Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nearly the witching hour

Halloween is nearly here and although my children were born in the late 1980s, when only our friends over the water knew the meaning of trick or treat, I still like to give my "babies" a treat. I love finding Halloween chocolate and making some fun tags which I use to tie up my little gift bags.
These were my finds this year.
 My daughter adores Cadbury's creme eggs and this year I chuckled when I found "screme" eggs. I have no idea if inside the goo is yellow or green! 

 My personal favourite Halloween black and orange
A girlie version of the spider. I honestly love spiders but if I saw a pink one walking around that really would make me shriek! Although  I know my dear friend Mia would love pink spiders ;0)
Now our Daisy is too young to eat chocolate so I decided to buy her a Halloween board book as even though she is not quite 1 she loves her bedtime stories. I choose Room on the Broom, written by the same author as The Gruffalo and Stick Man, such brilliant books.
I wrapped it up in some spider web paper I stamped and then added my inky tag for her.

You will have already seen all these tags I made over the last month except for the tag on the right which I made for my SIL.

I started with another Halloween inky base, blending my colours and then added Dusty Concord through Tim Holtz's Gothic stencil (one of my favourites). I then added some stamping in black archival ink.
and then some die cuts and details.

and here it is in full, very Adams Family in my books (is anyone else old enough to remember that fabulous TV show?)

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

Crafty sentiments Trick or treat or something sweet
Party time Tuesdays anything goes
Pan Pastels UK Halloween colours
We do doobadoo Halloween
Oldie but a goodie Spooky my ribbon is my oldie, bought at Ally Pally last year.
Sparkle monthly fall/autumn colours
Simon says Monday treats you can see the bag of treats my tag is attached to in photo 3 above this one.
Crafty Ribbons tags 'n ribbon
 Crafty Card makers cut it out
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday anything goes

Happy Halloween to everyone tomorrow and I hope there are more treats than tricks coming your way.

Boo again ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Last of the harvest

I have enjoyed a weekend sorting out my garden. I even had to cut the lawn as it is still growing. This is everything tidied up this afternoon. There is still a lot of colour out there despite it nearly being November.

My tiny garden is still giving me some last harvests. Today I picked the very last tomatoes but my chilies are still bearing fruit. Long may this mild autumn weather last. This was how my baby chilli plants arrived in April through the post.
 I planted them up

 and labelled them (edit; in response to Helen's comment/ question) and kept them on my window sill indoors until mid May. I then stood them out on my patio in the garden.
 and all through the summer they fruited their little hearts out

 and they are still out there doing so even now.
 My Hb keeps cropping and drying them out and they last us right through until next year...mmmm
It is wonderful to taste them in the depth of winter, it reminds us of the long hot sunny days of summer.
It's great to have memories of summer when the nights are cold and dark.

And on the subject of memories for my challenge piece today I wanted to show you the Memories box I made recently when I attended my great and super talented  blogging friend Brenda's workshop a few weeks ago. I had to finish it when I got home.
 It opens out like this
and inside is a secret box to hold some special memories

a couple of close ups of the details of the stamping and extras I added for decoration.
This is the back
and lastly a top view .
 I wonder if I should put a couple of my chilies in here.....I'm joking but it would be a safe place for some of my summer memories
I really enjoyed making it despite all the cutting and measuring involved. I never excelled at maths and this gave my brain a good work out. It was a super ink filled day. Below is a fun photo of us all.....(that's me front far right stroking the caretaker's dog and trying to look at the camera at the same that multitasking I wonder?)

I would like to enter my Memory Box into the following challenges;

Party Time Tuesday anything goes
The Artistic Stamper Memories
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Halloween or not!
Simon Says Stamp Monday anything goes
Sweet stampin anything but a card
Fashionable Stamping Weather forecast mine is summer sunshine!

The clocks went back last night and by just gone 5pm tonight it was already dark......winter approaches. Keep snug and carry on crafting,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Week 4 of the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas, Jane's Journal style

We are now 1/3 of the way through Linda's fun Christmas Challenge. I am really enjoying it and also my Christmas cards are piling up nicely. Thank you for all the really encouraging comments you have been leaving, I really am grateful. I am glad you like to see my creative process, I think in the crafty world we all like to learn new things and sharing is so important. I love to see other people's design processes too and I thank them for their crafting generosity. I really think that I have learnt so much this year and it has moved my card making and creativity on a long way.

Everyone is welcome to join in with The Funkie Junkie challenge which closes on 21st December by which time you need to have submitted all 12 creations using Linda's tags for inspiration. You can make anything at all. The full rules are over on her blog here . Linda offers 3 very generous prizes of gift vouchers to spend in her terrific on line shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Do have a look at the link here .

Here is the inspiration tag which Linda has made for week 4.

I was inspired by the "primitive" look to Linda's tag and the simple colouring. I also thought the inked border cut with pinking shears looked great so I wanted to use this on my card. Her shiny embossed heart looked fun and I remembered I have a great "primitive heart" punch I could make some with. I also really liked the green, red and browns she used with her stencil.

So armed with my ideas from her tag I got down to business in my studio after work on Monday. I used Kraft cardstock.
I chose my 3 Distress ink colours and masked off parts of my stencil. I used one colour at a time to build up my background card.
I cut the edge with my pinking shears and masked off the border which I coloured with festive berries DI. My inking was not perfectly straight but I decided, as I have such limited crafting time, that it added to the "primitive" feel to my card (well that's my excuse).
I wanted to use one of my Tim Holtz Father Christmas stamp and I chose to ink up the stamp using the same 3 inks. I only have gathered twigs as a pen so I swiped the others on from the pad and cleaned off areas I did not want to cover.
 I then gave a "huff" to my stamp as the inks had dried and stamped him out onto another sheet of Kraft card.
I also punched out some hearts and added ink and clear embossing powder to make them shine.

Next it was time to put on my creative hat and put together my card. Here is my finished creation;
and a couple of close ups

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #4
Craft stamper mulitcoloured stamping
Natalie and Amy colouring on Kraft
Little Claire's Christmas
Christmas cards all year round embellish it
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday Use Kraft
Crafty Ribbons tags and ribbon my sentiment is a tag

I would like to thank everyone for the really kind and really touching comments you left on my last "Poppies" post and my tribute to my Grandad. I think it makes us appreciate that we really must seize the day, no matter how the much the path we walk can twist and turn as we make our way along it. Above all life needs to be cherished and enjoyed to the full.

Another weekend is fast approaching. We actually have a free one so I hope to get some more sorted out in the garden as after this we have a rather full diary ahead and the countdown to Christmas really will begin.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x