Thursday, 24 December 2015

Design a Christmas Jumper - Karen Gist

Happy Christmas Eve,

Santa is on his way but only if
you have been good!
I've got no chance then!

Today we have Karen Gist with
us, she has designed a 
really cute little Christmas Jumper....

Karen says -
I have knitted a little 3" high jumper to
go onto my Christmas Tree to celebrate
Christmas Jumper Day.
What a fun day to have for Charity too.
I decorated my little jumper with a 
Tando Mini Snowflake (the little stars are 
from the centre of the snowflakes).
Painting first, with Fresco Mermaid and then
adding Stickles Crystal over the top for
some bling!

These were glued onto the jumper.
I made a little coat hanger from some
wire to hang the jumper on my tree.

Thank you Karen, this is so sweet!!
Will have to get my knitting needles out.

Karen used -

From Stash -
Knitting Wool 

Well, all that is left for me to do
now is to wish you all a very

 Merry Christmas

from all of us at The Craft Barn.

Hope you have a great few days off
and get all the pressies you asked for!

I'll see you soon,

Jane x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Design a Christmas Jumper - Neil Walker

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well and looking 
forward to the festivities, not 
long now!!

This week we asked the DT to
Design a Christmas Jumper
as this year there has been a lot
regarding Christmas knitwear!
I couldn't wear a jumper for five minutes
with my hot flushes!  Ha ha!

So starting with Neil.....

Neil says -

A fun simple festive card. I've kept mine 
simple but I think it could be a fun project
 to get children decorating cards for
 friends and family.

Begin by drawing a jumper onto a card blank.

Line up the Stencil into the centre of the jumper.

Add festive colour using Festive Berries
 Distress ink.
 Line up the pattern and fill in the rest of
 the jumper as needed.

Cut out the jumper and edge with ink.

Add some festive bling with Liquid Pearls.

To finish, raid your button box for tiny buttons 
and glue in place.

The finished card.

What a fun card and as Neil said, a great 
project for the kids to get involved with!

This is what Neil used -

6 x 6 Cards and Envelopes
Tim Holtz Layered Stencil - Holiday Knit
Distress Ink - Festive Berries
Liquid Pearl - Ruby
Liquid Pearl - Platinum
Liquid Pearl - Ivy Green
From Stash - Mini buttons

So that is our first Christmas Jumper, 
see you tomorrow for the next....

Jane x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner


Welcome to the Christmas week, here
on the blog!

Time to announce our last Challenge winner
of the year.

Your topic was Tree and wow, you
certainly joined in!
There were 29 amazing entries, 
thank you!!

It's so nice to see you all taking part.

So who has Mr Random Generator
picked as our last weekly
Challenge winner??



Congratulations Sunshinepens,
please contact me at
so that I can send you your prize.

That's it for today, 
there will be the usual posts during 
the Christmas Week, so 
I'll see you then!

Jane x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas Carol - Dawn Heald

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the weekend and our 
last project of the week.  Almost
our last project of the year too!!

Dawn is here with us today....

Dawn says -
 I've chosen the Christmas Carol We
 Three Kings. I think that's what the
 man is in the image. I may be wrong
 but he fits many other carols if not.

 To make -

Using the Tando Mixed Media Board,
 cover with patterned paper and add a strip of 
torn and inked coordinating paper slightly off centre.

Use the sentiment stamp and stamp the
 holly border in places on the board 
and heat emboss with gold powder.

Stamp images and colour with Inktense Pencils
 and cut out.

 Ink edges lightly.
Attach coloured images with foam pads.

Wow, a lovely Christmas project, 
thank you Dawn!
Hope you have enjoyed our posts,
don't forget to let us know what 
you think.  We always like to see your 

Products used -

So that's it for another week!

No challenge tomorrow, don't forget.

I'll see you on Tuesday with our last 
Weekly Challenge Winner of the year.

Jane x

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Carol - Neil Walker


Today is our second post of the week
and we are featuring Christmas Carols.
Today, Neil is with us to show you his
beautiful card! 

Stamp out the large Peace from Woodware
 onto watercolour card using Jet Black Archival ink.

Use a selection of Distress Markers and
 water filled brushes to add colour. 
Put to one side to dry.

Take the card blank and use the Dreamweaver
 Heart Bouquet and Hickory Smoke Distress
 ink to add a design to the edges of the card.

Matt the finished Peace onto green card
 and attach to the card blank.

Use a fine pen to add the rest of the
 lyrics to the card.

A simple Christmas card complete.....

'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'

Thank you Neil,
I do like these Word Stamps and this one
has been coloured beautifully!

If you want to make one, this is what
you'll need.....

Smooth Stamping Card
300g Coloured Card - Forest
Woodware Watercolour Card
Woodware Stamp - Doodled Peace
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Markers
Water Brush - Medium
Dreamweaver Stencil - Heart Bouquet
Distress Ink pad - Hickory Smoke
Doublesided Tape - 10 -15 mm

Wonder what 'Carol' Dawn is going
to do tomorrow?

Jane x 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Carol - Jane Collman

Good morning,

Hope you are all well!
This week we are featuring
'Christmas Carols' here on the blog
and I am starting off the posts......

'Ding Dong Merrily on High'

One of my favourite Christmas Carols!

Take a card blank and add a piece of
co-ordinating cardstock.

Using Watercolour Card, stamp and emboss
your image, I used Versamark Ink and 
Silver Detail Embossing Powder.
Add some of your chosen Distress Inks
to a heat resistent/messy sheet and
spritz with water.  'Dunk' your card
and when happy with the colour, dry 
naturally or very carefully with a heat gun so
that you don't melt your embossing powder. 

Stamp a second image but you will only
need the bells.  Emboss as before.

Using the same Distress Inks that were
used on the background and a water brush, 
paint the bells.

When finished cut out the bells carefully
so you don't crack the embossing powder.

Add the image to your already layered
card and then with foam pads, add
the cut out bells so that they are raised.

When your card is complete, then you 
can add some extra dimension/bling
with some Stickles Glitter Glue.  I used
Crystal as that allows the underneath 
colour to show through.

This is what I used -

Woodware Stamp - Christmas Bells
Woodware Watercolour Card
Distress Inks 
Water Brush
Silver Detail Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Co-ordinating Cardstock
Stickles Glitter Glue - Crystal
Stix2 Foam Pads

So that is it from me today,
I'll see you tomorrow with
another Carol!

Jane x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

Here we are again on a Tuesday 
morning to announce the latest
winner for our Weekly Challenge.

Only one more Weekly Challenge and 
Winner to go for 2015!

Where has this year gone?
Certainly brought it home to me when
I write the posts each week, I seem 
to be writing Challenge posts every 
five minutes and not every seven

So let's get on and announce our
latest winner ......
Our Challenge was Presents and we
had 12 brilliant entries!

Who has Mr Random Generator picked
this week..... 12........ 


Well done Craftyfield
please email me at
so that I can send you your prize voucher.

Thank you to all of you who entered,
we can't do it without you!

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Weekly Challenge

Happy Weekend everyone,

Sunday here again and time for
this weeks Challenge!

Before we get started with that
it's time to make a new announcement...

January classes are now online to book, so
click here for details.
So classes are going back home to Lingfield!
Hope you can join us.

Ok, back to the Challenge.  This will be
the last Weekly Challenge of the year.
We will resume again in January and there
will be a new Challenge to take over from
the Calendar Challenge.  Don't forget I 
asked you to look out for an old 
Dictionary so that may give you a bit of an idea
of what we will be doing.

So what is it going to be this week, I'm
really running out of ideas ha ha!!
I think I'm going to give you on word
that means any tree, doesn't have to be Christmas
as to be fair, not everyone celebrates it
as we do.  So any tree, with or
without leaves, one on its own or a 
whole forest, don't mind, whatever you 

As many entries as you like and via the link 
if possible or if not to me at

The link will close at midnight Sunday
20th December and the winner will be 
announced on Tuesday 22nd December.
As usual the winner will be picked by 
Random Generator.

Let's make this a bumper Challenge,
the last one of 2015!

Good luck to you all.

See you soon,

Jane x

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Dress a Tree - Neil Walker

Happy Saturday everyone,

What are you all up to today....
Christmas shopping, decorations or 
nothing at all to do with Christmas?
It gets a bit mad this time of year doesn't it?

Well, Neil is here today to show you 
his dressed tree.....very different
to Dawn's yesterday!

Neil says....

Take a few die cut tree shapes. Glue them
 together to create a dimensional effect.

Glue the tree to the inside of the card. 
(Just glue the base)

Stamp some Christmas images onto white
 shrink plastic using black StazOn
 and cut out. Shrink with a heat gun.

Fold back the edges of the card back on
 themselves. Paint a dark piece of card
 with assorted DecoArt Interference paints.
 Trim and add panels to the sides as seen.
 add one of the vintage Christmas embellishments
 to the front and then it is time to dress
 the tree. using the other embellishments.

To finish I added a suitably silly seasonal 
sentiment for what is a quirky card........

I'll let you into a little secret here.....

Neil really wasn't very happy with this but 
I think it's a real fun card and I love 
the sentiment that has been hand
written.  Makes it a bit more personal,
what do you think?  We do like to hear 
your comments!

Well that's another week done
and another nearer the end of 2015.
Gosh where has this tear gone?

I'll see you tomorrow for the 
latest to get my 
thinking cap on!

Jane x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Dress a Tree - Dawn Heald

Hi folks,

Welcome to our posts this week!
This time we asked out DT to
'dress a tree'....can you believe there
is an actual day for this, in fact there
is two - 5th and 6th December!!
Who actually thinks these 'days' up?

Dawn is with us today to show you 
what she has been up to.....

Hi crafty friends, how are you getting 
on with preparations for the holidays?
 I'm rather behind so I wanted a product
 that could be used multiple ways, easy
 to use and look good whilst keeping the card simple.
The Dreamweaver Stencil Christmas 
Tree is perfect and ticks all the boxes.
 You can use so many different mediums
 from ink pads to sprays to pastes or even
 draw through them.
If you've more time they're great
 to dress up even more.

I'm showing four finished cards. Two
 using ink pads and two using pastes. 

Place stencil down and low tack tape into
 position. Do this for each tree washing between use.
The inked trees -
Use a stencil brush or sponge and apply ink
 through the stencil. Remove tape and stencil carefully. 


The paste trees -
1. Using Dreamweaver Embossing Paste 
spread over the stencil. Leave to
 dry. Add red glitter glue.
2. Use Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium and
 apply over the stencil. Leave to dry.

 Go over areas with coloured glitter
 glue and leave to dry.

 Then die cut all four trees with the goods frame
 from the set and colour the areas around the 
tree with coloured ink pads. Next die cut the
 pattern backing and colour if wanted
 with matching inks.
Decorate your trees with gems and
 Card Candi. Layer up with the pattern die
 cut and attach to you card base. 
Stamp a sentiment underneath.

Love these cards from Dawn and if you want to
 have a go, this is what you'll need....

From own stash - Christmas Sentiment Stamp

I'll be back tomorrow with a
project from Neil.

See you then,

Jane x