Saturday, 18 January 2014

Pro-marker workshop

Here I am again.  I am keeping my blog updated. Are you impressed! 

I have had a busy and fun week with the workshops and also learning myself.  Tuesday evening I ran a pro-marker workshop for ladies who were not confident with how to use pro-markers.  They all were enthusiastic and full of questions which was really refreshing. to pass on tips and techniques. The cards that we used was a digital image as shown below.

Friday Afternoon Pro-marker Workshop
Friday afternoon was also pro-marker workshop but with the regular ladies.  This time I used a digital image by Jade Dragonne - If you do not know this site, it is worth taking a look. There are some beautiful digital images that can be used. I am sure you will agree this oriental lady is very elegant and makes a lovely topper.  Really enjoyed colouring her. 
The pro-marker pens I used was Oasis & Cool Aqua for the dress, Starfish and Tequila Sunrise for the other parts of the dress, flowers etc.  For the hair I used Cool Grey 2, 4 & 5. For the skin tone I used Ivory & Satin.
The black card was a download from silhouette and ten cut on my Cameo. I placed orangey red card behind to match the orange colours I used within the dress etc. 
Fun Day at Applejack Crafts
On Wednesday I went along with Lynn Courtney and Sue Tedeschi to see  Liz Black from Applejack Crafts.  Along with myself we all love the Jo Sonja acrylic paints.  Liz is a friend of Lynn so we were invited along to have a play and learn some new techniques. We had a fabulous day and cannot wait to share these techniques within my workshops.  Liz also runs workshop and is a brilliant teacher.  Her website is www. She has also a gallery so you can see her wonderful work.
Forthcoming Workshops
If you are not already aware, myself and Lynn will be arranging to hire halls in different areas to teach the different techniques on using the Jo Sonja Paints and their mediums, so please keep on eye on further posts when these dates are advertised.  Lynn is the wholesaler of these paints so also has an extensive knowledge.  Exciting times.  Can't wait to tell you more.
I have also been busy updating the website  I have many more items to be added so it is worth keep checking back to see what bargains I have added.  If you like your decoupage,  at the moment, all non die cut decoupage is selling for as little as 26p per sheet.  I have also started listing the Jo Sonja paints.  All of these paints should be online by the middle of next week, however, you only have to email me about any of the products and I will only be too happy to help.  One of the other products we have listed is the MDF. Perfect to use with the paints.  These items are manufactured by my husband and therefore will always be in stock.  We have new items to be added very soon. 
Jeanette xx

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Stamping Gear Workshop

Hi everyone. What a damp miserable day.  So I thought I would share with you what a great day at Crafty Needs rubber stamping club yesterday.  We also has a special guest who was fantastic and her colouring and stamping abilities are so good and she is only 5 years old.  She even coped with the stamping gear with a little help from her Nanny but insisted she wanted to do most of the techniques on her own.  A true crafter in the making.

Look at her finished card. Amazing! It is not surprising she won her colouring competition at school the other day.
Above is the card which the girls used to make their cards.  The finished card is 8 x 8.  The card on the front was slightly smaller.  The pattern was made using the small circle cog and using two smaller of the stamp designs to achieve the lace effect design.  The shading was achieved by using distress inks. The circle and scalloped black circle was cut using the silhouette. The stamped image is a Nellie stamp and was coloured using flex markers but the dress was coloured using the distress ink, which was placed onto a tile and then used with a paint brush and water.  The flowers and leaves were cut using the Britannia Dies.  A really pretty card, ideal for Mother's day, birthday or a thank you card. Hope you enjoy seeing this card.  We all enjoyed making it.
Jeanette x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


Hi everyone.  Another awful day, I just hope the people that are suffering with the floods at the moment and safe.

Well I said I would post again, so here I am with another card I made recently for one of the rubber stamping workshops.  The stamp is from 'Stamps by Chloe'. Is perfect to use with the pro-markers or any other alcohol pens you may have. I have used pro-markers this time and distress inks for the background after I used a embossing folder to give some more dimension. the puzzle pieces were cut using the silhouette.  I think this card would be great for 'Mothers Day'.  Mum If you have seen this card, please forget you have seen it! :)  Jeanette x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Play Time

Hi everyone.  I thought it was about time I posted again.  I have been busy and have a few items I would like to tell you about, so here goes......

Before Christmas, during the workshops the girls and I made some last minute Christmas cards using the indigo Blu rubber stamps.  Along with the Chocolate Baroque stamps, I love using there stamps.  likely the girls in the workshops think so too. :) I hope you like it.


 Another favourite of mine is using the Jo Sonja Acrylic paints.  You can get some great affects from these.  I have recently decided to decorate a mirror from Ikea. I used napkins for the picture and the Jo Sonja paints and crackle mediums to get the distressed affect.  The flowers were made by painted some card and die cutting the shapes.  The bird cage was cutting using my favourite piece of equipment, silhouette. (Well all my craft stuff is my favourite really!)  The back of the frame I used a sticky backed velvet.  I hope you like it

I also have been busy updating my website.  There are many items on there that have been discounted by 65%.  If you love decoupage there are sheets for as low as 25p.  Well worth stocking up.  I will be adding more items each day, so if you have the time it is well worth keeping a check on what is new.  I have also new lower prices for the Eureka Craft Templates.  These are durable, waterproof and hard wearing poly prop templates.  Once you have one of these, they will last a life time.  Gives your cards that added dimension and give your recipients the element of  surprise.  Website address is

More posting very soon, I promise... Jeanette :)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
Hope it is a happy & healthy one for everyone
Jeanette x