22 September 2014

Win The New Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder Bundle!!!

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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

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.

17 September 2014

From The Heart for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome to my offering for this Wednesday. Today it's the turn of the Funkie side of the Design Team over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to share their take on the theme this fortnight, 'From The Heart'. The challenge is to create a vintage project that has hearts as the focal image; you could make a dimensional piece, a card, ATC or tag, as long as hearts are the main focus. And my offering is definitely just that, something created from the heart with a heart...

You'll be familiar with my jaunts around 'Blogland' getting inspiration from the good and the great of this creative planet. I'm a big fan of the videos produced by the talented team at Prima Marketing Inc - there's a whole range of styles and media on display and if your mojo takes a hike I can highly recommend you sit back and indulge yourself. The one that set my heart racing was posted by the amazingly talented Limor Webber HERE.

Armed with a tonne of ideas I set to work and got lost in the whole process, chopping up a sheet from the Menagerie collection, using the Holiday Knit stencil to apply Distress Paint and White Embossing Paste, dripping more paint and alcohol inks mixed with water over the layers, and adding a touch of stamping with Watering Can Archival Ink. This was all layered onto a piece of plain card coloured with Iced Spruce Distress Ink with the layering emphasised by adding a blended Distress Marker line along the edges.

Venise lace is beautiful and, though a shame to cover so much up, it is also great for adding extra dimension. Using the same papers as the base for your upper layers is also great if you feel a pang of guilt about covering the lower layer. I adhered the heart to some grungepaper to give it extra strength and inked/painted to match.

Final elements included lettering cut from the same paper, coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Stain and paint, a couple of fabulous filigree metal embellishments altered with the matching alcohol inks and Tattered Rose Distress Paint, a circle of burlap string, and a dyed crinoline flower (centred with one of the gorgeous gumdrops and some little pearls). As for the general colour scheme? Another of those 'Distress Mini match ups' with Iced Spruce, Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage. I LOVE Tim's combos...

That's it from me - hope you like what you see as much as I liked making it - and now I urge you to head over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to check out the pieces created by my uber-talented team mates. If they don't get you in the mood for creating 'From The Heart' (and linking to be in with a chance to win) I don't know what will!

For today, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

15 September 2014

Hi everyone and welcome. I hope you had a good weekend - for those going through particularly tricky times right now my thoughts and prayers are with you for a positive resolution.

I've got new projects to share later this week, but wanted to take this opportunity to flag up a couple of things...

First up, have you got your copy of this month's Craft Stamper magazine yet? There are some fantastic articles inside and I have to say I'm a huge fan of the Scrap365 Bonus Supplement included this month for the first time. And if you turn to page 10 you'll see I've got a Distress to Impress article included (squeal!) featuring Distress Paint sprays. Using my collection of paints this way is a favourite technique, and I'd like to publicly thank my bestest buddy Anne Redfern for introducing me to the whole concept a while back. We've shared and learned so much from each other and time spent with this wonderful lady is always treasured.

And on the subject of sharing and learning, I also want to flag up the one day workshop I'll be running on 27th September at IndigoBlu's HQ. You'll get to create your own seaside themed mini album whilst learning lots and lots of techniques and tips along the way.
Here's some more glimpses to whet your appetite...

I'm really hoping to see some friendly faces there to join me and will do my best to send you away buzzing with inspiration.
You can find all the booking details HERE.

There's lots of prepping for demos to do here (no rest for the... ) so for now I'll love you and leave you with a promise to be back on Wednesday for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

11 September 2014

And I did it my way... at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome.  It's my turn to host Technique Thursday over at the IndigoBlu blog today and I really hope you can join me over there to find out how I put this card together.

This one is definitely 'my style', full of mixed media and layering, and it actually turned out as planned (now that's a first!!!)
Looking forward to seeing you over there.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

10 September 2014

A Indian Summer (Part 2) at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the IndigoBlu challenge blog we are half way through the current 'Indian Summer' challenge so the DT are serving up some extra inspiration for you. Here is a simple take on the theme...

I got inspiration for this from some projects posted by Brenda Brown a couple of months ago. The simplicity of the whole look meant the butterflies really came to life and took centre stage.

After adhering some burlap to a card base I smeared white Gee-Sso Good! gesso on top unevenly, heating it a little in places to make it puff up. Having repeated this a couple of times the base was set. I stamped butterflies and the sentiment from the 'Butterfly Collector' A5 stamp set onto a single layer of tissue with Archival Ink and applied it to the base with a coat of Slap It On.

The same butterflies were stamped onto acetate, again with Archival Ink before being cut out. I used ProMarkers to colour the reverse of the butterflies to add colour - remember, don't colour with these on top of Archival Ink as they will react to each other and ruin your stamping. Then a touch of fussy cutting before they were layered over the tissue using Glossy Accents. Simple staples in two corners and a spritz of Victorian Velvet Reinker mist completed the look.

I hope you now take the opportunity to head on over to the IndigoBlu challenge blog to see what my team mates and fellow demonstrators have created before joining in the fun to be in with a chance to win.

Time for me to take flight for now.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

8 September 2014

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey - Faux Rusted Metal Effects

Hi everyone and welcome. It's been a busy few days (again) putting together tutorials, demo'ing on Saturday near Congleton (such a fantastic place and what a group of the loveliest people!) and working on projects for publication. So time has flown and I realised that the winners of the ATC draw needed announcing. I'd had 45 wonderful comments (with a few double entries) by close of play last Thursday evening, so, using Random.org the winners chosen were...

#11 Rosie , #21 Julia, #39 Sara, and #26 Bonnie!!!!!!!!!!
Please email me at buttonscraft@btinternet.com with your contact details and your ATC will be winging it's way to each of you.
Thank you everyone for taking part in my little giveaway.

Now for today's offering... I'm hosting the next Destination Inspiration over at A Vintage Journey and have chosen to tackle the creation of a couple of rusted metal effects using Distress Paints. 

Here's a card I've made using one of them, but you'll have to skip on over to A Vintage Journey for the 'how to's' and close ups.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Have a great week and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

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