28 October 2015

Something Wicked for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. We are half way through the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which means it's time for the Funkie side of the DT to share our hit of inspiration for you. The theme this time is 'Something Wicked' and here's what our host, the wonderful Shelly Hickox, had to say about it; "With Halloween just a few days away, I decided to challenge you all to create Something Wicked. Whether your style is shabby or vintage, I want to see your spookiest work. It doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween related - feel free to interpret the theme in a way that suits you!"

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In preparation for this challenge Linda Coughlin kindly sent us a few of the Halloween themed metal charms she stocks in The Funkie Junkie Boutique as a starting point. The challenge for me was how best to display them; two ideas sprang to mind (novelty!) and (typically) I went for the lengthy one. I started with an Eileen Hull Mini Album cut from stiff card as a base. The cover had Tim Holtz fabric applied inside and out (it's much easier if you stick the fabric to the card before die cutting). Into the die cut window frame I added loops at the top by inserting looped head pins into the card. A couple of the charms were glued together to make them 3D and I added Spiced Marmalade Stickles on the inside of the pumpkin to give it some extra sparkle (you'll see Stickles added to many of the charms). Charms were also tied onto the spine with black twine; again, you'll see that the metal surfaces throughout this album were coloured with Latte Alcohol Ink to match the brass jump rings.

Page One; a stencilled and stamped background with added twine, a die cut spider and of course Chit Chat stickers. The little haunted house was doubled up and hung inside the little aperture in the corner of the page.

Page Two; multi-coloured Ledger Script stamping and some gold paste stencilled stars provided the backdrop to the framed witch and her freaked out cat. I thought the mirrored stars would add an appropriate level of bling!

Page Three; this one was fun with die cut grave stones and spooky trees, stamped graves and charm bats. I chopped up the Found Relatives foursome to rearrange their order and gave them Chit Chat nicknames!

Page Four; this one made use of the die cut bottles from the apertures and more stamped bottles to create a well stocked poison cabinet. A mix of Crackle Paint and Glue n Seal added a textured coat to the painted bottles.

Page Five; the Gothic stencilling fitted perfectly with the Ornate Frame, and by layering it over a die cut oval and adding an Industrious border it became the perfect place to add a large, double-sided spiders web. 

Page Six; smaller spiders web charms 'hung' perfectly from the stamped Industrial Lamps chains. Both lamps and chains were embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder to keep up that industrial theme.

The back page couldn't just be left bare so I chopped and layered another Found Relatives card, colouring the pumpkins with Distress Ink and adding another of those Stickles filled pumpkin charms in the palm of the seller's hand.

Hope you've got a little inspiration from this spooky mini book. For even more from my incredibly talented team mates make sure you head on over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Then it's over to you! We've already had many fabulous entries, but with prizes and Top 3 badges up for grabs there's still plenty of reasons to join in the fun.

For my part I'm going to enter;
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Throwback (like Andrea, taking the theme 'Spooky' from October 2013)
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #17 - Wordsearch (orange, black, bat, skull, pumpkin, and probably many more!)

I'm out and about at the weekend again with a demo day for IndigoBlu at PDA Card and Craft, Langley MillI'd love to see you there.
And just a quick reminder that there's still time to book your place on my Poppy Canvas Workshop on Saturday 14th November. Have a fun day out and create your own piece of floral wall art.

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

23 October 2015

Twinkle, twinkle...

Hi everyone and welcome. It's been a while since I last posted and I'm aware that this poor blog is in danger of collecting a few cobwebs without some love and attention (though those may be welcome for next week's spooky project... !)

Before sharing today's projects I'd like to thank you to everyone who dropped by to see me and the IndigoBlu crew at the Stamp Magic show in Doncaster last weekend. It was great to see familiar faces and some very enthusiastic stampers throughout the day. I had the pleasure of working with some of the new Christmas designs and made up some samples so you can see what they can do...

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This first card was made using some Christmas Compendium Mixed Media Papers with torn vellum and some festive foliage die cuts. I love that the Laurel Leaves stencil can be used with modelling paste and StazOn Studio Glaze dots for more dimensional foliage. The new Twinkle Star A6 stamp works perfectly with ink, white embossing powder and of course Mega Flakes.

Two projects here; the little money box house was painted with black Gee-Sso Good! before being covered in Fontastic Ephemera Mixed Media Papers (which are on offer right now!) Some die cut Christmas foliage (including some cut from card covered in Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes) with added glitter, white Gee-Sso Good! 'snow' and those Studio Glaze dots again added the perfect trim.

The little gift box was cut from black card before being stamped on each side with the Christmas Icons set. Chocolate Box Mega Flakes work perfectly on a dark background and a touch of Goldfinger paint around the edges really helps to set it off.

The final two projects now; another little box was covered in a layer of Postbox Red paint before being stamped with the Twinkle Star stamp again. White gesso stamping and edging give it a slightly Scandinavian feel. This time the Christmas Icons were stamped onto the Christmas Compendium papers using StazOn ink before being cut, distressed and layered onto the sides.

And finally to the door hanger; this was also covered in the Christmas Compendium papers, embossed and layered with the Twinkle Star stamp and stencilled with the Laurel Leaves stencil and modelling paste. The lettering on the front was die cut and I used the new Silent Night Dinkie stamp on the reverse (isn't that what most parents crave on Christmas Eve?!!!)

Hope that's given you a few ideas for using some of the new IndigoBlu Christmas stamps.

For a few more festive ideas there are still a few copies of the first IndigoBlu Inspirations magazine available on the website (they all sold out on Hochanda). There are step by step projects included, free papers inside and even a free limited edition stamp!

I'm off to get spooky for Frilly and Funkie. Whatever you're up to this weekend have a good one and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

16 October 2015

Embroidered Rain Droplets at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome to my second post of the day (you can see the first HERE).
I'm sharing a new project for IndigoBlu over on their blog today and would love you to take a little look HERE.

Not the usual papercrafting this time - I'm sharing an idea for using stamps and stencils as a fabric template.

And there's just time to let you know I'll be bringing this little picture along with me to the Stamp Magic show at Doncaster this coming Sunday 18th October, where I'll be demoing all day on the IndigoBlu stand. It would be great to see you there!!!

Whatever you're up to this weekend have a great one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Friday Focus for Frilly and Funkie - Distress Paints

Hi everyone and welcome! It's my turn to host the Friday Focus slot over at Frilly and Funkie. This time the spotlight falls on Distress Paints and as promised in my post on Wednesday HERE I'm sharing a step by step tutorial for my 'Autumnal Splendor' card.

I hope you can join me over at Frilly and Funkie to find out how I put my Distress Paints through their paces.

And credit where it's due - the inspiration for this card came from one I received from my good friend Mo. She gave me the most beautiful hand crafted birthday card earlier this year which sparked the original idea in my head. Thank you so much Mo!

There's even more from me this morning too - yep, a double bubble day!!!
I'll be back in a few hours with something completely different for IndigoBlu so I hope you can join me here for that.

Thank you for joining me today and whatever you're up to this weekend have a great one and take care of yourselves. Jenny x

14 October 2015

Autumn Splendour at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's Week Two of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Autumn Splendor!' and our host, Nancy, asks you to create a vintage or shabby chic project using the rich colors of Autumn. And as an added twist you must include an autumn leaf somewhere in your project. 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.

Whilst I'm sharing my Autumnal card today, you'll need to return to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog on Friday for a step by step tutorial...

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and here are some close ups...

I hope you'll return to the Frilly and Funkie blog on Friday for my tutorial. In the meantime if you hop on over there today you'll see the gorgeous projects completed by the other super-talented members of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team.

For now take care of yourselves and I'll see you on Friday! Jenny xxx

10 October 2015

Saturday Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie - Old Ledger Box

Hi everyone and welcome. No, I've not dropped off the edge of the planet (though you'd be forgiven for thinking it!) TV samples, prep for demos and step by step tutorials have been keeping me busy. Over at Frilly and Funkie today I'm sharing the first of those tutorials for this...

See more and find out how I created it HERE.

As for me, I'm over at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Rangemore today demonstrating some brand new Christmas releases from IndigoBlu (also being shown by Kay Halliwell-sutton on Hochanda this weekend!) If you are in the area I'd love to see you.

Whatever you're up to this weekend have a great one and take care of yourselves.
Jenny xxx

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