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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

No Pretty Papers!

Good morning,

I'm back today with news of our next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Helen has chosen the theme of


Now, normally I would be lost without my enormous stash of pretty papers, but I must admit I am beginning to enjoy making my own backgrounds and this challenge provides a great opportunity to play. So, here's what I made for my DT inspiration ...

This one is made with my brand new stamps from Creative Expressions. The background is stamped using the script stamp and Faded Denim distress ink (first and second generation to get the difference in shading). I then ran it through a script embossing folder for extra detail and texture.

The main focal stamp is one of the gorgeous old cars from the 'Vintage Cars' stamp set. I have coloured it with my Promarkers then added glossy accents to the blue paintwork to make it shiny.  The sentiment is also from the same set.

Added embellishments include a piece of navy ribbon and a few card candi, coloured with my Promarkers to match the colour scheme.

I hope you will come and play with us this time.
Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Autumn Colours

Good morning,

I hope you all have plans for a great weekend.

It's time for our next theme over at Fantasy Stampers and for the next two weeks we have a photo inspiration challenge based around 'AUTUMN COLOURS'. Here's the photo we used ...

I love this time of year - the colours are fabulous and I tried to echo this in my DT project - here's what I made ...

This one is 6x6" in size using brown cardstock for the main card - layered with burgundy and then cream. The sentiments are stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with copper powder. All the leaves were stamped out onto a piece of book paper that I coloured with Dylusion inks, then embossed with copper powder and cut out - it took me ages! I also used some extra die-cut foliage to build up the corner. There is also a little pumpkin nestled in the leaves which began life as a silver charm, but I also embossed him with copper powder to blend in. A few inky splatters, some adhesive pearls and a bit of copper glitter to finish off.

I hope you will come and play along with your own Autumn projects - see you there.
Hugz, Jan xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

P for Pretty Petals

Hi there everyone,

Well that's another of my working weeks over - time to play in the craft room today!

Over at the Alphabet Challenge we are ready for the next letter and this time it's my turn to choose the theme - so for the letter 'P' I chose

I adore making flowers to put on my cards, so this one was an easy one for me. Here's what I made for my DT inspiration ...

My apologies for the rubbish photo - I forgot that we are losing daylight at an alarming rate and left it a little late to take my piccie!

My card is 6x6" layered with pink vellum and then another, slightly smaller layer of white card which I passed through one of my embossing folders.

The flowers are Stampin Up 'Petite Petals' and are all stamped on white vellum using a Versamark inkpad. I embossed half of them with white embossing powder and the other half with pink embossing powder, then punched them out using the corresponding Stampin Up punch. I added co-ordinating pearls to the centre of all the flowers before adding them to my card.

I added a torn strip of the pink vellum to the bottom of the card, which has the word 'Inspire' stamped and embossed in white - this was then wrapped around the card and I also added a couple of pink brads for effect.

Hope you can join us this time.
Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

CAS at Cardz 4 Guyz

Hello there,

I'm back today with our next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Julie has challenged us to make a 'CLEAN & SIMPLE' (CAS) card. So, here's what I made for my DT inspiration ...

After all my usual 'put as much as I can' on a card - I am really getting to like making these clean & simple looks. This one measures 6x6" and I used just one piece of plain milk card. I stuck a small 'Post It' note in the centre to mask out the plain square, then used a range of my clock stamps to make a border. I added a little Walnut Stain distress ink around the edges and then removed the mask. I stamped a little 'Good Luck' greeting and added three tiny tags, each stamped with the letters to make 'Dad' and secured them with three brads. Simples!

I hope you can join us this week with your own Clean & Simple projects.
Hugz, Jan xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Winged Fairies

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a great weekend, despite the awful rain on Saturday - we were struggling for it to get light all day here!

Are you ready for another challenge over at My Besties UK? Although our challenges are now always 'Anything Goes', our leader Carol still likes to offer the option of a theme and challenges the design team to use it. So for the next couple of weeks we would love to see your projects using


Here's what I created for my DT inspiration using Sherri's gorgeous 'Winged Fairies' image ...

This one is an 8x8" design using backing papers from my stash layered on co-ordinated cardstock. The image is coloured with my Promarkers and I stamped and embossed all the way around the edge, and added a little glitter to their wings.  Added embellishments include some die-cut butterflies, a die-cut fence, three pretty paper roses, and some adhesive pearls.  The sentiment is stamped using a Clarity word chain.

Hope you can join us this time.
Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Man's Best Friend

Happy Tuesday,

It's time for our next theme over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this one is a very apt one for me, as those of you that know me, know I lurve my little doggies! So for the next week we would love to see your projects showcasing the theme


Now, one of my little fur babies has been poorly over the weekend with a bad tummy bug - but after three trips to the vets and some antibiotics I hope she is on the mend. So in between returning to school yesterday and a trip to the vets, here's what I made for my DT inspiration ...

It was quite a quick one using another freebie stamp from my Craft Stamper magazine - I love this little pooch. I stamped him three times in Sepia Ink, then punched out the squares and coloured the images with my Promarkers. I arranged them on three different layers, together with a pc generated sentiment and hey presto. Hope you like it!

Hope we will see you over at the challenge this time.
Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hearts and Flowers at Fantasy Stampers

Good morning,

Well, this is my last weekend before I return to school on Monday - where did that six weeks go?!

It's time for our next theme over at my own challenge blog 'FANTASY STAMPERS', so for the next two weeks we would love to see your projects using


Here's what I made for my DT inspiration ...

I decided to use one my many chipboard hearts for this one and covered it with a design paper from my stash. I inked the edge with Walnut Stain distress ink then stamped a flourish all the way around the edge using my Versamark inkpad, before embossing with copper detail embossing powder.

I covered the heart with loads of embellishments, including the stamped rose - this has to be one of my favourite flower stamps (it came free with one of my Craft Stamper magazines) and it's also great for layering up. I added a little copper glitter to highlight the shaded areas of the stamp too. Other embellies include some paper roses, a couple of handmade flowers from the leftover backing paper, a corrugated kraft card heart, a metal birdcage, metal heart and gorgeous metal key, a Tim Holtz 'Love' ticket, together with some buttons and a few adhesive pearls.

I hope you can pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my team made and we would love to see you play along too.

Have a great weekend,
Hugz, Jan xx