Tuesday, January 21, 2014


This is an entry to Country View Craft's January challenge entitled "Monochromatic" (intriguing!).  The current challenge site may be seen HERE.  For wonderful inspiration and creative ideas, visit Country View Craft's blog spot HERE,

I began my project by cutting a tag from white CS and painting the entire tag with Tim Holtz Antique Linen DP.  The flourishes were then stamped with TH Pumice Stone DI using a second generation technique and a luscious flourish stamp by Anna Griffin.  The inspiration for my tag came from a beautiful print of a Winter's Child dressed in the Warmth. of Winter.  The print is from Ephemera's Vintage Garden blogspot. (It was actually a freebie!)  I placed her on the tag and surrounded her with roses cut out with Sizzix Flowers 3D die and white CS.  Each rose was also painted with Antique Linen DP and edged with Pumice Stone DI.  The sentiment, "Warm Wishes for the New Year" was computer generated and placed onto an Antique Linen painted banner.

Thank you, Country View Crafts, for the Monochromatic challenge!  Enjoyed it!

Jayne H

Saturday, January 18, 2014


A beautiful challenge is going on at Frilly and Funky blogspot.  It is called The Warmth of Winter.   Just the name of the challenge gets my juices flowing as I envision icy whites and furry hats and scarves.  The rules of the challenge may be read HERE.  There is a chance to win a $25 shopping spree at the famous Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I started my project by cutting a tag out of white CS and painting the entire tag with TH Vintage Linen DP.  After drying completely, I stamped luscious flourishes using TH Pumice Stone DI and an Anna Griffin stamp.  I also added a bit of script stamp.  The inspiration for my Warmth of Winter was a beautiful print of a winter child dressed in the Warmth of Winter.  I placed her on the tag and surrounded her with paper roses cut from Sizzix die Flowers 3D and painted with Vintage Linen DP.  The sentiment "Warm Wishes For the New Year" was computer generator and placed onto a Vintage Linen painted banner.

Thank you, Frilly and Funky, for this heartwarming challenge.

Friday, January 17, 2014


This is an entry to Country View Crafts Challenge for January 2014 themed "monochromatic".  The challenge site and theme may be viewed HERE.  For wonderful inspiration and to see beautiful crafting, visit the challenge blog spot HERE,  The rules of the challenges are enumerated HERE.

I began my tag by first painting a white CS tag with Tim Holtz Antique Linen DP.  I made the flowers using a Sizzix dye and then painted the flowers with the Antique Linen.   The flourishes on the tag were added with second generation stamping technique using a luscious flourish stamp by Anna Griffin.  The flourishes were stamped in TH Pumice Stone DI.  I chose a sweet winter's child portrait to base my tag upon and she is sending warm wishes for the  new year.

Thank you for allowing me to enter in the challenge.  

Jayne H

Sunday, January 5, 2014


I would like to submit an entry to Country View Crafts Challenge for January 2014. The Challenge Site is HERE.  You can see the details of the challenge HERE.  The theme is MONOCHROMATIC (which I love).  Country View Crafts blogspot is very interesting and rich with technique and ideas of all kinds.  The rules of the challenges may be seen HERE.

For my monochromatic color, I chose Tim Holtz's Broken China.  I painted a  manila tag with TH Antique Linen DP (using about 4 coats).  Then, I used a Recollections script stamp all over the card and embossed clear.  I then went back over the embossing with more Antique Linen.  For my background, I stenciled a Prima stencil all over with Broken China DI.  Next, I used Kaisercraft Tiny Dot, Hessian, and Diamonds stamps (using Broken China) to complete the background.

Next, I created the same background on a larger manila tag, but did not paint the tag first.  I glued the smaller tag on and stained the edges of the larger card with Vintage Photo DI.  That gave me a little bit bigger area on which to work.  I wanted to use a new scrumptious stamp from TH {Components}.  I used a plaque cut from cream CS and stamped the image with Broken China DI.  Then, adding a small frame cut from a Sizzix Lovely Labels die, I began the sentiment for the card.

My New Year wish is that all crafters will be able to cherish the time we are given in 2014.  So, my sentiment starts with "time's flying." and at the bottom, I continued "cherish the new year".

Finally, I used Tim Holtz Alterations Bird Branch die for the final piece. I cut one bird and branch out of very heavy CS and 2 other pieces from medium CS.  Then, I used wrapping paper for the top bird and branch (it was the only paper I could find that went with my theme), gluing all the pieces together for a sturdy piece that I could pop-up with dots..  

I have become quite fond of Broken China DI now.  It just may be my favorite.  Thank you for allowing me to enter the challenge.  Happy New Year to everyone.

Jayne H

Saturday, January 4, 2014

TIM HOLTZ 12 Tags of 2014 challenge JANUARY TAG

The inspiration-rich TIM HOLTZ is mentoring the 12 TAGS OF 2014 CHALLENGE.  Mr. Holtz is a wealth of inspiration, technique, instruction, and creativity.  If you want to learn new techniques, you much check out his blog.

Loved TH's inspiration tag which combined Steam Punk, grunge (my fav), metal work, distress inks, rub-on's, and lots of other techniques all of which can be studied HERE.  This is my interpretation.

I began my background with a combination of Brushed Pewter and Broken China (heavy on the Brushed Pewter) DP.  I followed that with a clock-work stencil and grunge stamps.  I used TH's rub-on numbers in the left top corner.  My TH clock die is the grandfather wall clock and I cut the body from black CS and the face of the clock using the metal technique described in TH's demonstration.  Since I did not have any TH foil, I used foil tape from the hardware store (in the plumbing department).  It worked fine except it does not hold the color of DP's or DI's nearly as well. 

 I embossed with a gears embossing folder and put as much Black Soot DI as the tape would hold.  I attached the gears/clock works inside the clock body. 

 Next, using Enjoy the Journey TH stamp set, the sentiment was stamped on TH paper, as well as the words onto banners.  I finished off with the paintbrush spritzing technique with black DP.  Seam binding died with Brushed Pewter DS is my trimming with a charm attached.

I'm looking forward to participating in the TH challenge this year.  It will be my first year.  A little nervous!  He's a hard act to follow!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge BONUS TAG #2

It is officially completed for me.  The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge (rules, requirements, and information seen HERE) is wrapped up and tied with a bow.  This challenge has meant so very much to me.  I would like to express my gratitude to the Funkie Junkie, a/k/a Linda.  Linda is a hands-on challenge mentor.  She has helped me through everything including setting up my blogspot so that I could link my projects.  It was all new to me, but she was patient and helpful and I was finally equipped to submit my entries.  Please visit The Funkie Junkie Blogpot.  You will truly be inspired.

The challenge has been sponsored by THE FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE.  Generous prizes are offered by the Boutique including a $50 shopping spree.

For each individual challenge, Linda has provided an inspiration piece.  All of her pieces were beautiful and each introduced new techniques.  The contestants were challenged to take inspiration from Linda's piece and turn that inspiration into a creation of their own.  The final challenge inspiration piece, a beautiful Thank You card, may be seen HERE.  A technique using embossing paste with stencil was used which was another new adventure for me to try.  Tried and LOVED.  

I began my tag by marbling Brushed Pewter DS and Picket Fence DP front and back.  I scored the tag in 2 places making it a matchbook style card.  Next, I used the modeling paste technique with a Prima stencil on the outside.   

 I stamped using second and third generation technique randomly with a rose stamp outside and inside.  

After cutting borders from Graphics 45 Botanica paper using Tim Holtz On The Edge Scrollwork die, I placed one on the front of the card and one on the inside of the card.  

I added a plaque on the inside with the single word "Gratitude".  

A bow cluster with a key charm was added to the closure.

I appreciate all the instruction I have received during this challenge.  Thank you to Linda and to all of the participants.  Happy New Year!

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge Tag #2

This is my entry for Tag #2 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.  The rules and requirements may be seen at The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.  The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For each challenge, Funkie Junkie will create a tag for inspiration and with that bit of inspiration, you must create a tag of your own.  FJ's inspiration tag for Tag # 2 may be seen HERE.

The inspiration I took from FJ's beautiful tag was the dainty deer with the scarf around its neck.  I also love the number "25" and have incorporated it as a necklace for the deer and as a charm at the top.