Monday, 22 October 2018

A golden October

Good morning, this is the first of 2 posts from me today.

We are really enjoying an Indian summer here with lots of lovely sunshine and warm temperatures. The trees are looking stunning and showing off shades of red, oranges and golden. Such a spectacular show from Mother Nature this autumn.


There are also some very interesting seed heads in my garden 
It is time for my Monday design team make for Visible Image. We are well into our monthly challenge over on our friends Facebook page where the theme is autumn colours. You can join in the fun here.  I am sharing my penultimate Visible Image Halloween tag.  I used the fab skull stencil 
Now those who know me well know that I am not a particularly "skull" devotee in my crafting but at Halloween even I love the fun of this imagery.
I wanted my skull to be peeping out from a spooky tree background and so I used 2 of the stamps from
and the tiny tree and leaves from 
I wanted my leaves to turn to birds....a spooky twist so I also used the birds in flight from 

For the base of my tag I used mustard seed and carved pumpkin distress inks

I then stencilled on my skull using black soot distress ink
I stamped my elements and added the quote from leave your fears behind 
which I cut up and distressed.
Here is my finished tag
with some close ups


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

Stamps and stencils 2/3 Spooky fun and or autumnal twist
A vintage journey 2/3 autumn splendour
Creative Inspirations 3/3 autumn glow
Stamping sensations 2/3 shades of autumn
Penny black and more 2/3 autumn splendour
Not just cards 3/5 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday 1/3 Trick or treat it's Halloween
Frilly and Funkie haunted halloween
Addicted to stamps 1/3 autumn colours
Craft stamper take it make it 2/3 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 new challenge album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £40 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 their gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 


Remember to add your "autumn colours" Visible Image creations over on our Facebook page  here  , it will be great to see them all. 

Enjoy the October sunshine and the glorious colours that are surrounding us. Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

I am back again at 2pm with a festive post for STAMPlorations.

Bye for now,

Jane x






Friday, 19 October 2018

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Good morning, I have some very exciting Craft Stamper news to share at the end of this post but first of all I'm back with my 2nd DT inspiration for our current "Plantastic" (anything plant/tree/vegetation related) challenge over at Country View Challenges,

My first make which you can see here was made with the memory of summer just being over.
We are now firmly into autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
I love seeing the colours around me at this time of the year and with the amazing warm sunny days we have enjoyed this year the colours are spectacular.


Even my teacup is autumnal
I make a series of tags for my big and small children for their Halloween treat bags and my make today is one of my less scary ones!! I have linked most of the products I used to the Country View Crafts on line shop and remember all UK orders are posted FREE OF CHARGE! 

I used these colours of distress ink for the base for my tag 
and created this foundation.
I added some leaf stenciling using Tim's leaf stencil from his mini sets.
I also die cut some leaves, a flower and a sizzix pumpkin from card. I also die cut the old Tim tree in corrugated card. I added some crackle glaze to the pumpkin.
Then it was time to put my design together finished off with some of Tim's words from his small talk stickers

Here is my tag

with a couple of close ups;



and one final shot.
I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

A vintage journey 1/3 autumn splendour
Stamps and stencils 1/3 Spooky fun and or autumnal twist
Creative Inspirations 2/3 autumn glow
Dies R us 1/3 anything fall I have used several dies including Sizzix pumpkin,Tim Holtz Bigz tree and MFT leaves
Crafteezee 2/3 leaves
Time out 1/3 colourful
Not just cards 2/3 anything goes

We already have some lovely entries into the challenge, we hope to see lots more too.
All the details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by today, there really is so much joy in the ordinary...we only have to look.

One last piece of very exciting news is that in September I was chosen as the winner of the September challenge over at Craft Stamper with this card . There are several parts to my prize and the first is to have my winner's profile published over on their blog. If you would like to see the profile I wrote and learn a little more about how my creative brain ticks do pop over to their page here  . I will also be guest designing for them in November and will have my profile and winning card published in the Craft Stamper magazine, I think in the December edition. I really am delighted!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 15 October 2018

New October stencil release blog hop for STAMPlorations comment to win!

Hello, I am delighted to be a part of the STAMPlorations blog hop today which is showcasing the awesome new Sanna stencil release. If you would like to see the full range of these newbies just click here
There are prizes to be won just by leaving comment on those designers' blogs participating in the hop. Obviously the more blogs you visit and comment on the higher your chance of winning! The prizes are 1 winner receive a $20 coupon, 1 a $10 coupon and 2 others will win their choice of any 3 of the new Sanna Lippert design stencils. Commenting closes on the 21 October and winner will be announced on 10 November over on the STAMPlorations blog. 
You can find all the details here and a list of all those participating in the hop. 

I got to play with these fab 2 new stencils which make brilliant backgrounds. 

and

For the hop I have made 2 cards to share, the first one with a Christmas theme using the peace, love joy stamp
I used the clustered hearts stencil to make this background using glitter paste, below is a photo when wet.
I also used the same paste through the convallaria stencil onto a gold inked background and made this card. 
I then made a coffee love theme card using the clustered hearts stencil with this brilliant stamp
Before coffee
  First with ink and then with embossing powder on black card.
 but I actually made a 3rd card which I can share here on my blog.  I was just enjoying playing with textures and colours using the 2 stencils and the same coffee stamp.
Commenting closes on 21 October and winners are announce over on the main page on 10th November in the October winners page. You can find all the details here

From 8-21 October there is 15% off all stencils, no code needed but if you use my code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout you can save another 20%. You can use my code at any time to get 20% off all products in the store here

Thanks so much for stopping by today and good luck. Do you have a favourite of the cards I made? I'd love to know.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

More halloween tag inspiration

Good morning, it's my time for my Monday make for Visible Image and we are halfway through the month and our October challenge theme of autumnal colours. Remember you could win a £40 coupon if you join us. Details are at the end of this post.

There is so much autumnal inspiration around us. I took these lovely photos on Thursday at Chartwell. Just look at the colours of the leaves.


and the leaves are starting to fall too.
I have another of my Halloween tags to share today, this time using the brilliant Glimmer of light stamp set.
 I stamped and coloured the moths and fussy cut them out
I stamped one set of large wings onto acetate and used these to glitter up (you can see this in my final design)
 I blended some distress inks onto my tag adding some water flicks
 Then I used the
dark hearts  stencil

to add some more black ink.
The sentiment was stamped in gold ink.
I stamped the smallest moths onto the tag and then layered over some die cut spider webs.

I added glossy accents to the light bulb and the medium moths.
Then I put my design together.

Here is my finished tag.

with some close ups


and one final shot
I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

That's Crafty 2/3 spookiliscious
Craft stamper take it make it 1/3 anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #337
The Artistic stamper 2/3 inktober
Stamping sensations 1/3 shades of autumn
Penny black and more 1/3 autumn splendour
Creative Inspirations 1/3 autumn glow
Sweet stampin 1/3 Halloween
Not just cards anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything but a card

All the Visible Image links are here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you. There is a monthly challenge for you to share your creations made with Visible Image stamps. One randomly chosen winner each month wins a £40 coupon to spend on the website. The theme for October is "colours of autumn".

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; where you can find all the latest information and news including giveaways...open world wide.


And the shop web site is here; where all their gorgeous stamps and stencils can be found. There is a 50% off sentiments sale at the moment and also a fab deal for Zodiac stamp sets, but be quick, it won't last long. 

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the wonderful autumn colours surrounding us at the moment.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x