Thursday, 26 June 2014

SOC WK 3... Pigeon feet......

WOW... we are now on Week 3
Summer of Colour Challenge 4
and this weeks challenge colours are....
Lavender & Grey
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Plum
Well...I checked my yarn stash, but sadly no Lavender :(

But I'm enjoy my knitty challenges ....and not wanting to miss out knitting another yarn creation...

Soooo... I bought a cheap ball of lavender yarn from the pound shop this week...
When I first saw the grey...I had a little pigeon in mind...

So I trawled pinterest for inspiration

and found a free pattern here on Ravelry ( which I've slightly adapted) ....then added my own details.
and this is the result....
Meet Penny!
Knitted in Grey, with a lavender tummy & crochet flower and Plum feet.
If you haven't already joined in the fun of this years Summer of Colour...It's not too late....Hop over to .HERE to see what it is all about!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

SEE THROUGH this challenge ! ! .......

Over at
Let's get Shabby
Challenge # 56
It's all about

So.... for my DT piece...

 I decided to create a See Through Card with some printed acetate.
 I've used my transparent piece of printed acetate as the front of my card, decorated it with some ribbon, buttons, paper flowers and some kaisercraft die cuts.
Attach the acetate to some kraft card (this will be back part of the card) then decorated this with a patterned paper, this shows through the acetate to give a lovely layered effect.

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

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x



Sunday, 22 June 2014

Watercolour wonders.....

I’m playing along again this month with
Tim's Fabby June inspiration...

Tim has challenged us to create the look of blended watercolour.
I had soooo much fun with this challenge....  this was a wonderful new Distress ink technique to me... Now, I usually avoid bright this challenge was well out of my usual colour comfort zone... but I LOVE this technique and the result!
   I played with different stencils and different colour combos... but one of my favourite backgrounds had to be the 'Hearts'
Anyway.... this is my version, inspired by Tim's June tag.....
and enjoyed it soooo much....I got a little carried away and made a couple more :) ....
I've used a variety of distress inks and Tim's stamps and the little butterfly girl is a paperartsy stamp.
Thanks again Tim for the wonderful inspiration! :)
Looking forward to seeing what Tim has up his crafty sleeve for his July tag  now...
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 20 June 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 4.... Layering stencil -texture paste

Over at Studio L3
the lovely Linda Ledbetter is hosting challenge #4 of the 
Compendium of Curiosities Challenges
with her Uber talented crew...
using the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge  The Funkie Junkie Boutique,, and Tim and Mario have very generously donated more prizes! Soooo generous :)
I've been so busy the past fortnight...but I've managed to catch some creative time ... hubby is away on business, the boys are at college/work.. and Barney Boy is snoozing a usual!! (Dog's Life eh!!)..So no distractions!!.... this challenge closes today :O ... But, I find I create much better when time is limited.. I don't seem to doodle and change my mind as much!! How about you?
Challenge 4
Challenge #4 is Layering stencil -texture paste technique as shown on page 49 of Tim's book.
Anyway, here are the main ingredients for my tag....
and this is what I made for the challenge.....
I enjoyed this technique so much...I created 6 tag backgrounds with a variety of stencils and different coloured inks....
(It's amazing what you can achieve with no distractions LOL!)
Then I chose 2 of my texture paste backgrounds to decorate....
I've used the Hollybough stencil for the texture paste with this one.
and the Bubble stencil for inking...
and for my second tag....
I've used the Measured and Burlap stencils with the texture paste
and the Bubble stencil for inking...
Both images are from Tim's idea-ology Found Relatives ..(I just adore the vintage portraits used in this collecton.)
Inks & stains
assorted idea-ology
ribbons & lots of vintage buttons!!
If you are interested in joining in these challenges...Hop over to Linda's Blog...and for some amazing inspiration too!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x 


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

SOC Week2 .....Tweet Tweet!.....

So we are now on Week 2
Summer of Colour Challenge 4
and this weeks challenge colours are....
Coral & Teal 
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Bright White
First of all I'd like to say a big Thank you for all the lovely comments left on my last SOC entry, both here on my Blog and over on Facebook...(for my knitted birdy), I  knitted for the week one challenge, because I was away on I grabbed needles and yarn because I didn't want to miss out on the fun of the first challenge...
I was intending to mix it up a bit each week, and do a different crafty entry....but there has been a fair bit of encouragement in the Carry on Knitting......So.... I checked my yarn stash...and luck be have it ...I had some teal, coral and white!!
This is my entry for this week 2.
Meet Tilly!

Knitted in Teal, with a crochet Coral tummy, White lace, beads and crochet flower.
If you haven't already joined in the fun Hop over to .HERE to see what it is all about!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

SOC Week 1 ....A little birdie told me....

It's that time of year when artists all over blogland  are challenged to get all arty and creative in any medium of their choosing 
...with interesting weekly colour prompts
....given to us by the lovely
 Kristin (Twinkle Twinkle)
I have so much fun with this challenge each year (this will be my fourth year taking part) It's definitely one of my favourite challenges.
 The first challenge is to create anything using the two colours...Aqua Blue and Yellow, with a POP of Hot Pink!!
I wasn't to sure what to do for this challenge...I love to dabble in a variety of arty crafty pastimes ....for the previous SOC challenges I've created cards, painted journal pages and last year I even embroidered...
This past week I have been away on holiday...and not wanting to miss out on week 1 of the challenge... I grabbed some yarn,(In this Bright and happy colour combo) needles and a some patterns and took them with me to a little lodge in the forest!
and this is the result....

Mmmm I'm not sure if I'll be knitting every week...I may just mix it up a little and do something totally different each colour prompt? watch this space!....
 Now... I' m off to take a peek at what everyone else is doing for this fun challenge!!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


Thursday, 5 June 2014

It's a Guy thing....

June's swap was a Black/Gray
It's a Guy thing 
Theme...and Black/Gray de-stash
(you have to send a card, tag and some Black/Gray de-stash  to your swap partner.)
 I sent my swap package to 
...and I received from my return swap from
Here's the card & tag I sent to Jayne....
created with...
Distress inks and a 'brick' stencil for the background
Banksy inspired stamps
finished off with a few embellies and rub-ons.
and my Black/Gray destash for Jayne
...and 'Whoop Whoop!!' I received  my Black/Gray goodies from Pam

This is the wonderful 'Guy' themed card and tag that I received from the lovely Pam...

..OH...and just look at this fabulous Black/gray destash Pam has sent to me...
Love all the vintage cards, buttons, trims, pins & ribbons....Oh, these will all definitely be  put to good use in some of my crafting projects in the near future! Thanks again Pam :)
If you want more info on these fabby swaps
Hop over to Linda's Lovely Blog
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


Monday, 2 June 2014

Fun Summertime Challenges......

Fancy some Fun Summertime challenges?....
Come and play!
The yearly event hosted by
Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle
 is back .
Every Monday there will be new colour prompts posted for us to get all arty and creative in any medium of our choosing !!
I have so much fun with this challenge each year ( I've taken part every year for the last three years !)
 Kristin is an inspirational artist...she has inspired me to dabble with colours and mediums way out of my comfort zone 
...and generous too... there will be weekly giveaways.
So go checkout Kristin's Blog for more deets....

....and I've just stumbled across
 I'm a keen photographer (but no expert lol)
So this looks like a lot of fun to get some practice snapping throughout the summer months.
There's a challenge list of 21 photographs to take...
The list is intended to be challenging, but not impossible. and will encourage me to go on a few outings in search of a piccy or two! ;)
And there's all summer to get it completed!
Well I'm going to cross my first one of the list.

 #02 - A Garden Gnome

Meet Gus the gnome who resides in my garden
Now, that was the easy thinks the rest are going to a bit more challenging!!! ....but Fun!
Hop over to Rinda's blog to see the full challenge list....

Hope you can join in the Fun too?....

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x