Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating Friendship

Hello!! I'm here today with a project to commemorate my recent trip to Creativation 2018 and meeting Jess of Two Mad Dahlias in real life. Have you ever met someone online and then met in real life and you are instant best friends? Thankfully this was the case with Jess and not just because I was staying at her house for a week!!  So naturally, I needed to make a piece to celebrate this friendship. As I was digging thru my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts stash I ran across the Tudor Rose Singles and Petal Corners Mini and my wheels started turning.




I began by prepping all my chipboard pieces. For the Petal Corners Mini, I heat embossed 2 of them with Hammered Metal embossing powder. Using my finger I added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to give it an aged look. I wanted some more age and texture so added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon. I left some chunky bits of crayon on the Corners. 


I cut the Tudor Rose Singles in half and then sprayed two coats of white spray paint on all the pieces. Once the paint was dry I randomly applied some Distress Crazing Medium with my finger. Once the crazing medium was dry I added some detail with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 




For my base I used a medium Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag. I cut my background paper to size and stitched around the edge with gold thread. I  then applied the background paper to the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 




I then added a bit of detail to the top right and bottom left corners of the tag using a palette knife to spread gesso thru the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Floral. 




To begin my layers I started with a Tim Holtz Pocket Card. I added a small piece of ephemera and a stamped spool image from the Haberdashery stamp set. On top of this I added the Tudor Rose Singles. I used one half of the largest cutout and one half of the medium size cut out. I adhered them to the top left and bottom right of the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 




I then built up the main layer by layering this awesome photo of two vintage girls from Tim Holtz's new pack of Found Relatives on a piece of background paper from the Memorandum Paper Stash. Using a paper distress to distress the edges of the background paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for detail. I layered the photo and a ticket from an ephemera pack and stitched them together with my sewing machine. I then adhered the Petal Corners Mini using Distress Collage Medium. 




To finish I adhered the photo layer to the tag using foam dots. To finish off the tag reinforcer I used two pieces of floral Design Tape from the Rose set and adhered to the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 


The final touch added was this quote from a movie both Jess and I enjoy. Bonus points if you can name that movie!! 


I love the texture and chunkiness the Tudor Rose Singles add to this piece. And the added vintage detail from the Petal Corners Mini complete the photo. The best part is that I still have enough left from both sets to make another project down the road. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Love Letters

Hello and happy Friday!! I'm here today with a Valentine inspired make. The Flourished Heart Frame made me think of valentines that a couple would have exchanged in the Victorian days. And of course what Valentine's Day is complete without a love letter?







Heat emboss both frame pieces using an embossing dauber and gold embossing powder. 


Create a collage using vintage photos, dictionary pages and postage stamps. Add some detail with mail themed rubber stamps. Adhere collage to back of the  Flourished Heart Frame. Cut out a heart to back your mini collages. This extra backing will help protect against the adhesive used to attach the heart to the envelope from seeping thru. 


For envelope cut a piece of linen, muslin and two-sided interfacing approximately 10 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Layer interfacing between the linen and muslin and adhere with iron. 


Cut ribbon and lace to size. Pin the ribbon and layered lace onto linen and top stitch with sewing machine. 


Fold up bottom third of fabric. Place the House Pocket die on top and stabilize with washi. Make sure to put fold above the bottom of the die. If the die does cut thru the fold don't worry it can be stitched together in the next step. 


Top stitch around the edges of the envelope. Make sure to leave the pocket of the envelope unstitched. Adhere heart frame to envelope flap using adhesive of choice. 




This little envelope is the perfect size for gifting a gift card or a love letter to that special someone. I hope you have a month full of love and get showered with lots of chocolate!! Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Creativation 2018

I can't believe that I've been home from Creativation for a whole week!! It was such a dream come true getting to attend the Creativation show. But even more of a dream to meet so many friends new and old. 

This was a huge adventure for me. It was the first time I have spent the night away from my husband. On top of that, I was meeting for the first time my IG bestie Jess Magdalia. And staying at her house for a week!! It was a bit nerve-wracking!! But from the minute I threw my bags in Jess's car and then confirmed she was, in fact, the person I was looking for I felt right at ease. 


Class kit for Seth Apter's Mixed Media Revolution. 


Messy hands are a sign of lots of fun. 


Close up of Seth's work. 


Look at those layers on Seth's piece.


The piece I created in class. This was the first class I've ever taken. It was a dream to learn so many new ideas!! 


Group shot with Seth after class. Left to Right Karen Bearse, Seth Apter, Susie Bentz, Me, Jess Magdalia, Anne Redfern, and Jenny Marples. 


Seth is not only an amazing artist but an amazing person.


Ice Resin Expression with Susan Lenart Kazmer. 



A quick pic with Susan Lenart Kazmer. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Susan do it!! She is an amazing teacher with such a unique style. 



From Left to Right: Lynn, Jess, Maggie, Me, Jenny and Eileen. 
Just a quick trip to JoAnn's with Eileen and the gang and Charles our Uber driver. This was also my first Uber experience. It was such a great time meeting and hanging out with Eileen. She is a fabulous designer and so genuine!! 



This was definitely one of the most exciting trips to JoAnn's. And this group of women here are so kind, talented, funny and just plain amazing!!! I count myself lucky to call them friends!! 



Anne Redfern so excited to find Tim Holtz fabric. I loved getting to know Anne she is an absolute hoot. I'm so sad we didn't get a picture together. 




Booth pics of the incomparable Tim Holtz's Idea-ology booth. The level of talent displayed here is mind-blowing and super inspiring. 












Pics from the Emerald Creek booth featuring lots of amazing art from Seth Apter. 







Jess doing a great job demoing the new Baked Textures from Seth Apter and Emerald Creek. 


It's been a lifelong dream to visit a Hard Rock Cafe and buy a t-shirt. 


One of the very few pics Jess and I took together. Next year I've gotta work on my picture taking!! 


My Dapper Dress Wall Hanging in the Coats and Clark booth. I wasn't expecting to see my work so this was a pleasant surprise!! 


A covered bulletin board I made for Coats and Clark for Quilt Market that was also displayed at Creativation. 


A sneak peek of all the amazing talent displayed in the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements booth. 
Look at those adorable dresses. I swoon!! 






Shenanigans in the Sizzix booth. Tim Holtz's new dies were featured in 3D. Absolute genius!! 


We were on the hunt for work by our friend Stacy Hutchinson. This burlap panel is absolutely gorgeous!! 







Eileen Hull's team filled her booth with so much creativity and inspiration!!





The Ice Resin booth had so many artful pieces on display. 





My favorite part of the show was the time spent with friends. Jess and I have been friends on IG for 4 or 5 years. It was so fun to meet in real life and spend the week together. I am so blessed to count her as a real friend now. We just clicked!! The fact that she is also a sodaholic was a huge bonus!! And Miss Jenny Marples, we've been friends online for a short while but it felt like we had known each other forever!! 


Left to Right: Me, Jess, Mitsyanna, Eileen, Brenda Walton, Jenny, Karen, Susie, Kim. 
Thank you so much to these ladies for making the week so amazing. They're definitely my tribe. It's just so amazing to find one friend who shares your love of art and creating and supports you but to find a whole group is truly a blessing. Thank you ladies!! 
 The show was an absolute whirlwind of fun and friends all with the love of creativity at the heart of it all  Only 51 more weeks until we can all do it again. Not that I'm counting or anything.