Sunday, 3 August 2014

Gruffie with pizza....relax

I've still got blocked ears , it's driving me mad !!!!!!
To keep my mind off it a spot of colouring , always relaxing , well for me anyway .
I've used  a gruffie stamp from the stamp set "slice of happiness " from Joanna Sheen , I've coloured with promarkers , the shading on the grey fur is the trickiest to get right.
My papers are "Neroli " by first edition 6x6 pad. The sentiment is lili of the valley and the cola bottle (love this new buy ) is a die from Taylored Expressions with added gold letter peeloffs and stars. I've added a star button threaded with red butchers twine for a finishing touch.
This card would be perfect for my brother who is a pizza lover , well aren't we all , so naughty but nice!

challenges entered :

Sketch Saturday : followed the sketch above that I rotated
House Mouse and friends : relax and enjoy life 
Gruffies & guests : anything goes with the option of boys 
open minded rafting : Summer food
Paper Players : cute as a button

enjoy your Sunday , where going to dinner at my Mums, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings  ...yum

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Hello Foxy

Morning crafters , hope your well , I've still got blocked ears. I can't have them syringed till a doctor has looked at them , that's Monday , then syringed on Tuesday  , it's like being underwater we take our hearing for granted, I will be so glad to get back to normal , but I'm lucky mine is only temporary.

I took advantage of the "spellbinders pick of the week " on CC TV awhile ago manly because I feel in love with this gorgeous foxy die. I cut him in orange bazil card then sanded it alittle. I added some white paper behind and highlighted the details of the eyes ,ears and nose with a brown pen. The tree die is called "arboscello " and is from memory box , I've added tiny red and yellow gems.
The papers are my minds eye "darling dear " and the digi sentiment is from Pink Petticoat "foxy " , love the fonts from them , I used a wood ware hole punch to cut an aperture for the sentiment and added more gems , I like how it turned out and shall use this again.

challenges entered :

Allsorts : favorite things (for crafting die cuts and patterned papers , in life animals and the great outdoors.)
ABC : Q for quote (or sentiment)
alphabet challenge : M for men only

well heavy rain here , goodbye sunshine . We are having a wooden garden store  delivered and erected today , perfect for storing the garden cushions and parasol we will no longer need !

enjoy the weekend and happy crafting . janex

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

MFT "smile" for the camera

I've got a blocked ear at the moment , it's driving me mad....feels like I'm under water . I've added drops and poured in warm water , it will be alright in a few days but right now it's horrid.

I'm so into My Favoritesmile die and cute camera 2 die. I've cut a fishtail tag from black card and used dotty paper from first edition. The sentiment is also MFT polka dot greetings.

Things dies and stamps at the moment , I buy mine at "Dies to die for " always a great service from Tracy . My card today features the
I love the colour combo about you ? I'd send this to a man or woman.

challenges entered :
chocolate, coffee , cards : polka dots 
die cutting divas : anything goes 
dream valley : favorite colour como

well the weathers changed here ...back to rain , still quite warm though . Enjoy your day and happy crafting. jane x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

"besides the seaside "

With all the hot weather we have been having , dull today after some rain though , it would be lovely to take a dip in the sea !
When I saw the cute flip flop die from taylored expression , I just had to buy it , then all the ideas for beachy/summer cards came to mind . I searched through my stamp collection and could not find any nautical /beach stamps....I'm sure I've got some somewhere I headed to Pink petticoat and found the perfect digis .
I cut the flip flops from funky foam and coloured the beach huts with promarkers.

challenges entered :
crafty little fairies : summer fun
handmade harbour : summer fun
Ruby's rainbow : on the beach
Make My Monday : vacations
Pink Elephant : summer time

well I had a super day yesterday with my Mum yesterday , she bought me lunch with wine at my favourite pub in Frodham , we had smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches with chips and salad ...yum
hips and salad ...yum whilst sat in the lovely beer garden, we also visited my favourite craft shop.... perfect
...thanks Mum x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Fun in the sun

Wow , this weather , can't believe this is the UK, I'm loving it apart from hot bedroom , hot craft room and hot whilst at work  cleaning. I can't craft after mid day because my craft room is like an oven .

My card today is inspired by the lovely sunny weather we are having , it's rather cas in style , very unlike me , but I must say I'm very pleased with the results .
All the elements apart from the sun , which is part of a Hero Arts clear stamp set called "bee happy " , are cutting files from Silhouette America. The card base and card is all textured bazil card stock the only other added detail is the balloon string which is bakers twine .

Challenges entered :

love to create : bright and sunny
ladybugs : cas (clean and simple)
loves rubber stamps : summer fun
Dream valley : summer

Hope you too enjoy a day of sunshine. janex

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Baby Onsie MFT

Busy day here , warm but dullish . Washed and clipped my white poodle Alfie , he looks lovely for an old boy of 13, then house cleaning , ironing and a spot of gardening ...phew ...nice to find a bit of time for crafting...

My card todayanother new purchase of MFT ,die and matching stamps purchased from "to die for" . I've die cut the onsie and back nestie circle in funky foam , it's great to die cut and stamp on ,I got a big pack in various colours from Hobby Craft.
The papers are DCWV Nana,s Nursery, I've had the pad for years and use it sparingly. The mega cute bunny was in a set of 3d stickers also from hobby craft .

Challenges entered :

sweet Sunday sketch : followed sketch bellow 
pinspirational : see baby picture bellow

enjoy the rest of the weekend. janex

Saturday, 19 July 2014

"game On "die namics masculine graphic tee shirt

Well lots of sun then lots of rain , it's over cast here but still very warm after a big thunder storm last night.
We've had a lovely 2 weeks with Bob off from work , in the garden and days out, it has had an effect on my crafting time and blogging though ! another down side of the weather has been the insects ....oh how they love to bite me ...I have 12 very red sore and itchy bites.
This morning we went to an art exhibition of wild life pictures , they were wonderful , I could have brought them all home to hang on the walls , alas we bought none as the average price was £500-£2,000, I the lottery numbers come up we'll go back tomorrow with the readies.
I did make some craft purchases on line though , the fab  die namics masculine graphic tee shirt stamps and matching die , featured in my post today . Just right for those hard male/teen boys cards.
The papers are Kaisercraft  "party animals" double sided 12x12 papers. The happy birthday die is part of a sentiment set by tattered lace. The star dies are by sizzix.
Challenges entered :
 craft your passion : citrus/tropical colours
cards in envy : stars and stripes
fan tastic Tuesday : anything goes

enjoy the weekend and happy crafting . janex

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Cafe Riviera Collection and Bobs Birthday

My lovely husband Bob was 50 yesterday , the weather was glorious so we had lunch in the beer garden of one of our favourite pubs "the ring of bells " in Frodsham Cheshire . He had money and presents and a break from all the work we've been doing in the garden.

My card features stamps called "cafe riviera they where the free gift with creative stamping mag issue 18 , well I say free , the mag costs 5.99 but for 22 clear stamps that great value.
I've coloured with promarkers and my papers are raspberry road designs ,love lives here.

challenges entered :
Saturday sketch : I've followed the sketch above .

too hot to blog any more , just to say hello to my newest follows and enjoy your weekend . janex

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Die Namics shirt and tie Summer Fun

Not blogged in a while , I've not felt too good , tummy trouble , my IBS is having a flare up , seeing the doctor on Wednesday , 10 days wait for an appointment !

Well after a few days of rain the sun is out so I thought I'd show you my "summery card ".
I recently bought the shirt and tie die from die namics. I'ts great for male cards obviously but after seeing this fab card here  I realized it great for cool teen /young people cards.
The paper used for the striped shirt front is from a paper pad free with cardmaking and papercrafts mag and is called "beach babe ". The embellishments are a bargain find at hobby craft , lots of their embellishment stickers are reduced to £1. The only other die cut needed is the circle die (mines also from die namics ).

challenges entered :

creative card crew : masculine
crafty catz : stars or stripes or both
chocolate ,coffee and cards : summer days

enjoy the weekend . janex

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

In the garden

Afternoon crafting friends , hope your well . The weather has been nice here , it was my birthday on Saturday, Summer Solstice  , it was good because the weather was warm and the sky clear allowing a really (longest day ) . We had a lovely meal at my Mums with my hubby , who is soon to be 50 , giving me then my Mum piggyback ride around the garden , all after a few G&T's

My card today is Summery and floral with pretty pastels. The card was bought as a polka dot card (a pack of 8 in 4 colours ) from hobby craft. I've made my own embellishments using a wide variety of dies and punches . The papers used are first edition , spring drop. The adhesive button are from Hobby craft. I added some faux stitching with a fine brown marker and stamped a sentiment from a secret garden clear stamp set.

                                    My Mum getting a piggyback from my
Hubby in her garden, and me getting a piggyback on the drive .

             views of the garden and the adjoining field with pet sheep

challenges entered :
Sweet Sunday Sketch 224 : followed the above sketch
Allsorts : how does your garden grow
crafty sentiments : summer or summer colours

got a bit of blog catching up to do , have a great day . janex

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Happy Hoppers make a wish

Weathers improved at last , lovely to feel warm , we had a lovely walk on the Wirral on Monday , along the marshes looking over to North Wales, and then enjoyed a pint at "The Harp " sat outside with the poodles  watching the wildlife . Poor Hudson got a bit hot and tired on the walk back so Bob and I carried him for a while,  good job he's only a toy poodle not a Labrador, he is near 14 after all but so is Alfie and he's fit as a flea.  Isn't life so much better in the Summer months! One bad point though I was bitten on the elbow by a mossie , it's all hard and weeping now , I always have a nasty reaction .

My card today features a really cute image from the " Gruffies and happy Hoppers" d rom from Joanna Sheen as is the sentiment. The bp is from pink petticoat , I've added 2 die cut stars from sizzix and a little blue bird button and 2 gems . The sentiment stamped in my card is by Penny Black.

challenges entered :

house mouse and friends : die cuts / and or punches
Tuesday Throw down : celebrations
sentimental Sunday : animals
Rhedd & Rosie : anything goes

well looks like another walk in the sunshine is on the cards (pardon the pun ). Enjoy your day . janex

Monday, 16 June 2014

One Summers Day

I've bought yet another Joanna Sheen cd rom , they are so lovely I an't resist adding to my collection . This image is taken from "one summers day " by the artist Barbra Mock . I used a decoupage image of pansies with lovely fresh colours of yellow and blues.
The yellow paper was bought embossed , it's by bazzil and called french garden. The die cuts are spellbinder die d lites , corners and accents one. I've added 3 blue gems as a finishing touch.

challenges entered :

cd Sunday : dies with Jenny
craft your passion : 3 or more embellishments
The kraftyhands challenge :  floral fancy

gorgeous day today , shopping for a few bits then out walking in the sunshine .
Enjoy your day and happy crafting. janex

Friday, 13 June 2014

Nicecrane children at the seaside

Well sun at last , love it ! pub lunch with Mum yesterday sat in the sunny beer garden then shopping at M&S. Got my birthday money early and bought 2 dresses , 3/4 shorts and a lovely blouse, lucky me . Mum got some trousers and some gorgeous sandles , great where the same shoe size lol ...
My card has a real summery feel . I used a digi image from "children at the seaside " by nicecrane, my first download from him , adorable images I must say.The bp is bo bunny ,I've added burlap and a string bow , 2 spotty metal brads and a small sea shell, all old stash . The sandcastle is a cute companions stamp coloured with promarkers and the sentiment is craftwork cards.

challenges entered :
digi galore : nautical or blue
cardz 4 guys :   childs birthday
love to create : make it for the kids

just had a lovely walk with the poodles very warm already , off to work soon boooohoooo.
enjoy your day.