31 January 2015

Ripped and Torn at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. Once again the week has whizzed by and it's time for me to share another CHA sample over at IndigoBlu today. I hope you get chance to pop over there and take a look at the whole card.

As for me? I'm over at Back 2 Craft in Walsall with the lovely owner Sarah where I'll be leading a make n take session for lots of lovely people. Whatever you're up to this weekend take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

29 January 2015

Plaster and Pots...

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I played. In between prepping, DT stuff, making samples and forward planning I decided to put the whole lot to one side and just create for no specific reason other than a burning need to try out a technique or two. It was brilliant! 

Recently one of my crafting heroines, the wonderful Wendy Vecchi, shared a new technique she has developed using her Archival Inks and one particular Distress Spray Stain. Find the step by step HERE (trust me, it's a must see!) With a couple of new Archival Inks and a new Embossing Powder in hand it was time to dive in! I followed Wendy's instructions (using Tea Rose and Buttercup) as the basis for the background, then stencilled over with the same colours and some Dandelion too. Having chopped it up to create a layered mosaic pattern each of the edges was blended with a little Tea Dye Distress Ink too.

Then came the toppings; the sentiment was stamped with Jet Black Archival, finished with dots of Antique Bronze Distress Paint; the dotty swirls were layered using the same Jet Black and Tea Rose Embossing Powder; as well as stamping, colouring and fussy cutting the top layer of leaves I stamped and stencilled the lower layer directly onto the background; the flowers were coloured with Dandelion and Buttercup and mounted on Clearly for Art to allow for robust shaping; and the BRILLIANT Mat Mini flower pot.. that's a faux terracotta idea I need to perfect (keep watching future posts for an update and step by step)!!!

So, what do you think? Isn't it fun to just let go and play once in a while? Right, back to it for me.
Whatever you're up to remember to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

24 January 2015

Lost in Her Dreams at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. As it's Saturday morning I'm back over at the IndigoBlu blog to share another of my CHA 2015 samples. I hope you get the chance to hop on over and take a look at the full card in all its glory.

If you fancy getting to play with some of the new stamp designs using paints and flake I'm teaching a full day workshop at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Rangemore, Burton on Trent on Saturday 14th February 2015. Contact them directly to book your place by following the link HERE.

Hope you have a great weekend whatever you're up to and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

21 January 2015

Winter Wishes at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Well, we've already reached the mid-point of the week and I hate to say it, but there's not much of January left now!!! Here in the UK Winter has been bearing her teeth a little with chilly temperatures and frosty mornings and it is beginning to show the first signs of getting lighter. To be honest it's not my favourite time of year so when DT member Nancy came up with the theme 'Winter Wishes' for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge I really wasn't sure what to focus on. An early morning walk with the dog fixed that! Oh, and you'll notice I abandoned the new light box to get photos of this card - the only way to capture the sparkle was in direct sunlight, and thank goodness we got a bit that day!!!

The trees may be bare but the crisp morning frost makes them magical and that's what I wanted to capture here. Rather than talk you through this creation step by step let's give you a heads up on the ingredients for different elements. The tag includes Crackled Texture Paste and Potting Soil Archival Ink put through the Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Layered Tree Stencil with a spritz of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain. The background has White Embossing Paste put through the Tim Holtz Woodgrain Layering Stencil before being covered in Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. After a spritz of Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain I added Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Glossy Accents in a few areas of the 'bark' for some extra glisten.

In case you haven't seen it yet there is a fabulous video HERE of Wendy Vecchi at CHA 2015 talking you through some of the techniques and options available when using her fabulous Embossing Powders. I had to have a go at mixing Wendy's Watering Can option with Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and figured it would work best here with the License Plate Art words. As you can see there are other stencilled, inked, embossed and stamped elements which add to the 'forest' look to this card.

In case you haven't heard, there is a fabulous new challenge just for devotees of all things Wendy Vecchi; the first challenge theme over at the Make ART Challenge Blog is 'Embossing Paste', so this fits right in!

Fortuitously the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge theme this week is 'Winter Stamping' so it would be rude not to :) and it's been about 4.5 million years since I got the chance to join in Sunday Stamper challenge 'More Than a Feeling' (texture) so let's set that right.

That's it for my 'Winter Wishes' but you can see lots more over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog where it's my Funkie team mates' turn to share their ideas. Don't forget, if you then enter the challenge you are in with a chance of winning a Guest Designer spot on the challenge blog, and one randomly drawn entrant will get a $25 shopping coupon at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - see you there!

Whatever else you're up to this week take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

19 January 2015

Tag Monday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of a new week. Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments about Miss Mannequin - she really is one of my favourite altered pieces to date and it would appear one of yours too! Today I'm back with something completely different, although some sloshing around with paint was required for this too. It's my take on Tim Holtz' January 2015 Tag and as ever I've interpreted it in card format. Over at A Vintage Journey today my fellow Creative Guides and I are sharing our 'tag' makes.

It's always a treat to follow someone else's creative process for once and Tim has a clever knack of putting together a tag to get those ideas flowing each month. I loved that wrinkled tissue look with it's splatters and collection of Chit Chat words, but preferred to adapt it a little.

You can find Tim's instructions HERE so I won't repeat those except to say my Distress Paint colour choices included Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Antique Linen, and the aged look came courtesy of Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray. To give the main tag more dimension I layered on die cut tags, stamps and tickets before applying the Postale Tissue Wrap. The same technique was used on the matching die cuts too.

Tim used Black Soot to outline and define the words on his tag; I wanted to go down a lighter route, especially after having layered the tag and matching die cuts onto a piece of kraft resist card (coloured with Salty Ocean Distress Stain). Picket Fence Distress Paint is fluid enough that it can give you a less defined edge (always in keeping with the Tim Holtz style) and it was perfect for splattering over the card once the Chit Chat stickers and rub ons had been applied. Final elements included the Simple Saying and Alpha Parts numbers (duly altered with matching Distress Paint).

That's it from me for today but my fellow Creative Guides have a range of tags on show over at A Vintage Journey (not all Tim tags either) so I encourage you to pop on over there to take a look. I'll be back on Wednesday with an altogether chillier offering for you.
In the meantime have a great week and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

17 January 2015

Little Miss Mannequin at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. Gosh, it feels like a lifetime since I've been here! All the excitement of CHA is over and now we wait for the new releases to arrive in the shops. There are a ton of uber-exciting things going on behind the scenes that I'm afraid I can't share at the moment, but what I can share is the first of my CHA samples for IndigoBlu. They've teamed up with the amazing Limor Webber who has designed some superb new stamps.

I'll leave you with a sneak peek here and hope you'll join me over on the IndigoBlu blog to see Miss Mannequin in all her glory.
For now have a great weekend and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

9 January 2015

Use a Portrait at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. As promised on Wednesday I'm back with a new challenge post for A Vintage Journey. This time Sandy is our host; Tim provides us with some excellent portraits with his Found Relatives, but, of course, it could be a photo or portrait of your own. Create whatever you like with it - a card, an ATC, a canvas, an altered project, a tag, oh the list is endless and incorporate your choice of portrait! Of course given that this is a Tim Holtz focussed challenge we need to see/know what Tim has inspired in your project. And remember, as this challenge is generously sponsored by Country View Crafts there's a gift voucher for the overall winner. Three 'Pinworthies' will also be featured on our dedicated Pinterest board.

I adore Tim's 'Relatives' but figured you might see a lot of them. On principle I don't add current/recent family photos (having a bit of a thing about safeguarding - a hangover from my days working in education) so that ruled that option out. Time for option 3 - a stamped/inked portrait...

So this is my take on 'new fangled' early 20th Century portraits; in times gone by the rich and famous would be recorded for posterity in a painting, but with the advent of photograph it became possible to capture those faces on plates and then film to make as many copies as you liked. The idea caught on in such a big way that it became an affordable option for the middle and lower classes too. And thank goodness for that! Those of us who love to research our genealogies a picture can paint a thousand words and hold so many clues to the past. Now we take our own portraits, or 'selfies', but back then you had to take a trip to the local photography studio (unless of course you could afford the photographer to come to you)!
Step forward my self-made man and famous US industrialist "Gordon H. Booth"...

You'll see that Mr Booth had several shots taken using the same pose with the intention of selecting the most imposing one. Over the years the reel itself has deteriorated (alcohol inks/Distress Spray Stains on the stamped images) but his Distress Stain painted image remains intact.

Captured for posterity with his image, some of the (Tim Holtz) ephemera retained from his 'journey to the top' - even a hard-nosed industrialist could have a sentimental side - including the stamp attached to the letter confirming his acceptance into the 'City Fathers Guild' and the ticket to the circus show where he took his wife to be on their first 'date'. And now this collage comes together to celebrate the momentous day he was born in 1877...

So how will you 'Use a Portrait'... still not sure? Head on over to A Vintage Journey to see lots more wonderful ideas from some of my fellow Creative Guides. For now I will bid you farewell and hope you take care of yourselves as this weekend approaches. Jenny xxx

All Tim Holtz products available from Country View Crafts.

7 January 2015

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Not long now 'til CHA 2015 - are you getting excited to see what the Design Teams have been up to? And all those new releases... don't forget, you can pre-order yours from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!!

That's what's coming. Meantime we continue to use what we already have and it's great to try new things with existing supplies. As the current challenge theme at Frilly and Funkie is 'Anything Goes' it's a great time to do just that. On top of a mountain of trade show samples I have any number of family birthday cards to create and here's one...

Having been lucky enough to get some Eclectic Elements fabric from The Funkie Junkie Boutique just before Christmas I was thrilled to see the latest Compendium of Curiosties III challenge is 'Frayed Fabric', sponsored this time by Inspiration Emporium. Tim Holtz gives the basic instructions for this technique in his latest Compendium of Curiosities III book and I was also inspired by the DT sample from the fabulous Hels Sheridan - it just so happened that she's used the same fabric that I'd chosen for this card on her own tag.

So without giving away the technique itself you can see the stitching on the fabric and the stencilled rays (Hels was right, this stuff does take Distress Inks SO well)! Down one edge you'll see some of Tim's Linen Ribbon and an Industrious border coloured with Alcohol Inks. Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday they are having a 'Make new friends, but keep the old...' challenge. I used an older stamp - the gramophone (that is new to me) with an aged heat embossed metal technique I've used before (taught by Tim and created by Shelly Hickox on Creative Chemistry 102) but this time I painted some parts with Alcohol Ink, something I've never tried before. Love the results! As you'll see from the first photo this is a die cut aperture card with a layer of plain kraft card added to contrast the fabric insert and strengthen the front - you'll see it's relatively plain as sometimes less is more! I added some rub-ons, die cut lettering and an Industrious arrow to complete the design .

So that's my 'Anything Goes' challenge card, and I now urge you hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie blog where you'll see what my fellow Funkie DT team members have in store for you - so much, so different, so wonderful!

I'm off to create more cards and will be back on Friday for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey; hope you can join me then.
In the meantime take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

3 January 2015

Happy New Year with a Saturday Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone, welcome and Happy New Year!!! So Christmas has flown by again - I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and Santa paid a welcome visit (with reindeer in tow of course). For me a new camera and light box mean that the process of taking photos should be vastly improved - once I get the hang of it all!!! And then here in our part of the country we had a sharp burst of snow followed by a heavy frost on Boxing Day which our dog loved. Well she's built for it, whereas I needed many more layers to venture outside!

Time now to get back to creating art, and with that in mind I have a new tutorial to share with you over at Frilly and Funkie today. I'd love you to take a look, and if you are inspired to create own projects having read it, please remember to let me know as I'd love to see them.

Wishing you all a very happy and creative New Year. Take care of yourselves whatever you're up to this weekend. Jenny xxx

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