Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ice cream and Gelatos

A couple of weekends ago we enjoyed a visit to the beach with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy. This time our destination was Stoke's Bay and Pebble Beach. We had beautiful weather and Daisy loved picking up pebbles and putting them in her little bucket
 The view across the bay is to our beloved Isle of Wight.
The light on the sea was really magical. My daughter and I sat and chatted on the beach mat and smiled watching Daisy pottering around with her Daddy and Granddad. She kept bringing things up to show us.


Her little red bucket and spade was bought last year on the Isle of Wight when we were all on holiday there.

Such a busy little soul.

We decided an ice cream was in order and en route we watched the kites flying.
Daisy is not yet a huge fan of ice cream but she likes the cone part so she had a non ice cream ice cream ;0) 

The following week a package arrived which I had considered buying for a long time...yes Gelatos. These are big in the mixed media world and I have considered buying them for months. I found a good offer and bought this set of bright colours.
I scribbled some onto my art journal pages and then got rubbing and misting with water.

I added some white paint to soft gel to try to get the same shimmer on the waves we had seen at the beach. I rubbed this onto my pages with a palette knife,
I also made some drips to represent our ice creams melting in the sunshine
I die cut lots of shells and edged them with gold using a marker. I also die cut some Memory Box crabs in gold card.
Here are my finished pages. I added the red kite to represent the kites we saw and Daisy's red bucket. 
I wrote my words with a micron pen.

Here are some close ups.





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


Pixie's Snippet Playground week 192 here I used some tiny snippets of card to die cut my leaves and gold crab

Love to create anything mixed media #18

Anything but a card celebration mine is a celebration of summer

That Craft Place Mixed media, anything goes

The craft barn animals mine are crabs

Simon says stamp Wednesday make it colourful

Frilly and Funkie a touch of gold

Creative Inspirations warm colours

Papertake Weekly anything goes

Rubber Dance celebration use any previous colour board I have chose the June board


September has now arrived and I have noticed the trees are beginning to look very autumnal. Today is my non work day and I have some crafting planned as well as some other bits and bobs. I have started working on some autumnal pieces including something for a GD post coming up next week which has been such fun to make. Watch this space.

Can I give a very warm welcome to my newest followers. It's great to see you here. Thanks to everyone for all your kind visits and comments you take the time to leave and enjoy the end of the week. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Bed in Summer

The nights are still quite light and I always enjoy the long daylight hours in summer. However I am mindful that September starts tomorrow and that the nights will quickly start to draw in. There is a poem which I learnt as a child at primary school about light summer nights but I can never remember the last verse. I decided to look it up and find that missing 3rd verse.

It is called Bed in Summer by R. L Stevenson and it reminds me of those daylight bedtimes you endure as a child in the summer when you think it is far too early to go to bed!

Here it is in its entirety.

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candlelight.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree
And hear the grown-up peoples' feet
Still going past me in the street

And does it not seem hard to you
When all the sky is clear and blue
And I should like so much to play
To have to go to bed by day?

I am so glad I found it and I have now learnt the last verse. Inspired by this vintage poem I decided that I would use it for some new art journal pages.
I looked around my garden and decided to use the bright floral colours still proudly showing off from my pots as the base colours.





My lawn has really greened up too with all the recent rain we have had. Off I went to my garden studio and I chose some really bright bold distress inks and made some inky pages;
 I think sun glasses are needed here :0)
I then made the brave decision to try hand writing the poem using a Micron pen and white highlighter.
I also decided to add lots of doodles including a doodle frame inspired by Joanne Fink.

So here are my finished pages.


With some added strawberry stamping, some stencilling, Zenspirational dangles and my doodled frame with some Cheery Lynn die cuts.


These new pages in Jane's Journal will really make my heart sing even when it is cold and dark and winter is at its worst. I will be reminded of  the summer colours of my garden, the warm summer sunshine and the long light evenings....and strawberry Pimm's ;0)........

I would like to enter my AJ pages into the following challenges;

Artistic stamper anything goes

Mixed  media world gorgeous textures

Country View Crafts summertime

Papertake weekly take your pick I have chosen vintage/distressed

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes

Pixie's Snippet Playground week 192 here I used some tiny snippets of card to die cut my leaves and flower.

Love to create anything mixed media #18

Cheery Lynn Frame it I drew a frame for my flower and leaves

Anything but a card celebration mine is a celebration of summer

That Craft Place Mixed media, anything goes

The weather was on our side over the weekend and we enjoyed such a fun day out yesterday with our friends. We visited Standen in East Grinstead, West Sussex, such a gorgeous National Trust home. I will share some photos and a post really soon. Today the weather has other ideas and we woke up to heavy rain which has now eased but looks set to fall all day.  However it's bank holiday Monday here in the UK so no work and as it needs to be an indoor kind of day. I am spending time in my garden...in my studio....crafting! Yippee!!  Enjoy your day too.

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Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Strawberry Pimm's O'Clock

Although as I typed  this post yesterday afternoon the rain was coming down in sheets, we have enjoyed some good sunny days in August. It's just easy to forget them when there is enough rain out there to build an arc!

I decided to write a sunshine filled post to remind us that we still have another month of summer left. I wanted to share with you a new variety of my favourite summer tipple which I noticed on the shelves of the supermarket recently. Pimm's bring out some new editions from time to time but I did not want to buy a whole bottle. I then noticed some in cans, ready made with lemonade. There was no excuse now not to try it.  Obviously this found its way into my bag.

 Mmm Pimm's with strawberry and a hint of mint ( and no I am not sponsored by them at all....I wish I was!)
 There is nothing quite like a cold Pimm's on a hot day. I added ice, cucumber, a slice of lemon and a strawberry. We sat at our new garden table looking out into our tiny garden of delight and listened to the bees buzzing around as we relaxed and savoured the warmth of the sunshine. My Hb is not really a Pimm's fan.....he toasted the sunshine with a G&T.

My opinion on this variety.....it's very pleasant but to me nothing beats the original. However being able to buy this special edition in cans means that you don't have to buy a whole bottle just to have an occasional change. That's a win win in my books.

My card challenge today is also red/summer based and is a card I made for a 40th birthday.
I used one of my Nicecrane digi images. This one is from the Henderson's flowers selection I love this selection.
These are the others available
Henderson ' s Giant Flowering Vol 1

Here are a couple of close ups of my card
I made the background with distress inks and then embossed my Visible Image rose stamps using glitter embossing powder. 
I altered a bronze flower charm with paints.

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

Artistic stamper anything goes

Anything but cute making magic again I was inspired by all the gorgeous shimmering textures in the photos. I also think my flower with the heart brad looks like something from a fairy tale like Snow White...or is that just in my mad head?

Mixed  media world gorgeous textures

Country View Crafts summertime

Allsorts Roses

Crafty cardmakers No patterned paper

Papertake weekly take your pick I have chosen vintage/distressed

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes

Pixie's Snippet Playground week 191 here I used a snippet of ribbon on my card, I didn't have enough for a bow but still thought it added some shimmer to my card.

Fingers crossed that this biblical rain moves on in time for the upcoming bank holiday. We are meeting friends for a trip to a National Trust Property on Sunday and it would be lovely to stroll around the grounds as well as visiting the house.

Thanks for visiting and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to my  newest followers. I really hope you enjoy following my creative journey here at Jane's Journal. I hope that today's post has reminded us that there is lots of sunshine around us.....even if it's not shining from the sky just at this moment.

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Bye for now,

Jane x