Thursday, 22 June 2017

New life on the ponds

I really love my walks down to Dotty's. I take my new card creations to sell and it involves no transport costs and no air miles! Every season is so different at the ponds and over the last few weeks I have been watching all the nest sitting by the ducks and moorhens. Mr and Mrs Swan are nowhere to be seen but no doubt will be back at some point, with or without their brood.

I said good morning to Mr Heron...who was basking in the sunshine...

Last week I noticed that one of the coot nests was empty.

I then heard that family cheeping of a Mother coot keeping her brood close to her .....and I spotted these sweeties.

How cute they are with their little red heads. 

I also walked over to the other pond and found some slightly older chicks with their Mum swimming in the sunshine.

As I took some photos I spotted something in the rushes....Oh wow a Mummy Moorhen with her babies. They are much more shy that coots.

As I walked home I witnessed the newest family feeding their babies...

The weather has been just amazing and I find my walks make me appreciate life and enable me to recharge my batteries and find great peace with Mother Nature. I am blessed and Mother Nature has a good way of reminding me.

My card today is a baby card...for a Christening.. which I was commissioned to make.I sell a lot of baby cards in Dotty's . I used a Lili of the Valley Simply Print image. The lady asked me to just add an initial..something I have never been asked to do before..for the baby, who was called Florence. The papers are ancient from my stash and the sentiment is a hand stamped Lili of the Valley fave.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges.

The ribbon girl 1/3  use any image
Let's Craft and Create 1/3 girls girls girls
Noor summer
Deep Ocean die cuts, chipboards and/or punches
Try it on Tuesday 1/3 letters numbers or both I have the letter F on my card
Simon Says stamp Wednesday use patterned paper
Crafty Hazelnut patterned paper challenge June
Simon says work it Wednesday's 1/3 summer icons I think there is nothing more iconic in the  summer than a hammock, roses and bunting..all on 1 card!
Shopping our stash think pink

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. I was thrilled to see how much love there was for Billy's summer garden I shared in my last post and the monolith I made, thanks so much!  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 19 June 2017

Billy's summer garden

A while back I shared a sneak peek of the Visible Image Designer 3D challenge make I made for the June Edition of Craft Stamper. Their magazine is always issued a month ahead so now that the July edition is in the shops I can finally share the details of my make here on my own blog. This piece is also very relevant inspiration for the "dimension" challenge running over on our VI Facebook group page. All the details and links for this will be at the end of this post.

As you all know my garden is a constant source for my crafting inspiration. Billy my cat is also a constant shadow out there and he really loves the summer months when we spend many pleasant hours outside. We also eat most of our meals on our sunny terrace. This is such a wonderful time of the year.

I tend to garden in pots as my garden is tiny and it means that I can have constant flowers. These are some of my potted flowers this year.

My sweet Billy adores the summer months..
and when it gets too hot he makes a nest to cool down...often under here.
Billy has a friend called Blackie who visits, so when it came to choosing a set of stamps to work with for my project, I did not hesitate to chose this one...
the amazing Stay Curious set available here

I used a Visible Image monolith and added some die cuts for initial texture
 and gave it some colour using these "garden inspired" PaperArsty fresco paints.
 I also added some texture paste through my dots and floral stencil.
 To give me this base.
I added some shading and the fun paw prints from the set
 I stamped my Cat face and carefully applied it.
I then stamped a small dragonfly from the Live in the moment set

, stamped, embossed and fussy cut out the small cats and die cut some floral elements.
It was then time to put on my creative hat...

and here is my finished Billy's summer garden Monolith.

and a few close ups... I made a picket fence from coffee stirrers and added a texture paste path...
and Glossy Accents to his eyes and his sweet pink nose....😻

and to prove that Billy really has a friend called Blackie who visits I took these snaps last week..

and I snapped him here in one of his many shady hideaways 😸
My sweet pink nosed boy.

All the links to Visible Image are below;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our 2nd themed challenge, "dimension", is  also up and running until 28 June. There is another £40 voucher up for grabs for the winner of this. 

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

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

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

Rhedd's Creative spirit June
Stamps and stencils words with meaning I think my Billy will always "Stay Curious"
Simon Says stamp Monday touchy feely
Deep Ocean die cuts, chipboards and/or punches
Rubber dance 1/3 summer holidays the garden is where my Billy will spend all of the summer holidays!
Penny Black and More 2/3 anything goes
Mixed Media World anything goes
Happy little stampers 1/3 anything goes with dies
Creative Artiste anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the very kind comments that you take the time to leave. Thank you also for all the lovely messages, texts and emails sent to me after seeing the Create and Craft show too. I love finding out that I can inspire people in their own crafting. I am happy to share my knowledge and techniques..sharing is caring in my books and we are all on a fun creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x 

Friday, 16 June 2017

More family time with STAMPlorations

Hello today I am sharing my 2nd mid month post for STAMPlorations
I am Guest Designing with these great stamps until July.
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.

The theme for June is Stamps and Family. You can find all the details here
For my first project I used the sketch to make an anniversary card for my Hb. If you missed this you can find it via this link.

For my 2nd project I thought of something very dear to my family's heart...drinking tea. Yes seriously in our family some of our most important decisions and discussions are made over a cup of tea. My family smile at how many times I will say
 "OK let's have a cuppa."
I even have some gorgeous cups and saucers which I like to occasionally serve my Earl Grey in.

There is nothing quite like a cup of tea in my books.

I used these products to make my tea inspired card;

Hello stamp from the Bold sentiments available here
and the cup of roses stamp available here

I used my roses and teacup stamp which I stamped onto my card base made from a D'Oxide piece of mop up card.

I then laid down some distress inks and used the wrinkle free distress technique to add my colours to another piece of card...building up the layers..................
I then stamped some of the words from the cup of roses set, randomly in the background.
I used some inky left overs to punch out 5 flower bases using my Tim Holtz flower punch. I layered them up and added a gel sticky brad to the centre of each one for some extra dimension.

. I stamped and embossed the hello sentiment from the bold sentiments set and fussy cut it out.

Here is my finished card.

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

Noor summer
Fashionable Stamping 2/3 feminine
Simon says stamp Monday 2/5 touchy feely
WOW embossing powder Summer
We love to create 2/2 #12

STAMPlorations are having a birthday blog hop to celebrate their 4th Birthday very soon. There are over $200 worth of prizes to be won.This is really not to be missed!

I will be a part of the hop on 28th June. All the details can be found via the main STAMPlorations blog here from Monday 19 June.
Here is a brief breakdown
*Participants must go to, create an account, and add items to their wishlist. Then they add the link to their wishlist to the Inlinkz on the blog.
*Wishlist link up will open a week before the blog hop, on June 19. That post will contain the link up + step-by-step & a short video on how to link up their wishlist.


  • Three (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the store
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Facebook page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Instagram page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • Two (2) randomly drawn winners from the Wishlist Link Up will each win the products in their wish list (up to $50 MSRP)

Shery, the owner of STAMPloarations is also 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 and you can even combine my code with any offer! Wow, amazing savings to be made. She posts internationally. 

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend ahead. The weather here has been just amazing....sending sunshine to those who don't have any....we have a bumper amount! I will enjoy my cups of tea in the garden.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Schools out

Yesterday I finished my jewellery/silversmithing class for this year so yes School's Out for summer! Does anyone else remember Alice Cooper's 1972 single...I still love listening to it and it takes me right back to my childhood with my brother and I blasting it out in my dad's car on my yellow plastic radio 😂😂😂  I had just left primary school and was looking forward to my secondary education. Those were fun time and great memories.

There is always an end of year exhibition at my college and I took a couple of photos I thought I would share.  It is set up in Sutton library until 16th June.

 Below is a list of all the departments who take part in the show.
 It's always fun to see your name in I am at Number 15 (I'm still in Top of the Pops mode with Alice Cooper now!!) In case you are wondering the NFS stands for it's Not for Sale... we could sell our work but I either wear mine or make it for family so there is never anything spare.
The blue cabinet below contains my exhibit..
I made the ball part form fold forming and etching and I hand made the complex is a multiple loop .never again...LOL! It's hard to photograph through the glass but you can see it here. 

I thought I would also share a very recent make using a stone I have had in my stash for a while. I etched the background and used none other that peel offs (remember them!) to give the resist. How amazing it is that my crafts cross over so much. I did not make the chain for this one.

I made the claws by cutting them into the backing and pushing them through. That was very fiddly indeed. I also hand made the bail to hang the chain from. It's a gorgeous agate stone and I had been waiting to set it for a couple of years.

So a card to share it is nearly time for everyone's summer holidays I thought I would share something very summery. I wanted to enter a few challenges too. I created this for selling at Dotty's and it features a Lili of the Valley pair of mermaids.  I really love this stamp.  I don't often hand colour images now as it does not pay me with the time involved, but every so often I get the urge to break out my Promarkers. I made myself a seaside backing using my new acrylic inks (great fun) and some white acrylic paint. I used them on top of a rejected oxide background and I liked the way a tiny edge of colour remained!

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

Penny Black and More 2/3 anything goes
Passion for Promarkers add a sentiment
Rubber dance 1/3 blue, sea green and sand
Noor summer
Fashionable Stamping 1/3 feminine
Allsorts 1/3 use at least 2 dies I have used 9!
Pixie's snippets playground #285/6 I used snippets of card for all my die cuts.
Simon says stamp Monday 1/5 touchy feely my card has lots of texture..the seaweed die cuts, the glossy accents over the bubble and the glittery hair shells!
Deep Ocean die cuts, chipboards and/or punches

and just in case you want to listen to Alice... whom I still love...because deep down I am still a hardened rock chick ....I have a link to You Tube....enjoy 😎

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x