Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wisley in the sunshine

In May I enjoyed a spring day out with my dear blogging friend Brenda at Wisley, the Royal Horticultural Garden in Surrey. We had such a lovely time that we immediately booked in our diaries our next meeting, which was last week.
The weather could not have been kinder. We had clear blue skies, sunshine and heat. I thought I would share some more photos to show how much a garden can grown in just a few weeks. There was such an explosion of colour.
If you would like to see my post from our spring visit you can see it here

The lovely Brenda.
It was so hot that we escaped into the greenhouses (seriously) 
and found that a new fuchsia exhibition had started. There were the most gorgeous varieties on show.
This unusual  variety was one of my favourites. 
 Many of the greenhouse exotic plants were also flowering. 

and how about this very snakey looking specimen!

We even had a visitor to our table as we sat outside and enjoyed our lunch.
After lunch we had a wander around the lakes

followed by a cuppa and a shop in the garden centre.
We had  a fabulous day out, Brenda is a such lovely company and as a fellow gardening fan we have so much to chat about. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have put our next Wisely date into our diaries for September. Wisley will then be showing off her autumnal colours,

My card today was inspired by our sunny visit and is up for sale at Dotty's Teahouse.

 I made a sunny flower embossed background for my Lili of the Valley simply print digi image. The stamped sentiment is also Lili of the Valley. I die cut some foliage and a flower from snippets of inky mop up card . A bottle of champers seemed the right embellishment to add. Cheers!

I added some gold glitter the the centre of the flowers.

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

Pixie's snippets playground #330
Crafty calendar 1/3 totally girlie
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes/summer fun
As you like it 1/3 favourite occasion  for this card it is birthdays..what is more exciting than celebrating on your own special day and being spoilt.
Card Mania 4/5 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday fun in the sun
Not just cards 1/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments you take the time to leave me. I really do appreciate them. We are still enjoying the summer sunshine but it thankfully has cooled down just a little. I am off to catch up with my Mum and Dad today. Enjoy your Thursday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 9 July 2018

Shrinking seahorses

Phew it has been so hot that most of our minds have turned to thoughts of the seaside. These photos were taken at the coast of Mersea in Essex where we visited a while back with friends, land of oyster fame. We also visited the south coast at the weekend to see Daisy graduate from pre school! Yes seriously..she even wore a little motor board and gown to receive her certificate! Bless. 

There's nothing like blue skies and the sea is there?
It's also time for my Monday design team make for Visible Image. I decided that my garden studio needed a fantasy seaside goddess wall hanging. Now I know that you will say that there is no sea goddess Visible image stamp. Yes I know that too but there's nothing stopping me improvising one. After all I made a mermaid from the leaping Katie stamp! I used the lady's head from the No space for dreams set 

and the seaweed from Dare to swim
I over stamped and embossed them onto some watercolour paper using Seth Apter baked embossing  powders to create my sea goddess. I love the colour mixes in these powders.
 I  coloured the paper with blue distress inks and added some white stencilling using the Time tunnel 
I also white embossed the sentiment from Own kind of beautiful

I wanted my wall hanging to also have a little seahorse...again I hear you say that there is only the one beautiful large seahorse stamp in the Create your calm set...
Correct again but shrink plastic came to the rescue. You can see the cute size after I had stamped, heated and shrunk the plastic when held next to the original stamp. I also shrunk the large jelly fish from the  Dare to swim set.
Here is my finished wall hanging
I made a mixed media frame for it from corrugated of my favourite (and free) substrates. I used gesso, embossing powders, shells, metal charms, pearls and glossy accents.
Here it is hanging in my studio
You can see I used real shells collected from our seaside holidays over the years. I added pearls and glossy accents to give the feel of the sea.

The little fish stamp is also in the Dare to swim set.
 and here is one more inside shot

I would like to enter my wall hanging into the following challenges;

Creative Artiste 1/3 anything goes
Craft stamper take it make it 2/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes/summer fun
A vintage journey get sentimental
Fashionable stamping 1/3 use those inks any way you want to
Crafty calander 1/3 totally girlie
Rhedd's creative spirit July

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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Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.
The heatwave appears to still be with us this week...this is the first real summer we have enjoyed for some years here in the UK. Keep cool and carry on crafting!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 6 July 2018

Billy and Bear celebrate Christmas in July

Hello it's Billy, Jane's cat here.  The weather has finally got to Jane, I found her down in her studio today making something quite mad...I will share that later.
First thing this morning I checked out the garden...all very quiet..
 Hmm her poor lawn is really suffering in this heat
but her pots still look pretty.
 I decided to find some shade
and have a little snooze.
However after lunch you will never guess who showed up with Jane...
 yup it looks like Bear has come to stay for the weekend.
He found himself a tennis ball in Jane's  garage whilst she was working in her studio.
 Do you really think he wants this thrown?
Well he gave up and sat down to listen to the sounds coming from Jane's studio..
 Do you know what it was...Jane was singing Christmas carols..I jest not!

Now I told you that the heatwave has got to Jane. It was 32c today and look what has happened, she think it's Christmas July. This is the card she made.

 Does she really think that snow is falling or is that just the heat getting to her?
Mind you it does cool you down looking at this. She says it's made with stamps from Visible Image, the "Snow is falling set" and "How fragile".

Jane also says she also likes to enter challenges...goodness me my paws are getting tired with all this typing...and would like to enter these ones;

Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 anything goes
A vintage journey Get sentimental
Crimbo crackers anything goes
As you like it 1/3 favourite occasion Jane's is Christmas as she still believes in Santa ;0) as do I!
Cute card Thursday 1/3 anything goes
Happy Little stampers Christmas challenge anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday Red,white and/or blue Jane has gone for white and blue
Crafter's Castle 1/3 anything goes/Christmas in July

So where do you think I had to retreat to as Bear has come to take over here for the weekend...
 Shhh keep this under your hat,
don't let on to Bear that I am under cover. That dog will never catch me. 
Jane will be back on Monday, let's hope she gets back to normal non Christmas work. I will be back in December with my tree post as always and I look forward to seeing you then. 

Have a fab and purry weekend and a Merry Christmas,  yikes this heat is getting to my typing... it's time to go.

Bye for now,

Billy ( and Jane ) xx