Friday, 22 May 2015

I'm off

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go.......

 To Austria that is.

Actually I leave this evening with Lena on an overnight sleeper train to Innsbruck then we start our 100km trek along the Tyrolean countryside. That bag is seriously big and fat but I think I've managed to fit it properly so I don't end up in casualty with a deformed back.

I won't be able to blog while I'm away but there will be a full report on my return with embarrassing photo's.

See you soon (I hope)

Jaine x

Getting ahead for Fathers Day

It's good to get ahead and this is a little project ready for Fathers Day which will come around quicker than you can say "make a card".

On the Sarah Hurley 365 bog I've gone into a bit more detail but the main focus of my little projects have been the use of my own stamp set In the Garden from the Special Editions range.

I decided to make one large decorated background sheet and turn it into three projects, this card,

a matchbook,

 and a little matchbook of promises.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Paper bag recipe book

Is this a problem of yours? A whopping pile of recipes collected from supermarkets, magazines and friends?

For ages now I've had them floating around the kitchen, getting dirty, crumpled and torn so I had to come up with some novel way of keeping them. As Canvas Corp have some really pretty papers called Farmhouse Kitchen, I thought I'd use these to make an album to keep them in. What better way than with a paper bag album as it has sturdy pages and pockets which hold so many papers.

I started out with two large gift bags and folded up the bottoms.

Next, with the two bags bottom to bottom so to speak, I taped front and back together.

I also used three ordinary paper bags for my pages but made the edges tidier by punching along the edge.

With the bags on top of one another, (I reversed the middle bag so I wouldn't have all edges the same) I made three evenly spaced holes.

Finally I sewed through all four of my layers. I also put a blob of glue on the knot for extra security.

So this is how it ended up. Decorated with the Farmhouse Kitchen papers and a few bits of tape.

On the inside, that folded up bottom flap made a nice pocket to keep blank recipe note cards.

The bags hold so much, I've now got plenty of room.

I also created some tabs for my pages so I could organize everything better.

I hope you liked it. The Canvas Corp blog at the moment has lots of other ideas for keeping recipes so stop by and take a look.

Jaine x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The big Austrian adventure

At the end of this month, my best friend Lena and I are off on a big adventure, hiking in the Tyrolean mountains. We'd talked about it for such a long time but just before my 50th birthday in March (probably under the influence of alcohol) we decided to go for it. Lena turns 50 too later in the year so it was pretty fitting we had our own adventure together.  It's proper hiking with back packs and everything, no Sherpers, no hair straighteners, no comforts, we must be mad.  I know packing will be tight but there's no way I can last for a whole week without being able to document it in some way and I imagine wifi will be in short supply.

So here's the smallest way I can still have a crafty fix.  An A6 sized sketch book, pre-bought but badly in need of a tart up.



I think all I'll need now is a pencil, pen and a glue stick. I can fit all this into a little pocket surely?

If you want to see what materials I used to create my cover go to the ASOI blog where I've given details of everything.

Jaine x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Big Butterfly page.

After the excitement of Creative Exchanges it's been back to my desk as normal with lots of projects and ideas to get on with. I was happy to see the latest Craft Stamper had arrived while I was away along with the banners I'd made for the article. I hung the smaller banner in my basement studio straight away and the bigger one I'll put up under the terrace.

Before I left I'd also had time to make this journal page for the latest challenge at A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Once again I'd used my Derwent Inktense pencils. It's becoming a habit!

I thought this time I'd make the butterfly separately and add it later to the page. I actually only added it by the centre and folded the wings in creating a 3D effect.

Maybe it's time for a change of colour if I'm brave enough. I seem to be stuck in this colour way.

Jaine x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Creative Exchanges

Last weekend I left the family to fend for themselves and headed off to the UK for a weekend in Coventry for Creative Exchanges. Organized by the CHA UK, it was the first time they'd done something like this so I had no idea what to expect. I have no idea why I put the Puzzler magazine in the pocket of my bag, it didn't come out until I emptied the bag on Tuesday morning!

I did feel a bit nervous and slightly intimidated at the prospect of having to socialize with lots of big names in the craft industry but once I got there it was obvious that it was going to be a fun weekend and I was so happy to see a familiar face in Clare Brown.

I think I have to work on my selfie face.....

The two days were packed with seminars and talks covering all subjects from social media and photography to teaching classes and publishing. In between we had make and takes from Decopatch, Indigo Blu and even over dinner one evening we Zentangled and doodled pretty pictures.  There was a serious side too in the networking and contacts made but even this was in such a friendly atmosphere it just felt like having a chat with a mate.

We had inspirational talks including one from Leonie Pujol who is as funny and downright cute as she is on TV.

and yes, I was a little bit star struck at this point.

Then there was the onesie party. Oh the onesie party!

Everyone had a bunny onesie and even though I knew it was going to happen, when it came down to it, I did feel a bit like, I'd be the only one at the party wearing an outfit sort of thing. So I was relieved when walking down the corridor of the hotel I met several other bunny's namely Clare Brown and the person responsible Sarah Hurley.

Photo by Laura Strutt of

 It was an amazing night with plenty of laughing, mainly at each other.

I discovered that wearing a onesie allowed for second helpings of cake not normally comfortable with a tight waist band. It might become my outfit of choice during late night crafting sessions from now on.

I can't wait until next year.

Jaine x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Through the eyes of a child.

Oh boy did I have fun drawing this little one. She started out innocently enough but as I went along something made me add the stick in her hand (behind her back) which made her seem a little bit naughty. I imagined a little girl playing dress up in her fantasy world of giant flowers not giving a care about convention and how little girls are supposed to behave.

The whole painted background and image was done not with conventional paints but sprays by Tattered Angels but painted in the usual way. I used mainly the Easter Calendar Kit which contains Baseboard paint sprays to paint with adding a few extra sprays along the way.

This is where I started.......

and this is where my little girlie ended up.

I loved using the sprays to paint with, the colours are so vibrant.

To see more go to the Canvas Corp blog where this is my blog post for today.

I hope you all had a good Easter weekend.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Doodling with Inktense

I know I'm a bit slow sometimes and I dither about when it comes to spending money but I overcame the urge to get myself some Inktense pencils by Derwent and see what all the fuss was about.

Playing with Inktense and some doodling was such a pleasure.

The colour really is as bright as they claim to be and I truly wasn't disappointed with them. They're easy to layer colour too as once they've been activated with water, they're permanent.

This one I also created using Inktense earlier in the week.

This is my blog post for today on the ASOI blog and the pencils can be found in the shop.

Happy Easter weekend.

Jaine x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A little birdie canvas

It's that time of year again and my birdie obsession is in full flow. I'm sure they're nesting in the box which is on the trunk of the cherry tree in the garden.

I drew this little nesting bird on some patterned paper and pieced her on a canvas already prepared with paints and texture paste. I wanted to create a spring like feel with the colours.

Her nest is just some strips of text paper and a bunch of threads.

  The canvas is my DT post today at ASOI and if you want to see what products I used on it then you can find them all with links there.

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Sprinkle challenge is back .

After a few months break the Sprinkle challenges are back. 

My double page spread started out with the magazine image of the eyes which I had to collage in  because of the vivid colour. I created a background with a Finnabair stencil and one of my own before inking up the pages. The coloured butterflies just add a little bit of contrast to the heavy background.

If you want to join in with the challenge visit A Sprinkle of Imagination and go to the Monthly Challenge page.

Happy Sunday

Jaine x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Getting in a tangle.

OMG I've been so nervous and excited about this one as this week is my first time to post on the blog of  The Creative Studio for Tattered Angels.  They've just launched some amazing papers for lovers of doodles and tangles. The papers are in 12 x 12 format and are chocked full of designs all plain black and white just waiting to be cut and coloured. I love love love the strips which I've used here on my card.  I thought I'd simply add some spots of colour in red to show off the designs better. The little arrow is a black arrow head stuck on the end of one of the tangles.

I used the tangle strip as a starting point to add my own tangles underneath.

I loved working with the papers. If you like what you see there's a link underneath to the products I've used including my background Glimmer mist and stamps.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Save the book mark.

Can you imagine, in a few years time, these little things will be long forgotten. No one will read books any more so there'll be no need for the humble book mark.

I want to put that right so for my blog post at Sarah Hurley today I decided to make myself one to put in my agenda.

 Actually it's a great idea as I don't have a proper page keeper in it and I'm always having to flick through to find my page.

I laminated it for protection and rounded the corners to make them less sharp.

You can find a few more photo's over on Sarah's 365 blog.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Layering stencils

If only you could touch this journal page, it's so tactile after I layered stencils and media. These two first stencils are among my favourites and one of my favourite media to use is crackle paste, this one by Golden. All of these products are from A Sprinkle of Imagination.

I sprayed over the page diagonally with Tattered Angels mists to create this coloured background. It was a complete fluke that the tree ended up in what looks like a shaft of light - magical.

I sanded this layer back over the texture which helped to bring out the crackles in the paste.

I also layered up Tim Holtz stencils and Dylusions with Dreamweaver Embossing paste which is  wonderful stuff.

Below is a link to all the Tattered Angels products I've used, you just need to click on the product to go to the shop directly.

Jaine x