Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A sprinkle of autumn magic

Unlike the dire weather we experienced yesterday the weekend was another filled with cooler weather but some lovely sunny moments. The mornings are becoming quite nippy though and the darkness comes earlier every night. It really is the time of the year where there are changes happening everywhere. I had a little clear up in the gardens and was surprised to find that most of my pots are still flowering really well.
There are some gorgeous colours all around me and my dahlia is still showing off in all its glory.
My geranium in the  hanging basket is boasting with soft rich pinky purple flowers.
 The leaves of my azalea look as though the edges have been painted with purple. Is there a garden fairy out there doing this?
And my acers are turning fiery red.
 I still have fuchsias in flower, lush cream and purple.
Other  leaves I see on my travels are turning shades of gold.
And there is still glorious colour in the country side
We enjoyed an lovely autumn walk in the woods with our darling son and Bear on Sunday. The leaves are just beginning to fall, adding to the thick carpet there. The woods are such a magical place to wander and for Bear there are so many smells to sniff. It was a perfect afternoon.

 Autumn is such a ripe, rich season before Mother Nature starts putting everything to bed ready for its winter sleep. It's nearly time to start finding the mittens and scarves and snuggling down indoors in the evenings.

I was inspired by magic of all these colours to make the 3rd of my 4 Halloween tags. First I made my inky background. I used a mixture of Distress inks which I blended and then added some flicks of water to. I then used my Tim Holtz Gothic stencil and inked through some Dusty Concord DI.

I also decided that a little magic was needed as my focal so I stamped one of my Lavinia Fairy's  as the focal. I made a frame for her which I coloured with browns and purple DIs and I added some crackle paint too.
I also die cut different  leaves which I also coloured with blended DIs .

 and this is my tag I made.

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

Lavinia autumn colours
Pan Pastel UK autumn
Flonzcraft colour challenge I chose purple, black, orange and green!
Emerald Faeries things with wings
Country View sparkle and shine
Die cut Divas spring or autumn
Stamping sensations warm autumn colours
Stamp and Create fall/autumn
Anything but a card spring or autumn
Simon Says Stamp "O"is for My O is for October and all the rich magical colours
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Crafting Musketeers autumn colours 

Enjoy this very magical time of the year and if you are in the South of England remember that brolly ;0) And one last thing...this is my 400th post...wow how did that happen. Thanks everyone for your kind visits, I really love to see you here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow 400 posts, congratulations Jane!!!!
    Just look at that gorgeous Bear, I would love to give him a hug . :)
    Well you know I'm a spring/summer girl but the one thing autumn does have in its favour are the colours and you have captured them so well in your clever little tag, I love the little fairy.
    It's another beautiful sunny day here, we are very lucky at the moment but no doubt our turn will come!
    Happy Tuesday my friend,
    V x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous tag, the fairy looks perfectly at home

  3. I saw your gorgeous tag over at Party Time Tuesdays and wanted to pop in and take a closer look! It's gorgeous! Love the technique you used! I have some stencils and haven't tried it yet - thank you for the inspiration! Also enjoyed seeing your flower photos!

  4. Hi, Jane! What beautiful photos you're sharing with us again! It's surprising how far behind us the season is for you 'down South'! We have already lost a lot of leaves from the trees and those that are left are rich gold and orange tones - not very much green to be seen! There's not much left in the garden and pickings were thin in the hedgerows on mine and MIL's walk this afternoon for foliage for the Harvest windows in church! We'll have to be a bit more imaginative this year!
    I love to see your pretty tags with all your wonderful inky techniques and this one is definitely reminiscent of our walk today. Looks like we're in for more of the wet stuff tomorrow and as for gloves and scarves - mine are already out! Hugs, Lisa x

  5. PS Congrats on your 400th post, I think I've been around for most of them! x

  6. Lovely photos - and a beautiful tag. Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping!
    VSC DT

  7. Hello Jane.. thanks for showing us your garden and your woods.. Bear looks like he is ready to run! Your tag sums up the hazy rusts and purples of the season, it's very pretty. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Your garden is still looking so colourful despite the change in the weather, Jane. Love all those pretty shades. Your latest tag is very magical and captures the season so well. I'm so glad you had a lovely woodland walk with your boy and Bear :)
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

  9. Great post Jane!
    I love your Dahlias, I've got to try to grow some!
    Beautiful pictures and Bear is such a gorgeous dog!
    I love your tag and the depth you were able to create and the hints of purple are perfect to evoke the magic of Autumn.
    Thank You~

  10. Love your tag, Jane...such beautiful colours and details.

    I so envy you (in a nice way of course) for having such obvious changes in the gardens and woods with the changing seasons. Here in Australia, there are not many areas that reflect the beauty of the different seasons.

    Jennifer. x

  11. Jane.... this tag definitely brings out the colors and visions of autumn. love love love the colors you chose to distress it with. And I love your fairy image. Beautiful job ! How could you not be inspired by all your gorgeous flowers blooming away. I so enjoyed all your pictures. Thank you for having fun with our theme at Anything But A Card

  12. A fab Autumnal tag, thank you for joining in Lavinia Stamps Challenge, good luck ,Zoe DT xxxx

  13. OH what a gorgeous gorgeous Halloween tag, Jane. You are amazing!! I love the photos, and Bear, goodness he is a handsome one..I remember when he was just a pup!! Thank you SO much for your sweet visit today - it made ME smile.
    I'm wishing you a lovely October..the weather has finally turned for the cooler over here today..yesterday it was in the 90's! Here's to Fall!!

  14. You would never know it's the middle of October looking at your gorgeous flowers. Your tag is very magical looking and I love the depth you have managed to achieve with your inking and die cuts.
    Julie x

  15. Such a pretty tag. Gorgeous colors. Thanks for playing with us at PTT!

  16. Wowww Jane, I really love your purple glitter and the fairy silhouette,,,,,love it, love it.

  17. Such beautiful colours, so magical. I love it and such inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us over at Anything but a Card this month. We hope to see you in future challenges.

  18. What gorgeous colors. This tag is as magical as the woods you walked.

  19. A very pretty tag and you've chosen such a gorgeous colour palette! Thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  20. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. Great tag , I love it , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month, Fran (DT) xxx

  22. Lovely Jane...A gorgeous scenery/countryside to inspire you too.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting Musketeers Challenge this month.
    Marg ;0 x
    DT member http://craftingmusketeers.blogspot.co.uk

  23. another great entry!! Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  24. Great Autumnal tag, thanks for entering the Lavinia Challenge and good luck, hugs Pauline DT xxxx

  25. Great tag. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~
    Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog
    {Denise's Patch of Creativity}
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}


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