Xmas 2014

Copyright

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and find inspiration and ideas from what you have seen here but I would ask you to please respect my copyright and not use my pictures for publishing as your own work, or for entry into challenges.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Dolphins...

My friend S's husband is mad about dolphins and she asked me for a very quick card for his birthday.

As it happened, I had only just been reviewing my cd collection, and had spotted these images on a Debbi Moore cd!

I used some card from a hunkydory kit for the base card and just used a couple of toppers and some cut out dolphinsfrom the cd.

One very quick card!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Challenge 123 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Ribbons/Lace and Pearls

I am hosting the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers & more today and my theme is 'Ribbons/Lace and Pearls', so I would like to see ribbons or lace, {or both} AND pearls on your creations.

For my project, I made a candle holder from a "shaped crisp tin" (aka pringles, or the generic equivalent!)

For information, the authentic pringles tins are better for longer candles because the Aldi ones (which I used) were about an inch and a half shorter.  However, don't discard them, because they are perfect for storing the small scented tealights!

I used some papermania capsule collection papers (3 patterns) trimmed to around 10" x 5" in black, some satin and organza ribbon, some black and white paper roses, some small formed leaves and lace offcuts and some pearls on a string from my stash,  and a creative expressions blingy gem for the centre of the bow.

So how was it done?
  1.  Wrap the first patterned paper around the bottom half of the tin and glue in place.
  2. Then wrap the second patterned paper around the top half of the tin, meeting the top line  of the bottom paper, again, gluing in place.
  3. Wrap the third piece of patterned paper which has been trimmed so it leaves a gap in the centre around the top of the tin, but only glue the bottom and around the top from an inch in from the centre edges. 
  4. Curl back the edges as shown and glue in place. (Double sided paper is nice for this one)
  5. Add the lace around the top and bottom of the tin, nudging it up against the metal rims.
  6. Add lace and ribbon around the centre, covering the paper joins.
  7. Add the pearl trim at this point to the exposed centre panel.  (Don't go right up to the top, as it will stop the lid going on).
  8. Cut some ribbon strips and stick to the centre front, over where the ribbon around the middle of the tin is joined.
  9. Glue ribbon bow over the top of the strips.
  10. Glue flowers and leaves along the side of the rolled edges - I used a hot glue gun for this part as it guaranteed instant stick!
  11. Squirt some silicon or pinflair glue gel into the opening at the top of the rolled back sides and push in ornate pins/gems.
  12. Decorate lid by cutting out two 3 inch diameter circles from the patterned paper of your choice, and glue one to the top of the lid and one on the inside.
  13. Finally, glue lace/trimming around the side of the lid.  Glossy accents worked well with this!
  14. I filled my tin with a combination of small candles and tealights - and because they were scented, it hid the smell of cheese and chives - which remained despite the tin being washed out!!
 I hope you enjoyed finding out how my tin was made - why not now visit my teamie's blogs to see more detail on the projects they made? You just need to click on the link above the pictures on the Crafty Cardmakers & more blog.  And if you are inspired, please join in with the fun and submit your own entries.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

A polkadoodles cutie... male birthday card

So my new Polkadoodles CD arrived today, and it totally distracted me from my planned "To Do" list (not hard when that's mainly housework!)

I'm not usually a lover of "cute" but this little fisher bear was just perfect for a 70th birthday card I have been commissioned to make for my friend J to send.

It's on my favourite 6 x 6 card base, and every single thing else (except the twine, of course) came from the decoupage design sheet printed from the cd.  Oh, plus one of the kraft backing sheets and some layering card (cream and kraft) from my "bits bin")

There are 4 layers on that bear in a boat!! I did it with pinflair glue gel though, as foam pads would have raised it too much and it is still postable.

I glossed the buttons and the bear's nose with glossy accents and it finished it off perfectly.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Through the craftroom door - anything goes

A Christmas gift box with tag

 I hate to admit it, but the C word is coming up fast, and so I have been thinking about my cards and gifts and panicking slightly...

This is the gift box I have come up with for the girls in work - very easy to make, just two sheets of 8 x 8 card with embellishments largely bought ones for speed.



Originally, I was going with the battery operated candle as in the picture, but am now going to put inside the box a mug, with a sachet of hot chocolate and a small poly bag of mini marshmallows.

The focal point of the box though, is the neat tag with my very favourite snowpeople image stamped on it - not sure where it's from (I'm so bad at keeping my records!) - which I coloured with my trusty promarkers and wink of stella clear pen.

Despite the fact I am a wee bit disappointed in the cardstock (as I noticed now that there is bleeding from the hat) I am entering this tag into the challenge this time at

I love promarkers - it's all about tags


Monday, 8 September 2014

ATCs

A new venture for me quite recently has been ATC card swapping.   It's quite a challenge to make this tiny work of art - a lot of my stamps are just too big, for instance.   This month in the swap I joined in with,  the theme was travel - and I had a lightbulb moment for what I could do with that leftover piece of Sheena Douglass faux leather I made - turn it into a suitcase for my ATCs!!  


The suitcase was made with Kraft card - 2 small boxes 4" x 3" x 1/2" and covered with the faux leather in one piece to form the case and allow it to be hinged.  I folded some more of the faux leather in a strip to make the handle and the tab, which was secured with velcro.  I used my cropodile to make the eyelet holes for the tab holder. 
We do 2 ATCs each time - so in line with the theme I scanned the front cover of my passport and resized it so that folded, it would fit the ATC card requirements. 

But it was too flimsy, and needed some support... so I printed off a sentiment onto 160gsm paper, cut it to size and then using my distress inks and a crackle stamp, created the background to the card which was stuck in the inside of the "passport".   


On the other side of the passport front, I used some docrafts stamps to make it less stark.  The whole thing was then stuck onto a standard ATC card blank.

For the second card, I used a piece of scrap 160 gsm paper which I coloured randomly with distress inks.  Over the top of the colours, I stamped a map (papermania, possibly) in walnut ink.  I  covered a standard ATC card blank, wrapping my map around it. 

I used a sentiment and two images from a serif digikit, resized and distressed around the edges to overlay the map.  The finishing touch was 4 small AB gems to go in each corner.



Monday, 1 September 2014

Crafty cardmakers and more challenge 122 - make an impression

It's challenge time again at Crafty Cardmakers and more!

We were asked to make a card using dry impressing (rather than heat embossing), and I think this monochrome effort really fits the bill.

I used my favourite 6 x 6 inch card base in white, with the edges rounded.  I used a tonic square deckled edge die to cut my black base layer out, and layered onto that a slightly smaller square in white, which I ran through my calibre in a creative expressions folder.

My ribbon strips were cut using a Sue Wilson Bow die - they weren't quite long enough to go over the whole card, but the bow neatly disguised that!

I cut the bow tails out with the die, but used a sue wilson stamp on white card for the bow itself, which I covered with double sided adhesive sheet and then applied micro beads to it, before making it up.  This gives a lovely effect - I really like it.

I traced the birdhouse pattern onto parchment paper and embossed it using a ball tool.  I cut out the centre panel and backed the aperture with a piece of white card stamped with the bow stamp pattern.  This was also covered with double sided adhesive mounted onto black card and the whole birdhouse was stuck onto the top so that the glue did not show through. I covered the double sided adhesive in the centre panel with the backing sheet while I cut round the birdhouse shape, and then removed it to apply the micro beads.

The final touch was the Happy anniversary cartouche.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Challenge 121 - A world of Fantasy

Before I explain about today's challenge, there is some exciting news, because Lin, who runs CC&M will shortly be opening a brand new mixed media/altered art style of challenge blog.  The new venture will be launching on September 5th, so if messy paint and use of different media and techniques on surfaces other than card is your thing, why not check out The Mirror Crack'd.   Also, we are running a Design Team call for Crafty Cardmakers & More, and if you think you might be interested in joining us, can you add DT at the end of your name in your entry in the linky on the blog.      
Lin is hosting our challenge today, and has chosen 'A world of Fantasy' as her theme. 
She would like to see a fairy, dragon, unicorn, goblin etc, as the MAIN focus of your creation.
Just recently I have been trying to get to grips with my Serif Craft Artist2 software, and thought I would use some of the backgrounds and digi stamps that they had on one of the sets I bought - Fantasy Medieval and fairies. First I chose a stone doorway from the backgrounds section. 

 As I wanted my card to be 7x5, I made the work surface that dimension and just dragged it across. I used some stamps from Sheena Douglass (A little bit magical - Enchanted Doorway and The Quest sets) to make some foliage on the side and on the floor of my background image.   You can manipulate the size of the images easily in CA2, so I made my "Legolas" Elf and the Dragon fit in proportion with the doorway.
 
I printed him and the dragon onto 160gsm paper, so that it was able to take the promarkers successfully.  The images already had shaded areas on them, so it made it a lot easier to colour!  I tried to keep all the tones the same, mainly olive/lime green.  

I cut both images out when they were coloured in, leaving a slight edge around the Elf so make him stand out more.  Both were then stuck onto the background image, (which I had  trimmed down slightly before putting the card together,  as I wanted a black layer to go behind it on the base card to make it "pop") with pinflair glue.

To add a bit of sparkle to the metallic elements of the image, I used my old stand by the gellyroll stardust pen. 
Finally, I used a sentiment scroll from the serif programme to which I added the Best Wishes text before printing,  and then cut it out and stuck it to my  card.








For this challenge, we are sponsored by
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As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X 
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I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!
 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Challenge 120 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Fancy Folds

It's a new challenge for the next couple of weeks at Crafty Cardmakers and More - and this time it is 'Fancy Folds', which basically means anything with fancy folds on it!  Why not pop over to have a look, and take part.  
 
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 119 - Under the sea

Julie is hosting our challenge today and she has chosen 'Under the Sea', so she would like you to create something with Mermaids, Turtles, Fish or other dwellers beneath the waves. Whichever you chose it should be a prominent part of the design and not just a small piece of seaweed or a tiny fish in one corner!
I have to say, mermaids are not really my thing, and for a while I was a bit stumped as to what to do.  I was ok for backgrounds, because I have recently been playing with some docrafts Spritzing ink, and the practice sheets looked remarkably underwater like.  So I had a base, but the question was what next?
My first effort was a rubbish scene with fish - not successful and quickly discarded.  Then I remembered I had some Serif digi images and chose one of those mermaids to colour in.   

 








I used my promarkers to colour her,  and I used some green and gold gilding flakes for the tail highlights, after going over the lines and dots with a quickie glue pen (my favourite for small areas).  I used glossy accents to cover the hair, because I wanted it to stand out and look wet.

I stamped some "weed" using grasses and branches stamps in green ink to make a sea bed, and stuck the coral image in the centre for my mermaid to sit on.  I added the sentiment onto the top right of the page, using a Crafters Companion sentiment.  I'm not sure what I am going to use this card for at the moment, so I didn't want to make it too obviously one for a birthday.  There is still room in the top left corner to add a further greeting on an angle when I decide.

However, I felt there was still something missing, so I added a gold die cut anchor (from Couture Creations) to sit in front of the coral (also printed from a serif image) she was sitting on.  Happy now!

For interest, the spritzing inks I used were:
  • Forest Green
  • Mint
  • Cardinal Red
  • Ocean Blue
  • Aubergine and 
  • Gold Stone
 Also, some clear mica spray on the coral stone to make it sparkle.

For this challenge we are sponsored by
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 with a $12 gift certificate
I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more challenge 117 - Going round in circles

Marie is hosting the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more today, and she has chosen 'Going Round in Circles' as her theme. So basically she would like to see Circular cards or at least one circle (of an obvious size please, buttons DO NOT COUNT) on your project 


I chose to make a rocker card this time.  I didn't have a large plain circle die, so I drew around the edge of one of my grand nestie dies and cut it by hand, overhanging the fold line by about 1/2 inch.  I distressed the edge using some distress ink to take the starkness off of it.

Then I die cut two circles of coordinating nitwit papers that I had got free in a magazine this month, and layered them onto my base card.  I used a tonic die to cut the plain centre circle, that I wrapped some white chiffon ribbon round.  I used foam pads to attach this circle to the centre of my card.  I used a die lite medallion die to cut out the filigree edge from some left over pink basill card, and stuck that in the centre of the plain circle, covering the ribbon.  Finally, I used a smaller tonic die to cut out the topper, which I had printed out from my Crafters Companion Barkley cd.  I finished it off with some AB gems, stuck at each corner of the filigree backer.

I used the same chiffon ribbon to make a bow, and using my hot glue gun, stuck that on the top of the patterned circle.  The last touch was the sentiment, which was an offcut from another dielite die, and was stamped using some Phill Martin sentiment stamps. 
We are sponsored by 

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As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog -
jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

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With a $12 gift certificate

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Challenge 115 - It's a Bug's life

Kimx is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and more... and she has chosen  'It's A Bug's Life' as her challenge to you. 
 
She would like to see Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, or any other INSECT as your main image or focal point of your project
 
* * *
My colour mojo has been a bit iffy lately - sometimes I get really frustrated trying to match the background paper I have with the idea I have in my head and on those occasions it helps to strip the colour out - just make it black and white!  
 
This card is a birthday card for one of my friends who really likes the monochrome effect.

I used a centura pearl (silver base) card for my base card, and layered it with a plain black mat with the corners punched inwards.  In the gaps at the corners I used adhesive pearls, to look like studs.

The doily was cut from the same centura pearl card using a tonic die, and I used the waste flowers that came out from the die to surround the doilly on the black mat.  I had a Martha Stewart daisy border strip punch that matched the die, so used that to make the ribbon strip.  I used small silver flat nail heads to put in the centre of the flowers in both.

The butterfly is from a Personal Impressions zendoodles stamp set (Butterflies). There are two cool stamps in the set and they are perfect for "zendoodling".  I used a 0.03 fineline pen to do mine.  I wanted to have a heavier effect for the butterfly, so when I had finished the zendoodling, I covered it with double sided adhesive sheet and cut it out.  Then I removed the adhesive sheet backing and poured creative expressions clear micro beads over the top.  This gives a really cool Glass effect which unfortunately doesn't photograph very well!  I used pinflair glue gel to adhere it to the centre of the doilly so that the wings would remain raised.

Finally, I used some of the black paper to make a sentiment strip and edged it using an embossing pen and white embossing powder.  The sentiment was a peel off from my stash.
 
 We are sponsored by

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CS077D Butterflies
 As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by

with a $12 gift certificate

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue! 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 113 - You've been framed!


It's my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... today. 

I have chosen the theme 'You've Been Framed', and would like to see a prominently displayed frame on your project, this can be stamped, die cut, or made up of other materials, or you could decorate an actual frame.

Now, as I have previously said here, I have far, far too much stash.  So, my mission for the forseeable future is to try to use some of it up!

I have made a Mother's Day card with a difference - and the difference is that it isn't mounted onto an opening card, because it was going to be encased in a polybag and taken to the cemetery on Sunday.  It's almost two years since my mum died, and I still find it hard not to make her a card...

So the base card is a textured gold heavyweight card from my stash.  Onto this, I layered a Hunkydory Adorable Scorable backing card with a gorgeous amber rose on it.  The only problem with using this was that my frame then covered up the lovely buds - so I cut round them, which meant they could be lifted so that the frame would slot in underneath them!

This worked really well and I will remember the technique for the future.

The frame itself was a combination of dies - Nobel Rectangle -  from spellbinders.  I cut the frame itself out of a heavy white cardstock and then added colour using vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks.  I added a combination of gold and copper pan pastel over the raised elements.  Underneath, I glued a textured gold piece of backing card cut with the same base die. 

In my stash I had some vintage toppers (also Hunkydory, I believe) and I mounted this one, which had a real look of my mum when she was younger, onto the frame with foam pads.  Finally, I used a gold peeloff greeting, and some corners.


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and also by
with a $12 gift voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Using my stash - a birthday card


I've been having a sort out of my craftroom.  And I have come to realise that I have SO MUCH STUFF that I never, ever use.

So.  I have resolved that every single card I make from now on will utilise a different piece of my existing kit, be that stamps, or dies, or embossing folders.

This card, which I made for a friend's 70th birthday uses all three!

I have two favourite card sizes - the 6 x 6 square and the 7x5 rectangle.  On this occasion I chose to use a 7 x 5 base card, which I coloured using the stream adirondack inkpad through a stencil.  I really like this look as it keeps the colour tone but isn't too busy.

Then I ran a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core (nostalgic collection) which I cut to size, through an embossing folder in my stash, and sanded it to distress it.  I wrapped some ribbon around the bottom right corner, and then matted  it onto some normal brown kraft card.  I made a bow from the same ribbon and attached it using a hot glue gun.

The embossing folder came with stamps, so I stamped out the extra butterflies and embossed them with fine gold detail powder. They were then cut out and stuck over their "mates" on the embossed card.

Next I chose a dielite die to make my sentiment base.  I stamped my sentiment (from a set by Crafters Companion) onto a textured cream card which I cut out with the die and coloured with the stream adirondack ink in the centre. On the edges I used the lemonade adirondack just to darken it slightly so that the cream centre would stand out.  The sentiment was attached to the card using foam pads to raise it.

Also from my stash were some paper flowers, which I tinted slightly with the stream adirondack to match.   In the centre of the largest flower I put a very small 70 (the lady wishes the number was lower!)  In the centre of the others I used a tiny AB gem.   Underneath the flowers I put a swirl, cut from a dielite die using the Kraft-Core surplus,

Finally using the same cream card as for the sentiment, I cut a small tab for my greeting.  The edges were coloured with the stream ink, and it was then mounted onto an offcut of the Kraft-Core card.  I used two AB gems as "brads" and the whole thing was mounted underneath the topper using a foam pad.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Storing dies

Over the past few years I have acquired a LOT of dies.  Not as many as some people, but a lot by my standards.  When I first started collecting them, I had a metal board and I stuck all my dies on there using magnetic strips.   This worked ok - but the numbers grew and soon I had lot that didn't fit on my board.

So I experimented.  First I just kept them in tupperware boxes by type, but if you can't see them you don't use them.  Then a friend suggested using the metal cd box that I used to keep my promarkers in.  But I didn't see them, either.  And I got tired of going through the box.

So then I splashed the cash and got one of those folders from Crafters Companion with the magnetic sheets.  And that works really well - but the folder is SUPER heavy.  I've put most of my matting dies in there though, and will get another couple of magnetic sheets for the remaining dies.  But I have a lot more dies that are one offs, or small sets, like flowers.  And I didn't really have the cash to go for another lot of sheets even if they would a) fit in the binder and b) I could lift it!

Halfway through loading the system with dies
Then my friend S happened to say that it was a shame there wasn't a system that let you move the sheets of dies around, like the poster displays in shops and I went off on a scouting mission.

First I bought a 10m roll of self adhesive magnetic tape, which I thought would be lighter than a whole sheet.  Dies don't need a lot to stick to as long as key points are covered.  This cost me £9.65 from a company on ebay.

Most of the wall mounted multi poster displays on sale in the UK were about £50 including postage - and that was a lot more than I wanted to pay for an experiment.  So I checked these out on ebay too, and on there found a company in Lithuania selling a plastic version for $35 (including postage) or around £21.  In a spirit of adventure I ordered it - and it arrived within the week.

So yes, it is plastic.  You get what you pay for.  But!  It also works really well.  There are 8 A4 poster holders (which you can use on both sides) and a sturdy plastic sheet is also supplied to go inside them.  I just put some grey board in there to give it some stability, and then stuck my magnetic tape at judicious intervals on the sheets.

Sadly, the plastic fixing that goes on the wall is not strong enough to bear the weight of the dies - like I said, you get what you pay for - even though to be fair, it would be fine with paper posters in it.  However, it stands up on my work top just fine - and sits neatly in my ikea expedit unit along with the two tupperware boxes I decided to keep for my small spellbinder die lites, memory box dies, and the cuttlebug thick dies, right next to the CC storage folder.

How cool is that?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 110 - Come Fly with me

Viv is hosting today's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more...  and the theme is 'Come Fly With Me'. 

She would like to see either birds or something bird related, ie birdcages/houses, as the MAIN focal point of your project. 

I am still trying to make sure I use old stash for every card, and the main part of my card today is part of some backing paper I have had for some time.

I kept my card very plain - just ordinary black cardstock as the base.  I cut down the backing paper to the size I wanted, and stamped the sentiment (from Creative expressions in the top left hand corner), then matted it onto some gold mirri card.

I then matted this topper onto the base card.

Finally, I used some white grosgrain ribbon with stitching detail that I had in my stash across the top right and left bottom of the card base, finishing off with a two loop bow made out  of the same ribbon.

I haven't put a greeting on the outside of this card, but I think I am going to use it as a Get Well card for a friend of mine who is having a rough time of it at the moment.

We are sponsored by

With this fabulous prize

As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by 

DI'S DIGISTAMPS
With a $12 gift voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!  

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more Challenge 109 - this is a Man's World!

The time has gone so quickly!  It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmaker's and more and this time 
Carole is hosting. She has chosen the theme of 'This is a Man's world' so anything suitable for a man or boy.  

Do check out the wonderful creations by my teamies that are shown on the blog, and we are all looking forward to see the cards you enter into the challenge.  We have great prizes, too...


We are sponsored by

 FLOURISH WITH A BLING
 Flourish with a Bling is an Australian retail and wholesale company, owned by Lucy Patrick, Kate Settineri and Maggie Lloyd who are three passionate and avid crafting mums with a love for design, colour and everything Bling!
“Our aim is to bring more colour and variety into the world of flourishes and embellishments. With our unique designs and new materials we feel we are putting the ‘Bling into Scrapbooking’. We have a beautiful range of flourishes, vines, pearls, gems and more. And just recently, Flourish with a Bling have introduced their own range of gorgeous flowers.”
They also sell fabulous themed packs at amazing prices. They have flat rate postage within Australia and also post internationally (half price shipping for large orders). You can contact them or find all their products on their easy-to-use website www.flourishwithabling.com.au.
Don’t forget to check out their facebook page for random giveaways and visit the blog to win monthly challenges or visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas too.
and also by
 3 Images of the Winner's Choice. If, however, the winner has used a Stamping Boutique Image they will received 4 images of their choice  

Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor at CRAFTY CARDMAKERS. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at http://thestampingboutique.com/ Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our TSB Community network. http://thestampingboutique.ning.com/ 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

So true...

I saw this video on a forum I belong to.  It's so true!!!



Today I plan to be productive and actually use some of my stash... I have an order for a first birthday card that needs to be delivered to the sender on Tuesday.  More later...