Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Christmas - yes you heard right !

Almost everyone I know knows I love Christmas - really its the prep its self I love. I soon found lots of other folks love to prepare for Christmas all year round and I have 11 of them joining me for my first Christmas class at the end of the month.
This month they will get 2 forever friends stamps and the copic pens I love to use for their fur. Here is one of the cards they will be making.
(sorry the lighting was rubbish)
A simple design - easy to replicate with their own stash and I love the white on white look.
I am entering this in to Crafty Hazelenuts Christmas challenge which is seeing red a little or a lot - a little red for me !
In the class we will make 10 cards - 5 designs 2 of each and also a little something extra. I have so many ideas i have not fully decided what the last hours project will be - one thing is certain it will be Christmassy !
We like to play a round robin sort of game where 2 folks work on a card at a time (one 3 as well this time) which means no waiting about - you make the cards in front of you then pass them on until all 10 are made.
We have found this the perfect way of getting so many cards done in a day.
 (I think it may be called stamp a stack over the pond).
I just know the ladies will love the gorgeous papers I have for them this time too - no more sneaky peeks as I like to save the designs for surprises on the day.
Hope whatever you have been doing today has been fun.
Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

So here I am again - Why?

So I am back here.
Why? you may wonder.
Well the new blog has not worked out.  Firstly folks could not follow me unless they were on google plus or Bloglovin - this has been a pain which I have tried many ways to resolve -then no one seems to be able to help so in essence I have given up and come back.
Lots has happened in the last 9 months so if you have missed me and want a catch up check in at 
In the meantime back to current crafty business - here are some samples for my next stamping club session where we revisit colouring on a regular basis to help with confidence and iron out any issues the ladies have not getting the results they desire.
 These few cards are from a Docrafts Forever Friends set - I love colouring in these bears and they are easy for getting the shading results which lets face it we all want.
 Loving these hot cross bun ones - who loves a yummy hot cross bun? Think we will have them at the class on Friday - delish. These cards are coloured with promarkers and I think the chocitastic one qualifies for the Passion for promarkers challenge which is funny cards I think any made up word brings a smile to my face !
 This is the other style of colouring we will play with - cute little bunnies by Penny Black which are a dream to watercolour. Sentiment by Stampin' up but this would easily be any everyday card not just for Easter.

Have you missed me?
Let me know if you have - sorry it took so long for me to get my move was not the best idea - and thanks to everyone who has tried to persevere keeping up with my crafty and non crafty antics xx

Thanks as always for stopping by x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

My last post on this blog

Yep - I have decided to move to an new home.  I have been having an overhaul of sorts, driven mainly by my desire to make new beginnings.
From now on my crafting both Christmas and non Christmas and ramblings will be shown here at
But before I move on I thought I would share this fab card I received for my birthday last weekend.

Yep its an original Clare Rowlands card.  My good crafty pal Alison arranged for clare to make it and send it to her.  I am thrilled ! Knowing how much time goes into Clares creations i am really touched she took the time to make and send it.
I had an amazing birthday with some gorgeous handmade cards and gifts. I felt very spoiled.
Hope you would like to continue following me - if so do drop by My Cluttered corner
If you decide not to join me - many thanks for stopping by to visit my blog - i have appreciated you taking time out of your day to leave me a comment or two .
Happy Crafting xxx
See you at the new home maybe x

Friday, 9 August 2013

Not the only one........

In my house who is taken with watercolour. My Mum gave our Megs some watercolour paints to try and add colour to some of her amazing sketches.
This was her first attempt using a picture from the net. Its just a practise picture so wont be sold.

 I know AMAZING isnt it - goodness knows where this talent comes from.
 This picture is a friends dog - she emailed a few photos and Megs chose this one.
Dennis is a schnauzer dog and this is an amazing likeness.  Megs again is practising here - different textures of fur.
This lovely chap belongs to the fabulous Jill and Ian from the Stamp Man - Both who are very supportive of creative young people and who have helped so many folks I know.
Jill emailed a few pics and Megs chose this one to draw then watercolour. The texture of his ears is beautiful.

This is Megs usual chosen animal to draw - this is part of a horses face - again from a picture from the net. Megs is aware of all the copyright issues, regarding pictures, which I am really impressed with. She knows she cannot make money using someone elses photo without permission and to be honest does not want to sell this anyway - she did contact the photo owner and has shared the sketch with her - how impressive is that.  When this was being created I was doubtful it even resembled a horse - now its almost like those veins are pulsing they are so real looking !

Our Megs is hoping to use her skills for drawing and watercolouring to help her friend raise funds for an educational trip to Indonisia - I cannot tell you how thrilled I am she wants to help her friend, who we have known sice they were babies, get to where she wants to be in life.

If you like her work and fancy having your dog or horse sketched, watercolored (optional) and simply framed then keep a look out on my blog - once her buisness page on facebook is up and running she will be taking commission work - half the money from each piece will go to the Indonisian fund.
*Feeling proud*

Thanks for stopping by - please leave some comments about Megs work - she would love feedback x
Take care
J x
Ps Mr Blogger says this is my 901st post - gosh thats a lot of waffle !!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Watercolouring away.............

 If you have stopped by before you will be aware of how much I love my distress ink pens. I love the direct to paper, quick results I get with them especially on this multi media paper i buy from the local shop.
 this sweet stamp is a retired one from SU which i loved. From the hostess range it shouted unisex at me.
Ive teamed it with some papers I have had a while in order to make this a card for a fellow crafter - hope she likes it !

I would like to enter this into the challenge addicted to stamps which this time is make your mark which of course i have done using my distress pens.

thanks for stopping by today x

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Creative moments - Seaside

 Who does not love the sea with its calming influence and opportunity to reflect.
In reality all water features be it ponds, rivers, streams or fountains, waterfalls, brooks, trickles or lakes - in a quiet moment, on a calm day its a healing, natural place to reflect on life.

 Thats what I think this lady is doing, reflecting, thinking over life, feeling the calmness of the water with her toes.  This could be the sea, or a river or lake but the calming influence of the water is providng some Serenty. This is a postcard on watercolour paper, coloured with distress inks. The image is an old retired SU set.
Over at Creative Moments the team have been creating seaside projects galore - perfect for a sunny August day (which I am hoping for today !).
Do stop by and have a peep here.
I know last time I was by the sea back in April - I felt the opportunity to reflect was very strong - in fact the sea helped me make some very difficult decisions in its calming and regular tidal sounds.  I find the sea a necessary part of life and love the opportunity to sit and watch, listen and learn more about myself as i do.
Fancy a little moment of reflection?
Here is a post all about a day at the seaside - if you just want the sound of the sea scroll to the end , press play and listen. 

Hope you enjoy listening too xx
Thanks for stopping by today

Saturday, 3 August 2013

No Classes for a whole month

Yep that's right - no classes at all this month - August is a rest month !
Which is not true at all as its also my birthday month and I like to meet up with crafty chums for a jaunt somewhere - Its also my first solo retreat away from Lovin' Ink and I am very excited about the plans I have for that - so really its not a rest month at all but a break from teaching.
This week has been weird.  I worked last weekend and waking nights o Tuesday
but have not been at work since.  Wednesday was a sleep/ rest day, Thursday saw a visit from friends and much needed hugs were shared. Friday I had a little crafty jaunt with a couple of old friends then had my nephew and niece over for tea to fulfil some secret mission work going on!
Today I met up with 2 lovely ladies for a cuppa then spent all afternoon making these.

 I saw the tutorial on Pinterest some while ago (go to my boards and check out the May retreat board) and have been meaning to have  play. The denim is from some jeans of mine that gave up the ghost 3 months ago - teamed with some SU fabric, buttons, lace and ribbon - they are fab little holders for your scissors.
two sizes as I used the retired SU dresdon plate die to cut them out. Easy peasy and I love how sweet they look. These are destined for folks as gifts - I am getting ahead ! Yep Christmas needs planning all year to make sure I get everything I want to done.
Mum suggested they would be fab little manicure holders for your handbag too so another use for them.
Tomorrow I plan to play with the machine some more making bunting for my youngest's 18th birthday in October - gosh writing that I feel suddenly old!
Hope your weekend is filled with much laughter and creativity.
Thanks for stopping by x