Saturday, 11 July 2015

Listening to the sea

On Tuesday I met up with my darling daughter and Daisy for ladies' lunch. My daughter bought me gift vouchers for Mother's day for the 10th Hole in Portsmouth. This was our opportunity to use them before the schools are out for summer and things get busy in Portsmouth. I have shown you some photos last year of this super cafe but just as a reminder here it is.

Their home made cakes are legendary. After lunch we went for a stroll to let Daisy have a sleep in her buggy. We walked along the coastal path. It was a lovely day, breezy but warm and the sea looked so pretty. I do love it when the waves buffer about and there is frothy swirl on the waves. We strolled and chatted as Daisy obligingly snoozed in her buggy.
Here are some snaps I took.

I decided to make some art journal pages of our day out for Jane's Journal.
There are some fun challenges around so I combined several in my creation.
I wanted plenty of texture for the sea, just as we had seen it so I started with some strips of left over paper from my travel journal.

Next I added some blue distress inks. I kept some white areas for the swirl I saw. I tore the edge of a piece of  paper and inked over the top to give the impression of the waves swirling

I needed a sentiment and as I thought about my walk and chat with my darling daughter I thought "Listen to the waves" would fit perfectly. However I don't have a stamp saying that. I also wanted to do some more doodling and lettering as inspired by Joanne Fink. So I decided to add my sentiment by hand and built up the layers carefully until I was happy with it. I added some bubbles stencilling and then my Design by Rynn bubble stamps. This is my initial lettering setting out.

I also added some of my fab Rubber dance sea stamps I recently won and made my "shingle beach" by blending some yellow DIs and then adding scattered straw DI through my dutch doobadoo stencil for texture.

I then made the brave (or should I say mad) decision to add some doodling around my pages. There is no going back once you have braved putting the pen to paper!

So here are my finished pages....
and some close ups
lots of swirly doodles and little accents of white like the waves. 

These pages in Jane's Journal are a great memory of a special walk and chat with my darling we listened to the waves.....

I would like to enter my AJ pages into the following great challenges;

Rubber dance colour inspiration; vintage white, forgetmenot blue and cinnamon brown and I have also gone along with the theme which is travel and vacation.

Anything but cute mood board summer romance

Die cut divas summer and patriotism

Noor something old something new my old is my cheery lynn seahorse, my new are my Rubber Dance seaside stamps

Country View on your travels

Stamping sensations feature a creature mine are seahorses

A vintage journey destinations

That Craft Place anything goes mixed media

Vintage stamping travel

Frilly and Funkie something to say

Daisy obligingly woke up in time for us to return to the 10th hole for tea and cake before I drove home and my daughter and I shared this piece of cake....mmmm clotted cream sponge and strawberries..

It looks like the weather is holding out for the Wimbledon final today but perhaps we may get some rain on Sunday...I shall be glued to the TV for these matches.  I am sure strawberries will be featuring there too.  I also hope to get some gardening done and some crafting in my studio...bliss.

Enjoy the weekend and remember that I have no less than 2 guest design posts coming up first thing on 2nd for Noor! and for Country View my finished travel journal -  which has taken me a month to complete!

Thanks for your kind visits and comments,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Lovely seaside photos Jane and you've really captured the sea in your journal and I love those little seahorse stamps! :)
    It's a bit grey here this morning , sadly looking like rain. :( Enjoy your weekend, my interest in the tennis has gone, poor Andy! :(
    V x

  2. Oh my gosh Jane, this is just brilliant! Your water is amazing, love the strips of paper and how you created all the bubbles! The waves look so real, I can almost hear them lapping up against the rocks! My Mom and I spent a little time down at the pool while she was here and I had forgotten how much I enjoy the water! Your seahorse family is so sweet, what a fancy die cut that is! A gorgeous scene, just love every bit of it!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Summer Romance' challenge and for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Something to Say' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  3. This is gooorgeous!!! I love all the seahorses and pretty colors with such a nice subtle texture additions!
    Thank you so very kindly for joining the Summer Romance challenge I am hosting at Anything But Cute!!
    Samra DT

  4. A beautiful piece of work Jane and fabulous memories....but I draw the line at sharing cake! xx

  5. hello Jane - I adore your beachy journal pages and that cake looks divine - yum!!! Looking forward to seeing your completed travel journal! Hugs Rachel x

  6. Your journal page is just gorgeous, sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  7. A lighthouse photo. Nice. I enjoy all the lighthouses in OR and have a few from WA. Lovely day out with your daughter and grandaughter. We just back from an event in Graham Oaks park with our son and family. Enjoyed the walk and grandchildren and dau-in-love. It has finally cooled down and clouds rolled in. A nice repreive from the heat. Giveaway on my blog if you are interested. Have a good weekend.

  8. Wonderful place you visited and card you made to remember it by. I'm visiting you from Las Vegas and am looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. Amazing place! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. A super ocean inspired creation Jane, you really do seem to be having great fun with your mixed media lately.

    Many thanks for joining in at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  10. Me again Jane, the penny should have dropped without even looking at your challenge list as this is absolutely, perfect for our theme this month.

    Thanks so much for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Chsllenges this month.

    B x

  11. I love the way you made the waves, and I don't know how I missed your jewelry post, but really love your latest necklace too. It's wonderful that you surround yourself with so many pretty things!

  12. What an incredibly beautiful journal page! I love that you showed the steps along the way. Just amazing. And that cake!! I'm totally drooling on my keyboard now. Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  13. Hey Jane, glad you had fun with my bubbles! Your process shots are great! It's always so neat to see how a project comes together. Thanks for uploading to my challenge :)

  14. Ooh, love the seahorses both stamped and die-cut! Thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.

  15. Sounds like you and the girls had a lovely day by the sea and the photos are lovely. I, to, like to listen to the waves ... and I really like how you made yours with torn paper and painting. They look really good! Thank you so much for entering our July challenge and for using some of my stamps in your journal page!

  16. Love how you made your waves and the doodles look great. Fab pages. Hugz

  17. Fabulous journal page. Your waves are super and have such movement. I love the big seahorse and all the stamping and stenciling in the background. The sentiment and doodling are great finishing touches. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute and Frilly and Funkie.

  18. Hello Jane, it's definitely summer when the ocean keeps calling us! Nice job with the layered textured effects and lettering- What a beautiful memento of a fun day spent with your girls! :o)

  19. That technique for creating the sea is wonderful! I love how it has all come together with the doodling and seahorses. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x (mmm, clotted cream... )

  20. Beautifully done. Love it.

    Happy to see you at Die Cut Divas!

  21. Loved reading your post and the cake looks delicious! Great project as well! cxx

  22. Awesome journal page! Thank you for joining us at Rubber Dance.

  23. Awesome journal page Jane!!! Love the way you have done the waves....

  24. Fabulous! What a wonderful journal page and perfect for our Feature a Creature theme this month. Thanks so much for joining in at stamping sensations and good luck!

  25. what a lovely day out and a wonderful remembrance of the day in your journal! LOVE the ocean with all its waves and bubbles and sea life - that stencilling is perfect - as well as the little strip of beach! thanks so much for joining us (again!) in the AVJ challenge Jane! Julia xx

  26. Hi Jane your journal page looks fabulous. The sea looks amazing. Such a lovely way to record memories. Thanks for playing along with us CCVC hugs Debs xx

  27. And back again to say thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  28. Great work!Thank you for entering the Rubber Dance Challenge. Hugs, Susanne.

  29. I couldn't get the comment box to work on the fabulous Brusho pages, so here's a big wow for both those and this lovely seaside spread. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx


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