Thursday, 18 September 2014

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Hello everyone, I'm back from my sunshine getaway. We had a wonderful week on our beloved Rhodes and I took lots of photos, but they all need sorting through. I will try to get a post up as soon as I can sharing some of our sunshine memories.

 I thought that today I would backtrack to our wonderful mini break on the gorgeous Isle of Wight we shared with our DD, SIL and Daisy over the August bank holiday. This is the seaside post I had promised to share. Years ago we always stayed at Shanklin Chine and we decided to revisit our old haunt of Shanklin beach which we last visited 18 years ago.

Shanklin is still such a picturesque spot and the village is just as pretty with thatched shops, lovely cafes and quaint old pubs.
The beach is just as unspoilt and even on a bank holiday weekend was not busy.

We enjoyed  lunch in the village and walked down to the beach via the Chine, a real trip down memory lane.

I bought Daisy her first bucket and spade and we put down a blanket on the sand for her to play on

I love this tea reads Lollies on their Jollies...such a fun sentiment.
She did also put a mouthful of sand in her mouth at one point which was not too tasty. We made her one little sandcastle and stuck a flag on top which she soon thought was also a good idea to taste!
As she is only 10 months old she is too young for ice cream but we all enjoyed one.
I had forgotten how gorgeous Mr Whippy tastes and yes I had a 99 (with a flake in). I was delighted to see Mr Whippy celebrating 50 years of trading, such a nostalgic brand for me.

Then it was time to wend out way back to our hotel for the evening. We really did have such a special family break together. I do have one more post I will share in the coming weeks, our visit to Osborne House.

I made a Moment for my journal inspired by our seaside trip. I wanted to add the blues and greens of the sea and the sea weed on the beach. I don't have much seaside crafty stash so I decided to use my favourite seaside image, the seahorse.

I stamped my seahorse (from Red Lead) and added some distress inks for colour and then fussy cut it out. I also used a Cheery Lynn seashorse diecut which I inked with the same DIs. The seaweed in the background is a Red Lead stencil. I blended  my Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mown Grass distress inks and added some Vintage Photo.  The rising bubble stamp is from Designs by Ryn which I inked using blue Archival Ink and added some white gel pen for accents.

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

Designs by Ryn Monthly customer draw, September
Simon Says Stamp Monday Technique challenge I have used Distress Ink blending with some spritz and flick to add some depth for my background  and also added stenciled seaweed.
A little bit crafty distress it
Our Creative Corner photo inspiration I was inspired by the lush green colours in leaves, the little shell reminded me of the beach and the bark photo gave some great textural inspiration as I have tried to do with the stencils I used.
Divas by Design anything but a card I have made a Moment for my Journal
Addicted to stamps and more holiday
Inky Chicks anything goes
Crafty boots anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes

I shall put this in my journal to remind me of sunny days at the beach and wonderful memories of my darling Daisy with her bucket and spade by the sea as we heard the waves gently lapping nearby.

I have my final GD post coming up on Monday for the Craft Hoarders challenge. Please do drop by if you have the time to see what I made for it.

 Thanks so much for your wonderful comments about my most recent pieces, especially my Tim's September creation.....I am so thrilled to see how much you liked it and it was also selected by the Simon Says Stamp Monday team for a Designer spotlight award, I was so delighted. Have a look here

 I'm not sure that I will get a chance to get any photos sorted before Monday as I am back at work tomorrow and we have a really busy weekend ahead. I will probably share my first holiday post some time during the end of next week. I hope you have all kept well and are enjoying the last of the summer sun wherever you are. I will try to catch up with your blogs soon and even if I don't get the chance to comment I do read your lovely posts. I'm off to continue with the mounds of holiday!

Just one sneak peek of my photos from Rhodes as they are downloading as I type...I miss the glorious sunsets already.....

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane, this place looks so idyllic, It's hard to believe it's not a film set. I MUST visit here sometime. Love your inspirational project you have captured the sea so beautifully.
    Julie x

  2. Rhodes and the IOW are two of my favourite places and you have bought back some very happy memories.

    Your card is fabulous, the background really works well with the subject. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Boots Anniversary Challenge.


  3. What a beautiful quant little village, I love the little cottages.
    Haha that's the thing with babies, the only way to experience anything is to put it your mouth! :)
    I have to agree with you, when it comes to ice cream it has to be a 99 every time!
    Love all the blues and greens in your moment.
    Looking forward to seeing Osbourne House and of course Rhodes.
    Happy Thursday my friend,
    V x

  4. Ooo that last photo is such a tease Jane! Lovely pictures of the IOW can't believe I walked that same beach so many years ago in October, it was beautiful then if a bit chilly!

  5. Hey Jane, good to hear from you :) I'm glad that you enjoyed your little get away. From your pics, it looks like a beautiful area! Love your sea inspired card too :) Lots of details and a nice deep rich green that reminds me of seaweed :) Thanks for uploading to my challenge and folk king from your blog. Appreciated!

  6. What a wonderful journal page and I can see how your wondeful holiday has inspired it!

    Beautiful textures and I can almost smell the sea breeze when looking at your photographs and the journal page!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

  7. Welcome back from your jollies, Jane - I'm sure you had a wonderful time! We've been very lucky to be having this continued mild September and it's nice to be able to get out and enjoy the countryside with these warm evenings...we could almost be abroad, or that's what I keep telling myself!
    Looks like you had a fabulous time on the Isle of Wight too and that little village is so picturesque! Daisy is sure blossoming and it won't be long now until she reaches her first brithday - where did that year go?!
    Love your watery creation with the pretty seahorse and fab bubble stamp, the white highlights make them look so effective! Hugs, Lisa x

  8. Lovely card, great colors and beautiful stamps! Thanks for playing along at Our Creative corner!
    Groetjes Karin

  9. Oh. My. Goodness! That charming village is the one of my dreams! Daisy looks adorable and I'm so happy she gets to grow up in these fairytale places.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Jane, so lovely, I can't even imagine seeing such a quaint thatched roof village, So magical and inviting.
    Love your little Daisy, she looks like such a content and happy baby!
    Can't wait to see more photos, xoRobin

  11. Lovely to see you are back, Jane, and so glad you had a lovely time in Rhodes. Your pictures of your trip to the Isle of Wight are gorgeous...what a lovely seaside place to visit, and little Daisy certainly seemed to be having a good time! You 'moment' is a perfect way to capture it all.
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  12. Thanks for a wonderful wonderful post Jane!
    YOu know how much I love visiting your beautiful country thanks to you ;)
    I love your seahorse creation and CONGRATS on your win over at Simon's, so well deserved too!

  13. Hello Jane,
    I'm "shore" lovin' all things "beach" as reported here at your place, today- Wonderful job capturing the moment(s) with your seahorse art! I'm sure sweet little Daisy will soon discover that she'd prefer ice cream, rather than sand, any day! Congrats on your selection for the Designer Spotlight Award! :o)

  14. Hi Jane! What is Mr. whippy? Something very tasty?! I would love to have holidays in that place! Those houses are amazing and the beach and the village look fantastic! We have still summer here and on my way back home from the super market, saw beautiful sunset at the end of our road. I hope you have sunshine also in England! x Teje

  15. gorgeous photo's and cannot wait to see your newer photo's, your card is beautiful love the background and the pretty seahorses
    have a great weekend
    hugs Kate xx

  16. What a fun pictures! And just love your art journal page! So very fitting for that lovely day on the beach! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  17. Jane thanks for sharing your lovely pictures! Your journal page is just the perfect companion for those pix! Love the colors and the wonderful seahorse! So happy you could join us at ATS&M!

  18. Fab pictures and memories, thanks for sharing! I love your project - the bubbles are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and joining us at Divas by Design this week, hugs, Mirella

  19. Wow, love the details on your page, especially those bubbles - they look shiny and real! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

  20. Beautiful! I love all the cottages nestled in the green. It looks like a good time for all. Treasure these moments, and I'll bet your daughter and Daisy will treasure them forever too :)

  21. Your card so beautifully captured the seaside feel of your holiday. The Isle of Wight is such a beautiful place ....
    Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week. Monika

  22. I'm glad you had a lovely time in Rhodes, I look forward to the photos. Lovely 'memory', you make me remember how nice the I of W is, might have to put that on the list for a pace to take the boys! Daisy really is such a cutie. Bethxx

  23. fab picture and just so perfect for the front thanks for sharing with us at Divas by design hope to see you again real soon.

  24. Hello dear Jane,

    So lovely to hear you had wonderful time in Rhodes, and also to see these sunny and summery images, what an idyllic place Isle of Wight is! Daisy looks so so happy there (and of course she had to taste sand, tasking is a big hit here too!), wonderful that you had such a lovely weather!

    Have a lovely day, dear friend, and we will talk soon again!


  25. Hello Jane, I'm sorry to be late in commenting. But I have a good excuse---moving house.
    Glad you all could have a seaside break.
    Have a "Cornetto" for me.

    A big kiss for the seaside Miss Daisy and Billy.

    Happy late September!!
    Anne and all


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