Thursday, September 3, 2015

Designing for Hochanda.

I know my blogging is very sporadic, hopefully I will become more regular at it one day. I'm back with some exciting news. I was very happy to be asked to join Dawn Macfie's (Of  Dawn's Inspirations.) design team for the new craft channel Hocanda

This channel is trying to be different from other craft channels in that its aim is to focus on demonstrations and not just power selling. 

As the channel is very new, it opened on 27th of August, we had a very short time to use the stamps and get samples made. However, me and the other design team members got busy and pulled out the stops.
Here's what I came up with:

Dawn was then asked to repeat her stamping shows and we had a little more time to create so I refined my spotlight technique card using the cornflower stamp and did another colour variation of the purple butterfly background card. Dawn chose both of these designs to demonstrate live on air!

Spotlight technique

Butterfly background

I'm looking forward to the challenge of another lot of stamps or dies or whatever Hochanda has in store for Dawn next!

Please take a moment to check out the cards made my my fellow design team members. They each design and create stunning cards, scrapbook pages and altered items. They are super talented ladies! 


I'll be back sooner rather than later I hope!

Jen. X

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Zentangle, doodling on a mission.

A cross between meditation and art. It's new to me but I had a go after seeing a friend (Karen Gipp) post about it on Facebook. I really enjoyed it and think I'll do more.

This was my first attempt. I think its rather cellular and organic.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

The handbag!

There has been a craze within the crafting communities that I frequent. In fact we have many, where somebody makes something fab then we all have a go. One of the latest has been a really cute handbag. It fit three 4" cards inside and is a really sweet gift. (Or a fab toy for my girls who have both made one.) I found a video tutorial here by a lady called Chris Slogar. I used this as the bases for one of my classes using new papers from the new Stampin  Up annual catalogue. I'm slightly addicted to the bags and will be making more at my next classes too! (Different papers though.)

I just love these paper, well the are purple! The teal colour is called Bermuda Bay, it is gorgeous One of my new favourites I think.

The idea for the great friend card came from a lady called Linda Kasparian who posted a picture on a Facebook group I belong to. I love it.

Any ladies due to come to my next Thursday evening classes will be having a hug sneak peek!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scrapberry's cards.

Well, my friend Dawn from Dawn's Inspirations did an amazing job demonstrating the Scrapberry's paper collections on Create and Craft. So I've got the samples back and I thought I'd give you a close look at them, with some, hopefully, better pictures.

These cards were made using the Elegy collection. It's a quite romantic with reds, greys and black.

These cards were made using the Fairy Tale collection. This is a beautiful set of papers, and having two girls who are fairy mad at the moment these papers are just perfect.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Card class prep.

I have a Thursday evening card class today. It's always a lovely evening, very friendly, relaxing with a nice dollop of chatter too. Oh, and we make three beautiful cards as well! I just thought I'd show you my desk at the moment, with all the packs, punches, stamps and inks ready to go. If your are eagle-eyed then you can spy a peek at the cards we will be making too. I won't reveal them all as I have another class next week, and I need to keep and air of mystery about myself!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Card Swap.

I'm a member of a card swap group, 10 of us make and send one card each month to another member of the group. There is normally a theme. This months theme was neutral. I'm not good with neutrals, I love a splash of colour, but I do enjoy having to work outside my comfort zone.
Here is this months card. I've made it using the  Stampin' Up Something Lacy background stamp and the itty bitty flower punch along with the postage stamp punch, also from Stampin' Up.

(Don't you think a splash of purple would just lift it?! ;))

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Exciting times.

My good friend dawn Macfie has just done her show as a demonstrator on Create and Craft TV. She demoed the new Scrapberry's range of papers and embellishments. She was fantastic, totally natural and excellent and demonstrating her cards.
She kindly asked me to be on her design team to create sample cards and scrapbook layouts for the show. I was so pleased. I have three very different kits to work with. I thoroughly enjoy the task which did push me to work with papers that would not be my natural choice to use.
Here are some of the samples I made for the show.