Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shades of pink, green and lavender

I just wanted to relax with some scraps this afternoon and where else to look than in my little drawers with squares.

This came together rather quickly and is quite satisfying.

Hope it will inspire you to give this a try - don't throw any scraps away, just punch out squares or circles and go decorate!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Get Sketchy challenge

My dear friend, Betty Keefe, directed my attention to a sketch challenge, which can be found here,  and this particular sort of sketch always motivates me to join in. So, I created something for the season with my Hero Arts stamps and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted which came free with some other stamps I ordered.

And here is the sketch:

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Playing with the Paper Players #215

The challenge which is a sketch with inchies can be found here. Love these sketches.

My card is made up of scraps and I always love putting them to good use. An inchie card in any shape of size helps you do just that!
Thanks to Sandy from the Paper Players.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Mixed size grid

Another design to add to the growing ways to make a grid card is to mix big with small squares, like this:

 The biggest square is in the middle. This has to be adhered after the four small squares have been fitted onto the card on each side otherwise it is difficult to get it in the middle.

 This pink one has been made in the same design as the blue one.

 This is where I keep all my punched out scraps so that they are ready to use and easy to find! 
In the top drawer I have butterflies, then the next three drawers have square inchies in three different sizes and the fifth drawer has banners and strips of patterned paper which I could use on any card or project that needs it, at any time. 

Thanks for your visit.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Home Decor

It was a treat to find some very cheap frames which I liked at the local Aldi Supermarket. I couldn't believe it. So I got some to alter and decorate our house with.

These punched out butterflies are the colors of our Living Room. I also have a frame in white, which has the same color butterflies. I have hung them next to each other on the wall.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scrap Card

Haven't been here in a month, so way time to update this blog. I have changed the title and added 'Scrap' cards. Fact is, I love creating with snippets of paper that I keep in my Paper trays.

The die-cut bird was paper pieced - the smallest pieces of paper that were big enough to line up to cover the bird were used. The flowers are from a Collage stamp from Hero Arts and I stamped six on the same paper strips that coordinated with the bird. I stamped some faux stitching in the corners as I thought it suited this style of card.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My latest Home Decor grid

I made this a while back. I love mixing and matching colors and patterns in paper style to form a big puzzle. I look at every piece and if my instinct says it shouldn't be there, I will replace it before I glue the pieces to my backing sheet. The size is A4 which is 11.5 x 8 inches.

I mixed greens with turquoise and brown together with neutrals.
Have a creative week!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Same stamp - different design

I have already shared these cards over on my other blog - the Craft Nest, so this is just a post to put them on the blog they really belong in.

This is a discovery which came about quite by accident. Look at the following two pictures.

The first one is a card project I made on a watercolor paper panel with distress inks (see 'One').
I didn't like it but as you know I never throw anything away, I put it to one side for a future grid project. Then I thought I could stamp over the top of it with this solid background stamp and get a different effect. So I inked it up with Old paper distress and stamped over the top but the result was not to be desired. I noticed I still  had ink on my stamp so stamped it again onto a regular piece of beige cardstock (see 'Two'). And what did I notice - I had picked up the ink from the watercolor paper panel  which gave me a nice effect. So instead of inking the paper, the paper inks your stamp!

This is a card I made using this technique and the above watercolor panel. I sprayed my stamp with water and let the paper ink my stamp up. Lovely to use all those small stamps that hardly get used, too. I think that this works best with a shadow stamp of some kind.

This is my second card with this stamp. No technique here. This is for the Birthday challenge over on the Hero Arts Blog.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for your visit!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Same stamp - different design

I am wondering how many different designs I will be able to find with this versatile stamp. Here I stamped the stamp with Victorian Velvet, just a touch of the ink sprayed with water gave me such cover, I would not have minded it being a bit lighter. I punched out some tiny squares and attached to the centres.

I love pink and I love flowers and thats what I achieved.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Using a grid stamp

There are so many different ways of making a grid design. I found a Super solids background stamp for a bargain on Ebay and this is one versatile stamp from Hero Arts.

I stamped the grid in Broken China distress ink, very lightly, and sprayed with water. Then I overstamped onto a scrap of paper which was already stamped with the green leaves. I stamped the flowers and the sentiment with the bird and added embellishments.

If you want to see another card I have made with this grid stamp, please look here.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Poetic Petals

This stamp set hardly gets used because I can't come up with a design that I really like with it.
Then I thought of alcohol inks and a grid. My first experiment is with white embossing powder, I could also do it in gold or silver... So I still have some options open with this beautiful floral set.

Of course it is a Hero Arts set, can never go wrong with them!
Have a very blessed Sunday and thank you to all the people who leave me such encouraging feedback; it just makes me happy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Home Decor Project for my sister

I haven't heard yet if she received it but I made this Home decor project for my lovely sister, who lives in England.

I miss her a lot.
The real size is A4. Most of the stamps used are Hero Arts and from projects that never materialised.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Winner of the Edith Holden Book

Thank you for those of you that showed interest in the Book. It wasn't as popular as I thought it might be - that is everyone's personal taste, so there was a bigger chance to win for everyone who took part.

It is my husband's birthday tomorrow, so I asked him to pick out a paper. I put all your names on a piece of paper and in a bowl. I also entered somebody who sent me an E-mail that her computer wasn't working at it should be and if I would enter her, which I did.

So, without further ado, my winner is:

IRENE - who said:

 Hello Jacqueline
I have long been admirer of your work, infact you inspired me to make inchie cards. I would love the chance to win your stunning book.

and she happened to be the last one to comment - that is the luck of the draw!

So happy for you Irene. I will contact you for your address.

and I picked out a name to receive a card from me, which was

Penny (who sent me an e-mail).

Thanks everybody - I will be having more give-aways I'm sure in the future.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 31, 2014

A give-away for February

I have finished my Home Decor project for the month of February. Do you remember I posted this one for January and I said that I wanted to make one for every month of the year to fill a wall? Well, I am advancing and I want to give somebody else the opportunity to do the same, if they so wish. So I bought another book to give away.

So this is my give-away (see below) and an extra thank-you to all the people who take the time to visit me and leave me a comment on my grid cards.

This is a nearly brand new copy of the Book I am using to make my projects. It has 191 pages and is 24x18cm large, which is a big book! If you are interested in winning this, just leave me a comment. I have to be able to find you if you win so it has to be clear who you are with either an e-mail or blog address. I will leave this open until next Friday.

Good luck!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vintage (liquorice allsorts style!)

For this card I just punched out squares from a free download.
These are my favorite colors. I found a stray butterfly in my scrap basket and added.

Everybody can make something like this. The Postcard was a free download too.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A different design with inchies

I love using up my scraps. I have three square punches, all different sizes and these are the middle size.

and the second one is the same design, but different colors and papers:

I never usually use hearts, only like them occassionally.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Using an old Book

I am going to make twelve of these, one for every month of the year, starting with January.

I found this old Book for a couple of euros and just saw so many possibilities with it. I am going to fill a wall with them as home decor.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Red mix

I wanted to use red for a grid card.

I love gingham paper on cards too.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New stamp and old mix

I had some new scraps with new stamps and old scraps with old stamps and I mixed them both together.
All stamps are Hero Arts.

Love making these puzzles!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mix and match and added sewing

Another way to use up all the snippets and cut-outs which need to find a home. The added feature to this card is sewing, which I love to do ...