Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Much better now!!!

Well, thank goodness the second lot of antibiotics seem to be doing the trick and I am feeling much better!!
 In spite of feeling pretty grim, last Friday I took mum for a long awaited trip to Art from the Heart in Harrogate. We had a lovely day and even though I was exhausted by the time we got was the most I had done for 10 was well worth it! Mum has wanted to have a go at an Altered Book for ages, so Dyan gave her a brief, but very thorough. lesson to get her going. As mum doesn't drive I had to go too....SHAME!!!!....and I sat quietly in a corner and worked on a Stampotique book.
And here it is.....

I loved making the backgrounds for the pages. First I folded and stitched together watercolour paper to make the book. Then I used really watered down Adirondack Dabbers, then sprayed over them with Colour Spray using templates. I also sprayed some old book pages at the same time to make the hearts, hats, flowers and circles with. The white smears and rings are just gesso, which very effectively picked up some colour from the dyes underneath. All the embellishments are just hand drawn, cut out, stuck on and then doodled around.

I love the Stampotique stamps, and guess what?? Yes, my collection is now under way!! I loved the 'crow' stamp, for obvious reasons, so I had to have him too!! Anyway, a HUGE thank you to Dy for a great day!!

Well, we're off to London, to see the Queen on Friday! Hope the nice weather lasts, or that at least it doesn't rain! I think a quick trip to Blade Rubber Stamps might just be in order!!

Bye for now xxx

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Feeling a little sorry for myself......

Well, amazingly I have finished the Dates to Celebrate book! I say amazingly for two reasons...the first being I have had the most horrendous cold which then became sinusitis. I just didn't feel like doing anything...even crafting. Having my head looking downwards was so painful that it wasn't really an option. I finish my antibiotics today, but am still not right...hopefully will clear up completely over the next few days, as mum and I are off to London on Friday!
This is the second reason that I am amazed the book got finished....

.....I mean, how could anything attractive be created from this utter MESS??????!!! Anyway I did complete it and here it is....

I was really pleased with the way it turned out. The Spring Fling papers looked so bright and cheerful! Here are a couple of inside pages...

I made a flower for the front using Tim's Tattered Flowers die.....I just love it!!

I dropped the book off to my friend last night, so she could pass it onto the recipient...I hope she enjoys her birthday present!!
Well, the paracetamol are I'd best be off (good result is that I'd lost 2.5lbs at Weight Watchers, so it's not all bad!!)
Love Jayne xx

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Anniversary Card

Well, that was a busy weekend! Had a lovely surprise on Friday morning...our 22nd Wedding Anniversary. Ian said he was taking me into Manchester so I could choose a new handbag...he had looked, but decided it was definitely a WJ (woman's job!); then he had booked us into the Radisson hotel for the night where we were also having a massage in the Spa; rounded off with a meal out....perfect! The highlight of the afternoon, it has to be said, was the arrival of the Chelsea football, I'm no football fan...but Frank Lampard is pretty easy on the eye and it was just sooo funny watching all the hullaballoo surrounding their arrival. Second to crafting, my favourite pass time is people watching...oh, and collecting handbags!! is the card I made for Ian using my new goodies!

I had a ball making this...I did the background using a variety of Distress Inks and a spotty stamp, then overstamped with another couple of Tim's stamps. The heart was a pre-cut Grungeboard one, which I inked with the new Barn Door DI, then clear embossed in parts and further distressed by rubbing Old Photo into the cracks and spaces. The key and keyhole were cut from Grungepaper with my new dies, then again inked and embossed as Tim describes in his book. 

Had a lovely family dinner on Sunday, and on Monday we took Bethany and Sam for a very muddy walk to try and remove a few of the calories that had been consumed over the weekend!
Am now working on a 'Dates to Remember' book which a friend has ordered for a birthday present. I first made this at a class at Art from the Heart and this will be the 5th one I've made! Each one has been very different and this time I'm using Blonde Moments Spring Fling papers.....will show you when it's finished!

Bye for now xx

Thursday, 1 April 2010


Well, I can't believe that after such a slow start my March pages were actually finished on time...but, they were!!! Here's the proof...and I made sure that April was be ready on time and I wouldn't start yet another month in arrears!!
I did have some problems with this one...I decided on a yellow and blue theme, a sort of cross between daffs and rain, and absolutely hated it when the paint was on. I tried to tone it down, but didn't really seem to get very far. To be honest, if March hadn't been on the back I would have just ripped it out!! After a bit more blending and over-stamping with a Stampin' Up 'Sanded' stamp, it was starting to improve. I then found the Woodware rainy stamps lurking at the bottom of a box.....and suddenly things were on the up!! I used my Inktense watercolour pencils to colour the stamps and even put a bit of Stickles on each raindrop. I love the wellie boots along the bottom and have to's now my favourite page so far!!!

Well, it's our Wedding Anniversary tomorrow....and Ian's card still isn't done, so I'd better go and do it! Got lots of new goodies to play with after a delivery of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and a trip to AFTH last Sunday! You see I HAD to buy the new stuff to make the Anniversary card!! :)

Bye for now xx