Friday, 25 May 2018

Colour in the garden

I finally found the time this week to plant up the gorgeous bedding plants I bought from our local nursery. 
I filled my trolley with fuchsia, geraniums and lots of annuals as well as 2 little gardener's delight tomato plants (my favourite variety)
It was time to wash out my pots 
 and work out my colour and plant groups.
 I also have a hanging basket which I put my gorgeous trailing begonia into.
It is always hard work getting these done, but they will give me colour and delight right through to the first frosts. I have such a tiny garden that pots are the only way to get lots of colour in my garden.
Here they are potted up
and my gorgeous begonia swinging in the sunshine.

I get so much inpsiration for my crafting too just by being outside in my tiny garden, delighted by the flowers which surround me.

My card today is a new one taken down to sell in Dotty's Teahouse using an old Crafty Individual's stamps which I love. I stamped it onto book pages and coloured it using distress markers. The sentiment is an old LOTV stamp.

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

Stamping sensations 3/3 close to nature
Crafty Calendar 2/3 things with wings
Penny Black and more 3/3 anything goes
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies
Fashionable stamping Floral
Simon says stamp  Monday inspired by a song as I sat in my garden studio my favourite summer song "Summer Breeze" by the Isely Brothers came on, this was my inspiration for my card!
As you like it 1/3 flora or fauna and why...a hard choice but for this card I have actually managed to have both but for me the little bird (fauna) is more important as I could hear a bird singing from my garden studio as I made this card!

Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments you still take the time to leave me. I really appreciate them.  Enjoy a lovely bank holiday weekend ahead. I had a lovely lunch date today with my dear blogging friend Brenda Brown at Wisley RHS gardens...the weather held up and we stayed dry. The flowers we saw were awesome. I will share some photos soon. We have had some incredible thunderstorms over the past few days but at  least my lawn is looking lush.

I am back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image DT inspiration.

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Fun at Antonis Tzanidakis' mixed media workshop

2 weeks ago I travelled up to  Country View Crafts HQ to attend the Saturday workshop by Antonis Tzanidakis'

 For those of you who may not yet have heard of this incredibly talented man, he is a mixed media artist from Athens who travels the world to share his talents. For the first time I got to work with oil paints...incredibly messy but incredible fun! He really is a delightful person and like all Greeks has a very English sense of humour.
I attended both the morning and afternoon workshop. 
In the morning we made a 3D steampunk panel using some very cool techniques...I will obviously not share his teaching but these are a few of my work in progress photos. I started off with 2 completely bare boards and started to layer them up.

and this is my finished work.
with a close up
I would like to enter my mixed media wall hanging into the following challenges;

Mixed media world on Facebook May challenge
Emerald Creek Guy style
SanDee and Amelie's steampunk challenge May anything goes

In the afternoon we altered a book, mine was none less than Lady Chatterley's lover!!

 We altered a clay heart on the cover with lots of rusting techniques.
and this is my finished book; the cover...
and the inside.

I would like to enter my altered book into the following challenge
Mixed media Monthly challenge  Rust

It was a superb workshop, Susan of Country View Crafts was the perfect host. She offers lots of fab check out the website here.

One last photo shows our group...lots of happy crafters here! Susan kindly allowed me to share this photo she took as we said our goodbyes.
Thanks for stopping by.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 21 May 2018

Into the bluebell woods

A couple of weekends ago my Hb and I went for a walk in our local woods. I shared a post here where you can see some photos of the gorgeous trees newly leaved in their lime green colours. I promised I would be back to share the bluebells that we saw too. This annual spectacle is something I wait for and never miss. It is just magical. 

Whilst we were there we took a moment to sit on a log and gazed up into the tree canopy above us through to the blue sky and sunshine. 

When I got home I decided that I needed to make a "Moment" for Jane's Journal to remember that time. 

I knew that the fabulous Into the woods stamps set from the brand new Visible Image release

would be perfect so I decided to make my weekly DT piece for today using it together with the beautiful new butterfly ink stencil

I started with a piece of watercolour card the same size as my journal and added some drips of Salty Ocean, antique linen and cracked pistachio distress oxides to start off my background. I then used a corner of the stop meshing around stencil 

 as the sun using yellow Distress inks
 I added some more "sunlight" using the take my hand stencil...the hand of Mother Nature perhaps? 

As you can see English bluebells are not blue at all but more a shade of mauve.
so I added this colour through my butterfly ink stencil

I added 5 butterflies around the page using Wilted violet distress oxide and then added some more depth using the circle stamp from the Hummingbird set

Once I was happy with my tree canopy it was time to stamp the woods....first the under canopy in purple, to represent the drift of bluebells.
 Then the top line in green, to show those brand newly unfurled leaves. I took the stamping around the sides of the page as I wanted to give the impression that we were sitting down and gazing up from the floor of the bluebell wood.
So here we are.......let me set the scene again......"It is a glorious blue sky morning. The sun shone out like a ball of lemon fire. 

 It was the kind of day that makes you glad to be outside, hand in hand with Mother Nature.

 Into the woods we went 
to be greeted by the splendor and scent of bluebells, their drifts were everywhere, like a carpet of purple.
We sat down for a moment to pause and looked up through the canopy of the newly leaved trees to the clear blue sky above...a Moment in time to remember. "

Below is my Moment in it's entirety. I think the words I chose to use from the set summed up how we feel about our life. It was a blissful Moment there, among the bluebells.

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

Craft stamper Take it make it anything goes
Stamping sensations close to nature
Simon says stamp Monday stencil it
Simon says stamp Wednesday stencil it
Creative moments 2/3 anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 the great outdoors

All the Visible Image links are here;

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 chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide! There is an 11,000 followers celebration running at the moment, you could win a £100 coupon to spend on their website! 

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

You can also follow via:


There are 6 new stamp sets and 8 new stencils...all totally amazing and uniquely Visible Image.

I'd also like to give a quick heads up too. Myself and 2 of my VI Design Team colleagues have a stamping feature in this month's (June edition) of Making Cards Magazine. We all used the Seahorse and Dare to swim Visible Image stamp sets to make 3 very different red, white and blue cards
and here is a teeny weenie sneak peek of my underwater check it out!

Thanks so much for taking a walk in the bluebell woods with me. I have so many ideas for using this amazing new stamp set....
I hope you all had a fab weekend, wasn't the royal wedding a total delight and Windsor looked stunning in the sunshine too.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x