Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas Adorable's
Hi there crafter's it's been quite a while since I last posted a card.
 The time just seems to be whizzing by and Christmas is nearly upon us.
 Just over a month to go , so I needed to get my
advent calendars made before the first of December.
I will try to post a photo of them as soon as I can.
I hope you are all well and managing to get all your Christmas
crafting sorted in time for the posting dates. That's my next job,
getting my international cards sent off.
Don't know about you but my list is getting longer rather than shorter!
Well what do you think to Jayne's fantastic offers at the moment
over on her website. The 'Explosive ' offer on her Christmas Adorables
is just silly, I think she's lost the plot!! lol
 £4 is a giveaway price
 My set is complete or I would certainly have
been topping up my collection, but I have sorted out quite a few stocking
fillers for some of my crafty friends. They are so useable too, never date and like their
name suggests just 'Adorable' images you couldn't help but fall in love with.
I definitely did.
The card above I made from the stamp sets and the CD rom.
 They work together so well, as do all of Jayne's designs.

I made an envelope style of card, but made it into my favourite
easel shape of card. I can't help it, I love them lol.
The template for the envelope also came from the CD rom
then I just altered it to an easel , so easy to do.
I hope you like it and if you would like to make something
similar pop over to Jayne's website shop and treat yourself while
they are still available at this silly price.
Until next time
jens xxx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Weekend Workshop with Jayne
Wow doesn,t  time go fast !!
 It's already over a week since we were at
Jayne Nestorenko's first ever weekend workshop.
We had an amazing time meeting up with old and new crafting friends
and made some stunning projects . I still need to take some photos
 of the fully finished projects, but I have some part way there ones!
In the photo above are one of the groups, the others were still crafting.
Here's a quick roll call
Pete, Pat, Thelma, Daz, Kay, Helene, Hilda, Angie and Me..........Paul
Mandy, Rachel, Debbie, Bev, Elaine
We had just packed up at the end of the weekend.
The Holiday Inn at Crick nr Rugby was a fantastic, luxurious,
 comfortable, friendly and welcoming place to spend a whole weekend of crafting.
Add to that the talented Jayne Nestorenko and Helene and
you have the perfect combination for a fun and relaxing time.
The food seemed never ending and our 'free' time was fun filled.
Yes Jayne you got us , most of us fell hook line and sinker for
your little prank, you little minx, so funny!!
I,m just sorry that all this years workshops are now over and we
have to wait until next year for some more.
I really hope Jayne holds another weekend event
as we had such a wonderful time and didn,t want it to end, but
like all good things they do! unfortunately.
So until next time when I will hopefully have the project pictures sorted.
Bye for now
Jens xxxx

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Jayne's September Workshop
Hi there crafter's
Don't tell Jayne lol, but I've pinched one of her photos of
her last day workshop down in Rugby last weekend.
Crikey was it only last weekend !!
We had a lovely day meeting up with Jayne , Helene and all our fellow crafter's.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
We were split into two groups , one group working with Jayne learning painting
techniques with H2O's and then swopping over to Helene's group in the afternoon.
Helene was using Jayne's Evergreen Tree and Reindeer Trio stamp sets ,along
with Distress inks to create some stunning scenes.
I loved doing this technique it looks so complicated but is quite easy to achieve
 once you know the tricks of the trade, so to speak.
Here are one of the designs we did with Helene, mine to the left and Darren's to the right.
We were all using the same stamps but every single person's
card topper looked different. I find that amazing !!
The photo is a bit blurred , sorry about that as it is really crisp in real life.
Again the picture is not very clear but I hope it shows how different
the scenes can be using the same designs.
 I will definitely be trying this again and we only used one distress ink too!
So now that's all the one day workshops finished for this year, just the weekend retreat
to look forward to and it won,t be that long either. October the 12th and 13th
at the Holiday Inn at Crick near Rugby are the dates we need to remember.
Not that I,m likely to forget as we are looking forward to it too much.
Well that's all for today
until the next time
jens xxx

Friday, 30 August 2013

Lilac Ballerina
Hi there crafter's
I hope you are loving all the samples for the new

Beautiful Ballerina's


designed by the lovely Jayne Nestorenko.

I have loads still to show you but will start to share others too.
The above card was a very simple one to make.
I started with a 15cm x 15cm white base card, matted and layered
 using a deep purple, then another white layer,
 then finally the lilac patterned paper.
I then used a die cut to add to the centre in white. I used the
Hougie board to add lattice to the centre of the die and added
Yes you guessed it!! purple glue dots.
I also added glue dots to the corner's to help bring in the deeper tones.
Added a lilac ribbon and the kneeling ballerina.
I have used my Promarker's to colour her in because I didn't have
my Prisma pencils at the time. I think I am going to try mixing
the pencils and Promarker's together. Some friends from facebook
use the Copic's and Spectrum's with them so it has to be worth a try.
Because their work is stunning, Linda, Hellen and Jacqui
 to name but  a few. Great inspirational colouring.
Lots of new lovely idea's are in the pipe line at Nestorenko HQ
so I'm really excited to see what we will be using in the future.
Myself and Darren are heading down to Rugby again at the weekend
for another workshop with Jayne and all her crafting friends.
I am so looking forward to meeting up with all the regulars again
because we missed the last workshop due to being on our holidays.
Then the last workshop is the weekend retreat which we are so looking forward to
being able to have plenty of time to talk as well as craft.
Christmas themed projects will be well under way by then,
but I don't know about you but I still have a large amount
of family cards to make yet and people keep having birthdays too!
How inconsiderate are they lol!! Good excuse to make another card though
so not really complaining.
Right the sun is trying to break through the clouds so I'll say goodbye for today
and go and hang my washing out, get my other housework jobs
done. Then I can craft for an hour or so.
Hope you all have a really good weekend too with lots of crafting.
See you next time
until then
jens xxx

Monday, 26 August 2013

In The Spotlight
Hi there crafter's
I hope you are all enjoying the  Bank Holiday weekend.
The sun is trying to shine as I type this but at least it's not raining.
So my washing is hung out, hovering done, all I need to do
now is finish this post then start on my mega pile of ironing!
I wonder how long I can make this last lol!!
Best get on with it I suppose, the ironing is not going to go away, unfortunately!
So today's card creates a stage scene . I have used the elegant curtains
and the ballerina who is dancing. I,ve created a spotlight using
 distress inks and coloured the images with my Promarker's.
I alternated between red and white card to create the card base and
added some red cosmic glue dots, now there's a surprise!!!
I just love how they can be made any size and so cost effective too.
These stamps are just gorgeous and I could continue playing with
them for ages and as you will see over the next few days I have lol.
If you fancy having a go yourself then head over to Jayne's webite
and take a look in her shop as they are at an introductory price at the moment .

why not sign up for her newsletter while you are there so you
don,t miss out on all the exciting things that are starting to happen.
until tomorrow
jens xxx

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Dance the night away
Hi there crafter's
GOSH did it rain last night!
But thankfully the sun is trying to shine again at the moment
let's hope it will last the day.
So on with the Beautiful  Ballerina's  Inspirational cards.
For this card I have chosen to do my favourite style of card-the easel.
I have used a XL die for the card base using the inside and
outside of it to create extra layers.
I have used the dancing ballerina and created a frame
using the border , which I think works very well.
It's coloured with Promarker's and I have added some 3D
 flowers for some depth. I was going to decoupage her dress but I
 changed my mind, but I think I will next time.
For the stopper I have used another die and added
 some flourishes at the sides.
This is what it looks like closed. I,m looking now and think
it needs something in each of the corner's!
Look out here comes the glue dots!! lol
If you would like to see more inspiration you need
 to visit the following places...   for the blog, shop and newsletter


Time for Tea with Jayne Nestorenko                        facebook page


Jayne Nestorenko's Inspiration                                 facebook group

I hope you enjoy what you see.
until tomorrow
jens xx

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Lilac Ballerina
Hi there crafter's
Today I am sharing another card using  Jayne Nestorenko's new designs.

Beautiful Ballerina's

This was a very simple card to make but I think it
has a delicate look to it.
To create the card base I have used a Joy die which is
absolutely stunning in my opinion .
It must be the lattice effect lol. For those of me who know me will understand what I,m saying!!
I drew around the outside of the die to get the white  base.
Then I drew around the inside of the largest die to
create the lilac layer .
Then the delicate die cut for the inside and front of the card.
I tried to keep everything light and delicate regarding colours
and flowers etc . I think it works , I hope you agree.
I love decoupage so I love to cut these dancers out to create a larger scene.
Pro markers were used for the colouring of the Ballerina, but I think
maybe next time I would go slightly stronger on the colours so she stands out more.
Oh well we live and learn!!
If you like the look of these designs they are now
available in Jayne 's website shop.
until tomorrow
Jens xxx

Friday, 23 August 2013

Beautiful Ballerina's
Hi there crafter's
Today I would like to share with you this card
that I have made using Jayne Nestorenko's latest designs

Beautiful Ballerina's

The A5 photopolymer stamp set contains two beautiful
ballerina's. One kneeling tying her ballet shoes and the other in a dancing pose.
The extra's that Jayne does so well to complete the scene include
elegant curtains, ballet shoes and other beautiful additions.
I have chosen to use browns , yellows and golds for this card and
placed it within a delicate edged die shaped easel card.
I coloured it with my Promarker's, added a stopper
to hold the sentiment and the obligatory glue dots !!
Well they are in my eyes
If you haven't seen Jayne's new sets, they are now
available on her website and a gallery will be following shortly.
There are also samples on Jayne's
'Time for Tea with Jayne Nestorenko ' 
 facebook page.
The Blog on Jayne's website
Sharon King has also started a group on facebook on Jayne's behalf called
'Jayne Nestorenko's Inspiration'
where you can become a member of the group and share
your creations made with any of Jayne's designs past or present.
There are some stunning cards in there already and more will be added daily.
I hope you will come along and join us for competitons and challenges too.
Look forward to sharing more cards with you soon .
until the next time
Jens xx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Loving my Prisma Pencils

Hi there crafter's
I was on facebook the other week and spotted
a post about Prisma colour pencils and was intrigued.
So I went over and watched the video tutorial  and I have to say
how impressed I was. They looked so easy to use and the effect was really good.
The shading looked totally realistic and so I fancied having a go.
I tracked down on you tube more tutorials to make sure
I,d be able to do the same , then went over to Amazon to order some.
They arn,t cheap but I do now wish I had gone
 for the larger set of over a 100 colours.
The set I opted for has 72 and although a really good selection
 of colours, once you get the hang of it ,
you want more! trust me!! lol
So I am loving the effect they give and although I need
to do a lot of practicing I am already finding them so much
easier than water colouring or using my Promarker's.
To me the shading looks more natural.
I placed my order for the paper stumps , Sansador fluid and special
pencil sharpener along with the set of pencils.
 As they were coming from America I had to wait a week!!
It seemed forever , especially as the other products came first
 and the pencils a few days later!
The postman must have wondered what I was doing,
 looking out for him! lol
But within a couple of hours I had completed these two images,
not too bad for my first attempts and for a change
 I really enjoyed the colouring  part of card making
 which is normally my least favourite part!

The first attempt was using JAYNE NESTORENKO'S
Farm Boy and Rabbit.

My second attempt was the new Ballerina image from Jayne Nestorenko.
This design is from a new set of Apple of my Eye collections
and was first seen at the Summer Crafting Show at Doncaster
in July this year and Jayne will be selling it at Stoneleigh this weekend too.
I have done some more colouring since then but alas I
can,t share them with you because the are new and up coming designs.
They are gorgeous and as soon as I can share them with you I will .
Believe me it will be worth the wait .
Until next time
Jens xx

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Best Friends

Hi there crafter's
Today I am sharing with you the card that
I have made for my great niece's birthday.
It's a special image with meaning for her as the image
was from a photograph that her aunty took.
I showed the photograph to Jayne and she loved it and
this delightful image was the result.
So with it being Keira's birthday today I just had to make
her card with it.
It would have been rude not to! lol
So Happy Birthday Keira I hope you like your card.
I have used a pink card base, matting and layering with
pinks and whites.
I used a creative Exppressions embossing folder for the lattice design
and finished the bottom part with the hougie board.
I added a spellbinder die designed by Sue Wilson
and layered on it the girls.
I used a narrow ribbon to thread through the die cut
to add texture and depth to the card.
So I,m now late for her party because people keep
dropping off my hubbys cards and prezzies for tomorrow .
So I had better get a move on!
I,m really missing not being at Stoneleigh today
If you were lucky enough to go , have a lovely time
and buy lots of goodies. SO JEALOUS!
Until next time

Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer Crafting

Hi there crafter,s
Its been a while since I have had time to post anything,
but I just had to share my experience of
 Summer crafting in Doncaster.
The lovely Jayne Nestorenko gave Darren and myself the chance
to see what it was like to be at the other side of a crafting event.
It was a very hot weekend , very tiring but one of the best experiences
I have had for a loooonnnngggg time.
It was such an honour to be able to help
 my good friend promote her designs .
To laugh and joke with everyone was such a joy and
 until then I had forgotten how much I missed working in the craft shop,
 which has now unfortunately closed down.
Anyone who does this as a job , has the best job in the world.
It was Jayne who got me into stamping and who would
have thought that one day we would be very good  friends and that
I could help her out in this way and was thrilled to do so.
I was lucky enough to meet many of my facebook friends,
 which was really special, along with some of Jayne's workshop
ladies who had travelled a long way to visit the show.
Jayne is such a special lady, loved and respected by many.
If I had a pound for every time someone said how lovely
she was I wouldn,t need to buy a lottery ticket thats for sure. lol.
Here's Paul, Jayne's husband busy filling up the boxes
before the show reopened.
Here's Jayne, Daz and myself after the show had ended
and we were all packed up and ready to go.
We were sorry to see them go after spending
a lovely weekend in their company.
The house seems too quiet now after all the laughter.
So now we need to look forward to the next workshop
down in Rugby.
until next time
jen xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Inking Techniques 

Hi there crafter's
Hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather
we are having at the moment. Summer has finally arrived.
Let's just hope its staying around for a while, lol.
Well we had a brilliant time down in Rugby last
month at Jayne Nestorenko's first workshop of the year.
We made the booklet with Jayne that I shared in
my last post. So this time I wanted to share with you
the toppers we made with the lovely and talented Helene.
She us just a whizz at inking techniques and the sessions with
her are just brilliant. Daz in particular enjoys these sessions.
Above is the first one we did, which involves stamping
and embossing in white fine powder, then inking over.
For the second one we learnt how to plan and mask
areas for the card topper.
We created our own scenery in the background which is
surprisingly simple and I have to admit very effective.
The stamps we used were by Inkylicious I do believe
and were very effective for this kind of scene building.
Here is Darren's wonderful topper, how brill is that.


We will be trying this technique again without a doubt,
 have you tried it?
until next time
jens xx

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Dancing in the Spotlight
Hi there crafter's
Wow did we have a great time at Jayne Nestorenko's workshop
on Sunday down in Rugby.
This is one of the projects we were lucky enough to create
with the lovely Jayne herself.
This is actually her card, because I was too busy having fun that
I didn,t have time to finish colouring mine.
But I will post mine when it is completely finished.
The ballet dancer is part of an A5 sized stamp
plate , containing two different dancers, luscious curtains,
borders and corners and other extra's that Jayne does so well.
They give you loads of flexibility to create your own
picture or project.
Here is a photo of the front cover, we kept everything to whites
to keep it delicate and just used texture to create the different layers.
It is so delicate and girly , I,m sure anyone who loves
ballet would love to receive it.
I,ll be sharing lots of other photos over the next few days .
We can,t wait for the next workshop in June
 with even more new designs, but on a totally different theme.
Can,t wait to see what we will be making with them .
until next time
Jens xxx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Double Delight
Hi there crafter's
it's a long time since I,ve posted ,
so I hope I find you all well.
The sun made a lovely appearance for the bank holiday weekend,
 I just hope it lasts for a while so we have plenty of time to enjoy it .
Today I am sharing these two cards that I was inspired
to make after seeing the samples in Jayne's website gallery.
I needed to make cards for some male twins aged 7.
They needed to be similar but not identical.
This is where Jayne's   Apple of my eye   designs
really come into their own .
You can build up your own picture by mixing and matching
 the images and stamp plates.
I have used the boy and dog on both cards, but changed the
other components like the fence and the tractor.
Then I have added each twins name , a sentiment
and some glue dots to give some texture.
I have coloured them with my Promarker's and used chalk
for the backgrounds ,which I sealed with hairspray.
Here they are a little closer
and finally the boy , dog and tractor.
I hope they like them.
If you would like to see more cards made from
Jayne's designs then why not pop over to her website Gallery
where you will find lots of inspiration.
Happy crafting
until next time
Jens xx

Friday, 12 April 2013

Girls on the bench

Good morning everyone and thank you for popping by.
Today I am sharing a card that I have made
using the ... Girls on the bench... image,
which I absolutely love.
A perfect image to send to a best friend or relative of any age.
The card base was created using the Spellbinder scalloped circles
dies, with the large circles for the matting layers.
So simple to create but quite effective too.
I have cut two of the largest size, scored the top inch of the back one.
Then I glued the tops together so that it would stand on its own.
Top tip..... make sure you get a twin pair of scollop's
at the bottom for the card to 'sit' on, this will stop it from rocking over
and helps to keep your image straight.
I,ve added glue dots to each scallop. I just love the effect this gives,
it adds texture and depth to the card and
can be any size you wish, just brilliant.
I have kept my colouring to blue tones adding in the odd yellow
and green for the flowers etc.
I aimed for a fresh spring card, do you think I succeeded??
What have you made with your stamps?
The designs are by Jayne Nestorenko and are available
direct from her website shop along with lots
of other goodies.
 Why not pop along and take a look, the glue is there too!!
until the next time
jens xxx


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Here Boy!
Hi there crafter's
Today I am sharing with you a card that I have
made using the Boy, dog and frog stamp plate
Jayne Nestorenko
from her latest collection of
'Apple of my eye'
It's so lovely to have some male images for a change
and so beautiful and easy to use.
As usual Jayne has made sure that they are versatile,
giving us many options to tell our own stories with the images.
Above I created a simple 6x6 square green card base,
on which I have matted and layered some decorative
backing paper, slightly inking the edges to give definition.
To add interest and depth I have added an extra triangle layer,
 which I have also matted with the same decorative paper.
I then added a strip of a hessian type ribbon
 to keep it male themed, to which I added
some Cosmic Glue dots and a die for the sentiment.
The smaller designs look brilliant as a extra embellishment
 for the edge of the smaller die cuts, such as when using a sentiment.
I used what I call the cloud! die for the main images
and layered this onto matching green card.
I decided to have the dog trying to eat the crisps
 that have spilled from the packet ,to give a bit of humour and the boy looking on.
 Any young child with a pet would relate to this design
 and hopefully bring back many happy memories for us older children!
Have you got your stamps yet , if not they are
now available from Jayne s website at a special introductory price.
Why not pop over and take a look
Have a lovely day crafting
until next time
jens xx