Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Design team piece for Country View Challenge, use a stencil

Hello, welcome to May and it's time for my next Design Team  piece for Country View. The new challenge is to "Use a stencil" Now this is a really special month and here is the amazing announcement from our sponsor, Country View....you could win a BIG SHOT AND DIE BUNDLE!!!!

This month alongside our Challenge, we are also running a Blog Hop with a Sizzix Big Shot Machine & Die Bundle as the prize. To enter, you must be a Follower of our Challenge Blog and Hop along to each of our Design Team Members Blogs and leave a comment. We will still be running our normal monthly challenge and those who link their Use A Stencil projects will also be entered into our £20 Voucher draw. The Winners will be picked at random in early June.

Wow I am so jealous that I can't enter.

This is the order of the hop and the links

 Christine
Gabrielle
 Jennie
Rachel
Sue
Evelyn
 Doreen
 Nikki
Monika
Hazel
Brenda
Corrie
Jane........................you are here ;0) 

If you need to go back to the main Country View Challenge blog and start at the beginning this is the link there.

 As you well know I love using stencils in my crafting, the difficult part for me was deciding which to use!  There are lots of inspiring projects over on the challenge page too. You can enter any craft which fits the theme.


For my first piece of the month I decided to make a card, a special card for my SIL's sister who is getting married this month. I wanted to use some bold May colours.

To make my focal I stamped and white embossed my Lili of the Valley sentiment and die cut it out.  I then dripped it through some TH distress inks
 and dried it off with my heat gun
For the backing card I repeated the process....
I then added some hearts through my stencil using archival ink
and then some diamond sparkle medium through my Gothic stencil.

Then it was time to assemble my card and add a ribbon to finish it off.



and one last shot
My second DT piece for the May challenge is on  Friday 27th...I have made a complementary tag for the "set".

I would like to link up my card with the following challenges.

   Creative Card Crew wet or dry embosssing I have white embossing powder for my sentiment.
                                          Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes


Don't forget to leave a comment here if you are on the blog hop....and you need to hop along to all the other blogs too if you would like try to win the Big Shot.  Good luck!

For all my other "regulars" thanks for visiting and for your sweet comments. Welcome to May and enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bluebell woods

Last week my Hb and I managed to get up to the local woods to see if the bluebells were out....and yes they were. We had such a lovely walk and it was so relaxing listening to the birds in the trees and admiring the wonders of the annual bluebell show.

The sun was shining as we entered the woods
and we didn't have to walk too far until the blankets of bluebells were revealed to us



These are the true native English bluebells...such gorgeous flowers and their scent wafted throughout the woods as we walked.......
How clever is Mother Nature putting on this annual spectacle for us.
and what a wonderful afternoon walk we enjoyed.


For my card today I thought I would share a "blue" card, a baby boy card. I used my distress inks to make the focal and then coloured on top with my Promarkers. I rather liked the effect. This is another for my stock for the tea rooms. I used another of my Ladybug Craft inks stamps. The paper is an ancient one and the die cuts are all Memory box other than the spellbinders frame. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley. 


With a sweet little teddy bear charm ;0)

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

Simon Says stamp Monday show us your metal I have used a metal charm
Noor UK anything goes
Little Claire's 3/3 spring colours
Creative Card Crew wet or dry embosssing I have used both. I wet embossed the baby stamp and I dry embossed the baby toys.
Crafty Hazelnut's paper challenge April
I love Promarkers pastel colours
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes


I blinked and found that April has nearly ended...how did that happen? I cannot believe how busy I have been this month and I now wonder how I ever had the time to work!

I will be back on Sunday to  share my May design team inspiration for the next Country View Crafts Challenge. It would be lovely if you could stop by and take a peep. I so appreciate all your support.

Thanks for visiting me today and a very warm welcome to my newest follower.

Back on Sunday,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 25 April 2016

She sells sea shells on the seashore

Although we have had a rather chilly weekend the weather has been warming up slowly. It is that time of year when I have a grand clear out and spring clean of my studio. It was time to open the blinds and get cleaning. I haven't worked out here since late November.

Check out my freshly oiled desk..you will not see it this clear again this year.
My radio was plugged in and I was ready to go. 
Everything got a sort out and a dust.


My Rascog trolley is now installed in his rightful place.



It is always a good chance to look at stash which has been forgotten and as I cleared things up I found some long forgotten scrapboard size papers.

 Sadly a couple had got their edges creased. I also found some lovely retro seaside Nicecrane images and decided that I would use a sweet girl for my art journal pages for the dictionary challenge over at the Craft Barn plus some other challenges. This fortnight the dictionary challenge is to use the letter S with a little twist to have a shell somewhere too.
I looked through my dictionary and chose the word "she" to use under my vintage girl. I didn't know how to link her to the shells with a quote or verse. I asked my Hb and he came up with the fun suggestion of "She sells sea shells on the seashore.  Once I had this tongue twister in my head I could see my finished piece in  my head.  Isn't it great when that happens.

I added a wash of gesso to my bottom layer and I started stamping some Crafty Individuals and Rubber dance seaside themed stamps around the edge.
 I used my dymo to create the quote as I felt this fitted my retro theme. I used lots of snippets of papers to die cut some Memory Box shells and crabs.
 I also found a snippet of textured "sea" I created using acrylics for an old project. I then put my ideas into place and worked to put my page together.

Here is my finsihed art journal page
I tore the the top page so that my girl appeared to be bursting into the scene and also to let the lovely sea card peep  through.

She certainly has plenty of sea shells to sell....! ;0)

I would like to enter my art journal page into the following challenges;

The craft barn S with a shell my s is for she.
Pixie's snippets playground #226
Noor UK anything goes
The Ribbon Girl 3/3 any image goes
As you like it favourite animal I love all but my favourite here is the dog. We "Bear sit" our son's gorgeous dog and I love him because he is such fun company and gets me out walking, which I also love.
We love to create anything mixed goes mixed media 1/2 #9
Mod squad water
Frilly and Funkie It's not easy being green my whole piece has been made from scraps I found whilst spring cleaning and the backing piece might have been binned had I not rescued it as it was so creased.
Memory Box anything but a card I have created an art journal page.
That's crafty faces


Thanks for visiting, I'm keeping really busy in my studio at the moment building up my card stock for the tea rooms which are going to stock my cards. I have made some using this gorgeous beach girl too as I think they will sell well.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x