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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Something beginning with T ...

Good morning,

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed my time off last week, although I didn't get any of the things done that I planned (mainly cleaning out my craft room)! I just don't know where to begin - there is so much stuff in there it scares me! I think the only way I could tackle it all is to actually empty the room and start again - but I think I might need more than a week!!

I have another DT piece to show you today for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz (another role that I have sadly neglected over the past couple of months)! This week Amy has chosen the theme


So I decided on 'Travel' and got busy with one of my new Tim Holtz paper pads - here's what I came up with ...

I love how this turned out! I wanted a real distressed look for my theme and got busy distressing all the edges of the papers with my scissors and inking them.

The background is a piece of kraft card which I passed through an embossing folder, inked the edges, then added some gold gilding wax to highlight the embossed areas.

I cut lots of different size pieces of paper and stamped out a little postcard, the map and the sentiment using an old Creative Expressions stamp set. I also added a couple of oddments of die-cuts that I had lying around.

So, why not come and join us with your own 'T' themed male card.
Hugz, Jan xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

T for Trees

Hello again,

Well, back for the second day in a row - can't promise to keep this up! Lol.

We have a brand new theme over at the Alphabet Challenge today and Caz has chosen TREES for the letter 'T'. Here's what I made for a little inspiration ...

I saw a similar design while browsing Pinterest and loved the combination of purple and gold, so here is my version using some paper scraps from my stash. 

I used my Stampin' Up tree punch which matches the 'Festival of Trees' stamp set and cut out a few trees (although I had a giggle when I thought they looked like purple pyramids!) The one in the foreground is punched from some gold mat mirri card, then passed through an embossing folder.

I die-cut the 'Christmas' part of the 'Seasonal Sentiment' from Sara's Contemporary Christmas Signature Collection (love this one) to match and added a punched star and a couple of purple adhesive gems to finish off. Simples!

Right, off to tidy up and try and make some space in my craftroom now - wish me luck, I might be a while!!

Hugz, Jan xx

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Snowman

Good morning,

Well, I am actually on holiday this week and this is the first day I have been able to craft - lots to catch up on!  So, I am trying to get back on track with my blogging and I also have a few decisions to make regarding the way forward.

But today I have a DT project for the new challenge over at Cardz 4 Galz (which I have truly neglected over the last couple of months - thanx for being so patient with me Caz) :)  The new theme was chosen by Caz this time and she would like to see a SNOWMAN as the main feature of your project, so here goes ...

My main stamped image is from the Nordic Christmas range by Crafter's Companion and is called 'Cool Christmas'. I coloured him with a combination of distress inks and coloured pencils and stamped out a little sentiment from the same set.

I stamped a few snowflakes around the top section of the card, then added a couple of die-cut snowflakes from a left over piece of ice blue glitter card (which I used for my back layer). Nice and simple today to ease me back in gently! Lol.

Please pop over to the challenge if you have a minute and check out what my teamies made too.

Hugz, Jan xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Little Angel

Good afternoon,

Yes, I know, it's a long time since I posted again!! I am hoping that things will settle down into a routine soon as the new store has now been open a couple of months. My shifts are settling into some sort of pattern now, so I am hoping to get back on top of things in blogland.

In my last post I was looking forward to my next demonstration, which actually took place on Saturday! This time I travelled to Beverley, near Hull and had a fabulous day demonstrating for some lovely ladies (and gents) at the Craft Shop in William Strikes Garden Centre.

So, I thought I would show you a few of the samples I made using the 'Little Angel' range from Sara's Signature Collection - this was just one of the ranges that I demonstrated.

Sorry for the poor picture quality - even with my daylight lamp and two mobile phone torches shining on them, this was the best I could get on such a dreary, dull day ...

Products used
Embossing folder - Patchwork Quilt
Metal Dies - Friendly Elephant and Beautiful Baby
Stamps - New Baby 
Blue Luxury Ribbon

Products used
Embossing Folder - Patchwork Quilt
Metal Dies - Baby Accessories
Pink Luxury Ribbon

Products used
12" x 12" paper pad
Embossing Folder - Dotty Clouds
Metal Dies - Baby Accessories and Drifting Clouds
White Luxury Ribbon and metal charm

I don't have my next demonstration booked yet, but although I am on holiday this week I will be popping into work tomorrow for another class using some of the Sheena Douglass 'Time Traveller' range again - so lots of messy play. I also have my class booked for December too, so keep an eye out for some more sneak peeks.

Hope everyone is safe with all the flooding,
Hugz, Jan xx