1 January 2013

Happy New Year everyone

'Tis me!!! Still alive and kicking in case you wondered:) Happy New Year to everyone out there. May 2013 be the best yet and may all your wishes come true because they really can, honestly. More of that v. soon...
Welcome to followers old and new including Elizabeth and Libby. What a thrill and a privilege it is that you want to spend some time at my blog. Thank you. Another huge thank you to the two Nicola's, Brenda and Alison for your lovely e-cards which were very much appreciated.

Everything got done for 25/12 - just! and we got a newly replastered kitchen ceiling done in time too (don't ask). It's been a real family time here at 'chez Marples', and as it's not really polite to disappear and craft when you have guests (?!) there's been a distinct lack of productivity until the last couple of days. Santa was uber kind to me this year. Yippee!! All this means some serious experimentation is now in order; I guess my only real resolution this year is to push those creative boundaries as far as possible. And so by way of my encouragement to you all to fly as high as possible this year I give you...

The light disappeared at 3pm today, hence the need for artificial light. It was either that or hold off posting to tomorrow but getting back into the swing of things seemed more important on this occasion. Making cards is also a bit of a priority at the moment. Six birthdays and a new edition to my OH's large family due any time mean it is a busy month for cards. Bet many of you have the same thing. Birthdays seem to be a bit like buses in that way!

Modelling paste is fast becoming a bit of an obsession, but tomorrow will see my venture into the world of self-coloured Ferro. Colouring white paste is tricky with fingers/sponges so a paintbrush has been necessary... and time consuming! It does make applying Treasure Gold a little easier though.

Like the wren? It's an Inkylicious stamp which was covered in Coffee Archival Ink before being pushed into melted gold embossing powder.

To add to the whole travelling/escaping feel of this card I used the same Coffee ink to stamp a map/compass and postcard/letter images to the background paper.

And to get back into the swing of things challenge-wise I am entering this into Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge which this week requires the use of writing (plenty in the background here). Hels has a giveaway too this time so it's well worth dropping by.
I'll be back tomorrow for the first in this year's WOYWW and plan to spend this evening catching up with missed posts (expect comments peeps!) Happy New Year to you all, hugs Jenny xxx


  1. Oh what a glorious new card!!! I can just see how much fun you had with it! And obviously Santa was rather good to you!Lots of yummy things on there. A very happy New Year to you too!!

  2. Love this card, Buttons - love the texture on the wee bird. I wish you all the best for 2013 too. Elizabeth xx

  3. Happy new year! Nice to see you back in the swing of things, I've missed you. You're definitely on form with this card, looking forward to what you've got in store for us in 2013! xxxKeren

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Jenny, I love texture past too, it gives great depth to the piece.

    Happy New Year and all the very best for 2013.

    Sam xxx

  5. What an absolutely beautiful creation, love the way you did the Wren and your background is gorgeous. Got some modelling paste for Christmas, although still not sure about it. Like you, have lots of birthdays to make cards for this month. Good to see you back and Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne x

  6. What a great card Jenny! I especially love the free golden bird...ready to discover the world...
    The background is so creative again...you're a great artist!

    Best wishes for 2013 and lots of creative moments ...
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  7. That's a fantastic card with great details. Love the texture on it.
    Wishing you a Wonderful and Happy Year 2013.

  8. Love this Jenny, so much detail to look at and the texture paste has worked brilliantly.
    Glad you've had a great Christmas and I hope 2013 brings you everything you could wish for yourself.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. Beautifully designed and textured card. Happy New Year, Annette x

  10. Happy New Year lovely lady and wow what a nice start to see this fab card, full of texture and detail...luv annie

  11. Gorgeous card Buttons... Fabulous texture & colours.. amazing detail! Wishing you A Happy New Year... Hugs May x x x

  12. GORRRGEOUS... Love the birdy, he is just so cute! Wrens are one of my fave birds, we have a nest of them in our garden, Alf is always on the prowl but they are so noisy, they scare him away lol... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper... Happy New Year! x

  13. Hello Jenny

    This card with the gold has a wonderful richness emanating from it.
    The background has a wonderful complexity, and pulls you in.
    A great way to start 2013.
    Smiles :-)

  14. Happy New Year! I so enjoy visiting you and taking in all your gorgeous art! Love this! Hugs!

  15. I love wrens too Jenny. We keep planting and planting here at Idyll Hours in the hope that wrens will make their home here. Too many huge trees and big birds though.
    Your piece is lovely and I think you will so easily achieve your aim to KEEP flying high! Happy New Year to you :)

  16. Firstly:- Happy New Year, all the very best to you and your family for 2013.

    Now the "Art" Oh! WOW! I LOVE coming here to see your stunning creations. Way different from the things I do. I really envy your talent, you are a true artist. This is fantastic, the colours the textures and of course that beautiful little Wren.
    I am looking forward to seeing all the stunning "works of Art" for 2013.....keep them coming.

    Patricia xx

  17. Terrific creation as always. Always nice to visit your blog.

    Happy 2013

    Love Chrissie xx

  18. Great card - texture/modelling paste is such fun isnt it - we really should get together for a play day one day! Happy New Year.

  19. Happy New Year Jenny! You've kicked it off in a most fabulous manner with this card. It's just put together so beautifully. I can't wait to see what you do with the ferro (I still haven't got mine out, weeks after watching Leandra demo).

  20. Love your artwork - such great detail with the modelling paste and gold wren. Hope you have a wonderfully creative 2013!!

  21. Hi Jenny Happy New Year. I love this little wren he is so cute. Anything to do with birds is a big hit with me. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Crafty Hugs Mo xx

  22. I am so late but better late than never to wish you a
    Happy New Year!
    I have no doubt that in 2013 your creativity will soar even higher, there will be no stopping you.
    A gorgeous card you present to us, love all the shimmer.

  23. This is so amazing, Jenny! That wren is to die for... glossy, and yet distressed - beautiful! And I'm with you on the texture paste - I wouldn't be without it now. Great to have you back on the prowl, and so looking forward to sharing in all your crafty adventures for 2013!!
    Alison xx

  24. Love the metallic look here on the bird and background! Beautiful make! Happy New Year right back!

  25. Wowww,,, what a very personal style you have....I really love any vintage creation..... Happy New Year and.Thanks for your comments on M. Antoniette May`s Happy Daze blog..She was working with my CS,,,,feel free to choose your favorite product from all my stuff free. E-mail me to nicecrane@yahoo.com

  26. A very Happy New Year to yo too Jenny x like you I have been very busy but have managed a little time for crafting. I must really try to be more organised x

    This is a gorgeous make and I love the texture. ( got some paste too) look forward to catching up with your crafty makes.

    Best wishes

    Annie x


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