Monday, 24 October 2016

Viewing Essex through the eyes of Constable

Last weekend we visited friends in Essex and they took us to Constable Country aka Flatford Mill where John Constable painted many of his glorious landscapes. It is now owned by the National Trust and if you ever venture to Essex/Suffolk I would highly recommend a visit.

We were blessed with lovely autumnal sunshine and I can see how Constable found the surrounding countryside so pleasing to paint. Constable's father owned Flatford Mill.
Constable painted many views of the river Stour and I appreciated why he loved it so much.

We enjoyed a lovely walk
 marvelling at the autumn colours
and also enjoyed visiting  the Mill and the spot where Constable painted the famous Hay Wain..I have added a link to see the original painting here

The house on the left was lived in by a tenant Willy Lott.
It has remained just as it was in Constable's time but none of the trees are the original

After our walk we ended up back at the tea rooms.
We even found walnuts which the wind had blown off a lovely walnut tree.
We enjoyed a different view of the river as we sat and chatted. It was such a lovely day.

I was so inspired by our visit that I knew my next Art Journal page would feature a photo from our day. I also wanted to enter some of my favourite challenges.  The dictionary letter over at the Craft Barn for this fortnight is V and lots of challenges are asking for autumn themed projects. I decided to use the word "View" from my vintage dictionary. Do read this definition and you will understand why my creative mind came up with the elements my page contains.
When I read the definition I knew that my Visible image "eye" stamp would work perfectly for this. As well as the "reach of the eye" I wanted to include a landscape photo so I chose my favourite of the day. I loved this view visible through these amazing entwined trees.

I also thought "View" could be through the lens of my beloved will see how I incorporated that later.

So I set to making a background....I wanted to incorporate the amazing clouds we saw that day..
I made a +ve and -ve stencil from a MB cloud die cut

I then used distress inks to create my clouds in the sky...

I added paints and texture with Crackle Paste to a Tim Holtz die cut tree

I used inky snippet mop ups of card for my leaf die cuts. I added Crackle Paste to some of these too. 

To represent my view through my camera I  stamped and fussy cut out my  Visible Image camera.

Then I put on my creative hat to put all my elements together and came up with this page for my journal. The sentiment which comes with the VI camera was so apt. The newest version of this set even has an extra Smile stamp...I will be using that soon.

You will see that I added a Tim Holtz baroque frame to add to the feeling of looking at a view. I loved this photo as I spotted the trees in the distance through these amazing trees...a  view within a view.
A few close ups......

It really was a fabulous autumn day and unlike Constable, who had to stand and paint his views of the Suffolk countryside, I was able to capture them with my trusty camera and use my photo in my Moment for Jane's Journal. I really was able to "Capture the moment and make it last forever" it was such a perfect sentiment stamp.

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

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge V my V is for View
Anything but cute an autumn day
Pixies's snippets playground #252
Stamping sensations autumn
Penny Black and More autumn
Dies r us 1/3  fall
Stamps and stencils elements of nature
Fashionable stamping 2/3 trees
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 shades of autumn

Thanks so much for visiting today and for the kind comments which you take the time to leave. It's been the most glorious sunny weekend again although today the sun has decided to take some time off. Enjoy the week ahead.
EDIT; I remembered after publishing that of course Flatford Mill is in Suffolk (just) not Essex. Rather than change the blog title and breaking lots of links I have left it alone :0) (Thanks Di ;0) xx

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 21 October 2016

Flying through October

I cannot believe how quickly October is flying by. The nights are really closing now but Mother Nature is looking beautiful.

 My walk down to Dotty's is always such a joy. The colours of the foliage at the moment is stunning.

I have been busy working on Daisy's 3rd birthday cake and also trying to keep up with some of my favourite challenges including the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas. I have got up to week 3.
I was inspired by Linda's use of embossing paste through the TH music stencil, the black background and the gold snowflake.
If you would like to play along please check out her post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you complete all 12 weeks.
This is what I got up to with my #3 Christmas card;

I used silver embossing paste through my stencil.

Sorry about the blurry photo but I take all my studio photos with my old camera and in not such bright light.

The silver embossing paste gave such a cool effect. I cut this into 2 pieces as I want to use a piece on a couple of Christmas cards.

I used my holly stencil and Picket Fence DI to create a background on black card

and then using my Visible image snowflakes set I embossed a gold glitter layer
 I love this shine
Then I gathered the rest of my elements together and came up with this card design, another for selling at Dotty's Teahouse. My die cut snowflake is by MB. 

and a close up 

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

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas card 3
                                                            Card Mania  1/3 let it shine
                                                  Christmas card challenges #45 anything goes
The Artistic stamper 3/3 patterns
Winter Wonderland 1/3 frosty or well wrapped up
Crimbo crackers die cuts
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes with option of embossing
Noor UK CAS or fully loaded I've gone for fully loaded this time!

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my newest follower. It's great to see you joining my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

Have a lovely weekend.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Putting on the Ritz

As promised I am back with some photos from my recent trip to The Ritz in London. My DD bought a voucher as a treat for my Mum's birthday last year and it has taken us all this time to co ordinate 3 generations of girls to get together.
We finally managed this a couple of Thursdays ago.
My Hb and I had dinner at the Ritz at few years ago for our wedding anniversary so we knew what to expect. Even so, the sight of the Palm Court, where afternoon tea is held is just splendid.
We were shown to our table and given the menu for the brands of tea on offer and of course it would have been rude not to have endulged in a glass of champagne.

We were served delicious sandwiches, cakes and of course scones with clotted cream and homemade jam.
In the most sumptuous surroundings 

Even the teapots have the Ritz logo

 It really was the most delightful afternoon.
My Mum and my daughter were on great form and we chatted for England.

So my card today I think is very apt. I used a Stamping Bella stamp which I coloured with Inktense Pencils and then paper pieced their dresses. The sentiment comes with this fun stamp I stamped and embossed it. I die cut the bottle of champers and added some pink  bling and hearts.

What a great sentiment....Us girls really did have fun ;0)

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

Stamping Bella colour inspiration I tried to get all the colours of the palette onto my focal.
Allsorts Pink
Sweet stampin spots/ of my girls is wearing a spotty floral dress.
Ribbon Girl 1/3 any image
Noor 2/3 fully loaded or CAS CAS or fully loaded this time I have gone for clean and simple.
Addicted to stamps and more anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday think pink
Artistic Inspirations anything goes

Thanks for visiting and for you kind comments that you take the time to leave.  I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my newest follower...thanks for joining me on my creative journey. The beautiful sunshine continues and the leaves on the trees are looking stunning in their autumnal glory.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x