Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Lovely Lavinias

I had such a great time demoing the lovely Lavinia stamps, I thought
 I must come and put some pics here.
It was so nice to do something other than Copics for a change
and it was good to get messy.....thank you Tim Holtz for
your works like a dream!!!!
I used Distress Inks with a brush for the backgrounds and
the foliage, fairies etc were stamped with
Memento inks which come in a fantastic array of colours
My favourite colours!!!!
Again all done with a brush and stamping, not a brayer in sight!!
Doesn't always have to be about fairies either.
This one has a Memory Box border and snowflakes added
cut from white glitter card.
It is hard to see on the photos but I used a lot of Stickles
on these samples to give a frosty touch.
This one had shaved ice added around the edge and around the door
and a few little red gems to look like berries.
They were great fun to do and actually very quick and easy.
Unforunately I now have a huge collection of Lavinia stamps as I can't stop buying them!!!!!!
Never mind, they will be used.....
And don't forget the next demo at The Craft Barn is on Saturday
2nd of November, I shall be there with gifts for Christmas.
Hope to see you there!!
See you soon,
Jane x

Sunday, 6 October 2013


Had a fantastic day at The Craft Barn yesterday.  I was lucky enough to
have the day playing with Lavinia Stamps!!!!!!
It was good to use something instead of Copics for a change and
I got nice and messy with Distress Inks.
Thanks to all the lovely ladies who stopped with me.
You are what makes our demos so special.
Stupidly, I managed to forget to take any photos so I will have to take some
of my samples next time I'm  at the shop.
Anyway, I thought I would post a few of my DT samples
which I have not had time to post here over the past few weeks.
Where does the time go????
This card was for the Vintage Cute week, I used Copics  and
the lovely Lindsay Mason Doo Lally Stamp.  I love them
and the sentiment that comes with them!!!!
This was the week we used the large Impression Obsession
Cover a Card stamps.  I used Distress Inks for the background and
this was my first attempt using the lovely Sparkle Medium.
I was surprised at how easy it was to use.
Hexagon week was fun.  I decided to make an exploding box which are
always popular at the shop.  It was nice to use these gorgeous bright colours
for a change.
And the inside.....
I'll be back with some more later!!!!
See you soon,
Jane x

Thursday, 29 August 2013

A fantastic day with great company!!!!!

I had an amazing day yesterday and look who I was lucky enough 
to spend it with.......

and ........

It was a special day hosted by Personal Impressions in Coventry and I
was honoured to attend for The Craft Barn!!!
We got to play with lots of Ranger goodies and make a book of tags with
Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley.

and these are the lovely ladies I spent my day with......

Rebecca (Jenny Mayes daughter), Jenny Mayes (HobbyArt), Jennie (The Artistic Stamper), Dawn  (Debbie Moore) and Jayne Harvey (Stamposaurus).
Hope you got home ok Jayne after your car problems!
I shall be putting what I learnt to good use in the future.
My husband and I decided to visit Stratford-upon-Avon as we were
in the area and this is the hotel I picked for the night......
What a beautiful place, lots of lovely buildings to see and loads of history!
A fabulous day followed by another fabulous day ......
can it get any better......?????
See you soon,
Jane x

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Fabulous Holidays

Hi everyone,

Not been here for a while as I have been away on the most fabulous
 holiday in Kos!!
Oh wow what a Hotel, the Atlantico Porto Bello Royal,
I can definitely recommend it!!!
Food was wonderful, rooms wonderful, staff wonderful
and 14 pools.........wonderful!!!!

The view from the bar where we had cocktails in the evenings...

Two of the pools.....

Where we sat most days and had this pool almost to ourselves.......
Just brilliant!!!!!!!!!
Didn't see much of Kos though, just chilling out.
It was too hot to do too much and I have to be very careful
in the sun.  So a lot of time spent in the shade reading.....
ahhhh can it get much better???????
Still, back to work now......
I didn't have time to sort out postings here before I went,
so I shall start doing that over the next few days
and add some cards from the Extravaganza.
See you soon,
Jane x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Watercolour Week

Hi everyone,
Another week and another topic over on The Craft Barn Blog,
this week it is Watercolour Week.
I had to dust off my Distress Inks and paint brush which made a change
from my faithful Copics but it was nice to have a change.
I really love this stamp and it just called out to be layered!!!

Next time I use it, it will be definitely be with Copics!!!!
To find out more pop on over to TCBBlog!!
Materials used -
Woodware Clear Stamp - Victorian Spray
Distress Inks - Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass
Stickles Glitter Glue - Crystal
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
See you soon,
Jane x

Monday, 10 June 2013

Time to Travel.......

Hi everyone,
This week over on TCB blog, it's all about Travel.
I am kicking off the week with an exploding box.....
If you pop over to TCB blog, you can see what is inside!!!!
It was great fun to make and can be adapted to
any occasion.

Just a quick post today, see you soon,

Jane x

Carta Bella Paper - Well Travelled - Let's Go
Copic markers - W2,3,5,10, B24,26, R35,37, E31,33,35
Sizzix Tim Holtz - Paper Rosette

Friday, 7 June 2013


Good morning everyone,
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine, it has been so lovely and warm
but I can't say I have had any time to enjoy it!!!!
The extravaganza went really well, thank you to all the lovely ladies
who came and sat with me, I enjoyed your company and your
kind comments.  I really liked making the flowers and when I  get
some pictures taken I shall post them here.
The marquees worked really well and were lovely and light and airy, there
was plenty of room for everyone.
Since then I have been working in the shop and also took
The Craft Barn club on Thursday. A very friendly
group of ladies and a very nice day, making flowery cards in the morning
and an exploding box in the afternoon.
Well, today is my day on TCBblog and this week its one for the men!!
Why are they always sooooo difficult???
I decided to use a Tando lion and colour it with Copics for
a card for a 'little' man.....

If you want to see more pics then head over to the blog.
This what I used  -
Sizzix - Majestic Flip-its 
Sizzix - Labels - Majestic #2
Marianne D - Just For You/Thanks
Copic markers - E29, 37, 51, 53, 55, 95, 97, 99
RV10, 32
G21, 28
See you soon,
Jane x

Monday, 27 May 2013

I'm baaaaaaack!!!


Oh my goodness, how long has it been since I was last here????
Since I came on here last and thought I was back, I got called in for
 some more surgery........tweaking to make me look young again......
ha ha I wish!!!!!!!
No it was just some tidying up that needed doing and was only an
 overnight stay this time with a bit of rest after at home.
So..... I m back with the DT and I'm also working a few hours at The Barn
 with the wonderful team there!!
It is getting busy there now with the Extravaganza only 6 sleeps away.......
lots of goodies coming in ready for the demos at the weekend. 
This year we will be in marquees so that should be fun!!!!
Do please come and see us!!!
Saturday and Sunday with lots of fab demos and don't forget we are not
 at Lingfield anymore so if you haven't been to the new shop yet
 then .......
what is stopping you!!!!
Well it is my turn on the Dt today for Fashion Week
 and all girls like I have used the lovely Katy Sue Designs
stamp and coloured with my Copics which as you know
 is my absolute favourite!!
They are lovely stamps to colour and if you pop on over to
you can see how I made it.
Well, I shall be seeing you soon,
I am busy with samples for the weekend so there may even be
some sneaky peaks!!!
Jane x

Materials used -

Memento Inks - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - YR20, 31, Y21, V01,12, 15, 17, W2, 3, 5, C0, 1, 2,

Monday, 1 April 2013

Hi everyone,
All I seem to have done lately is apologise for not being here regularly!!
Sadly my mum passed away, she was discharged from
hospital, collapsed the next day and was rushed back in.  We were
called in during the night to say goodbye.
It has been a difficult time particularly for my elderly dad who still can't
 quite believe she went in with what they thought was gastro enteritis
 and then became so ill. 
My mum was a nurse and would have known exactly what
was going on.  She chose to keep some things from us so we were not aware
of how serious things were!
Hopefully things will start to get a little easier now so I should be
back here regularly again soon!!!
Mum  -  7th August 1930 - 8th March 2013
I shall be at the new Craft Barn on Saturday 6th April demoing
so do come and say hello and see the new shop!!!!
Jane x

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Mothers Day on TCBBlog

Mornin all,

This week on The Craft Barn Blog it has been projects for Mothers Day!!!!
A very special week for all those wonderful mums
out there!!

I decided to use the Tando 'Mum' with papers and paint.....
The colours haven't come out quite as they should, the purple
looks a little too blue.
My mum is still in hospital and was due to come out next week
but the hospital has this horrible winter vomiting bug again
and everything is shut down.  Nobody allowed in and nobody
allowed out!!!!  Hope she doesn't get it!!!!!!
Well, today you will find me at The Craft Barn
demoing the fabulous Gelli Plate!!!!  I love it!!
Andy Skinner should have been demoing and he is fantastic
with it but unfortunately he can't make it so I am
there pressure eh????????
See you soon,
Jane x
Materials used -
Tando 'Mum' Heart with Flowers
Tando Grab bag - Butterflies
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder - Clear
First Edition Paper Pad - Daydream
The Craft Barn special offer this weekend is................
10% off Imagination Crafts stamps and stencils.
Starting Friday 1st March until Monday 4th March included
Simply enter the code ICRAFTS10 at checkout
Imagination Crafts Stamps are beautiful!!!!!!!!
J x

Saturday, 23 February 2013

At the Movies

Yup this week we have been 'at the movies'!!!!!
The DT has come up with some fab projects yet again
and today is my turn with a very simple card.....
I used the gorgeous stamps by Kanban and coloured with Copics.
She is just the most gorgeous image to colour in and this is
not the first time I have used her!!!!
Some of you may remember a card I made for last years
Extravaganza using the same image.
Don't forget there is free postage over at The Craft Barn
so take advantage of it while you can!
See you soon,
 Jane x
Materials used -

Kanban Stamps - Moulin Divas Tres Chic

Copics - E0000,000,00,11,42, 43,47, V0000,91,93,95,99, W0,1,2,4,B000

Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hi everyone!!!!

Sorry to have been absent for so long, 2013 has not been a brilliant year for me so far!!!
Not only is my mum still in hospital and really not improving that much
 but I also had another bout of labyrinthitis which put me out of actiion
 for several days and then just to finish it off, I had a cup of boiling tea
 spilt on my leg just over a week ago.
  It was an accident but I ended up in casualty with a second degree burn!!!!
 OMG how painful is tea on your leg and not in a cup!!!!!
Oh and I had to miss going to the NEC to the trade show........
aaaaaaagh, I was so looking forward to it this year!!!!!
Never mind, there is always next year!!!!

Anyway, I have been seriously neglecting this blog and so have quite
 a bit of catching up to do........ 
hope you have been keeping up with the projects over on TCBBlog, I have
managed to keep up with most of them!

This week on TCBBlog we are 'at the movies' and as usual there is
a variety of fab projects for you to see.
You'll have to wait til Saturday for mine as I've kept it simple.

However......... this weeks offer is........

"This week we have a FREE POSTAGE offer for you
From 6pm on Friday (22nd Feb) until 9am on Tuesday (26th Feb)

All UK orders will ship free

For EU and all other destinations, free shipping on orders over £30

Click here to go to The Craft Barn website".
So what are you waiting for????
Get those goodies you've been waiting for and have them sent for freeeeeeee!!!!!
See you Saturday...
Jane x

Monday, 14 January 2013

Happy New Year!!!!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been around for a while.
I've had a very poorly mum who has now been in hospital for nearly
five weeks and have been having to deal with that as well
as my elderly father at their home.
Not been an easy time but hopefully, she is now looking a bit better
and maybe transferred to our little local hospital very soon which will
definitely help with visiting!!!
So that is now two Christmasses in a row that have been difficult, first me and
now mum!!  Hopefully this next one will be better!!!!!!
Anyway, I will be back soon and I want to wish you all
a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
See you soon,
Jane x