Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Bear hunt in the woods

As promised our lovely weather continued at the weekend and on Sunday it was so mild that we took our son's dog Bear out for a walk in our local woods.
There were just the odd shafts of sunlight through the canopy.

I also had time to make my next Calendar page for my art journal and took my inspiration from our Bear hunt. For this month the lines from the poem by Sara Coleridge are

Brown October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant

I loved seeing the sweet chestnuts and acorns hidden on the floor of the woods among the leaves.


Out came all my brown distress inks
I blended some colour on my card and then added more with my VI fibres stencil
I then added some stamping with distress inks as I wanted this to eventually blend into the background like the nuts on the floor of the woods.

I then added my bird from the VI Leave your fears set.
Again I used distress inks
Once I was happy with the background I gently sprayed vintage photo and tarnished brass over the whole piece to blend this all into the background. I wanted the birds to represent pheasants emerging from their cover. I also used some tree, leaf and bird die cuts.

Here is my finished art journal page
and a couple of close ups


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

The Craft Barn calendar challenge October (I have just realised that I used the word brown rather than fresh....I must have found a slightly different version on the Internet! I hope I can be forgiven!)
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October
A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
Noor UK fall colours
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media  I used distress inks, sprays and crackle glaze on 2 of my leaves in the corner
Sparkles monthly 1/3 autumn colours
Dies R Us 1/3 leaves
Creative Moments 1/3 anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the week. I will be back on Friday with my mid month inspiration for STAMPlorations.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 16 October 2017

More warm autumn sunshine

Good morning, it's another marvellous Monday morning and I am back with my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration. We are still enjoying a glorious autumn full of sunshine and rich deep colours all around.
The leaves on the trees are stunning

I am sharing a tag today which gives a nod toward Halloween but still embraces the rich colours surrounding us.
I wanted to use one of the older Visible Image stamp sets as it also reminds of the gorgeous woods we walk our son's dog Bear in.

I used

with one of the new release quotes

I also used the fibres stencil as it has such an organic feel to it like the branches of the trees.
This is what I got up to.
I took some autumnal coloured distress inks
 and using the wrinkle free technique inked up my tag.
I then added some extra colour using my stencil and some rusty hinge and wilted violet distress inks.
I die cut some leaves from inky mop up card, stamped them with VI words and added Crackle glaze to get that great crunchy leaves effect. I also stamped, embossed and cut up the Create to escape words so that I could arrange them on my tag.
I then put on my creative hat to put my tag together.

I placed one of the crunchy autumnal leaves into the beak of the bird. 

Here is a close up
I hope you are still being inspired by the colours of autumn too?

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

Craft Stamper take it make it October
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October
A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
The ribbon girl 1/3 any image
Frilly and Funkie 3/3 'tis near Halloween
Penny Black and More 3/3 close to nature
Stamping sensations 3/3 autumn glory
Noor UK fall colours
Simon says stamp Monday not a card
Stamps and stencils 2/3 autumn

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it would be lovely to see you there. 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 giveaways...open world wide!

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

You can also follow via:


Thanks as always for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Today, here in the South of England it might reach 22c but it will be the last day we see these temperatures again until next year. Spare a thought though for my friends in the west and particularly those in N Ireland, they may be feeling the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia later. Take care guys.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A third post in a day!

I sometimes have to publish 2 posts in a day when I have DT posts which clash but it is a first for me to publish 3!
So after a busy morning sorting out my garden and potting up some bulbs I was able to finish my 3rd card for the Funkie Junkie Challenge and get up to date!
This was my nice tidy garden this afternoon.

If you would like to play along you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. You could win a voucher to spend in the The Funkie Junkie Boutique  who is sponsoring the challenge. Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make anything Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way for me to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.

Here  is Linda's inspirational tag for week 3.

I decided to use the bold red and white colour scheme and ornaments as my inspiration. This is what I got up to. I used Tim Holtz's stencil and my Candied Apple distress ink to make a background which I cut into a square. 
I die cut some ornaments and added Treasure gold to them and also added some ribbons to complete my card.

So there we are I am now up to date. If you want to see my cards 1 and 2 they are here and here

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas week 3
ABC Christmas U unlimited, V vibrant I went for V vibrant
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #355

Thank you so much if you popped in 3 times ...we are eating dinner soon and will be watching Strictly on catch up. The standard of the dancing this year is just awesome!

I will be back again on Monday with my weekly Visible Image DT project.

Some one else was keeping an eye on my today in the garden.....

yes my sweet Billy

Enjoy your evening and the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow is looking like a glorious warm day here. We might take Bear up to Banstead Woods. 

Bye for now,

Jane x