Monday, 22 January 2018

Bringing some warmth to a cold January day

It's a cold January day and time for my weekly dose of inspiration for Visible Image. The new release stamps shared last week have gone down a storm in the crafting world.  Mark and Helen are now  flying home from Creativation in the USA.  America has fallen in love with their stamps just much as we hoped (and knew!) that they would.  I am so proud and delighted for them. Although all the new release stamps have now been shown I have not yet shared a sample that I made using the awesome new seahorse stamp.

I for one am missing the heat of the summer sun at the moment so to get you in the mood for my project I thought I would first share some hot sunny photos from previous holidays...

Ahh that's back to seahorses...I have a real "thing" about seahorses (as I do mermaids) and I was thrilled to see that in the new release Mark had designed this totally awesome seahorse...with a little Visible Image grunge of course. He is on pre order here

Isn't he gorgeous! The words and the little ripple stamps in the set are fab too.

I decided to make a wall hanging for my sample and this is what I got up to.
We had just had our son's dog to stay. These dog food boxes are made of very sturdy cardboard and I use them lots in my crafting. I cut my card to size and used 2 pieces glued together to give a sturdy base.
I then covered the base with hessian.

I used lots of sunny alcohol inks to create a seaside background and stamped and coloured my seahorse on tissue paper. I stuck this to card and fussy cut out.
 I then added the sentiment and some waves using the other stamps in the fab seahorse set.
I embossed some "seaweed" over the top of my seahorse using stamps from the Organics stamp set. 

These stamps are perfect for tree, branches, seaweed and anything "organic"

I mounted it onto my hessian hanging and added photo corners and some handmade artisan lampwork glass beads to represent glass sea buoys.

I added a string hanger and my seahorse was ready to wave.

I would like to enter my seahorse wall hanging into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday add a sentiment
Let's Craft and Create 2/3 anything goes
Noor UK anything goes
Creative Artiste anything mixed media
Mixed media challenge 1/3 ring in the new mine is my new seahorse stamp
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My seahorse has been waving from the side of the Visible Image desk at Creativation..I hope he is enjoyed his trip the the USA! It has been amazing to see my artwork helping to decorate their amazing booth. Do check out their photos on has been a showstopper and their trip a total success. An even greater crafting journey now awaits Visible Image...a vision has come true...through creativity, originality, dedication and sheer hard work by Helen and Mark. It is so well deserved. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Still smiling

Hello it's a real quickie for me today as it was my Hb's birthday yesterday and all the family are coming up to celebrate over lunch today.
Yesterday we went to London. It was a cold wet day and heading up to the museums seemed a great idea...however so did everyone else! We decided not to go into the Natural History Museum as the queue snaked around the corner so we went  into the V+A instead. We were lucky because we managed to enter via the side entrance whereas most peeps were at the front in another huge queue.  Even in the summer holidays I have never seen so many people in the area! The strange thing was that once inside it actually seemed quite quiet! I will share some photos soon but this stained glass window from the 1500s just made us smile...

How hilarious is that...don't you love the sheep asleep on the bed and the slippers at the side!

So on the subject of smiling I am here today with my 2nd Design Team Inspiration post for Country View. If you remember my first I used the brilliant Visible Image Smile, sparkle shine stamp to create a mixed media card. If you missed it you can see that post here
You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

All the details for the challenge can be found here.

I wanted to show a completely different style of card using the same stamp to help keep us keep smiling during these dark days of January.

This time I went very CAS (clean and simple)
I white embossed the great sentiment. Susan has it in stock on the Country View website here and as always she posts for free within the UK.

I swiped some sunny coloured distress inks onto my craft mat

and dipped in my card. I added a few embellishments and made this card. It has already sold in Dotty Tea House. It must have brought a smile to someone!
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday add a sentiment
Let's Craft and Create 2/3 anything goes
Noor UK anything goes
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes

Just to show how 1 stamp can be used so differently here are my 2 cards;

Off to the birthday celebrations! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a restful Sunday. I'm still chuckling over that stained glass window 😂

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

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