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Friday, 29 May 2015

Christmas Tag Card

Here we are, already at the end of May, and the end of yet another week. 
Of course Friday means the beginning of a new challenge at 
Winter Wonderland, and this week our theme is

Thank you to our lovely sponsor this week..... 
.....who are offering 3 digi stamps for our winner.

I have chosen to have a tag as the main focal piece on a Christmas card.
My tag is cut from a manilla folder, and the top is shaped with a Spellbinders 
die. I then sprayed the tag with distress stain Picket Fence,and Festive Berries.
When dry, I embossed the tag, then sponged it (and the edge of the base card) 
lightly with Gathered Twigs DI.

I distressed the edge of the green DP, and hand-stitched around it using the
twine (washed first) that is used to seal bags of horse feed that I's
that for recycling!! 

To create the foliage, I sponged a scrap of white card with various green
DIs, sprayed it with pearlescent acrylic ink, die-cut them, and lastly 
sponged the tips with Gathered Twigs DI. 

Many years ago, while visiting London, I went to my first ever craft show, which
was at Esher (west of London). I still vividly remember being 'agog' with the huge
array of products and techniques available. I came home with LOTS of purchases,
and many pages of tips and ideas. One thing I bought was a very inexpensive,  
huge bag of assorted off-cuts, and when I came home I 'squirreled' them away 
and promptly forgot about them. I found them recently when I moved my craft
room from the stable to the house. The flourishes, 'Joy(s)', and 
poinsettia were die-cut from pieces of these off-cuts.

Inside my card is quite simple, and I will write my personal Christmas
message directly onto the DP with a gold pen. The gold border is 
made from Anita border peel-off stickers.

Challenges I would like to enter
Christmas Card #25 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafting By Designs - 'Get Ready For Christmas'
Crimbo Crackers #81 - 'Anything Goes'
Deep Ocean #104 - 'Bingo' (flowers, stitching, tag)
Fab 'n' Funky #261 - 'Christmas'
Shopping Our Stash #203 - 'Play Misty For Me' (use sprays or mists)
Sparkles Christmas #52 - 'Tag-You're It!' TOP 3

Dies - Spellbinders Labels Twenty; Marianne LR0116; Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia, Holiday Greens, Holiday Words-Script
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Holly Branch
Paper - First Edition Christmas Village
Distress Inks and Sprays - Tim Holtz Picket Fence, Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce; Daler and Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic
Distressing Tool - Tim Holtz
Sparklet - Kaisercraft
Border Peel-off sticker - Anita's Glitterations gold
Gems, gold ribbon, and twine - from my junk stash

At Winter Wonderland, we would love to see the Christmas tags you create, so pop over for some inspiration by my wonderfully talented teamies. You have one week to enter our current challenge, and please remember your project must be a Christmas one only.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time, I wish you "happy crafting".
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Experimental Rose

Good morning all, I hope you are all well and happy, and are finding time
for lots of crafty playtime. Welcome to my new followers...I hope
you enjoy your visits here.

If you have been reading my blog recently, you will know that I have
just begun experimenting with mixed media. My card today is my 
4th attempt at m.m., and 'the jury is out' as to whether I should be
showing it to you or not, as I am not sure if I like it.

Recently, while browsing on the 'net, I came across a tutorial using a 
combination of Tim Holtz's Frosted Film, and Wendy Vecchi's Clearly
For that's one heck of a duo of pure talent, isn't it!! I finally
got my little 'paws' on both products, and that's where the fun began, 
using a mixture of information from internet tutorials, instructions on 
the packaging, and my own bumbling experiments.

After attaching the 2 new (to me) products together, I die-cut them using
Spellbinders Rose Creations. On the reverse side of each petal layer, I  
sponged Lavender Brilliance Archival ink, and applied Sunshine 
Yellow Pinata alcohol ink to the centres, using cotton buds.

With a scalpel I scratched 'veins' into the leaves, then sponged them with Jade  
and Coffee Bean Brilliance Archival inks. Working fast before the petals
cooled and hardened, I heated 2 petals at a time, shaping them while still
very hot (ouch). I then used a hot glue gun to construct the flower.

The backgrounds were created using an embossing folder, pearlescent spray and
a variety of Distress Inks. Before applying the peel-off sticker greeting and
border, I coloured them with Promarkers. I sponged the die-cut flourishes, 
cut from kraft, with Distress Inks.

Challenges I would like to enter
Anything But Cute #1 - 'Vintage Garden' (The embossed panel reminds me of my Grandma's big flocked/velvet lounge suite) Exceptional New Mixed Media Artist
City Crafter #262 - 'Inky-nes'S' '
Crafting Musketeers #25 - 'Use A Die-cut'
Our Creative Corner - 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' (The top panel reminds me of stormy, rainy skies)
Stempelgarten #37 - 'Embossing' TOP 3

Dies - Spellbinders Floral Flourishes, Rose Creations; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly small
Embossing - Couture Creation Endless
Inks, Spays, Stains - Brilliance Archival Pearlescent Lavender, Jade, Coffee Bean; Adirondack Denim; Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic;Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass
Frosted Film - Tim Holtz
Clearly For Art - Wendy Vecchi Clear
Glitter - Ranger Stickles Star Dust
Peel-off stickers, mini beads - from my junk stash

I am trying to ignore the noise, but can no vacumn cleaner and broom are calling me, so I fear I must obey. Urrrrgh!!!

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Buttons, Bows and Pinecones

Another week has rushed by, and now it is Friday, which means it is time
for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland. Our theme this week is
We want to see buttons somewhere on your creation, and please 
remember your creation must be a Christmas one.

Our lovely sponsor this week is Digi Stamp Boutique, and they are 
offering a ₤10 voucher as the prize.

Some people seem to have a talent for placing buttons on their creations,
thereby enhancing their work, but when I saw that our DT brief this week at
W.W. was to use buttons, I wanted to 'head for the hills' and hide. Usually, I
am never happy with my use of buttons, but in this case I quite like how I 
have used them...I think it is because they are clear crystal, and therefore
rather subtle additions to my card.
I haven't made an easel card for ages, so rather enjoyed making this one.
The Bazzil cardstock I used is a lovely soft green, but for some 
reason it looks grey in the photos.

This is the first time I have inked up this gorgeous Lili of the Valley 
stamp, and it was such good fun to colour. In addition to the crystal
buttons I used, there are buttons on both these cuties' coats.

A side-on view of my card, showing how 3 of my buttons act as the 
'stoppers' to support the easel element of my card.

This view shows the inside of my card when fully opened.

The largest snowflake with its crystal button centre. I tied the silver cord 
through the buttons, so they would be slightly more visible.

The cluster of mini pinecones, berries, and foliage, all 'smudged' with 
gesso. I learned to make the 2 pine branches from a tutorial by
my super-creative blogging friend, Pamellia. A visit to her 
lovely blog is well worth the time.

Challenges I would like to enter
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - 'Cute Christmas'
Crimbo Crackers #80 - 'Die-cuts'
Inky Impressions #209 - 'More Than One Fold' WINNER
Penny's Paper Crafty #227 - 'More Than One Fold'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Sewing and/or Buttons'

Image - Lili of the Valley Festive Post
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Joy Crafts 6002/2019; Impression Obsession Mini Snowflakes; Cheery Lynn Cutie Fringe 2, Wreath Strip
Punch - Martha Stewart Branch
Paper - Kaisercraft Wish Upon - Twinkle
Sentiment - Craft Creations Ltd Mixed Christmas Greetings 
Gesso - Atelier Traditional Primer
Glitter - Kindyglitz Crystallina
Pinecones from my garden
Buttons, Berries, Silver Cord from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, pop over to Winter Wonderland and be inspired by my teamies beautiful creations, then enter your own Christmas 'Button It Up' creation.

Thank you for your visit, and until next time I wish you all "happy crafting".

Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Churchyard Garden

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I feel I am becoming increasingly interested in 
mixed media creations, and have just begun to experiment in this field. This is 
my 3rd mixed media creation. I know it is fairly 'straight', but hopefully with 
time, and experience, my work will become 'looser' and 'freer'.

When I was a little girl (soooo long ago!) people used to say I was a 'very strange
child'. This was for many reasons, one of which was that I loved churchyards, and 
that love still remains today. Churchyards to some people are disturbing places, 
but I find them peaceful and beautiful, and some of the older ones have wild 
flowers, ferns, and other pretty vegetation growing in them, not to mention 
the occasional bunnies, birds, and insects.

My card has been greatly influenced by the countless times I have sat quietly
in old churchyards, not only in Australia, but in other countries too.

I distressed the edges of the kraft base, but it doesn't really show up, then
I die-cut the church window and painted the die-cut with Distress Stain
'Brushed Pewter'. To give the impression of light behind the window, I
sponged 2 yellow distress inks onto a scrap of card, covered that with
Tim Holtz' Frosty Film, then attached the window to that. 

For the brickwork, I applied homemade texture paste through a stencil.
The paste was made using the recipe by the wonderful Pamellia, who has
become a major inspiration to me...she has just started her own mixed 
media challenge blog, in addition to her personal blog. When the paste
was dry, I sprayed and sponged it with several distress sprays and inks.

After fitting the window into the aperture, I arranged my handmade
flowers and die-cut foliage, all of which were sponged, painted or 
sprayed with various inks.

All the foliage was finished with a light spritzing of liquid acrylic
pearlescent ink, but unfortunately it barely shows up in the photos...
nor does the lovely shimmer of the Frosty Film in the window.

I have had the dove die for years, and can't believe I have never used it.
It was among the many items I found when I transferred my outside  
studio to our spare bedroom. After cutting it, I roughly painted it 
with silver paint, then applied 2 light coats of 'Abalone' Opals.  
While the Opals was still molten, I carefully placed 1 tiny piece 
of  'Champagne' Glass Glitter (using a toothpick) to represent 
the dove's eye.

Challenges I would like to enter
Allsorts #310 - 'Use At Least 3 Die-cuts'
Anything But Cute #1 - 'Vintage Garden' DT Favourite
City Crafter #261 - 'Focus On Flowers'
Country View Crafts - 'Simply Scenic'
Crafty Cardmakers and More #138 - 'Make Your Own Background'
Fab 'n' Funky #258 - 'May Flowers' TOP 3
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - 'Add Some Flowers'
Inspiration Journal - 'Embossing Paste'
Little Red Wagon #288 - 'Distress It'
Our Creative Corner - 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' #79 - 'Anything Goes With A Twist...Add Flowers'

Dies - Sweet Stamps Elegant Leaves; Marianne LR 0106, LR 0150, Bosskut Dove
Punch - EK Success Retro Flower Medium
Stencil - Crafter's Workshop Mini Bricks
Embossing Powder - Opals Abalone
White Ink - Colour Box Frost White
Distress Stains - Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter, Festive Berries, Tea Dye
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar.
Liquid Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Chartreuse
Silver Spray - Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylic Pearlescent
Glass Glitter - Stampendous Frantage Champagne
Frosty Film and Distress Edging Tool - Tim Holtz
Stamens are from my junk stash

It's so good to be back in blogland...thank you for visiting me, and until next time,
Jennifer. x

"Hello World!!!!!!!!!"

Yippee, Yay, Whoo Hoo, Whacko, etc, I sound happy? You bet your sweet bippy, I'm happy.......we have just been reconnected to the internet and phone system, after several weeks of 'isolation' from the real world (due to the cyclonic weather).

While I was unable to maintain my blog and browse through all your lovely creations on your blogs, I did manage to do some crafting. I will now have a look at some challenges to see if any of my creations are suitable to enter in. I will then have a look through your blogs, and get back into commenting.

Jennifer. x