Monday, 27 February 2017

Inspiration for the TV

I hope you had a lovely weekend? We certainly did, thanks for all your kind birthday wishes for my boy. He had a great time and after the havoc of  Storm Doris the sun shone on his special day. Well here we are at the penultimate day of February...another month scuttling away before we know it.

 I have been very busy with some secret crafting for the last couple of weeks, which I can finally share with you. You may remember that I did some Guest Design work for my favourite stamp company, Visible Image, last year from September to December?

They had a new stamp release in February which has taken the crafting world by storm as they are so fabulous. Helen, of Visible Image contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in making some samples for their latest TV appearance on Create and Craft, using 2 of the new sets. Of course I said yes and once my stamps arrived I shut myself away for a few days and made them 5 cards.

My regular blogging buddies know that Billy our cat features big time in our life.
He loves climbing wall and fences and can often be spotted sitting on them.

He is also my blog avatar. 
So one of the sets I chose to work with just had to be their awesome cat set. It's called Curious cats . You can buy the set  here  Isn't it brilliant?

 You can also see all the new releases over at the Visible Image Website here

So I thought I would share my first cat sample here today. It may very well be visible in the background on Create and Craft this Saturday, 4th March. I shall keep an eye out and wave if I spot it πŸ˜‰. The show is on at 10am (GMT) on Sky 674 or Freeview 23 or you can watch it via the Create and craft Website here. I have set up my recorder in case I'm not around at 10am.

Here is my card....inspired by my sweet Billy......I have called it Billy's Fence. He also has a friend called Blackie who visits him and looks just like the cats walking along the fence here...

I made the fence with lots of DecoArt paints on card. I also used some crackle paint to give lots of worn texture. I then distressed it...literally by removing some panels and added the large cat face.
The small walking cats were embossed and fussy cut out
I created a sunny scene using Distress inks and used the cat's whiskers stamp from the set for my grass.
To finish off my card I added glossy accents to the eyes and nose.

I even decorated the inside...and used the sweet paw print and the sentiment which also comes with the set.
Here is my card once more
I would like to enter Billy's fence card into the following challenges.

Cupcake inspiration 1/3 cats
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday 1/3 green
Ribbon girl 2/3 any image
Rubber dance layers
Frilly and Funkie out of the cold
More mixed media anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Craft Catz anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends anything goes
Stamping sensations animal magic

I had to share this photo too...whilst photographing my other samples Billy got in on the act in my light tent.

He is certainly true to the sentiment eh.....😼😻😺

Now there is one final piece of very exciting news I can share before I end my post. After receiving my samples, Helen of Visible Image contacted me and asked if I would like to join the team as a full Design Team now I am really looking forward to sharing their onward creative journey as part of their Team.

I am back on Wednesday, as it's the first of the month, with my DT post for Country View.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the very kind comments you leave me. I really appreciate them and for all the support you give to my crafting. Take care πŸ’“

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Fabulous design Jane, your image is gorgeous...
    Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCats this week.x

  2. Fabulous cards Jane, and the real Billy is so handsome! I hope you enjoy working with Visible Image again. Have a great week, Sue xx

  3. Fabulous! Two great projects Jane, thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and congratulations on the DT post!

  4. Fabulous samples, and well done on the DT place. Helen & Mark are such lovely people, and deserve all the success they are having. Love Billy, he is beautiful! But I'm sure he knows that. :) Hugs, Shaz X

  5. Well many congratulations my friend, very well deserved too!!
    And what a start....I love your kitty card, how clever to use the whiskers as grass!
    Of course Billy has to prove the sentiment because really is there anything more curious than a cat. :)
    Well done my dear,
    V x

  6. This is gorgeous! Well done! Thank you for joining our challenge at Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends. Good Luck!
    Tracy, DT

  7. Congratulation Jane. I love your card, it is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing more of your designs. Visible Image are my favourite stamps xx

  8. How fun to have Billy as the star of the show today! Very cute card. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. gorgeous work Jane - will have to tape the shows on Sat and look out for your cards! Fun! Hugs rachel x

  10. Your cat card is so cute! Good job and congratulations on being asked to be a team member on the design team! You're very creative with your art work and glad you share it with us. It makes me want to bring out my rubber stamps and get to work but not right now. I almost gave them away as I've not used them in awhile. Take care and have a great week!

  11. Congratulations, Jane! This is awesome news x 2!!! Well done, you!! xx
    Your Billy's fence card is absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you for entering it to our Layers challenge at Rubber Dance ♥

  12. So pretty and a really cat images Jane, many thanks for joining our Animal Magic theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    Enjoy the new DT spot, nothing nicer than working with stamps that your really love, I find the same with CB, a real dream.

    B x

  13. Congratulations, Jane! Fabulous news! Your kitty cards are amazing, and those last two shots had me giggling! Hugs!

  14. Well done, Jane, how exciting! Your kitty themed designs are gorgeous!
    Helen xox

  15. Congratulations Jane! I'm so happy for your success! The cards are wonderful, and your cat is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more. :-)

  16. Very beautiful creation. What a lovely pictures.
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month

  17. Gorgeous card. Congrats on your DT appointment. Hugz

  18. Love your cat card, great idea to stamp on the fence looks fab.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  19. What an amazing card! I can see where you get your fabulous inspiration from. ;0) I'm so glad you linked up to this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge!

  20. Awww, Billy looks so beautiful up on the fence with the rich greenery in the background. Such a great photo to use as inspiration for your card. Fantastic card, love the fence as the canvas for your kitty face, how clever! A huge congratulations on having your cards on TV, they must really know talent when they see it!! I couldn't find the other cards through the link, it just goes to the store, but I'm sure they are all brilliant, as you are! hugs :)

  21. This is such a fun piece, and the colors are wonderful! Thanks so much for joining the fun at the Frilly and Funkie "Out of the Cold" challenge!

  22. CONGRATS Jane!
    They are lucky to have you and how adorable is that Billy!
    He sure has inspired you. Your card is so pretty and fun!

  23. Oh Jane I am so happy for you as I know how much you adore Visible Images Products and you have showcased these new Stamps in such a fabulous way. Huge congrats and I look forward to seeing them on the TV.
    Julie x

  24. This is so cool. The image is perfect for you and you have made a fabulous card from it!

  25. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations, good luck!!! Amy DT

  26. Love it all Jane! Your really did those designs serious justice. Huge congratulations on getting your amazing work on tv. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  27. Oh wow! I just love your card as well as all the pictures of your cat! Beautiful! So glad you were inspired to join Cupcake Inspirations for our Cat Challenge!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

  28. So utterly delighted for your fabulous news my friend, you deserve the recognition with the beautiful cards you make and this clever curious cat design is no exception. Love Billy posing with the other gorgeous looking card in your light box, he's gorgeous too. Have a great weekend xxx

  29. Congratulations on your exciting news, and you have most certainly showcased this set to 9th degree! Gorgeous cards! Your Billy is especially PAW-some; so beautiful! Makes me smile! Thank you for sharing your artistry in the Cupcake Inspirations gallery!

  30. Wow! So many steps to putting this card together! Great work! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!

  31. What Meow-velous card! Thanks for playing along with us at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends.
    Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, LPoCF DT


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