Friday, 17 August 2018

Finding joy in the little things

We had a fab time at Southsea last week and the weather was really kind, sunny but not too hot. We had lunch at the 10th hole again which I have shared with you in the past so I didn't take any new photos.  If you missed it one of my previous posts can be seen via the link here This is a super lunch spot and I highly recommend it if you are in the area. 

Daisy and Jack had a super time in the swing park and I took a couple of fun snaps...just how much joy can a swing bring!

This was Daisy in the same swing park 4 years ago....bless!
Daisy took Jack down the slide too

It's the little things isn't it! You can also see that Jack is wearing his first pair of shoes...yes he is now toddling everywhere...and getting into places you would not believe!

You may remember me sharing photo of the swan boats on our previous visits... ..always tied up..
well on this visit I was delighted to see that people were out having fun in them.
I did offer Daisy a ride but she found the swings far more exciting!

I thought my card today should be just as joyful and fun. It is a new baby card for sale at Dotty's...and no before you ask there is no hidden meaning here with new babies in the family (other than my niece who is expecting number 2 in December). 
I love this Lili of the Valley baby quote stamp and it is a popular sentiment down at Dotty's.
The sweet animal die cuts are a sizzix set I got in one of Country View's sales a while back. The other dies are Cheery Lynn and Joanna Sheen.

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

That's crafty 2/3 animal magic
Penny Black and More 3/3 I spy something beginning with B My Bs are bird, beak, babies (stamp), brad, blue (brad and some of the flowers) 
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 3/3 anything goes
Time out 1/3 how bright can you be?

It's nearly the weekend again and I hope you take a moment to find some joy in the little things too. 
Thanks for stopping by and as always thanks for your kind comments too.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Keeping holiday memories alive

Good morning, it is time for my 2nd design team inspiration post for Country View challenges. The current theme for this month is very apt and is called "Sun, Sea and sand" . We would like to see anything summer or holiday related.   As always you can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

All the details can be found here.

If you missed my first post, sharing my holiday photo journal  you can see it here

Today I am sharing the page I made to add to the holiday journal that Daisy made whilst we were away.
There was so much to inspire us. Daisy and I bought a postcard everyday. I used mine to record the day's highlights. Daisy stuck her's into her journal and then dictated to me what she would like to remember. I wrote this on a record card for her and she often added little illustrations like this one. 

We also took an Instax photo every day
 and some days she added stamping, stencilling or some of the die cuts I had packed.
I decided for my page I would use a stamped postcard as my focal.
I used the brilliant rubber dance one.
I also used another of their stamps from their seaside sets.
I made then more vintage with my distress inks. All the other stamps I used are also Rubber Dance
I decided to make a masterboard.  I started making my inky seaside background, I created a splattered background with my distress ink.

 and added lots of stamping

I also made some die cuts from Tim's amazing new 3D impresslits
as well as other seaside die cuts including some fun Memory box flip flops,
which I then altered with inks. 
I cut a piece of my masterboard and then put my design together,
 I would like to enter the page I made for Daisy's journal into the following challenges;

Rubber dance 1/3 colour palette or nature
Penny Black and More 2/3 I spy something beginning with B My Bs are beach, branch (die), brown , buoy (stamp), borders (for my 2 focal images)and blue
Pile it on 1/3 new technique mine is using these 3d dies for the border and branches. The texture and depth they give is awesome.
Lil patch of crafting friends 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday sprinkles and splatters
Happy Little stampers use dies cuts 2/3  anything goes
Happy Little stampers watercolour 1/3 anything goes

Here are some close ups

 Here is the page inside her journal.
With the off cuts and spare elements from the masterboard I made a couple of pages for my own journal too...shown below, fondest memories of such a fabulous holiday. It also links our 2 journals together.

We hope to see lots more lovely entries to our sun, sea and sand challenge over at Country View ..and you may even win the £20 voucher! Here is the link. Good luck.

Thanks for stopping by,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 13 August 2018

Lift off time

For those of my lovely blog readers who are non papercrafters you might think that with the title of this post that I'm off to the moon. Not this week! Some of you may know what I am referring to..yes it's the amazing new Ranger Lift off ink. It lifts alcohol ink off from a porous to a non porous surface and opens up so many new crafting possibilities.  Tim Holtz has some brilliant videos on line and there is lots of inspiration around in blog land so do check it out.

 I was lucky enough to get my hands on some from Susan at Country View Crafts. (She offers free UK postage and packing too). 
I have been playing around with some backgrounds over the last few weeks and I have shared a couple on Facebook..Here is one of my first efforts.
I got this fab lift off image (on the left) using the seahorse and jelly fish from the Create you calm
and dare to swim sets. What remains on the right is a brilliant ghosted negative. I used that background to make my daughter and son in laws anniversary card which I shared here a few weeks back here if you would like to see it

For my Monday Visible Image DT project today I decided to make another "lift off" alcohol ink background. After adding various inks I used the time swirl from the ahead of our time stamp set to lift it off.

 Visible Image stamps work brilliantly with this technique. They lift off the ink perfectly as they are such an awesome thickness and quality. I love the effects you get. 
With the lifted ink I stamped this  multi coloured time swirl below, which I can use another time. It's 2 for the effort and price of one. That's all good in my books.
I then coloured up the White Rabbit 

using distress inks and added glossy accents to his fob watch and gold pen accents to his buttons and chain (you will see this in the finished card).
I also stamped and coloured a couple of other little elements. First the teapot from The Mad Hatter set. I added the heart from the  Own kind of beautiful set for this project as I didn't want to use the skull.
I cut it out and added festive berries distress glitter.
 I also stamped up the light bulb from the glimmer of light set to pull my design together.

I stamped and white embossed wake up and be awesome
onto acetate and then put my design together.
This is my finished card. 
Here are some close ups. 
and you can see the light bulb shedding some extra light on the scene...it must be winter for Mr Rabbit as it's 8.06 am and in his world it's still not light 😂
and one last shot
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

That's crafty 1/3 animal magic
Penny Black and More 1/3 I spy something beginning with B My Bs are bunny, bow tie, black (alcohol ink), bulb, buttons (on Mr Rabbit's jacket)
Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 August
Stamping sensations 3/3 use your current favourite stamp as I have said before I love all the new wonderland stamps but Mr Rabbit is another of my favourites. 
Pile it on 1/3 new technique my lift off is pretty hot off the press for new techniques!
Lil patch of crafting friends anything goes

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide.

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

There is also a really generous  multi-buy offer here on the website if you buy all 7 stamps sets, but you need to hurry as it only lasts until 31 August.

You can also follow Visible Image via:



and


Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my latest creation today. I really appreciate the kind comments you leave me.

  I hope that you may also have been inspired to have a go at this fun technique too.

5,4,3,2,1...................LIFT OFF!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 10 August 2018

Golfing Jack

I finally had a chance to download my photos from my son's lunch he hosted for us last weekend. You will notice that Jack is wearing his first shoes as yes he is now toddling everywhere!
He was fascinated by the putting green my son has in his garden.
 and Bear was on hand to help out. 
It was really hot so we chased the shade around the garden
whilst we admired all his lovely plants, my Mum even bought him a joke frog to put in one of his pots.
Bear kept a look out for everyone.
It was such a delightful day.

My card today was inspired by all the lovely flowers in my son's garden and is a new Thank you card for Dotty's Teahouse where it went up for sale today.
I used my very loved but sadly no longer for sale Visible Image Bronte border stamps behind some Tom Holtz die cut wildflowers. The little tag stamp is Lili of the Valley.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Happy Little stampers Clean and simple challenge 1/3  die cuts
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 Clean and simple
Happy little stampers die cuts challenge anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday distress it my wildflowers are coloured with distress inks and I stamped the Bronte verse using several summery colours. 
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 2/3 anything goes

The weekend has arrived, enjoy yours. I hope to be able to finally have a sort out in the garden now that it has cooled down enough to work out there without getting burnt to a frazzle! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and for your very kind comments. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x





Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Back to a typical English summer

The 6 week heatwave finally broke overnight and we had some welcome rain. Today is forecast to be sunny again but for the temperatures to be back to near 25c rather than 35c! It really has been a real tropical heatwave here in the south of England. Even yesterday it was 32c in the afternoon.
I have been able to potter around and have left some garden jobs until it is cooler so hopefully I will be able to start them soon.
My walk down to Dotty's teahouse on Monday was delightful as always if very hot this week. What is there not to love about a clear blue sky?
I have noticed that there seem to be lots more ducklings and other baby fowl this year..I think some may have even hatched a second brood, if that is possible.
 The waterfall is always a popular place for the ducks to cool off
 I had to grin at this sign...whatever next!
 People had found shade to have picnics and enjoy our beautiful parkland. 
My card today is one of my newbies for Dotty's and it was inspired by all the wonderful open space I have the pleasure to be surrounded by.. and of course it had to feature a little bird too. 
Friends cards sell well at Dotty's and this stamped sentiment, an oldie from Lili of the Valley, is very popular. The backing papers are ancient from my stash. The dies are a mix of Cheery Lynn, Marianne and memory box. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Pixies' snippets playground #332..I used lots of snippets of card for my die cuts. 
As you like it 1/3  fur or feathers mine is feather for this card as I love looking out for all the birds and ducks on my walks to Dotty's...and their offspring are soo cute.  
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 the great outdoors
Cute card Thursdays anything goes
A bit more time to craft anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 1/3 anything goes

Today we are meeting up with my DD and kids and plan a day out. Lots of fun and laughter ahead.
Enjoy your Wednesday too. It's also International Cat day today 😸..so Billy wanted to say hi to everyone too.


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x