Thursday, 22 February 2018

Another Desk Top Tidy!


I have so enjoyed my little desk tidy projects that I decided to make another using some stackable MDF ATB boxes. However, this came out a little posher than I intended, so now has a home on my sewing table.

Please join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to find out more!

Jennie x



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Rose Trinket Box


Rose is a rose is a rose ......

I am sharing a little MDF trinket box over at Calico Craft Parts today.  Do join me if you would like to see more.

Jennie x





Saturday, 3 February 2018

Forever Trinket Box


I am sure it will not have escaped your notice that I am on a bit of a roll with Eileen Hull's new Book Club dies and this latest die arrived a few days ago and I couldn't wait to start working with it! 




It is called Trinket Box and Frame and is a large XL Die so you need extended cutting plates to use it. I used a single sheet of Maja Design 12 x 12 patterned paper to make this project as it is  relatively easy to cut out the individual pieces for decoration after cutting the required pieces from mount board.

In the process of making the box I came up with a few ideas and tips which I will share below but before that here are a few more close ups:





So here are a few details and tips which might help when putting the box together. The photographs were taken on my phone, so not that great! and my desk is a mess as usual and my cutting matt filthy! (and this is the clean one!)




I made the box up and decorated the sides, but thought it would be nice to cover the inside with some lace. So I added a double length of red tape around the inside and stuck the lace to it.



It makes a nice finish to the inside of the box.



The spine is curved so I have cut the individual pieces from my patterned paper into strips so that the board still bends. 



Before sticking the box to the base I trimmed the side of the spine to match the corners of the box so it would sit better when stuck onto the base. 



I found that adding the inside layer to the box next made it far sturdier and easier to stick down onto the base. Now I had fully intended to add a piece of ribbon inbetween the box and the base, but totally forgot!



So I had to cut another base from grey cardstock to cover my ribbon!



I covered my front lid and this is the reverse side with the back of the photograph showing. I caught my other piece of ribbon here and then stuck it to the spine.



I was then able to cover this with another piece of cardstock to hide everything.



Here is the finished box and it all looks very neat inside.



I am not sure what I will use this box for or whether it will be a present for someone but I really enjoyed making it and it came together really quickly. It is a very sturdy little box and was very economical on patterned paper, so ideal for those "specials" which you don't want to cut into! I think it would also make a lovely special birthday card ...... my mind is buzzing as to further projects! 

Thank you so much for joining me today and in case you are wondering I do have another Eileen Hull project in the making! I will hopefully get some photographs tomorrow and share with you soon after.


Jennie x



Friday, 2 February 2018

Melting My Heart (and other things ........)

Hello and welcome to our new challenge at A Vintage Journey where we are "melting" things! 




I am currently a bit hooked on making ATCs from my gelli plate experiments, so I thought this would make a good combination for experimenting with my embossing powders for this month's challenge. 

The lovely Julia is our host this month and she is asking us to

MELT IT !

Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.



I started with an ATC background from one of my Gelli Plate experiments using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints. I have no idea what colours I used ! It is rather addictive and once I start I find it very difficult to stop! I have overstamped with some text.



Back in the "way back when" days I used to use gold embossing powders to edge my papers, so out came the Versamark which I dragged around the edges of the ATC and added gold embossing powder. I am amazed I haven't done this for ages - it looks really great!



With hearts in mind as it is February I thought I would alter a cardboard die-cut heart. Painted with PaperArtsy Very Berry Fresco Paint I added three coats of UTEE to get this wonderful finish. I love the fact that you can overstamp with Black Archival Ink once it is dry.



And then I wondered whether I could cover my old book paper with UTEE. It didn't work on the really thin paper but this sheet took the UTEE brilliantly. I love the colour!


Then it was a case of layering everything onto the ATC. 


I love the fact that ATCs are just little pieces of art packed with so many different techniques! I will never tire of making them. They are also great reference points when Mr Mojo goes for a wander!

You can find all the details of our challenge over at A Vintage Journey where you will also see a huge range of wonderful MELT IT techniques and projects by my fellow Creative Guides for this wonderful theme.



I do hope you will be able to join us this month - an ATC is all it needs!

Thank you for joining me and have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Birthday Card Keeper Set using Eileen Hull's Card Organiser Die

I have been having great fun using some of Eileen Hull's new Sissix Book Club dies and today I am sharing this Birthday Card Keeper set. Although these dies are not on sale in the UK yet I decided to send to the US for them - so a real treat!


As soon as I saw the Card Organiser Die I knew I wanted to make one for keeping birthday cards as I make them.  I have just received some gorgeous 13@rts papers and decided to jump in and make one. Well ..... one turned into four and then I just had to use up all the little bits as well.

So I hope this isn't too long a post, but here goes!


This was my first. The box was cut from Daler & Rowney Graduate Mountboard. I then cut my patterned paper out in one piece, but instead of sticking it down I trimmed each piece separately so it didn't affect the folded mount board. It was quite easy to do by just using the score guidelines.


At this point I realised that one wasn't going to be enough, so made another three using another sheet of the 13@rts papers. As I was joining these three together it was pretty efficient on paper, I just needed to cut two extra binders for the front and back. 


Again I have cut my papers so they run along in sequence.


I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the papers before sticking them down and also added a gold pen edging to define the edges of the boxes.


These tag plates come with the die and I know will be very useful on many projects. I decided I needed three boxes for my stamping friends, family and friends. 


Pressed into action already!


I still  had some of the lovely pink paper left so made this little birthday dates book using Eileen's Needlebook Die. I absolutely adore this little die! I made the book in exactly the same way as the boxes, cutting out the papers in one and then cutting them on the scorelines before glueing down.


Now I was really down to the tiny little bits! I cut a piece of the leftover mount board and made a pocket on each side using two little scraps and some lace.


Just perfect for keeping some stamps ready for posting.


This was a really lovely project to make and will be a really lovely project to use!


If you are wondering about the flowers I have used to decorate the boxes, these are my own handmade roses. You can find a tutorial for them on my blog here:



As always thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x



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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Desk Tidy Trug


Today I am sharing the second of my desk tidy projects over at Calico Craft Parts. This lovely little trug was a delight to alter. 

Do join me if you would to like to find out more.

Jennie x



Monday, 22 January 2018

I don't sing because I'm happy .....


It is my turn to share a project over at A Vintage Journey today using the contents of our Travel Bag.


I had great fun making this little arched hanging but as usual not everything goes to plan! Please join me if you would like to find out more!

Jennie x



Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Vase for My Flowers


Today I am sharing the first of a set of desk tidy projects over at Calico Craft Parts - my New Year Resolution being to have some nice things on my desk instead of stacks of paints, gesso and sprays! 

Do please join me if you would like to see how I transformed a House Kit into a Vase for my handmade flowers.


Jennie x

Friday, 5 January 2018

Creating Inside and Outside the Box for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome!

As it is the first Friday of the month (and the year!) it is time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month we are thinking both inside and/or outside the box!

Deb is our host this month and she is challenging us to 

CREATE WITH A BOX

Any box of any size will do. It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. Make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you. As always we like to see projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. So put on your thinking caps and reimagine those boxes both inside and out.


Quite a few boxes have been looking at me over the last few weeks but I just didn't have any inspiration. Then ....... Christmas morning I discovered that my lovely son had bought me a fabulous selection of goodies from Stampers Grove in Edinburgh (he lives just around the corner!) including a little box frame and some Victorian pictures (and lots of other wonderful things too). Just perfect for Deb's challenge!


I decided to alter the outside frame of the box by adding lots of scrunched layers of torn up kitchen roll which I added with multi medium. It does give a lovely texture, if a little messy!



I added some clusters of metal embellishments and flowers which then got a coat of gesso.


I then sprayed everything with these Mists from 13Arts - Pastel Cinnamon and Pastel Antique Cream.


While that was drying I turned to the box itself. I wanted to keep it quite shabby and so added some tissue paper (also in my present!) and shabbied it up with a light coat of gesso and a little brown ink around the edges.



The box was then assembled and I used some more gesso and gold paint to highlight some of the embellishments in the clusters. I also added a few micro beads too.


Whilst clearing out some drawers in the back bedroom before Christmas I found an old pearl necklace belonging to my mother in law which was all in pieces. I decided to rethread a few beads and include it in the box as I thought it went so well with the lovely Victorian photograph. There is also a little bit of lace in there too on the muslin.


The box is quite deep so everything does nestle in quite nicely.


So .... thank you Robin for a lovely Christmas present! and one which allowed me to decorate both inside and outside the box.

I do so hope you will be able to join in our challenge. If you need more inspiration then do hop on over to A Vintage Journey where my fellow Creative Guide teamies have been busy creating some amazing projects. 



Our fabulous sponsor this month is the Funkie Junkie Boutique who are offering a fabulous $25 dollar prize to one lucky person.

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

Jennie x