Friday, 1 August 2014

Trees in their summer glory

On Tuesday my daughter, Daisy met at Winkworth Arboretum  near Godalming in Surrey. This is a National Trust property which I have visited in the past. Any time of the year the trees there are stunning. Our day was a hot sunny day and the trees and lake were glorious glinting in the July sunshine.

 We spent the day chatting and wandering in the shade of the trees. We also enjoyed a delicious ladies' lunch in the cafe and had an ice cream on the picnic blanket before we left. The colours of the foliage everywhere was stunning.

We saw ducks, fish and lots of bees and butterflies...and yes more dragonflies.

It was a glorious day and we also went hunting for the Plant of the Month, which we did find...I will come back to that another post.

The next day after work I was studying Day 5 of my Tim Holtz Chemistry 101 course, which I am really enjoying on line. The theme was Distressed Stains and one technique is stamping with picket fence. I also wanted to made something for the current A Vintage Journey theme which is to use Distress stains so I thought I would have a go at making "Mini Moment" using a tag using the wonderful trees I had seen at Winkworth for inspiration. There are also some lovely summer themed challenges that I wanted to take part in.

Well my slight problem is that I own the grand total of 3 Distress stains!  They are bundled sage, squeezed lemonade and Picket fence. Undeterred I thought these would actually be perfect for what I had in mind.
I thought I could use Tim's stamping with picket fence technique too.
I swished on the 2 colours to represent the tress and the sunshine...I wanted to sunshine to be glinting trough the trees. I then dried my tag and repeated the process to built up a couple more layers of stain.
 I then blended on some wild honey DI and a little spritz and flicking for some watermarks...just like the lake at Winkworth.
Next I put a word stamp onto a block and stamped using Picket fence
 I really loved this effect
I added an Imagination crafts tree stencil using the bundled sage distress stain again. I didn't want a perfect tree shape just the suggestion of the branches whispering in the sunshine. I really liked the way this came out.

I then wanted to add some simple butterflies, but as I wanted a crisp image I stamped them with Archival ink. I distressed the edges and added some Walnut stain.

So here is my Mini  Moment
which is also one of my homework pieces from Creative Chemistry 101, lesson 5. It just shows that you don't need all the colours of Distress Stains to still get a fun result. I really like the way the "sun" is glinting through the tree stencil and the butterflies look as if they have found some shade lower down.

and someone else who had fun in the sun was my precious Daisy Jane, can you see her new teeth ;0)
Do you think I love this little treasure just a little bit..........;0)

I would like to enter my mini moment into the following challenges;

A Vintage Journey Just stain it I used my stains for creating the background, stamping the text and also for the trees stencil.
Imagination crafts summer holiday or create a scene I used their tree stencil on my mini Moment
Our creative corner summertime
Artistic stamper anything goes
Addicted to stamps anything goes
Divas by Design anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesdays anything goes
Sweet Stampin take flight
Crafty boots summer holidays
Pan Pastel UK summer fun
Little Claire's summer time
Creative Romance fun in the sun
Bearly Mine anything goes

Here we are already in August, it's been a super summer so far and I have so enjoyed spending precious time with my girlies. We are trying to make the best of my daughter's last 6 weeks of maternity leave.

Thanks for visiting me and remember that my giveaway runs until 9 August..all the details are here
Enjoy the weekend,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Magical summer days

When my daughter and darling Daisy came to stay recently we had a few magical summer days out. One of the days we went to Looseley Gardens near Guildford in Surrey.

Looseley  house is a  beautiful place to visit, but obviously not with an 8 month old baby, so we bought tickets just for the gardens.
It also has a very pleasant cafe which is always important for our days out. The gardens are arranged in "rooms" including vegetables, roses, a white room, water features and lots of gorgeous flowers. I snapped some photos as we wandered around in the hot sunshine.

After lunch in the cafe we laid down our  mat in the shade and sat and rested for a while whilst Daisy played.
Daisy is really just about to crawl..any day now I should think.
It was then time for our precious girl to have a snooze in her buggy so we popped her in and took a pretty walk along the little pathway by the moat where there were countless water lilies and dragonflies

 and of course ice cream had to feature for her Mummy and I ;0)

It really was a magical day out.

My card today has to have a touch of magic about it so it features Lavinia fairy and floral stamps. I really love the lavender stalk, one of my recent buys.  I used lots of summer colours blending together some distress inks. The butterfly die is Joycraft.
Here she is in close up and I finished off my card with some frantage for fairy dust ;0) I thought the effect reminded me of  "A mid summer's night dream"

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

Lavinia stamps summer colours
A little bit crafty It's magic
Crafty boots summer holiday
Crafty Little Fairies summer fun
Little Claire's summertime
Dream Valley Challenges Favourite colour combination I love using this "summer" combo of blues/greens and pinks.
Sweet Stampin Take flight
Pan Pastel UK Summer fun

Thank you all for your kind comments you left on my last post to celebrate my 4th bloggerversary. Do remember that you can enter my giveaway until 9th August..all the details are here
I am meeting my girlies this morning at Winkworth Arboratum in Godalming...the sun is up and I can't wait. We are really making the most of my daughter's maternity leave. My camera is packed ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I am 4

Yes it is Jane's Journal turns 4....where on earth have those 4 years gone! I have made so many wonderful blogging friendships and to celebrate I am having a giveaway with 2  rather special prizes as a thank you to everyone who visits me here. I thought something  very summery would be appropriate.
I gave a little sneak peek on Monday so now it is time to reveal all.

Yes I have wired up one of my very precious artisan made lampwork glass shells to made a pretty summer pendant. It has a handmade sterling silver fitting and a genuine sparkling Sworovski bicone crystal on top. It will come on an 18" sterling silver chain.

The 2nd person out of the hat will receive this summer themed bag charm which also has 2 very special unique artisan lampwork glass beads and several fun summer themed charms.

Everyone is welcome to enter my giveaway, I never have any restrictions as I know there are many people who follow by email or just pop by and silently read.  I will post world wide. 

To enter; just  leave a comment on this post, that you would like to be a winner, you will receive 1 entry.  However I really love to give my faithful blogging friends who visit me and comment on every single post (yes you all know who you all are and I thank you so much for always stopping by here, some from day 1 and some more recently) a few extra entries. So if you are a follower (you a welcome to join me today as well) you will get a 2nd entry. Finally if you put the photo at the top of this post showing the details of my giveaway  into your blog sidebar, or you mention my giveaway in a post, I will give you a 3rd entry.
Just come back and leave a separate comment for each of the entries you are entitled to. You have 2 weeks to do this in.

My giveaway will close at 4pm (BST) on 9 August. 

I will put all the entries into a hat and my Hb will pull out 2 winners names soon after the closing time. Please make sure you come back after 9 August to see if you are a lucky winner. 

I have been adding some summer themed jewellery to my Etsy shop and if you cannot wait until my bloggerversary ends these pieces are for sale.

This lovely beach themed pendant is available Here
And this pair of etched glass shell earrings here
Also a similar summer themed bag charm is available here

We are off today to the family BBQ to celebrate my daughter and SIL's 2nd wedding anniversary. My Hb and I had a lovely day celebrating our 33rd yesterday with a trip to London. We enjoyed our lunch in Brown's and then pottered around the shops.

My card today is another wedding/anniversary themed card, a gold and white creation. I enjoy making these, they have such a cool elegant feel. This is very welcome after the heat wave we have been was 32c+ most afternoons this week.
The sentiment is computer generated. I have embossed the background. The heart and butterflies are Cheery Lynn.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

ABC P is for Pearls 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  embossing I have used dry embossing of the background
Party Time Tuesday anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Cheery Lynn gold and/or silver I have a gold edge on my ribbon and silver pearls
Love to create bright and sunny
Fussy and Fancy words
Crafty Catz anything goes
We do doobadoo Celebrations

Thank you all  for making this a very special day for me. Here's to the next year of blogging friendship. No one quite realises how special blogging is unless they are a part of it.....and I love being a part of it.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x