Monday, 27 April 2015

Big Butterfly page.

After the excitement of Creative Exchanges it's been back to my desk as normal with lots of projects and ideas to get on with. I was happy to see the latest Craft Stamper had arrived while I was away along with the banners I'd made for the article. I hung the smaller banner in my basement studio straight away and the bigger one I'll put up under the terrace.

Before I left I'd also had time to make this journal page for the latest challenge at A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Once again I'd used my Derwent Inktense pencils. It's becoming a habit!

I thought this time I'd make the butterfly separately and add it later to the page. I actually only added it by the centre and folded the wings in creating a 3D effect.

Maybe it's time for a change of colour if I'm brave enough. I seem to be stuck in this colour way.

Jaine x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Creative Exchanges

Last weekend I left the family to fend for themselves and headed off to the UK for a weekend in Coventry for Creative Exchanges. Organized by the CHA UK, it was the first time they'd done something like this so I had no idea what to expect. I have no idea why I put the Puzzler magazine in the pocket of my bag, it didn't come out until I emptied the bag on Tuesday morning!

I did feel a bit nervous and slightly intimidated at the prospect of having to socialize with lots of big names in the craft industry but once I got there it was obvious that it was going to be a fun weekend and I was so happy to see a familiar face in Clare Brown.

I think I have to work on my selfie face.....

The two days were packed with seminars and talks covering all subjects from social media and photography to teaching classes and publishing. In between we had make and takes from Decopatch, Indigo Blu and even over dinner one evening we Zentangled and doodled pretty pictures.  There was a serious side too in the networking and contacts made but even this was in such a friendly atmosphere it just felt like having a chat with a mate.

We had inspirational talks including one from Leonie Pujol who is as funny and downright cute as she is on TV.

and yes, I was a little bit star struck at this point.

Then there was the onesie party. Oh the onesie party!

Everyone had a bunny onesie and even though I knew it was going to happen, when it came down to it, I did feel a bit like, I'd be the only one at the party wearing an outfit sort of thing. So I was relieved when walking down the corridor of the hotel I met several other bunny's namely Clare Brown and the person responsible Sarah Hurley.

Photo by Laura Strutt of

 It was an amazing night with plenty of laughing, mainly at each other.

I discovered that wearing a onesie allowed for second helpings of cake not normally comfortable with a tight waist band. It might become my outfit of choice during late night crafting sessions from now on.

I can't wait until next year.

Jaine x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Through the eyes of a child.

Oh boy did I have fun drawing this little one. She started out innocently enough but as I went along something made me add the stick in her hand (behind her back) which made her seem a little bit naughty. I imagined a little girl playing dress up in her fantasy world of giant flowers not giving a care about convention and how little girls are supposed to behave.

The whole painted background and image was done not with conventional paints but sprays by Tattered Angels but painted in the usual way. I used mainly the Easter Calendar Kit which contains Baseboard paint sprays to paint with adding a few extra sprays along the way.

This is where I started.......

and this is where my little girlie ended up.

I loved using the sprays to paint with, the colours are so vibrant.

To see more go to the Canvas Corp blog where this is my blog post for today.

I hope you all had a good Easter weekend.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Doodling with Inktense

I know I'm a bit slow sometimes and I dither about when it comes to spending money but I overcame the urge to get myself some Inktense pencils by Derwent and see what all the fuss was about.

Playing with Inktense and some doodling was such a pleasure.

The colour really is as bright as they claim to be and I truly wasn't disappointed with them. They're easy to layer colour too as once they've been activated with water, they're permanent.

This one I also created using Inktense earlier in the week.

This is my blog post for today on the ASOI blog and the pencils can be found in the shop.

Happy Easter weekend.

Jaine x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A little birdie canvas

It's that time of year again and my birdie obsession is in full flow. I'm sure they're nesting in the box which is on the trunk of the cherry tree in the garden.

I drew this little nesting bird on some patterned paper and pieced her on a canvas already prepared with paints and texture paste. I wanted to create a spring like feel with the colours.

Her nest is just some strips of text paper and a bunch of threads.

  The canvas is my DT post today at ASOI and if you want to see what products I used on it then you can find them all with links there.

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Sprinkle challenge is back .

After a few months break the Sprinkle challenges are back. 

My double page spread started out with the magazine image of the eyes which I had to collage in  because of the vivid colour. I created a background with a Finnabair stencil and one of my own before inking up the pages. The coloured butterflies just add a little bit of contrast to the heavy background.

If you want to join in with the challenge visit A Sprinkle of Imagination and go to the Monthly Challenge page.

Happy Sunday

Jaine x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Getting in a tangle.

OMG I've been so nervous and excited about this one as this week is my first time to post on the blog of  The Creative Studio for Tattered Angels.  They've just launched some amazing papers for lovers of doodles and tangles. The papers are in 12 x 12 format and are chocked full of designs all plain black and white just waiting to be cut and coloured. I love love love the strips which I've used here on my card.  I thought I'd simply add some spots of colour in red to show off the designs better. The little arrow is a black arrow head stuck on the end of one of the tangles.

I used the tangle strip as a starting point to add my own tangles underneath.

I loved working with the papers. If you like what you see there's a link underneath to the products I've used including my background Glimmer mist and stamps.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Save the book mark.

Can you imagine, in a few years time, these little things will be long forgotten. No one will read books any more so there'll be no need for the humble book mark.

I want to put that right so for my blog post at Sarah Hurley today I decided to make myself one to put in my agenda.

 Actually it's a great idea as I don't have a proper page keeper in it and I'm always having to flick through to find my page.

I laminated it for protection and rounded the corners to make them less sharp.

You can find a few more photo's over on Sarah's 365 blog.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Layering stencils

If only you could touch this journal page, it's so tactile after I layered stencils and media. These two first stencils are among my favourites and one of my favourite media to use is crackle paste, this one by Golden. All of these products are from A Sprinkle of Imagination.

I sprayed over the page diagonally with Tattered Angels mists to create this coloured background. It was a complete fluke that the tree ended up in what looks like a shaft of light - magical.

I sanded this layer back over the texture which helped to bring out the crackles in the paste.

I also layered up Tim Holtz stencils and Dylusions with Dreamweaver Embossing paste which is  wonderful stuff.

Below is a link to all the Tattered Angels products I've used, you just need to click on the product to go to the shop directly.

Jaine x

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Almost Spring.

When I was making this page in my journal the weather was wet, miserable and anything but Springlike but now as I post it the sun has come out and I can see those small signs that it's on it's way. A couple of days ago I heard the geese overhead as they came back to find their nesting sites and that for me is a big sign.

With different things going on at home right now dragging us down, I needed to escape to the journal. Springlike colours and a little bird (no idea what sort of bird that is, I drew it so don't blame me for lack of accuracy here) to get me in the mood and I think it did the trick.

Not too much texture this time for me except in the form of a bit of paint dabbing.  It's my blog post for ASOI this weekend and should lead me nicely into March.

Jaine xx

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