Tuesday, 16 August 2016

catch up part 2

Hi Crafty Friends

I had a lovely break on my friends' narrow boat on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal. Lovely scenery and a good time with my pals. Good weather too.
But it was soon back to crafting. This week we made this card

I've been keen to try out my new Die'sire card maker die. It took a bit of trial and error to turn it into an easel card without the fold showing when it's shut, but I'm quite pleased with how it came out. The flowers are an old Woodware punch with a snowflake for stamens.

Now for some more catch-ups. This one uses the same damask paper as the one above, but teamed with black, it's a different look. The filigree panel die is a Tonic drawer front die, from a set I picked up at a show for £1! bargain or what?? The butterflies are heat embossed on acetate.

Now this is a bit different for me. I used a layout from a magazine, sorry I can't remember which. I like the spotlight technique.

And here's another departure from my usual style, I've been thinking I need to ring the changes for the classes. I loved this stamp when we used it at Susan's class, so I had to think of something different to do with it. It's a very easy stepper. We embraced our inner 5 year olds to make the mottled paper used for the leaves and matting layer - blowing bubbles in Brushos and squishing them on the paper. Please don't tell me Mateus Rose comes in green bottles! We coloured the image with my new Inktense pencils and added extra glitter with Spectrum Noir glitter pens

Nearly there! What could this be? Is it perchance a lilac coloured flower?? See I can't keep away from  it for long. This is one based on one I worked out with my pals Debbie and Janet, adapted because I don't have the same stamps, embossing folder etc. I love the idea of colouring the background flowers /leaves then embossing over them.

Right I think that's it.
I'm off to Copenhagen soon - see you when I get back
Happy crafting


  1. Gorgeous card selection Jan! love the different techniques on each card, beautiful colours too.. I`m fed up of Christmas now..lol.
    Pam x

  2. Ron and I had a narrow boat some years ago and we loved it had to sell it when Ron became ill. really loved it,

    Great work Love the easel card.


  3. Wow, so many good ideas to garner inspiration from, loving the spotlight technique, especially for the new home card, the flowers on the floral cards are beautiful and I also like the acetate butterfly, so many good ideas to try and fit into my tiny brain. I have some fond memories of a holiday on a narrowboat, something about floating along relatively slowly, good company and the fresh air make for a wonderfully simple but highly satisfying break, so glad you enjoyed your experience xxx