Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February, the love month

Hello and welcome to February, the month of love and time for our next challenge over at Country View. I spotted this display up in London recently..such gorgeous heart boxes...ready to fill....

Our theme this time is a timed challenge. The brief is to make a project in 30 minutes or under. For this I decided to make a card. I could never make an art journal page in that sort of time! I think a lot of time is spent on design so I will confess that I already had a plan but in minutes to make it really did take less than 30 minutes. There are no limitations to the number of other challenges or the number times you can enter. You have the chance to win a £20 voucher too so it's win win in my books! All the details can be seen here. 

So this is what I got up to. We all have a bag of inky left over snippets in our stash don't we? Us crafters never throw anything away.
 I dug out the piece below. I had made it for the background for a Christmas card but when I added silver embossing paste I got a pink tinge, from the sparkly spray underneath. At the time I really didn't like it. However for a background to a Valentine card it was perfect. I just quickly distressed the edges. Time taken; 1 minute
 To make it more "Valentiney" is that a word??...I added some red archival ink through my heart stencil, sprinkled on some red geranium embossing powder
 and heat embossed the hearts. I also added a little to the edges. Time taken 5 minutes.
I have a little stash of digi images all cut with my stitched rectangle die and chose this one which is a free Graphics Fairy image.  I always have spare frames cut so I just tucked a rectangular Joy frame behind it.
Next I got out some of my inky mop up scraps and die cut lots of hearts. I added some script stamping to some of them using my Visible Image Bronte border. Time taken 10 minutes

I found these old paper doilies in a drawer I was clearing out after Christmas
so I stamped the same script onto one of these.
Then it was just a case of sticking everything together.

with a couple of close ups

Time taken; 9 minutes 

Total time = 25 5 minutes to spare!

So using scraps is a really quick way of putting a card together...and remember never throw away those rejected backgrounds. There will always be a day that you can put it to use 😊

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Darnell's NBUS challenge #10

NBUS stands for never used stuff...of which I have plenty. My never before use for this project was my paper doilies which had been sitting in a drawer for probably 15 years...yes seriously!!

Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes with a twist of a ladies' card

Allsorts let's celebrate

Crafty Card makers 1/3 love, love, love

Love to create 2/2 anything creative/ mixed media

Thanks for visiting today and for all you kind comments that you take the time to leave me. I so appreciate them.
Happy February everyone....share the love 💓💖💓

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a gorgeous Valentine card Jane, love the design and use of left overs. This came together perfectly in under 30 minutes. xxx

  2. Wonderful card! I would never been able to do that under 30 minutes. Well done it looks amazing. Love the stamped pattern on the doily too.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck! Nick DT

  3. It doesn't look like a quick card and yet it's beautiful! So many layers... A great Valentine card Jane.

  4. This is brilliant Jane, everything ties in perfectly together xx

  5. Its gorgeous pretty does is that stamped doily, just a perfect Valentine's card!
    Enjoy your evening my dear,
    V x

  6. Wondrful Valentine's Day card! Great design! xx

  7. Amazing what you can create from scraps. Great make Jane. Xx

  8. Beautiful card Jane love all the layersxx

  9. Gosh. I'm so impressed. No way could I make a card from start to finish in 30 mins. I like your idea of having the images already cut with your stitched die. I have that die and it's fast becoming my go to every time I need a frame. I love your resulting card. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Gorgeous card for Valentine's Day.. I hope it goes to a special person. You know how I love it when you use vintage designs in your work. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. It's a lovely Valentine creation Jane and perfect for our Let's Celebrate theme at Allsorts, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  12. Very pretty card Jane...your designs are always so lovely (and it would take me a lot longer than 30 mins!)
    Hope you're having a good week,
    Susan x

  13. Jane, an amazing card in just 25 minutes! Great use of that Christmas mishap and of your scraps! I think it would take me the entire 25 minutes to pick out what I wanted to use! this would be perfect for our Rock the Red Dare at Emerald Creek Dares! Hugs!

  14. WOW Jane, 25 mins your card is incredible and I love the design and textures. I just don't think I could do a card in this time lol
    Julie x

  15. Lovely card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Celebrate' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  16. Hi Jane,
    Love your card with all its yummy details and layers!
    You make me want to get my fingers all inky ;-)

  17. beautiful work Jane - lovely layering! I love all those hearts and the vintage pics - fabulous! Hugs rachel x

  18. thank you so much for entering in our celebration challenge at Allsorts this week!

  19. Haha, so true Jane. We crafters do have a problem throwing things away, but I find I pull out some of those things and use them, which is why we hoard! lol. Stunning card. Love all the shimmery bits and what a lovely image you used. Adore that heart shaped button, such a great addition. Fabulous Valentine's design. have a great week my friend. hugs :)

  20. You made a lovely card in such a short time, dear Jane! Good to have so much scraps around ;-)
    Evelyn xx

  21. An impressive card in the time! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers this time.


  22. You made this stunner in under 30 minutes. I am in awe I would still have been picking out my elements!

    Thank you so much for joining in with my Love, Love, Love challenge this time.

    Crafty Cardmakers

  23. Fab card - love all the vintage elements you chose too xx

  24. Does EVERYONE have a drawer of 15-year-old doilies? Cuz I sure do, too! This was a fascinating post, Jane! I was mesmerized following your speedy process of turning a simple UFO into a stunning Valentiney masterpiece!! WOW! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #10!! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Love the vintage look of your card. Thanks for joining us for our Love, Love, Love challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers

    DT Member


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