Monday, 31 December 2012

Here's to a great 2013!

I would just like to wish all my dear blogging friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Hope you manage to keep your resolutions. I've decided to eat more nutritionally and to be more organised but as I say this every year and fail at the first hurdle I'm not feeling terribly optimistic. Who knows this year could be different so I'll let you know in a few weeks how it's going!!
Before I go here is a card I made earlier this month using a free Papermania stamp

And this is a collection consisting of card, boxes and gift bag I made for a very dear friend for Christmas. The papers are Bo Bunny and the bauble stamp is one I bought many years ago.
Well folks eat drink and be merry and I'll see you in 2013
Very Best Wishes
Pat xxx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A festive collection

Hello dear friends, hope your Christmas plans are coming together ok.
I think I'm pretty much sorted but there's always something that crops up at the last minute.
Thought I would share a little collection of cards with you all following the same theme and using the beautiful holly stamp.
I love this stamp, it's so classical and beautiful to colour. I've used copics to colour them and although it doesn't show on the photo the petal shaped  diecut was edged with bronze glitter with cinnamon added to give a lovely Christmassy scent.
This next card was made for a Campa van lover.
The background of this card was created in Craft Artist and the gorgeous Campa is a digi stamp which I bought from the very talented Beth at Sqidgy digi and I coloured it with copics as usual.
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Sunday, 9 December 2012

A West Ham fan

Todays card is one I made for my Nephews birthday.
As you can tell he is an avid West Ham supporter so the colour combo didn't take much thought.
As in my previous post I must apologise for the fuzzy photo (must be the camera!)
Anyway I'm sure you will recognise the fabulous numbers from Jayne Nestorenko's Patchwork Polly collection. I coloured them with copics and was fortunate to find the sheet of matching paper amongst my stash.  I used the Clarity letterbox stamps that I picked up at the NEC for the name.
See you soon
Pat xx 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Birthday clock

Hi there bloggers, hope you are getting organised for the festive fun.
Wish I could say I am but I know it will all come good in the end.
The card I am sharing with you today is one I made for my buddy Adele.
Apologies for the fuzzy photo, I'll blame the camera but somehow think it might have been the photographer (moi).
The embossing was done with an Embossability and the petal shape diecut is by Xcut. The centre centre month clock I created on my computer. 
Well hope you like it.
Thank you for visiting.
Pat xx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Taj Mahal

The card I want to share with you today is using another of the Grande Journey stamps this time the Taj Mahal.
I coloured some card using Distress Inks (can't remember which colours), then stamped the image before cutting it using the Spellbinders tag die. The border is also a Spellbinder die. I scored a trellis design using the Hougie for the background and added some Cosmic Shimmer glue pearls.
Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind comments which are very much appreciated.
Bye for now
Pat xxx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Baby Boy

I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I made for the birth of my good friend Ann's grandson Zakk
The first one I made for the proud parents using the free Boofle stamp from a Creativity magazine (I seem to be using a lot of free stamps lately!) I stamped him onto some fawn shaded card and just added some shading with copics.
The second card I made for  Ann and her husband Philip, the proud Grandparents.
Guess what, the image is another freebie (WOJ download many moons ago now). I really do sound a cheapskate with all these freebies but I have bought loads of stamps honest.
Well that's it from me today I'm off to get some festive jobs done (hopefully)
Have a good day
Pat xx

Sunday, 25 November 2012

I'm back!

Thought I had better stop by
 and let you know that I have not abandoned my blog just been pushed for time lately.
Now that I can check my emails and social media on my phone I don't seem to fire up the laptop so often. Well once I get on the laptop one thing leads to another and I just haven't had the time.
Anyway I have managed to fit a bit of crafting in though I must say the Christmas cards are in short supply this year and I have even resorted to buying some just incase.
Here are a couple of cards that I've made while I've been away.
This first one I did for my BIL and used the Rialto Bridge stamp coloured with copics
The second one I made for daughter's birthday which is the same day as my BIL. The image is a freeby from the Creativity magazine and I coloured it with copics.
I'll try and get a bit sooner next time and I hope you'll pay me a visit.
Thank you for visiting.
Pat xx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Evergreen Tree

Hi their blogging friends. Pleased to say I am feeling much better  and thank you for your good wishes.
The card I am showing today is using one of the new Christmas collection by the lovely Jayne. This one is the Evergreen Tree  and is such a versatile and pretty stamp.
The background card was created using alcohol inks again this time on snow white pearl card.
I stamped  the tree and snowflakes with perfect medium and used Wow white high dimension embossing powder. The sentiment is also from the stamp plate but is a bit difficult to see on the photo as I used a delicate violet Wow embossing powder which does look lovely in real life. The front & back top section of the card are stuck together and the card opens on the fold along where the silver thread goes.
There are some lovely cards on display in the gallery on Jayne's website for inspiration but bare in mind you might sucombe to temptation. You have been warned!
Have a good week everyone.
Pat xx

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Christmas Joy

Here is another card I've made using the new poinsettia stamp from Jayne Nestorenko. I'm certainly getting my Christmas cards made now I've got these beautiful stamps.
It was my birthday last Sunday and the lovely trellis die that I've used on this card was one of my birthday presents. It's a Spellbinder die and my lovely husband bought me two others, a beautiful swirl panel and a gorgeous butterfly one. I decided to use just the Poinsettia flower without the foliage. I did use the leaves though on the trellis. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and I cut it out with another Spellbinder die.
There are some more stamps to be released from Jayne's Christmas collection soon and I can tell you they are gorgeous so keep a look out.
Sorry I haven't been about much this week but I came down with a bad cold on Monday and haven't been feeling too good all week. Glad to say things are now improving and I am beginning to feel back in the land of the living. Trouble is John seems to have caught it, either that or the flu injection he had on Wedneday has caused a reaction. Either way he's not feeling too good.
So I'll try and do some visiting very soon.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Pat xx

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Christmas Candy

I thought I'd let you know that Jacqui Dennis (Cats Whiskers) has some fabulous candy up for grabs. Jayne Nestorenko has given Jacqui two of her new Christmas stamps to give away, the Holly & Berries and the gorgeous Poinsettia.
I've used the gorgeous Holly and Berries stamp and the sentiment from the same set for these two cards. I stamped them onto Fabrino HP watercolour card using Versafine ink and coloured them using my Whisper brush pens. I highlighted the berries with Diamond glaze. The pearls are Cosmic Shimmer berry red glue.
Take a look at my previous post to see  the Poinsettia stamp.
So don't delay, get yourselves over to Jacqui's blog to be in with a chance to win.
Once again thank you for visiting and good luck
Pat xxx

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Christmas Poinsettia

Hi everyone. Well I've been having problems with my eyes again this week so not much crafting done. I started seeing this floater infront of my right eye so had to go and get it checked at the eye infirmary just incase I had a problem with my retina. Please to say it was ok just left with this annoying floater appearing every now  and again. I also suffer from Dry eye syndrome which is a bit of a pain in more ways than one and it has really been causing me problems  this week. I think I overdid things last Sunday when I went to Jayne's workshop but it was worth it as we had a great day as always. I find that if I craft or read for too long then I get problems. So it looks like little and often, as the lovely Kay Rutter would say, from now on.
Anyway here is a card I made using one of Jayne's new stamps,The Poinsettia
Sorry the photo's not great. I coloured the image with copics and the wreath patterned background is vellum. 
Thank you so much for visiting,
Pat xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Out with the bleach.

I decided it was about time I got the bleach out. No don't panic I haven't been doing the dreaded HW just decided to have a play with embossing folders and a bit of bleach.
The inspiration for this card began when I realised I hadn't used my Martha Stuart around the page punches for a long while. So out came the punch and lying on my desk was an odd (not strange!) piece of brown bazzill card and it progressed from there. I decided to emboss the centre of the cut square and came across the lovely bird folder ( something else that I had neglected to use for a while). That's when the bleaching technique came to mind, so I painted the embossed image with the bleach and voila! I prettied the shabby design up (roughed up the edges and added glitter) with some glittered butterflies cut with an MS punch and some flowers made with organza ribbon.
I did bleach the kitchen sink while I'd got the bleach out  so that  I didn't feel too guilty (as if!).
Pat xxx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Getting messy with alcohol inks

Good afternoon from a nice and sunny West Midlands.
The card I have to share with you today was created using Alcohol inks to create the background.  I just love messing about making backgrounds and seeing the amazing results you can get just rubbing, spodging, flicking, swirling etc. The trouble is you get one you like and it's virtually impossible to replicate it but then that's half the fun that no two are alike.
So without further ado here is the card
The stamp I used is by Inkilicious and I used Adirondac ink pad. Simple but effective I hope you'll agree.
Well that's it for now
Thank you for stopping by
Pat xx

Monday, 10 September 2012

Out comes the glitter

Hi everyone.
I've been doing a bit of glittering this week. I decided to get out this gorgeous butterfly that I bought back in the day. I love this stamp because it is so pretty and it lends itself so well to layering and glittering which I love.
I decided to make it into an easel card.
The card and layers were cut using a Go Kreate large die set and the sentiment was cut using a Spellbinder die. I created the butterfly paper by stamping onto centura pearl with Stazon. |The small butterflies have been cut using a Martha Stuart punch.
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Monday, 3 September 2012

Loving the Paralympics!!

I enjoyed the Olympics but really am enjoying the Paralympics even more.  Yes I'm impressed by what can be achieved regardless of your physical ability but I am most impressed by the whole attitude of all the competitors whether they win or not, they all seem so happy to be taking part. I am especially enjoying Ellie Simmonds as she comes from Aldridge which is an area of Walsall where I live and she is just amazing. Today the post box in Aldridge was painted gold but I'm sure the town will be painted red on her return.
I've a couple of cards to share with you today.
I've used a digital image of the pussy cats and the sentiment is a digi too (Can't remember where from) . I took both images into Word and created the stitched border in Word too. I used copics as the colouring medium and added a touch of stickles on the necklace.
Couldn't go without sharing another card made using Jayne's stamps and a Keepsake board. This card was inspired by ones on Jaynes website
Well I'm off to watch more of the Paralympics.
Thanks you for visiting
Pat xx

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A pattern

Another week's gone by and I feel a pattern forming. My blogging seems to have become a weekly event but at least it's regular if not frequent.
A couple of cards to share today.
This first one was made for my dear friend Ann was 60years young last Sunday. She had a fun packed party to celebrate and we all had a great time. We even had a slide show of photos showing Ann from a young baby up to the present day and it was lovely to see her through all stages of her life. I have known Ann for about 22 years and I have only ever seen her with beautiful white hair so it was it seemed quite strange to see her lovely dark locks when she was younger.
Anyway here's the card.
As you can see I've used Jayne's lovely stamps again coloured with copics. The card was made using a Keepsake board. The pearls were made using Cosmic Shimmer glue which along with the stamps is available on Jayne's website.
This next card was commissioned by a lady after seeing the first card but she decided she would like the Indian Princess and she wanted butterflies too.
Again the stamped image was coloured with copics.  The sentiment was cut using one of the Persian Accents Spellbinder dies. After seeing Sue Wilson on C&C the other day I created a shadow with the die as she had done. I just cut the red piece in half and glued it behind to form the shadow. There is plenty of glitter on the jewels but of course they don't show on the photo.
I had never used any of the Keepsake boards before using them with Jayne's new stamps but I am a convert as they work so well with these beautiful stamps.
Well that's about it from me for today but I'll see you again next week unless of course I decide to break the pattern and pop back sooner.
Thank you for visiting,
Pat xx

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Where does the time go?

Hi there dear friends
Sorry it's been a week since I last put something on this page and I just don't know where the time has gone. Well a lot of it was spent at the hospital as my mum was a bit poorly, nothing serious, but a bit distressing never the less. Glad to say she is home now and settled in.  While she was away we decided to give the house a bit of a spring clean so you know how stressful that can be doing the dreaded H********!!

Anyway I did manage to get some cards done. A couple more for Jayne's show and one for my SIL for his birthday created on Craft Artist.

Coloured with copics

Just before I go here is a photo of my son and daughter-in-law on their big day which was over two weeks ago now. So as I said ,where does the time go? They are back from their honeymoon in Cuba and back in the real world!!

As always thank you for stopping by today.
Pat xxx

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Venetian lady

I've got a card to share with you today and a reminder that Jayne Nestorenko will be back on our screens on Create and Craft at 11am on Friday.  I know so many people will be  happy to see Jayne back with her own range of stamps Grande Journeys.
This card has been made using the Venetian lady from Jayne's colllection.  I have made it using offcuts of card that were left over from some samples I designed for Jayne and which should be seen on the program.

She's been coloured with copics and I've added glitter to the jewels and the centre of the flowers. The border has been cut using a Spellbinder die.

Well that's it from me today but if you'd like to see more of Jayne's beautiful designs why not pop over to her website

Thank you for stopping by today.
Pat xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Wedding Stationery

I know, what's happened? Posts two days running!!

Now that the wedding is over I can share the stationery with you.

The invitation, order of service and menu scroll and combined place setting. The colours are cadbury puple as in the ribbon not blue as showing on the order of service. The invitation is a tri-fold card with a pocket inside to hold a tag with all details of how to access the wedding website.

Thank you cards to be done now but I think my son will take care of that when they get back from honeymoon as he enjoys a bit of graphic design.

Looks like the weather is taking a turn for the better so we'll have to make the most of it. Enjoy.

Pat xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Back down to earth

Well things have been a bit hectic here for the last few weeks but we are now back down to earth after our son's wedding last Friday.  We had a most amazing day celebrating with our family and friends. I felt so proud.

Here is a card I made for my new DIL wishing her well for the day and telling her how happy we are to have her officially part of our family.

The image is a free stamp from the Docraft Creativity magazine and the border corner are a spellbinders die set. As usual the purple is looking blue.

This next card is the one I made for the happy couple.
The hearts were cut with a Spellbinder die and I used a Spellbinder Embossabilty for the white card. The sentiment is computer generated.

Now here's a photo of a very proud Mum and her son.

As always thank you for visiting me today
Pat xx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

A little bit of news

Good morning one and all.
Apologies for the lack of posts and creations. I have been busy behind the scenes with a couple of things which I will be able to show in a couple of weeks. I do have one card to share however and it's using Jayne's lovely new stamps.

The fans are from the Assessories stamp set and the sentiment from the Oriental Lady set.

Now for the news. Jayne will be anouncing something on her blog tomorrow (Friday) and I believe there is a lovely prize involved so please do check it out tomorrow by visiting Jayne's blog via her website or you can visit her on Facebook, Time for Tea with Jayne Nestorenko.

Thank you for visiting me
Pat xx

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Flowers to cheer us up!

Yes I am still here, just had a busy week with one thing and another. Anyway I did manage to have a fabulous day out at Wimbledon on Sunday and despite the fact that Andy Murray didn't win we still had a brilliant time. I am paying the price now though and could do with an afternoon nap but I will soldier on.

Thought I would share a card I made using the wonderful Grande Journey stamps.

The flowers are from the assessories stamp plate and the greeting and corners are from the Indian Princess plate.  I created the paper by putting distress ink onto centura pearl card then spritzed and dabbed to get the mottled effect. I then stamped on the flowers and gave it a spritz with gold Spray and Sparkle. I stamped the large flowers onto another piece of the card and layered them up.

I'll try and get back here and also do a bit of visiting before too long but for now I'll have to say goodbye and thank you for visiting.
Pat xx

Monday, 2 July 2012

Look what we did!

Good afternoon.
I had a lovely day yesterday at Jayne's workshop. We did some great projects, tried out some new techniques and had loads of fun into the bargain, not to mention all the chat and scoffing!
So without further ado here are the cards we made.

The first card is one that is a featured project on Jayne's new website and as you can see we used one of the Keepsake boards for this.  Jayne did several  samples of this card in various colours  so we were able to choose our favourite colourway.  Very predictably I went with purple, well a sort of aubergine colour actually.  I coloured the images with copics and am very pleased with the result. Hope you like it. 

This next one is the Rialto Bridge, again coloured with copics. The paper behind the tags we created with Distress inks on centura snow white pearl card sprayed with water and dabbed with paper towel to achieve an effect we liked.

Jayne's lovely and very talented friend Helene showed us a lovely technique using distress inks and I'm sure Helene wont mind if I show you one of her beautiful creations.

Lovely isn't it?

Well that's it from me for now, I'm off to watch a bit more tennis.
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Today's the day!

Well if you've liked what you've seen over the last week today's the day that you can get your hands on Jayne's gorgeous new "Grand Journeys" stamps that are only available from Jayne's new Website.
I'm sure you'll enjoy visiting Jayne's website as not only is there the new shop, there's a newsletter, gallery,a fabulous project, workshop news and even a new blog which will be run by Jacqui Dennis.
Jenny Pattison will be looking after the project side of things for Jayne and here is a card created by Jenny

Lovely isn't it?

Now here's another of my creations.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Jayne and go on treat yourself, you know you want to!!

Pat xx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Grande Journeys

Good afternoon one and all.
I'm back from a visit to the hairdressers where they've done their best to make me beautiful again. Well all I can say is the hair looks good if nothing else!!

I've another card made using Jayne's new Grande Journey 
 stamps and a reminder that Jayne's new website officially goes live tomorrow. Could I please ask that you pay Jayne a visit on her new Facebook page "Time for Tea" and click like

So here's the card a shadow box this time using the Taj Mahal  stamped onto acetate and layered onto a paper made using alcohol inks and blending solution. The corners and flowers are from the stamp sets too. All coloured with Whisper watercolour brush pens.

Well that's it from me for today. Did lots of house work yesterday so I think that entitles me to do some more crafting this afternoon. Oh just forgot I've got a pile of ironing to do but I think I'll conveniently let it slip my memory again. Crafting it is then!
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Monday, 25 June 2012

Another little peak

I'm back with another card and a little reminder that Jayne Nestorenko's new website will be up and running on Wednesday. She will be launching her new Just My Imagination collection of stamps and the first set Grande Journeys.

I used the lovely Indian Princess again for this card but went for a different colour selection this time.

Actually the  blue card is  purple which really compliments the outfit but as usual my camera doesn't do purple. The glitter doesn't show either and there is loads of it!
Anyway it's a simple card but to be honest these images say it all. 

Back with another peek tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting

Pat xx

Saturday, 23 June 2012

A bit of retail therapy

Hello there dear friends.
Well I'm back from a bit of retail therapy at Telford Shopping Centre. No crafty bits today but I did manage to add to my wardrobe, well there was 50% off the top I bought and 20% off the watch. I also bought some eye makeup which is something I rarely wear as I have very sensitive eyes. I got Clinique so I am hoping I will be OK with that as they say it is opthalmically (something like that) tested.

Anyway enough of my shopping exploits. I have a couple of cards to share with you today.
This first one is one I made just because I came across the cute little image amongst one of my boxes of stamps while looking for another stamp which I still haven't found!!

The lovely cute girl and the flipflops are coloured with copics and I think the paper is Wild Rose Studio if my memory serves me correct (unfortunately it often lets me down). The flowers are Petaloo which I've had lying about for a long time and the sentiment is Craftwork  cards.

Now the next one is another I made using the Just my Imagination Grande Journeys stamps which will be launched on Jayne Nestorenko's new website on Wednesday.
This time I've used the accessories set.

 The lampost, corners and flowers are all from the set. I coloured the lampost using Whisper brush pens. I coloured the flowers with pearlescent paints and added a touch of glitter. I added glitter to the corners and to the spellbinders flourish.  The blue oval panel was created at Jayne's workshop using Distress Inks on glossy card and it really does give a lovely effect.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Jayne's new website news

Hi everyone from a very wet and dismal West Midlands of the UK. Never mind the longest day it's more like the dullest!

I have another couple of cards to share with you today.

The first one is a little card I made for my BIL and his lovely wife. They have recently moved to a lovely bungalow in Suffolk and I'm sure they are going to be very happy. 

Now some great news Jayne Nestorenko's new website and online shop with be going live on 27th June at 9am where you will be able to purchase Jayne's gorgeous new Grande Journey's stamps. I'm sure it will be a resounding success for the lovely lady.
So without further ado here is another card I made using the Taj Mahal stamp from the collection.

Stamp - Taj Mahal, Corners and sentiment from the Indian Princess stamp set.
Colouring medium - Copics
Embossed backing - Embossabilities & Nestabilities
Ribbon & Pins from my stash.

Thank you for visiting today.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Oriental lady

Well another lovely day, two in a row, can't believe it!

Here is another card I've made using the Oriental lady from Jayne Nestorenko's new collection Just My Imagination.

The fans, flowers and leaves are from the accessories stamp plate that is available from the collection. I embossed all the images using ultrafine gold embossing powder and then coloured them with copics. I did add a touch of glitter on the flowers but unfortunately it doesn't show on the photo.

Well that's it from me for today as we are off out to lunch with our daughter, her treat.

Enjoy the rest of the day
Pat xx

Monday, 18 June 2012

Another Gorgeous lady

Whoo hoo, sunshine today and no rain so far!

Thought I'd share another peek of Jayne Nestorenko's  gorgeous Just my Imagination stamps which will be on sale later in the month on her new website.

For this card I've used the beautiful Oriental lady and the gorgeous scene to go with her. I decided to create a kick card this time.
I stamped the scene using a Big and Juicy Mountain Meadow ink pad and just pulled in the colour a little. I used a Martha Stuart punch for the border.
I coloured the lady using copics and cut out the image using the Spellbinders Frameability Classic Frame die
The paper is from my stash.

I'll share another card tomorrow if you'd like to pop back.
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Monday, 11 June 2012

Jayne's secret's out

What a wonderful day I had yesterday
at Jayne's workshop.  We worked with Jayne's new Just my Imagination, Grand Journey's stamp collection.  There are seven stamp plates, three gorgeous ladies, 3 scenes and an accessories set. Well we all know how amazingly talented  Jayne is but I must tell you she has excelled herself with this collection. Although the stamps wont be available until later in the month to order from her new website Jayne says it's OK to let us share a little peek.

So here are a couple of cards we made.

Isn't this Indian Princess gorgeous? I chose to colour it with copics and of course it was well and truly glittered. The border was made using a corner stamp from the collection.

 This next one is the Venetian lady and the beautiful scene that you can get to go with her. I coloured her and the scene with copics too.
Well I'll show you some more when I've had a play.

Back soon
Pat xx

Saturday, 9 June 2012

It's finally stopped!!

Well surprise, surprise I finally got around to doing some blogging.
I have been about but now I've got my new phone I don't feel the need to put the computer on so often. Trouble is the phones now taken over my life but I don't know how to post on my on my blog.  What did we do before technology? I think the answer to that is I made more instead of reading about it.

Here are a few makes that I've done since I was last here.

This first one is a cross over card done as an easel card if you get what I mean. The image is a freebie from Craft Stamper coloured with copics and stickles.  The sentiment on the tag was computer generated and sorry I didn't take a picture of the tag but this is what it says.
Go Confidently in the Direction of your dreams
Live the life you have imagined.
The flourish is a Spellbinders and the flower was cut with a Marianne die.

 This is the accompanying box which holds a little gift for a dear friend

I created the backing paper for this one using Distress inks and whisper brush pens. The stamp is by Attic Rose

The focal point of this one is a Marianne die

Well that's it from me today.  I have a lovely day to look forward to tomorrow as I am attending a workshop with the lovely Jayne Nestorenko and I believe we are going to be using her new "Just my Imagination" stamps. I'm getting very excited now!

I'll let you know how we get on and maybe share some photos during the week.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Pat xx