Janine Brain - Jay_bee
London, UK
Hello, My name is Janine Brain and I am a delicate English rose. Well my middle name is Rosemary and I do have delicate skin! I live in Carshalton in the suburbs of London, UK with my husband Dave of almost 37 years. We met when I was just 17.

I uploaded my first card to Splitcoaststampers in July 2007, after being encouraged to do so by Beate Johns. I am still finding my way around and being asked to be part of the Dirty Dozen is a real honour. There is so much artistic talent and I am therefore humbled to be chosen. I made several online friends when on the MFP design team and I am hoping to meet one face to face in the next year!

I have always enjoyed creative pursuits colouring and dress making in my years before leaving home – Dave even bought me a sewing machine as a wedding gift. My first cards were made using computer packages and family photos, but when I discovered stamps and colouring life changed dramatically. I spread from the dining room table to the spare “box” room which is my craft space and jammed with stuff. I am not good at throwing away so have all manner of bits and pieces. Until 2012 I worked in an office providing technical support to a bunch of actuaries and I was able to sell some of my cards to colleagues and make “special ones” to order. I don’t have an outlet for my cards at the moment other than sending them to family, friends, students and neighbours. Mum had a whole display of them in her lounge before she passed away. Tess, Mum’s dog came to stay when Mum left us and thankfully she has learned to stay downstairs – otherwise she would be a glittery springer spaniel.

I am not sure I have a creative style, but I am good at making a mess. I adore colouring and colour. I often try new techniques and have bought quite a few gadgets over the years. I love my dies and embossing folders and recently my MISTI.

I still work part time tutoring Maths each evening to children in their own homes. Preparation takes up time each day but I am learning to find some creative time too – love it when this falls on a bright day so I can work in natural light.

Really looking forward to this new creative adventure.