Monday, 6 July 2020

Daisy Daisy

      No it's not me calling out to my sweet granddaughter Daisy Jane, it's the name of 1 of the 9 awesome new stencils being released by Visible. I shared a sneak peek of this out in social media land and today I care finally reveal my make in full. Sharing the same name as my Daisy I just had to use it for my first make.
Meet the stencil Daisy Daisy
How gorgeous is that!
I wanted to create something very light and summery so I got out my distress sprays and had a play on watercolour card.
 I love that you can use the spray ink left behind to print with too (these are the images on the white

I decided to use stamps from
Summer wings to make a very summery canvas.
I stamped lots on inky mop up card and then added some more inks as needed.
I also stamped and cut the words into "banners"
I used this stenciled image.
I stamped my butterflies in place
and then decoupaged the wings adding glossy accents to their centres and to the the centre of the daisy stencil. Here is the finished canvas.
with some close ups

and one last shot
This is such a pretty stencil and would work in so many different colourways and with so many different stamps. A real "must have" for any crafter.

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

Simon says stamp Wednesday bright and cheerful
Crafty sentiments 3/3 anything goes
Crafty cardmakers 3/3 make your own background
Fab n funky 2/3 sunshine colours
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Creative Inspirations 2/3 in the garden

The new stencil release is available to order on pre release now here on the Visible Image website here. It is released on 17 July. There are 8 more in the release, do check out social media and the Facebook page where there are lots of samples being shared.

All the Visible Image links are listed below

Visible Image group page on Facebook. Our friendly Group is here 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 world wide. Do check out the Facebook LIVES and videos where you will be able to see lots of the samples we have been making with the new release in the flesh!

Their Instagram page can be found here

Pinterest here

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

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Keeping happy with Country View crafts

Hello I am back with my 2nd inspiration post for Country View challenges. For July the theme is "Do more of what you makes you happy". This is a pretty open theme and this could be a technique you enjoy, stamp brands you love, colours etc. Just let us know what you love to do when creating. The details and my teamies projects for more inspiration can be found here.

I am never happier than when I am making cards. Even though Dotty's teahouse is still closed I am still making them so that I will have lots of stock for when she is finally able to open again.
One of the rooms in the teahouse is Alice in wonderland themed and cards I make using this theme are always very popular. They certainly seem to make customers' happy!
Their Alice themed afternoon teas were legendary, let's hope they can get back soon.
So for today's post I am sharing a rather unusually coloured Cheshire cat to put a smile on everyone's face.
I worked with these 4 Visible Image stamp sets;
The Cheshire cat
The caterpillar
 and the sentiment from Dare to be different which Susan does not have in stock but can easily order for you.
This is what I got up to; I sprayed some green and a touch of gold inks onto mixed media card.
 I coloured my Cheshire cat very differently with watercolour pens and also coloured the mushroom from the The caterpillar set to co ordinate.
I stamped the treeline and branches from  Into the woods using Versafine Clair inks
 and then red embossed the sentiment from Dare to be different.
 I also added glossy accents to the eyes for extra shine.
 Here he is finished
with a close up

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

Creative fingers 3/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday bright and cheerful
Crafty sentiments 2/3 anything goes
Crafty cardmakers 2/3 make your own background
Fab n funky 1/3 sunshine colours
A bit more time to craft anything goes
Creative Inspirations 1/3 in the garden

I hope I may have inspired you to join in with our July "do more of what makes you happy" challenge. You can use any stamps/products, the choice is yours. 
You can enter our 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 from CVC is free on all orders over £7.50! Once again all the details for the July challenge can be found here;

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon

Bye for now

Jane x

Friday, 3 July 2020

A tag and a box of love

During lock down I have had much more time to play creatively just for me. I genuinely love all my designing and making cards for Dotty's and have no complaints at all but I rarely have time to make for me. Lock down changed all this and over the last 16 weeks I watched the inky genius that is Tim Holtz sharing his creativity on his Facebook lives on a Saturday evening. His most recent lives were on alcohol inks, a medium I love playing with and having found that I had run out of Yupo I reached for some cheap foil card in my stash as I knew that I could also use it for a make.
I used gold and silver and made 3 backgrounds for tags. Today I will share the first which I made with gold foiled card stock, nothing special at all, cheap as chips! 
I got out my botanical 3D embossing folder and die cut  and embossed a tag.
I altered it with some green, red and pink alcohol inks but left the gold background as it was as I loved it.

I wanted to make a special tag with this and when I looked at it it screamed Victoriana to me.
I thought about using one of Tim's paper dolls on it but I wanted something even older and more relevant to me and I remembered that I have some lovely old family photos which I had turned into my own "found relatives" embellishments some years back. I scanned my photos, resized them and printed them on glossy photo card.
Meet Florence Emma Alice Didman, born in 1882 in London. I have put my watermark over her as I don't want this complete photo to be copied on the internet. 
She is my great grandmother. I never knew Florence but her daughter, my darling Nan who lived until 1989, did talk about her to me and even wrote down a short family history on a scrap of paper I still have. Florence married John Walter Jones on 25th December 1902 (yes weddings on Christmas day in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite common occasions). My Nan, who was also called Florence but always known by her 2nd name of Lilian, was born 29th November 1905. Sadly her mother died in her late 20s or early 30s and her husband also 6 months later. My Nan said that it was of a broken heart, how true that is we really don't know, but her parents were very much in love. My Nan and her brother were then brought up by their grandmother Alice. 

When I was around 16 my Nan handed me a little heart box
 When I opened it up I found these tiny ruby and gold earrings.
And written around the edge are the words
"My Mother's, written by my Nan as a child.  They were the only possession she still had of her mother's, Florence Didman, my great grandmother who is in the photo. I really treasure them and used them as a prop for my finished tag. 
Here it is;
I also die cut Tim's Wildflowers 2 in gold card and used alcohol inks on those too. I loved the tarnished effect they gave, 
 I used 2 of my field notes ephemera flowers which I added some distress glazes to, washi tape and also one of my ancient adage "Love" tickets
and one last shot.
I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

Sweet stampin 3/3 create your own background
Creative fingers 3/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday bright and cheerful
Crafty sentiments 2/3 anything goes
Cuttlebug mania 2/3 anything goes my flower dies are Tim Holtz thinlits Wildflowers 2 
Crafty cardmakers 2/3 make your own background
Love to craft 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and meeting my great grandmother. I will also show this to my darling granddaughter Daisy. When I am finally able to have Daisy come to stay again I will also show her the earrings (which will one day be passed down to her) and tell her all about her great, great, great grandmother and great great grandmother who were both called Florence and both very much loved.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x