Monday, 29 May 2017

No regrets

Good Monday morning everyone,  I hope that those of you who are in the UK are enjoying a welcome bank holiday Monday? We enjoyed a wonderful family get together in Southampton yesterday when my son got to meet his nephew for the first time.

My garden is looking lush and green and my pots are already establishing themselves really well and showing off their first flowers. Here are some of the bedding plants I showed you last week..potted up.

We could even enjoy our G+T in the garden.

Tosday is also my Monday design team inspiration over at the Visible Image Facebook group and today and I sharing an inky card I made using all the stamps from the brilliant Universal background set available here

 together with the Take Chances sentiment available here

First I white embossed the star and swirl shapes from the set as a resist. I also stamped the sentiment in black. I then started adding distress inks...

I kept dabbing into the inks until I was happy with the base background
 I then blended in some extra ink.

Then I added more stamping using the remaining shapes from the Universal set.
and below is my finished card.

These are all the links for Visible Image

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you over there. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" folder where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website. There will also be a brand new themed challenge starting on Thursday...come and see what our 2nd theme is. There will be another £40 voucher up for grabs.

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 found.

There is also some very exciting news.....there is a pre-launch sharing of the new stamps release on Facebook live at 8pm tonight over on the VI page...don't miss out...this new release is just awesome!

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

                                                      A Vintage Journey use a quote
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
We love to Create anything creative/mixed media

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Enjoy the new week ahead and let's hope that the sunshine remains.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Welcome rain

We have been threatened with a hose pipe ban in the South of England this summer unless we have some more rain. We had the driest April for many years and until last week no real rain fall. However there were a few days last week when we finally had some rain for my parched garden and I really want to share these photos today.

I love the smell in the garden at this time of the year after it has been raining, that gorgeous earthy, green's as though the ground is alive and breathing. I took these photos
My foxgloves lapped up the rain and are racing away, Old Choc, my Christmas tree was pretty happy too...
I have pink and white foxglove blooms this year, they all self seed and every year I have different shades.  I also spotted a visitor below
Well hello Mr Bumble
How pretty the rain looked on my shrubs

So I was inspired to finally ink up my Lavinia Green Man stamp which I bought at Ally Pally in April and decided to create an enchanted garden scene.
I made an inky background with distress inks. I added some honeycomb stencilling, as inspired by Mr. Bumble.
So I would like you to meet my first Green Man card...

It's a fab stamp and I added lots of his leaves in different shades and types of ink. I also added a border of Lavinia leaves and flowers and gave him a few white pen highlights.

I have put him up for sale in my Etsy shop here

I would like to enter him into the following challenges;

A bit more time to craft 3/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 3/3 anything goes
Creative Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 3/3 let's go wild
Emerald Creek Dares 2/3 dream a little dream
Crafty Cardmakers 1/3 floral profusion
Fussy and fancy 1/3 flowers

We have enjoyed steaming hot weather this week and yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. The temperature topped 28c and more sunshine is promised this weekend here in the South, although Monday looks as though we may get some rain. Perfect for my garden, if not for a bank holiday.

Enjoy your weekends and your gardens if you have them. They are such enchanting places at this time of the year and who know, you might even stumble across the Green Man 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Flower power part 2

Hello I am back today with my 2nd DT inspiration post for Country View. Our current challenge is Flower Power and for my first piece I created a floral distress ink tag. If you missed that post you can see it here
Flowers are certainly in full bloom around here and we have had some welcome recent rain.

For today's creation I decided to use the same stamps as my first flower power tag but use distress oxides instead of regular distress inks. These were the colours I chose to work with.
I added some strips of book pages to my tag for some background texture and chose the above 4 oxides. I added some water to them on my craft sheet.
I first added some colour just by dipping in the inks. I then added some floral stencilling.
I added a couple of background stamps too

Onto a separate sheet I added some more inks and then some script using my old Visible Image Bronte Script stamp.
I stamped my Tim flowers and fussy cut them out.
I then put on my creative hat and this is what I came up with

and a couple of close ups

All the details for our flower power challenge are here

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

Crafty Calendar flowers
Double D challenge flowers galore
A Vintage Journey use a quote

I am fascinated how the 2 tags turned out so differently ..using different inks but identical flower stamps.

I have been in Southampton since Monday lunchtime and yesterday's blog post was scheduled. Today, in the aftermath of the outrageous atrocity in Manchester on Monday evening, I think the quote on my tag today is most appropriate;

Live gently upon this earth.....

Oh how I wish this could happen and such hatred could be extinguished. I am sickened to the core that anyone could do this to a fellow human being.
May all those innocent souls rest in peace 😢

More words just fail me.

Bye for now,

Jane x