Vintage finds

Hello lovely reader, thank you for all your lovely comments on my junkin.
Still on the same theme today as I continue to be infected with this hoarding tendencies.

I saw these

Over on a favourite blog of mine. ( docrafts do packets of tiny spools perfect for this project)

Just love living my live via these American vintage/ junk/ up cycled sites.

I am waiting for word on a storage unit I asked to rent, but nothing is quiet straight forward.
No 1 unit is a new build in an industrial site off thee main road in this area.
No 2 unit is down by the harbour in a quaint seaside town.

Which one too choose.
No 2 is available right now, building on the new one keeps on putting the completion date back.

Which ever unit I choose it will firstly be for storage. Having too much stuff and businesses that are bursting at the seams means I have no problem making clean fresh space by hiding stuff in storage.

But, my mind also thinks that I could use it for other things in the future.( sometimes I wish the voices would keep their ideas to themselves)

If I am able to use it as a painting workshop that may run classes with all the lovely chalky paints we have in the store.

It could grow arms and legs and offer workshop space to maybe a wood  turner which could work well with someone re selling vintage furniture, even if it was online or maybe open just on a weekend.

I could move funkykits to the unit and free up more space in the Elgin shop. Oh the possibilities! One of my biggest problems in life is getting carried away with my ideas, remembering that what I see on the Internet/ pinterest might be hugely popular and trending, BUT this does not say that the locals would appreciate my crazy ideas?
All I do know is that as long as I watch the pennies, it's a lot of fun and makes me happy.
If I could only find the time and energy to do everything ! Finish anything at all!

I'll keep you informed but one things for sure, I ain't content, always fidgeting to do some else.

Take care

Best Day Ever

Hello everyone :o)

I've gone all girlie for today's card, using one of my favourite stamps.... yes, I know I say that about them all, but they're all fabulous, aren't they?!

This little lovely is called Best Day Ever... I've used the rubber stamp version, which is currently out of stock, but you can get an instant fix with the digi version HERE.

I had a bit of a colouring disaster with this one - I dropped a blue pen (the one I use for adding little shadows around the images) on the finished image and left a big streak over her face and the top of her dress!  I had to blend it out and then add more colour to cover it up, so she's not looking her best poor love.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Bad Hare Day ----

Hello and good morning everybody.
Here I am again with my card using the super cute Sugar Nellie ‘Bad Hare Day’ stamp available from Funkykits.  I did originally plan to create an altered wooden shape to showcase her with bits of paper, stamped images, flowers, gems….etc, but I had a few painting issues. Basically I had paint everywhere but on the shape, I obviously have the relationship with paint as I do with glue. Lets just say I had a nightmare!!  I‘ve now realised up-cycling objects might need a little more practice and a lot more play time ---- and possibly better paints.  J  Ah well, I might try it out again for my next project. 
Anyhoo, back to this week and after a doing a crafty detour I decided to create an Easter card. I like to use different mediums, so this week I decided to use my Prisma Pencils to colour my image with.
The background scene was made using cut out pieces from my 12 x 12 paper pad, some stickers from the pad and a few dies.
Check out my blog here for full details of all the things I used on my card. I hope you like it and have a lovely Easter --- but watch out and don’t eat too many Easter eggs.
Bigs hugs
x Janine x

Bumble Bee...

Good morning Sugar's Wednesday and time for my scheduled post.  I will be busy at work when you read this post(hopefully)...that means hopefully the schedule will post and not that I am hopefully at!!

Now this stamp is called Bumble Bee from the Gorjuss Girls collection at Sugar Nellie.  Now it is out of stock however I know there's lots of you out there that need some inspiration with your old stamps...this one has to be one of my favourites!!  It is such an easy stamp to colour, you can make it as bold or as subtle as you like...anything suits this stamp but she is perfect for paper piecing because there isn't too many itty bitty pieces to cut out.....pop over to the store and see what else is available!!

Now these papers are digi papers from The Sweet Shoppe....they are just the kind of colours that I love.  I cut them out and layered them onto bazill card and then yes you've guessed....I added some doodling!!

The flower has been cut using my brand spanking new die-namics blueprints 14...oh I soooo love it and tied a tiny piece of twine on the button making a little bow.

The message is from Stampin Up and I finished with some pearls in the corner....hope you likey.

Pop back tomorrow for more inspiration from the team!!


Live....... Laugh....... Love...


Hi All

CHRISTINE here today... to share with you a darling little fairy - the image is called LIVE.. LAUGH.. LOVE and is available HERE

I teamed her delicate colouring up with some gorgeous Maja Design Springtime Basics papers... then added a bow made from seam binding.  Of course, no fairy would be seen without her sparkle... so I added plenty!!

More details can be found HERE on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a lovely day..

Big hugs
Christine x

Leanne Ellis ~ Fleur...

Morning all...

Vicky here today to share with you my card using another gorgeous Leanne Ellis stamp...
and this sweetie is called Fleur...

I have teamed gorgeous Fleur with some lovely LOTV papers...

Coloured her with my Copics, Chalks and Spectrum Noir pencils..

and the die-cuts are from a mix of MFT Blueprint dies...

for more details please pop over to my blog here...

So thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day too...

biggest of crafty hugs Vicky xx

SOS - Junkie

Good morning readers, happy Sunday to you all.

Today I confess to being a junkie.

I love junkin so there for I must be a junkie.
Addicted to collecting junk.

I had a day out yesterday for that purpose only, I drove around  lots of villages in our county in the search of some man's junk that could maybe, with a little love and work, be my own treasure.

Funny enough it was my first stop that gave me the biggest hit, after that there was very little.
I would not call the places I visit antique shops, because that infers high price tickets. I would be happier with the prices of a charity shop or a boot sale but as those venues don't usually deal much in my kind of junk, it's the recycling centres, house clearance sales and second hand furniture venues that prove best for me.
Blame pinterest, the west coast of America, with all the sunshine for out door activities, holds many many vintage junk sales. But it's a little to far for me and the luggage allowance on flights is nothing at all. I will have to settle for what I can find locally.

What did I buy. Well here is my haul.

3 coffee tables at £5
Suitcases £5 & £3
All three drawers for £5
And the wicker picnic basket, lined but empty for £5
Your guess that if the sales woman could sell it for the magic number 5 than it was sold.
I also purchased a old hand mixer, I have had a few in my time but nothing works faster than this, forget those ballon whisk!

Cut glass, I have been collecting these for the last few weeks, 50p - 1.75.

Now we wait for the new range of chalky paints to arrive in the store so that we can play.
Up cycling is on the UP! I felt this last year and wanted Annie Sloan paints for the pop up shop but I could not agree to her terms, one full time trained employee in each out let, sorry can't afford extra staff just to sell paint!
In Frankfurt at the trade show there were several companies selling chalk paint, as per everything that becomes fashionable or on trend, others follow. The choice is growing and the price is coming down, I just needed to figure which was best value for money and stock as many pretty colours as I have room for. Making space this week.

Time to hide all these goodies from hubby, it's a blue skies and sunshine kind of day, yesterday was very windy but it's calmer out here this morning. I might open up the caravan and see what other junk I have hidden in there that I have forgotten about.

Take care and have a peaceful Sunday.