Thursday, 24 July 2014

PL catch up.

Doing PL is making me realize how quickly time is running away. It's a real treat though to look back over some of the weeks and remember stuff in a way a diary or journal could never do.


I've used a mixture of Becky Higgins, Sarah Hurley and Simple Stories on these pages.



The next two pages are totally Echo Park from the Capture Life Collection kit found at ASOI.



This is as far as I've got which isn't bad going.

I hope you're enjoying the summer sunshine where ever you are?

Jaine x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Little red trike.


Today it's happy birthday to my little brother. I hope he doesn't read this as his card is still in the post - oops.

He's a bit bike mad and choosing the stamp for his card was easy. This is my stamp design "On Your Bike" from the Special Editions range with Sarah Hurley.


I created a bit of a retro look on the front of the card using the little trike as my main focus.

 That little red trike was mine but being the generous big sister that I am I let him use it when he was a toddler.

I cut around it with my Instant die from Sizzix, taking out the centre panel to add some  distress ink and watermarks.


The card is featured on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog today.

Happy birthday bro.

big sis xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

End of term already?

I can't believe how the time has flown by. It seems like just a few weeks ago since the new school year started and now here we are, at the end already! Where did that go?  I think this summer will be a busy one so I'd better get organized.


Firstly, the new Scrap 365 is out and it's another goodie It is jam packed with a host of floral delights from Kim Price, Gabriella Pollacco, Els Brige and many more!

Alongside all the prettiness we have a fabulous misting tutorial with Eila, Lisa points us in the right direction with arrows, Sanna brings some bling to our pages, Tracee dips into Sunset Shades and Kim W shows that neon doesn't have to be blinding!


There is a host of other wonderful articles and projects including our fantastic readers' layouts in the gallery and Sandra's debut!

I have a couple of pages of home made stencils, can you believe I actually used a fly swat? 


PLUS we have the FANTASTIC Cricut Explore to give away to one lucky winner...as well as a

​plethora​
 of other gorgeous goodies :)

AND if you live in the UK you can have this beautiful bumper issue sent to your door with FREE p&p...yes that's right FREE p&p!!!

 Last week I got some creative time and put together this ridiculously quick journal page. 


The main feature of this page that really made me happy was the photo printed onto a clear sticky label sheet. It created this really neat layer .


This week will be all about finishing off the painting of my basement workshop. 

Have a good one

Jaine x


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Altered shoes

Ages ago I wrote an article for Craft Stamper which featured a pair of painted shoes, these shoes to be exact.  I've been wearing them out quite a bit and had some really nice complements.


The paint came out again to make this next pair as a birthday gift for a special little girl.


I actually ended up decorating two pairs and this is the second.


A few more photo's can be found on the ASOI blog at the moment.

Jaine x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Celebrations

Four years ago, Sarah Hurley started a little challenge blog along with a web site selling some digital images as downloads. I haven't been with her as long as that but I did join the team shortly afterwards and what a journey it's been. From those small beginnings her brand has grown and grown and I couldn't be more proud to actually be a small part of it. The theme therefore for this months challenge is Celebrations and what could be more fitting than to use my own Cupcake stamp set with Sarah in celebration. (I know it says 7 on it but I made it to give to someone else ok?)


I placed the cupcake on foam pads and created a little shelf quite simply by putting some of Sarah's washi tape onto a strip of foam tape for my cupcake to sit on.


You can enter the challenge yourself on the blog here.

Jaine x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Nests are most definitely best!

I'm officially feeling like rubbish - summer cold, there's nothing worse!! I'd like right now to just curl up in a nest of my own :(

This is my layout for June which had to feature the House Martins while they were nest building. The babies have already hatched in all of the nests.



With my three photo's I wanted the focus to stay on the photo's and stamping so I kept the paper to a minimum only using one piece to mat the photo's. The title is painted, cut out and stickles added over the top.



I used my own stamp sets with Sarah Hurley called Tweet Tweet and Nests are Best, adding colour with watercolour paints.



Monday, 30 June 2014

Question and answer time Creative blog hop.

I'm so thrilled and indeed honored to have been asked by my friend Gez to join in with the Creative blog hop. It's a none-stop train ride of inspiration and if you care to follow along you'll not be disappointed. I have to thank Gez for the glowing hand over from her blog, I only hope I can come up to scratch.

Anyway, it's Monday and it's my turn to post and for the first part I'm answering a few questions about myself and my work.

  1. What am I working on?
I usually have two, sometimes three projects on the go at the same time. One will be a magazine commission, the second a DT project and the third either my Project Life or an illustration project.

I've just finished up a couple of magazine commissions, one of them for the October Craft Stamper so naturally my first thought was to go with the Halloween thing. It does feel slightly odd sometimes to be working so far ahead and trying to get into a Halloween groove before I've had chance to set my sights on the summer holiday just seems so wrong. The thing is, now that's out of the way I'll be starting on my Christmas projects whilst deciding which swim suit to pack - weird.

This weekend was supposed to be a big gardening weekend but instead it rained....and rained, so I took the opportunity to catch up with some Project Life. I have become a big fan of this type of scrapping. I mostly use Becky Higgins Honey collection mixed in with Sarah Hurley cards and Simple Stories but I really want to try making more of my own cards too.


 I'm in the middle of a big basement painting project and after spending a whole week to do one small bit, I'm having a break before tackling the rest. This is just one end of my studio and in fact is the hard bit. All breeze blocks without plaster so rough and hard going.



     2 .  How does my work differ from others in my genre?

That's a tricky one. I'm not too sure to be honest. I'm not even sure what my style is, if I have one. I do know that I'm never satisfied with doing things the normal way and very quickly try to find some other way to do things. I like to use lots of bright colour in my work too and sharp contrasts. I'm the sort of person who tries to run before I can walk and once I've discovered something I'll move on to trying to re-create it my way before I've had a chance to really learn the basics. It doesn't always work out successfully.


   3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I'm just obsessed, that's it! I think it's important to share knowledge, what's the point of keeping something all to yourself, that's no fun.

  4.  How does your writing/creative process work?

I dither a lot, I'll let something sit on my table for a few days before sticking anything down as I'm never sure about anything. I have an inspiration journal which I use from time to time in which I keep pictures from magazines along with paint swatches and stuff from my stash. This helps when I'm putting a colour scheme together for example.




If I get blocked on a project and can't think where to take it next I'll put everything away and clean down. I then get a chance to look at it again without the distraction of stuff around me and I might then start to see it differently.  If I create a couple of projects back to back I'll always have to clean up in between as I can't stand starting something surrounded by mess.  It's just a thing!

So that's all about me, now for the next part, meet the three people I've tagged and really want you to meet next week. Click on their names to visit their blogs but be sure to go back next Monday for their blog posts.

My first creative blogger is Clare Brown. 

Clare, who lives in Scotland, is mother to two young boys and amazes me with her vitality and energy. When she's not running after her boys she's running in half marathons.  I'm so envious of her running ability she's an absolute inspiration. She's a Sarah Hurley team mate and also designs for the Special Editions range of stamps which are so cute. Over the past couple of years she's become a very good friend who I value dearly. She's a card maker and more recently a Project Life scrapper and leads the Sarah Hurley team with military precision.

My next creative blogger is Magda Polakow.

I first met Magda on the team of A Sprinkle of Imagination and instantly became a fan. She has such a unique and quirky style which is like no-one else I know and she's an amazing artist. I then found out she lives just half an hour away from my parents home in the UK so we met up in person last February to go together to the trade fair in Birmingham.  We got on brilliantly and spent most of that day laughing. I wasn't surprised at all when she announced she'd designed stamps for Stampotique. Well deserved in my opinion and I look forward to her next range.

My third creative blogger is Katherine Lesh

Katherine is an Australian living here in Luxembourg. She's mother to three boys, two grown up and one still in primary school. Her youngest son is partially disabled so most of her life revolves around his needs. As a release for the stress that this brings she's a card maker. I hope she doesn't mind me saying this but she totally undervalues herself and doesn't realize how amazing her card making is. Her talent lies in the fantastic paper engineered creations she produces. I've seen fancy folds, swinging bits, rolling bits and spinning things on her cards and she'll practice and practice until it's absolutely perfect.

Here's what Katherine had to say,

Hi I'm Katherine or Kate in blog land.  I got hooked on card making about 18 years and have never sent a shop-bought card since.   I've always loved stamping and more recently die cutting.  I like to make 3-d or interactive cards and constantly experiment - many of these end up in the bin but occasionally I succeed in making something a little quirky.  
What I love most about card making is the smile my card gives when it's opened - it gives me a great deal of pleasure too.
I have also dabbled in scrapbooking as well thanks to inspiration from my good friend Jaine. 

Thank you to all three of them for agreeing to be part of this hop.  By all means take a look at their blogs but next Monday please visit them again to see what they've been up to.

Thank you to Gez for nominating me and thank you for reading to the end.

Jaine x

Monday, 23 June 2014

Week 22 of my Project Life.

Ok it's week 22 so not too far behind still. I'm loving the process and the different ways I can create a spread.

For this one I'm using a 12 x 12 sheet of journaling cards by Echo Park which just needs cutting up and arranging. Less than £1 per sheet it's an affordable way to create a layout.  This one is called Capture Life and details can be found here on ASOI.

I may even use this collection to make my monthly layout. My good friend and Sarah Hurley team mate sent me the washi tape used here in a couple of places so thank you Sharon for that.

See you soon

Jaine x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A look at Project Life

Today I've published another of my Project Life pages on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog. I've built the blog post around how I go about putting my page together but since publishing my pages I've had several people telling me how inspired they've been to start which makes me really pleased as I'm growing more and more addicted to it.  Maybe it appealed to me in the first place because I've been a mini book maker for many many years and I spent many years creating art in miniature in the form of ATC's and Inchies.



At the same time I've also had a few people tell me that they think the cost of buying a start up kit expensive and can't justify the cost. Well I hear you loud and clear and let me share with you how I started a year ago.

Maybe I'm a bit tight but I didn't think spending all that on a kit for something which I may not be able to keep up or even like doing sounded like madness so I spent the first year doing it my way. This meant creating my own PL cards cut from patterned papers and sticking them to an A4 sheet. These A4 sized sheets I keep in a regular file folder, very cheaply bought at an office supply store. I will admit that at that time I was also using supplies from Sarah Hurley, some printable and some sent in my DT kits.


This kept me satisfied  for a while and I did indeed fall in love with the process although I did do it in fits and starts and there were large parts of  the year un-documented. This was mainly because I was so hung up on including the pictures that if a week went by with no pictures at all I didn't really know how to approach it.

By Christmas one of the PL kits was on my list and in January I was ready to start in glorious 12 x 12 format.

I'm changing as I go and since January my pages are evolving. I'm now not so hung up on documenting every day (which isn't practical unless you go around with your camera and note book out  all the time) and keep a page per week. I mix my pages up with Becky Higgins cards, Sarah Hurley kit club cards, Simple Stories and some of my own hand cut ones. Look here at week 11 where I only have two photo's so I've filled in with a bit of journaling, I'm not a fan of my own handwriting and try to avoid writing journaling as much as possible that's why I'm in love with my old fashioned typewriter.


My good friend Magda Polakow wanted to start her own PL but wasn't sure how to start. She's a superb artist and I suggested she painted her own cards which she did very successfully and it showed her style better than if she'd simply put together a few cards and photo's. I love what she did below.
 

I hope I've given you a few helpful hints here if you want to start your own PL but aren't sure how to start. I'd love to know/see you're ideas on PL. There's always the post on Sarah's blog where I go into detail about putting my page together.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Summer colours tag.


Last week was spent painting my basement studio and to be honest, half way through the week I did wonder if I'd bitten off more than I could chew! It's a lot of wall space and the walls are the rough textured kind so it takes a lot of work to get the paint into the crevices. I did think it would take me the week to do it all but it turns out I could only manage less than half of it.

The worst and darkest bit has been done and I'm very happy with what I've done. I'll have to keep looking to that bit when I get on and finish the rest just .

Anyway, relax at home seemed to be an appropriate sentiment for the weekend and as it's the colour challenge with ASOI I made my tag to go with it.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Little pink book

Here's a little pink book I made a while ago using Sarah Hurley kit club papers. It's one of those single sheet of paper type folds which is a really quick and easy book to make without tonnes of pages too.











Don't forget the Sarah Hurley blog hop, details in the post below.

I'm painting my basement at the moment so I'm looking at all my stuff piled up in the middle of the room and wondering why did I ever start this? Anyway , must press on. 

Jaine x

Monday, 9 June 2014

Blog Hop to celebrate the 'World of Imagination' by Sarah Hurley

Welcome to the blog hop to celebrate the launch of the World of Imagination by Sarah Hurley. Hopefully you've arrived here from my fellow Special Editions designer Clare's blog but as long as you visit each one of us you're on the right track.

We are celebrating the launch of the new 'World of Imagination' range on the 10th, this is a range  Sarah has been working on for over a year and she's now super pleased to be sharing it with the world with this initial launch. Each of the Design Team will be sharing the reveal of a new product on their blog  at the end there will be the opportunity to win one of these!

Just hop through all of the team leaving a comment to let us know what you think of the products and then at the last stop (on the 365 blog) leave us a comment telling us what you think of then range and which item you would like to win - we'll pick one winner to win their choice of item. This closes on the 15th at midnight GMT.

On my blog I'm showing you the Book of Me which we had a sneak peek of last week. It's a fun journaling book for children to fill out all of their favourite things, why not get them to do one each year as a fun memory to look back on - each book comes with a set of 4 crayons. here is a little peek inside! I know several kiddies who would absolutely love one of these as they love nothing better than making books and filling them with the things they love.


The next designer on the hop is super talented Carol . Happy hopping.

Jaine xx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Looking forward


I'm having another de-stash in my basement this week, I didn't do much of a job last time and I need some serious space making. After two trips to the recycling centre with nothing but junk, it doesn't look much different. A radical re-think is necessary I imagine. The trouble is it's so hard to part with some things. For example, I've lots of felting wool and tools which I haven't used or looked at in years, probably won't but part of me wants to hang on to it in case I get the urge again!! Madness.

All this manic tidying has given me a bit of a boost and I've been on a bit of an arty/crafty roll recently with ideas and projects a flowin'.

This one for ASOI came together really quickly although could be a bit of a cheat as I did it in a journal with already prepared pages. I'm so glad I did that!

Happy weekend.

Jaine x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Summer brights challenge card

The Sarah Hurley challenge is Summer Brights and my choice of summer colours are turquoise and pink. They remind me of holidays (pink bikini's by a pool??? with me?).


I love this background stamp and white embossed then over sprayed with ink I think makes it look so summery and pretty. The massive butterfly stamp is a new stamp from Sarah and is seriously big. I chose to spray the stamp while it was loaded with ink to give a water colour effect.

 What are your summer colours?

Jaine x

Saturday, 31 May 2014

More lino cutting adventures.


I'm just loving cutting into lino or Softcut from ASOI to be exact. It really is so easy to do and the sense of  pride when you cut your first stamp is huge.


 This is the stamp in question. Abstract patterns like this make great backgrounds and this one knitted together seamlessly (mostly from luck more than design).


More hand painted title here, fussy cut out as usual. The foam pads help give it definition.


I'm off into the garden now to enjoy the sunshine. Have a good weekend all.

Jaine x