Monday 30 April 2018

Pounds and Ounces

Morning... so last one of my cards with the new images for this week.  I hope you have loved them as much as I do.

This little cutie is Pounds and Ounces.. how sweet is the little bear!

I printed off the digi image on neenah solar white and then coloured it in with my copic markers.  I seem to have a thing for bright colours at the moment so I went for a cool blue and vibrant pink as the accents.

I then used the MFT Stitched rectangular frame in Temping Turquoise card stock from Stampin Up twice to give it a bit of dimension.  This is mounted on doodlebug Kraft in Colour DSP.

I created a label for the sentiment and add a couple of glitter card stock hearts to finish it all off.

Thats all from me for today.. Have a great day

Jen xx

Sunday 29 April 2018

Edward the Scruffy Elephant

Happy Saturday Peeps... I have another card for you using the new LOTV release that's was out earlier this week. This one is using Scruffy Edward.  He has def been a favourite within the design team.

I printed off the image onto neenah card stock before colouring in with copic markers. This a a fabulous image for beginners as it has some larger areas for you to practice your shading.
I added a simple sentiment from Clearly Besotted stamps and then trimmed down the panel before mounting it onto to some lemon and lime twist card stock from stampin up. The panel is then mounted onto a pacific point card base from stampin up.

I extended out the line across the bottom of the image and added a little shading to it.

That's all from me for today.. hope you have a fabulous Saturday

Jen xx

Saturday 28 April 2018

Best Friends

Morning.. Happy Saturday everyone! I have a busy weekend ahead so I did a little crafting on Thursday evening and made about 8 cards! I have no idea where my mojo has re-appeared from but I am making the most of it!

This was one of the cards I made for this weeks CAS(e) This Sketch. I'm not really one for creating scenes with masking but I had this idea for the sketch and the little kitties from Simply Sweet Stamps were Purrfect!

I stamped the cats onto masking paper and then using my misti I stamped the cats to show at the front and then masked them off one by one until I have created the little groups. Unfortunately they are now only available as a digi set so this would be more difficult.

I then coloured in the cats using my copic markers, adding some bright colours to them.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I trimmed the panel before mounting it on a basic black card base from Stampin Up.

I really love how the card turned out!

Here is the sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch #269 that I used for inspiration.

Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday...

Jen xx

Friday 27 April 2018

Out Of This World....

Hello... So I bought some alcohol inks about 8 years ago and they had sat pretty much unused until Christmas when I was messing around with some backgrounds. 

I decided I should probably make some cards using them so I made two cards out of one of the sheets I had done.

I cut out a number of circles using the Pierced Circles from Avery Elle and created a panel which I used on both of the cards below.  I like the way they look like the globe.

The cards are finished off with matching card stock (Smokey Slate and Emerald Envy from Stampin Up), a simple sentiment from Clearly Besotted and a star brad from the stash.

I really need to use the rest of the panels.... hopefully I can do something with them this weekend...

Have a fabulous Friday

Jen xx

Thursday 26 April 2018

Babys Washing Line

Hey Y'all.... I have another card using an image from this weeks New beginnings release from Lili Of The Valley.  This super cutie is washing line!

I sized the digi stamp to be 14.5 cm wide so it fit across the card panel, although I had to draw in the washing line to connect it to the side of the panel which was easily done with a fine liner from copic.
I then coloured in the image using copic markers and added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted stamps.
Its finished off with a little wink of stella and some doodles around the edge of the panel before being mounted on a Sweet Sugarplum cardstock base from Stampin Up.

I am really loving the back grounds from Photoboards so cannot wait to get it all set up properly when they arrive.

Hope you have a great Thursday

Jen xx

Wednesday 25 April 2018

One Wild Ride

Hello... Today I have a masculine card for you as I try to make cards to fill up spaces in the box as well as use all those hundreds of un-used stamps from my stash.

This set is One Wild Ride from Stampin Up, but I wanted to create something a little different with it...

I stamped the motorcycle image onto some Stampin Up DSP paper using Versafine Clair black ink and then mounted the panel onto a black top folding card blank.
The sentiment from the same set is heat embossed on white onto a black strip of card and then added it using foam tape.

That's all from me for today... I'll be back later in the week, have a great day

Jen xxx

Monday 23 April 2018

New Beginnings

Morning..  It's release day over at Lili Of The Valley and the theme for the release is New Beginnings.  As you are aware, LOTV stopped selling Rubber Stamps last month to concentrate on Digi Stamps and this is the first official release.  I have 3 cards to show you over the next couple of weeks and this is the first one using Clouds!

I printed off the image ensuring that I had sized it to fit the majority of a 4 1/4 by 5 1/5 note card and then coloured it in with copic markers in fairly bright colours.  I then drew a pencil line where I wanted the image to hang over the edge and using my craft knife I cut in between the images and then fussy cut around the overhang.

This is then mounted over a strip of Doodle bug DSP from Kraft In Colour pack.  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap on Neenah using the Stampin Up Labeler Alphabet and cut out and placed over the edge.

I have used this weeks CAS(e) this Sketch #268 as inspiration.  I hope you like how I have used the sketch.

I was lucky enough to win last weeks CAS(e) this sketch.  It's one of my favourite challenges and a staple when I craft so check it out if you have never taken part.

I borrowed my friends Photo-board to take these pics to see if I liked them.  I love the effect I placed an order so will be able to use them soon. If you want to have a look click on my referral code HERE

I had a fabulous day yesterday in Brighouse on my Copic 4 colouring class with the amazing Faye Wynn-Jones. If you have never tried one of the classes check them out HERE.  Its so much fun to spend time with crafty friends, so a little shopping with Tracy from Dies to Die For  and spend the day colouring.

Hope you have a lovely Monday

Jen xx

Sunday 22 April 2018

Youre Amazing

Morning... So I am still wading through the box of bits as I make cards and I found this panel from a Stampin Up set that I'd not made anything with. I made it into a little card to send along with a surprise package.

All I had to do for this quick kit card was stamp the sentiment, add a little sparkle and cut the panel on an angle to fit the pre-made card blank.

Although I realise I took the photo of the card the wrong way up.. oops!

Just a quick visit from me today... have a lovely Sunday!

Jen xx

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