Monday 15 February 2016

Crafting in the Country

Hey there! I've just returned from a wonderful few days in Bright, in the beautiful Alpine region of Victoria, where I was lucky enough to join an AMAZINGLY talented group of papercrafters at a craft retreat.

As you have probably noticed from my infrequent posts, I have struggled with my creativity over the last year and it was so inspiring to spend quality time with some of the best artists in the cardmaking world!!! We crafted, ate, drank, laughed, ate, crafted and laughed some more! Some of us even managed to get some sleep, while others continued crafting in to the wee hours! I had fun getting back in to the swing of things and managed to complete a few cards.  So now it is up to me to keep the momentum going! All encouragement is welcome!

This card was made as a reminder for the Mixed Media Card challenge. The theme is *RED* and the optional element is *HEARTS*, which I haven't included this time.

This is a one layer card. I masked the sides of the card , then sponged Spun Sugar distress in over the card. Next step was to sponge Candied Aplle Distress ink over a STAMPlorations stencil and then spritz the entire panel lightly with water. I then stamped some background text from a Paper Artsy set.  When dry, I then put the stencil back in place and added a layer of Distress Crackle paint.  To finish off the card, I added the die cut sentiment and buttterfly (also painted with crackle medium). I always love peeling the mask away to reveal the white border!

Here are the gorgeous ladies I spent time with. Teresa Xanthos, Jenny Dix, Joy Taylor and Ashlee McGregor

You have until 25 February to join in the Mixed Media Card Challenge and you can find the details here.

ETA: I am entering this card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge. The theme is 'One Layer' , but we are allowed to add a die cut. I'm also entering the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge - the theme is *PAINT* and I used Distress Crackle Paint.
Entering the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge, which is based on a mood board - I chose the rose as my inspiration.


  1. Your card is beautiful and I am so pleased your mojo has returned Jenny! Looking forward to seeing many more creations. :)

  2. So jealous of your time at retreat. It's on my list of things to do this year as I haven't been on one since my kids were born. Hope your mojo is back for good. Sometimes the break is worthwhile. Your card is fabulous and thank you for sharing the technique. Hope you'll play along with Scrapbook Boutique in the future.

  3. What a great way to spend some crafty time with friends. LOVE your card. Hard to see the crackle layers (darn cameras), but can imagine how much beautiful texture it adds. Happy to see you crafting more ... and hope it continues. Love your work Jenny! xx

  4. super fantastic. I love the barely there text in the background. The crackle finish is a great touch--i love the fineness of it!


  5. Beautiful card! Love that pretty background!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  6. So good to hear you are inspired to create again, and this is a great start - a wonderful card.

  7. So excited (and jealous) to see that you all had such a wonderful time! Love your stenciled rose design. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrapbook Boutique!

  8. What a great group to spend time with Jenny and I'm so glad you're feeling motivated to create again. I certainly hope that feeling will continue for you throughout this year. Wonderful to see your gorgeous card over at the SB Feb challenge and I loved reading how it was created.

  9. Stunning card with so many layers for a one-layer card - love how you built it up! Glad (and envious) that you were able to enjoy your crafting retreat - it's obvious it did you a world of good! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapbook Boutique this month!

  10. This looks gorgeous .... I love the colours. Thank you for playing along with the HLS Mixed Media challenge. Linda xx

  11. WOW this is fabulous and so many techniques!!! love it! Thank you so much for joining in our challenge with our new Mood Boards at Scrapbook Boutique xx