Daisy’s small storage

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I really enjoy decorating storage items and this small mdf tray is perfect for paints or bottles. I have recently attended a workshop with Kate Crane at Ministry of Mixology and wanted to practise the techniques I learned with her.

First I laid out all the pieces and checked where they would fit, the dividers have a different fittings front and back. I used Decoart paint.

The colours were layered up from pale to dark. Remember to do both sides of each piece, I always manage to miss one side!I dried each colour before adding the next layer.

When I assembled the tray the front looked bare so I added a large mdf arrow and the word, create. The edges were all painted black and had a hint of treasure gold applied.

These trays are available from
Daisy’s and Jewels

The Celestial Book

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I altered this book for a friend.
It began with an mdf door hanger, used to frame the night sky map.


Layers of chipboard, texture pastes, Crackle paste, beads, stars, DecoArt paints and Patina Antiquing Cream ( my new favourite!) later.


I created the embellishments with moulds, paper clay and hot glue gun.

The chart had a coat of clear gesso then glossy accents to seal it in place. I highlighted raised areas with Treasure Gold, then a coat of Decoart Soft Touch Varnish.

I enjoyed altering the cover,  now for the inside!

I am entering into the April Country View Crafts challenge, Rust.
Jan x

Mothers Day Postcard

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I was so excited when Daisy’s and Jewels made mdf postcards. I could see endless possibilities for these cute cards. I have tested them in the post and there are no problems.
I decided to create a Mothers Day card and send it to Spain for my Mum.

I began by painting the mdf with DecoArt Titan Buff. I stamped the butterfly (Tim Holtz) with black Archival ink and heat embossed clear powder on the image. I made a mask of the butterfly on a post it and then stamped the background with translucent ink in blue and green.

The butterfly was coloured with Promarkers and then I dipped the edges in embossing ink then gold powder which was heated. I gave the front a coat of soft touch varnish for protection in the post.

The back of the card was painted and stamped. I used a Sharpie to write the address and message.

The card arrived safely in Spain with a present, I decorated the Jiffy bag to match the card! Mum was delighted.
Everyone at the post office was intruiged with the postcard.

I hope you like them too
Jan x


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I have wanted to make a hanging with this lovely mini Paperartsy stamp. When I was little I wanted to have wings and dreamed about flying. The word dream has such a lovely sound I decided to enter the challenge at A Vintage Journey, Words that are Special.

I began with a selection of fabrics, canvas, muslin, sari silk and Tim Holtz. I dyed different lace in tea and coffee to get a vintage look.

I stamped the image and word using Stazon Ink, make sure there is lots of ink on the stamp!
I machine stitched and padded layers of the fabric with the lace onto a piece of canvas.

I found these beautiful copper earring hooks to dangle the threads of her dreams. I decorated each strip with beads and tokens from my stash.

I was pleased with the result and clipped it onto a TH hanger.
Hope you like it too!

Jan x

Butterfly Beauties

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As soon as I saw this photo of my granddaughter and her friends I knew I had to create a scrap page!

I began with the luscious Graphics 45 Natures Sketchbook papers. The colours were perfect with the photo. I needed a layer of black in between to set the colours off.

I wanted to link the pages together so I used Texture paste through a script stencil. Then for circles and butterflies, my favourite!

I darkened the dry stencilled images with Stabilo pencil then wet the edges with a water brush to add dimension.

The tag was created with corrugated card and Tims tag die. A smaller G45 paper piece was stuck on top, butterfly stencilled and inked.

Then for fussy cutting butterflies. The title was stamped with black ink then clear embossed. The background butterfly was also clear embossed.

Fine silk ribbon finished the tag. I am so pleased with the result.

My New Year Resolution was to join in more challenges, so I am starting with A Vintage Journey. The theme is Going round in circles,  I have used circles to make the page more cohesive.

check out their challenge and wish me luck! X


Road Trip Journal

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imageI am following the Wanderlust Course and really loving it all, some classes more than others, but it’s good to be out of your comfort zone!

I made the travel journal from Kate Cranes class and loved creating all the pages. Here I am now on our great Road Trip from Phoenix Arizona up to Yellowstone in Wyoming. We have visited all the places in between too, Sedona, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, travelling through Utah and Idaho.
Every night I add bits and bobs and photos from my LG phone printer!








Still a few pages left for Yellowstone Park!

hope you enjoyed looking, hugs Jan x

National Scrapbooking Day!

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Over at Jones the DT decided to join in the fun and create scrap pages to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

I created a fun page using G45 papers from Beneath the Sea papers, I love the steampunk influences.

Nat scrap


I had this sunset photo from our visit to Pismo Beach, California last year but wanted to create something more quirky. The background is fun with Brushos and waterspray, beware they get evrywhere! The rest is made from scraps I had from other projects.

Welcome… to our Scraptacular Celebration of UK Scrapbooking!
It’s (Inter) National Scrapbook Day today and Jones Crafts are celebrating in style!
We want you to get your scrap on today and join in with our Scraptacular Virtual Crop.
We want you to scraplift one of the Design Team layouts on this post.
Pop a photograph of your layout in the comments on this pinned post and share your scraplift with us.
Visit the Design Team blogs to leave a comment and you could be in with a chance of winning a Scraptacular prize! £50 worth of Scrapbooking materials from our leading Scrapbooking companies
Check out each image for blog details.
On Saturday May 14th, we will select a layout that we think is quite simply Scraptacular and that layout will be featured on the Jones Crafts Facebook page and the scrapper will win an amazing prize.
So what are you waiting for?
Ready, steady, scrap!
And don’t forget to be Scraptacular! 

Hugs Jan x

Hit the Books

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Welcome to the new challenge at Our Creative Corner, the very talented Jennie is Challenge Host for May. She has chosen….

Hit the Books

Jennie said “I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breath new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out!”

For your projects this month we would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way. I hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make let us see you give those old book papers or books centre stage!

I decided to create a Spring Tag to show this fun photo of my Granddaughter and her little friend. I chose an old book of fairy tales to use as the background on the tag and the frame.


 I really enjoyed collating the tag using Frantage and embossing powders heated on top of Versamark. The blush colour matched the girls clothes.


The frame was covered in more book pages then painted with Decoart Quin Gold, I love the translucency of this paint. I gave it a coat of Crackle Glaze when it was dry. White Antiquing cream really highlighted the cracks in the final step. I rubbed some Quin Gold around the edges of the tag with my finger.


The flowers and leaves were dye cut from Tims Flower Garland and Garden Greens. I chose yellow flowers to reflect the daffodils in the photo. I used Distress Coordination paper which was sanded at the edges.
Raffia wraps and metal word tags finished the piece, it was a messy but fun project!
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The winner this month will receive a huge bundle of goodies from our generous sponsor!
I am looking forward to seeing what you can do with old books.
I love the Spring feel of the little photo and will enter the challenge “Spring is in the Air” over at A Vintage Journey. Check out the DT beautiful work there.
Jan X


Gypsy Fayre

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Hi Everyone,

Candice is our challenge host at Our Creative Corner this month. I love her vibrant work and she has reflected that in her theme….

Look at those colours!

Candice says

“Blessed are the gypsies. The makers of music, artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes

 This month’s challenge invites you to let us see your gypsy nature.

 Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.
 So for the challenge let your creativity run wild and free like a gypsy

I want you to create interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy Fayre”

You may create whatever your gypsy heart desires, but it must….

contain at least 3 colours from the featured colour palette


  show us how your project is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!

So craft with the soul of a gypsy and share the wonder with us.
Create little trinkets or curious items that could be found at a Gypsy Fair

I began by trying to imagine what an old fashioned gypsy might have in her caravan, I discounted making wooden pegs!! I thought she might have a collection of colourful fabrics, metal charms and useful bits and bobs.


I read somewhere that Romany Gypsies originated in India and travelled over Europe, so I began with a piece of sari silk. Luckily I had a piece that had some of the lovely colours in the palette.

I backed it with white felt to show the colours off and mounted it in an embroidery hoop the gypsy might have salvaged. I painted the hoop black.


The lace and muslin were soaked in tea overnight, love that subtle colour! The charms were attached to a safety pin, they had been treated with Distress Crayon, Treasure Gold and Quin Gold paint. I added ribbon to make a wall hanging.

I hope it sells at the Gysy Fayre!

The sponsor this month is Tando Creative, and one lucky person will win a prize!

I hope you are inspired to create a trinket for our challenge,
Jan x

A Vintage Journey Doorhanger

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Welcome to my blog,

I decided to travel with A Vintage Journey on their new challenge.

I had to use grey board ( Doorhanger and perfume bottle), metal ( butterfly and charm), lilac/ purple colour and rust technique ( Distress Vintage Photo embossing Powder and Quin Gold Decoart paint).

When I read that lilac and purple were the colours to use I remembered old perfume bottles smelling of lavender belonging to my Nana, so that became my inspiration.

I really enjoyed creating the background. I started with white gesso then shades of purple paint which were then script stamped. I added White heat embossed butterflies and pearlescent texture paste through stencils. Mostly Tim products!


The perfume bottle had a coat of gesso then purple paint. When it was dry I covered it with Decoart Crackle Glaze then Antiquing cream in white to highlight the cracks. I had some perfume bottle stamps which I heat embossed onto tracing paper and coloured with spectrum noir pens.



The ribbon and flowers were dyed with DI, wilted violet and Dusty Concord. The metal butterfly and charm had treasure gold rubbed on and then pearls added.

The rust was created with Vintage Photo embossing powder heated then diluted Quin Gold dripped on top to run down. Very satisfying process!!!


Jan x