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 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 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

Thursday, 10 January 2019

It's a girl thing mini blog hop

Hi and welcome to the STAMPlorations mini blog hop to showcase an awesome new stamp set release called "It's a girl thing".
There are 2 new stamp sets in this lovely "It's a girl thing" line
 and Sunshine

There is a $15 coupon code to spend on the website up for grabs for 3 lucky commentators just for leaving a comment. Winners will be drawn randomly from all the comments left on all the blogs taking part.
This is the link back to the main blog where you will find all the details and the designers taking part.


Commenting closes on 31 January and winner will be announced on February 10 in the January winner post over on the main blog.

I got to play with the delightful It's a girls' thing;sunshine It really is a gorgeous set with so many lovely accents as well as wonderful inspirational quotes.

I started off making a vibrant alcohol ink background on glossy card.
There are some delightful border stamps in this set so I made a stamped border for my card.
I used the follow the sunshine quote and stamped this onto an off cut of my backing card and matted it with yellow. I distressed the edges. I also stamped and fussy cut out some of the small flowers as accents. I added some glitter pen to them.
I added some more stamping to complete my card. Here it is;

with a couple of close ups showing the edge details.

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

Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 January
Pixie's snippets challenge # 343
Love to create 2/3 anything mixed media
Mix it up 2/5 anything goes
Crafter's Castle 2/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 1/3 fabulously feminine
Sweet stampin 1/3 spots and dots
Through the craft room door 1/2 anything goes

If you would like to get you own Sunshine set now you can buy it from the website here and if you add my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE you can take another 20% off the price. This code is also good for any orders from the website and on top of any discount offered at the moment too. Shery ships internationally at very reasonable rates too.

Thanks for "hopping" by today and remember to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning the voucher code!

This is the link back to the main blog again to see who else is participating in the "It's a girl thing" mini blog hop. Good luck!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x