Saturday, 30 June 2012

Some Exciting News

Morning Peeps sorry once again for my absence, sometimes life just gets in the way of crafting and making cards has to take second place.  After not really crafting much for more than a month I seem to have lost my Mojo somewhere, but will send out a search party today.

Anyway back to todays card.  When I first started blogging, many moons ago, the very first Design Teams I was asked to join as a Design Team Member, where Tilda & Friends and Penny Black Saturday Challenge, in fact I was a founder member of Penny Black Challenge so I was so excited when dear Kath asked me if I had time to rejoin the DT,  although I have a lot less time for crafting now I just had to say yes, I have always loved my PB stamps and now I have a no excuse to not use them.

OK time for this week's challenge...

The prize this week for one lucky winner who will be chosen at random and announced next Saturday is...

to spend in their online store where you will find lots of your favourite Penny Blacks and lots of other lovely crafting goodies for your crafty stash...


Its a very plain card, but so easy to make as a batch of Christmas Cards.  I have used one of my favourite Penny Black Wood Mounted Stamps “Fantasy”, the image was stamped with an Emboss Inkpad and embossed with Platinum Sparkle Regular WOW powder. I have added a few Self Adhesive Rhinestones to the tree for a little added impact.

The image and embossed panel have been mounted onto Silver Centura Pearl card.  The background panel was embossed with M-bossabilities Flora Folder.  I have edged the Panel with Silver Halo Glitter.

I thought you might like to see my very first Penny Black DT Card for the very First Penny Black Saturday Challenge, way back in June 2008, OMG how different my crafting is now.  We didn’t have the Dies, inks and wonderful embellishments we have now, the world of cardmaking and blogging has just grown so much over the years.  This image was coloured with Polychromos Pencils.


Hope you have a good weekend


Jacs xxxx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Final Sneak Peek of “Grande Journeys”


Morning Peeps, today I have the last sneak peek from Jayne’s “Grande Journeys” Collection, the website will be open for business tomorrow, although I know some of you have already found your way there already.

I have another “Venetian Lady” card for you, if I had to choose a favourite from the collection she would be it, the border is also from the Stamp Sheet.  I have coloured her with Copics, The papers are by  Magnolia, the flower was made with the Doo Hickey Peony Die I add Glitter Glass to the centre of the flower.

Why not Visit Jaynes Facebook Page at Time For Tea, for more information.

Happy Crafting peeps

Hugs Jacs xxxx

Monday, 25 June 2012

Another Sneak peek

Good Morning all, today I have another Sneak Peek of the New Fabulous Jayne Nestorenko range of stamps – “Just In My Imagination Grande Journeys” – which will be on sale on Jaynes new website from July 27th.  More news on the website and the stamps tomorrow.


This is the awesome Geisha Stamp, the thing I love about these stamps is the pleasure you get in colouring them, they do take time to colour but the finished result is so well worth it.   The Beautiful corner is also from the same stamp sheet, and the beautiful fan is from the Accessory Stamp Sheet.


I have used Copics to colour the image:

Mauves: V05, V04, V01

Blues: B06, B05, B02, B000

Outline on Leaves & Flowers Y15

Yellow Y08

Cream YR21, YR30,

Greens YG25, YG23

Pinks: R83, R81, RV0000

Greys (Hair) 110, C8, C5, C1

Face E51, E50, E000, E0000, R30

So don’t forget only 2 more sleeps until you can get your hands on these wonderful stamps. 


Jacs xxx

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sweet Nativity

Today I want to share a Christmas card with you I am sure this will be the first of many in the next few months, I have used one of my all time favourite images from Penny Black -  Sweet Nativity,  I have chosen a bright colour palette today instead of my usual pastel, just to show how versatile Spectrum Noirs are.

I tried to find  matching yellow card for the Doo Hickey Star Label die cut embellishment but could not find the perfect match, once again Spectrum Noirs came to the rescue I coloured the die cut white star with the same yellows  as I used on the image:

Here are the Spectrum Noirs I used for this image:

I hope you like the card and don’t forget the little  tip for matching your embellishments.


Jacs xxx

Friday, 22 June 2012

Outside Looking In

Good Morning, todays creation is called outside looking in, I think you will understand why when you take a look at it.


I had been playing with Breeze Blush Misting Inks trying to make my own backgrounds, I quite liked the effect I got with the Mauve and Blue and decided to try stamping on the background with an image from Sams Steampunk Dreams Stamp Sheet , I had recently bought the Tim Holtzs Sizzix Birdcage Die and had been impatient to use it, so though I would try cutting out the stamped Dress Form and put it behind the birdcage. That was the origins of the card it just grew from there.  The Bird which was an extra die on the Birdcage Die Set was cut distress and stamped with Alpha Writing stamp.  I added a Prima Decorative Clock to the corner, and then hung Black Wrap Genie Stones from the bottom of the cage, then added different size dots with Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue .  I hope you like the end result.

Hugs Jacs xx

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Another Jayne Nestorenko Sneak Peek

Sorry I have been absent, this week has been horrendous.  Thanks for all your kind wishes, once again I have scheduled this post.  Another sneak peek of one of Jayne Nestorenkos new Stamp Range – Fabulous Journeys, soon to be available from her brand new website.


This image is called Indian Princess and is a dream to colour, she just calls out for lots of lovely bling and glitter, The frame is made up from a Corner Stamp from the Same stamp plate, as usual Jayne has added extra value with extra stamps to her plates.  I have coloured the image with Copics.


Copic Colours Used:


E13 , E11, E00, E000 


100, C8, C5, C3

Reds: R46, R17,R05 


Y16, Y13


YR23, Y28

will be back with more sneaks soon.


Jacs xxx

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Spectrum Noir Blog Hop

I have had to schedule this post so I have everything crossed it has worked.

Welcome to the very first Spectrum Noir Blog Hop!  This week our entire design team has come together to start off summer with a grand celebration of Yellow - the color of summer!  If you have landed here from Wendy's blog, you are hopping in the right direction.  If not, pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog so you do not miss a single stop!

I have chosen this delightful Wee Stamp by Whimsey called Fairy Silver to use for my Yellow creation, once again I have gone for my favourite pastel theme, Spectrum Noir's colour range is so comprehensive it allows you to cover everything from Pastel to Brights with Brilliant results.

I found the papers in my scrap box and mounted them onto Yellow and Cream Co-Ordinations Card, there are lots of Doo Hickeys Dies used on here, 2 border Dies and the fabulous Tag, the edges of all the diecuts and the image have been distressed with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.

MY TIP FOR YOU: I didn't have any ribbon or pearls to Match so I used Spectrum Noir Pen CG2 to colour some Cream Seam Binding and Cream Flat Backed Pearls, I also coloured the Daisy Charm with the same Marker.  Why not give this a try when you are having trouble matching your embellishments.

I also decorted the inside of the card:

 and finally here is a close up of Fairy Silver

I took this picture before I had added the glitter to her wings as I wanted to be sure you saw the fabulous graduation of colour you can get with Spectrum Noirs.

I have used these Spectrum Noir colours to colour her:

Greens: CG3, CG2, CG1
Yellows: GB3, CT4, CT3, CT2, CT1
Flesh: FS9, FS4, FS1, CR3
Hair: GB4, EB1

We are excited to announce that our new Spectrum Noir website and blog is up and running. If you have not had a chance to check out all of the great tutorials, tips, suggestions and samples our design team has posted, today is a great day to take a peek. 

 Before we get to the rest of the blog hop, how about we add a bit more excitement?  Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner with a full set of 72 Basic Spectrum Noir Pens!  Yes, that's right...all twelve sets of six pens each.

Entering to win is easy.   Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us one fun new thing (tip, trick, interesting combination of colors, etc) you learned about the Spectrum Noir markers while hopping with us this week.  A random winner will be drawn using and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, June 23, 2012 so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won!  The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen.  How about a bonus chance to win?  If you add our blinkie to your blog and mention in your comment that you've done so, you will be entered into a second contest to win a
$25.00 or £25.00 gift certificate to be used on any Spectrum Noir product at Crafter's Companion US or UK websites
.  To add the Blinkie, simply download the code from the downloads section on the Spectrum Noir Blog and place it prominently in the sidebar of your blog. Do not forget to let us know in your comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post  that you have added the blinkie to your blog!

Now, hop on over to the Spectrum Noir Blog and leave a comment telling us of one new thing you have learnt during this Blog Hop.

In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:

Thanks for joining us today, and best of luck on winning a 72 piece set of Spectrum Noir pens (and maybe even a gift certificate)!

Hugs Jacs xxxx

Tuesday, 12 June 2012



Morning Peeps, another very quick post have got to go and get my BP tested in a mo.  Thought I would share with you a Tag I made for a dear friend who has a shoe fetish.


I decided to play around making my own backgrounds, this one was created very easily, first I stamped the dotty background from Sam Pooles Butterfly Girl Stamp Sheet with Stormy Skies Distress Ink, then I threw on loads of Frantage Products including Rose Distressing Enamel, Pink Shabby Embossing Enamel, and Taupe Colour Fragments, all available from J & C Creations.  I stamped and embossed the fabulous SteamPunk Shoe from Sams SteamPunk Shoes Sheet and added a little bit of Crushed Glitter Glass to the front of the shoe.  The Cogs and Pearls are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology range.


Jacs xxx

Monday, 11 June 2012

Jayne Nestorenko is Back


I have had this amazing secret that I have just been itching to tell you all,  my dear friend and amazing stamper and Designer Jayne Nestorenko is back in town with her own range of stamps and a brand new Website, The stamps will be released at the end of the month when the website will go live.  I have been lucky enough to have had 2 weeks playing with these fabulous stamps, they are a colourers dream and although they do take time to colour the end result is so worth the extra effort.  I was blown away when Jayne asked me to be part of this new venture as you can imagine, she was the person who introduced me to stamping in the very beginning.  So with out more ado I will show you the first card I made with the stamps and tell you a bit more about the collection.


The collection is called Just My Imagination “Grand Journeys” and consists of 7 stamp plates - 3 images of ladies from different parts of the world, 3 background stamps and a sheet of accessories – on this card I have used Venetian Lady, Rialto Bridge, and flowers from Accessories, you will have to keep popping back to find out the rest of the collection.

I coloured the Venetian Lady with Copics (colours below), and Stamped the Rialto Bridge background with Stormy Skies Distress Ink which I them puller out a little with a waterpen. 


The Copics used to colour this card are:

Face: E11, E00, E000, E000, R30, R46

Blues: B06, B04, 02, B00, B000, B0000

Peaches: E95, YR28 YR00

Hope you like this and pop back to see more


Jacs xxx


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Thinking of You


Busy day ahead for me, It was my Grandson Roberts 12th birthday yesterday and I am arrange a birthday party here for him and the family to celebrate, so thought I had better get this up and posted or I will forget again.


It is such a long time since I have used a Penny Black Stamp, but we have just had a new delivery at J & C Creations so of course me being me had to buy some new ones, this is a Slapstick Stamp called Thinking of you, I am so pleased Penny Black have now bought out these vintage stamps in this format, when I think how much I used to pay on e-bay to buy the vintage wood mounted stamps, I paid over £23 for a stamp once.  Talking of Penny Blacks I was really surprised whilst browsing around the J & C Creations Penny Black Slapstick Pages to see that there were lots of Mo Manning Images now released in this format, if you would like to browse around the whole new Penny Black Selection click here, we will be uploading the Penny Black Catalogue for you to download over the weekend.

The papers used on this card are from the First Edition Paper Pad called Hideaway, love these colours and they were the inspiration for choosing the colours for this card.  The Seam Binding is from The Ribbon Girl as are the self adhesive crystals, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Copics Used:

Greens: YG63, YG23, YG61

Peaches: E95, YR82, YR000

Yellows: Y18, Y13, Y02

Creams: TR30 YR21

Flesh: E11, E00, E000

Grey C0

Hair: E17, E15, E13, E53

Have a fun day


Jacs xxxx

Friday, 8 June 2012

Be True to Who you Are


Wow its a bit windy this morning, in fact that's an understatement its actually blowing a gale out there, glad I haven’t got to go out today.  I have been playing with some of the lovely products from Sam Pooles Creative Studios website, its my turn to post on the Creative Studios Blog this morning, so I have made this picture with the 6 x 6 Wooden Frame Sam sent me last week as my DT project.


I have never created anything like this before but I think I am pleased with it.  The frame was covered with Tim Holtzs Tissue Paper, which I then distressed with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I have randomly dabbed some Spackles on. 


The sentiment is from Sam's Art Phrases A5 Stamp Sheet, stamped on to paper that has then been screwed up and distressed.  I filled a bottle from the Tim Holtzs Idea-ology Corked Vials set and added a label I picked up at the NEC this year.  The Pen Nib and Key are also from the Idea-ology collection.  The Lush Silky Crush Champagne Ribbon is available from Sam's website.


The flower was cut with Spellbinders Rose Creations Die, and the hanging fob is another Idea-ology product.


The fabulous stamp is from the Steam Punk Dreams A5 Stamp Sheet, I have stamped and glittered the image then added wings I cut from a acetate butterfly.  The Sprocket Gears are also by Tim Holtzs.


I hope you like my first attempt at Framing

Hugs Jacs xxx

Thursday, 7 June 2012

One for the Boys


Morning!! its time for a new challenge on Lilis Little Fairies Challenge Blog,  this week our theme is One for the Boys, I have eventually admitted defeat, I just cannot make boys cards, maybe its because I don’t have any embellies or die cuts that really fit a boy theme, I just know I never make a card I am happy with. We are sponsored this week by J & C CReations with a £10 voucher to be spent on the website.

I have used Lili of the Valley Milk & Biscuits stamp for this card.  Papers are from stash.  I have used Copics to colour the image co0lours below.  The Bunting was cut with a Doo Hickey Die and the Sentiment Tags are also from Lili of the Valley.

The Copics Used are:

Flesh E13, E11, E00, E000

Browns: E17, E15, E13, E11, E43, E41, E40

Reds: R46, R17, R05

Greens: G94, YG63, YG61

Blues: B95, B93, B91

Oranges: YR16, YR04, Y17

Hope You like


Jacs xxxx

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

2 more forgotten cards


I don’t know where my head has been this last week, my only excuse is there is lots going on behind the scenes.  I forgot to post these 2 cards last Thursday.  These are the cards I made for the 2 Classes I held at Crafts U Love last week.We were concentrating on Masking and Colouring at both classes and these Art Impressions Front ‘n Back Stamps were just the perfect ones to show off the technique.


This Girls Card was made using “Annie”, lots of Doo Hickey Dies were added to the card, the papers are all by Craft Creations and available from Crafts U Love.


The name of the Boys Art Impressions stamp is "Peter",  I also used the Fence Stamp from the same release  on both cards,again the Craft Creations papers were used.

Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of the day


Jacs xx

Pretty in Pink



Good Morning peeps, I am a bit late with this post which should of been shown on Friday, had a really hectic Weekend.  I have gone for Monotone and Plain and Simple for this one


I started by embossing the Doily Mask on the Grand Calibur then whilst the mask was still in place distressing with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, I then Distressed around the edges of the Mat with the same ink and matted on to Pink card.  I used the flower stamps from Sam's fabulous Artful Ladies Stamp Sheet  which were also inked with Victorian Velvet and embossed  with Clear Embossing Powder.

To finish the card I used a Bow made with the Lush Pink Silky Crush Ribbon  and popped two Hatpins behind the bow.  All the items used on this card are available from Sam's Creative Studios Website

Hope you like and thanks for looking

Hugs Jacs xx

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

April Showers


Morning Peeps, hope all my UK Friends have been enjoying this Jubilee Weekend.  What a fab concert last night, Mum was rocking along and signing,  I don’t know how she remembered all the words, funny what things the memory retains isn’t it, she really enjoyed her evening.


Can you tell I have fallen in love with Whimsey Stamps here is another one for you this one is called April Showers and has been designed for Whimsey by Elizabeth Bell.   This is rather brighter than my normal cards but I tried to cheer myself up during that horrible rain on Sunday by trying to add a bit of sunshine Smile.

The Base card is Yellow Co-Ordinations Card, the papers are from my stash.  I have used the Picket Fence Die from Whimsey Dies, the base card was cut with Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Labels 1, and roses are a mixture of Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die and Marianne Die.  Yellow Stickles have been added to the Edges of the flowers.

The Copics Used:

Flesh: E13, E11, E00, E000

Hair: E17, E15, E11, E53

Dress R46, R17, R05, R02

Trousers: G94, YG63, YG61

Umbrella: Y18, Y17, Y13


Jacs xxxx

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Ribbon Girl Card Challenge


Morning all today sees the first Card Challenge from the Ribbon Girl Design Team RIBBONS AND LACE, We'll continue to have our monthly colour challenge on the 3rd Sunday of every month but we'll also be hosting our card challenge on the 1st Sunday of every month.


We'll have a regular prize of a £10 gift voucher from the Ribbon Girl online shop plus a prize from Lili Of The Valley who are offering one lucky winner a stamp of their choice from their online store. This month, as it's our first card challenge and it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend here in the UK we've also got a pretty red ribbon kit from the Ribbon Girl too - so 3 prizes for one lucky entrant which will be picked at random by from all entries who follow the simple rules.

Ribbon Girl red ribbon kit

Stamp from Lili Of The Valley


Our Rules are very simple ~ create a new card using ribbon or lace, mention the Ribbon Girl Card Challenge in your blog post and then use the InLinkz button at the end of this post to leave a direct link to your card so thats it do hope you can come and join us.

I decided to make a Christmas Gift Bag for my Ribbon & Lace creation and use one of my favourite colour schemes blue & brown.

I have coloured the sweet Whimsey Stamp “Heidi” by Wee Designs, she has been coloured with Copics (numbers below).  The papers are from last years Magnolia Christmas Collection, and I have used two Memory Box DiesQuinn Flourish and Frosty Border.

The Scallop Venice White Guipure lace, Tile Blue Seam Binding and Silver bell Charms are from The Ribbon Girl, The Organza Roses are available in different sizes from The Hobby House.


Copics Used:

  Flesh: E13, E11, E00, E000, E0000

Hair: E17, E15, E13, E53

Browns: E43, E42, E40

Blues: B95, B93, B91


Jacs xx

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