Showing posts with label hand made card. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hand made card. Show all posts

Monday, 17 February 2014

After the storm

After the dreadful storm we endured here in the UK on Friday night we have been given some optimism that that may have been the worst of the weather. I wrote this post over a month ago when we hoped the torrential rain was over,  little did we realise that the worst was yet to come. A lot of poor souls still have flooded properties and I just count my lucky stars that we have stayed dry so far. On Saturday afternoon the sun came out and there was a little promise of hopefully sunny days ahead and spring. Despite the rain we have had a mild winter and my bulbs outside are well ahead. This time last year I had nothing in bloom but this year I have snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils swaying in the breeze. On a walk around our local park I snapped this pretty patch.

the ponds looked gorgeous in the late winter sunshine

There is still so much water around and the river is flowing so quickly

When I got home I spied some more crocuses and snowdrops in my front garden

and I also noticed the water drops still hanging from the ivy leaves
and on the leaves of my violas which have braved the winter in a hanging basket.
All this natural beauty inspired me to sit down on Sunday and make a card...incorporating the lilac and blue colours, the joy of mother nature,the raindrops and of course a little bit of magic ;0)
I chose 3 Distress Inks and blended the colours onto some card. I made another stencil this time using my lovely Joanna Sheen Ivy die and stamped through this with more  Distress Ink. I created this ivy border on both side of the card.

I then got busy with my tiny flowers stamp and made lots of little flowers by repeat stamping. I stamped a floral "hedgerow" around my card and  I decided I needed to have a fairy on this card. I also wanted to incorporate the rain drops I had seen on my viola. So here is my little creation....

Here are a few close ups
The fairy stamp is made my Lavinia and the water drops stamp by Ryn.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Winter Wonderland fairies
Artistic stamper use distress
Craft stamper make and take repeat stamping
Stamping sensations wings real or fantasy
ABC challenge F is for flowers, I have multiple flowers in my stamping border
As you like it Inspired by an object my object is the viola flower in the photo above. The reason why it is my favourite object is that I adore flowers and even with rain drops on I think they still look so beautiful. The viola despite being tiny is such a survivor!
Stampin for the weekend flower power
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
Fashionable Stamping build it up
Deep Ocean love is all around

Have a great week everyone, I have also been finishing off my long awaited giveaway projects, stay tuned.....

Let's hope the rain dies down now after that incredible storm. The daylight is certainly lengthening every day, which is a sure sign that the first day of spring is now only 31 days away......I for one can't wait.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 1 June 2012

Happy Diamond Jubilee Ma'am (as in jam!)

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend has arrived and on Tuesday it will have been 60 years since our Queen ascended the throne. That is an incredible achievement and there are lots of Jubilations going on this weekend to celebrate this occasion. We have even been given an extra bank holiday on Tuesday. I was also amused to find that when my shopping was delivered in the week some of the packaging was also celebrating too.
Instead of our usual Marmite we got Ma'amite. I love this jar and when I open my food cupboard it makes me grin.

Our tonic water for our weekend Gin and Tonic came with a Diamond Jubilee makeover...

and even the dishwasher tablets had been jazzed up to celebrate.

They all certainly cheered up my shopping!

We have a lovely long bank holiday weekend ahead of us and on Sunday my Hb and I are attending the Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park. This event sold out so we were really pleased to have bought tickets when we did. We will watch the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. 1,000 boats including a special Royal Barge will make it's way down the river from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge. In Battersea Park the Festival has tea dances, bands, a vintage car boot sale, 1950s style fashion show and lots of other fun activities. People are being encouraged to dress up and wear something from the 1950s. Now I am not a keen fancy dresser but I decided I will wear something red, white and blue and I dug out one of my vintage badges that is dated none other than 1952!

This was hard to photo as the enamel is beautifully shiny. This is an old Butlin's badge. I also found a vintage Roberson's jam badge...

This is also from the 1950s so I shall wear them both with pride. As a child a collected badges and I kept some of the "best" which are great treasures and all so well made. They will happily see another 60 years I should think.

To get to the Festival we will be travelling by train and we have even got special Diamond Jubilee Oyster cards to use. The forecast for Sunday is looking a little unsettled but whatever the weather we will have a party!

Of course my challenge card also needs to have a red, white and blue Jubilations theme.
She is my first Saturated Canary digital stamp which I bought from the incredibly talented Krista Smith. I have long admired her talent and decided I just had to buy some of her stamps.

Here she is in close up. I coloured her with my Promarker pens and highlighted her with Prismacolour  pencils. I added lots of details including lace, ribbon, star brads and die cuts. I think she really sums up this happy mood which is gripping the nation.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes #70
Craft Room Challenge birthdays and blog hop
Cupcake Craft Royalty #194
Joanna Sheen Remember When
Crafting for all season's Many layers #28
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
My Mum's Craft Room red, white and blue #59
Divas by Design anything goes #37
I love Promarkers use a digi #119
Scrapbook Sisters anything goes #86
Make it Monday Linky Party #92

I hope everyone in the UK has a wonderful long weekend and whether you are staying at home or attending any of the Jubilations that you raise your glass to dear Queenie, cheers to you Ma 'am and yes I love Marmite ;0) you?? And one last appropriate that today I hit the 60 mark with my lovely Followers.....a diamond jubilations for me too. What brilliant timing for this post. Thank you each and every one of you who follow my journal.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Remember that my Jubilations giveaway is still running. You can enter it here

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Jublilations Giveaway

Following all the Jubilations here at Jane's Journal I have decided it is the right time to have a special celebration Giveaway. The weather has just been fabulous for the last few days and with a blue sky from dawn to dusk and dinner in the garden this has spurred me on to get this post up. Just look how my plants are coming along already. There is nothing quite like warm sunshine in the garden and long light evenings.

As you will know we have finally been successful in buying Olympic tickets for the Men's 3 metre springboard semi finals in the amazing Aquatic Centre right in the middle of the Olympic park. Last month my Hb and I had a last day of annual leave to use up from work and we decided to take a trip up to Stratford, the home of the London 2012 Olympics to see how the park was progressing. (Well OK then I also wanted to visit the new Westfield Shopping Centre that has been built there). At the back of Westfield (which is HUGE) there is a great viewing platform

After our window shopping and lunch we decided to head outside and see how things were shaping up.

You can see it was the most dismal day and we had to dart in and out between the downpours.

This is a side view of the Stadium. It really is enormous, this was taken from a fair way away.

This is the amazing Aquatics Centre, where we will be sitting in August.

The structure to the right is going to be a lift feature where people can pay to have a panoramic view of the park.
In the background you can see the tall buildings of Canary Wharf.

At that point the rain came pouring down so we dived into my favourite store, John Lewis.

Inside the store they also have a really good view of the Olympic Park so I snapped a couple more photos from inside in the dry.

They also had some amazing Olympic Pins for sale. Of course I had to buy a couple and I bought limited edition ones. 2 designs I bought are limited to 5,000 of each badge. 1 is really special as it is only a 2,012 run which makes it pretty rare.

The tea and scones badge on the right is the rarest and whilst I stood there looking they were all snapped up.
We enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and a piece of cake back at M+S in Westfield before we headed home.

We had a great view form our seat looking out to Stratford station and the link bridge to the Olympic Park.

Now when I was standing in John Lewis I had the brainwave that a Limited Edition Pin from the 2012 Olympics would be rather cool to offer as a prize for my next giveaway. At first I could not find another one but then hanging by itself was the very last one...and I bagged it. If you remember my Wimbledon giveaway it was a similar story then!

So here we are this is my giveaway prize to one lucky reader. A real rarity.

Now at the time I bought this I had no idea of the Julibations ahead but now that there is so much to celebrate I have decided to offer not 1 or 2 but 3 giveaway prizes to help me celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics. The pin badge is for the first name out of the hat.

I have made one of my popular bag charms as my prize for the 2nd name out of the hat. This one is a special red, white and blue one with a teapot and tea bag British! The lovely handmade lampwork glass  beads are from my stash and all made by UK artisan lampworkers.

And last but not least as my 3rd prize ....

of course, a Cath Kidston celebration  tea towel!  Everyone who visits my blog both old and new visitors are most welcome to join in the fun. There is only one thing that I ask for -  a little market research ;0)
I would like you to look at the handmade cards-this is the link which I sell in my Esty shop and decide which is your  favourite card and why. It might be the stamp, the colours, the embellishments etc etc.
Then just leave me a comment at the end of this post saying which card is your favourite (you can even look at my sold items if you would like to) You have plenty of time to do this as I am going to leave my giveaway open for 2 weeks. It will close on Friday 8th June at 4pm (GMT). So as not to affect the numbers I will not be leaving my usual replies to your lovely comments but I will enjoy reading them as I always do. I will make the draw that evening and will put up a post with the winners that weekend, so remember to pop back to see if you have won.

So finally my card for today which just has to be another Jubilations card.

This lovely Penny Black stamp called La Soiree is one that I won some months ago in one of the card challenges. I am delighted with her. She inks up beautifully with my Promarker pens and I had fun with the balloons.
I added some more of the papers from the Crafts Beautiful freebies and dug out some of my flowers. I have had the deep blue in my stash for ages and they work really well with my Patriotic theme. I have also added some satin edged ribbon and red,white and blue Baker's twine to finish off my card.

I would like to enter this is the following challenges;
Penny Black and More London Calling
Bearly Mine #36 anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday #77 dig out the old my old are the deep blue mulberry flowers I have had for ages in my stash.
Crafters Companion Here comes summer
Passion for Promarkers #150 Birthdays
Papertake Weekly True colours
Creative Inspirations #164 anything goes
Joanna Sheen Birthdays
Make it Monday Linky Party #90

I'm off to enjoy this fabulous weather as it's my day off. Don't forget to enter my giveaway (please check the details above as I will assume that you not want to be included in it if you have not added a comment re your favourite card your have seen in my Etsy shop) and good luck to everyone. Thanks as always for visiting me, your comments always make my day.

Back soon,

Bye for now

Jane x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Keep Dry and Carry on Crafting

Some time ago I won my first digital images and I showed in this post how I had made my very first cards with them. Since then I have been a very lucky girl and have had no less than 5 more wins from my card challenge entries. Amongst them are some from my Blog Buddy Kerry who owns Ladybird Craft Inks. I decided to have a play with her "Gardener's Delight"  digi images which I really love. I re sized my favourite called "Watering Can" and printed out 3 images on a sheet of A4 card and then had fun colouring 3 different colour ways using my Promarkers and my Prismacolor pencils. Here are the finished coloured images.
Below is the sheet of digi stamps and how they looked before I took my Promarkers and Prismacolor pencils to them. Colouring really brings them to life doesn't it? I get so absorbed's very relaxing indeed.

I thought red, blue and yellow were good colour ways to use for this time of year.  I then decided to make them up as cards and the first one I used was the blue colour way.

 I used some very pretty blue daisy paper from my stash and decided to keep the card very simple.

All I added was a central dotty plaque, a lovely blue satin-edged organza  ribbon and one of my favourite LOTV round sentiments.

I put this card into my Etsy shop and it sold within a couple of days. Since then I have made up the yellow and red versions but I sold those too. They have been very popular and I must find the time to colour some more. I also think they will make great Father's Day Cards.

I am having fun with these digi images and they are a lot cheaper for me to buy  than real rubber stamps and much easier to store. Mind you to me there is nothing quite like a "real" stash of stamps to drool over, I can't see me ever stopping buying  the real ones ;0)

I would like to enter my card into the following card challenges.
Ladybug Crafts Ink Birthdays
Creative Craft Crew #9 Ribbon
My Mum's Craft Shop #54 The Great Outdoors
Divas by Design #32 Buttons and/or bows
I love Promarkers #114 Flower Power-Floral image
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Make it Mondays Link up Party
Joanna Sheen A card for someone special
Cupcake Inspirations Veggie/garden photo Inspiration #157
Little darlings Flowers #22
On the subject of Gardener's Delight my much loved tiny garden has had a much needed soaking of rain. In fact today has been torrential. We certainly don't need to use a watering can at the moment. Between the showers we are still getting some lovely sunshine too. Luckily I took these photos yesterday. My Viburnum is fully in flower with it's glorious scented sweetness.

Every time I walk down to my Studio the scent of these flowers wafts up...mmmmmm...

My daffs have nearly finished flowering but they have been succeeded by my wonderful tulips. On the right is the bud of one of my tulips which over the course of a few days developed into the flower below.

How striking a colour is this!

And here is another colour of my Parrot Tulips. All these just came from a few packets of bulbs I planted into my pots last autumn.

The days have been a little chillier here than in March but the much welcomed April showers have certainly been working their magic in my garden.

I hope your gardens are beginning to explode into colour and if they are not quite yet do enjoy my photos ;0)

One other person who of course is enjoying the garden is....

...Our Billy. He loves to keep an eye on all that is going on in the garden. He is never far away when I am out there and also loves to find a sunny nest to sleep in on the warmer days. Today though he is sleeping indoors on his favourite green chair. He does not like rain at all.  Thank you for all your lovely comments about my son's gorgeous new puppy Bear in my last post. Bear is settling in well and is having his first set of injections this weekend. It will not be long until he will be able to go out for walks. My Hb has taken his last week of annual leave this week and has been up doing a few puppy duties. I shall post some new photos soon.

Back soon and for those of you in the UK...Keep Dry and Carry on Crafting ;0)

Bye for now,

Jane x