Friday, August 14, 2015

Featured Friday - Jenny Martin!!!!!

It's that magical time of the month again where I get to show off a stamper who's been a huge inspiration to me. If you're new to my blog (HELLO!) this segment bears the name Featured Friday and happens every 2nd Friday of the month. I'll do a little questionnaire, and then we'll each CASE one of the FF's cards. 

So, without further ado, let me introduce:

Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany!!

I first "met" Jenny when I saw her work in some gallery or another and gasped - and then, naturally, I had to click through to her site and say hello and stalk her...erm... I mean... pay her compliments? for awhile. 

Jenny's work is truly masterful! She started blogging back in 2011, and honestly one of the things I love most about her work is wondering how she takes such good photos - (maybe she'll share her secrets). If I had to describe Jenny's aesthetic, I'd say it's a tailored sort of mixed media with a hint of shabby chicness. She's a whiz with Distress Inks and Markers and creates some of the most vibrant colorful work on the web. I've got a little bit of a girl crush on her! Shhhhhh!

Check out these colorful designs:


But why gush and spew about her when she can give you all the good gossip herself?!

Here's 7 things you should know about Jenny:

1. What type of cards do you most like to create?

Watercolour - I love the variety of ways I can achieve this effect! Distress ink/markers, watercolour paints, Gelatos, Brushos, dye inks and many more. My favourite watercolour paper is Fabriano. I’ve been experimenting with my new supplies Kuretake Gansai and Peerless Watercolours.

The Peerless watercolours are really unique and I got them because they are the perfect supply to take on holiday with me. Check them out on this youtube video.

2. What's your favorite thing in your crafting space?

Well I recently bought an old table to use as a desk and bought lots of lovely vintage things to make my work space more inspiring. I found a cute glass front cabinet and I’ve arranged all my favourite wood mount stamps in it! I also found a very old stamp holder which I love because it is a symbol of my 2 obsessions - stamping & vintage love!

Here is a pic:

3. Why did you start blogging about your creations?

I started for the same reason as a lot of people - I discovered the world of challenges and wanted to join in.

This is a quote from my 1st blog post "I entered my 1st challenge at Hero Arts last Week, and then my 2nd at Simon Says Stamps, which incredibly I won! I then entered the same card from the SSS challenge in the Sweet Pea Stamps challenge and got a prize from them too! Then yeserday I received a free 3 months subscription from Scrapbook Creations! So I am feeling very lucky! Yay!!!

Ha! I haven’t won a SSS challenge since then.

4. Be honest... how much crafty stuff in your stash has yet to be opened?

Too much ! In fact I’ve recently started an Etsy shop to sell my cards and I’ve decided I’m going to make some die cuts using my stash of beautiful paper and sell them too. In fact I’m going to have a huge de-stash! I’ve come to the realisation that I prefer to just use media on my cards and usually not many layers, except for a few die cuts.

Too much of my time is taken up arranging and re-arranging my stash - so a lot of it has to go!

5. What is the one craft supply you couldn't do without and why?

One! Hmmm… Well I would say stamps, but you can’t do much with stamps if you don’t have ink! So I think I’m going to say my Distress Markers because they are so versatile.

6. Do you like pina coladas on a midsummer night? (Just kidding <- that's not a real question but I thought it'd make you laugh.)

You just made me picture myself on a tropical island, watching the sunset, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze, walking on the beach with my Pina Colada and a gorgeous ……...

The real number 6. What is your favorite technique? Have an example?

I like to mix it up. But I think my favourite is like the featured card, applying ink to the stamp with distress markers, spritzing and then stamping!

The results always make me happy and feel a little bit like an artist!

7. What's the best piece of advice you could give to new bloggers?

Look at lots of other blogs and leave comments. I love that I have got to know so many people through entering challenges and commenting. It always makes me happy to receive encouraging comments, so I like to reciprocate. I am always honest and heartfelt in my comments and try to be encouraging


And now, for the part you've alllllllll been waiting for (at least that's what I'm choosing to believe).... The CASE! 


I chose this STUNNING watercolor-looking bird that's been placed oh-so-carefully onto vellum and prettied up with all sorts of lovely, frilly accents. 


Jenny opted for a very non-literal interpretation of the original. She kept elements of the original with the layout and the twine and the watercolored butterflies on bits of vellum. Here design sings with loveliness!


I, on the other hand was MUCH less creative and did an almost picture for picture CASE of Jenny's copy. I switched the ribbon colors up a little bit and added a funky vintage earring to gussy it up, but I think it definitely pays homage to Jenny's beautiful original card.

I am going to send my card over to the following challenges:
In the Pink - use lots of Pink 
Fab N' Funky - Things with Wings
Little Red Wagon - Vellum 
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Thank you all for sticking around. 

Would you PLEASE help me to make Jenny's day by going to her blog and saying a hello? She's currently got 72 bloggy followers but I'm SURE she would LOVE some new friends!


  1. loved reading about Jenny and both your cards are wonderful!

  2. Enjoyed this post love meeting new bloggers. Fab cards by both of you.

  3. So good to know Jenny better! I love her artsy creations and ur fabulous CASE :)

  4. Jenny's talent is apparent in her cards...very vintage...artsy and colorful.

  5. Jenny's talent is apparent in her cards...very vintage...artsy and colorful.

  6. Another awesome feature, Becca!! Jenny's work is amazing!! I love her original card and both of your CASE's!! They look fabulous!! Headed over to check out her blog!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Fabulous feature Becca...and great CASE. Off to say hello to Jenny now. Carol x

  8. Well, I am in love with all three cards! My two favorite things: birdies and butterflies. So how can I not love these? Thanks for the inspiration and the info on Jenny (will have to "check her out"! lol).

  9. Well what can I say Becca!!! You are so kind and thoughtful and your personality shines through in every one of your cards and posts!
    I love your CASE card - perfect! Thanks so much for paying me such a huge compliment by featuring me in you blog! hugs!

  10. Oh by the way, Becca, thanks for the compliment about my photography! No secret, I just use my Iphone and usually take them outside, but not in the sunshine - it's best when it's cloudy!

  11. Two great cases--you're both so talented!

  12. Beautiful creations, very clever casing, loving it all, colours and design.xx
     {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

  13. Loved both cases of the beautiful original - thanks for sharing Becca.

  14. Loved reading about Jenny and seeing her your cards too Becca. Have a lovely weekend.

  15. Wow, there is some major talent! All the cards you've shown are amazing, and it was great to get to know Jenny better! Both CASEd cards are fantabulous!

  16. Oh the cards shown here are so great! I love the backgrounds! The case card is great with the vellum and love what both of you did with them

  17. Fabulous read....& jenny's cards are eye poppingly brightly delish!!!! Loved your take, too, Becca..... off I go to say hello:)

  18. What fun this was to learn more about Jenny - she does remarkable work and I am super impressed with her!! Becca - what a delight itbis to learn about new.people through this post series!! Your card and her card are super amazingly done!! Thanks for the eye candy - please have a wonderful weekend!!!

  19. Jenny is indeed a talented artist and it was wonderful to read the interview with her and learn more about her. Your case is gorgeous, love the black with the splash of colours!! hugs :)

  20. Beautiful card!! Love how you stamped on your vellum😊. Thanks for playing along with this week's Little Red Wagon challenge!!😊

  21. Thanks so much for this peek into Jenny's art and collection!

  22. How lovely to meet Jenny, Becca!!!! Love her beautiful cards and your great CASE!!!

  23. Jenny's creations are really amazing and you've done a STUNNING job with your CASE designs here Becca!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  24. Beautiful cards, really love the colours and I am a fan of watercolour. Gorgeous work

  25. Stunning case - both of you - love those vibrant colours.

  26. A fabulous card - however, here at In The Pink we like to see more pink than any other colour as shown in the guidelines.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at In The Pink - good luck and hope we see you again soon!

    Christine (ITP DT)

  27. Lovely creations. Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky Challenge. hugs, Pat K x

  28. how fun! Jenny's work is AMAZING!! as is yours. you're both an inspiration to me!

  29. Congrats to Jenny Martin for being featured! Gorgeous CASE's by both of you!

  30. hey becca your card would be perfect for Virginia"s View Challenge - use embellishments :)

  31. Great interview with Jenny, Becca - I've been stalking her for like ever! Love your CASE of Jenny's card.

  32. "...tailored sort of mixed media with a hint of shabby chicness" - you've got that right (and how brilliant are you to even arrive at such a stylistic description of Jenny's style! Magic with have the gift!). After seeing her cards, I think I'm feeling the pangs of a girl crush, too! Awesome interview! The casee card, and your two cases...amazing!

  33. Jenny Martin has adorable card
    and your CASE card wooooww funtastic love the ribbon in gold
    adorable really...luv it much