6 January 2013

How high can you fly?

Hi everyone and thank you for all the positive feedback on my news. Still pinching myself at being part of the Frilly and Funky Design Team!!! And there's more to come! (not teasing, just keeping schtum for a while.

Well, doesn't January seem to be crammed full of birthdays! There are five alone in quick succession for my family, and then of course it's Tim Holtz's birthday on Monday. Loads of peeps from the crafting world have been making cards for him in response to Linda Ledbetter's final CC2 challenge. Well I've made a card using a heap of techniques, but as it is in truth a card for my brother (soz, but I'm time-challenged) it won't be winging it's way across to the USA, so I won't enter it into that challenge. Still, I want to wish Tim the happiest of birthdays ever as he prepares to wow everyone at CHA (yes Hels, it's not long now!) He deserves it for the amount of time and effort he puts in to sharing his genius with us all.


I'm so pleased that the 'whitewash stamping' on brown paper shows up on this shot (second layer from the bottom). The bottom layer was demo'd by Hels herself at Northampton - a spot of 'faux distress'.


A lighter version was then overstamped with the map - TerryAlie, I'm relying on you to confirm that the gear is accurately placed to draw attention to The Netherlands (where my bro' and his family live.)


Ooooh, this bit was tricky. My fav Stampendous steampunk balloon was stamped/embossed onto grunge paper that had been coloured with copper acrylic paint. It was a challenge to get the powders molten without   distorting the paper too much. Then I splashed on a little of the Metallic Distress Stains (a Christmas pressie that is being used daily - how did I live without these?!!)


Confession time - I made this postcard for my diary but it didn't fit in the end. Doesn't it work well here though. Oh, and another background layer, some 'riveted patchwork' that has been completed using two embossing folders and the diffusers (see here for a step by step).


Now here's a cautionary tale - I made these cogs out of grunge paper/Spellbinders Sprockets a wee while ago and with the addition of some Tarnished Brass DS it came up perfectly. Unfortunately I can't remember my base 'recipe' (should have written it down...) so now I'm gonna have to try to recreate it and put a list in the old crafting notebook (which still needs a decent cover - but I'm on that one:) for future reference.

Hels seems to have read my mind (she's clever like that.) This week her Sunday Stamper challenge is entitled Come Fly With Me, so this is of course going to be entered.
Now, back to the room of craft I go to get some more stuff done; it's a hard life but I'm up for it!!!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy what remains of your weekend. Hugs, Jenny xxx

35 comments:

  1. Firstly CONGRATS on your news... I am SO happy for you, Frilly & Funky are lucky to have you on their team. Secondly, LOVE this card... Grunge cut with a Spellbinders? When you find that sammich again please can you let me know!! Been trying for yonks and can never get it to cut right thru! Anyways... congrats again... and... erm... in answer to your question... sorry sweets, I have no room in the case... if I did you could come with lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  2. Buttons...your Frilly and Funky piece is fabulous! This birthday card for your brother is one that I am sure Tim Holtz would have loved to receive! Your background is wonderful! I love all of your steampunk-ish pieces. The metallic parts are really cool how you've incorporated them into your card. I particularly love the embossed metal piece and the gears! They look fantastic! Congrats on being named to Frilly and Funky's DT. You've love Linda. She's such a lady! :) Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  3. This is completely fabulous! Love the vintage masculine color palette and all those layers, each more wonderful. I especially like how you double embossed the foil tape using the diffusers! And those gears are the best - hope you can remember the recipe because they are so fabulously rusty/grungy looking. Your brother is gonna love this one and Candy is right, Tim would have too! But maybe he will see it on your blog :)

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Oooh fab card - I too love those metallic stains and yes what did we did before them? Have a great week.

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  5. What a brilliant card, all those fab techniques and I don't blame you sending it to your brother.

    Sam xxx

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  6. Jenny this is a wonderful make and I am sure will be treasured by your brother! the layers and textures you have created are wonderful and those cogs..wow love them! trace x

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  7. There must be something in the air (no pun intended) this week - I'd just finished moulding some wings in epoxy putty before finding out two blog challenges with a "flying" theme - I only made them to use up the leftover putty! Lovely card and I'm sure Mr H will appreciate it. XXX Keren

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  8. An amazing card Jenny, wonderful grungy techniques and colours, you sure have rocked this one and it fits both birthdays perfectly. Love it.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  9. Hi Jenny, this card is a real gem! I am very impressed that you cut the grunge with Spellbinders AND managed to emboss without setting it alight..... as I would have done, lol. I hope Tim gets to see it and I bet your Brother will love it. Hugs, Anne x

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  10. Hi Jenny, just catching up on your great news - A Big Congratulations!
    This is a fabulous card, love the finish on the sprockets.
    Avril xx

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  11. Hi Buttons - what totally fab news! Congratulations (toot toot!) - BUT it is sooooooo well deserved as your creativity is mega inspiring it really is.
    Fabulous card and the cog has been done so well that it looks as though is metal, great faux finish.
    Told ya it was going to be your year! Cxxxx

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  12. What a totally fab man card, your brother will love it and to be honest, probably will appreciate it a lot more than a certain Mr TH who no doubt will receive cards by the thousands! Love all the textures and elements, it looks fantastic!!

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  13. Hi there Jenny, your design and textures are FAB-U-LOUS! The gears are the best faux rusted metal I've yet seen. Nicola x

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  14. Fabulous card and so many of my favourite elements included - I'm sure your brother will love it. Love that embossed panel using the diffusers - clever!

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  15. Hi Jenny
    Oh wow you are speaking my language with the good old steampunk. I love this style of male card and your card is stunning.
    I love all you techniques and thank you for the inspiration.
    Ria

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  16. A brilliant inspirational piece Jenny that your brother will treasure. I so love the cogs .....hope you find the recipe !! The hot air ballon is fabulous too.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  17. Amazing layering Jenny...such a great vintage/steampunk creation with all the different items, collaged together!

    Have a nice evening, Alie :-)

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  18. Wow Jenny, what a terrific manly card! Your brother is gonna love it! What a nice detail that the gear is placed over my country! I can confirm that it's accurately placed! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  19. Hi Jenny, what a smashing card, loads of fabby techniques going on there, love the idea of the gear highlighting where your brother lives. XX

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  20. Fantastic grungy steampunk - what an amazing card! Love the finish on the gears, and the riveted steel looks brilliant as a layer. So cool to hear there's more news on the horizon!
    Alison x

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  21. Fantastic project loving it all.

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  22. FABULOUS! Your brother is sure to love it! The gears and grunge are all wonderful! LOVE!

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  23. Wonderful with so many things to admire about it.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  24. Big congrats on your news! They are lucky to have you!! Fabulous piece. Love all the textures and great distressing. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  25. This is true eyecandy! Your brother will love this card - of that I am absolutely sure!!!

    All those delicate layers are so fab! Can't stop looking at them and at all the brilliant details!

    Hugs,

    Claudia x

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  26. Huge Congratulations Jenny. Annie told me the good news yesterday. She is also thrilled for you. Hugs Rita xx

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  27. Love all this grungy goodness and your brother will just love this! Great textures and design! You are a natural for Frilly and Funkie! Enjoy the week!

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  28. In answer to the question in your post's title I'd say you are ....
    Soaring Also you are a tease - how patient do we need to be before you can share more news?!!
    Love the textures and all the elements that interest the eye.
    Your brother will be so thrilled with this.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  29. What a fabulous card, are you ever going to be an asset to the frilly and funkie team! Congrats to you, I shall follow strickly and enjoy! x

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  30. Hi Jenny, This card is a feast for the eyes! So many techniques in one place. I am in awe!!

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  31. So much to see, such a great card.

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  32. Hi jenny that is a Fabulous card ! Love that whitewash stamping must look into that technique. You've filled this card with brilliant elements that all work together reAlly well fantastic work x

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  33. PS. Huge congratulations on your frilly & funky DT post. I look forward to seeing what you get up to ! X

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  34. This is a stunning card. Sorry I have been lost in blog land recently. Congrats on your dt position over at ff. they have a great team there and you will be an awesome addition.
    Back to the card. Great details ma colours. The air balloon is a fab looking stamp.
    Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog they telly men a lot.
    I look forward to following your work for ff.
    mark x

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  35. Oh my.... please shout it over the rooftops when you figure out your recipe... this is just gobsmackingly cool.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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