Tuesday, 16 December 2014

And now….

…for something completely different.


I have several new craft BFFs.
The first is Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel. Smeared over a stencil (this is a mini Cell Theory template from Crafter’s Workshop) you can create some beautiful effects. It goes on white but dries clear and because I wanted to use my second BFFs, Brusho paints, I’ve used satin silk art card which allows the paint to move about a bit before drying.


These little pots of powdered paints are amazing.
Everyone seems to just poke a hole in the pot lid in order to dispense the powder. It’s truly magical stuff & the mix of colours in some of the pots is quite unusual….

PicMonkey Collage

The gel takes a couple of hours or so to dry properly & then you’re ready to play.
On this one I spritzed the card with water & then shook out a few sprinkles of Leaf Green & Turquoise Brushos. Trust me….a LITTLE goes a long way, these paints should last forever!
A quick puff with my third BFF, the Tim Holtz Distress Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool (minus any pens) just to move the paint around et voila!

PicMonkey Collage

Lush isn’t it?
Leave it to dry then my top tip would be to give it a quick coating of hairspray just to seal the colours. This paint is VERY intense & will temporarily stain your mitts & I do find it still rubs off a bit even when dry so I just hairspray to be sure.


Here’s my finished card.
There’s a lot of playing experimenting going on on my craft desk at the mo’, using all manner of things I’ve never used before, including embossing paste, masking fluid, stencils, shaving foam & more brusho paint techniques.
Until next time….XXX



Tuesday, 9 December 2014



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Seasonal Greetings everyone, I hope you’re all well.
I’m still working my way thru’ my crafty stash, playing with bits n’ bobs that that have hardly been touched or seen the light of day…Tsk! Tsk!
This was a butterfly stamp set from craftwork Cards, bought yonks ago.

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My gardening jobs are now coming to an end for the year so I’m hoping to get some serious ‘playtime’ over the festive period with my pre-Christmas treat to myself.
Gonna have a go at some mixed-media art & scrapbooking.
Have a great week….stay warm.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Birdy Song


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Nuff said.
You’re gonna have that dreadful song in your head for the next 24hrs.

Monday, 3 November 2014



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A busy weekend Christmas prezzie hunting has passed & I’m 99% there now.
Card’s all made, written, enveloped & stuck down ready to post, gifts wrapped & if he wasn’t such a damned ‘Bah Humbug’, then Mr C would have been shimmied in the loft for the tree n’ baubles!!
Apparently I have to be patient & wait til’ December….Grrrr

So to occupy myself I have been rummaging thru my vast crafting stash and re-visiting some old stamps & other bits n’ bobs that I’m guilty of owning.

Catch yer next time X

Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics & Inkylicious
Versacolor Ink & Promarkers

Monday, 20 October 2014

Brace Yourselves…


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…I’m back!
Sheesh I’ve missed you all..sniff!
It’s been a busy year chez nous. I’ve been gardening almost non-stop, our son n’ heir has started at a new school and fav’ daughter has applied to university. It seems like only yesterday they were wee babes.
Life sure is flying by...sigh.
Anyway, I’ve dusted off my crafting corner et voila!
It’s good to be back.

Stamps - Majestix & Paper Smooches

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Shock! Horror!



I know…
Shock! Horror!
A card….at last.


Tiz Valentine’s Day tomorrow (as if you needed reminding) so I’ve put down my trowel, washed my muddy mitts, rustled up a bit of mojo et voila!
A card for much beloved using hearts & sentiment stamps from Clearly Besotted & romantic couple stamp from Eat Cake Graphics.

That’s it, I’m off back to the greenhouse.
I hope you feel the love tomorrow…XXX


Sunday, 19 January 2014


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Yo Peeps!

Zero time to make cards at the mo’ - these were made last summer.
I’m concentrating more on my gardening work & gardening blog nowadays (Tidy Gardens by Jane) so new cards to post will be rare.
These were made using Flourishes stamps that were bought for me by much beloved Christmas 2012 (yes…I know, 2012!!)
Anyway, I hope to be back once in a while.

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Interested in gardening?
Then why not join me here… Tidy Gardens by Jane

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Toilet Humour


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Ahoy and a Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, seems a lifetime ago already.
I just loved all the build up to the big
day, I don’t care that the shops started selling their Christmas wares in August but I confess that once the day is over I do hanker for normality again. That said, I like having the Christmas tree all lit up & was pondering removing the baubles n’ tinsel & having less festive coloured lights on it for the next 11 months. Mr C gave me one of ‘those’ looks, so I guess that’s a ‘No!’

Here’s a card that I made recently for a buddy using the fabulous ‘Airfresh Fiona’ from Doctor Digi’s House of Stamps.

Can’t stop… I have a new greenhouse to stroke.

Wishing you all a fantabulous 2014!!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

End of Year Sale


As a Thank You for all your support this year, grab yourself 50% off your order by entering the code SANTA50 at the checkout.

(Discount ends 31.12.2013)


Shop Link


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Bring It On….



All ready for Christmas now, cards made, tree up & decorated, fairy-lights everywhere & presents wrapped. Well, everyone else's presents except Mr C. Sheesh…is he hard to buy for.
I’d love to know what gifts you’ve for adult males this year. If only to ‘borrow’ your ideas.

Above are a couple of samples of the cards that I made for my husbands business clients this year. They had to look professional, elegant and smart & with the help of Clearly Besotted’s Holiday Sentiments stamp set I’m quite chuffed with the end results.

Right…off to buff the baubles.


Monday, 2 December 2013



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Hey Everyone!
I hope you’re all well.
Here’s a card I made earlier in the year featuring one of my own digi stamps – the Freesia.
Definitely planting more of these next spring.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013




It was cold out gardening this morning, I had held back with my first job of the day as it was raining & then, when the skies cleared, I thought it’d be safe to step outside.
Rain, sleet & snow does not make for a pretty gardener…needless to say I returned soaked to the core with a frozen bottom desperately in need of a radiator to sizzle itself upon!

I’ll leave you with an image of my cold, red bum & another Christmas card that I’ve made for this year that I’m entering in the Clearly Besotted Christmas challenge.

Stamps - Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiments, Leafy Accents
Dies - Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
Inks – Adirondack Dye Ink
Embellishments – Docrafts shimmer dome stickers, Dovecraft glitter

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Clearly Sorted!

Clients 2013

Brace yourselves!
I’ve finished making this years Christmas cards.
Yes! You heard right…F.I.N.I.S.H.E.D.
Tiz a miracle!

These are a couple of samples of the cards I’ve made for my gardening clients this year. I couldn’t resist using the fabulous Leafy Accents stamps again & Holiday Sentiments set from Clearly Besotted. Gold card candi & Orange Peel stickles adds a touch of festive sparkle

I love these so much I may send myself one…as a surprise…but don’t tell… lol.

Entering it at -

Clearly Besotted – Christmas

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Autumn Breeze

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Despite the sadness behind this card, I loved making it.
If you can get outside this autumn, on a day when the sun’s shining & before the leaves fall, you’ll see just how beautiful this season is.

Stamps / Dies – Clearly Besotted (Leafy Accents & Many Messages)
Ink – Rangers Adirondacks

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Unseasonably Floral

JDD & FB & JC blog

It’s almost the end of October & the last of the lupins has finally been cut down this week in the Tidy Garden. For a summer flowering perennial we sure did get value for money.
So lupins on a card in October? Not such a daft idea after all…lol.
This is one of my own digi stamp designs that you can get your floral mitts on here…
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