Saturday, 17 February 2018

Gems in the rain

The weather has been very fickle for the last few weeks. Dismal rainy days followed by glorious sunshine. In 12 hours we can go from saturation to blue skies. British weather certainly is not boring.
I have been trying to get out into the garden to tidy up a little but realistically there is not a lot I can do at the moment. I still love looking around and seeing what is going on in my little patch of earth. I spotted raindrops on my new lupin leaves and thought how beautiful they looked trapped in their centres. I grabbed my camera and took these photos.

 To me they looked just like little sparkling gems..so beautiful.







I have been busy making new stock for Dotty's Teahouse and I finally had a chance to play with a gorgeous new Lavinia fairy stamp I won a few weeks back in the Ink Arts challenge over on Facebook. I made my card and then thought I would add some jewels (gold glitter) to the centre of my flowers and also a few sequins for extra sparkle. Mother Nature gives me so much free inspiration for my cards, even in the rain!


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

Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
C.R.A.F.T Mother's day/female
Crafty catz 1/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 1/3 one for the girls

The weekend weather is looking pretty good and yesterday was a gorgeous blue sky one so I may well be able to get out into the garden. Enjoy yours and I will see you bright and breezy on Monday morning with my weekly Visible Image DT post.
Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really appreciate every single one. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers, it's lovely to see you joining me here on my creative journey.

Bye for now,

Jane x


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love is in the air


Good morning I hope you find yourself under a pile of Valentine's this morning and if not I have one to share with you at the end of my post.
We're mid way through the month of February...such a great month having just 28 days. I am continuing to see so many lovely flowers. These gorgeous primula were in the garden centre...how pretty are these delicate colours?


and there was even a brave Camellia showing its beautiful blooms.

These pretty striped tulips also caught my eye.
and a pot of daffs on my own window sill are nearly in bloom.
My card today is the last of my Valentine cards for selling at Dotty's Teahouse for 2018. It will be time to start making cards for Mother's Day soon, but in the meantime I have my son's birthday coming up soon so I will get that under my belt first.

So I would like to send some Valentine love to all my sweet blog readers...this one is for you.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Happy Little stampers CAS 1/3 love
Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Deep Ocean love is all around
Try it on Tueday's 2/3 love is in the air
Allsorts 2/3 love is in the air
Simon says stamp Wednesday it must be love
Die cuttin divas Valentine's day
Card mania 1/3 red and hearts

My special Valentine, my darling Hb and I are off out to dinner tonight...celebrating our engagement 38 years ago.....wow..time really does fly.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. 

  Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dreaming of summer destinations

Good morning, did you get a chance to see the Create and Craft TV shows this weekend?  You might have spotted the card I am sharing today for my weekly dose of Visible Image. (It was on the Saturday show and my little crabs waved out!) The shows can still be viewed for the next 7 days on catch up on the Create and Craft website here 

I wanted to design a card showing how the new Written in the stars zodiac stamps work so well with the existing Visible Image stamp range.
I used a very summery palette, although we can still only dream of summer at the moment.
To put you in the mood, how about a couple of summery photos to cheer us up from my holidays' past.
Awww, sand between you toes...what a wonderful thought.
We also regularly see freshwater crabs on Rhodes in the butterfly valley and this gave me the idea for my card....


I starting inking my background with salty ocean and and broken china distress oxide inks, using lots of water on my watercolour card. Once dry I blended on some spiced marmalade oxide ink.

I stamped lots of the fab crabs from the Cancer Zodiac set and inked them using the matching distress ink colours
I used broken china distress ink to add some stencilling to them using the fibres stencil.
To give their shells some extra texture I added some Ranger clear rock candy crackle.


I used stamps from the Organics set as my seaweed,
 I stamped and embossed them using frantage..you will see the sparkle more in a later photo.
I also added some more fibres stencilling to create some "waves" in my background

I stamped some of the words from Destination unknown and some of the fab paper boats which I fussy cut out and added the Cancer birth date details to.
 I then put together my crab card...on a great adventure but with their "Destination unknown" 
I thought the crabs could "hold" the sentiments.

Here are a couple of close ups

IRL there is a lot of sparkle on my card, difficult to show in my photos but I think the close ups give you an idea.
and one final shot
I hope I have been able to show you some different ways of combining your Visible Image stamps and may have also brought a little bit of sunshine to you on a cold winter's day.


You can also check out Visible Image via these links;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it 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.

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 these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

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

Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
Craft Stamper take it make it 3/3 February
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x