Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bear and gone

Our son's dog Bear has gone home again now and I just wanted to share a few more photos of this lovely boy taken on the patio on one of the dry days we enjoyed.


He is such a gentle giant. I miss him but I don't miss the wet walks with him and Billy is glad to have his house back!
I have been trying to make some more stock for Dotty's Tea Rooms where my cards are sold and I thought some of my sweet Lili of the Valley digis with critters would be perfect for today's blog post as it is also my sweet daughter's birthday today, Happy Birthday M! The dies are from the Works and the circle is Memory Box. The paper is ancient from my stash.

I wonder if Bear spotted these mice amongst my flower pots?

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

Pixie's snippets playground #348
Simon says stamp Monday miniature/tiny things
Try it on Tuesdays 1/3 say it with flowers
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge March
Through the craft room door 1/2 anything goes

It is for sale at Dotty's Tea House, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5  2AE

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 18 March 2019

A rainbow lion

Well what mix of weather we have had over the last few days...rain, sun, sleet and wind strong enough to bring down a few trees.

Everywhere though is really greening up and looking very spring like. I have spotted this rainbow of flower colours this week at various place I have visited

 as well as in my own garden



This fits well for my Monday Design Team make I am sharing today for Visible Image. It is a "rainbow lion "I made for the recent Create and craft show using the fab Cowardly Lion 

For his background I created a rainbow swirl using the Strobes stencil


I wasn't sure which colour I wanted the medal or crown so I stamped several out on white and gold card and used the brilliant dies to cut them out.
I coloured my lion in Promarkers and decided to give him a rainbow mane and tail too!
Here is my finished card.
with a close up of my rainbow lion.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Passion for Promarkers anything goes
Happy Little stampers watercolour anything goes
Mix it up 3/5 anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 somewhere over the rainbow
Through the purple haze 1/3 rainbows
Pile it on 1/3 fave colour or rainbow

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 there. You will see lots of gorgeous makes by the DT and customers to inspire your own creativity.

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

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 15 March 2019

More time for tea

It is time for my second card to hopefully inspire you to enter our current challenge over at STAMPlorations.
The theme for March is stamps and tea/coffee. This is a fun one for me as I really am a tea addict.
 Below is the lovely sketch which you can also use 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! 
This is the link to the challenge with all the info you need.

As always I used the theme and sketch and this is what I got up to.
I used the always tea time stamp set
and the clustered hearts stencil
Remember that if you use my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout you can save an additional 20% to any other offers currently running if you buy anything from the website. 

To make the white background I used texture paste through the stencil


and used red distress ink through the stencil on some inky mop up card for the border piece.
I stamped and paper pieced the cups and stamped one of the lovely sentiments.
Here is my finished card.
We really hope to see lots of you joining us over at the March challenge. Once again this is the link to the challenge with all the info you need.

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

Through the craft room door 2/2 anything goes
Happy Little stampers watercolour anything goes
Mix it up 2/5 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday Feminine/girlie

Thanks so much for stopping by.....I'm off to put the kettle on.....

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Bird spotting with Bear

I am really enjoying Bear staying with us and we have been on some long walks. One lovely park near us is Beddington and we took a long stroll over there. He loves sniffing around in the woods.
 We also took a walk around the lake
 and spotted these cuties.
 Yes 8 fluffy goslings with Mum
and some cygnets too.
There was also Joe Crow looking down at us from a tree.
All these birds inspired me to come home and make some Artist trading coins with a spring bird theme.
I had a piece of paint resist card in my stash made with Tim Holtz' Urban tapestry stamps so I made a background by blending some blue and green distress inks onto it. I also added some Broken china ink through my Tim Holtz bark stencil.
 I added some stamping using my treasured Bronte verse from Visible Image, sadly long discontinued but one of my fave script stamps.
 I die cut some of my CL birds and coloured them with distress inks.
I also used the owls and sentiment stamps from Visible Image's Into the Woods. stamp set. I stamped and embossed a nest using one of the stamps from their Organics stamp set.
This is what I put together.

There are 3 as they were made for an Facebook UK swap group that I am a member of.
Number 1
 Number 2
 and number 3
and here they are as a group.
I would like to enter my A T Coins into the following challenges;

Penny black and More 1/3 going round in circles
Through the craft room door 1/2 anything goes
Happy Little stampers watercolour anything goes
Mix it up 1/5 anything goes
Pile it on 1/3 favourite colour mine is definitely blue
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 make your mark

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 11 March 2019

A spring in my step

It's been lovely having my son's sweet pup to stay (well he's 7 and huge so I suppose that's not really the right description). I love walking so taking him out, when it's not raining, is a pleasure not a chore.
I took him over to one of our local parks and was delighted to see how many signs of spring were visible.
Gorgeous blossom,
drifts of daffodils
It certainly put a spring in our step
and in my own garden my magnolia is just about to burst open its blossom


It's also only a few week's away until my daughter's birthday so my design team Monday Make for Visible Image is her card...shhh keep it secret for now.
I used one of the new fab stencils
a flower made with the random art of kindness set,
the wonderful hummingbird from life is beautiful
and the birthday sentiment from Go to words
I first made an inky background using distress inks and the stencil. I have made several backgrounds so expect to see the others used too at some point. 
I cut a square from the card and then stamped the flowers into the centres of the stenciled flowers.

I also stamped the same flower onto an alcohol ink scrap and cut it out.
I stamped the hummingbird and painted it using Starlight paints for extra shine.
I then cut it out and put my design together.
Here is my finished card.
with a couple of close ups

and one last shot
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The house that cards built 2/3 Easter or spring
Crafty catz 2/3 anything goes
Creative moments 2/3 anything goes
A gem of a challenge 3/3 anything goes
We love to create 3/3 anything mixed media
Stamping sensations 2/3 somewhere over the rainbow by blending my distress inks I have all the colours of the rainbow on my card.
Sweet stampin 1/3 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 there. You will see lots of gorgeous makes by the DT and customers to inspire your own creativity.

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 their gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 
If you missed seeing the fab Create and Craft Wizard of Oz stamps show on TV you can still watch via this link. It was fun to wave to my cards! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x