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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Be my Valentine

Hello there,

First of all, I want to wish my hubby a 'Happy Birthday' today - he has been really unwell the last few weeks, so I hope he can enjoy his day today.

I have my next DT project to show you today for the new challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Amy has chosen the theme of


Here's what I made ...

I decided to stay 'clean and simple' for this one, so I used one of the stamps from my Stampin' Up 'Gorgeous Grunge' set to make a little background splodginess, using Fired Brick distress ink.

I ran the piece of card through my pc to print the sentiment, then added a heart cut from book paper and a little chipboard heart which I coloured with my black Promarker.  

After envying the purchase of one of my crafty friends the other day, I decided to get out my good old Tim Holtz piercing ruler and have a go at piercing the edges of my design - not bad, but I really think I could put those 'pierced square frames' to good use though!

Hugz, Jan xx

Friday, 5 February 2016

You Choose

Happy Friday,

It's certainly a happy Friday for me - not only is it my day off, but I've finished for our half term break too. It's only been a five week half term, but it's seemed a very long one in some respects, especially trying to cram in everything we needed to do before the break.

After a trip to the doctors on Monday and a course of antibiotics for a chest infection, I am now beginning to feel a little better, so hopefully I can enjoy the break.

I have a card to show you today which I made as DT inspiration for the new theme over at the Alphabet Challenge today - we are up to the letter 'Y' and Caz has chosen the theme of


I have a feeling this might be a popular choice - here's my design ...

This one is for my sister's birthday next week (but ssshh, don't tell her). 

 I love the Santoro Gorjuss range and these new smaller size stamps are great to play with - this one is called 'The White Rabbit' and I coloured her with my Promarkers to match the backing papers which are from one of the 6 x 6" paper packs.  Now my card is an 8 x 8" - so a little clever playing with the papers allowed me to spread them out to fit. 

The flowers are die-cut from paper scraps left over using a new pretty little die that came free on a recent magazine purchase.  A stamped greeting and a few black adhesive gems to finish off.

Why not pop over to the challenge and check out some fab inspiration from the design team.
Hugz, Jan xx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Fantastic Florals

Good morning,

I have had so many things going on over the last six months that I decided to take a break from some of my design team duties and would like to say a massive 'Thank You' to my good friend, Caz for being so understanding. But I think I am back on top of things, at least for a while, so I'm back today with news of the next challenge over at Cardz 4 Galz and this week Sharon has chosen the theme of


Here's what I made for my DT inspiration using my brand new floral die ...

I have recently bought the Creative Expressions 'String Flowers' die, so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out (sorry for the rubbish picture, the light was so bad).

I have used lots of mats and layers to create some depth to my card and chose to split the pretty floral design paper into three panels to make a background.

I used three different dies to make the topper and stamped the sentiment in black ink. One pass through my Grand Calibur with the new die produced so many of these pretty flowers, I was in my elements! I have layered some of them together and used some of them on their own to create a floral accent to the focal point on the card - I hope you like it.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out some fab inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Make it Shine or Sparkle

Hello there,

Well, where did January go!?  It doesn't seem two minutes since Christmas, but at least I only have one more week until half term.

I am happy to say that my mojo seems to have returned now that some of the stress levels have decreased a little, and I have spent a few hours in my craftroom over the weekend preparing a few birthday cards and samples for upcoming challenges.

Today I have my next DT project for the new challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week our leader, Caz has chosen the theme of


Now that's not something I think of straight away on a male themed card, but here's my interpretation of the theme ...

I decided to use some of my gilding flakes, they shine, right?  

Now, I have never had much success with these yet, but after watching many of the professionals do this on the tv, I got out my little box and carefully opened the lid (I even dusted the lid and just inside the box with my anti-static bag, just like the pros do). What I didn't factor into the equation was my cough!!! You can imagine what happened next - I only wanted to cover the small piece of card that I needed to die-cut (sounds simple, doesn't it) but after my spontaneous cough decided to join the party, I had some lovely shiny decoration everywhere! 

Anyway, after clearing away all the bits I could retrieve, they are safely back in the box and I did manage to successfully gild my piece of card and die-cut some stars for my project. 

I hope you can join us with your own shiny/sparkly male themed projects this week.

Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Love is in the Air!

Good morning,

Well, after a week of 'flu' I think I am starting to feel a bit more human again. Three out of the four of us here have been struck down with it this week - it was like the hospital ward!!

On a crafty note, it is time for our next challenge over at Fantasy Stampers and for the next two weeks the theme is


Here's what I made for my DT inspiration (now my mojo has returned!) ...

I started with a piece of coconut white card and stamped all over it with a variety of different stamps from Indigoblu and Stampin' Up to create a background. I love the stamped frame just off centre with the little paint drips - as this was made with my hubby in mind, I wanted a more grungy feel to it.

I added a couple of die-cut hearts (well it wouldn't be a Valentine without them) and then printed the wording on my pc. I tore out each word and inked around the edges before adding them to my card.

I hope you can come and play along this time, and why not pop over and see what my design team made for the challenge too.

Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Spots and Stripes

Hello there,

Well, for the first time in a long while I was able to sit at my craft desk at the weekend and actually make something! I have had no interest in crafting during recent events, but my stash is beckoning and it is time I got back into play.

So, after what seems like a very long absence, I am delighted to be back today with a male themed card as inspiration for the new challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Helen has chosen the theme of


Here's what I made ...

The quote is from LOTV's 'Quotables - Life's Journey' stamp set 
and is stamped in black archival ink. 

Why not pop over to the blog and check out some more fab inspiration from the design team.

Hugz, Jan xx

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Long Time Posting ...

Hi there everyone,

It's been a long time since my last post (and I have even been 'deblogged' by the Crafty Blogs team) as things here have been a little hectic as some of you know.

My mum has been in and out of hospital since the beginning of November, and although we now have her home, her health is failing fast. The hospital staff have been great and we have a wonderful team of carers helping out at home, but the doctors seem to think that another infection might just get the better of her.

So, as you can imagine, my crafting has taken a back seat at the moment (in fact I think my mojo was last seen running down the road screaming!) I certainly don't want to give up on it, but obviously my family has to come first.

I will be back on top of things in due course, but just wanted to let you know that I haven't simply disappeared.

Hugz, Jan xx