28 October 2012

Make it Crafty post

Hello there, apologies for not being around much
unfortunately the dreaded
Migraine Monkey
paid me a visit this week
and for 3 days he played havoc with my head!
So I am somewhat relieved that I managed to complete my DT piece for
Make it Crafty
Having looked at the dreary weather outside I felt I needed to create
something sunny............and I had a blast with that red hair!!!
And I doodled in the bushes behind the girls just to set the scene.
(Just remember to use a pen suitable for alcohol markers or it may bleed)

"Girls Secret Swing"
Make It Crafty
Kaiser Craft - Tea at Elsies paper pad
Poppy Stamps - Bubble Daisy Border
Flat backed pearls
Peel-off lettering
Sewing machine
White gel pen
 a dash of coloured pencils
and of course oodles of
Thanks for visiting my blog today.

27 October 2012

Were you the lucky one????

Holy moley, you guys beat my all time record for
number of comments on a single post!!!
Well the time has come......

Woo Hoo!!
Congratulations, please contact me with your address
and I will send you the book.
A huge thank you to all of those who took the time to leave a comment.

26 October 2012

Copic Colouring Guide is here....

Yeay, the book has made it across the Atlantic!!
Remember you have until Midnight tonight (UK time)
to leave a comment
for your chance to win
my signed copy
The winner will be announced tomorrow


19 October 2012

Copic Colouring Guide Level 3

Drum roll please.......
one of my colouring projects has been published
and appears in
Copic Coloring Guide, Level 3: People
...and it is my pleasure to welcome you to
 a very special blog hop

Authors Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker have partnered up again with the team at Annie’s and some of the most talented artists and designers in the industry to bring you a quality publication packed full of techniques, theory, tutorials, and inspiration. The 64-page book is the next step in the Coloring Guide series, offering information and educational material for crafters of all skill levels.

From the how and why behind picking colors and coloring skin to the tips and techniques for coloring hair to the helpful hints on how to create realistic looking clothing and fabric, this book presents information in an easy-to-follow format.

An included CD contains all of the hand-drawn images used in the tutorial section of the book, along with the assembly instructions for all of the projects, and a number of blank reference charts.
Image: Geeky Love by Make it Crafty

This is my image that appears in the book and it showcases various techniques that you can use to give texture and interest to your Copic creations.
As you can imagine I am chuffed to bits as this is the first time a piece of my artwork has ever been published!!!
Important information:

To help kick off the celebration of the new book... each designer on the hop is giving away an autographed copy of the book...signed not only by Colleen and Marianne, but by the individual designer too!
 So if you would like the chance to win my autographed copy
then please do not forget to leave a comment here at
Jane's Box of Colours
Commenting will be closed Midnight Friday October 26th (UK time)
 I will then announce the winner here on my blog

*** Jane Allen ***
(you are here)

And for those impatient crafters who cannot wait to get their sticky little paws on a copy: 
Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People is now available at many stamping and scrapbooking stores in the USA & will be available here in the UK shortly.
Visit your local store today and ask about availability.
 It is also sold through the Annie’s catalog, accessible online at Annie's.

Crafty Hugs

14 October 2012

Little Angel - well er maybe

Well I am back with more
Make it Crafty
How many little rascals will be donning wings this Christmas in their school concerts
pretending to be angelic
(if only for the one night)
I doodled in some curtains for her performance!
......and here she is for her close-up
Make it Crafty - Angel singing carols
Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'Ache Pablos
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals
Craft Creations - Christmas Scrolls - Red
Dew Drop Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink
Ribbon from stash
Ah slight slip up here!!
I was planning to do this part yesterday (Saturday) but forgot I'd be out all day with hubby and son visiting yet another University and the post went live before I realised my mistake...oops!
Crafty Hugs

9 October 2012

Deep Ocean Challenge

My dear friend Franz kindly asked me to be a guest designer for todays challenge at
The theme is an easy one
"Anything Goes"

I have been itching to get some ink on this little cutey from Sylvia Zet - her images are always an absolute pleasure to use.
I used Copics with a few pencil additions on her hair and skin, oh and to get a softer sky I used a combination of B0000, B000 & W00, then dabbed a natural sponge sprayed with Isopropyl alcohol over it to give a delicate dappled appearance.
Bits and pieces used today:
Winter Wonder by Sylvia Zet
Whimsy Holiday ticket sentiments stamp & die
Memory Box Crystaline border die
Craft Creations paper - Snowflakes on white
ribbon from stash
Chalk ink
Craft your Passion - Hip to be square
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything goes
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
Delightful Sketches - Winter Holiday
Aiming to be back later in the week so until then.... 
Crafty Hugs

5 October 2012

It's childs play

Who needs a suit of armour or a trusty steed!

With a colander, saucepan lid and a loyal companion this little lad is off to rescue a damsel in distress!

and here is the little cutie up close...

List of stuff from my crafty cupboard:
 Kitchen Knight by Mo Manning
Caran D'Ache Pablo & Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
Kraft card
Memory Box die
Fancy Pants Designs Beach Bum paper pad
Flat backed pearls from stash

I thought I'd enter this little guy into a few challenges
Mo's Digital Challenge - #155 Anything goes
Shelly's Images - Tic Tac Toe: Die, Kraft, Digi
All that Scraps - Anything goes
Craft us Crazy - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Costumes/Dress Up

That's all for now, but I will be back with more artwork soon

Crafty Hugs

1 October 2012

Things that go bump!

(The clean and simple challenge blog)
Our October challenge is:
"Things that go bump"

Here is a close up.....

Mo Manning Halloween Witch digital image
Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Paper (Cool colours)
Caran D'Ache Pablo and Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
The Paper Studio - Spooky Webs

For challenge rules and inspiration please click on the link below

I look forward to seeing your entries.

Crafty Hugs
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