Thursday, 25 May 2017

Flower power part 2

Hello I am back today with my 2nd DT inspiration post for Country View. Our current challenge is Flower Power and for my first piece I created a floral distress ink tag. If you missed that post you can see it here
Flowers are certainly in full bloom around here and we have had some welcome recent rain.

For today's creation I decided to use the same stamps as my first flower power tag but use distress oxides instead of regular distress inks. These were the colours I chose to work with.
I added some strips of book pages to my tag for some background texture and chose the above 4 oxides. I added some water to them on my craft sheet.
I first added some colour just by dipping in the inks. I then added some floral stencilling.
I added a couple of background stamps too

Onto a separate sheet I added some more inks and then some script using my old Visible Image Bronte Script stamp.
I stamped my Tim flowers and fussy cut them out.
I then put on my creative hat and this is what I came up with

and a couple of close ups

All the details for our flower power challenge are here

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

Crafty Calendar flowers
Double D challenge flowers galore
A Vintage Journey use a quote

I am fascinated how the 2 tags turned out so differently ..using different inks but identical flower stamps.

I have been in Southampton since Monday lunchtime and yesterday's blog post was scheduled. Today, in the aftermath of the outrageous atrocity in Manchester on Monday evening, I think the quote on my tag today is most appropriate;

Live gently upon this earth.....

Oh how I wish this could happen and such hatred could be extinguished. I am sickened to the core that anyone could do this to a fellow human being.
May all those innocent souls rest in peace 😢

More words just fail me.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

May brings flocks of pretty lambs

I finally bought some bedding plants for my pots at the weekend. My bulbs have been so beautiful this year that I didn't want to tip them out until they really had spent. I bought this box of beauties
 and a box of gazania

I even managed to start to pot them up on Sunday. First though it was the job of emptying and washing the pots. Much as this is a real chore I am a firm believer that this really helps with getting pots of gorgeous summer flowers as it removes bugs et al.

I will share some more photos soon. 
I also wanted to enter some challenges before May is over.

I found this great  digi image over at the Graphic fairy and decided to make an art journal page. I decided to try to use the image as the focal but cut out the tree and replace it with a mixed media one of my own. This is what I got up to
I created a sky using distress inks and a cloud mask
I made the grass with distress inks and added some distress oxide daisy flowers using my Visible Image Create it set.
I tore the digi and drew in a line to continue the horizon on my journal page.
I die cut a tree, added some bark texture with my Create it VI stamps and crackle medium and punched out some flowers out of inky mop up card. I added liquid pearls to the flower centres which you will see in my final photo.
I then replaced my tree where the tree from the digi was
 I then put everything together to create my May art journal page.
My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

The Craft Barn calendar challenge May
Crafty Calendar flowers
Double D challenge flowers galore
The Ribbon Girls 2/3 use any image
Simon Says stamp little critters
Pile it on 1/3 animal
We love to create 2/2 anything mixed media

I am coming back from Southampton today where I have spent a wonderful few days in the sunshine with Daisy, Jack and Co.  I hope you are enjoying a sunny week too? Thanks for stopping by.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Where dreams have taken us

Yes unbelievable at the weekend it was the 1st  anniversary of Dotty's opening. Where on earth has the year gone? If you have not been following my blog for long I sell my cards at Dotty's, a Vintage Teahouse in Carshalton High Street since the doors first opened last May. My grand opening post can be seen here
This was the opening day last year which was attended by the Major of Sutton.

I went to the anniversary celebrations on Saturday and shared a post here if you missed it. Yesterday I showed the card which was commissioned by the staff to give to Rebecca, the owner.

As it is Monday it is also my day to share some inspiration over on the Visible Image Group page. Today I am sharing the 2nd Dotty card I made, This one I made from me to give to Rebecca and her lovely staff.  As the theme for the celebrations was WW2  I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue theme and I used a very apt Visible Image sentiment from the "Where dreams take you set" which is available here here

 I stamped the sentiment and die cut it
 I found some very apt tea cups paper in my stash.
I stamped and fussy cut out the paper plane from the destination unknown set available here

 I also stamped the sentiment from the same set
and then I put on my creative hat to made this card;
Here are a couple of close ups; the great cup and saucer die is Marianne, the layering dies are all Spellbinders. The hearts are La-la land
I cut the what lies ahead sentiment into 2 parts.
This  last year for me, both selling at Dotty's and designing has been such a great adventure and I do indeed wonder "what lies ahead".  My dreams are certainly taking me into all sorts of new adventures!
Here it is in the window of Dotty's on Saturday, together with the card I made for the girls to give to Rebecca. Such a fun day.

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

Allsorts birthday it was also their birthday on Saturday, but they were 8.. Dotty has some catching up to do!
Crafty Catz anything goes with a twist of more than 2 layers I have at last 5 on my card!
Creative Inspirations 3/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned  paper May

All the links for Visible Image can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here and it is where you will find our first themed "Express yourself" would be lovely to see you over there. There is a £40 voucher up for grabs if you are the randomly selected winner.  You can also add work to the "Show and Tell" folder where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image business page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be found.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dotty's Teahouse turns 1

Yesterday was the 1st birthday for Dotty's Teahouse, the vintage tearooms in Carshalton, where I sell my cards. I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by. I joined Dotty's as a seller on day 1 and I numbered up card 405 recently so gulp I have made and sold a lot of cards in 1 year.
As always the window display looked delightful and was in the style of WW2 as Dotty's was also supporting Dame Vera Lynn's charity for the day.

 Rebecca and her lovely team were all dressed up and looked ab is Rebecca on the right with Lesley her right hand rock and roll woman 😁

These ladies are all so lovely, always smiling...

A quick peep at my cards....

There was live entertainment...........

Such a fun atmosphere
Even the original Dotty, the vintage caravan made an appearance
I love being a small part of Dotty's and if you are ever near to Carshalton High Street do stop by. It is the most wonderful place to enjoy tea and cake..and lunch too!

You may have spotted in my very first photo today that there were 2 birthday cards in the window.  I made them both 😊.m.

The one on the right I gave to Rebecca and her team. You will see that one on my blog in detail tomorrow so I will share my " Dotty is 1" birthday card today.
Here she is;
The girls from Dotty's commissioned me to make this card. They wanted something tea related and pink for Rebecca. This digi is one of  Lili of the Valley's simply print images and was perfect. I even die cut a pink cup with a stripey saucer! The papers  were a great find in my ancient paper stash....

Yes surely "everything stops for tea" 😉

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

Allsorts birthday it was also their birthday yesterday, but they were 8.. Dotty has some catching up to do!
Crafty Catz anything goes with a twist of more than 2 layers I have at last 5 on my card!
Creative Inspirations 3/3 anything goes
The Ribbon Girls 1/3 use any image

I am back tomorrow morning with my weekly Visible Image inspiration where I will share details of my other Dotty's birthday card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and can I extend a very warm welcome to my newest followers. Thank you for joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

The sun is up and I am heading out to the garden to sort out my summer pots.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Watch the birdies

Hello, today I am sharing some mid month inspiration for STAMPlorations for whom I am guest designing for until July. If you missed my first Guest Designer post for Shery this is the link to it. 

If you are in the UK you may not of heard of these gorgeous stamps. I will share some links during my post for you to check out the website and see Shery's fantastic designs.
This the link to the main website, do check it out, there are some really fab designs there and Shery posts worldwide at a really reasonable rate. 

Our theme for May is STAMPS AND ALPHABET and there is the additional sketch below, which it would be lovely to see you use, but it is not compulsory.
We need to see your stamps and some form of letters, words etc.
You still have 12 days to enter

All the details can be viewed in this link

I followed the theme and sketch again for my 2nd card.
 Here is a little of my process.

|I white embossed the words from the gorgeous Trendy Birds set available here

I then added some distress inks first directly with water then blended to create the central panel of the sketch
I decided to use the flying birds and I water coloured and fussy cut them out. I thought they looked a bit like the flying ducks which used to hang on everyone's living room walls in the 1960s!!

I also used a sentiment from the 
Bold sentiments set available here
I then put on my creative hat and came up with this card

and a couple of close ups..

I hope I might have inspired you to join in with the fun, it would be lovely to see you over at the blog challenge.
If you like the stamps I have used for my May cards Shery is offering a very generous discount to the readers of my blog. Just quote the code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout and get 20% off your order of regular or sale items. This is for stencils as well as stamps. 
This the link to the main website

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

                   A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
                         Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
                       Crafting from the heart 2/3 anything goes
Rubber Dance 1/3 rule of 3
Addicted to stamps and More 1/3 make your mark
Happy Little stampers 1/3 Mixed media splats
Creative Inspirations 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting me today especially if you are a first time visitor! We certainly have lots of birds at the ponds to watch at the moment.
Look who came out of the water to say hi recently

My sweet Dino birds are back!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x