Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Crafter's Companion Inspiration Magazine #11 - Leafy Project

Good morning everyone :)

Hi there, welcome to another Crafter's Companion project using the freebies from Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Kit - Issue #11. This is a little extra make from me; basically I couldn't stop playing with the fab contents in the kit. I love autumn and all the wonderful colours it generates, so I decided to have another little play with the stamps, dies and embossing folder in the kit...and oh yes, my new Aquatint sets as well. Hope you like it. :)

A description of how I made it (be warned it's quite lengthy) and all the products used are shown just below the photos. :)

 
Here's What I Did
I create a 5" x 5½" top fold base from white card.

Background -
I used a mixture of glycerine and Aquatints - first I added a few drops of each of the aquatint colours onto my glass mat using the included pipelettes then I poured a little of the glycerine onto the mat as well. Next I dipped a piece of Cut & Dry foam pieces (I used one for each colour) into it so that it was damp but not saturated and then dabbed one end of my foam into one of the colours, and in small circlular movements I added colour to a section of the card. I repeated the process using different colours to different areas of the card, to help the blending process I used the other end of the pieces of foam. I continued to blend and add the tints until I was happy with the final result. When the card was still damp I sponged a little of the gold over the top in different places.

When all the paints were dry I stamped leaves all over the card using a brown ink, then randomly added stencil detail using black ink. When I was happy with everything I cut it down and added to the card front.

Flower -
I die cut lots of different leaves from copier paper (to save time you can fold your paper several times to create layers, and then die cut it). Next I stamped the leaf detail on to each of the cut out using a permanent ink, and then painted all the leaves using the same aquatint colours as the background including the gold. When all the leaves were almost dry I curled the edges and crinkled them up. To assemble the flower, I die cut a circle and glued the ends of the leaves to it in layers, offsetting them on each layer. I used the smaller leaves towards the centre. When it was complete, I added a large gem in the middle.

To finish off -
I embossed a strip of white card with the free vine embossing folder and attached it to the card front. To complete the card I added the flower, a couple of leaf flourishes and a few small pearls.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products:
Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue #11 (Used: Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folder), Douglass White Stamping CardAquatints (Bright & Beautiful / Beautifully Grunge / Essentials), Sara's Signature Collection - English Country Garden 'Lazy Daisy' Die, Diamond Press 'Love Today' Stamp & Die Set

Other:  Copier Paper, Glycerine, Cut & Dry Foam, Black Archival Ink, Memento Brown Ink, Distressing Ink, Pearls, Gem


Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group. Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.
I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Back to School

Hello and good morning everyone ---

Well it's Saturday and Sweet Stampintime - so I'm here to share my Design Team Challenge card with you. Our theme this week is 'Back to School' and just had to use one of my new purchases from LOTV (Lilli Of The Valley). I love how they've made a lot of their stamps digital, now making them so easy to colour as I always found them too small before. So for my card I used 'Back To School Girl' and made her quite large and just kept the layout quite simple.

To enter our challenge please REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your card/project, follow our theme and link back to the Sweet Stampin' blog for a chance to win a prize! 
 
 
 


Here's What I Did
I matted a 5" x 5" white card base with black card and a piece of printed paper which I cut to size. Next I printed the little school girl onto colouring card stock and used Spectrum Noir pens to colour her in. The completed image was die cut and matted onto a black die cut shape - this was then attached to the card base using foam tape.

To complete the card I added an A, B, C cut from red card onto the front.

Here's What I Used
Stamp: 'Back to School Girl' from LOTV
Spectrum Noir: Skin - Blender, FS2, FS4, TN2, TN3, CR3 / Pinafore - IG1, IG2, IG4, IG7 / Bag, Shoes - CR1, CR2, CR7, CR11, DR5, CT2, TN1, TN3 / Shirt, Socks - TB1, Blender / Hair - TN1, TN3, TN7, GB1, GB2 / Tie, Ruler, Pen, Badge - CT1, CT2, OR1, CR1, CR7, TN1, TN3 / Ground - IG1. IG7
Dies: First Edition 'Alphabet', Tonic Verso 'Cherish The Moment' Rectangle Frame
Paper & Cardstock (CS): 5" x 5" Card Blank, Black & Red CS, Neenah CS, 'Another Year' Digital Paper
Other: Gold Glitter Pen

So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our 'Back to School challenge we'd love to see your entries. 
 
This week's prize is Crafts U Love
 
Thank you so much for dropping by and why not leave me a message to say hi :)

Challenges entered: 
 
Hugs
x Janine x

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Crafter's Companion August Tutorial - Verity Rose Plaque

Heeeellllloooo everyone

I'm here today to share my 1st tutorial for Crafter's Companion, I used the Verity Rose stamps and CD to create a pretty and very girly wall or door hanger using a MDF heart. 


There is a link (under the photos) to the Crafter's Companion blog for the full tutorial along with pictures. So enjoy and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

 
 
 
Here's What I Did
I have written a full tutorial along with lots of photos on how I created this pretty girly plaque. I used the Verity Rose CD and Moonbeam character stamps, you can find the tutorial here on the Crafter's Companion Blog - http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/blog/blog/2016/08/get-your-verity-rose-papercrafting-cd-rom-for-free-when-you-spend-over-20/

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products:
Verity Rose Moonstruck Stamp, Verity Rose Moonstruck Accessories Stamp, Verity Rose Papercrafting CD-Rom, Verity Rose Lace Edge Die, Downtown Abbey Ornate Frame Die, English Country Garden Lazy Daisy Dies, English Country Garden Floral Duo Dies, Neenah Card, Collall Glue, Spectrum Noir Pens – Blender, FS2, FS4, TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, HB1, HB2, HB3, LV3, TB1, TB2, TB3, EB1, GB1, GB4, GB6, GB7, CG1, CG2, IG1, IG4, IG6, CR7, True Black Set,

Other:
MDF Shape, Pebeo Chalk Paints, Glitter Paste, Stencil, Distressing Inks, Nail File, Gold Glitter Pen, Glossy Accents, Lilac, Black and White Card, Black Ribbon, Gems

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group. Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Crafter's Companion August Project - Gingerbread HouseSketchbook

Good morning

Are you enjoying the Olympics? I've watched and enjoyed way more than I thought I would...mmm, I sure I said the same thing 4 years ago :) Anyhow it's back to crafting, and today I'm here to share one of my August projects for Crafter's Companion with you. This one is a little unusual - I was asked to make a shaped children's sketchbook.  The book has a shaped roof and cut out windows and contains plain paper allowing a child to draw inside and use their imagination.

My 1st challenge was trying to think about book design would trigger a child's imagination; so after spotting the Gingerbread Edge'able die I immediately thought of a Christmas  house....and what could be better than a gingerbread house. I hope you like it :)

Here's a link to other designs http://www.katescreativespace.com/2016/04/10/altered-books-for-little-people/  So tell me what would you create ---- let me know?
 


 
Here's What I Did
First I marked the top centre top of the sketchbook with a pencil, then measured so far down each side (I did 2") and drew a line from each side to the top to create my roofline. This was then cut off.

Next I cut down 2 pieces of Kraft card to cover the front and the back. On the front piece I added approx an extra 2" to the width and scored to lines down it quite close together - this was so it could be wrapped around the spine of the book. Both sections were cut to the same roofline angle as the book, this was then embossed and distressed with ink. Next I marked out where the windows should be on each piece (front, back and sketchbook) and using a rectangle die to cut them out. To make life easier for myself I dismantled the book to allow my die to cut through several sheets of paper, and then stapled them all back together.

I covered the front of my book with the Kraft card and then added the back piece making sure the windows and roofline were lined up. The die cut window fronts were added next and made sure they were also lined up perfectly (I added a set of frames on the inside cover of the book to make everything look nice and neat as well). If you have any questions just leave me a message and I'll reply to you or give me your email address.

To finish off I added LOTS of die cut elements and glitter, and basically used my imagination to decorate it....there are no rules.

Here's What I Used
Crafters' Companion Products Used:  Core'indations 'Brights' and 'Pastel' Pad, Sheena Douglass White Stamping CS, Crafters Companion Kraft Card, Sara's Signature Collection 'Lazy Daisy' and 'Cottage Window', Die'sire 'Flower Buttons' and 'Gingerbread Man' Edge'ables, Diamond Press 'Love Today' Dies & Stamp Set & Fashion Dies 'Banners', Textures Embossing Folder 'Dry Stone Wall', Collall Glue, Sparkle Pen 'Aquamarine'

Other: School Book (Orange), Fence, Oval & Rectangle, Star, Christmas Tree Dies, Wood Effect embossing Folder,  Glitter CS, Glitter, Pearl, Fineliner Pen, Long Arm Stapler, Distressing Ink

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group. Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.

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I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Kit - Issue #11 Project

Good morning everyone :)

Hi there, welcome to another Crafter's Companion project using the freebies from Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Kit - Issue #11. The kit content is based around the autumn and winter season and includes a stamp set, dies, embossing folder, CD/DVD... and of course the Crafter's Inspiration magazine. The CD has some wonderful papers and digi stamps and there's a brilliant Sheena Douglass tutorial DVD.  I loved playing with everything in this kit, Autumn is one of my favourite seasons mainly because I love the colours, and this kit definitely doesn't disappoint.

As soon as I opened the box I spotted the leaf stamps, and I instantly had an idea for a autumnal glitter card. I have lots of old glitters in gold, orange and red which were perfect and I thought they would show up brilliantly on black card. The finished card is super glitzy and sooo sparkly. Hope you like it. :)

A description of how I made it and all the products used are shown just below the photos. :)




Here's What I Did
First I cut down a sheet of matt black top 5" (wide) x 11" (high) with a top fold scored at 5½". I then cut down another piece of black card to 4¾" (wide) x 5½" (high) to create the topper. I stamped and then heat embossed the sticky embossing powder and sprinkled various coloured glitters on top. This technique could easily be carried out using different coloured sparkly embossing powders.

The finished topper was mounted onto the card blank using foam pads. Next I stamped the included free sentiment onto a strip of black card, and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. When cool, I matted the black strip onto a piece of vellum and added it to the card front with more foam pads. To finish off the card I added 3 small yellow gems.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion:
Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue #11 (Stamps Used)
Paper/Cardstock (CS):
Crafter's Companion Matt Black CardCrafter's Companion Printable Vellum

Other:  Various Coloured Glitters, Foam Pads, Versamark Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Gems, Stamp 'n' Bond Embossing Powder

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group. Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Sweet Stampin' Design Team Card - Black, White & One Other Colour

Hello and good morning everyone ---

Well it's Saturday and Sweet Stampintime - so I'm here to share my Design Team card with you. Our theme this week is 'Black, White and One Other Colour' - so I chose orange as my 'other colour' and created a scenic card. This was really simple to do, the hard bit was now when to stop. LOL

REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your project to enter, and link back to the Sweet Stampin' blog for a chance to win a prize!  Have fun and good luck.

So for my card this week I have used a stamp set with lots of flower layers, I just didn't use all the layers to create my summery scene,
 



 Here's What I Did
Firstly I die cut 2 pieces of card, one from white stamping card and the other from black card. Next I added colour to the white card using one distressing ink, a brush and a piece of torn paper. I increasingly added more colour to the bottom section of the card. Using several flower stamps I randomly added flowers and branches onto the bottom of the card using black ink. When everything was dry I added a little clear glitter to some of the flowers. I mounted the completed topper to the black die cut square and added it to the card blank using foam tape.

To finish off I add the word 'beautiful' to the top section of the topper that I'd die cut from black card.

Here's What I Used
Stamp: My Favorite Things 'Beautiful Blooms'
Inks: Distressing Inks - Mustard Seed, Black Soot, Versafine - Black Onyx
Dies: Paper Smooch 'Kudos Words'
Paper & Cardstock (CS): Crafter's Companion Matt Black CS, Sheena Douglass White Stamping CS

So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our ''Black, White & One Other Colour' challenge ,we'd love to see your entries. 
 
This week's prize is from Bunny Zoe
 
Thank you so much for dropping by and why not leave me a message to say hi :)

Challenges entered: 
 
Hugs
x Janine x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Blog Hop Individual Winner

Hi there

The Crafters' Companion Blog Hop which started on July 28th held to celebrate Sara's Signature Contemporary Christmas collection, has now closed.

The winners of the individual blog prizes has been announced on the Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page, and the overall Blog Hop winner will be announced on 6th August's Contemporary Christmas Collection launch show on Hochanda from 8pm by Sara. So make sure you're tuned in. :)
 
Drum roll please.....
 
The winner of my individual blog prize (the Ribbon & Embossing Folder) goes to....
 
Norah McPhee
 
I've sent you a facebook message Norah.

Here is the full list of winner for your information


If you are a winner, please send a private message to Crafter's Companion through their Facebook page or email them at info@crafterscompanion.co.uk
 
I will post the overall winner when it has been announced by Sara. So don't forget to check back on here or the Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page.

The Overall Winner is June Smith
 
Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and for all your wonderful comments. I hope you join us again when we do another Blog Hop, and I hope you'll drop by soon and say hi!
 
x Janine x

Crafter's Companion Blog Hop-UPDATE

Hi there

The Crafters' Companion Blog Hop which started on July 28th held to celebrate Sara's Signature Contemporary Christmas collection, has now closed.

The winners of the individual blog prizes will be announced on the Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page on 5th August Time tbc), and the overall Blog Hop winner will be announced on 6th August's Contemporary Christmas Collection launch show on Hochanda by Sara. So make sure you're tuned in. :)

I will add details of my Blog winners on this post when it's official, and I will post the overall winner when it's been announced by Sara. So don't forget to check back on here or the Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page.

Good Luck

Janine x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Little Miss Muffet Challenge Card #143 - Farewell Card

Heeeellllloooo everyone

Well it's Monday, and my turn to share my latest card which I made for Little Miss Muffet's newest Challenge #143. This is actually my last card for LMMS, and it's been such a fab ride - thank you Barbara and all the DT girls, I've loved every minute of it.

For my last card I decided to create a 'farewell' card using one of the fabby eleflumps, this one is called 'Tine's Friend' and you can find it here. I will still be crafting and creating so keep watching this space :)


 


http://www.littlemissmuffetstamps.com/
 
Here's What I Did
I decided to create a CAS card so I matted my 5" x 5" scalloped card base with some gorgeous glittery patterned paper. Next I printed my image and sentiment directly onto some colouring cardstock and coloured it in with Copic pens. the finished image was die cut into a square and matted onto pink card and added to the card base using foam tape.

 To finish off glitter was added to the little giraffe and the heart, and I attached 3 gems next to the sentiment.

Here's What I Used
Digi Stamp: 'Tine's Friend' it's in store here
Paper/Cardstock (CS): 5" x 5" Scalloped Card Blank, Neenah Colouring CS, Trimcraft 'Secret Garden' Paper Pad, Pink Card
Copics: Elephant - C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, W2, W3, B000 / Hearts, Giraffe - RV00, RV02, RV04, RV14
Dies: Crealies XXL 'Stitched Square'
Other: Glitter, Gems, Serif CA2

Don't forget....if you want to see more Little Miss Muffet creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page (just search for the Little Miss Muffet), and we also have a Pinterest Board.

Don't forget to join in with our Little Miss Muffet fortnightly blog challenge #1432 - the theme this month is 'Anything Goes'. Come on, what are you waiting for, remember you don't have to use a LMM stamp to enter either.
I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Crafter's Companion - BLOG HOP

Hi there

Welcome to our fun Blog Hop which we are holding to celebrate Sara's Signature Contemporary Christmas collection, which launches on the 6th August. 

You should have arrived from Suzi

 As part of the Blog Hop event each of the Designers have an individual prize you can win. The fabby prize on my blog is a Sara Signature Contemporary Christmas Elegant Snowfall 5" x 7" Embossing Folder and some Luxury Winter White Ribbon. To be in with a chance to win them you must leave me a comment. Winners of the individual blog prizes will be announced on the 5th Aug on Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page.
 
 
In addition to the individual blog prizes there is an overall prize of the WHOLE of the Sara Signature Contemporary Christmas collection. This will be announced live on the launch show on Hochanda  on the 6th August. To be entered into the overall prize draw you must comment on every Designer's blog in the hop - I have listed them all at the bottom of this post in case you get lost somewhere. 
 
The blog hop will finish on August 4th at 11.59pm, so you have lots of time to enter.

Good Luck!

Soooo, to get you in the creative and blog hopping mood I've created a sweet easel card for the occasion.
 

 

For my easel card I used:

Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Kitten 'Tilly', English Country Garden 'Blooming Vines' Embossing Folder, Core'indations 'Pastels', Create-A-Card Base 'Stacey', Die'sire 'Happy Birthday' Die, Diamond Press 'Butterflies' Dies and 'Love Today Stamp/Die Set, Neenah Card, Sheena Douglass Stamping Card, Spectrum Noir Pens: Skin - Blender, FS2, FS4, TN2, TN3, CR3 / Hair - TN1, GB1, GB2, TN3, TN7 / Dress, Shoes, Hair Band, Flowers - PP1, PP2, PP4, PP6, DR6 / Grass - CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4 / Butterflies - CT1, CT3, OR1, OR2LV1, HB2

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 Your next hop is to the wonderful Sam  
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Here is your Blog Hop journey:

Me (Janine)
Crafter's Companion Blog (with a fab treat for you)

ALL OUR LINKS ARE WORKING CORRECTLY NOW - SORRY FOR THE HICCUP!
 
Have a wonderful time and enjoy!
 
Hugs
x Janine x