Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Pines

Today I have another card made using the Christmas Happiness set - it's fast becoming a favourite

I love the tree lights and although you can't see in the picture they have been glittered to make them all twinkly. The background is all one layer stamping although the lights and pine cones are 2-step stamping images. My middle panel has been layered on to Cherry Cobbler card stock and I found a scrap of matching ribbon in my stash box (not Stampin' Up). The main pine cone has been attached using dimensionals and it too has been glittered with Dazzling Diamond Glitter.

The inspiration for this card came from this post by Mary Deatheridge HERE - she has some fantastic projects on her blog - it's well worth a visit.

My internet has been behaving very badly lately and it's taken me three days just to get this post up! Even my 4G phone has struggled - what do you think - atmospherics perhaps? Anyway we're up and running today - long may it last!

Please do come back soon - bye for now - J xx

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