Monday, 6 April 2020

Creative Stamping Magazine, a double appearance in Issue #83

I am delighted to appear in two features in this month's Creative Stamping Magazine which is for sale now. I feel the best way to purchase this in these difficult times in on line.  Here are 2 links I can suggest (I am not sponsored by either in any way);  or here
 I have a 5 card commission as part of the magazine design team and I also appear in a feature showcasing for Visible Image stamps.  I was delighted to get my copy  in the post this week, it really is a bumper one and I admit it is always a thrill to see your own work in print, especially as a double appearance. It came at a good time too and cheered me up after such a tough week.

This is the front cover with my Moon Gazing Hare card waving out from the bottom right hand side.
and the delightful free stamps which come with this issue called Enchanted Woodland.
Below is the "official magazine" close up photo of my Moon Gazing Hare card.
I am only obviously only allowed to share the "official" photos here and on social media to comply with copyright restrictions. 
I can't share the rest of my makes here, you would need to buy a copy of the magazine 😀,but I thought I would share one of the "extra" makes I made for myself using the stamps. When I am designing I make several cards and designs and often have one or two that I don't use and are not sent in for publication. 

Below is one of them where I used the gorgeous free owl stamp and some of the branches together with the Happy Birthday stamp.
The background is distress oxides on specialty stamping paper and the circle insert is coloured using  Infusions. I stamped the owl onto card, coloured him in and then raised him up with foam fixers. I continued stamping the branches into the inner circle to add to the depth of the card. 
I would like to enter my owl card into the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets playground #375 I used a snippet of card to stamp my owl on before cutting him out. 
Allsorts 1/3 something old, something new.... my old is my circle die I used to make my aperture, the new is obviously my new stamps.
Cute card Thursday 2/3 anything goes
Love to craft 3/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
More mixed media 1/3 anything goes
Sweet stampin 1/3 things with wings
We love to create 1/3 anything mixed media
Penny Black and More 1/3 anything goes
Crafter's castle 1/3 anything goes

Before I close I would like to thank everyone for the kind, thoughtful comments they left on my last post about Bear. I had not realized that even from afar, through my blogging and his visits here,  how much he was loved. I also received some cards and wonderful emails thoughtful everyone is.  I am truly humbled and it shows how caring our creative world is.

Stay safe and thank you again.

Thanks for stopping by,

Back soon,

Bye for now.

Jane x

Friday, 3 April 2020

Being thankful, Mindful Moments 3

Another week has flown by and I am back with my third Mindful Moments post.  If you did not see my first and wonder what these are do check out my first post here.  Thank you to everyone who has been reading them. I can see from my stats that these are getting at least twice the usual traffic of my other posts, which has really inspired me to keep trying to get them written weekly if I can. I really hope you are finding them a moment to make you smile and stay mindful during these very turbulent times.

I know I said in my very first post that I will keep these posts positive but to those of you who are not aware I have to be truthful that there has been one very sad event in our family this week. I feel I have to share it with you. After seeming to improve in the last week, Bear, our son's gorgeous dog who was convalescing with us, had to be put to sleep on Tuesday. Unknown to anyone it turned out that there was a malignancy behind his leg issues. To say we are all devastated is an understatement but I am determined here today be be thankful for the life of this amazing dog who brought us so much joy.

I would like to share a couple of photos of this boy who lived life to the fullest.

Bear was born on 28th February 2012.
He came to live with my son as a very small pup with floppy ears...
and grew

and grew

into the most kindest, gentle giant you could ever meet.

Bear brought us all so much joy and we are so thankful that he came into my son's and our lives. Run free in the sunshine lovely boy.

Bear would never ever want us feeling sad, this dog was so upbeat and lived life to the fullest so I am going to continue my Mindful Moments post with  photos of things I have been so thankful for this week...

The daffodils in my garden pots are looking glorious

 and the hydrangea my son planted for me a few weeks ago is growing new leaves and shoots.
I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday and even though it was just with my husband and Billy our cat they still made it a lovely day for me. In the morning I had clear blues skies and sunshine to sit outside and drink my cappuccino in my "new" garden.
I had cards from all my family and friends and even a parcel which contained a gorgeous new pig, hand made my dear friend Vivienne.  Meet Penelope....
isn't she just gorgeous in her blue dress!

My husband baked me a lemon sponge birthday cake and I manged to speak to all my nearest and dearest that day.
 I'm sure you don't need to guess the wish I made.
 It was delicious and because there was only the 2 of us we had lots of cake to enjoy over 2 days.
We used our walk of the day to visit and feed my dino ducks and some lovely swans and fowl were there too.

In the evening we even opened the bottle of Prosecco we had saved for my little family party which would have been on Sunday.
We toasted the good health of our absent family and we know that this time next year for my "big" birthday" these times will have passed and we can celebrate BIG time!

My creative share has to be something which features a sweet critter . It is another of my bookmarks using Tracey Easson's gorgeous mice stamps which I have made for my family. I used a spay ink background with a little silver too. I added glossy accents to the moon.
I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Through the dark room door 3/3 anything goes
Love to craft 2/3 anything goes
Mix it up 3/3 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday 3/3 beauty of nature
Happy little stampers watercolour anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 anything goes
Love to craft 1/3 anything goes

So there has been a lot I have been thankful for this week.

I searched for an apt quote for today's post and
I think this is a good one,

Dogs die but dogs live too, right up to the day they die they live.
They live brave beautiful lives.
They protect their families and love us and make our lives a little brighter......
and they don't waste time being afraid of tomorrow.

Dan Gemenheit

I know that if Bear could speak that is exactly what he would have said. I will try not to be too sad and be so thankful that he came, he stayed for 8 wonderful years and he left very large paw prints of love on all our hearts.

Please keep safe, keep mindful, keep washing those hands and try to look around at everything you can still be thankful for.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

With love, Jane x

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Stamps and flight in April for the STAMPlorations theme and photo prompt challenge

This is my second post of today and yes it is still my birthday! Yes seriously, that is not an April fool. I am back with my design team post for STAMPlorations for the new April theme and photo prompt challenge. The theme is stamps and flight and the gorgeous photo prompt is below...mmmm tangy citrus! 

All the details of the challenge can be found here
You can choose to go with the nature theme, go with something from the photo; perhaps the colours or image..or as I always love to challenge myself to do...both! If it is not obvious please just let us know in your post. Please remember to add our challenge logo to your post if you would like to be in with a chance of winning!

I worked with the following awesome products and have added live links to them in my post. Remember if you use my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at the check out you can get an additional 20% off on top of any existing discounts! Shery ships internationally at very low cost too.

This is what I got up to using these gorgeous STAMP products.
Bubbles stencil
 Perched bird die
and a sentiment from Party time

Here is my finished card;
It would be great to see you joining in with the fun and perhaps you might even be one of the winners.  You can go with the theme, the sketch or both, the choice is yours. There are some fab prizes to be won; $15 gift certificate to the winner and $10 for the runner up, chosen by a DT member. There are also $5 gift certificates given to each of 3 randomly drawn players. Once again  this is the link here to the challenge with all the info you need. Good luck!

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

Through the dark room door 2/3 anything goes
Love to craft 1/3 anything goes
Mix it up 1/3 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday 2/3 beauty of nature
Happy little stampers watercolour anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today, especially to my blogging friends who have been back twice in a day! I am off to continue with my birthday celebrations of ....................staying indoors and protecting our NHS....the most important thing we can do right now.

Stay safe, stay indoors and stay creative.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x