Thursday, 23 March 2017

Magnificent magnolia

I am lucky enough to have a magnolia tree in my garden. It was here when we moved in 34 years ago and over the years we have kept it quite contained with an annual severe prune. Despite keeping it pruned, every year I get a magnificent display of flowers. This week I noticed that the flower buds had started to open.

 They are such showy flowers...gorgeous.
As my magnolia was flowering I decided to go in search of the other magnolias I know in my locality. Sadly 1 had been massively pruned this year so had few flowers but another  I I know of looked stunning.

Just look at these beauties.



A neighbour also has a gorgeous camellia in flower.
I also noticed in my garden that the flowering current was also in bloom. What a cheerful sight this is.

This weekend it is Mother's Day so my card today is a Mother's day one I made for Dotty's. I used one of my popular Nicecrane digi images as the focal. My visible image stamped butterfly and gem in the centre of my Cheery Lynn flower die cut add just enough bling to my very vintage scene. The stamped sentiment is Clearly Besotted. I think the backing paper is Craftwork cards...?

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

Pixie's snippets playground #273/274 I used lots of snippets on my card.
Simon says Stamp Monday Layer it up
Simon says Stamp Wednesday more than 1 die I have used 4 here!
Squirrel's not so random challenge spring fever
The Ribbon girl 1/3 any image
Craft Heaven keep calm and love spring
Noor spring
The butterfly challenge R is for repeat/and or the night sky I have gone for repeat...the butterflies are repeated many time on my backing paper.
Crafty Hazelnut's Paper challenge March

Another week is nearly at an end and what a week it has been. After my very sad Monday there was all the trauma yesterday of the terrible terrorist act at Westminster. How my heart goes out to those totally innocent victims and to the brave Policeman who gave his life to protect others.

I am finishing my week off by seeing my darling BF today, Daisy and Co tomorrow for lunch and Saturday; as a belated celebration of my DD's birthday. It will be a wonderful way to end the week on a more positive note and in defiance at those who want to terrorise us here. Life will carry on. Love will conquer hate.

Have a lovely weekend when we get there. Thank you for the really kind comments you left for me on my last post. I so appreciated them.

Back soon.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Life can be tough

I had a lovely weekend, with lots of time to craft, which is good as I have a very busy few weeks ahead. We also managed to get out and "smell the roses" or in this case the blossom and daffs and enjoyed the increasing daylight and signs of spring...it's the first day of Spring today...how wonderful that feels.






Today is a day of rather mixed emotions. It's my darling daughter's birthday and she is taking the day off work with her Hb and together with Daisy they are off to celebrate her special day. Happy birthday to my sweetest girl. I look forward to seeing her on Friday.

However today is also the day of one of our friend's funeral. M died very suddenly a couple of weeks ago and to say we were shocked was an understatement. He is only a few years older than us and the news really did stop us in our tracks.

It is also Monday so it is my turn to share some inspiration over on Facebook for Visible Image.
Do remember you are welcome to come over to join our group, we're a very kind and friendly bunch.
          This is the link here

 I am very much a glass half full kind of girl and I wanted to make something appropriate for today, without being too morose. I decided to use one of the new sentiments that Visible Image brought out in their latest release.
It's just perfect isn't it?

It is available here on their website.
I also used the little flower accent stamps from the Create It set  below available here

I also had a play with the amazing new Oxide inks....they are such fun.
Here are a few process photos;





 I also added Cracked Pistachio into the process.
Once I had a foundation of ink on my card I added some stenciling...











and built up layers of ink, adding water into the process too.









I wanted to keep my sentiment really simple so I added drew a  border around the edge using a Micron Pen. It's been ages since I have had time to draw one of these borders....very much my dear friend Joanne Fink's inspiration.






 I also added some script from the fab Scripted streets set using some archival ink



It added just enough pattern to my card to pull everything together.
You can see one of my stamped flowers peeping out too...I coloured it with gel pens and added some white highlights.







Here is my finished card.


I added some shine to the border with a gel pen.
You can see in the background that I also stamped my flowers using the Oxide inks. Together with the script stamp it gives a very layered textured background.
Here is one more shot
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

A Vintage Journey all aboard
More mixed media anything goes
Sweet Stampin 1/3 special lady/mother's day
Creative Inspirations 3/3 favourite stamp brand and why mine is of course Visible Image. Their designs and words are so unique and they stamp perfectly every single time!
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media
We love to Create 1/2anything mixed media


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We should all try to live life for the moment. Remember to tell those you hold close how much you love them, every single day.

Life can be tough......but my darling so are you x

RIP MW March '17

Happy first day of spring, we all have so much to look forward to.
Seize the day!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Wrapping up on St. Patrick's day

Hello and a very Happy St. Patrick's day to those who celebrate it. Today coincides with my 2nd DT inspiration piece over at Country View Challenges. If you missed my first piece do have a look here at my more feminine take on the theme.
Our theme for this month's challenge is "Inspired by Tim Holtz".All the details can be seen here. You might even be lucky enough to win the £20 voucher which is up for grabs to a random winner.

As promised for today's piece I have gone "traditional Tim" with a tag, lots of grunge and brown but as well as a tag I have made some matching wrapping paper.  For the background of my tag I used the number stencil and some distress ink. I then added some letter using gold embossing paste.


I had lots of left over die cuts from my first card so this time I added black paint to my piece of weather clock die. I also added treasure gold to my embossed focal

I then put my tag together, adding a few remnant rubs.
 For the matching gift wrap I used the same stencils and just used distress inks on brown paper. ...I tried to keep to the same pattern across the paper.

and here is the set.

and a close up.

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

A Vintage Journey all aboard
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media
That's Crafty 2/3 bling it up
More mixed media anything goes
We love to create 1/2 anything goes

The sunshine continued yesterday...bliss... however we are forecast that some colder weather is on its way, just in time for the weekend. I will sign of with some more daffy photos I took whilst walking down to Dotty's yesterday with some new Mothers' Day cards.




Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend whatever the weather.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A taste of Spring

Wow...this amazing weather continued today and there was even a hint of summer heat in the gorgeous sunshine. I have been beavering away with some secret, for now,  DT work but I also had time to sit in the garden and enjoy a cuppa with this sweet boy.



I noticed something very special appearing in my pots..
yes my first tulips are about to bloom....whoop whoop..how wonderful spring bulbs are. They sleep all winter and wake up just like magic. 

My darling Billy always rolls around on the patio if I am sitting outside.

My over wintered violas are stunning and have a gorgeous scent too. Yes in the distance is my studio. ..not long now until I will be able to work outside again.
I can't share my current DT work yet but I can share a card I made for Dotty's today. ..inspired by this glorious weather and my magical plants.  I have missed using my Lavinia fairies so after making a very spring inky background with distress inks and adding a bokeh effect with white ink I inked up some magical images.  It's hard to show in the photos but there is lots of sparking sunny glitter too.

here's a close up
I used my Visible Image sentiment from the Own It set.
and I made a wish.....for more sunny days ahead in my little garden.
I also reflected on the fact that it is nearly a year since I retired from my physiotherapy job...After 34 years I thought I might have rather a lot of time on my hands...gosh how wrong I was. I am still pinching myself how my creative life has taken off....it's magical and I do count my blessings..and try to take the time to smell the roses...well it was violas today!

My card was made for the following challenges. .

Rubber Dance 1/3 everything spring
That's Crafty 1/3 bling it up
Sweet Stampin 2/3 anything but a birthday
Creative Inspirations 2/3 favourite stamp brand and why Lavinia are my favourite fairy stamp brand...much copied but never rivaled. I think these silhouettes are just perfect for not too fussy/non cute fairies. I notice they have a green man stamp coming out soon...that will be straight on my wish list.
Squirrel's not so random challenge spring fever
Artistic stamper 3/3 spring
Stamping sensations 2/3 close to nature
Craft  Stamper take it make it March
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything goes mixed media
WOW  March I used WOW embossing glitter for my added bling and my dandelions are black embossed.
Simon says stamp Wednesday 1/5 bit 'o green

Thanks so much for stopping by, I know that many of my American and Canadian friends are under many inches of snow. ..I hope my photos might warm you a little and perhaps if you make a wish....who knows? I know that our wonderful weather is only going to last for another day so I am making the most of every single glorious minute.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane (and a very sunny Billy ) x

Monday, 13 March 2017

Dancing with the stars

Good morning. I hope you all enjoyed your weekends and found some time to get creative? We had no big plans so I took the opportunity to get some more new cards made for Dotty's.

I am here today with my next inspiration Design Team piece for Visible Image. I thought I would make something with the "Born to dance" stamp set which featured recently on Create and Craft TV. It is now back in stock on the Visible Image website here.

Do feel free to join us over on Facebook via these links

Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/visibleimage where you can enter our monthly ‘Show & Tell’ challenge!
Facebook PAGE https://www.facebook.com/visibleimage exciting giveaways every week!


And this week on the main Facebook page; bottom link above, there is the chance to win an £80 voucher, yes £80 to spend on Visible Image stamps as we have just celebrated 8,000 Likes. It closes on 15 March. Don't miss out. It's open to everyone, worldwide.


For today's card I went for something quite different and used black,red and white for my colours.
I also chose to try a different posture for my ballet dancer...performing a jump rather than "en pointe". My daughter studied ballet for many years and even as a junior Doctor still attended classes. I am sure that one day she will get back to it when her busy life allows.
I stamped and embossed the words in black and red. I stamped a star border using the large and small stars in this set. I also added a red ribbon to her dress


and here she is once more....my Black Swan perhaps?
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Ribbon Girl 3/3  March card challenge
Creative Inspirations 1/3 favourite stamp brand and why mine is most definitely Visible Image because their designs are so different to any other stamps on the market and their large bold images stamp perfectly every time.
Penny Black and More 2/3 anything goes
Sweet Stampin 1/3 anything but a birthday
Simon Says stamp Monday make your own background
Simon Says stamp Wednesday for a special lady/girl
Addicted to stamps and More make your mark
Deep Ocean dots and/or stripes my stars are all made up of little dots


....and talking of swans I mentioned in my last post here that Mrs Swan has arrived back on our local pond. She reappeared after quite a few months absence...
I wonder it there might be some cygnets as work in progress...I really hope so...
they are certainly inseparable again.

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Have a great week ahead and remember to enter the £80 voucher giveaway over on our Visible Image Facebook page...you never know it might just be your lucky week.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x