Saturday, 10 May 2014

Making a scene on a jigsaw for mum


Mum has Alzheimer's and is in a care home. She and other ladies like doing jigsaws, but they need to be small and not too complicated so that they don't give up. I've been looking for some time for suitable jigsaws for them, but most of the smaller jigsaws are for children. I thought it would be good to give mum some jigsaws that have a picture that isn't childish.

I came across some plain white jigsaws in Tiger (there's always something different to find in that store). Including the frame the jigsaw is about 8" x 8" - perfect for putting together on a lap tray.

I used distress inks for the background and stamped using a variety of Adirondack dye inks. I used a little stamp along the bottom - I've had this stamp ever since I started crafting and find it so handy. I also used one f my all time favourite Penny Black stamps - 'sparklers' and also their 'burst of stars'. The rather fuzzy trees were made with a Clarity stamp.

This isn't by any means perfect (it's my first attempt at doing this) - it's a learning curve, but I'll certainly be buying more of them to make for mum and her friends. I can't wait to go and buy some more to experiment with creating different pictures.


I'm sharing this for the following challenges:

Crafty creations 262: anything but a card
LiaStampz 64: anything but a card
Simply create too 61: anything but a card
Treasured times 17: mother's day/anything but a card
De creatieve zebra 7: just anything but a card
Penny Black and more at Allsorts May: anything goes
Penny Black May: your favourite Penny Black stamp (sparklers)
Crafty little fairies May: in the garden
The artistic stamper creative team May: in the garden
Craft a scene May: create your own flower garden scene
Use your stuff 134: ombre (not easy to see in the photo, but the greens at the bottom go from light to dark
Sweet stamps 168: for mom
Tuesday throwdown 194: special lady
Crafters cafe 62: mum or special lady
MilkCoffee: mother's day/special lady
Nightshift stamping: more than two stamps (I used four)
The stamping boutique 16: mom
Frosted designs: all about mom
A creative need 19: for a woman
Artistic inspirations 90: all for mom/anything goes
Crafters corner 16: something special
Deep ocean 77: distressing
V's sweet 23: distress
Bunny Zoe: distress
Dream valley 81: anything goes
Loves rubber stamps 102: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Stamping sensations May: anything goes
Just keep on crafting May: anything goes
Sister Act 56: anything goes
Crafting by designs May anything goes

CHNC challenge 176: let it shine


Time for another challenge on my CHNC blog and for CHNC challenge 176 I'm wanting you to 'let it shine' on your Christmas creations - interpret as you will ... might be shiny paper/card, gems etc or perhaps stars or a candle ... I'm sure you will have plenty of ideas.

I've gone with the idea of letting a candle shine and have used one of the stamps from a set kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, Flonz craft. The image was stamped with brushed corduroy distress ink and water brushed to create a sepia, vintage look  I then matted the image on to gold pearlescent card and then on to a piece of Anna Griffin flocked paper that I had brushed with the brushed corduroy ink. The background is an offcut of Hunkydory card left over from a previous Christmas creation. The two embossed baubles were cut from an embossing created with a lovely Embossalicious embossing folder, which were then brushed with the distress ink.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 17
Natalie and Amy 20: rubber stamping
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Rhedd and rosies 32: it's all about texture
Deep ocean 77: distressing
V's sweet 23: distress
Bunny Zoe: distress
Loves rubber stamps 102: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Scrappers delights 22: anything goes
It's all about the vintage and beauty 68: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 41: anything goes
Stamping sensations May: anything goes
Just keep on crafting May: anything goes
Sister Act 56: anything goes
Crafting by designs May anything goes

Completely Christmas challenge 11


The week's go so quickly - it's time for Completely Christmas challenge 11 which is 'anything goes' as long as it's Christmas - please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in the fun. The challenge is being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps.

For my design card I used Di's Digi Stamps 'Holly's Christmas tree coloured' image, cutting it out with a nestie scalloped circle and brushing with fired brick distress ink. Papers are from a Forever Friends pad called 'a Christmas tale'. The sentiment washi tape was from Tiger and the silk ribbon flower from Create and Craft.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 17
Crazy challenge 170: it's all about the stripes
Paper crafting journey: spots and/or stripes
Penny's 176: 2 or more patterned papers
613 avenue create 70: anything goes (option: bling)
Crafting from the heart 17: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Paper makeup 139: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Scrappers delights 22: anything goes
Creative fingers 35: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 41: anything goes
Just keep on crafting May: anything goes
Sister Act 56: anything goes
Crafting by designs May anything goes

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 28: flowers


It's time for Suzy Bee's blooming challenge 28: flowers. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in with your floral loveliness - and join in with your floral creations.

For my design card I've used Bugaboo 'Flower gals - Violet', kindly supplied by the sponsors. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and matted on to two different colours of Creata mirror card before matting on to a white DL card blank, adding flowers/brads from stash (coloured with spectrum pens to match the theme) and added the Craftime sentiment. A lovely excuse to use my favourite purple - which is good for DRS 121: purple and green:

also Make my Monday 'Seasonal flower colours' photo prompt:




This is also for:

Lacy sunshine 32: use your favourite coolour combination - purple/lilac
Sparkles 55: favourite colour combo
Pink gem 119: your favourite colour combo
Order of the opus gluei 182: flowers for all
Love to create 114: say it with flowers
Pause dream enjoy 9: flowers
4 crafty chicks 193: flowers
Delightful: petal power
Spectrum noir May: flowers
Di's digi designs: use those markers
Seize the birthday: May flowers
Eclectic ellapu: birthday
Stamps & fun = creativity 201: birthday
Going grey with Scrap-creations: mother's day/girl
PumpkinSpice 71: about a girl
DL.ART 132: anything feminine
Crafting for all seasons 76: lots of layers
CRAFT 258: birthday
My mums craft shop 17: lots of layers
Fitztown 33: lots of layers
Creative moments 42: anything goes/bingo - line down: flower, sentiment, more than 2 layers
Papertake: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Creative fingers 35: anything goes
Sister Act 56: anything goes
Just keep on crafting May: anything goes
Crafting by designs May anything goes
DL.ART May
Just B creative crazy May