Monday, 24 July 2017

A lifetime of love

Tomorrow is a rather special 36th Wedding Anniversary! Goodness knows where those years have gone but they have been the best of years.  I am lucky to have met and married my soul mate and been blessed with a lifetime of love.

We have a special treat planned..lunch at the Sky Garden in London and yes of course I will be taking my trusty camera away with me.

Today is my weekly inspiration post for Visible Image. I think that the sentiment I used for my card sums up how many people feel about the love of their lives...... however I was just one of those lucky ones who found mine when I was just eighteen 😍
I also used the time swirl, falling man and lady, the past stamp and the birds from the amazing Ahead of our time set.
I made an Infusions background
and used some very glittery WOW gold embossing powder to emboss the time swirl...
I then stamped the birds emerging from the end of the swirl. 

I embossed and fussy cut the man and lady and had them falling from the past stamp. I die cut some clock hands and turned my time swirl into a clock where the man has grabbed onto the the hands to "turn back time" and find his love sooner. 
Here are some close ups.

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

Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 sparkle/celebrations mine is of course our anniversary tomorrow.
Noor use die cuts
We love to create 1/2 Anything creative/mixed media goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground #291/2 I used snippets for my sentiment and my little clock hands
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media
Fussy and fancy 2/3 anything goes

All the links to Visible Image are below;

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. Our 3rd themed challenge, "a splash of colour", is  also up and running until 28 July. There is another £40 voucher up for grabs for the winner of this. 

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

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

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to leave your kind comments.

I have a very special blogging celebration coming up on Wednesday....I will be celebrating my 7th...yes 7th! blogging birthday...and I have a giveaway pop back to join in with the's a preview

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 21 July 2017

More warm summer colours for STAMPlorations

Hello it's time for what I thought would be my last Guest Designer card for STAMPlorations . I am delighted to announce that I will be taking part in her Christmas blog hop coming up in September/October. As you well know I am Mrs Christmas and I am thrilled that I will be sharing some more Guest Designer work out for some awesome new Christmas products.

Today is the mid month reminder for the current theme and sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations.

The theme is warm colours and there is nothing more inspiring in my garden than the warm colours of my gazania

and this is the optional sketch.
You can find all the details of the challenge here

I chose to work with these products;

available here

and the lovely Daisy row 
available here
I inked up a piece of card using some sunny Distress inks
I stamped the Daisy border and cut it out. 
I also die cut some yellow card and some inky mop up card to make some sunshine, adding sequins to the centres and a strip of sunny ribbon.

Here is my finished card.
Remember that you can get 20% off your order if you enter the code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout. Shery's international postage rates are very reasonable too.

I would also like to join in with the following challenges;

Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
Crafty Calendar 2/3  anything goes
Crafting by designs 2/3 anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon 1/3 anything goes
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Time Out 1/3 inspired by words

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 Have a lovely weekend...I am back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image Inspiration post.

 One thing I really want to share with you all is that ***squeal*** I managed to get a ticket for Tim Holtz's workshop in September in Harrogate. I cannot believe it, the website crashed the first time they were put up for sale on Monday but yesterday I succeeded and I am one of the very lucky ticket holders for the Friday morning. I am beyond excited as Tim rarely comes over the pond from the States.....this really is a dream come true for me as I think I never create anything without using one of his amazing products! If anyone else is going on the Friday morning it would be great to meet up. Do let me know.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

More photos from Portugal

I am back to share some more of our holiday photos from Portugal. These are from one of our 2 visits to Lisbon and below is the Monument to the discoveries built in the 1960. We took a lift up to the viewing platform right at the top

and from the top looked down to this the amazing monastery which we decided to visit next.
The stonework inside the monastery was quite breathtaking. Just imagine how many stonemasons were involved in all these carvings.

Even inside the chapel every single pillar and post had been hand carved.

I have nearly finished making my travel journal and I thought I would share a couple of sneak peek pages. I have made the backgrounds using distress oxides, stencils and Visible Image stamps. I like using the colours I see in my photos. 

I was also inspired by the hot yellows of the stonework in the Monastery to make a page insert. I selected some very sunny yellows and orange distress inks and some stencils which reminded me of some of the shapes I had seen carved.
First I blended the lighter yellows
then added some stencilling using fossilised amber.
I added some crackle paste too and a stamped some script too. 
and to finish the page off  I stamped my eye from the Where dreams take you Visible Image set. I also added some of their sentiments which are just perfect for journalling.

I would like to enter this journal page into the following challenges;

Stamps and Stencils colour, texture, shape
Crafty Calendar 2/3  anything goes
Crafting by designs 2/3 anything goes
We love to Create 2/2 anything goes
Craft stamper Take it make it Anything goes
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything mixed media

The full reveal of my holiday journal will be on Monday 7th August. I will of course be back with several other posts before then..this Friday will be my next.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers. It's great to see you joining me here on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x