Friday, 17 November 2017

Autumnal Scene

Although we are fast approaching Christmas I decided to make an autumnal card. Colourful Seasons is a beautiful set and has some lovely sentiments and this time I teamed it up with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies - take a look

I started with a Kraft card base and also die cut my houses from Kraft - they were attached with Dimensionals. My branch was die cut from Early Espresso card stock and my lovely leaves were cut from Pumpkin Pie and they are part of the Seasonal Layers Thinlits - love all these die cuts they are going to make some beautiful cards.

I am entering this card into the challenge over on
Lets Craft and Create
#130 Anything Goes
+ option Witchy/Autumn Colours 

(Obviously I went for the Autumn Colors!)

Thank you for joining me today - please come back soon - J xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas Crafting

It's been another busy day at work  - everyone is Christmas shopping and the shop is starting to look really festive. I haven't begun to think about presents yet but I have managed to fit in a little Christmas card making  - take a look 

My stamp set of choice is Christmas Happiness and the  pine branches have been stamped in Emerald Envy. The branches were stamped twice before re-inking as this I think gives the image a bit of depth. The cones were inked with Tranquil Tide and the detail added with silver embossing powder. 

I am entering this card into the challenge over at 

The theme is Holiday. 

Thanks for looking today  - hope you like my card  - see you soon  - J xxx 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

More than just stamping

I mentioned yesterday that I did more than just stamping  - I bead as well.  I mostly do bead weaving with seed beads but I do like to mix it up and use other beads too.
I've just finished a project  - it's called a 'Dune Necklace ' and I followed the tutorial on YouTube. 
I love how it turned out  - take a look 

The large beads in the centre of the triangles are Czech Firepolished crystals,  they have a gorgeous iridescent  sheen to them which you can't really see on the photo. 
This will be up for sale when I get a website organised but if you'd like to get in there first please message me at 
Thanks for stopping by today  - see you soon xxx 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Winter Migration

So, the clocks have changed and the days are getting shorter. They are also getting a lot colder too and my little crafting space in the garage is getting decidedly chilly! 
I used to only craft down there in the summer and craft very minimally in the winter  - just make the odd Christmas card. My main winter hobby was usually beading as that could be done in front of the telly in the warm and cosy living room. 
The thing is  - I don't want to stop card making  - I  want to carry on all through the winter especially as I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator again.  So over the weekend I migrated from the cold dark garage up into my bedroom. It's been a mammoth task  - I've had to completely change everything around,  extend shelves and install cupboards but it's been worth it as now I can craft in comfort. I'm also closer to the kitchen so more cups of tea!!!

Ok  - so no new cards yet so here's one I made earlier

This is a card I made for a recent Facebook swap.  The mannequin was cut free hand and stamped and embossed using the Graceful Garden set. The gold around the edges is also embossed using gold embossing powder.  The edges of the paper were swooshed with the Versamark embossing pad and the powder sprinkled on and then heat set. 

Thanks for stopping by today  - I've got some Stampin ' Up news to share with you in the next few days so do stay tuned! Bye for now - J xxx 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

One Sheet Wonder - Part 4

This is the final post with the one sheet wonder - the last of the cards made

Just a simple sentiment

Large sentiment paired up with a fussy cut flower and punched leaves.

Individually cut leaves highlighted with a sequin.

Just adding some punched leaves.

The one on the left has been just left as it is while the one on the right has just had a flower added.

Hope you have enjoyed this mini series of cards and how to make them - hope you come back soon - J xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

One Sheet Wonder - Part 3

Here are some of the finished cards from my Painted Harvest one sheet wonder.

Two magnetic bookmarks were made using the long strip that remained down the side after the shapes were cut out.

This was also made with left over scraps.

Flowers were stamped and cut out and attached using Dimensionals. Leaves were stamped and punched out using the co-ordinating leaf punch.

Or cards are simply stamped with a sentiment.

The sentiments can also be mounted onto co-ordinating mats.

More tomorrow - see you soon - J xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

One Sheet Wonder - Part 2

Yesterday I started a step by step tutorial on creating a one sheet wonder

Each piece of cut card was sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink - you might just be able to see this in the picture above.

The pieces of card were then mounted onto card stock mats. These were in colours that co-ordinated with the ink used in the stamping.

These basic cards were then embellished and sentiments added - come back tomorrow to see the finishing touches.

See you soon - J xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

One Sheet Wonder - Part 1

This is a technique I was introduced to very early on in my stamping career and I still love it.
The one sheet wonder technique is super easy - stamp all over a sheet of paper then cut it up to make your cards - take a look

Take a piece of A4 paper and stamp an image repeatedly over the paper. This can be any image - I started off with the 2 step flower from Painted Harvest. The pattern can be  regular or symmetrical or they can be totally random - like mine!

This shows the flower with the second lot of stamping on it.

Carry on adding stamped images until the sheet of paper is full or you are happy with the pattern. On mine I used all the images in the set and filled the paper with leaves, acorns and dots.

On the back of the stamped sheet I drew some lines indicating where I was going to cut my sheet. These can make squares, rectangles and triangles. Try not to make them too small but use all the sheet - scraps can be used in all sorts of ways.

This is my sheet cut up as you look at it fro the back.

Here it is from the front.

Templates can be found on line for cutting the sheet of stamped paper if you are unsure about doing it yourself - mine was found on Pinterest but check out Youtube too.

Come back tomorrow when I will carry on with this project.
See you soon - J xx

Thursday, 26 October 2017

A Little Bit Spooky

Hello,  today was supposed to be a day off work for me but I was called in at the last minute this morning  - no crafting for me then! Fortunately I had this card I made earlier in the week all ready to show off today  - take a look

Now I don't usually do Halloween but I always try and make one card just so I can dust off the few Halloween stamps that I have.
The houses are from a new bundle I have bought  - Hearts Come Home and they are stamped in Basic Black ink. The moon and stars are from the same set and are stamped in  Daffodil Delight ink. The pumpkins are from an old retired set as are the spooky bats. The gorgeous sentiment is from Hearts Come Home too. This card is entirely one layer  - no added extras just stamping.  I did make one tiny mistake - a smudge just under the word Season.  I covered it up with a line of stamped kisses!!

This card is being entered into the "Halloween  - I Put a Spell on You " challenge over on 

Thanks for stopping by today  - see you soon- J xx

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Colourful Seasons Bundle

More crafting today and this time I was playing with my new Colourful Seasons bundle.
Page 146/7 of the Annual Catalogue has the Colourful Seasons goodies. There is a whole suite - card stock, DSP and ribbon etc. Also if you purchase the stamp set and co-ordinating dies you save 10% on the price - bargain!

Today's card use this bundle - take a look

The white card base was stamped with the solid leaf stamp in Crumb Cake and then over stamped with the open leaf and Pumpkin Pie ink. The banner is Early Espresso and the die cut leaf is cut out of Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze card stock. The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

This card is being entered into the challenge over at

All the products listed above are in the current Annual Catalogue and can be ordered direct from me and delivered to your door (p+p £4.95) anywhere in the UK. To place an order please email me of go to my on line shop 

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Painted Harvest Diamonds

Oh dear - it's been a while. My treatment for my fibro is continuing and it's not exactly been pain free. I was referred to the gym by my dr - I go twice a week and it's tough!
Any way enough about me - I managed to fit in a bit of crafting today and I had another play with my Painted Harvest set.

The background is So Saffron card stock and it has been stamped with the Hardwood stamp - it's huge it did the whole background in one stamp! It was stamped in Crumb Cake ink which was also sponged around the edge along with some Early Espresso. The diamonds were cut from So Saffron and Crumb Cake card stock - again sponged with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink. The Sunflower  - stamped in So Saffron and Crushed Curry ink was attached using Dimensionals. The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive ink and punched out using the co-ordinating punch. The sentiment is from the Graceful Garden set.

This card is being entered into the challenge at


All the products listed above are from Stampin' Up and can be ordered from me and delivered direct to your door (p+p £4.95) anywhere in the UK. They can be viewed in the current Annual Catalogue and Autumn/Winter Mini. Please email me or go to my on line shop 

Thanks for looking today - see you soon - J xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Free Designer Paper


During October if you order 3 sets of designer papers - this includes papers from both the annual and autumn/winter catalogues and selected speciality papers - you get one free - take a look

Email me now to place an order or buy from my on-line shop

See you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dragon Bookmark

Today I have a bookmark to share with you. It was made for a RAK swap and the theme was our favourite book. Can you guess which book I chose?

The scene is Mirkwood with the Misty Mountains in the background. Rising up is the Lonely Mountain and flying around is the dreaded dragon Smaug. The book is of course The Hobbit - one I have been enjoying from a very early age when my dad used to read it to me at bedtime!

It's mainly just sponging with inks and torn post it notes and the trees are from an old set from Clarity Stamps. The inks are Stampin' Up and my dragon is from my jewellery making stash.

My bookmark is being entered in to the challenge over at 

The theme is 
Animal Antics.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx

World Card Making Day

For one day a year the whole world comes together to do one thing - make cards.
This year that day is October 7th.

For Stampin' Up though one day wasn't enough and the celebrations have started.
Up until the 10th of October Stampin' Up are offering the following promotions for it's customers

World Card Making Day Special Offers

World Card Making Day Special Offers

Don't forget that there are loads of fab designer series papers that co-ordinate with these stamps.
Stampin' Up have listed them here for you so you can see them at a glance

Designer Series Paper Sale from Stampin Up

To order any of these items please do get in touch or go to my on-line shop

See you soon - J xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Phone Case

Wow - what happened to September, where did it go??? Time is moving so fast and I seem to have done so little!
I am having treatment for my fibromyalgia - I have to go to the gym twice a week and surprisingly I am finding that I quite enjoy it - it's not as good as swimming which I LOVE but I am enjoying it!

I have managed to grab a little time for crafting and today I have a tutorial for you on how I personalised my phone case - take a look

I started with a clear plastic case which fitted my phone - bought mine in a shop in Hereford High Street but take a look on line as I'm sure they are available there too.

Draw around the case cut it out and then place inside the case to check the fit. At the same time mark the holes for the camera etc and cut those out too.

I was creating a sea scene on mine so I masked off the area for the sky first using post it notes. The sky was sponged with a pale blue ink - Soft Sky.

 After that the sea and beach were added using Pool Party and Crumb Cake.

Next I added my Flamingo using Flirty Flamingo ink!

The next layer was added using Blushing Bride.

 The feather details were stamping in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Grass and leaves were added with Old Olive and Always Artichoke ink. I also sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink.

This is the finished case - a fun and fab personalised creation - I hope you give it a go.
Thanks for stopping by - see you soon - J xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

Painted Harvest

Painted Harvest is a set that I wasn't going to buy. I don't know why but it just didn't grab me when I first saw it in the Holiday Mini. However - I began seeing what other demonstrators were doing with it and it began to grow on me. So I bought it!

Here is my first play with the stamps

My card blank was sponged with Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz ink to create a soft background. I then stamped and fussy cut a couple of the flowers. These are '2 Step' stamping - one stamp is coloured with a pale ink and then a second image is stamped over the top with a darker ink to add detail. 
Before the flowers were stuck down I added the dark green fronds. I then stuck down two of the flowers with glue and the third with Dimensionals.
The paler leaves are 2 step stamped as well and these are cut out using the matching punch - very quick and extremely easy.
The stamp set and punch can be ordered as a Bundle - this saves you some money as it's a little cheaper than purchasing them individually.
The sentiment was stamped on to a banner and added as a finishing touch.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at

Challenge # 55
Autumn Colours

Thanks for dropping by today - see you soon - J xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Purple Tulips

Today I have a card to show you that I made quite a while ago. My wrists haven't been up to crafting and my hands don't like cutting much at the moment so it's lucky that I have a few cards in hand to put up on my blog!

I've used Tranquil Tulips one of the fabulous Hostess sets - take a look

My tulips are coloured with Fresh Fig ink while the little orange ones are Tangerine Tango. The leaves and grass are Always Artichoke. The sentiment is from Climbing Orchid.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at

To get this set you need to place an order of £150 or more OR host a party and have combined sales of £150 or more (excluding p+p). Please message me to place an order or to book a party.

thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx