Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Beach blues and greens

It's time for my 2nd inspiration card for our "Blues and Greens" challenge this month over at Country View Craft. For my first card  here I made a card for my Dad and today I am sharing the female one I made. At this time of the year I still think of the seaside blues and greens from happy family holidays...


  I decided to use a great Rubber Dance beach stamp for my focal and make a sealife frame.
I simply stamped and embossed it on an inky background.
I used my Tim ornate frame and added lots of textures and colour. I over heated the acryllic inks on purpose to get them to blister I added some Treasure Gold to give some extra interest.
 I really liked this effect.


I used blue and green distress inks to create my base card and added some Oxide stenciling. I used some of the stamps from the Dare to swim Visible Image stamp set to create an under the waves scene.


I die cut some sea themed elements and put on my creative hat.

Here is my finished blues and greens card.



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

Dies R us anything goes
Happy little stampers 2/3  anything goes with dies
Simon Says work it Wednesday 1/3 Favourite stamps
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 anything goes
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 on the cutting edge
Deep Ocean 1/3 fave colour combo
Simon says stamp Wednesday add a sentiment
That's Crafty 2/3 only cards
Penny Black and More 2/3 all creatures great and small
Rubber Dance embossing as well as the stamped and embossed image I also added Frantage embossing powder to the frame.

You still have just over a week to enter our "blues and greens" August challenge over at Country View....you could be the lucky winner of a £20 shop voucher if you join the fun. Here is the link

Thanks for stopping by today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Swan Lake and ballet memories

I met my daughter and Jack a couple of weeks ago at the 10th Hole, a delightful tea house in Southsea. I have shared some photos from previous visits before, it's a great place and very popular.

 Of course we needed to catch up first over a cuppa.  After our delicious lunch we walked to the boating lake via the Rose Garden.



The boats on the lake are most unusual...yes they're swans and ducks.

And swimming right next to them were....real swans!
There was also a whole group right next to where we sat who pruned and preened themselves.

 It was fun to sit so close and watch them.


 We enjoyed a very pleasant few hours, just sitting, chatting and watching the world go by and joked that the lake should be renamed Swan Lake. Such a great day.

 Now today is my inspiration day for Visible Image and "Swan Lake" got me thinking and reminiscing about ballet. My daughter, in her time was quite a ballet dancer and even had the chance to dance a couple of sessions at the Royal Ballet's White Lodge in Richmond as a teenager. Even as a junior doctor she tried to get to a ballet lesson whenever she could. Her young children and busy life as a GP mean that disappearing off to ballet is not possible for now.  I am sure in the future though she will get back to her dancing. My Mum also used to take her regularly to see ballet shows in London,from a very early age right up until she moved out of London.  I have also been to the ballet many times with my Mum. We have seen all the major ballets including Swan Lake.  Most recently I even managed to drag my Hb along.

So I knew just which stamps to use for today's post...

Yes the brilliant Born to perform stamp set

I have made previous cards using the dancer so this time I thought I would use some of the words as a focal sentiment and also the great add ons which come with this set. The little ballet shoes are really fun to work with. I stamped and embossed 3 sets of shoes, 1 in red and 2 in black
which I then fussy cut out. 
There is a great mix of words you can use in this set. I decided to use the words below. I stamped on some the stars and die cut out my focal.

Then I put on my creative hat to put together my card.
Here it is;
I added a Noor star diecut using black card and filled in one of the stars with red glitter for some bling. I also added red brads to the stamped stars and ribbons to the shoes . I used some of my home printed music paper.This card brings back memories of the hours I spent when my girlie was a teenager sewing ribbons into her new satin ballet shoes.
Here is a close up the sweet shoes.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Dies R us anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #295/6
Happy little stampers 1/3  anything goes with dies
Simon says stamp Wednesday add a sentiment
That's Crafty 1/3 only cards
Really reasonable ribbon 1/3 anything goes
Rubber dance 1/3 embossing

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you there. 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 monthly themed challenge is on summer break and will return in September. 

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 can be purchased. 


I will be a bit awol for the next few days as a VIP is staying with us until Wednesday......my darling Daisy arrived yesterday and we will be busy crafting, collecting acorns, walking to the park, taking the train up to London, out to dinner..the list is endless.

What a lucky Nanna I am.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 17 August 2017

August brings the sheaths of corn

There is a very slight nip in the air in the mornings heralding the feeling that summer is starting to come to a close. However during the days we are still having beautiful warm sunshine. 

The new varieties of begonia I bought are still flourishing and providing gorgeous shades of yellow in my hanging basket.
My gazania shine out..such sunny flowers.

I even caught a busy bee at work
I used these colours as the inspiration for the August page I made for my art journal using the words from the Months Poem by Sara Coleridge.

August brings the sheaths of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

I chose several yellow and orange distress inks and made an inky background, just roughly blending some of the lighter colours.
I added  some leaf stencilling and some rays of sunshine.

I choose an assortment of stamps to choose from. 

I needed to add a tractor to my page and as I have no tractor stamps at all I improvised.
I stamped the vintage Tim Holtz car.
 and die cut some cogs...you will see how I made these into a tractor all is revealed in my final photo
I stamped my Paper Artsy girl as my focal to represent my "Harvest home"
I die cut some foliage and arranged it so that she was hiding in the field. I then masked her off adding a small edge to give her a halo effect.
I then added some brown spray inks and a touch of gold liquid acrylic ink to finish off.

 Here is my finished page.
A few close  ups...first my tractor...well I think it just passes as one 😉
and my harvest home
 this is such a great stamp...my harvest home is peeping out from my field of corn.
My page was made for the following challenges

The Craft Barn month challenge August (complete with tractor 😉)
Craft Stamper take it make it 3/3 August anything goes
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 on the cutting edge
Dies R us anything goes
We love to create 2/2 anything creative/mixed media
Stamps and stencils technique school
Fashionable stamping 2/3 use your inks anyway you like
Stamping sensations 3/3 anything goes 
Emerald Creek Dares 2/3 anything goes
Happy little stampers 1/3  anything goes with dies

I hope you have enjoyed a productive week? I have been very busy in my studio working on some designs for Visible Image for their next Create and Craft TV appearance. These shows are on Friday and Saturday 8/9 September. There are also some top secret brand new things to share.....some sneak peeks will be coming very soon....be prepared to be amazed and delighted! There are also some brand new gorgeous Christmas stamps being released in September. Mrs Christmas here is a very happy bunny 😊

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

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Arise Pegasus

Good morning another week is here and it is time for my dose of  inspiration for Visible Image.
For today's project I used my Do you believe in Unicorns set
I started to  make a Distress Oxide background for the unicorn. However as made the background I made me think of the age of the universe. I stamped the moon using Faded Jeans  Distress Oxide ink. As I looked at the moon in the sky for some reason Pegasus, the ancient mythical winged horse, came to mind.
Now the unicorn in this set has a horn and no wings but Visible Image also made this wonderful set
...........which does has a fab set of wings.
So to bring Pegasus alive I masked off the unicorn's horn before I stamped and white embossed it onto my inky background.
I stamped and gold embossed the wings onto black card and fussy cut them out.
I also used the birds from the learn to fly again.
I played with the position of the wings until I was happy with them and then put on my creative hat to put my card together......my unicorn underwent a metamorphosis.....

arise Pegasus 😁

You will see that I also stamped the cloud stamps over the moon and used the sentiment from the Angels are near set. I added some gold glitter to his hooves to speed him on his journey....

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

Penny Black and More 1/3 all creatures great and small 
Not just cards 1/3  anything goes
Fashionable stamping 1/3 use your inks anyway you like
Cute card Thursday 2 /3 embossing Pegasus and the birds, clouds and wings are all heat embossed
The Artistic stamper 3/3 anything goes
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 anything goes 
Craft Stamper take it make it  2/3 August anything goes

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you there. 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 monthly themed challenge is on summer break and will return in September. 

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 can be purchased. 

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy a creative week ahead. The sun returned this weekend...bliss. We spent Saturday by the seaside with the children and on Sunday I was able to sit and plan some upcoming design work in my garden.


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sweet peas and my giveaway winner

After the all day rain and eternal night we endured yesterday it is hard to remember that it is still summer. However my garden certainly remembers and I still have so many lovely blooms out there. If you remember from this post I planted some sweet peas earlier this year. Today the sunshine is back thank goodness and my washing is blowing on the line.

My sweet peas have bloomed beautifully and their scent is just delicious. One sniff takes me back to my childhood and the sweet peas my darling granddad , who we lived with, grew in the garden. Such power to evoke such sweet memories.
These are mine in flower.
 I am able to cut them most days and put them into the dear little vases my BF also included in my birthday present she gave me in April.
I take them down to my studio
and their sweet perfume drifts around me as I craft.....mmmm just bliss.


So my card just had to feature the sweetest Lili of the Valley sweet pea image I recently bought from their Simply Print pre-coloured  range. I made a very CAS card for Dotty's Teahouse where it has gone down to sell. The stamped sentiment is a Clearly Besotted favourite of mine.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Happy little stampers 1/3 anything goes with dies
Simon says stamp Monday happy birthday
Craft Heaven 1/3 anything goes
Noor UK anything goes
C.R.A.F.T challenge 1/3 anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 embossing my sentiment is heat embossed.
As you like it 1/3 favourite embellishment and why I have lots but sequins are one  and I use them on most of the cards I sell in Dotty's Teahouse. They don't add bulk to the cards which increase posting costs so it's win win!

My giveaway closed yesterday at 4pm and out came the hat....all the names were put inside. You had extra entries as I promised,  for those who were followers and promoted my giveaway......we gave it a really good stir


  and my darling Hb drew the winner who is .....

drum roll...............

of  Card and cake.   Carole please could you email me, my address is on my sidebar and I will arrange for your choice of  prize to be sent to you.

I really wish I could offer everyone of you a prize but it was lovely to see Carole's name pop out of the hat as she is an avid reader of Jane' Journal. Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments on my bloggerversary post..it really has been 7 years of blogging friendship. Here's to many more years of creativity and fun ahead to share with you all.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x