Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Harvest Mouse and Pretty Boxes

I know it's a bit out of season, but I just fancied using this stamp. The sketch is lovely and quite simple so I tried to keep my card quite simple too with a country look.

stamp: harvest mouse by personal impressions
medium:promarkers and flex marker around the image
gingham card: pinflair
daisies are made using 2 different size woodware punches ,2 small circle punches and the leaves are floral punches.
sentiment: craftwork cards.

challenges entered:

willows sketchie challengee: followed the sketch
hotshot crafts: flowers

I adore miniature things,I have 2 dolls houses and love all the little furniture. I also love little boxes,so I thought I'd dig out my sizzix bigz die,carry all boxes,and make a few. My son Sam has bagged the white one for valentines,to fill with a few chocolate truffles.

The white box is made with card featuring dry embossed leaves (hope you can see by the pics.
The checked box is made using a sheet of my minds eye double sided 12x12 called quiet contrary,a bargain at hobby craft 10p a sheet.They had loads of 12x12 papers there one day ,all 10p ,I bought about 50.
The butterflies are from a framelit ,stamp and die cut set,as mentioned in a previous post.
The flower is a die namics die with a pearl center.

I'm entering the white box in the following challenge
sentimental Sunday: dry embossing

still very cold here,but the sun is shining so off for a nice dog walk. My 2 poodles are dying to go,as usual ,and are running up and down the stairs. I wouldn't mind but they are both 11 and still act like pups.
Enjoy your day.janex

A Toast To Love

I've not used a lili of the valley stamp for awhile now,I do love them, and have a huge box full to prove it. So I thought I would use this very cute stamp called Bubble Bath for a glamorous " love" card. The papers and circle surround are part of a 12x12 kit, Grace Taylor ,Vintage Elegance . They have a beautiful glitter effect and are very reasonably priced. I've added some more sparkle with stickles . The card ,love the shape ,is a new pack from craftwork cards, bit pricey £4.99 for 20 ,but nice for a change.

I'm entering the following challenges:

squiggle Saturday: All loved up
Sunday sketch and stamp : following the sketch
paper Sundaes : valentines

nasty dull day here ,so after my compulsory dog walk ,I will stay snug in my craft room. Hope you enjoy your day . janex

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Snuggle Buddys

Just got back from one of my favourite craft shops, Crabapple Crafts at Lady Heyes in Cheshire. Gosh it was cold and misty up there,no views of the Cheshire plains today. Still plenty of shoppers and walkers though. Bought some shaped cards and clear bags,nothing exciting,but had a lovely chat to Ruth who works there on a Sunday....Hi Ruth ,if your looking in.
Warming up in my cozy craft room with the central heating on constant.
Another penny black stamp,from my sales bargain stash. The stamp is so cute but it's not big in size ,so I thought a bit of decoupage would bring out the image well I think...more work but worth it!

Stamp: penny black,snuggle buddy
heart paper: dove craft basics
medium:pro markers
nestie shapes
The flower is a new product from Hero arts called framelits. You stamp your image and then cut it out with a matching die,how simple,I loved the idea and have bought 2 sets from cutting edge crafts,they have great prices and a super fast free delivery.

I'm entering the following challenges:

penny black saturday challenge : floral frenzy
allsorts: one or more hearts
sweet stop: following the sketch
I love promarkers: pink and purple
penny black and more @ allsorts : love and hearts
have a great day and stay warm.janex

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Take It Easy on your Birthday

My son Sam bought me 2 Joanna Sheen stamps for Christmas,both by the artist Giordando,they capture animals so well and are great to colour with your copics.
I just want to tickle that kittens tum.
This card is for a cat mad friend and says on your Birthday inside. Would make a good get well card too me thinks!

stamp : Joanna Sheen, Take it easy
papers: madeline collection
ribbon: hobby craft
leaf ribbon: local craft shop
gems: habico

I'm entering the following challenges:

joanna sheen : celebrations
Cute card Thursday: your a gem
stamp with fun : cute vintage

happy crafting. janex

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Cats Whiskers

Hi there crafters,cold and wet here this afternoon and yet the morning was lovely.
A mixed day for me too,had some new blinds fitted to 4 windows,one is wood ,they look very nice.Not feeling to well though,nice to sit down,even is it's at my pc,I've had IBS for days,very painful!
A quicky card to show you,for my son's girlfriend ,for valentines. Me and my hubby don't bother,after near 25years I think it's safe to say we love each other without the sugary stuff.

image stamp: penny Black : love meow (stamped twice)
sentiment stamp: beach bum
added ribbon and punched flower.

oldie but a goodie
: have a heart (show a heart on your card)
Pan Pastel: two of something
lets craft and create:valentine
cup cake craft challenge: all you need is love

enjoy your evening.janex

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Birthday Boy/Man Card

Why are men' cards a problem sometimes, I think it's because we can't use our pretty ribbons ,bows and flowers,that we like to make for the fairer sex....
I've kept my boy/man card simple as the Happy Birthday paper from Dovecraft and the cute penny black stamp,the perils of love, look just enough without adding embellishments,plus men like simple....and I'm not saying like

challenges entered
Nadia's challenge: boy card
celebrate the occation: masculine Birthday
simon says: anything goes

have a great day.janex

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Have A Mice Day and important blog info to read.

Joy of joys,my blog is now working probably thanks to a nice man on the google blog forum ,thanks Martin.I'm now using firefox as a browser,blogs are not working right with Internet explorer ,my side bar was at the bottom because of a broken tag on a post,since deleted,Martin found that.Since doing this post I've found using fire fox will not allow you to enter a url link to link to challenges,so now I'm swapping through 2 browsers. Blimey I think you must need a degree to blog... Some things on the pc i'm good at ,others it's a hard slog.Having never used a pc till I was in my 30's and not ever taken a class,it's a bit like crafting...trail and error but nowhere near as fun!

On to my cards.

Have a mouse day

features a lovely penny black stamp,I've had a while. Me being me,totally naughty stamp crafting addict,I had to have accessories/embellishments to go with it,so I bought a fabulous die cut set with matching stamps from Die-namics. I've long thought stamps with the dies to match,no bad hand cutting,a great idea,then, trust the Americans,they produce them. I know other companies are following suit, more for me to buy...oh dear...
The papers are nitwits ,from an old crafting mag I've added some cute buttons fromDovecraft back to basics and a bit of butchers twine.

challenges entered:
allsorts : needles and pins

Spring Time Bunny

features a stamp I bought yesterday from hobby craft,Buttercup,bloom and grow set from trimcraft. A lovely set of 5 stamps for under £4 , they are clings with red rubber underneath and stamp beautiful .
I've coloured the image with pro makers and added a touch of pencil.
The papers ,with ink distressed edges are K&Co,the ribbon from a local craft shop,they sell bits of ribbons in bags for £1 and there is always a really yummy piece like the one featured.
This card is so Spring like and bright unlike the dull wet day here....roll on Spring.

challenge entered:
dream valley: animals
In the mean time some lovely bright flowers bought yesterday at Asda,reduced from £10 to £3.75 , well they just skipped into my trolley.

have a great day,off for a dog walk now.janex

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Bonjour Mimi

I know there is no critter on my card but I couldn't resist this bargain stamp, I bought it from the Glitter Pot,half price.

I rifled through my many stamp boxes and found a Bonjour sentiment stamp and an Eiffel tower stamp,bought many moons ago at a stamp fair.
I coloured the cute image in with promarkers and cut it out.
The red roses embellishment is from a real old stash.
Paper is a 12x12 called so dellish,the other side features cooking utensils.

I'm entering the following challenges,

penny black saturday:Crafty Bargain (mines the half price stamp)

i'm still having a few blog problems, is anyone else?

enjoy your Sunday.janex

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Love Birds

Still windy here and now the rain is lashing down,mad dash to retreave the washing from the line.
It's not been a bad Winter so far,not the cold and snow of last year.
The sweet shop challenge this week has a great sketch,as usual,but this challenge has atwist,an alternative valentines.....
thinking cap on....I know birds ...I had the perfect stamp Blossom Birds by Penny Johnson ,for Stampavie.
I've kept it monochrome,with rich warm golds and just a hint of green.

I'm entering the following challenges:

the sweet stop: following the sketch with a twist and I have rotated the sketch.
Stampalot challenge :monochomatic

enjoy your weekend, off to shower the dogs now.janex

Friday, 20 January 2012

Born to perform

Horrid wet ,cold and windy here ...yuk
Funny card to lighten the mood, I love this image, so sweet, every little girl dreams of being a ballerina....go on admit it!

stamp: penny black ,ecarte,splits,pirouette.
papers: madeline colletion
star punch
and sentiment stamp,sorry don't know.

challenge entered:

cute card Thursday. music and dance.

have a nice day.janex

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Another Birthday

Had a great night out,on Sunday, in Chester, went to the Raven folk club to watch a great young blue grass band called "Jaywalkers". They are so talented ,Jay has the most amazing voice and they are all great musicians. The only downer was I had a filling at the dentist on Monday morning...sore mouth as I had 2 injections .

Today has not started well ....missed the postman bringing 2 parcels of craft goodies,by 5 minutes,I was out walking the dogs, the post is normally much later...rang the sorting office ,they took 20mins to answer...."nearly gave up ",said I,"is there nobody there"..."yes"said the dozzy bugger on the other end of the line,"there's loads of us here!".....all I want to say is ..."is it me" aaaaaah
Loads of pc problems too and blogging problems, not sure my blog posts are working as they should and I can't comment on a lot of blogs.

Onto my card, I think the stamp and sentiment are fab together,the image is so amusing I kept my card really simple,just a bit of matting and some gem stars.

stamps: penny black ,image ,best of luck! sentiment penny black 2001.
Great impressions, lazyboy recliner (bargin £1 find).
medium: promarkers

challenges entered:

passion for promarkers: theme "humour"
incy wincy: bold and bright
sparkles: new crafty goodies (my penny black ,best of luck stamp is new)

hope you have a stress free day. janex

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Auto Hog / One for a boy and one for a girl

Huddy and Alfie,my 2 toy poodles waiting on the stairs for their Dad.

What a bright and beautiful day today,like prober Winter ,I don't mind a walk in the cold if I'm all wrapped up and the sun shining in my craftroom is lovely for colouring in images.
I loved this stamp, as soon as I saw it,but it was always done kind of masculine,I wondered what the cute car would look like pink, just smashing me thinks....

stamps: image , auto hog,penny black. sentiment stamps,di namics
papers: boy card, we r memory keepers,travel light,free gift with simply cards and papercraft mag.
papers: girl card:dovecraft bacics and pinflair pink gingham card.
accessories: sizzix die cut stars and nestie circles
the fabric "cruising " sentment is American crafts,bargin 25p for a set of 4 in the sales.

challenges entered:

penny black Saturday challenge, anything goes.
Alphabet challenge: Y for you can choose
totally gorgeous,be a star
I'm still having problems with leaving comments on some blogs, I hope to visit my friends blogs as soon as able.
hope you have a sunny day and enjoy the rest of the weekend. janex

Friday, 13 January 2012

Can anyone Help

If anyone can help I would be so pleased. I'm having problems commenting....some blogs no problem others no way....don't no what I'm doing wrong.


Thursday, 12 January 2012


Just got my card pics and dog walk over before the dark clouds formed,my walk was windy but the sun shone warm and bright.
I treated myself to some new Penny Black stamps.I know they are expensive and take up lots of room,well the wood ones I like do,but they are fabulous stamps and never let you down!
The stamp used in this card will become a real favourite of mine and the folks buying and receiving my cards I'm sure .....nothing says love like a big bunch of flowers....I adore flowers in my home and garden and have 3 vases full at the,papers and rubber stamps...oh my...

stamps : main image,penny black Bountiful,sentiment Kolette Hall ,99p wood stamp
papers:DCWV and Dove Craft basics (heart paper)
medium: copiccs and promarkers.

challenges entered:
penny black at allsorts, January challenge, love and hearts
sweet sketch wednesday, followed the lovely sketch

have a great day and big thanks for the lovely welcome back to blogging. janex

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Labour of Love

Morning crafters
It's like a Spring day here on the Wirral, walked the poodles,no gloves,no scarf
and no coats for them.
Springlike weather calls for a Spring like card ,so here it is....and I love it!
One of my fav Penny Black stamps.

stamp: labour of love ,penny black
medium: pro markers
papers: lets flyaway,quick card mag free gift
sentiment: craftwork cards
clouds: di namis die

challenges entered

passion for promarkers , inspired by a song, mines "roses are red my love"...
crafty cardmakers, No floral embellishments.
anything goes, anything goes

happy crafting.janex

Monday, 9 January 2012

Country Companions ,2 freebees

Hi crafters
back to work this morning after a long break ,not too bad though,home for lunch time,thanks to Hubby's help.
Thought I'd show you this cute card made using 2 magazine freebee's.
The little mouse ,part of a clear set of country companions,was the free gift with papercraft inspirations, as are the flowers and leaves around the edge. The stamps are great and stamp really well,but what a bugger to pull off the sheet,had to be careful not to rip them.
The paper is part of a pad free with Quick cards,the other papers are yummy. One of our fav bloggers Juls,always with a heart is featured. I paper pieced the mouses little top and coloured the image with pro markers.

stamps :clear set of country companions,free gift with papercraft inspirations mag
medium: pro markers
papers: part of a pad free with Quick cards called lets flyaway
punch: martha stewart ,heart edge
velum flower and brads ,old stash

I'm entering the Allsorts challenge , paper piecing. my first challenge in ages.

It's nice to be back, and thankyou for your kind comments. janex

Sunday, 8 January 2012

First Post,new blog. Annabel and Doggie

Hi Crafters,first post for me on this new blog.I had a crafting blog for about 2 years called jemscrafting blog and even ran a challenge, until one day I totally erased it! No it wasn't a mistake ,I wasn't feeling too good health wise,both mentally and pyhically ,and my blog had become like a part time job ,taking up lots of time and even detracting from my crafting, but I really missed the lovely blog ladies I met along the way and felt bad about just stopping my blog.
So now it's 2012 a new year and a new start. I'm going to post when and if I can and like wise with commenting. As my new blog name suggests my posting will all be cards and will all include an animal /creature and more than likely verge on the cute side.

stamps: Anabel by Kanban clear stamp set
papers: Bo Bunny ,sweet tooth colection
added ribbon ,gems and small hobby craft flower punch.

nice to be back. janex