Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween Card 2017

Hi there

Every year I make a Halloween card for my daughter - she'll be 29 next month. She loves Halloween and really gets into the spirit of it. She used work as an actress in the London Dungeons attraction, so you can imagine what things she used to wear. Lol

Anyhow I thought I would share the card I made for her this year. I used My Favorite Things 'Witch Way Is The Candy' stamp set and some pop up dies from Elizabeth Crafts. The background was created using a variety of different distressing inks, and the images were coloured with Copics.





The above picture shows the band I created to slide over the card base to keep it closed.


EVERYTHING I USED:

Stamps: 'Witch Way Is The Candy' (My Favorite Things)

Distressing Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Black Soot (a little Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed)

Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E11, E37, E99 / Pumpkin Stalks - YG01, YG63, YG67 /  Pumpkin - Y02, Y38, YR15, YR23, C3 / Bat & Cat - C2, C3, C5, C7, Y38 / Bat & Cat Eyes - Y00, YG01, YG03 /Frog - YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17, C3 / Frog Eyes - BG000, BG01 / Moon - Y02, Y08, Y35, Y38 / Broom - Y00, Y02, Y08, Y38, E13, E37 / Striped Top & Tights - Y38, YR68, C3, YG01, YG03 / Hat & Cloak - C2, C3, C5, C7 / Hat Ribbon & Buckle - Y08, V04, V06, V12, Y08 / Dress & Boots - V01, V04, V06, V12, YG01, YG03, C3

Dies: General Pop Ups (Elizabeth Crafts), Starry Skies (Lawn Fawn), Four Season Tree (Crafters Companion), Square Dots #42 (Crealies), Pearl Square (Tattered Lace), Monogram (Little B), Simple Stitched Hillside Border (Lawn Fawn)

Other: Splatter Brush, Water, Black card (cut to 5¾" x 5¾" to create a card blank), White glitter Card, Glitter Pen, Sheena's Stamping Card, Black Funky foam, Glossy Accents, Computer/Printer (sentiment)

PS - I've just had a text from her, and she received it ok this morning, and loves it. Phew!!!

Thanks for dropping by; why not leave me a comment to say hi!

Hugs

Janine x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A Mice Day! Stamp Set Tutorials

Evening everyonee

I was asked so many times on Facebook how I created the Swiss Cheese mouse card that I decided to write up a tutorial for this, and the rest of the cards. I hope this will help.

So enjoy :)


WHAT I DID
Cut a piece of yellow card to 5¾” x 5¾” and add it to a 6” x 6” kraft card blank, leaving a border all the way round.

Next cut a piece of kraft card 5½” x 5½”, and stamp the wheat on the left hand side using black memento ink. Stamp the wheat sheaf that is bowed onto Mask It paper and cut it out (alternatively you can use the sticky edge of a post-it note). Place the mask over the top of the sheaf previously stamped on the kraft card, then stamp the bottom section of the mouse and removed the mask. Colour everything with pencils.  

Using the coordinating stencil add clouds to the kraft card by inking through the cloud aperture using white ink, avoiding the mouse and wheat. When everything is dry added a little white and blue pencil to define the clouds. Add a thin line of crystal glitter around the edges of the clouds.

Stamp the head of the mouse twice onto white card and coloured with pencils, then cut out. Using foam pads attach one of the heads to the wheat sheaf above where the mouse body has been stamped earlier.

Hand cut a fishtail banner from kraft card, and stamp a sentiment onto it. Cut a slightly larger banner from yellow card and glued them both together.

To complete the card attached the banners to the card front using foam tape, and add the mouse head and a yellow enamel dot.
  
WHAT I USED
A Mice Day! Stamp Set and Mask
6” x 6” Kraft Card Blank
Spectrum Noir Pencils
Yellow Card
Stamping/colouring Card
Foam Pads
Kraft Card
Crystal Glitter
Enamel Dot
White Brilliance Ink
Black Memento Ink


WHAT I DID
Add orange card 4¾” x 6¾” to the front of a 7” x 5” white card blank leaving a thin white border all the way round.

Cut a piece of strong white card to 4½” x 6½”. Die cut different sized circles into it,
randomly placing them around the card.

Create outer frames for the apertures - using a circle die slightly larger than the apertures, then die cut the centre from them each of them using the same circle die as the one used on the white card. Glue the frames to the white card along with a few of the small spare centres from the circles.

Stamp the sentiment onto the white card and attached it to the card front using foam tape. Make sure you use plenty of foam tape around the apertures to support them.

Stamp all the mice onto colouring card, then colour them in with your alcohol pens and carefully cut them out. Glue the mice inside the large circles.  Attached the mouse head using foam tape, but leaving its paws hanging outside of the circle.

WHAT I USED
A Mice Day! Stamp Set
5” x 7” Scalloped Card Blank
Hunkyodry Matt-tastic Card
Copic Pens
Circle Dies (Tattered Lace)
Stamping/colouring Card
Foam Pads
  

WHAT I DID
Cut a piece of patterned paper 6½” x 6½” and round off the corners on one side, and attach it to a 7” × 7” white scalloped card blank, making sure there is a slim border all the way round.

Cut a piece of inking card to 5¾”x 5¾” and secure the coordinating mask in the centre of it. Ink through and around the mask using distressing ink to create a border. When dry attach it to a piece of gold mirror card cut to 6” x 6”, and then add to the card base.

Trim a piece of inking card to 4” x 4”. Using distressing inks create a background leaving the centre lighter than the edges; splash water onto the surface and blot off with kitchen towel. When dry use black ink and the mask to add grass and a few wheat sheaves. Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner. Mount the completed scene onto a piece of die cut gold mirror card 4½” x 4½”.

Add the completed topper to the card front using foam tape.
  
WHAT I USED
A Mice Day! Stamp Set and Mask
For the Love Of Stamps ‘Perfectly Natural’ Paper Pad
7” x 7” Scalloped Card Blank
Squeezed Lemondade, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye  Distressing Ink
Stitched Square Die (Crealies)
Gold Mirror Card
Hunkydory Ink Me Card
Foam Pads
Corner Rounder


WHAT I DID
Add patterned paper to the front of a 5” x 5” top fold white scalloped card blank, leaving a thin white border all the way round.

Stamp the wheat sheaves, flower and mouse once onto a masking sheet, then stamp the grass twice, and cut everything out.

Die cut a circle from colouring card and stamp the grass twice, leaving a gap in the centre. Join up the grasses using a black fineliner pen and place the masks on top. Stamp the flower in the centre of the grasses and add its mask. Stamp the mouse so that its paws are placed over the flower stem, and then add the mask over this as well. To complete the scene stamp the wheat on the left hand side of the circle and cover this with the mask.

Leaving all the masks in place add the clouds using Tumbled Glass distressing ink and a cloud template. Build up the ink slowly leaving lots of white areas to create depth.

Remove all the masks, and colour the images using alcohol pens.

Stamp the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the card base using black Memento ink.

Mount the completed topper onto a fancy circle die cut from brown card, and then attach it to the card front using foam tape.

Create 3 small fish tail banners from brown card, kraft card and patterned paper, and layer them up. Add the banners to the top of the card along with a die cut heart.

WHAT I USED
A Mice Day! Stamp Set
5” x 5” Scalloped Card Blank
For the Love Of Stamps ‘Pretty Pastel’ Paper Pad
Cloud Stencil (My Favourite Things)
Copic Pens
Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink
Circle Die (Crealies)
Fancy Edged Circle Die (Tattered Lace)
Brown Card
Kraft Card
Stamping/colouring Card
Foam Pads
Black Fineliner Pen (Micron)

Thanks for dropping by.

Janine xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Hunkydory's Foxy & Friend Launch Today

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing my 3 Design Team projects for the Foxy & Friends Hunkydory launch. There is a ultimate papercraft bundle launching today on Create & Craft TV, so check it out at 11am and 5pm. The stamps are an addition to the bundle and there's choice of 3 - I used 'A Grand Adventure'.

The stamp set was a dream to work with and I could've easy made more than 3 cards, but unfortunately time was against me.

The stamps and paper craft bundle is available from Create & Craft as of today and they will be available at Hunkydory Crafts shortly.

So if you want to know anything about the cards I've created please either email me or leave me a comment plus your email address and I'll send you all the details. :) However I will still list the products use.



(this one was Nigel May's favourite card)

I Used:
Foxy & Friends Stamps - 'A Grand Adventure' (available from Create & Craft TV) or Hunkydory Crafts (available w/c 23th October)

Other: Distressing Inks, Coloured & Silver Enamel Dots, Copic Pens, Circle Die, Scalloped Circle Die, Pierced Dot Circle; Pearl Circle Die, Star Dies, Black Card, Kraft Card, Red Mirror Card, Clear Overlay Glitter Pen, Foam Pads, Splatter Brush, Black Micron Pen, Purple Low Tack Tape, A5 Card Blank, 5" x 5" Card Blank, 5" x 7" Card Blank, Silver Pen, Silver Glitter Card, Clear Glaze Pen

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

For The Love Of Stamps By Hunkydory - October Launch

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing my 4 Design Team projects for the October launch of the 'For The Love Of Stamps' By Hunkydory. The full collection is launching today on Create & Craft TV, so check them out. These are my last projects for FTLOS as my 6 month term has come to an end...sob!

The stamps, stencils and magazine is available from Create & Craft at the moment both individually or as a bundle; they will be available at Hunkydory Crafts shortly. For my cards I have used the 'A Mice Day!' stamp set and mask.

So if you want to know anything about the cards I've created please either email me or leave me a comment plus your email address and I'll send you all the details. :) However I will still list the products use.


 
UPDATE: When I uploaded this to one of my facebook groups (Kit & Clowder) I never imagined the response I would get. I received more than 453 likes and about 63 comments. I have to say I've been blown away - thank you! I plan to write up how I made as I've been asked so many times --- so watch this space. :)







I Used:
October Launch Stamps - A Mice Day! (only available at Create & Craft atm)
Masks - A Mice Day!
Cardstock, Paper & Pads - Adorable Scorable - Matt-tastic, Hunkydory Card Blanks, Hunkydory Kraft Card, Ink Me Card, Colour Me CardPerfectly Natural, Pretty Pastels Paper Pads, A4 Masking Sheets

Some of the above products can also be purchase on Create & Craft's website.

Other: Enamel Dots, White Brilliant Ink, Crystal Glitter, Cloud Stencil, (MFT),Heart Die (MFT), Circle Dies (MFT), Stitched Circle & Square Die (Crealies), Circle Frame Die (Tonic), Banner Die (MFT), Pearl Circle Die (Tattered Lace), Brown Card, Yellow Card, Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils, Gold Mirror Card, Clear Overlay Glitter Pen, Distressing Inks, Foam Pads, Scalloped Card Bases, Corner Rounder, Spritzer Bottle, Copic Pens

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Whimsy Stamps DT Call Out Creation

Hi there

Well even though my mojo has taken a hit since losing my mum I decided to bite the bullet and try out for Whimsy Stamps DT Call Out. I adore their stamp range, I know I haven't used many in the past but it's purely been down to time and conflict of DT interest. Anyhow, I applied and I wanted to show you my entry.

Unfortunately I haven't been successful this time, but hopefully I will try again next year. You must check out their online shop. For those in the UK, Whimsy is an American company so you will need to take into account shipping and duty, however they do stock lots of fabulous digital stamps as well. They use lots of very talented designers so there's always something for everyone. Check them out here. They also have a fabulous inspiration blog with lots of wonderful ideas from the Design Team - you can find it here.

The stamp I used was one I won in a dear friend's blog competition last year. Thank you Wendy. x

So here was my entry for the 2017 Design Team.




I Did:
I sprinkled Brushos onto watercolour card and spritz it to create the background - I used blues, greens and yellows. When dry it was fixed the card base front.

The image was stamped onto Kraft card and coloured with pencils starting with a white pencil and building up colour. When completed it was cut to size and mounted onto a die cut cream pearlised card rectangle. The topper was added to the card front using foam pads. Using a banner die I created a double fishtail banner which I added to the front with a couple of pearls. To finish off I added crystal glitter to the fairy's wing.

I Used:
Stamp: Whimsy Stamp 'Fairy'
Paper & Card: Kraft Card, Watercolour Card, Cream Card, Cream Card Base (xxx)
Spectrum Noir Pencils: Skin - Linen, Peach, Saddle Brown, Cream, Cider / Hair - White, Daffodil, Bumblebee, Linen, Honey, Lemon / Dress - White, Denim Blue, Petrol Blue, Royal Blue /  Leaves - White, Shamrock,. Grass, Amazon Green, Virialen, Alpine, Daffodil / Stalks, White, Grass, Alpine / Wings - White, Peony, Petal
Dies: Tattered Lace 'Pearl' Rectangle, MFT 'Banner', Paper Smooches 'Dots & Dashes'
Other: Brushos,  Pearls, Spritzer Bottle, Shimmer Paint, Crystal Glitter

Thank you for dropping by.

Hugs to you all, and to my American friends please keep safe.

X Janine X

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hunkydory's For The Love Of Stamps August Release

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing my 10 Design Team projects for the August launch of the 'For The Love Of Stamps' By Hunkydory. The stamps were launched on August 6th on Create & Craft - you might have spotted some of my samples. Quite a few of my samples are shown in the For The Love Of Stamps August magazine (issue 6), and my polar bear card can also be seen on the front cover.

You can but the stamps, stencils and card direct from Hunkydory or Create & Craft either individually or as a bundle. For my cards and tag I have used stamps from different sets are they work beautifully together.

Now I know I normally give written instructions for every project I make, but I've decided that on the FTLOS projects I won't be. I will be using so many different techniques, materials and mediums that it would make the post incredibly long (which it is already) and very time-consuming to write. So if you want to know anything about any of the cards I've made please, please either email me, or leave me a comment and your email address and I'll send you all the details. :) However I will still list the products use. WARNING - this post is picture heavy.

The following are shown in the magazine

The polar bear card above, can also be seen on the front cover of the magazine below
 
 
 
 
 
The ones below were shown on Create & Craft 

  



I Used:
August Launch Stamps - Bundle OfferChristmas Cuties, Snowy Snow Globe, Warming Words
Masks - Bundle Offer, Snowy Snow Globe Mask, Warming Words Mask, Christmas Cuties
For The Love Of Stamps Magazine - August Issue 6 (includes free Santa & Friends Stamp Set and Double Sided Sticky Paper)
Cardstock, Paper & Pads - Adorable Scorable - Matt-tastic, Hunkydory Card Blanks, Hunkydory Kraft Card, Ink Me Card, Colour Me Card, Beautifully Bright, Splendid StripesPerfectly Natural, Pretty Pastels Paper Pads, A4 Masking Sheets, Double-sided Sticky Paper

Some of the above products can also be purchase on Create & Craft's website.

Other: Gold Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Gold & Silver Mirror Card,  Oval Dies, Corner Dies, Circle Dies, Scallop Dies, Label Die, Tag Dies, Square Stitched Dies, Poinsettia Die, Pearl Circle Die, Snowflake Dies,  Coloured Inks, Embossing Folders, Distressing Inks, Copic Pens, Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils, Clear Overlay Glitter Pen,  Zig Clean Color Pens, Gems, Sequins, Pearls, Glossy Accents, Black Pens, Foam Pads, Cloud Template, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Black Card, White & Cream Card Bases, Black Card, Watercolour Card, Funky foam, Colour Cloud Inks, MDF Tag, Acetate, Glitter Card, White Brilliance Ink, Ribbon

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x

Friday, 11 August 2017

My Sad News!

Hi there,

Although I do have a pile of card/projects to share with you, I won't be posting them or anything else for a little while. The reason is that my mum passed away last week.

She was rushed into hospital with Heart Failure which is a condition she developed after her open heart surgery in January, however she actually died of a bleed on her brain caused by a fall in the hospital, in which she hit her head. It has been a traumatic few weeks, and the likes of which I would never want to repeat. My sister and I stayed with her 24/7 from when we discovered something was seriously wrong (this was missed by nursing staff) until her death. It was an horrendous 5 days, of which I will be permanently haunted by. 

I am also my mum's executor for her funeral, so I'm dealing with all aspects of that, plus I am joint executor of her Will. So as you can imagine I'm pretty busy atm, but at least it is keeping me occupied. I also have to deal with the Coroner because due to the circumstances of her death he has bcome  involved...so all in all by head is 'done in' as we say in the North East of England. I have to admit to being very tired and stressed beyond words, but I know it will pass and I will craft and blog as soon as things settle down.

I hope you will visit again, and thank you for reading my sad message.

Hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

My Mum's Craft Shop Design Team - June Project #2

Hi there everyone 💜

I'm here today to share my card for 'My Mum's Craft Shop' (MMCS) Design Team with you. As the shop will be closed for a few months there won't be anymore for a little while from MMCS. However I will still be making my projects using various products and techniques so I will share them as and when I've completed them. So I hope you keep visiting my blog. 😄

For my card today I've created a CAS card using dies and a stencil all from My Favorite Things, plus a few sequins.  Hope you like it.



 
Here's What I Did
First I cut down a piece of Kraft card 4¾" x 4¾" and added colour using a stencil and distressing ink. When dry the stencilled topper was matted onto some gold mirror card 5" x 5" and added to the 5¼" x 5¼" card base using foam tape. The word 'Friend was die cut from the same gold mirror card as the mat and glued in place on top of a strip of white parchment on the card front.

To completed the card, sequins were die cut from gold mirror card and added along with tiny silver and white sequins around the sentiment.

Here's What I Used
Stencil: My Favourite Thing 'Split Diagonal'
Dies: Die-namics My Favourite Thing 'Friends' and My Favourite Things 'Sequins'
Paper & Cardstock (CS):  5¼" x 5¼" Card Blank, Kraft Card, Gold Mirror Card

Other: Foam Tape, White Parchment, Tea dye Distressing Ink, Sequin

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Monday, 5 June 2017

For The Love Of Stamps By Hunkydory - June Launch

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing my 10 projects for the June launch of the 'For The Love Of Stamps' By Hunkydory Design Team. The stamps were launch over the weekend on Create & Craft - you might have spotted some of my samples.

The whole stamp collection from 'For The Love Of Stamps' By Hunkydory is just vast  In this month's launch there are stamps and stencils ranging from Fairgrounds to Football...there's something for everyone. For my cards I used the 'Fairground Fun' and 'Aloha' stamp set and stencils, plus the 'Beside the Seaside' stamp set and stencil which comes free with magazine #5. I also used the Adorable Scorable - Matt-tastic which is beautiful cardstock in lots of amazing colours. You can buy the FTLOS stamps & stencils I used and the rest of the collection direct from Hunkydory or Create & Craft either individually or as a bundle.

Now I know I normally give written instructions for every project I make, but I've decided that on the FTLOS projects I won't be. I will be using so many different techniques, materials and mediums that it would make the post incredibly long (which it is already) and very time-consuming to write. So if you want to know anything about any of the cards I've made please, please either email me, or leave me a comment and your email address and I'll send you all the details. :) However I will still list the products use. WARNING - this post is picture heavy.

ALOHA!







 


 
TV PICTURES :)



MY CARDS IN THE MAGAZINE #5


I Used:
June Launch Stamps - Aloha!, Fairground Fun, Beside The Seaside (Only available with magazine #5)
June Launch - Stencils - Aloha!, Fairground Fun, Beside The Seaside
May Launch Stamps - Happy Campers, Mixed Vegetables
Adorable Scorable - Matt-tastic, Hunkydory Card Blanks, Hunkydory Kraft Card, Ink Me Card, Colour Me Card, Beautifully Bright, Splendid StripesPerfectly Natural, Pretty Pastels Paper Pads
A4 Masking Sheets

Other: Gold Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Mirror Card,  Oval Dies, Corner Dies, Circle Dies, Scallop Dies, Label Die, Brown Paper Bag, Coloured Inks, Distressing Inks, Copic Pens, Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils, Clear Overlay Glitter Pen and Illustrator Pens,  Zig Clean Color Pens, Gems, Sequins, Pearls, Glossy Accents, Black Pens, Foam Pads, Cloud Template, Ribbon, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gesso, Tissue Paper, Enamel Dots, Border Punch, Mod Podge, White & Cream Card Bases, Black Card, Watercolour Card

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x