Friday, 21 April 2017


I love growing chillies and over the years I have tried several different ways. I have decided the best way is to buy small plants in March as it gives such a head start on growing them from seeds.
I bought these on line 3 weeks ago and they arrived in the post...

 I use dymo labels when potting them up...
into a vermiculite and multi purpose compost.
 I keep them on my sunny kitchen window sill
 and here they are this week...growing so quickly. The Zimbabwe variety already has lovely purple flowers. I will put them out on my sunny patio mid May.
My card today also uses stamps from a stamp company who are also growing very quickly. Yes the awesome Visible Image. They are on Create and Craft TV again tomorrow at 10am. Mark has some brilliant demos planned so do tune in to see what he is up to and you may even catch a glance at one of my samples.The show is on at 10am (GMT) on Sky 674,Virgin 748 or Freeview 23 or you can watch it via the Create and craft Website here
The curious cats  stamps sold out immediately during the last show in February so they, as well as some other amazing sets, are being taken back tomorrow. Here is another of my Curious Cats I made as a sample for the show.

I made the background with Distress inks and added Glossy Accents to his eyes. The nose has to be pink, just like my own darling Billy's is 😻
The paw prints and the sentiment are all in this set...and a peep inside...
 I think that cat has got paint on his paws 😼

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

The ribbon girl 2/3 use any image
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart 2/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 2/3 anything goes
Crafty friends 2/3 animals or birds
Simon says stamp Monday  splash it on I have used the wrinkle free technique or "swooshing"which a lot of peep seem to be calling it, for creating my cat fur!
As you like it 1/3 favourite colour and why I love green, especially for cats eyes.They look very mystical. I have also used green matting card so that his green eyes really shine out from my card.

It's nearly the weekend yet again, enjoy yours. I have quite an eventful day today and also weekend.... I have set my recorder just in case I am not in front of the TV at 10 am on Saturday to see Visible Image on TV!

I'll fill you in very soon. I will be back on Monday.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Spring 2017 at Dotty's Teahouse

Last Thursday I took my parents down to Dotty's where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. They loved the tearooms and its wonderful vintage feel.
The window was dressed all ready for Easter.

Inside was busy and there is always such a great atmosphere. Rebecca and her staff were busting around serving everyone with a smile.

After my sandwiches I just had to try a piece of delicious moist carrot cake...
well it would be rude not to wouldn't it 😉

I could see from our table that my cards I sell there were neat and tidy. There has been a rush on my wedding and new baby boy cards recently so I stocked those up with a couple of new designs.
 If you are ever near Carshalton in Surrey do pop in. Dotty's is at 108 High Street, SM5 3AE and is open most days.

So my card for challenges today is a new baby one. Our own new grandbaby is due very soon now. We do not know the sex and today's card is for a new baby boy from the shelves of Dotty's Tea House.

I have used a digi from Lili of the Valley. The backing paper is First Edition. Dies are by Memory Box , The Works and Cheery Lynn.

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

The ribbon girl 1/3 use any image
Simon Says stamp Wednesday 3/5 spring colour inspiration
Crafty calendar April showers/ spring
Crafty friends animals or birds
The Cutie Pies challenge bunnies or chicks
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Sparkles Monthly 1/3 fave colour combo I use blues and green so much!
Noor flowers

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. They are much appreciated.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Create and Craft April 22nd

Hello and I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful Easter day and are enjoying the bank holiday. We certainly did and it was so good to catch up with our family. Time to sit, relax and chat is so important.

Today I am sharing my Monday Design Team inspiration for Visible Image. Mark will be appearing on Create and Craft TV this Saturday 22 April.The show is on at 10am (GMT) on Sky 674,Virgin 748 or Freeview 23 or you can watch it via the Create and craft Website here. I have set up my recorder in case I'm not around at 10am and will look forward to spotting my cards on TV!

My teamies and I have been busy making samples for the show and my card today is one of my samples using the Life can be Tough word stamp together with the tree and leaves from the Create It set. These are 2 of the stamp sets which will be on the next show.
You can however buy them now on their web site here
and here
I made a background using Distress Oxides. I am having so much fun with these inks. Every single background is so unique and a perfect background for Visible Image stamps.
I cut this down to make a 5 3/4" by 5 3/4" card background. I stamped and embossed the words and then added the little tree and leaves. I kept my card very CAS as I really think the background and sentiment says it all.

I used this same sentiment a few weeks ago for a sympathy card for a friend of ours and it was very appreciated.  However I also think that it works well for a card just to tell someone that you are thinking of them. I know lots of people that are having a really hard time at the moment but through their strength of character I know they will get through. If you are also one of those people then this card is for you...

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

The Artistic stamper 3/3 backgrounds
Frilly and Funkie  1/3 April showers
Stamping Sensations 3/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 3/3 favourite things Visible Image stamps are my favourite stamps and this sentiment takes some beating in my books!
Simon Says stamp Wednesday 2/5 spring colour inspiration
Addicted to Stamps and More 2/3  make your mark
Try it on Tuesday 1/3 use a quote

Thanks so much for visiting me today here and enjoy the week ahead.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

I'm just hopping by like the Easter bunny to wish you all a very Happy Easter. May it be filled with peace, love and lots of chocolate.

This card is for you....

It's very clean and simple and shows just what I love to do at  Easter...spend time with our dear family.

The digi image is Nicecrane and the butterfly stamp Visible Image one which I have inked with Distress Ink and fussy cut out. The sentiment stamp is Clearly Besotted. The flower is Cheery Lynn with Tim Holtz greenery. All inked with Distress inks. 
I would like to link it up with the following challenges;

Less is More Spring walk
Pixie's Snippets Playground #277/8 My whole card uses snippets! 
Simon Says stamp Wednesday 3/5 spring colour inspiration
Addicted to Stamps and More 3/3  make your mark
The butterfly challenge window and/or the colour rose this is a little peep looking in on the children off out on their Easter walk, with their best bonnets on 😉

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter day, the sun is up again here. I hope that it lasts for our Easter walk later with our dear Son, his GF and Bear!

I'm back very early tomorrow morning with my Monday inspiration for Visible Image. 

Take care.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Crafting at Ally Pally

I am back today, as promised, to share some more photos of my day at Alexandra Palace or Ally Pally as it is more affectionately known as. My last visit to the Crafting Show was back in 2013 when I chose a Saturday to visit. Last weekend I chose to visit on the Sunday as I wanted to time this with catching up with my great blogging buddie Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies.

I took the tube up to Wood Green and then jumped on the courtesy bus which takes you right to the entrance. It was the most glorious warm sunny day and the views are fabulous as Ally Pally is set up high in a hilly area.

People were enjoying being outside and taking in the air just as their Victorian contemporaries would have done when it opened  as "The people's Palace" 1873. Although rebuilt a couple of times and undergoing restoration at the moment it is a really spectacular building.  The Crafting Show is held in the Great Hall in the Palm Court.

 The rose window inside is a real show stopper.

The big difference for going on the Sunday was the lack of crowds. I really enjoyed having room to mooch around in comfort. It was so good to see Brenda, she kindly sent me this photo of us to share xx

 We also caught up with Brenda's sweet friend Annie from Scotland and I had time to chat to Helen and Mark my "bosses!" from Visible Image. If you missed my Monday post this is a link to it. sharing their colourful stand.
We had a lovely day and enjoyed lunch outside in the sunshine.

I got home about time for Pimm's O'Clock..bliss.

I bought a few goodies and was also given some new stamps by Helen to play with so I decided to do some crafting just for me and enter some current challenges. I used a photo of my darling Daisy from when she stayed over my birthday weekend. She loves our local swings and I loved this photo I took of her...such a sweet happy girl. It was early in the morning, the day after my birthday. We had the swing park all to ourselves with only the birds in the trees to watch us, it was a magical Moment.
I added the verse for April from the Garden Poem by Sara Coleridge to my photo, "April brings the primrose sweet, scatters daisies at our feet" appropriate it was.
I am trying to be good and use some of my unused papers so I found this rather tattered 12x12" sheet of paper and trimmed it make a Moment for my journal.

I used a Daisy stencil and added some texture paste.

 I used PaperArtsy foliage stamps for my border. I also added some distress inks and distress oxide stencilling.

 The bird and tree die cuts are Tim Holtz and I added some script stamping using my Visible image stamp. I sprayed the tree with some spring coloured ink sprays.

I used my new Laugh louder stamp by Visible Image as I thought it the perfect sentiment.
My die cut daisies, seen below are Memory Box.

Here is my finished sums up my birthday and my great crafting day at Ally Pally.
and a close up.

I made my Moment for the following challenges;

The Craft Barn Calendar challenge April
A Vintage Journey The magic of 3s  I have 3 daisy die cuts at my own Daisy's feet
Stamping Sensations 2/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 2/3 favourite things My new sentiment stamp has now become one of my favourites for using in my Moments  (as is Daisy ;0)
Crafty calendar April showers/ spring
Penny Black and More 2/3 spring
Crafty friends animals or birds 
That's crafty 2/3 foliage and/or flowers
Simon Says stamp Wednesday 1/5 spring colour inspiration
Addicted to Stamps and More 1/3  make your mark
Stamplorations Spring hop things with wings

Thanks so my for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me here. I am having lunch at Dotty's with my Mum and Dad today and then we are looking forward to catching up with our darling children over the Easter weekend.
Enjoy your time off.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Rusty love

After the heat and wall to wall hot sunshine of the weekend we are back to our more normal spring temperatures. I think it must be a good 10c cooler today but at least the sun is still shining.
 My frilly pansies have bloomed all winter and are still showing off now...they are so pretty with their rusty coloured veins. This links in quite well with my blog post today...

 I'm here today to share my 2nd DT post for Country View Challenges where our theme for the month is "Rust". If you missed my first post, where I shared a rusty birthday card you can see it here. For this project I chose another of those inky rusty off cuts and decided to turn it into a rusty heart. I drew a heart on paper

and used it as my template.
I traced round it and cut it out
and then got out my rust coloured DecorArt paints to alter it further.

I added more paint

and also added some to my other offcuts.

To add texture to my rusty heart I applied some frantage.

When it had cooled I went over areas of it with metallic Distress paint.

For a background I stamped my old Visible Image Bronte verse script stamp and  die layered it up with some die cut card using my Mixed media die by Tim Holtz.

It was then time to put all my elements together. Here is my finished card..which has already sold in Dotty's Tearooms.

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

Allsorts 3/3 bring on the bling
The Ribbon Girl 3/3 April any card challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by today and remember you have until 30th April to get rusty and join in with the fun over at Country View! This is the link

Back soon...yes I have not forgotten about my Ally Pally post, I will share it later this week. Thanks for all your lovely comments on yesterday's Ally Pally post and a very warm welcome to my newest followers. 

Bye for now,

Jane x