Monday, 27 July 2015

Summer breeze and feeling groovy

Oh how the Isley brothers' "Summer breeze" song epitomizes  the summers of the 1970s for me...if you get the time have a
listen to it here
 Another song by the Turtles is a summer 1960s song I I love.

Now you may be wondering where on earth I am going with his post...let me explain...........

My Guest Design package arrived from Tracy over at Noor UK last week and among the goodies were these fun Dutch Doobadoo stencils and Paperart words and images. Notice the words Flower power, music love etc.
When I saw the fun mask silhouette  below on the left, wearing flares I was transported back to the late 1960s and early part of the 1970s
I was at primary school for Flower Power but by a teenager you would have found me in platforms and wide flares like those above which had cover your shoes!
The tune Summer Breeze and So Happy Together came into my mind and that was it I knew I had to create something funkie, zany and hippy!

So down to my studio I went to grab the most clashing bright distress inks to make a 60s/70s inspired background for my silhouette.

Yes I did say bright didn't I. Some flicks of water added some more interest.

 Recently I found a fun tin in you remember Spirographs from the 60s and 70s...well you can get this tin for the fab price of just £2. As this was going to be a "Groovy" piece I got it out and played away...such fun.

I had a little practice first , I was transported back to my childhood. 

and then started adding some retro patterns.

Next it was the turn of the new Dutch Doobadoo stencils and masks. I pushed some archival inks through with a piece of foam
until I was happy with a really happy flower power background. I also added some PaperArt words and images.
So now it was time to cut out my girl...who I decided to call Biba as my dearest friend Karen and I spent many a fun day up in London in this cult shop when it was open...just trying everything on!
Now this was to be my finished piece but the minute that I named her Biba I knew one thing...........Biba needed some clothes. I also remember childhood times where we bought those books where you cut out and dressed paper girls with all sorts of here we go.
I found the brightest floral paper scraps in my scraps box and drew around the silhouette and added little tabs so that Biba could be "dressed"
Funkie tops.....with long sleeves
or sleeveless
If you have young crafty kids bored over the summer hols you could host a "best dressed Biba" could add beads, real fabric, anything really. You could even just stick clothes and accessories directly on to the silhouettes if you cut several out.

These are her finished outfits ready for Biba to strut her stuff in...and no sewing was involved!

So here is my finished piece...Biba with her funkie 60s background scene and also with some spare outfits for the festival which I am sure she must be going to ;0)

It was fun making this but I did spend a lot of time on it and a couple of evenings I think my Hb
wondered why we were eating soooo late...LOL. M you are so tolerant of my crafting. I rarely make whimsical pieces so this was a first. Perhaps Daisy might like it when she is a bit older?

I hope my rather "off the wall post" today made you smile on a Monday morning and if you are of a certain age, like me, I hope I stirred some memories of those long, summer days of love days back in the 60s and 70s. Fun times and as I was so young, they were such very carefree times.

Please pop over to see me at Noor UK and perhaps leave some groovy kind of love...yes I know all those songs keep popping in to my head.

I would like to enter my Biba project  into the following fun challenges.

Our Creative Corner mexico moods I was so inspired by the bright clashing colours of the mood board and the round pots and flower in the bottom photo.

Bunny Zoe summer breeze

Mixed Media stencils 

That's Crafty stencils and masks

That Craft Place words

Anything but a card anything goes

We love to create anything goes mixed media

It was my 5th bloggerversary yesterday and I'm having a giveaway of my handmade jewellery..the link to that post is here. Do join the fun, it's open to everyone.

Thanks so much for visiting today and putting up with my mad mind! Inspiration really is everywhere.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

All the products are available for sale in Tracy's shop, just click on the link

Thursday, 23 July 2015

I am nearly 5....and a giveaway

My niece's wedding on Saturday was such a wonderful day. It is always so good to get together and celebrate such a happy occasion. The sun shone, the bride looked radiant, the bridesmaids were amazing and everyone had such fun.
I do plan a post about the wedding as there were some gorgeous vintage touches and details I would love to share. I took lots of photos and I also want to make a "Moment" of the day. I hate rushing things like this so it will need to wait a while so that I can do it justice. I am also working on lots of guest designer bits so I need to get those done and dusted and then I can have some "Me" crafting time.

The reason for my post title today is that on Sunday my little blog will be 5 years old. Yes I can't believe it either.
We are celebrating our wedding anniversary on Saturday and on Monday I have another guest designer post coming up so rather than cram something in on Sunday I thought I would make today's post in honour of my 5th bloggerversary.

I still really love blogging, it brings me constant pleasure.  A couple of weeks ago I published my 500th post. Wow, that's a lot of photographs and typing. I have made so many wonderful blogging friends and some have been with me right from that very first post way back in 2010. Some I have even had the pleasure to meet in person.

I have so enjoyed my creative journey and sharing all my crafts and hobbies here. As you know I am a bit of a dabbler in everything from card making, mixed media, cake making, gardening, photography, knitting, silversmithing, jewellery making and most recently crochet. I do love to constantly challenge myself artistically so my ideas and styles have continually changed and evolved over the last 5 years.  If you missed my post sharing my hand made sea glass silver pendant do have a read here. It will then make sense why I am offering my handmade  jewellery below as a gift, to say thank you to everyone who stops by and reads Jane's Journal

I wish I could send everyone a little gift but I can't, so I am offering 2 presents from me. There is a silver shell left over from my sea glass necklace on a silver chain and a pearl, shell, mother of pearl and coral necklace. All my jewellery has sterling silver findings and the little shell is fine silver. They will come in an organza bag and would make a great gift if they are not your personal taste. The winning names will be drawn out of a hat after the giveaway closes at 4pm on 9th August. I will post world wide. The first name out of the hat can choose which of the necklaces they prefer and the runner up will have the other.

My giveaways are always open to everyone whether you are a silent reader, follow by email or come past this way every post. Simply leave a comment on this post that you would like to be included in the draw and you're in with a chance. To give a little extra to my regular readers (yes you know who you are) I will offer an extra entry if you are a follower (new ones are always most welcome) and a 3rd entry to anyone who links/shares my giveaway photo above in their sidebar, on social media or in a blog post.
Please can you either leave separate comments telling me what you have done or just tell me how many entries you are entitled to.

My card today is of course a thank you card..what else could it be! I made it for my friend who kindly popped in and looked after  Billy at the weekend while we were away.
 The stamp I won over at Crafty Individuals. I really love it. I have stamped it onto a book page and coloured it with distress inks.
It's very much me enjoying a cup of tea in my little garden;

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

Crafty individuals face value...I have gone a little lateral and used a clock face but there is also a bird face here too ;0)
PaperArtsy Time I was inspired by the clocks Leandra shared shown on book pages in her introduction post.
Die cut divas summer and patriotism..mine is the English tradition of afternoon tea.
Simon Says work it Wednesday die cuts
Creative Inspirations flowers
Little Claire's in bloom
That Craft Place words
Noor UK something old something new my new is my stamp my old is my ribbon.
Stamping sensations feature a creature
Crafty ribbons anything goes
Bunny Zoe summer breeze

Thank you everyone, it has been an amazing 5 years. I love sharing my work and snippets of my life with you. My pages of Jane's Journal are now quite thick but there are plenty more chapters for me to write.

You are all such kind, sweet friends and I really treasure sharing this fun blogging world.

Back on Monday with my 4th GD post for Tracey and if you like the flower power days of the 60s and 70s I am sure my creation will raise a smile!

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 20 July 2015

Happiness is..... a slide and strawberries

Welcome to my 3rd Guest designer post for Tracy over at Noor UK.  Please pop over there too to see some gorgeous designs and products.

We spend some lovely moments with our darling granddaughter Daisy and I love to record these as mixed media "Moments" in my physical Jane's Journal.

On a recent visit we went to her nursery bar b q and on the way home we visited the swing park. Daisy's favourite activity is going down the slide and she can spend ages going up and down and up and down...squealing with delight as she does so.

I really love buying Daisy clothes and this dress is one of my favourites this summer. I love the rather retro feel and the stripes remind me of ice lollies!
After visiting the swing park Daisy helped me pick strawberries at her house and I shared this photo with you before but I thought  I would use it to make my Moment.
She is also a dab hand at helping, if you can call it that, with watering the garden.
So the first thing I wanted to reproduced was the stripes on her dress. I chose some Paperartsy fresco paints.

I wanted some summery texture so I pushed grunge paste through the Flower Power stencil Tracy sent me from the new release. I also added some tissue and some butterfly edge die cuts.
I added some Gesso to tone down the print above.
I then watered down my Fresco paints slightly and made my bold panels of colours, just like Daisy's dress.
Next I decided to wipe back the blue panels slightly and then stamp the Joy Old butterfly postcard stamp with
archival to give it a slightly worn look. (Sadly Tracy says this stamp is now discontinued). I also stamped a great Paperartsy sentiment and added some leaves
I then chose some pieces from the Flower Power Paper Art set.

And here is my finished piece which you can also see over on the Noor UK blog here. Please pop over at have a look, there are some lovely inspirational pieces over there.

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

Scrap across the world  July mood board

I was inspired by the gorgeous vibrant colours of the board and also the step make me think of the lines in Daisy's dress. I also wanted to use a butterfly and flowers. My Moment measures 10 x 8"

Die cut Divas summer and patriotism I think my Moment epitomises an English summer day...strawberries....mmm
Art Journal post and postage
Bunny Zoe summer breeze
Mixed Media World stencils
Simon Says stamp Monday I scream, the letter I is for ................ mine is for Inky Play and also Ice lolly as I think my background looks like one ;0)
Stamp and create patterns
Our Creative Corner mexico moods I love the bright vibrant colours of the inspiration photos and used these as well as the steps and the stripes on the wall by the chair
Little Claire's in bloom
That Craft Place words

Thanks for visiting today. I have the day from work off after our family wedding in Bristol so I can relax, have a sort out and find some time for some crafting.
We enjoyed the weekend so much, my neice looked stunning and her and her now dear husband organised the most amazing day for us to all enjoy.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

These products (other than the stamp) are available in Tracy's shop