Friday, 22 September 2017

And autumn came....

Well here we are...autumn has arrived and we are also rapidly waving goodbye to September.  I enjoyed some very pleasant and sunny days earlier this week and I decided it was time to make my monthly calendar page for my art journal in my sunny studio.
The lines from the Month's poem by Sara Coleridge for September read;

Warm September brings the fruit,
sportsmen then begin to shoot.

I looked around my garden, which is still colourful, and saw that the leaves of my potted acers are turning pretty shades of greens, red and orange.

My begonia are still going strong too
 and I spotted this fellow busy at work.

I honestly love spiders and for a few moments I stood and watched him as he spun his web...going round and clever....I never cease to marvel at the structure of a web and how fine it is.

 I decided that the focal of my page, for the "fruit" in the poem would be a lovely vintage apples digi from the Graphics Fairy and that my colours would be inspired by my autumnal garden.

I die cut a frame using my new Noor die I bought cheaply at Ally Pally and got out my inks.
 I sprayed an inly background inspired by the colours of the acer leaves in my garden.
 and then added some more inks through my Tim mini leaf stencil

 I then got out my Visible Image tree stamp (sadly discontinued at present)
and added some branches...gradually adding green and orange archival ink 

until I finished my background...I got rather engrossed at this point so I didn't take any more photos... but I also die cut and textured lots of leaves and a tree.

It was then time to put on my creative hat and put my page together.

Here it is.

and some close ups, I really went to town with my colours and textures with my die cut leaves.

and one last shot.
My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

Memory Box autumn leaves
The Craft Barn 12 month challenge  September
Creative Artiste mixed media
Fussy and fancy fall colours
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 any image
Cuttlebug mania Golden harvest
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 to everything there is a season

Now I must get my skates on as I have a date with someone rather special.......Tim Holtz...yes seriously. I am soooo excited. I am in  Harrogate attending Tim's UK Creative Chemistry workshop at 9am. I booked myself into a nearby hotel last night..... I have a 2 minute walk from my hotel. 

I will take my trusty camera and yes I will take lots of photos to share. 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the gorgeous colours of autumn.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

STAMPlorations Typografia Christmas blog hop, join in to win!

Here in the UK autumn starts tomorrow and it certainly feels that way. The trees are starting to change colour and there is dampness in the air and on the ground in the mornings. It's also starting to get dark earlier.
It may even been time soon to light the fire.....
Now that is one thing I will be looking forward to as it also reminds me that in 96 days it will be Christmas Day! Wow!

Today I am delighted to be guest designing again for STAMPlorations stamps and the celebrating release of some really gorgeous new Christmas Typografia stamps. There are also lots of other new products released; You can see the whole range here

 You also have the chance to win as we are holding a blog hop to celebrate.
All the details can be found via this link

One lucky winner will win their choice of 3 of these new Typografia Christmas stamps just by visiting the main blog and the designers' blogs who are participating in the hop and leaving a comment.

I got the chance to work with 3 of these terrific stamps.
They make fab, really "on trend" Christmas cards. I will be putting some up for sale in Dotty's Tea House, they will fit in perfectly.

I decided to showcase mine in 3 different ways to show just how versatile they are.

For my first card I used
Silent night

 I made a Distress Oxide background using the wrinkle free technique and black card stock.
 Here is a close up of my Distress Oxide inky background.

I stamped and white embossed the silent night stamp. A simple bow finished this off.

 For my 2nd card I used peace, love and joy

I then got out some of my stash of Christmas papers and stamped and embossed in white onto a die cut rectangle. I added a holly brad and some gems as finishing touches.

My 3rd used
Build a snowman

 I blended some green Distress inks and  added splashes of water to bleach.

 and then added some green holly leaves by inking through the holly tag stencil. 

I got out my sewing machine and after stamping my sentiment I sewed randomly around it. I then tore around this. I also sewed a border around the inky card and distressed both card pieces before matting them up. I added some texture paste and glitter and finished off with a snowflake charm

These great stamps are up for sale on the web site with an opening offer of 5% off. However  I can also offer you a great discount code...just type STAMPGIRLJANE in at the checkout and get a whopping extra 20% off! Now that really is a great deal isn't it.

Remember that the more participating blogs you visit and comment on the more you increase you chances of winning.  Commenting for the prize closes on 25 September. The randomly selected winner will be announced on the main blog on 26 September. Here is a reminder of the hop link post with all the details. Good luck!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Visible Image at Ally Pally September 2017

Good morning. I hope you had a lovely weekend? I went to the Crafting at Ally Pally Show in London yesterday.
 The show is held in the Great Hall of the Palm Court, such a fantastic place, with the gorgeous stained glass round window letting the light stream in,
 Ally Pally is high on a hill in North London and the views out across to the iconic London skyline are stunning.

The Visible Image stand is so bight and vibrant, it really does stand out in the hall.
I love the way that Helen and Mark decorate every inch of their stand.  I am so proud to be a part of their Design Team and I love seeing all our work displayed.
 Mark was kept busy chatting to customers.

 I enjoyed waving to some of my cards displayed there...I winked at my eye card 😉

The display below had the new brilliant family definitions stamps at the top and you will spy my DT card I shared last week using "Father". The card I am sharing for my Visible Image DT post today uses "Mother," on the top far left.

I made it for the recent Create and Craft TV shows last week using the "Mother" sentiment.

First I made an Oxide background.

 Then on a plain piece of card I repeat stamped the large grungy heart from the own kind of beautiful set
I them cut around their tops and painted them with the same colours I used for the background.

Below the hearts I stamped the Mother definition stamp, accenting "Mother" in red. I also stamped out some small hearts which I added Glossy Accents to. I then stamped and embossed in red just the "beautiful" part of the Own kind of beautiful sentiment onto my oxide background.

Here is my finished card ...................

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

A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Moving along with the times 1/3 sentiment as a focal point
Sweet Stampin 1/3  favourite stamp this new stamp is now one of my favourite stamps
Happy Little stampers September watercolour
Pixie's Snippets playground #299/300 I used the tiniest snippets of card for my little hearts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the very kind comments you take the time to leave me. It really was a lovely day yesterday and if you ever get the chance to visit Ally Pally I would highly recommend it. The next crafting show will be next will certainly be going in my diary.

It is also such a great opportunity to catch up with 2 very special people..
Yes dear Helen and Mark aka Mr and Mrs Visible Image...such fun and such gorgeous souls. I just wish it was more than twice a year we got to meet!

Enjoy the week ahead.

Bye for now,

Jane x