20 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 10* Jenni Bowlin

Ah Jenni Bowlin, just the name makes me think of days gone by and childhood re-captured.

Jenni Bowlin brings a range of Alphabets, Postage Stamp Stickers, Feathers, Vintage Decks, 12x12 Papers, Die-Cut & Perforated Papers, Star Rhinestones, Paint Dabbers, Clear Stamps, Hodge Podge Books, Charms, Butterfly Rub-Ons and Ephemera.
 



This little house I made last Christmas using papers from the Modern Mercantile collection.



19 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 10* Katy Leitch

Hello!
Designer number 10 already..... Does that mean it's nearly Christmas?!
Today, I want to share a stunning project from a wonderful artist....
 Katy Leitch
Katy was Editor of Craft Stamper Magazine for years and years...and since leaving has had time to concentrate on her own art, sharing loads and loads of inspirational pieces over on her blog, Postcards From The Attic
Katy has created this gorgeous festive treat for us...
Katy has flipped over a canvas, and used the reverse as a niche...
Simply chock full of wonderful detail....
I just love that modelling paste used as snow!

These products that Katy has used can be found in the ASOI shop:

 
 
Thank you Katy!
 
To be in with a chance of winning our bumper box of brands, you need to leave a comment on this post, AND the posts of all our other guest designers! When we're all finished, you need to have left a comment for ALL twelve! Commenting will remain open until the end of December, and the winner will be chosen at random on 12th night- 6th January!
 




18 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 9* Dreamweaver

Hello!
Brand nine in our blog extravaganza is......
Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver have been an established market leader in embossing pastes and stencils for years, way before the mixed media stencil craze started! Years and years ago, I remember being taught by Dreamweaver reps how to apply the paste through their range of metal stencils....and I was hooked! Now, with the multitude of pastes out there, I still find myself going back to what I consider the original and best embossing paste on the market. The texture isn't runny, gloopy or thin, it is a perfect light and almost fluffy mousse like paste, wonderful for those crisp edges on your stencilled design! I've used the white variety to stencil stars and snowballs on this piece...
I love it... (and Ranger must love it too.....you look at the labels on the Wendy Vecchi line of pastes, who are they made in collaboration with? Dreamweaver!!)

Dreamweaver pastes can be found in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination HERE

Have you been good? Have you left a comment on each of the nine Guest Designer posts so far? Don't forget, there is a big box containing a product from each of our featured brands up for grabs...that's 12 products from 12 leading brands to be won! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on each of our 12 guest designer posts... easy! Commenting will be left open until the end of December (so plenty of time to double check you did all 12!), and the winner will be drawn at random on 12th night.... January 6th! Good luck!


17 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 9* Paula Whittaker

Welcome to our 9th Designer and it's the turn of the very talented Paula Whittaker.

Paula was part of our original Design Team line up and we're thrilled she could come back to join us for our Designer Christmas project party.  I love this container she's made for us, the little bunny is the cutest.




I love the wintery colours of Paula's container, what a gorgeous gift that would make? 

To make it paula used:

Simple Stories Clear Photo Stickers
Crafty Individuals CI-372 Crowned Bunnies
Simple Stories DIY Stamps: Journaling
Prima Wood Icons In A Box: Christmas
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder 
 Distress Ink Pad - Brushed Corduroy

Paula didn't just make us one but two projects and here's her second using the same bunny,


 

You can visit Paula's blog "Just For One Day" for more gorgeous inspirational projects.

Don't forget to leave a comment on all the Designers posts to be eligible to win an amazing prize.



Come back tomorrow for more. 

Jaine x

16 December 2014

12 Brands Of Christmas *Brand 8* Ingvild Bolme for Prima

Hello!
We are up to the 8th big brand showcase today...hasn't time flown!
Today I want to tell you all aout:
Ingvild has a signature range with Prima, and if you don't immediately recognise the name, I'm certain you'll know her products, embellishments such as these:
and her line of chalk edgers...
I especially love the embellishments, I have used one of the jean plate findings in this project...
Ingvild Bolme products can be found in the A Sprinkle Of Imagination shop HERE

Please pop back tomorrow to check out another wonderful creation from one of our Guest Designers, and in the meantime,why not take a minute to double check you have left a comment for EACH of our previous 8 Guests? I would hate that you missed out on the big prize because you forgot one!




15 December 2014

12 Designers Of Christmas *Designer 8* Karen Hayselden

Welcome to the 8th of our amazing Designers, Karen Hayselden. 
I'm so pleased we asked Karen to be part of the 12 Designers as her work is always full of incredible detail and a quirky sense of fun which I love.

She hasn't disappointed here and created this fabulous sign full of texture and richness and given us loads of pictures too.






She's also supplied us with the materials list so you can have a go at your own.


Other materials include a piece of slate, a twig from the garden, some rusty bells, wire and a rusty star all fixed on with a hot glue gun.

If you want to see more of Karen's work you can visit her blog here. 

Thank you Karen

Don't forget to leave a comment here and on the other Designers blog posts if you haven't already, and you'll be put in the pot to win the massive prize at the end. 



Jaine x



14 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 7* Simple Stories

Today we're just over half way through our marathon and I'm happy to bring you day 14 with Simple Stories, creators of scrapbook collections and albums for pocket pages.


 Since the beginning of this year I've been adding to my Project Life pages.  I'm a big fan of Simple Stories Daily Grind collection of papers and stickers. This was my week 10 page using the papers and stickers from the kit as well as an overlay (bottom left). I love the vibrant colours of the collection and really they make pocket pages pop.


Why not start 2015 with a promise to give pocket page documenting a go. It's wonderful to look back on. The 6 X 8 and 8 X 6 albums are worth checking out too if you're not into big 12 x 12 sizes.


Come back tomorrow for another fabulous Designer. 

Jaine x

13 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 7* Shirley Bampton

Hello!
Are you liking our Blog extravaganza then? Sooooo many fabulous projects, and we're only just over halfway!
Today, our guest designer is the fabulous Shirley Bampton!
Shirley is a wonderful stamper with a perfect eye for detail...lots of technique and wonderful colour! She also has her own stamp line with STAMPlorations, so be sure to check those out...stunning!
I would totally recommend a good long look at Shirleys blog HERE...so much inspiration to be found!
For her GDT slot today, Shirley has created this gorgeous card...
That whole 'colouring outside the lines' thing is actually so difficult to do without it looking like a 3 year old has been involved, I know I can't do it! I think Shirley has captured the whole Christmas/fashion design/watercoloured look PERFECTLY, don't you?

These are the products Shirley has used that are available in the ASOI shop....
 Thank you Shirley!


Now, don't forget that to be in with a chance of winning our bumper box of goodies you need to leave EACH of our 12 Designers of Christmas a comment on their blog posts here.  Once you have left your 12 comments, your name will be put into a hat and a random winner drawn out. This will be announced on 12th Night.... (6th January!)
 We've noticed a few of you have left comments for some, but not ALL guests! Have you forgotten to leave a comment for Trish, Jaine, Gez, Hermine,Tracy or Magda? No worries, just scroll back through the blog and leave your comment whenever you have time, commenting on all 12 Guest Designer posts will remain open until the end of December! 
See you tomorrow for another spotlight on a big brand!


12 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 6* Darkroom Door

I feel a bit smug at posting on the 12th the next brand which is Darkroom Door. Smug not only because it's the 12th day of our 12 Designers and 12 brands marathon but I just adore these little birds from a set called 'Carved Birds' and my attempt at giving them the festive touch.







Look out for another brilliant Designer tomorrow.

Jaine x

11 December 2014

12 Designers Of Christmas *Designer 6* Magda Polakow.

Welcome to Designer number 6 Magda Polakow.  Magda is a former Designer with us and I am a huge fan of her work. I love love love all the texture she has going on in her journal pages and the way she uses it. I was so lucky to meet up with her last February and we hit it off right away. She's such a lovely and funny person and I'm looking forward to meeting up with her again next year. 

Of course she's come up trumps and sent us one of her beautiful journal pages, full of interest and colour.  Feast your eyes on this.


I spot a familiar face at the bottom there, it looks like Agatha is getting all festive.




Don't forget to leave some love at the bottom in the comments and on all of the other Designer posts to be eligible for the prize draw at the end. 


Come back tomorrow for another big Brand presentation. 

Jaine x

10 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 5* Dr P H Martin

Hello!
Welcome to day five of our 12 Products of Christmas!
Today, we're showcasing... 
 Dr P H Martins Bombay inks are a great addition to any crafty stash! The inks are lightfast, waterproof Indian inks, which hold a line without spreading. The inks give a strong opaque colour, and are ideal for calligraphy, drawing, and any kind of mixed media application!
The range has a fabulous array of colours:
From the bright and vibrant to subtle vintage tones....
The inks are sold individually in a 30ml bottle (with integral dropper), or in sets of 15ml vials, as in the picture.
Dr P H Martin inks can be found HERE in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination!

I love using these inks, and you can find many projects on the blog where I've used them. I love the fact that they are waterproof once dry, you can layer them to your hearts content with no worries of any bleeding, and the gorgeous colours are right up my street! One of my favourite techniques is a very simple one, simply add a drop or two of ink, then spritz with water. Dry immediately, and you have a gorgeous background..

Don't forget about our wonderful prize on offer during our Christmas event, simply leave a comment for EACH of our 12 Designers of Christmas over the whole month, and you'll be in with a chance of winning a bumper prize: 12 products, one product from each featured brand we are showcasing throughout the month! Missed a designer? Simply scroll back though the blog to make sure you have commented on each one.
You will have all of December to leave your comments, we will be announcing the winner on Twelfth Night (just to continue with our '12' theme!..... that's actually January 6th!)

See you tomorrow for another stunning project from one of our 12 Designers of Christmas!

09 December 2014

12 Designers Of Christmas: *Designer 5* Tracy Easson

Hello!
Today I want to introduce you to designer number five in our Christmas extravaganza... the very talented Tracy Easson!
Tracys blog is HERE....I dare you not to fall in love with at least one of her many stunning creations!
Tracy has a wonderful, whimsical style, often incorporating figures, and her project today is no exception...


How gorgeous are they? Tracy has used salt dough to create these marvellous baubles, and she has generously shared the recipe so we can all have a go!
You need:
1 cup of salt
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of lukewarm water

Mix together, then roll out. Cut the desired shape, then either bake in a low heat until hard, or leave in a warm place for a couple of days. The baubles were then stamped, painted and varnished! The baubles are 3 1/2" across, and Tracy managed to make 24 out of the one batch of salt dough!


These are the products Tracy has used that can be found in the A Sprinkle Of Imagination shop:







Thank you Tracy! I don't know about you, but I'm off to start mixing up the dough to create some of my own!


Now, don't forget that to be in with a chance of winning our bumper box of goodies you need to leave EACH of our 12 Designers of Christmas a comment on their blog posts here.  Once you have left your 12 comments, your name will be put into a hat and a random winner drawn out. This will be announced on 12th Night.... (6th January!)
 Have you forgotten to leave a comment for Trish, Jaine, Gez or Hermine? No worries, just scroll back through the blog and leave your comment whenever you have time, commenting on all 12 Guest Designer posts will remain open until the end of December! 
See you tomorrow for another spotlight on a big brand!



08 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 4* Crafters Workshop

Welcome to day 8 and today we're featuring Crafters Workshop.

The shop stocks a range of 12x12 and 6x6 Crafters Workshop Templates. Crafters Workshop have a fabulous range of designs and they can be used with a variety of mediums to create some brilliant effects. 


Along with paints and mediums, one of my all time favourite tools to use in mixed media is a stencil and Crafters Workshop have some of the most beautiful stencils out there. This one called Fleur de Lis by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is one of my all time favourites.  Here I've simply used paste with acrylic paint over the top then gently sanded back the paint to reveal the stenciled paste.

 


 Call back tomorrow for another talented Designer.

Jaine x