Thursday, 28 February 2013

Apothecary Fun

Good morning crafty peeps!  At last we have some sunshine and I have a day off.  I have bought some new crafty goodies and am looking forward to doing some work with them later today, but in the meantime, here is a card I made recently:
I saw a card like this on Pinterest and decided I really must have a go, as I obviously have this paper, from the Twitterpated set.  This set of dsp is actually quite diverse, isn't it?  Most of it is flowery, then this pops up.  This is the first time I've used any Basic Gray cardstock, too, which I really enjoyed.  I am fascinated by the yellow and grey combination, and want to explore this further, as one of the residents at work has a little box with grey and yellow flowers on, and every time I see it it makes me want to run home and start stamping!
The original card doesn't have the section of embossed cardstock that I stuck down the front, but that's because I picked up the card as it was, and got grease on it!  Aahhh!  So I quickly ran a section through the Bigshot and covered it over - phew, crisis averted!
I'm still in love with the Apothecary Art stamps and dies, which works very well on here.  I coloured with So Saffron, and added the ribbon from my stash, which is non SU! but a very close match.
Then I had the age old dilemma, 'where will you actually write your greeting?'  so I put a panel on the inside, like this:

You know me, ever practical!
I'm so pleased to have found a way to use up this fascinating piece of dsp and really enjoyed making this card.
There's plenty more where this came from, and I promise to pop back as soon as I can, but I start my stint at work tomorrow through until Tuesday.  By the time I've been to ride and muck Barnaby out I come home and have a shower, then go to work, which sadly doesn't leave a lot of time for crafting.  You have to make the most of the time that you have, don't you?
Happy stamping, everyone!
Jane xx

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tea For Trudy

Hello everyone, I can hardly believe it's been just over a week since my last post.  I have actually just worked nine days without a break, and although it wasn't all strenuous, I'm so glad to be having some days off.  I've completed my course work (what a relief!) so now it's time for some crafting.
I've recently made this for one of the residents, whose birthday was on Tuesday.  If there's one thing you can say about Trudy, it's that she loves her cups of tea, so I had to go with this:
Although I'm always saying I'm not very good at challenge blogs, when you make a card for someone you know, you quite often have a challenge of your own, don't you?  On this card, I knew I wanted to use my tea cup stamps (from Do Crafts, I think) and the papers from that set as I have so many left.
Sometimes I might see a card on Pinterest and it's not necessarily the whole card I want to try, but just a certain aspect of it.  In this case, I've seen a few cards now where they've put baker's twine over ribbon and I wanted to incorporate that into this card, plus I've been dying to use my jewellery tag punch and realised this would be the perfect opportunity. 
And so this card, 'Tea For Two' came together really easily and was lots of fun to make.  I've used Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo, which is a brilliant match for the little flowers on the papers.  I've used my decorative label punch for the sentiment.  There is an embossed panel at the top, underneath the teapot panel.
Trudy really  liked the card, and it gave the staff a bit of a chuckle, too!
Thanks for looking in today, feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
I'm going to be in touch with all those who've said they'd like to join in with my card swap group very soon.  In the meantime there are still a couple of places left, so if you like the idea of being in a group of crafters who send a card to another member of the group once a month, and receive one as well, drop me an email to
Thanks for looking in today.  I'm off to put the kettle on, I fancy a cup of tea...
Back soon,
Jane xx

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Cards For Men - It Must Be Lurve!

Hello everyone!  It's still a bit nippy, isn't it?  We've had snow all day.  I've been on a course in Nottingham and was worried about getting home, but we've made it.
The good thing was, we had a late start so I had a chance to photograph the Valentine card I've made for John while he was out of the house!
The other blog challenge I want to keep up with this year is the Cards For Men challenge.  This is challenge no. 3 and they want to see Valentine, Anniversary cards etc, so here is my entry:
So many cards on the internet are pink, aren't they?  But as most cards are made by women to give to the important man in their lives, I just wondered if there ought to be more of a focus on masculine cards.  I've seen a few cards like this though, and love this kind of design and just had to have a go.
The base is kraft card, followed by very vanilla, which I distressed with Tim Holtz old paper ink and went round the edges with some soft suede ink, before stamping the various images on it.  What made me laugh was that I've put some linen thread across it, before I realised when the card was done, that you can't even see it any more!  Oops! 
Here is a view of the inside:

So basically, I added some linen thread to the inside, to make up for it!  I'm dying to give it to John tomorrow and really hope he likes it.  Hope they like it too at Cards For Men.

The Cardstock Kraft card base, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
The Stamps: French Foliage, Clearly For You, (Post mark stamp from Inkylicious)
The Inks: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip
The Tools: Nellie Snellen heart die

Thanks for looking in today, leave a comment and let me know what you think, and I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow, whatever you're doing.
Back soon
Jane xx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Friday Mashup! #96

Evening, everyone!
I've recently decided to cut down on the number of challenge blogs I follow to help myself stay focused a bit more, so the plan is to enter the ones I've got left as often as possible.
So I've made a card for this week's Friday Mashup challenge, which is:
1. Make a project with a "Time Theme".
2. Or Make a project using the "Color Black".
3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with a " Time theme using the color Black".

I can't believe this challenge has come along the day after I've ordered the SU! Clockworks set.  Of course, it won't arrive in time for this challenge, so I had to get my thinking cap on.  It wasn't long before I did what any sensible girl would do, and ran to my local craft shop for inspiration.
I ended up buying an embossing folder, and this is what I made:
At first I tried embossing black cardstock, but didn't like it, so then I swapped and got some green core'dinations out.  I'd been playing with Lucky Limeade earlier (which this isn't, even though it's very similar!)  I just gave a little rub with sandpaper to the cardstock and I felt like nothing was happening at first, but it's turned out really well. 
I stamped the words Tempus Fugit onto another piece of black cardstock with white (kraft) ink and used one of the lovely little frames to hold it in place.  There is a tiny little brad at either end.
I really enjoyed making this card and am thrilled to be entering it at The Friday Mashup.  I'm pleased to have made a blatantly masculine card, too.
Thanks for looking in today, let me know what you think.  I'm off for a cruise round Blogland to see what you've all been up to.
Happy stamping, everyone!
Jane xx

Friday, 8 February 2013

Craft Room Makeover

Well that's an imaginative title for my post, isn't it? 
Anyway, way back at the end of March last year, we moved into our new house, and this was my craft room:
The problem is, this is the room you walk into from the front door, and I thought it was a bit overwhelming for visitors.  So now I've swapped rooms, and this is now the sitting room.  Unfortunately I didn't take any before photos of the middle room, which is now my craft room.  Just take it from me that the walls were dark pink and I didn't like it at all, it was quite dark and oppressive, and more like a bedroom.
We started by stripping  the wallpaper off, and painting, so now it looks like this:

John's painted it grey, lighter at the top and dark at the bottom.  To be honest, I wanted it like this to make it lighter, and it isn't really, but apart from that I love it. 

All the furniture is from Ikea.  The large boxes hold paper, my wooden stamps and my embossing gear, whereas the little boxes hold ribbon, flowers and Promarkers in individual colours.

My lovely wooden boxes from Ikea, painted to match the walls and ready for me to decorate.
Darling Desk, my ops centre.  I've put all my clear stamp sets on the shelf on the right, and it's brilliant to have them right in front of me.  I've noticed I've done a lot more mixing and matching of stamps since I did this.

The other side of the room, where we eat.

My favourite piece of wall art, and the inspiration for the whole scheme.
Sorry for the picture heavy post today, but couldn't resist showing you around.  I am thrilled with my new room, as you can imagine, and love coming in here to create.
Thanks for dropping in today, leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my new scheme.
Happy stamping, everyone!
Jane x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Whatever Next?

I just have to do this...
I'm sure you've all seen the challenge blogs that use a photo of an item from a shop for inspiration.  It might be a blouse or a table cloth or something and you use the colours from the item, or maybe an element from the design, to make your card.
Well I've recently been into my local Next Home shop and am loving their products at the moment, and decided to incorporate some of them into my craft room makeover.  But when I saw some of them, I decided to share them with you, as I think they might make you smile!
This is a piece of wall art:

If you are a user of Stampin Up! products, does this not, in any way, remind you of at least one stamp set?  It looks like a combination of French Foliage and Artistic Etchings to me!  Maybe with a touch of Clearly For You thrown in.  I really had to giggle.  It made me think that if SU sold some massive stamps, this is what I'd do with them, do you know what I mean?
Here's the mug I bought.  I love drinking my tea out of this:

I think you can see where I'm coming from, but here's one last pic, just in case:
It just seems funny to me that crafters take their inspiration from designs all around them, and here, for once, it looks like the other way around.
They even had a scented candle called Very Vanilla.  That was the icing on the cake, really.
This post has provided a few sneak peeks of my craft room makeover.  Pop back soon for the big reveal.
Thanks for popping in today, and my question this week has to be, where do you get your inspiration from?
Happy stamping everyone,
Jane xx