3 April 2014

The Beauty of Blooms

Hi everyone. I wasn't planning on posting today (you've seen a lot of me already this week and there's another DT post to come tomorrow) but I wanted to do a little 'public happy dance' and remind you about an unmissable offer.

First up don't forget the latest issue of Craft Stamper is out this week and I'm thrilled to have another project featured.
Can't tell you what an honour it is to see yourself in print.

Next, thank you to everyone who dropped by to congratulate me on winning Tim Holtz' March 2014 tag challenge for my Olympic inspired cards. That was definitely a much needed boost after recent events. Work on the April challenge is well under way here and I have to say this is one of my favourites of all time, and my twist is...

Now for that unmissable offer and it's incredibly time limited I'm afraid.

Do you love your Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils? Wish you had more? Duhhh... silly question really but it's always a question of making those pennies stretch that bit further isn't it! So over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique it's the last day of the 'Friday Focus' discount on all individual Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils, and that includes the SiSi's too!!! That's an extra 15% off the already discounted price, so you are virtually getting them at cost price!!! Even with postage/shipping added you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal. See them all at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

To whet your appetite here's a serving suggestion from me, and I've taken a leaf straight out of Wendy Vecchi's journal. Start with one of those fabulous Archival Ink backgrounds on Specialty Stamping Paper. Wendy's ink colours make this work perfectly as they are vintage yet bright and colourful (if that makes sense:) and so quick to create too.

I'd worked out where to put the sentiment, thin ribbon border and swirls in advance so they were stamped/embossed next. I love that Wendy has included these long borders in a number of her latest stamp sets as they are so versatile for edging, adding detail and even bending round corners.

Then I stamped the background pattern in the same ink with the fabulous Tic Tac Toe background stamp. Use it without a block to get a 'wonky' look, or just don't ink it up completely if a block is needed. I created an oval aperture stencil using a die through some packaging and laid the Yikes Stripes stencil over the top before applying the translucent embossing paste. Use the same aperture to draw in a line when the paste is dry.

Last up the flower. You know I love fussy cutting so it was great to stamp/emboss the flower head and stem a couple of times ready for layering up 'decoupage style'. Those black embossed lines made it really easy to paint the flower and stem with Archival Reinker mixed with surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol). A watercolour effect that is resistant to water! Genius if you want to add Distress Ink and water over the top after. Some gorgeous sheer ribbon (thank you Rosie) and matting/layering and that was it done.

I've put links to the products used below but do head over to the Friday Focus section at The Funkie Junkie Boutique if you want the best deals ever. And while you're there Linda has an April Tim Tag section set up too for those all important 'essentials'. Hey, it's better than chocolate for the waistline so spend your egg money on something that will last for all the right reasons :)

Hope to see you tomorrow. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. this is so very pretty!
    love the colors you chose & all the details!

  2. Love that popping flower and background, Jenny! Stunning card with great colors and depth! Hugs!

  3. Wow what an honour Jenny! Enjoy :-)
    The card you show is so impressive...love it!

  4. Fabulous flower Jenny. I love the bright colours. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. Oh! My! Goodness Jenny this is brilliant, that flower is so beautiful.
    I love how you manage to get all those wonderful textures.
    Stunning colours

    Patricia xxx

  6. Stunning!!! You have managed to give so much dimension to the flower and the colours are wonderful too!!

    Again. big congrats on your win and I can't wait to see your April one!!

  7. GORgeous card Jenny. I love the bright colours. The SiSi sets are far too tempting, wish I could get them all, haha :o)) x

  8. Totally gorgeous Jenny, you have made me want to ink mine up now! Anne xx

  9. Gorgeous Jenny , the colours are delightful and I love the flower. Gorgeous backdrop too. It's been a long week this week, think it may treat myself to a couple of Wendy pieces lol. Tracy x

  10. Stunning card and great depth you got with the flower! =)
    Congrats on winning the March ta challenge! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  11. Jenny, I just love your style, your creative vision and your artful eye. I so love everything you do, you are such an inspiration. I know I said congratulations to you already on Facebook for Tim Holtz win - but I am going to say it again once more over here. Also, thank you so much for leaving such nice comments all over my silly blog - I always love it when people whom I admire so much leave comments on my blog - its like winning the Powerball...not that I have ever won the powerball lottery, but I imagine it would feel like that.

  12. No matter what it is you have to create with, you always make it grand. Such beautiful colors!!
    sandy xx

  13. Fabulously bold and funky colours and gorgeous layered stamping. Huge congrats on your March win - yay!!
    Alison xx

  14. Loving the fussy cut layers of this fabulous flower. It really carries off the virbrant colour...I love a burst of colour like that.
    Fabulous card.

  15. All I can think of to say is "Wow" xx Zoe xx

  16. What a delicious looking card so rich in the colours you have chosen and full of wonderful technique to whet our appetites. Another beauty my friend xx

  17. Congrats on being a Winner :) Well deserved.
    Also love this card, fantastic colors.
    Have bought the new Craft Stamper last weekend, but time to take a look so far :(


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