Monday, 23 October 2017

An inky Christmas tree

Good morning it's Monday and time for my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration. I hope you already have the date in the diary for our Christmas show on Create and Craft tomorrow?
If not here are the details
There are lots of  samples made by my teamies and myself  on the show and I will be waving to mine. 
I have already shared these 2 cards 
There are another 2 I have made and I will share the first of them today. For today's card I wanted a very CAS (clean and simple) look and also to keep to 1 layer as this also makes postage for cards so much cheaper.

I used the awesome Peace, hope and love set
I decided to make some Christmas baubles hanging from a Christmas tree so I needed to make myself some pine branches. After a bit of a brain storm I decided to use the seaweed stamp from the Dare to swim set

I used it upside down with different shade of distress ink.

 By repeat stamping and careful overlapping I began to create my Christmas tree branches. 

I also red embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Go to Christmas word stamp set
I then created some "baubles" by gold embossing the grungy circle and also used the little accent stamps inside. I love the little accent stamps in the Peace, hope and love set..so cute!

Here is my finished Christmas card, which has a golden glow from the embossing and matting card.
 I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 2/3 anything goes #257
Christmas at sweet stampin 2/3 anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 snowflakes

I hope you can join Mark at 7pm on Create and Craft tomorrow evening...I will be watching live from my sofa and waving to my Christmas cards. He has some great demos planned too.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Knowle

It was windy yesterday but the promised storms luckily seem to have passed us by here in the south and I am pleased to still be able to craft outside. The temperatures has dropped a little but no frost as yet. I have not had a chance to share a full post of my recent lovely visit to Knowle with my parents so I thought I would share some photos today. This gorgeous house is now owned by the National Trust but part of it is still lived in by the owners the Sackville-West family.

It is nestled away in Sevenoaks, Kent and is approached through the deer park where Henry V111 once hunted. We didn't spot any on our visit but they were out there somewhere. 

We did spot a few on the walls though 😁
 No photography is allowed in the house but I climbed to the top of the gate house 
via this very narrow circular staircase
 I emerged from the top 
and was rewarded with these stunning views.



If you are ever in that part of Kent this gorgeous house should be on your bucket list. It is well worth a visit and the lunches there are really good too.

I had some playtime in the week and I am pleased to report that my 4th card for the Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas challenge is now under my belt.

If you would like to play along you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.

You can also combine it with any other challenges...so that is just what I did.

Linda's inspiration tag for week 4 is here. I liked her black silhouettes and the holly in the background. She also used the vintage carol sheet which I have used on my Christmas cards for years. I took these elements for the inspiration for my own make.

I  made a neutral inky background

 and then stencilled on holly leaves with my Tim stencil.

 I used black die cuts for my silhouettes. My Knowle visit also inspired me to use some deer die cuts again and I included Tim's holly leaves.

Here is my finished card
and a close up

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #4
Creative Moments 3/3 anything goes
ABC Christmas 2/3 U for unlimited ie anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 1/3 anything goes #257
Christmas at sweet stampin 1/3 anything goes

The sun is out here so we plan some outside jobs here. Thanks for stopping by. I am back in the morning with my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 20 October 2017

Coffee time

As you know I am huge tea drinker and nothing pleases me more than a fresh cuppa. My handmade cards are sold in Dotty's Teahouse in  Carshalton, being a vintage Tea Room pleases me immensely and I love visiting there and taking tea.

 Dotty's obviously serves coffee too and I snapped the owner Rebecca there recently making a cup for a customer.

Today is my mid month inspiration for STAMPlorations and I thought I would make another coffee themed card for Dotty's. If you missed the first one I made here is that post.

The October theme for our challenge is stamps plus 2 colours 
and all the details are  here
If you want to you can use this lovely sketch but it is not compulsory you could just got with 2 colours 
I used the brilliant Coffee for all seasons stamp set. There are 4 different stamps, one for each season plus 2 fun quotes. I worked with the sketch and 2 colours; brown and gold.
This time I used all four stamps which I stamped in sepia on Kraft card and clear embossed
 I then painted accents with metallic gold watercolours

I cut 2 flags of  gold inky mop up card and added gold gems. I then doodled a border in brown and gold pens around the stamps and added the sentiment.

I would like to link up to the following challenges;

Noor UK fall colours
Sparkles monthly 2/3 autumn colours
Creative Moments 2/3 anything goes
The Ribbon Girl 2/3  use an image

Thanks for stopping by today...perhaps you might be planning a coffee catch up with someone? If you like this great coffee stamp set you can get an amazing 20% off  this (and anything else on the website) just by typing STAMPGIRLJANE in at the checkout. You will find it  here Enjoy 😊

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Bear hunt in the woods

As promised our lovely weather continued at the weekend and on Sunday it was so mild that we took our son's dog Bear out for a walk in our local woods.
There were just the odd shafts of sunlight through the canopy.

I also had time to make my next Calendar page for my art journal and took my inspiration from our Bear hunt. For this month the lines from the poem by Sara Coleridge are

Brown October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant

I loved seeing the sweet chestnuts and acorns hidden on the floor of the woods among the leaves.


Out came all my brown distress inks
I blended some colour on my card and then added more with my VI fibres stencil
I then added some stamping with distress inks as I wanted this to eventually blend into the background like the nuts on the floor of the woods.

I then added my bird from the VI Leave your fears set.
Again I used distress inks
Once I was happy with the background I gently sprayed vintage photo and tarnished brass over the whole piece to blend this all into the background. I wanted the birds to represent pheasants emerging from their cover. I also used some tree, leaf and bird die cuts.

Here is my finished art journal page
and a couple of close ups


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

The Craft Barn calendar challenge October (I have just realised that I used the word brown rather than fresh....I must have found a slightly different version on the Internet! I hope I can be forgiven!)
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October
A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
Noor UK fall colours
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media  I used distress inks, sprays and crackle glaze on 2 of my leaves in the corner
Sparkles monthly 1/3 autumn colours
Dies R Us 1/3 leaves
Creative Moments 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the week. I will be back on Friday with my mid month inspiration for STAMPlorations.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 16 October 2017

More warm autumn sunshine

Good morning, it's another marvellous Monday morning and I am back with my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration. We are still enjoying a glorious autumn full of sunshine and rich deep colours all around.
The leaves on the trees are stunning

I am sharing a tag today which gives a nod toward Halloween but still embraces the rich colours surrounding us.
I wanted to use one of the older Visible Image stamp sets as it also reminds of the gorgeous woods we walk our son's dog Bear in.

I used

with one of the new release quotes

I also used the fibres stencil as it has such an organic feel to it like the branches of the trees.
This is what I got up to.
I took some autumnal coloured distress inks
 and using the wrinkle free technique inked up my tag.
I then added some extra colour using my stencil and some rusty hinge and wilted violet distress inks.
I die cut some leaves from inky mop up card, stamped them with VI words and added Crackle glaze to get that great crunchy leaves effect. I also stamped, embossed and cut up the Create to escape words so that I could arrange them on my tag.
I then put on my creative hat to put my tag together.

I placed one of the crunchy autumnal leaves into the beak of the bird. 

Here is a close up
I hope you are still being inspired by the colours of autumn too?

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

Craft Stamper take it make it October
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October
A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
The ribbon girl 1/3 any image
Frilly and Funkie 3/3 'tis near Halloween
Penny Black and More 3/3 close to nature
Stamping sensations 3/3 autumn glory
Noor UK fall colours
Simon says stamp Monday not a card
Stamps and stencils 2/3 autumn

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you there. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide!

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

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Thanks as always for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Today, here in the South of England it might reach 22c but it will be the last day we see these temperatures again until next year. Spare a thought though for my friends in the west and particularly those in N Ireland, they may be feeling the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia later. Take care guys.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x