Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Christmas stamps to give away.

I was really very happy this week to actually see my new stamps for real and get to play with them at last. In fact they were even better than I'd imagined and stamping was a dream.

As yesterday I had a workshop with the Mosaik group I thought it might be a nice touch to add tags to their goody bags.

I stamped out 15 tags in all to go on the bags and I loved how they looked.

Here's a better look at one of the tags.

I've decided to share the happiness and give away to one lucky person both sets of stamps, well it is almost Christmas!

To be able to win these two sets just leave me a comment here and if you also leave a comment on my Facebook page for Basement Studio you'll have double the chance to win.

Good luck everyone and I'll announce the winner this time next week. Happy Sunday.

Jaine xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A new video with Pébéo.

It's such a long time ago now since I worked with the wonderful mixed media paints from Pébéo after I was sent them to use in an article for Scrap 365. I also made a mini album and video to go with my article as I was just so excited and happy to use these paints. At last I've been able to upload my video so you can see it. It's just at the right time too as it's a Christmas album made using acrylic sheets (perfect for showing off these amazing paints) and all the journaling cards and papers are from Sarah Hurley.

So  here it is, enjoy:

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Where's the snow?

 I love love love the snow (as long as I don't have to drive anywhere) but this mild spell is really frustrating. Friends in the States and Canada are talking about snow and here the spring bulbs are coming out as it things the winter has passed, and with all the flowers still blooming in the garden that's bad news.

I thought I'd create a little snow of my own so for my ASOI blog post today I've made a snowy pink no less! Yes pink.

Lots of texture paste and glitter too what could be better?

Jaine x

Saturday, 15 November 2014


It's been a busy week here in the studio adding some new items in my Etsy shop ready for Christmas.

I am absolutely loving using cork in my work right now and here I've included a pack of cork stars with a sticky backing so no need for messy glue.

I'm very proud of these pre-made embellishments. Great to have to hand and so easy to add to scrapbook projects or cards and although they were made with Christmas in mind they don't have to be used that way.

Packs of felt stars. Thick felt at that. They're beautifully tactile on projects and in a trendy grey colour which will go with most things.

Of course I had to make tags. These are on Kraft card and come in a pack of five.

More tags this time with a simpler but on trend feel.

You can check them all out and more here in my shop.

Happy weekend.

Jaine x

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Septembers layout

I'm up to September with my layout per month and I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable creating in this simpler style. It sort of goes with my PL clean and simple feel.

The Bo Bunny stamps were a purchase from Frankfurt last weekend. I just couldn't resist them.

It's my blog post on the ASOI blog today.

My desk right now is littered with stuff for Christmas crafting including heaps of glitter so I'd better get back to it before Basement Kitty sits in it!!

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Real Life Daily.

Ooo week 31, mid summer and things were hotting up, literally!! I'm going to absolutely love looking back over my pages for 2014. I'm so glad I started this adventure.

I'm thrilled to be able to show you this layout which uses my new Special Editions stamp designs called Real Life Daily.

The stamps are available to buy right now in the Sarah Hurley shop.

 You can see a few more detailed pictures on the Sarah Hurley blog today. 

I have lots of exciting projects coming up in the next month and not all of them linked to Christmas so it's going to be a goodie!

Jaine x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pockets with Pizazz week 30

Well after keeping my PL pages up to date until the summer and gloating about the fact that I could keep it up to date, here I am at week 30. I was rather hoping the summer would be an opportunity to do lots and lots of stuff including PL but I just didn't happen. I suppose life happened instead which isn't a bad thing just makes planning that much harder.

Anyway, here is week 30 which I've posted on the scrap 365 blog today for the Pockets with Pizazz feature.

I've made all of my own cards this time, something I like to do occasionally.

It is nice to look back on the summer so only being at the beginning with my pages means there's lots to look forward to documenting.

Jaine x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Spooky goings on.

It's my turn to post on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog today so I thought I'd create a page in my journal celebrating what else....Halloween. This page was great fun to work on, with lots of finger painting on the background - I'm just a big kid really!

The fence border and crow are digital downloads which you can buy in my Etsy shop and are available as an instant download. I printed them onto clear sticky label sheets so I could stick them onto my page, easy.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My new stamps for the Special Editions range have arrived.

It's been a few months since I had any new stamps launched with Sarah so I've been really excited to see these sets and very excited that there are a few new things for me.

First up are two background stamps. A first for me but not the last. I can't wait to try these out in my journals. They are a couple of designs I've already been playing with as doodles and I did have a go at carving them from Softcut so I know they work as designs.

These next two are created with Project Life in mind, especially the set on the right but not to leave card makers out, the set on the left features a childhood favourite umbrella, well it would have been if I'd been allowed to have one!  The PL set also features my own handwriting which has been a big thing to use as I normally hate my own writing. I'm learning to embrace it in all it's quirks.

These final sets are my new Christmas 2014 sets and have a bit of a retro feel.

All of them are A6 and can be found here in the Sarah Hurley shop along side my other designs.

I think 2015 is already going to be a busy one with lots of new things planned so I'd better get sketching.

Jaine x

Altered frame

I do love a bit of altering, I don't do it very often but for Halloween it's a must.

This cheap plastic frame started out like this, Barbie pink and crying out for a transformation of some kind. 

So black gesso and Inka Gold later it looked like this. The pink reflection on the paper behind is a bit of a give away that I didn't do the back, well what's the point?

Of course I had to alter a photo to go in it and found this one in my hoard. Perfect for a bit of altering.

I even sparkled up his shoes with some glitter glue.

It's featured on the ASOI blog today too and I've also plenty of other news which I'll be posting about later today.


Friday, 17 October 2014


When a journal page comes together so effortlessly like this one, it's a rare treat.

I was playing around with a Prima stencil and paste in my journal and just loved the outcome. Painting it with this teal just made it even better but it wasn't until I sanded back the top of the texture paste that I really fell in love with it (can I say that out loud?).

It felt so wrong to cover it up and I could have quite happily left it alone but my aim was to create a journal page for my blog post at ASOI this week so I just layered some scraps from my scrap box, a few hearts, some stamping and a bit of journaling and left it at that.

I think the note to self here is those stencils need to be brought centre stage!!

Jaine x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Graffiti Agatha

It looks like Agatha Moon is pondering her future a little bit. Designed by Magda for Stampotique she's so cute and pensive sitting on her moon swing there. I just had to add her to my graffiti background.

I did create a quickie journal background for her to sit in by just doing what came  to hand and to mind, without thinking about it too much. I also used my 16 x 16 journal for a change. I like to use the smaller one sometimes which is good for quick backgrounds.

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope it's good where you are. I think I'm destined to work in the garden.

Jaine x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Cast off.

Many moons ago I experimented with paper casting using tissue paper to create 3D embellishments which are both light and fun.

I thought I'd resurrect the technique and created a tutorial on my experiments on the Scrap 365 blog today which you can see by going here.

The leaf left a brilliant impression behind and was perfect for my  Autumnal journal page.

Here's another I made a while back, this time from a stamp.

Scrap 365 can now be found as a digital magazine supplement which is so exciting. Here's a peek at what you can expect.

It's interactive too so there's plenty to discover.

Jaine x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Project life pages.

I'm slowly catching up with my Project life pages from the summer. It's a good thing I've got my planner with all the photo's marked with dates and notes. It does sound a bit sad doesn't it ;)

Here are weeks 28 and 29 and as I had two DT blog posts scheduled for the same time I thought I'd take advantage and make layouts for both.

The first is for Sarah Hurley and is a mash up of different papers and stamps but underneath I did cut up a sheet of 12 x 12 into 4 x 6 journaling cards.

The second is for A Sprinkle of Imagination where I've used mainly the Echo Park Capture Life kit along with some gorgeous shiny MyMindsEye washi tape.

Both links have one or two extra photo's if you want to check them out.

Have a good weekend, I'll be making the most of some glorious weather in the garden.

Jaine x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Awsome Autumn.

Autumn and it's colours are creeping in and the view from my workshop window is starting to turn more red and orange than green. Although I don't welcome the change in the weather I do love the colours and accept it's this change which is a necessary part of the process of renew and rejuvenation  It was this view from my window which inspired the colours in my latest journal page.

It's my blog post on the ASOI designer blog today if you want to take a look.

 I'm teaching a mini book class today to the ladies of the Mosaik group so hopefully there'll be a few pictures to show later. 

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The journaling happiness continues.

Here's another journal page:

This time I've gone through the process from start to finish and turned it into a mini tutorial on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

I really do think I should try to break away from this blue/green thing though. It was even noticed at home,  "but it's the same colour as all the others".  Thanks for that!  Maybe I should hide them for a while.

Jaine x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Summer in the City.

It's time for a new colour challenge at A Sprinkle of Imagination after the summer break and I love the latest colour choice.

For my blog post I've used this paper from Echo Park which was perfect for the colours and also matched in really well with the photo from earlier in the summer.

This layout is for August so as you can see I'm keeping up with the promise of a layout each month, I've a backlog of Project Life to do though as I didn't get time during the summer to even look at it. Hopefully I'll get some time to catch up this week.

Jaine x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A bit of Journal therapy.

Oh boy Portugal was superb. We spent lots of time here,

 and here,

and there was a fair amount of this too,

I had imagined that the holiday would refresh me and I'd be itching to get going with new ideas but sadly since coming home I'd just found myself in a bit of a rut with a lack of inspiration and mojo.  So yesterday with a couple of hours of late afternoon sunshine, I took my journal out into the garden to play and this is what I came up with.

Once the restrictions of Design Team work and commissions had been lifted, I got out some old favourite pens and paints, a stencil I'd NEVER used and some texture paste and just went with the flow.

It was a good exercise to do too as now I feel the ideas are coming back and I feel in a happy place once more. Maybe I should set aside at least once a month to just create without restrictions or rules to keep the creativity flowing.

I know we all suffer at times from not having enough time to create but a couple of hours per month sounds entirely do-able to me.

Happy creating.

Jaine x