Saturday, 25 May 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Here are 2 cards I made recently.  One was for my sister and the other was for my closest friend who turned 60 on last week.

On both cards I stamped the image 4 times, and coloured different sections Copics, them cut out and decoupage them.  All the paper flowers are handmade (even the buds), the sentiment circles were designed by me using Serif CraftArtist2 and cut out Spellbinder dies.

This was the card I made for my sister

This is the card made for my friend
Here's what I used:
Stamp: Art Impressions Girlfriends 'Party Girls'
Paper: Card 1 - First Edition 'Spring Drop', Card 2 - First Edition ' Blank Canvas'
Dies: Sizzix Thinlets 'Susan's Garden' Mini Petal, Marianne Designs 'LR0162 - Swirl Flowers', Britannia 'Multi Flower Rose Die' Cheery Lynn 'Flourish Leaf Strip', Flower Punch (old one), Spellbinder Edgeabilities, Nestibilities Circle
Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E02, E11, R32 / Trousers: BG000, BG05 / Pink Top: R000, R20, R22 / Green Top & Balloon: YG00, YG03, YG011, YG17, YG23, YG67 / Orange Top & Balloon: YR00, YR02, YR07, YR15, YR16, E95 / Purple Top & Balloon: BV000, BV00, BV02, BV04, V04 / Hair: Y000, Y15, Y17 / Shoe Soles: YR61, YR68, E15
Other: Glitter, Pearl String, Ribbon, Wire, Beads, Stick on Pearls, Glue, Cardstock, Serif CraftArtist 2, Grand Calbur

Hope you like them.

Thanks for visiting.
Janine X

Footnote: My friend loved her card and couldn't believe all the flowers were handmade.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Feeling Like Rubbish

Yup, I'm not feeling too clever at the moment.  For the past 2 years I've had a problem with my neck and shoulder.  Although I already knew what the problem with my neck was, the thing with my shoulder is a newish one; it started approx 2 years ago and it's been a nightmare.  Then finally last month I got a diagnosis, I was told it's 'frozen shoulder'  Wow, I could have told them that!  Trying to wash and dry my hair, dress and do routine household tasks for the last few years has been a terrible. Plus I work as a secretary for a small fab company, and typing all day is really stressful.  Then to further complicate things I decided, in my wisdom to have foot surgery in February. But hey-ho, at least I'm now getting the proper treatment - steroid injections. 

I had my first one yesterday and this is why 'I feel like rubbish'! Within hours of having the injection I had neck pain, a metallic taste in my mouth, then I got a really bad sore throat, a nose bleed.......and this morning I woke up chocka full of cold. :(    Sniff   Sniff    Sniff

Apparently steroid injections lower your immune system to help reduce the inflammation.  Well, they could have told me first.  My daughter's been ill all week with virus, so obviously I caught a bit of her bug. Ugh!!

Ah well...never mind.  Hopefully I'll wake up tomorrow feeling bit better.  I I'm starting back at work on Thursday after being on sick leave for 3 months. I know, I know bad timing!!  Right that me feeling sorry for myself over with now.

On a good note monthly craft club idea 'Chit-Chat & Craft has taken off in Normanby, Middlesbrough and is due to start on Saturday 8th June.  So if by any chance you live somewhere near and would like to come along.  Leave me a comment and email address and I'll get back to you.

Janine X

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Gorjuss Blue Girl

Here's pic of a new card I made using the same Gorjuss Girl as before - sorry I can't help myself she's so cute. Just as before she was such a dream to colour. Once again I had a problem lining up my new Spellbinder border dies, I WILL get the hang of them in the end. I used a 6 x 6 card base with a blue and brown theme again mainly because I just love the combo.  I made the little roses using the new Sizzix Thinlit dies 'mini petals', these are lovely but really small and fiddly to work with - so not ideal for anyone with dexterity problems.
Here's what I used:
Stamp: Gorjuss by Docrafts 'Top Of The World'
Paper: DCWV 'Linen Closet' Pad (a Hobbycraft bargain for £10), Brown and Turquoise CS
Distressing Ink: Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye
Dies: Spellbinder Borderabilities A2 Curved Border One, Cheery Lynn Design 'Flourish Leaf Strip', (New) Sizzix Thinlits 'Mini petals'
Other: Dress It Up 'Vintage buttons', Jones Tones Glue
Copics: Skin - E11, E02, E00, E000, Pinny & Tights - E40, E41, E43, E47, Dress - BG10, BG15, BG49, Hair - Y21, Y23, Y38, E37

I've just added my card in the following challenges:
Hope you like and thanks for visiting.

Why not leave me a message to say hi!
Janine XX

Friday, 3 May 2013

Great News!

I've been really busy while I've been on sick leave following my foot surgery.

So this is what I've been up to since my last post. Because I've been wanting to join a craft club in my local area that didn't involve jumping on 2 or 3 buses to get to it, I decided to start my own club. I thought long and hard about this for quite a long time, mainly because I didn't really want the responsibility...but at the end needs must.

So since my last post -
(1) I've managed to place an ad in my local newpaper to advertise the monthly Chit-Chat & Craft Club I'm planning to start up
(2) Sorted through the responses from the ad, and contacted the crafters and the venue to arrange dates etc
(3) Designed the club logo for any forthcoming newsletters, notifications etc and sorted out the initial info letter about the club and venue etc

So now the club plans are proceeding well I'm hopeful the first session will be at the end of May or the beginning of June.  If anyone from my neck of the woods would like to come along to the club, let me know and I'll send you some info.

ALSO BIG NEWS......I've just had a lovely email from Papercraft Inspirations magazine and they want to put my Country Companion card in their next magazine, and they want a photo of me to go alongside it (poor things...why!). I have to admit I'm really chuffed and excited.  It will be in Issue 114 so watch out for it.

I'll be adding another Gorjuss Girl card over the weekend.

Thanks for visiting, why not leave me a comment.

Janine XX