Wednesday, 20 September 2017

STAMPlorations Typografia Christmas blog hop, join in to win!

Here in the UK autumn starts tomorrow and it certainly feels that way. The trees are starting to change colour and there is dampness in the air and on the ground in the mornings. It's also starting to get dark earlier.
It may even been time soon to light the fire.....
Now that is one thing I will be looking forward to as it also reminds me that in 96 days it will be Christmas Day! Wow!

Today I am delighted to be guest designing again for STAMPlorations stamps and the celebrating release of some really gorgeous new Christmas Typografia stamps. There are also lots of other new products released; You can see the whole range here

 You also have the chance to win as we are holding a blog hop to celebrate.
All the details can be found via this link

One lucky winner will win their choice of 3 of these new Typografia Christmas stamps just by visiting the main blog and the designers' blogs who are participating in the hop and leaving a comment.

I got the chance to work with 3 of these terrific stamps.
They make fab, really "on trend" Christmas cards. I will be putting some up for sale in Dotty's Tea House, they will fit in perfectly.

I decided to showcase mine in 3 different ways to show just how versatile they are.

For my first card I used
Silent night

 I made a Distress Oxide background using the wrinkle free technique and black card stock.
 Here is a close up of my Distress Oxide inky background.

I stamped and white embossed the silent night stamp. A simple bow finished this off.

 For my 2nd card I used peace, love and joy

I then got out some of my stash of Christmas papers and stamped and embossed in white onto a die cut rectangle. I added a holly brad and some gems as finishing touches.

My 3rd used
Build a snowman

 I blended some green Distress inks and  added splashes of water to bleach.

 and then added some green holly leaves by inking through the holly tag stencil. 

I got out my sewing machine and after stamping my sentiment I sewed randomly around it. I then tore around this. I also sewed a border around the inky card and distressed both card pieces before matting them up. I added some texture paste and glitter and finished off with a snowflake charm

These great stamps are up for sale on the web site with an opening offer of 5% off. However  I can also offer you a great discount code...just type STAMPGIRLJANE in at the checkout and get a whopping extra 20% off! Now that really is a great deal isn't it.

Remember that the more participating blogs you visit and comment on the more you increase you chances of winning.  Commenting for the prize closes on 25 September. The randomly selected winner will be announced on the main blog on 26 September. Here is a reminder of the hop link post with all the details. Good luck!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Visible Image at Ally Pally September 2017

Good morning. I hope you had a lovely weekend? I went to the Crafting at Ally Pally Show in London yesterday.
 The show is held in the Great Hall of the Palm Court, such a fantastic place, with the gorgeous stained glass round window letting the light stream in,
 Ally Pally is high on a hill in North London and the views out across to the iconic London skyline are stunning.

The Visible Image stand is so bight and vibrant, it really does stand out in the hall.
I love the way that Helen and Mark decorate every inch of their stand.  I am so proud to be a part of their Design Team and I love seeing all our work displayed.
 Mark was kept busy chatting to customers.

 I enjoyed waving to some of my cards displayed there...I winked at my eye card 😉

The display below had the new brilliant family definitions stamps at the top and you will spy my DT card I shared last week using "Father". The card I am sharing for my Visible Image DT post today uses "Mother," on the top far left.

I made it for the recent Create and Craft TV shows last week using the "Mother" sentiment.

First I made an Oxide background.

 Then on a plain piece of card I repeat stamped the large grungy heart from the own kind of beautiful set
I them cut around their tops and painted them with the same colours I used for the background.

Below the hearts I stamped the Mother definition stamp, accenting "Mother" in red. I also stamped out some small hearts which I added Glossy Accents to. I then stamped and embossed in red just the "beautiful" part of the Own kind of beautiful sentiment onto my oxide background.

Here is my finished card ...................

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

A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
Moving along with the times 1/3 sentiment as a focal point
Sweet Stampin 1/3  favourite stamp this new stamp is now one of my favourite stamps
Happy Little stampers September watercolour
Pixie's Snippets playground #299/300 I used the tiniest snippets of card for my little hearts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the very kind comments you take the time to leave me. It really was a lovely day yesterday and if you ever get the chance to visit Ally Pally I would highly recommend it. The next crafting show will be next will certainly be going in my diary.

It is also such a great opportunity to catch up with 2 very special people..
Yes dear Helen and Mark aka Mr and Mrs Visible Image...such fun and such gorgeous souls. I just wish it was more than twice a year we got to meet!

Enjoy the week ahead.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 15 September 2017

A last blast of summer

I am back from our wonderful holiday on the sunshine island of Rhodes. We had temperatures in the high 30s every day and one day it topped 43c. I do love the heat and with air con in our room to allow  comfortable sleep I find it fully recharges our batteries ready for the coming autumn and winter.
I have not had time to download all our photos yet and I will write some posts but for now I shall just share a few of that wonderful sunshine and the blue Aegean Sea.
 We gazed out to it from our balcony
 and on our trips out each day.
There is no blue quite like this in my books.
We watched one last sunset before we came home...

When we landed at Gatwick at 4am yesterday morning we had a temperature drop to 7c!

I plan to make a Moment of our trip but today I am catching up with my girlie and grand babies.

So today I am sharing an anniversary card I made for Dotty's Teahouse.
As we are saying goodbye to summer I thought one last hot sunny card would be very appropriate.

I made an inky background with summery distress inks, added some butterflies stencilling using my STAMPlorations stencil and then some die cut butterflies. I gave the middle butterfly some texture using Crackle Paste. The stamped sentiment is Lili of the Valley.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Creative Inspirations 1/3 Seasonal my season is summer...time to say goodbye!
Moving along with the times 1/3 sentiment as a focal point
Sparkles 1/3 punches or dies
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes
That's Crafty 1/3 fly away

Have a lovely weekend.
I am going to the Ally Pally Stamping show in London Sunday. It will be great to see Helen and Mark, my Visible Image "bosses" again and catch up.  It is such a great show, one of the best imho. Perhaps I might see some of your there? I will be back on Monday with some photos.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 11 September 2017

Long distance crafting

It's another marvellous Monday and time for my weekly inspiration for Visible Image. Did  you catch the live shows on Friday and Saturday?  I was rather a long way away to watch on TV so I watched on my tablet from here.....

yup....I'm on holiday.

Soaking up the sun,

Eating yummy food, with a glass of Mythos of course..

and a little bit of sightseeing too ......


OK back to my DT project for today.

 I used the brilliant strobes stencil, perfect for sending some sunshine to you all 😃

Today's card is another of the samples I made for the shows. You can still watch both shows on the Create and Craft web site for another 5 days if you did miss it. Mark and Pauline did some amazing demos too.

I also used the new  Father definition stamp
Here is my sunny card
I used Distress oxides through the strobes stencil and then added the Father sentiment plus some accent stamps from the Own it! and Create it stamp sets. We also have a "distressed" challenge running during September over on our Facebook come and join could win £40 voucher to spend on your choice of Visible Image stamps.

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

The Artistic stamper 2/3 take a little colour
Cute card Thursday 1/3 autumn
As you like it 1/3 flora or fauna mine is flora..I love how versatile this tree and leaves stamps are.
Simon says stamp Wednesday Stamp it!

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here 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. Our monthly themed challenge for September is "distress it" and the prize for this challenge is a £40 coupon. 

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. 

You can also follow via:

Back soon,

Thanks for stopping by and a very warm welcome to my newest followers, it's so lovely to see you joining me on my creative journey.

If you are going to the Stamping Show at Ally Pally on shout and I will say hello. I will also be catching up with Helen and Mark at the Visible Image stand.

Bye for now...I need to get back to the beach 😉

Jane x

Friday, 8 September 2017

#Showtime..Visible Image are on TV tonight

Yes we have all been counting down, it's nearly here.......Visible Image are on Create and Craft tonight at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 9am.

You can view on Freeview channel 23, Sky 674 or Virgin 748
or you can watch on line via the Create and Craft website here , the shows will be "visible" on catch up on the website for the next 7 days.

My teamies and I have been really busy making our samples to decorate the shows using the fab new stamps and stencils.
You will see them live and we will be sharing more over the coming weeks over on the group and business Facebook pages. 

I am sending my good wishes to Mark and Helen long distance, as I have actually sneaked away to here.........

this is my view by day
 and by night
tee hee......yes we are back in our beloved Rhodes for some late summer sunshine.

I thought I would send some sunshine home with a sunny card made a while back for Visible Image for their June Create and craft show, which I have not yet shared here on my blog . It is very apt for today.

I used the bowler hat man from the Ahead of time stamp set which I stamped and embossed in red.The background was made using alcohol inks. The # and words were created with the stamps from alphabetical. The numbers, stamped with oxides are from the somewhere in time stamp set.

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

Addicted to stamps and More 3/3 make your mark
The Ribbon Girl 3/3 September any card
Crafty Cardmakers 2/3 monochrome
Simon says stamp Monday Stamp it!
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media I have used alcohol inks, Distress oxides, embossing powder and versafine
Fussy and fancy 2/3 anything mixed media
C.R.A.F.T 1/3 embossing
Simon Says stamp Wednesday Stamp it!

Back soon, I'm getting back to the gorgeous hot sunshine here 😎

Remember it's nearly #Showtime! Good luck to Mark and Pauline who have some awesome demos planned too..don't miss them, the shows are live to the USA too!

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

More creatures in metal

Good morning, it's time to share my 2nd "metal" inspiration card for Country view. Firstly I would like to thank everyone for the amazing reception you gave my first card, the metal dragonfly one. I had some really lovely comments left on my post. I also put it on a card site on Facebook and to date it has had over 200 likes..I am truly humbled! If you missed my dragonfly you can see him here
So back to today, remember that you can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.
The theme for this month is "metal" and all the details, more inspiration and links are here via this link.
The weather has really changed since last weekend so no sunny dragonfly but something a little more autumnal.
I can see a few changes as I look around my acers are taking on a few autumnal hues
 and as I walked to Dotty's I found my first "treasure" of the season...yes my first conker..always a special moment for me.
So my butterfly card has more autumnal colours. This time I decided to make a "faux" metal background using an embossing plate and some gilding wax.
I embossed some card ...

I also made a metallic stitched border using a gold pen. 
I coloured my butterfly die cuts with autumnal shades of alcohol ink
 and also added some ink to Tim Holtz' bigz bird and branch die cut which was also cut in aluminum, the same way I made my insects.
Then on went my creative hat....and out came my finished card...the sentiment is stamped and embossed in gold...of course.
...I also used metal brads in the centres of my flowers and the butterfly.

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

Craft stamper Take it make it Anything goes September
The Ribbon Girl 2/3 September any card
Try it on Tuesday 2/3 stitching I have used a faux stitching effect on my sentiment plaque and around the perimeter of my card.
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything mixed media
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 a little rusty
Dies R us diecut flowers
The Artistic stamper take a little colour
Fussy and fancy 1/3 anything mixed media
Crafty card makers 1/3 monochrome

I hope I have given you some ideas to incorporate metal into you crafting and I really hope to see you joining in with the fun over at Country View Challenges here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely comments that you take the time to leave me. I am back again tomorrow as I have an important reminder.....😉

Bye for now,

Jane x