Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CCC 3 - Challenge 10...Assemblage Clock

Over at
 is to alter an
 Assemblage Clock
as shown on page 33 of Tim's book).
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You will also need your own copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book....and for this challenge.
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
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Now.. I have had one of Tim's clocks in my crafty stash for a little while now... but every time I have reached for it to alter... I just dithered what to do with it.... so many ideas and options running through my crafty little mind....and a little intimidated too.... it ended up going back under my craft table for another day!!!
 
So...this challenge...was just the perfect push to alter this poor little unloved Assemblage Clock ...and with such wonderful inspiration from Linda... who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have altered some amazing Time pieces in a variety of themes!
 ....So first of all...I had to decide what to do with it ?
Decisions...Decisions!!?
In the end I decided to go for a salvaged nautical theme...
So... I had a rummage in my crafty hoard and selected a few pieces to fill my assemblage clock with.
 ....Vintage photo of a little boy in a sailor suit, bottle, buttons, shells, sand, Idea-ology goodies, and a vintage 'charlotte' sailor head.
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First of all... I covered my clock with embossed metal foil sheets (using the painted industrial technique) then distressed with paints to try and get a rusty patina look.
 

I then had fun...filling my clock with all my goodies and adding some more distressed idea-ology to the exterior also.
and this is the end result....
This was so difficult to photograph!!
with the reflections in the glass front!
and now with the light on.....
Thanks for another Fab challenge Linda...
and....
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x


 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spin a Yarn.......

First of all...Before I spin a yarn...
I would like to say a Massive Big Thank you for all the lovely Good Luck & Get Well comments, messages & emails for my recent surgery...So touching!
Well...everything went well...although I've had a couple of minor complications during the last two weeks of recovery...but hopefully back on track now!!... another couple of weeks of doing absolutely nothing, being treated like a Princess by all the men in my life (They are doing a super Job!!) could get quite used to it LOL!!
...But I have been SUPER BORED at home
not used to sitting on my bottom all day!
..and there is only so much rubbish day time TV you can watch! :(
So..it was nice to get out at the weekend to see some crafty pals for a touch of
 
At our little knit group...we've been busy knitting...squares for table cloths, triangles for bunting, assorted flowers, cups, plates, picnic food, bunting and plenty of pom poms!! 
Everything on the picnic table is knitted!! 
Flowers, sandwiches, and how cute are those cups, saucers and cutlery!!
Having a little picnic on our knitted table!! 
 
 

and the bushes got a little knitted makeover too!
 Poppy wreath
Our knitted efforts are on show at High House, Purfleet , Thurrock ...if you find yourself in the area and want to take a peek ;)
Sorry..I haven't done much blog-hopping lately...off for a big cuppa and catch-up right now to see what you all have been up to!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 9...Stamps & Framelits

 

Over at
For 
Challenge # 9
 Linda and her fabulous Curiosity crew
have been playing with
 Stamps & framelits
(Using page 63 of Tim's book).
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Now...I've played along with all the challenges so far...but thought I will sadly have to miss a couple at some point with  my impending hospital stay tommorrow....
But when I saw the new challenge...I just had to fit some crafty time in!!!
Why?
Because I bought the
French Flight
Stamps & framelits set with some Birthday money just last week!! :)
So this challenge...gave me a good excuse to try it out!!
(and it also helped take my mind of my upcoming surgery!!)
I thought I would try something a little different...
First of all, I checked that the framelits cut through Linen...
and they did!! :)
So I reached for these...
and this is what I made using my new Tim Goodies...
 
A fabric hanging...made with all my favourites...vintage linens, doilies, lace, buttons, ribbons and the
French Flight
Stamps & framelits set
 


 
I've stamped my French Flight stamps on to linen and cut them with the framelits, then stitched them onto my fabric hanging...
....added a couple of pins, French laundry hanger...
 a lot of stitching and printed a Paperwhimsey image  onto some fabric.
I've stitched down the middle of my butterflies...so that their wings are left to flutter...
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If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #9
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing Stamps and Framelits inspiration!
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You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge.
The wonderful Joy and her family at Inspiration Emporium
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
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Now..I really must get my bags packed...
I won't be around to comment on your lovely blogs for a little while...So I will apologise in advance....but as soon as I'm back on my feet again...I'll come and visit you all :)
See you all soon!!
Thanks for peeking
Jan x

 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Shabby is my Happy Place......

 
I’m playing along again this month with
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Tim's Arty August inspiration

Tim has challenged us to follow our creative muse…inspired by this month's "12 tags of 2014"
muse /myo͞oz/: to become absorbed in thought or dreamy abstraction
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Tim posted about following his creative muse..... and how he chose a variety of different items to fuel his project. So I rummaged around my craft room...and grabbed some of my favourites (had to have some vintage buttons & lace in the mix ;) !)  a variety of stamps, inks, stencils and embellies!
Then inspired by Tims creative tag... I've followed most of the background technique... getting inky... and texture with the stencils...experimenting with techniques....I got so caught up in dreamy thought...what stamp should I use...colours of ink...I followed my muse...which I find this the most rewarding part of creating ...getting totally lost...deep in arty thoughts...in a dreamy zone...(It helps to have no distractions)... 
and this is the result...
The little birdie (one of Tim's stamps) reminded me of a little magpie that often visits my garden...I'm sure he has his beady lil eye on the treasures in my craft-room LOL!!..anyway...this is what inspired the shabby lacy nest full of goodies... eggs, bottle, watch, flowers and jewels etc...
 
As Tim says in his post 'our style is as unique as our individual personality' ...So I've come to the conclusion ... 'Shabby' is definitely my 'Happy Place'!
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Sadly...I won't be in my Happy Place next week...I'm off too hospital for Surgery...I won't be around to comment on your lovely blogs for a little while...So I will apologise in advance....but as soon as I'm back on my feet again...I'll come and visit you all :)
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Thanks for peeking!
Jan x



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 8...Faded Layers

Over at
 is the
 Faded Layers technique
as shown on page 58 of Tim's book).
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I love the look of this technique...so couldn't wait to get inky!
I had lots of fun with this, and made lots of inky backgrounds...
This was one of my faves
(using the faded layers technique)
and this is what I did with it...


I made a special card for a very special person.....a wedding Anniversary card for Hubby...We will be celebrating our 25th year of marriage next week.
 
Love how the splash of inky colours really popped on the neutral decorated card.
...and a  little silver (idea-ology) heart ....the perfect token for our Silver Anniversary! Ahh!!! :)
 
Ingredients
Tim Holtz...assorted Inks, stencils (Hearts, numbered and splatters), Alpha parts(framed),Typewriter die, charms, chit-chat stickers & Crate paper

..In hindsight I should have created him a medal for putting up with me for the last 25 years LOL!!
 
decorated with (altered) alpha parts, type and heart charms, chit-chat stickers,)

If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #8
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing Faded Layered inspiration!
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You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...
and for this challenge.
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!


Thanks for peeking
Jan x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 7...Painted Industrial


Over at
 is the
 Painted Industrial technique
as shown on page 46 of Tim's book).
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I love the look of this technique...
so...I knew I just had to find some time to play along with this challenge...
I decided to alter a burlap blank dress form....that my lovely crafty Texan friend Tina gifted me a while ago
... it's been sitting on my craft desk patiently waiting it's turn to be transformed :)
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First...of all I decided to give Betsy (the dress form) some wings.
from this...
to these painted industrial beauties (using the technique in Tim's book)..
 

 
Meet Betsy....my completed altered dress form...
 
complete with painted industrial reel...
 
and painted industrial rose....(created from the tattered pinecone die)
My name 'JAN' spelt out in letterpress blocks, peg, reel & fractured doll
and painted industrial butterfly....
idea-ology Heart charm, buckle, old tape measure, lace & pen nib
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I've added some vintage lace to my dress form...I love the contrast between the soft feminine feel of the lace and the severe harsh painted industrial look.

Ingredients...
Sizzix embossing folders (Riveted Metal & Collage),Tattered pinecone die, Black soot distress paint, Ranger foil tape sheets, vintage lace, tape measure, peg & twine
 idea-ology buckle, heart charms, typewriter charms, fractured doll, letterpress blocks, Philosophy tag,
 the crown is a (distressed) IKEA Christmas tree ornament and Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III 
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If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #7
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing painted Industrial inspiration!
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You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...
and for this challenge.
The wonderful Joy and her family at Inspiration Emporium
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!

Thanks for peeking
Jan x
 

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Creative Blog Tour.....


There are so many talented and creative people out there in Blogland! ...and what better way to meet more of them than with an introduction from a bloggy friend?
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That’s where a Creative Blog Tour comes in....
 Mandy from 
 ...was kind enough to tag me in this on going Creative tour blog hop. I was delighted to be asked to be a part of it.... and of course I said YES!
Mandy is such a creative and talented scrapper
She runs the..
Let's Get Shabby
 Challenge Blog
(and has put up with me on her DT for the past couple of years!!)
I adore her work and creative style.
....and here's a little bit about Mandy (in her own words from her blog...)
 'We live in a vintage house near the sea....
I cant imagine not seeing the sea. My layouts just about always feature 
my gorgeous daughters, our life, or nature. You'll find a variety 

of scrapping genres - LO's, cards, OTP, journal work and

 Project Life, sketching, painting, photography - just love it all. 
I love nothing more than this, helped along by my computer and a good cup of tea!'

Be sure to hop over to Mandy and say hi ...
Here is her 
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...and at the end of this post I’ll introduce you to a couple of  inspirational and creative blogs that I follow (ok....stalk!! LOL) ...be sure to pay them a visit too...and pass on some bloggy love! 
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But before that...The blog tour was set up to allow readers to get to know a little more about other creative bloggers, we were given a list of four questions to answer. So here goes:
moi
What am I working on?
I'm altering a burlap dress form at the moment for a challenge over at Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3 run by the lovely Linda Ledbetter
It's for an painted industrial challenge...so this will look a little different soon....So if you are interested...you'll have to come back to a future blog post to see how I get on with this ;)
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and I've just put the finishing touches to a little altered shadow box
to hang in my craft-room
....filled with lots of lovely Junk..vintage & new!
and my favourite items...BUTTONS!
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and some Knitted Bunting...
that Wendy & I have been knitting at our little knitting group for some yarn-bombing planned for later this year!....
....and I just had to sneak a piccy of my Barney Boy in there too!
He's my shadow, so whenever I am creating, he is usually getting under my feet... Or trying to sneak into a photograph (such a poser!)

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I'm not sure how to answer that...I do like to put my unique touch to projects...with Junk items (hence the name of my blog) I love a good rummage at boot sales...looking for vintage lace, buttons, photographs and other ephemera to use in my artwork.





My style is quite shabby/vintage at the moment...so I LOVE the Tim Holtz craft range of vintage inspired embellishments, stamps, distress mediums etc...
So was sooooo Happy to hear that my two little canvasses
 that I created for Linda's
 Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 6
was chosen as Curiosity Crew’s Choice
and I've won a Tim & Mario Goodie box
Wahoooo!

Why do I write/create what I do?

...because it makes me happy and keeps me sane !! LOL
I've always loved to create...mainly from junk items!
....even from when I was a little girl.... I would get large cardboard boxes, and alter them into cars, houses etc...
having hours of fun decorating them!...and playing in them with my younger brother.
I was always drawing, colouring and making things!
But when I left education and went to work....all that fell by the wayside for a few years...and my love of arting and crafting only resurfaced when I became a stay at home mum.
I took up sewing and x-stitch when my 3 boys were babies..
which led into card-making and lots of other crafty pastimes.
...and lots of messy painty play with the kiddies :)
I like to experiment and dabble in various different crafts….. Drawing, painting, card making, scrap-booking, sewing, embroidery, knitting, rubber-stamping and I also enjoy altering items… especially vintage baby dresses, matchboxes, tins, canvasses and anything else that I can get my crafty hands on! I also like to try out new things all the time and different styles, but I find, I'm usually drawn to shabby and vintage
 
How does your writing/creating process work?
 
Firstly...something needs to spark my imagination...
So visiting a challenge blog is always a good start.
Once I've got a theme in my head
I then rummage through my craft room...looking for bits and pieces that I could use in  that particular project
I really enjoy this part of the process...
....then I sit at my desk and play...putting things together...adding bits, taking away bits...
and 9 times out of 10...I usually get a result that I'm happy with ...
then I may stick...sew...ink...paint....cut...tear...distress to my hearts content :) !!!
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Well...I hope you enjoyed my little part of this creative blog tour...
and now, I’d like you to meet these two very creative crafty bloggers and pay them a visit on their lovely blogs:
May
from
http://mayshappydaze.blogspot.co.uk/
 
who... if I remember rightly.. I first come across her lovely creations, when we were both doing a tag challenge.. and I've followed May along her creative journey ever since....always full of wonderful creative inspiration! We have done a couple of crafty swaps...and her artwork and swap goodies are amazing!!
and in May's own words from the bio on her blog...
 I love all things papercrafting, I started scrapping around 6 years ago and that was scrapbooking mostly which moved on to boxmaking, then cardmaking and now I am hooked total paper addict, and their is no cure!

&

Donna
from
 Artfully Challenged
who has only been blogging her gorgeous creations from April this year...just love her creative style and chatty blog posts. Plenty of creative eye-candy on this blog too!
and in Donna's own words from the bio on her blog...
' I love all mixed media work especially from tim and wendy of course! My work is mainly on canvas and tags but I am keen to try other mediums too.'
 
So be sure to pay May and Donna a visit ...and pass on some bloggy love!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x