Thursday, 20 August 2015

A summer family Moment

A couple of weekends ago my daughter and son-in-law held their annual family Bar B Q in their garden. For all but 1 of the year's they have always managed to pick a Saturday with glorious sunshine. This year was no exception, the sky was the clearest blue and the sun shone from dawn to  dusk. They invite their very immediate family down and are such brilliant hosts to us all.

 I love the attention to detail they both pretty are these simple displays on the table.

My Hb helped with some last minute moving of planters and then they were ready for 16 hungry guests.

After demolishing a delicious meal we sat around chatting and catching up with everyone. Daisy loved pottering around with Bear for company.
We had such a wonderful day.

I decided that I wanted to make one of my Moments to remember our day and one photo I took which I really loved is the one below of my son, daughter and Daisy. It's very rare that I get  photo of the 3 of them and I love this happy shot.
I also wanted to enter a couple of fun challenges. Scrap around the world, Dusty Attic and Rubber Dance all have gorgeous August mood boards to inspire so I used all of them plus my memories of the colours of the happy sunny day to make my background. I gessoed (I'm not sure if that is a verb but it is to me!) my background. I die cut my photo with a stitched rectangle Memory box die.
 Paperartsy have asked us to have a play with gels and mediums so I got out my soft gloss gel to play with.
 I stuck some strips of paper to my base and added a thin base of green and cream watery Fresco paints using baby wipes. I added some yellow acrylic paint to the gloss gel. I wiped it on to the card with a palette knife and pulled it into peaks,
 I added beads and glitter for sparkle...I  wanted to represent the sunshine
I added some script stamping using my favourite Visible image Bronte verse stamp using archival ink

I also added some flower stencilling

I didn't take any more photos as it all got pretty inky but you can see that I then dripped down some watered down Fresco paints. This reminded me of the gorgeous gerbenas on the table. I added lots of different elements and had such fun recreating the day and using the mood boards for inspiration.

So this is what I ended up with and I think this is one of my favourite Moments I have made...perhaps because of the gorgeous photo of all 3 of my babies ;0) As always it is so hard to photograph and show the sparkle the gel, sprinkles and glitter has given to it.
Here are some close ups

 of course daisies were a natural choice for my Daisy Jane
 and here you can see the crackle on my weathered clock die cut

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

I used these mood boards for my inspiration for colours and textures

The Dusty Attic August mood board  
I used the words Rustic and nature and the purple and yellow colours.  I am delighted to be able to enter this challenge now that I have my chippies! My sign post snapshot hand is Dusty Attic

Scrap around the world August mood board

 I used the lovely textures of the beach photo by using gel medium with yellow acrylic paint and sprinkles in for my texture. I also was inspired to use my sign post chippie by the signpost photo on the mood board. My Moment measures 9"X 9"

PaperArtsy use gels and mediums I used my gloss gel for the very first time and really had fun adding things to it. I was inspired to play by Leandra's introductory video.

Rubber dance Rubber dance....August challenge   I think my colours match the photo inspiration and I even went along with the additional theme of in the garden.

Artistic stamper anything goes

Memory Box cool thoughts for warm days I used one of the open studio stitched rectangles to cut my photo. I love this set of dies.

Mixed  media world gorgeous textures

Allsorts favourite colour this is my 3rd entry and I have used my 3rd favourite colour which is yellow

Country View Crafts summertime

We love to create anything goes mixed media

Dies R Us the great outdoors

Emerald Faeries favourite colours mine are the green and yellow.

Words to scrap by Book inspiration mine is The Good Earth

Vintage stamping anything goes

Papertake weekly use a die

It's almost time for another weekend.We are visiting our daughter and family on Saturday and we hope to get out for a long sea or country side walk after lunch.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks as always for your kind visits and comments. I love reading every one of them and it thrills me that my blog and artwork can bring even a little ray of sunshine to those who stop by and read Jane's Journal.  Thank you also for the fun comments you left for my Tim tag I shared, I really chuckled reading them and when my Dad has celebrated his birthday in late September I'll tell him to read them ;0) 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Thanks for sharing this fun event ... beautiful day & beautiful photos! Your creation is AMAZING and very artsy! Well done! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  2. Hello Jane,
    What a beautiful and happy moment you created!
    Thank You for sharing these photos.
    I really don't know what the bad rap about English summers is all about?!

  3. what a wonderful family event and your layout is amazing - such a happy photo and such happy colours - love this jane! Hugs rachel x

  4. Beautiful page and a lovely way to remember your special family day.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Favourite colour' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  5. Fabulous project!! Love all of the different techniques you used! Thanks for playing along with us at Words 2 Scrap By.

  6. Great colour combo. Love your flower stencil and daisies. Thank you for joining us at Scrap Around The World.

  7. What a gorgeous photo of your family, Jane and a lovely sunny floral layout. I hope you have lots more days like this (the photo that looked like a fried egg made me smile!),

    Lucy x

  8. Great page and love the photo! So Nice to see all Your other photos as well! Thanks for joining Our Challenge at Scrap Around The World!

  9. Wow Jane - I love the bright, happy feel to this. Fabulous! Thanks for joining in at Scrap Around The World and The Dusty Attic :)

  10. Awe what a lovely moment!. The colours are great and I love the flowers and of course the subject matter is wonderful! :) A lovely memory of a lovely day!
    I can't help but think that your splodge of white and yellow paint looks like a fried egg! ;)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  11. Wonderful project. Thank you for joining our challenge at Allsorts!

  12. Jane, What a bright, cheery page to remember this bright, cheery event! And, thanks for sharing the fun photos. Looks like Mother Earth created a picture-perfect day for this family celebration. Thanks so much for joining us at Words 2 Scrap By. :)

  13. Gorgeous layout!Thank you for joining us at SATW this month!

  14. This is so beautiful. Love these bright colors! Thanks for joining our mood board at SATW!!!!!

  15. Beautiful and creative piece of art...I love get togethers like that, such great memories can be made! Thank you entering our "The Great Outdoors" challenge at Dies R Us!
    Diane DRU DT

  16. It's a beautiful photo, and you made it that much more special. I think it's wonderful that you combine your creativity with photos of people and experiences you love. Here's to hoping you have many more of these moments for inspiration!

  17. Thanks for sharing with us at Dusty Attic.....gorgeous take on our mood board this month....looks like a fabulous BBQ too:):)

  18. Absolutely gorgeous and such a lovely way to remember a lovely day :-)
    Thank you for entering our August challenge once more!

  19. Loved visiting your fun blogpost today...So bright and cheerful...Thank you for using the Dusty Attic mood-board as inspiration...good luck and who knows, you might be adding some more chipboard to your stash!!!

  20. This is such a lovely layout! Thank you for entering the Rubber Dance Challenge! Hugs, Susanne.

  21. Beautiful page! love your use of color! All the best from SATW! :)

  22. Those snapshots of your day are making me wish summer would hurry up!! Looks like a beautiful day and I love how you have used the Dusty mood to capture a special moment! Thanks for playing along and best of luck!

  23. Love love your post and your Inspiration is beautiful!!! Thank you for joining us at Dusty Attic for the Inspiration this month!!!

  24. That was lucky timing - must have been one of the only sunny Saturdays of the summer! What a great layout celebrating a wonderful day.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx


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