29 September 2014

Woodgrain and Alcohol...

Hi everyone and welcome. My goodness hasn't September flown by! It must have something to do with keeping busy. My first workshop at IndigoBlu HQ last Saturday was great fun and I'm pleased to report the incredibly lovely ladies who participated went away worn out, full of new techniques to add to their repertoires and with smiles on their faces. Hopefully they all felt inspired and I want to say a huge thank you to them for being so enthusiastic and supportive. If you couldn't make it this time I'm pleased to report I'll be running a Christmas card class at the end of November - more details to follow...

So as we are almost at the end of the month it's time to share my September 2014 Tim Tag. To be honest I'd been putting this one off as so many people had reported difficulties with the new technique Tim shared. In the end I just went for it and ended up rather pleased with the results (I'll let you be the judge of how successful they were!)

The key to this for me was picking the right colour and stencil. I opted for Sandal Alcohol Ink and the Woodgrain Layering Stencil. It was so exciting to see the pattern reveal as the card was dragged through the ink. The edges did get darker than the rest as the ink slid to the sides, but rather than chop them off I took Tim's idea from last month and added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder to create that rusty feel.

Of course now it was all looking distinctly autumnal and my favourite leaf stamps from the Daydream set seemed ideal. But what to add to them? Tim had used a decorative strip die so I had a bash at cutting some leaves from the Autumn Gatherings version, but they just looked too small and out of balance. Back to the drawing board...

Having inked up some more glossy card with various autumnal hues (each with a touch of Gold Mixative) I stamped and fussy cut more of those Daydream leaves, saving the die cutting for various branches and some acorns. I do love those acorns with Distress Embossing Powder cups and Glossy Accents nuts.

Getting the card finished was straightforward from this point; inked linen ribbon added a great horizon line and stitching a perfect border. Then the rub ons provided words to live by - my better half and I were recently shocked by some news which focussed thoughts on our own mortality. Who knows what life has in store for any of us - carpe diem!

Thanks for joining me today - I'll be back on Wednesday with my Frilly and Funkie offering for the current challenge.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. Great card Jenny and fab take on T!m's tag xxx

  2. Such a nice combination of mixed media and stamping Jenny...a gorgeous card!
    greetings, Alie

  3. this is gorgeous Jenny - love it to bits xx

  4. I really love your take on Tim's tag, the background is beautiful and those glossy accent acorns are real stunners.

    The class was excellent Jenny, you are a first class tutor and very generous with your wonderful techniques, I don't think I have ever learned so many new tips and techniques before. Well done for getting the first one under your belt, onwards and upwards my friend! Anne xx

  5. Wow Jenny totally amazing and my favourite take on Tim's tag. Wish your class hadn't been so far away.
    Julie x

  6. Smashing card Jenny and am loving the Acorns. Annette x


  7. I don't have that stencil and you have me thinking again! Love your woodgrain alcohol background and the rustic feeling! Gorgeous take on the challenge! Hugs!

  8. Another awesome creation Jenny!! Looove the little acorns and, as always your design and colour are perfection!! Love, love, love!! ox

  9. This is one magnificent card Jenny. The colours and textures are fantastic. Glad to hear your class went so well and here's to many more. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. Good morning Jenny,
    Oh!My! Word! This is brilliant, love, love, love it.
    Those leaves are so real looking, everything is amazing.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

  11. Jenny All your works are wonderful, I don't be able to comment on them all !!!! I'm always in racing against time because of the commitments of my sons !!!!! When I can find a few minutes, I run to see the latest news on the web! You are a certitude, always at the highest level !!!! BArbarayaya

  12. Terrific take on the theme Jenny with wonderful colours and additions

    Love Chrissie x

  13. A gorgeous card Jenny and I love the AI background. The addition of the rust is more authentic too. Love the leaves and those sweet little acorns. I am sure everyone had a great class with you and as Anne said you have great knowledge of techniques and wonderful tips to share

    Have a great week
    Annie x

  14. Beautiful card Jenny, I too love the way you have done the acorns. I am still buzzing from your fabulous workshop last saturday, first one down and hopefully many more to follow. Mo x

  15. You make Autumn look so beautiful, Jenny. Ok, it can be but I don't really enjoy the nights drawing in.

  16. This is very autumnal and I love those skeleton leaves and the acorns. Beautifully composes as always!

  17. Very eye catching design, Jenny! Love it! xx

  18. Hi Jenny , love your take on Tim's tag , the rich warm colours are wonderful and I love the embossing around the edges and the leaves look fantastic. Tracy x

  19. Beautiful fall tag you created, perfect colors and details! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  20. How can you say you were putting off making it when you come up with a little gem like this. Colour tones are something else.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  21. A delicious autumnal gathering - love the linen ribbon with the tiny attachers - so cool. So glad to hear the workshops are going down a treat - not that I'm surprised!
    Alison xx


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