Saturday, 22 July 2017

Yellow Rose

I got out my Graceful Garden stamp set again - I fell in love with this set when I first saw it in the catalogue and today I have a one layer card to share with you.
The card I have to share with you today uses this set and I had a very clear idea of what I wanted my card to look like but the finished result is nothing like I imagined - how does that happen????? Does this happen to anyone else?

Here it is

I tried a different way of colouring today. As my paintbrush was still out after my card making yesterday I thought I'd use it again.
The rose was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The petals were coloured with So Saffron ink and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz. I pressed an acrylic block on my stamp pad and then used a paint brush that had been dipped in water to pick up the ink. It was then just painted on. The foliage around the edge of the card was stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke ink. The outside edges of the card were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.
Don't forget to check out this month's deals in the side bar and if you would like to order any of the products used in today's project or anything else - please use my on line shop or email me. Details are in the top tabs.

I'm working again today and I'm hoping the weather will be a bit better than it was yesterday. I got soaked walking home even though I had a full length mac on and an umbrella! Hopefully I will stay dry today and hopefully you will too. Have a great weekend - see you soon - J xx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Watercoloured Tulips

I have another CAS(E)d card to share with you today. I recently purchases some watercolour paper from Stampin' Up but it's only today that I opened it and had a play. I found a tutorial by Independent Demonstrator Kim Jolley - her blog is HERE and the tutorial for her card is HERE. it uses a different kind of shaving foam technique which is very interesting. However, anyone who knows me knows I hate messy crafting! So instead of shaving foam I just applied ink to my watercolour paper and spritzed it with water to blend it - not quite as messy!
Here is my card

So after substituting my background I followed Kim's tutorial to create my flowers which I think turned out quite well. I particularly enjoyed adding the splats - again that's as messy as I get. It's so sad that Gorgeous Grunge has retired as it had ready made splats!!!!

Tranquil Tulips is a Hostess stamp set which requires an order of at least £150 - let me know if you'd like to place an order - my contact details are in the top tabs or place an order through my on line shop.
Don't forget to check out the offers in my side bar and I will see you soon - J xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Make a Card - Send a Card

This is one of the swap groups I belong to on Facebook. Everybody makes a few cards and then sends them other swappers on the list. It's very random but huge fun!

This month I have decided to use the style of card I made for my recent make and take but using different colours - take a look

Let's see if I can remember all the names!! We have Peekaboo Peach, Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst.
The stamp set used is Blooms and Wishes.
Here's a couple of close ups

Thanks for stopping by to take a look today. If you like what you see please drop me a comment and click the followers button in the side bar - thanks, see you soon xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


I love my post it notes. I use them for masking whole images to create depth and perspective and then I rip and tear them to create skies and mountains. I would be lost without them!

The other thing about post it notes is that they make cute little thank you gifts.
I made a batch for all those who took part in my fundraising event last Friday - all decorated with the divine Petal Garden DSP - take a look

They were covered with the coloured sheets and then individual flowers were cut out of the floral sheets and attached with glue.

Here's a picture of my table before the crafting started

Don't forget the lovely Petal Garden DSP is available to buy in my shop - details in the top tabs.
Thanks for stopping by - see you soon xx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Find Your Way

My blog has changed considerably over the last few days so I thought I'd give you a few directions on how to find what you are looking for here.

My new Facebook page can be found at the top of the right hand side bar, I'm also on Instagram too so do pop over and find me there - under stampin' jacq.

Next down are the current monthly offers from Stampin' Up, very soon will appear the monthly Hostess Code - more on that later.

Next we have the catalogue

Click on the pic in the side bar and you can view an on line version. If you would like a nice new shiny copy to have to hold - drop me an email

Now come my tutorials - only two at the moment - I'm working on some new ones!

In the labels list you will find all my recent Stampin' Up posts. Click on the stamp name and find all the creations relating to that stamp set.

My followers button is nearly at the bottom - please follow I'd love to have you here.

And last but not least - my Pinterest button.

At the top of the page in the tabs you can join my team and shop with me at Stampin' Up. There's also all my contact details.

Hope this helps, please do leave a comment so I know you've visited - thanks xx

Flirty Flamingo

I love my new flamingo stamp set and I managed a few moments in my craft room to have another play with it!
Here it is

The flamingo was stamped with Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink ink, the detail was stamped with Basic Black. Other colours are Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Emerald Envy. Crumb Cake card stock was used in the background and Crumb Cake ink was sponged around the edges.

The layout for this card was taken from this week's sketch over at

Please don't forget the joining offer available throughout the month of July. Join my team for £99 and not only do you get the normal offer of  products to the value of £130 but you get the Carols of Christmas stamp set and an essentials kit too - for free!!!

Christmas in July - Joining Offer from Stampin Up

Don't forget too that all through this month - spend £45 and receive £4.50 to spend in August.

Stampin Up Bonus Days

Two fantastic offers too good to miss. Contact me now for more details

See you soon xx

Monday, 17 July 2017

Catching Up

Good morning - did everyone have a good weekend? I spent mine at work, it's the first full weekend in ages so I can't complain and I have today off to catch up so it's not all bad!

I organised a fundraising event for last Friday (14th) to raise money for the Make a Wish charity. It was like a make and take with a raffle and I staged it at a local cafe here in Bridgnorth. Bec's Cafe is the place and the coffee and cake (coffee and walnut) are divine!

The card we made was a nice simple one CASEd from the Stampin' Up catalogue. It's at the bottom of of page 139 and uses the gorgeous Blooms and Wishes set

And here is my version

My colours were Powder Pink, Smoky Slate and Basic Black.
The catalogue is a great resource for tips and ideas on card making and scrapbooking.
There's link in the side bar for you to take a look at one or if you would like your own to stroke and hug drop me an email at

This card is being entered into the challenge over at

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great week. See you soon xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017


There are so many talented crafters about who are producing lovely work and sometimes you see a card that really grabs your attention.
The card I have made for you today is inspired by fellow demonstrator. I have 'CASE'd' one of her cards that I fell in love with HERE
Here is my card

I have used Fresh Fig card stock along with some Crumb Cake that has been stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.
A piece of Petal Garden DSP was added along with a sentiment which is from Blooms and Wishes.
Fresh Fig and Old Olive ink were used for the stamped roses - they were then coloured with an aqua painter, cut out and mounted using 3D foam pads. They are from the Graceful Garden set.
The demonstrator's name is Julie Kettlewell and her blog is well worth a visit.

I'm quite excited tonight - tomorrow I am running a fundraising event. It's a make and take and the charity is Make A Wish. Hopefully lots of people will turn up and help raise lots of money - I have a raffle too.
Join me tomorrow and I will show you the card we are making. See you soon xx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

High Tide Tags

I love getting involved in crafty swaps and recently I took part in a tag swap. The theme was monochrome - I chose blue and my High Tide stamp set.

I stamped and inked my scene before cutting the tag shapes . To make the tag shape I used the Scallop Top Tag Punch and added bakers twine.

This is winging it's way to my swap partener but before I packed it up take a look at who looked it over 

I think she gave it her seal of approval!!

All products used above are available in my shop - details in the top tab.

Thank you for stopping by today - see you soon xx

Graceful Garden

I've another new set to show off today - Graceful Garden. It has really beautiful rose images and matches the Petal Garden DSP perfectly.

Today I have used the sketch from

Here is my card

These decorative papers are exquisite, fabulous rose patterns and double sided. They are 6" x 6" and perfect for card making and isn't that rose stunning?

Don't forget all the above products and more are available from my shop - details in the top tabs.

See you soon xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Fabulous Flamingo

Flamingos have to be one of my favouritist things - I adore them. Well they're pink for a start and fluffy and so pretty.
So when I saw the Fabulous Flamingo set in the new Stampin' Up catalogue I just had to have it.
Take a look at the card I made with it

I have used some of my new In Colours too: Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy.

This card is being entered into the challenge over at

All the above products and more can be ordered from my shop - please see the above tabs.

See you soon xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Bonus Days From Stampin' Up

All through the month of July Stampin' Up is offering a coupon for £4.50 for every £45 spent.

Stampin Up Bonus Days

The coupons will be emailed to you when you place your order for you to spend in August.
So what are you waiting for? Get ordering!!!!

Don't forget the joining offer at the moment

Christmas in July - Joining Offer from Stampin Up

See more details in my post HERE

See you soon xx

Blooms and Wishes

I've been having a pay with my new stamp sets which is good but sometimes it takes me a while to get used to them. I have to use them a few times to break them in or get a feel of their potential. Sometimes my first efforts are not very good because of this.

This is my first go with the Blooms and Wishes set and I have used the colours from this week's 

My colours are Real Red, Dapper Denim and Daffodil Delight.
Here is my card

The background fiddly bits are stamped from the Graceful Garden set and I have added a few rhinestone gems as a finishing touch.

These fabulous stamps and more are available in my shop - details in the top tabs.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon xx

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Stampin' Up News

One of the great things about being a new demonstrator now is I can share with you the fantastic joining offer that there is during the month of July.

When I joined not only did I get products to the value of £130 for just £99 - I received some special extras too

Christmas in July - Joining Offer from Stampin Up

In the free essentials pack you will get

Christmas in July Joining Offer

With all that for free you'll have Christmas crafting all wrapped up!

Want to see what the Carols of Christmas stamp set looks like? - Take a look below

Carols of Christmas from Stampin Up for free

For more information on joining my team email me on

or click the Join With Me button in the top tab.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend -see you soon xx

Friday, 7 July 2017

It's Official!!

I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator!!!!Yay!!!!!
My starter kit arrived today and I took photos - take a look

This is what I saw when I opened my package.

Four stamp sets including one from the upcoming mini catalogue. I can't wait to start creating with the Fabulous Flamingo - I ADORE flamingoes!!!

Catalogues, order forms and party invitations.

Brand new In Colours.

Last year's In Colours (current for another year).

All new recruits joining in July get extra goodies in their starter pack - extra stuff designed to make you able to start crafting straight away - who doesn't love extra free stuff?!!!

I have to organise this in my craft room now and get crafting - I can't wait!!!
See you soon xx

High Tide Sunset

This is a card I made made for my son's birthday - it was last week so if he sees this it won't spoil it for him!
I've used High Tide but this time created a sunset to go with it - take a look

Post it notes are a huge asset to my crafting - I would be lost without them and used them on this card. They are great for masking off the sea, creating the setting sun and also making sure that there is a clear distinction between sky and sea.

Well today's the day - my starter kit is out for delivery so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it comes today so that I've got all weekend to play with it! Can you tell I'm excited yet?! As soon as I get my kit it well be official so I will be making a few changes to my blog appearance - nothing major i hope!

Please do pop by again - I love having you here - see you soon xx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sheltering Tree

I've had the Sheltering Tree set for a while now - since the first time I was a Stampin' Up demonstrator - and it's still in the current catalogue - yay!
I've not used it much so I thought I'd dig it out and have a play.

The challenge I have found for this card is

I decided on a diagonal line: Summer, Stamp or Digi and Embossing wet or dry.

This scene depicts a summer meadow with lots of flowers, leafy green trees and children's play things. A swing and a bike were always a part of my summer school holidays!
My embossing is of the dry kind. There are some fluffy clouds embossed on the blue background card stock.

I really should use this set more - it's so lovely!
That's it for today. It's gone 10pm and it's been a long one.
I went to hospital to see a rheumatologist and I've been told I have Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and flat feet. I'm feeling a bit of a wreck right now - time for bed I think!
See you soon xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Double Sliding Tulips

I take part in a number of Facebook swaps - it's a great way of sharing ideas and creativity. Recently one such swap had the brief: double slider card, orange, blue and green.

Here's what I came up with

This is what it looks like before sliding. The orange ribbon forms the 'pull'

The insides have been decorated too and stamped with sentiments. Here's a closer look

This was a lovely card to make and there are loads of video tutorials on YouTube - do have a go. it has a huge wow factor.

I'm still waiting impatiently for my starter kit to arrive. I am itching to get my hands on all that lovely new stuff - maybe tomorrow...........?
See you soon xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Orchid in a Corner

That's the only way I can describe this card - you'll understand when you see the sketch from

Here is my card

This is the first time I have used the leaves in this set and I used a post it note to mask off the leaves so that they could overlap. Colours used are Rose Red and Old Olive with a little Crushed Curry. Don't you just love that sentiment - it could be used for so many occasions.

I am enjoying a week off work at the moment - hopefully I'll get my S' U starter kit very soon so I can start playing! The weather is lovely though at the moment so I may just pop outside for a spot of gardening. Whatever you are doing this week - have a good one. See you soon xx