Monday, 25 September 2017

A blue Snow Queen

Good morning, wow what a glorious weekend it was here. The sun shone from dawn to dusk in a clear blue sky and on Saturday we enjoyed a trip to the seaside. Blue is my favourite  colour and it was in abundance during our family walk.
 The tide was right in lapping at our feet
People were out sailing, making the most of the unexpected weather.
My DD and Daisy enjoyed watching them.
There was a gorgeous pair of swans with their cygnet
a lovely blue door
blue (and green) beach huts


and even a "Blue" boat aptly named "Blue Monday"
So all these awesome blues and the swans inspired my weekly Visible Image inspiration project which I have called "The Snow Queen".
I used some of the gorgeous new Visible Image Christmas stamp sets
Peace, love and hope
and a sentiment from the Go to Christmas words
and teamed them with one of my all time favourite sets..
Face It!
I also used the mask with my card
I stamped the face and added some Distress glaze to seal the lips.

 I very roughly blended some blue distress inks...making them look quite swirly to look like snow swirls.


I added some shading with Broken China distress ink around her face and gave her some blue blusher too. I stamped and white embossed the small snowflake accent stamps from the Peace, love, hope set. I also added some glitter lipstick and eyeliner

Here she is

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and added the sweet reindeer and star. The little accents in the Peace, love , hope set are very sweet and I have used them on lots of my Christmas cards.
I also added some DecoArt snow-tex around the edge of my card and sprinkled glitter on top for a really frosty effect.
I love these new Christmas stamps Mark has designed...all the sets work so well together. I have been busy making some other designs too which I will share very soon.

I would like to enter my Snow Queen into the following challenges;

The Ribbon Girl 3/3 any image
Creative Inspirations 2/3 Seasonal my season is winter
Rubber Dance favourite stamp Face It! is one of my favourite Visible Image stamps.
Penny Black and More 1/3 get ready for Christmas
Artistic Stamper 3/3 take a little colour

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. We are rapidly approaching October now and it's time to get those Christmas cards started....only 91 days to go...ho ho ho!!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Sunday, 24 September 2017

My Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

If you saw my last post you would have read that I had a date with none other than the professor of all things inky, Tim Holtz at his Creative Chemistry Live UK edition workshop in Harrogate on Friday.


Oh my...what a day!

 The sun even shone and as I walked to the class from the hotel I smiled at the colours of the autumn trees.


The workshop was held at Art from the Heart in Harrogate
Everything was set up for us as we arrived...including our very own Tim Holtz aprons which of course we all got signed.
 There were 25 very exited people raring to create...including ME!

I cannot describe how much fun I had and what a brilliant teacher he is. Tim is just such a great guy, his teaching is inspiring and with Mario helping with the smooth running of the class, the workshop was everything and more than I dreamt it could possibly be. He also has some very funny crafting anecdotes which I will always remember.
 The ever smiling and helpful Mario, kept everything running so smoothly.
I will obviously not share Tim's teaching notes but I will share what I made.
It was also such fun to be among a group of such like minded crafters. We really did come out with the biggest smiles possible on our faces, and laden with goodies too. I also caught up with some blogging ladies and Facebook friends who I have never met but felt like old friends. 

These are the tags I made. 10 tags to learn 10 new inky techniques.
We were even given a little folder to hold them in
 and so many wonderful goodies ..in the photo further down you will see the bag he gave us to put everything in. Such generosity.

And when class finished Tim patiently signed everything we wanted signing and posed for photos...
even taking a selfie for me on my phone.

Wow, that really was an experience I can tick off my best wish list...I was in crafting heaven. Thanks Tim and Mario you really are the best....and thanks to Ben of AFTH for organising the whole event.

So today I decided to take my 4 favourite tags (below) I made on Friday and use a combination of these 4 techniques to make a tag to put into Jane's Journal to remember this most awesome creative experience.

I used one of my favourite Tim stamp sets, Lady Rose to watercolour with Distress Oxides and chose colours from those I saw around in me on that warm sunny September day.

 Remember the now was the perfect sentiment to use.

So I used a little Creative Chemistry...

to make my tag.

some close ups




I will certainly remember that glorious autumn creative day.

More words cannot express just how much I enjoyed myself and also what gentlemen Tim and Mario are. I know they won't be reading my blog but I just want to say the biggest thank you to them. Moments like that are ones to treasure forever.  When I look at my tag in my journal it will help me to

Remember the now.

I would like to link my tag up into the following challenges;

The Ribbon Girl 2/3 any image
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 to everything there is a season
Happy Little stampers September watercolour
Creative Inspirations 2/3 Seasonal my season is a glorious start to autumn
Craft Stamper take it make it September
Rubber Dance favourite stamp Lady Rose is my favoruite Tim Holtz stamp set

I am back tomorrow with my weekly Visible Image DT post, the weather this weekend has just been glorious. Enjoy the sunshine if you have it. If not I have plenty to send.

See you in the morning,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 22 September 2017

And autumn came....

Well here we are...autumn has arrived and we are also rapidly waving goodbye to September.  I enjoyed some very pleasant and sunny days earlier this week and I decided it was time to make my monthly calendar page for my art journal in my sunny studio.
The lines from the Month's poem by Sara Coleridge for September read;

Warm September brings the fruit,
sportsmen then begin to shoot.

I looked around my garden, which is still colourful, and saw that the leaves of my potted acers are turning pretty shades of greens, red and orange.



My begonia are still going strong too
 and I spotted this fellow busy at work.

I honestly love spiders and for a few moments I stood and watched him as he spun his web...going round and round....so clever....I never cease to marvel at the structure of a web and how fine it is.

 I decided that the focal of my page, for the "fruit" in the poem would be a lovely vintage apples digi from the Graphics Fairy and that my colours would be inspired by my autumnal garden.

I die cut a frame using my new Noor die I bought cheaply at Ally Pally and got out my inks.
 I sprayed an inly background inspired by the colours of the acer leaves in my garden.
 and then added some more inks through my Tim mini leaf stencil

 I then got out my Visible Image tree stamp (sadly discontinued at present)
and added some branches...gradually adding green and orange archival ink 

until I finished my background...I got rather engrossed at this point so I didn't take any more photos... but I also die cut and textured lots of leaves and a tree.

It was then time to put on my creative hat and put my page together.

Here it is.


and some close ups, I really went to town with my colours and textures with my die cut leaves.




and one last shot.
My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

Memory Box autumn leaves
The Craft Barn 12 month challenge  September
Creative Artiste mixed media
Fussy and fancy fall colours
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 any image
Cuttlebug mania Golden harvest
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 to everything there is a season

Now I must get my skates on as I have a date with someone rather special.......Tim Holtz...yes seriously. I am soooo excited. I am in  Harrogate attending Tim's UK Creative Chemistry workshop at 9am. I booked myself into a nearby hotel last night..... I have a 2 minute walk from my hotel. 

I will take my trusty camera and yes I will take lots of photos to share. 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the gorgeous colours of autumn.

Bye for now,

Jane x