28 December 2018

Wrapped Journal featuring Eileen Hull Designs and Emerald Creek Crafts

Hi everyone. I hope you've all had a peaceful Christmas and have had chance to think back through everything that 2018 has delivered as we reach its conclusion.

Over on Eileen Hull's website her Inspiration Team have been sharing some of their favourite projects from 2018. As part of this I began to look back through the pieces I'd made this year and realised that my favourite has not made it to my blog yet! It's a mixed media Wrapped Journal that features lots of Eileen's die designs and incorporates a number of embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

As you'll see from the following video flip through I added lots of fabric, lace, papers and stitching to the Journal cover and pages, sticking to neutral tones throughout.

The Eileen Hull Designs dies used in this Journal include;
Wrapped Journal
Bookmark, Tag & Pocket
Bookplate, Hinges & Label
Floral Arch & Words
Journaling Words
Journaling Cards, Hearts
Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves
Birds & Butterflies
Word Stitchlits
Stitchy Flowers & Leaf

To enhance the die cut shapes and add beautiful texture to the journal I used a number of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies embossing powders.

Embossing powders from their Allure range used include; Burnt Copper Leaves, Hammered Metal, Charred Gold, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Fractured Ice, which can be found on their website HERE.

I found that by adding a layer of Glossy Accents to glue the unheated powder in place I could leave it in it's raw form so that the wonderful mix of granules and colours could shine through. This was also a great way to semi heat set the powders too. To keep the loose powders in place when fully heat embossing Ranger's Emboss It Dabber is also really good as it delivers enough sticky ink to hold the larger granules as well as the smaller ones.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing inside this Wrapped Journal in more detail. As 2019 beckons the team are now working on creating new projects to inspire you using Eileen's fabulous new upcoming dies. She will be sharing more about these in the coming weeks so stay tuned to her Facebook Page for that.

For now all that remains is for me to wish you all a creative, positive and enjoyable 2019.
Jenny xxx

5 December 2018

In The Kitchen with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we start the final challenge of the year today. It's Suzz's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'In The Kitchen'. This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table. Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project. You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen. You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.

As ever, the Design 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 Top 3 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.

For this final challenge of the year I've hopped over to the Frilly side of the Design Team as a one off, so this card is all about the paper layering and everything shabby chic in style. Can you spot the kitchen connection? You'll see from the close up shot further down this post that some deliberately rusted silverware is piled into the centre of the festive foliage.

Now this card may look super complicated but actually it's easy to recreate. I started by taking a couple of those sheets of Christmas Worn Wallpaper and scrapped some White Acrylic Paint across the burgundy one sparingly to lighten it. Chopping it into layers these were added one above another to create the basic structure of the card. I've been making a lot of Funky Festive foliage recently (see my last DT project as evidence of that!) and used it again here, creating branches from the Silver Metallic Kraft Card with pine cones and berry stems from Classic Kraft Card. I discovered that by cutting the stems from red card, berries from black card and adding Glossy Accents they looked just like elderberries.

Now on to that rusty silverware; I took a reinforcer ring from a pack of Etcetera Tags, coloured it with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint, sanded the edges and adorned it with a real rusty washer. To follow the challenge them I took some Tim Holtz Adornments Silverware and covered it with a mix of Rust and Espresso Alcohol Ink before adding Seth Apter's Baked Texture Chunky Rust Embossing Powder for that touch of added realism. In fact they looked more rusted than the real rusty washer so I added a little of the same embossing powder onto that too! After piling all those elements together on top of the layered Wallpaper all that remained was to add a sentiment from the Glorious Gatherings set, stamped on to Metallic Kraft Card.

That's it for my Frilly kitchen based project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage entries to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

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