Sunday, 23 February 2014

My 3rd Nautical Piece

For my third nautical piece I decided to make a card in the shape of a screen. 
Took a piece of card, folded it in half then folded each end in. I used a spellbinder die to cut the 'legs'. Used the Tied Together Couture Creations embossing folder to give the card some texture, taking care not to go over the legs. Went around the edges and along the creases  with barn door distress ink. 
Cut some panels from red & blue card, a little smaller than the panels on the screen, adhered these to the screen, cut some smaller panels from the backing paper by Adele Bradshaw at Jiggery Makery. Adhered these panels to the red & blue panels. 
Printed the image & sentiment, adhered these to the screen, finished off with a few embellishments.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Debbi - first post for DT make

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing with you a project I have created using a new digi image designed by the very talented ADELE BRADWELL

It is a nautical theme and although I haven't used it there is a great background paper that co-ordinates with the image

Due to a severe lack of printer ink I was unable to use the background...
This will be rectified soon! LOL
Isn't that always the way - when you have something great to print it runs out!

So here is what I have created...

I have created a background that I have hand stamped on designer paper 
The paper is from the wellington range - I just love that bear and all the accessories!
I have stamped in blue from a stampin up set a compass and an anchor
I have then added a silver charm 
I have thenn added random blue gems to the background

A close up of the sentiment 

The image
I have coloured her in promarkers 
The detail on the anchor was added using one of the metallic ones

A close up of the background

I hope that you like what I have created for you 
and thank you for taking the time to look

As always your comments are appreciated 
and welcome to my new followers! Nice to have you here

Have a lovely day 
Debbi x 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

2nd Nautical Themed DT Piece

This week I thought I'd have a go at making a cupcake case & a pinwheel (seeing as I had made some buns!).
I imported the lovely digi images, from Adele Bradwell at Jiggery Makery designs (have a look on her Facebook page), into Craft Artist as there is a cupcake/pinwheel project.
I resized the girl & sentiment image so they would fit onto the cupcake case.
I printed the images & cut them out. 

The cupcake wrapper just needed a slit making for the tab to fit through.
The 2 pieces of the pinwheel were glued together (making sure I glued the white sides together!), you could have 2 designs for this part. Made small holes where indicated on the design & started cutting & fixing together. Alternate corners were folded to the centre & held together, then were fixed together onto a straw using a brad.

I think they look good & would be great for a party. Here are the digi images I used:

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hello sailor! From a newbie!

Hello all you JB Crafting Fans!

As my first post as DT with JB Crafting I was given this lovely Digi stamp, sentiment and some fun stripy background paper by Adele Bradwell! Arent they great? I love the vintage vibe I get from them.

Since you don't know me yet I will let you in on a secret...... I am a complete newbie with it comes to digis. Its not my favourite because I like the feel of an actual stamp. However, as a digital designer myself, I regret not being into it more because every once in a while you come across a really amazing little character like this beauty. I am a fan of pin up art and the sailor theme was just too perfect. Of course you cant stray much from the red white and blue of a typical sailors outfit so I stuck with that. It helped that the paper matched ;).

I printed out my background onto some white cardstock and overlaid the sentiment on top of the sailor girl with my photo editing software before printing 2 of her as well. Always print more than one, just in case! For me its a good thing I did as I prefer to work with watercolours and it takes some skill to use watercolour on non-watercolour paper without it warping too much. So obviously I practiced on one and in the end used a mixture of water painting and straight colouring with my distress markers.

I wanted to give the anchor a little more than just colour. I really wanted it to pop out and give it some texture. So after I had finished all of my colouring I used an embossing pen in sections and embossed my anchor with Stampendous fran-tage AGED SILVER embossing enamel. Unfortunately at this point my heat tool overheated on my and with my impatience I filled in the unembossed sections with brushed pewter distress stain. This worked out fairly well because it allowed the lines of the anchor to show through even after painted.

For the background of the card I distressed the edges with chipped sapphire distress ink and stamped a large medallion stamp and embossed with white to simulate a doily. We all love a little bit of frills don't we? This is where I adhered my pin up girl. I felt it needed just a little bit more so I stapled on a white satin ribbon and added a few little hearts that I handcut and glittered with xmas red stickles. Honestly I thought the hearts would make it feel very valentinesy... not really a word but work with me here!

So there you have it. My first DT project and one of the few I have done with digital images! I do hope you like it.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Debbi - a little bit about me!

I am Debbi and I am 37 married to a very understanding crafting widow husband and we have 2 boys that are aged 8 and 5. I have been crafting about 7 years and love it - There are so many great techniques to learn and so many different ways to do something!

I love anything that co-ordinates and will always try and match my card, ink and accessories. I like to add a lot of texture to my card and will also think about the layers that I am adding!

I haven't crafted as much as I did in the last couple of years as I suffer from degenerative disc disease and suffer a lot of pain, however with light exercise, physio and having major surgery a couple of years ago I am slowly getting back into it and managing to spend time in my craft room - progress is slow - but I am loving to create again 
I just have to do it in stages and have a little walk about when I have been sat for a while

I look forward to sharing with you what I create for the design team and cannot wait to get started 

Debbi x

My first DT project

Hi I'm Bev & this is my first project for J B Crafting Supplies.
I was given a lovely image, some nautical striped background paper & a sentiment, all sent to me digitally.
I am not used to digi images and decided I might try to use them in Craft Artist, which is a digital crafting programme. But first I had to colour the image so I imported it into the paint programme on pc & coloured it there.
I imported the coloured image, backing paper & sentiment into craft artist & set to work.
I used an A5 page, put on a pale blue background, put on the striped backing sheet, resized it to leave a border of pale blue, then I chose a swatch of material, coloured it to match the pale blue background and resized it & roughened the edges. Made this swatch stand out by putting a dropped shadow around it.
I placed the image onto the swatch, resized it to fit, and put a dropped shadow around it to make it stand out. Found a sketchy sailboat image so placed that on too.

I wanted something to put the sentiment onto so searched my embellishments & found a gingham style heart, which I liked, so popped that on, moved it around until it looked right, then placed the sentiment onto it. Used a dropped shadow around the heart.

Found a bow to put on top of the anchor for the finishing touch.
I decided to place the printed out finished project onto a paper lunch bag to use as a gift bag - I think it looks ok, hope you like it.
Thanks to Julie for picking me as part of DT & Adele Bradwell at Jiggery Makery for the lovely digi images.

So you want to know about me... new DT!

Yikes!! So that is me over there on the left. My name is Sam and I am SO excited to be joining Julies team! I have already made introductions with the other members that I will be occasionally (or more often than that) bugging for tips on how to work this blogging malarkey! All right so Im kidding, I do know what Im doing... for the most part.

Sooo, a little about me. I am in my early 30s and have pretty much been into any form of crafting my entire life. I love being creative so when I moved here to England from my old life across the pond, it didn't take much for me to get hooked to card making when my mother in law bought me a few starter goodies.

If you didn't catch that subtle hint that Im not from here, I am half Mexican, half American. I have 3 kids who are mutts. British, Mexican and American. I moved here about 4 years ago or so to be with my british husband and  have been driving him crazy ever since. I went to school to be a graphic designer but due to life getting in the way, that dream did not get fulfilled. However, I am hoping to be returning this year to finally get that finished!

My crafting style is pretty grungy. I am a big fan of Tim Holtz and you will see a lot of inking in my work. My hands are almost always colourfully inky and I will try and persuade any crafter to try the messy goodness for themselves. I have taught a class or 2 in inking and spraying and hopefully will teach more in the future. I would love for you to one day find my work in a magazine (or 2).

I am a pinterest addict. If I could, I would try each and every one of the diy pins I find. If you want to FOLLOW ME on there feel free!

A bit of crafty genius
I have a blog called A BIT OF CRAFTY GENIUS which I try very hard to keep updated and I am also very active on facebook. I have my own business called AUTUMN MOON DESIGNS where I do my digital work and stencil making, though I am taking a break at the moment due to an upcoming holiday.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my life. Don't forget to get to know the other new DTs, and thanks again Julie and company for welcoming me!


Hi !

Hi- I'm Bev. I'm a 50 something (when did that happen??) Recently  retired dental nurse. Have been crafting for a few years but due to things beyond my control lost my mojo for a while. It is now coming back & I am enjoying my crafting again.
Have been married to Keith for 34 years - eeekk! - where did all that time go???
We have one son, James, who is quite self sufficient and doesn't need his bedroom now so hello my new craftroom (hopefully)! I love nosing around blogland & pinterest. My blog is here & my Pinterest stuff is here. I am also on Facebook & Twitter.
I am excited to be on this DT & hope you like what I do.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Some of the beautiful fabric that has arrived in the shop!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Patchwork & Applique Cushion Workshop.

Patchwork & Applique Cushion Workshop.

Saturday March 8th 1:00pm - 4:00pm £20.00 

Using the new Tim Holtz fabric.

Some knowledge of using a sewing machine is required.

Booking is essential as places are limited to six people.

Happy Crafting 

Julie x