Wednesday, 25 April 2018

1st birthday celebrations

On Saturday we celebrated our darling grandson Jack's first birthday. It was such a lovely family occasion, it's always so good to all get together and the birthday boy was the star of the show sporting his new Cath Kidston shirt.

As always I am on cake making duty and as Jack is far to young to have a favourite charactor my daughter thought it would be fun to make something with tools on. His favourite toy is a wooden tool bench with tools which have fun faces. So out came my my fondant icing and my cake decorating equipment and I started to make the tools and some bright stars for decorations.
I made a personalized red tool box out of icing as a focal and to sit a few of the tools in. 
I made everything from saws to pliers, files, spanners and screwdrivers and added fun little eyes to everything. 
Here is the completed cake which I then had to carefully transport to the party.

Jack adores a little rainbow zebra charm my Hb bought me for Christmas and will take any opportunity to try to grab it from Nanna. 
 and yes bless him he was sporting a black eye from a birthday fall poor lad! 
Here is the cake in place with my daughter and Daisy's lovely cupcakes in the background.
And this is Jack with Mummy, Daddy and Daisy getting some help blowing out his very 1st birthday candle.
There was even time at the party for him to ride his little wooden trike around
and to enjoy his first ever piece of Nanna's birthday cake.
My card today is obviously his birthday card I made.
 I used one of my fave baby stamps made by the sadly no longer trading Ladybug Crafts Ink. I'm sure my friend Kerry will smile when she sees it. I coloured it with Promarkers and decoupaged the baby and duck.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Passion for Promarkers celebrations
That's Crafty 2/3 circles
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes
Love to craft 2/3 anything goes
The ribbon girl 2/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday sparkle and shine
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy Wednesday. Our hot weather has been and gone but it's so good to have days which are so light and cheery. We are racing through April now, just 5 days left!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 23 April 2018

Blooming and growing

Things really are blooming and growing around here. The recent hot spell caused an explosion of gorgeous blossom around me.

and the wildlife on the ponds were sunning themselves at the top of the waterfall.

Today is my weekly dose of design team inspiration for Visible Image stamps. I made a card using
the fab
Bloom and Grow stamp set

 You might have seen my card as it was published in the March edition of Craft stamper. I made a "baby plant" card. 
The background is a blend of green distress inks.
I stamped the fingerprint in brown archival ink and then black embossed the baby on top. I coloured in the flower with white and green gel pens.
I stamped the sentiments onto inky mop up card and cut them into leaves and a stalk. I distressed the edges by rolling them slightly and then using a distressing tool.
Here are some close ups.

and one last shot.
This is such a unique baby set and the words work so well with other stamps too. 

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

Creative Inspirations 3/3 springtime
Card Mania 1/3 spring
Crafty Catz /3 anything goes
Love to craft 1/3 anything goes
Time out 1/3 spring

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

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.

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 and stencils can be purchased. 

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 Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your very kind comments. We had a such a fab Saturday celebrating our Jack's 1st birthday and I will be back in the next couple of days to share his cake and his card. 

Enjoy the warming sunshine.

Back soon

Bye for now

Jane x

Saturday, 21 April 2018

A caterpillar pot

Hello it's time for my 2nd DT post for Country View challenges where our theme for April is "Pimp it up". In other words recycle or up cycle something.
You can see all the details here

I use lots of flower pots in my garden. I have different sizes but all the small terracotta ones are very plain. I decided that one of these very brown, very ordinary pots would be a good victim to be pimped up. I did not want to change the base colour of my pot so needed a fairly simple design.  I used acrylics and archival ink for my stamping.
I wanted something to pot up my new tiny camellia in...these photos were snapped a few weeks ago.

Now there are a couple of pitfalls when doing this which I will point out. You are stamping onto a curved surface so it is important not to be over precious or to have a very intricate design. Don't worry if the stamping with paint is a little blurry but less is more when using the paint and I brayered mine out onto a craft sheet to keep it thin. 

I used PaperArtsy  Fresco paints and a brayer to get a thin layer of paint. I dipped the stamps into the paints for the foliage. 

and finally I stamped some caterpillars.
Here is my pot
and a close up showing a couple of the caterpillars.
You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative, yes even flowerpots. You might even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.
I would like to enter my pot into the following challenges.

Rhedd's creative spirit anything goes
Creative Inspirations 2/3 springtime

Let's hope that they don't eat my plants but metamorphose into beautiful butterflies.
This will be just right for potting on my camellia now that it has almost finished flowering ( I didn't want to stress it by doing this too early).

Now today is a really special one for me as we are celebrating Jack's (our darling grandson's 1st birthday). I will share his cake and card soon but just to show you how much he has changed here he was on 21 April 2017
and he is is now, enjoying some pedal power with big sis Daisy in their new house.

What a year that has been and what joy he has brought into all our lives. He is the most laid back delightful little boy...where on earth have those 12 months gone!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The start of outdoors crafting

Wow the last few days have been just glorious, the temperature peaked at 28c in my sunny sheltered garden yesterday and today.
It was also time to open the blinds of my garden studio for the first time since last year.
I decided to embark on clearing up the garden and also spring cleaning my garden studio ready for my outside crafting season. I do love working outside. This is as clean and as tidy as you will see my desk until this time next year.

I like to give my workbench, loving handcrafted by my dear Dad, a good lick of teak oil.
It seems to suck the oil in with huge satisfaction.
I love all the imperfections the bench has.
Once upon a time it was a lab workbench in the firm where my Dad worked as a biochemist until the 1980s.
It's a living peace of history where I enjoy being creative at.
My card today is one for Dotty's Tearooms. It's another wedding card as these are selling like hotcakes at the moment
The image is a Lili of the Valley simply print and the stamped sentiment also LOTV. Backing papers are by Craft Consortium. I added some sequin bling and also some sparkly gel pen to the bride's headdress and bouquet.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Sparkle and Shine
Die's R Us springtime
Crafteezee Spring
The ribbon girl 1/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Moving along with the times 1/3 springtime
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes

Have a great evening, the heat is staying here tomorrow but we are heading for slightly cooler, but still lovely, weather for the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Wanderlust the fab new STAMPlorations travel release

Hello today I am delighted to be a part of the event revealing the fabulous brand new STAMPlorations release called Wanderlust. These stamp sets are perfect for the upcoming spring/summer season and also would work brilliantly for art journalling and holiday journals.
You can find all the details and more samples from my talented teamies here. There are also prizes up for grabs by commenting here and on the other DTs blogs so do check it out.

I  worked with the quote "distance means so little when someone means so much" from the fab
Wanderlust expressions 1 stamp set
and the passport stamp from the
from the new Wanderlust Stamp lab release
I have an old road map which has been sitting in my crafty hoard for years and I decided that finally I knew what to do with it. I cut pages for my background
I also built up the fab passport stamp by repeat stamping on red card stock for the cover and once on the map page for the insert. I gold embossed one of the images.
I then layered them up.
Here is my finished card.
I loved this release so much that I decided to use another piece of my map

and using different stamps from these releases I made this one too. I decoupaged the car adding pads under the wheels for depth.
The challenges at STAMPlorations have been modified since February to allow Shery some time with her sweet little "Winter" addition to her family. She is now the proud mother of 2 little girls. There has just been one modified challenge to for April the theme is "Focus on the sentiments".
There is still time to enter and you don't have to use STAMPlorations stamps (but we love it when you do!)
All the details can be found here

Normal challenges will be resuming next month, in May. I will be back as part of the Theme and Sketch design team.  I can't wait.

 Here's a quick heads up too; if you type my special code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout you could save an extra 20% on top of any existing discount. Head on over to the website here and fill your basket!

Thank you so much for visiting me here today and if it is your first visit, a warm welcome.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x