Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Typography with a Twist


Today on HOCHANDA Leonie has 3 shows with her latest Typography collection.  This time though there is a twist using some of the Shabby Chic collection as well as the Pebeo foils.
The shows are at 7am, 10am and 5pm and here are my design team samples...

  Plaque using the Fly Free stamp set and lily and rose dies from the Shabby Chic collection.

 An easel card using the Rag Doll stamp set with the frame and rose from Shabby Chic.  The frame was also aged using some of the Pebeo mixtion fluid and foil sheets.

Tent card with the Funky Tree stamp through the shabby chic window die.  The 'wallpaper' is made using the little embossing folder from one of the coordination collections.
All the samples use lettering from the Typography dies which are an ideal size for putting through smaller die cutting machines, so really handy for adding quick wording.

Thanks for looking and I hope you get a chance to catch some of the shows!

Jane x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hello to Cupid's Bow and more!


Another Crafter's Companion launch took place last night and so today to coincide with the shows at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm I thought I would share some of my favourite design team samples.

You can watch on...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • or online at

    I used 3 of the new dies, Cupid's Bow, Countesses Crown and Delicate Trellis, here is a selection...

    These dies were lovely to work with and really have an intricate and elegant look.

    I hope you get a chance to see some of the shows to see them in use and also to have a look at all the samples made by the whole design team.

    Have a lovely Easter weekend,

    Jane xx

    Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Mixed Media Die Cards


    I am back today with some design team samples using the Crafter's Companion mixed media dies.  These dies are thicker than your usual metal dies which means they can cut through thicker and different materials to.  Previously I have used these dies to make a range of home d├ęcor and jewellery projects but today all my samples are cards to show that even though they are called mixed media they can be used easily within card making...

    This aperture card used the Twit Twoo owl die, cut out using felt attached to card with a fabric adhesive.

    The Penant die and Cogs in Motion were cut out of mount board to create the focal point for this tent card.  Some of cogs were also cut from card to create some background interest.

    This easel shaker card was made using the Blossoming Tree die.  It was cut out of normal weight coredinations card, but as the die is thicker I was able to cut multiple layers of card for the blossoms and leaves at the same time, making it much quicker to create my shaker pieces!

    My final card was made using one of the Maple Leaves dies through shrink plastic which was then shrunk down with the heat tool and coloured with alcohol markers.

    These dies are really good fun and open up so many more possibilities within both card making and other areas of crafting.

    To see demos and all the design team samples the shows are on today at 8am, 11am and 3pm on HOCHANDA...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • I will be back again tomorrow as tonight is the launch of a brand new Fancy Edegables die collection that I was also lucky enough to work with.  These will launch tonight on HOCHANDA at 8pm and I will show some of my samples tomorrow at 9am as the shows continue throughout Friday as well.
    Enjoy the rest of your day,

    Jane xx

    Friday, 7 April 2017

    Creative Artiste - Art Journal


    I am here today as it is the first Friday of the month and so a new challenge over at the mixed media challenge blog Creative Artiste, if you click on the link below it will take you straight over to the blog where you can read all the guidelines for entering and see all the design team projects for extra inspiration...

    The prize for the winner this month is really exciting as this months sponsors are Decoart!!!  Here is a picture of the prize you could win, well worth entering...

    I love Decoart products, in particular the media line and regularly use them within my mixed media projects so I was really excited to create my project this month, here it is...

    I bought this art journal kit from IndigoBlu a little while ago and have been waiting for enough time to get the covers decorated.  Because I wanted it to be something really special to me I wanted the cover to reflect all the elements of crafting that I love plus the chance to use some of those really special embellishments that I am always saving!
    The covers are a good quality thick chipboard so I knew they would be able to take the products plus the weight of the metal embellishments and I wasn't disappointed.

    I started by coating the covers with Decoart white gesso, then added some stencilling using Decoart crackle paste through the Andy Skinner French Elements stencil, plus some Decoart sand paste through a Bee Crafty distressed diamonds stencil.  Then I added some Tando grey board pieces that I had coated in gesso to form the base of my journal...

    Once this layer was dry I added the main colours that I wanted, these were the Decoart fluid acrylics (cobalt teal hue, phthalo turquoise and cobalt blue hue)  they were also mixed with some of the tinting base to create different tones...

    I added some stamping using the IndigoBlu script stamp and archival sepia ink (I had meant to do this at an earlier stage, which would have made it a bit easier!!).
    To create a rusty look to the cover I used quinacridone gold and payne's grey (an Andy Skinner 'dirty wash') along with extra water, and dripped some from the top of the board allowing it to find it's own direction around the embellishments...

    Once this was dried I added Decoart crackle glaze to areas and allowed it to dry overnight.  Once it was ready I used the Decoart raw umber antiquing cream to highlight the crackles...

    Once I had completed the base it was time to use lots of my gorgeous embellishments that I am usually too scared to put on anything!  These were mostly from Prima (Finnabair collection), and I added some paper to the inside of the pocket watches from the Madame Payraud collection by Papermania...
     I did not want the cover to be too dark and grungy so I added some Pebeo gilding wax and also teal glitter, splash and copper micro beads and turquoise glass beads (all from Finnabair) for a bit of sparkle and shine...
    Using a stamp from Bee Crafty (Wordage), I added a sentiment to the cover that I thought went well with the theme.  I toned it in with some of the acrylic paint and gilding wax...
    The final finishing touch was to make some embellishments to hang from the book rings using fibres and charms that I had from the monthly craft boxes by Anna Hersom.
    I absolutely loved creating this journal cover and am really looking forward to getting into art journaling properly so that I can fill it with lots of crafty goodness!
    I would like to enter this project into the following challenges...
    Thank you for looking and I hope you are inspired to have a go at entering the Creative Artiste challenge and possibly winning the fantastic Decoart prize!
    See you soon,
    Jane x

    Saturday, 1 April 2017

    Altered Eclectics: Shadow Frame


    It is the first day of April and I am here with a design team project for Altered Eclectics and HERE is the link to head over to the challenge blog.  This challenge is for altered and mixed media projects, the only projects not allowed are cards and ATC's.

    This month I decided to put together and alter a chipboard shadow box that I purchased from Craft Box and is made by Snipart.  It was very simple to put together and I was impressed with how sturdy and able it was to take the weight of the products and embellishments that I added.  Here is my completed project...

    I love to watch mixed media videos on Youtube (although a terrible time waster and usually ends up costing me money due to then buying the products used!) and a few of the people that I enjoy watching use papers and embellishments by 7 Dots Studio.  Recently I bought a couple of sets of the range as I really love the style, but I especially liked the word stickers that match the sets.  I decided to use one of the sets (Lost and Found) as the basis for my frame...

    After painting the frame using Decoart paint and adding some Pebeo gilding wax, I used a piece of script paper to create the background layer of the frame.  I then randomly (and it really was random!) took some of the tags, embellishments and stickers from the set and started to staple and stick then together to form the centre focal point of my frame...

    On the main paper I used an IndigoBlu script stamp and splat stamp with staz on ink, then stencilled some diamond starlight paint (Imagination Crafts) through a Bee Crafty dinky diamond stencil.  I also aged the paper slightly using some vintage photo distress ink.  Then I attached the tags and embellishments using 3D glue gel...

    I then used a selection of metal embellishments from my Craft Boxes (from Anna Hersom)  to create extra interest on two of the corners, and also added some gems and pearls...

    Finally I added two of the word stickers and some splashes of gold with some watered down acrylic.

    Once the box had been put together this was actually quite a quick project to complete and I was pleased with how it turned out as it is a bit different to what I would usually make.

    I hope reading this will encourage you to have a go at entering the challenge over at Altered Eclectics, it would be lovely to see your projects!  I will be back again soon with another mixed media project, have a lovely weekend.

    Jane x

    Saturday, 4 March 2017

    For the Love of Stamps: March Launch


    The first weekend of the month must mean it is a new Hunkydory launch of 'For the Love of Stamps' :)

    This month I was lucky enough to get to use 3 of the latest stamp and mask releases to create my design team samples, and they were quite different in their styles giving me lots of opportunity to try out a variety of ideas.

    Today I am going to show one sample from each of the collections to give you a taster, and the rest can be seen, along with all the different stamp sets available, on Create and Craft throughout today and tomorrow (please check the schedules for the actual show timings as they can be subject to change).

    Shows can be seen on the following channels...

  • Sky 674

  • Freeview 23

  • Virgin 748

  • Freesat 813

  • Or you can watch online at...

    Here is my first project for you...

    This mini notebook was created using the stamp and mask set 'Just My Type'.  I created my own book using mount board and a cinch machine then used the mask with distress inks and texture paste to create the background.  The lines stamp was also used to create extra interest behind the main image.  The typewriter was stamped, cut out and coloured and one of the sentiments used on the 'paper'.  The final touch was to use some of the letter stamps and then punch them out.

    'Noble Knights and Naughty Dragons' is a fantastic set for creating a variety of scenes.  Here I used the matching mask to create a shadowed castle and the grass outline.  The main image was stamped and coloured using Illustrator markers from Spectrum Noir.  The moon was created with a sticky note mask and water was flicked over the distress ink background to add some starry texture.

    My final stamp set was great for combining with other sets that I had already.  'Simply Vases' gives you 3 different shaped and sized vases along with a variety of sentiments.  The matching mask has lots of patterns for altering the vases which is how I created the scalloped pattern on this vase.  I used the vase in combination with the Rose Bouquet stamp set from a previous launch and the sentiment is one of the many that comes on the vase set.

    I am sure there will be lots of inspiring demonstrations across the weekend and I will try to pop back with some more of my samples over the coming weeks.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Jane x

    Friday, 3 March 2017

    Creative Artiste: Shabby Chic Tag


    It is the first Friday of the month so it must be time to launch a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste blog!

    This month the lovely sponsor is one of our design team members Judy and she has a fab prize of stamps and dies, click HERE to go over to visit the challenge...

    So for this months project I wanted to use some of the gorgeous bits and pieces that I have in my crafty stash as well as adding some stencilling, stamping and die cutting so this is the shabby chic piece that I created...

    I started with a grey board tag from Tando Creative which I painted with white gesso before adding some stencilling of light paste through a mini distressed diamond stencil from Bee Crafty.  I then added a selection of paper flowers, leaves and a metal charm from Craft Box, and also a pocket watch and small rose that I had created using resin and an IOD mould from Prima...

    This was then all painted over with more white gesso to create a good base for the colour...

    I used spray inks from Lindy's stamp gang to add colour and brushed on some luscious powders from IndigoBlu.  Stamping was then added using a harlequin stamp from IndigoBlu and sepia archival ink ...

    Using the Ariana Lace die from Heartfelt Creations, I die cut a shape which was then coloured using antique gold gilding wax from Pebeo...
    Some more wax was also added to other areas of the tag and then I added the die cut to the tag with another paper flower coloured with Lindy's stamp gang and wax.  I also added a sentiment from a sticker sheet by 7 Dots Studio (Lost and Found)... 

    As a final touch a lightbulb from Prima was added as well as some ribbon...

    My plan is to add this tag to the front of an art journal so I will post some photos when it is all finished too.

    Please take a look at the Creative Artiste blog to see what the rest of the design team have made, and it would be lovely if you could add your own project as well!  Don't forget this challenge is for mixed media :)

    I will be back again later today with some design team samples using the Crafter's Companion mixed media dies which launch today as a Weekend Wow on HOCHANDA starting from 10am, so do please pop over for a look!

    Jane x

    Thursday, 2 March 2017

    Leonie One Day Special: Typography


    A fabulous new set of dies, stamps and embossing folders from Leonie Pujol are launching right now  (8pm GMT) on HOCHANDA.
    I loved working with these products and have decided to share the first project that I made with them as it was my attempt to show as many of the products as possible...

    The frame cost just £1, and I painted it with black gesso then highlighted the texture with gold Pebeo gilding wax.  I wanted to use as many of the embossing folders as possible, so cut pieces of black card to fit the folders and embossed a selection.  These were the also highlighted with the same gilding wax and then arranged onto the back piece of the frame and stuck down...

    The flowers and dragonflies were then stamped from the 'Fly Free' stamp set and cut out.  I used Leonie's sparkle pens for the colour and then coated them with glossy accents...

    Next I used the sentiment from 'Fly Free', masking off the different lines to place the words into the pennants from 'Banners and Frames', before adding colour and cutting them to different lengths for the frame. 
    Finally I cut the words 'Fly Free' in gold foiled card using the typography dies and added those as a final touch to the project...

    You can watch Leonie demo these fab products and see all the design team samples for this hour, plus tomorrow (3rd March) at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT.  The channel is on..

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • Or you can watch online at...

    I will be back tomorrow with a new months challenge piece for Creative Artiste, and will show more Leonie samples over the coming week.

    Have a lovely evening,

    Jane x

  • Wednesday, 1 March 2017

    Altered Eclectics: A Rusty Canvas


    I apologise for having been missing in action from my blog but I have been very busy with different design team work which will be appearing on here over the next few days!

    As it is the first day of a new month there is a new challenge over on the Altered Eclectics challenge blog, (I will put a link at the end of the post) this challenge is for all mixed media and altered art, the only projects not allowed are cards and ATC's.

    I have a love of all things rusty and wanted to have a go at trying some of the techniques that Andy Skinner demonstrates using Decoart products so and here is the altered canvas board that I created...

    I started by using white gesso to coat the canvas board before adding texture paste through the Andy Skinner Industrial stencil and some extra areas of sand texture paste around the edges of the board.

    Once this had all dried thoroughly the cogs (from Tando Creative) were also prepared with gesso, these were then added to the canvas...

    The whole project was then painted using a mixture of paynes grey and prussian blue.  Then some yellow and red oxide was added before finally a mix of paynes grey and quinacridone gold were dripped from the top to give the really rusty look.

    Once I was happy with the colours some patina and gold gilding waxes were rubbed over the texture.

    Finally I used some sentiments from the Lost and Found collection from 7 Dots Studio...

    I really enjoyed creating this and if it has inspired you to create your own altered or mixed media project please take a look at the other design team projects over on the challenge blog and it would be great if you would enter a project to share.  Click HERE to go straight there!

    I will be back tomorrow evening at 8pm as there is a One Day Special launch of the new Leonie Pujol products, so it would be lovely if you came back to take a look!

    Jane x