Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Very Vintage Inspiration

Finally, it's New Year's Eve. It's been quite a bumpy year for me personally but we've made it and can kiss that sucka (2016) goodbye!
There are a few highlights for me and they mainly revolve around papercrafting. I've met so many wonderful people, some of whom are now friends, confidants, crafting teamies or all three! You've inspired me continuously and I wanted to take the time to say, thank you. Thank you for being part of my life; I appreciate all that you do.  

And what better way to share our appreciation than to design something for the occasion. I've actually made a third project but I can't share...yet. 

We've gone vintage with an older die from the Tonic Inspirations collection. These are AWESOME!
My card was designed with the Circle Layering Dies and the Inspire Sentiment from Tonic. Again, I used the Layering Dies to create a 14.5cm circle card blank. I die cut the sentiment using Centura Pearl Paper and added a few Petaloo flowers and orange and yellow stamen from my stash to complete the design.
The card sums up exactly how I feel - I've been inspired by all the creative people around me in 2016 and I'm super excited for what's in store next year. 
I'll be sharing a very special project on my blog in January with more from the Tonic Inspirations Collection but until then, HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I would like to enter this in Sunny Day Ch#29 Anything Goes Challenge. 

Lots of love
Jen xx


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

It's all a bit Tartan today.

Welcome to my blog post on this sunny late December day from cheery Cornwall! Today I'm sharing some cards designed with the New Edition Tartan Paper Pads from Craftwork Cards. 

CWC previously brought out some handbag card blanks and luckily, I made a stencil of one a few months ago and used it today. The very large flowers came in the kit and I hand cut the large stamen, added some matching Candi and a few gems to complete the card. 



I used A4 white card to make a Double Z Card, adding all the tartan designs from one of the pads for this quirky design. Adding sentiments, bows, flowers and matching Cando from the Goodybag. 

Again, I used the A4 white card in the Goodybag to create this card blank (with a sizzix die this time) and just mat and layered for quite an effective card. 

Also, I've lined the inside of the card with matching papers for a finished look. 
My last card is a simple matt and layered 15cm square card using all the elements from the Goodybag including sentiment, Candi and embossed frame. I also lined the inside of the card and added Candi for a professional finish. 

One last detail I added was some orange Nuvo Drops to the embossed frame and hand rolled a shabby rose. 

If you like what you see, you can purchase these pads which are currently on sale here: 

I have some VERY exciting news to share with you in the New Year....but until then I'd like to wish you all a brilliant New Year. 

Love from Jennifer xx


Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day Goodybag Extravaganza!

Happy Boxing Day! 

Having woke up this morning from the excesses of Christmas I decided it was time to get creative today. But before I cover myself in glue and glitter I wanted to share some cards I designed for Craftwork Cards. 

I was privileged to work with the Shoreline Goodybag and it's gorgeous! Everything works together beautifully. 




Shoreline Goodybag contains £25.00 worth of product beautifully co-ordinated together with a wonderful ideas sheet with 5 card ideas for only £10.00
Contains:
  • 36 sheets 8x8" patterned papers - Coastal
  • 10 white deep etch embossed frames - 5 each of 2 kinds
  • 1 x 10g pack Candi
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Foiled Sentiments
  • Flowers 
  • Embossed Die cuts
  • 10 sheets A4 white cardstock - 300gsm ready to cut and crease to your favourite card size
You can buy it here: 
http://www.craftworkcards.co.uk/5006/goodybag-shoreline-free-p-p/

Why not take a look at ALL the Boxing Day Goodybags and sale items which you can see here: 
http://www.craftworkcards.co.uk/finishing-touches/boxing-day-sale/

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you like these products as much as I do! 

Lots of love 
Jennifer xx






Sunday, 25 December 2016

The Christmas Card, A History!

Ho, ho, ho - Merry Christmas! 

Now, we've all made and received countless Christmas cards over the years but have you ever wondered where it all began?

Henry Cole was part of the 'elite' in early Victorian England, and had the misfortune of having too many friends.

By 1843, those friends had become quite a pain in the backside with all their letters
A custom in England, the Christmas and New Year’s letter had received a new impetus with the recent expansion of the British postal system and the introduction of the 'Penny Post,' allowing the sender to send a letter or card anywhere in the country by affixing a penny stamp to the correspondence.

And everybody who was anybody sent letters! Cole was quite an enthusiastic supporter of the new postal system, and he enjoyed being the 1840s equivalent of an A List Celebrity, but he was also a very busy man, fretting over what to do when there were stacks of unanswered correspondence. “In Victorian England, it was considered impolite not to answer mail,” says Ace Collins, author of Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas. “He had to figure out a way to respond to all of these people."

Cole hit on an ingenious idea. He approached an artist friend, J.C. Horsley, and asked him to design an idea that Cole had sketched out in his mind. Cole then took Horsley’s illustration—a triptych showing a family at table celebrating the holiday flanked by images of people helping the poor—and had a thousand copies made by a London printer. The image was printed on a piece of stiff cardboard 5 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches in size. At the top of each was the salutation, “TO:_____” allowing Cole to personalize his responses, which included the generic greeting “A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year To You.”

This was the first Christmas card...


And I'd like to wish you all joy, peace and happiness this Christmas! 


Lots of love
Jennifer xx






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