Sunday, 21 January 2018

A Little Bit of Sparkle

So - it's been a lousy week. I have a viral infection which has messed with my fibro, this has left me feeling pretty fed up as I haven't felt able to do anything. Yesterday however I was feeling a bit better so I had a little play. It's not a very detailed card as just lifting my Big Shot on to my desk did me in!
Here it is

The branch from Seasonal Layers Thinlits was die cut from some glitter paper and a die cut orchid was attached with Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Blooms and Wishes and is stamped in Early Espresso ink on Sahara Sand card stock. A glitter centre to the flower adds the perfect finishing touch.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at

Thanks for stopping by today - don't know when I shall be back, on top of this fibro/flu of mine Mum was taken into hospital this morning - it never rains but it pours as they say - 'cept it's snowing here which is why I didn't go with her. Hopefuly I shall hear something soon.

See you soon - J xx

Friday, 12 January 2018

New Baby Card

I needed a baby card this week so out came the very pretty Moon Baby set again - perfect for the arrival of little ones - take a look

I started with a white circle which I then sponged with Soft Sky ink. Then gradually getting paler as I got to the middle I added some Night of Navy. The very edges were sponged with Basic Black ink.
On another piece of white card stock I stamped my moon and baby and coloured it with marker pens. It was then cut out and attached to the blue circle.
A piece of Soft Sky card stock was added to a white card blank and the circle and baby attached with Tombow glue. All that was left was the addition of the sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Challenge 512 - Something New! 

All products used are Stampin' Up - if you would like to order any please get in contact or go direct to my on line shop

Thanks - see you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Blue and White

I've finally found some time for crafting! Work has been pretty full on lately but I've treated myself to a week's holiday and boy am I enjoying myself: late nights, long lie ins and lunches out with family and friends.

So in amongst all this frivolity I have crafted a card - take a look

For this card I used my colourful Seasons Bundle which includes the Colourful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. My flowers were die cut from Dapper Denim card stock and three of them were stamped with the stamens and heat set with white embossing powder. The leaves are die cut from Soft Sky card stock and the branch and background mats are again Dapper Denim.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Narelle Farrugia 's blog and is going to be entered into the challenge over on

Challenge # 62

Blue and White 

Thanks for stopping by today - all products used on today's project are available in the current Stampin' Up catalogue. Please contact me for details on ordering or pop over to my on line shop HERE.

Bye for now - J xx

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year!!!

Happy New Year to all who read my blog posts! Have you noticed the new logo and blog design? Isn't it fab? It was created for me by my great blog buddy Mynnette Kitchen and I love it. 

Also new are the new catalogues from Stampin Up  - take a look 

These go 'live' on the 3rd of January and there are some fabulous new sets coming your way  - email me to receive copies. 

Lastly I have a new Filofax  - it's all gold and sparkly and will hopefully keep me organised in the coming year!

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

Monday, 11 December 2017

Quicky Christmas Cards

I've a card to show you today that is very quick and easy to do. In fact it's so quick I made six in under an hour  - take a look 

This lovely wreath is made using Painted Harvest but instead of using floral colours I used green - Lemon Lime Twist and Always Artichoke.  There is a dotty image which is perfect for the berries and in one of my other sets - Christmas Happiness - there is a lovely bow that looks very festive embossed in gold. 
As I said I made six of these so my pile of cards is starting to mount up at last!
Thanks for stopping by today,  see you soon  - J xxx 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

More Lovely as a Tree for Christmas

In my last post I made cards with the fir tree image from Lovely as a Tree,  today I'm using the same set but I'm using the line of trees. I've taken lots of pictures so you can make the cards too. Just as before this is production line crafting and the end result is six Christmas Cards - enjoy!

 First take an A4 sheet of Whisper White card stock, cut into three lenghs and add two post it note moons to each strip. Make sure they are evenly spaced as in the picture and sponge on some pale blue ink.
 Make sure the ink - in this case Soft Sky  - goes below the moons.
 Add some darker ink - Dapper Denim  - to the tops of the sky and remove the moons. DO NOT THROW  THE MOONS AWAY.
 Next take some Versamark ink and stamp the line of trees across the strips of card stock. Heat set with silver embossing powder.
 Cut the strips into two and replace the moons. Sponge a very dark blue ink - Night of Navy - around the edges.  The panels are now ready to be attached to  card blanks. They can also be further embellished to  your taste.
I  added some  Dazzling Diamond glitter to the base of the trees and stamped Santa flying across the moon.  A sentiment from Hearts Come Home  was also added.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog post today - I  have enjoyed making them. Especially as I  have  been snow bound all weekend! It started snowing Friday and has carried on all today  - we have well over 12". I hate the stuff but I have a hospital appointment tomorrow afternoon so I will have to go out. Wish me well as I'm not looking forward to it!
See you soon  - J xxx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Production Line Christmas Cards

When I make cards I like to make them unique  - one of a kind and naturally I make only one! This changes at Christmas and because this year I've not made any Christmas Cards throughout the year I have to make up for lost time!
Today I will show you how I made eight cards in next to no time. 

First take an A4 sheet of Whisper White card stock and sponge on some blue ink - Dapper Denim.
 Take the fir tree image from Lovely as a Tree and stamp it multiple times top and bottom of the card stock - Emerald Envy.
 Make sure you clean the stamp thoroughly and then using Versamark ink stamp the tree again over the green trees. Vary the height of the images, add white embossing powder and heat set. Fill in any gaps. Do this top and bottom.

Cut the card in half giving you two strips of trees.
Now cut the strips into panels - I managed to get eight pieces.
 Intensify the blue inking for the sky and also the edges.
Add glitter - lots of it. It is Christmas afterall!
Take a white card blank and stamp a Christmas greeting in red ink - Real Red. Attach a panel and voila - your card is complete.  Repeat until all eight are complete. 

Hope you liked this little tutorial  - I really enjoyed making these and it means I have eight cards to add to the pile!
Thanks for stopping by today  - see you soon - J xxx 

Friday, 1 December 2017

It's Advent!!!

Happy December 1st - not long to go now and what better way to celebrate the start of Advent than with a little tutorial.

This a little card with a wintry scene just perfect for Christmas and uses Stampin' Up inks Soft Sky, Night of Navy and Basic Black - here's how to make it

I started with a C6 card base and a piece of white card stock 31/2"  x 41/2".

I cut out a circle and added some dabs of 2 way glue to the back that have been left to dry - this means that the circle can be removed easily after sponging. My circle had been used previously so it looks blue!

A pale blue ink was then sponged all around the moon. It doesn't have to go all the way to the bottom but it should go all around the moon. Do not remove the moon.

Some copy paper was torn next and used to sponge hills for the background. This was done with a dark blue ink.

Add as much scenery as you wish  going a little lighter the further you go back into the distance.

Add some darker ink to the top of the sky but do not cover all of the light blue. Remove the moon.

Details like trees can be added at this stage. Stamp the images more than once before re-inking to create depth and perspective.

More details can now be added and this includes the focal image - in this case a silhouette of a stag.
Tufts of grass were added to the foreground and also the the hills in the background.
Stars were added to the sky and a few highlights were added to the trees.

The card stock was attached to the card base and a sentiment added. Glitter was added to the trees as a Christmassy finishing touch.

Hope you enjoyed this little step by step tutorial - back soon with more Christmas creations soon I hope  - if the internet behaves it's self!!!! - J xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Simply Holly

I have another new set to share with you today  - Glad Tidings.  It's got a beautiful holly image that is perfectly true to life.  It's a two step stamping technique which builds up a gorgeous holly sprg complete with red berries  - take a look 

The leaves have been stamped in Old Olive ink and then over stamped with the second image in Always Artichoke.  Instead of using two reds for the berries I stamped off the paper first and then added the detail full strength Real Red.
The stem is Early Espresso. 
This was then simply matted on to a blank card base that had been scored diagonally  - this is difficult to see in the photo. Very clean and very simple. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to order any of the above products or go to my online shop  - link is above. My email address is 

See you soon  - J xxx 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Trio of Cuppas

Following on from yesterday's post I have another card made using Hug in a Mug  - take a look 

I have another hot chocolate image like yesterday but I also have a mug topped with pink and white marshmallows and a steaming cup of tea.  I've also used another of the cute sentiments this set has to offer - ' You Warm my Heart ' is such a lovely phrase don't you think?

I am entering this card into the challenge over at 
Where I have followed their sketch.

Hope you like my card today,  see you soon  - J xxx