Monday, 22 May 2017

Where dreams have taken us

Yes unbelievable at the weekend it was the 1st  anniversary of Dotty's opening. Where on earth has the year gone? If you have not been following my blog for long I sell my cards at Dotty's, a Vintage Teahouse in Carshalton High Street since the doors first opened last May. My grand opening post can be seen here
This was the opening day last year which was attended by the Major of Sutton.

I went to the anniversary celebrations on Saturday and shared a post here if you missed it. Yesterday I showed the card which was commissioned by the staff to give to Rebecca, the owner.

As it is Monday it is also my day to share some inspiration over on the Visible Image Group page. Today I am sharing the 2nd Dotty card I made, This one I made from me to give to Rebecca and her lovely staff.  As the theme for the celebrations was WW2  I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue theme and I used a very apt Visible Image sentiment from the "Where dreams take you set" which is available here here

 I stamped the sentiment and die cut it
 I found some very apt tea cups paper in my stash.
I stamped and fussy cut out the paper plane from the destination unknown set available here

 I also stamped the sentiment from the same set
and then I put on my creative hat to made this card;
Here are a couple of close ups; the great cup and saucer die is Marianne, the layering dies are all Spellbinders. The hearts are La-la land
I cut the what lies ahead sentiment into 2 parts.
This  last year for me, both selling at Dotty's and designing has been such a great adventure and I do indeed wonder "what lies ahead".  My dreams are certainly taking me into all sorts of new adventures!
Here it is in the window of Dotty's on Saturday, together with the card I made for the girls to give to Rebecca. Such a fun day.

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

Allsorts birthday it was also their birthday on Saturday, but they were 8.. Dotty has some catching up to do!
Crafty Catz anything goes with a twist of more than 2 layers I have at last 5 on my card!
Creative Inspirations 3/3 anything goes
Lil patch of crafting friends 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned  paper May


All the links for Visible Image can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here and it is where you will find our first themed "Express yourself" challenge...it would be lovely to see you over there. There is a £40 voucher up for grabs if you are the randomly selected winner.  You can also add work to the "Show and Tell" folder where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

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


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

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dotty's Teahouse turns 1

Yesterday was the 1st birthday for Dotty's Teahouse, the vintage tearooms in Carshalton, where I sell my cards. I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by. I joined Dotty's as a seller on day 1 and I numbered up card 405 recently so gulp I have made and sold a lot of cards in 1 year.
As always the window display looked delightful and was in the style of WW2 as Dotty's was also supporting Dame Vera Lynn's charity for the day.


 Rebecca and her lovely team were all dressed up and looked ab fab...here is Rebecca on the right with Lesley her right hand rock and roll woman 😁


These ladies are all so lovely, always smiling...

A quick peep at my cards....


There was live entertainment...........

Such a fun atmosphere
Even the original Dotty, the vintage caravan made an appearance
I love being a small part of Dotty's and if you are ever near to Carshalton High Street do stop by. It is the most wonderful place to enjoy tea and cake..and lunch too!

You may have spotted in my very first photo today that there were 2 birthday cards in the window.  I made them both 😊.m.


The one on the right I gave to Rebecca and her team. You will see that one on my blog in detail tomorrow so I will share my " Dotty is 1" birthday card today.
Here she is;
The girls from Dotty's commissioned me to make this card. They wanted something tea related and pink for Rebecca. This digi is one of  Lili of the Valley's simply print images and was perfect. I even die cut a pink cup with a stripey saucer! The papers  were a great find in my ancient paper stash....

Yes surely "everything stops for tea" 😉

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

Allsorts birthday it was also their birthday yesterday, but they were 8.. Dotty has some catching up to do!
Crafty Catz anything goes with a twist of more than 2 layers I have at last 5 on my card!
Creative Inspirations 3/3 anything goes
The Ribbon Girls 1/3 use any image

I am back tomorrow morning with my weekly Visible Image inspiration where I will share details of my other Dotty's birthday card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and can I extend a very warm welcome to my newest followers. Thank you for joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

The sun is up and I am heading out to the garden to sort out my summer pots.

Bye for now,

Jane x



Friday, 19 May 2017

Watch the birdies

Hello, today I am sharing some mid month inspiration for STAMPlorations for whom I am guest designing for until July. If you missed my first Guest Designer post for Shery this is the link to it. 

If you are in the UK you may not of heard of these gorgeous stamps. I will share some links during my post for you to check out the website and see Shery's fantastic designs.
This the link to the main website, do check it out, there are some really fab designs there and Shery posts worldwide at a really reasonable rate. 

Our theme for May is STAMPS AND ALPHABET and there is the additional sketch below, which it would be lovely to see you use, but it is not compulsory.
We need to see your stamps and some form of letters, words etc.
You still have 12 days to enter




All the details can be viewed in this link

I followed the theme and sketch again for my 2nd card.
 Here is a little of my process.


|I white embossed the words from the gorgeous Trendy Birds set available here

I then added some distress inks first directly with water then blended to create the central panel of the sketch
I decided to use the flying birds and I water coloured and fussy cut them out. I thought they looked a bit like the flying ducks which used to hang on everyone's living room walls in the 1960s!!

I also used a sentiment from the 
Bold sentiments set available here
I then put on my creative hat and came up with this card

and a couple of close ups..


I hope I might have inspired you to join in with the fun, it would be lovely to see you over at the blog challenge.
If you like the stamps I have used for my May cards Shery is offering a very generous discount to the readers of my blog. Just quote the code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout and get 20% off your order of regular or sale items. This is for stencils as well as stamps. 
This the link to the main website


I would also like to link my card up with the following challenges;

                   A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
                         Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
                       Crafting from the heart 2/3 anything goes
Rubber Dance 1/3 rule of 3
Addicted to stamps and More 1/3 make your mark
Happy Little stampers 1/3 Mixed media splats
Creative Inspirations 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting me today especially if you are a first time visitor! We certainly have lots of birds at the ponds to watch at the moment.
Look who came out of the water to say hi recently

My sweet Dino birds are back!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Thank yous

I really love our blogging community, everyone is kind and thoughtful. I have had so many messages, emails and cards to congratulate me and my family on the birth of our darling grandson Jack, who was born on 21st April. He is now 3 weeks old and although still so tiny (he was only 5lb 13oz at birth) he is putting on weight. When weighed a week ago he was 6lb 1oz so Mummy is doing really well with her feeding.

I know everyone has been asking how he is so here are a couple of photos from last Thursday and Friday when I went down to stay.


 Our darling Daisy is so grown up and is the most loving and caring big sister
 to her sweet little baby bro


We have a great friend who has lived in our road for over 30 years. She came to the rescue to look after our cat Billy at very short notice when we were going up and down to Southampton just before and after Jack was born. As a thank you I bought her a bottle of wine. I thought the baby feet logo was most appropriate and the wine is a gold medal winner.

As you can imagine time was pretty short at that time to make a thank you card so I made her a thank you gift tag instead.

It went down very well 😋
I have a full step by step of how I created this over on the Country View shop blog today if you would like to see. Here is the link . I used the wonderful distress oxides and some stencilling and added a stamped thank you.

I would like to enter my gift tag into the following challenges;

Dies R us 1/3 shaped cards/projects
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart 1/3 anything goes

Thank you everyone for your blogging friendship, I appreciate your good wishes very much indeed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Monday, 15 May 2017

A special Daisy moment

Another Monday is here and it's time for my weekly Visible Image Design Team inspiration post. We are half way through our first themed challenge "Express Yourself" over on Facebook. We need to see you using your Visible Image words or quote stamps as the focal on your project. You can make anything at all; cards, tags, 3D objects etc, just make sure that the only stamps that you use are Visible Image ones. You can enter as many times as you like, the only rule is that any stamps you use must be VI.  If you have not joined the friends' group page just click here to join. It would be lovely to see you there. This challenge is open to everyone, world wide. You could be the randomly selected winner of a £40 voucher to spend on the website. Wow just think of all the amazing stamps you could add to your stash!
For those of you who may be recent readers of my blog I have a real "Jane's Journal" and a "Daisy's Diary" (for my granddaughter) where I put all my special art journal mixed media "Moments" that I have made over the years. They preserve in time my precious family occasions. The week before our darling grandson Jack was born on 21 April I went down to stay as my daughter had some hospital appointments. As it was a lovely sunny day I asked Daisy if she would like to go out to nearby Hellier's Garden for lunch. We went there earlier this year and saw all the snowdrops and daffodils. For this visit it was all about the blossoms...and how pretty they were.

Daisy bent down to admire them.


It was so wonderful to witness the joy of running free as a 3 year old...bless her.

Wherever we go a stick often ends up being befriended 😊

She decided to build a birthday cake using a mole hill, sticks and dandelions ( as you do)


Jack was born 3 days later and I realised that this was our very last Daisy and Nanna outing before his birth. I felt it very important to remember this by making a Moment for her diary. I chose a very apt Visible Image stamp available here
This is what I got up to.
First I added some texture through a vine stencil and stamped and embossed the bottom piece of my Visible Image take the moment stamp.

I worked with these DecoArt mister inks, inspired by the colours of the blossom Daisy and I saw that day.
I sprayed my background, 
and added some flowers through a stencil.

Next I added some script into the background using the amazing Scripted Streets available here
I also stamped some flowers from the Create it set using Distress oxides and fussy cut them out to layer.
I added cracks from the same set to a die cut tree to create bark texture.

I then coloured the tree with distress inks.
Once I had all my elements  ready to put together I made my Moment...here it is.....
with some close ups.......

Such a perfect sentiment
For a perfect Moment I shared with my darling granddaughter. 



I would like to link up my art journal Moment with the following challenges;

The Artistic Stamper 1/3 Floral fantasy
A Vintage Journey use a quote
Crafty Calendar 1/3 flowers
Creative Artiste mixed media
WOW powders Memories my words are embossed.
We love 2 Create 1/2  anything mixed media
Fashionable Stamping 1/3 let's go wild
Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 281 and 282 I used snippets for my quote, my flowers and my tree.
Mixed media world 1/3 anything goes

These are all the links for Visible Image

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here and it is where you will find our first themed "Express yourself" challenge...it would be lovely to see you over there. You can also add work to the "Show and Tell" folder where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

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


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

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x