Friday, 4 April 2014

April Flowers.....

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's Fabby April inspiration...
I just love the shabby style and colour combo of this tag.   
Oh...and I was sooo glad when I see the tag, because I got the TRELLIS Frameworks Die for a Mother's day gift :)
anyway... here is my version, inspired by Tim's April tag...
This month..I seemed to have most of the supplies... Sadly, I don't own the Bigz Tattered Pinecone.. So, I have  substituted with the Tattered Florals die.
...and made some green and peach felt flowers, added some pearls and vintage buttons.
I also didn't have the mirror and the cork, so I substituted them with peach felt and  metal foil tape.
...and because I'm using the Large Tags, I've also added an image (cut from Idea-Ology Paper Pad) and some chit-chat stickers
Looking forward to seeing what Tim has up his crafty sleeve for his May tag now.
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Feeling Peachy.....

April's swap was a Peach - Mother's Day Theme...and Peach de-stash
(you have to send a card, tag and some Peach de-stash  to your swap partner.)
 I sent my swap package to Marti at Artful Curiosities  
...and I received from my return swap from Francie at The scented Cottage
Here's the card &  tag I sent to Marti...
...and my Peach destash for Marti....
...and 'Whoop Whoop!!' I received  my Peachy goodies from the talented Francie... 
Francie spoiled me absolutely rotten! :)
This is the beautiful card and tag that I received from the lovely Francie...
So sweet! photos don't do them justice!

..OH...and just look at this fabulous Peachy destash...
Images, lace, ribbons, trims, buttons, brooches, flowers, leaves, feathers..etc.!!...(SO ME!!)
Oh, these will all definitely be  put to good use in some of my crafting projects in the near future!

..and I just ADORE the wonderful flower corsage Brooch!!
Thanks so much again for a fabulous swap Francie!!
If you want more info on these fabby swaps
Hop over to Linda's Lovely Blog
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A Shabby Easter / Spring......

Over at
Let's get Shabby
Challenge # 53
It's all about
Shabby Chic Easter / Spring
So for my DT piece I decided to create a Shabby Easter Card...
Now hop over to
Let's Get Shabby

..for the full deets
...and see what other wonderful inspiration the talented shabby girls have created for this Easter / Spring challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...  
Thanks for Peeking!

Jan x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Spring time in London......

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's beautiful March inspiration...
...and here are my versions, inspired by Tim's March 2014 tag. 

These are the bolder versions, which I prefer.
I tried both the bolder and softer versions, but was not so keen on the softer look. (I think it was because of my choice of stamps?)
Sadly, I don't own any of the stamps that Tim has used on his smudged stamp tag...but do love his choices especially that wonderful egg stamp!
So...I hunted through my stash of stamps, and decided to do a couple of styles, one in a similar 'spring time' look...also incorporating a nest (inkadinkado) and Butterflies (Andy Skinner/Rubber stampede)...and one totally different tag, a London/Travel theme.... London Bus (PaperArtsy) The Girl(docrafts) mini Globe (Tim Holtz)
I've added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Key and charms to my tags
I don't have a spritzer either, but that's definitely at the top of my crafty shopping list!...So, I've just inked my Tim Holtz layering stencils (Bubble, Doily and Splatters)..... coloured in my stamping with Distress Markers (Pumice stone, fired brick and stormy sky)

Distress inks used...(Fired brick, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut stain, Peacock feathers, and tumbled glass)
....assorted idea-ology Remnant Rubs, assorted tissue tapes, Natural Hemp cord, word bands,
idea-ology Charms and key.
Painted word bands
Looking forward to the April tag now.
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

A Country Retreat.....

Whilst blog hopping I came across a fab competition on 
-A free sample of fabric and a chance to win £1000-
...are giving away an amazing One thousand pounds to a handmade hero who can write a fantastic blog past about how they transformed a piece of fabric from their exclusive
 Country Retreat range into an incredible craft creation.
Hillarys Blinds
Country Crafts Competition
-Country Retreat Range designed by Victoria Robinson-
After making up my mind what fabric to choose....
(I loved the 'Bird Parade Teal'...and the 'Wild Poppies Vermillion' caught my eye!!...and 'Calluna Amethyst' was sooooo pretty!!....)
Decision Decisions!!...
...but I finally decided opt for a free sample of the Vintage Country retreat looking
 'Patina Pewter'
This is what I received from the lovely peeps at Hillarys
.....and I decided to create one of my Altered Art Dresses 
I started off by creating my Art dress, by making my own simple pattern with the quality fabric.
Then I sorted through all my vintage and crafty supplies to find somethings to compliment this fabulous  Hillary's 'Patina Pewter' fabric.
(This is the bit I enjoy doing the most!!- choosing and sorting through my vintage laces, buttons and embellies etc.. I could do this all day long LOL!)
Then when I've decided what to add...I stitch, stitch away...(all by hand!) ....and this is the end result...
Country Retreat Dress
....adorned with vintage laces and buttons.
I made a pocket from Hessian and a vintage doily...
More stitching!...
...filled it with an altered fractured doll and dolly pin.
I transferred the vintage image (copied from one of my own vintage photos) onto some fabric.
Adorned the pocket with, pull, rusty keys and bells
and various fabric elements. 
And this is the reverse of the altered dress
complete with lace wings ...
...all ready to fly away to a country retreat!!

Those lovely people at Hillarys were so generous with their 'Patina Pewter' fabric sample...I had plenty of material left over...
to make a little Country Retreat Shabby Heart

If you fancy transforming some fabby fabric...You need to Hurry....requests for fabric will close on Monday 17th March 2014 - you then need to create your blog post by March 31st and email it to Hillarys 

 Further details are in the links above.

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

A Yellow Swap....

March's swap was a Spring Theme...and Yellow de-stash
(you have to send a card, tag and some Yellow de-stash  to your swap partner.)
It's been sooooo dreary and wet here in the UK...
So yellow was a lovely cheery colour to play with!!
 I sent my swap package to Joyce at Scrap for Joy
Here's the card &  tag I sent...
...and my yellow destash for Joyce....
....and it only took 6 days to arrive across the Pond!
 I received from my 'Spring' yellow goodies from the lovely Mrs A, just need to take a pic of these for another post :)
Thanks for Linda for another wonderful swap.  You can sign up for the April Swap Here
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

'Paris is always a good idea'......

 Over at
Let's get Shabby
We are refreshed from our Festive and New Year break and are continuing on with our Monthly challenges.
So For....
Challenge # 52
It's all about
...being inspired by the above 'SABRINA' picture/poster in in any way.
I was inspired mainly by the colours in the poster
and the 'Paris' aspect of the film where In order to help her forget her woes, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is shipped off Paris in this romantic film.
So for my DT piece I decided to alter a house blank
First of all I tried to paint my house blank in similar colours, mixing up assorted paints to achieve the background of the poster...
Then I crackle painted the exterior. and added some painted chipboard elements... 
then I added some 'french' themed craft papers to the backs of some of the compartments...
Then the fun part begins....
filling it with lots of goodies...
Altered vintage tart tins (bought from my recent trip to the Braderie de Lille's -Europe's largest flea market)
vintage buttons, altered bottles, papers, lace, heart and cameo.
altered embroidery hoop
Heart (swap gift from May- May's Happy Daze)
tags, Prima clock face and Tim Holtz goodies (domes , fractured doll (which I've painted) , plaquette and metal word band,

mini altered canvas
altered reel
altered bottles
charms, pins  and lace
I LOVE altering these little houses!!
Now hop over to
Let's Get Shabby
..for the full deets
...and see what other wonderful inspiration the talented shabby girls have created for this poster challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...  
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x
'Paris is always a good idea'
-Audrey Hepburn-