Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wintery walks

As the weekend was such a washout and it was mostly spent indoors I thought I would share the last of my photos of my recent walks when Bear came to stay. A lot of our many walks with Bear were on very cold but gorgeous blue sky days.  I shared our walk to the woods here .One day we walked to Carew Manor through Beddington Park and I snapped a  few photos of the beautiful church too.





We have such wonderful historical buildings in our area, Carew Manor dates back to King Henry V111 time and is now a school for children with special needs.
On the way home we even spotted a white heron



It might look warm in these photos but believe me it was freezing and as the sun went down the frost returned.

My project today is a nature inspired one. It's a birthday money holder I made, inspired by the wildlife we saw and these awesome greens and blues from our walk. I got inky with some distress inks and added lots of layers of stamps.
 These birds looked very chilled out sitting there.
 I used lots of circular date Crafty Individuals rubber stamps too.. below shows the inside.

It was made for the following challenges;

Allsorts wings on things my birds have plenty!
A vintage journey going round in circles I used lots of circular postage rubber stamps on my wallet.
Everybody art anything goes #394
Moving along with the times 1/3 something in the air.
Let's craft and create 1/3  things with wings
Simon says stamp Monday chill out  my birds on the line are totally chilled out, as we were on our walk.
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
The ribbon girls 1/3 any image
Craft Heaven 2/3 winter blues
Happy Little stampers mixed media layers I have given the appearance of layers by layering my stamps using different inks.
We love to create 2/2 anything goes mixed media
Crafty catz add ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Just a little of the white stuff

Well we did get the forecast Arctic blast here on Thursday. Just as predicted the snow started falling at 5pm but luckily it was not too cold and very soon things turned slushy.  When I woke up on Friday morning and opened the back door, this view greeted Billy.
 Just a little of the white stuff.

 Brrrrr
Needless to say Billy didn't stay out long and quickly came back into the warm.

Today's card is one with some chilly colours but a sweet warm theme....a new baby card I made for Dotty's Tea House.
The stamped image is Ladybug Crafts Ink (sadly no longer trading). I die cut a mixed media background from a snippet of inky card I had in my stash. I stamped my image and then coloured on top with Promarkers...I rather like the effect. The sentiment is LOTV. The dies are Memory box and Spellbinders and the DP is an ancient digi paper I have.

My card was made for the following challenges;

Passion for Promarkers add some bling I added a charm and also used some glossy card for my focal backing card.
I love Promarkers use something new my new is the spellbinders lattice frame.
Memory Box Winter blues
Paper Creator anything goes
Creative Corner anything goes
Pixie's snippets Playground #263/4 My whole card is a creation made with snippets of card and paper.
Not just cards new beginnings
Creative Moments something new
Craft Heaven winter blues
Crafty friends new beginnings

I hope that those of you in the UK are all keeping snug? Today is very wet and one of those days it may not ever quite get light! My Finnish and American friends still have it much worse but then we just rarely seen snow in the balmy south of England 😉 Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments you take the time to leave me. I really enjoy reading every single one of them. I think today is a day to stay in doors, Keep Snug and Carry on Crafting. We might even light the open fire today....there is nothing quite like an real fire to gaze at. 

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Christmas memories 2016 for Daisy's Diary.

As I cleared the last remnants of Christmas away last week I found some tags from Christmas, some pieces of gift wrap and one of the Christmas serviettes. I was about to throw them out when I thought I could make something with them as celebration of Christmas 2016.  I realised that I had not made anything recently for Daisy's Dairy, a memories art journal I started for my little granddaughter last year, and that they could add some texture to an art journal page.
I chose a favourite photo from just after Christmas when we went to the woods for a lovely walk. I shared the walk on my blog here last week

This is the photo of Daisy and I sharing a cuddle on that day. I love her  winter patterned leggings and Peppa Pig hat and gloves set so I decided to use those for my colourway.
 I tore up pieces of my Christmas ephemera and stuck them onto my page.
I also added some pieces of a doily too.
I knew I had the perfect stencil, just like the pattern on Daisy's leggings; Tim Holtz' holiday knit. I used modelling paste and set everything aside to dry. 



After a watery wash of gesso I got out another of my new crafty stash....my Tim Hotlz distress crayons.  OMgoodness I LOVE these and I will be buying more colours. I just scribbled, rubbed and spritzed to my hearts content until I was happy with my background.


As I added layers of crayon I carefully made sure that the original images could still be visible in the background. If you are not "into" Disney's Frozen hidden below is Elsa and Anna..






Once I was happy with the background I die cut some shapes continuing with the love and "Frozen" theme. Snowflakes just had to feature.
I embossed some  heart die cuts and then added some gilding wax to the raised areas. 
Then it was time to put everything together and create my celebration of memories of Christmas 2016 to put into Daisy's Dairy. I used my Visible image stamp "just be happy" as I felt that this together with the Tim Holtz chit chat stickers were the perfect sentiments. 
 Here is my finished page

and some close ups to show the details
It's hard to get the bling to shine but there is plenty here from my Glamour dust and gilding wax.
I found the perfect chit chat sticker to use...Let it go is the famous song from the film. Daisy will love that Elsa and Anna are visible in the background.

My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

More than words Celebrate and bling 
this is my celebration of everything from Christmas 2016, the gifts, Christmas dinner (the serviette) the walks and our family love. There is lots of bling on the page from my glitter and gilding wax. 
Craft stamper take it make it January anything goes
Emerald Creek dares 2/3 bring on the new mine are the distress crayons which I LOVE!
Happy Little stampers mixed media layers
Time out winter
Frilly and funkie 3/3 new year's goals inspirations another goal for this year is to try make more pages for Daisy's diary....from May there will be another grand-baby to make for too ;0) 
Noor UK anything goes
We love to create 1/2 anything goes mixed media
Cuttlebug Mania winter wonderland

It remained mild here yesterday. I even got some gardening done and a whole line of washing dried outside. However the temperature is dropping violently and it appears that the winter blast is on its way. Keep snug and carry on crafting.
Thanks for visiting me today and for your very kind comments you take the time to leave me. I really enjoy reading them.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x