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).
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 :)
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 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
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.

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 
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!
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?
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 
...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) sure to pay them a visit too...and pass on some bloggy love! 
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:
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 this will look a little different soon....So if you are'll have to come back to a future blog post to see how I get on with this ;)
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!
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 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

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 to my hearts content :) !!!
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:
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!


 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

Friday, 25 July 2014

Let's Get Shabby...Read and Craft ....


Over at
Let's get Shabby
It's all about
 A  Book Cover Picture Inspiration…..
Choose a book cover picture and be inspired by it!  
 We need two photos…. one of your book cover and one of your project – let us know how you were inspired .
Here's what I created for my DT piece...
I've bought a few books this week, in preparation for my hospital stay next month...
The book I chose is to be inspired by is 'A Gift to remember' by Melissa Hill...
(Now.... I can't recommend the book, because I have not read it yet).
This book has inspired me to create a tag to decorate a present for a special friend. My main inspiration comes from the image of the Gift and the books title.
(Created with distress paints, inks and 'Butterfly Girl' Sam Poole stamp).
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 Book Cover challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pirates (and Angels) of the Caribbean .......

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's Summery July inspiration...
Tim has taken us on a trip to the beach with his lovely tag full of yummy texture & techniques 
I had soooo much fun with this challenge....
I had to improvise a little as I didn't have the same dies, bubbles texture fades and some of the other ingredients...  but that shouldn't stop you...just gives you the excuse to experiment!! ;)
Anyway.... this is my version, inspired by Tim's July tag.....
....all ready to be put together
I've used the swirls texture fades with my shrink plastic, to place over my distressed tag.
...then die-cut some seaweed using the foliage from the tattered pinecone die.
 I've given my chipboard elements the distress crackle treatment, I didn't have the distress crackle paint, so have used crackle glossy accents instead....and created my own sand-dollar .
and I couldn't resist adding the fab photo ( Idea-ology 'Found relatives' cards)- distressed at the edges
and this is the end result.....

Pirates (and Angels) of the Caribbean .......

complete with sand!
Looking forward to seeing what Tim inspires us with his August tag  now...
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 18 July 2014

SOC Wk 6 .... Love is in the air......

Wow...we are now on the 6th and final week
Summer of Colour Challenge 4
Time goes soooooo fast when we are having fun!!
...and Kristin has definitely saved the best colour palette to last...
Raspberry & Tangerine
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Lemon

LOVE this colour combo

So... I delved into my yarn stash...

in search of these yummy colours.

...and with all the gorgeous inspiration, talent and LOVE that has been shared throughout this challenge by a variety of different artists,  artwork and crafty mediums.....
I thought it would be perfect to end it with a couple of Lovebirds
so with more clacking of knitting needles....
Meet Romeo & Juliet....
 knitted from a free pattern found on Ravelry

I am sad that this is the last week of Summer of Colour, I've been having so much fun that I don't want it to end....Thanks again Kristin for some fabulous Summer of Colour inspiration and all the hard work you do to make this challenge so fabulous each year!
Hop over to .HERE to see what all the fun has been about!

 and here are a round up of my 6 weeks Summer of Colour birdies....
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

SOC Wk 5 ....Chicken Royale ....

Wow...we are already on Week 5
Summer of Colour Challenge 4
Time goes so fast when we are having fun!!
and this weeks Bright and Breezy challenge colours are....

Red & Royal Blue
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Light Blue
Now... I knew I had all these colours in my yarn stash...
although they are not my favourite of colours..
but a challenge is a challenge!!
so with more clacking of knitting needles....
Meet Blue....
My little free range chicken! 
Thanks again Kristin for some fabulous colour inspiration!
Hop over to .HERE to see what all the fun is about!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 6.... Altered Burlap Panel

Now....I'm a big fan of mini canvasses.
and....I'm a big fan of burlap too.....
So....... when I saw
that over at Studio L3 
Challenge # 6
 is to Alter one of Tim's Burlap Panels !! 
(technique as shown on page 37 of Tim's book).
I knew I just had to have a play along with this...
I had so much fun..
I ended up altering two panels!!
Anyway, here are the main ingredients for my canvasses....
Distress.... inks, paints and markers
assorted Idea-ology
chit-chat stickers
water pen
Found relatives cards (LOVE these)
Tim Holtz Burlap panels
(2 Bare minis) these are approx. 4in x 6in each,
Idea-ology Tissue wrap
and of course Tims...Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
I prepared my burlap panels with the lovely idea-ology Tissue wrap.. this is a little thicker than usual I found it was a lot easier to adhere to the canvas...
Then the fun begins altering these cute little canvasses
and this is what  I created for this challenge.....
Meet Bertie and Lizzy !
Both images are cut from the 'Found relatives' cards
I've also added.... altered fractured doll,  watch keys, word-band, idea-ology emphera, string, beads,
vintage.... measure tape, buttons & buckles
...and Bertie has his altered pocket watch, watch key, gears, watch face and monocle.
If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #6
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing canvas inspiration!
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