Sunday, 26 March 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - March Project #3

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

To all the mum's out there, and for all the mum's we've loved and lost, we love you!


For my last March Crafter's Companion Design Team project I have made a Mother's Day card to celebrate this fabulous day. This card was made with my mum in mind, and it's going to be given to her later on today (I hope she likes it!). She has been so strong over the past 2 months after having open heart surgery at the age of 77. I have been taking care of her 24/7 at her home, and during this time we have had both challenging times and some funny moments which have made us closer. Thankfully she is now well on the way to recovery. So here's to my mum...I love you!

For my card today I used a Sheena Douglass flower die and a flower die from one of Sara's Signature collections, plus some mouldable foam which reacts to heat and makes the most beautiful flowers. Thanks for looking 💚





Here's What I Did
I used 7" x 7" scalloped card blank which I matted with peach card and patterned paper from the CD (Fabric Paper #13). I glued a die cut panel across the centre of the card with a small doily over the top of it.

Next I die cut 5 large flower shape from peach Foamiran using the Rosey Outlook die and 8 from the white Foamiran using the large and small Floral Duo dies. Using a warm iron I carefully placed the 1st die cut on the surface for a second using a wooden stick, then folded the petals up and twisted them and let to cool. I repeated the same process for all the large flowers then I carefully unfolded them and stretched out the individual petals. I started by creating a bud, this was done by hot gluing one of the flower shapes tightly around a small ball of kitchen foil and overlapping the petals to hide the foil. Using the hot glue gun again I glued the next flower die cut around the bud making sure I slightly offset the petals, and then repeated this for the next 3 layers to form the rose.

The small white flowers were first coloured on both sides using some oil pastels and a sponge. Next the flowers were held against the iron as before, then the petals were folded together and then twisted between my fingers, and left to cool. These were then unfolded and one flower was hot glued over the top of another, offsetting the petals to create 2 large and 2 small flowers.  The same process was used for the die cut leaves.

To assemble the card I added some die cut flourishes cut from green glitter card first, then the focal flower which was hot glued into place, and the small flowers were added on either side. Different sized pearls were glued around and inside the flowers. To finish off I added a computer generated greeting and a die cut sentiment.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products: Sheena Douglass - Perfect Partners Country Cottage Die  'A Rosey Outlook',  Sara Signature Collection - English Country Garden 'Lazy Daisy' and 'Floral Duo', Die'sire 'Mam', Sara Signature Collection - Butterfly Lullaby 'Fancy Flourishes', Core'dinations 'Pastel' Paper Pad, Crafter's Inspiration Magazine #13 Freebie CD (Digital Papers)

Other: Pearls, Computer Generated Sentiment, Doily, Foamiran, Iron, Hot Glue Gun, Gemini, Oil Pastel (Peach & Pink)

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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x Janine x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Mum's Craft Shop - Guest Designer Project #2

Hi everyone ---

I'm here this morning with another Guest Designer card for My Mum's Craft Shop (MMCS). For my 2nd card I've chosen one of the new releases stamps from My Favorite Things (MFT), this little cute is called Pure Innocent 'Showering You With Love' and she's available from Kitty's shop. Hope you like it....thanks for looking 💖 (Blogger is having a little fun this morning, so sorry if my text and pics are a bit funny). x

 


 
 
 
Here's What I Did
First I die cut a square (mainly because I'm rubbish at cutting squares lol), then using my Misti I stamped the whole using waterproof ink. Next I painted over the little girl, umbrella and ducks with masking fluid (as an alternative you could create a paper masks).

When the fluid was dry I added distressing inks over the background starting off with my lightest colour finishing off with black. Using a brush I splattered water all over the square, left it for a minute and sponged off the excess with a paper towel. When the background was dry I gently rubbed off the masking fluid and coloured the image in with watercolour pens. I splattered clear glitter pen everywhere including the characters to give a rain effect.

The sentiment was stamped in the top right corner and embossed with white power. Then to finish off the whole scene was added to a black 5" x 5" card blank, and white dots were added to the umbrella and her wellies.

Here's What I Used
Stamps: My Favorite Things (MFT) Pure Innocent 'Showering You With Love'
Paper & Cardstock (CS): Black Card, Crafter's Companion Watercolour Card, Green Glitter Card
Zig Clean Colour Pens: Flesh Color, Orange, Bright Yellow, Yellow, Beige, Pale Green, Light Green, Blue Gray, Light Gray, Persian Blue, Brown, Light Pink,
Other: Foam Tape, Distressing Ink (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Black Soot), Pebeo Masking Fluid, Splatter Brush, White Pen, Spectrum Noir 'Clear Overlay' Glitter Pen, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Punched Flower

If you wish to purchase any of the above items from My Mum's Craft Shop and an item is out of stock simply email/ring the shop to make an order. Thank you.

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

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x Janine x 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - Project #2

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 2nd of my March Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Today's project celebrates Children's Craft Day, so in honour of this fabulous day I created a mini craft kit using Crafter's Companion products plus a few extras elements. For my kit I decided on a Mother's Day theme, and aimed my kit at children from 5+. For the full kit content please check below the photo. I have included a sample card in the pictures to show what could be made using some of the content.


The kit could easily be adopted for any occasion eg birthday, Christmas, kids parties, Halloween etc. All that is required is some glue and the kit will keep the kiddie winkies occupied for hours.  Just a thought...why not get a few ready for the next half term holidays (Easter).

You could also tweak my idea for a friend who you're trying to get into crafting....simply let your imagination go wild. Thanks for looking 💚


Here's What I Did
Using the patterned papers as a colour guide, I simply die cut lots of flower shapes and letters in different sizes and colours, and included a few gems, buttons and glitter. Everything was slipped inside the cellophane bag and added a bag topper which I created using a computer program. I did package the buttons, tiny die cuts, sequins and glitter separately so they didn't get lost or spilt. All that is required now is some wet glue or a glue stick, and a willing child. :)

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products: Sara Signature Collection 'English Country Garden' Paper Pad, Core'dinations 'Pastel & Brights' Pad', Die'sire 'Flowers 4', Sara Signature Collection - English Country Garden 'Floral Duo', Diamond Press 'Block Alpha Capitals', 'Love Today' and 'Enjoy the Ride', Die'sire 'Circles', Die'sire 'Mam', Crafter's Inspiration Freebies Issue '#13',

Other: Foam Pads, Gems, Pink Glitter, Sequins, Buttons, Doilies, Glitter Card, Cellophane Bag, Thin White Card, Computer Generated Bag Topper, Computer Generated Sentiments (to Mummy, Mum, Mam, Gran and Grandma), Coloured Card, 5" x 5" Square Card Blanks & Envelopes (2), Mini Butterfly Punch

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team Project #1

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 1st of my March Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Today I'm showing off one of the new stamps from Sheena Douglass's new range Temptingly Tropical. This particular stamp set is called 'Love Birds' surprisingly enough :)
Aren't they just the sweetest things, personally I think they would be great for an anniversary or simply to 'say I' love you'.  

I used Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils on this cute twosome along with a little distressing ink for the background. This is a big stamp as are the rest of the new launch stamps from Sheena, so great value for money and definitely worth checking out. Thanks for looking 💚




 
Here's What I Did
I used an A5 card blank which I matted with green card, then die cut flourishes from glitter card which I added to each corner.  Next the image and sentiment were stamped directly onto white colouring card, and again onto a post-it note which was carefully cut out to create a mask.  Using the mask over the birds and branch the cloud effect was created using a die cut cloud border and blue distressing ink.

Using a photo for reference the birds were coloured using pencils once the sky was dry.  After punching the corners of the completed picture it was matted and layered onto dark green card, and then added to the card base using foam tape. To finish off I added a few gems to the flourished corners.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products: Sheena Douglass Temptingly Tropical 'Love Birds', Sara Signature Collection - Butterfly Lullaby 'Fancy Flourishes', Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils (Saddle Brown, Russet, Avocado, Ivy, Shamrock, Peacock Green, Amazon Green, Pear Green, Daffodil, Bumblebee, Daisy, Honey, Saffron, Tangerine, Poppy, Seal Grey, Denim Blue)

Other: Green Card, Green Glitter Card, Gems, Cloud Template, Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink, Corner Rounder

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Thursday, 9 March 2017

My Mum's Craft Shop Guest Designer Spot

Hello and good morning everyone ---

I'm here this morning feeling very excited, as I was asked to guest designer for My Mum's Craft Shop (MMCS) by Kitty, so of course I said yes. Woo hoo!
http://www.mymumscraftshop.co.uk/
For my 1st MMCS post I immediately chose a stamp from the Dreamerland Crafts range as they're so cute...I love the retro feel of them. The one I finally plumbed for is called 'Surrounded By Love, I adore the little puppies they're just so sweet. I used Spectrum Noir pens and Illustrator pens to colour with, some Echo Park patterned paper and a few MFT dies and stamps.  Thanks for looking 💖



 
Here's What I Did
I covered a 5" x 5" scalloped card blank with pretty patterned paper, leaving a slim border. Next I cut down a piece of strong white card and die cut a arch shaped in the centre and adding a stamped sentiment just below it.

Using the left over die cut arch clouds were added using a die cut cloud template and blue distressing ink. fancy circle from white card and 2 pieces of funky foam, these were all glued together to create a frame.

The image was stamped onto colouring card then coloured with alcohol pens. When the image was completed the top section was cut away, but making sure that a generous section was left on the bottom under the girl. The image was stamped again onto the same patterned paper I used previously, then pen was added to the dress and bow areas to create shade, then cut out. The two cut out pieces were paper pieced onto the coloured image and the whole image strip was glued behind the arched window.

The cloud arch was glued flat onto the card blank and the aperture panel containing the image was also added to the card front using foam tape. To complete the card, stamped and die cut paw prints were added along with a few enamel dots.


Here's What I Used
Stamps: Dreamerland Crafts 'Surrounded By Love', MFT 'BB You Have My Heart'
Dies: MFT 'BB You Have My Heart', MFT Die-namics 'Stitched Arch STAX', Lawn Fawn 'Puffy Clouds'
Paper & Cardstock (CS): 5"x 5" Scallop Card Blank, Echo Park 'Summer Spots & Stripes', 'Sheena Douglass White Stamping CS, Beige Card
Spectrum Noir (Old) & New Illustrator Pens: Skin - FS9. FS7, FS6, TN3, RB1, FS3 / Hair - RB1, RB2, EB1, EB2, EB3 /Dress - CR1, CR8, DR8 / Puppies - EB1, GB2, GB4, GB7 / Underskirt - TB2 / Grass - LG1, LG2, LG4. DG3. CG4.
Other: Enamel Dots, Foam Tape, Distressing Ink - Tumbled Glass Memento Ink, Die Cut Cloud Template, Misti, Foam Pads

If you wish to purchase any of the above items from My Mum's Craft Shop and an item is out of stock simply email/ring the shop to make an order. Thank you.
 
Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest or on our blog we'd loved to see you.
 
Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

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x Janine x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - February Project #2

Good afternoon everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 2nd of my February Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you, unfortunately there won't be a 3rd this month as I'm 'mummy sitting'. I'm looking after my  mum after heart surgery and can't access my crafty stuff. I did bring bits and bobs with me, but not enough to make full projects plus my time is limited.


Anyhow, on seeing these gorgeous stamps I had decided that I had to stamp and colour onto black card, and I definitely think it works .  Thanks for looking 💚






 Here's What I Did
Using matt black card I created a small side fold card. Next I cut down a piece of matt black card to size and stamped some of the flowers using Versamark ink and added clear embossing power over the top. and heat embossed it. I repeated the process by masking some of the flowers so that they would appear behind others. To make the masks I stamped the flowers onto the sticky edge of a post-it note and cut them out. When all of the flowers were added I painted them with white ink first, then when the ink was dry I coloured them with pencils. Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment with gold glitter embossing powder.

The completed panel was mounted onto the gold mirror card, and added to the card front using foam tape. To finish off I added white dots to the flowers and gold dots around the flower spray, along with a few glitter enamel dots.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products Spectrum Noir Colorista Stamps - Element 1, Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils Petal, Peony, Mulberry, Carnation, Duck Egg, Verdigris, Reef Blue, Daffodil, Bumblebee, Honey, Avocado, Grass, Peacock Green), Matt Black Card, Die'sire Sentimentals Stamp Set - Memories Are Made, Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter Pen

(Please note that the Element 1 - Colorista stamps are currently out of stock but there are other fabulous stamps in this collection, and definitely worth checking out).

Other: Wow Gold Glitter Embossing Powder, Dew Drop Brilliance White Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Post-It Note, Anti-static Bag, White Pen, Gold Pen, Gold Mirror Card, Glitter Dots.
Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - February Project #1

Good morning everyone

Well I'm here today to share the 1st of my February Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. Wow, February all ready...where on earth did January go? Boy, I must've blinked and missed it.


My first project is using the fabulous Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition kit (Issue #13). In the kit you receive a magazine crammed with inspirational projects, a CD-Rom full of papers, digi stamps and kits, a stamp set, embossing folder and flower die. Then to top it all a DVD full of tips and tutorials from Spectrum Noir....I did say it was a fabulous kit.

As soon I spotted the digi stamp of the daisies I knew I had to create something CAS and fresh with them because they reminded me of a summer's day. So I've tried my hand at a little bit of parching (parchment craft), well my version of it anyway.

I have to admit my teamies have loved these little flowers, and have created a lot of projects using them as you will see over the coming month. There's a small version of the actual stamp in the kit, plus a digital stamp version on the CD-Rom (which is what I used). The A6 version of the stamp is by Leonie Pujol and is available from the Crafter's Companion store here.  Thanks for looking 💚



Here's What I Did
I trimmed a piece of aqua card and a piece of Neenah card to fit the scalloped card blank. I carefully measured each piece of card including the blank to find the centre, then die cut a circle into each one card. The measuring was done to ensure they would all be in the same place.

I printed the daisies from the CD-Rom onto a piece of parchment in a pale grey. I carefully coloured the daisies onto the front of the parchment, then went on to embossing onto the back of the parchment to create the white work that can be seen on the front. When it was finished I embossed dots around the daisies and sandwiched the finished piece between the white card front and the aqua card, both pieces were then glued to the card front - making sure that all the circle apertures lined up perfectly. I used the die cut aqua circle on the inside of the card blank to add some colour behind the parchment. To finish off I added a few pearls.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products Crafter's Inspiration Magazine  Issue #13 CD-Rom, ColourBlend Pencils - Mauve, Denim Blue,  Bumblebee, Saffron, Citrus, Avocado, Shammock, Peacock Green
Core'dinations 'Pastel' Pad, Neenah Card

Other: Circle Die, Pearls, Soft Mat, 5" x 5" Scalloped Card Blank, Parchment, Embossing Tools

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - January Project #3

Good morning everyone

Hi there, I'd love to share the last of my January Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. It's something a little bit different for me, you see in our Design Team brief we were asked to 'try something new'.....so I did. Yep, I plumbed for a sewing kit from Debbie Shore; the kits are so cool because apart from needles and pins everything else is included in the box. The little owls Mr & Mrs Hoot are so easy to make and really cute when they're finished. Why not give the kits a go! Thanks for looking 💚






Here's What I Did
I unboxed all the content, carefully read all the instructions and then cut all the owl segments from the paper pattern. Starting with Mr Hoot I pinned all the owl shapes to the fabric and cut them out. Then using the included thread I stitched the front and back together, stuffed as instructed and closed him up. To finish off I added the eyes.

I repeated the same process for Mrs Hoot, but to add a little extra detail I die cut a flower from felt and added it to her head with a mini button.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Debbie Shore 'Mr & Mrs Hoot' Learn To Sewing Kit 

Other: Needle, Pins, Scissors. Coloured Felt, Button

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team - January Project #2

Evening everyone

Well I'm here today to share another of my January 2017 Crafter's Companion Design Team projects with you. I decided to use an accordion die to create a 3 panel card incorporating printable images from the Catitude CD-Rom. To compliment the images I use a red and black colourway. Hope you like, t
hanks for looking 💚

 
Here's What I Did
I die cut 3 panels from black card and 3 from red mirror card which I trimmed down and matted onto the black. The toppers were printed from the Catitude CD-Rom toppers along with a Valentine sentment written by moi, these were then die cut into circles and matted onto scallop circles. The finished toppers were glued onto each of the panels which were then glued together to form the accordion. To finish off I glitter and tiny die cut hearts to the toppers.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Catitude CD-Rom, Die'sire Circle Accordion DieMatt Black Card, Diamond Press 'Love Today' Dies, Gemini,

Other: Red Mirror Card, Glitter, Printer Paper, Printer

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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x Janine x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team & Creative Stamping Magazine Feature

Hi everyone

I thought I would share one of  the big projects I did in 2016 as part of the Crafter's Companion Design Team. I was asked to create 5 card and accompanying tutorials for a feature for Creative Stamping magazine. My brief was to create 5 card using Leonie Pujol Christmas stamps and her glitter pens. The 5 cards had to be linked by a colour theme so that they would link together in the magazine, I chose blue and lilac.
The cards and tutorials were in the magazine just before Christmas and produced a 3 page feature, I was chuffed to bits.

If you're a stamper or want to get into stamping, the monthly magazine is fabulous; it contains lots of photo samples and step-by-step instructions plus an A4 sheet of good size stamps, so definitely check it out. So here are my cards, and at the bottom I've included picture of the actual magazine article.









Thanks for looking x 

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Just a little heads up...we are also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us.I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

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Hugs & kisses

x Janine x