Friday, 27 June 2014

Two new firsts - filming and giveaway

Hi everyone

I hope you managed to keep up with my first giveaway last week.  I think it went really well and I have posted off the cards to the winner, I hope she likes them.
I had put three cards that had already featured on the blog and added three previously unseen cards to the prize.

I love Pinterest; how about you?  My boards vary and show how eclectic my taste is in just about everything.  I have boards ranging from ‘New York’, (one of my favourite places to be) to Laughs and Giggles to Glitter and Sparkle.  I am sure you have read here before about how much I love colour and perhaps unsurprisingly I have an ‘I love colour’ board.

Pinterest along with YouTube is a great source of inspiration and I based the ‘you’re the best’ card on a Pin.  The picture is of a mass of tulips; the colours are very vibrant.  I wanted to recreate this vibrancy in my stripes and used layers of watercolour to get the depth of colour I wanted.  I painted the stripes on one large piece of watercolour paper and then cut to size when it was dry, I followed that with some simple stamping in black.  I was really pleased with how this turned out; watch out for more ‘I love colour’ inspired work.

The second of these cards uses one of my favourite Penny Black slapstick/cling stamps called dreamy.  I find it very versatile as it can be added to many different backgrounds and it can look different each time.  I always like to add some Sakura Gelly Roll in #700 which is a lovely sparkle, but it has no colour.  It adds a subtle hint of twinkle and looks lovely when it hits the light. 

The last card is inspired by one of my YouTube craft gurus Kristina Werner.  I find her videos very informative and easy to follow.  It is also simple to put a personal spin on her ideas.  Her cards have a clean style to them which I favour.  There are not loads of bits and pieces added to them.  This card uses Distress Ink and Distress Markers as watercolours and I really enjoyed using this technique and once the colours dry, they are permanent.  

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I have been thinking for some time about filming my cards in progress, not only to add to my YouTube channel, but as a self learning aid.  My other half made an overhead filming set up for me out from a cd unit that was no longer being used (I had also seen this on YouTube by laurelscrafts) As a first attempt at filming with it, I made the announcement for the giveaway via video.  I used my phone and I have to say that I think it worked it very well.  

This set up is so simple and I can just put it on to the desk when needed and stored away when I have finished filming.  Don't you find that the most simple ideas are sometimes the best?

Perhaps you'd like to hop over to my Facebook page, The JacquieLine Studio, and see what you think about how the filming turned out.

I'm so glad that my technical issues from earlier in the week are now resolved and that you have dropped by to see this week's post.

Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Aargh! Technical problems

Hi everyone

I have some technical difficulties this week, so my weekly post will not be up until the end of the week.  I do hope you will check in again and see what's been happening in the studio.

Hope you are having a good week

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Two things this week

Hi everyone

Just a really short post this week as I have my first 'giveaway' on my Facebook page.  Have you hopped on over to my page to see how you can get 6 handmade cards and the stamps to post them with?  If you are an overseas visitor, the stamps will not be useful for you, so I will add in a further card.  

Three of the cards have been featured both here and on my fb page before.  I have had some really lovely feedback for them and I thought that it would be nice to use them for the giveaway.  

If you would like to take part, you only need to do two things

1.  Go to my Facebook page (The JacquieLine Studio) and like it

2.  Go to the post on 13th June which shows the cards and share it on your own page

It really is that simple.

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I have been doing a little experimentation with colour again this week.  The view to the garden gives me so many different colours to look at and enjoy.  I really like colour on dark or black card, so I decided to try using my Derwent Inktense pencils on a black background.  I did clear embossing prior to colouring and used the 0700 Fuchsia colour to fill in the flower, I then used a white watercolour pencil to give some depth to the image and once again went over the petals with the fuchsia colour.


I'm not sure how I feel about how this has turned out and so I haven't used it on a card or anything else.  Any thoughts?

Thanks for spending some time with me this week

Friday, 13 June 2014

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Time!

The three cards pictured have already appeared on my Facebook studio page before. I will be giving away these cards plus three unseen cards along with a book of second class stamps (for overseas entries, I will add in a further unseen card as Royal Mail stamps will not be useful!).

All you have to do is 'like' The JacquieLine Studio page on Facebook plus 'like' and share the 'giveaway' post.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 19th June.


Hi there!

Who fancies a giveaway?

Check back in a couple of hours to see what you'll need to do to be eligible.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

More reorganising - it's nearly finished!


I am amazed at how much re-organising I have done in the studio since we moved in.  One week I have something one way, the next it's another way. I suppose that I am still finding my feet in here and it will take some time to have everything just where I want it or where it is most useful.  With that in mind I realised that the corner desk which was brought from the old house and physically fit so well in the corner of the studio did not fit with me.  It was difficult to get to and I was finding it uncomfortable to sit and work at.  I have replaced it with a much smaller desk unit which opens up the space really well 

So out came the old desk, it was dismantled and . . . .

in went the new desk.  I was amazed how much I had stored in the old desk or should I say stuffed behind it!  So I had a mini re-organisation of those bits and pieces whilst watching a rubbish Saturday afternoon film - can you see which one it is?

This is how it looked when I had finished.  As you can see, I will now need to re-hang my notice boards, but that's fine as I really like the idea of them being inspiration boards right in front of me when I'm working at the small desk.  You may also be able to see the new lamp on the corner of the desk.  

I couldn't resist it. It's purple, it has butterflies and it sparkles.  You know I love a bit of sparkle!

I received the file inserts for my ink swatches this week and I'm really happy with how they look.  It is so easy to see which colours I have and which compliment each other. 

I can also see where my collection is lacking and can look for the colours I'd like to get to fill in those gaps.

Finally for this week, a couple of cards that I had been working on.

The halo effect in this card is lovely and I certainly hope the recipients enjoy it.

And lastly, a birthday card for a man.  I don't know about you, but I find it really difficult to do masculine cards - they are a challenge, but I decided on a one layer, stamped card.  The colours blend so well together.  

I have been sitting in the garden this week as the weather has been so gorgeous and I didn't want to waste the time just sitting, so I have been beavering away at my sewing and really enjoying watching it grow.  

I hope you have a good week and thank you so much for taking the time to look in at my blog this week  

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Oh no!!


I feel like such a fool, I forgot to hit publish and so my post did not get out on time - sorry everyone!  I'll try harder next week ;)

Have a good week everyone

Wednesday, 4 June 2014



Time is just flying by, it's already June!

I hope that you like the new look for the blog, I really love it and would like to say thank you to Becca at Vanilla Bunting ( who worked to bring this new look. She consulted with me at all stages to make sure that the look that I wanted was achieved.

My journey to develop myself via my studio and blog is continuing.  I have ordered a couple more bits for my camera work, one of which is a reflector in order to get help light my pieces better.  More importantly, I am very excited as this week I signed up for a 10 week photography course.  The only disadvantage of this is that I will have to wait until October before it starts.  I'll carry on trying to improve on my own until then, but really look forward to some tuition on photographic techniques.  

Last week I ordered a few bits that I needed, or should I say wanted. I ordered some new cutting plates for my Big Shot as my old ones are getting a bit past it.  The numerous cuts are making marks on card stock when I put it through the machine.  I also think that the plates are nearly at breaking point - having read a few articles, they make a terrific crack when they do break.  

I also decided to order some of the mini Distress Inks and a new Distress Marker.  I wish that I had consulted my list as I already owned the Distress Marker and I have the regular size of one of the Distress Inks.

I am now back into the swing of the ATC group I belong to and made these for my partner in May.

I hope my partner liked them.  These are the ones that I received from my partner.  As you can see, very different to mine in design.

Whilst I was working on a card the other day, I wanted to use three different shades of the same colour ink.  It was a challenge looking through all the pads to find just what I wanted.  So I decided that it was time to 'catalogue' them.  I chose to stamp each colour with the same stamp on the same type of card so that I would get a clear picture of how each colour performed and looked.  A friend who was staying with me offered to write each colour on each card.  I have now sorted them into groups of colours and I am just waiting for some plastic inserts to put them in.  I'm really looking forward to be able to just look through and easily pick the colours I require.   

One of the most interesting things to come out of this exercise was how different all the 'blacks' were.  Some were bordering on more of a charcoal colour and some were what I would call a true black.

I'm off now to work on some orders that I have and I hope to be posting up some pictures next week.

Thanks for stopping by this week