Thursday, 8 December 2016


Hi Everyone, Jennie here with you today sharing a Christmas card using quite a few non-Christmassy elements! I am not a great buyer of themed products (sorry Susan !) but do like to think that my stash can cover me for all seasons and events throughout the year!

For my background, I started with some cream cardstock and Vintage Photo Distress Ink along with a collection of small Tim Holtz stamps. A little blending around the edges and some through a layered stencil finished it off. I then cut it into three to add a little more dimension.

The snowflake die was cut in cream cardstock and painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain. I painted rather than sprayed as I was really wanting a "here and there" look! I spritzed it with a pearl mist spray to give it a little shimmer, although you can't really see that here.

I have used the largest of the Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies die to create this flower, spritzing with Candied Peel Distress Spray Stain before scrunching the flower up to dry. Click the link HERE if you want to see the tutorial on my blog for a similar flower. The stamens in the centre were sprayed with Fossilised Amber  Distress Spray Stain for a more Christmassy look!

The leaf cluster is from another Tammy Tutterow die set - Pom Pom Posies. I blended Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink all over before spraying with more shimmer mist.

Finally I stamped a sentiment on one of Tammy's Frayed Tabs (these are fast becoming my most favourite die!). Again a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

And then it was a matter of layering everything up!

So ..... my Christmas card using non-Christmas stamps and dies! .... well apart from the snowflake!

As always thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Three Christmas Tags

You are probably aware by now that I am a huge Christmas fan and that I treated myself to the new ElenaZinski stamps as a very early Christmas present! I am really glad I did as these stamps are incredibly versatile!
I started by using some previously made backgrounds  on card that were left over from a previous project (I tend to save everything as you never know when it'll come in handy!) I made the backgrounds by layering paint with a brayer - this was it in pink:
And this one in blue:
I then stamped a tag shape on the card and cut them out:
For the figures, I stamped them on to card, coloured them in and adhered them to the tags. 
For the girl holding the candy cane I scored each side of her arms with a craft knife so I could feed the cane between them so it looked like she was carrying it. All that was left was to add a sentiment! It was such an easy make that could easily be turned into a card or invitation but mine are, unsurprisingly, gift tags - just 20+ more to make!😉

Monday, 28 November 2016

Countdown To Christmas

Hi Susan here today sharing with you a recent make at my daughter's birthday crafty workshop held at Country View Crafts with some of her closest friends. They picked the Dimensional Art MDF Countdown to Christmas as their make
 They firstly applied gesso to all the individual pieces to seal the MDF and we had a fantastic lunch while we waited for them to dry. Two coats of paint were applied to each piece and then they glued & constructed. This is a great product as it also comes with it's own number stencil sheet. We found it easiest to cut the stencil sheet into individual numbers. Finishing touches were then applied and here are some of their fabulous makes, including mine which I have yet to finish :0)

I used PaperArtsy Paint, Chalk and added some Ranger Holiday Foiil Sheets around the edges. I've still got to put my stencil numbers on but I have a couple of days
Claire used PaperArtsy White Gold Chalk Paint & Little Black Dress, DecoArt Acrylics Santa Red, Ranger Gold Embossing powder

Amy used DecoArt Acrylics Santa Red and PaperArtsy White Gold Chalk Paint
Di used PaperArtsy Paint Chalk and DecoArt Acrylic Santa Red
We hope you like these and you still have time to order yours and create your own in time for the Countdown to Christmas

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wishes from the Heart

Hello Jennie here with you again sharing another card using some of Tammy Tutterow's latest dies and a link to my blog for another flower tutorial using the Shabby Posies Die.

My card measures 6" x 3" and is one of my favourite sizes being extremely economical in terms of a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock! Cut the sheet into four 6x6 pieces and score down the middle for four great cards.

It is also a great size for using up oddments of lovely patterned paper stock too. I cut a backing from the lovely script paper and used the Waterfall Die to create a small fancy edged pocket.

You all know how much I just love Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I have used the ink here to die my seam binding, but also to make this rolled rose using the  Shabby Posies die. Please click the link HERE to go straight to my blog and a tutorial for the flower.

I layered everything onto my card base creating the pocket first and then decorating it with some lace and a strip of matching cardstock. A Tim Holtz Flashcard fits perfectly into the pocket! I decorated the flashcard with some background stamping and a few Remnant Rubs before blending more Vintage Photo around the edges.

I finished the cluster with a stamped butterfly and some pins. 

Tammy has a great tutorial HERE for tying a fabulous ribbon bow. I wouldn't do it any other way now - it always works a treat!

I used a tab from the Frayed Tabs Die which is  just perfect for this small card too. Again a small scrap of matching paper is all it needs. Blend a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges to keep everything in harmony!

Another vintage card for the card box for next year's birthdays.
Working with dies certainly makes things so much easier and I particularly like these ones!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Friday, 18 November 2016

A little secret

I am really embracing these new Elenazinski stamps and chose to make a journal page with a secret!
In a black journal I started by brayering the page white and also brayering both sides of a piece of black card. I scored a bend about 1cm from the top of the piece of card.
I then added blue and yellow paint (remembering to dry each colour first) to the journal page and both sides of the piece of card. Adhere the card to page. Don't worry about trying to match up the paint so far - that comes next!
Then I added black painted stars through a stencil. When dry, open the flap you've created with the piece of card, reposition the stencil and stencil the areas under the flap.
When all is dry add borders to the stars using a white pen.
If you look carefully at the figures there are little lines that extend past the drawing. To save cutting all those little details out I stamped the figures onto my page meaning I only had to cut out the solid sections - much easier!
Colour the images in - as they are monsters let your imagination run wild! As my background is very strong I coloured my monsters pretty simply so they'd stand out. Adhere the solid areas to the journal page. I drew over the black lines of the stamps that I used for the clouds, for the monsters to stand on and the legs and eye stalks of the monsters.
And now for the secret...! Under the flap...
I love the secret but I am so proud of the pattern matching under the flap!
Thank you, as always, for popping by