Thursday, 16 October 2014

Meet the Design Team

Hi everybody! Great news, I now have a design team of talented ladies who I’d like to introduce you to. So here they are!

“My name is Elina Pereira and I have been crafting off and on for a number of years. For the past year, I have been scrapbooking and card making for various design teams and I also have a blog where I showcase my projects. I recently have found a new passion for Mixed Media art and have been applying it to create canvases, tags, as well as, cards and layouts. I also love making Home Decor pieces and I love being able to think outside of the box, when it comes to my crafting.”

Projects by Elina

Elina’s blog:

“Hi! I'm Bev.

I'm a fifty-something retired Dental Nurse (I can hear the groans!) I have been married to Keith for 35 years - yikes! Where did all that time go??? We have one son, James 28, who is quite self-sufficient & runs his own Graphic Design business & lives with his lovely partner Charlotte. We are 'grandparents' to his dog Poppy! She appears on my blog sometimes if she's been ‘helping’.

I love crafting - trying to make cards, ATC's, jewellery, stamping, painting, mixed media - a bit of everything really. Just like to experiment & enjoy crafting my days away!
I love looking around peoples blogs and entering a few challenges here & there.
I am looking forward to being on the Jiggery Makery Design Team.

Projects by Bev

Bev’s blog:

“Hi everyone my name is Genny and I admit to being a total craftoholic. I enjoy most types of crafting, over the years I think I must have given most things a go but I love cardmaking, painting (with acrylic and watercolour) and mixed media artwork the most. I have been crafting for over 20 years but now am lucky enough to earn my living doing what I love. I hold my hands up to be a total glitter queen and to having a slightly wacky look on life. I am also lucky enough to live in the middle of nowhere within the Snowdonia National Park and share my home with 10 cats and 1 dog. I took up crafting when I became disabled, but that just means I'm a mad crafter with wheels. It also means I'm a lot speedier round the craft shops lol. I love to share what I do and if you ever want to know anything about what I've created just ask.

Projects by Genny

Genny’s blog:

Make sure to check out their blogs as starting next week projects using my digi stamps will be uploaded! Exiting! Elina uploads Monday, Bev on a Wednesday and Genny on Fridays. First up its Halloween projects using my Tess the witch digi.

Thank you for coming and pop back soon.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Designing a Digital Stamp: Tess the witch

Hi everybody, are you all looking forward to Halloween? I’m looking forward to pumpkin soup myself. And pumpkin pie. Mmm pie . . . ahem, anyway today I thought I’d share with you some progress shots of how I design a digital stamp. Specifically Tess the witch, my latest and first Halloween design. I wanted to show you that the end product might be all clean lines and smiles but it doesn’t always start out that way.

To start, once I have an idea for what I want to draw I sketch out a rough skeleton (no pun intended) that looks pretty much like I stick man. This helps me work out the proportion and position of the limbs. As you can see I did not keep my first attempt, it just wasn’t working so I started over. That kind of thing happens. A lot. But you just have to keep trying.

So I drew out another ‘skeleton’. Changed some bits, like the position of the legs and her left arm. Once I’m satisfied that everything is where I want it I can start to flesh it out. Literally. I give her flesh. Curvy flesh usually.

Then after that I added in the details, such as her hair, clothes and in this case a witches hat. Shoes too, mustn't forget those. This is where the fun is, I get to design her outfit, her hair and her attitude really.

Then I added on the face . . . the first attempt doesn’t always work.

Yeeeeeeaaaah . . . Moving on!

Anyway I eventually got it and rubbed out and redrew certain lines until I was happy with the whole design. But it was far from over! Then I scanned her into the computer and I drew the clean crisp line work using Photoshop on top. It’s at this stage I can make any final changes. As you can see changes were made to the hat, some to her face and I decided not to give her stockings after all.

And after all that, voila! Here here she is.

Well I hoped you liked this little insight into how I create a digital stamp. I may show more of the ‘behind the scenes work’ in the future as this was pretty fun.

Oh whilst I’m here, tomorrow is the last day to apply for the design team and on Facebook I am taking suggestions for my next pin up design to raise money for children in need. So please comment there with your wonderful ideas!

Thank you and please come back soon.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Jiggery Makery Design Team Call!

Design team call!

Hi everybody! Exiting news; it’s the first ever Jiggery Makery design team call!

I am looking for an enthusiastic group of individuals to work with my digital stamps, to create projects on a weekly basis.

Who can apply?

Anybody can apply but you must be committed. Each member of the team will be required to produce a project once per week. If you feel that this will not be possible for you please do not apply, I am looking for very reliable people. Each member will need to post their projects/blog link to the Jiggery Makery Facebook page on a specific day given (decided later). Each member should have a blog to showcase their makes and to share links to the Jiggery Makery Facebook page and Etsy shop on. Members being active on social media is a must.

What skills do I need?

Colouring skills are paramount as I want my digi stamps shown off as the best they can be but as for projects they can be anything as long as my girls can be clearly seen. Projects could include cards, scrapbook pages, wall art, art journals, bunting . . . etc. There is a lot of creative freedom allowed, but all work must be of a high standard and a good quality of finish.

What about images?

Members will also be required to have crisp, clear high quality photos. Minimal amounts of filters should be used, preferably not at all to give a more professional look. Photographs should be watermarked with the maker’s details and the Jiggery Makery Facebook Page link.

What about networking?

Networking is very important; all members will be required to blog. The blogs themselves would preferably describe the making of the project in a step-by-step manner detailing the techniques used. However blog posts could also be a critique of the digi stamp (I don’t mind as long as you are being honest) or how it can be used in a unique way. Other products may be used of course in the making of the project but the digi stamp must be the main focus.

Other networking duties will include regularly liking/sharing/posting/commenting on the Jiggery Makery Facebook page, as well as promoting challenges/competitions.

Let’s recap!

So I’m looking for people:

· With A Current Blog that they are regularly posting on
· Who will network regularly on the Jiggery Makery Facebook page
· Who will promote Jiggery Makery where possible
· Who will frequently put links to both the page and the shop in their blog posts
· Who are able to work with digital stamps
· Who will create physical projects (digital crafters may still apply but traditional techniques are preferred)
· Who create projects of a high standard
· Who are able to take clear photos of projects
· Who stay on schedule
· Who are enthusiastic and committed
· Who are creative of course
· And who genuinely like working with my digital stamps

Permissions and the contract

You will grant me permission to use the image(s) of your creations in the promotion of Jiggery Makery products. The permission would include but not be limited to use in the shop, on the blog and on the Facebook page. Wherever an image is used you will be given credit as the designer.

By being accepted into the design team you agree do all that is stated above. You will be rewarded with plenty of digital stamps and a badge for your blog but you must be dedicated and proactive.

To apply

Please send an email to with a few examples of your work and a brief paragraph about yourself. You may wish to include a link to a blog if you already have one or any other networking site you post creative projects on.

I look forward to hearing from you. Take care!

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Flower girl canvas in pink

Hello everybody! I wanted to share with you this little canvas wall art I have been working on. Its using some new digital stamps of mine that I designed recently and I wanted to try them out before I put them up for sale. First I designed a cute little girl’s face in a quite cartoony style, inspired a little by Disney. Then I decided instead of hair, why not have some flower blossoms? I think I have seen this idea before but cannot for the life of me think where. So I designed four different simple flowers that could be used along with her. I was going to make a card but would you believe I have no card? So, since I have an abundance of canvases I thought why not?

To start I printed out the face and lots of the flowers onto 200gms paper, which I took out of my sketch book. I used Promarkers to lay down an even base colour and then I used Prisma Colors to add shading and detail. Because I knew I was going to cut out the face I did not worry about colouring inside the lines at all, which is great as you need to work quickly with Promarkers. I’d say the rule of thumb is if the colour looks streaky or blotchy when wet then that is how it will dry. My advice is to really saturate the paper with the colour until it is even and have a piece of scrap paper underneath.

For the main skin colour I used ‘Oatmeal’ and to add a little shading whilst the first colour was still wet I added in some ‘soft peach’ under the chin and above the eyes. Then once the Promarkers had dried I used a ‘beige’ Prismacolor around the outside of the face to add depth and shadow as well as on the neck. In some of the darker areas I blended a touch of ‘burnt ochre’ with the ‘beige’ for a more intense shadow.  I also used the same brown to colour the eyebrows. As for the lips I used ‘deco peach’ for the main colour and ‘deco pink’ for the shading. I used the peach on other areas of the face to add dimension such as above the eyes.

On the eyes themselves I used a 'duck egg' promarker first then coloured pencils. ‘Light green’ on the lightest area, a blend of ‘light aqua’ and ‘electric blue’ for the main colour and ‘violet blue’ to indicate a shadow caused by the upper lid. To add detail I used the three lighter pencils to add little dashes on the iris coming out from the centre of the eye.

I used pretty much the same technique on the flowers. I used ’pale pink’, ‘baby pink’, ‘salmon pink’ and ‘pink carnation’ Promarkers for the base colour of the flowers,  again not bothering  to colour inside the lines since I was cutting them all out. Once the first layer of colour was dry I used the same pens but on different flowers for the centres. I could have done yellow centres but I wanted to stick primarily to a pallet of lovely muted pinks. Then, as I had with the face I added in detail with Prisma Colors in slightly darker shades around the edge of the petals.

Then began the cutting. Lots of cutting. But I needed lots of flowers since I was going to use a 20 by 20cm canvas. If I had been making a card I would have made one smaller than that with less space around the face for flowers.

After I had laid the face and all the flowers on the canvas to make sure I had enough I was able to paint it. I tried various techniques from stippling various shades of pink, streaking the paint but it all looked too much, so in the end I went with a simple light pink all over. I got this by mixing ‘titanium white’, ‘brilliant red’ and ‘rose madder’ acrylic paint.

Once the paint was dry (I used a hair dryer because I’m impatient) I could start piecing it all together. I stuck the face down using double-sided sticky tape and Uhu glue. After placing it in the desired spot and pressing down gently I flipped the canvas over onto a clean surface and pressed down from the back so that it was firmly stuck. Also if you press down too hard from the front you’ll get a saggy canvas and nobody wants that.

Then began the sticking down of the flowers. I started with the large flowers which I stuck down with just the Uhu glue, which is pretty good. It doesn’t cause the paper to wrinkle slightly like other glues can. It’s also pretty good value for money. Then I used some 3mm foam tape from Woodware to stick down the medium-sized flowers to add depth to the piece. For the two types of smaller flowers I used a mix of 3D sticky dots and the foam tape to create different levels of depth. For some of the smallest blossoms I used 2 pieces of the foam tape on top of one another to raise them up even further. I would not recommend the sticky dots, at least not for this project. If I had had some thinner foam tape I would have used that.

Finally I added some small ivory coloured beads to give it that little bit of pop and voila! A pretty pink flower girl.

I hope all that made sense and thank you for getting to the end. I plan on doing more project blogs like this in the future. Now if you will excuse me, I have a date with the vacuum-cleaner *sigh* I hate this part.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

An introduction

Hello there, this is my first blog post so I'm not really sure what I'm doing yet so please bare with me. I suppose its best to start with an introduction, so my name is Adele and I like to design things. At the moment I'm working on a range of digital stamps inspired by Pin Up girls, but I also have a keen interest in surface pattern, particularly when it comes to fabric. I have a degree in interior design and graduated last year (and I'm still not ready for the 'real world'). I just want to draw and can easily spend 12 hours a day using photoshop.

I hope to share some of my designs and design process through this blog and what i get up to designwise. On that note, below is the first three digital stamps I created based on a nautical theme. Thats 'Paula' on the left, 'Josie' in the centre and 'Helen' on the right. I ended up giving them names firstly because the names just came to me as i was drawing them and secondly that it seemed the best way to identify between them. Nautical girl 1, 2, and 3 isn't very catchy. Besides I'd like to think my girls have a little personality.

So thats me and what I do in a nutshell and I hope I will have something a little more interesting to talk about next time. I hope you have enjoyed this brief post and thank you for reading.