20 January 2016

Dearest Daphne...

Hi everyone and welcome to my second post of the day (if you missed the first it's HERE).

Over at the IndigoBlu blog today four of the International Design Team are sharing a second helping of gorgeous inspiration for January. Having shared the new floral 'Colour Me' stamps and 'Lost Family'/'Arts and Crafts After Morris' Mixed Media Paper collections on Facebook I've been putting them through their paces again, developing a story to got with it in my head along the way (!)...

(click on each image for a closer look)

Dearest Daphne... she's the granddaughter of a typical 'self made man', a Victorian industrialist who used his ruthless guile and entrepreneurial aptitude to make a fortune 'up North'. This upwardly mobile family now live in the home counties and mix with the higher echelons of society. Daphne attends lots of functions at some of the grandest houses and it was at one of these she met Charles.

Son of an Earl, Oxford educated, he's a bright young man whose potential family inheritance and a huge allowance allow him to gad about with gay abandon. Daphne loves his carefree spirit, his self confidence (though others may see it as arrogance) and piercing blue eyes. She's fallen head over heals and dreams wistfully of their wonderful life together...

Unfortunately for Daphne their 'love' is doomed; Charles rather likes this innocent young belle and her starry-eyed passion for him is rather flattering, but really, she's new money. Her family are 'new money' and his would never hear of him marrying anyone unworthy. Besides, he's too busy enjoying life, his new motor car and escapades with the chaps to contemplate settling down right now! It's to be hoped he lets Daphne down gently but I have a feeling Charles is the type to break her vulnerable heart without much thought...

Daphne's portrait comes from the 'Lost Family' A6 Mixed Media Paper collection. aged with a little gold paint on the edges, coloured with Distress Ink and heat embossed with clear powder, several times before being frozen and cracked. Layered on lace and with a couple of altered brass corners she could sit nicely alongside portraits of her relatives on a grand piano or large mantelpiece!

The background paper is from the 'Arts and Crafts After Morris' Mixed Media Paper collection (this is the 12x12 size) covered in a layer of white gesso and several more Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. The initial layer of 'Colour Me Dahlia' stamping needed emphasis after I'd added some stencilling and faux 'verdigris' dry embossed paper so I used tissue transfer to make them stand out.

The lace flowers and Calico Crafts lettering were coloured with a mix of paints and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays before extra seed beads were added. For once I didn't go mad with the embellishments as the paper and stamping needed to remain the focal points.

Thank you for joining me today for a double dose of inspiration. If you haven't done so yet please make sure you see what my fellow IndigoBlu team mates have been up to on their blogs HERE. I know you won't be disappointed!

That's it for today from me. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

List of products used;
'Lost Family' A6 IndigoBlu Mixed Media Paper collection
'Arts and Crafts After Morris' 12x12 IndigoBlu Mixed Media Paper collection
'Colour Me Dahlia' IndigoBlu stamp
English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paint; Goldfinger, Townhouse Teal, Pink Iced Gem
Fine Texture Paste

Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays - Industrial Chic/Crow's Nest Copper


  1. Jenny, what a marvellous vintage card. It's a beauty!!
    Lia xx

  2. Exquisite and so very vintage. Love the colour palette and the way you made the image look old and worn. The story line for this beauty is so much fun and shows what a wonderful imagination you have to go with your wonderful creative talent.

  3. Lovely work Jenny! Really pretty and its so right to do a story when you are creating, its amazing how it helps pull everything together! xxxx

  4. Love the thoroughly vintage and feminine feel of this make Jenny x Daphne is very beautiful, but Charles will not be good for her at all !!!

    Love the colours and details you have incorporated in this stunning piece

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

  5. What a lovely story, Jenny! I love the simplicity of this page and all the great subtle details. These stamps are absolutely amazing! This is so beautiful and I can just imagine it sitting on a mantle. <3

  6. Daphne is definitely a beauty but she would do well to stay away from Charles methinks! This is a stunning project Jenny, I love the flowers in the background and the way you picked up the emerald colour for her hair ribbon. The touches of lace give the whole piece an elegant and classy feel. Beautiful work. Anne xx

  7. Oh you are one busy lady! Wonderful project and a great story (poor old Daphne)...
    Off to see those new papers (that's if they are up already), - they sound very tempting.... (as if I needed more papers.... but hey...)

  8. So lovely! I can not wait for these papers, the vintage people are stunning x

  9. stunning work Jenny - and a sad but beautiful story too! Can't wait for all these goodies to be available! Hugs rachel x

  10. Jenny, This is so very beautiful, in so many ways.

  11. Poor little Daphne .. how sad. My heart weeps for her .. she will be devastated but, I am sure, that a few months down the track she will meet the real love of her life!! LOL!! Love the story Jenny and adore this gorgeous project. Beautiful vintage touches and I love the subtle colours. Simply magical!! xx

  12. Oh dear, poor Daphne, I fear this is not going to end well! Beautiful creation Jenny, a beautiful image and I love the Morris inspired paper, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it, Deb xo

  13. Beautiful xx xx lovely story

  14. Wow Wow Wow, so in love with this beautiful design.
    Julie x

  15. Vintage perfection Jenny, very beautiful indeed. I reckon you could be the next Julian Fellowes and become that dastardly type of 'new money'! Keep writing! Nicola x

  16. Oh my gosh, this is stunning!! What a beautiful picture of Daphne!! You showcased it perfectly!! I so loved reading the story, too!! This is so gorgeous!! I love, love it!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. Hmmm, sounds like a scandel could possibly happen if dear Charles has a bout with his parents and wants to make them mad. Gorgeous design and wonderful story to go along with it! Awesome sauce! ~Niki

  18. This is stunning, Jenny. I love all the textures you've combined with the picture xx

  19. Oh dear, poor Daphne - such disillusionment in store... but character building, I suppose! Beautiful work and a lovely story to go with that wonderful photo.
    Alison xx

  20. A beautiful vintage piece of art with such a heart touching story- yo u had me gripped ! I look forward to the next instalment . hugs x


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