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Michelle Lupton's Challenge me a Christmas Card

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I was absolutely delighted when Michelle Lupton asked me to join her fabulous Michelle Lupton's Challenge me a Christmas Card! 




My challenge was to create a Christmas card using no green or red. My thoughts went straight to a watercolour winter scene of blue tones with deers, not the sort of Christmas' we have here in Australia but it's a style of card I've been wishing to create for years. 



I used a Christmas tree stamp with black ink, I applied the ink using various widths on the top portion of the pine tree image to create different sizes of trees. 
I die-cut Impressions Obsession deers and stag from watercolour card then coloured them using my all time favourtie colouring medium Peerless Watercolours from mybrush.com.au.



Thank you Michelle for including me in this wonderful event. My friends....you now need to head on over to Michelle's blog HEREand check out all her amazing creations, also be inspired by everyone else's challenge cards! So many talented people…

Space card using Distress Oxide Ink pads

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Hi everyone
I'm just loving these Distress Oxide ink pads!  I created the galaxy background by sponging Distress Oxide inks seedless preserves and peacock feathers in a few areas on black card. I watered down white paint, dabbed an old toothbrush in it and pulled back the bristles then flicked it over the card. I added a few more dots using a white gel pen and glue some silver star sprinkle on it too. 
The planets were coloured by applying yellow and orange shades of Distress Oxide inks on a non-porous surface, add water then dabbed the circles in it, drying between each application. I coloured the spaceboy with a selection of Distress Oxides ink pads using water and my favourite and the best paintbrushes from http://www.mybrush.com.au/
The stamp set is from You and Your Stamps, one of my favourites!





It's a very easy way to create a galaxy background, try it, use different colours and experiment!
Happy Stamping! Miss Jane

Create a shadow on your die-cut sentiment

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Hi everyone
Do you sometimes feel like your die-cut sentiments don't stand out enough on your cards?  Try adding a black or darker shade of the same die-cut behind it! Glue it to the back of your sentiment by slightly offsetting it to create that shadow effect. 
I have used Stampin' Up! Bella & Friends puppy, Birthday Blooms flower, Stampendous butterfly, Heart Balloon unknown. Stampin' Up! Thinlits - Happy Birthday, assorted sequins and ink pads.




Why not try a bright colour underneath, would look great on kids birthday cards! Experiment and have fun!
Happy Stamping Miss Jane

Exploring way to colour your images

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Hi everyone,
Today I'm sharing a very different way to colour your stamped images. For this card I used the back of the actual stamp to add a block of colour over my stamped image. I have used Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves with a selection of green Stampin' Up! ink pads.


Just remember the image is in reverse when you stamp it over the top, so they won't match perfectly but it still looks good!  I use a small amount of double-sided tape on my acrylic blocks to keep my stamp in place, if you don't like that option then just dab the back of the stamp on your ink pad, turn it over then place it on your stamped image and press. It should still give you a good application of ink to colour your image!
Have fun! Happy Stamping Miss Jane

Digital Image for Brain Cancer Foundation

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Hi everyone, Some of you may not know that my brother Alan was diagnosed recently with a brain tumour and has just finished his Chemo and Radiation, more tests to come. My brother is in great spirits and writes a "Tumour Humour" article on his Facebook page to keep everyone updated, this is what our family does and I love it!  I wanted to organise a little fundraiser for the Brain Cancer Foundation, and what better way then to make a digital image of a cute little brain! I've never created a digital stamp before, but no courage no gain, I'm very slow when accomplishing new things on my computer!!  This digital image is very special to me and I have called him Big Bro's Brain!



I am selling this digital image for $2 with ALL proceeds going to the Brain Cancer Foundation, I would love for you to buy it, create a beautiful card, show the world and share! I'm sure all of us have been affected by cancer in some way, yourself, a family member or a close friend.  Ev…

Quick and easy way to create a doily serving tray

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Hi everyone,
I've had this idea in my head for a very long time, I LOVE doilies and wanted a serving tray as well. As soon as I saw this picture frame, my idea came together!! This frame cost $14 from a discount store and the doilies I had collected over the years, no family heirlooms in this one because they're all packed away.






The first thing I did was to remove the backing from the frame, it had a cardboard insert included, if your frame doesn't have one, then cut one out of cardboard so it's slightly smaller than the glass in the frame, this allows the doilies to be folded over the edges, I didn't want to cut the doilies!!
I arranged my doilies over the cardboard insert, let some overlap and show a sneak peek of some others. When I was happy with the arrangement I then secured the doilies in place using double-sided tape to the backs of them, I used acid-free tape so no discolouring will happen down the track. Fold the overlapping pieces of the doilies to the …

Depression

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Hi everyone,
Today I'm sharing with you an assignment my daughter had submitted for her Uni degree, it's about her battle with depression, it's raw, confrontational and real! I too suffer from depression and it breaks my heart to think my beautiful girl has to endure it as well. I'm not anywhere near as bad as I was a few years ago, but I still have my dark days. I now manage and have mechanisms in place to get myself out of them relatively quickly, I've had tremendous help over the years and I'm also very lucky to have an understanding husband, loving family and lifelong friends who have seen me at my worst and still love me. I've learned to be kind to myself and to speak to myself as I would to a loved one. Gosh, I'm certainly no expert and unfortunately can't offer any advice, what works for me may not work for you, this I found out with my daughter. But all I can say is...just be kind to you, love you for who you are, no one is perfect, only God!


An old stamping technique but a goodie! Chalking!

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Hi there,
I thought I would get my old Decorative Chalks out today and have a play with them for my Card Two of the 30 Days Colouring Challenge. I'm loving the freedom I have at the moment with not worrying about using old products, or if they are hard to get, or if they're discontinued. I know it doesn't help you or the businesses out there but I am mixing them with new products, I will enjoy getting back to exploring new products and mediums very soon. PanPastels are a great alternative product to use, these are available in most art stores and in some scrapbooking and cardmaking shops, the colours in the range are absolutely gorgeous.




I'm not particularly excited about this card, I like it but I don't love it! It's has too many bright colours for my liking, but making cards isn't about what you like sometimes, it's about what your recipient likes! Plus, I'm experimenting, hence why I'm doing this 'Colouring Challenge'.






How I created this…

Colouring outside the lines

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Hi there,

I thought I would give this 30 Day Coloring Challenge a go this year, wish me luck! If you would like more information or wish to join in then please visit this link .






Well, those who know me well would say I'm very particular about staying inside the lines while colouring, so I decided to challenge myself to colour OUTSIDE the lines!! It was a struggle but also a very liberating feeling.   I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, hope you like it!
Here is a quick little video.




I dabbed the Stampin Up! ink pads - sweet sugarplum and emerald city on a non-porous surface, I picked up the ink using a wet paintbrush then coloured my image. I let the watered inks dry completely before adding more.








My preferred brushes and absolute favourites are KUM brushes from www.mybrush.com.au, these are well worth investing in, they hold quiet a lot of volume and are gorgeously smooth to paint with. A very dear friend owns this company but that hasn't swayed my opinion because they are…

Lack of motivation, a simple card and a quick fix!

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Lack of creative motivation- it happens to most of us dare I say? That feeling you get when you walk into your craft room or pull out all your craft supplies, you sit, summons the creative gods, shuffle stuff around BUT you stop, you just sit there after what feels like hours, you look at it and feel nothing! Zilch, blank, zero, nada, nothing!!

Since I resigned from my job as the Technical Editor of 'Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft' magazine I've felt a bit lost, creative wise that is. I've always had a Classroom, Copic Corner, Stampers Challenge or some other feature that I've had to create cards for, before that I was teaching cardmaking, all this has always kept me focused and motivated, ideas would always come to me, too many sometimes LOL. So now it's back to just playing and creating for me, I think I've forgotten how to do that! So, now I have to take my own advice on what I tell others who lose their creativeness or don't know where to star…

Goodbye and Thank you to my favourite magazine

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Well many of you may already know by now, I have resigned from my dream job that I have been doing nearly 11 years! What a BIG decision, yes, it was very hard, but it had to be done. It's time to move on and pursue my other dreams, even if they takes years. I'm excited!

After the magazine changed hands in May last year I have been the Technical Editor and Editor, if you asked me if I could or would do it six months ago I would have said no way!! But I did and I'm very proud I produced six issues!! I enjoyed it and was blessed that Emily McQueen the previous editor was so amazing and had taught me so much, plus I had the support of the talented contributors who made each issue great!!

Let's go back 11 years ago: I was teaching six classes a week in my home as a business, my beautiful friend Elaine Kelly who was the Technical Editor of the mag at the time put my name forward for her job, I certainly didn’t think I was qualified for it. In the interview I was extremely nerv…