Friday, 8 November 2013

Tartan Delight



Morning all, hope you are all looking forward to the weekend as much as I am, think I might get ahead and start my Christmas shopping on Saturday, I always leave it until the last minute.  I also need to get my bulbs in the tubs so hope the weather holds up.




As I told you my stamps are all in the loft and I haven't got the energy to move everything and search for them at the moment, so when buying the new release from Lili of the Valley I thought I would pop in a couple of my all time favourites and Christmas Magic just had to be included, coloured in copics (Nos below), I have only every coloured her in shades of Pinks before but I love the effect of the Red and Greens.  The Sentiment is from the LOTV Christmas Handwritten Phrases sheet, these are so useful.

The Papers are from LOTV Paper Pad Classic Christmas, love that Tartan.  Had a little spend up on The Ribbon Girls Site which included this Fabulous Olive Green Lace, 15mm Red Gingham Ribbon and Silver Jingle Bell .  The flowers are from my stash and the Berries were bought on Anne Marie Designs Website.  Although the picture has not picked it up I have used Crystal Glamour Dust on the fur and around the flowers.




I used a mixture of Copic Ciaos and Markers to colour this little Cutie and her are the numbers:

Reds: R89, R29, R24 R22
Greens YG99, YG95, YG93,
Browns: E40, E43 (Scarf) E53, E51, E50 (Teddy)
Greys C2, C1, C00
Yellows: YR14, YR24, YR41
Flesh: E13, E21, E00, E000, R20
Well thats me finished for Friday, hope you all have a good day

Hugs

Jacs xxx



Thursday, 7 November 2013

Santa Claus is Coming



Morning my lovelies, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on here and facebook what a fantastic welcome back.  Now I know I said I wouldn't be blogging everyday but as I have a FEW!!!!! cards already made with my new Lili of the Valley Christmas 2013 release, theres no time like the present to get them up and blogged.




Today its the turn of  Santa to make an appearance  I really enjoyed colouring him, took some time but think it was worth it, again I used Copic Ciaos, Copic Markers and Poylchromos Pencils (as usual Nos used are below).  Lots of Fran-tage Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel used on this one, I die cut the star and tree on white card and covered with the embossing powder, this time I did use an embossing pad as I wanted a full coverage.

I spent a couple of hours in the loft yesterday and found my Magnolia Christmas Papers so of course had to use them, they were perfect for the card I had in mind.  Lots of Magnolia Dies used here including: Sprawling Fern, So Wrapped Tilda Lace, Christmas Tree.  The Roses are made with a mixture of Roll Up Rose Dies.  The Gorgeous Lace, Charm and Rustic Bells are all from The Ribbon Girl.




I am going to practice my photography today, plus I am hoping to buy the Paintshop Pro download so I can get a better editing suite.  Before I go here are the Copics I have used:

Reds: R89, R37, R29, R24, R22
Green: YG99, YG95, YG93
Greys: C6, C3, C2, C1, C0
Browns: E40, E37, E15, E11, E21, E34, E00, E000, E74, E70

Hugs

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A New PC and a New Start




Greeting Peeps, yes its me back from the blogging wilderness with a new look, a new PC and a new set of stamps in fact everything I need to start crafting again, all I hope is that after such a long absence I can remember how to blog!!!!!!

After suffering my own (to borrow a saying from the Queen) "Annus Horribilis" I had decided never to craft again, so my Craft room had been turned back into a bedroom again and my very large stash had been relegated to the loft.  Then I went on a 2 week break to California to attend my Nephews Johns wedding and spent lots of time with my Brother and Sister in Law I enjoyed myself so much and came home revitalized and realized how much I missed crafting and all my blogging friends so here I am.  I have bought a New PC and although I lost everything on my old one and am starting from scratch I am gradually finding my way around it and uploading photo editing software as and when I can afford it.  

As you can see I have had the blog revamped, now I don't want you to think that I have also had a brain transplant and have suddenly become a computer wiz, the lovely Sharon and D from Plumrose Lane actually did all the hard work, they were so helpful nothing was too much trouble for them, so if you are thinking about a new look blog please visit their website.








As most of my stamps are still in the loft under piles of  Paper, Dies etc, I just HAD TO pop over to my favorite stamp store which is of course Lili of the Valley and buy some new ones, plus a few paper pads (well I think the total is now 6 so not sure if that can be considered a few).  I was so pleased to see that my favorite bear had made an appearance in the new 2013 Christmas Release, I just love James and as a bonus he is so easy to colour, but somehow all the rest of the release slipped into my basket, see I haven't changed that much.  I have Chosen to use "James-Snowman"  as my image and the backing papers are from Krafty Christmas and Frosty Christmas Pads the image has been coloured with a mixture of Copic Ciaos, Copic Markers and Polychromos pencils (colours used below).

I managed to unearth some of my old Magnolia Dies so I have used Sprawling Fern, Vintage Label and Peony Petals for my embellies.




Before I started making my cards I trawled the blogs to see if there were any new trends I needed to catch up on and one idea I really liked was the use of Fran-tage embossing enamels, so I decided to give it a try, after using Embossing Pad, Glue, Embossing Pen and even paint I was ready to give up, finally I e-mailed Becky from the LOTV Design Team and asked her advice she was really helpful and I think I am on the way to grasping the technique, by the way I noticed this morning that Becky has uploaded a video tutorial to U-Tube on the self same subject so here is the link.

Phew!! forgot how long this blogging lark takes so thats it for me today, I will be back not sure if I will blog everyday, just take it easy for a little while, but I must admit that I have made lots of new cards with my new stamps over the last week so shouldn't be too long before I am back full time.

Before I go here are the Copic Colours for you:

James: E37, E33, E53, E50, E59
Blue Hat and Scarf: B28, B24, B32, B41
Snowman: C3, C1, C0, R20
Snowmans Hat & ScarfE49, E74, E43, E40
Snowmans Nose: YR09, Y17 

Thanks for looking

Hugs

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Just To Let You Know .......

Hi there sweet peeps - yes it's Dawny P here and I've just popped on here to let you know that I have spoken to Jac to see if she was OK as she hasn't posted for a while. Poor Jac - she has had no computer since mid December, which is why she hasn't been able to blog, email, FB etc etc. But she is doing her best to get it all sorted and will be back with us as soon as she can.

And of course, she sends her love and best wishes to all xxx


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Flying High

Hi all, would you believe today's card is not celebrating Christmas seems ages since I made a birthday card.  I am a bit late posting today as I spent hours last night playing with my beads, its going to be a juggling act trying to split the time between card making and beading.

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One of those dreaded  Boys cards, but had to be done as Grandson Ben has his birthday almost immediately after Christmas, I found these fabulous new La La Land stamps on Oyster Crafts Website last week and just couldn’t resist them, this one is called Pilot Luka, just perfect for little boys.

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I found the Boarding Pass and Postcard amongst my stash, not sure where they come from but they seemed perfect for this card.  Added a couple of Tim Holtzs Ideaology elements too add some interest.

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The Soft Hessian Ribbon,and Brown Tea Towel Strip Ribbon are both from the Ribbon Girl

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Copics Used:

Helmet, Hat: E18, E17, E15, E13

Box: E71, E70, E40

Hair and Dog: E97, Yr23, Y21, Y000

Flesh: E13, E1, E00, E000, E0000, R20, R000

Blues: BB45, B34, B41

Red: R08

Enjoy whats left of your Sunday

Hugs

Jacs xxxxx

Saturday, 15 December 2012

More last minute Presents

Hi Peeps, no card for me today, hoped to have lots of time yesterday for card making, but as normal well laid plans have a habit of being upset, didn’t even get to my craft room to quite late.  I needed to make some extra little Christmas presents for table and tree gifts so I spent a few hours last night practising a new craft that I fell in love with at this years Craftaganza BEADING and Shambala Jewellery.

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I ended up making 5 bracelets, a know it sounds a lot but one you have grasped how to make the square knot the Shambala bracelets take about half an hour each to make.  I bought the beads for the Shambalas from Beaders Companion.

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These bracelets are not cheap but look stunning and can become a little addicitive to make

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The Beaded bracelet was much harder and I still have still got lots to learn but am quite pleased with my first 2 attempts, think I have to work a little on my tension, adding thread and finishing off.  Sure I will get there in the end.  I used Black and Crystal size 10 seed beads with a couple of 6mm beads for the fastening.  The beads came from The Spellbound Bead Company.

Looking forward to taking Grandson Robert to Rye today we will be meeting up with my other Grandson Owen, I am sure I will have a great day.

Have a good day,

Hugs

Jacs xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Quick Card and Gift

Morning all, Tree done Yipeee, now I can get down to a bit more crafting with a clear conscious.  Today I have a really different post, it all started when my neighbour took in some parcels for me this week, I wanted to give her a little something to say thanks but not go over the top and I had also forgotten to make her a Christmas card so was going to send a shop bought one.  With time being short it got me to thinking of how to make a quick card for the unexpected visitor or someone you had forgotten, I wanted to use as little products and papers as possible (if you are like me all Christmas Papers and Embellies go back in the loft a few days before Christmas Day to give me a bit more room), this is what I came up with it took all of three quarters of an hour.

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This is what I have come up with guess whats in the box!!!

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Yep a box of After Eight Mints.

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The card was simplicity itself, just a sheet of Pink Paper, a pre-scored and scalloped card blank, white paper and a few self adhesive pearls, 3 sets of Spellbinders Dies – Layered Poinsettia, Moroccan Accents, Moroccan Motifs.

I used 4 of the corners from Moroccan Accents set, then Large and middle Doilies from Moroccan Motifs, I layered the 2 doilies up with foam pads to add some depth, then cut two of each of the 2nd largest Poinsettia, and the 2 smaller poinsettias, I shaped the leaves(petals) with my fingers and layered them up as shown, then with 2 foam pads I add to the middle of the layered doily.  Finally  just add a few pearls, Voila its that simple and quick.

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I then wrapped the choccies with white paper, cut 4 strips off pink paper to cover sides, then just using the small doily from Moroccan Motifs, I add another poinsettia made as for the card.  Add a corner from Moroccan accents to the top, for the side i cut the gorgeous Lable again from the Moroccan Accents set and stamped a small snowflake in the middle, the just added more pearls to the top and side.

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A better view of the top of the box.

I promised a picture of my completed Christmas Tree here it is in all its glory

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And this is a Christmas Patchwork Wall Hanging that I made about 10 years ago it comes out each year :)

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Don’t forget I have some Delicious memory Box Candy on offer, to join in scroll up to the post above.

Have a good day

Hugs

Jacs xxxxxx

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