Wednesday, 23 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Hello everyone! On Friday, 26 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force and it is unclear as to whether individual bloggers are required to be do anything in particular in terms of the new regulations. To be on the safe side, this is a short post to let you know that I have created a Privacy Policy which you can view at any time by clicking the link on the top bar.

It is my understanding that the data held by Blogger is very limited and I assure you I do not, and never will, use your data for anything other than sending you notification of a new blogpost, or clicking the link to your blog to view your wonderful creations. If you are a follower by email, you are of course entitled to unsubscribe at any time and of course as a follower you may also delete your details.

I really do hope you will all continue to follow my blog either as a regular follower or by email as I really do appreciate your visits and your support.

Jennie x

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A Little Bit of Verdigris

I am having a really rusty month! I have been experimenting further with the DecoArt techniques I learnt at a recent workshop and have another ATC over at Calico Craft Parts today. Do join me if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Rusting up my Seth Apter stamps for PaperArtsy

Well ..... I never thought I would be enjoying rusty stuff so much! Leandra at PaperArtsy has decided I need to come out of my comfort zone a bit! But don't you just love these Seth Apter stamps! 

If  you want to see more of my use of these stamps, Seth's new colours and this fabulous rusty technique then please hop on over to  PaperArtsy where I share it all !

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Friday, 4 May 2018

Words and Music .....

Hello and welcome to you all!

Today we start another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The lovely and so very talented Alison Bomber is our host this month and she has chosen the theme:

Words and Music

We would love to see projects that are inspired by our favourite song or that incorporate musical lyrics or sheet music in their design. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

What better way to celebrate this challenge theme than to use one of Alison's wonderful music quotes and so I have chosen the one which I love the most and created a birthday card for a musical friend. 

Having sung in choirs for years and now learning to play the concertina I am so fully aware of the importance of silence when singing or playing. Building the silence in a piece of music is about creating the emotion, not just the timing. And in fact this week I have been revisiting tap dancing (I used to tap years ago) and the great kick is getting the whole group (there were thirty of us last night) to get the tap together and be silent together! It was great fun, but my knees are now complaining!

I recently found a stash of Prima postcards which I had completely forgotten about and as they are good quality card will take a fair bit of product. I created some texture using a sheet music stencil. Once dry it got a few splatters of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to shabby it up a bit.

The card is quite small at 6" x 4" so not a lot of space for embellishments but as you know these are some of my favourites: of my handmade roses .......

..... pearl buttons .....

..... an MDF key ...

.... and of course the wonderful quote.

I hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month as I am sure there is a favourite song or quote that will inspire you. Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see some wonderful inspirational pieces from my fellow Creative Guides - they are all very different!

I have a few scheduled posts over the next few days as I am off on my travels to Corsica - a new island to discover and hopefully a warmer one than I am leaving!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Rusty Steampunk for Calico Craft Parts

I really enjoyed my workshop with Andy Skinner and France Papillon using DecoArt products a couple of weeks ago and have been experimenting with the techniques but in my own more muted colours. 

Today I am sharing a rusty steampunk ATC over at Calico Craft Parts, so do hop on over if you would like to see how it developed.

Jennie x

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sepia Tag

Today I am sharing a sepia tag over at Calico Craft Parts using a few of the new MDF tags. Do please join me over there if you would like to see more!  

My sepia mood seems to hanging around a bit and I have not been inspired by any spring colours in the garden yet! Hopefully soon!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Summer Bunting for PaperArtsy

Tonight I am sharing a project over at PaperArtsy for our Banners and Bunting Challenge. I do hope you are able to join me over there to see all the details.

As promised I have detailed below the template for the bunting which I hope will be useful.

Jennie x

Friday, 6 April 2018

Rusty and Crusty ......

... no not me! but our new challenge at A Vintage Journey!

Hello and welcome to yet another month! And I am kicking off my blog posts with this little "slim" which allowed me to experiment with some rusty texture paste I have had for a while, but haven't really used. And our new challenge at A Vintage Journey was a really good opportunity.

The lovely Autumn is our host this month:

Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal. For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project.

I have got loads of offcuts of board from other projects and often enjoy making a "slim" project. These are 6" x 2", the size of a book mark, but a perfect size to try out new techniques or products.

This is how it started before I started adding the rust paste (I just remembered to take a photograph!). I have used Gesso as the base and also to cover my metal and paper embellishments. I have used ordinary texture paste to add a little interest too. The centres of the metal flowers are pearl embellishments (which I seem to have an abundance of) but when covered with the gesso will take any medium.

There are no photographs of any other part of the process I am afraid as I had no idea where it was going! These are the products I used:

I watered down the Red Texture Paste a little and painted it onto the board and embellishments. I then added the Dark Brown Texture Paste here and there, again watered down. Once dried it really is quite sandy and rough.

I had a little die cut lying on the desk and so used the same texture pastes but splodged them on with a pallete knife to give a heavier covering. 

I decided the whole slim looked rather dark and so I added the Turquoise Satin Wax over the main textures, just rubbing it on with my fingers.  Not quite the verdigris finish I was hoping for but looks nicer than the usual gold or silver I use.

Before adding the micro beads and sentiment I sanded the edges and the bits I could get to. I love the way the white board shows through here and there.

I am so glad to have the opportunity to experiment with these pastes and shall certainly be using them again. I was pleasantly surprised that they did a great job whether watered down or used as it comes out of the pot. 

I do hope you will visit us on the challenge blog (HERE) to see what amazing projects my talented fellow Creative Guides have made. There are so many wonderful rusty ideas. And I also hope you manage to join us with your rusty and crusty project.

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Romantic Arbour

Today I am sharing another new project over at Calico Craft Parts where I have turned one of the new boat kits into this romantic arbour. 

Want to know more? then join me over there for all the details!

Jennie x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Shine Brightly

I and my fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey love a Tag Friday - that extra Friday in the month where we basically create something out of whatever is lying around our desk. 

As usual I have had great fun creating this tag from some Tim Holtz goodies which arrived recently: Tissue Collage Paper, Botanical Stampers Anonymous and Tiny Text Remnant Rubs!

I used a die cut to cut an aperture in my tag and then stamped the tag with the lovely Botanical Stamp.  There were so many options for the Collage Tissue, but I chose these two gorgeous birds.

I needed a frame for the aperture, so used the same die cut on a rectangle of plain card and then covered it with these wonderful products:

They really are super easy to use and turn the most ordinary piece of cardstock into something special!

The gold wax just compliments the texture paste perfectly.

After that it was decorating with some of my usual favourites!

Thank you for joining me today and I would suggest hopping on over to A Vintage Journey for some wonderful tag inspiration!

and ..... we have a wonderful new opportunity for you all to join us with your tags. There is no prize and we are not promising any comments but Brenda will choose one of those submitted as a Pinworthy and it will be pinned on our Pinterest Board and showcased in next month's Winner's post. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Beach Hut Blues

Come and join me over at PaperArtsy tonight if you would like to find out how I created these two "beach huts" with a denim and white theme. 

Jennie x

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Ribbon and Lace Holder

I am on a bit of a roll at the moment making really useful projects! 

It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today and I have used one of the new  ATC/Tag Display Boxes to make this little Ribbon and Lace Holder.

Do please join me at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see the step by step.

Jennie x

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Rosebud Card

Today I am sharing a birthday card over at Calico Craft Parts making the most of this wonderful MDF Rosebud Stem. 

Do join me by clicking the link below if you would like to know more.

Jennie x

Friday, 2 March 2018

A Little Piece of Treasure ......

Hello and welcome to a somewhat different project today. It is rather special as it is not just made up of my own bits and pieces but includes a piece of my mother's artwork. 

We have a new challenge starting today over at A Vintage Journey - it is a bit of a celebration as we are celebrating our fourth anniversary. But .... instead of our usual Birthday Celebration Challenge Brenda has got us looking out:


Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we've bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove? Those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamente jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke and then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can't bear to part with. 

We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove!

My mother was a wonderful artist, self taught, but able to work in all mediums. Towards the end of her life (back in the late 90s) and struggling with cancer which had destroyed her hands, she enjoyed making little sketches and painting on silk which she then made up into cards for us all. This was one she had made up but not sent (I couldn't bear to cut into one she had written on for me!).  

I managed to extract it from the card and although it is rather tatty in terms of glue and bits of paper, I still decided to work with it.

I went around the craft room looking for bits and pieces I think she would have loved. I didn't use them all in the end, but it was fun!

I found an old embroidery hoop (probably one of Mum's as well) and played with bits and pieces. This whole design changed as I progressed but it gave me an idea of what I could fit in.

I made a base from some card and painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint (Chalk) and layered some papers stitching them on with the machine.

Then I had to experiment with the lace to try and hide some of the worst bits!  I really didn't want to cut into the piece to fit a frame as I knew it would probably all go wrong and I would regret it!

It worked quite well stitching the lace and then folding it back over the edges of Mum's painting.

And here are some close ups of the finished project.

I painted the embroidery hoop with the same chalk paint and added a distressed gold edging with DecoArt Gold Metallic paint.

I really love how this turned out in the end and of course it is rather special. I think Mum would have approved! She would have loved all the wonderful paint effects that we use today and I am sure she would have used them in a very artistic way. 

I do hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month and hunt through your stash to find a little bit of treasure! Do hop on over to the challenge post at A Vintage Journey as my fellow Creative Guides have used some amazing pieces of treasure!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!

Jennie x