Thursday, 17 October 2019

Beautiful rain

It has been very wet over the last week but it has still been so beautiful to see autumnal colour in my garden. My potted acer leaves are turning every shade of golden. They were dripping with water but still so gorgeous.

This one is under the cover of the magnolia
 After quite a dry period my little garden is loving it. 
It inspired my next Halloween tag...with lots of leaves ....

The stamps are all by Visible Image and the leaves are Memory Box

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

Funkie Junkie boutique blog Halloween
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies
The house that stamps built inspiration palette
The male room 1/3 Halloween
Simon says Wednesday  Halloween

The sun did peep out late yesterday afternoon so I had the best of both world's in one day. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A mid month reminder for STAMPlorations theme and photo prompt October challenge

We are half way through October and our Theme and Photo prompt challenge over at Stamplorations so I am back today with some more inspiration to hopefully inspire you to join in with the fun.
There are not many rules; You must show some stamping on your project. Your 3 colours cannot include any black or white you use.
 You don't have to use STAMPlorations stamps to enter but of course we love it if you do! You can link up to 6 times with new blog posts and you need to include the challenge graphic in your post. You can go with the theme, the sketch or both, the choice is yours. There are some fab prizes to be won too!
This is the link to the challenge with all the info you need.

For my 2nd card I used the Senecio 1 stencil
I chose the colours yellow, pink and green from the photo prompt.

This is what  I got up to; I used the stencil to add some yellow across my card background.

I also added some stamping using some of the fun border stamps from It's a girl thing; sunshine
I then made a cupcake similar to my first card using the awesome  Cupcake builder #2
  and stamped one of the sentiments from the  party time set

Here is my finsihed card
with a close up of that cup cake!
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Happy little stampers anything goes with dies

Remember if you would like to buy these stamps or any products on the website just enter my code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout to get 20% off on top of any current discount being offered.This is a direct link to the web site

It would be great to see you joining in with the fun and perhaps you might even be one of the winner.  You can go with the theme, the sketch or both, the choice is yours. There are some fab prizes to be won; $15 gift certificate to the winner and $10 for the runner up, chosen by a DT member. There are also $5 gift certificates given to each of 3 randomly drawn players. Once again this is the link to the challenge with all the info you need.

We have a fab STAMPlorations party on at the moment where we are celebrating it's 6th birthday earlier in the summer. Do check out the web site here for more details, there are lots of giveaways coming  your way which are as always open internationally. I am also taking part in special giveaway on 24th October so stay tuned.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 October 2019

Nearer the witching hour

Good Monday morning it is time for my fortnightly design team post for Visible Image stamps and today I am sharing another of my Halloween tags I have made for my big and little babies. I shared my guardian angel tag 2 weeks ago here in case you missed it. Today I am embracing the witching hour using the awesome 
 the birds from Into the woods (but you will see further in this post that one turned into a bat!)
the smaller cats from Stay curious

and a couple stamps from Create it
This is what I got up to. I used a piece of inky mop up card from my stash and die cut a tag and then my bats.
I stamped, coloured with Zig watercolour pens and cut out my witch.
I stamped and embossed the cats  (sorry about the reflection it was very sunny that day in my studio) and cut some out. 
I found a very old Halloween paper from my stash and added the sitting cat from Create it! I stamped the little tree and leaves in brown from Own it, and 2 of the owls from Into the woods
However I noticed a problem.....
yes I stamped the owl into the O of frog upside down. I muttered and was really annoyed with myself until I realise that upside down it looked like a bat and that it was even better than an owl on the O!!What a stroke of luck. Or perhaps the witch had cast a spell? 🤣🦉🦇
I also made some bottles of poison using the stamp from the Alice in wonderland stamp set

I backed my tag with black card and added a layer of purple die cut mesh. 

Spot the bat  owl 😉

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

Craft Stamper take it make it 3/3 anything goes
Fab n funky 2/3 halloween
Funky Junkie boutique blog Halloween
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies
Crafty sentiments 2/3 Halloween
Simon says Monday autumn/fall

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group is here would be lovely to see you there. You will see lots of gorgeous makes by the DT and customers to inspire your own creativity.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are regular world wide.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope your Halloween creations are taking shape...not long now until the witches fly. Watch out they don't turn you into a bat 🤣🦇🦇🦇

And keep this under your hat (or your broomstick) there is a BRAND NEW release coming very soon! Stay tuned!

Back soon, 

Bye for now

Jane x

Thursday, 10 October 2019

The white squirrel

As you know I regularly go up to feed my Dino ducks (Egyptian geese) and they greet me like an old friend.
How adorable they are
While I was feeding them on Monday I heard a scurrying in the undergrowth and to my amazement spotted the elusive white squirrel. I have often been told about him but rather thought he was the stuff of fiction.  Not so, as this video I managed to take shows.

He didn't seem too frightened of me and after he had finished foraging off he went up the nearby tree 
like a tiny ghost. 
How honoured I felt to have met him.

So I was inspired to make another of my Halloween tags...featuring a friendly little ghost.


The stamped skull and hands are both Visible Image stamps; the hands from "You are not alone" and the skull from Mr Bone Jangles  The dies are various; Memory box, Sizzix and the Works.The background is distress oxides and some glitter paste through a Tim Holtz stencil for texture.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Creative Inspirations 3/3 masculine or fall/autumn
A vintage journey Inky wings
Craft Stamper take it make it 2/3 anything goes
Fab n funky 1/3 halloween
Funky Junkie boutique blog Halloween
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies
Crafty sentiments 1/3 Halloween
Simon says Monday autumn/fall
The house that stamps built 1/3 tic tac toe I have gone with the right hand vertical; wildlife, texture, stencil

 Thanks so much for stopping by and look out for white squirrels....and perhaps even a ghost or 2???

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Crows and conkers

Following on from my 2019 conker treasure hunt post I thought I would share some more of my crafting inspiration from that day. If you missed that post you can find it here

As well as the conker treasure hunt we also went to see my family of Dino ducks (Egyptian geese) who I have fed and followed since they hatched earlier this year.

You may remember that I also made some backgrounds for some artist trading coins.
On Monday I used them to make some dino duck inspired coins. I used my lovely new Lavinia crows and made these. I would like to give a heads up that Country View Crafts (who I design for) are now an official stockist of Lavinia stamps. They always offer completely FREE UK POSTAGE with no minimum spend! The crow stamp set I used for my coins are available here

I made 6, 3 for my group swap 2 for Daisy and 1 for me. I posted Daisy's to her and she should be receiving them today. 
A couple of close ups (these are 2 1/2" in diameter).

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

Addicted to stamps and more anything goes
Crafting by Design 2/3  anything goes
Fab n Funky 2/3 autumn colours
Creative Inspirations 2/3 masculine or fall/autumn
The house that stamps built 2/3 circles
Through the craft room door 2/3 anything goes
Crafter's Castle 1/3 anything goes/fall
Crafty Calander 1/3 anything goes/fall
A vintage journey Inky wings
Craft Stamper take it make it 1/3 anything goes

We did lots of crafting last weekend and I am delighted to say that Jack loves to be involved sometimes too,
when you can drag him away from his beloved trains...this is a bit blurry but shows him looking at his aeroplane ATC badge I made him!
Today I visited the dinos and did some crafting..but I had no little buddies to do it with this time..
we will be seeing them again next weekend so not long to wait.

Thanks for popping by and have a lovely weekend. We are huge Strictly fans and can't wait to see the Movie night show tonight on TV, it is always such a spectacle.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 3 October 2019

The 2019 Conker treasure hunt

Last weekend out darling grandbabies came to stay while their Mummy and Daddy went to a wedding. It was the perfect timing as the local horse chestnut trees were raining down conkers for our annual conker treasure hunt. My non UK blog readers often ask what conkers are. They are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree and are the stuff of all our childhoods. Everyone smiles when they see a shiny conker on the ground and even my Mum at 85 will stop and pick up the first one of the season. However as I have been before they are not edible at all, unlike their sweet chestnut relative.

Daisy has been on our conker treasure hunt most years but this was a first for Jack. They had their baskets to gather their finds.
We call it "treasure" when you find an unopened case containing a conker. You never know if you will find a single round conker in there or 2 "cheese cutters". Daisy even found one case with 3 inside.

Jack actually said "wow" as we opened this one.
Expert Daisy showed Jack how to avoid the prickles as you open the case.

There were  thousands on the floor.
We had the best fun.
This is their haul which I will scatter at the park at the end of our road for the squirrels to eat soon.

How much joy can such a simple free activity generate, we made some wonderful memories of a very special day.
I decided that I really wanted to make a "Moment" for my album and some Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) Daisy loves my ATCS and coins, I offered to send one of each of my collections I make to her from now on. She thought it was a wonderful idea and I bought her an A4 file and some sheets of protective card holders. She has asked me to post them to her, this sounds like a really fun thing for us both.
So on Monday, when the house was very quiet again, I got out my distress inks to make some backgrounds, inspired by the colours of that day.
I made 2 sheets of watercolour backgrounds, 1 for my Moment and 1 for my Artist trading cards.
I used my very organic Ink swirls Visible Image stencil and added some more of the same inks.

 I left 1 sheet whole and I cut some of the 2nd sheet into ATC size. 

For my Moment I wanted to try to give the impression of the conkers and autumnal trees and colours without distracting from my photos. I used my Visible Image "the ripple effect" set of background stamps as I wanted to create the memory of the trees and the conkers we collected.I also used , Into the woods for the trees and sentiment.  The ripple effect  represented the tree trunks and the circles the conkers. Some I gave a shine to using glossy accents, just like the shiny conkers we found.
Here is my Moment.
with a couple of close ups;

and one last shot
and these are the ATCs
3 are for a Facebook swap group I belong to, 1 is for Daisy and 1 is for me.
A couple of close ups;

When I look at my Moment and ATCs in my album I will be able to revisit a special day with Daisy and Jack and some wonderful memories.
I think the sentiments were perfect to sum up that day. Family/roots/strength/memories, what can be more important?

I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;
Cute card Thursday anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more anything goes
Crafting by Design anything goes

I would like to enter my ATCs into the following challenges;
Fab n Funky 1/3 autumn colours
Creative Inspirations 1/3 masculine or fall/autumn
The house that stamps built 1/3 circles
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by, the mornings and evenings have a real nip in the air now. Even with the sunny days mixed in with the rain we had this week, autumn has most certainly arrived.

Have a lovely upcoming weekend,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x