Friday, 18 January 2019

January birds for STAMPlorations

The birds have a hard time at this time of the year, the trees are bare and there is little protection from the rain. I spotted these high up in the bare trees and also their nests.
 Mr Crow was looking for food in the water down at the ponds.
It's time for some more inspiration for our January theme and sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations  The theme is
 and this is the lovely sketch which you could also work with if you would like to.

The rules in brief are that you need to use stamping on your projects. You don't have to use STAMPlorations stamps to enter but of course we love it if you do! You can link up 6 times with new blog posts and you need to add our logo to your post. You can go with the theme, the sketch or both, the choice is yours. There are some fab prizes to be won too! The details are here.

The birds down at the ponds inspired me to get out the lovely Trendy birds 2 stamp set. This is one of my favourites and I use it lots.
I made a distress ink spray background and stamped one of the sentiments from the
Fond expressions 2 set

I also stamped out the birds on book pages and inky card.

Here is my finished card design
with a couple of close ups

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

Cute card Thursday 1/3 banish the blues
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Through the craft room door 2/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 3/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday recycle something mine are my book pages from my Hb's old copy of A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. I use them lots!

You can see more inspiration over on the main blog here too; It would be lovely to see you join us.

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. The sun is out today but boy is it chilly...brrrr. I have a new camera which I have been testing out...I will share some photo soon.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Searching for snowdrops

Despite the winter so far being fairly mild I think the snowdrops this year are much later than usual. I went in search for some on a dull and dreary day.

This is my usual spot I find them near the ponds and sure enough I could see the shoots of some clumps.
These ones are not quite in bloom yet,
but just around the corner I was more successful
My first sighting of these dear little bulbs.
On Monday I met my dear friend Brenda at Wisley Gardens and was delighted to see lots more snowdrops there too.
I will share some more of those photos soon.

It makes me thing that spring is not too far away...but of course first we have Valentine's day!
So my card today is another of my 2019 range for Dotty's Tea House.
It's another of my Tim Holtz inspired tissue wrap technique backgrounds with distress paint.
I added lots of Tim Dies and a pop of glittered red hearts to finish off. I thought his paper doll couple looked just right there too.

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

Double D 1/3 looking back in time
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 vintage Valentine's
Shopping our stash 1/3 hearts on fire
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes
Mix it up 5/5 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by, have you seen any snowdrops yet in flower?

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 January 2019

Finding some sparkle in January

Good morning, January always seems to be a long month. Christmas seems long ago and spring still seems a long way away. As I walked down to Dotty's Teahouse in the High Street of Carshalton I decided to look for some sparkle and shine and even on such a dull, dreary day I spotted some of Mother Nature's sparkle and shine on the plants;
rain sparkling on the winter aconite
on the plucky viburnum flowers
and on new shoots.
For my Monday design team inspiration today I went with the sparkling rain theme using the fab 
The background is a stencilled ink one using the 
I added some distress oxides to my card 
 then stenciled salty ocean and squeezed lemonade oxides through the stencil.

These photos are quite dark you will see the true colours in my finished photos.

I stamped the rain in blue Archival ink
and then I added my lady by embossing her in blue and also stamping the quote stamp

You can see that I masked and split the words. The top words are stamped and embossed in  black 
and the unrivalled in green glitter.

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

Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
A vintage journey put your stamp on it
Craft stamper take it make it 3/3 January
Mix it up 4/5 anything goes
Stamping sensations 3/3 fabulously feminine
Card mania 1/3 baby it's cold outside
Happy little stampers 2/3 watercolour
Fashionable stamping 1/3 anything goes

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here would be lovely to see you there. You can add work to the new challenge album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £40 coupon to spend on the website. For December and January the theme is "Christmas/Winter".

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

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

Our Christmas/winter challenge on Facebook runs until the end of January a couple of weeks to make something and be in with a chance of winning the £40 voucher to spend on the web site. The winner is selected by random so everyone has an equal winning chance.

 Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. I would also like to welcome my newest 2 followers, it's so good to see you joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 11 January 2019

Winter landscape

It has been very cold for the last few days.
Everywhere is looking quite bare but at least the sun has returned.
 This was the ponds last week
when Daisy stayed. She certainly had warm ears 😂
 You might also have noticed that a swan has returned. I have seen 3 down there, they are always a delight, as is my Daisy.

It's time for my 2nd DT inspiration post for our January landscapes/cityscapes challenge over at County View. I decided to make another landscape, this one a rather fanciful one. 
 I got out my distress inks and masked off a sun.

I then blended on the inks to form my landscape, with a river at the bottom. 
 I have a great old PaperArsty Lynne Perella stamp set which rarely sees the light of day but this woman has an amazing landscape within her. I added some stamping to the side too.
 My Visible Image sentiment was perfect to use and I white embossed it and also added some branches using the Organics stamp set.

This is my finished card.

With couple of close ups of that cool stamp

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

Craft stamper take it make it 2/3 January
A vintage journey put your stamp on it
Mix it up 3/5 anything goes
Crafter's Castle 3/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 fabulously feminine

You can enter our January challenge as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing is absolutely FREE! All the details for the challenge can be found here.

My card has gone down for sale at Dotty's Tea House, Carshalton High Street, SM5 2AE

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Keep warm.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 10 January 2019

It's a girl thing mini blog hop

Hi and welcome to the STAMPlorations mini blog hop to showcase an awesome new stamp set release called "It's a girl thing".
There are 2 new stamp sets in this lovely "It's a girl thing" line
 and Sunshine

There is a $15 coupon code to spend on the website up for grabs for 3 lucky commentators just for leaving a comment. Winners will be drawn randomly from all the comments left on all the blogs taking part.
This is the link back to the main blog where you will find all the details and the designers taking part.


Commenting closes on 31 January and winner will be announced on February 10 in the January winner post over on the main blog.

I got to play with the delightful It's a girls' thing;sunshine It really is a gorgeous set with so many lovely accents as well as wonderful inspirational quotes.

I started off making a vibrant alcohol ink background on glossy card.
There are some delightful border stamps in this set so I made a stamped border for my card.
I used the follow the sunshine quote and stamped this onto an off cut of my backing card and matted it with yellow. I distressed the edges. I also stamped and fussy cut out some of the small flowers as accents. I added some glitter pen to them.
I added some more stamping to complete my card. Here it is;

with a couple of close ups showing the edge details.

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

Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 January
Pixie's snippets challenge # 343
Love to create 2/3 anything mixed media
Mix it up 2/5 anything goes
Crafter's Castle 2/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 1/3 fabulously feminine
Sweet stampin 1/3 spots and dots
Through the craft room door 1/2 anything goes

If you would like to get you own Sunshine set now you can buy it from the website here and if you add my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE you can take another 20% off the price. This code is also good for any orders from the website and on top of any discount offered at the moment too. Shery ships internationally at very reasonable rates too.

Thanks for "hopping" by today and remember to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning the voucher code!

This is the link back to the main blog again to see who else is participating in the "It's a girl thing" mini blog hop. Good luck!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Revisiting Tim Holtz' tissue wrap technique

My long term blog readers will remember that for 3 years I took part in Tim Holtz' 12 tags of the year until 2 years ago when he sadly discontinued the challenge. I really loved learning a technique and turning his tag ideas into cards as that is my main love and have really missed this challenge.
I am part of a Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook page and I was delighted to see that the admin have decided to introduce a monthly challenge using one of Tim amazing 12 tags techniques. For January the brief is to use tissue wrap. I am going to try to take part in this each month as it really does spur my creativity and also gives me lots of new ideas and cards to sell at Dotty's Tearooms.

I had my crafting buddy, Daisy (my granddaughter) staying last week. She loves die cutting at the moment and she got out my Sidekick to make a sweet tag. She really loves the tiny side orders that are make specifically for this die cutter.

(Sorry about the blurry photo but it was just snapped with my phone). She adores glitter so of course we had to die cut using glitter card! She made this for her dolly Annabelle!
This gave me an idea to use another of the sidekick side orders for my tissue wrap card. So when Daisy went home I left my sidekick out. 
I have a few of Tim's tissue wraps and decided to use the Postale one.
 I added some collage medium to the card and then the tissue, scrunching some areas up to give some texture as per Tim's technique. Then I added various distress paints. 

I ended up with 4 pieces from my sheet of A4 card
I decided to use the red/grey background as I thought it would be perfect for a Valentine card. At the moment I am in full Valentine mode for Dotty's and I hope to get my cards into the shop this Friday.
Using my Sidekick I cut the little envelope in red and black card.
  I also used Tim's 3D mini provincial embossing folder to die cut some black edges which I added silver gilding paste to. It brings out the detail beautifully.
I also adore Tim's swirling stars die, I think it is one of my favourite ever dies and I use it lots. 
I die cut a starry background through the tissue wrap and matted it up on top of red card stock. I also used a my new die, the 3D laurel, leaf using aluminium tape (you will see this in the finished card). 
Below is the background after I had die cut the swirling can also use the stars you cut out, no waste with this one!
It was then time to put my card it is;
with a couple of close ups, showing the laurel and the cute Sidekick envelope from the Love set.
The words are from Tim's thinlits sets; handwritten love and the & is from the Holiday words set. The hearts are Tim's Heartfelt Bigz. 

and one last shot
As well as linking up with the challenge on Facebook I would like to link up my card to the following challenges;

Try it on Tuesday 1/3 something old something new my old is my Postale tissue wrap, my new is my laurel die .
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 Inspired by I have of course been inspired by the master of crafting...Tim Holtz/
Crafty sentiments 1/3 anything goes
Cuttlebug mania 1/3 new mine is my new laurel 3D die
Get creative 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday something new mine is my new laurel 3D die
Creative moments 1/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes
Love to create 2/3 anything mixed media
Not just cards 2/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x