Monday, 16 October 2017

More warm autumn sunshine

Good morning, it's another marvellous Monday morning and I am back with my weekly dose of Visible Image inspiration. We are still enjoying a glorious autumn full of sunshine and rich deep colours all around.
The leaves on the trees are stunning

I am sharing a tag today which gives a nod toward Halloween but still embraces the rich colours surrounding us.
I wanted to use one of the older Visible Image stamp sets as it also reminds of the gorgeous woods we walk our son's dog Bear in.

I used

with one of the new release quotes

I also used the fibres stencil as it has such an organic feel to it like the branches of the trees.
This is what I got up to.
I took some autumnal coloured distress inks
 and using the wrinkle free technique inked up my tag.
I then added some extra colour using my stencil and some rusty hinge and wilted violet distress inks.
I die cut some leaves from inky mop up card, stamped them with VI words and added Crackle glaze to get that great crunchy leaves effect. I also stamped, embossed and cut up the Create to escape words so that I could arrange them on my tag.
I then put on my creative hat to put my tag together.

I placed one of the crunchy autumnal leaves into the beak of the bird. 

Here is a close up
I hope you are still being inspired by the colours of autumn too?

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

Craft Stamper take it make it October
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October
A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
The ribbon girl 1/3 any image
Frilly and Funkie 3/3 'tis near Halloween
Penny Black and More 3/3 close to nature
Stamping sensations 3/3 autumn glory
Noor UK fall colours
Simon says stamp Monday not a card
Stamps and stencils 2/3 autumn

All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it 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.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

You can also follow via:


Thanks as always for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Today, here in the South of England it might reach 22c but it will be the last day we see these temperatures again until next year. Spare a thought though for my friends in the west and particularly those in N Ireland, they may be feeling the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia later. Take care guys.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A third post in a day!

I sometimes have to publish 2 posts in a day when I have DT posts which clash but it is a first for me to publish 3!
So after a busy morning sorting out my garden and potting up some bulbs I was able to finish my 3rd card for the Funkie Junkie Challenge and get up to date!
This was my nice tidy garden this afternoon.

If you would like to play along you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. You could win a voucher to spend in the The Funkie Junkie Boutique  who is sponsoring the challenge. Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make anything Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way for me to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.

Here  is Linda's inspirational tag for week 3.

I decided to use the bold red and white colour scheme and ornaments as my inspiration. This is what I got up to. I used Tim Holtz's stencil and my Candied Apple distress ink to make a background which I cut into a square. 
I die cut some ornaments and added Treasure gold to them and also added some ribbons to complete my card.

So there we are I am now up to date. If you want to see my cards 1 and 2 they are here and here

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas week 3
ABC Christmas U unlimited, V vibrant I went for V vibrant
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #355

Thank you so much if you popped in 3 times ...we are eating dinner soon and will be watching Strictly on catch up. The standard of the dancing this year is just awesome!

I will be back again on Monday with my weekly Visible Image DT project.

Some one else was keeping an eye on my today in the garden.....

yes my sweet Billy

Enjoy your evening and the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow is looking like a glorious warm day here. We might take Bear up to Banstead Woods. 

Bye for now,

Jane x

Bulb planting

This is my second post today. You can see my first one here. As I mentioned I managed to do some gardening this morning and I planted up some bulbs.

I topped the pots with some little violas which will give me some winter colour until my flowers emerge next spring.
I am back with my week 2 Funkie Junkie card....if you missed week one you can see it here.

If you would like to play along you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. You could win a voucher to spend in the The Funkie Junkie Boutique  who is sponsoring the challenge. Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make anything Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way for me to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.

You can see  Linda's 2nd inspirational tag here
I decide to use the lovely vintage Santa image, stars and the colour scheme as inspiration for my card. I added my stars to my background with embossing paste. I then made an inky background blending distress inks and then adding a spritz of water.
I stamped one of my favourite Tim Holtz  Father Christmas stamps and gave it some aging with distress inks and distressed the edges too.

Here is my finished card complete with book pages and a sentiment.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie week 2
Craft Stamper take it make it October
Let's craft and create 3/3 anything goes
Sweet stamping sparkle and shine
Happy little stampers watercolour challenge October extra twist gold
ABC Christmas U unlimited, V vibrant I went for U unlimited ie anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #355

So yes I have 1 more to catch up with and I will be back very soon with number 3.

Back in a mo!

Jane x

Catching up with the Funkie Junkie

I have been so busy with my DT work that I have not had a chance for any play time. Today however I was able to rectify that as I had a few hours this afternoon after I had cleared up the garden for some me crafting time. There are some fun challenges around at the moment and one of them is the 12 tags of Christmas, my favourite Christmas challenge which Linda of runs. I have entered this challenge for the last 3 years and I really didn't want to miss out; she will be already onto  week 4 on Monday. So I decided to play catch up this afternoon and finish the first 3 projects. I had already made some bases on Friday afternoon so it was just a case of putting my designs together.

If you would like to play along you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas. 

This is her inspiration for week 1

I chose to go with the deer theme...I had a fab day out with my parents on Thursday and went to Knowle in Kent where Henry V111 had his deer park.


 The house there is amazing too. 

So this is what I got up to, I cut an opening in a die cut square to create a scene. and added some inky card.

My little scene included trees, a leaping deer and of course some snow! I stamped the sentiment.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie week 1
Ribbon Girl  3/3 any card
Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Sweet stamping sparkle and shine
Happy little stampers Anything goes with dies
ABC Christmas U unlimited, V vibrant I went for V for vibrant
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #355

I apologise in advance to my close blogging buddies who visit every post here but I am going to quickly write up my card 2 and 3 and be back with both posts during the evening!

Back very soon!

Jane x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Warm autumn days

The temperature is warming up again and by the weekend it may hit 22c here in the sunny south. All this week it has been very mild and I have enjoyed more sunny days with Mother Nature.
This little moorhen was sitting at the waterfall at the ponds amongst the falling leaves
 There are rich purples and pinks amongst the autumnal foliage
 The trees are shining with golden colours
and even this crow shone in the sunshine
Today I am sharing another  Halloween tag as we are already nearly half way through October.
I used some Oxides as inspired by these colours and added some stamping with my old but much loved Tim Holtz stamps


and then as you do covered it all up with a focal stamped with the witch and splattered with blood ink 😁
I added some fun die cuts using snippets of inky mop up card, including a crackle pumpkin and also one of my fab Halloween skeleton hand charms.

Here are a couple of close ups;

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

A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything goes mixed media
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 'tis near Halloween
Penny Black and More 2/3 close to nature
Stamping sensations 2/3 autumn glory
Noor UK fall colours
Simon says stamp Monday not a card

Enjoy your Thursday...I'm off to catch up with my parents. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Sun Queen

I love taking shots of the sun with my camera...(NB please remember you must never look directly at the sun).I walked down to Dotty's Teahouse with my latest cards on Friday and kept spying the sun through the autumnal tree foliage...sooo beautiful.









It's my weekly dose of Visible Image stamps inspiration today. The new stencils are back in stock here on the website  and I have been having fun with them.

A few weeks ago I shared my Blue Snow Queen card..if you missed her check out my post here.
I adore the Face it stamp set and inspired by the glorious sun that peeped out during my autumnal walk I made something with the eyes open stamps from the set.

I also decided to go from a cool to a warm colour palette and had the idea to create a Sun Queen as an art journal page. 

I worked with 3 of the fab new stencils too

 and 
I often use the mask from the Face shape set but this time I decided to draw round it and make a separate cut out face which I could decorate first and then stick to my card to complete. I used masking fluid on her eyes and lips to protect them from the inks. 



I used some of my Italian cotton cold pressed artist card and made an inky background using some warm autumnal distress inks
Next I added some sun bursts using the strobes stencil
and then inked the inner parts with stamps from the 
rays of light  set

 which work perfectly with this stencil.
I then added texture paste through my time tunnel stencil using the first brown swirls as my guide.
Finally I stamped the perfect sentiment, one of the new quotes Your vivid colours
So here is my Sun Queen.
With some close ups



All the Visible Image links can be found here;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here ...it 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.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

You can also follow via:


I would like to enter my Sun Queen into the following challenges;

A vintage journey crazy for autumn colour
Creative Artiste anything goes mixed media
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 show us your stamps
Penny Black and More 1/3 close to nature
Stamping sensations 1/3 autumn glory
Noor UK fall colours
Stamps and stencils 1/3 autumn

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the sunshine if you get some, smile at the"Sun Queen" 😎 if you see her and delight in the gorgeous colours of autumn. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x