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