Thursday, 31 October 2013

Trick or Treat....

Happy Halloween
(Some of my past Halloween creations)
Have a spooky and safe one!!
 Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 25 October 2013

You have a Heart of Gold.....

Over at
for Challenge #51

Its all about ...
Projects need to have a
aspect to it...
Anyway here is my DT take on this challenge..
Mmmm, I don't seem to use much Gold in my scrapping...
So I had to dig down deep in my crafty stash to see what golden treasures I could find....
Sequin waste, letters, buttons, buckles...
Dresden scrap
more Buttons and hearts.

Now hop over to
..for the full deets
...and see what other wonderful inspiration the talented shabby girls have created for this GOLD challenge and a fabulous golden prize for the challenge winner... 
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Knit and Stitch!!!.....

Oh.. it's been so busy in the Smifferoo household ....
Not had a chance to blog about my lovely day out at
 The Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show...
I was lucky enough to win two tickets from these lovely people...
Ali and Tony at Crafty Ribbons 
...and this knitting covered taxi was what greeted us at the entrance to the show!.....
Fabulous show...with loads of inspiration 
Loved these knitted bags...and just look at those ginormous buttons.
Just had to buy a couple for my button collection!!
 ...and talking of whoppers...Giant Knitting needles!!
You can make some lovely rugs with these!
 ..and beautiful display pieces everywhere.

I particulary liked a collaged clothing collection by Mandy Patullo
I had a few little purchases of knitting mags, fabric and Buttons!!

Now I've always loved a bit of stitchery...and my mum tried her hardest to teach me to knit when I was younger...Bless her...but being a bit of a tomboy..I would rather have a game of footie with my brother and his friends LOL!!
A little while back I taught myself to knit (again) via the internet (what we do without it now eh!!) to make some simple hats for the
The Big knit in 2011 (HERE)
...but I never picked up my needles again until recently....
I knew how to knit and purl
but had forgotten how to cast on..and had no clue how to cast off!!
So.... I joined a local knitting group
of Nattery Knitters run by Susan
...and have just recently accomplished my first Patterns
Meet Nigel the Gnome....

...and his friend Marvin the Moose
we've also been busy knitting hearts for charity...
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

L is for locomotive.....

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

over at
Wow...week 21 already!
...and there is an extra twist this week,
there has to be a window on your creation...
Mmmmm, I had to have a big think about this one...
the L letters that I had in mind had nothing to do with a window!! Agh!
So for much needed inspiration.. I rooted around in my Junk box and came across something that had windows and was perfect for this weeks challenge....


I went with the word
for this letter....

So in one of my cubbies this week....along with my distressed dictionary definition..
I added a little red Locomotive toy,  (complete with windows!!) and some cheesecloth steam!
I also added an idea-ology 'Expedition'
and a little Lotto number to my tray!
My Printers tray is filling up nicely now...

Off to take a peek now
 to see what everyone else is doing with the  letter 'L'.
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Happy Birthday swap.....(Brown)....

November's swap over at
A swap for all seasons
a tag
a card
and something brown .
This is what I made for my swap partner Mrs A
card and tag created by Jan (ME)
I decided to incorporate a vintage postcard on my card
and add a modern postcard to my tag.
...with lots of lace, doily, film strip, stitching, papers, measure tape, flower and buttons! 
My 'brown' goodies for Mrs A
Laura Ashley velvet rub ons, PaperArtsy stamp, flowers, lace and ribbons.

and these are the Beauties that I received from my other swap partner
(Prepare to swoon!!)
Gorgeous 'brown' birthday card and tag from May
Stunning goodies from May
Everything I LOVE.....vintage image paper bags, laces, reels, buttons and twine!!

Thank you again May
I ADORE everything you so kindly sent to me for the swap!!

These trades are such fun!

Thanks again to Linda for hosting them.
For more deets and the next fabby swap
head over to ..

A swap for all seasons

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

J is for Jam....

Letter J this fortnight's chosen letter for the Alpha challenge
over at
The Craft Barn
I'm so glad that there are no extra twists this week.
These smaller cubbies are ever so tricky to fill!
Actually I've been waiting for 'J'
because I've had an idea in mind for a while
(another reason I'm happy that there are no twists!!)

I went with the word
for this letter....

So along with my distressed dictionary definition..
I altered a little glass bottle, painted the inside with red paint,  some gingham ribbon for the lid topper and added a idea-ology vial label (which I wrote Jam on)
I also added an idea-ology Alpha Part 'J' to my cubby.
and a little doily sticker finishes it off nicely!

Off to take a peek now
 to see what everyone else is doing with the  letter 'J'.
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x