Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - Project #2

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 2nd of my March Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Today's project celebrates Children's Craft Day, so in honour of this fabulous day I created a mini craft kit using Crafter's Companion products plus a few extras elements. For my kit I decided on a Mother's Day theme, and aimed my kit at children from 5+. For the full kit content please check below the photo. I have included a sample card in the pictures to show what could be made using some of the content.


The kit could easily be adopted for any occasion eg birthday, Christmas, kids parties, Halloween etc. All that is required is some glue and the kit will keep the kiddie winkies occupied for hours.  Just a thought...why not get a few ready for the next half term holidays (Easter).

You could also tweak my idea for a friend who you're trying to get into crafting....simply let your imagination go wild. Thanks for looking 💚


Here's What I Did
Using the patterned papers as a colour guide, I simply die cut lots of flower shapes and letters in different sizes and colours, and included a few gems, buttons and glitter. Everything was slipped inside the cellophane bag and added a bag topper which I created using a computer program. I did package the buttons, tiny die cuts, sequins and glitter separately so they didn't get lost or spilt. All that is required now is some wet glue or a glue stick, and a willing child. :)

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products: Sara Signature Collection 'English Country Garden' Paper Pad, Core'dinations 'Pastel & Brights' Pad', Die'sire 'Flowers 4', Sara Signature Collection - English Country Garden 'Floral Duo', Diamond Press 'Block Alpha Capitals', 'Love Today' and 'Enjoy the Ride', Die'sire 'Circles', Die'sire 'Mam', Crafter's Inspiration Freebies Issue '#13',

Other: Foam Pads, Gems, Pink Glitter, Sequins, Buttons, Doilies, Glitter Card, Cellophane Bag, Thin White Card, Computer Generated Bag Topper, Computer Generated Sentiments (to Mummy, Mum, Mam, Gran and Grandma), Coloured Card, 5" x 5" Square Card Blanks & Envelopes (2), Mini Butterfly Punch

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

Friday, 17 March 2017

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

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 1st of my March Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Today I'm showing off one of the new stamps from Sheena Douglass's new range Temptingly Tropical. This particular stamp set is called 'Love Birds' surprisingly enough :)
Aren't they just the sweetest things, personally I think they would be great for an anniversary or simply to 'say I' love you'.  

I used Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils on this cute twosome along with a little distressing ink for the background. This is a big stamp as are the rest of the new launch stamps from Sheena, so great value for money and definitely worth checking out. Thanks for looking 💚




 
Here's What I Did
I used an A5 card blank which I matted with green card, then die cut flourishes from glitter card which I added to each corner.  Next the image and sentiment were stamped directly onto white colouring card, and again onto a post-it note which was carefully cut out to create a mask.  Using the mask over the birds and branch the cloud effect was created using a die cut cloud border and blue distressing ink.

Using a photo for reference the birds were coloured using pencils once the sky was dry.  After punching the corners of the completed picture it was matted and layered onto dark green card, and then added to the card base using foam tape. To finish off I added a few gems to the flourished corners.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products: Sheena Douglass Temptingly Tropical 'Love Birds', Sara Signature Collection - Butterfly Lullaby 'Fancy Flourishes', Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils (Saddle Brown, Russet, Avocado, Ivy, Shamrock, Peacock Green, Amazon Green, Pear Green, Daffodil, Bumblebee, Daisy, Honey, Saffron, Tangerine, Poppy, Seal Grey, Denim Blue)

Other: Green Card, Green Glitter Card, Gems, Cloud Template, Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink, Corner Rounder

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 March 2017

My Mum's Craft Shop Guest Designer Spot

Hello and good morning everyone ---

I'm here this morning feeling very excited, as I was asked to guest designer for My Mum's Craft Shop (MMCS) by Kitty, so of course I said yes. Woo hoo!
http://www.mymumscraftshop.co.uk/
For my 1st MMCS post I immediately chose a stamp from the Dreamerland Crafts range as they're so cute...I love the retro feel of them. The one I finally plumbed for is called 'Surrounded By Love, I adore the little puppies they're just so sweet. I used Spectrum Noir pens and Illustrator pens to colour with, some Echo Park patterned paper and a few MFT dies and stamps.  Thanks for looking 💖



 
Here's What I Did
I covered a 5" x 5" scalloped card blank with pretty patterned paper, leaving a slim border. Next I cut down a piece of strong white card and die cut a arch shaped in the centre and adding a stamped sentiment just below it.

Using the left over die cut arch clouds were added using a die cut cloud template and blue distressing ink. fancy circle from white card and 2 pieces of funky foam, these were all glued together to create a frame.

The image was stamped onto colouring card then coloured with alcohol pens. When the image was completed the top section was cut away, but making sure that a generous section was left on the bottom under the girl. The image was stamped again onto the same patterned paper I used previously, then pen was added to the dress and bow areas to create shade, then cut out. The two cut out pieces were paper pieced onto the coloured image and the whole image strip was glued behind the arched window.

The cloud arch was glued flat onto the card blank and the aperture panel containing the image was also added to the card front using foam tape. To complete the card, stamped and die cut paw prints were added along with a few enamel dots.


Here's What I Used
Stamps: Dreamerland Crafts 'Surrounded By Love', MFT 'BB You Have My Heart'
Dies: MFT 'BB You Have My Heart', MFT Die-namics 'Stitched Arch STAX', Lawn Fawn 'Puffy Clouds'
Paper & Cardstock (CS): 5"x 5" Scallop Card Blank, Echo Park 'Summer Spots & Stripes', 'Sheena Douglass White Stamping CS, Beige Card
Spectrum Noir (Old) & New Illustrator Pens: Skin - FS9. FS7, FS6, TN3, RB1, FS3 / Hair - RB1, RB2, EB1, EB2, EB3 /Dress - CR1, CR8, DR8 / Puppies - EB1, GB2, GB4, GB7 / Underskirt - TB2 / Grass - LG1, LG2, LG4. DG3. CG4.
Other: Enamel Dots, Foam Tape, Distressing Ink - Tumbled Glass Memento Ink, Die Cut Cloud Template, Misti, Foam Pads

If you wish to purchase any of the above items from My Mum's Craft Shop and an item is out of stock simply email/ring the shop to make an order. Thank you.
 
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 :)

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x Janine x

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 :)

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, 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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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x