Saturday, 27 June 2015

Happy mail and a holiday Moment

I had a great day on Thursday catching up with lots of projects both in the garden and for my crafting. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny and I spent all day out there with Billy.

The door bell rang at 9am and my Postie handed me the most amazing envelope hand decorated from Norway... ..
How cool is this! I really chuckled as I read "Only dull people send dull envelopes"

even the back was hand stamped.

I recently won a prize in Rubber Dance's birthday giveaway . This is my wonderful prize which Bibi sent me, including a couple of extras.
The main plate is the amazing retro beach sheet...I will have such fun using this.
Bibi also sent me these fab extras...a sun, some shells and some circles.
I am still working on my Sicily holiday journal so they were just perfect and they arrived at the perfect time. I decided to use them on a page of my journal which I was about to start work on.

This time I was making a page for the lovely park which my Hb and I used to visit each day to sit and eat or lunch and relax. This was such a haven from the heat and the view was stunning.
 Each bench was cut in the bougainvillea hedge. Such a pretty setting.

On one of the days I sat and made a little sketch of the bougainvillea in pencil and when we got back to our hotel balcony I sat and coloured it with Inktense pencils. I then stored it safely until I got home. I am not an artist, my freehand drawing is pretty basic but I still had great fun trying.

 I wanted to incorporate this little sketch in my holiday journal as a Moment so yesterday I made myself an inky page using distress inks and stencils.Lot of spraying and inking .

I used 2 of Tim's fab new distress ink, fossilised amber and abandoned coral and added picked raspberry.

I loved the blend these colours make...they just shout summer to me.
I  added some stencilling too

And yes my new Rubber dance sun looked just perfect on my page. I stamped it with red archival ink

I made holes for my ring binders so that I could place my elements correctly without making holes in them.

 Here is what I made.

Here are some close ups

you can see my great sun stamp here. (Thanks Bibi x) I have used some Joanna Sheen, Cheery Lynn, Sizzix and Tim Holtz die cuts. I rubbed a little gilding paste on the ivy for some golden sheen

I would like to enter my Moment into the following fun challenges;

PaperArtsy stencils I love using stencils and have used 2 different ones here.

Frilly and Funkie It's summer

Simon says stamp Mondays stamp and mist

A Vintage Journey celebrations I am celebrating my recent holiday by creating a Moment for my Travel Journal.

The Artistic Stamper summer is on its way

Noor! UK here comes summer

Creative Inspirations your favourite crafting item here is it my Distress ink pads....I think I use them on every crafting project

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes

Stamp and create summer fun

Stamping sensations dies and punches

My holiday journal is still very much a WIP at the moment. I  am really enjoying making it but it will still take a couple more weeks to finish. Thanks for visiting me today and I hope you enjoy your weekend. The weather is forecast to be really hotting up here.....a heatwave is apparently on its way and we are being warned of  temperatures hitting 32-34c in the South Of England next week....phew! I am glad my garden is all tidy now, I think we might need to get the fans out for indoors and my studio.We are out and about but tomorrow is day at home....perhaps it will be Pimms O'Clock in the garden ;0)

Take care,

Back soon,

Jane x


  1. this is gorgeous love it just beautiful
    hugs Kate xx

  2. Ah beautiful bougainvillea, how I would love a hedge of that in my garden but the poor thing would probably freeze to death!! We don't get the temperatures of the sunny south of England here!! ;)
    Lovely moment Jane and beautifully captured too! What an amazing package of goodies too!
    Yes a heatwave is coming.....bring it on I say!! :)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  3. Beautiful page Jane, your flowers turned out so wonderful! Isn't happy mail the best! I admit thought, I do not decorate my envelopes when they are going through the post, only if they are being hand delivered. have a great weekend, hugs :)

    1. Good grief, I have such a short attention span!! Totally forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'It's Summer' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. Jane, this is beautiful, your background is just stunning but I am so in awe of your gorgeous hand drawn picture...such a clever creation...
    Thank you for joining in with us this week at Creative Inspirations...

  5. looking wonderful Jane - love what you've done with your stamps and love the photos too .... what a novel way for stamps to arrive too - brilliant xx

  6. Your drawing is wonderful.. I think you're a natural born artist. When I was just out of high school I moved to Hawaii with my best friend during the hippie days and I wrote letters to my sister and totally decorated and drew flowers and things on the envelopes and the paper inside. It's the best way to send love in a letter! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Beautiful use of image! This collage is so lovely! You get to find details the more you look at it! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  8. Fabulous photos and page Jane, love how you record your trips. Yes hot, hot, hot next week, hope I can get some time in the garden. Big hugs xxx

  9. Another super creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  10. Hello dear Jane,
    I had to smile reading your post as I've just published pictures of some mail art I did!
    Your pictures are beautiful and I always enjoy seeing where you drew your inspiration.
    Beautiful Bougainvilea my Friend!

  11. A great journal page Jane and perfect for our dies and punches theme.

    It lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations challenge again this month, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  12. What a fabulous gift to win, Jane! I do love rubber stamps, they can be used in so many ways and are so inspiring. Your holiday looked gorgeous, and your moment is such a special reminder made in your own creative beautiful bougainvillea is, especially under sunny blue skies.
    Wishing you a happy new week.
    Helen xox

  13. Such a fabulous prize Jane...lucky you...a very lovely parcel to receive in the post :-)
    How lovely to have sketches in your journal too reminding you of such happy will be a really special keepsake x
    Hope you have a wonderful new week!
    Susan x

  14. Your journal page is certainly striking Jane! I love those colours together too and they look beautiful on your page. Great drawing of the bougainvillea too. Congratulations on winning some beautiful stamps too. Thanks so much for joining in again at A Vintage Journey, it is always lovely to see you there. Anne xx

  15. Beautiful journal page Jane ! The colours are gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  16. Fabulous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting Tracy x

  17. Thank you so much for playing along over at Noor! Design UK!

    Just loved your creation, and hope to see you back here next time!

    DT - Keeley Ainsworth
    Noor! Design UK

  18. This is so lovely Jane, I always love to see what you make and I'm always impressed. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  19. I'm so happy to see that you liked the envelope and stamps I sent you so much that you wanted to share photos of it here! Thank you so much for that :-)
    The photos from Sicily are so lovely, and having your lunch at that park and just sit and relax sounds heavenly! I like your holiday journal very much and your bougainvillea turned out really well. Keep up the good work!

  20. Beautiful picture, such vibrant colours. Love the envelope and its contents. You are going to have so much fun with them :)


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