Friday, 6 December 2019

Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge - ‘Anything Goes’

A new challenge starts today at Winter Wonderland where the theme this month is
"Anything Christmas Goes"

The challenges are held on the first Friday of each month.
Our sponsor for this challenge is: Digital Delights
The prize for this month is $5 voucher to be used in their shop.

All the details can be found HERE

Here is my design team card...
The products I have used are:-
Pierces Square Die - Brand unknown
Promarkers
Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Janice x

Monday, 2 December 2019

Male Birthday Card

Today, I am sharing a monochromatic, 'clean and simple' birthday card, that I
made recently for my good friend and neighbour David, (the Mayor of Basildon).
I came across the idea on Pinterest.

The products I have used are:-
Presscut - Happy Birthday
Brads and Gems from my stash
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x






Friday, 29 November 2019

My Time to Craft Challenge #410 - 'Christmas Scene'

A new challenge starts today over at My Time to Craft
where the theme this fortnight is 'Christmas Scene'

All the details can be found HERE

Here is my design team card...

The products I have used are:-
Crafts-Too Embossing Folder - Snowdrops
Hunkydory Christmas scene 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x


Friday, 22 November 2019

Alphabet Challenge - R is for Ribbon

A new challenge has started at Alphabet Challenge
where the theme for this fortnight is 'R is for Ribbon'
The details of the challenge can be found HERE

Here is my last design team card for this challenge...
I am stepping down from the team, as changes are being made in the
New Year where members will be required to make two cards per month,
which is something I cannot commit to. 
The products I have used are:-
Crafts-Too Embossing Folder - Snowdrops
Stampin Up - Word Window Punch
Woodware Punch - Scalloped Oval

I will continue to enjoy being part of other design teams, which will
give me the opportunity to make cards just for me, without any pressure.
I enjoy receiving friendly feedback on my makes, which I really appreciate
 but sadly it doesn't always happen. 

Challenges entered:-
As You Like It  - Favourite Way to Add Snow
(I love the texture the embossing folder gives)
Cardz 4 Galz - Get ready for Christmas
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - Christmas/Holidays
The Paper Shelter - Christmas Card
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas/Winter

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

40th Birthday Card for my Nephew

My eldest nephew celebrated his 40th birthday on Monday, and like his cousin,
he too is teaching himself to play the guitar. So I made him a different guitar card.

After searching Pinterest for ideas, this is what I came up with.
I drew the shape of the guitar freehand onto a piece of wood effect card, 
cut out the framed circle, then attached the gold cord with brads for the strings.
I used 3D foam to attach this to the black base card, then a
dded the sentiment and the number to finish.

The products I have used are:-
Presscut - Happy Birthday
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Circles
Docrafts - Number dies
Challenges entered:-
A Place to Start - Caffeinated Tones


Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

New Baby Card

Today, I am sharing another new baby card made for my next door neighbours
who welcomed their baby son Elliot into the world last Thursday.
The products I have used are:-
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Square Frames
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Congrats
Carousel die - Brand unknown
Docrafts - Xcut Embossing Folder - Hearts
Challenges entered:-
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - Add an Animal
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything with a Critter
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x



Saturday, 16 November 2019

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #104 - Anything Goes

A new challenge has started at 'A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge Blog'
where the theme is always 'Anything Goes'
Details of the challenge can be found HERE
where 3/5 randomly drawn winners will each get to choose
3 sets of Lozzy's papers. 

Here is my design team card...
I started by covering the base of the card with one of the set of papers,
then I matt and layered the second paper with black and silver mirror card.
I then added some diamante gems and stamped the sentiment.

The products I have used are:-
Lozzy's Digi papers - Pastel Christmas
Hobbycraft stamp - Merry Christmas 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Friday, 15 November 2019

My Time to Craft Challenge #409 - 'Christmas Animals'

A new challenge starts today over at My Time to Craft
where the theme this fortnight is 'Christmas Animals'
All the details can be found HERE

Here is my design team card...
I embossed and stamped the image, directly onto the card base.
After colouring with Promarkers, I added Glimmer Dust to the presents
and Rudolph's nose.

The products I have used are:-
Rudolph stamp - Gifted to me a while back by Pam, a crafting friend
Embossing Folder - Brand unknown
Promarkers 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x





Wednesday, 13 November 2019

A Dress or Coat Hanger Protector

I had a go at the weekend in making a 'shoulder protector' for my dress, using fabric 
from a reduced priced duvet cover I purchased a few months ago. I noticed these are
also called 'Shoulder Dust Covers'

I adapted a pattern I found on Pinterest to fit the shape of  my coat hanger, but as
you can see, I made it far too small. I didn't allow enough seam allowance when
cutting my pattern, but you get the general idea.

These will be so useful to use in my wardrobe, that my next attempt will be made
larger, and using prettier fabric, which I will decorate with ribbon or lace.
This is when scrap material is so useful to use to practice on.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x


Friday, 8 November 2019

New Baby Card

Today's card is one I made for my neighbours who recently
welcomed their first baby.
I made it very 'clean and simple' using this embossing folder for the first time.
I die cut the bear in blue pearlized card and mounted him on foam to
give some dimension.  
The products I have used are:-
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Pinking Stitch
Clearly Besotted - Congrats
Teddy Bear - Brand Unknown

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Birthday Card for my Nephew

Today, I am sharing the card I made for my youngest nephew this week, who is teaching
himself to play the guitar.
I came across the idea on Pinterest, (there are so many guitar style cards on there) and
thought it would make a change from the usual football themed card.
I extended the piece of card for the bridge base using the word window punch.
I love doing this for longer sentiments too. The pick I cut freehand from red card.

The products I have used are:-
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Circles
Stampin' Up - Word Window Punch
Presscut - Happy Birthday
Craft Essentials Creative Dies - Happy Birthday
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Monday, 4 November 2019

Sewing Machine Mat

Today, I am sharing another sewing project, a quilted sewing machine mat which
is one of the projects available to make on the online sewing course with 
Claire at Beautiful Things Craft and Sewing Classes
This is the third project I have made since joining the 
 Bronze Online Sewing Course in July. I have already made a zipped doorstop
which you can find HERE  and a lay flat drawstring make-up bag HERE.
I can't thank Claire enough for getting me started on this wonderful hobby.

I really enjoyed making this machine mat, especially as it involves quilting which I think
gives projects such a lovely look. It will be really handy to use, having the three pockets 
at the front to keep my sewing tools in when I am not using them.

I purchased all of the material from The Cheap Shop in Tiptree.
The largest piece of fabric I used is a design by Belleboo.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge - 'Use Holly and/or Ivy on your Card'


A new challenge has started at Winter Wonderland where the theme this month is
'Use Holly and/or Ivy on your Card'


The challenges are held on the first Friday of each month.
Our sponsor for this challenge is: Sheepski Designs

Andrea of Sheepski Designs is offering the winner 3 images of their choice.

All the details can be found HERE


Here is my design team card...
The products I have used are:-
Sheepski Designs - Christmas Candle
Ornate Frame die - Brand unknown
Woodware Punch - Holly
Promarkers
Challenges entered:-

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Janice x



Friday, 1 November 2019

My Time to Craft #408 - 'No Square or Rectangle Cards Allowed'

A new challenge starts today over at My Time to Craft
where the theme this fortnight is 'No Square or Rectangle Cards Allowed'

All the details can be found HERE

Here is my design team card...

The products I have used are:-
Docrafts - Xcut Large Dies - Bunting and Scalloped Bunting
Christmas Tree die - Brand unknown
Challenges entered:-

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Monday, 28 October 2019

Travel Tissue Holder

Today, I'm sharing my latest sewing project, a travel tissue holder. 
I found lots of tutorials on the internet and on Pinterest, plus
 Claire of Beautiful Things has also posted YouTube instructions HERE
which I used as a guide.
I used the same set of fat quarter fabric as the zipped cosmetic bag I made
last week HERE, which I bought recently from Aldi's when they were reduced in price.
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Friday, 25 October 2019

Alphabet Challenge - P is for 'Poppies or Pumpkins'

A new challenge has started at Alphabet Challenge
where the theme for this fortnight is P is for 'Poppies or Pumpkins'

The details of the challenge can be found HERE

Here is my design team card, the idea of which I found on Pinterest.
I die-cut 2 Tessatina borders and glued them next to one another to create a
trellis for the poppy. Lastly I added the sentiment and twine.
The products I have used are:-
Memory Box - Prim Poppy Die and Tessatina Border
Sentiment stamp - Magazine free gift
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

My 'Inspiration Scribbler' Card for 'Scribbles Designs'

Today, I am sharing my 'Inspiration Scribbler' project, made for the
Monthly Scribbler's showcase of Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog
All the details can be found HERE

This month, I chose to make a Christmas card this month using
 two great designs from the huge collection.
The products I have used are:-
Scribbles Designs - Brrryce Party Hat and Ice Day
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Small Deckled Rectangles
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Deckled Mega Small Rectangles
Leanne Creatief Embossing Folder - Christmas Branches

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Janice x

Monday, 21 October 2019

A Quilted, Lined, Zipped Cosmetic Bag

I’m back today sharing my latest sewing project, which is a very basic quilted, lined,
 zipped cosmetic bag. I can't seem to stop quilting things since making my first 
quilted boxes HERE and HERE
I found various tutorials on YouTube to follow, and apart from sewing (and unpicking)
one of the linings on the outside of the bag instead of the inside, I really enjoyed
making this bag.
The fabrics are from one of two sets of fat quarters I bought recently from
Aldi's when they were reduced.

They're not the best quality in softness of material, but are certainly ideal for me 
to use to practise on. I am planning on making a box style cosmetic bag soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x

Friday, 18 October 2019

My Time to Craft #408 - 'Halloween or Cats'

A new challenge starts today over at My Time to Craft
where the theme this fortnight is 'Halloween or Cats'
All the details can be found HERE

Here is my design team card...
The products I have used are:-
Spellbinders Labels 1 and Decorative Labels 1
Lili of the Valley Art Pad - Cute Cottage Garden
Sentiment stamp - Brand unknown
Challenges entered:-
Show Us Your Pussycats - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Moo-Mania - Die Cuts and Punches
The Paper Challenge - Up, up and Away (Anything that flies)
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice xx

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #102 - Anything Goes

A new challenge starts today at 'A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge Blog'
where the theme is always 'Anything Goes'
Details of the challenge can be found HERE
where 3/5 randomly drawn winners will each get to choose
3 sets of Lozzy's papers. 

Here is my design team card. A friend's husband celebrates his 90th birthday today,
so I thought I would make him an Eclipse card and used two papers
from Lozzy's 'Old Time' Set.
The products I have used are:-
Presscut - Happy Birthday
Hobbycraft - Circle punch
EK Success - 3 small circle punch
Number dies - Brand unknown
Challenges entered:-
Incy Wincy Designs - Autumn/Fall Colours
Dragonfly Dreams - Use Black (a lot or a little)
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Janice x