Saturday, 31 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 3.... Faux Roses...

Over at Studio L3
the lovely Linda Ledbetter is hosting challenge #3 of the 
Compendium of Curiosities Challenges
with her talented crew...
using the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge  INSPIRATION EMPORIUM, and Tim and Mario have very generously donated prizes!
Challenge 3
Challenge #3 is Faux Tea Rose Technique as shown on page 65 of Tim's book.
I've had my eye on the Tattered pinecone die for ages!!!
Seeing all these lovely faux roses in Blogland
soooooo...I treated myself , and bought it this month...
...and it may just become my favourite die!!
Anyway, here are the main ingredients for my tag....
...and this is what I made for the challenge.....
My first attempt at faux roses (these are my very  first 3 roses!!)
They were a little fiddly at first...but I just love the result!
I'm sure I'm going to be making heaps of these little lovelies!!
French Industrial papers for the background
inked and stencilled
Distress inks, embossing powder & embossed antiquities
TH Tattered pinecone ,Ornate frame, Magnolia banner dies
die cut shapes (with a little faux rust!)
Remnant rubs, rusty wire, bulb, heart, chain
and I made a teeny monocle out of a jump ring and some chain!
If you are interested in joining in these challenges...Hop over to Linda's Blog...and for some amazing inspiration too!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Double Trouble.....

Over at
Let's get Shabby
Challenge # 55
It's all about
So.... for my DT piece...
 I decided to create a Shabby Scrappy Layout...
....and for the DOUBLE aspect of the challenge, I found this fab little vintage photo - CDV of Twin boys in my collection.
and here's what it inspired me to create....
Vintage book covers, buttons, tape measure, fabrics and paper.
Paper flowers, charms, game pieces, tags and a  heart painted and crackled.
TH Idea-ology : Hinge clip, Journaling ticket, Buckle, mini paper clips, assorted remnant rubs and the background papers (French industrial-paper stash),
I've also used the Tim Holtz rosette die and the handmade flowers using the tattered florals die (made from organza and a heat gun!)
Now hop over to
Let's Get Shabby
..for the full deets
...and see what other wonderful inspiration the talented shabby girls have created for this DOUBLE challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...  
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 2.... Distress Glitter

Don't ever let anyone dull your sparkle

Over at Studio L3
the lovely Linda Ledbetter is hosting challenge #2 of the new
Compendium of Curiosities Challenges
with her talented crew...
using the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge  The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Tim and Mario have very generously donated prizes!
Challenge 2
The Second challenge is Distress Glitter as shown on page 56 of Tim's book.
Now, I'm not usually a glitter kind of girl...but the distress glitter is a little different...It as the look of glass glitter , so looks fab on vintage shabby style projects.
 ...and the cool thing about Distress Glitter is.... it is totally inkable once dry :)

Anyway, here is me... getting my glitter on!....
First of all ...gather some supplies to start me off!
I decided to alter a 7gypsies Tryptich House.
and here are the results!....
I've glittered some butterflies, dragonfly, wings and leaves using Tumbled glass and Spun sugar distress glitters
I love the way the distress glitter looks when it catches the light! So cool!

Tumbled glass and spun sugar distress glitters
spun sugar, broken china and picket fence distress paints
assorted papers and vintage emphera
lace, ribbons and fabric flowers
assorted chipboard shapes...wings, butterflies, dragonfly and leaves
assorted, heart, buckle, bird, word-band and industrial borders.
white highlighter pen.
7gypsies Tryptich House,
Vintage photo (photocopied x3)

Looking forward to Challenge #3 now! ;)
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Best friends.....

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's Fabby May inspiration...
Tim has challenged us to use some of those favourite trinkets and embellies, those little things weve been hoarding, just to look at and admire LOL...
Oh, I LOVE an embellishment, so couldn't wait to sort through my 'treasures'!!
lots of yummy idea-ology
along with some other bits out of my 'junk' box

LOVE the new idea-ology monocles
I decided to use my  Idea-ology Paper Stash (French Industrial) for my tiles....and some paper wings.
First of all, I created an inky background....
 and here is my version of an artful tiled tag, inspired by Tim's  May tag.....
I don't own a ShadowPress debossing folder so I've substituted this element with an idea-ology word band
lots of lovely idea-ology :)
vintage pen nib, beer bottle cap, distressed with some sandpaper
.... finished  off with some industrious sticker border and ribbon.
Looking forward to seeing what Tim has up his crafty sleeve for his June tag now.
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 1.... Are you curious?....

I've got my copy of Tim Holtz's fabulous new
 Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.
....So I was delighted to see that the wonderful
of Studio L3
 has started up a new challenge
 again this year, based around the techniques in Tim Holtz's third volume.  
...and this time Linda also has a talented 'crew' alongside her, to help to inspire us all. 
Tim and Mario have donated a big box of goodies for a lucky winner !
and, yes there's more....
Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge, and some lucky creative soul will win a $50 gift certificate to spend in their fantastic online store. (I've used Inspiration Emporium recently and highly recommend the super efficient service they provide)
Challenge 1 
New challenges will be posted fortnightly. The first challenge is paint marbling as shown on page 43 of Tim's book.  These are the backgrounds I came up with using that technique.
I just adore the yummy variety of colours in the distress paints and had lots of messy painty fun with this technique. I just love how no two backgrounds will be the same.
...and this is what those painty backgrounds inspired me to make...
first of all, went down my crafty stash to find some items to alter my tag with, vintage postcard, buttons, assorted remnant rubs and other idea-ology embellies.
and this is the end result...
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x