9 October 2018

Autumnal Journal for Eileen Hull Designs in collaboration with DCWV

Hi everyone and welcome. Throughout October Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are sharing lots of Fall and Halloween projects to inspire you - links to them can be found HERE. The team have also been privileged to collaborate with DCWV over recent months and I've used their Journaling Premium Stack in combination with Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboard and Thinlits dies to create this vintage, shabby chic style Autumnal Journal.

To share this journal with you in more detail and show how it came together I've put together this video flip through;

The blog post tutorial for creating the basic journal cover can be found HERE.

A complete list of Eileen's dies, along with more video tutorials and project ideas can be found on the Sizzix website HERE. To recap, for this project I used;
Stamp & Photo Storage Scoreboards L Die
Credit Card Sleeve & Tags Framelits Die Set
Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves Thinlits Die Set
Journaling Cards, Hearts Thinlits Die Set
Bookplate, Hinges & Label Framelits Dies Set

The 'Journaling' Premium Stack can be found at many of your favourite retailers, online in the US at JOANN and online in the UK at Craftelier.

That's it for today from me. Make sure you check out what the rest of Eileen's team have in store for you this month HERE and remember to share what you make using Eileen's dies with fellow fans in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.

For now, take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

3 October 2018

Just My Type at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge, 'Just My Type'. It's my turn to host and, as a trained touch typist I love vintage typewriters. I love the way they look and sound and the font they create. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project and include a typewriter, typewriter keys, typeface.

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.

Just My Type Tag

I had fun incorporating some of the new Tim Holtz Halloween releases into the theme to create this Etcetera Tag. There's the new Worn Wallpaper which has been teamed with layers of Distress Paint to recreate the look of an ageing wall, and the new Tangled Webs stamp set, used to add those dramatic heat embossed cobwebs. And don't you just love the fonts on the new Halloween Quote Chips with their bold black backgrounds.

Typeface has been included in the background through the use of a stamp from the Documented set and the Design Tape which comes from the Journey collection. I cut a number of gears from sanded Metallic Kraft Stock using Tim Holtz Gear Head Thinlits Die Set and dived into his new Funky Foliage Thinlits Die Set to cut the leaves surrounding the dyed Bouquet Findings flowers. I love to colour those with alcohol ink diluted with a little blending solution and in this case used Stonewashed Alcohol Ink.

The central panel which includes the typewriter image from the Inventor 1 stamp set was really easy to achieve - here's how;

Begin by mounting the stamp onto your Stamp Platform and inserting a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock smooth side up. Stamp the main part of the image using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, masking off the sections containing the words at the top and bottom. Remove any reside ink from the stamp whilst leaving it in place for the next layer.

Mist the image with a little water allowing the Distress Oxide Ink to bleed before drying.

Re-stamp the image with Black Archival Ink, this time including the words as well as the image. Trim the panel to the required size before adding dots of Glossy Accents onto the typewriter keys to highlight them. I then mounted the panel onto layers of Worn Wallpaper and Metallic Kraft Stock before adding it to the tag.

The Close Ups

Here are some close ups so you can see all of those finished layers in more detail;

That's it for my animal themed project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage entries featuring typewriters, typewriter keys, typeface to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx

27 September 2018

Skeleton Leaves Panel

Hi everyone and welcome. Here in the UK it's the time of year for Harvest Festivals where we give thanks for the gathering of a good harvest in preparation for the colder months to come. With the arrival of Tim Holtz new Skeleton Leaves Thinlits Dies and the Autumn Sidekick Side-Order dies to my craft room I was keen to create a piece of home decor to celebrate the season.

This little panel is the base of one of Tim Holtz Mini Framed Panel and measures 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. I've put together a tutorial so you can create one too.

The Tutorial

Start by covering the Panel in a coat of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint then brush over Ground Espresso Distress Paint in vertical swipes to mimic a woodgrain effect. Brush over an uneven coat of White Gesso, allowing it to part dry before using a slightly damp piece of tissue to remove some of it. Repeat this process without the water and using less Gesso until you get the weathered look you want.

I recommend repeating this process on the reverse of the Panel too. That way you get to choose the side you prefer for the front and if needed you can always paint over the one you are not as keen on.

Stamp over the Panel using the script from the Entemology stamp set with Watering Can Archival Ink.

Using numbers from the Merchant stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink stamp add some stamping to each of the four sides of the Panel.

Cover one of the Vignette Accents with Picket Fence Distress Paint, allowing it to dry a little before wiping away the excess to reveal the raised silver areas. I didn't show it here but you can dull the colour down by blending a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink into the painted areas. Glue the Vignette Accent to the top of the Panel using Matte Distress Collage Medium as it will dry clear, firm and matte and will shrink back if any oozes out a little.

Dip a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch piece of Mixed Media Heavystock into a diluted blend of Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks on your Media Mat. I used the glass surface rather than the white mat area so that the ink would pool and mix together. Dry before applying an extra layer of Crushed Olive then another layer of Fired Brick ink. Finally mix Ground Espresso Distress Oxide with water and splatter over the coloured Heavystock.

Repeat the previous process on another piece of Mixed Media Heavystock using Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide Inks. Use first Mowed Lawn then Peeled Paint inks for your extra layers before splattering again with the Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.

Using the Skeleton Leaves Thinlits Die Set and the Autumn Sidekick Side-Order pumpkin die I cut four leaves from the orange Heavystock first before cutting one full and two partial main pumpkin shapes from the leftovers. If you are struggling to make the dies all fit on the one piece of card be aware that you will be cutting off the bottom ends of the leaves so those bits are not essential.

From the green inked Heavystock I cut four more Skeleton Leaves and the stalks of the pumpkins. Not shown, I also covered a little piece of Heavystock in Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and cut the pumpkin ridges from that.

Using a combination of Collector Layers, sanded Classic Kraft Stock and other coordinating scraps (in this case some of the embossed faux rusted metallic card created on a recent video HERE) add some overlapping layers to the Panel. I used dimensional tape behind the bottom layer to give it more height and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the edges to add some age to them.

Now it's time to add the Skeleton Leaves, shaping them by bending backwards down the spines before removing the bottom of the stems and gluing them in place with Matte Distress Collage Medium. Anchor the leaves from roughly two-thirds of the way down the layered stack and work in alternate colours as you build the arrangement. Glue the pumpkins together in a line, hiding the missing parts and add dimensional tape to the back before sticking over the layered leaves.

Cut the thanks word from the Autumn Sidekick Side-Order set from silver Metallic Kraft Stock several times and glue together to give them strength before sticking in place over the row of pumpkins.

Finally cut a piece of ribbon to the required length, colour with dilute Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink, and glue in place at the top on the reverse side of the Panel as shown below.

And now you are ready to hang your altered Panel. Here are a couple more photos of the completed project to remind you what you will now be able to create;

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project and feel inspired to give it a go yourselves.
I'm off to Kent this weekend to teach a workshop at The Artistic Stamper so time I disappeared and finished up the prep!

For now take care of yourselves and get creative.
Jenny xxx

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