27 March 2013

You Can't Make an Omelette....

without breaking eggs?!!! Hmmm, a few nearly got broken this morning when my Broadband connection died! Still, enough of all that, it's back and so am I. Welcome one and all to a long overdue post from yours truly. I am going to delight you with my DT piece for this fortnight's Frilly and Funkie challenge - 'Easter/Spring Gifts But Not in a Basket'. Well it is definitely NOT spring around here so I went with Easter.

Egg cups (ok, they're mugs) - my version. Hopefully these mugs will last a little longer than the contents (plague of locusts and all that). And now a 'how to' explanation...

I started with plain ceramic mugs and stencilled gold Ferro texture paste onto the surface (it is tricky to apply through a mask on a round surface but a little perseverance produces an effective result).

I love to heat texture paste to make it bubble up as to me there is something more appealing about the slightly more raised/rounded edges.

Laura came to the rescue with my eggy decorations, having kindly sent me a large stash of mixed serviettes to experiment with. Laura and her equally talented daughter have created a fantastic video HERE to demonstrate how to apply serviettes to different surfaces.

I kept it simple on these mugs because a 'clean' look was in order - paint, ink, crackle, wax etc. await future attempts:)

With these applied/dried it was time to focus on embellishments. The little bottles were filled with various gold and iridescent beads, with the cork lids glued firmly in place with Glossy Accents to stop them escaping.

The little labels on the bottles are gold embossed vellum, again attached with Glossy Accents. The larger label were cut with one of my new Sizzix Thinlits dies from antique gold card and stamped with black Archival ink.

I was excited with the potential for the keys dies (also Thinlits) and had in my head the idea of using Tim's shrink plastic/Melt Pot technique. However it lost some of the detail of the key shapes so I went with peeling all of that off (hmm... ) and used the normal heat embossing method with plain gold powder over the now shrunken keys. 

They have been embossed on both sides make sure you do this quickly and leave them to cool for a while to prevent the reverse embossing from re-melting.

Some jute and seam binding tied the whole lot together to complete the mugs. Let's hope the recipients take the time to admire the containers before scoffing the contents! (I'm sure they will:) though what will then go into them is anyone's guess!!

As there are some very definite shiny elements and a little stamping in these I am entering them into Hels Sheridan's milestone 250th Sunday Stamper challenge - Shiny Happy People.

Now, some of you may have noticed I've been MIA over the past few days (a distinct lack of visiting/commenting, etc.) This is because I have been otherwise occupied helping Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself, to set up a new Facebook page for The Funkie Junkie Boutique (had to do a new separate one for moi-self into the bargain which will need some work doing to it at some point). For those of you who are social media savvy types it is another great way to access info about the Frilly and Funkie challenges and the special offers/new products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I'm gonna shamelessly go for the sympathy vote and ask you please to 'Like' the new FJB page (if you want to of course) and let us know what you think of it. All suggestions gratefully received at this stage (did I really want to say that?!)

So having kept you here long enough I shall away to get some more stuff done with a promise that normal service re. visiting/commenting will be resumed shortly. In the meantime don't forget to have a look at the outstanding samples created by my teamies over at Frilly and Funkie, and take care all of you (including those of you who have been so badly affected by the adverse weather conditions). Huge hugs, Jenny xxx


  1. Wow these mugs are fantastic and a sure thing that no one else will have any the same - must check out those tech niques for the napkins and also look out for the thinlits dies (not heard of those). Your other venture sounds interesting - shame I don't 'do' facebook.

  2. Gorgeous! I love what you did with the eggs! And well done! It is a lovely decoration - can't wait to see more of those serviettes popping up. I love all of it! - especially the keys! Lots of love from Laura xxx

  3. Great project, love the results. xx Flora

  4. wow this is so awesome! Absolutely great!
    XOXO SanDee

  5. A resounding applause from me. These mugs are a pure treasure and the puffy paste does give a very ornate detail to them. Love what you did with the eggs from Laura and the little bottles and keys are perfect! Terrific job on these and so glad your broadband decided to play nice. Already been to the FJB FB page and it looks fabulous!! Job well done there. ;)

  6. Oh these cups are so clever and unique! Gorgeous cups and decorated eggs with all the perfect embellishments! Love these! Hugs!

  7. Hi Jenny, Wow, I couldn't believe that you had embellished these delightful cups, the servietten technique is fantastic, I must give this a try.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Such a clever idea Jenny. And they look so good too. Although I'm not sure I would have the patience to apply paste on a curved surface.

  9. Wonderful results with the serviettes and also the paste, love those mugs Jenny, they are a real triumph. I only wish I could go over to FB but alas, do not do it, but would if I could, I am sure that, with your input, it is amazing. Hugs, Anne x

  10. Fantastic mugs, but you have far too much patience - lol xxx

    Sam xxx

  11. Wow, these are really nice! This is a wonderful way to give a Easter basket! Amazing work!
    Hugs Kelly

  12. love love lovetty love... genius idea Jenny, LOVE the texture paste on ceramic... like I said... genius! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  13. WOW!!! These look so professional! Love the extras like the key and bottled goodies! The eggs are fabulous and the embossed design is gorgeous! Fabulous project!

  14. A wonderful Easter gift idea and the little extra you added as decoration are terrific

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. Real easter mugs...gorgeous Alison!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  16. Fabulous! You must have the patience of a saint to get such a crisp clean transfer on the round surface.... it came out wonderfully! The Facebook page looks great and has definitely got my thumbs up.

  17. These are such fun - the texture paste looks great, and fab to see you adopting Servietten Technique! Congrats on the new Facebook page(s) - I would love to oblige by "liking" both you and FJB since you know I do, but I'm a Facebook refusenik (sometimes feels like I'm the last one left). I tried it once and lasted a grand total of 17 minutes before I ran screaming for the hills of isolation! Sure it will all be a huge success though...
    Alison xx

  18. Your boys are gonna love these Jenny they are so bright and attractive and the embellishments are gorgeous. I will use the fb link when I am on the PCM later today.
    Happy Easter to you and yours.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  19. Hi Jenny
    It is now my turn to catch-up with you but first, thank you so much for your enthusiastic feedback on my corset card that was published in a recent issue of The Stampers' Sampler.
    I've been missing from commenting (life!) but here I am and WOW - this idea I might need to copy for next Easter!!! It is the sweet details that make this idea extra, extra special.
    You showed great restraint that you still had the chocolate to photograph, I might well have caught myself nibbling at them!
    P.S. I am very, very new to FB and still not sure if it is for me but I will certainly Like it for you.

  20. Hi Jenny, what have I been missing! The collection of beautifully crafted eggs are stunning. The stencilling with the ferro looks gorgeous. XX


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

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