Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tim Holtz tags of 2014, August, Jane's Journal style

For Tim's August tag he decided just to go with his creative flow, warts and all and asked us to do the same with our creation for this month's challenge. He just sat down and started playing with ideas, there was no plan.
Here is his tag below and the link to his post is here 
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He used lots of different techniques and even melted part of his photo film when being too energetic with a heat gun.  A few days ago I had some quiet time down in my studio just to sit down like he did and let my creative muse loose.

I wanted to make a card this month, rather than a tag and decided it would be the special 30th birthday card for my SILs birthday in November. I really like to get special cards made when I have some time and not be sitting in my studio the night before with no ideas what to make.

I have only been creating with my Ranger products for about 10 months and I still have an awful lot to learn about techniques but I really love to play with the inks I own. I decided that, like Tim, I would use my distress stains...and because I recently treated myself to a couple of new colours. Yay!  Also as it is a special 30th birthday card I wanted to use my new vintage photo distress glitter which really lends itself to male cards. I, like many crafters, struggle with male cards so this was also a great challenge for me.

So here is my creative process showcasing my unique creative muse.

First of all I selected  my stamps. I chose one of my recent new quotes stamp as centre stage, I think going into your 30s is a really different stage of your life...it was for me. I think by then we have had enough of life's experiences to cope as stronger more rational people. We leave ordinary behind and can start to see the bigger picture. I also wanted to use one of Tim's car stamps and his "enjoy the journey" stamp. I like including numbers on  Big Birthdays cards I make, even if the recipients are trying to avoid it...LOL. I'm not sure my dear Dad  and Mum appreciated  big 80s on their cards a few years back, but hey it's what I do.

I stamped using archival ink. I also added some tissue tape. You will see I got a few dabs of ink on the card but I "embraced" my imperfection and knew that they would be covered.







I wanted to add some textured stars so I applied grunge paste through the stars stencil.










Once this was dry I chose my stains and added these to my card.

Once dry and I was happy with the colours I felt that I wanted even more texture to the stars so I used another stencil and applied some rusty hinge DI through it. I love the spots on the stars.

I also added some "ink splodges" with chipped sapphire and mustard seed DIs.
I really liked this effect but I still wanted to "jazz things up" as this is a birthday card. I knew my Distress glitter would fit the bill.







I added the glitter in random areas around the edge and also die cut a number 30 which I glittered up too.










I chose a couple of relevant ideaology pieces and coloured them with distress paints. I also changed a white star brad to blue with the paint.

So then it was time to put everything together and here is my finished card..............
and a few close ups. The "Genuine" charm is very appropriate for my dear  SIL. The ink nib is a touch of fun as he is never without a trusty pen, I mean seriously never and he writes lots of ideas and things down.









I thought the words very appropriate for a 30 year old...to leave ordinary behind........time flies doesn't it. The "male" touch of glitter will add some bling to the celebrations in November.

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 August
Little Claire's  a man's birthday card
Stamping Sensations anything goes
Penny Black and More anything goes
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Country View word play
A vintage journey time flies
Allsorts stencils or masks I have used 3 different stencils
Divas by Design so charming
Simon Says stamp Monday challenge scratched up..get grungy
PanPastels UK bold and bright

Thanks for visiting and witnessing my creative muse...it took me in a direction I could not have planned when I sat down quietly at my studio desk this week. My only idea when I started was to make a special 30th birthday card. Thanks Tim for encouraging us just to play at times and go with the flow. We can't plan life and sometimes just keeping moving forward is what we need to spark our creativity and joy. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bloggerversary winners and a giveaway for everyone!

Hello as promised I am back with the names of the winners of my recent giveaway
First out of the hat was.........drum roll...................is

............ Mia
 who wins the shell necklace.

And 2nd out of the hat is..................................drum roll............................................

 Becky who wins the bag charm.
Well done ladies, I really hope you like your gifts. Please could you contact me with you address...my email address is on my profile page.

I always wish I could send everyone something when I run a giveaway. So that I can offer a little something to you all I have decided to take 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, just enter the code Giveaway814 at the checkout. This does exclude shipping costs, but I only charge them at cost. So if you wanted to win the necklace from the giveaway then this pendant below, which is also beach themed, is only (I hope my not-so-good maths is correct..the checkout will calculate the exact amount) £14.60 instead of £18.25. It even comes with a gorgeous sterling silver chain.

and this bag charm which is similar to Becky's is only £5.50 instead of £6.75
All my other bag charms, jewellery and cards are also at 20% discount so pop on over and grab some bargains. Dare I say you could put somethings aside for Christmas...ouch I know that hurts some people but Be Prepared is a good motto in my books...LOL! This offer is for one week only.
I would like to thank everyone for all their visits and leaving such kind comments on my little blog. Here's to another year of blogging friendship.

My challenge card for today just had to be a thank you card

I have used a very old Penny Black stamp.. I think she is called Mimi with balloons? I have coloured her up with my Promarker pens and added glossy accents to the balloons  for some depth.

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

Penny Black and More anything goes
Penny Black Saturday floral fantasy
Crafty Little Fairies cute and cuddly
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned papers anything goes
Emerald Faeries pearls and swirls there are pearls on my corners and swirls on the top paper
The Artistic stamper anything goes
Bearly mine anything goes
Allsorts sentimental
Bunny Zoe summer colours
Crafty sentiments design anything goes
PanPastel UK challenge bold and bright
Stamping sensations anything goes


Thanks again to you all for your friendship, it means so much.
I'm seeing my girlies today so lots of Daisy smiles and here she is..9 months old yesterday...where has that time gone ?


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Thursday, 7 August 2014

William Morris' Red House revisited

A couple of years ago I visited Red House,William Morris' Arts and Crafts home built in 1859. It was commissioned and lived in by William Morris and was a haven at the weekends for his visiting Pre Raphaelite brothers including Rossetti and Burne-Jones. If you would like to read about my first visit there is a link to it here. Last week I revisited it with my Mum and Dad.
The house has a very gothic feel.
In it's time it was in the middle of fields but now it is in busy suburbia. It really is still a haven though in such a busy spot and so quiet.

The gardens are tranquil and even have bee hives
I loved this gorgeous rose
and this rose trellis.


The National Trust now owns the property and since our last visit the house and grounds have been further improved and other treasures discovered. It was described by Burne-Jones as " The beutifullest place on earth"(stet) and is a real gem.
We took a guided tour. The staircase is original and solid oak.

They literally decorated everything with their art
I love this unfinished piece
This amazing fireplace has the Latin quote "Ars longa vita brevis" which translates as art is long, life is short. What a legacy they left us.



Below is the very window at which Morris sat at looking down into his garden where he got so much of his inspiration. There are a few original wood cut blocks on show in his studio. 

There are also samples of some of his famous designs. Below is one of my favourites and I decided to use it as my inspiration for today's creation. I decided to make a Moment for my Journal.
I wanted to combine a few challenges so I used several techniques. The colours and techniques I used are those in a Craft Stamper Masterclass piece in the March edition by Anna-Karin Evaldsson called creating texture; pages 69-73 .I thought the colours used were gorgeous so out came my mustard seed and salty ocean DIs. I used the wrinkle free technique and loved the way they combined to make the green.
 I did some partial stamping with some Crafty Individuals floral stamps
 I also used my Visible Image rose stamp which I painted with distress inks and then fussy cut out. I also  used the wonderful Bronte verse from Visible Image to stamp and then embossed it in white 

I also added some crackle paint to a trellis die cut to give the impression of the thorny stalk.
 Next out came my Grunge paste which I added some blue acrylic to for colour and used a floral stencil to add textured flowers.

So here is my finished Moment.
 Here are a few close ups showing the extra elements I added. The leaves are Cheery Lynn which I die cut from hand inked card and edged with vintage postcard DI.

I used the Latin quote from the top of the fireplace in Red House.




I would like to enter my Moment into the following Challenges;

Art Stamper Magazine Take it make it, any technique from 2014. Mine is the March Masterclass; creating texture by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Our creative corner summertime
Country View Crafts word play
Visible Image anything goes
Natalie and Amy die cuts and flowers
A creative romance fun in the sun
Fussy and fancy words
Totally gorjuss floral
Cheery Lynn anything goes
The artistic stamper anything goes
Stamp and create anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes

How wonderful that the William Morris and the Pre Raphaelite brothers have left such a legacy...the Arts and Crafts movement really did change art.

It's the last few days of my 4th Bloggerversary anniversary giveaway. All the details are at the top of my side bar and the link is here  Everyone is welcome. Life has been incredibly busy this end so apologies for my lack of commenting. Good luck everyone and I will be sometime  next week with the winners.

Inspiration really is all around us...keep creating, keep enjoying life.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x