Monday, 13 August 2018

Lift off time

For those of my lovely blog readers who are non papercrafters you might think that with the title of this post that I'm off to the moon. Not this week! Some of you may know what I am referring to..yes it's the amazing new Ranger Lift off ink. It lifts alcohol ink off from a porous to a non porous surface and opens up so many new crafting possibilities.  Tim Holtz has some brilliant videos on line and there is lots of inspiration around in blog land so do check it out.

 I was lucky enough to get my hands on some from Susan at Country View Crafts. (She offers free UK postage and packing too). 
I have been playing around with some backgrounds over the last few weeks and I have shared a couple on Facebook..Here is one of my first efforts.
I got this fab lift off image (on the left) using the seahorse and jelly fish from the Create you calm
and dare to swim sets. What remains on the right is a brilliant ghosted negative. I used that background to make my daughter and son in laws anniversary card which I shared here a few weeks back here if you would like to see it

For my Monday Visible Image DT project today I decided to make another "lift off" alcohol ink background. After adding various inks I used the time swirl from the ahead of our time stamp set to lift it off.

 Visible Image stamps work brilliantly with this technique. They lift off the ink perfectly as they are such an awesome thickness and quality. I love the effects you get. 
With the lifted ink I stamped this  multi coloured time swirl below, which I can use another time. It's 2 for the effort and price of one. That's all good in my books.
I then coloured up the White Rabbit 

using distress inks and added glossy accents to his fob watch and gold pen accents to his buttons and chain (you will see this in the finished card).
I also stamped and coloured a couple of other little elements. First the teapot from The Mad Hatter set. I added the heart from the  Own kind of beautiful set for this project as I didn't want to use the skull.
I cut it out and added festive berries distress glitter.
 I also stamped up the light bulb from the glimmer of light set to pull my design together.

I stamped and white embossed wake up and be awesome
onto acetate and then put my design together.
This is my finished card. 
Here are some close ups. 
and you can see the light bulb shedding some extra light on the scene...it must be winter for Mr Rabbit as it's 8.06 am and in his world it's still not light 😂
and one last shot
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

That's crafty 1/3 animal magic
Penny Black and More 1/3 I spy something beginning with B My Bs are bunny, bow tie, black (alcohol ink), bulb, buttons (on Mr Rabbit's jacket)
Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 August
Stamping sensations 3/3 use your current favourite stamp as I have said before I love all the new wonderland stamps but Mr Rabbit is another of my favourites. 
Pile it on 1/3 new technique my lift off is pretty hot off the press for new techniques!
As you like it 3/3 fur or feathers for this card it is fur, what is there not to love about the silky fur of a bunny rabbit!
Lil patch of crafting friends anything goes

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you. 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. 

There is also a really generous  multi-buy offer here on the website if you buy all 7 stamps sets, but you need to hurry as it only lasts until 31 August.

You can also follow Visible Image via:



and


Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my latest creation today. I really appreciate the kind comments you leave me.

  I hope that you may also have been inspired to have a go at this fun technique too.

5,4,3,2,1...................LIFT OFF!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 10 August 2018

Golfing Jack

I finally had a chance to download my photos from my son's lunch he hosted for us last weekend. You will notice that Jack is wearing his first shoes as yes he is now toddling everywhere!
He was fascinated by the putting green my son has in his garden.
 and Bear was on hand to help out. 
It was really hot so we chased the shade around the garden
whilst we admired all his lovely plants, my Mum even bought him a joke frog to put in one of his pots.
Bear kept a look out for everyone.
It was such a delightful day.

My card today was inspired by all the lovely flowers in my son's garden and is a new Thank you card for Dotty's Teahouse where it went up for sale today.
I used my very loved but sadly no longer for sale Visible Image Bronte border stamps behind some Tom Holtz die cut wildflowers. The little tag stamp is Lili of the Valley.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Happy Little stampers Clean and simple challenge 1/3  die cuts
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 Clean and simple
Happy little stampers die cuts challenge anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday distress it my wildflowers are coloured with distress inks and I stamped the Bronte verse using several summery colours. 
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 2/3 anything goes

The weekend has arrived, enjoy yours. I hope to be able to finally have a sort out in the garden now that it has cooled down enough to work out there without getting burnt to a frazzle! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and for your very kind comments. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x





Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Back to a typical English summer

The 6 week heatwave finally broke overnight and we had some welcome rain. Today is forecast to be sunny again but for the temperatures to be back to near 25c rather than 35c! It really has been a real tropical heatwave here in the south of England. Even yesterday it was 32c in the afternoon.
I have been able to potter around and have left some garden jobs until it is cooler so hopefully I will be able to start them soon.
My walk down to Dotty's teahouse on Monday was delightful as always if very hot this week. What is there not to love about a clear blue sky?
I have noticed that there seem to be lots more ducklings and other baby fowl this year..I think some may have even hatched a second brood, if that is possible.
 The waterfall is always a popular place for the ducks to cool off
 I had to grin at this sign...whatever next!
 People had found shade to have picnics and enjoy our beautiful parkland. 
My card today is one of my newbies for Dotty's and it was inspired by all the wonderful open space I have the pleasure to be surrounded by.. and of course it had to feature a little bird too. 
Friends cards sell well at Dotty's and this stamped sentiment, an oldie from Lili of the Valley, is very popular. The backing papers are ancient from my stash. The dies are a mix of Cheery Lynn, Marianne and memory box. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Pixies' snippets playground #332..I used lots of snippets of card for my die cuts. 
As you like it 1/3  fur or feathers mine is feather for this card as I love looking out for all the birds and ducks on my walks to Dotty's...and their offspring are soo cute.  
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 the great outdoors
Cute card Thursdays anything goes
A bit more time to craft anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 1/3 anything goes

Today we are meeting up with my DD and kids and plan a day out. Lots of fun and laughter ahead.
Enjoy your Wednesday too. It's also International Cat day today 😸..so Billy wanted to say hi to everyone too.


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 6 August 2018

Grinning like the Cheshire cat

Good Monday morning everyone and it's time for some more Wonderland inspiration for my weekly design team post for Visible Image. This new release is going down a storm in the crafting world and people are falling in love with these quirky characters all over again.
Today I am sharing my sample made with the fabulous Cheshire cat.


 As I adore all things cat, he is one of my favourites even though I genuinely love them all.
I decided to make a rather "out of this world" background for him so I got out my black card and distress oxides.
and made up a purple based galaxy background.
I took the time tunnel stencil

and added gold ink through it. In real life this really shimmers.
I coloured my cat with Promarkers and cut him out. I also stamped and gold embossed the words onto black card.  I then put my design together.

Here it is
I stamped the "invisible" cat face stamp in the gold rays and added the fun claw marks too.
 I added glossy accents to his eyes for extra mad shine!
The little fish stamp is such fun and I think this sentiment sums a lot of us up particularly when crafting!
Inside the card I could not resist stamping this....
and one final photo

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

As you like it 1/3  fur or feathers mine is fur because I adore my Billy cat, he is even the avatar for my blog.
Simon says stamp Wednesday make your own background
Cute card Thursdays anything goes
The Artistic stamper 1/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 1/3 use your current favourite stamp  I adore my new Cheshire cat stamp!
That's Crafty 1/3 animal magic
Simon says stamp Monday wild things

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you. 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. 

There is also a really generous  multi-buy offer here on the website if you buy all 7 stamps sets, but you need to hurry as it only lasts until 31 August.

You can also follow Visible Image via:



and


Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my latest creation today. I really appreciate the kind comments you leave me too. Our heatwave continues here in the South of England and summer is in full swing. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Continuing to sizzle

Records here in the south of England are being broken as our heatwave continues......we had 33c in the shade on Thursday and Friday...goodness knows what it was in the sun...it really feels like I have moved to Rhodes! My garden is looking a bit frazzled but I still have some colour in my pots and my tomatoes have ripened beautifully.
 Billy has been flaking out in any shade he can find.





 I enjoyed my first crop of tomatoes when Daisy stayed last week, there is nothing quite like the flavour of home growns. 
I am sharing a tag today, as we are meeting up for a family lunch at my son's. The fun egg stamp is Rubber Dance and provided a perfect seat for my Tim Holtz, very dapper paper doll to sit on in shade of the tree. The die cuts are a mix of Tim's and Cheery Lynn and the sentiments a mix of Tim's rub ons and small stickers. The stencils are Tim's and Visible Image. 
I thought my hearts, made from corrugated card and inked and flicked with gold paint looked a little like sun dried tomatoes! My son has become the most avid gardener...much to my amazement but total delight and spends many hours tending his gorgeous sunny garden.

Family Times together, now that our children are grown, are few and far between but they are a true delight when then happen and I like to record them.
 We all have our sunhats and deckchairs packed and will enjoy some precious family time together today. 

I would like to enter my tag into these challenges;

Rubber Dance colour theme or nature Their stamped eggs are perfect to sit my dapper chap on! 
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 the great outdoors
PaperArtsy mint, sage, claret and gold (there is gold spray on my hearts, hard to see in the photos but they are there!)
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything mixed media
Simon says stamp Wednesday make your own background
Creative fingers 3/3 anything goes

Enjoy your weekend too, keep cool if you are in this part of the country.

I will be back on Monday with my next Visible Image Wonderland sample.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Seaside memories

Hello welcome to August, our hot summer continues and it is time for our next challenge over at Country View. The theme for this month is very apt and is called "Sun, Sea and sand" . We would like to see anything summer or holiday related.   As always you can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

All the details can be found here.

I decided that I would make a holiday journal to remember the recent family holiday we enjoyed with our daughter and her family in Majorca. The beach there was delightful and I had such fun making sand castles with Daisy, something I have not done since my own children were tiny. I have already shared a page I made for my journal here

Today I am sharing the covers of my finished holiday photo journal. These photos are some of which are contained within.
The colours at the beach in Puerto Pollesa were so mesmerizing.


Jack (my grandson) had fun sitting in the sea and playing with (and eating) the sand.

Daisy and I both made holiday journals, you will be able to see the page I made to include in her one in my 2nd CVC inspiration post on 15th August.

The colours just took my breath away, the sand was more cream than yellow and this carried into the shallow sea as you can see in the photos above.
I decided to  use the background of this photo as my inspiration for the cover
and to try to recreate the colours using paints and inks.
I stamped these Visible Image words from their Express yourself set onto watercolour card and added some cream Paperartsy fresco paint for the clouds.
Next I added some texture for the sand using Decoart texture sand paste

I then dabbed on some blue fresco paint.
I masked off the sand with a torn sheet of paper and started blending some sea coloured distress inks

Out came my Visible Image fibres stencil and I added some more salty ocean distress ink through it
 this added  little more depth to my cover and brought everything together. A spritz of water and a dry finished it off.
For the back cover I made a distress background and stamped the sentiment from the Capture the moment Visible Image set.
I also added some stamps from their dare to swim set
I made an edge using Tim's amazing Mini provincial 3D folder and highlighted with some gilding wax
and here are my finished covers. 
Front
and back.
Here is a page from inside
I used cord to bind my journal and a spotty blue ribbon to tie it shut with.
It contains lots of holiday photos and memories. 

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

A vintage journey get sentimental
Simon says stamp Mondays wild things
Crafty sentiments 1/3 anything goes
Love to create anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Creative fingers 2/3 anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 2/3 anything goes
Crafty catz 2/3 anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I might have inspired you to make something for our August sun, sea and sand challenge. All the details can be found here.

Have a fabulous August, we seem to be continuing with our heatwave here in the UK and 2018 looks set to be a record breaking summer.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

*********PS Today I am also over on the Country View Crafts shop blog promoting the brand new Visible Image Wonderland release which is on sale today!  If you would like to see what I got up to with the new dark hearts stencil do check out the post here too.**********
Here's a sneak peek
Jx