Thursday, 19 February 2015

Looking forward looking back.

Today is a bit of a tracksuit bottoms kind of day. I finally got home and into bed around 1am after spending the past few days at the NEC with Sarah Hurley and some of the Design Team girlies. Sadly we were missing a few but hopefully next time we'll all be together.

I did take the flu with me though and spent the first couple of days in bed before I decided I'd better set out to do what I came for and get myself up there.

I'm so glad I did and despite flagging a bit at times had a fabulous time.

Today on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog  I'm showing my layout for my March calendar page. I've totally gone all self indulgent as March is my birthday month but this March is extra special for me. It'll be that big birthday - gulp!

I had to go all out on colour it's obligatory really.

I'm off for a lie down now.

Jaine x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Introducing Canvas Corp Brands and Tattered Angels

As I've already mentioned in a previous post I'm now very proud to be an ambassador for Tattered Angels. 

Today is the day they officially announce the whole Canvas Corp Brands Crew which includes, Canvas Corp and 7 Gypsies as well as Tattered Angels and each one of us has designed a mini 4X4" canvas to show our own unique personality.

Well, I think this is truly me, lots of lovely texture, some stamping and bright colour contrasts.

After Gessoing my canvas, I glued down a doily to create some structure. To this I added White, Aqua and Lime Green High Impact paint spreading it around with my finger. I needed some contrasting focal points too so after spraying a piece of paper with Cross My Heart and It's Orange Glimmer Mist I cut a few circles out to add on.  To link everything together I stamped over some parts of text from a stamp in the Savor The Moment stamp set, used a black pen to go around the circles and added the word Succeed.

This should be my buzz word for this year, although I hate buzz words it's turning out to be fairly appropriate in a way as a reminder that we can if we really try.

To see the other amazing canvases go to the Canvas Corp Brands web site

Jaine xx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Some simple water colour pages.

I'm getting back into creating again and loving it. Now things here are getting better, I'm taking a few days out next week to attend the CHA UK show in Birmingham NEC known affectionately as 'Stitches'. I'll be meeting up with a few people while I'm there one of them my good friend Magda Polakow.

I've been using Magda's Stampotique stamps a lot recently and I'm really hoping she'll tell me next week she's bringing out some new ones as they're adorable.

This is what started it all off, a simple card which I needed to make in a hurry so quite simply, stamped with Nina and an easy water colour background to show her off.

So from there I moved onto creating a page in my water colour journal which hasn't seen the light of day for.......oo........that long!!

So, all fired up I made another one, this time using Agatha Crown who I think has a really naughty face.

You can find Magda's stamps at A Sprinkle Of Imagination and talking of which, the new Design Team has been announced today and it's a cracking great team of talented people who are joining Trish and myself. Things are starting to look good again.

Jaine x

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Need a hug?

At last I think I've managed to make sense of a lot of things and finally start to look forward to the year ahead. January was a challenge for all of us but we seem to be coming out on the other side stronger for it.

One of our children was taken ill, so seriously ill that she needed a major operation to get through it. That most definitely was not the start to the year we had imagined and it's fair to say we absolutely didn't see it coming at all. A week since the op and things are looking good, so good that I've started to relax and create in my studio again.

Before Christmas I was given the opportunity to be part of an incredible team. I was so honored and proud to have been asked to be part of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew as an Ambassador for Tattered Angels. I've used Tattered Angels mists for years, in fact they were the first ones I ever owned so this is a big deal for me. I'm really enthusiastic to be able to represent this fabulous company and so grateful to be in a position to be able to show off their gorgeous products.

I was asked to make a Valentine card and to give it to someone deserving who wouldn't be expecting it. Well, I could think of no one more deserving than my daughter. She's come through brain surgery and made us all proud with her determination to make a full recovery.

Here it is. I kept it simple to emphasize the message.

 I'll give it to her later today, I think she could do with a pick-me-up.

I used some Pink and Ivory Toile paper from Canvas Corp for my background, a piece of burlap and canvas cut into hearts with some white High Impact paint lightly painted over the burlap and Cross My Heart Glimmer Mist sprayed over the other. A little Beetle Black was dropped onto the background. The words "Wanna hug" are actually cut from a much larger piece of Canvas Corp paper called Love Words. You can follow the links for the products.

You can visit the Canvas Corp Brands web site and see so many more Valentine cards and inspiration.

Happy to be back

Jaine xx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Art therapy and coming back to life.

Ooof, you know that feeling when you just need to take time out for a bit and recharge? Well that's been me for the past few weeks.

Christmas was good, too good and once the relatives had gone back and decorations put away my body started to complain. The 3kilo's I managed to add on over the festive period plus all the booze started to make an impression and for a few days I felt less than full of joy. Just as I was picking myself up from that one, the family was thrown yet another of life's challenges (which is on-going) and it's fair to say it took the wind totally out of my (our) sails.

I've spent the past couple of weeks sort of in hiding trying to make sense of things and recharge a bit but that isn't to say I've not been idle. It's amazing how much sloshing some paint around and spraying ink made me happy. It sounds like such a cliché but art really does heal and journaling especially was a good escape.

As well as all this painty, inky stuff I've also been doing a lot of thinking about going forward this year. Firstly, I've decided  not to start a 2015 Project Life album. My reason for this is simple, I'm still only at the beginning of the summer 2014 as I totally underestimated how big a task it would be to complete a year in 12 months. I'll continue of course to finish last year but for this year I'll be journaling and using mini albums to mark certain events. At this point I'm madly printing out my photo's to put in the pockets before I get too bogged down with it all. That'll make the actual creating much easier and quicker too when I get an hour or two during the week to do something.

This year I'll be having a big birthday, and by big I mean one with a naught on the end of it that's not 40!  There are lots of things I really want to achieve this year but as I'm learning nothing is certain in the least. I'm pushing forward with a plan which has been in the making for 12 months to officially make Basement Studio a business. I've joined CHA UK which will be invaluable.

Here's to all the challenges and changes 2015 will be bringing, I only hope I can get through them all with a smile on my face.

Jaine x

Thursday, 8 January 2015


A Sprinkle Of Imagination is on the lookout for a brand new Design Team for 2015!
Are you a scrapbooker, journaller or mixed media artist? 
Do you love creating with papers, playing with paint or getting messy with inks and mediums?
Yes? Then this is the team for you!
We are looking for a dedicated team of crafters who reside within the EU, who will share their amazing creations twice a month on our blog and over social media, using product that can be found in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination. The DT term will be six months long, from March until the end of August 2015.
In return, we will:
*Promote YOU and your blog on social media
* Give you a £15 ASOI voucher bi-monthly, to spend on supplies for your projects!

 DT members are also entitled to a 10% discount on any regular order they make from ASOI during their DT term.
 Sounds good? We would love for you to join us!
To apply:
Email 3 pictures to us, showing off work that you consider to be typical of your own style, plus links to your blog and any other social media platforms you use when sharing your work.
Email us a short bio, letting us know your style and favourite media to use when crafting.
Please email everything to:
 making sure you include 'DT Call' in the subject line.
The DT Call will be open until February 1st, and we will notify successful applicants by February 8th.
Good Luck!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wishing all of you a very happy Christmas.

I want to wish everyone a very very happy Christmas from me at Basement Studio. 

Lots of love and kisses xxxx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

More pages from the Documented December album finished.

I had a bit of a session yesterday updating the album and to make things even quicker, I've started using an app on my phone which adds stickers and edits text so when I print it's almost complete. It's called BeFunky and I love it. It's not something I've just discovered, I've been using it for a while now but mainly just for editing my pictures but since starting this mini album I've been using it more for adding to the pictures too.

Happy crafting

Jaine x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas cards.

Oooof what a busy week, lots of Christmas projects, cards made and sent and lots of late night crafting sessions are starting to take their toll. Today a stiff neck and an eye allergy are the price I'm paying for manic crafty evenings. Lots of plans for next year made and some very exciting chit chats with colleagues.

This week the new Sarah Hurley Lookbook came out and I've a few projects in it. Here's the link to it if you want to take a look.

The cards below have been made using my new Christmas stamps.

My good friend and design colleague Clare Brown sent me a set of her gorgeous winter stamps and the card below was made with her Skating girlie. She's so cute. You can find Clare's stamps here too.

Happy Thursday to you all.

Jaine xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Latest pages of the December album.

Here are the latest pages from my December album. I've never been able to keep it up to date like this before so this is a first for me. I suppose it's because it's so small and simple, no messing about, just print, cut and arrange the photo's adding a few bits here and there so it's no wonder I can keep up.

Today I'll be mainly in the kitchen rather than the craft room so should make for interesting pages later on.

Have a good Sunday

Jaine xx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Playing in the journal again.

I'm happy as long as I still get a few inky, journal pages to play in between documenting December in the album. This is the journal in question and how fat it's looking now. I'll need a new one for next Christmas (big hint there family).

These pages are to go with the Documented December series on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog as it's my turn to work with the prompt.

You can follow along with your own pages or just look at what the DT are doing plus in between there are some downloads to use in your own journal/album.

Happy Wednesday.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Documenting December

 It's so easy to keep up with my December album. It's out on my work table along with my kit and every time I pass it I have to add something.

Here are the latest pages finished.

For my day 5 page, I've used a paper bag from a Sarah Hurley kit and used it as a pocket page, also adding another mini paper bag on the front.

Inside the pocket is my card and photo.

Happy day 9.

Jaine xx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Documented December

As I showed you in a previous post, I'm doing #documenteddecember pocket page style with my kit from Sarah Hurley.  Here's a close up of the front cover.

and inside front cover.

As for the first four days, here they are too.

I included a tag in the front.

I love this cute small size. It's open on my work table and as I pass it I have to add something to it, I just can't leave it alone.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Christmas journal has come out to play.

I know I'm documenting December pocket page style this year but the Christmas journal just has to come out to play too from time to time. I can't be too long away from the messy, painty stuff.  This is my Kraft journal which I only use at Christmas time just because of those Kraft pages. I love them.

Today is my turn as the second Designer on the ASOI blog for our 12 Designers of Christmas marathon so that's why the journal is out.  Lots of texture, glitter white paint and scraps make the pages feel wintery,

and the splashes of red warm it up a tad. The tree was folded from a piece of scrap paper which had been used to spray and ink onto, I love the coloured green splodges on it.

If you follow and comment on all 12 of the Designers blog posts during this time you'll have the chance of winning a massive collection of goodies at the end just go here.

Jaine x

Documenting December.

One of the exciting projects of December is the daily documenting part and in previous years the way I've done that is either in the form of a journal/smash book style or a mini book/altered book style. Having spent the year documenting pocket page style, it felt natural to do the same for my December album.

I was so pleased when Sarah Hurley said she'd be selling a kit with an album and with the team would be documenting every day with prompts to follow if you need inspiration. So I bought the album and kit and it's absolutely gorgeous. It's Instagram size with 10.5 x 10.5 cm pockets - 4X4" and is so cute.

I'll be sharing my pages during the month but for now here's the cover all decorated.

 You can follow along with the prompts from the team here on the 365 blog. 

I'd love to know if you're documenting December and if so how?

Jaine x