Sunday 30 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

Morning everyone

I just want to wish you all a Happy Mother's Day to all the mums, mum's to be and all the special ladies in our lives.  You're all stars, thank you for all you do!!

If your mum is no longer with us - I'm sending you a hug.  Remember all the good times and raise a glass to her.

Here's what my sweet daughter and hubbie bought me for Mother's Day.  My daughter is my best friend, my confidant, my inspiration and my little star. I love you Heath xxx

Have a fabulous day everybody!

There's some big news on Thursday - so watch this space.


Janine  xx

Thursday 27 March 2014

Sugar Bowl Challenge 114 - Easter/Spring Time

Hi there, it seems we're fast approaching Spring time....thankfully. Here at the The Sugar Bowl the theme this month is quite apt - it's Easter/Spring Time.  So get your Sugar Nellie stamps out and have a go.

Why not join in with us and make a card/project for the special someone in your life, but don't forget your project MUST include a Sugar Nellie stamp or digi stamp - both are available from Funkykits. If you're not sure if your stamp IS a Sugar Nellie stamp either sent me a message with it's name/picture or visit the Sugar Bowl website and send an email to Sugar Mama using the link there.

BIG NEWS: Funkykits now has a new Etsy shop where you can buy Sugar Nellie digi stamps - why not check them out.

Here's my little 'spring' card for you:

Here's What I Did
I used a 6 x 6 white card base and matted some patterned paper onto it - it's a pretty lilac colour but it looks a little washed out in my photo :(  I stamped my little gardening girl onto Neenah CS and again onto copier paper.  From the copier paper I cut out the girl with the flowers closest to her, and cut out the butterfly and a small hill shape - all to create a mask.  Using non-permanent tape I covered the girl, flowers and butterfly up and covered the area where I wanted my grassy area. Using distressing ink and my handmade cloud template I created some cloud shapes.  The rest of the image was always coloured with copics and Prisma Pencils. the grass was created using just green pen dots.  

The arch window aperture was die cut and embossed and I coloured the daisy centres with a copic pen. To finish off I added some punched out butterflies and sprinkling of glitter.

Here's everything I used:
Stamp:  'Garden Daisy' Sugar Nellie stamp available from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): White Neenah, First Edition 'Spring drop', White and Lilac CS
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30 / Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress, Shoes - V01, V02, V04, V05, V06  / Flowers and tights - RV000, RV00, RV02  / Watering Can, Butterfly & Flower Centres - Y000, Y15, Y38 / Grass and Leaves - YG00, YG03, YG09, YG17
Dies: MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 3 & 8'
Other: Butterfly Punch, Inkydoodles Mask 'Daisy Daisy', 'Tumbled Glass' Distressing Ink, Glitter

So don't forget to drop by at The Sugar Bowl and have a look at what the rest of my fabulous DT sweeties have created to inspire you; and why not join in with this month's challenge while you're there. It's open to everyone, and the theme is Easter/Spring Time so come on give it a go. 

If you want to be in with a chance of being in our Top 3 or even a Guest Designer then please remember to use a Sugar Nellie stamp.

Have fun, and I look forward to seeing your creations on my return.


Janine x

Saturday 22 March 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Doodles

Helloooo, well it's that time's my turn to make a Sweet Stampin' card for you. Our theme this week is DOODLES....brilliant!!  So come on and get stamping and doodling with us. Sooooo to get you in the mood here's my card for you.
Here's What I did
I used a 6 x 6 card base, and matted and layered it with my paper and added a doodled faux stitching around the edge. I die cut my orange card into a square and die cut it again with the word 'Friend' both from Die-namics Blueprint 3.  The image was printed out 4 times, coloured with Copics, cut out and layered up. My die cut flower was attached to some acetate and tucked behind one of the layers so it would stand proud of the card.

Here's what I Used:
Cardstock (CS)/Paper: White Neenah Colouring CS, Dovercraft 'Garden Party' Paper Pad, Orange and Pink CS
Copics:  Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30 / Dog - W-0, W-2, W-3, W-5, Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / T-Shirt, Bow & Ladybird: R20, R22, R30, R35 / Branch and Leaves: YR00, E13, E99, YG03, YG09 / Bird & Daisies - B0000, B00, B02 / Sky - B0000, B00 / Daisy Centres: Y02, Y15, Y16, Frame - YR02, YR04, YR16 / Grass - YG03 / Butterflies - R20, R22
Digi Stamp: Sassy Cheryl 'My Favourite Kind of Weather'
Dies: MFT Die-namics 'Blueprint 3 and 8'
Other: Acetate Fineliner Pen, Glitter

We hold a weekly challenge with a fantastic prize plus a monthly prize draw for everyone who enters a card/project throughout the month. 

So why not drop by 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 Doodles challenge we'd love to see you. REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your card!
This week's sponsor and prize is from The Hobby House.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

Challenges entered:


Janine x

Sunday 9 March 2014

Email Message Box Problem

I apologise to anyone who's sent me a message via my email message box recently.  It was only yesterday that I realised it wasn't working, and I'm not sure when it stopped or why, and as usual Blogger doesn't have any answers :(  So I've removed it and added my email address instead, I'm just hoping I don't get hit by spammers....but we'll see!

Hugs Janine x

Saturday 8 March 2014

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Inspired By A....Book, Film or Song

It's Sweet Stampin' time for me again, and our theme this week is INSPIRED BY...A FILM, BOOK OR A SONG. I'd love you to join us and take part, in the fun - but just remember your project MUST include a stamped element. So to get you in the mood here's my card for you - I hope you like it.  I opted to make a box card and I chose 'Alice In Wonderland' and the Mad Hatter. I've also included a tutorial on how to made a box card to fit in an A5 envelop if you would like to use it.

Here's What I did
After creating my box and adding my papers to it. I die cut flowers attaching some to acetate strips.   I then printed off my digi stamps - the Mad Hatter, cups, teapots and cakes. I coloured them all in with Copics and also attached these to acetate strips. The quotes were printed and die cut and coloured with pan pastels.  The red & green small cups I drew myself.  Everything was then placed inside the box.  You'll also spot the odd playing card (including the Queen of Hearts) - these are actually mini cards from a Xmas cracker.

Click the link here to the Box Card Template I've created.  It's a bit lengthy sorry, but it does have illustrations.  You can open, download and/or save it. FYI, if you want to make the box height and/flaps slightly larger or smaller just increase or decease the measurements I've given you. Any questions just email me...have fun! 

Here's what I Used:
Cardstock/Paper: White card, Neenah Colouring CS, MME 'The Sweetest Thing' paper Pad,
Copics:  E0000, E000, E00, E11, E35, R20, R30, C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-5, Y00, Y02, Y08, Y17, R20, R27, R29, R32, YG03, YG11, YG17, B0000
Digi Stamps: 'Mad Hatter' by Mo Manning, Cups, Cakes, Teapot - 'Picknix Collection' by Polkadoodles
Dies: Xcut 'Ovals' and 'Bloom', Die-namics 'Blueprint 8', Spellbinders 'Rose Creations'
Other: Serif CraftArtist 2, Distressing Inks, Fineliner Pen, Pan Pastels, Candi, Mini Playing Cards

We hold a weekly challenge with a fantastic prize plus a monthly prize draw for everyone who enters a card/project throughout the month. 

So why not drop by Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog and check out what my fabulous Design sweeties have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card or project into our INSPIRED BY....A BOOK, FILM OR SONG challenge. This week's sponsor and prize is from MY CRAFTY HEART and the monthly draw sponsor prize is a £10 voucher from Cuddly Buddly.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

Challenges entered:
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge 8 Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes #39 
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes #202
That Crafty Place - Anything Goes
The East Wind - Challenge #2 Use a Digi


Janine x

Saturday 1 March 2014

Totally Gorjuss - My Last DT Card

Well this is my last post for Totally Gorjuss as I've decided to step down from the Design Team. My last post for them is very apt - the theme this week is ANYTHING GOES - HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  

It's apt because the card I made was for a lovely lady who turned 90 last week. Unfortunately a few days later she passed away and will be sadly missed. I decided to use this card as a lovely way to remember her, she was a sweet and lovely lady who endured such pain for many years. RIP Ann.

Here's What I Did -
Everything was created digitally using Serif's CraftArtist 2 and a digi kit. I created the sentiment and layout to fit onto my 8 x 8 base. Everything was printed off 3 times and then cut out and layered up. To finish it off I added glitter and created AN insert.

Here's What I Used - 
Digi Kit: Daisytrail 'Hearts Designs - Hearts & Roses'
Cardstock: Cream, Lilac
Other: Serif CraftArtist 2, Glitter

So why not come along and visit our blog at Totally Gorjuss and check out what my lovely team buddies have made to inspire you. While you're there don't forget to enter your card/project into our weekly challenge - remember it's HAPPY BIRTHDAY. There's a prize up for grabs and this week's sponsors is The Ribbon Girl.

I can't wait to visit you and see what you make for one last time.

Janine x