Saturday 12 September 2020

A step by step...

 Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warm weather.  

Today, I have a step by step for a card I made a while ago...

On mixed media cardstock, stamp with #302 Going Postal using distress oxides

Spread some distress crackle paste through stencil #69 Parched Earth and leave to dry

On a separate piece of card, stamp the flowers from #272 Thankful Petals

Use a palette knife to spread Izink Ice over the stamped images to colour them, then cut them out

Once the paste is dry, add some watercolour paint and spritz 

Add some stamping with #307 Overlapping Texture in black

Add the cut out flowers, sentiment and some washi tape and a few splatters

All stamps and stencils are from AALL& Create for more information visit

Thank you for visiting
Janet xxx


Tuesday 8 September 2020

Simply Green


I thought I would do another post while I am in the mood! These are more samples from the last ODS shows on Hochanda.  As far as I know, they still haven't turned up, so it's anyone's guess where they are!

I enjoy finding ways of making stencils the star of my card rather than the background.  I thought I would show you some things I did with the rather fabulous designs by Abs.  I fell in love with Lotza Dotz the minute I saw it and now there are more shapes to add to my list of favourites.  They all work brilliantly well for backgrounds and for adding a bit of texture paste through, but I wanted a way to bring them to the fore!

Enter doodling!  The A4 size stencils have nice large areas to doodle in , so I brushed up on a few patterns and got out my fine liner... (to be fair,my fine liner never actually gets put away..!)

The first one is with Superbly Square, I drew round the squares and coloured with promarkers, then added some stamping with Reverse Squares and finished with the new Washi tape

The second is Totally Triangular, this took a while, but I really enjoyed it, especially the triangles within the triangle

Lastly, Hugely Hexagonal, I thought Kraft Card would make a nice different background and I loved the effect of a white pencil to add highlights

All stamps and stencils and washi tapes are from AALL &Create.  For more information go to

Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx

Saturday 5 September 2020

AALL & Create do Washi!!

 Hello everyone, 

I hope everyone is well.  I absolutely love being part of the AALL & Create team in my little way, especially when there is something new and exciting!  AALL & Create Washi Tape!!  There are 7 different rolls to choose from including a blank one for you to paint or ink and stamp your own designs.  I am very happy that they have been a huge success.

I thoroughly enjoyed making samples for the ODS shows when Abs launched the tapes, but sadly they never arrived at Hochanda (I live in hope that they will turn up somewhere some day!)

I have a few to share with you here, but also I had an idea of how to use the tape in a bit of a different way.

I used a spare piece of card and cut it a bit bigger than the die I intended to use (you don't want to waste this tape!)

Stick the tape to the card I used all one design,  but you could mix them up or keep a piece of card handy and stick any left over bits to it

Die cut the card with the washi tape.  I love the look of it and as I used card with a bit of colour to it, that shows through to add to the affect.
I haven't used this on a project yet, but the weekend is still young...
Here are some of the samples that went missing 😢  As well as the washi tape there were new stamps and stencils from Abs and Bipasha.  As many of you will know I have been in love with Abs' stencil Lotza Dotz since the first day I saw it and I am fairly sure it will remain my all time favourite stencil, but then there was the big brother, Totally Dotty, then some cousins, Totally Triangular and Lotza Trianglz and now the family has expanded to  include Heapza Hexagonz, Hugely Hexagonal, Lotza Squares and Superbly Square as well as the matching stamps...I absolutely love all of them   Bipasha has done some fabulous squares and hexagons to match.  I was in heaven making backgrounds with these stamps and stencils, they work so well with so many techniques and different media. They proved very popular on the shows too.  

All stamps, stencils, dies and washi tapes are by AALL & Create.

Find more information at

Thanks for visiting

Janet xxx

Tuesday 18 August 2020

I'm back!

 Hello bloggers,

I am back blogging again for a while (who knows how long it will last!)  I can't believe it has been so long since my last post.  How have you been getting on in this strange new world?  I work for the NHS so that side of things has been pretty much business as usual for me but I haven't been doing any workshops, until Saturday!  I did a workshop with reduced numbers so there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and the hall had provided plenty of hand gel and wipes.  Everyone was very sensible and it was really nice to be out crafting with friends again.

We made a mini album which was fun!  As always, everyone did their own version and as always came up with some lovely finished results and as always, I didn't take any pictures...

Here is my version..

All the stamps and stencils used are from AALL & Create, for the background I used the rather fabulous Totally Triangular stencil by Abs, the background stamping is done with three of my favourite sets; #336 Bold Alphas by Bipasha, #338 Background Noise by Janet Klein and of course #362 Splodge by Abs. and all the main images are from the lovely range by Janet Klein

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Thank you for visitng 

Janet xxx

Friday 5 June 2020

Flying Pigs

Hello everyone,

I have a nice bright project here.  I know those of you who know me will be asking where the real me has gone, but actually I am really enjoying the bright colours, must be the sunny weather!

A while ago, I bought some bottled inks (I can't resist nice colouring things!) but I haven't used them until very recently.  I decided to try them out and made some fab backgrounds...
I thought this one with the pink would go well with the new design pigs by Janet Klein.  
I used the absolutely fabulous Background Noise stamp set to create the background interest then stamped and coloured the pigs  and wings separately and stuck them over the top.
I added some white highlights and the sentiment to complete it.

These stamps and others from Janet Klein will be on the Let Leonie Loose shows on Hochanda on Wednesday 10th June at 11.00am and 2.00pm UK time.  They will be shows full of fun and creativity.

Stamps used by AALL & Create #345 Bacon, #348 Insect Wings #338 Background Noise
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Thank you for visitng, enjoy your weekend
Janet xx

Sunday 31 May 2020

A Mini Book

Hello everyone,

I may have developed a new obsession!  i watched Abs make a mini journal on one of his Instagram lives and loved it so much, I gave it a go myself and was quite pleased with the results...  
When the delicious little designs by Janet Klein were released in the latest collection, I just knew they would be perfect in a mini book.
This one is smaller than the one Abs made, it is just 6.0 x 7.5 cms, but it is amazing how much you can fit in and I love that each set by Janet has the elements to make a little scene and of course you can mix and match with others in the range...

Front cover with #361 Bloom
#358 Paw Prints

#359 Raincoat
#354 Bunny & Bunnies
#356 Flower Market
#355 Eat, Play, Love
Back Cover #360 Wish
there is a box to put the book in too, but i don't have any pics of that.  The other stamps I used for this are the fantabulous new backgrounds by Abs, they add wonderful interest without detracting from the main image.  I used #362 Splodge, #365 Ice Floes and #366 Roundly

These stamps will all be showing on the AALL & Create One Day Special starting on Hochanda on Monday 1st June at 6.00pm and 8.00pm and continuing on Tuesday 2nd June at 8.00am 12 midday and 4.00pm.

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Thank you for visiting,
Janet xx

Friday 29 May 2020

Free Advice

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all been keeping safe and well and enjoying the lovely weather we have had recently. 
Today i am sharing a couple of samples I have made for the up coming AALL & Create One Day Special launching on Hochanda on Monday 1st June at 6.00pm.  These shows will be featuring the delightful new designs by Janet Klein.  Each set has the main character and extra elements which you can use to create fab little scenes.  There are extra sets this time which you can use with these characters and of course with any you may already have.

 I created the background for this one by blending distress oxides over the card, then I added some stamping.  I used the fabulous new background stamps by Abs.  I love the new 'Splodge' stamp it is an absolute must have and I am pretty sure it will be an all time favourite.  I stamped it round the edges in several colours and added some circles from 'Roundly' too

All the characters and elements are stamped on separate card, coloured with pencils and cut out then mounted on the base

The second sample is made much along the same lines, an ink-blended background then I added some interest with the lovely stencil 'Starry Night' which is designed by Janet to complement the range.
I also added some stamping with 'Splodge' (because I couldn't help myself) and some elements from 'Background Noise'
the 'Puppy Toys' are stamped and cut out of separate card

times for the shows:
Monday 1st June 6.00pm and 8.00pm
Tuesday 2nd June 8.00am, 12 midday and 4.00pm

1st card stamps used:
343 The Stand, 360 Wish, 354 Bunny & Bunnies, 355 Eat Play Love
363 Splodge 366 roundly

2nd card stamps used:
344 Puppy Toys, 338 Background Noise
363 Splodge
Stencil used  97 Starry Night

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Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx