Thursday, 19 April 2018

The start of outdoors crafting

Wow the last few days have been just glorious, the temperature peaked at 28c in my sunny sheltered garden yesterday and today.
It was also time to open the blinds of my garden studio for the first time since last year.
I decided to embark on clearing up the garden and also spring cleaning my garden studio ready for my outside crafting season. I do love working outside. This is as clean and as tidy as you will see my desk until this time next year.

I like to give my workbench, loving handcrafted by my dear Dad, a good lick of teak oil.
It seems to suck the oil in with huge satisfaction.
I love all the imperfections the bench has.
Once upon a time it was a lab workbench in the firm where my Dad worked as a biochemist until the 1980s.
It's a living peace of history where I enjoy being creative at.
My card today is one for Dotty's Tearooms. It's another wedding card as these are selling like hotcakes at the moment
The image is a Lili of the Valley simply print and the stamped sentiment also LOTV. Backing papers are by Craft Consortium. I added some sequin bling and also some sparkly gel pen to the bride's headdress and bouquet.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Sparkle and Shine
Die's R Us springtime
Crafteezee Spring
The ribbon girl 1/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Moving along with the times 1/3 springtime
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes

Have a great evening, the heat is staying here tomorrow but we are heading for slightly cooler, but still lovely, weather for the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Wanderlust the fab new STAMPlorations travel release

Hello today I am delighted to be a part of the event revealing the fabulous brand new STAMPlorations release called Wanderlust. These stamp sets are perfect for the upcoming spring/summer season and also would work brilliantly for art journalling and holiday journals.
You can find all the details and more samples from my talented teamies here. There are also prizes up for grabs by commenting here and on the other DTs blogs so do check it out.

I  worked with the quote "distance means so little when someone means so much" from the fab
Wanderlust expressions 1 stamp set
and the passport stamp from the
from the new Wanderlust Stamp lab release
I have an old road map which has been sitting in my crafty hoard for years and I decided that finally I knew what to do with it. I cut pages for my background
I also built up the fab passport stamp by repeat stamping on red card stock for the cover and once on the map page for the insert. I gold embossed one of the images.
I then layered them up.
Here is my finished card.
I loved this release so much that I decided to use another piece of my map

and using different stamps from these releases I made this one too. I decoupaged the car adding pads under the wheels for depth.
The challenges at STAMPlorations have been modified since February to allow Shery some time with her sweet little "Winter" addition to her family. She is now the proud mother of 2 little girls. There has just been one modified challenge to for April the theme is "Focus on the sentiments".
There is still time to enter and you don't have to use STAMPlorations stamps (but we love it when you do!)
All the details can be found here

Normal challenges will be resuming next month, in May. I will be back as part of the Theme and Sketch design team.  I can't wait.

 Here's a quick heads up too; if you type my special code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout you could save an extra 20% on top of any existing discount. Head on over to the website here and fill your basket!

Thank you so much for visiting me here today and if it is your first visit, a warm welcome.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Monday, 16 April 2018

Spring time warmth

Good morning. Wow what a gorgeous sunny Saturday I enjoyed and the temperature is still rising..we're promised 22c by mid week. Whoop whoop..bring it on 😎.
The sap is rising in my garden and new growth is sprouting everywhere.



 Now that spring seems to have finally arrived I decided to make a sunny canvas for my weekly Monday design team inspiration today for Visible Image stamps. I used 2 stamp sets that I have not inked up for some time. It was time to ink up the brilliant
dragonfly stamp from the Live in the moment  stamp set.
and use it with the awesome
Your vivid colours sentiment
I also stamped and fussy cut out some flowers from the Imperfection is beauty set.

 I made a distress ink background using spring coloured distress inks on watercolour paper.

I masked the stamp into 2 halves so that I could put my dragonfly in between the words and made a stalk for my flowers using one of the stamps from Organics


I stamped my dragonfly on a scrap of alcohol ink mop up card and fussy cut him out. I added Glossy Accents for some shine.
Here is my completed canvas.


and a couple of close ups



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

Simon says Stamp Wednesday  add some texture
Craft Stamper take it make it 1/3 April anything stamped
Creative moments 2/3 anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #324
Creative Inspirations 1/3 springtime
Crafteezee Spring
Stamping sensations 1/3 one for the girls
Allsorts spring flowers or showers

All the Visible links can be found below.

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

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 Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your very kind comments.

Enjoy the warming sunshine.

Back soon

Bye for now

Jane x