Pretty Pastels

My third Guest Designer card for Newton’s Nook Design

Believe it or not, I find making simple cards the hardest! I really wanted this card to be all about Newton’s Nook Designs Blooming Botanicals image. I did the silly thing of looking at what all the Design Team members created with this set, yep! I was quite daunted! They’re all so gorgeous, what else could I possibly create and make look different?! So the idea of making a card in soft pastels tones sprung to mind!


I stamped the Newton’s Nook Designs Blooming Botanicals floral image on smooth white card with VersaMark ink, seriously, I could’ve stopped right there!! The watermark design left on the white card was just stunning, do I keep it just like that? No, I couldn’t do that, I had that pastel colour idea in my head, so I proceeded and applied soft pink, yellow and purple chalks over the stamped VersaMark image (if you haven’t got chalks then you could use Pan Pastels instead). I didn’t apply the chalks right to the edges of the card, I wanted a gradual shaded effect so the centre part of the design would be the main focus.
All the card needed then, was a sentiment stamped in black ink, a few sequins and a couple of strips of thin silver sparkly Washi tape, Viola! 

Thanks for checking out my blog, now go and create!

Miss Jane


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Blooming Beautiful

Gidday!

Today I’m sharing my second March Guest Designer card for Newton’s Nook Designs. I made this card using one of the beautiful images from the Newton’s Nook Designs Loads of Blooms stamp set.


I really wanted the girl image with the big bunch of blooms to stand out, so I coloured her with Copic markers, then created the background shop front building using grey tones. I think the grey background really makes the image pop from the card, what do you reckon?


Firstly, I lightly drew the background shop front image around my coloured bloom girl by using a lead pencil, just to get the angles right. Once I was happy, I went over the top with a C1 Copic marker and erased my lines. I created shades and shadows with the N2 and C2 Copic markers. I spent quite a few hours on it and finally I just had to be happy and say I’m done! I’m not a colour expert, it’s not perfect, but we’re all learning and must be content not to compare ourselves to the experts! Just have fun and that’s certainly what I had!!

It’s such a gorgeous set of stamps and a must have set!


Thanks for looking, I hope I have inspired you in some way.
Happy stamping, Miss Jane

Sorting wooden stamps

Okay, I have put off this job for three years now, it’s just time to do it! Shows you how much I use my wooden stamps! There has been a few occasions where I know I have something that would suit my card, but because it’s packed away in one of the four boxes, I just had to come up with an alternative.

Anyway the day has come that I MUST unpack them, no more procrastinating!! I have six plastic file containers that I’m going to place them in, and I’m only keeping what fits in those containers! Seriously!

I unpacked them all onto my craft tables in themes, then decided what I wanted to keep. GOSH I didn’t realise how many there were, the mountain of them looked glorious though LOL.

A few didn’t survive because the bottom of one box got wet and the cardboard stuck to them. I’ll try soaking them, but I don’t like my chances. I few harden because they were just old, some would be at least 20 years old! They were used many times and were very loved.

Anyway, that task is done now, I’m off to sort my acrylic stamp sets now, they’re looking raggedy!! Craft room organising is an ongoing job isn’t it?!

Thanks for visiting, now go and sort!

Miss Jane

Cosmos Flowers

Gidday!

You know when you have an idea of a card stuck in your head!! Well, I’ve had this idea for over a year I reckon, I was just waiting for the right stamp! Technique Tuesday Kind Cosmos mini stamp set was perfect, what beautiful delicate flowers.

I stamped the image on the right-hand side of smooth white card using a light grey ink pad. I coloured the Kind Cosmos flowers using PrismaColor pencils and drew roots at the bottom of the flower stems with brown pencils. To create the Botanical theme, I inked small sections of the flowers and stamped them down the left-hand side of the piece with a light grey ink. I added the name of the species and labelled the sections. It was so much fun and such a big relief to get the idea out of my head! BUT, now I want to do more!!

I sponged Distress Ink old paper around the edges and added Tim Holtz measurement Washi tape to a few areas. Layered it all on Core’dinations dark grey card and sanded the edges to keep with the vintage feel.

Funny little story: I finished styling the card and picked up my phone to edit the pictures, for this I now need glasses. Well, I couldn’t find my glasses anywhere, I was getting very frustrated as I knew I only just had them!! Ummm I used them for the style shot, LOL. Oh dear, it was coffee time to be fair!

Hope you like the card, leave me some love or go and purchase the stamps set! Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Now go and create!

Miss Jane

No prob – Llama

Oh, I’m very excited to share the news that I’m the Guest Designer over at Newton’s Nook Designs for the month of March!! What an absolute honour it is!! I’m so delighted that I get to play with their stamps, they’re such awesome designs and a super friendly company!

My first card to share is using Newton’s Nook Designs Loveable Llamas stamp set. I love this set, it has two cute Llamas to choose from and then you have several decorative blankets to add to them, or there is a set of suitcases, or presents, or pot of cactuses you can use as well or instead, OH so many options, be still my heart! The sentiments are just as adorable too! I guarantee you’ll want this set!! Click HERE to check it out!

Here’s a sneak peek of the card. You’re going to have to head on over to Newton’s Nook Designs blog to see the whole card! he he. So many wonderful cards on that blog to check out and so much to inspire you!

I created the funky curved hills on vellum using a white Prismascolor pencil, I also shaded them a little using the same pencil.
I coloured the back of the vellum hills using a variety of green shades in the Distress Ink pads collection! I love how they turned out, it mutes the colours slightly but that’s what I like!

Well, I can’t wait to share what I create next! So much fun using Newton’s Nook Designs stamps!! Such a great variety! Stay tuned every Tuesday in March! Mark it in your calendars my friends LOL

Thanks so much for checking out my blog post, now go and create!

Happy stamping

Miss Jane

Alice in Wonderland

Hi there,

Who’s a Alice in Wonderland fan? Me! LOL

HeartcraftPaper latest digital stamp release is Alice in Wonderland!! Straight away I wanted to capture the scene where Alice falls down the rabbit hole! I grabbed my Copic markers and started colouring around and around in circles, elongating them towards the bottom as I went, I really had no clue! But, I then looked up some pictures of holes and got the shading a bit better, I’m chuffed how it turned out! Alice is a very beautiful image to colour, her eyes are brilliant and what a cute little dress! So adorable!

I popped Alice on a Wobble piece so she actually moves, I wanted to create the illusion that she’s falling. I get so engrossed in my cards sometimes, I’m sure I’m not the only one that does that! It could be light outside, but, suddenly you haven’t had dinner and it’s bed time!!

Go and check out all the other Alice in Wonderland characters at HeartcraftPaper, you’ll want them all, they’re only USD$2!! That’s $1.41AUD (as at 5/03/19) Hmmm… maybe I’ll create a huge tea party card!

Thanks for checking out my blog, now go and create!

Happy stamping

Miss Jane

Friendship Card

Hello fellow cardmakers!

Do you love collage stamps as much as me? I just love the fact that all the hard work is done for me! This beautiful flower collage from Darkroom Door has it all, Jonquils, swirls, postage marks, vintage/distressed border and a text/grid overlay. Do you know how long that would take to create?! Just aligning up all the images using separate stamps and praying that you don’t slip up anywhere especially the last one!! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making collages out of my stamps, but some days I just want to be lazy and when you have a stamp that has it all well hallelujah!

Darkroom Door Collage Stamp – Jolly Jonquils

I stamped the Darkroom Door Collage Stamp Jolly Jonquils on a page from an old book using a light brown ink, the paper from the book was already aged and had a great distress look to it. I coloured the Jonquils using Copic markers in golden yellow tones. I stamped the Jolly Jonquils image again on a piece of clear plastic using StazOn jet black ink. I placed it over the coloured book page aligning up the images so it wouldn’t look blurred, then I secured it in place using double-sided tape behind the distress borders on the plastic image. I further decorated the card by adding lace, ruler sticker, yellow trim and green foliage in the top right-hand corner.

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For the verse I used Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiment Stamps and created the Friendship banner and stapled it in place. The Friendship sentiment strips has so many great sayings! Gotta love that too!

I really loved creating this card and hope it inspired you! It’s been a while since I’ve made a vintage styled card, I must do more!

Thanks for checking out my blog post, now go and make something!

Happy stamping!

Miss Jane xx

A Winter Bride

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog, I’m so glad you’re here!

Well, I’ve decided to stay on as a Guest Designer for HeartcraftPaper for a few more months, such a lovely group of ladies and Monica’s images are so cute, I really enjoy creating with them so why not!

This is my second card I’ve made using HeartcraftPaper Primavera Fae image, I’ll pop a picture at the bottom of this post showing you the first card I created using Fae, just in case you missed it LOL, can’t have that happening can we!

So she’s a beautiful digital image and not a stamp, I’m very new to these digital images but, I’m working it out (yes, I’m slightly computer illiterate) but now I’m having so much fun!! I can make them any size I want and in any colour too! Stop laughing! Yes, those of you who have been creating with them for years! LOL Honestly…. I’ve never really thought about using them before, I’m a stamper girl!! Anyway, I’m learning and discovering the joys of the digital world. The ink from my printer is perfect to use with my Copic markers but please test before you colour your images, you never know!

Well, enough rambling, here’s my card, A Winter Bride! It’s ironic because I made this card on a stinking 40 degree day here in Australia!

I coloured her using my Copic markers, but I also darkened and highlighted a few areas with my Prismacolor pencils, I do this sometimes if I can’t get the shading right with the markers. The background tree image is a Stampendous stamp used with a blue ink pad, I wanted to create a subtle background, but then I ended up shading between the trees and they became more prominent. I never really know how my cards are going to end up, do you have a plan when starting a card? I do, but I always seem to go off the rail LOL. Oh, I also added dots to her dress using a white gel pen and glittered it up and her wings using Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

Spring Bride card

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and having a look at my blog, I really appreciate it!

Happy creating!

Miss Jane

New domain for my blogging

Hello there and welcome to my new blog site! It just got too hard for me in trying to change my old blog to the style I wanted so I just started up this one instead! Any suggestions are welcome. 

I really just wanted a place where I can share my addiction…. I mean creations. I have a deep, maybe you could even say…obsessive passion for cardmaking, especially using stamps, colouring and papers, OH who am I kidding, anything that’s relatable to cardmaking!! Oh and I’m the biggest enabler ever, so don’t be surprised if I talk you into buying stuff!! Honestly….I would just love to spark a piece of creativity in you when you need it, to inspire and for both of us to discover great techniques and experiences of the cardmaking world!

Apparently you shouldn’t have a post without some sort of picture! So here’s my Top Nine cards for 2018, so Instagram stats told me. Glad I didn’t have to choose because there were too many I loved, well actually I love all my cards LOL, but I’m bias, they all tell a story! The joy of a new stamp, image or paper just consumes me, it’s such a big part of my life! To be honest I am blessed, I get to create nearly every day, whether it’s just colouring, stamping or shuffling papers around!

Instagram top nine cards for 2018!

Anyway, keep checking this space, maybe subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Happy creating!

Miss Jane xx