Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer and strawberries

Nothing epitomises summer more than soft fruits: Amongst my favourites are strawberries and raspberries.My daughter loves fresh strawberries and grows her own. This month I am guest designing for Tracy who owns Noor Designs  UK. Please pop over and leave me some love there. Also take a peep at her website and there is also a great something old/something new challenge going on for the month of July. You could win a £20 Noor voucher. She has some gorgeous stock and lots of mixed media products too...right up my street!  I will be showcasing some of the great products she sells over the next 5 weeks here and on her blog on a Monday.

My first project for Tracey involved strawberries. I knew just where I could get some perfect strawberry photos as my daughter grows some beauties.

We had a lovely sunny day in Southampton on Saturday and when my daughter needed some strawberries to put in our Pimm's and pudding Daisy came out to the garden to help Nanna pick some.

They grown perfectly in a raised container on straw (of course!) and we removed the netting that keeps the birds from helping themselves to this ripe juicy treasures.

I think Daisy ate more than she picked but there were plenty to go round.

My GD post today showcases the brilliant Dutch Doobadoo card art strawberry. I found myself some strawberry paper amongst my digi stash and some green card for the leaf. This sweet gift box is very simple to make. Just trace around the shape, make the score lines and cut out and make the holes.

There is just one piece to stick. I threaded through some twine and job done.

I added a little die cut tag which I embellished with my ancient strawberry stamp and some words.

I would like to enter my strawberry gift box into the following fun challenges.

Penny Black and more  add a sentiment

Natalie and Amy summertime

Addicted to stamps anything goes

Die cut divas summer and patriotism I don't think there is anything more English than summer and strawberries.

The Artistic stamper tags

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you are enjoying some of the delicious soft fruits which are around at the moment. They taste so much better when they are either home grown or grown locally.
We enjoyed ours in Pimm's and for pudding.....mmmm
Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

(If you would like your own strawberry just click below and yes Tracy mails internationally too).

Friday, 3 July 2015

A day at Wimbledon on Court No 1

We had the best of days at Wimbledon on Tuesday. We took an open top bus to the tournament from Wimbledon station, such an apt way to travel in the sunshine.

This is a very photo heavy post so if you have come to see my Moment, just scroll to the bottom. Otherwise grab a cuppa and join me on my day out.

The weather was really perfect, scorching hot but our seats on No 1 court were under the canopy in the shade. Oh what bliss. We arrived at 10.20am and our first stop is always for a cappuccino...complete with Wimbledon logo in sprinkled chocolate.
We waited for the line drop at 10.30am and had a wonder around the outside courts first which were being set up.
I always love the floral displays, all in the All England Lawn Tennis club colours.

We checked the order of play 

and went to our seats after lunch 
which of  course  included a glass of Pimm's 

Our seats were perfect, up under the canopy in the shade.

We saw my favourite,  Rafael Nadal play

 They certainly needed the shade between games, the temperature reached nearly 40c on court
 We were delighted to see him win, although he is now out of the championships :0(
We also saw a ladies singles match before we left around 7pm.

We donated our seats later on as they are resold for charity and it gave a chance for someone to see a late evening men's match.

Each time we have visited Wimbledon my Hb has bought me a dated Links of London charm so when I saw this advert outside the Court No 1 shop I knew where I wanted to head.

He bought me this lovely new 2015 Wimbledon limited edition charm

and I am really enjoying wearing it. On the back it has 2 engraved tennis racquets . Thank you M you spoil me.
We enjoyed ice cream too and had such a wonderful time there.

On the way back our bus was none other than an old route master....I can remember these buses as a child.

 And even in the early evening the sky was blue and the sun shone.
Today after work I decided to make a "Moment" of our memorable day by using the inspiration of several great new July challenges.  I cut a piece of mixed media card 9"X 8".  I found myself "Wimbledon" colours amongst my distress inks and blended a background.
I added these daisy flowers through a stencil

I also added the sun rays using my Tim Holtz stencil and used my great Rubber Dance sun stamp. I also added some Little Claire's flower stamps using plum Archival ink 

I then wanted to in some way incorporate tennis. I got the idea of trying to create tennis balls. I used bottle caps with white and yellow acyllic paints.

I also added some dots and "balls" using texture paste and more stencils  

I stamped and coloured my new T. Holtz flowers...I finally succumbed, these have been on my wish list for months.

And after a few hours play this is my finished Moment
 I was pleased with how my tennis balls came out,  they still look quite organic with the flowers.
 My butterfly and Moment stamp are both by Visible Image
 and one final shot
I would like to enter my Moment into the following great challenges

Scrap Across the World July They have an awesome mood board.

I was inspired by the butterfly and flowers. I also thought that we have walked many steps that day and the players even more. I also loved the sunset and created a sun and rays in my own Moment .
My Moment measures 9" X 8"
I also loved the rich vivid colours.

Our creative corner mexico moods such a great photo which I have incorporated into my Moment with my circles and bright vivid colours.

PaperArtsy stencils

 Country View  on your travels

That Craft Place layers

Noor Something old something new my old are my my butterfly stamps. my new are my T Holtz flower stamps

Natalie and Amy summertime

Crafting Muskateers anything goes

Simon says stamp Wednesdays going dotty

Frilly and Funkie something to say

Thanks for getting to the end of my post. I did promise on Monday that I would share some of my Wimbledon photos with you. It is always such a great English day out.

  The weather this week has been steaming and I must admit on Wednesday it really was too hot.....39c in my garden is not fun! It has been much more pleasant today with a cooling breeze. We hope it lasts until tomorrow as we are off to Daisy's nursery BBQ.

 I am very excited that Tracy over at Noor UK has invited me to Guest Design for her for the month of July and I will be here on Monday with my first give a sneaky goes with Wimbledon very well ;0) I'm off now to watch some more tennis on TV.

Have a lovely weekend,

Bye for now,

Jane x