Tuesday, 2 September 2014

End of an era for the Ladybugs...Choose your favourite image

My great blogging friend Kerry is the owner of Ladybug Crafts ink (LCI), who has given the crafting world so many wonderful stamps, both cling and more recently digi. I have been thrilled to be a guest designer for her several times over the last couple of years...it was her who asked me for the very first time to do this. She held my hand and the rest is history! It is the end of an era now as Kerry's life has changed somewhat and the time has come to close down her crafting business.  Her darling grandson Coen is 6 months older that my darling Daisy. She looks after him on a regular basis and although we can  multi task sometimes we just need to realise that we cannot cut ourselves into too many pieces. I think it is a brave but fully informed and sensible decision.

This is the last ever challenge for the Ladybugs and I was delighted when Kerry asked all the old DTs and GDTs if they would like to join in and use their "favourite LCI image" for this final challenge. I "met" Kerry through winning one of her giveaways a couple of years ago whilst trying to find the maker of one of my favourite ever stamps...Martini Nikki. I use this stamp so much, it is perfect for women's cards. Of course I had to choose this one for the final challenge.

I decided to make something special for such a special occasion. Here is my contribution;
 The sentiment is LOTV stamped onto a gorgeous Wild Rose Studios die which I won from the lovely Kate of Downrightcrafty (thanks so much x)

It was so hard to photograph so here are some close ups;

and the inside when flapped open


I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted with a little Prismacolor pencil. The roses have extra Stickles glitter for some bling.

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

We do doobadoo add texture
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday anything goes
Divas by Design happy birthday
PanPastel UK pink, pink and more pink
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
Crafty sentiments anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Dream Valley flowers

Kerry would love to see as many people as possible entering her final ever challenge, "Choose your favourite image". She would love to see you use one of her cling or digi stamps but your can also enter using other stamps or digi images too. There are 2 prizes, one for the challenge and one for the person who uses a LCI image.
The details of the challenge can be found here.

There is also a grand clear out sale over at her web site with stamps from £1 and 30% off ribbons, buttons, felt and nail heads. Pop over and grab some bargains whilst they last here at the web site and please feel free to take the banner and spread the word. The sale ends on 30th September.

I would like to thank Kerry for all the consistent hard work she has put into Ladybug Crafts Ink. Through her crafting creativity I found a wonderful person who I count as a great friend. As I am sure Martini Nikki would be saying as she sips her Champers..."Cheers to you Kerry!"

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A ray of sunshine before the rain

Hello everyone, I'm back after our little mini break with our daughter, SIL and Darling Daisy. We were just so lucky with the weather, we had 4 totally dry days and returned on Sunday evening. On bank holiday Monday the heavens just opened, biblical rain.  My blogging friend Vivienne correctly guessed our destination...it was indeed the Isle of Wight. We last visited when our children were 10 and 7 and it remains a wonderful holiday destination.
We stayed at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor, nestled on the south coast of the island.

Under the canopy are geraniums that have been grown for years. There were palms galore which thrive in the gardens.


There was a further "Rivera Terrace" across the road where we enjoyed relaxing in the sun and taking afternoon tea.


 Ventnor has its own micro climate and is one of the most sheltered part of the United Kingdom. It supports botanical gardens on its under cliff and the hotel gardens have some very exotic plants for a UK climate.
We were able to put down a blanket up here for Daisy to crawl around on..yes she is now crawling bless her.


It was a perfect base for us, Daisy could sleep in her cot and the baby monitor reached our dinner table where we sat in the evenings. We enjoyed superb on site food and a glass or two of liquid refreshment.
We had a couple of days out too, more of those in another post.

I had a few moments of inky time on bank holiday Monday so I dashed out between the torrential rain as I wanted to make a mini Moment. I wanted to capture the essence of our wonderful hotel and the sunshine which warmed and relaxed us all.

I decided to make a tag using an embossing folder with a vintage fee,l just like the hotel. I used colours representing the lovely sandstone which the hotel was built out of.
The 2  photos below show my background before I added all my elements I used some crackle paint and glitter to add to the vintage feel of our splendid hotel.





Here is my finished Mini Moment with my elements added.


and a few close ups


The heart framing the flowers are for our family love and there is a little paper daisy holding a TH Ideology tag.

The pink flowers are to remember the beautiful flowers in the hotel gardens.











I attached my words to a tag inked with the same inks I used for my background and tied it with some rich velvet cord to represent the furnishings in the hotel which were very luxurious.
I certainly cherish every memory of our time there.






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

Natalie and Amy die cuts and flowers
Cheery Lynn frame it I have used my heart dies to frame the flowers
Country View word play
Bunny Zoe summer colours
Die cut divas hot August nights
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
PanPastel UK pink pink and more pink
Frilly and Funkie a summer garden
Creative Inspirations flower power
We Do Doobadoo add textures

I am sorry if I have been a bit MIA with my commenting over the last few weeks, I do read all your posts even if I don't have time to comment. Life is still super busy this end. Thanks for all your kind visits and comments, they are so lovely to read.

Little Daisy Jane is now mobile....such a delight to see her crawling. She is such a little busy bee with all her chit chat too. I will be back with some more photos from our break but just to put a smile on your faces here she is with her bucket and spade on the beach...
 and laughing in the swing in the hotel gardens...happy days....


After the dreadful weather of Monday and Tuesday the sun has made a return appearance here again today and it feels more like summer than autumn again, thank goodness.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A carriage ride around Seville

Last month I wrote 2 posts about our recent summer holiday in Seville. This is my  promised 3rd and final installment. I wanted to share some final photos from our amazing holiday and I thought the best finale would be to share the carriage ride we took on our last day. We had watched the horses clip clopping along whilst sitting our hotel balcony and also seen the row of licensed carriages waiting in the square behind the cathedral.
Our last day was scorching hot...the temperature was already 32c by 10am and we decided it was too hot to do a long walk but that a carriage ride was the perfect solution. All the carriages are licensed and the fare is fixed. The horses and carriages are kept in perfect condition and when we sat inside everything was leather finished. We were shaded from the sun by a canopy.
The ride lasted about an hour and took us back to all the sights we had seen earlier in the week. It also went through the Maria Luisa Park which we had wanted to explore more. Here are some photos as we clip clopped around the city.









and eventually we were back at the cathedral and our horse took a well deserved break


We really did have the best of times there and these photos still make me smile. When I got home as well as making a couple of Moments for my Journal I also decided to make a tag book to hold some treasured photos. It has been a labour of love and  I would love to share this with you today.
First I gathered together some of my photos, I made them smaller on the computer and printed some in colour and some in sepia. I used a punch to round off their edges.

The colours of Seville are hot hot hot.... so I used my Dylusions sprays to colour my tag pages.
 I added my favourite script stamp, Bronte Verse by Visible Image to every page, together with some Tim Holtz and floral stamps. I added some chit chat words too.
Once I had made my backgrounds I started to make up my pages covering the week that we spent in Seville using some of my favourite photos. I also added some tickets/flyers and maps of place we visited...and even an old Spanish bank note which I bought there.
Here are some of my pages;
I love this view of our balcony





I made a back cover
and a front cover.

I bound it with a Tim Holtz ruler binder, added some green ribbons...and gave it with love to my Hb on our recent wedding anniversary ;0)
 It is so difficult to photograph in it's entirety, but he did love it.


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

Visible Image anything goes
A Vintage Journey time flies my take on the challenge is showing how a week, which flew by, can be captured forever in a memory book
Die cut divas hot August nights
Our creative corner summertime
Country View Word Play
The Artistic stamper anything goes
Bunny Zoe summer colours 
Stamping Sensations anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday summer
Simon says stamp Monday anything goes
Papertake weekly to die for I used dies for one of my frames and for the 2014 on the cover


I am in holiday mode as we are having a little jaunt away with my DD, SIL and Darling Daisy over the bank holiday. It's at a destination where we have not been for at least 18 years...it's in England...and here is a clue...it's near this stretch of water.

Any ideas? ...I always love reading your guesses.

Back some time next week. If you are in the UK enjoy the last bank holiday before Christmas...gulp. Enjoy your week and thanks as always for your kind visits to me here.

Bye for now,

Jane x