Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Colouring with Distress Inks

It's no secret that I love distress inks!
When I first met Jenny a while back now, she had just a couple of distress ink pads and confided in me that she wasn't really sure what to do with them. If you have seen Jenny's demos or taken one of her classes at our Open Days or if you follow her wonderful blog, you will know what a "whizz" she is colouring with promarkers!

So, when Jenny put together this colouring tutorial I was very happy! Although I think Jenny will always prefer her promarkers it is obvious those distress ink pads are slowly taking over her craft desk!! lol!!

Over to Jenny ...

"A few months ago I only had 2 distress inks pads, today I have a collection of 13!! It seems they have become a staple item to my crafting. I know I'm a little behind the times but they frightened me at first. I saw all the amazing results other people got with them and thought there was no way I could do the same but slowly I have gained more confidence with them and now use them on most of my cards"

For this card, I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa onto some Kraft card.

I used a water brush and a piece of laminated card, or you can use a craft sheet. I pressed the ink pad onto the laminated card, making a "splodge" of colour and then used my water brush to put some water onto the ink and started to colour. I've found it best to start off pale as you can always add more colour. Remember, the more water the paler the colour. For this image I used the following distress ink colours Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy & Festive Berries

Here's the finished card!

I have inked the edges of the Kraft using the blending tool with Brushed Corduroy ink pad (it doesn't look so dark in real life) and then mounted it onto some dark brown card, stamped Happy Birthday in memento ink and stapled a piece of jute across the card.

Have you tried colouring with distress inks?

Thanks for stopping by today!
Jenny x

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Winner for Challenge 9 School / Learning

Hi Everyone!
It's Jenny here with the winners for Challenge 9 School /Learning

Our winner of a beautiful selection of buttons and ribbons , selected using random.org is.....

No 5!!

Thats Jackie A xxx !!! Well Done!

Please e mail sarah at sj papercrafts (dot) co (dot) uk and with your address details to send you your prize!       

The TOP 3!!

The Design Team enjoyed visiting your blogs and have decided that as we didn't have so many entries last month we would feature all of them as our Favourites!!

Number 1 -Nana Connie

Number 2 - alica

Number 3 - Brenda Ragsdale

Number 4 - linda dekker

Number 5 - Jackie A xxx

Congratulations to all the entries!! 

If you would like to display our "Top 3" badge on your blog please e mail me sarah at s j papercrafts (dot) co (dot) uk and we'll get it sent to you!!

Our current challenge is still open here! You've still got plenty of time to enter!

Have a great day!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Monthly Challenge No 10 (October/Nov)

Thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge - Not quite so many entries ... maybe the theme was a bit trickier .... it's a nice, easy one this month! Jenny will be along in a few days to announce last month's winner!

As some of you will know I celebrated my birthday earlier this month so it seemed fitting that our theme for this month is:


And the (optional) extra is ....include CIRCLES OR OVALS somewhere on your project!!

Closing date for entries is: 14 November at 1pm

One random winner will win a £5 voucher to spend in the S J Crafts Shop! Don't forget to check back to see if you are our lucky winner or you are chosen for our favourite 3 entries!!!

Please remember to check out the monthly challenge rules on the tab at the top of this blog, before entering. A quick reminder of our main rules:

Please link directly to your post & not a general link to your blog. 
You must mention and include a link back to the challenge in your entry post. No back linking please - new work only.
The winner must contact me by e mail to receive their prize. A few of our favourites will also be selected to be featured on this blog!
The final (& most important rule) is to have fun!!

Check out the fab samples from our very talented Design Team!
Please do click on the name to visit their blog and leave them a comment ... I know they'd love you to pop by!

(By the way I will be looking for someone new to join our DT soon so watch out for the DT Call!!)

Lisa-Jane - Now We Are 6 (Divided protectors)

I used divided page protectors so that I could include lots of embellishments, multiple photos and space to journal my story.  I focussed on one aspect of my son's birthday - his present of a guitar for the Wii and the Lego Rock Band game!

The papers are My Mind's Eye, stickers and buttons from stash, Cosmo Cricket  and Smash washi tapeglossy accents to pick out the pictures on the journalling block and Black Soot Crackle Paint on the chipboard pieces.
I managed a few circles and ovals too!

Jennifer - Turning 30 Layout

This layout documents my feelings about life as I turned 30! I used papers from the Studio Calico Hey Day 6x6 Pad, and a piece of pink Crate Paper Little Bo Peep Paper. I scattered some sequins (circular!) because the photo was taken at a party and it looked a bit like table confetti. I also used a Little Bo Peep Border Sticker at the top of the page, and a Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch above the journaling - the scallops match the scallop patterns on my mermaid outfit!

Jenny - Birthday Card

Lots of circles on my card - Papers are from MME - Notalgia pad, the frame around the image and the flowers were cut with nestabities and I used Tattered Rose distress ink around the image and lots of stickles on her wings and around the frame and flowers.

Louise - How Many Birthday Cakes Layout

This year my son had more birthday cakes than usual as his birthday fell in the middle of the week so he ended up with one for his friends, another (actually it was 10 cupcakes!!) with the family and a third cake on his actual birthday.
My supplies include large AC alphas, scraps and stickers from various Echo Park collection kits.

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We can't wait to see your birthday cards, layouts & papercrafting projects 
Please remember to link directly to your blog post and to include a link back to the challenge.

Good Luck and Have Fun!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Giveaway Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Giveway to win a 12 x 12 collection kit from the shop!!

I used a random number generator to pick one comment from all those eligible and I am happy to announce the winner of the kit is:

Sandra's comment was "This is my first visit to your blog. I am very impressed with your DT member's use of the collection and how much she managed to get out of it! I had a little look back at the older posts to catch up. I think I would like the chance to use the same kit that she used if I was lucky enough to win!"

As you know there was also the chance to win a second prize for sharing the giveaway on your own blog ..... 

The winner of the pack of 12 x 12 sheets of paper (various designs & manufacturers) is:

Congratulations to both Sandra and Jim Jams - if you could both please drop me an e mail to sarah@sjpapercrafts.co.uk with your address details, I'll get your goodies sent off to you!

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Don't forget tomorrow is the day the new monthly challenge goes live so don't forget to pop back and see what our new theme is!!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The winners will be announced soon!

I know I said I would pick the winners of the giveaways on Monday - I'm sorry I  haven't managed to do it yet!

I have a pile of orders from the 15% offer to pack and take to the post office and also a box or two of new goodies to unpack and upload to the shop!

Thank you to everyone who entered and I promise to pick the winner just as soon as I can, hopefully later today or tomorrow - it will take me a while to get round all the blogs and check who shared the giveaway!

Have a terrific Tuesday!!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

15% Discount code is back!!

I've had an amazing birthday weekend!!

Thank you for all the cards and messages!!

To celebrate the 15% DISCOUNT CODE IS BACK!!!

Enter the code CELEBRATE in the shop before 10pm Tuesday 16th October and receive a 15% discount off your order!!

This offer is valid for UK Standard delivery only!!

Don't forget P & P is free on orders of £25+ !!

I hope you've had a lovely weekend!!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Another Birthday Offer - 6 x 6 pads for £5!!

First of all, a BIG welcome to all our lovely new followers and good luck with the giveaways!!

The 15% offer  finished last night and lots of you took the opportunity to stock up but if you missed it, don't worry as today I invite you to help me celebrate my birthday week with another fab offer!

ALL 6 x 6 PADS ARE £5 or less!!!

For the next 48 hours!! (that's until Saturday 13th October at 12 midday!)


Monday, 8 October 2012

Celebrating my Birthday with 15% Off in the Shop!!

It's my birthday this week and I have a few special offers for you over the next few days to celebrate!!

The first offer is on NOW!!

Receive 15% off your Order!

Enter the code BIRTHDAY at checkout (and don't forget to select standard delivery) to activate the discount.

This offer is valid for 48 hours only and will expire at 6pm on Wednesday 10th October and is only valid for delivery to UK addresses.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

6" x 6" Challenge Winner Announced!

A few weeks ago as Lisa-Jane's series of posts on using 6" x 6" pads drew to a close we challenged you to make a layout or papercraft project using these handy little papers - details of the challenge were on this post!! 

It's taken me a while but finally (with just a little help from LJ!) I am delighted to announce that the winner is .....

with this fantastic layout!

Well Done Jackie - if you'd like to drop me an e mail (sarah at sjpapercrafts.co.uk)  - I'll get your prize off to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Don't forget the giveaway to win a 12 x 12 Collection Kit is still open here until 15th October!!