Friday 25 April 2014


....Until our current 'Nature's Beauty' Challenge ends and I have no idea how Lucy is going to pick 5 'winners' from the entries so far - the standard is so very good!!  Have a look at the 23 images as of now HERE - gorgeous!

Malcolm and I are having a couple of days away very soon - we are taking the overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam - and I'm getting very excited.  It will be so nice to have a change of scene if only for a short while, and hopefully we will get lots of photos - tulips perhaps?!

Meanwhile this is a little piccie of myself and Monty Moodle on a walk through the woods the other day - the bluebells are almost fully in bloom (I love bluebells!!)  It was very peaceful in there ....

Now back to the crafty handiwork..

I had better rattle through some more of the team's inspiration on the subject of Nature's Beauty before time runs out on me.  Here we have another little butterfly beauty by Joanna...

Features our butterfly die and floral branch die - it is adorable Joanna!

And I have a pop up card of delicious delights by Daniele next...

Quite a lot of Crafty Individuals products featuring in here.  The Winged Butterfly Lady, and the Dragonfly Drawing are amongst the stamped images.  If you check out Daniele's blog she has more information on making it HERE.  Its beautiful Daniele - thank you!

Coco and Sylvie have been playing very nicely with the bouncing bunnies from CI-372 next...

Then Helen has made a glorious hanging with our Tiptoe through the Tulip stamp...

And my final showing for this evening is a creative and colourful card by Brenda, who has also kindly given us the details in a step by step format as follows...

1. Place doily stencil on tag and apply distress paints (festive berries, spun sugar, picket fence) using blending foam and dry..

2. With tumbled glass, spun sugar and milled lavender distress inks blend colours over the whole piece and then mist with water and dry again.

3. Apply tumbled glass through a latticework stencil using an ink blending tool.

4. Lay an alphabet stencil on the card and spray with a glimmer mist or re-inker mist that you have made up yourself. (I used one I had already made up a while ago - sorry don’t know the colour).

5. I then cut the decorated piece to fit a C6 card and stamped the birdcage and roses image (CI-320) centrally using black archival ink.

6. Stamp it once more on plain white card and cut out the cage and bird, ink them both with distress inks and edge with walnut stain.


7. Find a scrap of patterned paper that fits the colouring of your design and die-cut ‘Victoria Corner’ twice.

8. I knew I wanted the little bird and flourishes but it didn’t fit my corners as I wanted it to so I cut both down to find the bits I could piece together to balance my design. Then inked the pieces with walnut stain distress ink.

9. Distress and ink the edges of your card and assemble the pieces together.

10. Embellish with whatever else you may have in your supplies that would fit the design and the theme. I used remnant rubs and chit-chat stickers.

After the riot of colour you have seen here tonight I hope you too feel inspired to join in our little Challenge.

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. Be one of the first to check out the very cool new MDF goodies on our site HERE now (with more to come soon) - yum, totally yum!


Alison said...

Beautiful Spring inspiration from your very talented team Jean.
Hope you have a wonderful trip.
Alison xxx

Brenda Brown said...

Enjoy your few days away both of you and get some great r&r xx

Daniele said...

have a great holiday break, just be careful which cafes you go, theres a great shell shop in the red light district as well as a condom shop.....great fun
hugs xx

rachel said...

beautiful makes from the team - I just love the rabbit ones - oh and that box - all of them are stunning! Hope you have a great few days away! Hugs rachel xx

Sylwia-eR said...

What a beautiful inspirations!

Cocofolies said...

Hi Jean,
Gorgeous new samples by everyone, which all honour well the Beauty of Nature!! Have a wonderful trip in Amsterdam with Malcolm, that looks great indeed! :) I'm also happy to leave for a few days at my side, we are going to visit The Loire Châteaux never seen yet and I'm very excited too! Hugs, Coco xxx

Unknown said...

beautiful designs

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Beautiful cards. Love Daniele's pop up card full of stamped images. Also I like a lot Coco's cards with lovely colors. Great cards by Helen and Brenda.
One day I have told our daughter that fairies live in bluebells. Recently when we went for a walk she has noticed bluebells and went down to be very close to them and started to look for fairies calling: fairies where are you? :)
Have a great time in Amsterdam!

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nefertiti said...

Have a great Holidays Jean and Malcom!
Lovely samples from the DT!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful post brimming with inspiration.
Such a lovely photograph of you and "the cute one"!
Hope you and Malcolm have a lovely time in Amsterdam.

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ionabunny said...

Lots of gorgeousness here. Love those bunnies. I have that butterfly die. It looks lovely and cuts beautifuly