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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Food or Drink

Hi there crafty friends and a big welcome to my new followers,

Glad you could pop back - it's time for another challenge over at our male-themed blog - Cardz 4 Guyz. This week Kim has chosen the theme of

So, here's what I came up with for my DT inspiration ...

I love this little fella and he seems to fit the bill perfectly with his champagne bottle and glasses - wonder what he's celebrating?

It's a 6x6" black card base - I have matted a layer of white cardstock on top which has been passed through my dotty embossing folder. I also added a leftover piece of design paper from my stash. The image is stamped with black versafine ink and coloured with my Promarkers and pencils. I mounted it on a black scalloped circle and added a few buttons as embellishments. The only trouble with male cards is I can't cover them with my usual flowers and butterflies! The sentiment was created on my pc.

Hope you can come and join us with your own creations.
Hugz, Jan xx 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cute Christmas

Good morning,

Well, we had enough rain come down last night for a week - bet there is a lot of local flooding!

It's time again for our next challenge at FANTASY STAMPERS and for the next two weeks we would love to see your projects showcasing

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

This one measures 6x6" in size and consists of a milk card base covered with Christmas papers from my stash. The stamped topper is 'James with Pile of Presents' from LOTV and is coloured with my Promarkers. I added a little liquid pearl to the fur and bobble on his hat too. Extra embellishments include a stamped greeting, some die-cut snowflakes, a piece of matching ribbon and a little hand cut bunting across the top.

I hope you can pop over and see the other design team work and I would love it if you could join us in the challenge.

Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Stocking

Hi there crafters,

It's time for another challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Julie has chosen the theme of 'CHRISTMAS STOCKING'. Well, this challenge definitely 'challenges' me - do I have a christmas stamp with a stocking on - no! So here's my improvisation using a cheeky little digital image and a tag stamp from my stash ...

Thought I might make a few of these to add to my christmas pressies this year - much better than shop bought ones and all made from my scraps!

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

Monday, 17 November 2014

Curls at My Besties UK

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm back today with news of our next challenge over at My Besties UK where we run an 'Anything Goes' theme, but also have a chosen theme for people to try, if they wish.  This time the design team have made projects to the theme of 'CURLS'. Now, Sherri's gorgeous artwork just lends itself to this theme, so the hard part was choosing which image to use. Here's what I decided on for my DT project ...

I made a normal 6x6" card with papers from my new LOTV paper pad 'On a High Note'. My chosen image is no. 208 and can be found in Sherri's online store HERE. I coloured her with my Promarkers, added a few little white highlights and a pretty bow in her hair. Added embellishments include a stamped LOTV sentiment, some die-cut 'curls' and a couple of die-cut flowers.

I hope you will pop over and join us for our challenge.
Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What are you Thankful for?

Happy Tuesday,

First I would just like to say a warm welcome to my new followers - so glad you wanted to join me on my crafty journey (it wouldn't be the same without you all).

I will be at school as this post goes live, but I know we will be taking a break at 11am with all the children in school to have our 2 minute silence in remembrance of those fallen in the wars. We did a lesson on Remembrance Day last week in preparation and created some artwork for our local church - it never ceases to amaze me how interested a class of 7/8 year olds can be in something they can barely comprehend. I was so proud of them.

Righty then, onto crafty things and over at Cardz 4 Guyz we have a brand new challenge today and the theme was chosen by one of our new team members, Andrea. For the next week we would love to see your male themed projects showing thanks, so


Here's what I decided on for my DT inspiration ...

I decided to stay with the CAS look this week and chose kraft card for the base. The added splash of autumnal colour was made using a piece of cream cardstock and treating it to a liberal coating of distress inks in Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye. I then stamped over the top in Vintage Photo using a text stamp to create the background. After dusting with a little talc I stamped the leaves with Perfect Medium ink and embossed with fine detail gold powder.

The sentiment was created on my pc and I added a single piece of twine and a lovely wooden leaf embellishment, which is also coloured with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress ink to co-ordinate.

I know we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but I do have lots of crafty friends over the pond and as it's coming up to that time of year, I would love to send 'Thanksgiving' wishes their way.

Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Red Alert!

Hello there,

I hope everyone has some nice crafty plans for the weekend - it's starting to get cold here, so heating is on now.

It's time for our next challenge over at my challenge blog 'FANTASY STAMPERS' and for the next to weeks our theme is


Now I was thinking about Remembrance Day when I chose the theme, but my own DT card turned out to be a Christmas one - here's what I made ...

I used one of my new square embossing folders for the background which has poinsettias on (difficult to see on my photo, I know!) 

The main stamped image is part of a freebie set from a recent magazine purchase and I stamped it onto some book paper and then coloured it with my Promarkers. 

Some simple matting and layering with red cardstock and a stamped sentiment to finish off.

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

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Toys for Boys

Hello there,

I'm back today with our next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Jane chose the theme of 'Technology/Toys for Boys'. Now this one got me thinking - I don't have anything that fits this theme, so off I went onto clipart and found the phone image and took it from there. Here's how it ended up ...

I used my Stampin Up 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamps with Black Soot and Peacock Feathers distress inks. I masked the phone out first, then just got to stamping with the different stamps. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out! I matted and layered on co-ordinating cardstock, then black before adding it to my card. A simple 'Happy Birthday' sentiment finished it off.

Hope you will join us this week with your own interpretation of our theme.
Hugz, Jan xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

So Christmas Begins ...

Hello again,

Well, that's my half term over - back to school today for the run up to Christmas. And on a Crafty note I have my very first Christmas post today - over at My Besties UK we have a 'Christmas' theme for the next couple of weeks, so out came my Christmas box and this is what I made for my DT inspiration using Sherri's gorgeous artwork - if you would like to use this image you can find it in Sherri's online store HERE ...

I used Christmas papers from my stash and coloured the image with my Promarkers to match.  I printed the whole thing out and included a greeting. Added embellies include some co-ordinating ribbon and a couple of die-cut snowflakes. 

Hope you can join us over at the challenge blog.
Hugz, Jan xx