Sunday, 4 December 2016

Writing to Father Christmas

Thank you for all your good wishes for my sales at Dotty's Christmas market. It was a great success and although a few more customers would have been good, those who came liked and bought and it was an excellent advert for my handmade cards and jewellery.  It was also such a lovely festive atmosphere. I only had time to take a couple of photos, using my phone...here is my stall all set up for the day.
I do have some earring and bag charms stock left so I am selling my festive earrings on line reduced from £5.95 to £3.95. The ear wires are silver plated and the charms are lead and nickel free. 
My bag charms, made with one of a kind lamp work glass beads (below), are reduced from £7.95 to £6.95 until Christmas. In the new year I will be putting some more bag charms in my Etsy Shop. I have themes for knitters, sewers, gardeners, girlie handbags etc. I have put my bag charms into hand made crackers in the past and they are also excellent stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts for teenagers and women. 

Not all of these are in stock but if you email me (my email is on my side bar or contact me via Etsy) I can let you know what I have. They make fab stocking fillers. Post and packing to the UK is just £1. 
The earrings and bag charms come in a lovely snowflake organza gift bag.

Today I wanted to share when  Daisy came to stay last weekend, whilst her Mummy and Daddy had a few days away. My Hb and I adore having her all to ourselves and she really was an angel. She even slept in a "big bed" for the first time without any fuss at all. She looked so grown up there...bless her. Time really does fly and it is hard to appreciate that she is 3 already.

She loves crafting so much and it's the first thing that she asks to do when she arrives. It's too cold in my studio so I made up a corner of the kitchen for her crafting area. I also prepared a couple of little projects.

I thought that one important thing to do was to get that letter to Father Christmas written.
Daisy chose some very festive stamps.

She put this together on the back and then I wrote the letter, under her instruction
Yes seriously this is all that she asked for....
After she had gone home and everything had dried I put it into an envelope and posted it off to Father Christmas.

If you have youngsters this is Royal Mail's correct address, just put a stamp on the envelope and get it to Santa by 9 December and he will be able to reply.
My card to day has to be something with a little person waiting for Santa.
The stamp and tags are Lili of the Valley, coloured with Promarkers. My dies are Memory Box and J Sheen
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Pixie's snippets playground #258 I used snippets for my die cuts
Christmas card challenge
Moving along with the times 1/3 anything goes with Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday anything goes
Simon Says Work it Wednesday 2/3 use dies
The Artistic Stamper 2/3 Christmas
Noor sparkle..there is lots of sparkle on her furry outfit and the gold card and papers..hard to see in the photo!
Paper Creator 1/3 Christmas
Dies R Us Christmas
As you like it 1/3 favourite gold or silver mine is gold...so traditional for Christmas cards.
Stamping sensations 1/3 floral fancies my paper is covered with Christmas roses




Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments,  Today is another important day and exciting day here ..the trees are going up...yes Old Choc is coming in for his annual holiday. Watch out for Billy's blog post soon. Enjoy your Sunday,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The countdown to Christmas begins

Wahooo it's the first of December today and the real count down to Christmas can begin. I have one of my vintage advent calendars up and I am ready to open the first window. I chose this one for 2016
 I just adore the illustrations.........
so much nostalgia, I am transported right back to my early childhood in the 1960s.


As it is the first of the month it is also my DT post for Country View Crafts so today I will be sharing my card I made for this months challenge. It's an easy peesy theme this month............Christmas. You can share any handmade craft, it doesn't have to be cards or tags it could even be a handmade ornament as long as it is Christmas themed. There are no limitations to the number of other challenges or the number times you can enter. You can win a £20 voucher too so it's win win in my books! All the details can be seen here

I decided to take one of my favourite ever Christmas stamps and show 2 completely different colourways and designs for Christmas carda. My first is today and the second will be in my follow up DT post which falls on 21 December.

I adore this Stampendous stamp and it has been used on many of my Christmas cards.
For my first colourway I wanted a really "Let it snow" card. I stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured a few areas with distress inks and used a ruler to rip the edges
I embossed a snowy background
 and die cut a selection of festive images. To the corrugated tree I added some bling
 It was them time to put my card together.

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

That's Crafty 2/2 All grungy
An inky mess2/3 anything mixed media
Time out 3/3Christmas with an optional twist of glitter/shimmer I added the twist with my shimmery tree and mirror card sentiment.
Winter Wonderland 2/3poinsettia or snow is falling I have gone for snow is falling
Christmas card challenge 2/3anything goes #50
Moving along with the times 2/3 anything goes with Christmas
Simon Says stamp Monday O christmas tree
Simon Says Wednesday anything goes
Simons Says Work it Wednesday 1/3 use dies
Mod Squad 1/3 dimension
The Artistic Stamper 1/3 Christmas

I have lots to get done today as tomorrow I will be selling my cards and jewellery at Dotty's Teahouse Christmas market in Carshalton... and yes the card above is up for sale there.
I will be there from 11am - 9pm. Please tell any friends and family who might be in the local area and if you are around do pop in and say hi. It would be so lovely to see you there.


I also have one last very exciting piece of news...I have been published again. Yes I am in the current edition of Craft Stamper. It's a very special edition as it's their 200th
and here is a sneak peek of my published card
I might have to pop into WH Smith to take a peep whilst I wait for my copy to arrive ;0)

Must dash, lots of last minute things to pack.  I really hope to have lots of eager customers at Dotty's tomorrow. I will be back with a report and hopefully photos, if I get a chance, very soon.
The window down there is just perfect.....

I'm checking that list......................
Happy December everyone.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sleeping trees

After the recent storms the trees are nearly stripped of their glorious autumnal foliage
 but there are still a few showing off their colours


 and some interesting ferns.
After  losing their leaves the silver birch reveal their gorgeous bark.
How wintry does that look?
Only a few weeks ago this avenue of trees was in  full leaf.
 Yes the trees are getting ready for the big sleep.
I managed to get my next Funkie Junkie card under my belt and I also took in a couple of other fun challenges too.
 If you would like to play along with the FJ Christmas challenge please check out Linda's post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you complete all 12 weeks.

For week #9 I was inspired by the lovely deep green/burnished back ground she made, the foliage stamping, the red and white Baker's twine and the red stamped sentiment.
This is what I got up to.

I made an inky background using various Christmas green coloured distress paints.




I added a little water to get some distressed blending.










 I then added silver metallic distress stain.

I also wanted to add some crackle as AVJ are asking for this in their challenge and I wanted to add some rustic charm to for ATBC as well as a couple of other challenges. I added gold paint to crackle paint and pressed it through my TH foliage stencil.
When it had dried I added some distress ink to highlight the cracks and around the edge of my backing card.
So here is my finished card.
The sentiment is Visible Image which I managed to snap up in their amazing Black Friday sale. I added even more texture with distressed edges, torn corrugated card and a glittered snowflake chippie.

 I do love a bit of crackle ;0)



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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #9
Pixie's Snippets Playground #257 I used a snippet of card for my sentiment and a tiny snippet of Baker's Twine!
A Vintage Journey cracking up
Anything but Cute rustic glam
That's Crafty All grungy
An inky mess anything mixed media
Time out Christmas with an optional twist of glitter/shimmer I added the twist with my silver metallic distress stain and the glittery snowflake
Winter Wonderland poinsettia or snow is falling I have gone for snow is falling with my embellished snowflake chippie.
Merry Monday 1/3 masculine Christmas card
Christmas card challenge anything goes #50
Addicted to stamps and More anything goes
Moving along with the times anything goes with Christmas

That's another card in the stock box for selling at Dotty's Christmas market which is now only 3 days away .....this  Friday..the details are on my side bar.
I promised another sneak peek...here are some of my bag charms I will be selling.

Strawberries and chocolate are always a good combination 😄
 All the beads I use are handmade glass made by my talented lamp worker friends. All one of a kind and totally unique.

I hope this little owl will fly off my stall to a new home.

Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments. I must fly as I really need to get my very last bits of stock made.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x