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WOW! Fab Foils

The theme this month on the WOW! blog is all about Fab Foils and ways of using them.

I find that the results of my foiling are not always perfect so I used that to my advantage and went with the flow so to speak, finding creative and abstract ways to use them. In the Dandelion card above I’ve stamped onto textured watercolour card which I knew from the beginning wouldn’t give me a nice perfect impression. You can see that in the foiling over the top of the Bonding Powder but I think it matches the random watercolour background, creating something light and delicate.

On the red and purple card, I chose to use the stamp in parts, stamping Embossing ink without using an acrylic block. This gave me the nice randomly foiled background which you can see above.

The butterfly here above was stamped with Embossing ink and Bonding powder in the traditional way before adding Silver Fab Foil. The butterfly below however was die cut from sticky double sided sheet and some of the excess pieces of foil pressed onto it randomly. This resulted in a colourful, foiled image. A great use of the offcuts!

Happy Sunday everyone

Jaine x

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Happy 2019

Or…thoughts for the new year. 

Don’t you just love the new year, all shiny and clean? What ever happened in 2018 can jolly well stay there along with the remains of the turkey and crispy pine needles!

There’s something about the freshness and promise of January 1st that gets me so excited. I’ll be starting a new planner and a new planner style along with a new sketch book as I’ve actually filled up my old one at last. 

Planner Stack 2019
Carpe Diem My Main Squeeze

Going into 2019 I look forward to lots more exciting things to come with Craft Stamper magazine and getting to know alot more of how things work behind the scenes. I’ll be continuing to work with WOW! Embossing Powders and some exciting new products they have coming up, taking a bit of a step back with Canvas Corp Brands by joining their Alumni program and carrying on my work with Paper Pen and Plan as a Creative team member.

I have some big craft market plans too as this was something I really enjoyed in 2018 and one or two new ideas for the Basement Studio shop too. 

So, I’d better stop talking and start doing before the novelty of fresh starts and all things new wears off!

A very happy new year to everyone and may 2019 turn out to be the best yet. 

Jaine xxxx

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A Creative Partnership

Sometimes you come across partnerships which just work so perfectly you know it’s right. Well, for a while now I’ve had just that very thought. 

I’m very lucky to be in a position where I work with some amazing companies and two of those companies are Canvas Corp Brands and WOW Embossing Powders.  To me, it makes perfect sense to put these two companies together and so that’s just what I did in a blog post on the Canvas Corp Brands blog today.

I had a load of fun creating this card using one of my favourite background techniques using both WOW and Canvas Corp Brands and if you want to see how I made it then go over to the CCB blog.

Have a good weekend

Jaine xxxx

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Gypsie Travels From The Studio

Antiques market in the Hague

I’m still enjoying looking back on some of my holiday photos especially as here in Luxembourg the weather is still in the high 20’s, although we’re waiting for this to change any day. This particular collection  of pictures was featured on the Canvas Corp Brands Web site a week ago as part of their Gypsie Travels feature. They were taken while we were visiting The Hague as we came across this gorgeous little antique market tucked away from the main streets down this leafy avenue.

There were some typically iconic Dutch antiques, like these clogs. No doubt they’ve seen plenty of hard work. They don’t look very comfortable though!

I came across these ink pens and nibs and bitterly regret not buying any. They were so pretty and would have made my desk look far more important than it is. 

There are lots more photos and a write up on the CCB blog which you can find here.

Enjoy the weekend where you are and I’ll be back soon with a new post.

Jaine xx

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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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WOW And The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning coffee lovers and tea drinkers and non caffeine related drinks lovers too, lets not be drinkist here.

As I sip my second coffee of the day I’m longing to show you a little project I finished on behalf of WOW for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is happening right now.

The Coffee Loving Papercrafters are a fun group of people who share a love of coffee with their love of paper craft and so they decided it would be fun to host a blog hop to showcase some of their talent and WOW Embossing Powders is taking part in the hop. I along with the other designers have come up with coffee themed projects of our own and this is mine.

Whilst not a card I decided to go with my first thought which was to use one of the million coffee sleeves I’ve managed to squirrel over the years to make this little sketchbook.

Of course the inside pages had to match up too so my daughter and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon coffee dying paper together in the Spring sunshine to make my pages.

I love making these quick books, I find them addictive and adorable and a great way to use up small scraps of paper and fabric. Of course you don’t have to go to the extreem of dying paper but it is satisfying and the smell too is amazing. I especially love the way the paper warps and feels once it’s dried.

Some of the pages I also used in this collage which I posted on the WOW blog recently. It was made on one of the black pages of my mixed media journal which really make everything pop out.

Below you can see I even used a tea bag on the page. These make great collage papers and layer beautifully.

I stamped and embossed using the new Glintz powders from WOW as they really blended well with my materials. You can read the full blog post here.

Anyway, back to my little coffee sleeve mini and if you go to the WOW blog you can enter the Coffee Lovers hop for yourself and win some fabulous prizes.

Hop along to wow for your chance to WIN! Our Super sponsor blog hop prizes include 2 x February Creative Club Kits! PLUS 5% off store wide using code WOWCLH0518 just click on the link.

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Welcome to the new web site and blog

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Boy, this has been a long time in the making. I think we started this process over a year ago but life got in the way somewhat, like it does.

Anyway from now on this will be my new home where I hope to inspire and keep you up to date with what’s going on in my world. If you’ve come from my old blog, thank you for following me here, I really really appreciate it and if you’ve just discovered me “Hello” and “Welcome” I hope you’ll stay around.

For the moment the blog is the only part which is up and running, the shop is still being stocked with goodies and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to open that side of things very soon but until then I’ll be bringing you my version of mixed media, art journaling, scrapbooking, mini book making, cards and much much more.

My social media links are on the top left and I hope you’ll follow me there too. I also plan to have a mailing list for a newsletter so you’ll be able to see what’s going on, where and with what.

That’s it, the only thing left to say is let’s “go get crafty” together, I now declare this web site OPEN.

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