Monday, 8 July 2019

Spring morphs into summer

Good morning, what a lovely week of weather we enjoyed in the south; long hot sunny days.
 I promised I would share a few more photos of our Sicily holiday. A place my Hb and I walked to most days was the public park, just below the amphitheater. The shade found there was most welcome and it was a blissful spot to sit, eat lunch and watch the world go by.

 The gardens were built in the 1890s by an rich English aristocrat lady who lived in Taormina.  She had several follies erected where she could paint. Below is one of them.  Sadly you cannot go inside any of them now as they are not safe.
How amazing it must have been to sit at one of those windows, look out to the view and paint. Wow how I would love to sit there and craft but I am not sure the floors would not even hold a paint brush now.
It is also time for my weekly Visible Image design team project and today I am sharing 2 tags which I have called my spring and summer tags using the more stamps from the wonderful June release.
I took some inky mop up card and added vintage photo distress oxide through the
Cosmic skies stencil

I used the Tree of life stamp set

I then took some spring feel inky card from my stash and stamped the 2 leaves multiple times and fussy cut them out.

I stamped my images and the sentiment onto the tag and paper pieced the leaves.

I then took some summer feel inky mop up card, die cut a tag and added squeezed lemonade distress ink (such a summery name!) through the
Atomic flower stencil
I stamped my images and the other sentiment in the set onto this tag using Versafine Clair  and paper pieced some more of the leaves again.
I added Glossy Accents to the little bubbles on the leaves for some extra texture.
Here are the finished tags.
both together
and one last shot
I would like to enter my tags into the following challenges;

Creative fingers 2/3 anything goes
Through the craft room door 2/3 anything goes
Crafty sentiments 2/3 bright colours
Simon says stamp make your own background
Love to craft 2/3 anything goes
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Happy little stampers 2/3 anything goes
Craft Stamper take it make it July

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.

I had a fabulous day yesterday demonstrating for the lovely Jame and Emma of Stampers Grove at the Stamperama Stamping Show at the Newbury Race course. James took some action shots which he will send me but this is a photo he took for me before opening time. The day just raced by.
I so enjoyed showing my samples, demonstrating and sharing tips and techniques with all the lovely crafters who stopped by.  I also met several lovely ladies who I have known for a while via Facebook or blogging and I have now had the pleasure to meet them in person. Such fun! I will be back with a post of the day later this week. 

I have another quick heads up for THIS Thursday, 11 July. If you are in the Carshalton area I am appearing at Dotty's Teahouse where my cards are sold at their first Meet the Maker event. Do stop by I will be sharing lots of tips and there will be live inky demos at 11am and 2pm!
It would be lovely to see you there plus Dotty's homemade cakes are legendary! 
You will find Dotty's at High Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2AE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Lovely vacation pix, TFS. Great makes too. You looked so happy and comfortable at the Visible Image booth yesterday, great to meet you. I'm your latest follower!

    Happy Monday


  2. lovely photos of Taormina which have brought back memories of when we were there many yrs ago. I am surprised the follies are still standing as they looked very unsafe back then. Love your two tags. Usually go to the Newbury show but missed it this time round. Would love to have met you. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. beautiful backgrounds Jane, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  4. Pretty tags ... love those little leaves!
    So glad your demo went well at the weekend (I knew it would) and you have another one coming up ... this will soon be a full time job!! :)
    Happy new week my friend, we're just back from a couple of days on the North Coast,
    V x

  5. Beautiful tags! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.
    Hugs, Zowie.
    Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  6. Wow, Jane, your photos of Sicily are magnificent.. what a romantic place, so picturesque! I like how the two tags turned out. How fun for you to demo and have fellow bloggers and your readers turn out to see you. You're a stamping rock star! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Sicily looks amazing! As do your tags - gorgeous creations both! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers for the Watercolour Challenge!

  8. Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us in the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's July "Anything Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2


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