Friday, 30 November 2012

Shimmering Card with Letraset Markers

I love to try out my markers on different card stock and paper and today I wanted to show you the results on a shimmer card stock, you would think you would loose the effect of a luxurious shimmer but in fact in enhances it.
I used the Christmas 5 Promarker + 1 Metallic packs of pens in Contemporary and Traditional and you will see for yourself the result.
Cool wintery colours and a silver metallic pen to add some pop.
Silk ribbon from Ribbon Carousel
and a close up to show the card still shimmers through the colour.

Next up is the Traditional Pack
Warming colours with a Metallic Gold.
Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel

Again a close up of the shimmer shining through the colour

All in All I think you'll agree it is gorgeous.
I have a set of each of these to give away, winners will be chosen from comments left, pop over to the Letraset Blog and leave a comment and you’ll have two chances of winning.
Jak x

Eleanor Praying in Monotones

It is coming up to my Mother In laws birthday and she will be the ripe young age of 80 so I need to get my thinking cap on for a card for her and I thought I’d start with this one.

It’s not just Eleanor that's praying because I’m doing some praying of my own that I’m as good as my Mother In Law when I hit 80 years of age.

Eleanor Praying by Just Inklined is such a gorgeous image that I think she may just be what I need.

Coloured with Copic Markers and blended with Pan Pastels.


I added a touch of elegance with a real silk swatch of material and lace and ribbon from Ribbon Carousel and a gorgeous button from Dainty Paperie 


Do you think this will do the trick?

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Great Impressions and RC Blog Hop!

The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates are teaming up with the talented designers from Great Impressions to bring you a blog hop overflowing with crafty goodness!

We got to play some super fun stamps from Great Impressions AND some ribbon and twine from the Ribbon Carousel, of course!  

 I've used Dotted Winter Tree stamp image and True Joy of the Season sentiment stamp from Great Impressions and Silk Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel
I used Pan Pastels to colour, papers from my stash, Memory box dies and a pretty stick pin.

Here’s a little about our sponsor:

Deone and her husband Ken started Great Impressions in 1984. They started their journey by doing craft shows around the country and then in the 90's decided to sell wholesale. After that they decided to start selling in small retail stores and the original "Stamp of the Month" was born. The next step was opening an online website so that purchasing Great Impressions stamps would be even easier which is where the company is today. We hope that you will visit our website and our blog where we feature a new DT project each day and have a monthly challenge.

Now, lets talk prizes!   

Hop along with us today and leave some blog love for our Ribbon Carousel Crewmates and the The Great Impressions DT to be eligible to win one of the 2 prizes up for grabs!  We'll select 2 random commenters from 2 randomly selected designer blog, so be sure to spread the love around!

The Great Impressions prize is a $25 Gift Certificate, and the RC prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the RC store

Ready to Hop?!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Clearly Besotted Stamp Winner

I nearly forgot to draw a winner for the Clearly Besotted Stamp Winter Jasmine, my head has been so full of cold that I simply forgot, that is the downside to my meds, I just can't fight off infections, hence a cold bug lasts forever.

So without further ado the winner of

Winter Jasmin is

June Nelson said...

Wow Jak its beautiful and what a gorgeous little cutie too just love it hunnie big huggies

June xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

22 November 2012 06:35

Please contact me with your details June and I'll pop the stamp in the post for you.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Floods in the North East of England–Ragged

Well it has been a cold wet dank week in my little part of the world, floods during the night kept our fire service busy and my daughter partner could get out of their estate so hopefully the worst is over.

As I’m feeling a little ragged this weekend with the dreaded cold bug I thought Ragged Maggie by Mo’s Digital Pencil would be quite an apt image for me.

I have to say although she is named Ragged Maggie she is the sweetest little thing isn’t she?

Ragged Maggie1

She’s as snug as a bug in a rug, Coloured with Copic markers and Prisma Pencils, Ribbons and twine from Ribbon Carousel and Harvest Lane by Simple Stories paper kit

Ragged Maggie2

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Letraset Metallic Marker Winner

Wow so many entries for this and I know the winner will be thrilled with them.


As they are water soluble you are going to be able to create loads of different techniques as well as be able to use them to write sparkly messages inside your Christmas cards.

Thank you to all that entered and shared the blog candy over the world wide web.

the winner is ……

BloggerJudi said...

What a GREAT tutorial Jak,really helpful!
Thanks SO much for the chance to win some of these pens, they look really cool.

19 November 2012 18:03

Congrats Judy, if you can contact me with your details I will forward them to Letraset to send you your prize.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Snorer Sufferers

As some of you know I was once at my wits end with my husband Chris snoring, I used to lie in bed praying for him to stop, I even got quite tearful, night after night, week after week, month after month and year after year, it was relentless. I would shout at him during the night, I would sometimes hop into bed with my daughter to try to grab a little sleep.
It was just as bad for him too as he was constantly tired too, the trouble was he didn't just snore but he also held his breath, my pains would flare and we were a right grumpy pair.
Eventually he agreed to get checked out at the sleep clinic and after a few checks it came to light that he had sleep apnea, his oxogyn levels were dangerously low during the night due to not breathing and holding his breath.
They decided he needed a CPap machine for sleeping. Basically a mask for when he sleeps that produces positive pressure to keep his airways open.
Guess what? It really works, he goes on a regular basis to have the machine serviced and we even take it on holiday with us, it's like his bible, he panics if we have a power cut.
This is the machine and mask, he has been using his for years now, this is a new one after his old one went in for a service and this one is totally silent, the old one just had a low hum but never kept me awake.
So if your partner snores so bad it keeps you awake and has you both totally shattered, get them along to the doctors and referred to the sleep clinic.
Sweet dreams.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Winter Jasmine–Clearly Besotted Stamps

I stumbled upon a new stamp company and I have to say they have some gorgeous stamps.

I’m using Winter Jasmine on my card today, Stephanie from Clearly Besotted Stamps has kindly given me the same stamp to do a blog candy with. I have to say that they stamp clean and crisp and are brilliant to work with.



Coloured with Copic markers and Prisma pencils and teamed with papers from a stack i got from Ribbon Carousel.

I also used some icicle stickles for fur and ice and a Martha Stewart Edge punch.


All you need to do to enter the blog Candy is pop over to the store here and subscribe to her news letter then leave me a comment below.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What a Whopper–Tall Cake

Laced with Vodka too, now that is some serious baking going on.

The Vodka Cake Recipe has been doing it’s rounds on Facebook so I thought it would be the perfect accompaniment for my image today.

My image Tall Cake is by Mo’s digital Pencil is simply dripping with ice frosting in pink blue and lemon and sparkled up with a bit of glitter.tall cake1

I’m using this for an adult card so I thought the Vodka Cake recipe would be very apt, dotted papers in icing colours velvet lace and twine from Ribbon Carousel and a button from my stash and layered up in true cake fashion onto a Kraft base card.

tall cake2

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fall Spirit challenge–Ribbon Carousel Crew

Today the girls from Ribbon Carousel are doing a reminder Fall themed challenge and you could win a Ribbon Carousel of your own so be sure to join in here

For my Card I picked Kai from Mo’s Digital Pencil the Crushed ribbon and the Vintage seam binding ribbon from Ribbon Carousel


I coloured the image with Copic markers then framed it with punched out leaves and coloured them with Pan Pastels.


Now don’t be scared and hop over and see the rest of the Crews cards

RC badge crew

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Marker Giveaway–Letraset

Just a couple more days before I do the giveaway so don't miss out especially as it is coming up to Christmas.
These Markers will be perfect for your Christmas projects.
Shiney pretty colours
All in a bubble wrap
To enter go to my post from Friday here

Sunday, 18 November 2012

After Eight Cottage

So this is After Eight Cottage purely because it’s full of them.


The After Eight Mint chocolates can be slipped out at the bottom of the door. The are perfect for this being individually wrapped.


I made a fence and a double gate from a Martha Stewart punch so there is entry to the chocolates.


I added the house on top of a board and covered it with a snow sheet and bought a tree ornament of a Christmas tree and wrapped it in fairy lights.

I’ve been a keen follower of Creations by AR for such a long time now and way way back made her Haute Tote Bags and thought this time I would give the Tea Cottage a twist to it’s tail.


Of course as there is lights we had to have a night scene picture and all the photos are courtesy of my wonderful husband Chris.


Honest I've only eaten one of the chocolates and that was purely because it fell in my mouth.

I think you’ll agree these design templates are amazing from Creations by AR 

~ All templates, cut files and digital images are downloadable products.

~ Your purchase includes the following formats: PDF, SVG, DXF (unless noted otherwise).

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Brighten up your life this Autumn!

There is nothing worse than a dark, bleak winter to make you feel all gloomy. However, I have spotted a great competition from Flowers Direct that will brighten up your day.


The lovely people at Flowers Direct are giving away 4 x £50 Flowers Direct vouchers presenting you with the chance to win a gorgeous bunch of flowers that you can use to add colour to your living room or as a gift for a loved one (or someone you hope will become a loved one!)

For your chance to win all you need to do is head over to Flowers Direct on Google+ (link to: , pop them in your circle and +1 one of their posts. Easy peasy!

Good luck! Don’t forget, if you are lucky enough to win, remember to shout that you heard about the competition here

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Making your images Pop with Letraset

I've always been a firm believer that you do not need to stick to one medium for your art work, mixing and matching can make your images pop off the page and add new dimension's to what would be a flat looking image.

At the moment Metallic Marks have 20% off so there couldn't be a better time to stock up on some of them.

here is how I used both ProMarker and Metallic Markers on the image. you can click on the image to enlarge it.


I think you'll agree the end result is gorgeous.

I'm giving away a set of the metallic Markers All you need to do is leave me a comment to enter and spread the word so tell all your friends.

Oh yes, if you also leave a comment on the  Letraset Blog you will have two chances of winning.

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Just Inklined Cd Digital Stamp Resizing Tutorial

Since the Launch of The Best of Just Inklined 2012 we have been asked how to resize the images and how to print more than 1 on a page. This tutorial will take you through step by step showing you how to get to the images and get them to work best for you.
An easy tutorial showing how to open up your digital stamp in word allowing you to resize and manage the images with ease.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Dream Team Blog Hop of the Month–Gifts

Its that time of the month when the Mo’s Dream Team come together and do a special project to give you a little inspiration and hopefully some Oooo’s and Awes along the way
Mos Hop Banner
This Months theme for the Blog Hop is A card with a little gift inside and Kerttu is our host and that is where the blog hop begins.
You should have landed here from Pops blog.
I decided to make a tea light gift card and boy did I have fun getting it right.
I used the Snowman digi image from Mo’s Digital Pencil for my project.
The easel card folds down behind the tea light box
The image is coloured with Copic markers and prisma pencils.
It was embellished with Stampin Up papers and border stickers and gems from Meiflower and die cut flowers and holly, ribbon was from Ribbon Carousel and button from Dainty Paperie 
Next up is Gretha and I know she’ll have something amazing to show you
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there is a couple of spot prizes on comments left
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