Monday, 9 October 2017

PaperArtsy Round Up!

As I seem to post a lot of "sneak peeks" of projects, I thought I would share a "round up" post for my blog so I have a record for myself. So please do not feel that you have to comment as I am sure you have already.

Here are a few I have made for PaperArtsy lately:


A Metallics Panel using Sara Naumann's stamps and stencils


Distress Oxides over PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco and those FABULOUS stamps by Scrapcosy (aka Raquel).



A card wallet .......


..... and star card.



Eileen Hull's Cannister Die, Infusions and Scrapcosy's Fabulous Stamp Release back in June.

Have a great week!

Jennie x


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Friday, 6 October 2017

Crazy for Autumn Colour .....

....... that's our new challenge theme over at A Vintage Journey!

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge where I am the host for the month. October is so very often a wonderful month for lots of wonderful colours and so we are looking for projects where you have chosen a bold, colourful, autumn palette for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!



We have had a wonderful Autumn here in the North and it only broke last week when the usual equinox gales hit us and totally destroyed the garden! Up until then I had some lovely shrub roses still flowering and the rosehips have been amazing - so many and such beautiful colours. I should have taken a photograph BEFORE the gales!

I decided to try and replicate some of these colours in a small shadow box made by Calico Craft Parts (who are our sponsors this month too).



I decided to make the box up before painting as I thought this might be easier. The outside was painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Very Berry Chalk Paint before adding DecoArt Weathered Wood.


While this was drying I selected an Autumn colour palette (including the sky!) to make a small "picture" to go in the back of the box.


The colours were blended onto the cardstock .......


.... spritzed with water .....


.... and the same colours picked up from my craft mat.


I then used stamps from the Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set to add the stems here and there.


I really love how this came out. I had the idea in my head but really wasn't sure whether it would work. I will certainly try this again, perhaps in my journal.


By this time I had crackled the outside of the box with white paint and added some text tissue around the insides which gives it all a shabby look. The box is quite deep so I felt it needed something in the mid ground, so added this little trellis flourish (also from Calico Craft Parts) which has just been coloured with a little white paint.


I wanted a big flourish on the right hand side of the box. Calico Craft Parts products are very sturdy and can take any amount of medium on them. The right hand side flourish shows how they arrive and the left hand side finished with a coat of Very Berry Fresco paint, white acrylic dabbed here and there and finally some DecoArt Crackle Glaze.


Having to sit with the new puppy in the kitchen just lately has given me lots of time to make flowers! I tried to replicate some of the wonderful colours of the flowering shrub roses before the gales, but kept to a similar colour palette for the berries.


I finished the box with a few alphabet letters (again from Calico Craft Parts).

Dreaming of Autumn Days!


I can certainly recommend this little shadow box - you can see how deep it is. It also comes with a perspex glass front which I haven't used and piece to go on the back so it can be hung. I find it stands on its own quite nicely and am so pleased I didn't hang my flourish and flowers any lower!

I hope this has inspired you to join us in our challenge this month. For some amazing inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides, do hop on over to the blog post for this challenge at A Vintage Journey.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Jennie x


Here are links to the Calico Craft Parts I have used:








Thursday, 5 October 2017

For the Joy of Autumn Flowers

We have had a wonderful Autumn here in the North and I have had shrub roses flowering until last week in the garden. Sadly they are no more as we've had gales these last few days.


The joy of having these wonderful flowers around inspired me to make this little beer mat/coaster for Calico Craft Parts and I am sharing how I made it over on their blog today. 

Do hop on over if you would like to see how it all came together.

Jennie x



Friday, 29 September 2017

Learn to be Silent .......

.... which is what I have been trying to do over the last few weeks. After having some wonderful quiet moments whilst sailing I decided to learn a bit about meditation and to try and fit it in to my daily schedule at some point.

I am still very much learning and the hardest part is trying to find 10 minutes each day!

When I saw this quote on Alison Bomber's (Words and Pictures) new stamp set I knew I wanted to make something with it as an aide memoire.


As this is the fifth Friday of the month we have a "Tag Friday" over at A Vintage Journey and so I decided to make a little tag using this quote.


The one thing I have learnt is that thinking of a colour can help relaxation and my mind always seems to gravitate to greyish blue. 


I was teaching a workshop at Belmont House in Unst this last weekend and demonstrating PaperArtsy Infusions and so now have some lovely tags to play with. This is Sleight Blue my favourite colour!

Here are a few step by step photographs of how the background developed .........


Stamping with my favourite mesh stamp (Tim Holtz) ......


..... adding some Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz) ......


.... some (subtle) background stamping .....


..... and finally some texture paste.


I kept my cluster as white as possible and thought that silver would better match the grey/blue colour.   My metal embellishments were gold, so I covered them with gesso and rubbed in some Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Metallique Old Silver Wax.


And the lovely quote again. 

I can certainly recommend Alison's PaperArtsy stamp release. I have three sets now and I love each one of them.  Details of Alison's first two stamp sets can be found HERE at the PaperArtsy shop and for her second release HERE on the PaperArtsy blog.

Alison is of course a fellow Creative Guide over at A Vintage Journey and if you would like to see what the rest of my creative sisters have created for our Tag Friday then please do hop on over to the blog post for some wonderful inspiration. It's a chance for us to experiment and just create without a theme and so always something different to see.

As always thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x











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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A love of music ......


I have been playing along with a weekly ATC prompt challenge at Mixed Up Mag Mixer on Facebook. Each week we are set a prompt and this week it is stamping with bubblewrap. I stamped mine on my Gelli Plate ...... but I really love the effect and realise I haven't done this for simply ages.

I thought I would share this one as I am loving Alison Bomber's wonderful stamps.

I hope everyone is having a great week! 

It is Shetland Wool Week here and I am only managing a little crafting as I am demonstrating spinning on my wheel most of the week. It is lovely to meet so many wonderful people from all over the globe with an interest in Shetland spinning, fair isle and lace knitting.

Jennie x


Friday, 22 September 2017

Explore

It is my turn tonight to share a project for the current Metallics theme over at PaperArtsy.  


I had a wonderful time using Sara Naumann's new stamps and stencils to create this little hanging and combining Fresco Paints to get a wonderful metallic finish for all my embellishments.

Do please join me over at PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ahoy There Me Hearties !



It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today.

If you would like to see more of my ship "on a bottle" then please hop on over and join me there!

Jennie x



Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas with Jo Firth-Young for PaperArtsy


Over at PaperArtsy we are in the final stages of the Christmas Stamp Release and I was extremely excited to be asked to be a wingman for Jo Firth-Young. I absolutely adore Jo's wonderful style, but realised I was going to be really challenged to use these wonderful stamps in my style. 

To say I was challenged out of my comfort zone is an understatement!





I hope these sneak peeks of my projects whet your appetite and that you join me over at PaperArtsy to see more. 

Jennie x
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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Autumn Crackle


A sneak peek of a small ATC project I am sharing over at Calico Craft Parts today. Do hop on over if you would like to see more.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

It is my turn today to use the contents of the Destinations Inspiration Travel Bag over at A Vintage Journey.



 Here is a sneak peak of my finished project.


Do join me over at A Vintage Journey to see more of the products and techniques I used, one of which was very new to me!


Jennie x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Autumn Postcard and Distress Oxide Experiments


Here's a sneak peek of a gentle Autumnal Postcard I am sharing over at PaperArtsy tonight. I have been experimenting with Distress Oxides and PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints and am really pleased with the final effects.

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to find out more.

Jennie x


French Shabby Chic Altered Terracotta Plant Pot

After a such a long break it really is wonderful to be back crafting again AND as it is the first Friday of the month also great to be back presenting my project for A Vintage Journey.

The wonderfully talented Alison of Words and Pictures is our host this month and she is challenging us to be creative with recycled objects.

The challenge is to turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. To try some repurposing, making something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into our artwork - think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better!  Just make sure it is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.


We recently had the SWRI bi-annual craft, flower and produce show here in Shetland and one of the classes in the Craft Section was to alter a 6" flower pot. I would never have thought of doing this without such a prompt but I am so pleased I did! I have decided to share my project with you for this current challenge at A Vintage Journey as I think it fits the bill perfectly!


I have loads of old terracotta pots in the greenhouse so I gave this one a bit of a wash and when dry (which took a bit as terracotta is so porous) I gave it a couple of coats of gesso and then a coat of PaperArtsy Acrylic Fresco Chalk Paint. This is Vintage Lace which is no longer available sadly, but has been one of my favourite colours. 


It took a bit to get the texture paste going around the pot! I had it taped on but it would keep moving! When the texture paste was dry I painted over it with Gold Fresco Chalk Paint. This is a gorgeous PaperArtsy stencil from my wonderful friend Raquel (aka Scrapcosy) and it basically started the theme for me in terms of thinking French shabby chic!


The single layer of napkin was then adhered with Multi Medium with a layer going underneath the tissue and another layer on the top.  


Once dry I then painted the whole pot with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. It was a huge area to cover and I really was unsure as to whether it would work at this stage. But I was not disappointed! The crackles look really wonderfully shabby and antique!


Finally I rubbed (gently!) around the top of the rim with a piece of sandpaper to expose a bit of the terracotta and then rubbed some gold paint around the edge here and there. 


And here it is! the finished pot with a (not very live!) plant inside it! 


I absolutely love that the crackle has even managed to "crackle" the texture paste!


The shabby finish was also unexpected but looks so wonderful.  I keep eyeing up more pots in the greenhouse!

And yes! it was prize worthy - I got a second place.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and look for something unusual to alter.  Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp where the lucky winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend in the shop.


As usual my fellow Creative Guides have come up with some amazing ideas and you really need to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone has been up to and for some great inspiration.

Thanks for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Mini Junk Journal : Keeping Life Simple


Hello everyone and welcome on a very wet and windy day here in Shetland! 

Today I am sharing a tiny little junk journal made using Eileen Hull's Needle Book Die but which has a big role to play keeping my life simple (more of that later!).


Having come home from seven weeks away it is not surprising that my motivation and inspiration seems to have been left somewhere else! I decided to have a little play yesterday in between various different commitments. But I am pleased to say the little journal came together very quickly.


I took some ordinary book papers and shabbied them up a bit with Distress Inks and a little texture paste. I really needed some mini embellishments too so had to hunt for these in my stash - but I was surprised what I found whilst looking for them!


I kept the back simple .......


.... and added some shabbied cardstock as a spine. You can just see the elastics holding in the signatures under the ribbon.


And here is the inside. I have used some coffee stained papers, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and more blue cardstock. It was great to use up lots of little bits that were lying around in my "blue" box.


I made two signatures  ......


..... did a little stamping here and there ......


..... and made some flaps for a few tags.

And what am I going to use it for ..... well look at this horrendous drawer full of all my knitting needles. There is also another huge tube standing on the desk as well.


I will record in my little journal all my needles ..... one signature for double enders and the second signature for the circular needles (which I favour more these days). It might not make the drawer any tidier, but at least when I am planning a new knitting project I will know that I do actually have the needles. So often I end up buying new ones when I already have some!


As the little book is going to be kept in my knitting basket I did keep the embellishments simple so they don't get caught or pulled off and hopefully the quote will remind me that I can indeed make like simple by knowing what I have!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope this gives you some ideas for the lovely little die from Eileen.

Jennie x


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