Tuesday, 7 October 2014

October sunshine

Last week I took Friday off work so that I could catch up with my darling daughter and Daisy. It was such a gorgeous day again that we decided to spend it at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.  This is such a great shopping spot and a pretty place to see the sea and enjoy lunch.
Everyone was sitting around in shirt sleeves watching the comings and going into Portsmouth Harbour.
We even spotted the same Isle of Wight ferry coming in that we took for our trip away in August
The spinnaker looked fabulous framed against the blue sky.
We enjoyed some retail therapy and lunch in Caffe Nero. Darling Daisy eats finger foods brilliantly.
At 2.30 Daisy had dozed off in her pushchair so my DD and I decided to enjoy afternoon tea before I had to set off for home. We were able to sit outside looking out to sea...bliss

Such pretty views

and as we walked back to the car park we spotted some beautiful pots of flowers. I love the rich reds and purples with the green.

At the weekend I decided to make another Halloween tag and first made up an inky background. I added a pop of green and purple just like the pots I had seen. I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress ink and blended them together. I also add a few flicks of water and then stamped one of his grunge stamps using Archival Ink. The edge was coloured with Vintage Photo DI
 I also wanted to used another of Ignacio's fun vintage images. These are available here. The sentiment is also from Nicecane
Here is my finished tag
The branch is Memory Box and the leaf die is by Cheery Lynn. I have inked them with DIs

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

Cheery Lynn Halloween
Pan Pastel UK autumn
Allsorts autumn
Craft Hoarders Happy fall my hoarded item is the purple ribbon which has been in my stash for year!
Simon Says stamp Monday Falling in love with fall I'm falling in love with the colours...the flowers I saw on Friday inspired my tag.
Bearly Mine Halloween
Our Creative Corner Go rustic
Frilly and Funkie Halloween
Charisma Cardz anything but a card
Stamping Sensations warm autumn colours

Yesterday was much more like the usual October weather...wet and windy. I came home from work and got out my winter jacket....yes autumn really is here and the forecast for this week is much cooler. Today though the sun is shining brightly...perfect. Enjoy yours.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a lovely day out, such beautiful skies, it's hard to believe Daisy will soon be one!!
    Great little tag, I love how the leaves creep over the edge.
    I agree Jane no gradual slide in autumn it arrived with a vengeance my poor cosmos were destroyed in the wind! Last week I didn't need a coat, this week I do and fires have been lit....brrr! How many weeks to spring?? ;)
    Happy Tuesday my friend,
    V x

  2. It's wonderful to have a day off AND some sunshine, too. I'm glad you could have a day out with your girls.
    Happy creating and happy October, Jane!! It's sunny today. Not ready for dark Autumn days just yet.
    Anne and all xx

  3. Looks like you had another wonderful day out with your 2 favourite girlies, making the most of the Autumn sunshine! I have spent a lovely day today with my Mum and little sister, something that doesn't happen often enough!
    Love your fun, spooky tag using that brilliant Nicecrane image! Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Hiya Jane and thanks for sharing your beautiful photos

    Your tag is stunning - the colours and the design brilliant

  5. Love all your photos both of what's around you and what you created. Fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  6. Beautiful tag..love the colors! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Gorgeous tag Jane and it looks like you had a super day out. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for our Autumn challenge x

  8. Hi Jane.. you sure know how to have fun.. I love how you visit the seaside, Daisy will grow up as part of these places, very lucky little one. Your tag is gorgeous, as always. I got the pendant from you and will wear it for a week at the beach in our caravan for Dayle's birthday at the end of the month. Thanks!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Hi Jane, Fabulous spooky tag with great inky background and I do love the Cheery Lynn leaves cut out in different colours than green, gives a funky touch. Thanks for joining in the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge and good luck.
    Also enjoyed your days out photographs.
    Julie x

  10. Love your Halloween tag with that super vintage image and all the lovely stamping for the background. I loved Portsmouth when I visited there three years ago and can't wait to go back to see the Mary Rose now that the new museum is open (they were building it when we were there). Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Beautiful Halloween tag. Congratulations !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz today !

    Hugs from France.

  12. Hi Jane, and thank you for taking us with your for a lovely walk! I'm so happy for you to had fantastic weather to enjoy your day outside! Daisy si so sweet little lady! We had last night thunder and in the evening I took all the pillows etc. from outside. Now it looks like the rain passed. Have a wonderful day! x Teje
    PS. WHO knows if one day I'm sitting there with my sister, watching the boats when you pass with your girls!

  13. http://panpasteluk.blogspot.nl/ Thank you for sharing your project with the DT from Premiuim Craft Brands PanPastel UK, love it xxx Hugs Terry xxxx

  14. Beautiful tag. So many pretty techniques! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. Fantastic photos,very nice place,and beautiful tags!!!

  16. What a fun Halloween tag, love that background. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  17. What a beautiful day you three girls had!! The sky, sea and surroundings were so stunning. The weather looked perfect. And you even fit in teatime, Daisy was very sweet to nap : ). What a good girl she is!
    Love the Halloween tag, great old fashion witch and kitty! xoRobin

  18. Such a beautiful tag! The colors and all the embellishments are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  19. OMG love your Halloween Tag and all over it sound about a stunning day Jane,,,waht a beautiful picts from Portsmouth Harbour Jane........ Thanks for sharing it.

  20. Such a beautiful tag!!! Love the background so much!!!
    And the photos are amazing))))
    Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  21. We seem to have so many 'places visited' in common Jane! Unfortunately with four men in tow (family that is!) I never got to shop :( It looks like you had a fabulous time in Portsmouth. Love the tag - very gothic and the perfect home for the Nicecrane image. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  22. I love the way your travels influence your crafting! This tag is spook-tacular! I love that fabby background! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  23. Fabulous photos and just love your tag. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  24. Beaautiful tag and great photos! I go to Portsmouth once a year for shopping, sightseeing and visiting my niece! Thanks for sharing with us at Bearly Mine Challenges!

  25. Beautiful tag and lovely colours. Thank you for entering the PanPastel Challenge.
    Yvonne - PanPastel DT

  26. Love your tag! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  27. What a fab tag, love your design and the colours you have used.. Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine and hoping you would like to join us again next time. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x DT

  28. Very fun! Thanks for sharing the harbor photos. I live 8 miles from the harbor here in Oceanside, CA. We go there a lot for food and a stroll. It is not as nice as yours, as our harbor is very "cheap touristy" but we get some fish and chips at least! ;) Thanks for playing along with us this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  29. Hi Jane . . . thanks for taking me to Portsmouth! Never have visited that tower yet! On my to-do list!

    Great tag. Stood out to me on the thumbnails at Stamping Sensations xxx


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