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Christmas in a Tin

Hello again, here’s another post from me. This time a very cute (can I say that about my own project?) little Christmas project using some fabulous metal embellishments from Mitform Castings.

Mitform were generous enough to send the Craft Stamper office some of their castings to try out and we had a brilliant time creating with them. My little sardine tin scene is a project I’ve had in my head for ages now, ever since I brought the tin back from a holiday in Portugal. As soon as I recieved the castings I knew this would be the opportunity I was waiting for to create my diarama. With everything given a little wipe of gesso and texture paste snow, I sprinkled on some WOW! glitter to give it some sparkle.

The street is actually created from my own house stamps which I shrunk down using shrink plastic! I was absolutely amazed at how well they fitted in the tin. The tree or pine cone was found and the little car comes from a Monopoly set (an old one from the recycling centre). It all sticks so well using E6000 glue. That stuff is good!

As Mitform were so generous, we’ve decided to have a giveaway on the Craft Stamper Facebook page which you can find here. Or the blog post is on the Craft Stamper blog here. You can find my house stamps here.

Have a lovely day,

Jaine xx

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WOW! Embossing and Jillian Vance Design Blog Hop

Welcome to the WOW! Embossing and Jillian Vance Design blog hop where you’ll be wowed (can I say that?) by some amazing inspiration from both design teams.

For my inspirational piece I was very kindly sent this fabulous stamp set from Jillian Vance Design called World Adventure which I fell in love with the minute I saw it. I thought it would be perfect for a travel journal so that’s exactly what I did. I believe there’s also a Christmas version of the same stamp too.

Here’s my travel journal.

From WOW! I used Metalline Flame and Fluorescent Blue to emboss my design. I love how those colours work together.

Of course as it’s a blog hop there are prizes to be won too, from WOW! Embossing Powder the winner will receive a $25 Gift Card, and from Jillian Vance Design a $25 Gift Card.

Winners – Please be sure to leave your comments on each DT blog post (including WOW! Embossing Powder & A Jillian Vance Design blog posts) Please comment on each post to be eligible to win 2 x $25, Gift Card to A Jillian Vance Design or WOW Stores. It will run for one week with the winner announced on Monday, October 28th.

Here is the line up order starting at Jillian Vance Design –

A Jillian Vance Design

Jenny Colacicco

Shelly Kurth

Karen J Reategui

Ardyth Bolam Percy-Robb

Jo Herbert

Raluca Vezeteu

Tracey Mehak McNeely

Verity Biddlecombe

Rosemary Dennis

Jaine Drake – You Are Here!! Your next hopper in the chain is…

Bunny Bartlett Vance 

WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Have fun hopping and good luck.

Jaine x

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Gelli Printing Workshop

It’s been a while since I hosted a workshop with the Mosaik ladies so I’m looking forward to our next one on the 26th October 2019. The theme is gel printing, a subject I adore. I bought my first Gelli plate many years ago when they first came out and loved it but since lots of other projects took over it got pushed into a cupboard and almost forgotten about until recently. A revival of Gelli print projects made me fall in love with it all over again and this is what prompted me to hopefully inspire our Mosaik group.

We’ll be using an 8 x 10″ plate which is bigger than my original so I’m excited too. I’m no expert at it but I hope to bring some ideas and a few tips along the way, and hopefully we can use some of the prints to create little booklets or cards, that is if we don’t get too carried away and forget the time which is easily done!!

I’m determined this time to keep my gel plate out on my worktable for as long as is practical this time.
Have a good week

Jaine xxxxxx

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WOW! Embossing Powder & Newton’s Nook Designs Inspiration Week | Day 5

Hello and welcome to day 5 of the week long inspirational tour between WOW! and Newton’s Nook Designs.

When I was offered the chance to take part, I was sent two fabulous products by Newton’s Nook Designs. This gorgeous Cottage Garden stamp set and by contrast a Hibiscus die set.

I’m a big fan of Scandinavian design and this stamp set was crying out for this look. Keeping it simple with one colour of embossing powder, Primary Pink Robin, created the traditional folk design I was after.

With a large block it was easy to arrange my stamps in a pattern I liked so I could stamp the whole thing in one go. I only had to add the little leaf stalk afterwards. This sort of design would make a lovely Christmas look too.

The second card uses the die set, simply embossing the elements with Primary Chartreuse and Pink Robin twice to get a nice rich depth of colour. I brought in the Cottage Garden stamps to tie the two cards together just using a British Summer grey powder to keep it simple.

Now every blog hop has prizes and you have the opportunity to win a Newton’s Nook Designs $25 gift card, and from WOW! Embossing Powder, 6 x Embossing Powders (of your choice) PLUS carry case so Here’s how to win:
Leave comments on the WOW! Embossing Powder Team blog posts using Newton’s Nook Designs products all week (September 23 – 27).

One winner will be randomly chosen from the blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday, September 27th at midnight GMT to comment. The winner will be announced on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog post on Monday, October 1st.

You can find all of the other wonderful posts on the WOW! Embossing Powder Blog and the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.

Today I’m joined by Gemma in showcasing our inspirational makes. Please pay her a visit if you haven’t done so yet.

Thank you for visiting and good luck.

Jaine xx

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New Autumn Term From The Basement

Even though I no longer have school aged children (just one at uni), I love the start of the new term. It reminds me a bit of new year and a fresh start. It must be all the shiny new things in the shops, especially the pens and pencils, I want it all!

Lots of things have been happening over the summer, including holidays away, and there have been lots of projects in between. I’ll recap a few here.

First up, there have been quite a few projects for WOW! including these ATC’s. The theme for September is Embellishments which opened itself up to so many possibilities. Here I chose to create little embellishments from die cuts and embossing. A bit of sewing and they’re done! 

The same powder from the Riviera Trio was used on these circles and again sewn onto for extra texture. The powder was set onto texture paste for much deeper dimension and heating it with a heat tool created bubbles too. I love that finish!

For this one again I used a die cut but covered it with gel medium and embossing powder. Heating the powder over the gel medium created some wonderful texture which adds to the magic!

I’ve rediscovered how brilliant ATC’s are again after falling out of love with them for a while. This little one was made for Paper Pen and Plan and even though it looks as though I painted the whole background I’ve actually only used a small amount of paint smeared over this already painted scrapbook paper. A good trick if you have little time or inclination to wait for paint to dry!

At Paper Pen and Plan we’ve been enjoying our tiny travelers notebooks and have created Tiny TN Tuesday in our Facebook group. While away in the Summer I found a gorgeous OXO tin in an antiques shop and discovered it was perfect to hold my tiny and a few collage bits. I feel a bit disrespectful to my Grandma’s tin but honestly, OXO is the cutest.  

A couple of days ago I had a stand at a local arts and crafts fair. I really didn’t think I’d make it as I’d been so busy in the lead up to it but the weekend promised to be warm and sunny so I packed up my books and headed off. This was a huge event with well over 200 stall holders and the weather was superb! (except for a few gusts of wind which threatened to take our tent away over the fields). Thank you to all the people who came and supported me, I truly do appreciate it. Here I am with Katherine who I shared a spot with. Thanks Tine for the photo. x

Now it’s back to reality and back to work. There’ll be a workshop coming up soon in October which I’ll fill you in about soon.

Have a good week and I hope the sun continues to shine.

Jaine x



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Summer Travelers

I totally forgot this post which has been in draft for a while now. Intending to post while I was away so I thought I’d better get it out there!

I cannot get enough of the Vintage Botanicals collection by Simple Stories. I think it’s my favourite collection to date. 

It was just the right choice to cover a couple of inserts for my Carpe Diem Travelers Notebook and take to France on holiday with me. I love the vintage feel, it’s not too vintage and is packed with colour and layers, and has a real Summer vibe to it.

I used it too to decorate my monthly planner pages for July using both the papers and sticker elements. You can find lots of Simple Stories supplies at Paper Pen and Plan on Etsy.

Jaine xx

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Tiny TN In A Tin!!

Just when I thought I’d fallen in love with my Micro A7 Travelers Notebook, along came a Tiny version to mix things up a bit!

Measuring just 3 x 5cm, it arrived in a Sweet Treat Box from Paper Pen and Plan and it’s just adorable!

The Micro size sold out at the last craft market but I’ve now got some more leather to restock. So I’ll have lots more for the next one!

Anyway, back to Tiny. I found a tin in a cupboard which I know used to hold my granny’s pins and needles. Tiny fits in there perfectly with a little room spare for a few little collage bits. I’ve added a used tea bag, ticket, scraps of paper and a broken tape measure. For this first collage I used a bit of washi tape and some mini stickers from Simple Stories.

Of course being so small it was easy to take on holiday to France and this page I put together while I was there. I prepressed the little flower in the book before I created the collage so I knew it would fit on the page.

This little page I created at home and decided to try using my acrylic paints as a background. I love that blue Prima Impasto paint, the colour is so vibrant. A pink ticket and bit of muslin make a perfect backing for this little pressed flower. It might be a bit fiddly glueing in all the little elements but it’s so satisfying.

The tiny TN, Simple Stories mini stickers and Prima paints all come from Paper Pen and Plan on Etsy. You can also join in our Tiny TN Tuesday over on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/paperpenandplan it’s a closed group but anyone is welcome to join use the hashtag #tinytntuesday

Speak soon,

Jaine xx

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Summer Dandelions

What could say summer more than a dandelion just waiting to explode into the warm air? I think that is probably one of the reasons why I love this stamp set from WOW! Embossing. Teaming it with a simple watercolour background emphasises its delicacy I think!

I created this card for my blog post with WOW! this week which you can see here on their blog.

This version was created as part of the WOW! monthly challenge on Facebook.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Jaine x

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Collage Workshop

I was very fortunate to be able to give another workshop to the ladies of the Mosaik group recently, where we explored collage art using paper and fabrics. It was a requested theme so I definitely felt the pressure to deliver what they’d asked for.  The ladies embraced the theme whole heartedly and threw themselves into creating collages with found objects and pressed leaves and flowers. The results were beautiful.

I used tea bags, book page, some paint and organza as well as a little hand sewing.

These three I added to my junk journal which I think I’ll be using for collages from now on. Why not keep your own junk journal of collages or just to press flowers and leaves, it’s a lovely way to treasure the memory of a favourite walk or garden plant. Dried tea bags too can be beautiful in a background, adding a little vintage feel on a page. I use the smallest bits of paper sometimes as a tiny splash of colour can really lift a collage.

I hope you have a go for yourself as it’s great fun to do and so easy.

Have a good weekend

Jaine x



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KUKI 2019

Wow what a great weekend at KUKI in Kehlen! Given that the weather was all doom and gloom, we were prepared for the worst, but in the end we only had one small shower and the rest of the day was gloriously sunny.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and had tonnes of positive feedback. A huge thanks to all the family and friends who came to support me, it means such a lot. Now its all steam ahead to the next one in September.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover my best sellers were my tiny travelers notebooks which were a bit of a last minute addition just to see how they’d go!

Along with the aged and recycled notebooks which were also popular. I’ll have to get the tea out again for some more tea staining.

I’m concentrating on a new workshop coming up at the beginning of June which is all about collage art and creating small collages to the members of Mosaik. More about that later.

Collage Workshop 1st June 2019

Have a good week.

Jaine xx

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