Saturday, 2 July 2022

Billy's Christmas in July 2022

Hello everyone it's Billy here, Jane's cat,  as yes it's that mad time of the year when Jane seems to think it is Christmas. I may look a little started here. I appreciate that everyone knows her as Mrs Christmas but surely she has got her dates wrong? 

I had a little dig around in the garden and there are definitely no sacks of presents around or footprints from the man in the red suit. There is no snow...

the sun is warm and the garden positively blooming. Hmmm I can hear Jane humming Christmas songs in her garden studio so I better see what is going on.

 I decided to have a word with Baby Choc the Christmas tree who gets walked into the house in December (yes I know it's madness) and he told me that the reason why Jane thinks it is Christmas in July is because Visible Image have a Christmas stamp release that came out yesterday! So that might explain why I heard her talking to robin images on her craft desk in her studio.

This Jane's garden studio and I now understand that she has been making samples for the new release.

She has been super busy so she asked me to share her most recent make today. She says there are lots over on Instagram too and gave me something called a link to share; @jane.tyrrell 

She used this very cute set called Christmas Robin. I do love Robins and no I have never caught a bird. I recently took Mr Mouse inside to show Jane's husband. I had no idea that was not the best thing to do so I took him back out to the garden...and he trotted back to his family (true story..well the family bit might be a bit of poetic license on my part but Mr Mouse was genuinely pleased to get outside again and did trot off...pretty quickly though and he didn't even stop to say goodbye to me!)

and these gorgeous snowflakes from the new let it snow set

she paired them with a rather lovely sentiment from a set released a couple of years back called; Classic Christmas
and this is what she got up to;
She white heat embossed the snowflakes over a piece of 5X7" card and stamped the sentiment in black which she clear embossed.
She chose these 2 distress inks
and using a blending tool blended the inks all over the card. The embossing powders act as a resist and any link left on the stamped images just wipes off. 

Next she stamped out the robins, berries, branch and leaves onto white card and coloured just the robins with Zig pens. She says there is no problems colouring outside the lines as they all get cut out. She also cut the legs off the smaller 2 robins (that does sound a bit painful) but she restamped them on the card so they do get them back!

The snow is Glamour dust glitter and the berries got their sparkle from red Stickles glitter glue .

She then assembled the card, the smaller robins were stamped first to get their legs back and then the body glued in place. 

Here is Jane's finished card
with some close ups of the robins
and all that frosty sparkle...this makes me feel very festive..

and one final shot

Phew, that took some typing, my claws do tend to slip a bit on the keyboard. Now let's get back to summer and my spot in the shade.

Have a wonderful summer and Christmas...(it's only 176 days to go and yes Jane does have a countdown on her phone). Seriously enjoy the sunshine and don't miss out on these gorgeous new Visible Image Christmas stamp sets. I'm going to have a snooze now.

You can find the new stamps on the Visible Image website here; Christmas 2022 release and the existing Christmas stamps here

There are also gorgeous stencils, dies and other stamps over on the website.

Jane has added this bit for me;

All the Visible Image links are listed below;

The Visible Image Group page is over on Facebook. Our friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you. You will see lots of gorgeous makes by the DT and customers to inspire your own creativity. 
 I organize a monthly artist trading card swap there.  We are celebrated a whole year of swapping in May. Whether you are a new stamper or a seasoned one you are most welcome to join us. Nearly 100 members, worldwide, have taken part since it started. It's been such fun and it's so lovely to receive a unique piece of art from your partner in the post. The details for each swap are  put up in the group on 23rd of the month. There is no "monthly" commitment, just join in when you have the time! 

The main Visible Image Facebook business page is here


Visible Image also has its own You Tube channel here where you can see videos and Lives to give you lots of inspiration and ideas. 

Their Instagram page can be found here 

Pinterest here

and their website is here. 

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. I think I need to rest my paws now. Jane will be back again soon but if you want to keep up with all her makes which she doesn't have time to blog, you will find her over on Instagram here; @jane.tyrrell 

So it's goodbye from me, from the vantage point of Jane's Studio and yes I have been her blogging avatar since she started her blog 12 years ago! 

and it's goodbye from Jane too. She adds a disclaimer that no paws were inked or forced to type in the making of this card or writing of this blog 😸



Friday, 1 July 2022

July travel with Country View Challenges

 Hello and welcome to July when summer will soon be in full swing. Hopefully we will all have the chance this year to get away either on holiday or to visit friends and family. This is photo from our beloved Rhodes when we visited last September. 

It's time for our new challenge over at Country View Challenges. Our theme this month is "Travel" so we would like to see projects an obvious travel theme.  You can make anything you like using any products. You can enter a maximum of  5 times and into a maximum of 10 challenges including ours. As always there is a fab £20 voucher up for grabs for one lucky randomly selected winner to spend on the website.  You can find all the details of the challenge and more examples made by my talented teamies  here;

This is what I got up to. I used the following stamps; 

The brilliant You're a classic by Visible Image 

Plus a Tim Holtz set which is no longer in stock but there are plenty of others here;

I have added clickable links within this post to the CVC website. If anything is out of stock just add your name in the email notification and Susan will email you when she has them back in stock. 

I chose some travel themed stamps from my Tim Holtz tiny things stamp set and used a sheet of paper from an old pad in my stash and stamped out a background

I stamped the sentiment and numbers from the You're a classic

I positioned the numbers behind the car, which I had stamped and cut out.

I coloured a few parts with gold and silver pen for extra detailing. 

I chose some cogs from my pre made stash

as a finishing touch. Here is my card.

with a close up

and one final shot;

I hope I may have inspired you to join in with our July challenge. You can use any stamps/products, the choice is yours. 

 Once again all the details for the challenge are  Remember that when you buy from the Country View Crafts website UK postage is FREE on orders over £20.00

Once again here you can find all the details for our July challenge here;
I would love to see you over on Instagram where I share new creative makes nearly every day. This is my link/profile @jane.tyrrell
Sadly these days I just don't have the time to blog everything! 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Dragonfly days

Welcome to summer! We have had some glorious sunny weather recently and on my daily local walks I have even seen some dragonflies. They are sooo hard to capture on my camera...so here is a photo I took a while back when we were on holiday in Italy. They really are magical creatures and the way they shimmer in the sunshine is very magical. The detail on their wings is quite incredible.

Today it is time for my fortnightly blogged design team make for Visible Image. Inspired by the beginning of summer and my dragonfly sightings I have used one of the 3 delightful dragonfly sets they sell; Dragonfly reflection If you click on any of my links they will take you to the website.

This is a beautiful large A5 set of stamps and has a "choice" of wings too for extra versatility, some gorgeous background stamps and 3 cool words. I decided to make a tag used the inky numbers version of the wings just to be a bit more magical and very VI!
This is what I got up to; 
I made a Brushos background using these 2 colours 
and cut a tag from it. I like to frame some of my tags so I also cut a tag in black card slightly bigger. 
Using the torn mesh stamp in the set I stamped a border using Green oasis Versafine Claire ink.
I added some more detailing using the inky circle and grunge circle stamps. I used Paradise and Charming pink Clair ink.

I then stitched around the edges using my sewing machine and yellow cotton for contrast.
To make the wings I used alcohol inks on heat resistant acetate. I have demoed this technique at several shows and it is always a crowd pleaser. I just drip the inks onto the acetate. The pearl alcohol inks work best as they are more opaque but any AI does work. 

I just drip until I have a mix I like (this is so hard to show in a photo!)
 I always stamp on the non inked side and use Archival ink. I add clear embossing powder and gently heat emboss. It is fiddly but the results are really worth it. I then cut the wings out. I tend to make several pairs at a time to use for future projects. 
I stamped the dragonfly onto the tag.
And then adhered 1 pair of wings in place with 3D glue
I also added drops of the glue in random places for a watery effect.


Here is my finished tag.
with a couple of close ups;


and one final shot.

All the Visible Image links are listed below;

The Visible Image Group page is over on Facebook. Our friendly Group is here ...it would be lovely to see you. You will see lots of gorgeous makes by the DT and customers to inspire your own creativity. 
 I organize a monthly artist trading card swap there.  We are celebrated a whole year of swapping in May. Whether you are a new stamper or a seasoned one you are most welcome to join us. Nearly 100 members, worldwide, have taken part since it started. It's been such fun and it's so lovely to receive a unique piece of art from your partner in the post. The details for each swap are  put up in the group on 23rd of the month. There is no "monthly" commitment, just join in when you have the time! 

The main Visible Image Facebook business page is here


Visible Image also has its own You Tube channel here where you can see videos and Lives to give you lots of inspiration and ideas. 

Their Instagram page can be found here 

Pinterest here

and their website is here. 

 You will also find me on Instagram here; @jane.tyrrell where I share many more samples than I have the time to blog.

A little heads up before I go that the brand new Christmas 2022 stamp release is on pre order NOW over on the website. 

 and it is gorgeous...here are a few of my first DT samples. This set is called Let it snow
Below are 3 tags made  using Vintage Santa
and last but definitely not least as I ADORE this set;  Christmas robin.

You can find all the details of my cards over on my Instagram account @jane.tyrrell  and I will be sharing more in the coming days and weeks. 

The new stamps are on the VI website here;


I am also doing an extra Visible Image blog post with a "Christmas in July" make on 2nd July. The annual host of that blog post is...my sweet cat Billy (yes seriously). Don't miss him, he writes a good post and is very pleasing on the eye!  Just don't tell him that 😉 He has always been the avatar to for my blog. Here he is sitting on the roof of my garden studio. 
Bye for now. 

 Jane x