Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A Litle Star

I made this little 'Well Done' 4 x 4 card for my niece (Lily) who was appearing in her school's production of Oliver! - she was one of Fagin's gang. Both she and the cast were fantastic - well done King's Academy, Middlesbrough, I really enjoyed it. I think she's another actress in the making, talk about keeping it in the family!

I used my Fizzy Moon stamp cos he's just soooo cute and coloured him with Promarkers, and added a sprinkling of glitter, and tada done!  Not bad considering I have a trapped nerve in my neck, and in absolute agony.

Things I used:
White card blank
Promarkers: Ivory, Saffron,Burnt Sienna, Satin, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Sky Blue
Spectrum Noir: Blue Grey
Paper/Card: First Edition - Up Up & Away
Spellbinders: Circle and Scallop Circle

Hope you like it.

Janine X

Sunday, 18 March 2012


Mother's Day Card
This is the card I made for my mum...Happy Mother's Day mum.

I stamped the same flowers several times with versamark and embossed with clear powder.

Then I used the brilliant ink dusters from  Inkylicious Crafts to add colour to the background using pink and brown ink. I've only used them a few times, and take a little getting used to but I found them much easier to use them a brayer.  As they're double ended I keep one end for one colour to avoid contamination.  They're a simple and effective way to build up and blend colour slowly using all of your water based inks eg distressing, adirondacks, pigment and even mica powders etc.

Note: Never use permanement inks as they stain the brush

I stamped the text across the background with brown (2nd generation ink as the ink pad was brand new and very juicy), and then randomly stamped the darker flowers using the same brown as before (2nd and 3rd generation ink).

I tore a strip of parchment for the sentiment, and then stamped the text stamp with Flitter Glu and added gold gilding flakes. This glue is from Indigo Blu and is fantastic, it's great for adding gilding flakes to delicately stamped images/text. It looks like PVA but it's much, much stronger, you basically coated it onto a piece of cut 'n' dry foam to make what is essentially an ink pad.  You can then pat your stamp with it, then stamp your image (don't press too hard as it's incredibly strong) and add flakes, glitter or beads etc. It's fabulouas and definitely worth a try! I spotted both products and demo's on Create and Craft TV.

The flower was made using my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and coloured using the same pink and brown inks. The whole thing was then matted onto brown card and the based card. All in all this was a really easy card to make.  The gilded text can be seen now - sorry the camera couldn't quite pick it up but it looked stunning and so professional.

Stamps: All from Inkylicious - wonderful mother, flowers and background text

Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa brown),Memento Rose Bud (pink), Distressing ink Tie dye (brown)

One for the boys
Here's a few of the boys cards I made recently...I hope you like them.

Army Boy
Made for a little boy who loves the army. Apparently he loved it and I've been asked to make another one for another little boy. The digi kit was from Digi Printables . I printed the images several times and layered them up to keep it simple but dimensional.

Sk8r Boy
Made using the Sk8r boy digi stamp from Polly Craft Designs, which I multi printed, coloured using promarkers and then layered up.

Promarkers: Lime, leaf green, forest green, powder blue, cornflower, sky blue, caramel, henna
Spectrum Noir: 132, 135, 196
Distressing inks: tumbled glass, peeled paint, faded jeans
Sentiment: computer generated
Papers: Up Up & Away (First Edition) Paper Pad - great price from Dunelm Mill or The Range store.
Stars and Number: Paper (as above) cut using Plantin Cricut cartridge

I hope you like them all.

Janine XX

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there, and to those that have passed on you'll always be in our hearts and minds. We love you!

My gorgeous daughter Heather bought me a beautiful bouquet yesterday (I know it was a day early but who cares). We also made a cake together with lashings of pink/strawberry frosting and little pink and white sugar flowers. I had a slice, or should I say a 'chunk' this morning with a cup of coffee...it was divine! No doubt it will be on Heather's blog at some point, as she documents everything.  She also bought me a beautiful art deco card and a lovely necklace...talk about being spoilt. It I didn't have to cook a Sunday lunch I would have described it as a perfect day...lol!! Never mind.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Snow...where did that come from?

Well I've just looked out of my living room window, and that grey rainy day outside has now turned into a grey snowy day...well where the hell did that come from?  I wasn't expecting that today!

The only upside is that I don't think it will lay.....well here's hoping.

Janine XX

Saturday, 3 March 2012

My Scrapbook Page

Just to let you know I've now started to add my digi scrapbook page, so why not check it out.

Thanks for visiting.

Janine XX