20 September 2017

To Everything There is a Season at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Kathy Clement's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'To Everything There Is A Season' and here's her description for the challenge requirements; "Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation. You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I haven't taken the traditional Autumn leaves approach to this challenge, instead preferring to include fading roses at the very end of the season and muted colours with a distinctly romantic theme - and yes, surprise surprise, it's a new journal!!! Here it is without the sari tie closure so you can see the journal title and cracked, aged 'plaster' elements in all their glory;


And here's the journal with that sari tie wrapped around to hide the secrets inside and keep them secure;
(click on each image for a closer look)


Up close you can see the fresco finish to the base of the cover and the look of weathering to the plaster. And then there's those faded roses, now losing their colour and showy beauty yet still with a delicacy to them. The little rusty orange flowers in between provide the perfect contrast and the bronze effect embellishments extend the design to each end of the cover.



On the spine of the journal, and continuing on with the whole romantic theme, there's a collection of bronze effect charms (including two containing off cuts of paper from the signatures inside). They add a touch of  'music' as they jangle together.



Inside the cover, this journal contains signatures created from the 'Love Clippings' A4 paper pad with pockets and tuck spots stitched in place to hold all those wonderful romantic memories. It's as though Prima created these paper pads with Travelers Notebook sized journals in mind, they work so well!

At this stage you are going to want to see inside and find out how I made this right? Aha! You're gonna have to wait until Saturday for my complete step by step tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.
For everyone who's asked how I put my no-cut journal signatures together you'll get the complete lowdown.


So for now that's my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'To Everything There Is A Season'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

Don't forget, you'll get the full tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog this coming Saturday.
In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx



10 September 2017

EILEEN HULL MINI BLOG HOP - with GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone and welcome! Eileen Hull is currently on the Paper Trail, driving the whole width of America and travelling up into Canada in her now famous Scotty, a 1976 Serra camper van! You can find out where Eileen will be visiting and teaching classes by visiting her website www.eileenhull.com or by following her adventures on Facebook at Eileen Hull Designs where she will be doing regular FB Live videos.

Following on from the hugely successful release of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die and Katie Skilton's sell out Sizzix shows on Hochanda, here in the UK, we want to continue to celebrate the success of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die, both here in the UK and elsewhere around the World. Anne Redfern, Tracy Evans and I are doing a Blog Giveaway and each of us is offering one of Eileen's Journal die sets as a prize!
We are happy to post to winners anywhere in the world.


To be in with a chance of winning one of these THREE prizes you must:
1. Be a follower of one or (better still) all of our blogs
2. Comment and tell us whether or not you already have the Eileen Hull 'Journal' XL Die.
3. Be a member of Eileen Hull's Fan Club on Facebook. It is very simple to join and there is a lot of inspiration there as well as amazing prizes.

Don't forget to visit Anne Redfern and Tracy Evans blogs for second and third chances to win.


And don't forget, once you've got the journal bug you can order your digital copy of the Journal Treasury e-book with Eileen Hull and friends from Bella Crafts HERE. Available in one easily downloadable form accessible on any device, there are 85 projects (on 164 pages) from a huge number of designers who offer something to suit every taste and style. Not only do you get full page colour photos of each journal, for the vast majority you also get a comprehensive guide for how to go about creating them!

Would you love to have one of Eileen Hull's 'Journal' XL Dies? Then please do join in the fun! Prize winners will be announced on 30 September 2017, on each of our three blogs. Do please check back to see if you are a winner!

9 September 2017

ITAC 2017 Challenge 3 - Oceania

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back with a new canvas for the ITAC 2017 Challenge, this time for Challenge 3 - Oceania. All the details and inspiration can be found HERE. From the list of requirements I took dots and dashes, monochromatic with colours of the earth, and natural materials (clay).


To get a inconsistently smooth surface to this canvas I covered it with a layer of texture paste before spreading uneven layers of paint (Leather Corset, Burning Bonfire, Apricot Blush, Medium Beige, Fair and Porcelain) across the top to recreate the look of sandstone rock. I then stamped over the entire background with the Circle Dot Background design using White Gesso and followed up with the Dinkie version of the same design this time using the Leather Corset paint again - whilst traditionally black is used with white to create a dramatic contrast, I opted for this very deep brown shade to echo the other earthy colours. After adding more texture paste through the Bubbles Stencil at the centre of the design, some leftover stamped flowers from my first canvas completed the intricate background. A busy background requires a simple focal point, and by stamping the Big Butterfly #2 into clay I was also able to add some much needed dimension. Once dry the butterfly was painted with Postbox Red paint and restamped with the Leather Corset version to bring out the detail of the design. With a little dilute White Gesso painted around its edges I finished the canvas with dashes of Leather Corset paint and added a sentiment from the Mindfulness #1 stamp set.



So that's my entry for the third challenge from ITAC 2017. Next stop Africa - bright colours may be a refreshing change!

I'll be back tomorrow evening with some exciting news. Until then grab your supplies and challenge yourself! Jenny xxx

6 September 2017

A Little Rusty for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! For the past week it's been Autumn Clark's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'A Little Rusty'; "With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days. For this challenge let's break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall. Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project - the choice is up to you! We can't wait to see your creativity in full swing!"

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I decided to create a background with paints, paste and inks intended to replicate a weather-worn rusty piece of metal. Then. rather than follow a somewhat predictable masculine route to finish the card, I chose a more feminine flourish with lots of altered die cuts and a touch of Linda's ribbon.
Here's the finished card;


Now it may look complicated but the rusty background was relatively simple to achieve; After covering a piece of card with coarse texture paste it was painted with layers of Dina Wakley Media paints, starting with Umber and then a more uneven layer of Cheddar mixed with Elephant. When dry the surface was sprayed with water before drips of Rust Alcohol Ink were allowed to run and pool across it. Finally I dribbled very dilute Ocean paint down the surface to emulate the look of verdigris.

With the background complete I used the Small Tattered Florals Thinlits die set to cut lots of blooms from card coloured with Tattered Rose Distress Spray Stain and coloured several of the branches from the same die set with the Umber paint. These were shaped, layered and wrapped with a little wire before large dots of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls were added to the flowers. The little bow actually came from one of the little glassine bag parcels that came in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - I keep all of the little pieces of dyed seam binding for just such occasions! The doilies are actually the centres from the larger die design, coloured with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink and embossed with Fractured Ice Embossing Powder for that fabulous mottled look. A simple sentiment completed the card.

Here are a couple of close up photos to show the rusty texture, delicate florals and altered doilies in more detail;




That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'A Little Rusty'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

I have a lot more to share with you in the coming days so stay tuned for that. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


4 September 2017

ITAC 2017 Challenge 2 - Asia

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back with a canvas for the ITAC 2017 Challenge and this time it was all about taking on Challenge 2 - Asia. All the details and inspiration can be found HERE. From the list of requirements I took fabric, mandalas, cherry blossoms, powdered pigments and geometrics. 


I started this by covering the entire canvas with a layer of calico fabric to give a smooth paintable surface and the scraped layers of paint (Postbox Red, Burning Bonfire and Rouge) across it in a random fashion. The same colours were used to stamp mandalas (from the Christmas Wreath set) all over. Taking the waste from die cutting three of the largest of Seth Apter's Robo Squares from black card created a central panel on which to heat embossed the cherry blossoms (Wild Poppy and Marigold and Peony) with gold embossing powder. To make sure the colour for these intense yet delicate I used Porcelain and Rose Luscious Pigment Powders, diluted slightly and blended on the card whilst still wet. Black Gesso lines were added to either side of the panel (using the edge of a thin stamping block) and I heat embossed a phrase (Mindfulness #1) using Wendy Vecchi's new Carnation Red Embossing Powder as it matched perfectly. Finally I took a chopstick and turned it into a blessing stick with threads, wires, beads and Emerald Creek Pyrite Gemstones (you'll spot another of those gorgeous stones inside an Oriental coin from my stash too).


Here are a couple of close ups of the finished canvas;



So that's my entry for the second challenge from ITAC 2017. Next stop Oceania - thinking cap firmly on for that one!!!

I'll be back soon with that and on Wednesday it'll be time to unveil my latest Frilly and Funkie project.
Until then grab your supplies and challenge yourself! Jenny xxx

1 September 2017

Vintage Quilt Freshly Picked for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40

Hi everyone and welcome! It's always an exciting honour to be asked to be a Guest Designer and I was especially thrilled to receive an invitation from Donna Bowman at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge; the talented Design Team always come up with a huge range of gorgeous mixed media projects for each theme and a visit to see them is highly recommended!


September sees the launch of the latest challenge theme - Vintage - which opens up a world of possibilities for you to get creative. And the challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique this month so there will be a prize package for one lucky winner!


So here's my project for the challenge - a card which has a huge mix of media on it (amazing what you can pile onto a 6 inch square card!) Now usually when the word vintage is used my thoughts turn to shades of brown, but of course vintage items don't have to be. This time I wanted to recreate the look of vintage fabrics with a sense of texture and faded beauty, and Wendy Vecchi's products/designs were the perfect match.


Creating the 'vintage quilt' background to this card involved an initial layer of Crackle Texture Paste, over which I used the Gold Embossing Paste through the flower section of the Freshly Picked Stencil. I then scraped small amounts of Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and Shaded Lilac Distress Paints over the surface before adding Texture Paste through the Vintage Quilt Stencil. A very dilute layer of White Gesso gave it all a chalky finish when dry, then a very dilute layer of Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint gave a more aged, yellowing look. Finally I lightly brushed the original purple/blue Distress Paints over the top to catch the raised areas. You'll see I mounted this background on some of the Metallic Kraft Card.


Keeping with the fabric theme I stamped the Freshly Picked image onto calico and painted it with more Distress Paints. As these paints seem to dry slower and there's the option to use dabber tops, try dabbing different parts of the image with different colours of paint before stamping. Then when the image is dry, colour with more Distress Paint in lighter shades that has been diluted slightly with water. Once dry I ironed the reverse of the calico to flatten it before layering with bits of Mulberry paper, sari silk and old handkerchief before stitching to the background. The little LOVE plaque came from using Paper Clay with the IOD Escucheons 1 mould before adding a Remnant Rub and drips of Butterscotch and Mushroom Alcohol Ink.

All mounted on a 6" square card blank, here are more close ups so you can see the vintage detail better;





So that's it for my Guest Designer project for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40 - Vintage. Thank you so much to Donna for inviting me to be a part of this month's excitement. Make sure you hop on over to the main challenge page to see the fantastic projects from the Design Team and get all the details for entering your own vintage themed mixed media projects.

I'll be back very soon with more projects to share.
In the meantime have a great start to the weekend, enjoy your September, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


29 August 2017

ITAC 2017 Challenge 1 - Europe

Hi everyone and welcome! When I saw the buzz on social media about the ITAC 2017 Challenge I was intrigued and keen to join in, though (as you'll have seen from the flurry of posts recently) time has been at a premium. Well yesterday was a day taken to create just for me, so armed with paints, stencils, stamps and paper I took the leap and tackled Challenge 1 - Europe. All the details and inspiration can be found HERE. From the list of requirements I took paper, a face, letters, numbers, blue, and the flowers which are new stamps given a vintage finish.


This canvas started with a layer of texture paste before I applied strips of book paper and layers of paint (Park Lane, Coastal Walk, Grandma's Teacup and Frosty Sky). By applying it with a brayer, a spatula and stamps (Numbers and Anemone) the patterns were built up gradually. The face (Face II) was stencilled in the palest shade and filled in before having the outlines reapplied in the darkest shade. Some more numbers were stamped with White gesso and Stroke of Midnight paint, before I then had huge fun applying Mega Flakes and Rust alcohol Ink dribbles. With my initial layer of paper having disappeared from view I stamped the Anemones onto more of it with a mix of paints (Miss Moneypenny and Leather Corset) cutting them and adding a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to age them. They were scattered over the canvas to highlight the flow of the design (using Slap It On Matte) and provide a base onto which I could add the stencilled words (with the Believe stencil).

Et voila! Here are some close ups of the finished canvas; 




So that's my entry for the first challenge from ITAC 2017. With a second challenge, a new continent and a whole new set of criteria to play with the next entry is already underway (can you tell I'm having fun with this?)

I'll be back soon with that and a Guest appearance for a different challenge. Until then grab your supplies and challenge yourself! Jenny xxx

25 August 2017

When is a Wild Poppy not a Wild Poppy............

Hi everyone and welcome! Fans of IndigoBlu will know that Kay Halliwell-Sutton recently released five sets of fabulous new floral stamps (and a new big butterfly). A few of you will have seen a set of samples I created with some of them HERE. Now as the stamps were sent out just as I was leaving for a short holiday in France there was nothing for it but to stamp some out and take them with me to colour in the evenings.


Thing is, I didn't have the names for the sets so when I saw the A6 Wild Poppy it looked for all the world like a sunflower to me (mind you, we were surrounded by fields of them and the heatwave may have gone to my head!) Just goes to show we all see something different in an image when it isn't named for us! So, with the help of some Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils my wild poppies became sunflowers, and when I returned home they were added to a twisted twig circle with some leaves from the A6 Peony set to create this Summer wreath. By painting the reverse, gluing them to thin plastic, cutting them out and heating to mould them they turned from 2D to 3D! Here are some close ups to show the details;





Just goes to show if you don't have Summer create your own (and look beyond the labels to see let your imagination fly)! Make sure you check out the new IndigoBlu florals and Big Butterfly if you haven't done so already. I'll be having lots more fun with these florals in the weeks and months to come. Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves and get creating! Jenny xxx

23 August 2017

On The Cutting Edge with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Suzz's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and she's called it 'On The Cutting Edge'; this challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut, machine cut or punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a cut out.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.



One of  the dies I have used most used this year is Eileen Hull's 'Journal' die - with it back in stock again at The Funkie Junkie Boutique it was a no-brainer to make a new journal. It was designed with someone in mind and need to have a robust cover with a relatively flat surface to prevent being caught when taken in and out of a bag. So I cut an inner layer from Sizzix Paper Leather because it doesn't tear but is flexible and painted the spine to match the old book covers that were glued on top for strength as well as look.



Decoration came in the form of fabric, pages from an old French text (picked up on my recent travels) and stamped masking tape. The focal points for both the front and back covers were the die cut Broken Maze shapes (using Seth Apter's fabulous die). These were cut from a piece of card which had a multitude of Dina Wakley Paint layers applied with brushes, a spatula, Seth's French Script stamp and a craft mat. Adding the white edging with a pen was a trick Seth teaches in his classes and I added stamping behind using one of his 'Rotators' stamp set.




After adding the name plate (the sentiment is one from Wendy Vecchi's 'Artful Thoughts' stamp set) and Nail Heads I strung the spine with 2mm elastic and added a piece of sari silk to close. Inside is rather boring and practical (hence no photos) as it's just lined notebooks that can be slipped in and out when being used for recording notes, ideas and designs. Here are more close ups;








That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'On The Cutting Edge' I hope you've been inspired by my latest journal. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own die cut shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'll be back again soon with lots of new projects. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


22 August 2017

Stitchy Flowers Earrings for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back today with my latest monthly project for Eileen Hull Designs. We were asked to use the dies from Eileen's HeARTfelt Collection in different ways and the Design Team have really risen to the challenge as can be seen HERE and HERE. With ideas as diverse as a tablet holder and shadow box to a wine cuff, pin cushion and money box it's clear they can be used in a multitude of ways. And today sees even more ideas shared on Eileen's website - make sure you check out them out and prepare to be amazed!

As you'll have seen from the title of this post I went down the route of making jewellery with mine and came up with this simple but effective design for using the fabulous Stitchy Flowers die set;


Despite their length these are incredibly light due to the special material I used for the flowers. Here's the all important tutorial;


The flowers were cut from Sizzix 'Paper Leather', a light yet super tough material that can be cut, embossed, stitched, painted and generally abused without risk of tearing. And as you'll see from the dies chosen and cut out pieces, it can be die cut with Thinlits dies too!


Having punched a hole at the top of each of the larger flowers I painted both sides with Dina Wakley's Lime acrylic paint.


The smaller flowers had the Ruby shade applied to contrast with the larger layer.


The flowers were then embossed with one of Eileen's embossing folders from Sizzix. I made sure the flowers were lined up so that the embossed details matched when layered, but that's just me - matching the patterns is not essential!!!


To add even more interest I diluted some of Dina Wakley's Ocean acrylic paint and splattered both sets of flowers (on both sides) using a small brush.


When dry this process was repeated with the White shade to contrast and coordinate with the beads.


When dry I glued the two layers of flowers together. Dots of 'Caribbean Coast' Enamel Accents were added to the centre of each completed flower.

To finish I used silver findings and some coordinating semi-precious beads from my stash to link the hooks to the flowers.
And as a reminder here are the finished results all ready to wear;



I hope you've enjoyed finding out more about how these Stitchy Flowers earrings came together. And a quick reminder to head over to Eileen's website to see a multitude of other ideas for using the dies from her HeARTfelt Collection.

I'll be back tomorrow with my latest DT project for the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. Purely by coincidence the latest challenge is all about using your dies! Until then take care of yourselves and get creative. Jenny xxx

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