11 May 2014

Happy Post from Sarn

May's Happy Post is from Sarn (she is sooooo efficient, we were barely into May when this dropped on my mat!).
My photograph is not brilliant as it hasn't picked up just how beautiful it is.  IRL it is very delicate and elegant with a generous amount of bling.  Love it.
Thank you so much for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

10 May 2014

Happy Post from Lesley G

Todays card was my "Happy Post" from Lesley.  
I absolutely love the tile effect on this card. So very effective.  The card was also very very sparkly which made me very happy!!!
Gorgeous card.  Lesley has made a few of these tile effect cards, you can view them here

Thank you for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

9 May 2014

Swaps received from my playmates in April

Today's post is sharing the wonderful swaps received from my playmates in April.
This lovely one is from Sarn.  Yet again another unique card showing different techniques.
This very spring like, delicate card was from Liz.  The Petite Petals stamp set is my favourites at the moment so was very pleased to receive this one. 
This was a great gift from Lesley.  It was a Tea Bag holder made using the new Scalloped Edged Tag punch and the gorgeous flower made using the new spiral die.  Great idea and well worth casing!
Thank you all ladies for a brilliant day, as always.  Looking forward to the next one.

Take care
Jan xxxx

8 May 2014

Pistachio Pudding with Blossom Party

Well it's mid week already, I just love this time of year when there are lots of bank holidays making my working week, much shorter!  Great
Here is another card I made over the May Day bank holiday weekend.
Once again I have used Pistachio Pudding card stock and ink.  
Tried to use a few different techniques on this card, distressing, stamping, dry embossing, punching and die cutting.
When I sat and wrote a list of all the things I've used, I really was surprised as the card is really quite plain.
Anyway, thank you for stopping by today

Take care

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7 May 2014

M&T's from playmates in April

The monthly playday was enjoyed by all and we made some great things.
These are the M&T's I had to do, designed by my playmates
This one from Sarn once again, was quite taxing on the brain even with the brilliant written instructions!! Love the elegant papers we get to use on Sarns cards.
This very artistic one was designed by Liz.  She had wrapped an acrylic block with twine which we then used to stamp the background, GENIUS!!  We then stamped over with the flowers. Lovely
Lesley's M&T was fabulous.  First time I had ever tried to make one of these.  Once again quite taxing on the brain even with fantastic instructions from Lesley!  It wasn't perfect but as it was my first attempt I was quite pleased with it.  Will definitely be trying this again.
Looking forward to next months playday!

Thanks for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxx

6 May 2014

Petite Petals with thanks

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend and spent some time crafting.
I had a nice weekend with a mixture of gardening, crafting & family gatherings.  Lovely.
Today I am sharing one of the cards that I made over the weekend.  
 The flowers are all from the Petite Petals stamp set by Stampin'Up  with a bit of bling added (of course!).  I used just two colours for the inking and the card stock which are from the In Colour range,  Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding.  Love these two colours together.  

Thank you for stopping by 
Take care
Jan xxxx

PS Used lots of Snippets on this one so will be nipping over to the Snippets Playground to enter their challenge x

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1 May 2014

Make & Take for April's playday

Today's card is my own version of a Joy Fold card which was originally designed by Beate Johns.  Such an easy but very effective card to make.
The card in it's closed position

The card fully open
I hope the ladies enjoyed making these and will go on and make their own versions.

Thank you for stopping by today

Take care
Jan xxxx

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30 April 2014

Swaps for April's playday

Going to keep the writing very limited for this post because I wanted to share with you all of the photos and dont want to fill up your page!
These are the swaps that I made for my crafty playmates at our playday on Sunday.
They are little easel cards but with a little drawer, if that makes sense!

This pic shows the easel up and the drawer closed.
Here is the drawer open
This pic shows the lovely button I used for decoration
This pic shows you the three colourways for the three playmates
This one was my prototype.  It didnt come out quite as good as I had wanted it to because the drawer was a bit loose which meant that I hadn't measured acurately enough.
This is work in progress to the original 4 drawer/easel card I WAS going to make, however it was so very time consuming that I decided that just one drawer would be enough!! 
Absolutely loved the colour card and the patterned paper used on this one
Hope the ladies enjoy their gifts.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx
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29 April 2014

Easter wishes

Good afternoon all
I wanted to share with you today my first ever Easter Cards received.  This card was sent to me by my lovely crafty playmate Liz.  It is sooooo cute.  I was absolutely thrilled to receive this.  Thank you Liz
Thank you for stopping by today

Take care
Jan xxxx

Happy Birthday to me from playmate Sarah x

Good afternoon all.
Last but not least, today I will share the last of my crafty playmates' cards.  This lovely card is from my crafty playmate Sarah P.    All the ladies just know how much I love the bling and Sarah has added it just perfectly.

I love the colour combo on this one too.  Thank you so much Sarah x

Thank you for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx

28 April 2014

Happy Birthday to me from playmate Sarn x

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Today I am, once again, sharing a Birthday card received from my lovely crafty playmate Sarn.
How gorgeous is this one too.   I absolutely L O V E the little birds.  As always, lots of bling just for me.
What a very original card as always Sarn.  Thank you xxxx

Thank you for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

27 April 2014

Happy Birthday to me from playmate Lesley x

As promised another birthday card from one of my lovely crafty playmates and WOW look at this one!
The dress and had are made from flock like card, very velvety to the touch - gorgeous.  Of course the hat and the dress are adorned with bling. 

Really love the bling on this gorgeous dress.   Thank you Lesley xx

Thank you for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx

26 April 2014

Happy Birthday to me from playmate Liz

I had an absolutely lovely weekend which included a 10th birthday party for my grand daughter which involved bouncy castles and discos  -  us adults had as much fun as the children did!!
The day before my birthday we  went to my eldest brothers 60th birthday party (where did that time go?!) and celebrated my lovely husbands birthday too  -  p h e w!  really busy weekend.  To end it was my birthday.   I received lots of lovely cards and best wishes from lots of my lovely crafty friends and family.

So.........  over the next few days I will be posting a few of the gorgeous cards made by my playmates.
Today I am sharing this lovely card from Liz.  It was in my favourite colour and covered in bling!

The background is embossed perfectly
The picture does not do this card justice.  This velum flower has been heat embossed and is beautiful isn't it

The butterflies have all been heat embossed too.
Thank you Liz xx

Thank you too for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx

25 April 2014

A quickie

A very quick card made as a "tag" for a present.

I love the Gingham Garden DSP, it is so very spring like and cheers me up!

Hope you have a good day
Thank you for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

All products used are from Stampin'Up!

11 April 2014


Just wanted to show you an attempt at sponging ink.  I was NOT happy with the end result but thought I would share with you to show you how NOT to do it!!!

I like the layout of the card but I think I was way too heavy handed with the inks.
Never mind, I will try again!

Thank you for stopping by and please don't be put off after seeing this!!

Take care
Jan xxxx

10 April 2014

Make & Take Sarah

Sarah's gorgeous card was using a stamp set that I had overlooked in the catalogues because I thought I wouldn't like it or have a use for it.  How wrong I was!  I loved the effect of this stamp set.  The colours that we used were Eggplant and Crushed Curry I believe and boy they worked so well together.  Very bold and very bright  -  unfortunately my picture doesn't do it justice.
Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

9 April 2014

Playday M&T from Liz

Liz's Make & Take from our playday.   Although the stamping was random, I didn't get too freaked out as I knew that the cut flowers would be the focal points of the card, so any "uneven" stamped bits would be covered!!   Isn't the colour gorgeous?

The tiny flowers were made from air dry clay and are so light and flexible that they are great for posting.  It was a great idea to use these for the centres of our flowers. 

Thanks for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx

Liz used the Stampin' Up!  Flower Shop and Summer Silhouettes stamp set for this card

8 April 2014

Happy Post April 2014

Hi, todays pic is of the Happy Post card I have made for Lesley.  I hope she likes it.
I have started to quite enjoy distressing, something that I used to consider as out of my comfort zone because it is pretty random but I am finding that I am doing it more and more on different cards!

Of course, I have used the customary bling!

Thanks for stopping by today
Take care
Jan xxxx

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7 April 2014

My postal swap from Lesley G - March!!

Ohhhh no just realised that I hadn't shown you this lovely card made for me as my "Happy Post"  from Lesley in March.   
Lesley has used the lovely paper piecing technique for this one.  How cute is this card?  I fell in love with it.

Thanks for stopping by
Take care
Jan xx

2 April 2014

March Make & Takes from playmates - Lesley

Not quite sure whether this is the swap or the Make & Take from Lesley, oh no hang on, there was no Swap from Lesley!!!  She made up for it though, bless her, she had two Make & Takes prepared for us instead (wanted to give us extra work to do being as though she had been sooooooo busy in March!).
The two cards that we were going to make were both using techniques that I hadn't tried before so was delighted to try something new.
The first card was this really cute shaker card.

The second card was using the paper piecing technique which, once again, I hadn't tried before.
I absolutely fell in love with this and will definitely be looking at all my stamps to see if I can use this technique.

So Lesley was forgiven for the lack of swap, this time!!   

We all had a fabulous time as always at our playday and as usual Lesley was the perfect host.

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by.

Take care
Jan xxxx

31 March 2014

March Playday swaps received

These two lovely swaps were from Liz & Sarah

Liz's card was so very tactile and the colours were gorgeous.  Not sure if you can see but each of the butterflies and flowers have been inked in a darker colour which makes the original colour really stand out.  Lovely.

Sarah's bingo board was fabulous too, it even had bling!!  Sarah had also made us a card to match which was full of colour and embellishments to catch your eye.
So there you have it the swaps for the day.

Brilliant, can't wait for next playday.
Thank you for stopping by
Take care
Jan xxxx

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