Thursday, 19 September 2019

Still warm enough for swimming in the sea

Good morning it is time for my 2nd DT project for Country View Challenges for our current "Under the sea" challenge. I thought it would also be a good opportunity to share the first of my photos from our recent week in Rhodes where where we spend days on the beach in glorious sunshine.
Our balcony looked out the sea and we had just a minute's stroll down the steps to the sandy beach.
and the crystal clear sea.

I love the play of the light during the day, this is late afternoon
 and even at night it is just as beautiful as the sun sets.
I love swimming in the sea and walking the beach, always on the look out for mermaid of course! Now sadly I didn't spot any but I thought it would be a great idea to try to recreate what that might look like with by making a mermaid card.

First I added some distress inks, Fossilized amber, Lucky clover, Tea dye and Mermaid lagoon ( of course!) to watercolour paper. 
Then I used the waves stamp in the set and randomly stamped it across my card, just like the waves on the beach.
 I then stamped using the bubbles stamp. 
I stamped, coloured and cut out my mermaid and 3 of her dolphin friends (you get all these in this gorgeous  stamp set). 
I also stamped some of the shells and the star fish too. The little crab in the set I stamped directly, isn't he cute!
 I also used some die cuts including Tim Holtz' old ornate frame and put my card together.
A few close up photos. You can see I added glossy accents to some of the bubbles.

There is also a really wonderful sentiment in the set....
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets playground #361
A gem of a challenge 2/2 anything goes
Allsorts 2/3 anything goes +/- a twist
Take it make it craft stamper 2/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps 2/3 for a lady/girl
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes
Papercraft challenges 1/3 no designer paper

I hope I might have inspired you to take up our Under the sea challenge for September and join us. There are still 10 days left.

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 is absolutely FREE! All the details for the September challenge can be found here.

The weather here is still glorious and we spent an awesome day on the beach on Sunday at the south coast with our babies. It looks like it is getting even hotter over the next few days..bliss.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 16 September 2019

Time to start a new chapter

Good morning, what a change in the weather for me, last Wednesday I was basking in 33c in Rhodes and although the weather over the weekend was lovely it is a real temperature shock!

 It is time for my now, once a fortnight, Monday Make for Visible Image. We were recently joined by some lovely new designers who had guest designed so well during  the summer that Helen invited them to join the team. It is really lovely to have them and their wonderful talent on board Team Awesome. This means that we have a 2 weekly rota so that everyone can share their projects. I will now bring you my new design team makes every other Monday.

For my make today I decided to use sentiments and the typewriter from the One kind word
and some sentiments from Have I told you sets
together with the iconic 
I made a rainbow background using distress inks and masking tape.
I stamped and embossed half the face and the large sentiment from One kind word.
I stamped the letters flourish using worn lipstick distress ink.
I then coloured in the eye and lips with glitter pens.
I stamped, embossed and fussy cut out the typewriter and one set of words which I pushed up to give some dimension on a piece of craft foam.
Here is my finished card.
Some close ups;

and one final shot

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

A gem of a challenge 1/2 anything goes
Allsorts 1/3 anything goes +/- a twist
Take it make it craft stamper 1/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps 1/3 for a lady/girl
Simon says stamp Monday stamp it
Through the craft room door 2/3 anything goes

I think this is a most apt card for today; the start of a fabulous new Visible Image chapter. I absolutely love being a part of this awesome team. For me personally I also have some other, secret for now, crafting adventures I am foraying into. I can't share anything yet..but watch this space. I really am living the crafting dream.

Thank you all so much for stopping by, for your lovely comments you take the time to leave and for following and supporting me. It is time to start my new crafting chapter and adventures!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Back from the sunshine

Good morning last night we returned from our beloved Rhodes having spend a glorious week away.
We love to alternate beach days with exploring days. This was my view on our last day...
Yes the sea really was that colour..no filters at all...
and this clear.
We had an idyllic week away and I will share a couple of posts soon.

The average temperature daytime in Rhodes was 33c and we have come back to 18c at home.  Brrr a bit of a shock but then autumn is only 8 days away and the sun is shining this morning.

Today's card is something sunny...to remind me of our holiday. All the stamps I used on my distress ink background are by Visible image; the seahorse is from Create you own calm, the sentiment is from Believe in unicorns and the "mermaid" from Tomorrow doesn't exist(yes I know I have used the jumping Katie stamp but I like to use her in this way sometimes!)
with a close up
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Sweet stampin anything nautical
Addicted to stamps and more holiday
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday stamp it
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes
Simon says work it Wednesday 1/3 celebrate

Thanks so much for stopping by and also for the kind comments you leave me here.  I know how busy life gets and I so appreciate them.

Back soon, I'm off to bring Billy home from his holiday with my Mum and Dad.

Bye for now,

Jane x