Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Friday, 7 August 2015

Lets face it - Journal page.

I think I have to face up to the facts that I need to wear glasses more and more these days.

Getting older sucks in some ways but it seems to me that once I'd turned the big 5  0 it started a chain reaction for everything in my body to start feeling it.

For a change I got out my big journal (a big subject needs a big page ) and added the faces which is a stamp I made ages ago using Softcut. I have a small tutorial on the ASOI blog where I cut the stamp.
The rest is some collage and stenciling so it was pretty quick.

Happy Friday

Jaine xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Travel journal for 2015

It's less than three weeks now until we go away on holiday and I'm already thinking about my art supplies :)

I always take a travel journal, usually home made and this time will be no different. This one I've made from chipboard covers and with water colour paper pages inside so I can paint and sketch in it.

The base is made from a couple of black chipboard covers found at Canvas Corp and I chose these papers from Canvas Corp too, Sails and Shells,  Navy and Ivory Ticking and Coral Claws and Shells paper.

For a change I hand bound the spine and pages together with a very simple binding stitch. It's not the neatest job in the world but it does the trick.

I'm super happy with how it turned out and can't wait to be sitting on the beach using it. I'll be taking my paints, sketching pens and as much stuff as I can put into a large travel pouch.

Hopefully I'll be able to show you the results when I get back.

Jaine x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Courage to change - journal page

I thought I'd get out the hand made journal to work in for this piece. One of my smaller Crafters Workshop stencils is the perfect size to fit right on the page so an opportunity was there to do things a little differently this time. I'm not usually one for doing things normally anyway!

I was keen to use my Dylusions paints as the colours are so bright but these two colours together are a little out of my comfort zone.

I brayered the London blue over the page first then using the brayer, covered the stencil with Postbox red. I used the stencil to print the negative image onto the page. The result was a more grungy finish which I was really pleased about.

I recently took the plunge and bought myself a Cricut Explore Air which I absolutely love to bits. It took a while to decide whether to go for it or not but as an old old Cricut user and owner of several cartridges already it was the obvious choice to stick with Cricut. Having the use of a whole 12 x 12 mat is so liberating after my old 6 x 12 (yes my old machine was that old) but to have the machine sitting somewhere other than next to my computer and cutting via wifi is the best.

My favourite thing so far to cut has been words, some in computer fonts but some even with my own handwriting. I love that feature. The word I decided to cut for this project however was a font from the computer and in silver card it came out perfectly.

It looks great raised up with foam pads too.

The project is up on the ASOI blog today as my DT piece.

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A triptych with Dylusions paints and stamps.

I like a triptych (that's sooo difficult to say) and in the past I've created quite a few, so for nostalgia's sake I'm having another go at one for the July challenge with ASOI.

For this particular one my base is three chipboard pieces from Tando Creative which I've given a paint over with Dylusions paints. I was initially drawn to the colour of these paints without knowing what the consistency was like but having worked with them I love that too. Plus, the pot is so handy for dipping in, no squeezy tubes or mini pots with dabbers.

I chose to also use these Dylusions stamps called Under the Sea because they're so darn cute for all their ugliness!  To make the eyes pop I've added a little dot of Enamel Accents by Ranger.

 Happy creating.

Jaine xx

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Gilded butterfly.

Earlier on in the year I attended the Creative Exchanges conference in Coventry and as part of that weekend we were given the opportunity to take part in a few workshops. One of those workshops was by Indigoblu. I've loved them for many years now and used some of their stamps in my magazine articles in the past but I'd never tried out their Mega-Flakes until that Creative Exchanges weekend.

Today is the first time I'm posting to the brand new Sarah Hurley 365 blog and I went with a card full of gold touches not least this gorgeous butterfly. 

To give it some shine I used the Morris Dance Mega Flakes by Indigoblu which have gorgeous flecks of coloured flakes in the pot. I can see myself gilding everything in sight here, maybe I should post a few step pictures if you don't know how to apply the flakes.

Anyway, you can see my full card post on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog .

Have a good day.

Jaine x

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Getting back into Project Life.

No one likes a procrastinator right? Well I think I'm the biggest procrastinator of them all. Last year I boasted of keeping up to date with my Project Life pages but then real life got in the way and I just sort of let it slip. I gave myself several deadlines to finish it up to the end of the year but these came and went and since January I've not looked at it.....once!  SHAME ON ME!

Well, this weekend I've put that right. Woo hoo week 34 here it is.

To be perfectly honest with you, once again I'd totally under estimated how difficult it would be to keep the momentum going throughout the year. It would have been easy if I had nothing else to do but with other projects on the go and family life it just became impossible.

I will say though that originally I poo pooed using the whole photo cut into a journaling card shape but now I can see the sense to keep it simple and easier to manage.

I'd love to hear from you if you're still keeping it up or are you a year behind too?

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Out in the garden.

I thought I'd brighten things up a bit for this journal layout. The bright green and pink gave my book a lovely summery feel so I went with it and added a few clusters to the bottom so as not to cover up my background too much. 

The new challenge is up on the ASOI blog this week if you fancy having a go. The prize is £10 to spend in the shop so it's well worth entering.

This week I'm spending as much time as possible in the garden keeping up with the weeding and dead heading and we're starting to pick salads and strawberries too.

Have a good week what ever you're doing.


Friday, 12 June 2015

Gelli mini.

It's Friday and it's that time of year again when the weather is scorching, I'm trying to keep cool while getting my Christmas groove on. It all feels a bit odd.

Anyway, I posted a quick mini journal project up on the ASOI blog the other day after getting carried away with Gelli prints and ending up with a massive pile of background papers without a home.

The obvious thing to do was to put them together as an album. It may only be instagram size but it's all ready to go for a mini project at some point in the future.

Some of the smaller bits I've die cut and used on the front here and the pink duct tape just keeps the spine tidy.

I hope you're enjoying some good weather where you are?

Jaine x

Thursday, 11 June 2015

All at sea.

I love the sea side, who doesn't?  I miss it too living in Luxembourg where we're totally land locked and the nearest sea is 4 hours away.

Originally my childhood holidays and getaway days were the inspiration behind designing these stamp sets for Sarah Hurley's Special Editions range. 

I thought I'd put this card together for my Dad to remind him of the great holidays we had in North Wales.


Monday, 8 June 2015

The big Austrian adventure.

I've been back home from Austria nearly a week now and what an adventure it was. Lena and I walked 172km in 8 days which I'm pretty proud about.  There was a slight wobble mid week on my part when I was just too emotionally and physically tired to carry on but some TLC from some lovely people there and a day of rest was all I needed to carry on.

Here we are at the start of our journey in Luxembourg. Still smiling, still looking fairly  unruffled and trying not to look like the backpack was an issue.

We took an overnight train from Koblense to Munich and tried to get a bit of sleep before we arrived in Innsbruck.

Sadly the weather was horrid when we got there but that wasn't going to stop us from looking around. We'd arrived just as they were commemorating the end of WW1 with a parade. We thought they'd put it all on just for us, I felt quite emotional.

We had to visit the Cathedral where we found our first sign for the Jakobs Way.  That might have been the easiest sign we saw all week.

We thought we'd take a trip up to the highest point in the city which is the Olympic ski jump. From the bottom it looked absolutely awsome but from the top the view was amazing. Those ski jumpers must have nerves of steele to do what they do. From the top they don't see the bottom of the jump only the massive view of the city. It was just sad the weather was so bad that we didn't get to see the view too well.

Back in the hostel for the night we had to rent a tv so we could watch the Eurovision song contest. We're obsessed about it and hold Eurovision party's just for a laugh.  We're a bit mad like that.

The next day we left Innsbruck and set out in some drizzle but even so, the mountains were spectacular. However, we did miss our first signs and took a bit of a detour which ended up taking us down a main road and quite a few km further than we really wanted to be.

Anyway, back on track again and the sun came out so we started to feel hopeful again.

We reached our overnight stay and awoke the next morning to this view.

What a difference a day makes. The sun was out, at last we could see the tops of the mountains and all I could say was "wow".

Another morning and another view.

Tuesday was a really tough day for me, so having been rescued by one of Lena's relatives who lived near by, we got to the hotel and decided to stay there for two nights, meaning we could have a day off from hiking.

Thursday and off again, heading for this monastery on the hill.

This was  quite a climb up here but totally worth it.

Another morning view.

We climbed almost to the top of this mountain to look back at where we'd come from.

This is my Julie Andrews moment.

It's a 'thing' to have Schnapps at any time and for any reason. This one was offered to help us up the last bit.

We were happy to take the boots off on Saturday I can tell you and mine are still wrapped in a plastic bag.

Looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Jaine x