23 July 2014

Cool Water at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by. It's not often there's a need for cool water here in the UK but we've recently been blessed with half decent weather and now that school's out I bet there are paddling pools gracing lots of gardens and trips to the seaside planned across the country. Living in Arizona where it hasn't rained in months Rebecca felt the time was right for a cool down in her part of the World too. As host of the 'Cool Water... ' challenge over at Frilly and Funkie she would like you to use an image of water in your creation. It can be anything from a droplet to the ocean. Keep yourself cool, just thinking of water as you create!...

I figured this was an ideal opportunity to create my version of Tim's July 2014 Tag too, being as it's inspired by the ocean. Clearly it's not an actual tag but you know how I like to de-construct things and rearrange the design!

The base layer is from the Wildflower Paper Stash collection and then I followed Tim's instructions for painting and inking a jumbo tag. Ripping up the bottom half of the tag and inking the edges may seem drastic but it helped to break up the solid blocks of colour a little. The acetate layer (yep, I'm afraid I'm a cheapskate and opted to use the embossing folder packaging rather than shrink wrap) didn't show up the bubbles enough so I added a little Picket Fence Distress Paint into the grooves to make it stand out even more.

You'll know how to create the sea creatures from Tim's fabulous tutorial HERE and I'm loving the way the paint and embossing powder react. The seahorses are in a different colour to Tim's but I wanted them to stand out, and I added extra glue to ensure the sand remained fixed in place once applied across the design (love the glittery shine).

The card was finished with a sprinkling of kraft 'sea' greenery, jump rings and fasteners (metal bubbles) and Chit Chat stickers.

That's my take on 'Cool Water...' what's yours? Head on over to Frilly and Funkie to see what my awesome team mates have created for extra inspiration, then it's over to you! With prizes up for grabs you don't want to miss out.

I'll be back tomorrow to share an incredibly special birthday card made my Anne and on Friday it's the launch of the next A Vintage Journey challenge (hosted by me!) so there's lots of reasons to be back. In the meantime I hope you're enjoying the sun wherever you are.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

21 July 2014

The First Noel... for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and thanks for returning for my second post of the day (the first can be seen HERE and includes news... ) As you'll be aware (I hope!) it's the 21st of the month so that means the launch of a new challenge over at the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog and the theme this month is 'Christmas in July'. Yep, that's my personal nemesis! Frankly the thought of having to create anything festive at this time of year is not a prospect I relish, but when the DT call you gotta "pull on those big girl knickers" (to quote the wonderful Rita :)

You'll not have seen these stamp designs before as they are quite literally hot of the press (a press I've now seen and boy, is it hot!) The main A6 design is called 'Rockin' Robin'. What can I tell you about it... well it's incredibly detailed and beautifully designed which means all you need to do is stamp it onto a coloured background and you've got something that looks fantastic. That's ideal when you need to get those A6 cards made in a jiffy, and it's one you'll be reaching for time and again.

Clearly you're expecting to see something a little more detailed from me so I heat embossed the stamping before blending various Distress Inks over the card. The robin was fussy cut, inked, clear embossed and overlaid onto the image to give it even more impact and definition. The 'Noel' Dinkie stamp (used for the sentiment) matches the lettering on the Design Alphabet, Design Numbers and latest Design Merry Christmas stamp sets, making it perfect for personalising your cards and projects.

Normally I wouldn't even consider stamping detailed wording with Distress Inks as these inks are designed to remain fluid and therefore have the potential to 'bleed out' before drying, but actually as I only wanted to use the word in the middle of the stamp I used a Distress Marker and you can see I hope how clear and crisp the result was on plain white card.

To finish some festive greenery was die cut and I painted with with some of the English Cottage Artist's Acrylic paints to make sure it coordinated (with Glossy Accents on the berries). And then there's that embossed background... now then, can I spy 'Snow White' getting in on the act?!!!

There are lots of teasers here to whet your appetite for the new releases and I hope you love what you see as much as I do. For your part I'm hoping you'll be joining in with the new IndigoBlu challenge 'Christmas in July' to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes and even get a jump on those festive cards into the bargain!

Time to vamoose - lots to do, people to visit (washing to get done - booooo) and I'm not getting any younger - lol!
Here's hoping you have a great week ahead whatever that entails.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Congratulations at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and I want to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone kind enough to leave me such lovely birthday messages on FB yesterday. You made my day! I received the most incredible gift from my 'birthday twin' Anne which can be seen HERE. She also included an absolutely beautiful card which I will post tomorrow.

Next, some apologies for a brief absence, but it was all in a good cause. I spent two amazing days at IndigoBlu HQ last week with a group of uber-talented ladies and the IB family learning loads and getting to see where the magic happens. It all resulted in the wonderful news that I've officially become an IndigoBlu demonstrator. You can see me in action at the Open Day in Retford on August 31st (10am - 4pm) with Kay Halliwell-Sutton, Clare Horner and Nikki Killinger. And as well as more demo dates to come there's also plans afoot for a workshop...
Told you things were going to get busier!!

Now for the first of today's DT pieces, funnily enough for IndigoBlu!
This is a heads up that I have a post going live over on the main blog HERE and it would be great to see you over there.

As I mentioned this is the first of two posts; the second will be up in an hour and it's time to vanquish my nemesis!
For now take care of yourselves and welcome to Monday. Jenny xxx

14 July 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 6 - Avila Beach

Hi everyone and welcome to my latest followers. It's wonderful to have you along for the ride. Determined not to miss another challenge deadline I've ploughed on this morning with an entry for the current Compendium of Curiosities III challenge 6 - Altered Burlap Panel. Check out the technique in your own copy of Tim's latest book then link up your own spin over at the challenge blog to be in with a chance to win. As well as a pile of goodies from the generous Tim and Mario there's also a sponsorship from The Funkie Junkie again this time! Now for my entry...

I was grateful to get a flash of inspiration from a beautiful Instagram photo of a sunset over Avila beach, California, posted by Paula Cheney on her Facebook page last week. Oh, to be transported there! Funny how the mind starts to work when soaked in Distress... I started spotting Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Weathered Wood in that sky!!! So an idea was born for the colours to blend over a burlap panel.

Sunset blended I die cut an Instagram frame and cut 'sea foliage' from Kraft and Black Magic Coredinations card, inking the edges of course. There's also a few strands of stained seam binding in there too. The sea creatures, cut from the new Mini Sand and Sea dies, were coloured and textured following the techniques employed by Tim on his July tag - so effective..

Finally I added some Chit Chat stickers and a pearl coloured with Snow Cap alcohol ink to represent the sun in that beach photo - leaving the pearl shimmery just didn't have the same effect somehow.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Your visits are always so welcome. I hope you have a great week ahead and get your crafty fix.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

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