Friday, 31 July 2015

Diamonds - Rachel Snook

Morning all,

Hope you are all well.

I heard on the radio the other day that we are 
apparently going to have the hottest August ever!!
Average of 32 degrees every we 
believe that??  Hmmm well it is going back to
winter at the moment so who knows?

Ok, Today we have a creation from
Rachel.  She has made a beautiful project
for a 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Obviously this could be adapted to fit any

Cut a piece of white linen cardstock 11" in length
and 6" wide.  
Score the card at 4, 6 and 7 1/2" across 
the long side.

Make a small pencil mark at 2" top and bottom, 
then lining up this mark at the top of a scoreline, follow
the line down using a ruler to ensure you stay straight.
Score until you reach the bottom of the 6" scoreline.

Turn the card around and repeat from the other pencil
line to the top of the 6" scoreline.  This will then give you 
two diagonal scorelines.

Go back to the start of the card at the 4" scoreline and 
mark the edge of the 6" side at 3, line the 2" mark
 on your trimmer and cut diagonally to the 3"mark, 
turn over and repeat.  You should now have a 
diamond shape.

Take the card and starting with the 7 1/2" scoreline, fold
and score making a valley fold, burnish with a bone folder.
The one the 6" scoreline, mountain fold and burnish.
The one the 4" score Valley fold and burnish.

You are then left with the diagonal folds which 
are folded as mountain folds, thus enabling the 
diamond shape to be formed as the scoring enables the
cross sections to fold in.

To decorate cut a piece of the patterned paper
5 3/4" by 3 3/4".  Using a pencil and one back 
of the paper, on the short side mark 1 7/8".  Mark 
on all four sides.  As before line the marks up and cut off
all the four corner points and this will leave you a 
diamond shape for the card front, place this and
the four pieces to one side and repeat this again.

This time put the corner pieces to one side and cut the 
diamond shape in half.  Then cut a piece of paper 
3 1/2" wide by 6" in length and trim slightly
smaller to cover the flat section of the card.
Also cut 2 rectangles 6 long 1 1/2 wide to cover
the small part of the card.  Using double sided 
tape adhere the paper to the card as shown.

You have enough cut pieces to cover the whole of the front 
of the card and rear of the folds.
Burnish folds and put to one side.

Using a Memory Box leaf die and  the Sue Wilson Camelia
 Open and Complete dies,  die cut a selection of flowers
 and leaves .  
Arrange as desired.

Die cut numbers 6 and 0, cut twice from Mirri
Card and glued on top of each other to give depth.  
Arrange on the front of the diamond card.
Add dotty peel offs and small glitter domes to finish.'ll need to get your head around all
the measuring but it is definitely worth it in the end!
This is what Rachel used -

White Linen Cardstock
Craft Creations 12 x 12 Paper - 
White with holographic Pattern
Sue Wilson Dies - Camellia - Complete
Sue Wilson Dies - Camellia - Open
Mirri Card
Memory Box Dies - Numbers
Memory Box Die - Blushing Bouquet
Memory Box Die - Fresh Foliage
Glitter Domes

From stash - Dotty Peel offs

Ok, tomorrow is Inspiration Day at The Craft Barn.
Demos for 10.00am to 4.00pm, do pop in 
and see us!

Kay Carley, Carol Cockbain, Heidi Green
and me!!

The other thing not to forget is that the link will
close tonight for the July Calendar Challenge.
Don't forget to enter if you haven't already.
Tomorrow is August and there will be two new words...
wonder what they will be??????

Jane x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Diamonds - Dawn Heald


It's a new week here on The Craft Barn Blog and time
for a new project.  what is it to be this week....
well we gave the DT one word - Diamonds
and this is what they came up with.....

Today we are starting with Dawn

Dawn says -

Hi there, when given the topic of diamonds I knew 
straight away I was going to use my favourite stencil.
 Having a diamonds shape stencil is so useful, it goes 
with any theme, vintage, modern, it always works. 
The sparkle aspect of diamonds comes from
 the sparkle gels. Any of the Imagination Crafts stamps are
 great for cutting into.
To make my project I recycled a piece of corrugated
 card board and made a wall hanging.

Here's what I did..... 

Cut the board to size, I tore off some parts of the top
 layers and glued some torn book page pieces on to
 the board. I then painted it
 with a range of PaperArtsy paints in yellows, oranges
 and browns, using the translucent paints made a
difference to the finished effect.
When dry I've used Bronze and then Pastel Yellow
 Sparkle Medium through the Diamonds stencil
 onto areas of the painted board.

Whilst this was drying I stamped, coloured and cut
 out three sets of flowers. Snipped into the
 flowers and shaped them.

I added glossy accents to the flower centres and sprinkled the 
fine beads over.

Top Tip - Don't knock the tube over onto your carpet.
 Guess who did?
(Jane says.....yup I have done that too haha!!)

To match the blue beads I created some diamond shape 
 embellishments. Using chipboard,  die cut the Tim Holtz
 Frameworks Die and the diamond bits that pop out are
 what I used. Painted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint,
 sprinkled with same beads as above and added glossy
 accents over the top.

Attach an eyelet at the top corners of board and thread with
 ribbon to make a hanger.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 
Job done.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 

Job done.

Hope you like this and see you again soon. X

Well what a beautiful project, thank you Dawn,
if you want to have a go, this is what you'll need -

Products used -

From stash - Book pages, Corrugated cardboard

Ok, that's me done for today, 
I'll be back tomorrow with a project from Rachel.

See you then,

Jane x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It's Tuesday which means it is 
Weekly challenge Winner day......yay!!

You really are a fantastic group of followers,
every week have lots of superb entries and this week
was no different 18 beautiful projects!
I hope you all enjoy seeing them as much as I do.
A huge thank you to all who take the time to means a lot to us here at The Barn!!

So, let's get to the exciting bit.....
who will it be today.....

Mr Random Generator has picked ...... 7.....

Christine  Smith

Congratulations Christine.....please contact me at

Ok, that,s it for today, don't forget to get
your entries in for the July Calendar Challenge,
August starts on Saturday.

And don't forget it is inspiration day on Saturday
at The Craft Barn....
Come and see Kay Carley, Heidi Green
Carol Cockbain and myself.

Lots of inspiration for you, I'll let you know in the week 
what we will all be doing!

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Weekly Challenge

Morning everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.....

Here we are again for another Challenge.....
So what is it going to be today?

I think you can probably guess.....

Clean and Simple

Had to be didn't it....haha!!

I think it is a great challenge for you, can't 
wait to see what you come up with.

The only rules are it has to be clean and simple,
I shall leave everything else to you!
Stamping, diecutting, inks, Brushos, whatever
you like!

You have one week to enter, as many times as you like,
via the link if possible which will close at midnight
on Sunday 2nd August.
If you can't use the link email your picture to me at

There will be a £10 Voucher up for grabs and the winner
will be picked by Mr Random Generator and announced
on Tuesday 4th August.

Good luck everyone.

Don't forget you have until Friday to get your July
Calendar Challenge pics uploaded.  August starts next 

See you soon,

Jane x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Clean and Simple - Neil Walker

Morning all,

Welcome to yet another weekend, hope it is not going to be
 a wet one!
As I write this, it has been raining all day, not so
good for the school holidays.

Today, we are featuring another clean and simple 
project, this time by Neil.

Neil says ......

I have to confess, I don't think I am very good at this but
 hey, I try.....

Trim a piece of white card to 7 x 7".
Use a scrap of card to mask off approx two thirds of
 the piece.
Lay the mask onto the card and use Twisted Citron
 Distress ink to colour.

Ink over this with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.
Remove the mask and scrap card.
Run a thin strip of double sided tape. along the inked edge
 and add a piece of white ribbon.
Add to the card blank with double sided tape.

Die cut a small heart from thin card using the Primitive heart die.

Paint with white crackle paint.
When dry, cover with Patina Green Antiquing cream and rub off. 
Add to the card as seen.

Ink up the sentiment with Watering Can Archival ink.

Mask off the area you don't want to use with tape and stamp.

Well I think you've nailed it Neil, brilliant!!
I really like the clean and simple look.

So if you want to use the same as Neil, this is 
what you'll need.....

Don't forget to let us know what you think, we always 
like to hear your comments!

OK, I'll be back tomorrow with a new Challenge, 
don't forget it is the last few days of July if 
you are following the Calendar Challenge, get 
your entries in!!

Have a great weekend,

Jane x

Friday, 24 July 2015

Clean and Simple - Dawn Heald


Here we are again on The Craft Barn Blog, another week
 and it's nearly the weekend again!

This week we are looking at Clean and Simple!
This is great when you haven't got a lot of time and 
just want to make something quick and easy.
It is actually not as simple as it looks...... and it is very hard
to know exactly when to stop!!

Today we are featuring Dawn.
Dawn has been a bit poorly this week, so we
wish her well with her recovery!

Dawn says -
Clean and simple doesn't come naturally to me, there
 are many a talented crafter who pulls this style off perfectly.
 Me I like to get messy. So this hopefully fits the topic and
 I got messy too.

Lay the Sweet Poppy stencil onto the card blank and use 
low tack tape to secure in place.Take some embossing pastes,
 put them on your surface and mix any colours you want. 
I added some alcohol inks
 for blue and purple. Then simply apply through the stencil.
 Let dry naturally.

Use black pencil to watercolour around tree bottom.
Add some Stickles star dust glitter glue to highlight parts.
Stamp and cut out the Lavinia Cat stamp and then triple heat
 emboss with black powder. Glue under the tree.

I had some paste left over so made a couple quick cards
 similar ready to add the sentiment to when required.

Thank you Dawn, a lovely card and a great idea to
make several at the same time so you always have
a card when needed.

Products Dawn used -

Dreamweaver Embossing Paste - Yellow, Green, Red, Pearl
Alcohol Ink - Indigo and Purple Twilight.
Stickles Glitter Glue - Stardust, Silver, Gold
Coloured card

Ok, I'll be back tomorrow with another project!

Jane x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Morning all,

So here we are again, it is Tuesday and you know 
what that means!

Yes it is Winner day and who has won last weeks 
Words Challenge?

Well we had 17 brilliant entries, thank you to all 
who entered.  the entries were amazing
as always, you clever people!!

Mr Random Generator told me he had a really
hard job picking a winner......glad it was him and 
not me who had that task!

So what did he say...... 11.......


Well done Kristiina, please email me at
so that I can send you your prize!

I will see you later in the week,

Jane x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Weekly Challenge

Morning all,

Sunday is here again and time to announce a new 
Weekly Challenge!
I'm sure it was only five minutes ago that I was trying
to think of something for last week.
We have had some lovely entries so far!

So what is it going to be this week then?
Well, we have featured Wreaths over the last week
so I'm thinking maybe something along the lines of
Circle and Flower(s)
Ok, it can be a complete circle or an open ring, the 
flower(s) need to decorate it somehow!
One flower, two flowers how ever many you want, usually 
better to have an odd number.

You know the rules, one week, entries will close at
midnight Sunday 26th July.
Entries, as many as you like, via the link or if
you are unable to use the link, email your pic to
and I will add them for you!
A £10 voucher will be the prize for the winning entry
picked by Mr Random Generator and announced
on Tuesday 28th July.

Good luck everyone,

I'll see you Tuesday with news of our latest winner!

Jane x

And this one from Linda 49 sent to me on Saturday....

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Homespun Wreath - Neil Walker


Welcome to the weekend......
Hope you've all got some nice things planned!

So, today is our last Homespun Wreath project and
Neil is here to show you what he has made....

Neil says -
I began by painting the wreath with white crackle paint and
 allowed to dry (though in retrospect I would recommend
 that you paint it with gesso first as the crackle had a tendency
 to shed a bit so I ended up painting it with Matte Faux Finish
 Medium to prevent more shedding!) 

Next stage was to paint the wreath with Burnt Sienna Fluid 
Acrylic and wiping it back to highlight some of the crackle.

Then, when dry I added some Cobalt Teal Hue and Titan Buff
 Fluid Acrylic and rubbed it back to blend and reveal
 the colour below.

For the next stage I tied a ribbon to hang it from and then I 
took a load of the Tim Holtz Thinlits Tiny Tattered Florals that
 I had die cut from Distress Cardstock. These were attached to
 the wreath with a glue gun.

I then took a heart that had been cut from the Primitive Heart
 Die set from Sizzix. I used Tim Holtz Clockwork stencil and 
modeling paste to add texture and painted it with the Cobalt
 and Titan Buff before adding it to the wreath with the glue gun.

Thank you Neil, so pretty.
I really love those little flowers too.
Doesn't matter how many flower dies I have, I 
always want more! 

If you want to have a go, this is what you need -

So that's the projects for another week,
I'll be back tomorrow with another Challenge so if
you haven't already entered you better get cracking!!

Jane x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Homespun Wreath - Dawn Heald

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day two of our wreath week, 
today it is Dawn's turn to show you what she has been up to!

Dawn says .....

I decided to try a different colour palette and the Kaisercraft
 Blubelle paper pad was perfect. This pad is useful for
 masculine makes too as well as pretty makes so a good
 all rounder to have in your stash.

For my wreath I've made a homesy feel decorated with
 flowers and a fairy. I do like my punches so gave
 them a dusting off and I really enjoyed putting this together.

To make this project here's what I did -

Choosing some darker papers from the pad I cut them up 
into small pieces and glued then around the polystyrene ring.

 Smaller pieces are easier to shape and glue around the
 ring. When dry I outlined pieces with a gold pen.

 Now this did take a long while to do but it was quite therapeutic.

For the decorations I chose some lighter papers from the
 same pad. Punched out flowers and butterflies, edged with
 ink and made up into roses. I die cut the ivy leaves and the
 fairy three times and inked the edges, then layered the fairy 
adding glitter glue to make her sparkle.  Glue
 them all to the wreath.

Beautiful Dawn, thank you!

Products used - 

Distress Inks - stormy sky, dried marigold, crushed olive 
Stickles Glitter Glue - Stardust and Gold 

Hope you like today's project, let us know what you think!

See you tomorrow with a project from Neil!

Jane x