Friday, 27 September 2013

Pretty Pink Friendship......

It's so good to see that the lovely Linda
from back after long break,
 and as decided to get us all swapping again.
 I've taken part in some of Linda's fabulous swaps in the past...
So, I was looking forward to see what she has in store for us.

 Beginning September 1st, Linda will be hosting a swap EVERY MONTH for an entire year. Each month we will swap the same 3 things, but each month will have a different theme.

 So the first swap for October.... all about friendship
This is what I sent to Marie....
card and tag created by Jan (ME)
My Pink goodies for Marie
 Instructions said to include "One Pink" item.  Mmmm I couldn't choose just one!!
...washi tape, ribbon, buttons, beads, flowers and a ballerina.
and these are the lovelies that I received from my other swap partner

Beautifully made friendship card from Mrs A...I love all the details outside and inside the card....and there are sweet words on the reverse of the tag. This would also make a perfect bookmark too!
..and Mrs A sent me a bundle of gorgeous PINK lace.....Oh.I do LURVE a bit of this will definitely put to good use in one of my crafting projects in the near future!
 Thank you again Mrs A!!
and I got some fabby-de-doo-dah news...
I won Linda's first PINK giveaway
Lookie what the postie has just delivered....

Thank you so much Linda for your lovely handmade cards...Can't wait to use that lovely stamp and the generous pink goodies too:)
For more deets and the next swap head over to...
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

G is for game....

Letter G this fortnight's chosen letter for the Alpha challenge

over at

I nearly forgot the challenge!!
Been a busy bee the last couple of weeks!!
I couldn't miss a week,
So it will have to be a quickie!!
 I Ummed and Arrrred
and Ummed and Arrrrred
what to do??....
Now the problem is...I've got mainly the small cubbies left to alter in my printers tray now...
..and being as they are only ( 2 . 5 cm by 4 . 5 cm!!)
They are a nightmare to find little items to fill them with!

So I rooted around in my crafty junk box...
and I came across these
an old die and game piece...
So along with my distressed dictionary definition
I went with the word
for this letter.
Off to take a peek now
 to see what everyone else is doing with the  letter 'G'.
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Button Love......

Over at
for Challenge #50

Its all about
Make buttons the hero of your Shabby project!!  
Now....It won't be of any surprise to my regular blog peekers,
but I do LOVE a button or two or ten!!!
So this was an easy challenge for me...
Anyway here is my DT Layout......
I've used Tilda papers to scrap a pic a wonderful memory of my lovely family and I
swimming with Dolphins in Florida....
With assorted buttons,
blue, pink, white, cream, large, small, hearts, vintage and shell....
More buttons amongst the foliage and flowers....
...even more buttons nestling in amongst the doily, crochet flowers, yoyo and postcard.

and a couple more buttons added to the ticket and lace!!
Can't wait to see what everyone else does with Buttons!!
Now hop over to
..for the full deets
...and see what other wonderful inspiration the talented shabby girls have created for this BUTTONS challenge... 
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Monday, 9 September 2013

My little Treasure Trip.....

Last week I was whisked off on a little treasure trip by my lovely hubby...
....across the Channel to
Lille in France
to visit
 The Braderie de Lille 
(Europe's biggest Flea market)

The pavements throughout Lille, were lined with people selling antiques, ornaments, furniture, books, records, and old junk of every description!

The Braderie de Lille is Europe’s largest flea market, For one weekend every September, Lille is closed to traffic completely as vendors of all trades and types line the streets with stalls.

..between one and two million visitors stroll up and down the ancient city streets during the two day event in search of a bargain or two.
I found that there were a lot more modern stalls selling  mass-produced items, than I expected (which I wasn't interested in)
...but we found by exploring the smaller back roads and staying off the main boulevards, that's where found all the flea market finds :)

vintage strollers
Old Printers trays were everywhere!

Rust and Ruin
 ...Oh, I wanted to fill my case with lots...
....but, sadly.... all the things I fell in love with... were either too big and heavy to haul all the way home on the Eurostar ....or out of my price range.
We walked and browsed and walked and browsed more....
for hours!!!!!
....and I don't think we managed to see the whole of the market!
Most of the antique furniture and other larger pieces were at the Façade de l'Esplanade, where you can hunt out junk while taking a stroll along Lille's ancient canal.
I loved these trio of prams!
The tradition of enjoying a dish of Moules & Frites
(Mussels and chips)
was in fall swing!
Lots of vintage Typewriters, cameras and suitcases...
and last but not are the little treasures that made there way back home with me....

We had a awesome time

I was in my element amongst all that lovely Junk!
They do say that another's mans Junk is another mans treasure!!

Thanks for Peeking
Jan x

Friday, 6 September 2013

Z is for Zany

Letter Z this weeks letter chosen for the Alpha challenge
over at
The Craft Barn
This was one of the letters I was dreading...
I've Ummed and Arrrred
what to do....
When I was rooting around in my crafty junk box...
I came across this little fella...
which led me to choose the word
from my French Dictionary
I've used another one of my smallest cubbies (only 2 . 5 cm by 4 . 5 cm!!)  in my Printers tray
I backed it with a snippet of my dictionary book cover
along with the dictionary definition
vintage clown cake topper
..and I've added a crochet flower for his neck piece.
Off to take a peek now
 to see what everyone else is doing with the  letter 'z'.
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

What an AMAZING week.......

......I've had !
Last Thursday ,
I travelled all the way to The Midlands to visit Coventry
where the master himself
Tim Holtz
was hosting his UK event...
 I came to the class all on my own like 'Billy no mates!'
Slightly nervous, excited....
....but within minutes I was caught up in the buzz of all the other like-minded friendly crafters.
.....who were equally as excited as me to take one of Tim's creative classes.
  This is the lovely sight of creative goodies that greeted us when we found a seat! 
Our ingredients to make a inky distressed
vintage style tag booklet.
Whooooooo....Lovely stencils, stamps, stickers, tags, paints, distress inks, markers and pads etc....
...and this is the results of a hours of inking, stencilling, stamping, distressing to our hearts content!
... Tim's class was amazing from start to finish.
He's a natural, friendly and personable teacher.

1. My view of Tim's teaching from my table.
2.Talented Tim and I.
3. I got to meet the lovely Dyan Reavely.
4. and a hug from the charming Mario.
Evidence of a wonderful inky morning!!
...and if that was not enough..
Tim gave us all pressies..
I'm still smiling from this lovely event
So another huge thank you to Tim and Mario & Co
for coming to visit us in the UK
....and for sharing his famous charm and crafting knowledge.
..and to Personal Impressions (the event organiser) for making it all possible.
It was a wonderful workshop
...and well worth the re-dialling of that phone all morning long to get a much in demand ticket and the 7 hour round car trip! 
...and if that wasn't exciting enough, a days rest...then I was whisked off  on a little treasure trip across the Channel to
Lille in France to visit
 The Braderie de Lille 
(Europe's biggest Flea market)
...but I'll leave that to another post!!
Thanks for Peeking
Jan x

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Stitched with love.....

Oh WOW...what a busy and amazing week I've had...
.....first of all Thank you for the get well wishes for my back aches and pains,
I'm still suffering with the sciatica, but the pain is a lot milder now..
so hopefully I'm finally on the mend?!
.....Although...I've not really had much chance to rest up, with my little trip up to Coventry to take an inky class with the master himself...Tim Holtz (more about that in my next post)
...and then another little treasure trip across the Channel to Lille in France to visit The Braderie de Lille which is  Europe’s largest flea market..( more about that later too)
So I'm a little behind on everything...including the blogging!
So I thought I would start with a
Family Challenge....

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I've been having some scrappy challenges with My Cousin Kerry and Auntie Joan.
So for our latest challenge, we all used the same double sided papers again....
No extra ingredients or recipe this time,
So we all could do our own thing....

Here is what Kerry did with the papers. Working with the colours in her top photo of her sweet little kitties.
Kerry's Layout
 Lots of lovely layers, some fabby punched shapes, stamping and sequins.
...and now for Aunty Joan's layouts, she was really on a roll and created not one but two pages for our challenge...
Joan's Layout
Two beautiful summery pages of the grandchildren playing.
Loving the little cluster of punched shapes
and all those lovely buttons!! ;)

Joan's Layout
and finally here's my page...
My Layout
I've scrapped a page using a pic of one of my altered dresses, using the sewing pages mainly...
with added lace, buttons, tags, paint and wooden embellies.
I really enjoy doing these little family challenges, it's always fun looking forward to seeing what Kerry and Joan have done with the same paper ingredients.
If you want to see some more lovely scrapbooking layouts....I'm sure my cousin Kerry would love you to visit her blog Scrapbooking for the love of paper
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x