Monday, 21 April 2014

A little post Easter love.

I'm on the post Easter chocolate fest and I think a detox is in order. The trouble is the house is still full of chocolate so it'll take a week or so before I'm in a position to eat healthy - no will power!

Anyway, here's a little journal page using Susan Weckessers stamp called  'Sing your song' which is adorable.

The colours too are a little out of my comfort zone but that's a good thing. Of course it's paste through a Crafters Workshop stencil for my base layer and lots of cutting out of the leaves and birds to layer it all up.

Jaine x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Stamp carving - another first.

I think this post is more about what not to do than a how-to, my first stamp carve and as usual I wanted to run before I could walk.

My friend Magda and indeed all the tutorials I read recommended to start with easy geometric shapes but I wanted a face stamp to use in my journals.

With that in mind I set out to carve out my face and although carving the rubber was easy, I'd chosen to create outlines only which proved to be quite fiddly to get right. I ended up having to spend a lot of time carving out the rubber I didn't want to get a nice print.

I love what I'm left with and although she's not perfect, she does exactly as I wanted her to do.

I carved out a word too and now I'm totally hooked.

To see how I did it go to the blog of A Sprinkle of Imagination for more pictures.

Happy Easter weekend.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Craft Stamper Insider Secrets feature.

I'm featured on the Craft Stamper blog today talking about, yes you guessed it, texture paste.
I was asked what my favourite product was so I had to be honest.  Here's a journal page made using Golden Crackle Paste from A Sprinkle of Imagination.

I added beads to this one too and used Inka Gold to highlight the cracks.


Monday, 14 April 2014

A brand new venture into video.

Well I've gone and done it, made my first ever video tutorial for Scrap 365 and WOW embossing powders. If you leave a comment, be kind, it's my first time.

 Have a nice day

Jaine x

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Yes I know....more texture paste.

Yes I know, yet another texture paste background but I seriously have a bit of an obsession with the stuff. Don't worry, I'll get it all out of my system and move on to something else soon......not....!

This tag is my blog post on A Sprinkle of Imagination today. The colours are a bit out of my comfort zone but I'm trying to push myself out of the blue/green rut I've found myself in recently.

I have a very very exciting project coming up next week which I can not wait to bring to you. It's going to be a goodie. 

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

PL weeks 11 and 12

Woo's getting springy around here and pretty flowers and blossom is doing it's thing. Of course I have to tear myself away from the basement studio and get on with the garden tidy because it's a bit of a mess right now.

As you can see from week 11, big lack of photo's there but that was because I was so busy, I didn't have time to take any. I captured it all though in writing and for once I've added my own handwriting to the page.

It looks so much better done with a paintbrush and Ecoline paints, then cut out. I might try cutting it out a bit better next time.

The new challenge is up at Sarah Hurley and Ria has chosen stitching. Real or not, it doesn't matter. I chose real here on this journaling card for my week 11.

I'm sharing my PL layouts and the secrets behind my journaling cards on the Sarah Hurley blog today if you want to take a look.

Hope you're enjoying some sunshine where you are.

Jaine x

Friday, 4 April 2014

New Craft Stamper is on the shelves

It's new issue time and the May Craft Stamper Magazine is out today.

I have to feel extra proud of this cover as my card is on there (small, centre, left). My article this month is all about carving your own stamps from pencil top rubbers. It sounds mad but I can honestly say it was a load of fun and became a bit of an obsession.

Jaine x

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mixed media Sunday

 This weekend the weather has been glorious (I'm not going to shout it out as I know it could all change) so a lot of time was spent outside trying to tidy the garden and outside of the house ready for BBQ season.

Anyway, with my knees and back aching I spent yesterday evening playing in my basement workshop and just threw together a journal page using what was on my desk.

The background was a piece left over from a Craft Stamper project featuring glue and salt and the other pieces were in my bits box too. The sewing machine was out already after turning up a pair of jeans and the ink and paintbrush were out on my desk from the layout I created for Sarah Hurley. 

I'd been playing with some sticky clear ink jet printable label sheets and had a piece left on my desk and this is where I'll admit to opening the cupboard and getting out the little boat stamp from Susan Weckesser. 

It's a great exercise and pushes you to just do it instead of spending ages thinking too hard and staring at a blank page. I might spend every Sunday doing this.

Have a good week

Jaine x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Layout for February

I did originally say that as well as my Project Life pages, I'm also going to be creating a layout per month, so true to my word, here's February's layout.

Not quite as painty/messy as January but layouts are still a new thing for me so I'm still trying to discover what it is I like best.

This one is for my Sarah Hurley blog post and uses the February kit. The photo was taken when I visited the NEC in February and met up with Magda Polakow. We had such a good time, talk about laugh.

I love layering everything together.

I chose to hand write my title but instead of directly on the page, I used a paint brush and ink to draw on another piece of paper and cut it out which gave me the freedom to choose where I put it. I think I like that.

Anyway, there it is.

Jaine x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Loving crackle paste.

Ooooo crackle paste.....what can I say?

It's added a whole new dimension to my texture backgrounds which I'm loving. This one is Golden and from A Sprinkle of Imagination and I think it's the best. It looks as though it should be heavy on a page but no, in fact it's quite light.

After I'd left it overnight to dry properly and come back to it the next day to add colour, the cracks really started to come out and I spent a few minutes just looking at it. Yes ok that sounds pretty sad, but I was just  so gobsmacked at how cool it was.

If I'd spread it a bit thicker the cracks would be even wider but at the time I had no idea how thick I needed it to be. Next time I'll layer it on thicker and see how it looks.

Jaine x

Monday, 17 March 2014

Less is more, right?

I was supposed to be doing a mixed media piece for Susan Weckessers blog today but somehow I ended up outside in the sunshine doodling and colouring in my journal. I can still call it mixed media, right?  I did use several different mediums on it and sometimes less is more as they say.

 I used my Promarkers and a Micron pen as well as a silver painty pen from Kuretake to add a touch of silver in the windows. I've grown to like colouring images this way in a graphic style, it makes it look printed I think.

I love the riot of colour.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Project life catch up.

I know it looks as though I've just been catching up this past weekend but honestly I've been pretty proud of myself and kept up with it on an almost weekly basis. 

I thought I'd show you my pages here especially as I've used my week 9 layout on Sarah Hurley's blog today.

My Journaling cards on week 5 are all from Sarah Hurley too. 

I hope I can continue to keep it up.

Jaine x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Little things......

A very simple black and white tag today using only a stamp and Dylusions white lined spray ink. I explain all on the ASOI blog today.

Off to enjoy the sunshine

Jaine x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Speech bubbles

Well it's time for another Sarah Hurley challenge and Nicole chose speech bubbles this month. Something a bit different which is good, that's what a challenge is all about.

I created the tag with stamps from an early kit club package along with my own Back to School stamp and words from Everyday sayings.

I didn't have enough white letters so had to mix and match but that makes it fun and quirky I think.

Check out the blog here and see what the other members of the team did, you'll be amazed. 

Jaine x

Monday, 3 March 2014

Bring on the Spring

Today is happy birthday to me day, just don't ask me how old I am, I'm trying to forget that bit. I've made myself a tag inspired by the tweeting of the birds as I've been clearing patches of the garden ready for Spring. I've seen signs of it so I know it's not far away.

It's up on the Design Team blog for Susan Weckesser today along with a few more pictures.

Here's to a brand new week.

Jaine x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Image transfer.

I meant to post some pictures from the NEC this week but I've not had a moment to do it I'm sorry, it's been a little bit busy. Anyway, I'll post them at some point during the weekend I promise. 

This notebook however, was made for my blog post on A Sprinkle of Imagination today using an image transfer technique which I think it's pretty cool.

If you want to find out how I made this image then go to the ASOI blog to find out.

Happy weekend

Jaine x

Monday, 17 February 2014

Love is....

Hopefully I'm on my way home from the trip to Stitches in Birmingham. I'll tell you all about it soon I promise but in the mean time here's a journal page I created last week for the Susan Weckesser blog today.

A bit of collage and it's done.

Jaine x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

A new Sprinkle colour challenge.

Today a brand new colour challenge is unveiled at A Sprinkle of Imagination and above you can see the colour choice. Pretty isn't it? 

I made some collage art on an old book page which has that gorgeous sandy colour already.

I hand drew the daisy, painting it with watercolours.

If you fancy joining in follow my link here to the blog and enter.

I'm off at the Stitches show in Birmingham tomorrow with the other Sprinkle girls so hopefully I'll be able to bring you lots of gossip next week.

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A tattered brooch.

 I am so much in love right now with the Bigz XL Tattered Florals die by Sizzix and had to cut some more flowers from fabric. I think the fabrics are my favourite materials to cut using this die.

Here I've cut calico, muslim, cheesecloth and a piece of leather for the backing, plus some chunky felt to cut the bigz leaf die.

I added the beads to look like droplets and backed the whole thing with a kilt pin to create a huge brooch.

I love it. I might make a few in Spring shades too.

Jaine x