Sunday, 29 January 2017

Hybrid Dies from Crafter's Companion


I have been unable to post much this month as I have been so busy with design team work that I haven't had a chance to produce anything else to show!  I am hoping to get a chance to get a bit messy and inky soon though so I will hopefully have more posts through February.

Today I have some projects that I made for today's One Day Special over on HOCHANDA for Crafter's Companion.

These dies are quite special as they are able to be used as edgeables but can also cut out to create beautiful doilies.  They are really intricate and have beautiful patterns.

I tried to show a variety of ways to use them within my samples...

For this sample I made a handbag using the big score board and advanced projects DVD and used the
Victoria die to create the flap and some layers.

Using the Elizabeth die I wanted to show how beautiful the die would look being simply cut, and this card was so quick and easy to make but the die makes it really elegant.

To show how you can also create different effects I cut the Jane die to make a doily shape.  The second layer was created in the same way but then I cut away the outside edge to create another doily to fit on top.
There are shows today at 12pm, 4pm and 7pm with lots of samples and demos, so do please tune in to HOCHANDA if you are interested...
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  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

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    I will definitely be back on Wednesday as it is a new month and challenge over at Altered Eclectics so I will hopefully see you then,
    Jane x

    Friday, 27 January 2017

    And the winner is...


    A quick post to let you know that a winner has been drawn for the prize giveaway so the comments for the prize are now closed.  I put the names of the people who commented in order of when they were added to the blog and used a random number generator to pick one out...

    The winner is Denyse C!!! Please let me know your address via e mail at and I will get your prize sent out to you.

    Thank you to those who entered and I will be doing another giveaway in the future so please do enter again!

    Jane x

    Prize Giveaway!!!


    I am a day late with my giveaway post but I have managed it at last!

    I have now reached 50 followers and have had this blog for just over a year and so to say a big THANK YOU to all you lovely readers and followers I am giving away a selection of crafty goodies!!

    The prize consists of 2 Leonie Pujol Christmas Stamps (they are not in commercial packaging but are brand new); 2 sets of Leonie Pujol dies; 5 assorted MDF baubles; 3 pots of Wow! glitter embossing powder and an Americana D├ęcor stencil.

    To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and if you are not already a follower it would be lovely if you could click the follow button too :)

    The giveaway will close on Friday 27th January at 6pm (GMT) when I will choose a winner from the comments at random.

    Good luck!

    Jane x
    Comments are now closed for this giveaway

    Saturday, 7 January 2017

    For the Love of Stamps - New Launch!


    Today on Create and Craft is the new launch from HunkyDory's latest 'For the Love of Stamps' collection.

    I was lucky enough as part of the design team to be able to work with 3 of the new sets plus the matching stencils.  I loved having the stencils as well as it adds a new layer of interest to the projects you can make (especially if you enjoy a bit of mixed media!).

    The shows start at 9am but you would need to check the schedules for the other shows across the weekend.

    I have picked 2 samples from each of the sets I used and am starting by showing you 'Rose Bouquet'.

    This set was a real joy to work with and has a huge amount of versatility as the stems, roses and leaves are all separate stamps so you can create a single stemmed rose or a whole bunch of flower heads...

    The frame for this was one that had been lurking in my cupboard for ages ready to be used, and it only cost a pound!!  The background was created with the stencil, using texture paste, paint and gilding wax.  I cut out layers of the flowers to decoupage them up and finished them all off with glossy accents.

    This project was completely different but I loved it just as much!  I used the HunkyDory masking sheets to create the bouquet and then decoupaged the main flower.  These were coloured using the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.
    The next samples are from the 'Spread Your Wings' set.  Again this is a lovely mix of stamps with some silhouette and some more detailed in a range of sizes...
    The tag was created using Starlight paint (from Imagination Crafts) then silver embossing of the swirl stamps that are also included in the set.  I stamped and cut out a range of the butterflies before colouring them and topping with glossy accents.


    The background of this card was made using the stencil that matches.  I coloured the background with distress inks first then lifted some of the colour out through the stencil using a baby wipe.  Then I used some more of the distress ink for the stencil wording and on the card blank.  The main butterfly is made up using a layering stamp that is also in the set.

    The final set I used is 'Welcome Little One' which is super cute!!  Lots of little clothes that are ideal for cutting out, plus lots of really small stamps that are great for creating backgrounds and 3 sentiments...

    The panel card was made by stamping onto different colours of patterned paper before cutting them out.  Then simply mounted onto panels, I used a variety of colours to make this card suitable for either a boy or a girl.

    As soon as I saw this set I wanted to create a washing line, so I did!  I made an easel card and then added the stamped, coloured and cut out images.  You even get the little pegs and washing line poles in the set!

    I am sure that there will be lots of fab demos on the shows this weekend so do please take if a look if you get a chance!

    I will be back on Monday with my giveaway post.
    Have a great weekend,

    Jane x

    Friday, 6 January 2017

    Creative Artiste - Love, Wish, Dream


    Happy 2017 and I hope you all had a lovely festive season and that the new year is treating you well so far x

    I am starting the new year with my first post for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog, please click HERE to go over and it would be lovely if you could visit the other design team members blogs as well.

    This months sponsor is Things To Alter, and you will find some of their MDF items within my creation.  Click HERE to go over to their store for a look at what is available...

    For this month I wanted to create something with lots of texture that also symbolised the hopes of the new year.  Here is the completed project...

    I started by using an upright MDF board from 'That's Crafty' with a lovely jagged edge at the top.  The main board was glued into the base and then I tore some corrugated cardboard packaging up and added sections for an extra layer of texture.  Once this was dry I spread Finnabair light paste through a cog/clock stencil from Imagination Crafts and also added some areas of Decoart crackle paste.  This was all then painted with white gesso from Decoart...

    I then prepared the elements that I wanted to use.  I love the contrast between quite industrial and floral elements so chose a large clock embellishment from Bee Crafty (for the passing to a new year) as well as MDF flowers, circle and steampunk winged heart from Things to Alter.  I also wanted the softer look of paper flowers, so chose some of various sizes and styles in brown tones.  I painted all the MDF pieces with gesso so that they would take the other mediums well, then painted them with a mixture of Decoart fluid acrylics...

    The main board was also painted with Decoart acrylics...

    Patina antiquing cream was then added and rubbed back to leave colour in between the raised areas.  Once the other elements had been added Gold Pebeo gilding wax was rubbed on to the texture and also a little bit of patina gilding wax from Comic Shimmer.

    The final touches were to stamp a sentiment from Tim Holtz (Stamper's Anonymous), adding some distress ink and spray to match the colours to the project and then adding some rusty wire around the top...

    I would like to enter this project into the following challenges...

    * More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes
    * Countryview Challenges - Anything Goes
    * Mixed Media Mojo - Theme: New, Optional Twist:Clocks

    * Rhedds Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed Media
    * That's Crafty - Anything Goes

    I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of how this project was made it was great fun!

    I hope you all continue with a year that makes you happy!

    Tomorrow I will be back with some projects using the latest 'For The Love of Stamps' products that are launching on Create and Craft at 9am, Saturday 7th January and on Monday I will be posting a give away as I have reached 50 followers!!  

    Thank you all so much for your support :)

    Jane x