20 April 2017

Memories Junk Journal

Hi everyone and welcome! Following the success of my last junk journal I'm back with a new one, this time a feminine shabby chic version that would be perfect for storing memories from weddings, christenings or proms. Once again it features the newly released Sizzix die from Eileen Hull Designs new HeARTfelt collection called 'Journal' - this die is designed to create covers which will hold regular Travelers Notebook sized inserts as well as those custom junk journal versions that are proving to be exceptionally popular online.


As before there is a video walk through below to take you through the details of the cover construction and inserts;



I mentioned Eileen Hull had created a fabulous video tutorial demonstrating how to create tassels using her Twist & Style Tool and here's the link;
https://www.facebook.com/eileenhulldesigns/videos/1640955769265524/


And here are some close up photos of the completed journal with it's 'junk' inserts, all vintage in style and with a botanical theme to echo the cover:


I love the touch of understated glamour added to the centres of the flowers by the Moissanite gemstones from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies - as you move the journal around in the light they pick up rainbow glints in various shades of purple, blue and green.






Want to have fun and make your own junk journal to store those precious memories?
First up you'll need the Eileen Hull Designs Journal die from her HeARTfelt collection by Sizzix, available to pre-order from:

US stockist; The Funkie Junkie Boutique
UK stockist; Sir Stampalot
UK stockist; Country View Crafts

And then, the beauty of junk journals is that you can make the signatures out of any junk you like! Here are some links to favourite YouTubers who make fabulous junk journals and inserts to inspire you even more; Beth Wallen, Liz thepaperproject, Tiffy Butter, Amity Bloom, Nik the BooksmithMichelle Mooney (The Paper Addiction) and Denise (Practice Makes Pretty)

And if you'd prefer to make a Journal but in a totally different style then Eileen Hull has a whole heap of ideas appearing on her FB page Eileen Hull Designs from her incredible Design Team and a host of other guest designers.

I think that's covered everything for this one but if you do have any questions at all please leave a comment below and I'll do my best to help.
For now get creative, have fun and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

19 April 2017

April Showers at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Suzanne Czosek's turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and she's called it 'April Showers'. Here's what she has to say about the theme; the weather by me is very unpredictable with plenty of wind and rain. The weather had me thinking about showers. For this challenge create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

The 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 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I created another of my little handmade notebooks to match the theme, though I think the showers turned into full blown rain with this (as is so often the way here in the UK, and by the sounds of it where Suzanne lives too!!!)


When this theme came up I immediately thought of the Seth Apter 'Spot Lights' stamp set with it's rows of uneven dots and splats reminiscent of showers. The intention was to combine them all in some way but things took a different turn. Cutting two pieces of chunky card to 4"x 6" I spread a layer of Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste on the outsides then covered it all with white gesso when dry. Having then given it all a layer of Faded Jeans Distress Paint I waited until it was almost dry before wiping over with a cloth to reveal small patches of the white layer underneath. Then it was time for the stamping. Thankfully I'd treated a spare piece of card in the same way to test out stamping options and discovered that the original plan looked too messy over the distinct crackle texture, so I went with using Seth Apter's French Text stamp with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint. Over the top I added lines of the largest Spot Light strips using offset stamping with Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints. Finally for the background I used drips of Rust Alcohol Ink over water to make the whole thing more aged and bring out those cracks even more.



To top a busy background I needed to keep it simple, so a double layer die cut Umbrella Man was covered with black gesso before Brushed Pewter Distress Paint was added. I got a great worn effect by adding water and more Rust Alcohol Ink as it reacted when I blasted it with a heat gun - little bubbles appeared and some of the black showed through! I finished him with some gears and found the perfect words in the Idea-ology Clippings sticker set (which were covered with Glossy Accents). To finish I cut the signatures and bound them together with the covers using coptic stitching.



I hope you like how this little notebook turned out. That's it from me for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "April Showers" Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates from both the Frilly and Funkie sides of the Design Team have incorporated numbers into their creations. And remember to link your own numerical, shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Behind the scenes I'm so busy with journals and writing, and will have a new video released for you to see very soon. Meantime, whatever you're up to for the rest of the week, take care of yourselves and have fun! Jenny xxx

7 April 2017

Celebrating 'The Magic of Three' at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! Today marks the start of the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time the theme is 'The Magic of Three'; using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers. Let us see you use three of something in your challenge project (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!)



Our sponsor this month is Emerald Creek  who are offering a gift certificate to our Random Org winner. You can check out their online store HERE.

Last Friday I shared three tags created for our AVJ Tag Friday post and mentioned that they were going to be part of a bigger project - I'm thrilled to be able to share that project in full with you today as part of this challenge. Containing lots of things in triplicate throughout, here's the completed junk journal (where you'll spot the first two set of threes - three Paper Dolls and three charms).


As you can imagine sharing all 60 pages simply isn't feasible in photo form so I've made a video for you;


As promised on the video here are a selection of photos showing the front cover and some of the pages in more detail;










And here are the links to pre-order the Journal die as mentioned on my video;

Sizzix 'Journal' die by Eileen Hull Designs available to pre-order;
and in the UK from Sir Stampalot and Country View Crafts

So that's where this month's fabulous theme took me. Now please do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with - it's well worth the visit! Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win.

As you would imagine I have a number of other journals already on the go to share with you soon. In the meantime have a fabulous weekend get creative and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

5 April 2017

Count Me In at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and I've called it 'Count Me In!' Numbers are a huge part of our everyday lives so it is no surprise they are also often included in our creative ones too. For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special 'sum-thing' to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last minute addition!

The 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 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I made another little notebook (see the first one here) from scratch as it gave me chance to play and experiment with new schtuff (big grin appears on face!) The cover started life as two pieces of artboard cut to 4"x 6" which were covered with some of the paper from the Dapper collection. My suggestion at this point is to make life MUCH easier for yourselves by using the new Tim Holtz Baseboards as they are already cut to size and covered! Walnut Stain Distress Paint was used on the edges of the boards and a thin layer over the paper to give it an aged look.


Having determined where the binding holes would be I started adding layers of numbers with Distress Paints: Black Soot Distress Paint through the 'Countdown' Layering Stencil; numbers from the new Block Lower Cling Foam Stamp set (LOVE these!) stamped using Evergreen Bough Distress Paint; and the letters from the Documented Stamp set stamped using Mowed Lawn Distress Paint. A little calendar stamp from the same set was used with Red Geranium Archival Ink as a translucent layer. I then set to work with some of the new 'Passport' and 'Vintage' Tim Holtz Design Tapes (again, can't say enough about how gorgeous these are!)

That was it for the back cover but I went on to add trims to the front cover of the notebook. Industrious Stickers trimmed the edges of one of the new Ruler Pieces - as a wooden element it stained perfectly with Fired Brick Distress Oxide. Using a trick from the previous notebook I attached a Hinge Clip with a Dapper Fastener and some waxed thread to the ruler so it would hold a small wooden pencil coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide. Finally a Nail Head and Pen Nib balanced the design and words from the new Clippings Stickers set were secured with a layer of Vintage Distress Collage Medium. The covers were hand bound to five signatures using waxed thread and coptic stitching.


Here are some close ups of the notebook (click on each image to expand it);





That's it from me for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "Count Me In!" Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates from both the Frilly and Funkie sides of the Design Team have incorporated numbers into their creations. And remember to link your own numerical, shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'm off to create a video for my next project (all will be revealed on Friday).
Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week take care of yourselves and have fun! Jenny xxx


31 March 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! We are celebrating having a fifth week in the month with a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. It's a chance for the Creative Guides to get to play with new techniques and products and this time there's also an opportunity for you to join in the fun. I have not one, not two, but three tags for you this time! And there's a peek at the much larger project they form part of, one which will be revealed in full very soon.

I can't say enough about these new Distress Oxides. The colours are soft and muted, and their ability to layer without muddying is sublime. I used a combination of Iced Spruce, Broken China and Vintage Photo with water to cover the base of each three tags (the new Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock tags) dipping and drying between each layer (the drying is the important bit). Then each one had a combination of stencilling applied over the top.


For this first romantic one I used the Tim Holtz 'Heartstruck' Layering Stencil with Picket Fence Distress Paint, adding some extra detailing with a silver pen. Next came a scattering of flowers using the Tim Holtz 'Roses' Layering Stencil and Fired Brick Distress Oxide, making it a little more aged by dripping water onto the ink before drying. Some splatters of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint completed the perfect background for this romantic couple from Tim Holtz Paper Dolls pack. You'll notice they've been touched up a little with dilute Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints. And the Metallic Sticker was coloured with the Tumbled Glass version.


This second more whimsical tag was embossed with the Tim Holtz 'Ornate' Layering Stencil before I brayered over it with the Picket Fence Distress Paint to reveal the pattern. I also blended Fired Brick Distress Oxide through the Tim Holtz 'Wildflower' Layering Stencil and splattered a little Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint before adding more Paper Dolls and Brushed Pewter die cut Wildflowers. Again the girls were painted with Candied Apple, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire.


This third and final tag is something of an ode to the value of education, with an initial Brushed Pewter layer using the Tim Holtz 'Numeric' Layering Stencil. With Tumbled Glass Distress Paint stamping of the Ledger Script design, drips of Picket Fence Distress Paint and Fired Brick Distress Oxide blended through the Tim Holtz 'Typo' Layering Stencil, all that remained was to pick out a few of the numbers with a silver pen for added impact. The little boys would have been lost on the background without a patchwork of Ephemera behind them and again I painted their clothing with Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire to make them stand out more.

And here's a peek at the project they form part of - a Midori/Travelers Notebook sized junk journal, the cover of which I revealed a little while back on Instagram/Facebook. Now it's ready to open, but you'll have to wait a little longer for that...


That's it from me for this Tag Friday - I do encourage you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have been up to with their tags, and remember, there's that opportunity to join in too for this one!

It's going to be a busy weekend for me with a trip up to Carnforth in Lancashire for a Rowan Tree Crafts 'Demo Day' this Saturday, 1st April. My buddy Elizabeth Robinson will be there too and Sharon Quinn always organises fun stuff to see, do and buy, so if you're in the area I look forward to seeing you! Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves and have fun xxx

22 March 2017

You've Got to Know When to Fold "em" over at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Kathy Clement's turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and she's a huge fan of folded paper! Whether it's a fancy fold card, a one sheet wonder, a rosette or other folded embellishment, folds equal fun! So the theme for her challenge is "You've Got to Know When to Fold 'em." This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. And as in previous weeks the Design Team is featuring the amazing range of inks, stamps, stencils and more from Wendy Vecchi.

The 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 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.


I thought long and hard about what to create that would include folds and settled on a notebook. This one measures 4"x 6" and is covered in the Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' paper as the base of the design. I love the patchwork of vintage stationary elements and patterns, and it very much influenced the colours that were used for the remaining parts. The paper was glued onto thick board using Matte Collage Medium to create the covers, whilst the signatures inside were cut/folded from watercolour card before being hand stitched together using coptic stitch and waxed cord.



With attention turning to the decoration of the covers I added layers of stamping with archival inks (see that fabulous chandelier and sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's 'Party Art' set) stencilling and Design Tape - all products used are listed below. I covered the finished background with more Collage Medium to make it more hard-wearing and edged it all with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.

Now for the focal point - Mr Valentine makes an appearance again! - I stamped this fella from the 'Party Art' set several times onto card and matboard, coloured him with Distress Oxides/Archival Ink (Tea Rose is great for skin) layered him up and edged him with more Walnut Stain Distress Paint. Who else can't find pens/pencils when they reach for a notebook? I figured a good way to prevent that was to attach one to the book itself; Mr Valentine now takes care of that with a firm grasp (and a hinge clip attached with a Dapper fastener!) The pencil is one of those wooden ones you get from IKEA and stains well with Fired Brick Distress Oxide. An Adornment Star balanced the design and now the book is ready for use.



Here's what the finished notebook looks like in all its glory with both covers displayed;


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "You've Got to Know When to Fold 'em." Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates have incorporated folds and Wendy Vecchi's range of products into their creations. And remember to link your own folded, shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Before disappearing a huge thank you to everyone for your reaction to my Cityscapes step by step for Frilly and Funkie. It got quite a reaction on social media (massive thanks to Tim Holtz, Sizzix and many others sharing it with their friends) and now I've got to figure our how to follow it up!!!......

Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week take care of yourselves and have fun! Jenny xxx


18 March 2017

Saturday Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome to the weekend! Phew, it's all go here; with last weekend's tv shows finished I've been back in the craft room working on projects for upcoming commitments. And YAY! with the complete set of Distress Oxides now 'in da house' alongside the Cityscape dies, I grabbed the opportunity to play with them for today's Saturday Step by Step over at Frilly and Funkie.


I'm not messing with a sneak peek today - here's my finished framed picture in all its glory!
For the full step by step and list of ingredients make sure you head over to Frilly and Funkie for the lowdown.

I'll be back next week with my latest Frilly and Funkie challenge piece and more besides. In the meantime, have a fantastic weekend whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves and have fun! Jenny xxx

8 March 2017

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Nancy Dynes turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and for her chosen theme she wants us to 'Welcome, Spring!' Here's what she says about it; "It's fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms have finally arrived. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!"

The 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 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.


As you may remember we are celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi over at Frilly and Funkie at the moment. This 8" deep canvas (yes, it's a canvas, not a card) came about as a result of one of the 'specimen plaques' I made at the end of last year using Wendy's fabulous tutorial. The image is called 'Freshly Picked' and features two flowers which remind me of the first ones to bloom in Spring here in the UK. They are a sign of optimism, of new life, of warmer and lighter times to come and of the return of brighter splashes of colour to nature's palette. I wanted to build a collage around this plaque but didn't have any fabrics to match. What to do! - cue the calico, burlap and Distress Paints!



The base layer was made from ivory calico, repeat stamped with the Freshly Picked image using Wilted Violet Distress Paint and machine stitched to resemble quilting. The first central band was made from a crisp white muslin stamped with the new Herringbone background using Mustard Seed Distress Paint. The second band was created on a fawn burlap strip stamped with the Ticking background using Peeled Paint Distress Paint.



I layered the 'specimen' panel onto layers of patterned paper (from my stash) kraft card, mulberry paper, book page, a piece of lace handkerchief, white corrugated card and off-cuts of the background fabric. Touches of Venise lace were tucked in between the layers with some sari silk, and I added a piece of amethyst to the bird nest charm (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique) before surrounding it with coils of coloured burlap string. The wording from the Framed Art set, stamped on the 'antiqued' plaque at the bottom, perfectly sums up optimism that Spring holds,


Here are some final close up photos showing the textures and layers in more details;





That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Welcome, Spring!' Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have created with their Wendy Vecchi goodies to welcome Spring. And remember to link your own Spring inspired shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'm off to finish up getting prepped for the upcoming IndigoBlu tv shows this weekend on Hochanda - hope you can join me for those.
Have a great end to your week and have fun! Take care, Jenny xxx



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