Wednesday, 19 July 2017

More photos from Portugal

I am back to share some more of our holiday photos from Portugal. These are from one of our 2 visits to Lisbon and below is the Monument to the discoveries built in the 1960. We took a lift up to the viewing platform right at the top

and from the top looked down to this the amazing monastery which we decided to visit next.
The stonework inside the monastery was quite breathtaking. Just imagine how many stonemasons were involved in all these carvings.

Even inside the chapel every single pillar and post had been hand carved.

I have nearly finished making my travel journal and I thought I would share a couple of sneak peek pages. I have made the backgrounds using distress oxides, stencils and Visible Image stamps. I like using the colours I see in my photos. 

I was also inspired by the hot yellows of the stonework in the Monastery to make a page insert. I selected some very sunny yellows and orange distress inks and some stencils which reminded me of some of the shapes I had seen carved.
First I blended the lighter yellows
then added some stencilling using fossilised amber.
I added some crackle paste too and a stamped some script too. 
and to finish the page off  I stamped my eye from the Where dreams take you Visible Image set. I also added some of their sentiments which are just perfect for journalling.

I would like to enter this journal page into the following challenges;

Stamps and Stencils colour, texture, shape
Crafty Calendar 2/3  anything goes
Crafting by designs 2/3 anything goes
We love to Create 2/2 anything goes
Craft stamper Take it make it Anything goes
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything mixed media

The full reveal of my holiday journal will be on Monday 7th August. I will of course be back with several other posts before then..this Friday will be my next.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers. It's great to see you joining me here on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 17 July 2017

A dedication to Edie

Good morning all and welcome to my weekly Monday morning inspiration post for Visible Image. Today I have got something rather different to share.

A couple of weekends ago we went to the Dedication and 1st birthday party of my niece's little girl, Edie (short for Edith). It was held in Bristol just a week after we got home from our summer holiday.
I always enjoy our time there, it's a very vibrant city right on the river. This was the view from our hotel room.

I had already bought her of the fab Julia Donaldson books, "Tabby McTat" and also a little children's bag from Cath Kidston, as I know how much my own granddaughter loves carrying around bags. Her favourite books are by Julia D...Stickman, Super Worm, A squash and a squeeze to name just a few!

 I really like making my own gift wrap, as I can make matching gift tags too. It makes gifts so much more personal. Visible Image stamps are perfect to use for this.
I always use ordinary cheap brown paper which I buy by the roll. I measured out a piece to fit and used the star and swirl from the Universal set of stamps.

I used Distress Oxides as my inks, I found this is an improvement on ordinary Distress inks as they don't soak through the paper. 
and stamped a pattern across the paper.
I love how well these stamp with the D' Oxides. It gives an almost pastel appearance to the paper.
I then used a piece of inky/infusions mop up card to cut a tag, added some stencilling to it and then added  Edie's name using the Alphabetical set.
I also used the square shape as this gives a great border to the letters.

I used red embossing powder.
and I used all capital letters and made these little plaques to stick on. 
and here is the parcel all tied up with a pretty ribbon bow. 
Here's a close up of the tag.
I would like to enter my gift wrap set into the following challenges;

Fussy and Fancy 1/3  celebrations
Cutie pie 2/3 here come the girls
Crafty Calendar anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon 1/6 anything goes
Cute Card Thursday ribbon/bows
Crafting by designs 1/3anything goes
Happy Little Stampers (watercolour) 1/3 July

I hope I might have inspired you to make your own gift wrap? Recipient's absolutely love how personal it is. I make some of my own Christmas gift wrap too, if time allows.

Thanks as always for your kind visits and comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 14 July 2017

Fairies in the garden

I know they're not real but I like to pretend that fairies would enjoy playing among my pots of flowers in the garden. Perhaps they would hide in my petunia...

Sit under the roses or swing from the agapanthus?
 Perhaps they would tip toe round my tomatoes?
and then make a house under my pelagonia...with a leaf for the door?

 So as I daydreamed about this and as I sat under my sun brolly I heard a rustle coming from the shrubs...I went over to investigate...perhaps it really was a fairy... it was my sweet Billy who had made himself a nest in the shade.

So as I have no photos to show you of fairies I made a card instead using my Lavinia stamps showing where my fairy was hiding all along.

She has managed to find some shade under her dandelions. I made a hot summer background by blending distress inks.

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

Simon says stamp Monday Distress it my whole background is distress inks
Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
Crafty Catz anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes/summer colours
The Cutie Pie Challenge 1/3  here come the girls

It's forecast to warm up here again over the weekend so no doubt Billy and the fairies will be seeking shade whist I bask in the welcome sunshine 😎

Have a lovely weekend and as always thanks for visiting.

Back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image inspiration.

Bye for now,

Jane (and Billy 😽) xx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Hot July brings cooling rain...

At last we had some welcome rain yesterday which my garden lapped up, especially my lawn which was starting to look more like hay than grass. I have some new summer bedding I have tried this year and some very different colours too. I have never liked begonia...until I saw some new varieties at the nursery. What is there not to love about this variety..
 so unlike the old ones I remember from my childhood. The flowers are more like flouncy roses.

 I also bought a dahlia in  a gorgeous "Fruit salad" colour (does anyone else remember those retro sweets?)
and how vibrant my gazania are this year. These are such sweet flowers as they close up at night. 

As I water them I often say "night night" to them 😅
I had a free day on Monday and I used the inspiration of
 my flowers to create a new "month poem" page  for my art journal. The July lines read;

"Hot July brings cooling showers,
apricots and gillyflowers"

 I needed to include a gillyflower, which I looked up, and is either stock or carnations (dianthus) and eventually I found a lovely Nicecrane image on my computer (sadly long ceased trading) which had roses and carnations included.
I chose my "fruit salad" distress oxides and blended on the colour. I tore out my image to distress the edges.
 I wanted it to  rain on my page so first of all I dripped down some water...I loved this effect.
 I added some butterfly stencilling using my STAMPlorations stencil
 I also found a carnation in my Tim Holtz flower stamp set and added some stamping using my Oxides.

 I then really made it rain by adding stamped raindrops using my favourite Ryn stamp.

Here is the background completed.
So then it was time to add my image and words.
Here is my completed art journal page.
and a few close ups of the background

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

The Craft Barn months challenge July there are 2 gilliflowers (dianthus/carnation) in my vintage image
Frilly and Funkie In the good old summertime
That's Crafty 3/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes/summer colours
Simon says stamp Mondays distress it
We love to create 1/2 anything creative/mixed media
Designs by Ryn July

The sunshine is forecast to return tomorrow, this has been a great summer so far. Long may this weather continue. Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments.  I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to my newest followers. Thanks so much for joining me on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 10 July 2017

Fluttering butterflies

Good Monday morning all. I am here with my weekly post for Visible Image and some new inspiration. Phew what a hot week it has been but I really must not complain as my garden has loved it.

All my pots of summer bedding are flourishing and are a mass of glorious flowers. 

The bees have been humming around and I have seen lots of butterflies but they seem to vanish whenever I try to grab my camera!
However one found it's way into my kitchen...or perhaps this might be a pretty moth?

My card today was inspired by these amazing insects and the sunny colours in my garden and uses, in my opinion. the best butterfly stamps on the market.  Visible Image have sold these gorgeous butterflies for some years. I got mine when they were sold as individual stamps but they now come in 2 great sets.

I also used the brilliant time swirl as I had the idea to have the tiny butterflies emerging from the end of it. These were the stamp sets I worked with. I have linked to the web site.

I created a distress oxide background.

 ..I love the effects you can get with the Oxides...a real splash of colour here.
 I stamped the time swirl.
 I also stamped and embossed some butterflies on some inky mop up card and fussy cut them out.
I added the butterfly shadow and stamped the small butterfly silhouettes emerging from the time swirl. The sentiment is from the Unicorn set. I stuck the fussy cut butterflies over the shadows which gives such a cool 3D effect.

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

Frilly and Funkie In the good old summertime
Craft Stamper Take it Make it July
Simon says stamp Wednesday summer sunshine
That's Crafty 2/3 anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #289/90 I used snippets of card to create my 3D butterflies.

We hope to see lots of you joining in with this month's "A splash of colour" challenge over on the Visible Image Facebook page. You could be the random winner of a £40 coupon to spend on the VI web site.
These are all the Visible Image links;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely for you to join us.  You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our monthly themed challenge, "a Splash of colour" runs until 31st July. There is 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 purchased.

I hope you had a lovely weekend? We enjoyed a family BBQ at my daughter's, it was so good to all get together with both sides of the family. It was the 10th year they have hosted the years fly by.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Keep cool and carry on crafting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x