Sunday, 20 September 2020

Last days of summer 2020

Well here we are in the final days of summer 2020. Night draws in earlier every day as autumn beckons. There is a definite nip in the air but for the last week or so we have been blessed with some gorgeous sunshine and blue skies day. My Hb and I had a couple of days out during our recent "Staycation", not quite like being in Rhodes but we really did enjoy some great visits and beautiful countryside. We visited Hever Castle, Wisely RHS gardens and Polesdon Lacey and I thought I would share some photos from these visits here on my blog. I have shared some photos already on Instagram, you can follow my journey there via this link. 

First up is our day out at Hever Castle in Kent where there was also the bonus of a craft fair being held in the grounds. Everything was very well managed and socially distanced. There was a one way system and it was good to have space to see everything without the usual pushing crowds you would have had in pre Covid19 times. We were also lucky to be able to upgrade our gardens only tickets to seeing inside the castle, which is an absolute historical gem.

 Hever was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and also where Henry V111 visited her as he tried to woo her. Some of their love letters are on display as is the final letter she wrote to him as she awaited her execution. Henry certainly did have some extremes of emotions! It's a genuine moated castle complete with drawbridge. 

The castle was built in the 13th century by the Boleyn family. It was saved from ruin by Viscount Astor in the early 1900s. He was the richest man in America and came looking for a new life and home in England.  His fortune was $100 million in the late 1898...quite astonishing. The house, grounds and a "Tudor village" were created and refurbished by a huge workforce into a cozy family home. Photographs were allowed inside but with no flash so apologies for some, which are a little blurry. 

                                       Some  historical elements were retained by Astor.

   In the grounds Astor also recreated an Italian garden complete with authentic Roman marble and even a lake, hand dug out by the extensive work force. 

We really enjoyed our lovely day out and catching with some English history. 

My make today was inspired by our Staycation and the new deliver of the awesome new distress colour Crackling campfire which the postie recently delivered. 

As I did with Speckled egg I challenge myself to made 3 tags using all the products in the range; ie inks, sprays, glaze and paint. Here is my first;

I used all Tim Holtz products including the stamps and stencil.

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

Pixie's snippets playground  #387 I have used lots of snippets of paper to make my field notes tags as well as the dimensional leaf. 
Stamping sensations 1/3 the great outdoors
The Funkie junkie boutique blog staying in the background I used Tim's leaf mini stencil and distress stain spray plus labels made with his field notes set to make my background

I will be sharing my other 2 tags over the coming week or so.
We really did have a great day out. I will share our Wisley trip soon.

Take care,

Stay safe,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 September 2020

Visible Image Christmas stamps and stencils release 2020

Good morning it's time for my fortnightly design team post for Visible Image. Today I am delighted to be blogging my first sample using their new Christmas stamps and stencils which are on pre order now on their website for worldwide release this Friday, 18 September. You can check out all the fabulous newbies here This is a perfect range to complement their existing Christmas stamps and they are so affordable at just £5.99 each

For my first make I decided to make a mixed media card. I used;
   the sentiment from the 
and the tiny stars from 
This is what I got up to;
I made an inky background by pressing these distress inks onto my craft mat, adding some spritzes of water and then dipping in my card, drying between layers.
I applied crackle texture paste through the stencil and left to dry. You will see the crackle in the final photos, the photo below is when it is wet. When the crackle was dry I painted it with gold metallic paint which again you can see in the final photos. 
I stamped the star onto gold card in black Versafine and clear embossed. I then cut out the centre of the star stamp.
I stamped and embossed the star a second time onto the inky background below the stenciled sentiment  and then stuck on the cut out gold star using foam tape to raise it slightly.  Using gold ink I repeat stamped the tiny starts from the O Christmas tree set. 
I then matted it up using blue and black card onto a 7"  square white card blank. Here is my finished card;
with some close ups

and one final shot.
These gorgeous new Christmas stamps and stencils lend themselves to any card making style from mixed media to clean and simple. 

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 more samples and ideas. 

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.

There is going to be a Facebook Live sharing all our DT samples later this week, do check out the time/date on the Visible Image Facebook page. You will be able to see all the sparkle and shine which it is so difficult to show using photos! 

Thanks for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 11 September 2020

September moments

Good morning, it's time for my 2nd design team project for our "Contrasting (or complementary) colours" challenge over at Country View Crafts. All the details can be found here. For my first project I made a card using the purple-yellow contrasting colour pair. If you missed that post you can find it here. My card was a very in your face one and this time I went with the contrasting colour pair of blue-orange. This time however I made a much more gentle blend of the colours as it suited the mood of the stamps I used. The inks I used are distress oxides, salty ocean and wild honey 
I blended them in this way.
Then I placed the Visible Image Lava on top and using a piece of damp kitchen roll took some of the colour out. 
 I used stamps by Visible Images, Live in the moment and Ripples. 
I stamped the dragonflies in black versafine , clear embossed them and added a little glitter to their wings (which you can see in the final photo). 
Here is my finished card
with a close up showing the little hint of glitter in the wings.
I hope I may have inspired you to join in with our September "contrasting colours" 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 September  challenge can be found here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x