Sunday, 17 April 2016

Design Team.....The gang continues.....

Let me introduce you to another fantastic Design Team member, the lovely Jane Royston.  Again, Jane sent some beautiful pictures of her crafty makes.  She sent some stunning mixed media samples, so Jane had to be on the team!!

If you would like to see more of Janes work, please visit her blog:

I asked Jane some crafty questions:

First, please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into crafting?

I live on the Isle of Wight with my husband and 3 children (aged 4, 10 and 13), as well as a cat and rabbit. I am qualified as a primary teacher but left to look after my third child 4 years ago and have used the time to really get into my crafting. I have always enjoyed craft from a young age, and have an arty/crafty mum and sister. I also went to a primary school that did a lot of various craft activities, from ink marbling to screen printing, so I think I got my interest from there as well. I have done cross stitch for many years but started card making about 10 years ago after buying an Anna Griffin kit from QVC, leading to what is now a large cupboard full of all sorts!

Have you got a favourite craft, or do you like doing a little bit of everything?
I do like to try many different crafts (apart from sewing, knitting etc. They have never really interested me), but my main love is papercrafting and card making, in particular stamps, dies and stencils. I have been making cards for about 10 years, but in the last year I have really discovered mixed media and altered art and they are now my main interest, especially as I can use all my tools, products and techniques to make loads of lovely layers and textures. And I can still use my new techniques in card making!

What's the most rewarding thing about crafting for you?
I really enjoy seeing a blank canvas or piece of card transform into something else (hopefully beautiful). The products that are available are also so gorgeous, I love the textures and colours of everything! But also people's reactions to what you make, especially if you have made something especially for them, that is very rewarding.

Have you ever sold your craft work?
Yes, I sell at local craft fairs and have in the past sold in local shops. I do have some online shops set up but am really bad at actually putting anything in them!! I prefer the interaction with people, especially at the fairs when you can talk to them about what you have made.

Finally, what crafting tool could you not do without?
A tough question! But I think it must be my heat tool. Like many others it was heat embossing that drew me to stamping (still magical!). I am also a very impatient crafter, so (especially with mixed media) my heat tool is used every time to help speed up the drying process, and can also help create some good effects with inks and texture paste.


Diane said...

Have just visited Janes blog and there are some brilliant projects to look at, so looking forward to seeing what she makes for Leonie. :-)

trent999 said...

Hi Jane. Nice to meet you and welcome to Leonie's DT. I loved looking through your blog earlier today. Hope to keep in touch.Take care xxx

Unknown said...

Oh, more inspiration! Lovely work on Jane's blog. Looking forward to seeing more and the launch tomorrow. Have fun x

Katrina Bufton said...

Hi Jane, lovely to meet a fellow teamie. I've been enjoying seeing all your mixed media makes on your blog, I look forward to seeing what you create next :)
Katrina x

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing your work Jane x

Tracy Welham said...

Seems like another great addition to the team. Creative Blessings, Tracy

karenlotty said...

Just catching up The team so far, are extremely talented. So looking forward to your launch of products and I'm sure they'll be very successful. A crafter designing for crafters - can't go wrong

carol edwards said...

Welcome Jane, look forward to seeing your work x

hollyberry said...

Another amazing blog. Can't wait to see more of your work.

julie_woolston said...

Congratulations Jane , I live on the Isle of Wight too.
Hugs Julie xxx