Sunday, 23 February 2020

Thoughts and way forward with my blog.

I  have had my blog for many years now and go through phases of posting every day, to a couple of times a week to more recently a couple of times a month.

I look at my statistics and the amount of views I get, compared to my YouTube channel and it is a bit disappointing, so I find I am concentrating more on my YouTube channel and have let my blog dwindle a bit.

So thoughts - should I continue to blog and go back to posting regularly or just post a couple of times a month when I am doing a blog post for the couple of blog challenges and hops that I am on the design team for?

I have 116 subscribers here on my blog, but apart from the challenges I mentioned above, I never get comments and get very few views (average 10 - 30).  So is all the effort worth it?

My YouTube channel as nearly 3,500 subscribers and gets 250 - 1k views per video and almost always has lots of positive encouraging comments.

When you spend time working on any project whether it be blogger, YouTube or any other social media platform, it is the audience that makes it worth while.

So what I am asking you is - do you enjoy my blog? do you want me to post more?

Comments below please.  I will monitor this and see whether I shall return to blogging several times a week, or continue as I have in just blogging as part of a challenge.

The ball is in your hands! Thanks for taking the time in reading this.

If you want to see where all my focus goes then pop over to my YouTube channel, subscribe and join in the fun.

Here is my latest video

Saturday, 8 February 2020

JOS Blog Hop February 2020 Love Is In The Air

Welcome to February's Blog Hop with the Joy Of Sets.  The theme for this month is "Love Is In The Air".

In the UK we don't really celebrate Valentine's Day unless we are in  couple where we might make a card for the other half. However 14th February, Valentine's Day, is very special for me as it is my grandson's birthday. Reuben Valentine was born on Valentine's Day and will be 7 years old.  He is a wonderful little lad, full of fun and laughter and as all of my grandchildren are, is very dear to me.

So my blog hop card uses a stamp set called Special Someone and with 23 stamps for £16 I think is great value.

This is my "Love is in the Air" card. I used the Stamparatus positioning tool to get the hearts and mice in a circle on the 5" x 5" piece of cardstock.  This is a two step stamp so I was able to fill in the hearts and the mice to give a little colour.  Added a sentiment and some ribbon and it is a fun card with a "love" feel.

While I had this set out I made my grandson his birthday card
There is a coordinating die set with this stamp set and so was able to cut out some grass and the little string for the balloons. The sentiment was popped into a word bubble, one of the dies included in this set.

So now that I've shown you my ideas why don't you have a look at all the great inspiration from the other hoppers.

Go back to Fiona Whitehead HERE

Go Forward to Tricia Butts HERE

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Stampin' Up! Poppy Moments using dies as stencil masks

Stampin' Up! Poppy Moments are a great set of dies which can be used as stencil masks to create great backgrounds. Visit my online shop for current products, special offers and of course to shop for all your crafting supplies Click Here

 Die cut the poppy and the centre stamen and then with a sponge and two colours, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry colour the poppy. This first image I sponge quite lightly to give a soft, muted look and then just added a sentiment from Very Versaille stamp set.

This image I sponged darker, by going over the area several times and then added some of the lovely dies from the set.

You can buy these products by clicking on the links below
Poppy Moments - BUY HERE
Stampin Sponges - BUY HERE

Here is a step by step video tutorial to show you how to achieve this look - Please subscribe to my YouTube channel as I post 3 times  a week and have 300 videos with lots of techniques and ideas for you

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge February 2020 #JOSTTT014

Welcome to the Joy of Sets Challenge Blog for February.  This is a monthly challenge with a fun grid to chose a line from in any direction and then create a card or project.  I have been on the Design Team since the beginning, just over a year ago now and it is always lovely to see all the entries from around the world.  If you are chosen as the winner for the month, you get to be a Guest Designer for the following month and to add a winners badge to your blog.

So what I'm really trying to say is give it a go and take part.  Being given a grid to chose from is a challenge and it helps to give you a way to craft in perhaps a different way.  I always try and go a little out of my comfort zone and chose a line with things I might not always be comfortable in using. It's a way for me to hone my skills in areas I don't always use.

Here is this months grid - Click HERE to take part.

I chose Watercolour - Purple and Die Cuts

Purple is my favourite colour, so was an easy one.
Watercolour - I don't use watercolour paper often so this was the challenge element,
Die Cuts - I enjoy using die cuts in my projects.

So now it was time to put all three together on a card

Products I used
Highland Heather cardstock
Painted Labels Dies (for the swirly die)
Peaceful Moments stamp set for the sentiment
Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper - for the patterned paper 
Peaceful Poppies Elements - for the watercolour and velum poppies
Coloured the poppies with the Aqua Painter and Gorgeous Grape and Cherry Cobbler ink.

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you can buy all of these products from my online shop click HERE

Monday, 27 January 2020

Stampin' Up! Under My Umbrella

Stampin' Up! Under My Umbrella bundle is a stamp set a punch to create lots of lovely combinations.  With this horrible rainy weather at the moment it I perfect for cheery cards with a rainy theme.

For these cards I used our Blends, alcohol markers which come in pairs of a light and dark so are really easy to blend.

See the full range of blends HERE

The wellington boots I fussy cut out and mounted on the smallest stitched rectangle in the Stitched Shapes Dies
 a great set of 4 circles, ovals and squares with a stitched border.

The umbrellas I just stamped straight onto the cardstock and coloured with blends. Of course you could use the punch to give them some dimension.

Here is a video tutorial so you can see exactly how I made these cards and have a go yourself.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

JOS Blog Hop - Something New - January 2020

The Joy Of Sets Blog Hop is taking place today and with the start of the new Year it is "Something New".

Well as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and the launch of the new Mini Catalogue as well as Sale-A-Bration where you can get free products for a qualifying spend, my choice was huge.

I decided to use the Gang's All Meer one of the free Sale-A-Bration sets.  I wanted to do a masculine card so decided to use the lovely cactus image and colour it simply with our ink pads and an aquapainter.

The colours I chose were, Mossy Meadow, Granny Apple Green for the cactus, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo for the flower, and Crumb Cake for the ground.

I have had various male members of my family who have grown cacti, whether in greenhouses or on the window sill, so thought this would make a great Birthday card for one of them/  I finished the card of with a simple twist of linen thread.

Here is a video tutorial to show you exactly how to make this card -

Please go across and have a look at some of the other ideas from other Joy of Sets hoppers. You can hop round over 20 blogs with lots of inspiration and ideas.  So please visit everyone and leave a comment to share the love.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Joy Of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Jan 2020 Design Team Member Jane Allmark

Well it is now  2020 an the start of a new year with the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I am delighted to be part of the design team for the second year.  It is always challenging being given a grid and having to choose what to use and then how to design the card or project.

This grid had me really thinking.  Don't really do hearts, and I'm a purple girl so struggle a bit with pink.  However after a bit of a think I chose. PUNCH  RIBBON  PINK

Want to join in and see what you can create with this grid.  All crafters are welcome so pop over and have a go.  Just click on the link HERE and it will take you straight there.

There is a lovely stamp set and punch in the new Stampin' Up! mini catalogue called Under My Umbrella and this is what I chose.

Under My Umbrella stamp set & punch £28.75 buy it HERE

Life's Showers bring Love's Flowers is such a sweet sentiment particularly as there has been so much rain and flooding in the UK this past month.  So my wish was that there would be more flowers and not so many showers.

This is a very simple and quick to make card so is suitable for every level of crafter.  Sometimes being an experienced crafter it is easy to add everything to a card so this time I kept it simple and although Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride are not my favourites I was pleased how it came out.

Here is a link to my Stampin' Up! website where you can see current products, special offers and then buy what you want from my shop. Click HERE

Ever thought of joining Stampin' Up! - buy lots of Stampin' Up! products because you love the quality? Well this time of the year while Sale-A-Bration is on is the most popular time to join as the offers are amazing. There is no obligation when you join  to do anything but enjoy over £200 of goodies for £99.  Watch the video I have compiled to see how you can get your starter kit to exactly £130, choose one of the most expensive stamp sets for free, plus get a free mini cutter & huge 6" x 6" patterned paper pack.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Thoughtful Blooms Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Want to get crafty products for free? Sale-A-Bration  running from 3rd Jan - 31 March you can get a wide selection of stamp sets, papers, dies, punches and more for free with a qualifying spend of over £45.

Thoughtful Blooms is one of the lovely stamp sets you can get for free (with a qualifying £45 spend from the Annual catalogue or new mini catalogue)

Find out more about Sale-A-Bration and the new mini catalogue on my website click HERE all products available from 3rd Jan - 31st Mar.

Want to join Stampin' Up! ? Great offer starting 3rd Jan -  For £99 get your choice of £130 of products, plus a free mini cutter, plus a sample pack of 6" x 6" patterned paper, plus choose any stamp set you want from the Annual Catalogue or the new mini as an extra bonus. This is an offer not to be missed.  Go to my website from 3rd Jan 2020 - 31st March Click HERE to join and take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Thoughtful Blooms FREE with any order of £45 - Get it HERE

So this is the gorgeous card using the Thoughtful Blooms and two of my favourite colours Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.

Now if any of you have the Petite Petals Punch from way back when, then it will fit the flowers perfectly.  There is a little point to each one of the petals on the punch , but they are super easy to just round off with some snips. (will save you some hard earned spend to use on other saleabration items)

Here's a video tutorial so you can see how to make this lovely card.  If you like what I do then please feel free to comment and if you are not already a subscriber I'd love you to join my YouTube channel family.  I have over 3,000 subscribers and over 200 craft video tutorials using Stampin' Up! products.

Jane Allmark UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Happy New Year to you all in my crafting family.

I would just like to wish everyone in my crafting family a Happy New Year! 2020 and a new decade has begun. and  I hope it brings you everything you wish for and above all health and happiness.

Find me on my website - click HERE this is where you can see current products, special offers, and where to join Stampin' Up! and of course SHOP.

I am approaching my 5th year as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I must admit I love it more as each year passes.  I have made some lovely crafty friends throughout the world and the support and love that I have been shown as I branched into video tutorials and online presence has been truly  heart warming.

So what will 2020 bring?  More of everything I love, so more video tutorials, more blogging and more engagement with all of you lovely followers.  So with that in mind I would like to ask you all what you would like to see from me in 2020?

  • Comments - I love comments from you all and my YouTube channel is filled with comments from my lovely subscribers around the world.  These comments keep me going and help me know that I am on the right track with videos that you enjoy and want to try for yourselves. My blog has always been a bit quiet on the comments front, so I am hoping that you will all find your voice in 2020 and leave me some comments.  

  • YouTube Videos - are there any techniques you would like me to demonstrate for you?
  • what do you like about my videos?
  • what don't you like and think I could improve on (please be kind)
This recent video has had over 1,000 views in the past week, so has proved very popular.  If you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel then please feel free to do so.

  • My blog - I tend to post only when I have a video on YouTube to link as I have over 3,000 followers on YouTube and just 114 followers on my blog? So would you like to see more content on my blog and if so please tell me what you enjoy.
I'm looking forward to growing all of my social media in 2020 and am thankful and grateful  that you are all along for the ride.

So here's to a fantastic 2020 filled with love and joy and plenty of crafting.

Hugs and love