13 June 2013

Taking Control...

Hi everyone and welcome, including to my newest followers and those who have made the jump to Bloglovin'. Oh yes, you can see from the new icons (and the random post earlier today) that I've taken the plunge and got it set up before the 'apocalyptic ending' of Google Reader on 1st July.

Actually, much like the forecasted 'Millennium meltdown', I suspect it will be more of a whimper, but as it is fairly straightforward to let Bloglovin' do all the work and transfer the existing list of blogs you follow to its new homepage it seemed sensible to go that route. You also have to 'claim' your blog - somewhat bizarre, but I think that's a FB hangover - hence the random post. Working out how best to use the new dashboard is going to take a while, and I've found commenting on blogs which aren't linked is difficult without reverting to Blogger. It'll all come out in the wash though, I'm sure. Would I recommend it? Well it's probably best to set it up now rather than have to sort it all out manually. Now down to business...


Oh yes, Father's Day will soon be upon us in the UK so I've made two of these cards, and they include something of another major triumph this week. See the filmstrip and the tickets? Woo hoo! These are Sizzix Strip Dies (from Linda's very special discount at The Funkie Junkie Boutique recently) and I have found a plate sandwich which lets them work through my Grand Calibur!!! Result. Now I can join the party and use a wider range of fantastic dies.


You'll undoubtedly recognise the stamps used (various sets from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous) but how about the papers? My friend (and soon to be TV superstar) Rosie dared me to use CS from;
the TH French Industrial range (the photography advertising card);
and the DCWV Timeless Type Stack (the background, polaroid frame and black typeface edges).
Don't they co-ordinate well? And see, I haven't just stroked them:)


Filling that Polaroid frame was a challenge. I tried using the Distress Stains on the gentleman and masking him to blend and spritz the background but the water reacted with both, so layering a fussy cut man seemed the best option. I love the DI Aged Mahogany/Pumice Stone combo too.


I remembered a trick learned a while ago - using Pan Pastels as a smudged border to areas you want to highlight - and added some brown onto the centre of the background. Oooh yes, and a couple of TH rub-ons made their way on to this too. They are coming in rather useful.


This is being entered into the following challenges;

On a happy note, I was thrilled to have been picked as winner of  the Vintage Udfordring wedding challenge with my fan. It is such a joy to be recognised by others for something that takes so much time, energy and effort to create, especially when you see the other entries. OK, time to love you and leave you. There are a 'shed load' of posts/comments that need catching up on, but a long work day today and a course tomorrow will put paid to that happening immediately. So I apologise if you don't hear from me until the weekend. It will happen (as will my first shot at using that glass bead gel medium - oh boy does it work!)
In the meantime take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

26 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny , What a very masculine cards. Love all the layers and the way the film strip seems to float asking the viewer to imagine just what the pictures will be.
    I have to sit down and get my head around Bloglovin too I suppose.

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  2. Great Father's Day with all the texture. I was wondering why I had problems commenting on certain blogs....now I know!!

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  3. This is an awsome masculine card with a wonderful vintage feel. Love the collaged effect of all the elements.
    {I would love you to take part in my 600 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  4. "Hi, Jenny, it's me, your DAD! Now hand me over your beautiful card." *LOL

    I so love your card, Jenny! So at least I had to try...*giggle
    Awesome colours and layering and a lot of my favourite stuff on there, combined brilliantly! LOVE IT!!!

    Hugs,
    Claudia

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  5. Morning Jenny, Loving your Father's Day card, and it seems your Dad loves it too !! ha ha !!
    I haven't a clue about Bloglovin, I will have to have a look.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  6. What a fabulous card, I think this is the best Father's Day card I've seen to date, now I must get those TH stamps! Brilliant, no wonder your Dad wants it handed over! X

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  7. Two amazing cards Jenny! Well done for actually cutting into those papers and I agree they go very well together!

    Like you I think the google changes will not be so dramatic, but I linked to Bloglovin a couple of weeks back, - just home I have done it right, but so far all seems ok.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Hey there Jenny, what a fabulous fathers day card you made, love the images that you have used and the colours that you have worked with. Another fabulous creation, love it. Thank you for sharing with the DT from PanPastel UK, hugs Terry xxxx

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  9. Hi Jenny, a real stunner of a card. I am dreadful at making masculine themed projects so totally in awe of your card, which is perfect. What is this about google? do I need to change my blog, I'm slightly worried now! Have a great weekend. xx

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  10. Well done on your win and what a lovely make. All the elements come together so well.

    Sam xx

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  11. This is fab Jenny, great composition as usual. [g] Love what and how you've brought this together. Have a great weekend. xxx

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  12. Jenny, this is a manly feast for the eyes! Love all the elements you put together so perfectly! Great card for Father's Day! I hope the upcoming changes with Blogger won't cause too many problems. I don't think I am understanding how this might involve my blog! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

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  13. Isn't it great when you find a sandwich that works! Your card is fabulous, I love how you made all those elements work so well together, the filmstrip looks brilliant. I am still stoking my French Industrial papers...... Big congrats on your well deserved win for your fan creation although I am not at all surprised! Hugs, Anne x

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  14. Brilliant masculine project with again so many interesting elements. I'm puzzled - is Blogger still going to be functional or do we all have to change to somewhere else. I don't actually use Google Reader so will I still be able to see blogs I follow??

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  15. Fabulous masculine make! So glad you've found a way to use the Decorative Strip Dies - they're some of my absolute favourites - and the film strip looks brilliant here with these papers and stamps. Great work!
    Alison x

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  16. A gorgeous mixed media card Jenny...great masculine touch

    have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

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  17. Hi Jenny
    Congrats on your very well deserved win for a beautiful project.
    Loving this card, did you have to have a lie down in a darkened room when you cut into those papers?
    Have fun
    Rosie x

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  18. Most excellent Father's Day make! Love the newsprint and the awesome stamps!

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  19. Gorgeous Father's Day card, Jenny! Love it! Congrats on the win at Vintage Udfordring wedding challenge! And I need to look into that bloglovin' thing too... Hugs, Sandra

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  20. I too will be taking the leap...
    but onto your stunning make ..its fab I love how you have combined everything in yur normal effortless style!
    xx hugs trace x

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  21. Should, of course, also have said: Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x

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  22. So lovely Jenny! I appreciate all the layers and texture. Sorry to be light on visits just now but end-of-year school things are drawing me in. Back soon, I hope!

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  23. A wonderful collection of images and die-cuts Jenny. You have that knack of pulling everything together into a fabulous collaged piece.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  24. Lurve that so much ;) Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month.
    xoxo Sioux

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  25. This is such a cool collage! I love how the filmstrip is holding everything in place.

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  26. Just catching up - Fabulous card, love the collection of images.
    Avril xx

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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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