Friday, 19 January 2018

My new friend

It's time for my mid month design team inspiration for STAMPlorations and before I show you my card I would like to introduce my new friend brought for me by Santa aka my Mum and Dad for Christmas.
Meet my Brother!
My old machine was bought for me for Christmas when I was 11 so it had a lot of use. I used it to make clothes when I was younger, my bridesmaids' dresses, fancy dress for Daisy and most recently for card making. The problem with it was the weight. I could barely lift it and it meant that I rarely got it out. My new Brother machine is perfect for me. Nothing fancy but perfectly usable for occasional sewing and for my cards and so much more needing a crane to move it!

I decided to christen my new friend when I made this 2nd design team inspiration card for STAMPlorations. To join in with the challenge you can go with the theme or ditch the theme and go with the sketch.
This is the theme
and the awesome sketch.

You are also most welcome to combine them both. All the details are here.

I went with the sketch again and this is what I got up to.
I used the Christmas tree 1 stencil
a sentiment from the
fond expressions 2
and the fab birds from the
trendy birds 2 stamp set.
I used the stencil on its side so that it looked more like arrows (it's an awesome Christmas tree usually)
 Out came my "Brother" and I stitched between the stencilling to make the sketch background. I also stitched around the edges.
 I inked up some card and stitched around that edge too.
I then used my Trendy bird set to finish off my card.

 Here it is

 This has gone down to Dotty's tearooms in Carshalton where my cards are sold.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday add a sentiment
Let's Craft and Create 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday birds of a feather
Fussy and fancy 3/3 distress it I have used distress oxides and also distressed the edges of the focal.
Fashionable stamping 2/3 anything goes
Noor UK anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes

All the details can be found via this link, it would be lovely to see you joining us!

Enjoy the weekend, we have a very exciting one ahead as it is my Hb's birthday tomorrow and all our big and small babies are coming over to celebrate on Sunday.
I also have scheduled a post for Sunday as it is time for my 2nd dose of inspiration for the January County View Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 15 January 2018

Beyond the skies

Good morning. I am back to my normal early blogging time for my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration. Wow did you see all the fab new release stamps? If you have missed them do check out the main Visible Image blog here where you can see all the news stamps and Design Team samples. If you missed my "Baby" sample post you can see it on my blog here  and my" Greek Tragedy" card sample is here . The new stamps are now all available to pre order on the VI web site.

Today I am blogging my sample made with the awesome new "Written in the stars" Aries stamp set.
I am Aries myself so perhaps this is an early birthday card for me?
When I first saw these sets I immediately thought of creating an "out of this world" scene to showcase my set.

I look around me all the time for inspiration from Mother Nature but I do also love gazing up at the beautiful.

 I also love watching the moon and took these shots last year in Rhodes from our favourite beach restaurant. 

 I also noticed a beautiful sky on my way to Dotty's Tea house with my new cards last week.
There was a great plane trail in the twilight sky.

I noticed I had snapped a plane too which was very apt for today's post too as Visible Image are flying off to Creativation in the States tomorrow to fly the flag for their awesome brand.

Every single star sign has it's very own stamp set with super words which work with any other stamps too. 
Here is my sample card.  Again apologies that I was too busy making my samples to take process photos so I will talk you through it. 
I made an inky background using distress oxides using the wrinkle free technique. 
When it was dry I embossed the moon from the Believe in unicorns stamp set using white and blue embossing powders.

I stamped and embossed the large ram head in gold
and the words in white
 I then linked everything up with the fab constellation star stamps, also in the set. using rose gold ink.

 One last photo

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

Craft Stamper take it make it January anything goes
Cute card Thursday 3/3 something new my Aries stamps are brand new!
Allsorts 2/3 No patterned paper
Fussy and fancy 2/3 distress it I have used distress oxides to create my sky.
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes
Fashionable stamping 1/3 anything goes

You can also check out Visible Image via these links;

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!

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

You can also follow via:


So those descriptions of Aries.... 

and positive...

does it describe me....'d better ask those who know me well! 😁

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. This new release has already been a huge success and the stamps are selling fast. If you would like to preorder and not miss out on them you can do that now on the Visible Image website here . They are being shipped from 26 January. Also check out your nearest retailer as they will also be getting stock very soon.

  I would like to wish Helen and Mark all the very best for some much deserved recognition at Creativation this week. Go Visible Image...go Team Awesome... I am so very proud to be a part of their amazing adventures.

 Such unique stamps, always. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A new life for a Murano bead

 My silversmithing class re started after the Christmas break and I realised that I have not shared any of my recent makes.  So I thought that today I will share a pendant I made last year.

Like most crafters I tend to hoard  keep things just in case they will come in useful. I had a lovely Murano pendant I bought years ago in Italy and the bail had come off. I had every intention to fix it but it remained in a drawer for years. I decided that this glass star would be perfect for my project which was to fuse glass with silver metal clay. I designed a heart and using silver metal clay and I cut it out and added some texture. I also made 3 small heart to use as "claws" to hold in the star in place once fired. I also cut a star shape out (covered up by the bead) so that the light can shine through.

Unfired it doesn't look like much...this was a photo of it drying. We use playing cards when cutting out the clay so they are useful to dry the pieces on too. If the clay is wet when fired it explodes! Not a good idea really 😂

These were the texture plates I used.
Once fired and polished things look very different. This shows how the little hearts hold the glass in place.

This is the reverse where I cut out a star to let the light shine through. The texture worked out really well and the back is as pretty as the front.

I held it up to the window to show how the bead shines (these photos were taken last year)
and yes someone photobombed 😺
 One more photo

I have been busy making new cards for Dotty's Tea Rooms in Carshalton, where I sell my cards. Tea themed cards always sell really well so today's card is one I sold there recently.
I used a new teapot stamp and die set which I bought in a sale and had yet to be inked. I made an inky background using distress inks and added some stenciling and stamping.  The sentiment is Visible Image and you can see their old Bronte script too (sadly long discontinued but still my fave for adding some inky words to backgrounds). The dies are a mix of Memory Box, Marianne, Sizzix and The Works.

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

Allsorts 1/3 No patterned paper
Sweet stampin 1/3 Lots of layers
Fussy and fancy 1/3 distress it
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy a lovely weekend, we have a nice quiet one ahead....I can craft to my heart's content.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane (and Billy 😼) xx