Sunday, 28 October 2012

Silouettes - My first Sheenie challenge!

Woohoo! My first Sheenie challenge - how giddy am i? The theme for the next two weeks is 'silhouettes'. I've never made a silhouette card before so I was super nervous. Huge thanks to Paula for helping me out with some stamps it's a real long story!!

Please excuse the amateur first go with the Martha Stewart PATP Cherish punches - I will practice! The beautiful backing paper is from Crafts and Me - the Forest Fairy digi kit so you can just keep using your favourite :) The stamps are the very beautiful Fairy Whispers Silhouette stamps (JS324) from Joanna Sheen - scrummy. I've used the Memory Box Spring Border die again because I love it. Sorry. The flowers and ribbon are coutesy of WOC.

This was my first attempt at a silhouette card. I put my insert in first and when I'd finished the card I opened it up to find the beautiful insert upside down in the front cover of the card. I am a genius!

You know I said that one day I would laugh about my daughter's behaviour on Friday? Well I laughed yesterday - because yesterday it was even worse!! I've decided that a sense of humour is essential to parenting an exhuberant child.

Hope you get chance to visit all the Sheenie blogs - their cards are absolutely amazing and I am really honoured to be part of the team :)

Super hugs, Jayne xx

Friday, 26 October 2012

I have no words.

It was an inset day today so my daughter was off school. I have no words to describe the shocking disaster and the awfulness that unfolded. One day I might laugh. It won't be today. Next week is half term - surely it can't get worse?

I haven't managed to get any crafting done but this is one I made earlier!!

I used:
LOTV sentiment and image stamp
WOC ribbon and flowers
Magnolia Doohickey butterflies
Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die
Wild Rose Studio - Annabelle's Meadow papers
Memory Box - Spring Border Die

The in-laws are coming tomorrow. Really, I have no words!

Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by, hugs, Jayne xxxxx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Getting into the festive spirit. Sort of.

As the lovely Hayley and Carol at Dreamees are going to have a stall at the NEC next month I thought I should get a wriggle on and make some last minute samples. I thought a Christmas card bonanza might help me find my mojo. It didn't, but I did craft to some mighty fine music. I'm sure my neighbours must now love the Mumfords nearly as much as me!!

I've used the 'Back to Basics' Cd for both cards as it's such a super all rounder.

I know, I'm a bad girl, I've used that Go Kreate XXL die again. And that rose organza trim, and the pearls and the snowflakes. They're all my favouries, what can I say? The recipe of Christmas stamp is super cute and really versatile :)

It's not Christmas without a purple card though, is it?

I tried embossing the tree with some new Stampendous embossing powder I bought at Harrogate. Beautifully sparkly it is, but every time I embossed it the powder just fell off. After six attempts, guess what? Yep, that 'embossing powder' was silver halo GLITTER. Duh!

This next one was a nightmare to photograph and the colour is not how it is in real life. Grrr. I so wish I was more technical. Anyhoo, you get the gist and the bauble stamp is lovely in any colour!

Thanks to everyone for the words of wisdom regarding my daughter and the reading fiasco. Bribery sometimes works! She got a great comment in her reading records book today - the teacher can see how hard she's working at home and is really impressed with her improvement! Yippee. See, it was worth chasing her round the house with the blasted book after all!!!!!!

Best of all, today I received one of those little sent 'just because' cards from a friend. It was unexpected, totally beautiful, and cheered me up no end. :D It's nice to have a friend who doesn't mind that I'm fifty shades of bonkers!!!!!

Big hugs to all, thank you for your support, hugs, Jayne xx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Christmas is aqua!

Sorry I've been quiet of late. Parent's evening left me feeling depressed and overwhelmed. I should have been super happy that my little girl is doing fabulously well but the realisation that school had little to do with education and fostering a love of learning and more to do with exam passing was just depressing. The new reading book she's brought home has 32 pages with 5 lines on each page. She only turned 5 at the end of August. I've spent the weekend chasing her around the house trying to get her to read the book and answer comprehension questions. :( Sorry for moaning. I could sob. Any words of wisdom will be gratefully received.

Okay, sorry for that. How much am I loving this Go Kreate die? I am so glad that I blew my last £30 on it at Harrogate! This is one of my daughter's stamps that I've borrowed. She has such good taste!

This is the only card I've made in a week! I really need to get a scoot on with Christmas cards and a few samples for Dreamees who will be at the NEC in November.

A close up of that cute bear (how could I resist):

For the card I used:

Go Kreate XXL Square Frilly Frame 10
LOTV 'Cuddling Ted' and sentiment
Nitwit collection Holiday Charm paper
Creative Expressions Organza Rose
Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die
Lace and Ribbon - WOC
Spellbinders Snowflake
Pearl Trim - Ebay

Apologies for the rant; I do feel a little better for getting it off my chest. Thank you for coming by, hugs, Jayne xx

I'm entering this into:
ABC Christmas - U is up to you

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Anything Goes at Lili's Little Fairies

It's a no-brainer this week! Anything Goes - so long as you use a Lili of the Valley stamp you can feel free to fill your crafty boots and go wherever your mojo takes you!

This stamp is a new purchase :) She is just super cute and a real joy to colour. I am miles behind with everything today so this is the quickest post ever! I'll be back later with details of the card. Super sorry for my slackness!!

Hugs, Jayne xx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Still decorating!

I'm not liking decorating on my own. It takes AGES! I have one wall to do but I have to empty the dresser and then move it so it'll have to wait until tomorrow!

I've got another Christmas Card today made with the super cute Mulberry Wood stamps. These are just my kinda cute!

I made this pre-decorating, I ache everywhere and have no idea when I'll craft again!

For this card I used:
First Edition papers
Sizzix Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die
Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood Stamp
Antique linen Distress Ink
Spellbinders Snowflake Dies
Lili of the Valley - Christmas Grunge Sentiments
Kraft Card
WOC flower and ribbon

I'm off for a cuppa. It's parents evening tonight. I'm feeling slightly anxious, fingers crossed. Hugs, Jayne xx

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Classic Christmas over at Lili's Little Fairies!

Sorry this is both late and unfinished! I am painting the lounge and it's taking longer than anticipated!!!! This week it's Team B's challenge of 'Classic Christmas'. I couldn't resist joining in this week so here's my card:

I've used lots of the goodies I bought at Harrogate on this card :) 


Raspberry Road - White Christmas papers
LOTV image
Craft Stamper - freebie sentiment
WOC ribbon, flower, cheesecloth
Ribbonbox - lace
The Hobby House - rose trim (oooh super yum)
Papermania - urban stamps
Spellbinders - snowflake
Go Kreate die - will find out which it is!!!

I'm off for some lunch, a large cup of tea and a lie down. I'll be back with the Go Kreate die details later (if I can still stand!)

Please remember that if you want to join in with us at Lili's Little Fairies you must use a Lili of the Valley stamp or we can't enter you into the prize draw! Super hugs, a paint spattered Jayne xx

I am entering this cards into:
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Lets see those shapes 
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes 
Papertake Weekly - All Creatures Great and Small 
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes 
Penny Black at All Sorts - Animal Magic 
The Crafty Pad - Vintage theme 
Fab n Funky - Vintage
Simon Says Stamp - dies/punches

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Good grief, is that yellow I see!

This is a bit bright and cheerful for me; I'm not sure what came over me!

This is one of my daughter's stamps that I've borrowed. The thing is, when I borrow one of her stamps I put it back. When she 'borrows' my promarkers they somehow manage to stay in her box. She has her eye on my sketch pens - I've taken to hiding them!!!!!!!!

I'm freezing today and I've just managed to put a staple through my thumb so a cheery card is probably just what the doctor ordered!

On this card I used:
LOTV image and sentiment
Kraft card
WOC flowers
Martha Stewart leaf punch 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die
Magnolia DooHickey Dragonfly dies
Prima - Sweet Fairy papers

I'm off to get warm and veg in front of the t.v. for half an hour. Hope you're having a great week, hugs, Jayne xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

LOTV in lilac!

Back with yet another wedding card! Again it's LOTV, but in lovely lilac.

I had a fabulous morning at the Harrogate craft show and spent up in super quick time! My husband took my gorgeous girl to the LOTV stand and she bought 5 stamps too! I bought lots of scrummy ribbon and lace trim and dies and stamps. Naughty girl!!! We also got to meet Lovely Hayley and Carol from Dreamees. They are two of the loveliest ladies I know and they are working so hard running their craft company. I've got a lovely Christmas recipe stamp from them and I'm itching to use it!!

On this card I used:
Papermania Lucy Cromwell papers
LOTV image and sentiment
WOC flowers and ribbon
Magnolia DooHickey Butterfly
Marianne Creatables leaves
Cheery Lynn Doily Heart Die
Spellbinders scalloped Heart Die

I have craft stuff everywhere and had better go tidy up before School's out! Hugs, Jayne xx

Monday, 8 October 2012

Thrilled to be a Sheenie!

Well, I'm not too sure how it happened ( and I'm not asking if it's a mistake!) but the lovely ladies on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog have invited me and four other super crafty ladies to join the team! So, along with Lexie, Kate, Wendy and Laura I'm now a Sheenie! How giddy am I? I'd like to say a super big thank you to Paula for showing some faith in me and a huge thank you to Squirrel who had daily e-mails of how I was never in a zillion years going to make it, but who kept my spirits up and didn't tell me to shut up. Not even once!!! Mwah!!!

The following cards are the reasons why I love all that is Joanna Sheen!!

I love that Jane Shasky CD - it's my most used CD and the cards I make using it sell better than any others!

I discovered the meece :)

My cards for the DT call - that Jane Shasky CD again!

I'm super amazed and a bit puzzled but I am soooooooooo not complaining.

Hugs to all, have a great week. Hugs, Jayne xx

Friday, 5 October 2012

Pretty in Pink!

I think I have a new favourite pack of papers! Yep, another one. How scrumptious are these Wild Rose Studio (Letters From Paris) papers? Yum.

I'm trying to cut down on embellishments; they cost a fortune and I've gotta stop spending! How do you think I'm doing so far? Hmmm. I'm still trying to get some all occasions cards made up but it's taking me ages! I think this might be my favourite LOTV wedding stamp, it's just super cute!

Wild Rose Studio - Letters from Paris pack
LOTV - sentiment & image
Memory Box - Spring Border die
Magnolia DooHickey - Butterfly die
Marianne Designs - Leaf die
Flowers and cheesecloth from WOC
Cheery Lynn - French pastry Doily die

It's nearly time for Harrogate and I'm quite giddy! Hopefully we'll all feel better by then! Have a super weekend, hugs, Jayne xx

I'm entering this into:

In the Pink Challenge - Pink plus one (lots of pink and lots of white!)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

A Christmas Card for the Boys over at Lili's Little Fairies

Is it Thursday already? We've all got cold and are merrily coughing and spluttering all night - now I have the house to myself I might see if I can have a nap on the sofa. My gorgeous girl was up at 5-20am and I'm just not good at that time in the morning!!

First up, a huge thank you to the lovely ladies at 'Without Words Challenge Blog' for my Special Mention for my (disastrous) first CAS card. I was touched and I'm gonna give it another go - if nothing else we could all do with a good laugh!

Onto this weeks Fairy challenge - 'Christmas Card for the Boys'. My card is one for a boy who is very much in touch with his feminine side. hehehehe. We're sponsored by 'Nitwits' this week and there is a $10 gift voucher up for grabs :)

I'm going to try and list what I've used but I'm a bit hazy on the fine detail!!!!!!!!

Nitwit Papers - Holiday Charm
LOTV - grunge sentiments
LOTV - Igloo For two (awwww)
Spellbinders snowflakes
Die-Namics - Flourish
Sam Poole ribbon
Memory Box - Arboscello Tree
Cheesecloth - WOC

Ok, I'm definitely going to crawl to the sofa now. Hope that you get the chance to join us this week - last weeks entries were stunning :)  Hugs, Jayne xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

More meece!

I have a thing about cute meece! I love the LOTV meece in particular - they have a cheeky 'up to no good' look to me!

The stamp and sentiment are both from LOTV. I won Squirrel's blog candy so get to choose 2 LOTV stamps - yippeeeeeeeeeeeee! Thanks hun! How cheery was I? The papers are Papermania, Burleigh Blue capsule collection. The doily is the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die; it's lovely but it takes ages to poke all the pips out!!! I have no patience and it's not a fun job! The flowers, lace and ribbon are from WOC (I can't believe I need more flowers!).

A close up of the cute meece!!!
I'm trying to get together a batch of 'all occasions' cards to take to a local shop to see if they might sell them. Not holding out much hope but I'm going to give it a whirl.

Is it only Tuesday? Blimey. Big hugs to all, Jayne xx

Monday, 1 October 2012

Frosty the Snowman

Oh my, it's that blooming pearl trim again! I can't help it - it's going on everything!!!! If I could sew, I'm sure it would have made it's way onto clothing!

It's a super quick card today. The papers were bits I found in my stash and I didn't really have anything to match them! The sentiment is from the grunge sentiments from LOTV (oh, how I love that set!) The Snowman is from Magnolia. My daughter wanted to colour some images with her promarkers so I gave her a Tilda. 'Why does she look so odd Mummy?' she asked. I asked her what she meant and she said , 'Well, she looks like a cow!!'. Poor Tilda - she gets a rough ride in this house!

That's me for today. I think my mojo has vanished, I can't seem to find my groove. Maybe it's in the biscuit tin? Sounds like an excellent place to start my search! Hugs, Jayne xx