Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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This month's ATC theme is "Birdhouse"... I've drawn up many ideas and now just need to create one or two of them! 

I've been building my own website inbetween ATC creations... and its finally nearly ready to share! 

My website address is and for another couple of days redirects to a blog on Wordpress but by the weekend I'll have a new site ready to share :) Its very exciting!!!

In the meantime, I thought I'd show off a birdhouse I made a few moons ago. Its a wooden (mdf) birdhouse shaped off-the-page item that I've inked and covered with gorgeous papers. The base is by Kaisercraft and the little feathered friend on the ledge is chipboard but all the rest are hand cut (or fussy cut for you scrappers!!!). 

The baby birds are circles cut out of Tim Holtz's grungeboard and covered with texture paste. The grungeboard was able to take on all the paints and paste without going soggy. The Mum bird is my design... I gave her a worm to carry but she kept dropping it so left it off!

All the eyes are black Enamel Accents... its perfect for eyes of all my critters as it stays shiny and raised. Usually I also use a little tiny drop of white enamel brings the eyes to life but I didn't for these ones.

What else? String! I love string! It has so many uses. I've used a dark pink natural string for the roof, it feels fabulous, almost like thatching. All the gold you see is from the gorgeous paper... no idea what it was called or who made it. If you know, please share!

Have a happy arty week!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Christmas in June (and July)

I've been holding a regular Christmas Card Club each month here in my Art by Jenny Studio. Its meant to be encouraging myself and anyone who joins me to be organised (for once!) for this special time of year! So far its working. Both myself and my students have made quite a few cards already and its only June! 

The most recent class was reindeer training... as it sounds - gathering reindeer together (with a reindeer punch and cardstock) then after the bases were created, sticking them down. 

Then my reindeer punch rebelled and refuse to give us any more cute cardstock animals :P

Well, I'm not one for giving up so we got out the stamps and had a play!!! I'm grateful that all my students went home happy again with their creations - even though they didn't make quite what was planned :)

This next card is what I've made today after trying to fix my punch (which I've put aside for a bit... its a tad stuck now!!!). I love this stamp set... you get the sleigh, sparkles and the hohoho. So versatile! Coloured with watercolour markers and the holly stamp is coloured with the alcohol ink art markers. I just love to colour in :)

The next Christmas Card Club will be on two dates, Sat June 29 or Sat July 6, and we'll be doing a bit of colouring/blending and flower arranging with poinsettias... they're such beautiful plants! 

July's class, Sat July 27, we'll be messing about in the snow (using a snowflake punch, not actually playing in the snow, although if it gets any colder we might be! lol). I'm giving away a FREE punch for each of the students in this class (Sat July 27)... only 6 per class so book without delay :)

That's it for today... while I have the Christmas bug I'm off to make ATCs - this month's Kaszazz theme is "Christmas in July" ... then I'm off to build birdhouses for the local ATC swap with friends ... Can't wait to see what everyone creates!!!

Keep on being creative everyone!

Happy Scrappy Day :D