Thursday, 21 May 2015

There are always flowers

I really adore flowers, they give me endless inspiration. Even in my tiny back garden I am able to grow lots and I am currently working on getting some summer bedding plants into my pots. I love that my darling granddaughter Daisy Jane is even named after a flower.

On a recent visit to Daisy and Co we went out for a walk and we always try to find a swing park at some point as Daisy adores swings and slides. I shared a joyful photo of her in a recent post coming down the slide and here are some more


whhhhheeeeeeeee.....down she goes.........
 How much joy can a simple slide bring to a small person

 As we left the park I noticed the daisies growing in the grass
 Daisy also has sweet new white daisy shoes (very similar to her first blue ones). Her Mummy and Daddy noticed that she has the exact colours in the cardi below which I knitted her.

Here is Daisy amongst the daisies

I had some more journal play in my studio yesterday after work and I decided to make some pages with daisies including her sweet Daisy shoes. I found this great quote to work with
 I wanted to play with my PA acrylics as they were the perfect colours in Daisy's cardigan
 I decided to create a brayered background adding one colour at a time

 I love the textures here
 For the daisies I used my cheery lynn die cuts and added some DIs for colour to the centres

 I won these fun Little Claire Designs stamps a while ago and decided to use them as a daisy rather than a sunflower

I pressed them into my paint and added some random stamping in pink
 and blue
I then had a think about my design and came up with this to start with...I wanted to add something more but I did not want to detract away from the background too much. I also wanted to try to link the daisies in some way. I had a light bulb moment as I remembered the stitching on her shoes...they are like doodles making a daisy chain.
So yes I had the idea to try my hand at doodling....if you have not seen this talented lady in blog land check her out here...Joanne Fink. She adds so many creative doodles to her work. I have been admiring her work for a while and I decided it was time to jump in feet first.

Now it was a brave idea of mine as I knew that if it went badly I could end up spoiling my lovely background. I also don't have the correct pens, I just used a thin black needle pen and a white cheap gel pen. But goodness me it was such fun......I spent ages doodling around my pages in black and white ink.
and this is my finished work.

I had SUCH fun doodling....I think this could become a new obsession. I have lots to learn but for a first attempt I was pleased. You can see I even had a go at hand doodling a flower on the left hand page
and a couple more close ups.



The other advantage with doodling is that I can add to my designs in the evening when we sit down.....all I need is a pen or two. I am checking out some pens. I think that Sakura look the best but if anyone else has used doodling on their artwork I would love to hear your thoughts. The only trouble now is that my head is buzzing with ideas....creativity is so infectious isn't it...and to think this started with a photo of Daisy amongst the daisies in her new shoes.


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

Little Claire's outdoors
Paperartsy Topic 9 words I love using words in my art and as Darcy says in her introductory video there are so many ways adding them. She also showed some doodling and journal embellishments too.
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture.
Country View crafts simply scenic
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Love to create anything goes/mixed media
Our Creative Corner April showers bring May flowers
The Artistic stamper journalling your heart out
Frilly and Funkie happy, happy, happy I think my journal pages show how I am happy whenever I spend time with my darling granddaughter
Simon Says stamp Monday X,y,z this prompt made me think of school days and writing practice, we used have classes at primary school where we used to practice the shapes of letters and also make doodles...hence my pages today.

Enjoy your Thursday, the sun is up here and remember there are always flowers for everyone who wants to see them......just look around.... or in my case...they are at Daisy's feet.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

To the woods...to the bluebell woods, a canvas

A couple of posts ago I shared our recent walk to the woods where the bluebells were in full bloom. If you would like to see that post it's here.
Here are a couple more photos of that wonderful visit.

The woods were so beautifull and I took one particular photo of my son and his dog which I love and this is the one I shared with you.
I gave my son a copy of this photo and I noticed that he had stood it on a shelf and obviously liked it.
 I decided that I wanted to make gift of the photo to my son and rather than just buy a frame for it that I would make him a mixed media canvas. I made my first canvas last month after attending a workshop and felt confident to try one from scratch myself. You can see this here

I bought a 9X7 " canvas and a plain wood frame to mount it in. I removed the glass.

I decided that I wanted to use 3 simple words on the canvas......"To the woods". This is a family joke as my son often teases Bear and asks him if he wants to go "To the woods". Bear will put his head to one side as if to say yes please. The woods are his favourite place for a walk. He runs after his ball, chases rabbits and is so free there to run. It's such a lovely sight to see.
I wanted the words made in wood and found a great seller on Ebay to cut these words for me.
I wanted to keep some white space on the canvas, my son likes clean modern lines in his home.

I added some Tim Holtz tissue wrap and tape for texture and background wording.
I added some Ranger texture paste through 2 of his stencils. Then I started to add some colours with sprays

 I took very few WIP photos as this canvas took up a lot of my studio desk space plus I wanted to take care not to drop anything on my work. I added ink sprays, texture paste and stencilling and spent time getting a balance. I was careful not to add too much as I wanted some white space visible and I really needed a masculine look for my son.

 Here is my finished work


Plus some close ups
 Lots of inky texture


 and you remember in my journal that I didn't use the crackle paste branch, just the tree? Well here is the branch with lots of texture.



I would like to enter my mixed media canvas into the following challenges;

Paperartsy Topic 9 words I love using words in my art and as Darcy says in her introductory video there are so many ways adding them.I think having them cut in wood really adds to my canvas and theme.
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture.
Country View crafts simply scenic
A vintage journey spring colours
Frilly and Funkie snap, crackle, crackle
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Love to create anything goes/mixed media
The Mixed Media Challenge May Flowers
Noor!UK May flowers
Our Creative Corner April showers bring May flowers

I gave this to my son yesterday and he seemed to genuinely love it......it went straight up on his bedroom wall so I guess that says it all.
It's been a gorgeous sunny weekend here and I managed to get lots of hours out in the garden;cleaning out pots, mowing the lawn, re painting the outside of my studio and enjoying lunch and tea on the patio. Obviously that means no crafting but hey sometimes you just have to enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts.

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to say hello.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



Thursday, 14 May 2015

Cast a clout.....the May is out!

The spring bulbs are all but finished now but there is still plenty of spring blossom to see. At the weekend I noticed that the may blossom from the Hawthorne is out, so it's time to embrace the last of the cold weather (hopefully). This is according to the old English proverb "Ne'er cast a clout til May be out" and probably refers to the blossom of the Hawthorn (which was also known as the May tree) rather than the month of May. In other words have the jumpers at the ready until you see May blooming on the Hawthorn tree.

I spied May on our country walk on Sunday with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy. The hedgerows are full of it.
Considering how lethal the thorns are on hawthorn it is such a pretty flower


We saw other gorgeous blossoms too

My darling granddaughter Daisy had such fun on a slide......so much joy in this photo
I must start to clear out my spring bulb pots in my garden as they are all finished now. It's time for some summer bedding.....how exciting. I might get the chance at the weekend to get up to the nurseries to choose some.

My card today is inspired by the ancient English proverb and by the countryside. I can never seen a wood or hedgerow without thinking about fairies too.  There are so many glorious colours around at the moment and unusually for me I used the pink cheery blossom as the backing colour for my vintage garden inspired card. I don't grow tea roses in my garden as I don't have the space but I just love them. I still have a passion for fairies (I will never grow up) and Lavinia's stamps are always my go to as they are classic and non cute and work really well with mixed media techniques. They remind me of Margaret Tarrant and Cicily Mary Barker's (flower fairies) wonderful vintage illustrators work.
The background is created with different colours of  Bister misted with water. If  this is a new product to you have a look here to see what fun it is. The stamp is Lavinia which I have embossed in black. I have inked up some bought mulberry roses and added some Cheery Lynn leaves die cuts. I embossed the pink card for extra texture. I distressed everything with Vintage photo DI.



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

Lavinia use pink or blue or both
Cheery Lynn Roses I have used my leaf die cuts
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture. She is such a talented and kind blogger and has a great DT over there.
Simon says stamp Wednesday colour swatch
Stamp and Create May flowers
Our Creative Corner April showers bring May flowers
Country view simply scenic
Fussy and fancy lots of flowers
Sweet stampin spring flowers
Allsorts die cuts- more than 2 I have used 5 leaf die cuts
Crafty boots lace or ribbon
Papertake Weekly in the garden
Craft stamper take it make it take a stamp
Stamping sensations flower power

Although we have had some (very welcome for my garden) rain here this morning it certainly is much warmer so I shall embrace the ancient saying and cast a clout 'cos may is out! Time to dig out the summer sandals and get my toenail painted up ready for the great summer ahead.

Thanks as always for taking the time to visit me. I really appreciated all you wonderful comments on my Bluebell wood post.....I am currently working on something else inspired by that walk and hope to post it here soon....work in progress indeed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x