Friday, 20 April 2018

Thinking Of You

Hello... So I have a box full of bits and bobs that are either stamps, left over or cards I had started to make and then didn't really feel the mojo on them...

I decided to challenge myself to empty that box, and after a quick sort out (sorry some of it did end up in the recycling) I thought I would make a few cards from it.  Today I have the first of those cards using a bit of designer paper that was in the box.

I added the strips of DSP to the top and bottom of a card blank and then added a simple sentiment from an old Stampin Up set - Time of the Year.  This was a hostess set back in 2016-17 that I had simply not used.  I really loved the bold sentiment. I added a pierced edge to the panel and then used used foam tape to add it to the card blank.

I don't know about you lot, but I seem to be scared of using DSP on my card as some of it is just too pretty... That's probably why I have far too much.

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday

Jen x. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Woof Woof

Hey Y'all..... Happy Wednesday.... I'm trying to get back on track with being back home at the moment and handing over my old role to the team so it's a little crazy at the moment but I had to share this little card with you today using the Mama Elephants The Dog's Woof

I really love this style of stamp sets from Mama Elephant and wanted to keep it as the main focus of the card whilst it remaining clean and simple. I coloured in the dogs with copics adding just a splash of colour.  The panel is mounted onto kraft card stock and a strip of black ribbon finishes it off.

I have started taking photos of everything I will be selling over the next couple of weeks and will be adding them to a couple of Facebook groups plus my Facebook selling page which you can find HERE

There is a lot of items to be added so if you join the group i'll be adding them over the weekend.

Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday ...

Jen xxx

Monday, 16 April 2018

How Many Candles?

Happy Monday everyone.... I thought I would start up CAS Mondays with LOTV and start sharing this every week with you... As some of you may know, LOTV have stopped selling rubber stamps for a few months but will still have the digi and simply prints.

CAS Mondays with LOTV will be a mix of old and new images as I try and get the most out of my craft stash and try and share new ideas to use those older forgotten about images.

For this week I have used one of the newer images from last year, Candles.  This cute little bear surrounded by a wall of candles is definitely a favourite. It helps he looks just a little bit like James the Bear. 

I had so much colouring him in that I did three colour ways..... The first is my favourite but I do love the pink and blue versions as well!

I coloured in the images using my copics and then added a simple happy birthday from Clearly Besotted Stamps.  The Panels are cut out using my pierced rectangle dies from Avery Elle (My current fave).

The panels are then mounted on Smoky Slate card stock from Stampin Up where I have used funky fun foam to ensure they do not get squashed in the mail...

Here are the two other colour ways...

That's all from me today.. I'll be back later in the week... Hope you have a fabulous Monday...

Jen xx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Dragon & The Fox

Morning ... I thought I would join in with a challenge this week to try and get back into things so I went to one of my favourite inspirational places.. CAS(e) This Sketch.  I had already coloured in this cute little dragon from Mama Elephant so just needed an idea to use him... and how cute is this little fox...

I created a background on Neenah 110lb card stock with broken glass distress oxide and then used the stitched squares from Simon Says Stamp to create a Polaroid frame to sit in front of the back ground. This has been textured with the linen plate from Papertrey Ink.  I added some grass with SU Lemon Lime Twist card stock and the clouds are a really old memory box cloud die.

The dragon and fox are coloured in with copic markers and then mounted using foam tape over the back ground. The card is finished off with a simple sentiment from Clearly Besotted stamps.

I used the sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch #267 for some inspiration.

I am trying to make cards that are still clean and simple but have just a little bit more content on them and a sketch is a great way to help me do this.

Hope you all have a fabulous Sunday.. I'll be back soon

Jen xx

Friday, 13 April 2018

Panda Loves You

Morning... Hope you are all having a lovely week.. I'm def glad it's Friday, but it has been a long week with a transatlantic flight and trying to catch up after 5 weeks away from home.

I was suppose to have a weekend full of music ahead of me but the 5 day delay in coming back from USA plus work travel next weeks means something had to give and that was my trip to Glasgow.

I thought I would share this quick card with you that I made using Party Pandas from this years Stampin Up Sale-a-bration.

I stamped up one of the Pandas using Versafine Clair black ink and fussy cut the little guy out. A sentiment from the set is stamped on a square and set this behind a MFT Stitched Square Frame cut out of Real Red SU cardstock.
For the background I used the Quilted Stitched Pattern die from Lil' Inkers and neenah solar white card stock.  The card is then mounted onto a Real Red card base.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Friday.  I'll be back soon

Jen xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Hey Y'all .... I'm Back

Hey y'all...  This is a long post, so grab a cuppa and a comfy seat...

So that's it, my last global trip is done and dusted and life as I have known it for the last 3.5 years is about to change as I start a new job (same company) on June 1st.  I'll still have some travel but it will be Europe and maybe a couple of times a month rather than long stretches (I have just spent an amazing 5 weeks in the USA).

It's going to be a little strange not travelling that much but I am looking forward to crafting regularly again and getting on with my life in general. I have loved being able to see both sides of the world and wouldn't change it for a thing, but I am looking forward to some consistency in my daily life and spending more time at home.

I thought long and hard about if I should come back to blogging at all.... in the end I have decided to give it a go and see how I get on, knowing that I probably wont be able to post on a daily basis and there will be times when I just physically do not have the time...

I also really want to work on my photography... I have become really lazy with it, not just in card making but even taking my camera out with me, I blame using my iPhone when I am out and about, so I am going to take an online photography course and see if I can remember how to use the manual mode.

I will be selling some of my pre-loved stash over on my Facebook page, other pages on Facebook (specifc for SU and dies etc) and probably some on here.  I spent some time back at Christmas labeling and sorting out everything and just need to take some pictures of it. 

Selling this stash will let me finish sorting out my craft space so I am 100% happy and hopefully I will manage a new craft room tour in the mix of it.

Finally, I'll be bagging up some cards to sell for charity... although not decided on which one yet! These will mainly be aimed at my non-card making friends but any left I will donate to the local hospice for them to sell on...

I'm sorry for the really long post, but I do have a card to share with you all today!

I really loved this set and had be waiting ages for it to come back into stock over at Simon Says Stamp ...

This was a really easy card to make, but I think it is the simplicity that makes it... and it takes me back to my pure Clean & Simple routes.

I stamped the long image from Honey Bee Zen Floral set in Versafine Clair Black ink across a top fold card made of Neenah 110lb card stock using my MISTI.

This ink is simply stunning as was a great buy back in November at the NEC... Just wish I had picked up a couple more colours.

The card is finished off with a strip of Coast Cabana card stock from Stampin Up and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Stamps Sentimental Type set.

That's all from me today... sorry to bore you with a really long post!  Hope you all have a lovely day, I'll be back soon with another share

Happy Crafting

Jen xx

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Happy Easter

Good afternoon from Nashville... I'm currently spending the Easter break here and taking a well deserved break from working...

I have a week or so more before I come home but I thought I would share a quick Easter card with you today that I made for my dear friend Rachel.  This was another fabulous set from Mama Makes I picked up before my travels.

Items used:
Stamps: Mama Makes Hello Spring
Dies etc: Papertrey Ink Linen Plate, Lil Inkers Rounded Stitched Rectangles
Paper: Doodlebug

I'm not great a writing down what I used.... must get better.  I have also decided not to re-new the linky when I get back as I'm trying to craft with what I have and with so much stash no longer available I don't want that to put me off using what I love... I just want to get back into crafting and not have to worry about if its still current or not.. Although I know its frustrating when you see someone use stash that you cannot get any longer.

I've managed to do some serious crafty shopping whilst on my trip.. a whole suitcase full and I am looking forward to using it all!

Hope you all have a lovely long weekend

Jen xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mothers Day

Hello, it's Mothers Day in the UK so I thought I would share a couple of the cards I made... I have been trying really hard to use that mass of unused stash whilst I was at home...

The first card uses some retired Stampin Up stamp sets and a distress oxide background (sorry I am typing this up whilst away and no idea of all the sets)

Stamps: Petite Petals Stamps & Punch from Stampin Up; Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves Background.

I started sorting out DSP and other bits a pieces to sell when I get home but found this gorgeous Stampin Up paper in the process.  I had to use it as the main element of the card below.

Hope all the mums out there have a fabulous day...

Jen xx

Monday, 5 March 2018

Clever Fox

Morning.. so last week I found a new UK stamp company.. Mamma Makes when a crafty friend posted on Facebook about their new release.  Even in the snow the stamps arrived in 2 days and I could not wait to return from my travels to use them!

This is using the adorable Woodland Friends.. go over to the shop and take a peek.. you will love them!!

CAS(e) This Sketch #261

Stamps: Woodland Friends from Mamma Makes, Make Your Mark Background from MFT
Dies:  Single Stitched Line Square Frames MTF
Embellishments: Wooden Stars Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Soft Sky from Stampin Up
Versamagic ink

I have a few cards made so if I get chance to type them up I may pop in now and then before I'm back from the USA...

Have a great Monday

Jen xxx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Hope Your Day Is Magical... LOTV Sneak Peek!

Morning.... before I take a few weeks break again I thought I would share a card using one of the new images from Lili Of The Valley.  These are out on Monday 5th March in digi format! There are 12 images of girls and fairies in total!

I could not resist this little cutie ..

I have kept the card simple and used some brighter colours to colour in the scene.  I wasn't sure if it was a bee or a butterfly, but I chose a bee just to be different!

I've have been crafting away in the back ground the last few weeks but seem to keep starting and stopping with the blogging as I run out of time... My globetrotting will be coming to an end by June 1st so fingers crossed I have more time for crafting and blogging. Once the travel starts again next week, I will be having an extended break until at least mid April as I go into the last phase of this project at work!

Hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday

Jen xxx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Embossed Birthday

Morning.. I'm back for a second challenge this month as Guest Designer over at Less Is More.  This weeks challenge is Dry Embossing

Use your imagination and add some Dry Embossing to your card.. I went for dry embossing using a stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  Here is my card..

Hope you all have a great Saturday

Jen xxx

Saturday, 3 February 2018


Morning... So Sarah talked me into joining in with the Less Is More 7th Birthday celebrations this month! After a couple of months off (I had an operation just before Christmas and it threw me out more than expected ) and the last 3 weeks in California I am looking forward to getting stuck back in to crafting.

This week the first of the birthday celebration challenged is

Here is my card..

I used one of the fabulous new boy images from lili of the valley and coloured it in with my copics.  Keeping to my clean and simple style I added a sentiment.

The next few months is going to be hectic... i'm on the last phase on a 3 year project with travel to the US until the end of April... then I get some normality to my life back!

Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday

Jen xxxx