Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Mother's Day 2019

Mother's day this year in the UK falls on 31st March so I have been busy making lots of cards for Dotty's Teahouse where I sell my cards in Carshalton High Street, Surrey.

Recently I have been spotting some lovely flowers in bloom and took these photos on my walk down to Dotty's



and my hellebore at home continues to show off it's glorious blooms

I always think that flowers are a good subject for Mother's day cards so here is one of my first.
The background was make using a paint resist technique and Tim Holz stamps. I then added distress inks over the top. The die cuts are a mix of Tim Holtz  Spellbinders and Memory box. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

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

The butterfly challenge A is for mine is anything goes
Through the craft room door anything goes
The artistic stamper 3/3 heart it
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 let me count the ways I have used 3 die cut hearts on my card
Crafty sentiments 1/3 spring is springing
We love to create 2/3 anything goes mixed media

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy this gorgeous weather and if you need some sunshine I am blowing it your way. 

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 18 February 2019

And now for something completely different.

Good morning, we have enjoyed some glorious almost spring like days recently. It was warm enough  to enjoy a cuppa outside in the garden yesterday. The sun had it's first real warmth of the year in it.
My walks to Dotty's were bathed in sunshine too.


It is of course time for my Monday Make for Visible Image and I have been busy designing with the fab new mixed media sets. They have now been released and are all all available to buy on the website here .   Last week I shared my winter butterflies post and this week it is time for something very different from me.

I used the brilliant art rebel set and wow it is just awesome.
and words for the World need art set

Just its name inspired me to get out my acrylic paints and using that awesome big fish pull some Gelli plate prints. I decided to make an art panel. 


I got out my large Gelli plate and I pulled lots....look out for them in the coming months.
Here is the one I used for my project coming off the plate...it's always exciting to see what has happened.
I added some more stamping using the other stamps from the set.
I then trimmed it down.
This is my final background showing a few close ups.


The colours made me thing of Andy Warhol so I decided to something whacky with the Art Rebel.
When I stamped out his hair and gave it tints of red, yellow and blue (why not 😃)
I also stamped and fussy cut out some of the small fish  as I had whacky plans for those too.

I then had such fun putting together my art panel. Here it is.
I'll talk you through with some close ups as there are lots of little details which get missed in the single photo. I cut out one lens from each pair of goggles. For the red rebel I put the fish through and then filled the hole with Glossy Accent to remake the "lens"

 The yellow haired rebel has one of the fish on the Gelli print inside.
and the blue one has the fish eye stamp and a fish in his mouth.

One final shot
You can have such fun with this set and as I said I have lots of fun prints to play with too.

I would like to link up my art panel into the following challenges;

Creative Artiste anything goes mixed media
Addicted to stamps 3/3 anything but square
Penny Black and More 1/3 anything goes
We love to create 1/3 anything goes mixed media
Pixie's snippets playground #346 I used lots of snippets here.
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 let me count the ways, include 3 of something mine is 3 art rebels!
Simon says stamp Monday typography
Through the craft room door 2/2 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 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 weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide.

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


As a little heads up Visible Image is returning to Create and Craft TV in March. The first show will be showcasing the Wizard of Oz dies and stamps so watch out for lots more samples and inspiration as well as Mark sharing some fab demos and tips.

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Friday, 15 February 2019

Still feeling the love

Valentine's day 2019 has come and gone but I am still feeling the love and have continued with the theme for my 2nd DT for STAMPlorations. The theme for February is stamps and love and there is a cool sketch which you could choose to use. All the details are here

I used the fab Romantic expressions 1 stamp set for my love themed card
and the brilliant hearts all over stencil. If you would like to save 20% save 20% on top of any current discounts just enter my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout.
I first made my background using the stencil and the distress inks below

I stamped the sentiment the corner and then the fun cherub onto a heart die cut.


Here is my finished card.



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

Artistic stamper 2/3 heart it
Card mania love is in the air
Crafty card makers 1/3 love, love, love
The paper girls 1/3 red, pink and white
Dragonfly dreams 1/3 include a heart
Die cuttin divas 1/3 love
Double D 2/3 hearts
Alphabet challenge 1/3 x for extra bling
Cute card Thursday 1/3 wings

We would love to see you join in with our theme and sketch challenge this month and the details, once again are here. Remember that if you use my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout you can save 20% on top of any current discounts being offered over at the STAMPlorations web site here. International orders are welcomed and postage charges are very reasonable.

Thanks for stopping by,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Dare to be different

Good morning, it's time for my 2nd card to hopefully inspire you to enter our February challenge over at Country View Crafts. You can see the first card, my ballet dancer, I made for the challenge here. Thanks for all the lovely comments you left me, she was a fun one to make.

For this month the lovely Sue has chosen the theme of Black and white or black/white and ONE (please don't add a hint of 2 or 3 😉 extra colours, just the one ).
You can enter our challenges as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing is absolutely FREE! All the details for the challenge can be found here.

So for this card I decided to be a little bit more off the beat and added green into the mix of black and white. 
Perhaps I am being influenced  by all the lovely green shoots popping up in my garden?


All my daffs outside are getting ready to pop open. 

To made my card I used another fun Visible Image stamp set called Dare to be different. I stamped and embossed the lips, lipstick stain and tip of the lipstick using very sparkly green embossing powder.

I decided for this card I would go for a clean and simple one and put this one together.

and one last shot.


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

Craft stamper take it make it 3/3 February
The crafty addicts 3/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps 3/3  anything but a square
Crafty friends 2/3 anything goes
Allsorts 2/3 winter sparkle
Through the craft room door 1/3 anything goes

You still have over 2 weeks left to enter our black and white or black/white + 1 colour challenge over at Country View. It would be lovely to see you join us...all the details again can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 11 February 2019

Winter butterflies

Well OK I suppose that's not really true as the butterflies are fast asleep as pupae in our gardens at the moment but that doesn't stop me dreaming of summer does it?

I have been really busy designing last week with the new Visible Image mixed media stamps and I have had a ball creating with them. They have now been released and are all all available to buy on the website here .When I saw this set with the lovely title 
I knew that a winter butterfly card would be just right for me to showcase them on.

I smooshed Wilted Violet, Mermaid lagoon and Pumice stone distress oxides onto watercolour card to made a wintry water colour background. 

First I stamped the butterflies directly on the card, shown above. Next I stamped some on white card and fussy cut them. I then layered them up. You will see that I also added some stitching to the edge of my card and glossy accents to the circles in the metamorphosis sentiment. I also die cut some silver cards using a mixed media die.

Here is my winter butterflies card...they almost look as though their wings are made of ice.


In these photos you should be able to see the icy glittery wings I gave them using a spectrum noir clear glitter pen. To add depth I placed some foam fixers under some of the wings too.

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

Craft stamper take it make it February
The crafty addicts 2/3 anything goes
As you like it 3/3 fave shape or fold and why Mine is a 7X5" card blanks as these are so much easier to display than square ones at Dotty's Tea House where I sell my cards.
We love to create 3/3 anything goes mixed media
Lil patch of crafting friends 3/3 anything goes
Crafters castle 3/3 anything goes
Penny black and More 3/3 anything goes with the option of tags
Addicted to stamps 1/3  anything but a square
Crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Allsorts 1/3 winter sparkle

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 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 weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide.

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

Next week I am sharing something very different with another set from the new mixed media stamp release....stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Wisley Gardens in winter

I haven't had a chance to share the photos from my recent visit to Wisley Gardens so I thought today would be the perfect time. 
I love catching up with my dear blogging friend Brenda as we share a real love of gardening and so enjoy our seasonal visits to Wisley Gardens in Surrey. Our latest visit was in January and I must admit I thought there would not little colour around. How delighted I was to be so wrong. There were lovely colours everywhere.
Outside we saw the Witch hazel in bloom
 and this amazing tree, not sure of its name though.

Early daffs were in bloom
and even iris were poking up out of the undergrowth.
In the green houses the colours were so vibrant and the flower shapes so unusual.


So all these lovely colours inspired my latest Valentine's card which is heading down to Dotty's Tea House today.
I used some vibrant distress inks and the stamps are by Visible Image. I die cut some hearts and finished off with some sequins.
A couple of close ups.


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

The crafty addicts 1/3 anything goes
Double D 1/3 hearts
Creative inspirations 1/3 with love
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 make your mark
As you like it 2/3 fave shape or fold and why Mine is a 7X5" card blanks as these are so much easier to display than square ones at Dotty's Tea House where I sell my cards.
Stamping sensations 2/3 all things bright and beautiful
We love to create 2/3 anything goes mixed media
Lil patch of crafting friends 2/3 anything goes
Crafters castle 2/3 anything goes
Penny black and More 2/3 anything goes with the option of tags
Fashionable stamping 2/3 anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive comments you have been leaving me, they are really appreciated.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x