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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Something beginning with 'S'


It's time for our next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz - a blog full of inspiration and ideas for male themed projects. This week Helen has chosen the theme


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

I made a 'S'quare card (which is my favourite shape to make) and chose to use the 'S'entiment as the main focal point - this is one of my favourite sentiments for a guy too. I created the text on my pc, printed it out, then added the little tags (which I used my alpha stamps on).

I also added some die-cut 'S'tars which I passed through my dotty embossing folder (although they don't show very well on my photo!)

I hope you will come and join us with your own male themed makes.

Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Easter Time

Happy Saturday,

Well, I am definitely a happy bunny today as I begin my two week Easter holiday from school. It's been a manic two weeks leading up to the break and we are all shattered, including the children. So lots of chilling and crafting time for me.

It's time for the next challenge over at my own blog 'FANTASY STAMPERS' and for the next two weeks we are celebrating with an 'EASTER' theme. Here's what I have for my DT inspiration (although I must confess, due to the manic nature of the last two weeks, and my stupid back letting me down again, I have had to 'recycle' an old design - hangs head in shame) ...

The design papers are from my stash and have been treated to some frantage powder. The image is Magnolia 'Tilda with bunny' and is coloured with my Promarkers. Plus, lots of die-cut embellishments to add some interest.

So, why not pop over to the blog HERE and check out what my fabulous team made for your inspiration too - they would love to hear your comments if you have the time.

Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Clean & Simple

Hello again,

My that week sure passes fast - I'm back today with the next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Julie has chosen the theme of


Now I never used to be any good at this because my usual style seems to be to include as much as I can (step away from the card, Jan!) So, having the chance to hone my skills with a more simple look has been fun. Here's what I made for my DT inspiration using some of my Stampin Up stamps ...

I love this set - it's called 'Gorgeous Grunge' and is so versatile, but especially good for the male themed cards.

I used three distress inks - Antique Linen, Scattered Staw and Faded Jeans and just went for it! I'm quite happy with the result too. The greeting is also Stampin Up and is from 'Sassy Salutations' (another go to set). I added a little yellow button at the end of the greeting and three yellow adhesive crystals for extra effect.

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

Monday, 16 March 2015

Girls Day Out

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a great weekend and all those mums out there were spoiled rotten - I know I was.

I'm back today with another 'Same but Different' project for My Besties UK. This one isn't a challenge, but simply for your inspiration - all the design team have used the same image, but in lots of different ways. Here's what I created for my DT inspiration ...

I love making tags and have quite a little collection going now. For this one I used kraft card and passed it through my 'hessian' embossing folder for some texture. It's mounted on a layer of dusky pink cardstock and I added some co-ordinating ribbon too.

The image is called 'Carley's Day Out' and can be purchased at Sherri's on-line store HERE. I coloured her with my Promarkers and added her to the tag, together with some die-cut flowers and a little 'Thank You' sentiment.

Hugz, Jan xx

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Spring is in the Air

Happy Saturday,

Well, it's been a busy one this week - including taking a class of 28 eight year olds to Filey for the day! I am absolutely shattered - so lots of rest this weekend and hopefully spoiled for Mother's Day.

We have a brand new challenge starting today over at my challenge blog 'FANTASY STAMPERS' and the theme for the next two weeks will be


Well, I certainly hope it is anyway - here is what I created for my DT inspiration ...

I had lots of fun with this one - layering up different elements. The background layer is a piece of custard cardstock and I stamped a flower all round the edge using Scattered Straw distress ink. Then I layered up a piece of milk cardstock, together with a piece of lemon design paper from my stash.

The topper used a rectangular die-cut which I cut down the middle to make a little smaller for my image. The image is another LOTV called 'Hand Picked' (anyone would think I am addicted!) - coloured with my Promarkers.

All the flowers were die cut from the milk cardstock, then stamped with one of my script stamps and coloured with a little co-ordinating distress ink, before being layered on the card with a few die-cut leaves.

I made the lettering (which is only just visible in the picture) on my pc and finished off with a few self adhesive pearls.

I hope you will come and join us over the next two weeks with your own Springtime projects.
Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Anyone for Golf?

Hi there,

Hope everyone had a good weekend - I'm back today with our next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week Caz has chosen the theme of

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

I stamped my LOTV image 'Playing Golf' using Sepia ink and coloured it with my distress inks for a change. I used a combination of Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain and Weathered Wood.

I inked around the edge with Gathered Twigs and used a little foliage stamp to add some stamped detail around the edge of the card too.

Finally I passed the whole piece of card through my Calibur using a Clarity 'brick wall' stencil to created some texture.

The little sentiment was made on my pc and attached with a couple of eyelets.

I hope you will come and join us this week.
Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I am Sailing

Good morning,

Just a quick post today with news of the next challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week Joan has chosen the theme of


Here's what I made for my DT inspiration using up some of my paper scraps ...

The image is from the internet and printed onto a neutral parchment type paper and the sentiment is Creative Expressions. I also used my Stampin Up grunge stamps to make a background, together with a little frantage powder.

Hope you will come and join us this time.
Hugz, Jan xx