Monday, 27 June 2016

Summer time Guest designing for Crafty Boots

This is my second post of the morning...a first for me...if you are looking for my Country View DT post just follow the link here.

Hello and welcome to my blog, especially if you are a first time visitor. I am delighted to be guest designing today over at Crafty Boots today where their current challenge theme is Summer fun.

Summer has certainly arrived all around me. My flowers in the garden are flourishing and we are enjoying lots walks.


I recently made 4 summer backgrounds using the same techniques as I used for my May Tim card. For my card today I chose to use the bottom left background card.

Here it is in close up. If you would like to see a step by step of the process this is the link here.
and here is my completed card. I just added a crackled butterfly and a die cut sentiment.




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

Little Claire's 2/3 create a scene
Happy Little stampers mixed media  texture
Noor summer
Stamping Sensations 3/3 feature a creature
Our creative corner a beautiful mess
A Vintage Journey texture or embossing paste I used TH texture paste through my TH alphabet stencil.
Simon says stamp Wednesday 1/5 add shimmer my card has a wonderful gold shimmer from my metallic distress spray
Penny Black and More 2/3 flower power
Dies R us butterflies
Creative Inspirations bingo  I have gone through the middle diagonal....white (tape background), flowers, shabby


Thanks to the ladies over at Crafty Boots for inviting me today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my contribution to their summer challenge. It would be lovely if you can join in the fun...here is the link to their blog where you can find out all the details.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Is that real crackle on that card?

Today it's time for my 2nd DT piece for the "Crackle" challenge which is the theme for June over at Country View Challenges. For my first piece which I shared here I made a Father's Day card with a true crackle effect using  DecoArt mixed media products.
This time I am going to show that you don't need all those products, you can easily achieve a "faux" crackle effect too. It's simple, quick and very effective.
My card is similar to the first card I shared, this time,as we have now passed Father's day, it is a Dad's birthday card I made to sell in Dotty's.

I used my vintage childhood photo again.

For the base I used cheap acrylic paints, I buy these from The Works. I used a piece of grey board saved from the back of a paper pad and cut it into 2 and gessoed it - is that a verb??! it can be a Janeism then ;0)
 I dabbed on the colours with a baby wipe until I had a mottled effect I was happy with,
 Then it was time for the cheat bit ;0) ...all that is needed is a crackle stamp! These are Andy's Skinner's but there are lots on the market which can be used...you could even draw your own lines.
 I used black Archival ink
and this is what I achieved.
Instant realistic crackle.

I used one piece for my card, the other I have plans for.

Here is my finished card again. I used snippets of book pages and also tiny snippets of paper to die cut my dotty letters.

I used the Cheery Lynn Film set die for my photo and TH small sizzlits die for the film strip. The papers are vintage book pages.

It would be great if you can join in with our crackle theme over at Country View...you need to get cracking though as the challenge closes in 4 days time. You could even win a £20 voucher from our Sponsors, Country View Crafts, if your name comes up in the random draw. Here is the link.

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

Pixie's snippets Playground #235
As you like it 3/3 favourite die and why mine is my CL film set die..they are brilliant for framing photos.
Crafty Calendar 3/3 For a male
Happy Little stampers mixed media  texture
Creative Inspirations 1/3 bingo I used the bottom horizontal line...white (the book pages are actually white!), distress, dots (on my letters)
Emerald Faeries 3/3 anything goes
Love to create 2/2 #13
Double D challenges all about the boys

I am back again in a few hours with another post as I am also guest designing today too! Busy, busy, busy....

Thanks for visiting...it would be lovely to see you later too!

Bye for now,

Jane x



Friday, 24 June 2016

Too wet for the ducks

Goodness me the rain yesterday was incredible.....it fell like sheets in biblical quantities in the early hours. Over last few weeks we have seen so much rain that I think if it didn't rain now til September we would still have plenty to keep us going.

Despite the rain it's very mild. Yesterday it was in the mid 20s and felt very muggy. I decided to still walk down to Dotty's rather than drive to deliver my latest cards. The rain was just drizzly at this point and I do try to take a very brisk water every single day. The ponds look glorious in any weather.
I noticed that the little coot's nest had new life in it....and the baby coots were being led out to swim by their Mummy....

 Baby coots are so cute and woolly.
What amused me though was seeing all the mallard ducks sleeping  out of the water
it was obviously too wet for ducks.
The fellow on the left didn't even want to stand both feet in the wet.

The waterfall was roaring with so much rain...I love that sound

and all the brooks were babbling beautifully.



As I walked home I decided that I had to celebrate the new baby coots and remember the rain by making a Baby Shower card.
I have the brilliant Ryn raindrops stamp so I dug it out. I also used one of my Nicecrane digi images.
And this is what I made.
I just love this stamp.
I would like to enter my baby card into the following challenges;

Moving along with the times new baby
Simon says stamp Wednesday 1/5 add shimmer my gold card has a wonderful shimmer to it as does my organza ribbon.
Simon says stamp Mondays 1/5 use patterned paper my backing paper is from an ancient Jack and Jill pad.
Crafting from the heart 2/3 anything goes
As you like it 2/3 favourite die and why mine is my MB stitched rectangle set...they are brilliant for framing images.
Emerald Faeries 2/3 anything goes
Designs by Ryn June customer creations
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge june
Crafty Claire's 1/3 create a scene
Ribbon Girls 2/3 any image

Last night heavy rain returned again....perhaps, like the image I used for my baby shower card, I should be building that arc! However this morning I have woken up to warm sunshine just in time for a day out with my girlies...good timing.

Thanks for visiting me today and for your kind comments.
Keep dry if the rain is affecting you and enjoy the upcoming weekend. I am still waiting to cut my ever lengthening lawn!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x