29 September 2014

Woodgrain and Alcohol...

Hi everyone and welcome. My goodness hasn't September flown by! It must have something to do with keeping busy. My first workshop at IndigoBlu HQ last Saturday was great fun and I'm pleased to report the incredibly lovely ladies who participated went away worn out, full of new techniques to add to their repertoires and with smiles on their faces. Hopefully they all felt inspired and I want to say a huge thank you to them for being so enthusiastic and supportive. If you couldn't make it this time I'm pleased to report I'll be running a Christmas card class at the end of November - more details to follow...

So as we are almost at the end of the month it's time to share my September 2014 Tim Tag. To be honest I'd been putting this one off as so many people had reported difficulties with the new technique Tim shared. In the end I just went for it and ended up rather pleased with the results (I'll let you be the judge of how successful they were!)

The key to this for me was picking the right colour and stencil. I opted for Sandal Alcohol Ink and the Woodgrain Layering Stencil. It was so exciting to see the pattern reveal as the card was dragged through the ink. The edges did get darker than the rest as the ink slid to the sides, but rather than chop them off I took Tim's idea from last month and added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder to create that rusty feel.

Of course now it was all looking distinctly autumnal and my favourite leaf stamps from the Daydream set seemed ideal. But what to add to them? Tim had used a decorative strip die so I had a bash at cutting some leaves from the Autumn Gatherings version, but they just looked too small and out of balance. Back to the drawing board...

Having inked up some more glossy card with various autumnal hues (each with a touch of Gold Mixative) I stamped and fussy cut more of those Daydream leaves, saving the die cutting for various branches and some acorns. I do love those acorns with Distress Embossing Powder cups and Glossy Accents nuts.

Getting the card finished was straightforward from this point; inked linen ribbon added a great horizon line and stitching a perfect border. Then the rub ons provided words to live by - my better half and I were recently shocked by some news which focussed thoughts on our own mortality. Who knows what life has in store for any of us - carpe diem!

Thanks for joining me today - I'll be back on Wednesday with my Frilly and Funkie offering for the current challenge.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

27 September 2014

Vintage at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. Back again with the second post of the day (if you missed the first you'll find it HERE) and this one's a link to my Saturday offering over at IndigoBlu. Fancy a sneak peek of what's on offer?...

As this goes live I'll be running a workshop over at IndigoBlu HQ in Retford joined by some lovely peeps who (I really hope!) will get lots from today.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a good one. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Not Too Shabby at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and thanks for joining me today. I've got two posts going live this morning and the first is over at Frilly and Funkie where there's a shabby chic card step by step on offer for you. I hope you can join me over there.

And I'll be back in a couple of hours with another post, this time for IndigoBlu - it's all go this morning!
Hope you can join me again for that, and whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a great one.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

23 September 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 11 - Distressed Woodgrain

Hi everyone and welcome. Well I knew things had gotten really busy recently but didn't realise that the last time I managed to enter Linda Ledbetter's CC3 Challenge was back in July! So it is high time I rectify that particular situation... This challenge is all about the Effect Powders technique from page 52 of Tim Holtz' Third Compendium and is generously sponsored this time by Inspiration Emporium. Tim and Mario have also been very generous with goodies too - aren't they wonderful!

Out of respect for Tim I'm not going into details about how the Effect Powders technique - suffice it to say my version included the use of texture paste, a Layering Stencil, various Distress Stains and Distress Embossing Powders (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain). All of this was layered onto book a page background prep'd with gesso. You'll also spy splatters of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top.

With plenty of autumnal shades in the wood background it felt right to push on with this theme for the rest of the card. And so the clock face was covered in a mix of Gold and Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder for an aged and textured look. 

To tie in the book pages in the background I stamped on some more pages with leaf stamps from the Tim Holtz 'Daydream' set. Having cut them out and shaped them, they were gathered together to form the basis of an autumnal bouquet. Adding altered die cuts and a small book page flower helped to bring some seasonal colour and texture.

With all this autumnal colour going on and stencilling and stamping in use too, I'm entering this card into;
the Inspiration Journal blog challenge - 'Fall Is In The Air' sponsored by Inspiration Emporium
The Mixed Media Card Challenge #3 - 'Autumn Colors'
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'Stencils and Stamps' sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

That's all for today folks! Tomorrow sees the start of a new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, there are two new cards in the offing at the weekend (when I'm running my first workshop) and I really ought to get on with Tim's current challenge soon! Anyone got a spare 24 hours?
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

22 September 2014

Win The New Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder Bundle!!!

Note; This is a sticky post that will remain at the top of my blog until the end of 22nd September.
Please scroll down for my latest posts on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September.

Hi everyone. There's an exciting chance to win the new Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder bundle over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog!!! Get over there now as the contest ends midnight Eastern Time on Monday, September 22nd. Results announced on Tuesday.

Want to know how you can use them? Take a look at Wendy Vecchi's own super tutorials HERE and HERE, then get on over to Frilly and Funkie and see how you can get your hands on these pots of deliciousness... you KNOW you WANT to...

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

20 September 2014

Inspired... at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of a new weekend. Over at the IndigoBlu blog it's my first turn to host a Saturday slot so I hope you'll join me and share the love.

As this goes live I'll be out and about for another busy demo day, this time at Byrkley Part Garden Centre, Rangemore, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. I know there are already friends planning to drop by and say hi, and if you are in the area it would be great to see you too.

Whatever you're up to have a good time and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

19 September 2014

The Colours of Autumn at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. Today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journeysponsored generously as ever by Country View Crafts. Astrid is our host this time and has chosen the theme 'The Colours of Autumn'. "Who does not love the beautiful colours that Autumn brings? The oranges, muted, deep reds and all the many different brown and green hues. Tim's Distress range should give you many choices. Make a project incorporating some of these colours, but don't forget this is a shabby vintage challenge, so no brights or cute please!"

For those of you who saw my Destination Inspiration 'Faux Rusted Metal Effects tutorial' you'll remember I promised to use the first of the backgrounds on a future project, so, true to my word, the faux rusted iron piece has become the backdrop for my autumnal offering.I layered it onto a piece of Tim Holtz Wallflower paper stash.

I'd stamped, stained and cut out the mini Blueprints leaves for another project (long since abandoned) and scattered them on the metal as the whole autumnal look became stronger. This then lead to the addition of twigs and acorns, both using Distress Embossing Powders, to form a seasonal bouquet. I also found a dyed and embossed ticket which fit the colour scheme.

Sometimes cards and projects are planned, sometimes they just evolve, and this was definitely one of the latter. The 'bits and die cuts box' was raided where I found washer borders cut from some Distress Embossing Powder (mixed with Silver Embossing Powder) and kraft core card. It looked a little lonely so I cut a piece of kraft core card with one of the Framelits tag dies, rubbed it with a sander to reveal some of the lower colour, and clear embossed it with some of the Hashtag stamps.

To pull the whole lot together and bring out some of the colour from the Wallflower paper I stamped and coloured a dragonfly, including stamped acetate wings, and a matching dyed seam binding bow for the tag. A little black twine and Muse Token finished the bow, and therefore the card.

As this whole card was based on the results of one of my faux rusted metal techniques I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge 'Rock The Technique'.
I am also entering The Mixed Media Card Challenge 'Autumn Colors' which asks for leaves or metal - you got both!
And The Artistic Stamper Creative Team challenge is looking for 'Autumn Colours' so this definitely fits.

Meanwhile I hope you will join in with 'The Colours of Autumn' challenge over at A Vintage Journey and I urge you to hop over there to see what my fellow Creative Guides have completed.

I'm back tomorrow (in spirit only as in reality I'll be out and about doing demonstrations!) with another post, but for now have a great weekend and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

Please note;
The Tim Holtz Idea-Ology, Stampers Anonymous and Distress products used in this card can all be found on sale at Country View Crafts.

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