28 February 2015

Rainbow Heart at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! Another Saturday, another post for IndigoBlu where I'm sharing another CHA sample.

You may have guessed from the lack of posts recently that I've been back in the craft room; I've been whipping up a storm with projects that will be coming to a screen near you soon...
and today you'll find me at Byrkley Park Garden Centre craft shop demo'ing for all the lovely crafters who regularly join me there.

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

21 February 2015

Caitlin with Peonies at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time once again for my regular Saturday blog post over at IndigoBlu, and this time I'm sharing a mixed media project created for the recent UK trade show using the new mixed media papers.

This design was inspired by the creative wonder that it Elena Morgun (Sunshine Studio) - I highly recommend a trip to her blog and YouTube channel if ever your mojo feels in need of a real boost.
You can see the whole piece and more close ups over at IndigoBlu together with details of the products I used.

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

20 February 2015

'Winter Blooms' Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Today as promised I'm sharing a Friday Focus step by step tutorial for my 'Winter Blooms' card over at Frilly and Funkie. I hope you can join me over there to find out more.

I'll be back again tomorrow to share a piece made for the recent trade show at the NEC.
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

19 February 2015

Four days of fun...

Hi everyone and welcome! Thought I'd just share a little of my life recently (and it might go a little way to explaining why I've been unable to drop by your blogs in quite a while).

Think I shared previously (losing track) that I got some shows recorded for IndigoBlu, and these are currently being broadcast throughout February on britishcraftnetwork.tv. And I'm pleased to say plans are afoot for more of those to come in the foreseeable future! Thank you so much to all of you that have passed on fabulous messages of support and praise - it means the world x

Obviously the DT work and demos have continued apace (had the BEST time ever at PoppyCraft in Wallingford) and closer to home at Back2Craft in Walsall it was fast paced and furious with four in depth make n take sessions in one day! Thank you to everyone who came along to these for making them so enjoyable, and to the lovely Verna and Val at PoppyCraft and the wonderful whirlwind that is Sarah at Back2Craft.

And so to the last four days...  it all started on the Saturday with a one day workshop at my local craft store at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Rangemore with 21 eager and enthusiastic ladies all ready to get down and just a little dirty with paint and flake. To say I got them working way outside their comfort zones, the results were superb - hats off to you all! A huge thank you just doesn't seem a big enough way to show my appreciation to Wendy for organising this and even coming in on her day off to help throughout the day. It would not have been possible without you x
Here are some photos of the day...

Then it was off to the trade show at the NEC, Birmingham to a place I was thrilled to call home for three days, demo'ing on the IndigoBlu stand! Seriously, it was SO busy that I didn't get any photos of the stand (thank you so much Kay for this pre-show shot and for the chance to do this!) The stand had everyone in raptures (huge round of applause to the DT/demonstrators for the awesome samples) and they were LOVING the new stamp designs, papers and seeing what could be done with English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paints.

Best not to ask me what was on display at the show! I got as far as seeing Finnabair and the Decoart stand (with the fabulous Mark Gould and uber-smiley creative wonder that is Andy Skinner) but that was it. It was lovely to have some of my personal heroes drop by the stand to say hello too - Kath Stewart was taking a well deserved opportunity to just enjoy the show, my good pal Rosella Cottrell flew by in between demo'ing and her shows on C&C, and Jennie Boxall came by too with Mal by her side. Then I finally got to meet the gem of a lady that is Julia Stratford-Wright in person. How long have I worked alongside and 'known' this lady and yet it took until now to finally get to see her irl!

Can't even begin to describe how fantastic it was to catch up with the beautiful Brenda Brown throughout the three days (boy, that lady has stamina!) and we were joined by another creative genius and all round lovely person, Astrid Maclean on Tuesday! You'll probably have spotted that the paint splattered pinny was welded on to me permanently the whole time.

So now I'm back home, getting posts written for the coming days, looking forlornly at the state of the house and trying to figure out which of the long list of creative jobs needs doing first - it's silly busy but incredibly exciting! And now you know why my attempts at general blog hopping/visiting has all but ground to a halt, and I can't promise normal service will be resumed any time soon, but I do have a plan hatched to make it up to you - more on that to come (mwahaha!)...

I'll be back tomorrow with that step by step for Frilly and Funkie so I hope you can drop by for that.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

18 February 2015

Winter Blooms at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the second week of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge and our host this fortnight is the wonderful Sue. Here's what she wants to see for the challenge theme 'Winter Blooms'; "At this time of year the gardens are looking a little dull, so let's take this opportunity to create our own flowers! Whether you make roses or paper daisies, let's see lots of handmade flowers on your projects! Have fun! The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique."

To celebrate the arrival of the latest IndigoBlu stamps and FlitterGlu/Mega Flake gilding starter kits at The Funkie Junkie Boutique I've gone a touch Oriental with my floral offering for the challenge;

I won't go into a lot of detail now about how this was created as there will be a step by step on Friday over at Frilly and Funkie.
You'll find a list of ingredients at the end of the post. Here's some close ups...

As you can see from these, my focal flower is more of a hand-cut, layered affair rather than a die cut bloom. You can see the fabulous floral creations from my DT team mates over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog now, then it'll be over to you!

I'll be back tomorrow with a catch up of the last few days and then it'll be time for that Friday Focus! Hope you can join me again for that.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

14 February 2015

Let's Here It For The Girls at IndigoBlu!

Hi everyone. As ever, it's my regular Saturday post over at IndigoBlu today and I'm sharing another set of show samples (yep, a four for the price of one deal today!) It would be great to see you over there for a proper look at the whole lot.

And, as has become the norm recently, I won't be around to see this go live as I'm teaching a workshop at Byrkley Park Garden Centre today. It's going to be a full on session with flake, paint, brand new stamps and with any luck a whole lot of laughs.
Then from Sunday through Tuesday you'll find me perched at the IndigoBlu trade stand at the NEC, no doubt covered in paint and talking a blue streak to anyone who'll listen! If you're there it would be great to see you.

Whatever you're up to this weekend (and over the coming week) take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

12 February 2015

Bloom and Grow with Wendy Vecchi

Hi everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by to see what I've been up to this time - your visits are always appreciated. Wendy Vecchi is a constant source of inspiration and education for so many of us and she has been sharing lots of new techniques again recently, inspiring a few 'what if' moments in my own craft room.

Whilst creating my 'Plaster and Pots' card I had a go at creating a faux terracotta pots for one of the new mat minis. It was a little too shiny for my liking so I decided to have another go (bearing in mind what Wendy explained about making her embossing powders matte).
Here's the process I came up with...

Mix together equal parts of Frosted Crystal and Tea Rose embossing powder and sprinkle unevenly over the wet paint.
Tap off any excess and save for future use.

Heat until the powder is melted. It will turn lighter.

Finally blend Potting Soil Archival Ink over the whole surface to deepen the colours.

Now I had a pot I needed a place to put it! Those of you who have followed me for a while will know I have something of a passion for Venice and it's incredibly beautiful buildings. Having seen Wendy's faux plaster technique in action I figured it would perfectly replicate the slightly crumbling and faded plasterwork so often seen on them. What do you think?...

The ink colours I chose to use for this technique included Tea Rose, Tree Branch and Watering Can. You'll see some Watering Can stencilling (using Add a Stencil) brickwork (using a mix of Tea Rose, Tree Branch, Watering Can and Frosted Crystal embossing powders through the Basically Bricks stencil) Distress Ink blended edges (Brushed Corduroy) brick patterned washi tape (from my stash) stamping (using the border from The Beauty of Art with Jet Black Ink) and some Industrious sticker borders.

With the background complete I moved on to the window. The main window was cut from kraft card and the shutters from corrugated card, all dry brushed with white gesso and blended with Brushed Corduroy. The 'voile' curtains are white embossed vellum using the Vintage Lace background stamp and the faux graniteware pitcher is another Mat Mini using Sky Blue embossing powder and another of Wendy's fabulous techniques. The pot and pitcher were filled with flowers  made using die cut Clearly for Art and more embossing powder (Fern Green, Sky Blue, Red Carnation and Tea Rose); using the heat gun on them gives you the chance to manipulate the shapes. To finish I added Remnant Rub Ons and Alpha Parts to remind me about the things I love about this panel.

I had a ball creating this just for me! Isn't it great to be able to do that once in a while? If you've created any of your own handmade flowers remember, there's a new 'Winter Blooms' challenge started over at Frilly and Funkie. And if you fancy diving into your own Wendy Vecchi stash you'll be pleased to hear there's a new Make ART challenge too! This time the theme is 'Hearts'. Both challenges are sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique so you've got two chances to win a shopping coupon!

That's it from me today. I'll be back (well, in spirit) with a post for IndigoBlu on Saturday (when I'll be teaching a workshop at Byrkley Park, Rangemore) and for those going to Stitches make sure you come see me on the IndigoBlu stand! For now, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

10 February 2015

Tuesday's Texture Featured Project

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I am thrilled and honoured to be featured in Marjie Kemper's Tuesday's Texture series. The Tuesday's Texture series on Marjie's blog is of course all about texture, something that I love to incorporate into my cards and other projects. I highly recommend you take a look back through the previous posts and prepare to be dazzled by some incredibly creative designers. Marjie asked to feature a card I created as a Step by Step tutorial over at Frilly and Funkie at the beginning of January.

I hope you get the chance to stop by Marjie's blog and find out more about it. Thank you so much for putting me in the spotlight this way Marjie!
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

7 February 2015

The Beauty of Becca at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone. As promised I'm back to share my one of my latest show samples over on the IndigoBlu blog. Hope you can join me over there to take a look at one idea for using the new mixed media papers and stamp designs.

And it was really exciting this week to see the launch of the shows I've recorded for IndigoBlu now on britishcraftnetwork.tv! They are shown at different times each day and are repeated in case you're unable to catch them at first (see the schedule at the bottom of the home page). The joy of this online tv channel is that it is available around the World (you just need a connection to the web)! There has been a fantastic response to the initial shows and I feel truly humbled by that so thank you.

OK, I'm at Poppy Craft in Wallington, Oxfordshire today demonstrating so if you're down that way it would be great to see you!
Whatever you're up to this weekend take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

6 February 2015

Playing Tic Tac Toe at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday post. It's the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and here's what our host Annie has to say; "With so many Tim Holtz/Ranger and any other similar products we would like you to choose at least three items from the grid below and incorporate them in your projects. You can choose items horizontally/vertically or diagonally, it's your decision. Please, please include the name of the items you are using within your post, not just in the link to the challenge."

Idea-ology or any metal embellishmentSpraysRibbon/twine
PaintEphemeraDie cuts
Foil TapeTexture FadesStains

Remember, we need to see Tim Holtz' style evident in your finished projects. As always, our winner will receive a £10 shop voucher from our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts as well as a blog badge and the opportunity to join us here as a guest for a future month's challenge. We also award 'Pinworthy' badges to three runners up.

If you are a regular contributor to the A Vintage Journey challenges or haven't yet taken the plunge you'll need to keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks; there are major changes afoot! For further details see the new challenge post over at A Vintage Journey.

Sometimes fate plays a hand in what you end up creating and this time was definitely one of those occasions. I'd already made my selection from the Tic Tac Toe grid - Sprays, Ephemera, Texture Fades - and then Tim produced his February 2015 Tag challenge HERE... based on ephemera and my favourite faux quilt look! Well it had to be done, so how did I incorporate Sprays and Texture Fades?

I love Tim's ephemera packs and grabbed a few travel themed ones to start with. They gave me a basic blue, brown, red colour scheme. Next, texture was needed to add some dimension to the 'quilt'. To make a good colour matched card I used spritzes of Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, finishing it by mopping up the excess to add blotches of extra colour. Having run three separate pieces through different Texture Fades it was time to assemble the background.

Tim brushed Picket Fence Distress Paint across his tag - I went for the Frayed Burlap version and then used a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker and fine nib water brush to add the shading around each section. To finish the background I machine stitched around the edge a couple of times.

 Rather than use felt I layered some Mulberry fabric and die cut the globe. All the metal portions were die cut, edged with Jet Black Archival Ink and 'rusted' with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint (wiped away after being semi-dried). I used the same technique on the Idea-Ology Word Band, which really helped to age it, and added a line of Film Strip Ribbon.

So there you have it, my Tic Tac Toe project and this month's entry to Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag challenge. Now I encourage you to pop on over to A Vintage Journey to take a look at the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new offering for you over at IndigoBlu.
In the meantime have a great end to your week and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

4 February 2015

Be My Valen-Twine at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the second week of the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie - 'Be My Valen-Twine'. Here's what our host Pamellia has in store for you; "Pamellia here hosting my very first challenge at Frilly and Funkie! With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, I thought it only fitting to start working on some some vintage or shabby chic projects for Valentines day...or should I say Valen-Twinesday!! You can make any type of creation you want, but you must include some sort of twine, jute, cord or string somewhere on your project."

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I've tried to get this design right before but wasn't totally happy with the outcome last time. This version hits the mark! As those of you who are regular visitors will know I love using paints on my cards and this card really relied upon the properties which are distinct to Distress Paints; they are slow drying and reactive with water when wet. You'll see this design is based on a collection of dry embossed die cuts created from white card. Having settled on a basic composition and added some lace and a coat of gesso, I created four distinct areas of colour by applying small amounts of paint and lots of water. The paint pooled and dispersed as I blasted it with a heat gun and dabbed at some places with a clean tissue.

I adore getting filigree metal pieces and Idea-Ology embellishments from The Funkie Junkie Boutique; tucking them in between the layers helps to add little accents and in this case framed the central heart. And that heart... die cut from chipboard it got a good coat of Distress Crackle Paint and then I added Walnut Stain Distress Stain over the top to emphasize the cracks. After adding dabs of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint around the edges I wound some burlap twine around it to finish.

Now I'd love you to hop on over and see the gorgeous Valen-Twine projects created by my fellow team mates over at Frilly and Funkie for some more inspiration, and then we want to see what you can do.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I'll be back on Friday with a new project for A Vintage Journey. Until then, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

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