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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

First Biccys - Now Cake...

Gosh I am proper spoiling you this week!
Good job its virtual eh! 

Today I have a Verity Rose make to share with you :)
Its a scrummy one too - cake - and not just any cake - CHOCOLATE cake
yes please nom nom
This was a project I made for the fabulous Verity Rose Collection from Crafter's Companion :) you will find all things Verity Rose in the Crafter's Companion Shop 
This was so much fun to make, I used centura pearl then made a cake slice from it - I actually made a whole cake - but it was absolutely HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE so I opted for the 1 slice instead! Love that you can actually pop something inside if you want too. For my base I used an upside down paper plate, I covered it in doilies (these ones are from Sara's love range) I then used some coloured centura pearl and some dies from the verity rose collection to decorate.

NOM NOM NOM
I screwed some little bits of coredinations card up to create crumbs

The candle is from a local supermarket pack, and I added a bow to the back

I was so super chuffed with this fork and spoon, they are plastic and I covered them in silver gliding wax, they looked so good! and real! The sentiment and image are both Verity Rose
Isn't she gorgeous! This is Cupcake - A girl after my own heart lol - tea n cake yep!

Spectrum Noirs Used
Skin - PP4,FS6,8,TN2,3,4,BG5,FS2,7
Hair - FS8,6,PP4,BG4,5
Pink - pp4,fs6,8
Aqua - BT2,3,4
Cream - EB1,2,BG4
White - BT2,IG3,5,TB1, Blender
Grey - BG5,7
Green - LG3,DG1,2
Crystal Clear sparkle pen

Thanks for popping by
Have a loverly day
Jo
x x x

Monday, 2 May 2016

Fairy Lovelyness...

Its just another manic Monday oooooooooh 
but its not because its a Bank Holiday here - yeeeeeeeee
That would mean I am probably still sleeping as this post gets scehduled lol - heck I earn that sleep so much lol - school runs do an arf kick it out of you! 

Today I have a sweet fairy to share with you :) 
This image is from A Day for Daisies and is pure gorgeousness!
I mean real gorgeousness!
This is also one of my design team makes for Spectrum Noir, if you head on over to the blog :) I'll even show you how to colour this lovely up with Aquablend pencils 
http://www.spectrumnoir.com/african-american-skin-with-aquablend-pencils/
I wanted to keep this very clean and simple - I used contrasting kraft card and black card with some of Sheenas whte card embossed with the textures elements rain folder (fast becoming one of my go to's that is)
I coloured her up with aquablends - if you have not tried these I really really rate them, they are so easy to work with and the colours are just delish - you can find out which colours I used over on the Spectrum Noir Blog

Thanks for popping by
Until next time
Jo
x x x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Pinch Punch its the First of the Month...

MAY?!
MAY?!
MAY?!
Oh my gosh I need to get my Christmas head back on, we have the weather for it! - presents to organise and buy, lists lists and lists to be made - cards to be created - wow de wow - it'll be here before we blink! lol

Today sadly though lol, I don't have a Christmas make to share
Instead I have a rather srummy Downton Abbey Tea break make to share :)
Tea break as in go grab a cuppa and a biccy you know you want to :)
This card was not orginally supposed to be this card!
See I was happily constructing up the Jammie Dodger part of this card (to eagle eyed readers thats the Downton Abbey circle filigree die) and it struck me that it reminded me of a jammie dodger, so my original card idea got chucked out the window for biscuit and tea! well why not. I made a rocker card as my tea cup and used the oval filigree die to place my letters on, I cut the little teabag to shape and embossed it with one of the downton abbey folders. I also used distress inks and some of the Downton Abbey paper pad - you will find all things Downton in the Crafter's Companion shop :)

I am a Tea-o-holic on a good day its average around 15 cups on a bad day way way more eeeeeeeeeeep I know its probably not good for me but I am (in a very nose stuck up in the air kinda way) a Great British Tea Drinker - if I go anywhere I take teabags with me :)

A close up of me jammie dodger :) with a little added sparkle pen in the centre

Enjoy your Sunday whatever you are doing!
ooooooh Bank Holiday tomorrow whoooooooooop!
Until next time
Jo
x x x

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Simply Betty Saturday...

YES YES YES
I have a Simply Betty make to share can you believe it!
I really wanted to keep on top of my one a week - but life got in the way - anywhoo - for maybe a one time only I am back on track waaaaaaaaaaaaa

This was made for the lovely Catherine, who celebrated her Birthday last week
I must confess tho, I coloured the image before that, as Betty was running a Boysenberry hair colour comp on the Simply Betty facebook page, wowzers did you see the entries?! go have a look see - those girls can COLOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I tried my own Boysenberry colour hair and I think every purple should now be called Boysenberry, I love the way it sounds Boysenberry, go on say it Boysenberry, Boysenberry addictive huh?
Or have I just had to many party rings today lol
I used dies from the Downton Abbey collection from crafters companion, I used white centura pearl, cut it to the shape of Sandras bow card and then embossed it using the grande dots embossing folder, I coloured it using black and purple inks.

My girlie I coloured with spectrum noirs
Skin - HB2, FS2,7,TN2,3,4,5,FS6,8,PP4
Hair - EB6,8,IG5,7,9,True Black, LV2
Purple - LV2,3,EB6
Aqua - BT1
Crystal clear sparkle pen

Thanks for popping over
Have a FANTASTICO Saturday
Whooooooop
Jo
x x x

Friday, 29 April 2016

Backgrounds with refills...

YEP!
I know, who knew you could create backgrounds using your spectrum noir refills!
Well not me lol
That was until I saw a fab tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir blog from one of my lovely teamies
http://www.spectrumnoir.com/grid-background/
So easy and so clever, I actually had so much fun doing this!
So I placed a piece of sheena's white stampin card down, and picked up some refills, I then squirted colour onto my cardstock, and then once I'd had my fill with that, I squirted the colourless blender in places, which spreads the ink and kind of bleaches it too - total amazeballs - watching it looks like cauliflowers blooming or something nice like that! I then cut them down to squares to fit my card design, see super technical NOT! 

A Close up - I'm a nerd but I find this so so cool!

Now for the mega annoying part - I can't find my colour list at all anywhere - GRRRRRRR
SO SO SORRY
This cracking image is from Mo Manning it reminds me of many people! some people who fill their cups with coffee, others tea and the sly (but clever) few who use vodka hehehehe

Have a good day
Until next time
Jo
x x x

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Downton Filigree...

Say what?!
Yep really Downton Filigree dies!
These are incredible! I mean really!
If you are a die fan of any kind you'll need these! I honestly have not stopped using them as card bases, as matts and layers as aperatures - they are so much fun and so stylish!

This was a card I made for the launch
I used the largest circle filigree die to cut an aperature through my kraft card base, then I built the inside up using the filigree part and a quilling flower, lots of distress ink and some pretty papers from the Downton Abbey 12 x 12 paper pad, I finished it with a topper from the Downton Abbey kits - you will find all things Downton in the Crafter's Companion Website :)

Thanks for popping over
Have a great day
Jo
x x x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

One Today...

Well not quite!
It was my little nieces First Birthday back on Valentine's Day and this is the card I made for her :)
Using this gorgeous Mo Manning image
She has recently started walking and it is too cute - those first steps or should I say side steps in shoes lol - to to cute!
The papers and heart are from Sara's Love range - that heart is something else! I adore it and it is so useful for so many styles of cards. The folder is the grand dots embossing folder and I used some coredinations cardstock and some centura pearl. 

Spectrum Noirs Used (from memory eeeeeeeeeeeeek)
Skin - FS2,7,TN2,3,4,5,PP4,FS6,8
Hair - BG5, EB1,2,GB8
White - IG1,3,5,TB1,Blender
Pink - FS6,8,PP4

Thanks for popping by today
Jo
x x x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Oh me Oh my...

I have not blogged in FOREVER!
I am so sorry, I have been slowly beavering away behind the scenes with some exciting NEW releases that I can show off to you soon and then trying to crack on with my own personal makes for Birthdays etc... I don't think I have stopped yet lol

But that means I have heaps to share if I can manage to type up some posts :)

It was my loverly hubbys Birthday last week and this was the card I made for him, using this super cute image from Mo Manning, Its also one of my design team cards for Spectrum Noir - I was heavily inspired by the Kalina's Shades of Grey Tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Website
I do love the monotone look and was really pleased with the end result of this :)
I wanted to keep the card very simple. I used the disress textures embossing folder on white card and inked the edges with a little black ink. I cut a circle from a die and embossed it with the Grande dots folder from Crafter's Companion, I used a tiny little bit of silver gliding wax. The lettering are Die'sire 1 inch letters which you can find on the Crafter's Companion website.

Spectrum Noir Markers Used
BG 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10

Thanks for popping by today
Hope you are all well
Until next time
Jo 
x x x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Blog Candy Winner!

SO SO SORRY

I have been so mega busy - I counted the comments and there were 15 - so I placed them in random.org and it landed on number 6
I counted down and that means its you
Could you please drop me an email hun and I'll get them posted
joeymckelvey@hotmail.co.uk

If I don't here from you by the end of the Easter Weekend I will redraw on Tuesday 29th
Thanks everyone for taking part
x x x

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Verity Rose Blog Candy...

Hiya Everyone
Gosh, sorry I have been mega super duper busy!
I still have 3 mother's day cards to make as well eeeeeeeeeeeeeek

I'm popping by with some Blog Candy today
Its been AGES in fact YEARS since I've had a blog candy, and thanks to my loverly boss Emma at Crafter's Companion I have 4 of the gorgeous Verity Rose stamps to give to one winner :D
Moonstruck, Destiny, Flutterby and Cupcake
If you haven't had a play with these you will absolutely LOVE them
They have a quirky vintage feel to them and are a dream to colour up
Please one entry per person and NO blog candy only blogs
Just leave a comment - I'll number them all and random org to pick a winner
Closes Thursday 17th March 2016 
Will draw winner on Friday 18th March 2016
Please check back to see if its you! 
If I haven't heard from the winner by the end of Monday 21st March 12noon UK time then I will redraw another
 Good Luck 
x x x

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Selfie Birthday...

Happy Thursday
I'm hoping to smash through a lot of work today :D  

Today I have a card to share using one of the fabulous images from Fine Arts by Robert Jackson
These images just capture people I know from everyday life so perfectly! I love colouring them up, if you haven't had a peek at them do - I bet there is someone you know on there!
This card was for a Valentine's Birthday

I coloured her up with spec noir markers and mounted her using 3d glue gel. The background I used the grande dots folder and the fab heart from Sara's Love range - that heart is so versatile its amazing! the letters I cut from 1 inch die'sire dies, the numbers are from the 3 inch numbers set and the happy birthday from the ever useful Only words dies.

Spectrum Noirs Used
Skin - EB6, TN3,4,5,PP4,FS6,8, EYES - EB5,6
Hair - EB8,IG7,9,10 TB
White - TB1, IG3,5, Blender
Red - DR5,6,7
Aqua - IB1,2
Gold - GB10,11
Grey - IG8,9,10 TB

Thanks for popping by
Have a great day
Jo
x x x

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Let's Skate...

OOOOOOOOH Midweek already!
Where is this week going too!

Today I have a fun card to share using a gorgeous image from Pollycraft/LMMS
I do love these images and don't colour them near enough!
This card was for a little friend of Ella's
I used the grande dots embossing folder from Crafter's Companion on centura pearl, using black card and coredinations card I made a little scene for him, the number is from the 3 inch die'sire number dies and the sentiment printed from comp.

Spectrum Noirs Used
Skin - FS2,7,,6,8,PP4,TN2,3,4,5
Hair - GB8,10,EB1,2,BG5
Green - CG2,3
Blue - BGR2,3,4,5
White - IG1,3,5,TB1,Blender
Grey - IG7,9,10
Yellow - CT3,GB6
Red - DR5,6,7
Aqua - BT1,TB2

Thanks for popping by
Have a good day
Jo
x x x