasonal magic of your own. A list of all products used is shown below and of course feel free to ask for any more details that I may have missed.

Thanks for joining me today. Take care and get creative this coming week!
Jenny xxx

19 September 2018

All Creatures Great and Small for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are at the beginning of a new challenge, 'All Creatures Great and Small'. This challenge is hosted by Maggi Harding; "I've chosen one of my favorite subjects as the focus of this challenge, animals. They delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals. It could be your pets or a vintage photo. Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone??? Eeeek!!!! No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes."

As ever, the Design 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.

Aviary Etcetera Tag

After using various shades of brown Distress Paint in layers on this Etcetera Tag I scraped Texture Paste over the surface to give it a faded and uneven finish. When dry I used Watering Can Archival Ink and the Ledger Script stamps to apply patterning across it. The same approach was taken with layers of paint over the mini frame but this time I used White Gesso to replicate the faded paste look.

Still trying to figure out how to incorporate animals into this, I spied the roll of Aviary Collage Paper and a plan was formed; using Distress Collage Medium a piece of the Paper was applied to the surface of the tag. After stencilling Opaque Crackle Paste above, by the side and below the paper, dribbles of Weathered Wood Distress Paint and Mushroom Alcohol Ink were encouraged to run across the stencilled areas with spritzed water.

With the Collage Paper, stencilled paste and paint/ink dribbles all dry it was time to fix the frame in place with more Distress Collage Medium. This stuff when dry holds pretty much anything together, even managing to attach the metal Ribbon embellishment securely at the top of the frame. To replicate the small blossom flowers, buds, leaves and branches seen on the paper I used Classic Kraft Stock and Funky Floral dies. The dimension they added meant the birds were in danger of becoming swamped so I took the same images and applied them to plain white cardstock so they could be fussy cut and mounted over the originals. A Quote Token with a very appropriate phrase completed the tag.

The Close Ups

Here are some close ups so you can see all of those finished layers in more detail;

That's it for my animal themed project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage entries featuring animals to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx

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