Monday 1 August 2016

Hot summer days in my garden and my giveaway

Happy August everyone and I am thrilled to be hosting the challenge over at Country View today. It's a first for me and I decided to chose the theme, " Hot summer days". I love the summer and I think that this theme is pretty open and can be interpreted in so many ways. Think gardens, bees, ice cream, get the idea! You can find the link for your projects here
To me "hot summer days" screams my garden to me. I love the long hot days and evenings we can spend out there. My pots and my hanging baskets are looking their best and showing off their bold colours.

I decided for my 2 inspiration pieces this month to show 2 ways of using the same stamp...both with a hot summer theme.
Both cards are made with these 4 distress inks, even their names scream summer don't they?
 and the same gorgeous Wendy Vecchi stamp, spring bouquet.
I stamped and embossed the image in white embossing powder.
This is my first version I am sharing today. I added the inks to my craft sheet added some water and then got dipping and drying.
Once I was happy I added a little more of the same inks with a blending foam and distressed the edges.
  I stamped my Visible Image butterfly onto a piece of mop up card and cut it out.
Here is my finished card, complete with a few finishing touches...ribbon and a stamped and embossed sentiment.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Simon Says stamp 2/5 Wednesday anything goes
anything but cute summertime fun
                                                           Crafty cardmakers 2/3 summer
Fancy and fussy 2/3  a walk in the garden 
Crafty friends 2/3  favourite embellishment mine is ribbon
C.R.A.F.T summer
We love to create 1/2 anything goes mixed media#16
The artistic stamper 1/3  anything goes

I am back with my 2nd inspirational DT piece on Wednesday. I have used the same stamp but made a very CAS pop back then if you would like to see it.
I really hope you will join in with the challenge this month and I look forward to visiting all your blogs as I get to choose the Top 3 and the DT special mention!!

Remember that my 6th bloggerversary candy is running at the moment. The prize is 3 pieces of my handmade jewellery.
It is open worldwide to everyone. I never have any rules with my's my way of thanking everyone who stops by and reads Jane's journal. However by being a follower and sharing my photo you can get 2 extra entries into the draw. Just click on the link here or the photo on my side bar to leave a comment and good luck.

Thanks for visiting and for the kind comments you take the time to leave.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Good luck with your first challenge. I'm sure this theme will be a big success Jane. Your card is so gorgeous and certainly reminiscent of hot summer days.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Gorgeous card Jane, its the colours of a fruit salad, so summery!! :)
    We have sunshine here this morning, good to see it back, hope it stays, I'll not hold my breath though.
    Happy Monday my friend,
    V x

  3. This is so vibrant and summery, love that background and of course your finished card is a masterpiece!

  4. Great card Jane, it fizzes, it's so hot. Fab techniques! X

  5. WOW Jane so easy you make it seem and such beautiful colorful and cheerful creations...makes me happy just to look at them
    Dr Sonia

  6. Great summer colours Jane for your August theme! Thanks for the fantastic challenge theme!

  7. Lovely design Jane and fabulous work with the DI's! Nikki x

  8. Gorgeous card Jane and super hot looking colours.
    Julie x

  9. This is a beautiful card Jane and such a clever way to showcase your hot summer theme!!! The step by step information is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Fussy and Fancy!!!
    Crafty Cuddles Jay xx

  10. Wow you have used some really Hot summer colours for your background, love this card. Thank you for entering it into our Fussy and Fancy Challenge and good luck xx Annie

  11. Fabulous summery colours Jane !
    Corrie x

  12. Love these hot summer colours and the technique, great card Jane and great choice of theme!

  13. I love the contrast of the white embossed flowers and the black on the butterfly and then the background is so beautifully vibrant! A summer delight! Thanks so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

  14. oh such wonderful inspiration and such a great theme Jane - love it - must add your candy to my sidebar - off to do that now xx

  15. What a gorgeous, colorful card, I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Friends!
    Tammy x

  16. love your card. and I always enjoy the pics of your garden. I follow your blog through netvibes. I don't like bloglovin. thanks as always for sharing.

  17. Wow, those flowers in your garden are so delicious! Love the colours you used, so true about the names too! The stamp is lovely and the butterfly is so elegant. What a stunning Anniversary card! hugs :)

  18. Gorgeous card, Jane. Love the watercolour background you did with your distress inks.
    Thanks for sharing your card with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

  19. Wow, Jane, what gorgeous cards! I love the hot summery colours on your backgrounds! Thanks for joining in again at CRAFT Challenge.

    love Mags B DT x

  20. Your card is wonderful Jane, I love white embossing, and this is one of my favourite colour combinations xx

  21. I love your chosen theme for the challenge, Jane! Your card is beautiful, so pretty colors. I´m looking forward to the second one!
    xxx Evelyn

  22. A gorgeous display of inkiness, Jane!

  23. Gorgeous colourful card, love your background
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  24. Love the technique you used to create this beautiful card. Colors are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your design in our Summer Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
    :) Pam

  25. Lovely make on your project, thank you for sharing with the DT from We Love To Create hun hugs Terry xxx

  26. Hi Jane, love this card, full of the heat of summer xx

  27. Such a gorgeous art journal summery page, Jane! I love your wonderfully blended vibrant colors! Thank you so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT x

  28. Beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

  29. What a gorgeous card, Jane, those colors just scream summer! Perfect!
    And thank you for that wonderful giveaway again, I have been so very lucky before... Your pieces will be so loved by the winner.

    Sending you sunshine (just in case)!


  30. Beautiful card Jane.
    sandy xx

  31. Wow the colours are amazing a great Summer creation. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  32. Wow, what a fantastic card, vibrant colours (love the choice of colours) and the white embossing looks fabulous on it. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers for our 'Summer' challenge.

  33. A Gorgeous entry to our Creative Challenge at THe Artistic Stamper . Thank you xx


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