Friday, 16 March 2018

Farmyard fun

We had such a fab few days with our Daisy staying. We packed so much in during her stay including a visit to Godstone Farm, which we have not been to since our own children were pre school. We both love pigs and she squealed as she found this to ride!

 There are great play areas too where she whiled away a very pleasant afternoon. 
Daisy loves to craft and I thought I would share some of her little projects she made with me. First up she wanted to make something to put her "Pound Shop" Easter crafting buys.
 We cut down a box to make a nest, she decorated the outside with distress inks
 we then put some scraps of paper through my shredder to make some "nesting" material
she added some die cuts and then had a place to put her Easter goodies.
Here she is  proudly sitting with her makes
My make for today is another Easter card made for Dotty's tearooms and on sale now. Dotty's is at 108 Carshalton High Street, SM5 3AE and is open 7 days a week. 
It's another Graphic Fairy digi. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp. I embossed the background and added some very spring like papers from my stash. The card blank is Kraft to give a real vintage feel.

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

Moving along with the times 1/3 Easter
Simon says stamp Monday Easter/spring
The cutie pie challenge 2/3 spring cuties
Crafty sentiments 2/3 Easter
Simon says stamp Wednesday Easter inspired
Noor spring
Deep Ocean Vintage/shabby chic

 Thanks for popping in and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy a lovely weekend, after a brief respite of spring like weather it looks like the Beast might be returning.......

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The chilies have arrived

Last Thursday a very exciting parcel arrived in the chili plugs. I love growing my own chillies and I am lucky that my sheltered garden allows me to keep them outside once the last frosts have passed by, usually in early May. I buy them on line from a great company, World of Chillies (and no I have not been asked at all by them to promote this!) 
They popped through my letterbox in their special protective packaging.
I opened them up and said hello!
I have a sunny place for them for the next few months on my kitchen side. They can keep my new pot of dafs company for a while.
They are a little bendy when first potted up.
But just a few days later they are nearly upright and growing strong

I can't wait til they are bigger and start to flower. We still have some amazing dried home growns from last year but fresh is best!

My card today is the first of my Easter makes for Dotty's as Easter day falls in just a few weeks on 1st April this year (April Fools day) yes seriously.
I used  this fab chili red Easter Graphic Fairy digi image and made a background with distress oxides through a Tim Holz stencil to give this cracked effect. The flower die cut is an old favourite Cheery Lynn.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Monday Easter/spring
The cutie pie challenge spring cuties
Crafty sentiments 1/3 Easter
Creative Inspirations 3/3 any occasion mine is Easter
Let's craft and create 3/3 anything goes
Not just cards 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday Easter inspired

I am loving having my darling Daisy staying. She goes home tomorrow. We've had the best of times, she is just a total joy to be with. We have played shops, crafted, visited a farm and had non stop fun. I shall be sharing  some of her craft projects she made with me.  Thanks for popping in and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 12 March 2018

My Pisces son

Good morning it's time for my Monday dose of Visible Image inspiration and for today I can finally share the card I made for my son for his birthday on 24 February.

Daisy (my granddaughter) helped me make a quick lemon sponge birthday cake for her uncle (my son is not a fan of cake and this was a version he prefers of my standard Victoria sandwich cake). She so proudly carried it in

and helped him blow out his candles.

We had such a fab day together, special family time.

So now to share his card.
I used the following stamps.

  Pisces from the Zodiac set
and elemental stamp set.
Plus the time tunnel stencil.

I made my background with acrylic inks plus some Lindy's sprays which have a gorgeous sheen. It's so hard to show in a photo taken in the evening when I was working.

As it was A4 size I cut it up
I added some background stamping using elemental 
and some stencilling using white ink.
I stamped and embossed some of the fish and all the Pisces words onto black card and fussy cut them out.
I then put my card design together.

As I had some spare pieces of this background I also made a bookmark for him. I added 2 fish
and cut up the letters of the Pisces word and mounted them on snippets of black card.  Here are both projects together.

A close up to show the cool elemental stamped background.

and a final collage.
I would like to enter my card and bookmark into the following challenges;

Penny Black and More 1/3 feature a creature
Allsorts fairy tales and nursery rhymes I am sure you can guess mine....It's "Once I caught a fish alive"
Creative Inspirations 2/3 any occasion mine is birthday
let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
The Artistic stamper 1/3 stencils and masks
Not just cards 1/3 anything goes
Sweet stampin 1/3 inspired by a song mine is "Fish ain't biting" by Lamont Dozier

You can check out Visible Image via these links;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here 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 world wide!

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

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My daughter is also a Pisces and her birthday is coming up next week so I will be sharing a very different Pisces card for her next Monday....she now lives at the seaside, so I knew the just the theme to use.

Enjoy your week, we have a very special little 4 year old visitor coming to stay today until Thursday...yes my darling Daisy Jane. No doubt the minute she gets here she will want to start some crafting 😁
Must dash, I have a sweet girlie to collect....

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Tove Jansson and the Moomins

In January I went to see a really super exhibition with my Mum and Dad at Dulwich Picture Gallery in South East London. I have waited until now to share this post as I made something from it for a very dear blogging friend'a birthday and I wanted her to have received it first. It was a very wet miserable January day when we visited but the poster advert really cheered everything up.

 Until I was 18 I lived in nearby Peckham and some of my good friends lived in Dulwich so I have visited the gallery many times in years gone by. In recent years it has undergone extensive renovation and it really is a little gem tucked away in South East London. If you are ever nearby it really is worth a visit.
and yes it even has an old London telephone box in its grounds.
 Who out there remembers Press button A and then Button B?
Gosh it took me back to my childhood. 
Photos are allowed inside but not for the visiting exhibitions. There are some gorgeous artworks housed there permanently.

I loved these Moomins stickers that were also part of the advertising

We had such a lovely morning and even spotted these lovely flowers in the Village Florist when we walked to lunch.
Now I have a dear Finnish blogging friend Mia who I met on line about 9 years ago through our mutual delight in all things Moomins. Mia makes delightful handmade things and over the years I have owned lots of her gorgeous work. Although Mia does not blog as she did years ago, she is more an Instagram girl, we still have a very close friendship and are in regular contact. Her birthday in March I knew just what I would do with the sweet Moomin Programme.
Yes....I would use it to make her birthday card. What was perfect is that she is such a "pink" girl that I had the colourway already there.
I got out my matching distress inks

and made a watercolour background adding some star stencilling in grey. 
I wanted to use the window idea from the programme so I die cut my own in black and white card to layer them up.
I decided my Moomin would be looking out from the window to a moon lit starry night so I die cut a man in the moon and some stars using my Tim Holz bigz die.
and then it was time to put on my creative hat and put my ideas together. 

Here is Mia's finished birthday card.
The sentiment is by Visible Image. 
Here are a few close ups
and one last shot

I really had fun making this and I am so delighted that Mia loved it when she opened it on Sunday morning. 

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

Pixie's snippets playground #321 I really went to town with my snippets with this card......cutting up the programme and all the rest of my die cuts were snippets too!
Allsorts 3/3 ladies only
Simon says stamp girl power Tove Jansson was the epitome of girl power in the 1930s and 40s..very ahead of her time!
Creative Inspirations 1/3 any occasion mine is birthday
let's craft and create 1/3 anything goes
Get Creative 1/3 fantasy
As you like it 1/3 single or multiple layers Mine is multiple as I love the  more realistic 3d effect you can achieve

Another week has whizzed by and we are looking forward to catching up with our babies tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend and I will be back bright and breezy on Monday morning.

Bye for now,

Jane x