Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Clean and Simple......

Over at

....they would like you to keep it simple  - a less is more challenge!
Now... I have always found CAS cards a real Big challenge...as maximum embellishment is my middle name LOL!!
I thought I would make some cards for my knitting pals....
I've used....Kraft card, Archival ink, stamped (Purple Onion design - Heart Banner / Crafter's Companion - Close Knit Friends)
paper pieced assorted papers, paperartsy paints, white pen.
They look great in a different range of colours/patterns too!....
But it's so hard not to add more embellies...lace, ribbons and buttons etc....
Clean and simple is sooooooo hard for me!

Thanks for peeking!
Jan x
I'm also entering this in for the..
Simon says Weds, Clean and Simple 
Country view Challenge Blog, Use Kraft card
Ok ok..couldn't help myself!!!....
.a few buttons added LOL!!

Monday, 27 April 2015

A little Bling.....

I had some Fab
Beady, Blingy fun
Julia's Tiara
Sunday (Yesterday)
 Craft Candy in Grays
(Fantastic Bead / Craft Shop!)
...where they hold a wonderful range of Saturday and Sunday classes
 I made this little sparkly beauty!...
....made with pearl effect beads, seed beads and some gorgeous Swarovski beads.
Julia and I...showing off our Tiara's LOL!!
A fiddly...but fun and interesting workshop...
I need to make my self a button tiara now!!!
Thanks again Julia x
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Tim Time...April tag

 Are ready for some Tim time!!
I am!!!...
Here's Tim's Creative April inspiration
This month...
Tim has got us playing and experimenting with our distress marker spritzer and distress markers to get fab watercolour effects.
......and stitching...I just LOVE a bit of stitching!!!
Sadly.... I don't own Tim's gorgeous Flower Garden stamps...
...so substituted them for a TH crazy bird and some JoFy flowers.
So this is my Entry for Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015....
I also didn't have the dies Tim used on his lovely tags...so I've used the Tim Holtz 'Peace' (movers and shapers die) and some idea-logy 'Alpha parts' instead.
...I enjoyed making this tag so much...I just had to make another ...
this time using a Prima face stamp from the Bloom collection...
Thanks again to Tim for some amazing inspiration and Looking forward to seeing what Tim inspires us... with his May tag  now...
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Painty fun ...JOFY style.....

I had some good painty inky fun
(Awesome Craft Shop!)
on Saturday
....where we got to stamp, layer and paint a cute canvas, using Prima doll stamps, a range of JoFy stamps and stencils and some scrummy PaperArtsy paints...
Jo..is a lovely teacher...and her JOFY range of stamps are so versatile for cards, journaling, canvasses etc...
Anyway here is my finished project...

It was lovely to see everyone's finished canvas...we all used the same paints, stamps and stencils...but because of the different papers used for the Prima dolls dresses... all the projects looked so lovely and different
 A fabulous workshop..Thanks again Jo.
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Monday, 20 April 2015

A swap for all seasons....April time....

Oh, I have been having sooooo much fun playing along with Linda's lovely mini fabric sampler swap
over at
and last month I received my March sampler from
and this is what she sent to me all the way from Ohio, USA
...as soon as I see my package wrapped in sewing pattern paper and string...I just knew immediately I was going to LURVE the contents!
Made by Debbie

...and I was not wrong!!
From the vintage fabric and my favourite flower ROSES surrounded by all those beautiful MOP HEART buttons (Swoon!) sweet lil pegs, and the gorgeous doily and ribbon! It's perfect!

...and Debbie also sent me some lovely goodies....a lovely postcard, beautiful floral fabrics and the Lovely Folk Heart ...which will definitely be put to good use in a future project :)
Thank You again Debbie !
...and my March mini sampler swap was sent to
Patty in Kansas, USA
 Patty mentioned in one of her lovely friendly emails that her  favourite flower is a sun flower (which happens to be the Kansas State flower).
So I sorted through my fabric stash...
and there was some sunflower patterned fabric ...I forgot I even had!!
So I grabbed that and a few other bits and pieces....
...and this is what I created for Patty..

....fabrics, doilies, felt flowers, buttons, crochet flower, lace and a vintage image printed onto fabric and a little Bee charm :)
Poor Patty...was very patient and understanding...She had to wait a long while to receive her mini quiltie from me...my little package sent from the UK....must have decided to take the longest possible route to Patty's home in Kansas!!!..
....So I was so glad to hear of it's safe arrival yesterday! (Phew!)
I've having fun with my April sampler now ...such a pleasurable swap!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Liberate Your Art - Postcard Swap 2015

One of the projects I've recently taken part in....
is Kat Sloma's
postcard swap.

The swap involves sending 5 postcards with prints of your art work to Kat ......then Kat sorts through the bundles of postcards that she receives and posts 5 random postcards back to you together with one of her own lovely art cards. 
1290 pieces of art liberated
214 artists participating
12 countries represented

Kat (and her swap helpers) did an awesome job!
This is the fifth year of this fabulous swap.

 I decided to get some postcard prints made of some of my altered  artwork......fabric art, collages and dressform,
...so these are what I sent off to Kat...


I know where a couple of my cards landed in the world....
there new homes are in Ohio and Georgia USA
....just wondering where the others ended up???
Did you get one?!!  ;)

and these are the beauties I received in return....
Postcard #1 is from
Mary Jane Henderson
(Brisbane, Australia)
A gorgeous painty collage - Love the colours!
Thank You Mary Jane!
Postcard #2 is from
Jana Johnson
 beautiful artwork - Sadly this card got a little scratched and battered en-route to the UK...but it still did not distract from it's Beauty!!
...and there were lovely quote on the reverse of this card.
Thank You Jana
Postcard #3 is from
Mary Clemons
..another wonderful collage...painting & monoprints - So clever!!
Thank You Mary!
Postcard #4 is from
Ellen D. Mika Brown
awesome torn paper collage with crayon rubbing - mesmerising!
It also came with one of my favourite quotes on the reverse of the postcard...
'Art is the only way to run away without leaving home' (Twyla Tharp)
Thank you Ellen!
Postcard #5 is from
stunning photography of birds on a wire!
Love the message too!
Thank You!

and finally
Postcard #6 is from
the lovely hostess herself
Kat Sloma
Gorgeous photography!!
all the way from Oregon USA
Thank You Kat!
....and some extra swaps 

'Your wings already exist' (Janice Darby)
'Pheasant' (Amy Irwen)
'Wonder' (Sherry Harmes)
'Amazing Shell' (Lisa Schwinghammer)
I've got a thing about 'wings'..even the amazing shell reminds me of a beautiful butterfly!!...so I absolutely adore these cards! 
Thank you again Janice, Amy, Sherry and Lisa for trading art with me :)
It was fabulous swap! ...as always
Such Fun waiting for postcards to drop through the letterbox :)
Thanks so much to Kat for the incredible job you did in organizing this exchange.
...and to all the lovely Arty participants and Kat's helpers, it's been fun following and seeing all the wonderful variety of postcards being posted on FACEBOOK.
I'm  glad I participated, and looking forward to taking part hopefully again next year.

Thanks for peeking!
Jan x


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Flowers.......

Over at
Challenge # 62
It's all about ....
Altered Paper/fabric challenge
Alter/change (in an ARTY way) the pattern on  patterned paper or fabric. Use some/all/tiny piece of your original paper/fabric in your project.
So...here is the patterned fabric that inspired me....
Some old vintage floral curtain fabric
(....The 'Sound of Music' film keeps going through my mind for some reason LOL!!
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself.....)

 Anyway...back to the Challenge!!...
I've been meaning to start another fabric journal for ages...
so this fabulous challenge gave me the Inspiration and motivation that I needed!!
......I've used some of the vintage floral fabric in its original form for the background of my fabric journal page and then cut out two of the flowers from the same fabric and made them into padded embellishments to decorate my fabric journal cover
To make the padded floral embellishments, I've just cut them out and backed them with some felt (sewn together), these little embellies would also look good, with a pin added to the back to make a fabric brooch?
Here is the fabric journal cover I created for my DT piece...
I dug through my fabric stash... and found some complimentary fabrics, vintage buttons, doilies, lace, pins, vintage embroidered linens and a picture printed onto fabric
All collaged and hand sewn together.
Now Hop over to.
..for the full deets on this challenge...and see what other wonderful inspiration my talented International team mates have created for this
 Altered Paper/fabric challenge
....and there's a Super prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...

...and, I've got lots of this fabric left....
to make some more fabric pages ....or even a dress or two like Julie Andrews in the film!! ;) LOL
Oh No, got that pesky song in my head again now!!..
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread.......

 On that Note!....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x