3 December 2012

That would be me!!!!!

Hi everyone and huge thanks for all your fantastic comments/suggestions on my last post. You guys are amazing and gave me so much food for thought. Then, if that weren't enough, I got a couple of emails and a text this weekend to ask if it was me in the January edition of The Craft Stamper!! YES!!!!!!

And so the 'secret' is out - my name is Jenny Marples (I've used the alias 'Buttons' for a while so as not to cause 'unforseen issues' whilst teaching teenagers, but that all changed this autumn so now it's safe to come out from the shadows:) Hurrah! That bit of information, and these snapshots will help you to identify me as one of the runners up of the Indigo Blu section of the Craft Stamper of the Year 2012 competition!!

I can't show you my entry in all its glory (you can see that in a copy of the magazine) but these are closeups I took before sending it off for publication.

It was all made using some of the stamps won as candy from the amazing Trace (inkypinkycraft). She has a candy draw on at the moment too, so if you want to be in with the chance of winning something that has the midas touch head over there!

I can't show you my card, but here's a tag made earlier today to celebrate this achievement, using many of the same techniques and elements.

Anyone with Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities 2 will know how to do the metal background. I've then added die cut sprockets made from mirror card, corrugated card and grungepaper and lashings of alcohol ink. The industrial feel is added to with Alterations and Woodware brads.

The pocket watches were designed to look like decorations and involved lots of cutting and layering with different cardstock types. The gold/blue pearly faces and sentiment were created from a piece of 'caught in crystal' (alcohol inks mixed with crystal lacquer/glossy accents layered between acetate and tissue).

The ghostly image of stamped cogs has been done on tissue, glued in place with Glue n Seal and then clear embossed in place. It's nice to have a physical memento of the card I sent away.

This tag is being entered into the following challenges;
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - To Die For (sponsored by Marina from Cottage Crafts)

Time to sign off for tonight. Thank you for dropping by again - it is always such a joy to hear what you have to say. I promise to return the compliment and drop in on so many crafting friends to see what you've been up to as well. You are such a talented and inspirational bunch with hearts of gold.
Until then sending you huge hugs, Jenny x (Buttons)


  1. Many, many congratulations Jenny on being a runner up and getting into Craft Stamper!! They are brilliant achievements and looking at your close-ups it is not surprising at all. Love your tag too for Sunday Stampers, fabulous techniques and style. You are such an inspiration. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Welcome to blogland Jenny Marples! I completely echo all of Anne's comment above. Well done you!! Very happy for you. Your tag is utterly superb! I havn't a notion of half the techniques that you have used therein, but seeing how amazing it looks I shall now put the work in to find out how you did it! It is stunning!!! Big hug of congrats, Nicola xx

  3. What a stunning tag, and those sneak peeks make it very clear why this piece got you published - it looks utterly amazing! Huge congratulations... fantastic, fantastic news!!
    Alison xx

  4. Congratulations!! You are so talented! Love these projects. Love these clocks! :)

  5. I think your tag is gorgeous. I would love to create something so beautiful.

    I am a new follower. I found your blog from Astrid's. (Astrid's Artistic Efforts)

    You are so very talented.
    Congrats on your magazine entry. I know you have to be so excited!

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Happy Crafting

  6. What a fantastic tag! I LOVE it!!

  7. Hi Jenny, how absolutely fantastic, way to go!! Biggest congratulations on your Craft Stamper achievement amazing work and love that stunning tag too! XX

  8. Oooh how exciting and congratulations! I havent seen the magazine yet - its still sitting unopened on my post pile as its been a busy week! Will have a look later when the children go to school. Have a fab day.

  9. Oooh had to forget about making the childrens breakfasts and go and have a look! its fabulous -well done - off to feed the children now.....

  10. Huge congratulations ! I subscribe to CS and had been admiring your card. This tag is just as gorgeous I love the way you've done those pocket watches they look so realistic, great work.

  11. CONGRATULATIONS-: well deserved. Your work is always stunning and this is just another fantastic "Work of Art"
    I am not a "Stamper" although like many non stamping crafter`s I have loads of stamps. They are never used apart from a few Sentiment ones. Very naughty!! might just have a rummage to see what I do have and use them.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xx

  12. Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement and very well deserved for sure.

    Can't wait to see the whole thing

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. Just had another look at my magazine. Congratulations!:-) It is a stunning piece of art. The tag is also awesome.

  14. What wonderful news Jenny. There are a few of my friends who adore Craft Stamper and who also will be deeelighted that your talent has been recognised. Enjoy all you well deserved accolades.

  15. Congratulations Jenny, I saw the CS and thought it looked liked your work, but only for a second. I'm so happy for you and this is the window you want to show your work. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

    Forgot to say I love your Tag it just oozes with charm. R x

  16. Well done you :) I have to wait till friday for the mag :( but love the sneaky peek and you tag fab as ever :)
    Von ♥

  17. Love your sneaky peaks of your project in Craft Stamper - haven't got mine yet so I'm looking forward to seeing all of it. Congrats on your achievement!!

  18. Super news and so well deserved. Also love your gorgeous tag. xx Flora

  19. Congratulations - I've only managed a quick look at CS magazine so far and hadn't realised your work was in it. I really will have a much closer look - good edcuse to make another cuppa!! Love the photos of this lovely work.

  20. Congratulations again Missy!! It's a beautiful piece and I'm so proud of your deserved runner up place. Lovely tag too.

  21. Stunning, stunning work. Congratulations :)x

  22. ohh Jenny! This is amazing! Love your metal tag! love all the elements on it and how you've distressed it! Congrats on your publication! Hugs, Sandra

  23. How fabulous for you - huge congratulations. Maybe at some point you will share the piece in all its glory (I don't purchase Craft Stamper).
    Love this creation with that amazing texture and details.
    A fabulous post.

  24. CONGRATULATIONS, and so well deserved your piece looks fab...I love it and this tag , Jenny is wonderful...you are a very creative and accomplished crafter and I am not at all surprised for your your success and you are lovely to boot!!!
    thanks for the shout out , you are too kind!
    CONGRATULATIONS Buttons, aka Jenny....love trace x

  25. Congratulations!!!!
    Highly deserved and absolutely great!!

    Your project looks stunning!!

    Claudia x

  26. Huge congrats Jenny, very well done.

    Love all your clock / steampunk makes, they are stunning. Great elements and fab textures.

    Sam xxx

  27. Wow a real life 'Miss Marples' in our midst!! Lol - Sorry - couldn't resist ;)
    Congratulations on your success in CS. Your work is always stunning and inspirational. That tag is incredible! :0) Mo x

  28. WOWEEE!!!!!!!!!! THRILLED for you, your work is totally divine and you deserve the recognition. Shall you still talk to me now one is famous??? You are still Buttons to me! Cxxx

  29. Congratulations JENNY :-)What an honour...the sneek peeks look great!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  30. Well done you - I was admiring your piece and I'm so pleased for you! xxKeren

  31. A right Miss Marple too you scallywag !!!!

    I am thrilled for you Jenny. Your project is fabulous I just love the style. I really enjoy the inspirational Craft Stamper so huge congrats on your achievement and being published.

    Huge hugs

    Annie x

  32. Jenny (alias Buttons!), I absolutely L-O-V-E your fantastic tag!!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us and I look forward to checking out your work in the Craft Stamper on Friday!!!

    Looking forward to more projects,

    Lorraine - Ontario, Canada

  33. Congratulations Jenny, I'm so pleased for you and you certainly deserve it! Your tag is fantastic, and I can't wait to see your card when I get my copy of Craft Stamper. Sue xx

  34. Congratulations your project is stunning.
    Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

  35. Hi again Jennie. Just in relation to your request for suggested large Happy Birthday stamps - I've rummaged thru my box and a fairly large size one I would recommend is a clear stamp by Heidi Swapp. Link here for you to view the stamp http://www.etsy.com/listing/94690793/heidi-swapp-happy-birthday-clear-stamp
    Bet you are still on cloud 9 hun!
    Nicola x

  36. Hooray, hooray, for Jenny! :) So glad to know you for real and so glad that you shared your joyous news with us! Congratulations! Now I have a picture of Miss Marple in my head and I'm associating it with you...STOP BRAIN! LOL--I'm sure you look nothing like her, but I'm so happy for you friend! :)

  37. WOOHOO!!! I need that issue!!! I'm so thrilled for you! This tag is absolutely gorgeous as well. I think I'll pin it! Love the clocks!

  38. I loved your piecein the Craft Stamper before I knew it was you! Huge congratulations, you make atunning works of art, what an acievement!
    Hugs and love Barb x

  39. So, there I was, flicking thru CS on Sunday and I spies your name... so I came straight up to email you... and coulnd't find your email addy! GAH! So, am a little late in saying CONGRATULATIONS (actualy, I shouted that!) GO YOU!! (yep, shouted that one too) AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! (you guessed it, still shouting!!!!) How fabulous and utterly deserved it is.... Am over the moon for you sweetie! Anyways... as ever a gorgeous creation, love love love it... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  40. Your work is amazing and I love your style, congratulations on the publication!! I follow you by email and it is a joy to see your glorious creations, I will look forward to your card as well.
    Enjoy! Kelly

  41. Congratulations - well deserved :) Your creations are breathtaking.

  42. Ooooh lah lah, Buttons, this is wonderful news! What gorgeous creations... I can't wait to see the magazine in person. Congratulations!!!

  43. Woo hoo, can call you Jenny now lol.
    Congrats on the news, I haven't seen your piece in CS yet but am coming home today and can't wait to get my hands on my copy to have a look. The pics you have shown look fabulous and I love the tag you have made to celebrate.
    Doing a happy dance for you.
    Big hugs and lots of smiles :) :) :)
    Brenda xxx

  44. Hi Jenny, just catching up after internet probs in this part of the world! Huge CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't wait to see this in the mag (we are 3 months behind, so I will send out another big woohoo then lol)..the sneak peaks look AWESOME!!!
    Dot x

  45. Many, many congratulations on being a runner up in the CS comp. This is my first visit to your blog (following links from Hels' Sunday Stamper Challenge) but I remember seeing and admiring your card in the magazine. It was gorgeous and so is this fabulous tag. Love absolutely everything about it, in particular all the texture and the beautiful colours. Lovely work!

    Lesley Xx

  46. Congratulations!! wow how exciting and well deserved too. Thanks so much for joining us at FSC with such a stunningp roject
    Claire xx

  47. Stunning art, Jenny & congratulations!
    I have not been around blog land for a while had a very busy work schedule & needed a break from cyberspace.

  48. WTG Jenny!!!! Many congratulations and it's really lovely to see your name officially :). And I LOOOOOOVE that tag, the watch parts look amazing!

    And thank you for playing with us at FSC :)

    Lots of hugs xxxxxxx

  49. I didnt know you last year - and this little link was linked to your latest post and it was so cool looking that I had to come check it out = WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I cant say it enough WOW! Absolutely amazing Jenny! So glad that it was linked to your post from today!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...