Friday, 24 February 2012

Kitten in the Roses

Another image from my Joanna Sheen cd "furry friends", this time a beautiful blue eyed kitten photographed in pink roses, for all you cat lovers. I do like cats we used to have 2,but they are horrid bird killers and for that reason I don't want any more.
This card will be just the ticket for my Mother in law for Mothers Day, along with a lovely bunch of pink roses and some chocs, sure she will be very pleased.
The papers,great match me thinks,are Letters from Paris,wildrose studio paper pack.I've used a diecut nesties for the photo frame and the border diecut is spellbinders parisian ascents. The card candy and sentiment both craftwork cards.

challenges entered:

everybody art: followed the sketch above.
Paper Play : For a Mother
Inky impressions: bright colours

big meeting at Church head is banging, I'm typing in sun glasses to keep out the light. Everything this week has been bad or sad news.

take care hope you have a good weekend.janex

Face Book Cutie

Still feeling yuk and it's raining too....but less of my moans and a bit of awww.....

How cute is that Yorkshire Terrier puppy,in his little flat cap. Makes a good mens card too me thinks,well flat caps are manly and most blokes,well the ones I know ,are a push over when seeing a cute Yorkie.
The image is from a Joanna Sheen cd, "furry friends", full of adorable pics . The paper prima, sentiment real old stash,think it was from a pound shop,the felt paw is from a doggie set from papercase and the photo corners are sizzix diecuts.

challenges entered:

crafts 4 eternity: social media , this cute doggie has got to be a "face book " contender.
Totally papercrafts : photo inspiration, see pic above
pan pastel uk : animals

happy crafting. janex

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Poppys and Butterflies

It's a few days since my last post and I've not visited my friends ,sorry, but I'm having a worse time than usual. My thyroid levels are all over the place ,my tummy is behaving worse than ever and I could sleep for England.Glad the weather has improved I get so cold in my hands and feet they go numb and I shake with cold in bed with my teeth chattering, the electric blanket is often switched on in June. My hubby , who is always hot ,has had a few days of work and has been a great help,I don't think men as a whole are natural carers and nurturers but mine does try and I must be a pain at times.
On a brighter note ,my cards, using a lovely poppy stamp by Hero Arts called delicate blossoms. I've coloured both cards with pro markers.
The first card has a backing paper from a "messy rabbit " cd by Joanna Sheen,a die cut border edge die,spellbinders Parisian ascents,a strip of silver peel off ,a chip board butterfly (mag free bee) and a few red gems.
The second card has paper by K&Co ,linen closet, a red satin ribbon (local craft shop) and a gorgeous red fabric butterfly (sent by my Dad from Thailand).
Challenges entered:
craft your passion: red,white and blue
Sarah Hurley: Die cuts
The crazy challenge: use a die cut or punch
Totally Papercrafts: ribbons or bows
Allsorts : anything goes

If you are not very well at the moment or having a sad time I feel for you and know how it is. I always think it's lucky we have our rewarding crafting hobby and some lovely blogging encouragement.
Take care .janex

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hedge Word

It's a lovely sunny Sunday here,winds a bit cold but still a pleasant dog walk. Makes you feel hopeful that Spring is on it's way!

Anther Penny Black stamp today "Hedge Word",this is a newly purchased stamp I bought another from the new London collection called "miniful" but that's for a later post.
This stamp is great for a quick card and very universal I think.
The papers are very old stash,sorry no name, I've added some red gem stars and twisted some red bakers twine for a fun male card.
Challenges entered:

cupcake inspiration (see pic above)
creative card crew: masculine
papertake weekly: black and white and red all over

happy crafting . janex

Friday, 17 February 2012

Break For Cake lost and found

I love Penny Black stamps especially the big wood ones, they are not cheap,quality never is , but I thought this lovely stamp was a good buy at £9.39...until 2 days after purchase I lost it!!!! now I do have a lot of stamps but I remember all of them and usually where about in my craft room they are....but this one was gone, I searched,tidying along the way ,no luck , I thought I must have thrown it away by mistake, this morning I had a brain wave...that's rare, looked in a rarely used draw and there it what did I do ...well what any sensible crafter would do...stamped it up and made a card!

Stamps : penny black , break for cake ' sentiment ,do craft black and gold collection
papers: Bo Bunny and the paws strip , DCWV the pet stack
gingham ribbon, I always have plenty of gingham in various colours, it's a must have for me.
The flower corsage was made using white paper,edges inked,a flower punch ,layered and shaped and glued onto silk leaves
Challenges entered:
cute card Thursday: flower power
crafty ribbons : paws for thought.
crafters companion: anything goes

enjoy your day and maybe a slice of cake...yum ..janex

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Face To Face With Nature

Evening crafting friends,hope your feeling fine and dandy. Another card with gingham,I go through spells of this, I love gingham as it always seems to work for every style and every season. It's a wonder there isn't a gingham challenge blog....

The image,bear with butterflies, I do not have the stamp,although I do have a huge amount of LOTV stamps,this one was free, with others in a card mag. I've coloured the image in my brightest promarkers. The gingham papers are wildrose studios. The sentiments old scrapbooking stash. The ribbon was in a mixed bag from Crabapple crafts, Cheshire and I glued little ribbon roses to it.

challenges entered:
colour create : lilac/blue,white and kraft
I Love promarkers : nature
paper play :critters
lili's little fairies: anything goes

have a pleasant evening.janex

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Birthday Bunnies

Aren't they cute bunnies , "Bunny Friends" by Penny Black, coloured with promarkers.
Simple gingham paper by craft creations and stitched green gingham ribbon and a red flower button from dovecrafts.

Challenges entered:
Just inspirations: photo inspiration
Truely Scrumptious: All creatures great and small
moving along with the times: cute critters

Huddy " Mr Bunny" ,looking lovely after 2 hours grooming by me!
Not bad for an old boy of 11.


Getting Sketchy

Getting warmer,so glad, is Spring on it's way ,hope so!

I've made 2 cards following sketches, I love sketches they really help the mojo as do colour combo's.

My brown and cream card features a stampavie stamp, Jean-Luc playing ball with Claude,I've coloured with pro markers in browns and creams ,distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz tool and inked the edges. The papers are Tim Holtz and the circles punched from Year O Graphy paper,life snippets.The wide gingham ribbon is knotted in a masculine style.

Challenges entered

cup cake inspiration (see pic)

sketch and stash : followed sketch
colour create : browns and creams (see pic )
passion for promarkers: distressing

My second card features Hunkydory card and toppers ,I have followed the sketch (quite a complicated one,well for me anyway ) on Sketch Saturday

Have a great day. I'm going to clip my brown poodle and try and make him look pretty,at the moment he is so woolly he looks like nobody owns him. I'll take a pic of him looking fine. janex

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Check Out The Birds

Little bit warmer today,thank goodness, nothing brilliant ,damp and dull ,but not that evil bitting cold.
I've made a cheerful pretty pastel card today using one of my favourite stamps, blossom birds by stampavie. The papers are dove craft basic and a sheet of pink Hunkdory. I've used go kreate die ,frilly frame and a nestie. The corners are a punch from hobby craft and the pink card candy really old stash. The image is coloured with promarkers and flex markers with a touch of white gel pen.

Sketch and stash: free choice of sketch
Alphabet challenge: A for animal antics
Allsorts: free and easy February
stampavie and more : love (used love birds)
The craft pad: the letter "B", (mines b for blossom birds)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,we are off to meet friends at the local,swift drink before dinner. janex

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Puppy Love

It feels colder than ever today,walked for the papers with the dogs,so cold it stings your face , I'm sick of it...brrr

Really quick and easy card today . The image and papers are Nit Wits free with creative card making issue 37. I followed the fab sketch at the sweet stop, added a strip of red ribbon ,a sizzix heart buckle die cut and a layered velum flower.

challenges entered :
sweet stop: sketch
crafts 4 eternity : raspberry delight
paper play: love letters
cute card Thursday: pink valentine
creative Belli: hearts/valentine

have a lovely weekend, and stay warm and cozy.janex

Friday, 10 February 2012

Bearing Flowers

It's still cold,not freezing ,but with a wind added it feels raw, another not so nice dog walk,but I did get to talk to some friends who have not long got back from Oz, yes they were feeling mighty cold.
I'm still having fun creating card shapes with my new grand calibur, this one uses a Go Kreate die, frilly frames XXL #3 and 2 nestie ovals.
The stamp, Bearing Flowers, penny black, one of my sale bargain stamps. I've used purple gingham card from pin flair, a lilac ribbon,silk and felt flower and I've coloured the image with my promarkers,highlighting with a white gel pen. Silver peal off edges complete the look.

challenges entered :
passion for promarkers: purple and grey
fussy and fancy : with all my heart, (I always think flowers show the love)
Simon says stamp: love is in the air
stamp with fun: love

My hubby will be showing his love with flowers,whether he wants to or not,because every time we shop at Asda on a Friday evening , at least one bunch of flowers goes into my basket, and yes he pays....but we all get to enjoy them even the poodles like to sniff them.

happy crafting. janex

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Playing with shapes again

It is still very cold,we have freezing rain on the Wirral, snow forecast for later...glad I'm snug in my craft room , not a nice dog walk today...

I've been playing with my grand calibur and new dies again. This card shape is made using go create XXL scalloped circle and 2 smaller nestie circles. I used a cuttle bug embossing folder on the cream circle.
I added a piece of white lace,gathered with masking tape to the under side of the K&Co paper circle (I drew round a cd to get this size circle) and used a very cute die cut image by lili of the valley.

challenges entered:
oldie but a goodie : lace (the lace is about a year old and die cut about 8 months)
catch the bug : anything goes
craft us crazy: anything goes
stamp ,scrap and doodle: die cuts or punches
scrappy frogs : die cuts
ABC: In Pairs ( I have 2 little girls and 2 scallop circls)

Because there is no critter pictured in my card, naughty Jane, I thought I'd show you a darned little critter picture of a "red panda" I took last year at Chester your saying aaaaaaaah now!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

If friends where flowers

Gosh it's cold,pouring water on the bird bath 3 times a day and,throwing seed all the time. We have a semi tame black bird that visits the garden all the time, he often scares me because I'm frightened of birds, but he's very clever and can tell the time....when I put my 2 dogs dinners out on the patio about 4 o'clock ,he's waiting on the fence, or if he's not there he hears me rattling the tins as I knock out the left over dinners....then he's down before I've got inside and happily eating the left over pedigree chum and chicken bits...bless him...

I've been having a play with my new machine and die cuts and came up with this card shape. The stamp ,one of my fav,bountiful by penny black,coloured with promarkers in blues ,creams and browns.
The sentiment is craft work cards and the gorgeous fabric ribbon from a mixed bag bought at Crabapple crafts.
I'm entering the following challenges:

penny black at allsorts, bingo colours .Love this idea Brenda.

craft sentiments designs: lets get girly
paper take weekly: anything goes

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sepia Teddy and my new craft toy

Hi crafters,so cold and foggy here,rubbish pic of my card,the light is bad .
My mood is bright though as my new craft goodies have arrived, a Grand Calibur machine and several new dies. My lovely hubby treated me for our up and coming silver Wedding.I'm going to have great fun with these.I have a big shot that I use nearly every day,but this new gadget will be great for large dies,card shapes and ease of cutting lots of dies.

I like teddy's they have such mass appeal! This stamp is "gentlest Kiss" by penny black. I've stamped and coloured the image with tim holtz distress inks. The super shaped die cut is XL Frame Frilly #5 by Go Kreate.The brown vintage paper is my
magazine free gift from hot of the press.

challenges entered: Saturday Sketchers : followed the sketch
colour create: browns with cream or white

stay warm and happy crafting.janex

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Spring Colours

With all this cold, and for some snowy weather, we are all longing for Spring and the new growth and brightness it brings.
I hope my card will bring a bit of Springlike warmth to the poorly recipient.
I've used a very cute Lili of the valley stamped image,coloured with copics. The papers,been having fun with these, are called soft nostalgia,by hot of the press ,and wre the free gift with simply cards and papercrafts this month.
The blue flower was stamped onto spotty paper and layered with an added green leaf at the back, completing the spring look.

challenges entered:

cupcake inspiration: (see pic)
craft pad: fresh spring colours
crafts and me: bright and cheerful
stampalot February challenge: In the garden
Lili's little fairies: spring colours

suns out now ,yipee. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.janex

Saturday, 4 February 2012


As a little girl I often thought, if I had big enough ballons, I could fly ,wishful thinking! This cute teddy in the Penny Black stamp "transported" certainly looks happy in his adventure.
I've coloured the image with pro markers and used lets fly away papers,free with Quick cards,and a sheet of green DCWV paper,street lace.A pink gingham bow and 3 tiny buttons complete my Birthday card.

challenges entered:

The Sweet Stop : follow the sketch
Penny Black Saturday: case Debby's card
allsorts: free and easy
cute card Thursday: buttons and bows

It's so cold here,no snow,but the rain is freezing and everywhere is super slippy with icicles hanging down of ledges outside.
stay warm. janex