Saturday, 31 March 2012

25th Wedding Anniversary To Us

On Wednesday my Hubby and I will have been happily married for 25 years. I was 19 and he was 22,where did the years go. We now have an 18 year old son,2 toy poodles ,have moved house several times,gained a few pounds ,a lot of grey hairs ( I dye mine) and a few wrinkles but we still love each other and get on very well.
Thought I'd share some pictures of the big day,glad I said the men should wear morning suits I think old fashion suits apart from early 60's look pretty naff and spoil wedding pictures. I thought the men at our wedding looked very smart. It was quite a cold windy day,the wind kept catching my veil and myself and my bridesmaid shivered in our off the shoulder dresses. Someone put a fur coat around my bridesmaid shoulders,to her horror,a real animal lover ,she was a vegetarian and hated fur.

This is the card I've made for my Husband, it's total cute style,most of my cards are,but I know he'll like it and there is hardly a touch of silver on it.
The image,one of my new Lili of the valley stamps,coloured with copic markers and cut and mounted with silicone glue for dimension. The lovely easel card is by craftwork cards and the papers fine and dandy by my minds eye.The diecuts are martha stewart hearts border and a shapability.The little fence and flowers embellishment is very old stash just waiting for the perfect card.

challenges entered:
stamping sisters : use everything (well this is a rather busy card lol)
fussy and fancy: anything but square or rectangle
secret crafter : a shaped card
Allsorts : photo inspiration

enjoy your weekend ,especially if your a bride or your celebrating an anniversary. janex

Friday, 30 March 2012

The Easter Bunny

Where's the sunny warm weather gone! cool and cloudy here today.
I did too much yesterday,up in the loft moving stuff and gardening,now I'm paying the price....super aching all over.....never mind plenty of folks much worse than me and they have my up-most sympathy .
My lovely postie has just delivered my new Lili of the valley stamps, can't wait to have a play,but which one of the 6 to choose first?
Anyway on to today's card, featuring the lovely Nit wit papers and diecuts featured in simply cards and papercrafts this month.The backing paper,green gingham by craft creations,the lovely shaped card by craftwork cards.

challenges entered:

Dutch Dare: I've followed there sketch but rotated it.
The crazy challenge: Add a sentiment
Charisma Cardz : Easter
Cute Card Thursday: Happy Easter
Paper Play: Easter
CBGM challenge: shaped cards

happy crafting.janex

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Cute As A Button Mushroom

When I saw the cupcake challenge....mushroom...I thought I had nothing suitable in my stash ...and then....light bulb moment ! I remembered some Lili of the valley diecut images I had. This image is so cute don't you think? It's called Maisie sitting pretty. The background paper is serif,picnic in the park and the butterfly is by Marianne designs.

challenges entered:
cup cake inspirations: see picture above
Sketch N Stash : Followed Angies sketch
Simon says stamp :anything goes
Lili's little fairies: anything goes

We are having the loft boarded and a ladder and light fitted today. At nearly 48 my hubby is getting a bit to old to launch himself up from a step ladder and as for me ,well I just can't get up there. About 4 years ago, my son Sam,went up there and spilled lots of lego in the lagging, it's still there. When the jobs done it will be great for storage,clothes etc, we are not minimalist folks, my hubby and son are both music mad and my hubby has way too many shoes (my opinion)and as for me...too many clothes ,handbags and that's before I consider all the craft and sewing it will be filled in no time. Wowser in 25 years you accumilate alot of stuff and thats including the clear outs we have had in 4 house moves!!!

enjoy your day and happy crafting.janex

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Man Of The Match

Sunny day again...I could get used to this....
See I've got some new followers...welcome all and thanks for any nice comments you lovely ladies give.
Just ordered some new stamps from Lili of the valley,I'll be itching for them to arrive for the next few days, I have no patience when it comes to craft things arriving!
As mentioned in my last post , I bought some new stamps half price in Llangollen, this card features one of them.
The stamp is "man of the match" moments in time by flowersoft. It's for a friend of ours who will be 51 next week, I'm rather pleased how it turned out. No embellies or a sentiment just bold colouring and striking papers by papermania "portobello Road " and the back one is We R Memory Keepers "travel Light".

challenges entered:
crafty creations: Game On
Paper take weekly : followed sketch 66
Ladybug crafts: spots and stripes

lollipop crafts: anything goes
Cards for men: The Great Outdoors

enjoy your day.janex

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Easter Bunny with Chicks

The Beautiful Town of Llangollen, North Wales

Aren't you just loving this glorious Spring weather,so sunny and warm.....I love it!
We went to the wonderful Welsh town of LLangollen yesterday. It was packed,lots of American visitors enjoying the views of the Welsh hills and the beautiful quaint buildings. The river dee was so dry for this time of year. We walked along the old Victorian station and then enjoyed a glass of real ale outside a pub on the front. I hope to live there one day, although I'm a Lancashire lass a part of my heart will always long for North Wales.
There is the added bonus of a lovely craft shop there "Crafters Cove", the views from the shop are so pretty, I said to the young girl working there " I bet you never get sick of looking out at those great views" , she said "on a day like this it's awful because you want to be out enjoying it".
I bought 2 flowersoft stamps,moments in time at half price, a card mag and a paper pack,quite restrained for me lol...
On to my card for the day, an Easter card featuring a lili of the valley image,free in a card mag. I've coloured it with pastel coloured pro markers. The papers are really old stash, papermania as are the little egg buttons. The spotty pink bow ribbon and the green prima flower are the finishing touches.

challenges entered:

everybody art: followed the sketch
passion for promarkers: ribbons and buttons
creative card crew: Spring
crafts and me: Light airy Spring colours

have a lovely day.janex

Monday, 26 March 2012

Travel In Style

Blue and red are so retro and trendy at the mo, loads of stylish home style blogs full of this vibrant colour combo. I do like it but I'm not that brave for my home,just my cards and a few sewing projects. Please checkout this ladies blog Happy Loves Rosie it is so fab and retro and as for that gorgeous caravan I covert it badly,bet you will too.
I've made a male card for a change,well they do need cards too,but it's still airing on the cute side. The stamp is "pride and joy" by lili of the valley. The papers We R Memory Keepers,travel light. I've added some spotty buttons and a papermania sentiment. Bit of stitching round the edge and a Marianne diecut oval.

challenges entered:

Lili's little fairies: followed the sketch
cup cake craft:sound of music challenge , Mines "In Cars" by Gary Newman
secret crafter: shabby chic/vintage ,I have a vintage car image!
pan pastel : bright colours.

well it's be a lovely warm and sunny weekend here,and today is looking the same. I'm going to make the most of it,hope you are too,have a great day.janex

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Blue Flowers Are The Bestest

Morning crafter's
It's really foggy here,hope it clears to a nice day,the weather lady says it will.
My card is bright though,with cheerful Spring colours. The image is a Penny Black,love to colour this one,I've used copic and pro's and yellow stickles in the flower centres.
The sketch is one by Dawny P,love her sketches,and is found in Cardmaking and papercraft issue 103. I've email them my entry. I've had a few cards published before,lovely to see them in glossy mags.
The papers are Dovecraft basic and the floral stamp an Adam Preston mag free gift.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Stampin for the weekend: anything goes
totally gorjuss: spots and stripes
Dutch Dare: cute and cuddly
Penny Black and More: Springtime

Have a great sunny weekend.janex

Thursday, 22 March 2012

All Our Yesterdays

As I'm typing the sky is blue and the sun is shining,today the temps are said to reach 17,wow, I love Spring,and joy of joy the clocks go forward at the weekend....lovely light evenings...
To celebrate the nice weather a bright outdoor scene in pretty pastel shades.
The stamp ,a newly inked up one, by Joanna Sheen called "Especially For You"and part of the all our yesterday stamps by Faye Whittaker.
I've coloured with pro and copic markers. The papers webster's pages,I've used a woodware heart punch and a lacy doily

Challenges entered :

colour create: pink,blue,sage and white
creative inspiration: anything goes
Sunday Sketch and Stamp: Sam's Sketch
cute card Thursday: anything goes
paper play: Spring colours

hope you enjoy a sunny day too.janex

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Hi Crafter's,
hope your well,not as bright here as yesterday,no rain though, in fact not a lot of rain in a while and I live in the NW of England,we'll be as bad as the South soon. Well no card in awhile then 2 on the run!
The image a Lili of the Valley was free in a card mag,thought I'd make a start on a few Easter cards,he is so cute springing on his pogo stick. I used to have one but often ended up falling off onto my knees...ouch..
I've coloured with pro markers and used 3 different green papers ,We R Memory Keepers and gingham basic.The sentiment sticker is from an old scrap-booking kit.

Challenges entered:
The crazy challenge : go green
sweet shop sketches: followed the sketch with a green twist
Allsorts: 3 in a row
Celebrate the occasion: welcome Spring
I love promarkers : 3 different papers

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Card At Last

It's about 2 weeks since I've made a card,long time for me,oh I have enjoyed it,I forgot how great colouring in is and so is matching papers.
My image is a Lili of the Valley stamp coloured with promarkers and the pretty papers websters pages a free gift with Simply card and papercraft mag.The lovely heart ribbon I've had for ages, Smirk by trimcraft.

challenges entered:

sketch "n" stash : followed the sketch by Michelle
passion for promarkers: Animals
cute card Thursday: Happy Birthday
Everybody Art: friendship

Happy Crafting. janex

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Mothers Day Gifts

Long time no post....
lots and lots of distractions lately,some good some not so good. I've not felt like making a card in a wee while,not like me at all, but I have taken up sewing. I adore pretty printed fabrics,like I adore lovely papers and anything miniature, so I'm exploring other crafting projects.
Had a bit of bad news as I'm being made redundant from my job at the church after 11 years , money is in short supply for the Methodist Church on all fronts ,so bye bye Jane. It has caused a big upset for many people as it wasn't just my job but my place of worship and my second home, the Church people are my friends so the decision was hard.
Anyway I thought I would share the 2 Scottie Dogs, I have sewn for my Mum and Mother in Law for Mothers day. The materials where fat quarters,bought from Lady Heyes Cheshire. The ribbons ,bells and roses from my stash.
The patern is a free down load by a wonderful American blogger, Jenny at Allsorts and the link is here.
They are so fun and easy to make, the ones here are the flat ones with 2 legs but I have also made a 3d felt one with 4 legs, I will show this at a later date.
They are now wrapped ,the tags are stamped with nitwit stamps,free gift with simply homemade mag.

Challenges entered:
Love to Create : about the Ladies

Tip Top Tuesday: Mothers Day

My Mums Craft Shop : Mums the word

Creative Inspiration : something for Mum

enjoy your weekend and I'll visit your blogs soon. janex