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Friday In The Studio And Big News

Morning everyone, well it’s been quite a week here in my little basement with a couple of projects on the table plus a bit of extra work which I’ve been keeping to myself for a few weeks now involving the Craft Stamper Magazine.

I’ve been contributing to this awesome magazine for quite a few years now as well as three of its sister magazines in the past. As well as designing for this amazing magazine I’ve now joined the team as Assistant editor. I’m absolutely thrilled and proud that Trish has such confidence in my abilities. I look forward to the exciting times ahead in this new role.

There’s nothing like a new start to make you have a jolly good tidy up and boy did my basement need one!  I went through my shelves of handmade journals and photo albums and picked out my favourites. Some of them had been completely taken over by …..stuff!!  This is what the tidied version looks like.

The Planner Shelf

I think the planner shelf looks a whole lot better too. At least I can get things in order now.

Have a good weekend

Jaine xx

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Autumn Term From The Studio

I love Autumn especially living here in a country blanketed by forest. When the leaves turn it’s magical.

We do tend to get nice weather in Autumn and as I sit here it’s the first of September already the sky is blue and the garden is calling.

This Autumn I start a new chapter in my life which I’ll go into in a bit more detail about next week but for now I need a new planner set up to help me get ahead so I thought I’d work in my Carpe Diem from Simple Stories along with the new Forever Fall collection.

It’s an absolute gorgeous collection and the colours are right up my street.

I decided to make myself a wrap around for one of my inserts from a file folder which is so easy to do. I can’t take all of the credit for this one, I saw it once on the internet but for the life of me I can’t remember where I originally saw it so sadly can’t give the credit where it’s due.

To make a wrap around pocket cover you’ll need to get hold of a card file folder. With school starting there are plenty around and you can pick up a pack of colourful ones for very little money. I just happened to have a few old ones which I found in the recycling centre which is what I’m using here.

The first thing you need to do is take out the metal and plastic holders if that’s possible.  If you can’t do that with yours I suggest you work it into the finished design and take advantage of it.

Next mark off where you need to cut and fold. Measure the wrap around using your insert and fold the two side pockets in. When it comes to cutting off the excess at the bottom leave a flap of about two cm’s at the bottom of each pocket. Cut a diagonal piece off each pocket.

Put double sided tape or glue along the bottom flaps and fold them in and that’s all there is to it. Now you get to do the fun bit which is the decorating.

It wraps around an insert perfectly and also makes a nice cover if as I’ve done you slip the covers into the pockets.

All materials come from PaperPenAnd Plan on Etsy which you can find here and if you use the code JAINE10 you can get an extra 10% off your order.

Have a good weekend and I’ll speak to you soon

Jaine xx

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WOW and Pink Fresh Studio Blog Hop

Hello there! All this week the team at WOW Embossing Powders are joining forces with the fabulous Pink Fresh Studio Creative Team for a fun-filled Blog Hop.
Blog hops bring so much inspiration and here we are bringing you a wonderful, creative and inspirational line up. Not only will you be inspired BUT if you leave a comment on each designer’s blog, you’ll earn a chance to win 6 powders from your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store you powders safely in.
Pink Fresh Studio will be offering a gift card worth a whopping $50
I was very generously given the opportunity to use a stamp and die set from Pink Fresh and I chose to use this cute Forest Friends set. As a lover of the forest and forest friends every day on my dog walks and being surrounded by the forest here in Luxembourg I simply had to have it.  The die too is an absolute must to be able to create this beautiful dimensional look.
I used Primary Chartreuse from WOW on the background as it’s such a gorgeous green shade and British Summer to stamp the little animal friends as it’s not so dark as an obvious black. I also stamped the little bear a second time and cut him out to layer up creating even more dimension.
Here are a couple of better looks at it.
The Winners from the hop will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL OF THE POSTS from this blog hop by 7th September 2018 and the will be announced on the WOW blog the week of 10th September 2018.
If you are hopping along, you should have come from the blog of Gemma Campbell.
Your next stop is our very own Jo Herbert.
If you get lost along the way, head back over to the WOW! Embossing Powder / Pink Fresh Studio blog for the complete list of designers joining in the hop.
 
Jaine Drake – That’s me!
Good luck and happy hopping
Jaine xx

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A Rainbow Of Colours

I’m so happy right now to have my workspace studio in my basement because believe me when it’s 38° outside the basement is the only place I want to be. If I open the back door to go out it’s like standing in front of the oven so I’m here squirrelled away as much as possible so I won’t melt.

It means I can get lots of things done and plan for all the new projects ahead.

As it’s August already there’s a new challenge on the WOW Embossing Powders Facebook page and the theme this month is “Rainbow”. What better excuse for bringing out as many colours of powder as is possible on one project? Plus it’s a wonderful excuse for going a little bit mad – not that I need an excuse.

On the card below I created a watercolour background over stamped and embossed butterflies from Pretty Pink Posh and added a floral die cut border embossed with various colours of powder.

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WOW And Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

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An Update From The Studio

Good morning from a the sunny Dutch coast where we’re taking a few days break to recharge and rest. It’s the first time taking the dog too so his reaction to the sea will be priceless.

This week it was my turn to post on the WOW blog and the theme for the month is Embossing Glitter. I’m really embracing my glittery side and find myself adding some to almost everything these days. I never thought I’d say that.

I have this awsome stamp set from Jane Davenport which I used on this card and thought it reminded me of Asian art which inspired me to go for this Asian design.

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Mini Album To Make You Smile

July is here and the weather is just glorious for the moment. I’m working outside as much as possible on our little shady terrace which has a wonderful view of the garden and endless inspiration for sketching, painting and planning.

I must have had a summer vibe going on when I made up this mini album. I’ll be taking part in a small hand craft market coming up in September so I need to build up some stock for my table. I’ll be selling photo albums and felt creations for starters. I’ve lots of other ideas in my head but it remains to be seen if I actually get around to making them a reality.

It’s also my piece for the WOW Facebook Challenge this month where the new theme is Embossing Glitter.

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WOW And Catherine Pooler Blog Hop

Hello there, I hope you’re all good and ready for another week of fun and inspiration. Today marks the start of the blog hop between WOW Embossing powders and Catherine Pooler and I’m totally thrilled to be part of it.
I fell in love with this stamp from the “Love Is In The Air” set the minute I set eyes on it as it’s just gorgeous. I can see it’ll become one of my go to stamp sets in the future as it’s so virsatile.
As well as the stamp set I also used two beautiful Catherine Pooler ink pads and created the watercolour background by smooshing some on my craft mat and spritzing it with water. You really don’t need much as the colour is so juicy and intense.
I used Chocolate Caramel Pearl powder from WOW to emboss the image and the contrast is perfect.

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Pretty In Pink Baby Card

Happy Monday from a very stormy and wet Luxembourg. I hope the weather’s good where you are?

This week marks a very significant change for me as next monday I’m going to be having a full hysterectomy done. Without going into lots of horrid details basically it’s something I’m actually looking forward to as it’s been a long while coming. By a twist of fate this weekend was Mothers Day here as if to make a point but I’m not sad about it, in fact I think I’m ready for this next phase of my life. I’ve had my beautiful girls and couldn’t want anything more. Grandmother-hood bring it on.

Funnily enough I was also asked to make this new baby card recently which also set me off thinking about grandkids.

Pretty, girly and sweet with a pinch of glitter was the brief I set for myself so that’s what I did using my WOW embossing glitter and some shiny Glintz powders to cover my die cuts.

I love the dimension too it really brings it all to life.

It’s up on the WOW blog today and if you haven’t taken part in the hop yet I suggest you go over there and first read my post and then find out about the hop. There are some super prizes to be won.

Anyway I’m off as I’ve a busy week ahead.

Lots of love

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WOW Embossing Powders and Honey Bee Stamps blog hop

Hello there and welcome if you’re new here. I’m thrilled to be taking part in this hop between WOW and Honey Bee Stamps. I was sent this gorgeous package from Honey Bee and I couldn’t wait to play with the goodies inside.

They very generously sent me a fabulous flower border stamp and die called Zen Floral which has a very useful die to go with it. I used it to create this bordered card along with a Honey Cuts die called Hello Gorgeous Words.

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