Saturday, 7 March 2015

A mild start to March

Yesterday was glorious and I had some time after work to have some inky play. There was a lot of signs of spring to influence and inspire me.
 I snapped these shots on my way home

Easter is also fast approaching so I decided to start some Easter themed projects and also enter some of my favourite challenges including A Vintage Journey where the theme is anything goes Tim Holtz. To me Tim is the King of tags so I decided to make a tag. I also wanted to make a GD piece for Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs using his great butterfly digi sheet which is available here

I got out my Distress inks and chose some of the sunny colours which had inspired me and blended them together with his ink blending tool
I also spritzed on some water and also allowed the inks to flow a little
I had previously made some very cool butterflies using crackle paste and my new texture fade butterfly which I won for my 12 tags of Christmas over at Frilly and Funkie. Here they are when wet

and here is one dry...I love crackle paste so much.

You will also see some feathers I made, but more of those another time....
I added some depth with some leaf stamping with distress ink and then used my favourite Bronte verse script stamp by Visible Image.
Once I had this background I then put on my creative hat to put together my tag.
Here it is.

I got out my round nose pliers and made some antenna out of wire.
I fussy cut out 2 of my Nicecrane butterflies and added them too.
I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;

A Vintage Journey anything Tim
Simon Says stamp Wednesday special lady/girlie
Country View Crafts anything goes
Papertake weekly anything goes
The Artistic Stamper spring is coming
Stamp and create is it spring yet?
Flonzecraft Olde Worlde my tag has olde worlde writing as the script stamp and the butterflies look out of a Darwin catalogue.
The mirror crack'd wings
Crafty boots anything but a card
Creative Inspiration something old my old is my lattice die which I have had for over 3 year now and I still love it!
Allsorts spring is in the air

We are in Southampton today and the weather looks so lovely. The sun is shining and the birds are singing their hearts out. Tomorrow I may even be able to get out to the garden for a tidy up.

Spring certainly is in the air. Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks as always for visiting me here,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous Jane! Those butterflies all look so wonderful, can't wait to see what else you make with them and the feathers! hugs :)

  2. That is magnificent! Good luck on winning your competition! The birds are singing here, too and I saw that my quince bush is in bloom.. I'm off to wonder through the shrubbery to get a photo. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. stunning photos Jane and a fabulous tag - I love this xx

  4. Wow those butterflies are ultra cool, just love them and they are sitting on a fabulous background. I went to Wisley Gardens on Tuesday to see their butterflies before they have all gone. They were amazing. Thanks for hopping aboard A Vintage Journey and sharing them with us. Hope you are having a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  5. Fabulous gift tag, I love your gorgeous butterflies. Thank you for sharing you work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  6. hello jane! first, luv those photos...I must say I am soooo jealous, we till have snow on the ground..thanks for sharing, I am waiting the first site of spring here! your tag is awesome, luv the gorgeous butterflies! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  7. Completely Wonderful tag, Jane!! But I do have to admit that I love your collection of crackly butterflies & feathers, too :) How fun!! I love crackle, too :) This tag is just full of Tim Holtz goodness and just a Fabulous creation for our Anything Tim challenge! Thank you sooo much for joining us for this most special occasion at A Vintage Journey! Good Luck!! XOXO-Shari

  8. Fabulous tag. Great background and I love what you have done with those butterflies. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  9. Lovely tag Jane, butterflies are such a lovely subject matter and yours are always gorgeous. You do have fun with your inks.:)
    Hope you had fun in Southampton, spring is definitely in the air.
    Happy Sunday my friend,
    V x

  10. Very pretty, Jane! I love butterflies and you have done a great job with them on your tag. Can you tell me, please...if that crackle paste, crackle accents (like glossy accents) or Rock Candy Crackle paint you used? It looks shiny even when dry, so was thinking it couldn't be the paste. I love the way you have colored them all, too--looks so real. I must get that die! Oh, also love all your photography you always include! Hugs!

  11. Beautiful tags! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,

  12. It's so interesting to see all the steps in creating your tags! Can't wait to see butterflies for real!

    Jane T

  13. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely tag, butterflies are something so you! And so pretty! I wish you had the most wonderful weekend, and now you are happily starting a new, sunny March-week!


  14. Soooo stunning Tag Jane, love the way you used my butterflies,,,,,,,,,,,,so unique so unnusual way,,, loveit, love it, You are Rock,,,,,,,

  15. Hello dear Jane,
    YOur tag is spectacular.
    I admire the colours and depth you were able to create with the various layers of stamping and stenciling.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures! I'll be so happy when Spring is finally here!
    Have a beautiful Monday!

  16. What a brilliant background Jane and your butterflies look amazing with their crackles. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie xx

  17. Hello Jane,
    Wonderful Tag and your Butterflies are amazing.
    Thank you for joining us this month at CVC.

  18. Hi Jane, love the tag. Thanks for joining in the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd.
    Happy crafting, Angela R x

  19. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts Tracy x

  20. Beautiful background and fantastic butterflies, thank you very much for sharing with us at TMC!

  21. I just love your crackled and colorful butterflies on this beautiful tag Jane! Thanks for joining us in the AVJ Anything Tim challenge!

  22. Gorgeous tag, I love the butterflies!

  23. A beautiful tag, love the butterflies thank you for entering it in the Artistic Stamper challenge. Cheers Dee x

  24. Gorgeous crackled butterflies, and the whole tag works beautifully. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey and for playing along at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison xx

  25. Ohhhh Jane, just how gorgeous is this! Love those butterflies, the whole thing looks amazing.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    The Mirror Crack'd

  26. This truly is outstandingly beautiful Jane! Your crackle butterflies are utterly gorgeous and work perfectly with that amazing background. Thank you so much for joining in our birthday celebrations at AVJ! Jenny x

  27. Absolutely wonderful tag Jane! The background looks stunning already but with the addition of both kinds of butterflies, it really gets the wow factor. Love this and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!


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