Sunday, 4 October 2015

Memories of Rhodes 2015

I am back as promised, to share a few photos of another fabulous autumn break we had on the wonderful island of Rhodes. The weather as always was pure delight and we enjoyed lazy sunshine days, sunrises and glorious sunsets, walks and lots of delicious food. We went to the butterfly valley and saw the last of the butterflies, as our visit was a few weeks later this year and most had flown on. We spotted several seawater crabs though which were fun to photograph.

No words are needed. I think that my pictures speak a thousand words............

My card challenge piece today is sea inspired.............
What I would  have given to see her as I swam amongst the fish in the blue Aegean sea?

She is a digi image by Aurora Wings which I won some time ago and had never coloured. I used my Promarkers and highlighted her with Prismacolor pencils.

The background is textured acrylics and I added Ryn's fab rising bubbles stamp. The seahorses and seaweed  leaf dies are by Cheery Lynn.

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

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Country View add some texture
That Craft Place anything goes mixed media mixed media anything goes
Artistic inspiration anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #197 I have used snippets of card to make my seaweed and seahorse die cuts and the backing paper is a snippet of an acrylic masterboard I made.
We love to create anything mixed media goes
Allsorts nature
Aurora wings anything goes

The sun is still shining here but it look set to break so I am making the most of it today. The garden beckons and we will probably be able to enjoy lunch out there too. Bliss.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week ahead.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Home with the sunshine

Happy October everyone. I'm back from my wonderful holiday in Rhodes. Thanks for all your lovely comments you left on my post whilst I was away. My Moment is sitting proudly in my studio and I can transport myself back to our special time there every time I look at it.

I need to download all my photos and will share some soon but today I just wanted to share some of the wonderful sunshine I have woken up to. Here is the UK the weather seems set fair and it really is wall to wall sunshine.

I opened my backdoor this morning to hang out the first of several loads of holiday washing (!!) and was greeted by this lovely autumnal view which I had to photograph.

The moon was still in the sky...talking of the moon we watched the gorgeous full moon whilst away and I got some great photos which I will share soon.

Everything was soaked with morning dew here but still so beautiful.

Someone is very pleased to be home too....but I have told him that crafting will have to wait

It's great to be home, there is no better place.

My card today is a Guest Designer card for Ignacio of Nicecrane designs. It is inspired by the autumnal colours that have greeted me on my return to England and the fact that now that it is October...there is spookiness ahead at the end of the month.
The image is from the Nicrane on line digi store and you can find it here
I love this sheet and use it lots 
Halloween And Kids CS

The fab spooky die cuts are Cheery Lynn. I made a very inky background with my distress inks and stencils. The leaves are Memory box and crackled with Crackle paste. I added some Halloween remnant rubs and some spooky charms which I painted. There is even a Tim skull stamp too which I stamped onto book pages. 

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

Cheery Lynn anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Rubber stamps autumnal colours tree bark, falling leaves and pumkin.
Crafting for all seasons autumnal hues
Dies R Us Halloween
Country View add some texture
Noor UK Halloween/autumn
Pixie's snippets playground 196 I used snippets of card to make my leaves
Crafty friends name that tune  name that tune mine is "Monster" by Automatic..particularly the lyrics...What's that coming over the hill......
That Craft Place anything goes mixed media mixed media anything goes
Artistic inspiration anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
We love to create anything mixed media goes

Enjoy this very welcome early autumn sunshine if you are in the UK and if you don't have any where you are Billy and I are sending you bucket loads. I adore the colours seen in Mother Nature at this time of the much to inspire me.
Back soon,

Bye for now ,

Jane x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Waving from Rhodes

Hello! Sunny greetings from Rhodes.

I have found a little bit of Internet access and decided to see if I could post from our apartment in Rhodes. This is the magical view from our balcony.
And here is the beach where we have been  relaxing.

We are having a wonderful time and as I did when we went to Sicily earlier this year I took a few crafting bits away with me.

I am very limited with what supplies I take but that's always part of the fun. I never plan what to make. I sat on the beach on Saturday and inspired by my sea view from my sun lounger and my friend Joanne Fink I doodled and zentangled the word waves and the date.

On the plane journey I also doodled and came up with this Zenspiration piece.
My table flap on the plane became my crafting table.

I always collect holiday ephemera. .tickets, restaurant cards where we eat etc so I decided to try to make a Moment using one of my doodles as the focal.The problem was I didn't have a large piece of backing card with me. Hmmmm the shops yielded nothing but that was not going to stop me. I had a light bulb moment. .use part of a cardboard box. The local shop looked at me a little sideways but gave me an empty bottled water box. Perfect. I cut off a side piece and used the rest of my box as my holiday crafting

I only own 3 mini distress inks which I had with me so it was Hobson's choice with my colours. I distressed the box side by ripping off some pieces , added the inks with my blending tool and some stamping with the one small set of  Tim stamps I had with me. I added some water circles using bottle tops from our milk and water .

I stamped a quote under the box advert....very apt.

It was great fun..even my Hb picked up pieces for me I could add. I only had a Pritt stick with me so everything had to be paper based. I had brought a couple of  sea themed die cuts with me so I made use of them. I even fussy cut out the sea images from a piece of paper that wrapped up a bookmark I bought.  I saw its potential and said to the shop owner not to worry about using sellotape. ..but he proudly used lots to make it perfect for me! I quickly peeled it off when I got back to our room.

Nothing like fussy cutting from your sun lounger. .I am sure a lady who walked by gave me a knowing nod.
I decided to use my waves piece as the focal. I added the business cards from the 4 wonderful restaurants we ate at. I had a play with the layout trying to add some texture and depth.

So here it Rhodes holiday Moment, which I will put up on my studio when I get home and whenever I look at it I will be transported back to our little patch of paradise.
Here are some close ups. The butterfly and date was cut out from our tickets for the butterfly valley. The leaf I stuck it to was from the bag containing bakery produce we bought. The little piece of raffia was tied around our welcome gift in our room. I also added some remnant rub words.

I would like to enter my holiday Moment into the following challenges

Pixie's snippets playground 196
A vintage journey home sweet home this is my home sweet home for now, we have been here so many times it certainly feels like our second home. I used lots of Tim techniques to make my background.
Rubber Dance celebration my colours are from the June 2015 board
Allsorts numbers I have the date on my focal and clock faces
Crafty friends name that tune  name that tune mine has to be summer breeze by the Isley Brother's
That Craft Place anything goes mixed media mixed media anything goes
Country View numbers I have used the date of my focal and there are numbers on my clock faces.
The Craft Barn  the sea but no beach....I have used shells anchors etc.
Artistic inspiration anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
We love to create anything mixed media goes

Thanks for popping by....and sharing my holiday.

This is my Moment, in its place looking out to sea.

Waving to you all from Rhodes.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x