Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lots of bling!

I'm relatively new to jewellery making - but already hooked! I've been making up a few new designs this afternoon - partly as I'm keen to learn new techniques and try out different designs so I can share with everyone - but also as I'm doing the Tasburgh festival on Saturday - I thought it may be nice to have to some jewellery to sell too! So here are a few of my favourites that I've made so far...
always nice to learn something new!
happy crafting

Tasburgh Festival this Saturday

Hi all - sorry it's been a while - I've been laid low with a nasty bug, cough cough. Just a quick one to let my local followers know that I'll be at the Tasburgh Festival (off the A140) on Saturday (1st May). It'll be a great day - its open 11 til late and has lots of events planned throughout the day. If you are on facebook just search for their page for lots more info! I'll have a small selection of (weatherproof!) craft supplies for sale on the day alongside some cards & jewellery for a change! so come along and say hello! I'll be back card blogging soon... I know I still haven't told you all about my workshop with Sheena!!.... Jane x

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gone Fishin'

My Uncle turned the grand age of 84 on Monday. So the challenge was to make a card for him. He loves his fishing - so I thought it was an ideal opportunity to create a card using my brayer and my Big n Juicy inkpad. I already had a silhouette stamp of a fisherman so I set about using my brayer to create the water by first running it over some scrumpled paper. Next I inked up the fisherman and ran the brayer over the image then transferred it onto the waterline. Then I inked up the stamp again and stamped it so it lined up with the reflected image. Next I ripped some paper into a hill shape and masked off the waterline and then ran the brayer over the hill then flipped it upside down and inked a lighter reflection. I repeated the action on the left side of the picture. Then I inked up the brayer again and applied the colour to the corner. Finally I stamped the tree details on both side. Considering I've not done much brayering - and I only have the small inkssentials brayer - which isn't the ideal one to use for this technique - I was very pleased with my finished results! I used the Waterfall Big N Juicy and the trees were created using the clarity stamp naked tree and leaves set.
happy crafting

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Aliens have landed!

This fun card has been created using the UMount Outer Space (item 6472) stamp set. I started with a square of black card and spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Misters - Blue Lime, Bronze Blush and Lilac Night. Then I ripped some scrap paper into a hill shape and placed in down onto the card like a mask and sprayed it heavily with Ocean Sunlight to create the land at the bottom. I punched out a circle in white and spritzed it with lilac night and silver misters. Next I stamped my aliens onto black card. I created a mask for the green alien using a sticky note so I could have a row of three! I coloured in using Promarkers - tea green for the 'ghost' alien. Orange and true blue for the tall one and lime green for the 3 eyed aliens!. Then just assemble it all together for a fab fun card! I've a busy week this week with 3 craft events to do - but I've lots of cards to post up as well as the creations from the fab workshop I attended on Monday with Creative Expressions - so watch this space, I'll pop on later in the week to post up some more!
Happy Crafting

Monday, April 5, 2010

Those lovely ladies...

I haven't had time to make up any cards over the weekend - and thought I would have a browse through some creations I made a while back - sometimes it reminds you of stamps, designs, layouts or colours that you haven't used for a while and renews the inspiration. This is the card that leapt out to me. Created using a couple of images from the Joanna Sheen Fashion Boutique CD. I have spritz the background with a glimmer mist, mounted the two images, add a few holographic peel-off dot details and a simple polka dot ribbon... simple and elegant! I definitely need to make up some new designs with this CD... there's lots of favourite designs I use over an over again, but there's also often a gem of a picture you just didn't spot last time you looked!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Can you hear the Easter Bunny?

Sorry I haven't blogged for a couple of days.... been a busy week! Spent ages drafting out my newsletter for it not to save properly and had to do half of it again grrr - If you didn't receive it yesterday and would like to be added to the mailing list - just drop me an email - my address is on the right hand side of the blog and I'll add you on!.. you get to hear about new stock and special offers - and don't worry you won't get bombarded with mail like you do with some mailshots - 2-3 times a month at most!... anyway.. back to the topic in hand - Easter.... Just a quick simple card this time using the gorgeous bunny from the latest Joanna Sheen CD - Jayne Netley Mayhew Part 2 - I love this CD - it has lots of lovely animal and plant images to choose from - I could make endless cards from this CD alone! I hope you are all ready with your chocolate eggs... mine has been sitting on the shelf tempting me for a fortnight - but I've been good - it's still intact! I'll be spending time with my family over Easter - catching up with my brother which will be nice!
Poor Molly has been poorly today and had to go back to the vets - but she's feeling much better now and is barking at the top of her voice as I type - probably at some poor cat who has ventured into the garden as usual - so she's definitely feeling better!
I've been busy making some jewellery this week and researching new suppliers to introduce the jewellery and beading stock to the website soon - first order has gone in today for all the findings... so watch for it to appear shortly!
Have a lovely Easter!