Monday 30 November 2009

Coexist - Fur Fear

I have to say this is one of the scariest projects I have done the digi image is by Mo Manning and is called Coexist and doesn't it just make you say "awe"?
Well I have been dying to give this one a go but I have a fur fear, no not really, just the thought of how to tackle colouring it sent me in a spin. I wasn't going to let it beat me so here is my result.
Teamed with 2 pretty papers a ribbon and a button to finish.

Attention to detail...

So I thought I would give the attention to detail to the fur.

I did colour with Promarkers but I just wasn't getting the effect that i was after so I remembered what Jim Harker (artist for La Pashe) told me.

He said "there is no law against mixing mediums" so that is exactly what I did, I used watercolour pencils on top of the Promarkers and I have to say that I am quite chuffed with the result

I'd love to hear your comments on this one, I love reading them

Sunday 29 November 2009

Jordan Multitasking - Joint Effort

Can you remember Lauren? "eldest daughter, Mother of Jack" well from being old enough to pick stuff up she has always had to have a try of everything she saw, as she got older I was always threatening to chop her fingers off if she touched my craft stash and I thought she would grow out of it "but"no!
This time she asked if she could colour in one of my digi stamps from Digital Pencil too as Jack lay sleeping on Friday afternoon I asked what she was going to colour it in with and she pointed gingerly to my Promarker stash, I said she could but only if she returned each one to when she got the from as I have them all in order.
I was so impressed that I thought it warranted a card being made.

Now I think the girl did good, first try of Promarkers too, it just goes to show that you don't need to be an expert when teamed with a good image by Mo and a set of Promarkers.

Last Chance - Gingerbread Man Stamps

It is the last chance today to enter the draw to win the Gingerbread Man stamps from Waltzing Mouse stamps, Claire Brennan donated 4 of the stamps for a very worthy cause. click here for details on how to enter.

Saturday 28 November 2009

Friend to Friend

A chocolate card base and pretty paper and some cream card embossed using the Victoria A2 Cuttlebug folder.

Attention to detail...

A fancy paper fold with a double sided paper, a diagonal concertina fold.

The flower was a mishap, I cut off the stem and the centre bud dropped out so I used a bead and a gold finding to replace it.

Paper- Bella Bleu (Stampin Up), Card - Papermill Shop

Embossing - Victoria A2 Folder (Cuttlebug), Stamp - Stampin Up

Nestabilities Tags, Ribbon, Flower and findings - My stash

Thursday 26 November 2009

Christmas Reindeer

This card was made for work, well sort of, I was trying to explain the uses of Versamark ink to a work collegue, explaining that you can use it as a watermark or use embossing powder with it and said I was do a couple of samples, so I did the samples of each then got carried away in making this one into a card.
After cutting the layers of patterned paper I distressed the edges with a red distress ink and a sponge.

Attention to detail...

The ribbon is a two toned ribbon in red and green from a local Craft shop.

You can see on the image below how I picked out the dotted swirl from the patterned paper and used stickles glitter glue to make it pop, you can aslo see the green nailhead at the edge of the punched out point.

Stamp - Papermania

Patterned Paper- Graphic 45

Border Punch -Martha Stewart

embelishments - Stickles Glitter glue and nail head gems from my stash

Card - Papermill shop

Ink - Ranger Distress Ink Red Brick

Tea Towel Winners

The 5 lucky ladies that win a Tea Towel each from All Tea Towels are...

hmm, it's a toss up between the naughty cat under the tree and the Twelve Days of Christmas!!

I can't believe there are so many to choose from. The nostalgia ones are great but then I was torn between the Owls and Fashion Victim. SO I'm going for one of the ones you've shown - Hand Wash Only - so appropriate. Thanks for letting us know about these wonderful products. Kim x

Anne Marie
Wow these tea towels are fab and I got ideas for Stocking filler gifts on just about every page!! My favourite has to be the one witht he Border collie on it. It just looks so like my SIL's collie. would make a great gift for her if I was to win it. Not fliipin likely though - lol!! Love the wrapping idea too Jak!!

Hi Jak,Your log is a smashing idea- it looks so good. I had a lovely time going through the tea towels and to my surprise I found out it's only approx 15 miles from where I live- small world and all that!! Hard to choose a favourite, probably the form-ewe-la-one which I would give to my daughter-in-law as she's besotted with it, or the gorgeous Rennie MacIntosh design for myself!Hugs,Trish

What a fab idea for a christmas pressie, had a look and there are many favourites!! If I had to choose one though it would be the penguins on ice drinking tea, how cute!Thanks for showing us them, Louise x

Well done Ladies please email me with your final choice of which Tea Towel you would like and I will forward the details to Al at All Tea Towels

For those of you that haven't yet visited Al's shop head over there now you still have plenty of time to buy them to give as Christmas Presents

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Christmas Robins

I can't claim fame for this fun card, it was a make and take from Joanne at Mainly Flowers, all of the components and instructions were added into a Stampin Up order from her to make up.

You can see from this photo that the Robin was made with a circle punch the redbreast is another punched circle punched again to remove part of the circle, the wing and beak is the petal of a pointed flower and a google eye to finish. Legs are hand drawn.

Die Cut Winners

And the winners are

No.3 Nicola Jolliffe No.12 Merry

Ladies please contact me with you address details at and I will send out the Flippin Christmas Die Cut decoupage sheets to you both.

These are the cards I have created with the In memory of Layton Digi Stamps.

Now it is your turn to show me the wonderful cards you have created

I have a Mr Linky at the bottom of this, it is below the Add to Cart button, All you need to do is click on it and leave the URL link to the card/cards you have made with the Digi stamps

Add the URL to your card in the Mr Linky I will leave this on untill Sunday 22nd I will then draw 2 winners to receive from La Pashe a full set of the Flippin Christmas DIE CUT Decoupage.
Competition is now closed

Competition is now closed

Sunday 22 November 2009

Trendy Trees - Stampin Up

A card made with the Trendy trees Stamp set by Stampin Up.
I was actually sitting in my craft room testing out a new light fitting whilst making this card.

Did you know that you can get a Daylight Strip Fitting light? I didn't until around a week ago.
It looks like a slimline fluorescent tube and it isn't at all expensive, A 4 foot slimline tube for around £6 I took this picture of the card under the same light, very impressed with it.

Attention to Detail...

I punched the border from the same Kraft card that I used for the base then used the reverse side of the paper and cut a strip and glued this across the top of the border, I then tied a green ribbon around it before stamping the sentiment then stuck this near the bottom of the card.

I left a bit of interest by leaving one of the trees bare, the leaves and the trunks of the trees are separate in this set.

I used a Koi water brush to drag some of the colour from the base of the trunks to add shadow then topped with a bit of glitter to add a bit of bling.


Stamps, from Stampin Up (Trendy Trees)

Papers, Stampin Up (Bella Bleu)

Tools, Stamp a jig Stampin Up, Border Punch Marths Stewart (Drippy Goo)

Card, Papertrey Ink (Kraft Card)

Flight of the Butterfly - Stampin Up

A new Stamp set from Stampin Up, Flight of the Butterfly, cut out using the Butterfly Punch by Stampin Up, the 5 flower corner punch is by Punch Bunch and can be found at The Frantic Stamper.

Attention to detail...
More of that cotton laced ribbon and a pearly button.

A touch of Stickles Glitter Glue here and there to add a bit of magic

Saturday 21 November 2009

Looking for Clues

I made a plain and simple card unlike the wonderful Image by Mo Manning, I love the way mo Captures poise and expression into her images.
Coloured with promarker and mounted onto a DL card the paper is from Papertrey Ink.

The button on the image is tied with a piece of leather cord the white buttons are slotted through a thin white ribbon.

I love this image I reckon it could be bath time for the Pet hence the disappearance.

I have so many things happening on this blog at the moment I would hate for you to miss

I have a place for you to add the cards you made with the digi stamps you got In Memory of Layton and you could win a prize for linking them see here it ends this Sunday 22nd

There is also a chance of winning a Linen Tea Towel of your choice and there is some real fun one that could make the perfect stocking filler see here it ends Wednesday 25th November.

You also have the chance of winning one of 4 Waltzing Mouse stamps for a £1 donation to Meningitis Search for a Vaccine Campaign see here for details.

There is still time to get 2 fantastic Digital Stamps In Memory of Layton see here a £4 donation and all of the proceeds go to the Meningitis Campaign.

Friday 20 November 2009

Meningitis Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign.

I have a wonderful friend named Claire Brennan Who designs her own Clear stamps over at Waltzing Mouse Stamps who has given me 4 of her Stamp sets to raise more pennies for Meningitis Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign.

After wondering how best to raise the money both Claire and I decided that doing a draw would be the best way forward. I have 2 EACH OF THE FOLLOWING STAMP SETS which you could win 1 of by adding a £1 donation to the fundraising

For those that are new to my blog and don't know the story of Layton John Cleaver my nieces beautiful baby boy you can read about it here

This is a couple of the projects Claire made with these stamps

How to add you donation is simple all you have to do is head over to Kim and David's site here and make a donation of £1 and in the message box write Gingerbread Stamps at Jak's Blog then come back here and add your name to the Mr Linky's link use this URL in the space provided on Mr Linky's

You can also add your £1 via PayPal just click the add to cart button below.

Add to Cart

Good Luck everyone, I will make the draw on 27th November and 4 lucky donators will receive 1 of the Clear Polymer stamp sets on their doorsteps in time for Christmas

Thursday 19 November 2009

Project of the Month Blog Hop - Precipitation Inspiration

This is the 2nd of the Monthly Project Blog Hops for Mo's Dream Team

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.

The Theme for this month was from Mel McCarthy and is Precipitation Inspiration

I decided straight away that Duck Day would be my Image

I made a penny slide card and drew a cloud and lightening flash to stick on top of the penny slide this slides all the way around the circle.

This image shows how I used Foam pads to lift the front circle and front aperture from the base card, this was so the penny slide could move freely around the card.

Close up view of coloured Duck Day image


Tools Circle Cutter & nestabilities

Colours Promarkers; Ice Grey 1-5, Powder Blue, Berry Red, Blush, Sunkissed Pink, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Buttercup

Embellishments; Paper rose ribbon and button

Papers and card; Stampin Up

Digi Stamp, Digital Pencil Too

The next in line you must visit is Kerttu she is sure to have something inspirational up her sleeve.

Then the next on the list is Mina & I know her project is way cute

If you get lost along the way don't worry there is a list of all of the Dream team on my side bar.


If you are still hungering for more drop by Mo's challenge team blog they also have a new challenge today