Monday, 21 May 2018

Into the bluebell woods

A couple of weekends ago my Hb and I went for a walk in our local woods. I shared a post here where you can see some photos of the gorgeous trees newly leaved in their lime green colours. I promised I would be back to share the bluebells that we saw too. This annual spectacle is something I wait for and never miss. It is just magical. 

Whilst we were there we took a moment to sit on a log and gazed up into the tree canopy above us through to the blue sky and sunshine. 

When I got home I decided that I needed to make a "Moment" for Jane's Journal to remember that time. 

I knew that the fabulous Into the woods stamps set from the brand new Visible Image release

would be perfect so I decided to make my weekly DT piece for today using it together with the beautiful new butterfly ink stencil

I started with a piece of watercolour card the same size as my journal and added some drips of Salty Ocean, antique linen and cracked pistachio distress oxides to start off my background. I then used a corner of the stop meshing around stencil 

 as the sun using yellow Distress inks
 I added some more "sunlight" using the take my hand stencil...the hand of Mother Nature perhaps? 

As you can see English bluebells are not blue at all but more a shade of mauve.
so I added this colour through my butterfly ink stencil

I added 5 butterflies around the page using Vilter violet distress oxide and then added some more depth using the circle stamp from the Hummingbird set

Once I was happy with my tree canopy it was time to stamp the woods....first the under canopy in purple, to represent the drift of bluebells.
 Then the top line in green, to show those brand newly unfurled leaves. I took the stamping around the sides of the page as I wanted to give the impression that we were sitting down and gazing up from the floor of the bluebell wood.
So here we are.......let me set the scene again......"It is a glorious blue sky morning. The sun shone out like a ball of lemon fire. 

 It was the kind of day that makes you glad to be outside, hand in hand with Mother Nature.

 Into the woods we went 
to be greeted by the splendor and scent of bluebells, their drifts were everywhere, like a carpet of purple.
We sat down for a moment to pause and looked up through the canopy of the newly leaved trees to the clear blue sky above...a Moment in time to remember. "

Below is my Moment in it's entirety. I think the words I chose to use from the set summed up how we feel about our life. It was a blissful Moment there, among the bluebells.

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

Craft stamper Take it make it anything goes
Stamping sensations close to nature
Simon says stamp Monday stencil it
Simon says stamp Wednesday stencil it
Creative moments 2/3 anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 the great outdoors

All the Visible Image links are here;

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! There is an 11,000 followers celebration running at the moment, you could win a £100 coupon to spend on their website! 

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

You can also follow via:


There are 6 new stamp sets and 8 new stencils...all totally amazing and uniquely Visible Image.

I'd also like to give a quick heads up too. Myself and 2 of my VI Design Team colleagues have a stamping feature in this month's (June edition) of Making Cards Magazine. We all used the Seahorse and Dare to swim Visible Image stamp sets to make 3 very different red, white and blue cards
and here is a teeny weenie sneak peek of my underwater check it out!

Thanks so much for taking a walk in the bluebell woods with me. I have so many ideas for using this amazing new stamp set....
I hope you all had a fab weekend, wasn't the royal wedding a total delight and Windsor looked stunning in the sunshine too.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 19 May 2018

You're how old?

Now I know most of you will be glued to the TV today to watch the Royal wedding but I still need to pop in today to share my 2nd DT make for Country View for our May "humour" challenge.
To make you smile I thought I would share a photo of Nan's wedding in 1928 ...just look a those hats!!! Sorry about the big watermark but I really do not want this copied. There is far too much of this going on in the crafting world at the mo!

Now our challenge is open to so many interpretations, from adding a funny quote, words, images etc etc. As always you can enter as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. It's win win in my books. Your make can be anything creative too. You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

All the details can be found here

My card is one I made in a couple of colour ways for Dotty's teahouse.
I must admit I rarely use humour so I did have to put on my thinking cap. I decided to use a fab stamp set I won from a friend.
First I made a background using the Visible Image cogs stamps from the Ahead of Time stamp set.(this is the white colourway)
I then die cut lots of Tim Holtz cogs in all sorts of materials and also some numbers (not in the photo).
I then stamped the numbers from the Woodware stamp set around the edge and then embossed them. 
Here is the white colourway finished.
 and the green colourway.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Creative moments 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes

Enjoy all the celebrations today. We have another date in the diary so won't see anything on TV so I'll have to catch up later. Have a great weekend and remember our humour challenge...we would love it if you could bring a smile to our faces as we visit your entries. 

Back on Monday.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 18 May 2018

More things with wings for STAMPlorations

I am back with the half way reminder for STAMPlorations and the fun current Things with Wings challenge. All the details are here
There are lots of goings on with the things with wings in my neck of the woods. I spotted these delightful pelicans during a recent visit to Birdworld.
The challenges at STAMPLorations resumed for May after Shery's little "Winter" break. I am part of the Theme and Sketch team but just for the first month back there will be no sketch, just the theme, "Things with wings" which is running across all the design team challenges. All you need to do to join is is create something with wings...simples! During May there are also fun blog hops and linky parties.

So do check out the posts and you might even be a lucky winner!
 I used the same stamps as my first card as I really love these brilliant sets, they are so versatile and work so well together. 

Again even though there is no sketch this month I decided to find another one from Shery's archives and used this one from year's back.
This is what I got up to
I cut myself 3 identical squares of card and distressed their edges. I then stamped across all 3 pieces.
 I stitched all around a piece of craft card and added a border of black
I stamped the sentient directly on my card.
Here is it

with a couple of close ups;

We would love for you to join in with the fun. You do not need to use STAMPlorations stamps to enter either. Remember that if you use my special code STAMPGIRLJANE at checkout you can save 20% on your website order too. Here is the link

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the weekend and the Royal nuptials. I am back again in the morning!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Dotty's Teahouse 2nd birthday celebrations

Dotty's Teahouse, where I have sold my cards since opening day, is going to be 2 on Saturday! How incredible is that? 2 years since I started selling my cards and I have recently numbered up card number 700.
I love walking down there with my new stock and this was the view early this morning.
Dotty's has gone from strength to strength and recently redecorated the back room in an Alice in Wonderland theme...just fab decor!

And Rebecca (the owner) has started hosting Alice themed afternoon teas which have gone down a storm. This is a photo of one...just look at those cakes!

This Saturday, to tie in with all the Royal Wedding celebrations there is a "Right Royal Tea party"!
The flag and bunting is all up and ready for the celebrations.
I have taken down some new cards and given one of my card shelves a red, white and blue theme.
The chandelier is lit
and the vintage tea cups are ready to be filled to the brim.
Sadly I can't make the celebrations this year as we have another date in our diary but I have made a special card for the occasion, which I hand delivered to dear Rebecca and her team this morning.

I made the background using the brilliant brand new Visible Image Sax it up, Jazz man stencil
and their unique, quirky Union Jack stencil.

 I used white card stock and taped the Union Jack stencil down with low tack masking tape. I blended Festive berries distress ink through the stencil and removed it. After drying I then taped down the Jazz man and used Blueprint Sketch distress ink and repeated the process.

Meet my very patriotic jazz man! I cut round the border, leaving the white space, and matted and layered with red and blue card onto a large white card blank.

I added some glittery tea cups, (well I had to didn't I) and a glittery bow tie, which I cut out, to the jazz man. I also used some snippets of card to die cut my words......

here is my finished card.
with a couple of close ups

These are such fab stencils and double up brilliantly too. If you are not a stamper they are an easy way to create very unique projects.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Monday stencil it
Pixie's Snippets Playground #326
Creative moments 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday stencil it

So I would like to wish Harry and Meghan a happy Wedding day and a great marriage and I would like to wish my favourite tea shop, Dotty's, a very

Happy 2nd Birthday!

(And I supposed I should wish myself a happy 2nd anniversary of card selling!)

If you are ever in the area you can find Dotty's at 108 High Street, Carshalton, Surrey.

And if you are around this Saturday there will be a right royal welcome for you!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x