Monday, 14 August 2017

Arise Pegasus

Good morning another week is here and it is time for my dose of  inspiration for Visible Image.
For today's project I used my Do you believe in Unicorns set
I started to  make a Distress Oxide background for the unicorn. However as made the background I made me think of the age of the universe. I stamped the moon using Faded Jeans  Distress Oxide ink. As I looked at the moon in the sky for some reason Pegasus, the ancient mythical winged horse, came to mind.
Now the unicorn in this set has a horn and no wings but Visible Image also made this wonderful set
...........which does has a fab set of wings.
So to bring Pegasus alive I masked off the unicorn's horn before I stamped and white embossed it onto my inky background.
I stamped and gold embossed the wings onto black card and fussy cut them out.
I also used the birds from the learn to fly again.
I played with the position of the wings until I was happy with them and then put on my creative hat to put my card unicorn underwent a metamorphosis.....

arise Pegasus 😁

You will see that I also stamped the cloud stamps over the moon and used the sentiment from the Angels are near set. I added some gold glitter to his hooves to speed him on his journey....

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

Penny Black and More 1/3 all creatures great and small 
Not just cards 1/3  anything goes
Fashionable stamping 1/3 use your inks anyway you like
Cute card Thursday 2 /3 embossing Pegasus and the birds, clouds and wings are all heat embossed
The Artistic stamper 3/3 anything goes
Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 anything goes 
Craft Stamper take it make it  2/3 August anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy a creative week ahead. The sun returned this weekend...bliss. We spent Saturday by the seaside with the children and on Sunday I was able to sit and plan some upcoming design work in my garden.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sweet peas and my giveaway winner

After the all day rain and eternal night we endured yesterday it is hard to remember that it is still summer. However my garden certainly remembers and I still have so many lovely blooms out there. If you remember from this post I planted some sweet peas earlier this year. Today the sunshine is back thank goodness and my washing is blowing on the line.

My sweet peas have bloomed beautifully and their scent is just delicious. One sniff takes me back to my childhood and the sweet peas my darling granddad , who we lived with, grew in the garden. Such power to evoke such sweet memories.
These are mine in flower.
 I am able to cut them most days and put them into the dear little vases my BF also included in my birthday present she gave me in April.
I take them down to my studio
and their sweet perfume drifts around me as I craft.....mmmm just bliss.

So my card just had to feature the sweetest Lili of the Valley sweet pea image I recently bought from their Simply Print pre-coloured  range. I made a very CAS card for Dotty's Teahouse where it has gone down to sell. The stamped sentiment is a Clearly Besotted favourite of mine.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Happy little stampers 1/3 anything goes with dies
Simon says stamp Monday happy birthday
Craft Heaven 1/3 anything goes
Noor UK anything goes
C.R.A.F.T challenge 1/3 anything goes
Cute card Thursday 1/3 embossing my sentiment is heat embossed.
As you like it 1/3 favourite embellishment and why I have lots but sequins are one  and I use them on most of the cards I sell in Dotty's Teahouse. They don't add bulk to the cards which increase posting costs so it's win win!

My giveaway closed yesterday at 4pm and out came the hat....all the names were put inside. You had extra entries as I promised,  for those who were followers and promoted my giveaway......we gave it a really good stir

  and my darling Hb drew the winner who is .....

drum roll...............

of  Card and cake.   Carole please could you email me, my address is on my sidebar and I will arrange for your choice of  prize to be sent to you.

I really wish I could offer everyone of you a prize but it was lovely to see Carole's name pop out of the hat as she is an avid reader of Jane' Journal. Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments on my bloggerversary really has been 7 years of blogging friendship. Here's to many more years of creativity and fun ahead to share with you all.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 7 August 2017

My Portugal holiday journal

Today I can finally share my completed holiday journal from our recent adventures in Portugal. This was a real labour of love but holiday journals are so worthwhile. There is nothing better than looking back through them and revisiting awesome memories.
If you have not seen any of my holiday posts you can see them here and here
This was the view from our balcony 
and here is a collage of my finished holiday journal.

I made most of the cover sitting on the balcony.

Today is also my weekly inspiration post for Visible Image and you will see that every single stamp I used in my journal is by Visible Image.  I used lots of their sets by predominantly these sets, which are perfect for holiday journalling.
Capture the moment
I thought I would share a process of another of the inside pages..if you missed my earlier page which I shared you can find it here
This page was for our day out in Lisbon. Each day we took some  Instax photos, as well as using my usual camera.  These photos measure approx 8.5 by 5.5cm. I use the colours in my photos to inspire each page.

 I first made a background using stamps from Mesh-ellaneus. These are such cool stamps.
They work perfectly with Distress oxides
 I had fun playing with a background pattern.
I just had to use the camera ( I know it isn't an Instax but it's retro enough for me) which I stamped, embossed and fussy cut out

I stamped and fussy cut out some of the paper boats...
I then put on my creative hat and put together my page
Here are a few close ups.
Don't you just love the paper boats...I do 😊

Before I go I would just share a few more details of just how perfect Visible Image stamps are for creating backgrounds for journalling ;all these pages had photos added to them but here are some before I embellished them.
An orange mesh-allaneus
 the ink splats created the brown splats below. I used a stencil for the clocks but the script and smile are also stamps from these sets I shared links to.
and words from the Capture the moment and Destination unknown sets.
So there we are...a real labour of love but so worth doing...there are a lifetime of memories inside my journal.
 I really hope that I might have inspired you to create your own holiday journal.

You will be able to 

"Capture the moment and make it last forever"

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

Stamps and Stencils techniques school
The Artistic stamper 2/3 anything goes
Deep Ocean a day at the beach
We love to Create 1/2 anything mixed media/creative
Stamping sensations 1/3 anything goes
Pixie's Snippets playground #293/4 I have used sooo many snippets of everything in my journal!
Frilly and Funkie read any good books recently? mine is my diary of my wonderful holiday.
That's Crafty 1/3 anything but cards
Sweet Stampin 1/3 summer fun
Craft Stamper take it make it anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments you take the time to leave,

Here 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 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 is on summer break and will return in September. 

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. 

And lastly please remember that my 7th bloggerversary giveaway closes on Wednesday, everyone is most welcome to enter.
...details are in my side bar.

Thanks as always for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Welcome too to my newest followers, thanks for joining me on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Lunch in the London sky

Last Tuesday my Hb and I celebrated our 36th Wedding anniversary in London. We booked a table in the Fenchurch restuarant at the top of the Walkie Talkie building in the Sky Garden. Neither of us knew anyone who has eaten there so it was a fingers' crossed booking but boy were we delighted by what we found.
As promised I have sorted out my many photos and I am back to share them. This is a very photo heavy post so grab a cuppa.........
The building is so impressive as it looms up into the London sky. I love the old with the new...there are some wonderful new buildings in London.
Here she is climbing high.........
As my regular readers know London, the city where I was born and now live in the suburbs of,  is my favourite city in the whole world. My Hb works just a few minutes walk from the Walkie Talkie building but even on a day off loves to be there.
The lift whisked us up 32 floors to the sky garden and this view unfolded as we exited.
We had IMO the best seat in the restaurant...perhaps us mentioning that we were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary might have helped?
The gin menu (and the food) was superb
After our wonderful lunch we wandered around the Sky garden and took in the 365o view of London, looking beautiful beneath us
For those of you not familiar with the London skyline yes that's the Shard on the opposite side of the river on the far right and the bridge is Tower Bridge. HMS Belfast in in view too on the Thames.
Ifyou look at the 6th panel from the left below you can see the Tower of London.
We then took the lift back down and walked out into the sunshine. We enjoyed an hour just wandering and admiring the old with the new. My Hb is a great guide..spending every day there 😁 Below is the beautiful Victorian Leadenhall Market.
We gazed up at the Monument
and spotted the Sky Garden (top of the photo)from below.
My Hb also showed me the Lloyds Building, sometimes known as the inside out building as all the utiities are on the outside, including the lifts. It reminded me of cybermen in Doctor Who!

and here is the Gherkin, popping up behind a 12th century church. How cool is that... such a mix of the old and the new.
We decided to take a No 15 bus back to the station as it was such a hot day..and guess what came along...yes seriously an old route master bus. The No 15 route still runs some of the old buses as part of its fleet. If you read my blog regularly this will make you smile after our visit to Brooklands recently. If not do have a read here
We climbed the stairs
and yes sat on the back seat!
What a trip down memory lane this was and it really finished off our day perfectly.

To remember our wonderful day I wanted to make a Moment for Jane's Journal and I made a tag....I have written up a full step by step over on the Country View Crafts website today which you can read here if you are interested. I wanted it be a summary of our love story through time..yes I know that I am a hopeless romantic and include touches of the old London we saw.

I thought the sentiments I used summed up our day perfectly.

I wanted to mix the old with the new on my Moment new oxide inks and my Paper dolls and my old Tim Holtz stamps...his love letter is the background stamping. I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

Noor UK anything goes
Frilly and Funkie read any good books recently? My tag is inspired by a recent love story I read; The Time Travellers wife, I like to think that we could time travel and my Hb and I could "meet" at all sorts of time of our lives ;0) 
The artistic stamper 1/3 anything goes
Die cut Divas 1/4 anything goes The little house behind the couple is a Sixxiz die cut

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my creative journey, it's always fun to see you all here. My giveaway is still running, details in my side bar.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x