Friday, 23 March 2018

Use your wings

Good morning, it's time for my 2nd DT inspiration piece for our "postcards (anything 6"x4") challenge over at Country View. At the time of my first postcard we were covered in a blanket of snow and March had arrived "Like a lion".
Since then the Beast from the East returned again dumping more snow and giving us a real blast of cold weather.
I really hope that by next week we will feel that spring has properly arrived and that March goes out "Like a lamb".
Between these extremes of weather I have the bird life getting busy on the ponds and the fab "Dino Ducks" (or Egyptian Geese as they are really named) have returned.

You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

You can find all the details for the challenge here.

For my 2nd postcard I decided to really focus on the birds who are busy nest building everywhere. I used another piece of the backing card I made using distress oxides and cut it to the required 6"x4" size for the challenge.
 I added some sun rays using my Tim Holtz stencil and some mustard seed distress ink.

To make my nest I used my "organics" Visible Image stamps
I added some "birdsong" music stamping in the background (PaperArtsy) and then I stamped my Tim Holtz bird on top in brown archival.
I then added some chit chat words and a remnant rub to finish everything off. 
I wonder what adventures do await me this Spring...I will certainly be using my wings 😁

I would like to enter my spring postcard into the following challenges;

The Artistic stamper 3/3 stencils and masks
Craft stamper take it make it 3/3 March anything stamping goes
Double D 1/3 just wing it
Deep Ocean Easter/spring

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember that you have just 8 days left to get your postcards made and "posted" on the Country View Challenge blog  here.

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

From spring to winter to spring

What extraordinary weather we have had over the last week. Last Friday I walked down to Dotty's and I revelled in the warmth of the sunshine. I thought that spring had arrived. 
Blossom was out everywhere
and in my garden pots I spotted my first tulips nearly in flower,
However Mother Nature had other ideas and this started  the very next day.

Dumping another lot of snow.

 and just look at my tulips 24 hours later!

Today's make to share is another of my Easter projects. This time it's an Easter tag.
I created the background with distress inks and some Tim Holtz stamps. The dies are all by Tim including the butterfly frenzy.  The chit chat words work so well for so many occasions too.

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

Rubber dance Colour or theme March challenge I've gone for circles and die cuts.
A vintage journey Treasure my treasure in my tag is my weathered clock die cut. This die is no longer made and it is the favourite die I own and I really do treasure it.
Sparkles spring is in the air
Butterfly challenge L I have gone with layers, lemon and letters
Pixie's snippets playground #322
Try it on Tuesday 1/3 Spring moodboard I have gone with the birds and the greens and yellows in 2 of the photos.
Moving along with the times 2/3 Easter
The cutie pie challenge 3/3 spring cuties
Simon says stamp Wednesday Easter inspired
Noor spring
Simon says work it Wednesday 1/3 inky techniques mine was using distress inks

Yesterday it warmed up enough to melt all the snow but there is still a very chilly Northeasterly wind. Here in the south though I think we have finally seen the last of the snow.
 The first day of spring was yesterday but and I want to hear those birds singing in warm sunshine soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments and especially the birthday wishes you left for my DD on my last post. They were most appreciated.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 19 March 2018

My Pisces daughter

It's my daughter's birthday tomorrow and she has strict instructions not to read my blog today as I am sharing the birthday card I made for her for my weekly Visible Image Design Team inspiration .

She recently moved to the seaside and although the weather has not yet warmed enough for playing on the beach we can't wait until we can.
The views are so beautiful at any time of the day. These photos were taken last year.

and there is a local tea shop for tea and cake
There is nothing better than gazing out across the sea.
The photo I took below shows my DD and Daisy wrapped up warmly 2 weekends ago.
I knew that her first birthday card in her new home should feature the sea in some form. I also wanted to link in the Pisces theme as she was born the last "day" for Pisces.
She love mermaids and seahorses, as I do and I although Visible Image have a fab new seahorse stamp but not a mermaid I had an idea.....
I would use my "Katie" from the Tomorrow doesn't exist set and turn her into a mermaid..yes seriously..bear with me!
These were the other stamp sets I used;
Make a wish from Own it set
Pisces from the zodiac sets
the seahorse
the wings from the angels are near set

and the strobes stencil

So this is what I came up with...
The background was created using salty ocean, broken china and fossilized amber distress oxides, using the wrinkle free technique. I added some sun rays using the rays stencil and gold ink.

I stamped the seahorse and added some white highlights and to make him even more magical I added a wing from the angels are near set. This I gold embossed on black card and fussy cut out.  I love the way the gold rays from the stencil shine through him.
To add some sparkle  and "magic" I used glitter gold embossing powder and stamps from the universal set.
To make my "mermaid" I stamped "Katie" from the Live like tomorrow doesn't exist set but positioned the stamp so that the leg didn't appear. I embossed her in white with a pinch of gold powder too.
I was also able to just use the date from the Pisces set as this is my girl's actual birth date, 20 March.
I stamped and fussy cut lots of fish and had them swimming in and out of the swirls and also between my "mermaid's" hands.
A couple more close ups...

and one last shot
So a very happy birthday tomorrow to my darling girlie. I hope she likes her special seaside Pisces card.
It's supposed to be the first day of spring tomorrow too...hmmm I think Mother Nature got a bit confused at the weekend!
Yes the Beast came back with yet more snow!
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Penny black and More 2/3 feature a creature
The Artistic stamper 2/3 stencils and masks
Get Creative 2/3 fantasy
Creative artiste 1/3 anything mixed media
Craft stamper take it make it March anything stamping goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 celebrate
Sweet stampin 1/3 use up your paper scraps I certainly used lots making my little fish!

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Thanks for stopping by and for all your very kind comments you take the time to leave me. Let's hope this mini beast from the East moves on soon. Happy 1st day of Spring tomorrow.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Farmyard fun

We had such a fab few days with our Daisy staying. We packed so much in during her stay including a visit to Godstone Farm, which we have not been to since our own children were pre school. We both love pigs and she squealed as she found this to ride!

 There are great play areas too where she whiled away a very pleasant afternoon. 
Daisy loves to craft and I thought I would share some of her little projects she made with me. First up she wanted to make something to put her "Pound Shop" Easter crafting buys.
 We cut down a box to make a nest, she decorated the outside with distress inks
 we then put some scraps of paper through my shredder to make some "nesting" material
she added some die cuts and then had a place to put her Easter goodies.
Here she is  proudly sitting with her makes
My make for today is another Easter card made for Dotty's tearooms and on sale now. Dotty's is at 108 Carshalton High Street, SM5 3AE and is open 7 days a week. 
It's another Graphic Fairy digi. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp. I embossed the background and added some very spring like papers from my stash. The card blank is Kraft to give a real vintage feel.

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

Moving along with the times 1/3 Easter
Simon says stamp Monday Easter/spring
The cutie pie challenge 2/3 spring cuties
Crafty sentiments 2/3 Easter
Simon says stamp Wednesday Easter inspired
Noor spring
Deep Ocean Vintage/shabby chic

 Thanks for popping in and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy a lovely weekend, after a brief respite of spring like weather it looks like the Beast might be returning.......

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The chilies have arrived

Last Thursday a very exciting parcel arrived in the chili plugs. I love growing my own chillies and I am lucky that my sheltered garden allows me to keep them outside once the last frosts have passed by, usually in early May. I buy them on line from a great company, World of Chillies (and no I have not been asked at all by them to promote this!) 
They popped through my letterbox in their special protective packaging.
I opened them up and said hello!
I have a sunny place for them for the next few months on my kitchen side. They can keep my new pot of dafs company for a while.
They are a little bendy when first potted up.
But just a few days later they are nearly upright and growing strong

I can't wait til they are bigger and start to flower. We still have some amazing dried home growns from last year but fresh is best!

My card today is the first of my Easter makes for Dotty's as Easter day falls in just a few weeks on 1st April this year (April Fools day) yes seriously.
I used  this fab chili red Easter Graphic Fairy digi image and made a background with distress oxides through a Tim Holz stencil to give this cracked effect. The flower die cut is an old favourite Cheery Lynn.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Monday Easter/spring
The cutie pie challenge spring cuties
Crafty sentiments 1/3 Easter
Creative Inspirations 3/3 any occasion mine is Easter
Let's craft and create 3/3 anything goes
Not just cards 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday Easter inspired

I am loving having my darling Daisy staying. She goes home tomorrow. We've had the best of times, she is just a total joy to be with. We have played shops, crafted, visited a farm and had non stop fun. I shall be sharing  some of her craft projects she made with me.  Thanks for popping in and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x