Wednesday, 31 August 2011


My freebie Dandelion digi has been in my side bar for just over a week now and it's been great to know that people have liked it and requested to download it. I also thought that I should have a go at using it my self!
I had a fresh order of Stampin' Up card stock and ink a while a go and I have been dying to use the two blues - Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point and I thought that this would be the ideal opportunity to do so.
So I downloaded the digi - twice and cut them to size. I sponged them with the blue inks and layered them onto some Tempting Turquoise card stock.
I added a silver clip to the larger of the pictures and tied on a piece of organza ribbon. This was originally white but I ran it over my ink pad before heating it with my heat gun - this not only dried the ink but also melted the ribbon slightly giving it a crinkled look.
I added a sympathy sentiment - thankfully I don't need such a card at the moment but I thought it looked a peaceful sort of card.
There is a DT call at the moment over on The Stamping Boutique so I am entering my card there. They want to see cards made with digi stamps - hope they like mine!
Bye for now - Jacqueline xx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

September Workshop

I will be doing three workshops this month the first being this Thursday night (1st). My theme is swing cards and this is one I have made as example to show on the night - take a look
This is the front - it's a base of Really Rust (retired) with some Very Vanilla layered on top. This has then been stamped with all of the stamps from the French Foliage set. The leaves in the middle have been layered on using 3D foam pads as have the leaves down the side. Here is a view of it when it is opened
The plain panel is for writing your birthday greetings. The inks I have used are Stampin' Up - Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard. I also used a couple of Memento ink pads in Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand.
More examples and some instructions will be available after the workshop on Thursday.
Thanks for stopping by today and leaving your lovely comments, bye for now - Jacqueline xx

Monday, 29 August 2011

MMM - Challenge 13 - Photo Inspiration.

Good morning - happy Bank Holiday! Today's card is my dt piece for this week's Make My Monday challenge. We are still on THINGS WITH WINGS  but it's the last week of August so we will have a brand new theme starting next week. This week there is also a photo inspiration to whet your appetite take a look
I chose to use the picture literally and this is what I came up with
I took a 5" x 5" cream card base and placed on it a mat of Mellow Moss card stock. I then took a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped my birdcage with Versamark ink. I then embossed it with white embossing powder. The leaves were punched from the 2 Step Bird Punch and the butterflies are also punched out. The flowers are quite special don't you think and I will be showing you how I made these on Wednesday in the Mid-week Motivation spot so don't miss it! Most of the materials and equipment used are Stampin' Up and the rest is from my stash box. It would be great to see you over there taking part and while you are there you can take a look at all the gorgeous projects made by my fabulous design team.
Enjoy the rest of the day - Jacqueline xx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Lost and Found

I was lucky enough recently to receive a free gift with a Stampin' Up order, amongst it was some wide, striped gross grain ribbon. It was in Rich Razzleberry which is a gorgeous deep raspberry colour. Today was the day that I was going to use it and whilst rummaging around in a cupboard I found two stamps that hadn't seen the light of day for a long time. In fact I had forgotten that I even had one of them! So they were dragged out and given an airing in honour of the occasion.
They are both quite intricate stamps so I kept the colour scheme simple. I matched the ribbon with some card stock and ink and added a touch of green - take a look
The tulips were stamped twice before re-inking to give a paler tone to the Rich Razzleberry. As the ribbon was so wide I also added a strip of vintage lace . The sentiment was stamped on to a hand cut cut label and some pinky green gems were then added to finish it all off.
I am entering this card into
The Fashionable Stamping Challenge
where the theme is 'Ribbon or Lace'
Hope everyone enjoys the Bank Holiday - bye for now - Jacqueline xx

Saturday, 27 August 2011

More - Less is More.

I really love this week's challenge at Less is More so I thought that I would have another go.
My friend had a Clarity stamp that she had bought but didn't want (crazy lady!!) so I took it off her hands and decided to christen it today for the challenge. As you may have seen in my previous post the challenge is to choose 3 past challenges and turn them into 1 clean and simple card - take a look
The 3 past challenges I have chosen are
wk 2 - Flower or Tree (I chose tree)
wk 15 - Embossing (the sentiment which is also wk 10 is gold embossed)
wk 19 - In the Frame (I used the O as a frame for my sponged scene)
I'm sure I could make it fit a few more - but really this is a great challenge which I reckon could run for weeks. Brilliant idea Mandi and Chrissie - thank you.
Jacqueline xx

Past Challenges at Less is More.

Today at Less is More we have been challenged with choosing 3 past challenges and making a clean and simple card.
I chose my 3 and made my card but looking at it I think it may have involved a couple more but here goes
Gosh that's a horrible photo - the light is not good at the moment sorry.
I started off with a 5" x 5" card base in white and faintly drew 3 squares (wk 4) into these I stamped a flower from the Stampin' Up set Growing Green. I then took a fine liner pen and squiggled a frame around each one (wk 19). I then rubbed out my guidelines and added 3 butterflies (wk 16) punched from red paper (wk 9) so really that's 4 challenges - hope you don't mind Mandi and Chrissie
Thanks for the great challenge ladies - have a good weekend - Jacqueline xx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Going Dotty.

It's no surprise that this card has taken me all day to make - Bev came round about 11.30 this morning so say no more!!
I started with a piece of Stampin' Up DSP and some pink dotty paper that I can't remember where it came from.  Next came the stamp - free from the cover of Craft Stamper magazine, a cute little flower from Polka Doodles. Add together some marker pens, flowers and foliage - this is what you get
But that's not all - it opens out into this easel card
The sentiment in the middle is from Stampin' Up set Simply Said and says -'a friend is someone who makes it easy'- it's not easy to see in these pics
I'm sorry my photos are so terrible but the light in my craft room today is horrendous - it has also rained all day - so much for the Bank Holiday!
Thanks for stopping by and if you are interested I am entering my card to the following challenges

Polka Doodles - Spots and Dots.
Stampin' B's - Round or Square Easel Cards.
The Stamping Boutique - Stripes and Dots.

Jacqueline xx

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Making the most of a mistake.

Sometimes when trying out a new technique I will practice first - just to make sure I know what I am doing and last week I did just that. I practised the sky - sponging round the edges of a scallop circle, I used my new tree stamps - these worked really well and all was going swimmingly. Then I stamped my birds on a branch stamp and it all went a bit wrong. I had over inked my stamp and transferred that to my paper. I threw it away in disgust and started again.
The thing is I couldn't throw it away so I started to play (after all I had nothing to lose) - I added a touch of Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the birds, coloured over my mistakes with a green marker pen and low and behold my mistake had turned into a masterpiece - well I think so anyway!! - take a look
The bird in the bottom right hand corner is punched from the Stampin' Up 2 Step bird Punch and I added a little green gem for his eye.
I am now on a mission - my husband usually works from home ............... in the kitchen - which is a huge pain as he really gets in my way. Well he is away today so I have the chance to have a good tidy up while he is gone - see you later - Jacqueline xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Pop-up Penguins.

I had great fun yesterday making this card. It all began with the challenge over on Simply Stampin' - they are a challenge site for Stampin' Up fans who love to use Stampin' Up products on their cards. This week the challenge is 'Punch it Up' - that is make something with punches or die cuts etc - and so the fun began. I took my 2 Step Owl Punch (never very far from my side) and punched out some owls using Basic Black card stock, hacked off their ears and this is what I made
It's a penguin - the feet were cut out using Summer Sun, his chest is Whisper White and his beak is Pumpkin Pie. The stars are stamped and embossed using Hung Up On The Holidays and the igloo was made using a half circle of card hand embossed and inked with Baja Breeze ink.
Want to see inside? ................... take a look
More penguins! This time time they are popping up out of the igloos - I also added a Christmas greeting. The background card stock is some that is retired now - Brocade Blue and I made a snowy scene using more Whisper White sponged with Baja Breeze. Before I go I shall show you a close up of the penguins
Bye for now - Jacqueline xx.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

FREE Digi Download.

Deezinesart is offering every reader of this blog the chance to download a digi stamp for FREE (see below how to apply). The new design is available for a limited time only and it will then become a priced item. Here is a preview of the new design
This is a watermarked version, of course when you receive yours it will not contain this. To receive this exclusive FREE download visit the website and fill in the comment form on the Contact Me page, click Contact Me -  here - your download will then be e-mailed to you within 24 hours. - Jacqueline xx

MMM - Challenge 12 - Things With Wings Using Acetate.

I'm a day late posting this as I was away visiting Mum and Dad - Dad has had some more chemo treatment but is still doing OK at the moment.
So this week at Make My Monday the challenge is THINGS WITH WINGS AND USE SOME ACETATE.
The dt have made some gorgeous samples this week and can be viewed in full on the MMM blog and you can click on their names and visit the blogs to find out how they were all made.
Here is my card
The card opens up to reveal the bees buzzing around the flowers suspended on thin strips of acetate.
I used a 5" x 5" cream card base, some Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla card stock, the In Colour Stampin' Write markers and Stampin' Up stamp set Nature Walk.
Hope you can find the time to take part this week - bye for now - Jacqueline xx.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Altered Notebook.

I have a friend's birthday coming up soon and I always like to make her a little something. This year I have made a notebook. I salvaged some pages from an old A4 pad, cut them down to size and bound them together with my Bind it All machine. I decorated the cover with some Stampin' Up DSP - take a look
The paper is from the Springtime Vintage collection and I have teamed it up with some Very Vanilla card stock. The little dotty frame is stamped from the Baby Blossoms set and my flower is made using some die cuts. The edges of the petals have been sponged with Baja Breeze ink.
I am entering this notebook into the challenge over at "Just Us Girls" which has the theme of Altered Notebooks and then I shall wrap it up ready for my friend.
I am away for a few days tomorrow - I am hoping to schedule some posts, whether this will work I don't know - but there's only one way to find out ........see you soon - Jacqueline xx

Monday, 15 August 2011

MMM - Challenge 11 - Fairies or Angels

Morning  everyone - over on Make My Monday this week we are creating Fairies or Angels.
Now hidden away in my stash I had this delightful little Crafty Individuals stamp just itching to be used - here is my card
I also used the free stamp off the cover of this month's Craft Stamper magazine. I have used Tuxedo Black Memento ink and a mixture of Promarkers and Stampin' Write Markers to colour it in - here is a closer view
Hope you are able to take part this week - Suzanne one of the dt has come up with some cracking challenges so far - please hop over and take a peep at the samples they really are worth a look. - Jacqueline xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Beside the sea with Nature Walk

I thought that I would enter the St. Luke's Charity Cards Challenge again this month but I'm a bit worried because I don't have any seaside stamps and I decided to improvise instead. Here is my card
I started off by sponging my sky with a scallop circle and Baja Breeze ink, the sun was also sponged in using Summer Sun. I tore some copy paper to make hill shapes and used them again to sponge in my sand dunes. The sea was done in exactly the same way only I used some paper that had been cut with a wavy blade. Finally some flowers from the Stampin' Up set Nature walk were stamped in the foreground and coloured using my set of 'In Colours' Stampin' Write Markers.
Hope you like it - I'm off now to put my camera batteries on charge as they have just given up on me! Bye for now - Jacqueline xx

One Layer Card.

Good afternoon, hope everyone is having a great weekend.
One layer cards are something that I have recently got into. I used to pile up my cards with papers, ribbons and embellishments - I still do sometimes but clean and simple cards are starting to appeal to me more and more. I especially like brayering but this week at Less is More Mandi and Chrissie want a one layer card using ink (can be ink pads) in a way you normally wouldn't. So instead of my brayer I got out some sponges and sponged a sky using a scallop circle (seen this alot but have never tried it myself)
This is a great technique for creating clouds and I will be entering this card in to Stampin' B's challenge which this week is create a card with clouds on it.
I used Stampin' Up ink in Baja Breeze and a Memento ink pad in Tuxedo Black. The stamps are my own designs but I had a little calamity with the birds as around the thin branches I had over inked my stamp and I had a black shadow around them - fixed it though by adding some extra leaves with a black fine liner.
Have a great rest of the weekend - Jacqueline xx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

One Card - 3 Challenges.

It will come as no surprise to my regular blog readers that I am a Stampin' Up freak. I love stamping and buy loads of stamps, but for me Stampin' Up are the be all and end all of rubber stamps. So it was with great pleasure that I created today's card with three Stampin' Up challenges in mind.
Firstly I will show you my card
I started as always with a white 5" x 5" card base and the layout was taken from the sketch over on Simply Stampin'
The colour scheme was taken from this week's Colour Throwdown
And finally the challenge this time at SUO Challenges is Favourite New Stamp Sets. My newest set is the Growing Green and I love it - definitely a favourite. It looks great with the extra bling don't you think?
The sentiment is from Bird on a Branch and I have used some 3D foam pads for extra dimension.
Thanks for stopping by today - hope to See you again soon - Jacqueline xx.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Pop-up Owl Card Tutorial.

You may remember last week I showed you the pop-up owl card that we would be making today at my monthly workshop - you can see it here. It went down extremely well and everyone went home with their own pop-up owl card 'cos I spent all day Sunday punching out owls and cutting up card to make bunting. I didn't actually make the owls - I sorted all their bits into little cake cases for them to do it themselves.
I then did a demo of a more advanced pop-up, it still uses the owl punch but there are more complicated cuts involved.
For this card I used a 5" x 5" square card base and I cut another piece of coloured card measuring 9 7/16" x 4 3/4" - this was folded in half and two cuts were made into the fold 1" in from each end and each 1 1/4" long. You now have three sections - fold the middle section up and crease
Flatten the flap back down and carefully open your card, now press the middle section through and fold it inside the card - it should now look like this when the card is opened.
This is the basis of your basic pop-up card - the cuts can be made smaller depending on the image you are popping up.
In this case I went a bit further. Close the card back up. You will now be able to see two folds on your card - repeat the process again this time just cutting into the top fold - this can be seen better in the next picture
Again crease the flap, open the card carefully and press the fold through to the front. This process can be repeated as many times as the height of your card allows however take care not to go too high as the final fold will poke out of the end of your card! I did this process three times - before opening the card looks like this
And then when you open it up it looks like this
I then made up seven owls - two of my owls have bespoke wings made from a scallop oval
The owls were then arranged on the card. I put the eyes on them after I had decided in which order they were going to go. Of course if you make this card you can use any images - cupcakes, presents ......cupcakes mmm cupcakes!!!
This is the finished card on the inside. To hide the various cuts the card has been attached to the 5" x 5" card base with double sided sticky, it also makes it easier to decorate the front of the card
Hope this tutorial has been useful to someone - I really enjoyed doing it, bye for now - Jacqueline xx.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Another Resist Technique Card.

I have been playing again with the resist technique. This time I chose some brighter colours and used clear embossing powder and not white.
Pink glitter has been added to the tops of the seed heads to make them look more floral and pastel inks have been sponged around the images.
Here is a close up of the butterfly

That's it for today - please pop back tomorrow and I will tell you all about my monthly workshop - Jacqueline xx.

MMM - Challenge 10 - Birds or Bugs.

We are on week 10 at Make My Monday and as the title implies it's Birds or Bugs. I have chosen Birds and I have made a card with no stamping whatsoever! Take a look
This one of my favourite layouts at the moment and this time I have put the same bird in each square. The base card is a 5" x 5" square card with a layer of Chocolate Chip card stock. This is then layered with a piece of designer paper and then small squares of the Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card. The birds are punched from Chocolate Chip and some more designer paper and each has a tiny blue gem for an eye. All supplies except for the gems are Stampin' Up.
I would just like to say congrats to my good friend Beverely as she came top3 this week - well done and see you Tuesday!
Now what are you waiting for - get on over there and have a go. Oh - by the way you can get there by catching a ride HERE - see you - Jacqueline xx

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Embossed Resist Card

Good afternoon - hope everyone is having a great weekend.
I did some cards earlier in the week using some of my own designed stamps. I have been playing with them again today but instead of using the brayer I have been using embossing powders.
This card was first stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then used the direct to paper technique and covered the card stock with Desert Sand Memento ink - I also used some Rich Cocoa too. I then ironed over the piece with a hot iron  - I covered it first with a piece of copy paper. (hee hee - I do more 'ironing' in my craft room than any where else!) More images were stamped on to the card stock this time just using inks.
The bees are more of my K&Co Grand Adhesions and blend in quite nicely with this colour scheme don't you think?
I am now happily playing with my embossing powders and pastel inks. Don't forget that a link to my web site and all my stamps is up in the top tab bar - see you later - Jacqueline xx

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Stamp Showcase - Silhouette Seed Heads.

I designed some new stamps last week and took them along to a workshop I was taking and completely sold out! I have now made some more so I am able to upload the designs to my web site (see top tab bar).
The most popular stamps at the moment are tending to be the silhouettes and here are some cards I made with some of them
I have never used a Big and Juicy ink pad before so I borrowed one from a friend to make this card - I think it is the Spice. I used my brayer and was amazed at how quick the colours went on. I used a post it note circle for the sun and only needed to re-ink my brayer once to achieve the above result. I then used the same ink pad to stamp the seed heads and plantain stems.
The next card took a lot longer to create

Again I used a post it note for the moon and used 3 different ink pads. This took alot of time re-inking my brayer and applying it to the card stock - great fun though. The teasels are stamped first using a dark blue ink and are stamped twice before re-inking. The plantain stems are then stamped in black ink. I then made sure that my work was completely dry before stamping the seed heads in Versamark ink. They were sprinkled with white embossing powder and set with a heat gun.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your visit - see you soon - Jacqueline xx.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Having a Hoot with Pop-up Owls.

One of the themes of my August workshops is going to be 'Pop-up Cards', and as I trawled around You Tube for some inspiration I found a cute pop-up owl card.
Now it just so happens that I have recently purchased the 2 Step Owl Punch from Stampin' Up and I just couldn't resist making my own version.
Here is the front of the card - I've added some googly eyes to get some extra movement.
When you open the card it looks like this

I had the idea for the bunting when I was cutting the party hats for the owls. If I turn it to the side for you - you can get a sneaky peek of how this was made

Can't wait to do this next week with my lovely ladies - hope they will enjoy making it as much as I did. Bye for now - Jacqueline xx.

Monday, 1 August 2011

New ATC Swap blog.

I have started up a new ATC swap blog which if you are interested can be found here . I love making ATCs and have in the past found it difficult to find swaps with themes that I like. I hope that you will like my themes and that you will also like to take part. It would also be good if you could spread the word a little too please.
The first challenge is "All Creatures Great and Small" and here are my inspiration pieces

It would be so good to see you over there - go on be brave - have a go it's great fun! - Jacqueline xx

MMM Challenge 9

It's the first of the month and we have a new theme over on the Make My Monday challenge blog and this month we are concentrating on all Things With Wings. I am so looking forward to these challenges and the first is Butterflies or Dragonflies.
I chose Butterflies and here is my card
I started off with a cream 5" x 5" card blank and added some Sage Shadow card stock. This was stamped with a script stamp and inked around the edges. I then took a piece of patterned paper and distressed the edges with my scissor blade and again inked them. I used a 'splat' (!) stamp to add some detail and there is also a postmark and number stamped on. The beautiful butterflies were added last to finish it off.

Card stock:- Stampin' Up - Very Vanilla & Sage Shadow
Paper:- My Mind's Eye
Inks:- Stampin' Up - Creamy Caramel & Sage Shadow
Stamps:- Stampin' Up - French Foliage & Nature Walk
Butterflies:- K&Company Grand Adhesions - Tim Coffey range.

Please pop over and take a look at all the other inspirational piece produced by my incredibly talented Deezine Team - and why not join in yourself - bye for now - Jacqueline xx.