Friday, 23 February 2018

A pot of golden daffodils

The daffodils are starting to pop up everywhere and  I spotted these over in the park last weekend.
 There are whole drifts of buds..the first few are showing their gorgeous faces.
In my own front garden I have some Tete a tete in bloom but I don't like to cut my own flowers so I bought a pot from Mark's and Spencer's for just £1.50 and sat it on my kitchen windowsill.  Over the last 2 weeks first, up came the stalks,
then the buds
and then a couple of days ago all these gorgeous blooms appeared.
All in time for my sweet son's birthday tomorrow. 

I can't share his card for now so I will share something else I made using greens and yellow which I made for Dotty's teahouse. Friendship cards sell very well there and this is my most recent make. It's also a lovely one to dedicate to you, my lovely blogging friends.
The sentiment is an old Lili of the Valley one which I won years ago and is one I love.
I stamped and embossed it onto a distress ink background which I added some Tim Holz rose stenciling to. A few die cuts, a brad in the centre of the flower and a few sequins finished everything off.

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

Happy little stampers watercolour challenge 3/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 2/3 one for the girls
Simon says stamp Wednesday make your own background

Have a lovely weekend. We are looking forward to all getting together to celebrate my son's birthday. It's always lovely to have everyone under the same roof for a few precious hours. There will be lots of fun and laughter and no doubt a game or 2. Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

I will be back bright and breezy on Monday with my Visible Image DT post.

Bye for now,

Jane x



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

More love in February

We are racing through February. There is so much going on at the ponds with the lovely wildlife. Just look at the love between the swans which I witnessed at dusk last week.



I am here with my 2nd project to hopefully inspire you to join our "anything but cute" February theme over at Country View. Remember that February is a short month so you only have another week to enter and possibly win the £20 crafting voucher to stock up on all the fab new products that have been arriving on the Country View craft website.
For my 2nd card I still kept to the love theme of my first card but this time made a general "love" rather than a Valentine's.
I made myself a metallic background using aluminium tape
and a knitting embossing folder. I used my heart Tim Holtz Bigz die and cut out and removed all the hearts. These will be useful for other projects.
I matted this up on black card
and dded some gilding wax

I then used another of the Tim Holtz hand stamps which I had spare from my first project. I fussy cut it out.

 I infilled a couple of the hearts with red die cuts and one with a little white heart die cut and a sentiment to finish off my card. 
We have seen some lovely anything but cute projects from the entries so far and would love to see even more. All the details for the challenge are here

I would like to join in with the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets playground #320
Crafty catz 2/3 anything goes
Creative fingers 1/3 anything goes
Get creative 1/3 anything goes/use ribbon
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media
Rubber dance stamps 2/3 colour board or hearts I went with the hearts theme
Crafty Calendar 1/3 2 or more layers
That's crafty 2/3 I heart you
Simon says stamp Wednesday add a die cut

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really appreciate every single one. A warm welcome too for my newest followers, it's lovely to see you on board my creative journey here. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 19 February 2018

Money, money, money

Good morning it's time for my weekly Visible Image design team inspiration post and today it is all about money....not how to spend it but how to gift it on birthdays without just simply putting it inside a card.

 My "baby" boy is 29 on Saturday and rather than putting his birthday money in his card I have made him a money wallet. If I have the time I love making these as they are so personal to the recipient. 

My boy is a lover of all things scientific, he is an avid non fiction reader and he and my Hb went to one of Professor Brian Cox's lectures last year about the history of the universe and life. They still discuss it..the concepts go way over mine and my daughter's heads!  I knew right away which Visible Image  stamps to choose for the job.

The brilliant new Elemental

and the time swirl and birds from Ahead of our time.  Always perfect for male projects.

His favourite colour has always been green so I added in a little blue for interest and got out my distress inks.
These were my colours. 

I used a piece of watercolour card and inked it up using the wrinkle free technique. I then cut out 2 pieces...one rectangular piece forms the wallet which I folded into 3 sections and the other piece wraps around to form the "gusset" of the envelope inside and also forms a firm base to anchor the ribbon.
Once the background inks had dried I stamped my design using cobalt blue archival ink.
Here is the outside...
undo the ribbon 


(I die cut out a half scalloped circle to make it easier to take out the money)
to reveal the inside.
The sentiment I used is from the fab Own it! sentiment set.

 I cut off the "make" and "a" and put them on the same level as the "wish" as I wanted to keep to a rectangular pattern.

This is the back where the ribbon is glued behind. 

and here is how the money looks inside
 and a last collage
But we just need to keep it as our little secret from my son....until after Saturday 😉 That's OK with everyone isn't it...shhhh....

I would like to enter my money wallet into the following challenges;

Crafty catz 2/3 anything goes
Creative fingers 1/3 anything goes
Get creative 1/3 anything goes/use ribbon
The alphabet challenge 1/3 X for extra special occasion mine is my lovely son's birthday!
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge 2/3 anything goes

You an also check out Visible Image via these links;

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. 

You can also follow via:



and



Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really appreciate every single one. 
 Have a lovely week ahead. It feels so good to be in the last full week of February, the days are definitely starting to get lighter.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Gems in the rain

The weather has been very fickle for the last few weeks. Dismal rainy days followed by glorious sunshine. In 12 hours we can go from saturation to blue skies. British weather certainly is not boring.
I have been trying to get out into the garden to tidy up a little but realistically there is not a lot I can do at the moment. I still love looking around and seeing what is going on in my little patch of earth. I spotted raindrops on my new lupin leaves and thought how beautiful they looked trapped in their centres. I grabbed my camera and took these photos.

 To me they looked just like little sparkling gems..so beautiful.







I have been busy making new stock for Dotty's Teahouse and I finally had a chance to play with a gorgeous new Lavinia fairy stamp I won a few weeks back in the Ink Arts challenge over on Facebook. I made my card and then thought I would add some jewels (gold glitter) to the centre of my flowers and also a few sequins for extra sparkle. Mother Nature gives me so much free inspiration for my cards, even in the rain!


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

Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
C.R.A.F.T Mother's day/female
Crafty catz 1/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 1/3 one for the girls

The weekend weather is looking pretty good and yesterday was a gorgeous blue sky one so I may well be able to get out into the garden. Enjoy yours and I will see you bright and breezy on Monday morning with my weekly Visible Image DT post.
Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really appreciate every single one. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers, it's lovely to see you joining me here on my creative journey.

Bye for now,

Jane x


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love is in the air


Good morning I hope you find yourself under a pile of Valentine's this morning and if not I have one to share with you at the end of my post.
We're mid way through the month of February...such a great month having just 28 days. I am continuing to see so many lovely flowers. These gorgeous primula were in the garden centre...how pretty are these delicate colours?


and there was even a brave Camellia showing its beautiful blooms.

These pretty striped tulips also caught my eye.
and a pot of daffs on my own window sill are nearly in bloom.
My card today is the last of my Valentine cards for selling at Dotty's Teahouse for 2018. It will be time to start making cards for Mother's Day soon, but in the meantime I have my son's birthday coming up soon so I will get that under my belt first.

So I would like to send some Valentine love to all my sweet blog readers...this one is for you.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Happy Little stampers CAS 1/3 love
Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Deep Ocean love is all around
Try it on Tueday's 2/3 love is in the air
Allsorts 2/3 love is in the air
Simon says stamp Wednesday it must be love
Die cuttin divas Valentine's day
Card mania 1/3 red and hearts

My special Valentine, my darling Hb and I are off out to dinner tonight...celebrating our engagement 38 years ago.....wow..time really does fly.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. 

  Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dreaming of summer destinations

Good morning, did you get a chance to see the Create and Craft TV shows this weekend?  You might have spotted the card I am sharing today for my weekly dose of Visible Image. (It was on the Saturday show and my little crabs waved out!) The shows can still be viewed for the next 7 days on catch up on the Create and Craft website here 

I wanted to design a card showing how the new Written in the stars zodiac stamps work so well with the existing Visible Image stamp range.
I used a very summery palette, although we can still only dream of summer at the moment.
To put you in the mood, how about a couple of summery photos to cheer us up from my holidays' past.
Awww, sand between you toes...what a wonderful thought.
We also regularly see freshwater crabs on Rhodes in the butterfly valley and this gave me the idea for my card....


I starting inking my background with salty ocean and and broken china distress oxide inks, using lots of water on my watercolour card. Once dry I blended on some spiced marmalade oxide ink.

I stamped lots of the fab crabs from the Cancer Zodiac set and inked them using the matching distress ink colours
I used broken china distress ink to add some stencilling to them using the fibres stencil.
To give their shells some extra texture I added some Ranger clear rock candy crackle.


I used stamps from the Organics set as my seaweed,
 I stamped and embossed them using frantage..you will see the sparkle more in a later photo.
I also added some more fibres stencilling to create some "waves" in my background

I stamped some of the words from Destination unknown and some of the fab paper boats which I fussy cut out and added the Cancer birth date details to.
 I then put together my crab card...on a great adventure but with their "Destination unknown" 
I thought the crabs could "hold" the sentiments.

Here are a couple of close ups

IRL there is a lot of sparkle on my card, difficult to show in my photos but I think the close ups give you an idea.
and one final shot
I hope I have been able to show you some different ways of combining your Visible Image stamps and may have also brought a little bit of sunshine to you on a cold winter's day.


You can also check out Visible Image via these links;

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. 

You can also follow via:



and


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

Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
Craft Stamper take it make it 3/3 February
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x