Tuesday 31 May 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016 Winner


It's me again,
hope you are all good!

You know what today is....

Winners Day!!!!

What a lovely lot of entries we had too,
26 in total, thank you to all of
those who joined in!

So, I have got Mr Random Generator
to do his stuff and he has picked....

...no 20...


Congratulations Claire, please contact me at
so that I can send you your prize.

Thank you everyone who entered,
we can't do these challenges without

So that is it for today, I'll
be back in a few days.

Jane x

Sunday 29 May 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016

Happy Sunday everyone,

Hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing 
Bank holiday Weekend!

Challenge Day is here again and I'm sure you 
are all raring to go for the next letter
to add to your entries!

I can't believe how many of you are 
playing along, thank you and it's
great to have you with us.  What a 
lovely little family we are!!

So what is the next letter to be....

The DT have had their say and .....
the next letter is......


You'll be glad to know there is no twist!
And definitely no pesky dragonflies...
ha ha although i might have to add them
again later in the year just to annoy some
of you!!!!!!
Nah I wouldn't be so cruel!

This is Karen's tree, to add to 
her tray.  Can't wait to see all
of them together!

You must know the rules by now, you 
have two weeks and the link will close
at midnight on Sunday 12th June.
Entry via the link where possible but
if not then send your pics to me at
and I will add them for you.
The winner will be picked by
Random Generator and announced on 
Tuesday 14th June.
There is a £10 voucher up for grabs.

Your project must contain a word
beginning with the letter T.  It must also
contain somewhere, the definition of the
word you have picked and either be
the definition as per dictionary or 
one you have made up.

All clear??

Ok, enjoy the rest of your weekend
and I'll see you with some super 
projects later in the week!

Jane x


Saturday 28 May 2016

Impression Obsession - Neil Walker

Good Morning,

Here we are again and it's the weekend!
Whoop whoop!!
Hope everyone has a good one.

Neil is with us today to show you
what he has been up to with
his Impression Obsession Stamps....

Neil says -

A quick and simple "Snail Mail" set!

Jazz up a selection of A5 paper using a
 torn scrap of paper as a mask and Archival ink.

Use a post it note to mask off the address
 area onto envelopes

I made a selection using 2 sheets of paper per
 envelope This is Ornate Floral

Circles and swirls


Take A4 card. Cut two slits as seen for the
 writing paper to fit through and rub your
 Archival ink pad over the surface. Repeat 
with green ink.
Take another piece of card, cut two sets
 of slits for the envelope and colour as this one.

Colour two more piece of card the same way.
Ink up the stamp with Coffee ink and stamp.
 Ink the centre of the stamp with black
 ink and ink as seen. 
Use double side tape to adhere one front to 

one back sandwiching a piece of ribbon in between
 for a tie. Repeat with the other pieces.

Use decorative tape to join the two pieces
 together leaving a gap to accommodate
 the addition of the stationary.

Add your envelopes and writing paper
and you are done!

Neil used -

Archival Ink - Jet Black
Archival Ink - Olive
Archival Ink - Orange Blossom
300g Smooth stamping Card
Organza Ribbon 
Decorative Tape
Stix 2 Ultra Clear Tape 6mm

This is really nice Neil and would make
a lovely gift!
Thank you, don't forget to let us know
what you think!

I'll see you tomorrow for Challenge Day.

Jane x

Friday 27 May 2016

Impression Obsession - Dawn Heald

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well, are getting
ready for the Bank Holiday weekend?
Hope you have something nice planned!!

Well, this week we are featuring an 
old favourite....
Impression Obsession stamps.
It is always nice to go back over products
which we haven't used for a while!

Dawn is going to kick off the posts this week...

Dawn says -

This week I've made simple but striking
 pictures. They can be used as cards or
 wall art. I've used one for a card and
 two ready for frames. I'd got the idea
 from a painted canvas art seen a long time
 ago on an Internet search and it stuck
 with me. I knew I wanted to take a colouring
 in pattern approach and when looking
 through the fabulous range of Impression
 Obsession stamps the light bulb went ping,
 on not off.

To make something like this,
Trim white card to size you want. Stamp
 the Cover A Card stamps as shown. If 
repeat stamping like I did don't worry if
 the join isn't perfect, just go in with
 a fine pen and join up the stamped background lines.

Next using the stamps and masks to
 make silhouettes. 
stamp the air balloon image right over
 the background stamp.
Using the stencil, draw around the images.
If you really want to you could mask 
these images before stamping the background.
 However I didn't as I was happy if any lines
 did show through. But they didn't.

Next up colour the images you want as
 silhouettes with black pencil, then black
 alcohol marker, then go over again with
 black pencil and finish by rubbing over with
 a paper stump. This will leave a dense
 black smooth silhouette.

Then colour in the background with colours.
 I coloured first with pen then over again
 with pencils. Doing this really made
 the background bright and vibrant.

Trim if necessary and mount onto white and
 then black card or onto a white A5 card blank.

Products Dawn used -
Coloured Pencils

What a fab background this makes!
So colourful.
Thank you Dawn,

Ok, I'll be back tomorrow with
another project.

Jane x

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Morning all,

Welcome to winners Tuesday!

Can't believe how quickly these weeks
are flying by and how often i am saying
this......but where does the time go??

So here we are again, it's Tuesday
and time to announce our latest winner!

Your task for this challenge was Sunshine,
16 fabulous entries, thank you.

Mr Random Generator has been put
to use again and this time he has picked...

....no 4....

Marianne's Craftroom

Congratulations Marianne, please contact me at
so that I can send you your prize!

Thank you all for entering and taking the
trouble to play along with our
challenges!  we couldn't do it without you.

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday 22 May 2016

Two Weekly Challenge

Good morning everyone,

How are we all this morning?
Good I hope.

The Two Weekly Challenge is here with
us again already.
I really am running out of ideas!
I know how you like these challenges so
I've put my thinking cap on and......
........nothing!! Ha ha....

So what shall we have this time,
hmmmm the DT have been looking
at papers.....still nothing......

Um....so how about......your project
which can be anything, must contain 
two different papers somewhere in it.
The papers can be made by yourself
or ready made papers.  But there
must be two different papers used 

Yes, that shouldn't be too hard
for you brilliant Challengers!

The rules.... well you have two weeks,
entry via the link which will close at
midnight on Sunday 5th June.
As many entries as you like but they must include
 those two papers.
If you can't use the link send your pics to
and I will add them for you.
The winner will be picked by Random
Generator and announced on Tuesday
7th June.  A prize of a £10 voucher 
will be up for grabs!

So off you go and weave your magic....

See you soon, 

Jane x

Saturday 21 May 2016

Papers - Dawn Heald


Happy weekend everyone,
wonder what you are all up to this

Well, i have such a treat for you today,
I absolutely love this and I think you
will too.....

Dawn is here with us today to show
you what she has created
using papers! 

Dawn says...

For our topic this week of Pattern Papers
 I've made some European style beads. 
I've wanted to make paper beads for ages 
and this was the perfect reason to make some. 
I watched some videos online on this and
 they used purpose made bead ends, I've
 swapped them for eyelets, and look just as
 good. They are easy to make, just timely. 
That said I'm super pleased with the finished
 results. So do have a go. You can make them
 without the bead ends and make normal
 paper beads with smaller middle holes.
 Just enjoy making. I did.

These instructions make 12 half inch
 width beads and 3 3/4 inch beads using
 6 x 6 inch papers. If using 12*12 inch
 papers you'll just need one strip per
 bead rather than two. 

I've tried explaining the process in this tutorial
 but it's one of those that can be difficult
 to put into words so I hope the pictures help.
I did each step in batches. All the cutting
then rolling all the beads, then glueing in
 all the eyelets, then coating all the beads.
So how to make these -

You need something to wind your paper strips
 around. A knitting needle the right size works
 well. Or if like me you don't have one, then
 you can make your own. I used a wooden
 skewer and masking tape. Wrap the masking
 tape around the skewer until you have the
 correct width. A bit of trial and error along
 the way by adding or taking away some
 layers of masking tape.

Gather your supplies.

Cut your pattern papers into strips. For three
 different papers, cut six strips, each half inch
 wide. For one paper, cut five 3/4 inch wide strips.
Then cut three half inch strips and two 
three quarter inch strips along the length 
into half on the diagonal as shown.

Then cut three half inch strips and two 
three quarter inch strips along the length
 into half on the diagonal as shown.

As you will see the cut strips are straight on 
one side and slanted on the other. To 
correct this so you get a triangle to roll up, is 
simple using your cutting mat. By lining the 
cut strip as a triangle with the point in
 the middle.
 The other end will be slanted. Trim the
 bottom straight.

Next it's time to roll up the papers to make the
 beads. Start with a half inch strip wind it around
 the skewer. When strip used up I pull it off the
 skewer and check the eyelet fits into it. Glue
 the end down. Then take the half cut strip
 glue it down next to the rolled end of first 
strip and continue to roll up, keeping the strip
 central as you go. Glue down towards the end.

Next glue an eyelet into each end of paper
 bead. Taking care not to fill the hole in.
To give the bead a glass like appearance. 
Coat the bead with Versamark Ink, then clear
 ultra thick embossing enamel and heat.

Repeat three times. I found it worked best
 keeping the bead on the skewer throughout.
 Rolling whilst heating helped keep the
 melting powder even.

You can add another layer but it will pool
 and drip off if not kept moving.

I sprinkled glitter in-between each layer on
 the green beads. The powder melts and 
includes the glitter. You could try adding
 mica powder or gilding flakes too.

Now you'll have a lovely collection of beads
 to use as you wish. I used them to make
 a bracelet along with some glass beads.

Oh. My. Goodness
How amazing are these beads!!!!
I've got to have a go at this.

If you want to try these beads, 
From own stash - wooden skewer, Memory Wire,
 glass beads and charms

Hope you've enjoyed this post, don't 
forget to let us know what you think.

See you tomorrow,

Jane x

Friday 20 May 2016

Papers - Neil Walker

Morning all,

So sorry, messed up the time so this is a 
bit late!!

Good morning everyone, how are 
we all?  
Another month rushing past us, where
are the days going?
Not long now and it will be the longest
day already!  Eeeeekkk!
Hey ho soon be Christmas ha ha!!

Well that's depressed you all now 
hasn't it?

Ok, I'll shut up then shall I?

On with the important stuff, what are we
looking at this week....
There are lots of beautiful papers out
there, just begging to be used.
What has Neil been up to this week 
with papers....

A lovely scrapbook layout, something we
don't do enough here!

Cut your patterned paper into random
 width strips

 Lay them out and adhere to another 12 x 12
 piece using double sided tape top and bottom

 Select your photos and mount onto plain
 pale pink co- ordinated card.

 Add a little gesso and dry brush over the card
 to tone down the vivid pink.

Matt your photos onto this piece too...

Add your writing onto a small white tag.

 To finish - Adhere the photos in place.
 Create little decorative elements using
 Liquid pearls and wooden flowers.

Tuck the small labels behind a decorated
 strip as seen.

 Add ribbon and a decorative tassel to a couple
 of larger tags and tuck them under the
 strips as seen.

This is what Neil used ....

From my Stash -
Lace, Beaded Tassels, Small tags,
Ribbon, Wooden Flowers

Beautiful papers used Neil!
Thank you.

See you tomorrow,

Jane x