14 April 2013

Inspired by Finnabair

Hi everyone and thanks for joining me. Over at Snazzy's Design Team blog they have an 'Inspired by Finnabair' challenge. As her style of work has inspired me for some time it seemed appropriate to enter.


This doesn't look like many of the entries, granted, but I love the way she works with layering elements around a focal point (usually a photograph) and then duplicates a smaller version along another edge - as she has done in this layout. The central image for me was some masked/embossed stamping using an Indigo Blu set. It was the first time I'd used glossy and Distress powders side by side and the timing on heating them was tricky. The antique gold card was also recoloured with Pan Pastels which was able to glide smoothly over all the embossed elements. The scissors were also embossed (Ranger Verdigris EP) after having been fussy cut.














 I rather like the sewing pattern (an Andy Skinner stamp on tissue paper coloured with DI Antique Linen). Other elements include Old Paper DS splats, some die cut paper/kraft glassine, lace, ribbon and more stamping. To me it reflects the eclectic mix of ephemera Finnabair uses all the time. The edges were embossed with clear embossing and again, Pan Pastels were rubbed over to highlight them. I love that if you put too much on you simply take an eraser to it (which unfortunately you can't do with inks).














It was an enjoyable experience creating this - using white without having to be paranoid about having to keep my fingers ink free all the time! It also taught me a lot more about what is/isn't possible with various media. Hope you are inspired in some small way by what you've seen and I would highly recommend those of you who haven't seen her work that you take a look at Finnabair's blog. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x

28 comments:

  1. Great make Jenny, specially love how you did the scissors!

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  2. I love how you've been playing with Anna's inspiration and converting to cards rather than scrapping - and this is a really fantastic example. I love the neutrals plus turquoise, and then the red accents give it such zing. Fabulous composition, with such wonderful use of space - a great make, Jenny!
    Alison xx

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  3. Looks good to me Alison :) love all the layering something I struggle with
    Von ♥

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  4. Everyone seems to be exploring Finnabair style Jenny. I love your take on it. Agree 100% about Pan Pastels.

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  5. Jenny another wonderful make that captures the style and your eye for style and design too ..
    hugs trace x

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  6. Love how you've made it totally yours. Fab colour choices.

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  7. Wow! Jenny another stunning creation, I love it, you have got everything just spot on . Love what have done with the scissors.
    Everything about it is wonderful.

    Patricia xxx

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  8. Its lovely - Finnabar is so inspiring isn't she - I have been meaning to do a layout in her style for about a year now! one day..... have you managed to play with the melt pot again yet? I still haven't - busy again this week but here's hoping for next! oh and I unpicked the quilt a bit so that's slowed me down too!

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  9. Just wonderful Jenny-well done for doing it in the Finnabair style so well

    Love Chrissie xx

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  10. Such a popular style (I love her work) Jenny and what a fabulous interpretation you have made of it. I love what you have done because it iso your own interpretation rather than you trying to do a direct copy. Your placement of objects and colour scheme is perfect and I do like your use of different textures/finishes.
    Hugs, Neet (who is now too late to join in) xx

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  11. Morning Jenny, I love this, love the scissors, and the compilation of elements is beautiful.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  12. I just love how you experiment and come up with a gorgeous creation every time! I love Anna's style so much and you have captured it so well here, it is a real beauty. Sorry I have been missing, now have a bug so I may go off again...... Hugs, Anne x

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  13. Sorry for my delayed comment, i'm away at the moment.
    Thank you for taking part in the snazzy challenge.
    I love that your piece isn't like the others, That's what the challenge was all about, To be inspired by Anna, I too love her composition with papercraft and your entry is just stunning xo

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  14. A very clean and clever interpretation of Finn's layers xx

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  15. I'm always inspired by what you produce and this is no exception - just love those scissors!

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  16. Gosh Jenny, what a wonderful creation. I love the setting and the colours you have used. Perfect. Hugs Rita xxx

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  17. Hi Jenny
    This is lovely to look at overall, but the detail is so interesting and creative,
    Rosie x

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  18. This is gorgeous Jenny, I love your pop of turquoise and the layering is wonderful xx

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  19. I follow Finnabair and you nailed her style perfectly. I love this, so many interesting textures and things on it. Beautiful work Jenny
    Hugs, Kelly

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  20. A fab' design and what unusual colours but they really do work together. Great. Chris xxx

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  21. Sew lovely!!! Love that added pattern tissue paper with all the other sewing themed goods! Wonderful creation! Hugs!

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  22. Great work jenny i like how you've taken the inspiration from Anna but made it to your own style. I'm sorry i missed this challenge I 've been busy with work and domestics lately must get back on track ! X

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  23. That's a gorgeous layout, just fantastic.

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  24. Fabulous Jenny....I love Finnabair's style and you have certainly captured that in this stunning piece.

    Might have to give it a go as I am going to one of her workshops in November


    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  25. Love how you've added all these fabulous details Jenny, especially the scissors and the sewing machine... saw awesome textures!

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  26. Beautiful Jenny and a wonderful interpretation of Anna's style.
    Hugs {brenda} x0x

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  27. This is such a lovely take on Finnabairs style! Love the layering! I also love her style and she is here in the Netherlands in 3 weeks, but then I'm in Paris... Why can I have it all? ohh, do I sound like a brat now? well maybe a bit ;). Hugs, Sandra

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  28. Jenny - another b-e-u-t-I-f-u-l project!! I'm totally inspired!! I have a beautiful sewing machine stamp and I know what my next project is!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work!

    Cheers!!


    Lorraine - Ontario, Canada
    ;o)

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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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