Friday, 18 December 2015

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles!

We all know Christmas is a busy time and Polkadoodles have made the challenge nice and simple for you this fortnight with an Anything Goes theme. I have switched away from Christmas and have been using the Serenity Collection. I had a hard time deciding which of the great digis to use so have printed off several different ones as well as sentiments and papers from the collection to play with. 
Fairies mean lots of glitter and sparkle so my Stickles will be getting a workout!!

I have coloured the Serenity Joyful digi using the following Copic markers:
Dress: BG10, BG53, R81, RV32
Hair: Y21, E33, E35
Skin: E51, E53, YR01, E04
Grass: G24, YG67

I used a circle doiley die to cut the card shape and a fence die in  the background . The stitched dies were from Dienamics. I love first time of using them and I would love other shapes!
Paper was edged with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

I cut the leaves using a frond punch from Punch Bunch. Mulberry Paper flowers were from my stash adding lots of sparkle with Waterfall Stickles.
What will you put in the challenge?

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination- Anything Goes
CreativeKnockouts - #120 Winged Wonders
2 Crafty Girls- Anything Goes

Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas Pyramid Chocolate Box

It has been a very busy last few weeks for me...thankfully the wonderful Polkadoodles CD and instand download collections came to the rescue for my Christmas make today!
I used the printable pyramid box from Work and Play 5- Festive Hollybobs. I have used elements from this collection several times now. The box was the first one I have made and it was very easy to assemble. I just ran my scissor blade down the lines using a ruler and added some double sided tape to the tabs and a swipe of distress ink (I used Brushed Corduroy).

The image and sentiment were also from this collection. These ones were pre coloured but they are also available as an outline for you to colour yourself...I do love to colour but was lacking time this week!
I added some waterfall stickles and the die I used in the background was from Cottage Cutz- Poinsettia and Holly Spray. 
Foam tape helped add some dimension as did a few twists of the sprays on the diecut.
Now to make a few dozen more for Christmas Day!
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Oh, please make sure you enter the Polkadoodles current challenge with all of your Christmas makes for the traditional Christmas challenge this fortnight.

Friday, 20 November 2015


Well , it is always fun to play around with the challenge of using white and just one other colour and that is exactly the theme over at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog this fortnight.
I used a great image from the Work and Play 10 CD- Country Life. This collection is also available as an instant download and isn't the woodgrain backing paper perfect? That can also be found in the collection along with sentiments and embellishments.
I coloured the image using my Copics:
E42, E30, E47, E84, E87
The dies I used were Spellbinders in'spire Feathers On The Wind and 
Cheery Lynn Frame Die- Chicken Wire.
All pieces were inked using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

What do you think you will create for the Challenge?
Hoping you get some crafting time over the weekend! Jackie x

Friday, 13 November 2015

Autumn Colours- Polkadoodles Challenge

Autumn Colours are just delicious and you can get busy using them so you can enter the new Polkadoodles Challenge here! I love browns and greens. The gorgeous image I have coloured today if from the Polkadoodles Work and Play 10- Country Life Collection. This is available as a digital download or CD and will give you a brilliant range of images (precoloured or ready for you to colour), sentiments, embellies and papers. All of the collections are such brilliant value for money and very versatile.
To make my card I used the following Copic Colours:
Squirrel: E39, E59, E35, E37, YR68, YR16
Leaves: G24, G21, YR23, YR68, YR16, E47
Tree: E35, E37, E39, E47
Skin:E51, E53, E95
Hair: E47, T10, E89
Hat and Jeans: E31, B32, B66, B95
Axe: T3, T5, E89, E55, E84
Shoes and Boots: YR21, YR14, R02, T3
I used Bazzill paper and Patterned Paper from the Work and Play CD.
The branch die is Botanical Stem is from Memory Box.
Laurel Leaf Martha Stewart punch was also used.
All pieces were edged with Gathered Twigs distress ink.

Looking forward to seeing your creations, Jackie x

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination- Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations- Always Anything Goes Card Thursday- Birds/ Animals
Moving Along With the Times- My Favorite Things

Sunday, 1 November 2015

ThroughThe Purple Haze Challenge- It's Cold Outside/ Hot Inside

Things are smokin' this month over at Through The Purple Haze with the new challenge. We have a great sponsor with Kenny K Stamps. I used Bodacious Bev as my image. She is available as a digi here.

Copic Markers Used:
Hair: E25, E29, E79, YR12
Skin: E51, E53, E21, E33, R12
Clothes: B0000, B34, B97, B99, R12, E07, E29

The papers used are from BoBunny- Christmas Collage Collection
Dies Used: Taylored Expressions Snowflake Cutting Plate
Memory Box Frosted Vine Border

Flowers, Bling and Ribbon from my stash.

Such a sassy image perfect for both male and female cards.
I hope you manage to join in the challenge at Through The Purple Haze with your interpretation of Hot Inside/ Cold never know, you may win some of these digis by entering!!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination-  Always Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends- Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts- Anything Goes

Friday, 23 October 2015

This week is the start of a new challenge at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and it is time to get on your bling!
I have used Hollybobs Mistletoe for my card and have created a scene using a die from Frantic Stamper (Evergreen Trio) using  Diamond Dust to create a sparkly snow effect. Glossy Accents is great for sticking it down. The Snowflake Paper, Happy Christmas and Bow were from the Work and Play 5 Collection. All paper pieces were edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Hollybobs Mistletoe is available as a digi here or you can buy it as part of the Work and Play 5 Collection-  Festive Hollybobs. I love the disc or download of this collection for all the great images (ready to colour or pre coloured), sentiments, accents and papers. Such great value as well. If you are looking for other ideas using this collection I have several already on my blog.
If you don't like colouring there is a coloured version available but here are the colours I used in Copic Markers:
Skin: E50, E11, R02
Hair: 100, N5
Hat: B0000, B91, B93, B95, B97
Scarf: R14, R17, R20, E09
Pom Pom: W2, W4, Y23, E53
Coat: G46, G28, YG45, YG11
Boots: YR18, E13, E18, YR14, W4

What are you going to make to enter in the challenge? ? I look forward to seeing your creations, 
Jackie x

Friday, 16 October 2015

Use a Die Cut Challenge- Polkadoodles

  • I am happily making some special Christmas Cards using the Work and Play 5- Festive Hollybobs collection. It has been school holidays here and so I had a bit more time up my sleeve to get out my Copics and colour. The great thing about the collections at Polkadoodles is that if you don't have much time you can just print off the image in colour.
The digi image today is Hollybobs Skater. All of the papers, the sentiment and the bow are also from the collection. This was my first time of using the bows but you just cut out the pieces, I inked the edges and then assemble with a few dots of glue.

I used the Tim Holtz Sizzlits Snowflake set of dies on this card and added Bo Bunny gems and some Waterfall Stickles.

Copic Colours Used:
Skin: E50, E11, R02
Hair: E35, E37, E79
Scarf: G46, YG11, YG45, B91, B95, B97
Dress: R20, R17, R14, E09
Ear Muffs: W2, Y23, E53, W4

I hope you get time over the next week to hav e some fun with your dies and join the Polkadoodles Challenge. I look forward to seeing everyone else's wonderful creations.
Happy crafting, Jackie x

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination-  Always Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations- Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Through The Purple Haze Challenges-

East Wind images are fantastic to colour and we were so lucky to have them be our sponsor for the October challenge at Through The Purple Haze for the new Halloween/ Magical challlenge.
I have used Glamzombie for my card. She is available as a digi through East Wind at Etsy.
I coloured the image using Copic markers. MME papers are used as well as Spellbinder ans Memory Box dies. All pieces are edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the mulberry flowers, organza ribbon and bling are from my stash- as is the little plastic skull...I have a few bags of little Halloween Goodies that are perfect for card making!

Copic Colours Used:
Skin: YG91, BG93, G82, E93, YG11
Hair: W3, W5, W6, W8, W10
Clothing: G82, G24, V17, V22, V25, R11, E77, R05, E08, W2

I hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration and look forward to seeing your creations in the challenge at Through The Purple Haze this month!
Happy Crafting and let the countdown to Halloween begin,
Jackie x

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination- #53 Always Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts- Spots and Stripes/ Anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas- Must include a die #235 Anything Goes
Forever Dark 2- Dark side of Crafting

Thursday, 24 September 2015

A favourite shaped card for Christmas

As the year is quickly slipping away, I am trying to get a few Christmas cards made along the way so that I have some home made creations for a few special people. The new challenge at Polkadoodles Challenge blog using a favourite shaped card was the perfect opportunity to make a box card- I used several papers and lots of the delightful pre- coloured images from the Work and Play 5 Festive Hollybobs Collection. It is available as an instant download or as a CD. Fantastic value too! Just click on the link.

My box card uses a Santa, sleigh and present digi- all precoloured on the disc (these are also available as outlines for you to olour in your own way on the disc).
I resized the images in Word and made the sets of presents two different sizes so that I could place one stack behind the other to look like a huge cache!
THe sentiment was mounted using foam tape- I like to lift them off the base card so that they are not too hidden by bows and embellishments. 
Bling, a bow, some red Bazzill and a little distress ink were all I needed to add from my stash- everything else was from Workand Play 5. Do pop over to the shop and check it out- if Christmas is not your thing there are so many other collections to choose from.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie x

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination- Always anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge- #141 Christmas and Sentiment
Southern Girls- Whimsical, Cute and or Fun

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Polkadoodles New Challenge- Shabby chic

Today is the start of a new challenge at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. The theme is shabby chic and I have to say I had a hard job choosing which image to use for my card because there were so many to choose from from all of the collections. The image I chose is from the Twiggy and Toots CD collection . 

Copic colours used:
Owl: YR31, E55, E55, E37, E79, YR04, E93
Eyes: YG11, YG63, YG67
Dress: E93, W2, W3, R02
Flower: E93, V01, W2, W3
Background: W3, W4, W5, G000

Embellishments: Prima flowers and other flowers and leaves from stash, Beaded trim, Webster's Pages lace, Cheery Lyn heart die, Paper doiley, Prima bling
Kaisercraft Paper range: Magnolia Grove
All papers were distressed and inked using Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your entries in the challenge!
Happy crafting, Jackie x

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Things With WIngs- Christmas Penguin

Have you had a chance to enter the Things With Wings Challenge over at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog yet? I am sure you will all be bursting to use the new Twiggy and Toots Christmas CD as your inspiration. I am using a brilliant older collection for my inspiration post. The cute penguin digi and holly elements are from the Work and Play- Hollybobs collection. I coloured the image using my Copic markers but if you are running short of time or are not keen on colouring in, there are images in the collection in colour all ready to just print off!!

Copic Colours used:
Penguin: W series
Hat: W2-5, E93, R05, R46, E09
Green Scarf and leaves: G09, G19, G21, G24, YG63
Beak and Feet: Y19, Y38, YR04, YR27, W6

The winter die is by Memory Box and the other dies are Spellbinders.
The digi image is mounted using foam tape and the pearls are by Flourish With Bling.
The paper collection is Mistletoe Magic- My Mind's Eye.
All paper is inked using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I am entering my card in the following challenges: Twas The Night Before Christmas Anything Goes Anything Goes Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enter the Polkadoodles challenge!
Jackie x

Monday, 31 August 2015

Through the Purple Haze Birthday Challenge

I can not believe it is the start of a new month! Where did August go?
There were so many entries in last month's flower challenge at
This month has a birthday theme and I have used one of the great digis  "Lucas" from
Zuri Artsy Crafty on Etsy. 

Copic Colours used:
Jeans: B99, B97, B95, B93, B00
Hat: W0, W2, W4
Shirt and Shoes: R24, E07, R89, E93
Skin: E00, E53, R93
Cake: BG34, BG13, R22, E93
Hair: E37, E47, E79, W10

I used a 6x6 pad from MME- Lime Twist/ Life of the Party
This paper was double sided so I managed to get all four paper variations from two sheets.
The bottom pink strip was a sizzix die and the large frame was a new one to my stash from Presscut called lattice frame. I love how there was a centre piece as a separate die in the set.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge- spare birthday cards are always handy to have made up!
Happy Crafting, Jackie x

I am entering my card into the following challenges: Birthdays #93 It's A Special Occassion #2 Anything Goes

Friday, 14 August 2015

Something New Challenge

The new challenge at Polkadoodle's Challenge Blog for this fortnight is to use something new to you. I waslucky enough to have the opportunity to play with the Work and Play 5 Collection- Hollybobs and now have my first Christmas card made!

The angel, sentiment, holly, heart and snowflake papers were all printed from the collection.
This was my first way of making a card in this fashion. 
I used a spellbinders die to create a layer, a lace remnant, red bling and the blue paper has been embossed with a holly design. All pieces were edged in Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain- I think the inking takes away the starkness of white edges with fussy cutting.
Hoping to see lots of you playing with Something New for the challenge...perhaps you will choose something new from the Polkadoodles store!
Have a wonderful weekend, Jackie

Friday, 31 July 2015

Sweet Pea Easel Card

This month's challenge at Through The Purple Haze Challenges is all about Flowers.
We are sponsored this month by Sweet Pea Stamps. I hope you have a chance to enter our challenge and maybe win a great prize from our sponsor.
The digi I used for my Design Team make was
Field Of Poppies. I have to say, I really love this image.
Copic Colours Used:
Skin: E51, E53, R20
Poppies: R12, R46, R05, E59
Dress: Y000,YG11,G43, YG45,G21
Leaves: E13,YG45, G82
Hair: G82, E31,E13, E53
Background: B0000, T2
Dies from WRMK (doileys), Spellbinders and Memory Box
Prima floral spray, Portocraft Bling, MME paper.
All pieces edged with Gathered Twigs distress ink. 
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting...
hopefully you will get some me time over the weekend,
Jackie x
I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Folded Owl Card

Perhaps I have mentioned this before but I love owls and it is so wonderful that there are so many great owl digis at Polkadoodles. I had a chance this week to print off some fantastic images from the CD collection Twiggy and Toots. This collection of images, embellishments, sentiments and papers are available as a download too.
Today's card is for the new challenge at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog using 2 or more folds. My card is quite simple but I like the way it showed a collection of papers in the layering.

Copic colours used for Owl and Mail:
Owl: Y23, Y23, E29, E35, E37, E93, YR18
Eyes: Y11, G24, E35
Hat/Shoes: B97, B93, B95, B00
Bag: R14, R17, R89, E29
Black/Grey: W series and 100
I used a Martha Stewart Chevron Punch for the outside edges, Paper from Glitz 'Yours Truly' paper pack, red bling, Spellbinders Scallop Die and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
I hope that you join the new challenge and stop by the blog and see all of the other Design Team Members brilliant makes.
Happy crafting, Jackie x
I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Oddella Twig Inspiration Card

I am hoping you have had a chance to visit and enter the latest challenge using 2 or more patterned papers.
I have an enormous stash of paper at home and used some Lost and Found papers from My Mind's Eye for today's card.
 The Oddella Twig digi can be found in the Polkadoodles Store using the direct link below:
Copic Colours Used:
Skin: E00, E01, E53, R20
Dress: R24, R37, E09
Hair: W3, W5, W8, 100
Green Clothing: YG07, YG67, W3
Ground: E84, E18, E37, W5, YG67
Background: B0000
Highlights added with White Signo Gel Pen
Distressed Paper with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain.
Dies: Memory Box , Spellbinders
Lace and Pearls from my stash
I have had two wonderful CDs arrive in the post this week that I bought from Each contains many digis, papers and elements to print off...great value and variety. I am so looking forward to playing with them on the weekend!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting.
Jackie x
I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Easel card- Use Patterned Papers Challenge

Hello everyone! Today I am hoping to inspire you to enter the new challenge at . The new challenge is to create a card using different patterned paper. What a great way to use up some of your stash or... if you don't have any there is a great range available to download over at the store. . I can hardly wait to play with these. I have two Cds of digis and papers on their way.
I have used the digi image Maddie With Present again today...there are lots of people with birthdays in my family at the moment so it has come in handy. She looks quite different with a new colour scheme- not my usual colour choice but I am trying to spread my wings a little. 

Copic Colours Used:
Hair: E31, E35, E37
Skin: R20, E00, E02, E11, E53
Dress and Apron:Y35, Y32, E13, YR08
RV13, RV02, RV17
Paper is from the Pebbles range 'Poolside'
Spellbinders die: Romantic Rectangles and Martha Stewart Punch for border strip.
The butterflies are die and punch cut.
Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing all your lovely makes for the challenge.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Polkadoodles Embossing Challenge- A bit of Inspiration

I am so pleased to be joining the Design Team at Polkadoodles on a permanent basis. This piece was completed before I got the great news. I have to say I am looking forward to getting to play with all of the great images and I have ordered some CDs of images, elements and papers from their wide range of collections. Stop by and check them out for yourselves here:
or use my linky on the side bar.
The image I have used today is 'Maddie With Present' available here:
She is such a sweetie.
Copic Colouring Details:
Skin: E93, E53, E30
Hair: E79, E35, E99
Dress: R27, E15, E47
Presents: YG11, YG45, YG67/ Y35, Y38
Apron: W2, W3
I used a Spellbinders embossing folder here. Love how they have two different impressions on the one folder. The Spellbinder Heart doiley also has subtle embossing. I really like the effect of embossing on white card. A touch of colour was added with My Mind's Eye Ribbon and Mulberry roses from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter the embossing challenge here:
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Polkadoodles Blog Embossing Challenge

This week I have created a card for Polkadoodles using the digi ' Octavia Best Friends'. You can find the image here:
I have to say I really love this image- those who know me know I love owls so this image was a delight to colour.
Would you like the chance to win this digi image? Just leave a comment below and Nikki will be picking a winner. I will let you know who it is on my next blog post for Polkadoodles so check back soon and in the meantime visit the shop and maybe give in to a little temptation!

I coloured the image using the following Copic markers:
Skin: E51, E53, E93, E04
Owl: E30, E13, E15, E19, Y38
Dress: B91, B93, B95, B97
Hair: E32, E35, E37
W2 used for shadows
I used Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection Core'dinations Tim Holtz range (17). This was a lovely shade of blue and I put a piece of it in a Tim Holtz Snowflake embossing folder from the Alterations series before sanding it back to reveal the craft core. This paper was a little delicate to distress after sanding.
The embossing powder sprinkled on the card was Stampendous Frantage 'Shabby White'. I used this on the inside of the card along the edge to create a background texture for the snowflakes. The snowflake edge was made using 'Snow Flurries' On Edge Die by Sizzix- Tim Holtz.
I placed a white strip of snowflakes behind the blue ones to add a little more white and dimension to the card.
Other embellishments were mulberry flowers, parts of a blue Prima flower sprig, Provocraft Clear Rhinestones and a little Waterfall Stickles.
I hope my image inspires you to enter the  embossing challenge at:
Thanks for stopping by,
Jackie Polkadoodles GDT
I am entering my card into the following challenges:


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Challenge at TTPH. Make a Funny Card -for Bugaboo Stamps

It is very exciting for me to be joining another new Design Team this month. I am joining some very talented ladies over at
This month the challenge is to make a 'funny' card.
I'm sure you will agree with me that a bit of humour makes the world a much better place! are the sponsors for the month.
They have a brilliant range of humorous digis available. I chose the image "Bacon In The Sun" to colour and make into a card.
Details for this are under the image.
I hope you will join in the challenge and perhaps win a great prize. Remember there is always lots of inspiration over at the challenge blog each month.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.
Copic Colours Used
Pig- RV63, RV93, R85
Hooves- W3, W5, W6
Grass- YG07, YG09, YG11
Glasses- B29, FB7, BG01
Seat- E36, E37
Straw- Y19, Y38
Background- B00
Paper from Studio Calico's 'Here and There' Collection.
Cloud die cuts made using Memory Box Dies. All pieces were edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
Clouds and papers were layered using double sided tape and foam tape.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Frame it Some More- SkateBoarder Teen Card

I hope some of you have joined in the 'Frame It' challenge over at .
If you haven't yet here is a little bit more inspiration for you. Today I have used a great skater boy image you will find using the link below:
Copic colours used:
Skin: E30, E51, E53
Hair: E79, E15, E47
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97
T Shirt: R05, R46, E47
Skateboard: YG21, YG07, YG17, G05, G46
Wheels: W1, W3, W6
Shoes: W3, W4, W5
House Background Paper from Studio Calico 'Here and There' collection.
Ranger Distress Paper in Tea Dye was embossed using Design Objectives Brick Wall embossing folder. Paper was then sanded back using a sanding block.
Stars cut using the Sizzix Bigz Die- Crescent Moon and Stars by Tim Holtz.
Stars were coloured using the Copic colours used for the skateboard.
The red frame, stars and skater all have different thicknesses of double sided foam tape on the back of them to create dimension on the card.
Bling by Provocraft.
All paper pieces were distressed using Walnut Stain distress ink.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Frame It- Polkadoodles Challenge Blog

How lucky am I to be able tobe a Guest Design Team member over at
My first piece is for the blog page ( ). I used the Oddella Twig digi to create a canvas frame. You can find the image using the link below:
Details for making the frame are given below.
I can hardly wait to see everyone's interpretations of the challenge "Frame It" over at the blog.
What will you be making?

Copic Colours Used for Oddella Twig:
Skin: E51, E53, E93, E04
Dress: YG11, YG61, YG67
Hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
Branch: E37
Scarf and Tights: V20, V22, V25

Paint a frame canvas frame with brown acrylic paint and allow to dry.
On a piece of paper (I used a sheet of old music paper) apply the tree background using Impasto medium and the Crafter's Workshop 'Woods' stencil.
Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun. Don't worry if the Impasto bubbles slightly- this just adds to the texture!!
Spray your paper with Dylusions Inks in 'Cut Grass' and 'Melted Chocolate'. Blot excess colour with a paper towel. Once dry wipe over some gold gilding wax.
Use a double layer of foam tape to add Oddella to the frame.
Colour some gauze using 'Cut Grass' spray and add this to the bottom of the frame.
Using Tim Holtz's on edge die 'Twigs' cut three border pieces from chipboard and colour with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain. Attach using strong double sided tape and bend the branches to create dimension. 
Cut strips of woodgrain paper to the width of the canvas frame edge. I used October Afternoon's Sasparilla 8x8 pad for my paper. Two of the strips were cut straight to the width of the frame and two strips were then mitred to cover the last two sides and create the look of mitred corners.
All pieces were edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
To finish the front of the frame I added a TwiddlyBits black iron gate, mulberry flowers from my stash and some brown bling.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Viva Las Vegas!!

What better way to spend a Monday WA public holiday than doing some crafting. Today I played with some of my stash of Viva Las Vegas stamps.

The gorgeous elephant here is a VLV stamp. I coloured it using Copics before adding it to my Journalling inspired card background. The background was created using Dylusions Spray Ink and a Dylusion stencil. I also stamped a lacy VLV stamp as a background in Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Black markers and white gel pen were used to highlight different shapes. Some arrows were hand drawn but the large one was another VLV stamp...this one is well used! Using the Distress Ink, I also went around the edge of my card and used the colour with a waterbrush to create some subtle shadows around the elephant. I am going to enter this card into the 'Use Bright Colours' challenge over at

This card is for my son for his birthday. The image is a VLV stamp. As it was not really an image to colour, I instead chose to put it on a background with some depth made from smooshed Distress Ink on watercolour paper. I used my Copics to throw in a touch of blue like the handmade paper used for the rest of the card. It is a little hard to see the gauze in the photo but nestled within it are microbeads. The sea die in the corner has been distressed. It is a new Memory Box die.

My last piece using a VLV stamp is actually an ATC. I have used distress ink to create the background and then stamped the image over the top. I used a waterbrush and gesso to add highlights as well as using some extra distress ink to add depth. The words on the card are from an old box and the cogs are from another Memory Box die. I simply chopped up the cog background piece after rubbing gilding wax over the whole section.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

My Life Book so far!

I have joined some friends on a Life Book journey this year with Tamara is a talented artist who guides us each month with a tutorial. She has many guest artists and I look forward to seeing what new project is available each Monday. It is a great online course. I have not yet completed all the projects to date but have some of pieces so far to share with you.
This was my first one of Tamara's classes 'Beacon of Light' . I am having fun layering paint, stamps and papers. Can't believe I actually drew her face. Super teacher!

I have long admired the journaling style in many people's pieces of art. I have a way to go to finding my own arty style for this.

The dreamcatcher was fun to make. Lots of collage and painting. I think I will revisit this piece at a later date to get a bit more depth.

This was the hardest class...following a very quick time sped tutorial and then making a similar picture. The collage was fun but the painting a challenge. Enjoying playing with whimsical images.

The field study was fun and one day when I have more time I would love to have a book solely for exploring this more. Gumleaves and Gumnuts took over from feathers and shells.

This painting was made up of layers and layers of paint. I like this one...perhaps because I love owls so much. It was nice to use some different colours.
Lifebook is more than creating is about having the confidence to express your thoughts and ideas. I am finding it a wonderful experience. Check it out and maybe have a go yourself at one of Tamara's workshops if you feel you are not ready for a whole year.
Happy making, Jackie x

Stampotique ATC Swaps

Hi everyone, I have had a weekend of catching up on some of my other projects as the Simply Betty Stamps Design Team has unfortunately disbanded. My posts have tended to be purely those images for a while so I thought I would share some of my other arty makes for this year. The first of these are some ATCs that I have made for the last three swaps at Stampotique. For each swap we make two different people an ATC. It is great fun getting a surprise from another part of the world.
My first swap with the group was on the theme 'Nursery Rhymes' I used Copic markers, Distress Stains, Black Memento Ink and White Gel Pen to them.

This swap got everyone thinking. It was called 'Switcheroo'. We had to cut up different stamped images and create a new image using the parts. The first one was my favourite- a mixture of human body and bee body parts. Lucky I found some stripy legs! I stencilled the honeycomb background and added Stickles to the wings.
This swap was called 'Photo Bomb'. I used foam tape on both of these ATCs to get one image to be in the foreground and make the other appear in the distance.
The swap I have finished this weekend is a Shiny/Metallic swap. I will reveal these when the swap is over. I can hardly wait for my ATCs to arrive from other artists!
If you like the idea of joining these swaps visit the Stampotique Facebook Page and click on Events. I hope some of you join in the fun...the more the merrier!
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Never Give Up, Nadine

Betty has designed an image at especially for a fan club member who is about to start her Cancer treatment journey. The image is called Never Give Up Nadine. This is a subject close to my own heart as two good friends are going through treatment at the moment.
Nadine, my thoughts are with you and my card  is on it's way to remind you of how strong you can be! xxx
Copic Colours Used
Skin: E51, E53,E95
Hair: E35, E37, E39, W8
Clothes: W2, W4, R22
Gloves: R22, R46, R39,W8
Martha Stewart punches were used for the butterflies and trim.
Spellbinders Scallop Oval Die for image.
Portocraft Pink Bling
All pieces are edged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Thank you for stopping by, Jackie


Friday, 8 May 2015

Zodiac Bettys

What a way to start off the month of May... Betty has created a new set of digis based on the Zodiac. What a great idea to personalise your friends' birthday card! I have had the privilege of colouring up three of these little beauties before release date. Get yours over at today.

I hope my cards give you some ideas. Happy colouring, Jackie.
Copic colours used:
Skin and lips: E51, E53, W2, E93, E07, E29
Dress: R11, E93, R32, E07, E39
Hair: 100, W6, W10, W4
Horns: W2, W4, W5, W6
Eyes:E39, E29
Paper is Indie Chic by My Minds Eye, Assorted mulberry flowers, Prima bling and all paper is edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Copic Colours used:
Skin and lips: E51, E53, W2, E93, E07, E29
Hair: E35, E99, E39, E29
Dresses: G21, G24, YG97, W2.
Button is coloured with Gold Atyou Spica Marker
Pieces are edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Copic colours used:
Skin and Lips: W2, E51, E53, E93
Clothing: Y35, Y38, E07, E19, E59, W10
Hair: Y23, E34, E25, E59
Gold Atyou Spica marker was used for shield rim and button.
Martha Stewart's Double Arches Punch was used for the decorative edge. Prima bling is at the top of the card. All pieces have been edged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
As always, thanks for stopping by, Jackie
P.S Don't forget to visit all of the other Design Team members to see their creations using the Zodiac Bettys.
More inspiration is over at Betty's blog
as well as some terrific challenges. Why not pop on over and try and win?!!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Zombies vs Normal Bettys

Today is the day for the newest release from . You are going to just love the new elegant ladies...but even better, there is a zombie version of each as well!

I have coloured Victorian Corinne using the following Copic markers:
Hair: Y38, YR04, E08, E09
Skin: E51, E53, R02 Lips: E19
Dress: G21, G43, YG63
My background paper was some handmade paper from my stash. It was already embossed. The doiley die was by Docraft. Other embellishments include crystal flourishes- I always chop these up to add to my cards and mulberry flowers. I have inked the edges of the paper pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
This card is a gatefold card with all of the layers fixed to the left hand side of the card.
My Zombie Victorian Corinne was coloured using the following Copic markers:
Skin: W2, W3, W5, R02, G21
Hair: V15, V17, V22, BV08
Dress: R22, R24, R27, R29, E19
I also used my Copic markers to colour the white bias ribbon used on the card. It is great to be able to create your own ribbon that always exactly matches your image.
The chipboard cobweb in the corner is by Dusty Attic and so is the small spider. The large spider is a button from my stash. I removed the shank before gluing it to the chipboard web.
Final touches were mulberry flowers and purple bling.
Thank you for stopping by and happy