Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Two Months Just Whizzed By!

And just like that two months have gone by since I've been here! Oh my goodness ..

Let's have a little catch up on what I've been making, firstly there were the journal page and altered file folder packaging I made for a challenge, it's wonderfully shabby vintage and ever so soft looking.

This is the journal page made from an A4 piece of paper folded in half with many tucks and pockets added and filled up. You can see more of it in this video - here

This is the altered file folder I made to go with it, I just love how this one turned out, so very shabby looking :) You can find this one, if you'd like to see more - here

The next project I made was a Boudoir Pincushion Doll inspired by the beautiful vintage dolls you can see on Pinterest. I used some gorgeous laces and trims from Crafty Me Shop on facebook to compliment the lovely little half doll. You can see a detailed video of this project - here

I think she's just lovely :)

Then it was time to play around with a candy theme for my Helmar Design Project for May,
I chose to make some little 'Candy Tubes' for crafters. Perfect little gifts to give to your friends. If you would like to see how I made them you can read about it - here

Another Helmar Design Project was the ongoing covers for my journal, this time I started decorating them and you can see how that was done - here

Ok so now we go into journal territory, this is a 3 in 1 Concertina TN Style Journal I made using a file folder and the 'Gentleman's Emporium' paper collection from Couture Creations, I really enjoyed making this and if you're interested you can see a flip through - here

This was followed by more journals in a lovely Boho style using laces, trims and fabrics from Crafty Me Shop once again and you can also see them in detail - here

Of course I wanted to make some file folder pockets to house them, I think they turned out ever so pretty and you can have a look closer in this video - here

Next up there was a new Choker for my vintage dressform in my craft room, this was a very simple make but turned out so very lovely, I have a process video if you care to see how it was made - here

Wanting to use up some of my scraps from the Crafty Me Shop projects, I decided to make a little Paper Bag Journal Flip. There is a three part process video on my channel but if you want to just see the end result it starts about half way through the last video (Part 3).
Part 1 - here
Part 2 - here
Part 3 - here

Lastly I put together some lovely shabby vintage style tags for a journal, I've showcased metal cutting dies from 'Inloveartshop' in this project, you can see this video - here

Well that certainly turned into a long post and is a gentle reminder to myself to pop on my blog more often.

In all my projects where glue is needed I use Helmar glues :) :)

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day

Jeanette xxx

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Loving my Glues

As you may know I've recently joined the Helmar Creative Team again and have been writing small tutorials on their Blog - HERE

A couple of the projects that I've made are some lovely little magnets and bookmarks using the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, you can read all about them - HERE

and I also tried my hand at my first ever Acrylic Pour with the aid of Helmar H4000 Silicone Oil. It was a learning experience which I really enjoyed and will be continuing on with this project in the coming weeks. You can read my instructions - HERE

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Jeanette xxx

Playing with 'InLoveArtShop' dies

Well it's almost the end of May and I feel like I've barely completed anything at all this month but looking back I realise that most of the month I've been playing around with my scraps which is normally an ongoing type of thing.

Two of the projects I did manage to complete this month are a journal and some memory dex type cards. I was recently sent some dies from an online store called 'inloveartshop' to play around with and review so these are what I decided to make.

This is the Shabby style Journal I made, I used the Atelier paperpack from Stamperia, I just love the shabbyness of these papers and of course the old soft blues.

You can find a full video of this journal on my youtube channel - HERE where I explain how I have used the various dies, but I'll also share some still shots for your viewing :)

I really love the way this journal turned out :)

Memory Dex style cards were also on my agenda, I've never made this type of card before and honestly they are very very simple. This particular die was a door style and you can also find the video on them - HERE

This die has little doors that open up so I've used a smaller magnet to keep them shut on the bottom one and a paperclip on the middle one.

Please be aware that these cards are a smaller size and measure 3.5" across the bottom :)

Thursday, 2 May 2019

What I've been making

I'm always making something, or so it seems :)

Have I ever told you how happy my crafting makes me, I never seem to tire of making and I love to mix things up too. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a master of only one type of craft but that's just not me, I like to do different things with my moods.

Here's an altered Ice Bucket I recently made using some of the gorgeous trims from Crafty Me Shop over on facebook, it's quite whimsical and delicate and I just love the pretty colours.

and then there's these lovely projects, very sparkly with all the bling chain from and also in the pretty colour tones. I created some boho charm/beads, altered a couple of card holders and made a paper tassel doll.

You know I never intentionally made these projects to 'match' but it was just the mood I was in at the time :)

Next up I played with some vintage photo slides I received from Bonny and Clive as a little challenge to see what I could make with them, it was a fun challenge and I'm happy with my makes, I even had a couple more ideas that I may complete at a later date.

I managed to make some embellishments, a large charm/dangle, a couple of paperclips and a tiny mini journal.

If you would like to see any of these projects in more detail, please feel free to visit my Youtube Channel HERE and watch the individual videos :)

Take care and have a lovely day

Jeanette xxx

Monday, 15 April 2019

Helmar Design Team

I am so happy to annouce that I have once again joined the Helmar Design Team. Helmar is an Australian adhesives company that also sells in other parts of the world. I will be designing for them for the next six months on their Blog.

This is the wonderful array of adhesives I received to create with and you can find my very first project on the blog now - HERE

Helmar Adhesives Design Package

Nb:  It is always important when using any type of glue to have a very well ventilated area, I have my window open and have a fan facing me at all times to ensure good circulation in my craft room.

I hope you will enjoy the projects that I create for this great Company.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by

Jeanette xx

Playing with Products

Hello again, here I am sharing more projects that I have made using the wonderful products from, they really do have a great variety of things to choose from and if you are wanting to purchase anything from them I have a coupon code for $5.00 off when you spend $40 which is valid until 31 December, 2019. They also have regular sales so do check their online store for more savings :)

Dangles, Bookmarks and Hatpins

Cardholders, Boho Beads and a Paper Tassel Doll

You can find the videos to these projects on my YouTube Channel HERE  :)

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Beading with

Recently I was fortunate to receive a Design Pack from which is an online craft store focusing mainly on beads but they also have a wonderful selection of other crafting goodies as well.

These are the products that they sent me to play with :)
Bead Caps
Silver Bead Spacers 
3mm Glass Pearl Beads
Metal Bookmarks
2mm AB Rhinestone Chain
6mm AB Rhinestones

For my first projects I made some pearl embellishments using the 3mm Glass Pearl Beads, Bead Caps and the Silver Bead Spacers. As I consider myself a 'learner beader' I am very happy with the results and thoroughly enjoyed making them.

I love how the flowers turned out, they look very vintage and the tassels were a lot easier than expected and they look wonderful too. There is a tutorial on the beaded tassel on my YouTube if you are interested in watching :)

Thank you so much for stopping by

Jeanette xx

Monday, 25 March 2019

Playing with the Sizzix Fabric Bundle from CraftStash

I recently received the Sizzix Fabric Bundle from CraftStash, a set of eight high quality fabrics in co-ordinating colours and patterns. Being a person who prefers the 'shabby vintage' type of look I decided to tea stain my fabrics by soaking them in a bath of black tea. It didn't take long to achieve the look I wanted as the fabric took on the tea very quickly.

The first project I made was a 'Tuffet' style pincushion. I loosely followed an online tutorial and then adapted it to suit myself by making the 4" circular base out of several pieces of packaging cardboard to make up a good half inch thickness. I then layered a piece of 1" circular foam, wadding and a pouch filled with emery (I didn't have walnut shells). Lastly a piece of wadding was layered over the top of this 'cake' and the cover placed over it.  The actual fabric was cut into 1.5" x 4.75" strips and then shaped into crayon type shapes and I used some 'pawn' chess pieces for my legs. If you watch the original video tutorial you will see how to make it all up.

The Sizzix fabrics worked wonderfully for this project and I love how it turned out. I also made a gift bag using the Tonic Studios die set, a gift box using the Cardmaking Magic die set and a journal cover for future projects.

With some of the scraps and a few ribbons I made embellishments for the journal with lots of sewing involved.

The quirky flowers were also made and a dragonfly with the leftover petals.

I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with these fabrics and other products from CraftStash and I hope you have enjoyed following along and seeing what I've created.

List of products used:
Sizzix Accessory Fabric
Card Making Magic Complete Box Set
Card Making Magic Layered Florals Die Set
Tonic Studios Decorative Bag Die Set
Card Making Magic White Ribbon
Blue Organza Ribbon
Simply Made Crafts Ribbon pack
Papermania Shimmer Dome Stickers

Inspirational Tuffet Pincushion Tutorial

Thank you so much for stopping by :) take care xx


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Paper Crafting with CraftStash

I've recently started paper crafting more and must admit that I'm really enjoying it. Many years ago when my son was an infant I used to scrapbook but of course over time our lives change and we venture into new areas.

I've always loved paper and with the addition to my love of laces and anything shabby I'd really like to incorporate more into my crafting.

Presently I am doing a few videos for a Company called 'CraftStash' who generously sent me a few of their products to try out. It has certainly been a fun experience and also a learning experience with the die cutting products, I've really enjoyed the process.

The first things I made were these lovely Crochet Lace Gift Bags using the Tonic Studios complete die cutting set. They require a large (A4 and over) die cutting machine to cut the base bag so I had to improvise and hand cut that part but it's all good because I think they still worked out wonderfully :)

Three were made from cardstock and one was made from a tea stained file folder (second from left).

The flowers are a combination of Kaisercraft Blooms, 49 and Market and handmade flowers using the lovely 'Layered Florals' die cutting kit by Cardmaking Magic and the ribbons were also from Cardmaking Magic and are part of the Christina Collection.

The next things I made were some cards and a box to house them. For this I used the 'The Complete 5"x7" Card Box Set which is also made to use in the larger die cutting machine so once again I hand cut this out (not a problem). I could use all the smaller components to make the box look something special as I normally would.

To decorate the box and the cards, I made many of the flowers using the Layered Florals dies and also added the lovely little white flowers called 'Snow' from 49 and Market. I added a little sparkle with the glittered Shimmer Dome Stickers from Papermania and once again used the white ribbon from the Christina Collection.

on this card above I also used the Cube Trellis Die Set by Cardmaking Magic.

I'm quite happy with how everything turned out and will definitely be making more cards. I have videos on all these projects on my YouTube Channel so if you would like to see them in more detail here are the links :)

Crochet Lace Gift Bags   and  Elegant Boxed Cards

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you too will try your hand at cardmaking, if you don't already.

Have a lovely day