Wednesday, 20 June 2018

STAMPlorations 5th birthday June event and giveaway

Hello and a very warm welcome to this special post today. It is not my usual Design team post for STAMPlorations (all the challenges are on holiday until the autumn) but it's a super exciting one as 
we are celebrating STAMPlorations 


Many happy returns to the uber talented and most lovely lady Shery, who owns and designs for this fab stamp company.

There are so many amazing giveaways, sales and freebies that you really must check the links. For the whole of June Shery is hosting a 5th birthday event featuring a designer a day. We will share 3 of our favourite projects plus a newbie for visitors to CASE (copy and share everything). If you would like to join in and have a chance of winning a prize just link up your creations using the celebration linky over on the main blog here.  There are also lots of store specials too here . Some really awesome prizes can be won....over $500 dollars worth (this is open internationally). 

So today it is my turn to be featured as the designer of the day. You can see my post over on the blog here. I am sharing my favourite 3 cards I have made since I joined the Stamp and Sketch design team, initially as a guest designer and then a full design team member. I love working with these fab stamps and I struggled to choose my favourite 3 but choose I must. I am very much a "seasonal" card maker ie I tend to make bird cards in spring, seaside cards in summer etc etc as my inspiration is always from Mother Nature.  I have linked them to my original posts so that you can check out how I made them if you are interested.

They are in no particular here we go.

Number 1
 from my original post here The trendy bird set is one of my all time favourites and I use it lots in my card making. 
 Number 2
I had great fun using an old map to showcase Shery's fab wanderlust stamps. This is the link here
Number 3
Those of you who know me well know that I adore everything about Christmas so I had to feature one of my Christmas makes and this one is my favourite. The original post is here
So what about my new card today? In my recent stash from Shery I received a fabulous summer stamp set which I have coveted for some time called
The images are perfect for summer card making as are the fab sentiments which come with it. I have recently returned from a wonderful holiday in Majorca, a week by the sea. It was bliss.

This is what I got up to for my new card. 
There is no sketch or theme for the challenge but I decided to look through the STAMPlorations archives and find myself an old sketch to work with. I found this one from June 2017 

which I really liked working with. I actually find sketches are a brilliant starting point for inspiration. 
I got out my yupo paper and alcohol inks as they make the most unique of backgrounds.

I pounced on the inks, using blues and green to create the sea with seaweed.
I stamped the lighthouse onto a scrap of inky mop up watercolour paper
which I fussy cut out and added some more colour to

using watercolour pens.
I then stamped out a mask of the compass and added black and grey compasses across the page, using the mask to give some depth to my stamping. 
and added one of the sentiments.
To finish off I popped my lighthouse up on a foam fixer to give some depth to my card. I matted with navy blue card and used a Kraft card base.
So here is a photo of my finished card.
With a close up of the lighthouse and compass stamping

(I am giving this as an anniversary card to my darling Hb on 25th July when we celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary...he really is my true North!)

So if you would like to CASE my card just link up to the birthday linky here.  If (like me) you are not 100% sure what CASEing a card is there is a fab link  here  which Shery gave me and has kindly allowed me to share. It explains it perfectly, in my humble opinion. The best part of the explanation is to have a look at my card, look away and then ask yourself....what do you remember most......the colours, the lighthouse, the compass, the seaside feel, the arrangement of my elements etc. Just share what has inspired you, I would really love to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Happy 5th Birthday again to STAMPLorations, such awesome stamps which I have the absolute pleasure to design with as part of the Stamp and Sketch design team. Remember to check out all the prizes and giveaways over on the main blog. There are even prizes for just commenting on mine or any of the other designers blogs who are taking part, so do leave one here and good luck!
Also, outside of any other offers you can use my special code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout to get a 20% discount.

Congratulations to Shery and thank you for having me as a part of your talented design team.

Back soon, 

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 18 June 2018

Grow strong

Good morning, I'm back from a week away in Majorca and after I have ploughed through the washing I will download my photos and share some posts very soon. I took over is one for a taster of our daily Pine Walk.

In the meantime it's time for my Monday DT make for Visible Image and today I am using stamps from the
and the single tree from the
I made an alcohol ink background, using glossy card stock, gradually adding drops until I was happy.

I then stamped the tree and embossed it with Seth Apter's baked texture embossing powder..I love these powders as they have "bits" in which give a very different effect.
I then stamped and black embossed the sentiment and also some leaves from the super 
Create it set

This sentiment works so well with the tree stamp.
I then matted and layered up my card 

and one more close up
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media
Penny Black and More 2/3 in the garden
That's crafty 2/3 a summer's day
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps and More 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3  anything goes
A bit more time to craft 1/3anything goes

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! There is an 11,000 followers celebration running at the moment, you could win a £100 coupon to spend on their website! 

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

You can also follow via:


There are 6 new stamp sets and 8 new stencils...all totally amazing and uniquely Visible Image.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for your very kind comments which you take the time to leave. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers, it's great to see you join me on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wisley wonders

A few weeks ago I met my dear blogging friend Brenda at Wisley in Surrey. For those of you who are not familiar Wisley is one of the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens and is a real gem. My Hb and I used to go very regularly but I haven't been for about 6 years. Wow things there have really moved on..the plantings now are just gorgeous. These are a few photos from our lovely day.

A field of alliums.
Peonies the size of saucers.

and stunning alpines in the rock gardens.

Years ago my Hb and I bought a shrub from Wisely and could never remember its name...Brenda and I found it
 Cornus kousa var.chinesia ..a variety of dogwood
and here is my one at home...

We loved our visit so much that we already have a date in the diary to meet again in July and see Wisley in full summer mode.
For my card challenge today I am sharing a floral tag. The lovely girl dancer, nest and branch stamps  are by Rubber Dance. I coloured her with watercolour pens.
I added some Tim Holtz remnant rubs too and some die cut flowers and butterflies.
It sums up our wonderful day out.

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

Rubber Dance 1/3  colour challenge or make a tag
Pixie's snippets playground #328
Creative artiste 1/3 anything goes #39
Penny Black and More 1/3 in the garden
The butterfly challenge letter M I have gone with 3 elements, moss green, mint green and marble effect (I achieved this using inks, stencilling and blending).
Simon says stamp Monday anything but a card
That's Crafty 2/3 A summer's day
Craft stamper take it make it June

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind comments. Enjoy the end of the week and have a lovely weekend when we get there.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x