Thursday, 18 September 2014

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Hello everyone, I'm back from my sunshine getaway. We had a wonderful week on our beloved Rhodes and I took lots of photos, but they all need sorting through. I will try to get a post up as soon as I can sharing some of our sunshine memories.

 I thought that today I would backtrack to our wonderful mini break on the gorgeous Isle of Wight we shared with our DD, SIL and Daisy over the August bank holiday. This is the seaside post I had promised to share. Years ago we always stayed at Shanklin Chine and we decided to revisit our old haunt of Shanklin beach which we last visited 18 years ago.

Shanklin is still such a picturesque spot and the village is just as pretty with thatched shops, lovely cafes and quaint old pubs.
The beach is just as unspoilt and even on a bank holiday weekend was not busy.

We enjoyed  lunch in the village and walked down to the beach via the Chine, a real trip down memory lane.



I bought Daisy her first bucket and spade and we put down a blanket on the sand for her to play on

I love this tea shirt...it reads Lollies on their Jollies...such a fun sentiment.
She did also put a mouthful of sand in her mouth at one point which was not too tasty. We made her one little sandcastle and stuck a flag on top which she soon thought was also a good idea to taste!
As she is only 10 months old she is too young for ice cream but we all enjoyed one.
I had forgotten how gorgeous Mr Whippy tastes and yes I had a 99 (with a flake in). I was delighted to see Mr Whippy celebrating 50 years of trading, such a nostalgic brand for me.

Then it was time to wend out way back to our hotel for the evening. We really did have such a special family break together. I do have one more post I will share in the coming weeks, our visit to Osborne House.

I made a Moment for my journal inspired by our seaside trip. I wanted to add the blues and greens of the sea and the sea weed on the beach. I don't have much seaside crafty stash so I decided to use my favourite seaside image, the seahorse.

































I stamped my seahorse (from Red Lead) and added some distress inks for colour and then fussy cut it out. I also used a Cheery Lynn seashorse diecut which I inked with the same DIs. The seaweed in the background is a Red Lead stencil. I blended  my Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mown Grass distress inks and added some Vintage Photo.  The rising bubble stamp is from Designs by Ryn which I inked using blue Archival Ink and added some white gel pen for accents.

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

Designs by Ryn Monthly customer draw, September
Simon Says Stamp Monday Technique challenge I have used Distress Ink blending with some spritz and flick to add some depth for my background  and also added stenciled seaweed.
A little bit crafty distress it
Our Creative Corner photo inspiration I was inspired by the lush green colours in leaves, the little shell reminded me of the beach and the bark photo gave some great textural inspiration as I have tried to do with the stencils I used.
Divas by Design anything but a card I have made a Moment for my Journal
Addicted to stamps and more holiday
Inky Chicks anything goes
Crafty boots anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes


I shall put this in my journal to remind me of sunny days at the beach and wonderful memories of my darling Daisy with her bucket and spade by the sea as we heard the waves gently lapping nearby.

I have my final GD post coming up on Monday for the Craft Hoarders challenge. Please do drop by if you have the time to see what I made for it.

 Thanks so much for your wonderful comments about my most recent pieces, especially my Tim's September creation.....I am so thrilled to see how much you liked it and it was also selected by the Simon Says Stamp Monday team for a Designer spotlight award, I was so delighted. Have a look here

 I'm not sure that I will get a chance to get any photos sorted before Monday as I am back at work tomorrow and we have a really busy weekend ahead. I will probably share my first holiday post some time during the end of next week. I hope you have all kept well and are enjoying the last of the summer sun wherever you are. I will try to catch up with your blogs soon and even if I don't get the chance to comment I do read your lovely posts. I'm off to continue with the mounds of holiday washing...joy!

Just one sneak peek of my photos from Rhodes as they are downloading as I type...I miss the glorious sunsets already.....


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 8 September 2014

All the pretty flowers

Today I am sharing the first of 2 Guest Designer posts for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog. I was invited by the owner, Gloria and today the theme for their challenge for the next 2 weeks is "All the Pretty Flowers". The Craft Hoarders challenge wants us to make a project using your existing crafting stash...and yes I have plenty ;0)

I really enjoy using flowers in my card making and I decided to have a look at some of the many old flower stamps I have in my stash. I found these oldies and went with the heart one.
I stamped it onto watercolour paper and  coloured it with Distress inks.

I then fussy cut it out. I also looked in my hoard and found some lovely roses hiding in a tin. I made these a while back so I decided to glam them up with some extra ink and glitter.


I associate hessian with my gardening memories as a child with my beloved granddad so I used a hessian sheet as my background. I inked the edge of it with Vintage Photo DI.
Then it was a case of putting my elements together as I had decided to make a birthday card for a special friend in mind. Here is it;
and here are a few close ups. It is so hard to photograph glitter, it is much more sparkly in real life.

 The sentiment is LOTV from their grunge sentiments, also glammed up with a little added glitter on the flowers
Gloria and her DT would love to see you joining in with the challenge over at theirs. All the details are here.

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

Frilly and funkie a summer garden
That's Crafty girl power
Crafty little fairies sparkle and bling
Vintage stamping  anything goes
ABC S for shabby chic
Crafty sentiments anything goes
Ribbon Girls add ribbon

I am busy getting ready for that special time of year for my Hb and I...yes it is time to fly off on our last "summer" holiday. I am sure that those of you who know me where know exactly where we are going but for those who don't it's currently 28o during the day with clear blue skies over there. I never get bored of visiting this gorgeous island.

We will get out of bed and have this as our view as we sip our morning tea,

We will be doing lots of reading sitting here;
and some gentle exploring.


We will be drinking lots of this;
and enjoying some delicious food

and we will sit gazing out to see the sun set at the end of the day.....just bliss.

Oh my I am so looking forward to this holiday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 tag - September, Jane's Journal style

This month's tag from Tim is an absolute beauty but had me completely stumped as I do not own alcohol inks whatsoever...yes not one single one...zilch.  I have so enjoyed his projects this year and they have really made me think more creatively.

This is his gorgeous creation and all the details of how he made it are over on his blog here

My crafting budget is small for new things, I have an every increasing "wish list" but I am pretty good at self control. As I still wanted to join in with the challenge I decide that I would buy a single ink, yes just one and I decided to buy the same one he used which is called Lake Mist. I also do not own his lovely face stamp but I do own a gorgeous eye stamp made by Visible Image.

 I have hardly been out to my studio this month but I was determined to join in in one way or another. I made this card over several day popping down to my studio when I had some quiet moments.
I gathered together the stash I do have which included some glossy card.




I also realized that as I do not own any blending solution that I would need a different means to add some extra interest to the gorgeous alcohol ink background. You will see that I originally got out the Schoolhouse stencil but I changed my mind as my piece came to life and used the heart one instead.









I splashed my new ink onto my craft sheet and dragged the glossy card through it a couple of time until I was happy with the way the ink had been laid down.
It leaves such gorgeous swirls.
I left this to dry and came back to it when I had some time.








I then took my Stampendous script stamp and using leaf green Archival ink stamped onto the card.










I loved this effect.


















Next I stamped the fab Visible Image eye stamp using black Archival ink.










I then had a long think over the next few days as to how I could achieve a similar textured "hair" that Tim achieved by using his butterfly die, which again I do not own. I had a play with butterfly punches and dies but they did not work. A couple of mornings later I  had one of those light bulb moments and thought I could use my Cheery Lynn pine die as hair and create a unique frosty Christmas card with Jack Frost or a Winter Sprite as inspiration.







I cut several pine leaves out










I inked their edges with walnut stain DI and added some Icicle stickles.

I left them to dry and the next day had a play with the rest of my elements to put together my finished card.










I used my TH heart stencil and daubed through some red Archival ink and also stamped a very apt Christmas sentiment, "All hearts come home for Christmas".
I also added some TH remnant rubs.













Here is another close up.............showing the Remnant rubs on the left.












and here is the big reveal.............................................
This is really different for me and I absolutely love it (I am not sure if I am allowed to say that but I do)
To me it is like glancing at the face of Jack Frost or a Winter Sprite. I may make up some more of these to send this year.

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 September
Visible Image make it sparkle I love the Icicle Stickles on the hair, they are even more sparkly IRL
Cheery Lynn all about texture the "pine leaf" hair with added Stickles really gives this added texture, I have actually stroked it!
Crafting at the weekend anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies sparkle and bling
Simon Says stamp Monday Stamptember
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Stamptember and hop
Crafty sentiments anything goes
Totally Gorjuss bling
Vintage stamping anything goes

Yet again Tim has inspired me to think out of my comfort zone. At some point I would love to buy some more alcohol inks...perhaps I can put them on my Christmas list......Father Christmas are you listening out there....?

Thanks for visiting me here, it's always lovely to see you. I am back tomorrow with a scheduled post as I have another GD spot...it's a bit like London buses when I was younger.....none for ages and then 2 come along at the same time ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x