Tuesday 29 March 2016

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Morning all,

Welcome to a new week here on 
The Craft Barn Blog!
I can't believe how quickly the weeks 
are flying by....it is nearly April 

Well, you know that Tuesday means
Challenge Winner Day...yay!!

And who will be our latest winner 
I wonder?  Your mission was to
create a project using circles as a
background.  As usual you have been 
brilliantly creative and we've had lots
of amazing entries.  It always amazes
me how good you are to take the trouble 
to enter and I wish there could be 
more winners!

Mr Random Thingy has done his job
and this time he has picked....

........no 21.......


Congratulations Julia
on being our latest winner!
Please contact me at
so that I can send you your prize voucher.

Thanks again to all those who entered.

See you soon,

Jane x

Monday 28 March 2016

Two Weekly Challenge


Good morning to you all!
Hope Storm Katie's not been
too unkind to us so far, I have a day 
planned in the garden finishing off the base 
for my new cabin coming tomorrow,
 so hope we don't get too wet!! Or
blown away!  Haha, if I'm not back
here tomorrow with the winners post
then you know I am.....gone with the 

Right, let's get down to the important
stuff....our new Challenge.

I'm thinking as it's been Easter, I'm
not going to say eggs or the word
Easter, that would be too obvious!
How about Rabbit, yes there has 
to be a rabbit and there has to be an
Oval somewhere, wherever you like
but the two items must be there!

That's not too hard is it?
No I think not!

Well you must know the rules by now,
as many entries as you like, you have
almost two weeks, today being Monday.
Entry via the link where possible, it will close
at midnight on Sunday 10th April.
If you can't use the link then send
your pics to me at

The winner will be picked by Random 
Generator and announced on 
Tuesday 12th April.  There will be a
£10 voucher as a prize!

That's all for today folks,
see you tomorrow with our latest 

Jane x  

Sunday 27 March 2016

Easter - Dawn Heald

Morning all,

Happy Easter!!

Hope you are all having a good, restful
time.  Pity about the weather but we
wouldn't expect anything else!

Dawn is here today to show
you her really lovely Easter card.

Dawn says -
Hi crafty friends, Happy Easter and hope
 you have a lovely long weekend. Today's
 card is simple but shows the versatility of 
our day to day Crafting supplies. I try
 to use these to fit in with holidays, 
celebrations and special occasions rather
 than purchase a lot of specific items that
 would only rarely be used. That's just
 my way. I hope this gives you some
 ideas or inspiration and to look at 
what you do have, to go with some new treats!

To make this card....
Ink the edges of a card blank and stick a
 base of pattern paper to this, also
 with inked edges.

Next cut or die cut an oval shape. Stamp
 the PaperArtsy circles all over, colour 
with Distress crayons, by applying colour 
directly and blend with water brush.  Stamp,
colour, cut out the bird in same way.

Attach ribbon across the middle of your egg.
 Then on the reverse of the oval egg stick 
ribbon around the edge, pleating as you go.

Attach to you card with double thickness
 of foam pads. Same with bird.

Simple, none specific stash that shows
 the occasion. I hope. Lol!

This is so pretty, love the soft colours
used and perfect for Easter!!
Thank you Dawn!

Products used -

From own stash - Ribbon, 
Scallop Edged Card Blank

I will be back tomorrow with the 
Two Week Challenge.
This is the only time it will be delayed,
it's not going to be on Mondays!!

Jane x

Saturday 26 March 2016

Easter - Neil Walker

Morning all,

Hope you are enjoying your Easter
weekend although the forecast is not
too good!  Typical Bank Holiday
weekend weather!

Neil is with us this morning to
show us his clean and simple 
Easter cards!  I absolutely love
this and the stamp, just

Neil says....
Clean and simple to the max this week.
 Simply fold a piece of A5 white card 
in half. Stamp the heart onto the front using
 Jet Black Archival ink. 

 Use a black pen and
 write the verse along the top and bottom
 of the card. Use the pen and a
 ruler to add your border. 
I think these make a simple, heartfelt Easter
 card for someone special.

The verse is so appropriate for Easter
and I do like Black and white. 
Simple but striking!
Thank you Neil.

What did Neil use -

Ok, slight change of plan for this
weekend only, Dawn will be with you 
tomorrow and her Easter project and 
Monday will be the Two Week

See you tomorrow,

Jane x

Friday 25 March 2016


Good morning,

Happy Easter everyone, does that
mean we can eat as much chocolate 
as we want??

Well, I'm sorry to say we are running 
a day late here on the blog so I
shall be back with our Easter
posts tomorrow!!

See you then,

Jane x

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016 Winner


Tuesday is here again and that can only
mean one thing.......winner!!
Whoop Whoop

Goodness you are certainly giving our
Random Generator something to 
think about......36 brilliant
entries!!  Thank you to all who entered!

Let's see who our newest winner is....

........no 26......


Congratulations ionabunny,
please email me at
so that i can send you your prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered!
As usual your pics were amazing!

See you soon,

Jane x 

Sunday 20 March 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016


Happy Sunday everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

It's Sunday and that means Challenge Day
and this time it is The Alpha/Dictionary

Time for a new letter me thinks!

I have been getting our DT to pick
the letters and today it is Neil's
turn and he has gone for the letter....


So that is what we are going for, the 
letter G with no twists but be prepared for 
some twists coming up soon!!

Karen has added this lovely Giraffe
to her tray!

and this to be added to Neil's book..

So what will you go for?
Garden, Gloves, Gold....
oooh the list is endless and I'd love to know
how you choose what word you decide on!

The rules -
Ok, Sandy and I have had a chat about the
rules, originally, we said that you needed 
to add into your project, the dictionary
definition.  This is how the challenge was 
run last time.  I had a few enquiries about
changing it slightly to include a fun or different
definition rather than the dictionary definition,
 just so that it gave a bit of variety 
 from last time for those who have already
taken part.
I thought this might be a fun way of just
 changing the rules slightly.  Sandy has agreed
so for those of you who want to use your own 
definition, that is fine!  Go for it!
You have two weeks, the link will close 
at midnight on Sunday 3rd April.
Entries via the link or send your pics to
and as many entries as you like!
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 
5th April and will be picked by 
Random Generator!

So pick your G word and go for it!!

See you soon,

Jane x

Adding this pic...

35. Eva

Saturday 19 March 2016

Green - Neil Walker

Morning all,

The weekend is here again!
Hope you all have something excited
It's our second day featuring Green
and oh my goodness what a fabulous 
project we have here for you from Neil!!
This is amazing, you are going to love it!

Neil has made for us....

An altered letter rack in shades of green!

Cut three pieces of card to fit inside the letter
 rack and apply texture sand through the mask,

Vary your placement to create three different

Apply texture sand to the letter rack.

Leave everything to dry thoroughly.

Use Fluid Acrylic to add colour to the rack and 
the textured card.

Add washes of Transparent Red and Yellow Iron
 Oxide to add age and depth.

Stamp the map image onto white tissue

Apply to the inside areas of the rack with
 Faux Finishing Medium

The finished rack.

Add a bit of metallic highlights with Treasure

Add further detail using Liquid Pearls to finish.

Fabulous Neil, if you want to have a go,
this is what'll you need -

Well that's all for today, I'll
be back tomorrow with our next letter
for The Alpha/Dictionary Challenge!
Oooooh wonder what it will be this time?

Jane x

Friday 18 March 2016

Green - Dawn Heald


How are you all?
Well I expect you all know that 17th March
is St Patrick's Day.
Rather that get the DT to do something 
for that 'day' which I'm sure we've done before,
we gave them the colour green.
Not a colour that I would normally consider
to be in my comfort zone.  
Today we start with Dawn.

Dawn says.....

I've decided to go all out green in my 
handmade art journal. This page is a
 few book pages glued together to make
 a sturdy page. It may bring me some
 luck as I think I could do with some.

To make this page.....

I painted all over with various Fresco Finish
 paints. Using just the one brush and
 not drying until I'd finished painting.

Next up I used the Eclectica Stamps with
 paint to stamp randomly over the page.
Then used grey Stazon for the single round
stamp and black Stazon around the page edges.

Next I made some four leaf clovers by
 punching some hearts and edging with
 Pistachio Distress Ink then gluing to the 
centre of a punched circle. Then hand
 cut some strips for stems.
I glued these to my page and added my
 journal words. Finished off with lime green
 Stickles Glitter Glue.

What a clever way to use your punch!

Thank you Dawn, hope this has inspired
you to get those punches out and
have a play!

See you tomorrow,

Jane x

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Two Week Challenge Winner

Good morning all,

It's Tuesday and that can only mean 
one thing....
Winners Day!

Wow, 37 beautiful entries this
time, you have been busy!
Your entries are all amazing, 
thank you!

Mr Random Generator has been 
called on to do what he does best
he picked .......

.......no 13.......
unlucky for some but not for....

Katrina Bufton

Congratulations Katrina, please
contact me at 
so that I can send you your voucher!

Thanks everyone for entering!

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday 13 March 2016

Two Weekly Challenge

Morning all,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Lots of nice things planned maybe or 
just relaxing?

As it is Sunday, you know what that means...
......Challenge Day!

We are getting loads of brilliant entries,
thank you!
We can't do these challenges without 
your participation!

So, what is it to be then....
.........as you know, last week
we were featuring Circles in honour of
 the Hula Hoop, soI think it will have to be 
Circles.....BUT the circles have to be
the background!  Ha ha, yes, your
 background must be circular or
 made from circles....does that make sense?
I'm sure it does!

You have two weeks, the link will
close at midnight on Sunday 
27th March and you can enter as many
times as you like.  If you cannot 
use the link, then email your pictures
to me at janecraftbarn@gmail.com
The winner will be picked by Random
Generator and announced on 
Tuesday 29th March.  The winner will
receive a £10 Voucher.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I 
will see you soon!

Jane x

Saturday 12 March 2016

Circles - Dawn Heald

Hi everyone,

Sorry to bring this project to you 
so late today, but I reckon it
is definitely worth waiting for!!

Dawn has made us this gorgeous 
card and due to her problems with
Google this week, I didn't receive it!
Add to that my deceased laptop and
having to work on my new Apple one,
well, I'm sorry but we are here at last!
My problem was mainly due to resizing
the photos to put on here, I always
thought you had to make them small
in size which is what I always do
but I haven't done it here as I just
 haven't worked out how to do it and it
seems to be fine!  
Question to all you bloggers.....do you
worry about what size your photos
are before putting them on here??

Ok, so let's carry on here...

Dawn says -

I love circles and wanted to show some
 ideas for creating a Bokeh effect with 
your papercrafting. You could also use 
other shapes like stars, hearts and squares
 having a few different sizes of that shape.
To make your shapes either use a stencil
 like I have or make your own from punches 
and dies. It's addictive once you get going.
 Another thing is you can use lots of the 
shape or just a sprinkling of them. 
Experiment and have fun.
My main card features different coloured 
Pigment ink on a plain white background.
I've also shown two further samples where
 I've made a coloured background using distress
 inks. One uses a white Pigment ink for the
 Bokeh Effect and the other White paint.

To make the card -

Take card blank and mask the edges off 
edges with masking tape.
Stamp your images onto card blank. 
Stamp again on paper or sticky notes to
 make some masks. Place masks onto
 stamped images. 

Use circles stencil and Neon Inks over 
the card blank to create your Bokeh Effect. 

Move the circles stencil around 
to fill as much as liked.

Remove tape and masks. Colour images with 
colored Pencils.

Doodle a border with black
 pen and add some white gel pen details.
Add some round buttons to finish.

Products Dawn used -