16 August 2018

Blog Hop with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and StencilGirl Products


Hi everyone and welcome to a special blog hop incorporating an exciting giveaway. Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and StencilGirl Products have teamed up with lots of talented designers to share a flavour of what can be done by combining their gorgeous products. I was lucky enough to be invited to join in the fun and created this little journal as my contribution.


I cut a cover using Eileen Hull's 'Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Wrapped Journal', removing the wrap around section to make it an open book. You'll see from the photo below that many layers of acrylic paint were used to build up a patterned surface - I used Seth Apter's stamps as part of this process and finished by using his StencilGirl Products 'Alpha Drips' stencil. Wanting a less overpowering background I finished by applying Buff acrylic paint over the StencilGirl Products 'Bare Branch and Twigs' 9x12 stencil it toned the whole thing down perfectly.


The panel on the front of this journal consists of layers of fabric, book pages and paint brayered paper, all stitched together in a random fashion. I then applied texture paste through the 'Thistle' 9x12 stencil and sprinkled various embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies over them; these included Seth Apter's Baked Texture 'Patina Oxide' and 'Deep Sea' alongside Emerald Creek's own 'Salted Wine' and 'Fractured Ice'. By trimming around each flower stem I could then layer them over the painted background. The die cut word 'Journal' came from Eileen Hull's 'Journaling Words' Thinlits die set. Finally I added handmade lace trimmed booklets inside using elastic thread and that was it, the journal was complete.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my contribution to the blog hop. Now, remember I mentioned at the beginning of this post that it forms part of a special blog hop incorporating an exciting giveaway. Well here are the all important details you need to take part;



GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive $50 in Gift Certificates to Emerald Creek
and StencilGirl® Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl® Product's Facebook page and 
Emerald Creek’s Facebook page on Wednesday, August 22.
Blog Hop Order:

August 15

August 16
Jenny Marples (you are here)

August 17

Thank you for joining me today as part of this wonderful blog hop. Make sure you check out the projects from the other participants to be in with a chance to win.

Jenny xxx

15 August 2018

AALL & Create - Orbicular Graffiti by Olga Heldwein

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back today with a new card using  AALL & Create stamps and stencils and some news. This is my last official blog post for the AALL & Create Design Team, though you are bound to see me using their gorgeous stamps and stencils in the future as I'm just a little addicted! It has been an honour to work with Autour de Mwa and his talented team and I am very grateful to them all for the opportunity.


And so to today's card; believe it or not this has been created using just one stamp, Olga Heldwein's 'Orbicular Graffiti'. There is so much detail packed into this design that it needs little else to make it shine. I stamped the image onto a paint brayered background before re-stamping the clock, seahorse and star. Sakura pens were used to colour the hearts and add white highlights whilst drops of Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents created bubbles to complete the ocean theme.

Here are some close up photos showing more of the detail included on the card;



You can purchase all the stamps and stencils used in this card from AALL & Create HERE and it's also available from many of your favourite retailers across the World (listed on the same page).



That's it from me for today. I'll be back soon with more makes to inform and hopefully inspire you. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx

8 August 2018

August with Frilly And Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge, 'August'. Our host Suzanne Czosek has been inspired by the month of August. In doing a little online research she learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge she is asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns.

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.


I took the opportunity to try out some marbling and added in a column and some Mosaic tiling for good measure! The script in the background comes from the Tim Holtz 'Entemolgy' stamp set (it's a perfect fit for long, tall cards!) and by stencilling over with Transparent Matte Texture Paste I could add the detailing of the Mosaic Layering Stencil without obscuring the writing. The Texture Paste resists Distress Spray Stains where it's been dribbled so some of that patterning seen on many a Roman floor can be seen more clearly. Layered Design Tape stitched over and stamped on gives the overall composition of the card more structure.


The tag was cut from my pre-marbled paper, created with Distress Oxide Reinkers (find the video tutorial for that HERE). I stamped the column head onto Distress Watercolor Paper and used Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink to paint it, extending the pattern vertically to create a more striking feature. The moth (from the 'Entemology' stamp set) was also stamped onto the Watercolor Paper (because it doesn't pill in the same way others do I've found) and coloured with the same mix of dilute Distress Spray Stains used on the Mosaic tiling. Tim's metal embellishments from the Ideaology range always add the perfect finishing touches to any project.


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

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


29 July 2018

With shining eyes be brave...

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm sharing a new card today that features Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits die 'Provincial' and his Flower Jar stamps and dies. It includes everything I love - texture, layering and delicate die cuts, and I've put together a full step by step tutorial so you can recreate it.


The Tutorial


Start with a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock large enough to fit on your chosen card base and a couple of pieces 5 1/2 long by 1 1/4 inches wide. Cover them all with Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture Paste and set aside to dry.


Cut and emboss the two small strips with the Provincial 3D Impresslits Folder. I found that a couple of passes were required to get the depth of impression and cut with all that Crackle paste on the top side. If you mist the reverse of the card with a little water this process is also much easier too.


You'll have seen my card is one of those long skinny ones so just one row of embossing was never going to be long enough to span it's full length but that's no problem; the design is such that it overlaps perfectly so I cut the tiniest amount off one end and stuck the two pieces together.


Cover the back of the embossed strip with  a generous coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium.


Use the same Distress Collage Medium to stick the embossed strip onto the crackle covered background, trimming at either end to fit as required.


Once dry spray with Weathered Wood Distress Spray Stain, soaking the whole background; you'll see I do this in a tray to prevent the stain from covering everything else on my desk!)


Dry gently with your heat tool before blotting off any excess with a damp tissue. The darker ink will seep between the cracks whilst the moisture on the tissue will remove some of the water reactive ink on the surface.


To protect the surface and prevent any of the paste peeling off (this happens because it's had wet ink leaking underneath it) seal the surface with a thin coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium.


Use a Mini Blending Tool to brush Archival Ink over the raised areas of the embossing and around the edges of the background. I used Acorn Archival Ink for this card. If you get over-excited and blend too much ink onto your background it is easily removed with Archival Ink Cleaner and a small paint brush.


To create a coordinated matting layer for your background cut a slightly larger piece of card and add Design Tape from the Remnants set onto the edges (thank you to Zoe Hillman for this tip).


Use more of the Design Tape from the same set in a strip to the right of the embossed strip. You may need to use a little Distress Collage Medium to keep it in place.


Stamp flowers and the large jar from the Flower Jar stamp set onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Black Archival Ink and colour with your choice of Distress Inks using a fine detail water brush. You may notice I used the stem from the flower closest to the jar to stamp stems onto the jar itself. Use the matching Framelits die set to cut the flowers and jar out, blending a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges.


I then added machine stitching over the Design Tape and at the top left corner of the background before sticking it onto the matting layer. Use the Stamp Platform to add numbers (the smallest from the Merchant stamp set) using Black Archival Ink over the Design Tape. At this stage I slipped an Index Clip onto the bottom edge on the right hand side.


Taking the flower jar I cut a slit at the top to slot the flower stems into and added Black Foam Tape to the bottom half to give it dimension on the card.


Having stuck the jar in place on top of the embossed strip overlap, I slotted the flower stems into the jar before covering it in Glossy Accents. Once dry I tied a little twine around the top of the jar using the gap created by the Foam Tape before adding a couple of butterflies from the Botanical, Layers collection and words (Quote Chips and Clippings) next to the jar. Having mounted it all onto the card base the card was complete.

The Close Ups


Here are some close ups so you can see the details more clearly;




I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and try combining Opaque Crackle with the new 3D Impresslits and Texture Fades Embossing Folders. It's a measure of the quality of these products that they work so well and give gorgeous results so easily.

I'll be back with more ideas and projects to share very soon. For the meantime take care and get creative!
Jenny xxx

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