Saturday 30 June 2012

Saturday Treat

I have been ever so good lately, I can't remember the last time I had chocolate or sweets, I decided to choose my food wisely, making the right choices, I'm not calling it a diet because I panic at the word itself, I've not weighed myself because if when I check my weight I've lost I think that deserves a treat and if I gain I do the same for comfort.

Saturday is however treat day, not chocolate bars or sweets but a mahousive steak, medium rare with potatoe wedges and stuffed mushroom. Absolute bliss.

Sunshine After the Newcastle Floods

Well it was sunshine best part of today but you can bet your bottom dollar there would will be a massive clean up in progress, I think it’s all the rain that must have inspired me to get this made.

Duck Days by Just Inklined 

Duck Days

Such a sweet image with Mother Duck tending to her young.

Coloured with Promarkers, gold, tan, sandstone, chestnut, apricot and tea green, all available via Letraset 

Duck Days2

Pearls from Mei Flower, Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel and oval Dies from Spellbinders 

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Thursday 28 June 2012

Floods in the Northeast (Newcastle)

Jeepers we had some weather going on in Tyne and Wear, late afternoon the sky turned black at work, we all even went outside to look at the sky, it was weird, so heavy.

These are some of the latest pictures from our area.

Tyne Bridge


Over Newcastle


Metro trouble


Stay safe my friends.

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Behind Closed Doors–The Bar

Another Behind Closed Doors by La Pashe  to wet your decoupage appetite

This one is the bar scene

behind Closed Doors bar

All I did for the background is used an 8 x 8 card and draw some bricks in a black fineliner.

The holly is from some Christmas twine that I bought at Asda last year and the bell is from a loca haberdashery

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Wednesday 27 June 2012

Girl with Sign - Make your own sentiment

This is a great way to add the sentiment of your choice, it doesn’t even have to be posh writing, in scrapbooking I was always in the frame of thinking that if you hand wrote your journaling someone is more likely to read it, I think that would work here too.
I love pink and green together it make such a sweet card.
My headache is subsiding into a dull ache after numerous steaming. Thank Goodness.
Hair is cut neat and tidy again another thank goodness.
My hospital appointment today was with the skin specialist for my psoriasis, I used to go to these appointment in absolute bits, worrying what treatment I would get next, not really liking the specialist that I was under, I used to get very weepy feeling that he didn’t listen or have a clue to my feelings.
However this year I was given a new doctor after a change around in the department, I can say with hand on heart he is the best in the country, no more worries before I see him, he listens and he explains and he chats to me as a person not a number, he asks my what I want and gives me options in treatment, he is one in a million so no more re shuffles please. The new nurse is lovely too, mind you the original nurses especially the sister were lovely, very kind.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Not Quite Steampunk

You know how it is, tablet after tablet, wanting to rip out an eye with the pain, staring at a computer all day as part of your job when all you want to do it lie in a dark room and sleep it off.
My headache started Saturday and know matter what I couldn't shake it off, Monday Morning came and I had a blind spot in my right eye, I got through a whole packet of Neurofen trying to shake off the pain, taking off my glasses and adding pressure to where it hurt most.
Rushing home knowing I was headed straight to bed, Chris made me dinner and I got back up, more tablets needed, and then I reached for my trusty friend.
A bit of steampunk and some menthol crystals then back to bed.
So this morning it is back to a dull ache, thankfully no work today, hairdressers at 1:30pm and hospital to see specialist after that.
I think another head steaming before I go.
Jak x

Monday 25 June 2012

Afternoon Stroll

You know how we all often say “If I won the lottery” well I have a genuine need of it, I  have had a dream for such a long long time of building my own home somewhere close to my heart.

My happiest childhood memories were spent in a colliery house just off the coal pit grounds, there were only 2 streets with 14 houses in each street, it was like a family, everyone looked out for each other.

The near by village children all used to head over to our street to play, we had so much to do, we had a hotspot which was where the pipes for the pit showers for the miners ran under the ground and it would warm up  the pavement so even when it was raining that hotspot ground would be dry, we all used to meet there especially on freezing cold days, we would sit on the ground and warm our bums it often got so hot we would take off our coats and sit on them to stop our bums from burning.

We had the pit pond, an Olympic size outdoor swimming pool run by the miners we learnt how to swim on a belt with a rope attached to the back, and once we had mastered the belt we would progress to the corner, this was a part of the pool were a guide would walk along the edge with a wooden pole while you were swimming across, when you got tired you grabbed onto the pole, so you see we had all the mod cons.

We had fields to play in, a park just at the top of the street, and a coast were the coal would be washed and sorted.

So back to my building a home, it is in a spot were I can see everything that I used to see out of my bedroom window.

This is where I would want it built. Just on the top bank near the three trees “sigh”

Window view1

I want you to see the view that I once had and the view that I would like to have again some day.

Just look at it that bit of coast was my play ground

Window view2

Oh how I dream

Window view4

On the other side is something I dearly love, our Lighthouse, I used to watching it blinking it’s green light in the dark from my bedroom window, I used to pray it would guide my brother home ( he was lost at sea while serving in the Merchant navy)

Window view3

So I have rambled on and on and I hope you’ll forgive me but I wanted to give you an insight into my dream.

Finally the light was fading and the rain started again so it was time to leave.

Window view

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Sunday 24 June 2012

Double Take–Saturated Canary

I’ve had a little break yesterday, I had a few things that needed my attention one of them being a card that I can’t show until August but I needed to make sure it was right before production started, so yes I was being crafty but just couldn’t show you.

However I did manage to get a card made today and though I say it myself it’s one that I am really pleased with.

The image is Double Take by Saturated Canary and isn’t she elegant?


I’d love a dress like that, mind you who am I kidding, I’d love a figure like that more ha ha!


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Saturday 23 June 2012

Flexmarker Winner

Hi Everyone, it was an amazing response for the Flexmarker giveaway and I can now announce the winner.


The winner is…

BloggerLady Anne said...

As always Jak, your card is beautifully made and the colouring is amazing, thank you for the new tutorial which I am about to go and view...
Love ~ Lady Anne xx

15 June 2012 10:54


Big congratulations, drop me an email titled Flexmarker winner with your details and I will get them in the post for you.

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Friday 22 June 2012

Baroque Christmas Tree–IndigoBlu

I got the most beautiful present from Kay at IndigoBlu on Wednesday.
It is the Baroque Christmas Tree, not only did she leave me her stamp but even the Slim Jim acrylic stamp block, I’d ordered the Flitter glitter glue and Mega flakes to use it but just couldn’t wait for it to arrive as I was itching to get it stamped.
And of course a little close up for you
I used fine detail White embossing powder then added a gem from Mei Flower here and there to accent the tree.
Just to Clarify, the background is stamped by using part of a flourish by Papertrey ink.
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Thursday 21 June 2012

Project of the Month–Mo’s Dream Team

Its that time of the month when the Mo’s Dream Team come together anddo a special project to give you a little inspiration and hopefully some Oooo’s and Awes along the way.

blog hop June

Months theme for the Blog Hop is Ethnic Skin Tones and Debbie is our host and that is where the blog hop begins.

you should have landed on my blog from Pops if not hop back to the beginning.

The Dream Team is made up with some of the most talented ladies so be sure to give them all a visit and leave us all a comment as there is a couple of spot prizes up for grabs.

This month I’m using the Wedding Couple from Mo’s Digital pencil 


I wanted to keep it pretty clean looking so that the main focus was on the image.


The perfect pair don’t you think?


Ribbon is a beautiful bridal silk ribbon from Ribbon Carousel, Spellbinders Cross and Oval diecuts and a prima blossom.

Next up you should now hop over to Gretha she’s super talented so she’ll have a fabulous design to show you.

Don’t forget to leave comments for the chance of a spot prize.

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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Behind Closed Doors and Tinsel Tots

Just a couple of cards from todays shows at Create and Craft I thought you’d like to see them close up.

Behind Closed Doors

behind Closed Doors tree

Tinsel Tots

Tinsel Tots

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New Products–La Pashe

Today I’m releasing the new products for la Pashe,

You can catch me today on Create and Craft and Ideal World

Wednesday 20th June 10am on Create and Craft

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813

Wednesday 20th June 2pm on Ideal world

Sky 644 | Freeview 22 | Virgin 747 | Freesat 812

You can also watch the shows online

Meet Tinsel Tots the cutest Tots on the block

TOTS fan small

we also have some more Traditional ones Behind Closed Doors

DOORS fan small

Tune in for some inspirational cards

Now if you want to get ahead grab this freebie, I’ll show you what to do with it on TV

room image

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Tuesday 19 June 2012

Back to basics

Hi everyone, just a note to remind you that me shows for La Pashe are tomorrow, I'm at Peterborough now sitting and relaxing before tomorrow.
I have a post set for the morning with peeks of what I will be demoing and times and links. I also have a freebie which will come in handy for those that buy the fabulous new decoupage sheets, so be sure to come back and pick it up. Ohh you might want to tape the shows too for some ideas.

If you remember I had my nails done a little while back and to be honest I was less than pleased with the result, I ended up having the false tips removed and having gel nails added to cover up the dreadful mess, my nails are still recovering so I have had them cut back as short as possible and had a product called CND Shellac over the top of them to make them look presentable.
So today a did a little bidding and won a starter kit of the product.

Life in the Old Dog–Lazy Mutt

Aren’t these fabulous? Lazy Mutt by Mo’s Digital Pencil I think any animal lover would love these.

I saw a card by Jane which had two of these on and fell in love with it so I knew I’d be giving them a whirl. If you are new to colouring and want something easy to colour then this is the set for you, the card was made very quickly in between my prepping for shows.

lazy mutt 1

I just love the simplicity of it. Coloured with Copic markers.

Lazt Mutt 3

lazy mutt 2

Lazy Mutt 2

lazy mutt 3

Lazy Mutt 1

lazy mutt 4

You get all 3 in a set for the bargain price of $5 thats around £3.25 in theUK

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Monday 18 June 2012

Do You Like Butter?

Can you remember holding a Buttercup under your chin to see if you like butter? we used to do that as children, if it shone yellow under your chin you liked butter haha! crazy huh!

This gorgeous little cutey is Baby Fairy Buttercup from Mo’s Digital Pencil 

baby fairies buttercup1

Coloured with Copic markers and prisma pencils

The backing papers were from my stash, one is a DCWV and the other a K&Co, Some Prima blossoms and the most sumptuous silk ribbon from Ribbon Carousel.

baby fairies buttercup2

For those that asked yesterday, no I didn’t have any ice-cream, I was good.

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