Thursday 29 April 2010

The Prom Dress

I love this dress stamp by Inkadinkado it got me thinking of proms I can see this dress hanging in my daughter wardrobe in pure raw red silk.
Stamp inkadinkado, border punch Martha Stewart, back ground Stamps Stampin Up, red and gold card and a bit of love to put it all together.

Attention to detail...

Gold trim from haberdashery shop to edge the card.

French Script back ground stamp by Stampin Up heat embossed with gold detail powder.

Can you remember this?
this was Natalie my daughter on the Eve of her Prom.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Mother to be 2

With this wonderful Mother to Be 2 image by Mo Manning I tried to be a little more daring and coloured the image with black skin tones with the Promarkers, this was a first for me and i have to say that I am quite pleased with the results, the pretty papers were in a set I bought from QVC , buttons bows and blossom and a oval pin to make the card and a bit of love to put it together.

Attention to detail...

the ribbon is tied into a pretty bow then the blossom stem was wrapped around the centre of the bow to keep it in place, finally the oval pearl pin secures the bow to the card by pinning it through the ribbon and down the back of the background paper.

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Studio Sketches

I don't know what is is about these sketches but I just think that they ooze Tuscany, they are one of the hostess gift sets from Stampin Up mini catalogue and as soon as I saw then I new that I had to have the stamp set.

Attention to detail...

I stamped the focal image onto kraft card and coloured it with Promarkers then distressed the edges of the card to give it a rustic look.

Monday 26 April 2010

A Little Birdie Told me...

For this card I used cream and pink card, Bella Toile background stamp and pale plum ink pad and the 2 in 1 bird punch (all from Stampin Up) Martha Stewart Border punch (Doily Lace) die - cut flowers, Nestabilities Label dies cream ribbon and flowers from Wild orchid Crafts.

Lastly a bit of love to put it all together
Attention to detail...
Using the same background stamp Bella Toile from Stampin Up and the same pale plum ink pad I stamped both the cream and the pink card so that the theme was carried throughout the card.
I used the Martha Stewart (doily Lace) border punch on the pink card and finished by tying a cream ribbon on top.

I used the same background stamp on the wing of the bird and a little gem to dot the eye.

Sunday 25 April 2010

Blue Eyed Boy - Jack 23rd April

Jack is tiring himself out with all the crawling he is doing, he tends to give in to sleep much better now and just falls asleep on the floor, so we just cover him over to keep the drafts off him and to be honest with you he is so lively when he is awake you wouldn't dare let him sleep on the sofa in case he rolls off.

So onto the blue eyed boy picture.
Mmmmm he just melts his Grans heart...

Card and Blog Candy Winner

The winner of the Bird bath card from yesterday is...

Regina said...
Jak!!!! I´m very sure your mom will love your card and will ask the stamp just for doing some more cards!!!! My mom also did this. :)))) Your card is so gorgeous and your coloring is absolutely amazing.
Have a wonderful week end.
24 April 2010 06:03

The Winner of the Promarker Blog Candy is...

Ronnie said...
Wow, what amazing blog candy! I have never tried them before, but would love the chance! I posted a pic/link of your blog candy on my blog:

I am also a follower.

You have an awesome blog!

Congratulations to both ladies, if you could both contact me with your details I will forward your prizes to you.

Lastly I would like to sincerely thank everyone that took part in this, all of you comments were awesome and meant so much to me.

Thanks again.

Saturday 24 April 2010

Promarker Blog Candy - ends 24th April

I have some wonderful candy to give away to 1 lucky winner.
The prize is 2 sets of the promarkers and a handy wallet to keep them organised.
here for details

Spring has Sprung Bird Bath

The winner of yesterday clean Teal card is...
Paula said...
I really am having an educational tour - this is absolutely stunning, so elegant & classy. I'm coming back for more.
Paula (PEP)
23 April 2010 23:04
Congratulations Paula, if you send me an email with your details on, I will pop the card in the post for you.
There is a little story behind today's card, when I first started to make cards many many years ago both myself and my Mam fell in love with this stamp it is by PSX and called Bird Bath, I decided not long after buying the stamp that I was giving up crafting as my girls were toddling and I had nowhere safe to keep my craft stash out of little girls reach.
I actually sold all of my stash (scary) then maybe a year later I was missing crafting so much that I started again but of course I no longer had this stamp.
Today my Mam came visiting and brought with her a bag of stamps which she no longer used and this little beauty was in the bag, I know that my Mam often visits my blog so I have a feeling that she may want this stamp back ha ha (too late Mam it's mine now).
I coloured the stamp image with Promarkers then used the Nestabilities Ovals to cut it out and also some scallop ovals in aqua and lemon. I used the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder to emboss the aqua background card and added a matching striped paper to the left side of this. lots of matting and layering, some pearls and ribbon and a bit of love to put it together.

If you would like to win this card please leave me a comment and I will do a draw for it.

Friday 23 April 2010

Clean Teal Card

And the winner of the Spring Fairy Puddle card is ...

Suzanne said...
A brilliant card. The image is fantastic and I love the way you've made the frog look like he's jumping of the page - really lifelike - brilliant
Suzanne x
22 April 2010 10:30
If you would like to drop me a line with your details on I'll pop it in the post for you.
So on to today's card
Ooooo the power of masking tape, I started the card by masking off a strip along the top and the bottom of a piece of card then using teal ink and a sponge I blended the ink into the centre of the card, using the same ink I stamped the flourish from the silent night stamp set (Papertrey Ink) and stamped around the edges of the blended centre. After removing the masking tape I embossed both top and bottom of the card with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 embossing folder.
I stamped a sentiment from Stampin Up and used the circle punch to cut it out.
After that a bit of matting a layering and a ribbon and a couple of charms were added.

If you would like to have this card then please leave me a comment and I'll do a draw for it.

Thursday 22 April 2010

Spring Puddle Fairy

The winner of the beautiful Blooms card from yesterday is...
Anne said...
Brilliant card Jak, love how that little bit of colour lifts the whole card to make it a stunner. Hugs x
21 April 2010 08:57
Congratulations Anne, if you send me an email with your details I will pop it in the post for you.

On to todays card
Spring Puddle fairy

Spring Fairy Puddle is a digi image by the uber talented Mo Manning and can be bought from Digital Pencil Too.

Coloured with Promarkers and stickles glitter glue added to the wings and the frog cut out using the Nestabilities Circle Dies, paper is from Basic Grey & the leaves are from a sizzix Bigz flower die, pearls added as bubbles and put together with a bit of love.

If you would like to have this card please leave me a comment and I'll do a draw for it.

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Beautiful Blooms Card

The winner of yesterdays card is

My'scardcorner said...
This is so classy Jak love the colours.
If you would like to email me your details Myra I will pop the card in the post for you.

On to the card for today...

Mostly white with a splash of promarker colour.

White card, stamped with the Beautiful Blooms Stamp set by PTI then coloured with promarkers the sentiment is from a Stampin Up sentiment stamp set, white ribbon, white speciality paper from Stampin Up and some pretty die cut flower ribbon from local shop.

If you would like to have this card please leave me a comment and I will do a draw for it.

Tuesday 20 April 2010

As lovely as a Green Tree

The winner of the Cinderella card is...
Sheila - Ginger said...

Oh what a cute card Jak...I love the image and the colours you have used. Just perfick!
Love Sheila xx
Sheila if you could email me with your details I'll pop the card in the post for you.

On to todays card
Clean and fresh in moss shades.

I used Nestabilities labels to emboss the front of the card then cut out a smaller label shape and stamped it using the Lovely as a tree stamp set by Stampin Upinked with a mellow moss ink pad. I used the same ink to add some shading to the edge of the label die and the edge of the card to make it pop.
I added a green moss sheer ribbon and tied it around the card and into a bow at the front left side of the card.
The sentiment was stamped then punched out using the word punch by Stampin Up
If you would like to have this card leave me a comment and I'll do a draw for it.

Monday 19 April 2010

Cinderella Digi Stamp

Yesterday's card winner is...
Cath x
Wow, i adore the colours on this card, totally yummy!
18th April 2010 07:15
If you could drop me an email with your details on hun I'll drop it in the post for you.

On to today's card

This reminds me so much of my 2 girls when they were children, they were never happier that helping me with the housework, in fact Natalie had a little toy iron and ironing board that she used to drag out, she always got the tea towels and the dusters to iron whilst I got the dreaded shirts, ha ha.
I shaped the corners of the white card with a circle punch, I just judged a quarter circle cut by turning the punch upside down so that I could see where it would punch out the card.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and then stamped the white image with red ink, tiny flower stamp and a fancy border stamp. 4 pearls 1 in each corner a couple of pretty ribbons, faux stitching around the card with a white gel pen, a Prima flower and a bit of love went into making the card.

Cinderella is one of many digi stamp images by Mo Manning it can be purchased at Digital Pencil Too.

If you would like this card leave me a comment and I'll do a draw for it.

Sunday 18 April 2010

Tranquility - Boat Scene

Tranquility at its best.

Teal and Kraft Card and Espresso and Ocean tides ink pads, button and twine and twill tape a bit of blending, a boat scene stamp, Nestabilities label dies an argyle embossing folder and a water brush all helped to make this card.

Most of the image was water coloured but for those eagle eyed amongst you, you will see the edging to the Argyle Embossed Kraft card and the shading below the boats, this was both done with Promarkers.
The Boat scene stamp has no maker on the side of it, it was bought a few years ago at a craft fair. The other stamps (Compass and round swirls ) are from the Father Knows best stamp set by PTI.

If you would like this card leave me a comment and I'll do a draw for it.

Saturday 17 April 2010

NOW CLOSED _ Promarker Blog Candy

I have some wonderful candy to give away to 1 lucky winner.
As you know I love working with promarkers so I thought this is the prize that I would love to win if I'd never tried them.
The prize is 2 sets of the promarkers and a handy wallet to keep them organised.

Set 1 colours: Pastel Yellow, Pastel Pink, Blush, Ivory, Apricot, Orange, Terracotta, Grass, Sky Blue, Pastel Blue
Set 2 colours: Cool Aqua, Poppy Red, Henna, Dusky Pink, Sandstone, Saffron, Petrol Blue, Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 4, Black.
A Letraset Wallet you can customise your own pallet. It holds up to 24 ProMarkers.
I bet you are wondering just what you need to do to win this candy.

Firstly spread the word about the Blog Candy, that means add the details and a link back to this on your website or blog and leave me a comment with a link to where it is, if you dont have either of these contact me via email.
Secondly, leave a comment on every card that I show this week.
This is the only way to win.

Good luck everyone, I'm sure that whoever wins this will be just as thrilled with these as I am.
I will close the Blog Candy Draw on Saturday 24th April

Friday 16 April 2010

Vintage card - Ophelia

My first love when I started card making was/is vintage, I love the soft muted tones, the romance and the dreaminess of a by gone era. This stamp is called Ophelia, for those that don't know Ophelia is a Character in Hamlet wrote by William Shakespeare and she fell in love with Hamlet and was so rejected by him that she went insane.
I used olive green and wine coloured ink, pretty cherry blossoms a text stamp by Stampin Up and a bit of love to finish the card.

Attention to detail...

A close up of Ophelia, distressed edges, notebook spiral punch used too, you can see the vines in the bottom right corner, just very thin pieces of card wrapped around my tweezers into a spiral shape.

I found the most pretty ribbon in my local haberdashery, hearts, shear ribbon and beads, what more could I ask for?

Glorious Day

This is Jacks first sit on grass, it is my neighbours garden as we don't have grass in ours, he giggled every time his little hands touched the grass.
We went out for a stroll this morning then after dinner he got to play on the grass.
I got a vidoe took of him trying to crawl and if I can work out how to upload it from my phone I'll add it later.

Children love to be out and about, they are so much happier in the fresh air.

Slimming Thread

I have had a really bad week of should that be naughty week ha ha.
I always start the week with good intentions.
I did go the the Slimming World club and I did loss 1/2lb but really it was more down to luck.
I really struggle for main dinners only me on the diet and the others in the house not wanting slimming foods (sigh), but I have to get back on track this week, so if you have a favorite none fat Dinner you make please let me know in the comments.

Thursday 15 April 2010

Project of the Month Blog Hop - Buttons

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 Hop is starting with Cheryl this month & the theme is Buttons

Smell the flowers with Baby Fairy Flora she can be purchased from Digital Pencil Too, would she make the perfect card for a little girl or even from a little girl to send to someone?
I coloured her with Promarkers, added pretty papers a piece of lace, BUTTONS, Pearls and ribbon and finished with a bit of love.

Attention to detail...

A blossom made with scalloped circles spritzed with water and scrunched into tiny balls then opened up carefully and layed to one side to dry, once dry I threaded a narrow ribbon through all of the circled and threaded on my first button as the centre of the flower then tied the ribbon into a bow.

My second button you will need to look closely for as it is a pink tinted glass flower, i popped a pearl on top to make it a little easier to see and some punched foliage behind it.

Be sure to pop over to Liza next I just know she will have something amazing to show you.
If you get lost along the way I have a full list of the Design Team on my side bar.