Faux Wood

A few weeks back I posted this amazing photo of a piece I was working on using the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System in Weathered Birch Fine Wood as I was so impressed with the finish compared to the real thing.

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Canvas Corp have used my tutorial on their blog to demonstrate how easy it is to use the kit. You can find the full tutorial on the Creative Studio Blog  .

Happy Friday

Jaine

 

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Shop Sale

Everyone likes a sale right? I love a bargain.

sale bannerOver the weekend I decided to go through the papers in the shop and looking at them again made my heart skip.  I’m falling in love all over again. Having said that I’ve decided to offer them for  sale at 40% or 50% off which is truly a bargain.

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This set above is I Am by Simple Stories which is perfect if you love planning as well as scrapping.

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There’s also American Crafts Amy Tangerine and Pink Paisley too.

BSAC003 BSAC004To see more pretty papers for sale visit the papers section in the shop.

Jaine

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The Town House Stamps Are In The Shop

Woo hoo, at last they’re in the shop and available for purchase – excitement and nerves all in equal measure. They’re all red rubber and unmounted which means for the best stamping result I recommend using a sticky foam mount on the back but of course it’s not necessary. All you need is a stamping block and some stick pritt and you’re good to go. The individual houses are approx 11 x 4.5cm and the 4 houses in a row 11 x 9cm

There’s a Dutch house with the phrase ” Big City Life” that comes with it.

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A French house with “La Maison” of course,

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A Georgian house with “Home Sweet Home”,

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A Luxembourgish house with “Chez Nous”,

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A second Luxembourgish house because I couldn’t resist and the phrase “Down Town”,

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and my little row of houses.

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I can’t pick a favourite it’s just too hard.

To buy them they’re available here in the shop  http://shop.basementstudio.lu/ 

I do hope you like them as much as I do.

Jaine x

 

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Monday In The Studio

I think I should rename Messy Monday to Manic Monday that’s how it’s felt for the past few weeks. After lots and lots of dental treatment mixed with a sinusitis, ear infection and struggling with weeks of deafness in one ear, things are starting to look up and I’m feeling a bit more like me again. Hey, yesterday I opened my journal and put some paint on the page and that’s not been me for ages.  Add into the pot some truly dreadful weather, not like Summer at all and a broken laptop thanks to a glass of water and I think the start of my Summer has been at times depressing.

Anyhoo it’s nearly July so things have got to get better, haven’t they?

Big big big news, I have my stamps all ready here to go in the shop. Woo hoo.  I just need to package them up and we’re good to go. Here’s a little peek at one of the sets.  I couldn’t resist having a little colour in.

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The August edition of Craft Stamper magazine came out last week and I’ve a card featured in the 3D Challenge pages this time. To be honest I’d forgotten about this one seeing as we work so far in advance for print so when it came it was a pleasant surprise. The whole mag this month is full of cards just to show that mixed media isn’t all about canvases and journals.

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As I said the weather has been absolutely apalling in June so every minute without rain was a minute spent out doors making the most of it. It’s always more enjoyable to take everything outside to work. The sun seems to make planning days much easier.

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Basement Studio also received a party commission last week to cut shapes to be used in table decorations for a Vegas themed party. I cut 400 shapes to glue onto 200 stems of wire  and wired up 100 playing cards. Plus they were all glittered too so as you can imagine there was glitter everywhere. It felt like Christmas.

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Hopefully I’ll get time to finish that journal page this week before next Messy Monday.

Have fun

Jaine x

 

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A Simple Water Colour Card

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With the water colour look being so popular right now I thought I’d create something a little bit different on this card using ink sprays by Tattered Angels and a stencil. The ink sprays gave me a much brighter colour and they layered over each other beautifully.

The full tutorial is on the Canvas Corp Brands blog  

Jaine x

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What’s been going on in May?

Good question, very good question. I’ve not written here since April and that’s a shame but honestly May has been a bit like a whirlwind.

I’ve not been sitting around painting my toenails although it was very tempting a couple of weeks ago when the weather became so nice I actually put some sandals on. No, apart from digging, alot of digging in the garden, I’ve been busy designing some new stamps this time for me and my very own brand which has been very very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. It’s a big thing to try and get it just right and it took a long time before I’d actually sign them off as finished. I can’t wait now to see how they work.

Meanwhile I did put together a new mini album using the envelopes I received in the ATC swap a while back with Canvas Corp Brands. I’d been meaning to use the envelopes for some time as to me they are just as beautiful as the ATC’s themselves.

envie book side on envie book top down envie bookThere’s a whole blog post on the Canvas Corp blog showing how I put it together.

I’ll be showing the inside pages soon.

For now at least, have a good week.

Jaine x

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Messy Monday Journal Page

This weekend I went down with the cold I’ve been so determined to avoid now for weeks. I tried my best to get on as normal but after spending a couple of hours in the garden on Saturday I was flaked and Sunday I could hardly muster up the energy to get off the sofa. It’s a bit better now but of course the coughing will stay around for a while no doubt.

Yesterday for Messy Monday I did manage to get a journal page together. More collage and Dylusions paints then a simple drawing of Luxembourg city and that was it.

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I’m starting to become braver with adding more colour instead of sticking to the usual turquoise and blue colour scheme. The addition of pink a previously unseen colour on my pages is adding loads more interest.

Jaine x

 

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Spring Flowers Challenge

We spent this weekend in the garden weeding, digging and getting rid of cubic metres of moss from everywhere. It was truly exhausting, but I’m satisfied we did a brilliant job and it’ll surely pay off when the summer comes.

It’s lovely too to be able to draw inspiration (literally) from the garden and for my Messy Monday journal entry this week I did just that. I went out and took a few pics of the Spring flowers, then sketched one or two in my sketch book. My favourite was the pot of primroses which I thought I’d transfer to my journal.

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Hello Spring

Last week was a particularly draining week emotionally but this week I’m ready to pick myself up, leave that behind and move on. Signs of Spring are all around now and the weather too is giving us some really lovely days to get out and tidy the garden. It’s nice to see the covers come off the furniture at last and we’ve even cranked up the bbq.

It was so nice to open my journal again this week after what has been a long few weeks. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it until I started laying down some papers and glue.

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ATC Swap With Canvas Corp

It’s been many years since I hosted and swapped ATC’s. I used to love these little pieces of art so much. What’s not to love? They’re quick to make, not at all intimidating in size and great fun to swap.

When Christine from Canvas Corp asked me if I’d organize a swap for the team I jumped at it, take me back to the days of real post please and making art in mini form.

I gathered a group together and gave them all a posting list. They  had no idea who would be sending to who to keep it a lovely surprise. It was so lovely to read the chatter and see how everyone was getting on via our Facebook group.

Back in my own studio I set to work creating my master board which I cut into ATC’s.  They had to reflect my personal style so of course I chose to use my favourite colours with a touch of mixed media thrown in.

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