11 September 2013

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much to those of you who have left such lovely comments. I really appreciate them, especially when they are about projects/pieces that are so important to me.
And on that note, here we go with another one!

It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and the Design Team have come up with an amazing array of varied projects to inspire you. 

I made good use of The Chemist stamp set to upgrade a plain sketch book into a present for my eldest - he loves to draw/get arty as a respite from his studies
(sound familiar anyone?!)

This cover needed to be resilient as it is intended that this book will be carried around and used for some time to come. Embossing, using stencils and texture paste worked perfectly. No flowers or frills were required but filigree metal pieces added the perfect finishing touches.

You may have noticed this is predominantly green; apart from being my son's favourite colour I always imagine chemicals to have those traditional Halloween type hues to them (along with the odd poison label!!)

The central panel took a little while to perfect - masking/stamping, wrinkle free distress and painting with Distress Stains, followed by a final coat of clear embossing enamel.

Did you know Tattered Rose is a great colour for paler skin shades, and no shirt is complete without Picket Fence, nor any edge without Walnut Stain (in my world!)

The bottles were a little risky. Having been stamped on acetate, I used a mix of alcohol inks to create the main colour. Small sections were then carefully removed using a fine paintbrush and blending solution - tricky! 

Finally I mixed some white and black alcohol ink together and painted it into the now blank sections, taking care not to disturb what was already there. A coat of Glossy Accents added that oh so necessary touch of shine and dimension.

Having now used this set for its original intention the plan is to see if it can be reworked to suit other themes and situations. Anyone know a mathematician?!

And just to show you the inside covers got the makeover treatment too using a second set of new chemistry stamps and an embossing folder (with a diffuser).

I do hope you'll join us at Frilly and Funkie to see the other fantastic projects and hopefully enter something yourselves (if you haven't already done so). And if you'd like to know how I created the textured background please join me at Frilly and Funkie this Saturday, 14th September, for a step by step tutorial (including some of my observations on using Distress Paints efffectively).

I'm entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Embossed (three types here)
That's all for now. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx


  1. Like you love the Chemist and you have done a truly stunning job here , whata gorgeous make that I am sure will be treasured ! I love all the layers you have achieved here as well as the yummy textures x hugs xxtrace x

  2. Hi Jenny, done with your usual style and fabulous attention to detail! The background you created is a masterpiece and I love the bottles and the treatment you gave them. This is one stunning piece of work! I now want that second set of stamps too....... Hugs, Anne x

  3. Wow Jenny. This is fabulous to say the least. I love everything about it and I'm sure your son will treasure it for ever. Fantastic make. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. It's no good - I really NEED the chemist stamp now!! Seriously this is a fabulous project which I'm sure your son will enjoy using for his drawings and notes.

  5. Absolutely adorable, Jenny!

    I LOVE how you used the awesome Laboratorie stamps (had to have them too ;). And I love the stencilled background even more!


    Claudia x

  6. Wow love how you have used the stamps Jenny what a unique gift for your son :)
    Von ♥

  7. Fabulous book cover for your chemist son! Very clever how you did those bottles! They look like real glass. All the other elements work so well together too, I bet he will love it and no doubt it will give him inspiration too. And who know perhaps it will even remind him of his mum in some of those rare quiet moments in a student's life....

  8. Wow what a wonderful book! Love it all!


  9. Hi Jenny! You've only been and gone and done it again! fantastic project - I love it - a perfect blokey project and I bet your son is thrilled.

    Really like the way you've used multi stencils and texture paste it really adds extra interest - hope you don't mind if I borrow that idea at some point?

    Thank you for your visit today and for your very helpful suggestions. In the end I ditched my DSs and used Dylusions which I was much happier with. My "failure" tags have been given a reprieve though and I'm going to see if I can give them a makeover with DIs as you suggested. Thank you! MMx

  10. Love this sketchbook make over !!! Looks beautifully done love the colour texture paste and stamping. The bottles tooo........in fact ... Love it all . Did I mention the inside? Love that too ! Toni x

  11. This is amazing Jenny - you've made such a great job of the colouring, I'm so envious of your skill at that. Love the brick background too. Love, Margie xx

  12. Wow. I actually feel like I've just read a chemistry paper! Haha. It all sounds so complicated, but the result is superb.
    I look forward to reading (trying) the upcoming tutorial :0) x

  13. Such a great cover! Still loving that stamp! And the embossing is perfect! Love all the texture! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Fabulous project Jenny, I'm sure it will be treasured ! Sue C x

  15. Three times wow, such a fabulous altered note book. Great details.

  16. To my eyes a notebook/sketchbook call it what you may, is the most perfect gift (I have a lovely collection and some so lovely I don't want to write/sketch in them!)
    When you take that item and alter the cover as you have done, you take it to a very special place.

  17. Fabulous background Jenny and I love those stamps x a gorgeous gift for your son.

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  18. Fabulous book - the texture past embossing is just amazing and those stamps are just perfect. A fantastic altered project and I am looking forward to the tutorial!

  19. What an amazing and thoughtful gift for your son! Just love textures and colours - yep! definitely chemistry! Chrisxx

  20. Love the masculine style with the textures and fabulous chemist image. I bet this book gets well used.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  21. This is just so awesome! I love the brick! :)

  22. This is gorgeous! I love the details. The way you stamped the bottles was so clever. Very cool project! Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

  23. Jenny....what a cool book cover! I love the stenciled brick background done in the shades of eery green. Very cool! And your chemist is so wonderfully done! I think the greens and browns really "make" your design...PERFECT colors for a sort of eery fellow who loves to experiment with potions. The letters mixed in amongst the bricks also look very cool! Love it all! Thanks so much for sharing your always wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  24. I love the way you have used the chemist stamp! The textures and colours are perfect, as with your last post. I have just bought this stamp so thank you so much for the terrific inspiration, fabulous project!

  25. Completely brilliant, Jenny... I love the textured letters, numbers and bricks giving such dimension and rugged interest. And the paint and ink effects highlighting the depth of the texture are so cool. Tinting on the images - pure perfection, and the inside pages are fab too. A big WOW from me!
    Alison xx

  26. Wow, stunning notebook you made, love the cover and the stamp is perfect! =) The embossing looks amazing! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  27. Wow Jenny...this looks absolutely amazing!!! A nice touch with the alcohol inks too. I do know some mathematicians! (I work at a secondary school lol). Love, love, love the colours that you have chosen.
    Dot x

  28. Grand cover! Love the embossed bricks with the chemist! Fabulous!

  29. Good evening Jenny,
    Yet another stunning project, your son will treasure this. Do you think he will use it or just admire your beautiful work.
    I love everything you have done on this, the colours are amazing.
    Happy crafting

    Patricia xxx

  30. Gorgeous cover Jenny...the bricks, the colours, the great stamps...stunning result!

  31. This is wonderful, Jenny, an amazing gift
    Rosie x

  32. Just bought this stamp two days ago and got an idea in my head as to how I will use it but now seeing this ...
    Jenny, this is fantastic. No wonder you are so pleased with it. Love it, love it, love it.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  33. Absolutely stunning Jenny, I love your texture paste embossing, and your centre panel is a real work of art! I'm glad your son is using it too xx

  34. Another fabulous journal! The bottles must've been tricky indeed and the outcome is fantastic. I also adore all the stenciled texture... right up my alley!


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