Saturday, 7 September 2013

Purple Pimm's and some exciting news

Regular readers of Jane's Journal know that I am rather partial in the summer to a glass of Pimm's at the weekend in the sunshine. A few posts ago here I showed you that I managed to find a bottle of the Limited Edition Blackberry and Elderberry Pimm's which is delicious (although No 1 cup is still my favourite) When I first made up the drink it was too early in the season for blackberries so I used strawberries.

Now that we are in September the blackberries are ripening and I have some which grow behind my garden fence. Last weekend I walked round there to see if any were ripened and found these beauties.

I only needed a few so I just picked enough for one portion.
and yes I did munch a few walking back...mmm they are so sweet this year, it must be all the lovely sunshine we have had.
My Hb made up the  Blackcurrant and Elderflower Pimm's which is 2 parts lemonade to 1 part Pimm's. I added ice and my blackberries and my delicious drink was ready.

Isn't it a most glorious shade of purple.
It really does taste even better with the blackberries in you....cheers!

Now raising my glass also leads me onto my rather exciting news which I would like to share with you. I recently made a very sweet Kewpie card which went down very well in blogland. The images are from Nicecrane Designs, owned by Ignacio. I used the little girl sitting with a single Kewpie and you can see that card here

He recently made me a very kind offer to join his Design Team. Now I am very flattered to have been offered several Design Team (DT) posts over the last few months but sadly have always declined them, as due to my work I just cannot commit to their requirements. I have enjoyed being a Guest Designer (GD) for several card challenges in the past, as they tend to require at the very most, 4 cards to be make and sometimes just a single card. I love all the Nicecrane designs and would love to have worked with them but I wrote back saying that I just cannot commit to regular/weekly DT work. I added that I am always interested in occasional Guest Design work. Well the fantastic news is that I have joined the DT at Nicecrane as a DT Guest Designer! I am thrilled as that means that when I can make some cards I will but there is no pressure on me on a weekly basis.
Thanks so much Ignacio, this really is the perfect solution for me :0). If you have not see the huge amazing selection of designs that Nicecrane sells do pop over via this link There is also a great blog which has some gorgeous inspiration cards made by the talented DT team. Here is the link for the blog


So of course my card today is going to be my first as a GD for Nicecrane and it features another image from the gorgeous Kewpie get all 5 images in the download and they are a dream to colour. I was inspired by the purple of my Pimms to make this birthday card.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and highlighted with my Prismacolor pencils. I have added some tags, vintage tags and a grunge sentiment  which are Lili of the Valley. I have coloured them with Distress Inks.
Just look at these cutie Kewpies in close up. You will notice that I made my pastel sky again with my cloud template and blue pastel chalk.
I have added glitter to their sweet little wings for a little bling.

I would like to enter my card into the following Card Challenges;

Crafts-Too Challenge you Texture, first twist; your style I am a girl who loves to experiment with lots of different styles but I think my card shows all the things I love...lots of layers,textures, die cuts, ribbon, charms etc. I do occasionally make CAS cards but really I am an all singing and dancing card making and I love to add lots to my cards.
Die cuts Divas Celebrate
A and T Emerald Fairies Magical creatures
Designed to color anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Loves rubberstamps anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes
Creative Card Crew Things with wings
Crafty Little Fairies  Cute and cuddly critters
Country View Crafts Layers
As you like it favourite flower and why  My favourite flower I have used on my card is the rose. I adore roses and for special cards I like to use lots of mulberry paper roses.
Rhedd and Rosie For a lady
Make it Monday linky party #156

The forecast was correct and yesterday certainly was 10c cooler than Thursday. The rain was very welcome and we seem to have a mixture of sunshine and showers for the weekend. Enjoy your weekend and I hope you can find a little time for some crafting.

Take care,

Back soon, bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congratulations Jane, what an exciting venture for you! You're such a brilliant card designer that it's no surprise really that you have been snapped up!
    I love the colours in your card today you have definitely captured the blackberry shades.
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  2. beautiful card with that wonderful image, and wow never thought to make a pims with my brambles - ooooooooooo of to pick, however will not photograph as mine don't look as nice on the bush as yours lol
    Kate x

  3. Congratulations! And thank you for entering this pretty card in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck! Wendy DT xx

  4. Pimms and Kewpies, sounds like a great combination to me. Firstly congrats on your guest designer position, you will be fab for the team and this card is a beautiful start. I am looking forward to seeing more.
    Secondly thanks for the email and sorry about the photos. Deadlines caught up with me this week so I just didn't get round to answering, but looking forward to seeing you again hopefully soon.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  5. Fabulous card! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at MIM!
    Rene :D

  6. Congrats Jane!
    Your drink sounds so delicious and sipped al fresco nonetheless...divine!
    Divine is your sweet card also! Fabulous attention to details once again!

    Thank You~

  7. Hello Jane. I come to you by way of Teresa Kasner's blog. I simply adore the Kewpies. I have a collection of about 10-12 packed away (the little dust catchers!). Your cards are so sweet and congrats to you for your good fortune to be selected to the design team. I am sure you will be an asset to the group. Above all, you will get to do something you love, and when we get to do that it isn't like work at all...just more fun. Take care, your newest follower,
    Susanne :)

  8. MMMmmmmm... It all looks so luscious and the card's cute too!

  9. Woww,woww,wowwwww Jane,,,,so adorable card, love your coloring, these kewpìes are so cute, so funny to color,,,and what about the stunning,wowww and the funny hearts,,,,,,,,,,,love this card my friend and all over wellcome to the deserve it ,I am sure.

  10. OMGosh I LOVE these kewpies and you are a great GDT member because as soon as I saw them, I had to run over and buy a couple sets! lol. Love the sweet image and how you used it. Looking forward to seeing what else you make for them. Congrat's on GDT! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  11. They are the cutest liitle things aren't they Jane..gorgeous image and colouring,love the flowers and colours...very pretty.

    Thanks for joining in with us at "Crafty Little Fairies..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. Hooray, Jane,

    Congratulations for starting as Guest Designer! That's simply fantastic, and I can't wait to see your creations to come. And wow, that b-day card is so cute, and those colors... So pretty.

    Enjoy your weekend (with some more that delicious looking Pimm's perhaps?),and many greetings from here!


  13. What a fun post today, Jane! The Pimms and the fresh blackberries.. and those cupie cards! I have a couple of vintage cupie dolls and just love them! I'll have to photograph one of mine and show you - she's wearing a dress and panties all crocheted in tiny pink thread! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  14. What a great card, such an adorable image, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  15. Congrats, Jane! I love the card you've made. It's so gorgeous.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!

    ~ Crystal (DT)

  16. What a gorgeous card you have made here. It fits our challenge this week well of “anything goes”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

  17. What great colors together. So much detail.

    Glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  18. A very cute card, a fun image too! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  19. Love the purple Pimms, Jane.....delicious, and perfect for an autumn day! Your sweet card matches the purple theme so well, it is very pretty. Well done on being in demand as a guest designer, I am not surprised at all. It's great that you can arrange the best way for you to fit it into your life too without becoming a pressure.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Helen x

  20. Fabulous card and image Jane. Visited from MIM for a look..Loz

  21. Aw this is so sweet, it just makes me smile! Thanks for joining us at DTC!

  22. This is such a sweet card and your image is so cute!
    Your Pimms looks delicious too!

    Thank you for joining the challenge with the Creative Card Crew!


  23. What an adorable image. Love the coloring and the way you attached the ribbon. So awesome. Thank you for playing along with us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week. Join us again real soon:)
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  24. OHHHH Pimm's o'Clock! with yummi blackberries! what a Great Idea! I to have blackberries now just need some Pimm's!

    Lovely card and great choice of your fav flowers too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  25. Ooh, those blackberries look delicious Jane (especially with the addition of the Pimm's!)and you have captured the colours perfectly in your new card design. Congratulations on becoming a guest designer for well deserved!It's fantastic too that your can design when you have the time which means you will enjoy it so much. Must say too that I love the Kewpie designs...a new favourite for me...I had one of those little dolls when I was small but sadly I don't know what happened to her....I'd love to have her now. They're so distinctive, aren't they?
    Happy Tuesday!
    Susan x

  26. THe berries and Pimm's look delicious, Jane.
    Many congrats on being a guest designer. Very lovely design and colors in your card.....those kewpies keep getting cuter!

    Bon voyage.....
    Anne and all
    PlumCreek Studio

  27. what a fab idea with the blackberries.. might have to try that...fabulous card too!

    thank you for joining us at Crafty Little Fairies this time, good luck!!
    Hugs x

  28. Lovely card, thank you for joining in the challenge at Crafty Ribbons, Kate x
    p.s. would love a glass of your Pimms !

  29. Congrats on your guest spot. Great card and love your glass of Pimms. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

  30. Congratulations on your Guest DT spot. What a great solution for you. I really enjoyed your blog post & your card is stunning. Thank you for playing along with us at Die Cut Divas.

  31. Wow, the blackberries look lovely. Gorgeous colour.
    Fab card too, I love roses (for real and on cards!)
    Thank you so much for joining in with our ‘Favourite Trees or Flowers’ challenge at the As You Like It Challenge.
    Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    As You Like It Challenge,
    ABC Christmas Challenge,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    The Stamp Basket, and
    Stamp Fairy.

  32. Such a pretty card, fab! Thank you for adding your inspiration to our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

  33. Back again Jane... A fab example of using different textures in this very pretty card. Thanks for sharing your twist on our challenge this month over at C2CU (Crafts-Too Challenge You). Chris xxx

  34. Gorgeous card Jane! I love your image and the coloring is fabulous! I love all the flowers and other embellishments. Great card! I saw this on MIM.

    I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog also.

    Please join me for a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria


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