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

48 comments:

Kate T said...

Aww welcome back ! blog looks great, and yes it's okay to refer to your purchases as a few !

I must admit I haven't tried the frantage look, and will certainly take a look at that tutorial.

Kate x

Jen said...

jacqui it is so lovely to see you back... and glad you chose LOTV as your first card !!!You are the reason i love the stamps and are on the DT now!!
enjoy crafting

Jen xxx

ribenaruby said...

Welcome Jacqui, truly magical..I was thinking of you the other day! Fabulous card, you've made a fab creation, take care. Ruby x

Ann-Marie said...

Hello, its good to see you back in blogland, love the new look. Your card is gorgeous and an inspiration. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

DesignerDiva said...

Great to see you back Jacqui, you haven't lost your touch the card is gorgeous as is your new blog
Hugs Laurie xx

Carol said...

Wooohooooooo!!!!!! So happy to see you're back Hunni! Have really missed ya loads. I see you definately haven't lost your touch for making gorgeous creations. Luving the new look blog too. Lotsa luv, hugs xoxo

Nannieflash said...

Its lovely to have you back blogging I have missed you and your gorgeous cards. I hope you soon find all your goodies and show us what you are upto with them. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Donna said...

Welcome back Jacqui, lovely to see you back and crafting, have missed you and your beautiful inspiration. Donna xx

annemarie said...

ooooh awesome and welcome back. We've missed you and your great cards. Love this one it's just perfect again.

hugs Annemarie

Vanja said...

Welcome back, Jacqui!
Your card is beautiful! :)

hugs
Vanja

Annie said...

how lovely to see you back Jacqui! I have missed you and your fabulous cards and look forward to seeing lots in the future.
hugs, annie x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So fabulous to have you back, you have been missed so much. When I went to Ally Pally in April peeps were asking if we knew how you were. I am so glad to have you back and isn't James just adorable, love your card xx

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Looking your new look and it is so good to have you back <£

Loving this card you are back with a bang! Stuning work as always

Ali x

Pamela said...

So good to see you back Jacqui and with such a gorgeous. I have also just come through a Annus Horribilis! and it is hard to get going again. Hope things are better for you now.

Pam x

Andie's Space said...

Hi Jacqui,
Welcome back! So glad you found your crafty mojo once again. I kept you in my side bar all this time in the hope you would get creative & share your fabulous cards once again. Love your new look & let me say, you're back & better than ever with this cute card. I love it!
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

Di said...

Oh Jacqui great to see you back. The card is brilliant as your cards always are. Looking forward to seeing more over the coming weeks. Di xx

Lorraine A said...

Welcome back Jacqui :-) I really missed you and it is lovely to have you back here :-)
Your card is totally gorgeous, you haven't lost your 'touch' at all :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Tracey T said...

Hi Jacqui! It's so good to have you back! In spite of your absence you evidently haven't lost your touch in the creative department - this card is a beauty! Hugs, Tracey x

Dawny P said...

Glad you are back Jac - do take it easy chick cos we don't want you going AWOL again lol!, Love and hugs xxxx Ohh I nearly forgot, your card is beautimous :)

Janny said...

Beautiful card. Janny

mixamatoasties said...

Welcome back! Lovely to see you back with a fab card. I bought some new James stamps at the SECC a couple of weeks ago but they've yet to be inked :/

Susan xx

Whisper said...

It's so good to have you back and i've missed all your wonderful creations - and what a corker you have come back with too, Luv Sam x

Lorraine said...

So good to see you back Jacqui and with such a gorgeous card too. James looks fabulous and I love the frantage, still haven't tried that one...yet!
Love the new look blog too.
Lorraine x

Sue said...

So lovely to see you back Jacqui and such a wonderful card to come back with. I adore the image, beautiful colouring and fabulous detailing too.
Your new blog looks wonderful.
hugs Sue xx

Rosietoes said...

So delighted to see you back blogging Jacqui. I really missed your lovely work. Gorgeous card today. x

tilly's crafts said...

good to see you back - and with a fabulous card!
Kim x

Shazza said...

as talented as ever I see....good to have you back x

Niki Estes said...

So great to see you back, Jacqui! Absolutely adorable card!

Bernice said...

So pleased to see you're back to blogging again. Beautiful card!
Bernice

Deb said...

So good to see your back Jacqui, love your card, so beautiful, you certainly didn't get rusty while you were away!
Debxx

Sandra H said...

Another superb card Jacqui, as ever, love the image and your colours are brilliant xxx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Soooooo happy to see you back in blogland Jacqui! Have missed your stunning creations so much. Have been worried that you've been having a tough time too. Hope all's well with you and your family. Love your card and your blog looks fab! Welcome back hun. Hugs, Wends x

NGCARDS said...

Glad to see you back hun and what a lovely card to start it all off with! xxx

Carol S. said...

Welcome back Jacqui, You have been missed. Love this card and glad to see you haven't lost your magic! Hugs, Carol S.xx

debby4000 said...

Welcome back Jacqui have missed you so much. Love your gorgeous adorable card and thanks for the link for frantage like you I've tried everything and was about to chuck it in the bin.
luv
Debby

Sara said...

Glad to see you back in blogland, your cards are gorgeous, thanks also for the frantage link, I`ve been having an experiment with it too, hugs Sara xx

sonygirl said...

so glad you're back.. been trying your blog every week in the hope you had returned...welcome back!!!!

sonygirl said...

so glad you're back.. been trying your blog every week in the hope you had returned...welcome back!!!!

Tracy said...

So glad you are back, your work is always gorgeous!!

Kandi Kwirant said...

So so glad you are back, I missed seeing you and your blog!
I did check a few times over the past 6 months to see if you were around, but you weren't.
Looking forward to your visits to my email.
Kandi

Boxofcolours said...

Awesome work and welcome back!
Hugs
Jane

Lyndsey Turner said...

Hi Jacqui, nice to see you back. Love this card fabulous image and gorgeous papers xx

Deborah said...

Great to see you back, missed your fabulous cards.

Today's card is gorgeous, love your colouring.

Deborah A

Crafteezee said...

So great to see you back and what an entrance. Love this image and love, love the colours. I made a frantage tutorial as well, gives you lots of ideas of what to do with that fabulous powder, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdPA7Qk9O4w
Hugs Tracy x

ginny c said...

GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK have missed you even though you have been crafting you certainly haven't forgotten how to make such beautiful cards best wishes ginnyxxx

Nat said...

Soooooo good to see you back Jqui and with this gorheous creation, I don't think anyone will believe that you've been away. Having had a pretty awful year myself - here's to a fab 2014. I'm lookinng forward to seeing more inspirational work from you
Nat xxxx

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