Sunday, 26 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - February Project #2

Good afternoon everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 2nd of my February Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you, unfortunately there won't be a 3rd this month as I'm 'mummy sitting'. I'm looking after my  mum after heart surgery and can't access my crafty stuff. I did bring bits and bobs with me, but not enough to make full projects plus my time is limited.


Anyhow, on seeing these gorgeous stamps I had decided that I had to stamp and colour onto black card, and I definitely think it works .  Thanks for looking 💚






 Here's What I Did
Using matt black card I created a small side fold card. Next I cut down a piece of matt black card to size and stamped some of the flowers using Versamark ink and added clear embossing power over the top. and heat embossed it. I repeated the process by masking some of the flowers so that they would appear behind others. To make the masks I stamped the flowers onto the sticky edge of a post-it note and cut them out. When all of the flowers were added I painted them with white ink first, then when the ink was dry I coloured them with pencils. Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment with gold glitter embossing powder.

The completed panel was mounted onto the gold mirror card, and added to the card front using foam tape. To finish off I added white dots to the flowers and gold dots around the flower spray, along with a few glitter enamel dots.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products Spectrum Noir Colorista Stamps - Element 1, Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils Petal, Peony, Mulberry, Carnation, Duck Egg, Verdigris, Reef Blue, Daffodil, Bumblebee, Honey, Avocado, Grass, Peacock Green), Matt Black Card, Die'sire Sentimentals Stamp Set - Memories Are Made, Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter Pen

(Please note that the Element 1 - Colorista stamps are currently out of stock but there are other fabulous stamps in this collection, and definitely worth checking out).

Other: Wow Gold Glitter Embossing Powder, Dew Drop Brilliance White Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Post-It Note, Anti-static Bag, White Pen, Gold Pen, Gold Mirror Card, Glitter Dots.
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 :)

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x Janine x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - February Project #1

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 1st of my February Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Wow, February all ready...where on earth did January go? Boy, I must've blinked and missed it.


My first project is using the fabulous Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition kit (Issue #13). In the kit you receive a magazine crammed with inspirational projects, a CD-Rom full of papers, digi stamps and kits, a stamp set, embossing folder and flower die. Then to top it all a DVD full of tips and tutorials from Spectrum Noir....I did say it was a fabulous kit.

As soon I spotted the digi stamp of the daisies I knew I had to create something CAS and fresh with them because they reminded me of a summer's day. So I've tried my hand at a little bit of parching (parchment craft), well my version of it anyway.

I have to admit my teamies have loved these little flowers, and have created a lot of projects using them as you will see over the coming month. There's a small version of the actual stamp in the kit, plus a digital stamp version on the CD-Rom (which is what I used). The A6 version of the stamp is by Leonie Pujol and is available from the Crafter's Companion store here.  Thanks for looking 💚



Here's What I Did
I trimmed a piece of aqua card and a piece of Neenah card to fit the scalloped card blank. I carefully measured each piece of card including the blank to find the centre, then die cut a circle into each one card. The measuring was done to ensure they would all be in the same place.

I printed the daisies from the CD-Rom onto a piece of parchment in a pale grey. I carefully coloured the daisies onto the front of the parchment, then went on to embossing onto the back of the parchment to create the white work that can be seen on the front. When it was finished I embossed dots around the daisies and sandwiched the finished piece between the white card front and the aqua card, both pieces were then glued to the card front - making sure that all the circle apertures lined up perfectly. I used the die cut aqua circle on the inside of the card blank to add some colour behind the parchment. To finish off I added a few pearls.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products Crafter's Inspiration Magazine  Issue #13 CD-Rom, ColourBlend Pencils - Mauve, Denim Blue,  Bumblebee, Saffron, Citrus, Avocado, Shammock, Peacock Green
Core'dinations 'Pastel' Pad, Neenah Card

Other: Circle Die, Pearls, Soft Mat, 5" x 5" Scalloped Card Blank, Parchment, Embossing Tools

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - January Project #3

Good morning everyone

Hi there, I'd love to share the last of my January Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. It's something a little bit different for me, you see in our Design Team brief we were asked to 'try something new'.....so I did. Yep, I plumbed for a sewing kit from Debbie Shore; the kits are so cool because apart from needles and pins everything else is included in the box. The little owls Mr & Mrs Hoot are so easy to make and really cute when they're finished. Why not give the kits a go! Thanks for looking 💚






Here's What I Did
I unboxed all the content, carefully read all the instructions and then cut all the owl segments from the paper pattern. Starting with Mr Hoot I pinned all the owl shapes to the fabric and cut them out. Then using the included thread I stitched the front and back together, stuffed as instructed and closed him up. To finish off I added the eyes.

I repeated the same process for Mrs Hoot, but to add a little extra detail I die cut a flower from felt and added it to her head with a mini button.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Debbie Shore 'Mr & Mrs Hoot' Learn To Sewing Kit 

Other: Needle, Pins, Scissors. Coloured Felt, Button

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - January Project #2

Evening everyone

Well I'm here today to share another of my January 2017 Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. I decided to use an accordion die to create a 3 panel card incorporating printable images from the Catitude CD-Rom. To compliment the images I use a red and black colourway. Hope you like, t
hanks for looking 💚

 
Here's What I Did
I die cut 3 panels from black card and 3 from red mirror card which I trimmed down and matted onto the black. The toppers were printed from the Catitude CD-Rom toppers along with a Valentine sentment written by moi, these were then die cut into circles and matted onto scallop circles. The finished toppers were glued onto each of the panels which were then glued together to form the accordion. To finish off I glitter and tiny die cut hearts to the toppers.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Catitude CD-Rom, Die'sire Circle Accordion DieMatt Black Card, Diamond Press 'Love Today' Dies, Gemini,

Other: Red Mirror Card, Glitter, Printer Paper, Printer

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team & Creative Stamping Magazine Feature

Hi everyone

I thought I would share one of  the big projects I did in 2016 as part of the Crafter's Companion Design Team. I was asked to create 5 card and accompanying tutorials for a feature for Creative Stamping magazine. My brief was to create 5 card using Leonie Pujol Christmas stamps and her glitter pens. The 5 cards had to be linked by a colour theme so that they would link together in the magazine, I chose blue and lilac.
The cards and tutorials were in the magazine just before Christmas and produced a 3 page feature, I was chuffed to bits.

If you're a stamper or want to get into stamping, the monthly magazine is fabulous; it contains lots of photo samples and step-by-step instructions plus an A4 sheet of good size stamps, so definitely check it out. So here are my cards, and at the bottom I've included picture of the actual magazine article.









Thanks for looking x 

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - My Favourite 2016 Products

Hi everyone

Tonight I want to share one my 
Crafter's Companion Design Team projects that I made last year. We were asked to choose our favourite products of 2016, and I chose the Sara Signature Collection 'Little Angel'. I think the collection is really sweet, and so versatile because t could be used for so any occasions. My card and quote was added to the Crafter's Companion blog highlighting several different products...I was so chuffed.

For my card I decided to create a 'Baby's First Christmas' card using traditional colours, and I think it worked really well...I hope you like it as well.


Here's What I Did
I used an 7" x 7" white card blank  and matted it with a sheet of pattern paper. Next I die cut a frame from a sheet of strong white card and attached a piece of Bakers Twine from one side to the other, the frame was then added to the card front using foam pads.

The clothes were die cut using red, white, green and brown card and assembled. Glittery elements were added to the clothes and attached to the clothes line using mini pegs. To finish off  I created a computer generated sentiment which I die cut and mounted onto the card front along with some mini hand cut holly leaves.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Signature Collection 'Little Angel' Dies - My First Outfit, Baby Accessories,  Signature Collection 'Contemporary Christmas' Paper Pad, Sheena Douglass Stamping Card, Die'sire Essential Oval Dies, Gemini, Gemini Free Dies, Core'dinations 'Brights',

Other: Red Card, Bakers Twine, Glitter,  Funky Foam, Pegs, 7" x 7" Card Blank

Tip: Double up on your foam tape or funky foam behind a frame to create more depth in the aperture.

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirer's Design Team - January Project #1

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the first of my January 2017 Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. I used the gorgeous Colorista stamps-Elements 1. These are so pretty and such a great size to colour in as they're not too big, and there's quite a few in the set. I'm so happy how they turned out on my Kraft card, all I did was some simple masking. I coloured all the flowers in with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils using pencil & pencil blending technique...no solvent used.


I kept the card quite simple as I wanted to highlight the beautiful stamps. I'm definitely going to be making more cards using these little gems..so what this space. Thanks for looking 💚




Here's What I Did
I used a 5" x 5" Kraft card blank, Before sticking the little yellow card mat to the base card I die cut the word 'hello' and the large butterfly from it's centre.....this is called 'gutting'. As the centre of the yellow card mat won't be seen when the stamped Kraft is topper placed over the top it's a great way of utilising all of your card.

I cut a piece of Kraft card to size and stamped some of the flowers I wanted in the foreground onto it first. The same flowers were stamped again on to a large post-it note and cut out, then placed over the top of the flowers on my card.  I stamped a few more flowers and making sure I added more masks where required.

Tip: Remember when you plan your topper, think about what you want at the front and in the background. To add any image to your background always stamp your foreground images first and mask them, then stamp whatever you like in the background. Always try to remember perspective if you are creating scenic pictures.

I coloured the flowers in lightly with my pencils, and blended with another to add depth and shade. In some areas I lightly used a white pencil first then add my coloured pencil afterwards, this gave a much softer look. When everything was finish I added dots around the flowers and into the flowers using a Moonlight pen, which is creamy and fluorescent under certain light. The completed topper was added to the card base along with the die cut butterfly and sentiment which was mounted onto funky foam.

To finish off I attached a few punched out butterflies and a touch of glitter.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Colorista Stamps - Elements 1, ColourBlend Pencils (White, Daffodil, Lemon, Avocado, grass, Amazon Green, Holly, Petal, Peony, Fuchsia, Nectarine, Honey, Cranberry, Verdigris, Reef Blue, Night Sky, Vivid Pink, Mauve, Blackberry), Core'dinations 'Pastel' Pad, Crafter's Companion Kraft Card, Diamond Press 'Hello & Butterflies' Dies

Other: Mini butterfly punch, Moonlight Pens, Glitter, Funky Foam

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - Chick, Chick, Chicken

Hi there

I have another fabulous Crafter's Companion Design Team project to share with you. This time it's a stamped project using a cute image from Sheena Douglass aptly called 'Chick, Chick, Chicken and the brand new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.


When I chose this stamp to work on I'd already decided I wanted it in with shades of aqua and yellow as I wanted a fresh look to it. It's such a cute stamp, and perfect for Easter or anyone who lives on a farm...or maybe keeps chickens. Thanks for looking😃





Here's What I Did
I cut down a white card blank to create a 5½" x 7"card blank. Next I printed off a pretty blue patterned paper from the Crafter's Inspiration CD-Rom #11 and attached it to the card front.

The image was stamped onto a square piece of Neenah card and then onto a post-it note which I cut out to create a mask. Using distressing ink and a cloud template cut from thin card I coloured in the clouds. The images was coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens and a sentiment was stamped in the top right corner. When the image was completed I cut inverted rounded corners and mounted it onto complimentary card and attached it to the card front using foam tape.

The flower was created using flower layering die and then glued together, The fish tail banner was hand cut made from coloured card white card that was dry embossed using a border embossing folder. Both embellishment were glued in place onto the card front, then to finish off I added a large pearl to the flower centre.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Sheena Douglass - A Little Bit Sketchy 'Chick, Chick, Chicken' Stamp Set,  Core'dinations 'Pastel' & 'Brights' Pad, Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue #11
Spectrum Noir Illustrator Pens - TN3, BO2, FS3, FS6, FS7, MB1, MB2, CT1, CT2, LG3, DG2, DG3, HB1, HB2, HB3, TB1, TB2, TB3, BT1, BT5, AB1, Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Freebies # 11, Sheena Douglass Stamping Card, Neenah Card

Other: Flower Die, 5½" x 7" Card Blank (cut down), Cloud Template, Pearl, Corner Rounder Punch, Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink, Black Pen, Foam Pads, Manual Die Cutting Machine

Tip: Create your own cloud template by overlayering circles and sticking them together, or glueing cloud die cut shapes together to create a cloud border.

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirer's Design Team - Catitude Digital Card

Hi everyone 😊 

Wow, I'm on a roll with another Crafter's Companion project showing off the cuteness that is the Catitude CD-Rom. The stamps, embossing folders, dies that compliment the CD are also fab; they so pretty and very useful. 

If you're interested in purchasing the Catitude CD-Rom it has 2 disks. Disk 1 is the Papercrafting section and contains images, papers, card companion sheets, plus pre-designed toppers in a PDF format which can be printed and fussy cut out.  Disk  2 contains similar content but it's in a digital format (PNG) which can be used in a graphics program eg Serif CraftArtist, Photoshop etc. These images can be layered up to create your own toppers and backgrounds.  Digitally created cards are brilliant to batch make to save time when you're in a rush and can save on your postage. But definitely check out the rest of the launch products...they stamps are sooo cute as are the dies. 💛💙💜

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




Here's What I Did
I opened my graphics program (CraftArtist 2), then I put the Catitude CD2 into the computer drawer and waited for it to load. From the pop up screen I clicked onto Card Companions and selected everything I needed to make my card. I layered all the elements to create the topper I wanted, then to  give the illusion of depth I added a shadow to each of the elements.

When I completed my card design I printed it onto super smooth paper, then matted and layered it onto black card and added it to a 7" x7" card blank using foam pads. To finish off I added glitter and a few gems.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion: Catitude CD-Rom Digital Elements), Matt Black Card

Other: 7" x 7" Card Blank, Glitter, Gems, CA2

Tip: Add depth to digitally created card toppers by using a few mat and layers of card stock before adding to your card blank.

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, or even how to use them digitally I'd love to hear from you :)

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x Janine x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team Card - Catitude Bag

Good morning everyone

Wow, I'm on a roll! 
I'm here once again to share a Crafter's Companion Design Team project with you using the fabulous Catitudes CD-rom. I just couldn't resist using the digital cat elements of the CD this time...they're all sooo gorgeous.

This time I decided to decorate a plain brown paper bag using a cat topper, patterned papers all from the CD, a few die cut flowers, lace and a sprinkling of gems. Simple!




Here's What I Did
I used a small brown paper bag and decorated it with elements from the Catitude Twin CD-Rom. From the CD I took the pale pink background paper into a graphics program and added a sentiment to the bottom of the sheet and printed it off, along with a cat topper to compliment it. I also printed  a sheet of the spotty patterned papers onto thin white card to die cut flowers from it later on.

I matted the pale pink background paper and a strip of the spotty card onto black card and attached them both to the bag, along with a strip of black lace. Next I matted the cat topper onto black card and attached that to the bag as well using foam tape, to it give extra dimension.

Using both black and spotty card I die cut a few flowers and then layered them up. The flowers were added to the bag front along with a few leaves and flourishes cut from black glitter card.  I attached a few gems and a large pearl into the flower centres.

To finish off I attached a lace bow around the handle.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products Catitude Twin CD-Rom, Crafters' Companion Matt Black Card, Sara's Signature 'English Country Garden' Collection 'Grand Floral', Collall Glue, Gemini Cutting Machine

Other: Small Brown Paper Bag, Foam Tape, Black Glitter Card, Gems, Black Lace, Large Pearl, Glitter, CA2, Printer, Flourish Die

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 :)

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!!

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x Janine x