Monday 14 November 2011

Silver Wedding Couple

I made this for my mum and step dad who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last week. Congratuations to you both !!!

My mum has never had a 25th anniversary because we sadly lost my dad when he was only 41 - they were married for 21 years.

The gorgeous drawing is a digi image from Mo Manning (Mo's Digital Pencil), which I printed out a few times, coloured with pro and flex markers, then cut out and layered up.  The matted and layered mounts were made from silver mirra card and white cardstock which I stamped and embossed with silver swirly leaves.  The edges of the white embossed card were cut using my new babies - my Grand Calibur and Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies (all bought by my lovely hubbie as a treat - kiss kiss Tony!!)  Each layer was lifted up using foam pads and finally I added a flower and a silver swirl.

Here are the rest of the details:
Promarkers:  Warm Grey 4, Cool Grey 2 & 4, Blossom, Rose Pink
Flexmarkers: Blue Grey, Light Fawn, Pale Blossom
Spectrum Pens: Blue Grey 1, Warm Grey 0.5, 1 & 3
Sakura Glitter Pen: Pink
Edgeabilities Die: Classic Bracket
Equipment: Grand Calibur
Stamps: Clarity Stamps - Large and small Leafy Swirl / Silver embossing powder
Digi Image: Kisses for my sweet-C (Mo's Digital Pen)
Flower: Sizzix 3 Flower Layer Die / Worn Lipstick Distressing ink
Swirl: Marianne Creatables
Cardstock: Snow white Neenah, C & C silver mirra card, Scalloped 8 x 8 card

Thanks for visiting my blog - hope you like it.  I'd love you to leave me a comment - good or bad!!

Janine XX

Sunday 11 September 2011

Super Mini

I've just finished this motoring card for my mum to give to my brother, who's mad about cars.

I stamped the car 4 times, coloured, cout out and then layered up on foam to give dimension.

Materials Used:

Stamp: Kanban Retro Cars
Promarkers: Satin, Berry Red, Crimson, Cool Grey 1 & 4, Warm Grey 4 , Black
Pen: Sakura clear glaze pen
Ink: Memento Black, Demin Blue Distressed Ink
Nestibilites: Circles

My brother lives in Cornwall so I googled a map for the background, and then using my graphics program I added a text bar to place the greeting.

I hope you like it and thanks  for visiting.

New Blog Pages

Hi everyone. I've just added a couple of new pages to my blog. 

The first one 'My Tips & Hints' will included any tip and such like that I find on my blogging and website travels that I personally find useful and think you will too!  The second page 'Useful, Brilliant Websites & Blogs' will be exactly that.  I'm such a hoarder and blog walker that I have a big collection of sites and blogs in my Favourites folder (collected over the past 5 yrs) which I've found either really interesting, useful or have simply inspired my card making that I thought I would share them with you.  

I also plan to included a list of online stores that sell digi images and papers etc (again I have a huge list), plus videos and site for card making, Inkscape and for the Cricut.  But please be patient with me as I have a big list and I have to copy and paste each sites link individually and not as a group as I originally planned to laid plans eh! 

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Sweet Roses....Sweet Friend

I made my latest 8 x 8 creation yesterday for my mum to give to her friend.  She wanted a 'pretty card' with a friend poem on it...and well I love green and pink together.

I made the swirl roses first attempt..yey!  I added a blob of glitter to the centre, mainly because I didn't have any pearls or gems big enough.

I distressed the edges of the paper and poem label with the Egg Plant ink. Also using the ink I stamped the swirly leaves onto the poem and background paper...gorgeous.

I punched out lots of leaves in green glitter card and also in white card and then coloured then using the same Egg Plant ink.  Finally I added a large pink glitter swirl and punched daisy flowers.

I wanted a pretty but fresh look, and hopefully I achieved it.  It went in the post today, so I just hope she likes it.

Materials I Used:
Paper: Digichick (gorgeous kit)
Leaves: Martha Stewart punch
Flowers: Daisy punch
Ink: Eggplant Adirondack
Nestibilities: Label 4
Hougie Board
Swirl: Marianne Swirl Die
Stamp: Clarity Stamp's Swirly Leaves

Thanks for looking.

PS A quick stepdad is still in hospital, but today he looked a whole lot better.  His breathing and cough has definitely improved and there's talk of home coming home at the end of the week. So fingers crossed!!!!

Happy 18th Birthday Alice

Here are 2 cards I made for my lovely niece Alice who turned 18th last week, and who is off to start university life in York in a weeks time.

I made her first one using a Hunkydory kit I bought a while ago, I'm not really keen on the kit but I'm happy to say the card came out quite well.  I added glitter, gems and a sentiment.  Thankfully Alice loved it!!

I made the 2nd one for my daughter (Heather) to give to her, it's a variation on the 'Girly, Girly' card using my cricut.  The only 2 changes I made was that I cut out the '18' with my cricut and triple embossed it to give it a glossy effect, and the other was that I raised the girl and boxes up off the page with foam pads...much better me thinks. :0)

For the materials I used see the 'Girly Girly' card.

Hope you like my card creations, and thanks for visiting.

Thursday 1 September 2011

Bad Time

Hi everyone, sorry I've not posted any cards lately but it's been a terrible 2 weeks, my step-dad was rushed into hospital 2 weeks ago with heart failure.  They discharged him on Monday (29th Aug) but yesterday we had to rushed him back in again with breathing difficulties, it now looks like he's got a chest infection, thankfully it's not pneumonia (and it stays that way). 

Unfortunatey my mum's not very good on her feet and relies on a wheelchair to get about which someone has to push. So yesterday I went with her, and we were stuck in A & E for almost 4 hrs before he went onto a ward and where we spent another hour....omg you forget how tiring it is just sitting. Plus we'd had nothing to eat for 9hrs, as we didn't dare go and get anything just in case they moved him...we were passing out by the end of the night.

Well that's my moan over with now.  I'll post my last few cards over the weekend if I get chance. 

Thanks again for visiting.

Janine XX

Monday 8 August 2011

My newest creation

I've just finished making this little square card for a commsion, for a friend at work. She wanted a card for her young daughter and son to give to their cousin who's turning 21.

Stamp: Molly Blooms freebie from Simply Card & Papercraft magazine (I got this eons ago)
Paper: Papercraft Essentials 'Sweet Wishes' again another magazine freebie
Promarkers: Satin, Blush, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Grass, Powder Blue, Cornflower, Cool Grey, Blossom, Rose Pink, Saffon, Caramel, SandstoneCool Aqua, Duck Egg (WOW didn't realise hown many I'd used!)
Copic:  E95 (my only one)
Nesties: Circle and Scallop Circle
Flowers: MS leaf punch and  a flower punch (don't know the make)
Distressed ink: Worn lipstick
Pen: Tim Holtz Inkessentials white pen
CS: Plain white, pink and green glitter

I stamped and coloured these little guys in and cut them out. I glued the little boy onto the circle background card adding an extra balloon behind the others.  I added foam pads to the little girl to make her come forward a little. I loved colouring these little characters in and will def use them again, they're such sweeties.

Thanks for looking.

Monday 1 August 2011

Daisy, Daisy!

I made this gorgeous Fizzy Moon card for my closest friends' daughter. I just loved making this card, FM characters are just sooo cute.  OMG I love colouring with my Promarkers.

Materials used:
Stamp: Fizzy Moon (Love)
Paper: Fizzy Moon (Celebration)
Promarkers: Ivory, Satin, Saffron, Burnt Sienna, Apricot, Pastel Yellow,Yellow, Meadow, Line Green (I used my new fine nibs for the smaller details...I just love these nibs)
Nestibilities: Labels 4 / Shapeabilities: Ribbon Tags
Flower Punch


Girly, Girly!!

I made this for a commision; my work colleague saw one I'd made for another work colleague and loved it.  She immediately ordered 3.  This is the first one....only 2 more to make!

Materials used:
Cricut cartridge - Forever Young, Birthday Bash, Songbird
Paper and scraps - Forever Friends (Spring Time),
Sweet Wishes (free papers)
Nestibilies: Label 4

Thanks for looking.

Saturday 9 July 2011


Evening All
Just a quick message to anyone who is kindly 'following' my blog or would like to.  It would seem that Blogger are having a wee bit of a problem with the 'followers' list, they seem to be disappearing from people's blogs - mine included (as you'll notice).  Plus there's no remedy in sight, so beware bloggers it could be your blog next!!

So if you want to follow my blog or have already subscribed (as I have no idea who you are because of my missing list, sob :(  ).....kindly leave me a comment here along with your email address and I'll send you a message whenever I update my blog..  No pressure though!  Or just pop back whenever the mood takes you.

Take care. 
Janine XX

Trudy's Party Dress

This is my entry into Mo Mannings 'Trudy's Party Dress' challenge on her facebook page.

She was such a sweetie to colour in, which I did several times so that I could layer her up to give her some dimension...ahh bless!!  So this is my card entry to compete in the challenge - my 1st with Mo and my 2nd ever attempt at any contest. Wish me luck!!

I used Promarkers to colour her in and my one and only Copic:
Sky Blue, Saffon, Blush, Rose Pink, Caramel, Canary, Cool Grey, Cornflower and E95.

Background: QVC's TSV Kanban stamp, Big & Juicy 'Mountain' inkpad
Flower: Sizzix Flower Layer Set, Big & Juicy 'Mountain' inkpad.

Hope you like, if you do why not leave me a comment.

Friday 1 July 2011

I'm Back!

Well, I promised you that I would update my blog. so I've added a slideshow and a visitor feed viewer, also due to what looked like spam messages I felt it necessary to remove the Chat Box - if you did leave me a message I apologise.  Anyway I hope you like the changes I've made and I hope you'll visit me often, and if you like a card I've made why not leave me a comment or become a follower. 

Well here's the first card for you to look at.  It was a card made for my mum to give to my step-dad on his birthday. 

I cut out a cloud shapes, an oval aperature, tore a wave shape from paper and created a mask of the man and the boat. Then using these shapes I sponged through the aperture and behind the topper onto the card blank  to continue the design.  The materials I used:

Image - Fishing (from Mo Manning Digital Pencil)
'Waterfall' Big & Juicy pad - sea, fish, paper strip, edge of the card
Faded Jeans Distressed Ink - sky, edge of the card
Promarkers - Fisherman
Nestibilities - Sentiment tag
Computerised sentiement

Friday 20 May 2011

I'm such a bad blogger!

Tusk Tusk!!! I've been a bad blogger, it's been a year since I last blogged. But my excuse is that I've had such a busy time of it., what with my daughter's graduation, holiday time, Christmas, my new Cricut baby. Then there's been one poorly daughter, mum, stepdad, mum again, stepdad again, and me twice with flu and a wonky eye.  Plus working, teaching, help support my mum and stepdad)who can't get out and about with help), and seeing my hubbie when I've had 5 mins spare, and oh yes doing the odd bit of cardmaking. OMG how did I manage to get through all that since last May.  No wonder I'm exhausted :)

Well, I back and ready to craft and try some new things out ie brayering (which is my newest venture) and making handmade flowers. I plan to revamp my bloggy home and make it even prettier bit by bit and I've made a promise to myself and to you that I'll make every effort to be a good blogger and blog as often as I can and upload any new creations.