Monday, 14 April 2014

Amazing athletes

Yesterday saw 36,000 runners take to the streets of London for the 26 gruelling miles of the Marathon 2014. My son's girlfriend was running for the Anthony Nolan trust. It was a rather too sunny a day for the runners but London looked beautiful under blue skies.
My Hb, who is a keen runner, went up to watch and was astonished how many spectators there were. He found a spot where you could see the runners on their way in and then on their way out 11 miles later. The elite athletes came through first and he managed to snap a couple of shots with his phone of Mo Farrah.

He also got a shot of the front "pack" and the runner who went on to win, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

He managed to spot Charlotte at the 11 and 22 mile leg of the race but it was such a fleeting moment and there were so many runners that he did not have a chance to snap her.
I am so proud of Charlotte. She has spent months training for this gruelling race and has also raised over £800 pounds for the Anthony Nolan Trust. I would like to thank those of you who so generously helped to swell the amount that she has raised. If you would  like to donate, her JustGiving page is still open here

And here is a photo of her amazing medal....well done Charlotte and very well deserved.

Photo: Thank you all my lovely friends and famalam for the support today - a little disappointed I didn't get closer to my target time, but there's always next year.. just glad I finished, sunburn and all! :-)

I put the live coverage on my tablet in my studio and watched the race from there. It was a most beautiful day outside in the garden. Billy loved me being around.

 and as Charlotte ran I made her a card. My inspiration was London and the wonderful cheering crowds there. Here it is ;

I used a Penny Black stamp which I won many years ago and it is such a great image to use for her. I coloured it with my Promarkers and added some highlights with Prismacolor  pencils. I decided that I wanted a patriotic red,white and blue theme.  I used some papers which are very "London" and even feature a London bus. I want Charlotte to remember all those wonderful iconic London landmarks she ran past. I decided that rather than a congratulations sentiment that I would use a Lili of the Valley "amazing" sentiment. The date sentiment is Whismy. I also added a charm from my stash and hand cut some celebration bunting.

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

Totally Gorjuss charming
Stampin for the weekend favourite stamp
Crafty hands anything goes
Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes my "amazing" sentiment stamp is LOTV
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
The cupboard trilogy friendship
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Little Claire's Lots of layers

Already Charlotte is talking about "next year" so if she gets a place again come autumn you will find her out pounding the streets, in all weathers, getting her training in ;0) A remarkable and inspiring young woman. Everyone is very proud of her. And one thing she needs to remember for next year if it is as sunny..."Wear Sunscreen"..ooowch!!

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 11 April 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014, April, Jane's Journal style

Tim posted his April tag on my birthday and I was delighted to see that he was using his feminine side for this month. Below is his creation to be used for inspiration. The first thing I wanted to use on my card (yes I have been making cards not tags since January) was the wonderful paper roses but I felt that using just 2 did not quite work for me so I decided to make a whole bunch (well 5). I also wanted to use the idea of replacing  the cut outs in a lattice die as he did. When I saw his metal dog tag which reads" Inspire" I was inspired to use a quote which I had found whilst researching for a recent project, " April is a promise which May is sure to keep". These words of wisdom were written by Hal Borland. I also loved Tim's fun spiky leaves cut out from book pages and wanted to incorporate this into my creation. So off I went to arm myself with my supplies.
I only have limited supplies of Ranger products but I am gradually getting some great stash together which was added to on my recent birthday. My Hb bought me some Distress Paints below. I only have a few colours so I was limited to which to use. I chose some Spring/Easter colours..............

 Faded jeans, Victorian velvet and Iced spruce. Tim uses Ranger tissue tape but I do not own anything other than some tissue tape I bought in Wilkinson's after Christmas in their sale. I thought it could represent trellis for my flowers to be displayed on .
I first made some patterns on my card with the tape.
 When I was happy with them I added the 3 colours of Distress paint plus a mist of water to blend them.

When this was dry I covered parts with Vintage photo Distress ink and then added splashes of water to get the cool effect which Tim shows.
It gives a great mottled effect between the paint and ink but does not stick to the tape. It's really hard to show in a photo but I think you can see it below.

Next I cut some more "trellis" with a lattice die and coloured it with my 3 paint colours

 I cut some insert pieces using scraps of paterned paper and distressed their edges
 I also made a sheet of card using my distress inks and a words stamp to make my flowers with.
 Another birthday treat is my new flower die set and I cut several and had a play with putting them together.
 Here is my first one, I love the colours.
So having got my elements together it was time to put on my creative hat and put my ideas together.
Here is my finished card.
As you can see I used a whole bunch of handmade roses and I also used a couple of Cheery Lynn leaf dies to cut my book page leaves.
I also added some lace for even more femininity ;0)
Here are some close ups

I really love these big blousy blooms and the very shabby chic muted colours. The background has an almost chalky effect and feel and  I will certainly be making some more roses.

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

Tim Holtz's 2014 tags April
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
Papertake Weekly spring has sprung
Simon says stamp Happy Easter
Divas by Design Easter/spring
Pan Pastel UK Pretty shabby chic
Country View Challenges new beginnings my new beginning is springtime.
Stamping Sensations dies and/or punches
Penny Black and More Blossoms and blooms
Stamp and Create Spring flowers
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Cheery Lynn anything goes
Craftyhands anything goes
A Creative Romance eggcellent spring
The ribbon girl spring
Ali Craft spring

So there we are, a third of the way through 2014 already. Thanks for stopping by and also for any comments you take the time to leave. I really love reading them.

 It's a big weekend for my son's girlfriend who is running the London Marathon on Charlotte run and we are all willing you on to the finish of 26 grueling miles. She has spent months in training and it has taken a huge amount of dedication and stamina. Thanks so much to everyone who has sponsored her. She is raising funds  for The Anthony Nolan Cancer Trust and if you would like to swell the pot she has raised so far..over £750 to date, every pound is gratefully received. There is a link to her fundraising page here.

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Parisian tryst

As you all well know I really enjoy entering card challenges. I find they spark my creativity.My crafting time is limited and I love to have a project to work on.  One of my favourite card challenges is the recently started A Vintage Journey, run by my friend Brenda who I have met in real life at one of her workshops and I will be attending another one very soon.  This challenge blog is so inspiring and when I saw their latest challenge "A little bit French" I just had to join in the fun. When I think of France I immediately think of Paris and this was where my imagination lead me.

Some of the design team had made up little stories to go with their creations and I thought it would be really fun to create a little story of my here we go, settle yourself down and I will create this little scene...

The year was 1928, the date was 25th July and Florence and Arthur had just married at their local church, in Dulwich, London.
They had such a happy sunny day celebrating surrounded by friends and family. Everyone loved dressing in their finest clothes. Florence look just beautiful in her satin suit and hat. Arthur stood  proudly by her side,wearing a flower in his button hole.

At 7pm it was time to leave the garden reception to take the overnight train to the destination of their honeymoon............none other than the eternal city of love, Paris. Their friends and family showered them with rice as they gaily ran off to catch the local train to St. Pancras............

The clock at St Pancras was ticking towards 10pm as they reached their platform. They hurried along, with Arthur carrying their luggage, to  board the train. At last they reached their carriage and climbed aboard.
They were alone for the first time, newly married and in love and on their way. It was the first time that Florence had been away from London, Arthur on the other hand had served in the war and knew of France as a soldier. Florence was so excited to be spending her honeymoon abroad and her packed her finest clothes for the occasion. She was still wearing her going away suit as they settled down into their cabin. The whistle blew and Florence gripped her husband's hand lovingly...they were off....destination Paris.

Over the following  days the newly weds  took in all the sights that this glorious city has to offer. Their hotel was directly opposite  Luxembourg Parc where they spent many happy hours strolling in the sunshine hand in hand. Arthur smiled lovingly at his young wife as she tried her schoolgirl French, not very successfully!
 At time the sun was so strong that they needed to shield themselves with parasols.

Florence was excited to travel on the metro around this wonderful city
 They visited Versailles and after passing through the golden gates
their jaws dropped in astonishment at the opulence of the Palace and the Hall of Mirrors.
They wandered outside and saw the breathtaking gardens
  and they saw the fountains of Versailles sing.

At the end of their day at Versailles Arthur  turned to Florence and told her that he had one very special place to take the summit of the Tour Eiffel. This would be on their last day before returning home to their new life in London.

The next day they woke early and did indeed take that trip. The lift took them up each level and eventually they made it to the summit of the tower. Florence gasped at the view below them. Arthur took her hand and and there they made a toast and pledged  a vow...............
 To eternal love....................

I hope your enjoyed that little story as it does actually have some truth in it.  The wedding photo is of my own grandparents who were indeed Florence and Arthur who did  marry on 25 July 1928. They however did not travel to Paris for their honeymoon, in fact I have no idea where they went but I am sure it was wonderful.  The photos of Paris are from my own trip there with my darling husband to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary....on 25 July 2011. Yes it is seriously true, we were married the same day as my Nan and Grandad...but we married in 1981. I just edited my photographs from our trip and with a sepia tone and if you don't believe me............... here we are 3 years ago in Paris ;0)

My own grandparents Florence and Arthur sadly did not see 30 years of marriage as my granddad sadly passed away on 24 July 1946 just the day before their 18th Wedding Anniversary. My own dad was just 13.  One thing though which is totally true...they did have eternal love; my Nan never ceased loving my granddad until the day she died. She was a truly devoted wife.

So my creation I have made for this challenge is a tag which has elements of "A Parisian tryst".

I own several wonderful photos of my grandparents and I have seen Tim Holtz introduce his "Found relatives" vintage photos.I realised that I could create my own ones using real photos of my own family. I even have some of my great grandmother and my great great grandmother. I just edited them and printed them out on photo paper.
I decided I really wanted a sepia colour for my tag to resemble a vintage postcard which Florence could have sent from Paris. I swished it through some antique linen and vintage photo distress inks
I added some texture with a stencil

. I then got out my Lili of the Valley Pretty Vintage stamps as I have some lovely Parisian stamps and added some background stamping using Archival ink.

The photo I used is of my Nan and using some artistic licence and I have imagined this could have been Florence sitting in the sunshine of Luxembourg Parc in a deckchair. I made a frame to surround it with a spellbinders die..

I added a clock remnant rub to represent the clock at St. Pancras Railway station.

I made some vintage Parisian tags using my LOTV stamps and used a pearl brad to link them. I could imagine Florence wearing pearls as she explore the city hand in hand with Arthur.

The French words are most appropriate as they mean "Eternal love" and "A vintage journey".

To finish off my Parisian Tryst tag I decided that there was only one thing to use...............French lace.

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

A Vintage Journey A little bit French
Pan Pastel Pretty shabby chic
Country View Challenges New beginnings the new beginning here is the married life of Florence and Arthur.
Stamping Sensations dies and punches
Vintage stamping challenges anything goes
Fashionable Stamping favourite technique mine is the one I have used here, the wrinkle free distress ink technique.
Simon says stamp Monday challenge Journey
Sentimental Sundays Vintage/steampunk
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Pick a stamp, any stamp my stamp is the  Lili of the Valley Paris tag stamp which I have had since last June and has not seen ink until now ;0)
Fussy and Fancy All about Travel
The Artistic stamper embossing and texture  I have embossed the little picture frame although a lot of it is covered. I also embossed the tags to give them some extra texture.

I hope you enjoyed my little creative journey. This really brought back wonderful memories of celebrating my own Pearl wedding anniversary in Paris in 2011. If you would like to read about it here is the post.

My own Nan would have been so delighted to see her photos used in this way, how technology has advanced in the 25 years since she passed away. It is so pleasant to remember your past and those people who have been so important in your life. When Daisy is old enough I will tell her all about my beloved Nan and I really hope that I can be as wonderful a Nanna to her as my Nan was to me.

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Bye for now,

Jane x