1 August 2015

Folk Tag - Saturday Step by Step at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome everyone to the weekend! A quick heads up that I've got a full step by step tutorial for a fun, mixed media tag over at Frilly and Funkie today. And to tempt you to see more here's a sneak peek...

I hope you can join me over there to see exactly how this came together and then maybe give it a go!
I'll be back again on Wednesday with my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Things With Wings'.
Until then have a great weekend and whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

31 July 2015

Paris in the evening rain... Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. Earlier this week I promised you my version of Tim Holtz' tag for this month so here it is as part of a special Tag Friday edition over at A Vintage Journey!!! In preparation for an upcoming visit to Paris I've made a start on creating elements to go inside a Large Portfolio and this tag will be one of those. My version of Tim's July 2015 tag challenge took it's own path as I followed his instructions and ended up with an imagined interpretation on the look of Paris in the evening rain...

(click on each image for a closer look)

First off you'll notice that I'm showing you the back as well as the front. Normally the back is the attached firmly to a card, a bag or some other surface, but this time it's appearance is equally as important as this is where I'll be adding memorabilia and journalling. For this reason the whole design was tipped on it's side rather than following the more traditional vertical orientation. Both sides were covered in paper from the Menagerie Paper Collection and that determined the ultimate colour scheme.

I went for masked stamping and an interpretation of a Paris cityscape, colouring the scene with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke before adding that Distress Micro Glaze. Having added a layer of Weathered Wood with a brush the colour didn't seem strong enough so I went back in with Stormy Sky. I think that extra layer of ink is the reason some of this colour bled into the glazed areas but since it added extra dimension I went with it.

The added shading was already giving the impression of an evening sky so I added some Scattered Straw Distress Stain to intensify the glow created by electric lights both in the sky and on a rain soaked floor. Black splatters just wouldn't have worked here so I went with diluted Picket Fence Distress Paint - raindrops or stars? Your choice. The ripped edge was however essential.

An Industrious Sticker frame was filled with Glossy Accents to highlight the location and I liked how the vial labels contrasted beautifully. In fact it inspired the second colour on the ribbon - Ripe Persimmon joined Stormy Sky in stripes. A few extra details were added including an old Eiffel Tower charm that has been sat in my stash for centuries.In fact I can't even remember where it came from!

So that's my entry to this month's Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 challenge. Tomorrow sees the launch of a new one; wonder what he's got in store for us next! Meanwhile I encourage you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have done using their tags - you're in for a real treat I can assure you!
This is also being entered into;

Tomorrow it's my turn to share a Step by Step tutorial over at Frilly and Funkie.
For now welcome to the weekend! Have a great one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

28 July 2015

Blog Candy Giveaway Winners...

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm busy beavering away behind the scenes as ever getting attempting to get ahead of myself in preparation for some holiday time. Part of that organisation is to announce the winners of my recent Blog Candy Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to spread the word. And so to the winners (drumroll)...

(As you can see I took the highly technical approach)

Huge congratulations to Lia, Elly and Samantha!!!
Please email me HERE with your postal address so I can pop your bundle of goodies in boxes and send them off to you.

I'll be back soon with my Tim Holtz tag project for this month and hope you can join me for that.
Meantime, whatever you're up to today take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

22 July 2015

Raise It Up! for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! At the start of the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, 'Raise It Up!' it's the turn of the Funkie side of the DT to share their projects, including lil' ole me! Our host for this one is the wonderful Pamellia. Here's what she has requested; "I want to see lots of layers, lots of panels and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic or vintage project, BUT they must be raised up! Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand tall!" With the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, three Top 3 badges, and a draw for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, there are plenty of reasons to join in the fun.

I was inspired by two of my DT team mates when creating this layered gift bag. Having drooled over Pamellia's recent layered challenge piece I fancied grabbing the same Spellbinders dies and putting a funkier twist to them. And I've used Shelly's superb tutorial again for creating hand made stamens to place at the centre of my flower. Here's the finished bag...

(click on each image for a closer look)

You'll probably notice I didn't include as many layers as on Pamellia's original (though a few of them are raised up on foam pads) but I did use the Radiant Rectangles die set to cut them. The rose gold/copper ones are covered in FlitterGlu and Mega Flakes from IndigoBlu - you can die cut any of your regular card once these wafer thin gilding flakes have been applied to achieve a sumptuous metallic finish. I also rubbed a little Black Soot Distress Ink over those layers to match the copper tone filigree centre embellishment.

The alternate layers were also cut using the dies. Having spread texture paste through the Vintage Quilt stencil each one was spritzed with a combination of Industrial Chic mists and a finishing touch of Crow's Nest Copper. The base is kraft card which has been embossed using a folder to add even more height to the base. On top I piled some of those little pieces of dyed seam binding that Linda sends with her little parcels of joy inside each order. You'll also see a couple of brass leaves, shaped for more dimension, little heirloom roses (defined with more of that Crow's Nest Copper) and a handmade flower featuring Shelly's idea for Liquid Pearls stamens. The flower was coloured with a combo of the Copper mist and Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray, and I added a touch of dilute Rusty Lantern Lime Magicals to the centre. A few filigree metal corners finished off this rather elaborate gift bag topper. I hope you like it!

I look forward to seeing your 'raised up' creations entered for the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and for more inspiration please make sure you check out my Funkie team mates awesome creations.

Before I leave you, just a quick reminder that my Blog Candy Giveaway ends this Sunday 26th July so please make sure you've entered as there are three parcels waiting patiently to be sent out...

Have a great Wednesday everyone and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

20 July 2015

Destination Inspiration Terminal 3 at A Vintage Journey

Hello and welcome everyone! It's my turn to take you on your travels to the latest Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey. Here's a sneak peek of what lays in store for you when you disembark at the other end of the link...

Hope you can join me over there, Jenny xxx

15 July 2015

Christmas Plaques for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. It's my turn to share a project (well three actually!) using the new Clearly IndigoBlu stamps over on the IndigoBlu blog today. Here's a sneak peek to tempt you into joining me over there...

If you fancy seeing me create one of these IRL then you're in luck - I've one more to put together at the IndigoBlu Open Day this coming Saturday 18th July at the Retford HQ between 10am and 4pm!!! With all the new releases, lots of demonstrations, a well stocked craft shop, homemade cake and even a free prize draw it's going to be a really fun day and we'd love to see you there.

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

13 July 2015

The adventures of Flat Susan continue...

Hi everyone and welcome. I've been hosting a well travelled little friend recently and it's my turn to share that time with you. For those of you who aren't familiar with Flat Susan she is the brainchild of the lovely Neet (Hickydorums) and has been travelling the World (in her very own suitcase!)

Living right next to the Trent and Mersey Canal it was essential that Susan got to see it's delights and as luck would have it there was a floating market taking place. I marvelled at the fact that so many clever people could live and work in such a small place but Susan reminded me that it was all a question of being organised when you're small. Funny, that would prove to be somewhat prophetic! 

And there was another fortuitous event for Susan to attend. I got the chance to meet up with fellow creatives Anne Redfern (Redanne) and Tracy Evans (Craft Addicts) for a wonderful pub lunch. Bless her, Susan found it almost impossible to get a word in sideways! It's so very rare I get the opportunity to leave the confines of the craft room and this was a real treat.

Talking of confines... I've been kinda chained to the laptop more recently (the necessities of setting up a new DT and managing another) so Susan became a rather constant companion in these endeavours. In fact she's really got the hang of touch typing, not bad for someone who's reach only extends to about four keys at a time! Remember what she said earlier about 'it all being a question of organisation'? I've discovered that Susan is very good at making lists and cracking the whip...

Something else she's become a 'dab hand' at is using FlitterGlu. So whilst I got to grips with the stamping side Susan worked that Scoochy like a pro. I'm telling you, that girl has an amazing eye for detail!

And so, with her CV nicely extended and a new tag in hand, it's time to head off to visit Rosie (Crafting at S G) down the road. It's been a joy to host this special little lady and I look forward to seeing where she travels over the coming weeks and months. Jenny xxx

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