Sunday, 31 January 2010

Damask - Spanish Olive

A bit of Spaish olive and cream make a wonderful colour combo so I dug out the nestabilities Label dies, Damask stamp(PTI), Bellas roller stamp(SU)and a Cuttlebug embossing borderand set to work.

Attention to detail...

I used a sheer olive ribbon this time and tied it in a know at the side of the image, as the card has lots going on I found the sheer ribbon just made it pop, I think a heavier ribbon would have swamped the card.

Where I used the Cuttlebug border to emboss I added stickled diamond to enhance the embossing more.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Aspire in Brown's

I have decided that because so many of you are urging me on with my weight loss I'll try to add an update each week and those of you that are also trying to shed a little can comment and add your update too, we'll help each other on.

Now for today's card

I'm not sure why but I find something quite calming in shades of brown, I used the penny Black Aspire stamp for the image inked with SU chocolate Chip Ink and stamped onto cream card stock, 2 backing papers and some twill tape and a brown base card.

Attention to detail...

3 brown buttons tied with linen twine varying in sizes.

Frayed ends on the twill tape, I did this by accident to one end and liked it so the other end got frayed too.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Big News

I say big as it is my behind that has been growing since giving up the cigarettes I stupidly replaced them with chocolate and my word did my bum grow bigger.
So off to Slimming World I went, I was super good and ate all my free foods and a few allowed Syns along the way, tonight was weigh in night.
I lost 2 lbs I have to admit I was a little dissapointed as I know how good and focused I was but 2 lbs off is after all the same weight as a bag of sugar so really I should be well pleased.
If you are trying to shed a couple of pounds please feel free to leave a comment.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Me & my Granda - Just Perfect

I think everyone should try to look for at least one thing in the day that makes you smile, well I'm lucky because on this day I found two.
A picture of my two best boys.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

I Love It

Another fabulous Digi stamp from the talented Mo Manning, this one is called I love it, couldn't you just pick him up for snuggles?
I coloured the image with Promarkers then used the Nestabilities Label Dies to cut out both the image and the blue shape.
I used the cuttlebug embossing folders Birds and Swirls and Distressed Stripes to emboss the white card.

After using the nestabilities Labels Dies I mounted the image onto the blue label shape then paper pierced arount the top Label die cut.

I also added tiny pearls to each corner of the blue shape.

A thin matching ribbon tied into a bow.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Christening Card

My Nephews Baby Boy Alfie Craig was Christened on Sunday so i had to set to and get a card made. Not my favorite card to make as I always struggle with baby cards but I was quite pleased with the result.

Attention to detail...

Both stamps used were from Papertrey Ink from the stamp set Everyday Blessings.

A solitary pearl placed in the centre of the cross to finish.

A pretty background paper that I found in my stash was perfect in a baby blues and white, teamed with a pretty ribbon tied in a bow.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Jack's First Rusk

Oh my! he loved this new experience, mind you we were wiping Rusk residue from his face all day.

This is my Popeye impression, as you can see I'm getting really good at it.
It happens evey time this rusk scrapes on my new tooth.

It is such hard work this rusk, my hand just keep taking it away from my mouth.

I'm getting sleepy now night, night.

Lastly there is a new Valentines free sheet Just click on the Jak Heath Designs Tab at the top of the page. There is a sample preview below.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

New Blog & design

I'm elated to show you all my newly designed blog, it was created for me by the uber talented Designer Veronica McCollum and I have to say Veronica is a pleasure to work with.
Oh yes I nearly forgot, I'm now how cool is that

Project of the Month Blog Hop - Gift Bag

We will hold this every third Thursday of the month , we aim to give you a little inspiration and hopefully a few Oooo's and Awe's along the way, The Dream Team is made up with some of the most talented ladies so be sure to give them all a visit.

This months Theme was from Kerttu make a treat bag/goodie bag using the Cupid in Love image
The gift bag instuction I used can be found here although I did tweek the measurements for to make a deeper bag

I made the Cupid in love image into a gift tag, coloured with promarkers and added a touch of sparkle to the wings, Visit Mo's shop here for the image.

I made a little heart dangly beady thingy, ha ha, or should that be a heart bead drop to dangle from the red ribbon, the background papers is one of my own designs you can grab that here

Don't forget to go and see what Shell has made I just know that she will have something special up her sleeve for you to drool over.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Celebrating a life

My Brother Russell would have been celebrating his 52nd Birthday today so I thought I would celebrate his life by adding one of my favorite photograph of him to share with you all.
Russell was 17 years old, in the prime of his life and I was 10 years old, he longed for a career in the Navy from starting his teens and that is what he had, he served in the Merchant Navy and loved every minute of it.

We actually got along famously which is unusual for brothers and sisters even with the age gap between us, I was a very difficult child with a temper like you wouldn't believe yet Russell always had time for me and I would tag along by his side.
His letters home were amazing and he would describe everything he saw on his journey's to the point you felt like you were there with him.

Then came the devastating news that Russell had been lost at sea 50 miles from the coast of South Africa, they searched for days but he was never found.
Our beautiful Son, Brother, Friend was gone from our lives without a trace, our hearts tore in pain of losing him.
I still when thinking of him have that voice in my head that says "wouldn't it be lovely if he just walked up the garden path and knocked at the door" (sigh)

Love you Russell, be safe in the arms of our Dad.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Teal and Chocolate - Poppy

I used Stampin Up patterned paper (to the nines) and the stamp set Remember by Papertrey Ink to make the card.
I love chocolate and teal colours together. This shot doesn't show up to well the embossed top of the cream card but a close up further down the page does so please scroll down.

Attention to detail...

The top of the card that I stamped on was embossed using the paisley Cuttlebug folder I distressed around the endges of the top cards then tied around the ribbon and knotted it through a button to finish,

I stamped the poppy twice, cut one out then added it with a dimentioal dot to make it pop.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Two Jill

I used soft shades when using the promarkers to colour the image I tried to match with the pretty papers and satin ribbon.
I used the Martha Stewart Flourish edger punch at each side of the image.

Attention to detail...

Soft colours work really well on toddler images don't be afraid of leaving white parts when shading.

Keeping all of the colours matching

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Love You - Shy Valentine Nessa

Shy Valentine Nessa is a digi stamp drawn by Mo Manning you can find her here.
I coloured her with Promarkers and then cut around her.
White base card layered with a cm smaller deep red, the hearts (nestabilities) scalloped white and plain deep red card, layered and a white ribbon tied around, I glued a few clear iridescent hearts at opposite corners and wrote the wording on the bottom right corner then finished by adding 3 flat back pearls.

Attention to detail...

Arghhhh black hair, I got this result using Promarkers, black, ice grey 5, ice grey 3 and a bit of the ink essentials white gel pen.

Don't be afraid to add your own hand writing to the front of a card, it adds character.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Valentines Day is Coming - Free Downloads

Its only 1 Month to Valentines Day so I thought I'd better get designing and spreading a little love of my own to you wonderful crafters to help you all on your way to making the cards for the event, it is my way of showing how much I appreciate all of the support you give me here at my blog, the comments you all leave really make my day.
Thank you.

You are free to use my sheets for personal use but please do not share, alter, claim them as your own or sell them, instead link back to my blog for people to download them.
They are copyright protected.
Just click on the images and this will bring them to full size on your screen then save it to your computer.
The sheet will print to a normal size A4 sheet, once saved to your computer double click on the file then from the top menu on your computer click, file then print this will then print out the image

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Terrible Twos - Two Toby

I'm praying that Jack my Grandson will skip this stage ha ha.
This is Two Toby, a Digi Stamp. It is a downloadable image that you print from your computer.
Mo Manning has created a set of Two's boys and girls from that wonderful age that captures the strops they take just perfectly. Coloured with Promarkers.
Two ovals one scalloped the other plain, sentiment printed on the computer.

Two Tone ribbon tied into a bow