Friday, 15 December 2017

10 more days

It's just 10 days now until the big day...goodness me I still have some things to do but I am feeling very festive...just like this lovely angel I spotted in a shop.

It is time for my last Guest designer post for STAMPlorations. Today is the mid way reminder for the current theme and sketch challenge
We would like to see you use gold on your project and you can also use this fab sketch. You can also ditch the colour and just go with the sketch if you would rather.
I have really enjoyed using the sketches with my cards. This is what I got up to ..I stamped and embossed the sweet reindeer from the Christmas reindeer set and one of the sentiments.

I painted them gold with my watercolours and then stitched between them following the pattern of the sketch and also around the edge of the card.
Here is my card

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday stitch it
Deep Ocean jingle bells
Simon says stamp Monday  2/5 Christmas/winter holidays
Sparkles 1/3 quickie Christmas/new year card
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Fussy and fancy 1/3 Christmas
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes

You have until 31 December to link up to this fun challenge and perhaps be a lucky winner too! You can find all the details here

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shery of STAMPlorations for extending my Guest Designing until December. I have really enjoyed working with her awesome stamps and making my designs for the fun Theme and Sketch challenge.
You can also still use my code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout to get 20% off any orders. Here is the link to the website

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A white and merry Christmas

No I don't mean the weather although we did have a dusting of sleety snow on Monday....
and some really cold nights with heavy frosts.
The most festive thing that happened today arrived via Mo my trusty milkman who whatever the weather delivers my milk.
Look closely..that is no ordinary bottle of milk....
 Yes...squeal...the festive foils are back!
 Every single year I am never sure they will return as they must add to the costs but Mo has made me smile again today. Since I was a little girl I have looked forward to seeing my ordinary milk bottle caps turn festive. Yes I's the little things that please me, but they really do.

This inspired me to put together a very red festive Christmas card using one of my favourite Christmas sentiment stamps which I stamped in red ink and die cut a frame. 
I die cut some of my favourite Christmasy images and added some gold gilding paste to the bauble. 

and here is my card
with plenty of bling

It was made for the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #12
If you would like to play along with Linda's challenge you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed.
You can also combine it with any other challenges. Today is my final entry, I have had great fun playing along this year, despite my other crafting commitments. 
This is Linda's tag for week 12 here. I used the red and white background, the die cut snowflakes, the deer and the retro feel for some of my inspiration for my card.

A vintage journey winter wonderland

Simon says stamp Monday Christmas/winter holidays

Let's Craft and Create 3/3 anything Christmas

Frilly and Funkie 1/3 Most memorable Christmas gift This annual tradition (long may it last) of my milkman bringing my festive foils really is one of my memorable gifts to me at Christmas. I know that it is not a physical gift but its return takes me right back to those 1960s Christmases  and rekindles the magic of Christmas past, present and future.

That's Crafty 2/3 tis the season

Winter wonderland 1/3 anything goes

Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies

Dies R us 1/3 Christmas carols Mine is In the Bleak Midwinter

Deep Ocean Jingle bells

I am hoping to get Billy to type up his Old Choc post soon, he is back downstairs now that Bear has gone home but needs a rest on his green chair first.

I am here again tomorrow with my final guest designer post for STAMPlorations so I hope to see you back very soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave, especially at such a busy time of the year. I am hoping to get my crackers started at the weekend...busy busy and the elf here is no help at all 😉
Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 11 December 2017

A Disneyland Paris Moment

Good morning, it's time for my weekly dose of inspiration for Visible Image and for today and next week's posts I am sharing 2 Moments I made for Jane's Journal using their awesome stamps. They are Moments of our recent wonderful holiday in Disneyland Paris.
Such sweet memories of 5 days with our own Princess who loved the castle so much!

We were so lucky with the weather, despite being mid November we had a couple of days with bright blue skies and sunshine and at one point we were able to take our coats off. 
I knew which of my photos I wanted to remember those days by and chose the one 1 took of the castle when were were sitting on the train which runs round the park. We took this the first afternoon we arrived. We had our cases taken to the hotel so we just walked straight into the magic of Disney.
This was taken just before dusk when the moon had risen in the sky. The sky gave off a pink tinge and there was a gorgeous golden glow in the air. It really felt magical.
I wanted to try to include all these memories in my Moment. So this is what I got up to.

To create the sky I first white embossed the moon and clouds from the Believe in Unicorns set 

 I gold embossed the cogs from the Somewhere in time set around the edges of my page.

. I then carefully and slowly built up the colours for the background using blues with a little pink distress ink. I wanted to try to mimic the sky that evening. 

at the bottom of my page I added some golden hues.

 The trees were bare and we could here a bird singing as we sat at the station in Fantasy land so I used my Tim Holtz die to cut a bird and branches to capture that memory.

 I gave them lots of texture and colour with DecoArt texture sand and acryllic paints. 

The pathway was made using the geometric maze stencil and gold embossing paste.

I used the sentiment from where dreams take you, it was perfect for my Moment.

 I also stamped stars from the rock out set to the backing card for my photo.

It was then time to put my Moment together...
Here are some close ups.
and one final shot.

It really was such a magical time, made even more special by sharing it with our 4 year old granddaughter. I hope that one day when Daisy looks through Jane's Journal she too will be able to remember that special time. Next Monday I will share the Cinderella Moment I made, again brought to life by the versatile Visible Image stamps.

I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;

Creative Artiste 2/3 anything goes mixed media

Simon says stamp Monday icy inspiration

Pixie's snippets playground wk 311/12

Craft Stamper Take it make it December anything goes

Emerald Creek Dares anything goes

Noor UK anything goes

Happy little stampers 1/3 anything goes with dies

We love to create 1/3  anything mixed media #3

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

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Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x