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