Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The colour red

With only a few days left until Valentine's day I found it interesting to look around at the way red appears in every day life, as well as its use to represent love and passion.

Pillar boxes painted are red so that we can spot where to post our mail. I do love the old ones like this one I pass on my way to work.

Red is used in road signs for warnings
Even instructions on the back of doors
and for old fashioned phone boxes, nowadays mobiles have taken over so there are few of these around. This one is actually at a garden centre.
In Mother Nature red can signify danger to us in poisonous berries
but also can produce some beautiful blooms.
The sweet robin also has a red breast.
So for my card today I thought of my favourite colour combination with red which is black.
It is a general with love card for sale here in my Etsy shop
It features my great Visible Ink lips stamp and also I used their rose stamp to glitter emboss a border. There is plenty of sparkle and shine here.



I never get bored using embossing powders....they are such great fun. I finished my card off with my fave with love die cut sentiment and a red bow.

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

Noor UK  love
The Artistic stamper  love 
Creative Inspirations  hugs and kisses
Creative Corner  2/3 Valentine's/love
That's Crafty  3/3 love
Pixie's snippets playground  2/3 #215
Deep Ocean  hearts
The Ribbon girl 1/3 anything goes for a card
Papercreator must be love
Card Mania 1/5 add some red
Penny Black and More 1/3 anything goes with a stamp and a die
Stamping Sensations 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Boots 3/3 love is in the air
Simon says stamp Wednesday 1/5 one layer

After surviving the gales on Monday we are now being advised we might get a covering of snow next week....brrrr. I do know that for many of my son's birthday's we have had snow..and that's not until 24 February,so we could still get a very cold snap before spring finally surfaces. It's been the most bizarre winter here in South East England, up until now we really have not had anything that cold other than the odd day. However the same can't be said about the rain,......especially for the poor souls up north, they certainly don't need any more for the moment.

I hope you enjoyed your pancakes last night...I very nearly forgot until I saw something on TV whilst I was cooking. Luckily I had the ingredients, including a lemon. Well in our house we do need to be prepared for the occasional G+T don't we ;0)

Thanks for visiting today, keep snug and carry on crafting.

Bye for now,

Jane x



Sunday, 7 February 2016

12 tags of 2016 February Jane's Journal card style

We have reached the love month for Tim's 2nd tag of 2016. Not surprisingly his tag for February features hearts and he has decided on the remix of monoprinting and embossed texture paste techniques.
You can check out all his techniques on his blog here

I decided not to make a Valentine's card for my Hb as I have made one for an upcoming GD post coming up soon.  I did need a birthday card for my dear brother. He loves the cards I make so one of my specials seemed perfect for him.

I decided to use my harlequin stencil and vintage photo distress ink for my monoprinting.
 I added some letters via my alphabet stencil using texture paste and gold embossing powder
Once heated the gold shines through. I also added some hearts through my 3rd stencil using candied apple distress ink. I agree with Tim this is such a gorgeous red.
 As you know I use my own family photos instead of the stock photo images Tim uses, they make my cards so much more personal. I have this fun photo of my brother and I circa 1963 ish on a cold foggy day in the park. I can still remember the matching hats we are wearing. They were deep green and hand knitted by my darling youngest aunt who sadly passed away some years ago. She was a champion knitter and knitted everything for us. Don't you just love my woolly boots and my poor brother in shorts!

I bought these cool retro photo corners recently and knew they would work perfectly with the card I had in mind.
So it was time to put on my creative hat......

and this is what I came up with.
 I loved the background so much that I decided that I would not add anything else other that the birthday sentiment.
It's very CAS for my version of Tim's creation.
 My darling brother. We had such fun together as kids, he really is the kindest of big brothers and has always looked out for me. He lives in Wales and we don't get to meet up very often but when we do it's so good.

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 February
Live and Love Crafts Love is in the air
Pixie's snippets playground 1/3 #215
Noor UK  love
The Craft Barn  triplets I have used 3 stencils; harlequin, heart and alphabet
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  have a heart
Creative Inspirations  hugs and kisses
That's Crafty  2/3 love
Country View make your own background
Winter Wonderland 1/3 best friends

We had a lovely day yesterday in Southampton with Daisy and Co despite the awful weather. It rained nearly all day. We managed a quick walk but even Daisy declined to go to the swings... a first for her.
Today the sun has been out but it's been pretty chilly. We have been to IKEA and squeal... I finally got the craft trolley which has been on my Christmas list for the last 2 years and Santa obviously thought I had not been good enough! My darling Hb treated me, an early Valentine's pressie. I will share more soon when we have unpacked it.

Enjoy your Sunday evening and keep snug....it's the last War and Peace on television tonight..what a brilliant TV adaption this has been.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Dies for hearts

No my post title is not meant to make you think you need to leave this world for hearts! Far from it, but it involves 2 different  types of dies.
As you know I use a lot of dies in my paper crafting but did you know that you can also create your own dies to press form shapes in silversmithing?

Die forming has been the new project since my silversmithing class returned in January after the Christmas break. The first thing I had to decide on was what shape to design. I decided that a really useful shape is the good old heart. I wanted to work in copper and brass as sheet silver is so expensive and just for experimenting these cheaper metals are good to experiment with.

I sketched a heart onto paper and cut it out in 5mm copper and perspex.
My photos are not the best as they are taken with my phone but you can get the idea.
I stuck the 2 pieces together and had to carefully file the "die" until I had very smooth surfaces.
This took a few weeks.......
Fast forward.
Once the die was made I was able to have a play with my metals and textures. A "sandwich" of acrylic, metal and the die is put into a press.
This is the press....it is huge!


 The press is wound down by hand and the  force created presses the sheet metal through the die.
Above are 2 shapes I created in brass and copper with the die. I textured the copper using textile in the rolling mill.

I love this textured copper.

I was able to invert or evert the heart depending on the effect I wanted.
I had great fun playing and below are a few more pieces.


I have some plans to turn these into pendants. I also plan to try soldering 2 hearts together to create a 3D pendant too. Our class is on half term for 2 weeks so I will keep you posted with what I make when we go back,

So my card today has to involves die cut hearts doesn't it. It's another case of when 2 crafts collide I think.

This is a Valentine's day card I made for my Etsy shop which is for sale here.

It's very CAS for me but I liked this simple design with the striking colours. Red, black and white is such a great colour combination.

Die cuts can be so effective. After coming up with my design I just stamped and embossed a simple Clearly Besotted sentiment in red and added a ribbon.

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

Pixie's snippets playground  3/3 #214  I used a snippet of black card for my die cut and a snippet of ribbon.
Whimsy stamps with love
Crafting from the heart  2/3 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday  2/5 a fine romance
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes/twist of Valentine
Noor UK  love
The Ribbon Girl  3/3 with love
Papercreator must be love
The Artistic stamper love my sentiment is stamped
The Craft Barn  triplets I have used 3 colours, red, white and black
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  have a heart
Creative Inspirations  hugs and kisses
Creative Corner  1/3 Valentine's/love
That's Crafty  1/3 love

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have your Valentine's cards bought or made....only one more weekend to sort things out. I can't show the one I have made my Hb yet as it's a Guest design post for one of my favourite card challenges...you'll have to wait until 19 Feb to see it.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend, we are off to Southampton to catch up with Daisy and Co...I can't wait.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x