Saturday, 25 October 2014

Rain rain go away.......

Over at  
Let's get Shabby
Challenge # 60
It's all about
    Inspiration Picture Challenge 
  Be inspired by the picture above in any way and in any genre
and let us know in your blog post what your inspiration is..
Here's the card I created for my DT piece...
I was inspired by the girl with her brolly
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 'inspirational Picture challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner....

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 10 October 2014

CCC 3 - Challenge 12...Photo tinting....

 Over at
 is to use Tim’s Distress Photo Tinting technique
as shown on page 41 of Tim's book).
You will also need your own copy of Tim's
and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
I love this technique
From this plain black and white photo
this tinted version.....
 and the tag I made with it...
I've been a little under the weather this week,
so I'm cutting it fine, getting my entry in!
Sorry, if I've not got round to visiting your lovely blogs yet!
Will try and have a catch up over the weekend!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Shabby Shelf life.......

Over at  
Let's get Shabby
Challenge # 59
It's all about
   Creating a ‘Shelf’ 
  Interpret it any way you like…..
Here's what I created for my DT piece...
I decided to make a Tag... with a shabby shelf full of books!
I made the little books from paper scraps..assorted papers, ribbon. crochet doily, vintage buttons & lace, paper butterflies,pen nib stickers and an idea-ology monoacle.

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 'Create a shelf' challenge and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner....

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friday, 19 September 2014

Stop in for a Spell.......

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's Creative September inspiration
This month...Tim has got us playing and experimenting with our alcohol inks.
Whoooo...I love getting Inky :)
...and...I thought it was time to get some Halloween crafting in
So, here is my spooky take on Tim's September tag....
My Ingredients
I used the skull stamp from 'Mini Halloween 3' Stampers Anonymous set.
I've substituted the butterfly frenzy die with the 'French flight' Alterations stamps & die set ( to make my butterflies / moths!!)
assorted alcohol inks
'Harlequin' stencil
 Idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Halloween Apothecary)
& lace, buttons, key and tassel.
...and this is what I created
Looking forward to seeing what Tim inspires us with his October tag  now...

So until next time.....

Thanks for Peeking!

Jan x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CCC 3 - Challenge 10...Assemblage Clock

Over at
 is to alter an
 Assemblage Clock
as shown on page 33 of Tim's book).
You will also need your own copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book....and for this challenge.
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
Now.. I have had one of Tim's clocks in my crafty stash for a little while now... but every time I have reached for it to alter... I just dithered what to do with it.... so many ideas and options running through my crafty little mind....and a little intimidated too.... it ended up going back under my craft table for another day!!!
So...this challenge...was just the perfect push to alter this poor little unloved Assemblage Clock ...and with such wonderful inspiration from Linda... who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have altered some amazing Time pieces in a variety of themes!
 ....So first of all...I had to decide what to do with it ?
In the end I decided to go for a salvaged nautical theme...
So... I had a rummage in my crafty hoard and selected a few pieces to fill my assemblage clock with.
 ....Vintage photo of a little boy in a sailor suit, bottle, buttons, shells, sand, Idea-ology goodies, and a vintage 'charlotte' sailor head.
First of all... I covered my clock with embossed metal foil sheets (using the painted industrial technique) then distressed with paints to try and get a rusty patina look.

I then had fun...filling my clock with all my goodies and adding some more distressed idea-ology to the exterior also.
and this is the end result....
This was so difficult to photograph!!
with the reflections in the glass front!
and now with the light on.....
Thanks for another Fab challenge Linda...
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spin a Yarn.......

First of all...Before I spin a yarn...
I would like to say a Massive Big Thank you for all the lovely Good Luck & Get Well comments, messages & emails for my recent surgery...So touching!
Well...everything went well...although I've had a couple of minor complications during the last two weeks of recovery...but hopefully back on track now!!... another couple of weeks of doing absolutely nothing, being treated like a Princess by all the men in my life (They are doing a super Job!!) could get quite used to it LOL!!
...But I have been SUPER BORED at home
not used to sitting on my bottom all day!
..and there is only so much rubbish day time TV you can watch! :( was nice to get out at the weekend to see some crafty pals for a touch of
At our little knit group...we've been busy knitting...squares for table cloths, triangles for bunting, assorted flowers, cups, plates, picnic food, bunting and plenty of pom poms!! 
Everything on the picnic table is knitted!! 
Flowers, sandwiches, and how cute are those cups, saucers and cutlery!!
Having a little picnic on our knitted table!! 

and the bushes got a little knitted makeover too!
 Poppy wreath
Our knitted efforts are on show at High House, Purfleet , Thurrock ...if you find yourself in the area and want to take a peek ;)
Sorry..I haven't done much blog-hopping for a big cuppa and catch-up right now to see what you all have been up to!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 9...Stamps & Framelits


Over at
Challenge # 9
 Linda and her fabulous Curiosity crew
have been playing with
 Stamps & framelits
(Using page 63 of Tim's book).
Now...I've played along with all the challenges so far...but thought I will sadly have to miss a couple at some point with  my impending hospital stay tommorrow....
But when I saw the new challenge...I just had to fit some crafty time in!!!
Because I bought the
French Flight
Stamps & framelits set with some Birthday money just last week!! :)
So this challenge...gave me a good excuse to try it out!!
(and it also helped take my mind of my upcoming surgery!!)
I thought I would try something a little different...
First of all, I checked that the framelits cut through Linen...
and they did!! :)
So I reached for these...
and this is what I made using my new Tim Goodies...
A fabric hanging...made with all my favourites...vintage linens, doilies, lace, buttons, ribbons and the
French Flight
Stamps & framelits set

I've stamped my French Flight stamps on to linen and cut them with the framelits, then stitched them onto my fabric hanging...
....added a couple of pins, French laundry hanger...
 a lot of stitching and printed a Paperwhimsey image  onto some fabric.
I've stitched down the middle of my that their wings are left to flutter...
If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #9
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing Stamps and Framelits inspiration!
You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge.
The wonderful Joy and her family at Inspiration Emporium
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
Now..I really must get my bags packed...
I won't be around to comment on your lovely blogs for a little while...So I will apologise in advance....but as soon as I'm back on my feet again...I'll come and visit you all :)
See you all soon!!
Thanks for peeking
Jan x