Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Searching for snowdrops

Despite the winter so far being fairly mild I think the snowdrops this year are much later than usual. I went in search for some on a dull and dreary day.

This is my usual spot I find them near the ponds and sure enough I could see the shoots of some clumps.
These ones are not quite in bloom yet,
but just around the corner I was more successful
My first sighting of these dear little bulbs.
On Monday I met my dear friend Brenda at Wisley Gardens and was delighted to see lots more snowdrops there too.
I will share some more of those photos soon.

It makes me thing that spring is not too far away...but of course first we have Valentine's day!
So my card today is another of my 2019 range for Dotty's Tea House.
It's another of my Tim Holtz inspired tissue wrap technique backgrounds with distress paint.
I added lots of Tim Dies and a pop of glittered red hearts to finish off. I thought his paper doll couple looked just right there too.

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

Double D 1/3 looking back in time
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 vintage Valentine's
Shopping our stash 1/3 hearts on fire
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes
Mix it up 5/5 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by, have you seen any snowdrops yet in flower?

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 January 2019

Finding some sparkle in January

Good morning, January always seems to be a long month. Christmas seems long ago and spring still seems a long way away. As I walked down to Dotty's Teahouse in the High Street of Carshalton I decided to look for some sparkle and shine and even on such a dull, dreary day I spotted some of Mother Nature's sparkle and shine on the plants;
rain sparkling on the winter aconite
on the plucky viburnum flowers
and on new shoots.
For my Monday design team inspiration today I went with the sparkling rain theme using the fab 
The background is a stencilled ink one using the 
I added some distress oxides to my card 
 then stenciled salty ocean and squeezed lemonade oxides through the stencil.

These photos are quite dark you will see the true colours in my finished photos.

I stamped the rain in blue Archival ink
and then I added my lady by embossing her in blue and also stamping the quote stamp


You can see that I masked and split the words. The top words are stamped and embossed in  black 
and the unrivalled in green glitter.

I would like to link up my card into the following challenges;

Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
A vintage journey put your stamp on it
Craft stamper take it make it 3/3 January
Mix it up 4/5 anything goes
Stamping sensations 3/3 fabulously feminine
Card mania 1/3 baby it's cold outside
Happy little stampers 2/3 watercolour
Fashionable stamping 1/3 anything goes

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you there. You can add work to the new challenge album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £40 coupon to spend on the website. For December and January the theme is "Christmas/Winter".

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide.

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


Our Christmas/winter challenge on Facebook runs until the end of January a couple of weeks to make something and be in with a chance of winning the £40 voucher to spend on the web site. The winner is selected by random so everyone has an equal winning chance.

 Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. I would also like to welcome my newest 2 followers, it's so good to see you joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 11 January 2019

Winter landscape

It has been very cold for the last few days.
Everywhere is looking quite bare but at least the sun has returned.
 This was the ponds last week
when Daisy stayed. She certainly had warm ears 😂
 You might also have noticed that a swan has returned. I have seen 3 down there, they are always a delight, as is my Daisy.

It's time for my 2nd DT inspiration post for our January landscapes/cityscapes challenge over at County View. I decided to make another landscape, this one a rather fanciful one. 
 I got out my distress inks and masked off a sun.

I then blended on the inks to form my landscape, with a river at the bottom. 
 I have a great old PaperArsty Lynne Perella stamp set which rarely sees the light of day but this woman has an amazing landscape within her. I added some stamping to the side too.
 My Visible Image sentiment was perfect to use and I white embossed it and also added some branches using the Organics stamp set.


This is my finished card.

With couple of close ups of that cool stamp

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

Craft stamper take it make it 2/3 January
A vintage journey put your stamp on it
Mix it up 3/5 anything goes
Crafter's Castle 3/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 fabulously feminine

You can enter our January challenge as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing is absolutely FREE! All the details for the challenge can be found here.

My card has gone down for sale at Dotty's Tea House, Carshalton High Street, SM5 2AE

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Keep warm.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x