Saturday, 12 September 2015

A moment at Standen

First of all can I thank everyone for the fantastic comments you left for my Spell Book in my last post. I really loved reading them and for those of you who kindly asked, I have had an MRI scan to see if my scaphoid fracture is healing OK and get the results next week. If you have nipped over from Frilly and Funkie to see my step by step you will find my post by clicking here

Today I leave Halloween far behind to take you back to our recent visit to Standen. We recently spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon with our dear friends at Standen, a National Trust property in West Sussex. Standen was build in 1894 as a holiday home retreat for the wealthy Beale family. It was only ever lived in by this one family and remains very much in it's original state.

Standen is set in beautiful grounds and was originally a working farm. It was the first house in the countryside to have electricity installed and even had central heating. Now I didn't even have central heating in my home until 1986 so they beat me by nearly 100 years!

  The house was designed by Phillip Webb who was the architect for Red House and was decorated with wall papers and furnishings designed by the same William Morris.
If you have missed my post about Red House you might want to read this too. Just click here. there are a couple of posts if you search in my side bar too.
 Such amazing Morris designs
A lot of the papers are repros but recent renovations have revealed some original pieces shown below.

 It was fun seeing all the vintage furniture in the house. The office had its original typewriter

The photo below was the inspiration for the Moment I made of our lovely day out. We enjoyed lunch and afternoon tea in the barn cafe before we said our goodbyes to our friends.
Such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The grounds were also very pretty but I will share those another time as I wanted to share with you how I got my Moment inspiration.  I also wanted to enter some challenges so I took various things into account as I started creating.

This is the photo I used for my Moment.
I loved the way you can see a mirror within a mirror. I was inspired by the wall paper colours and design behind and the gorgeous gold/brass Art Nouveau mirror.
I stamped some roses onto vellum and embossed them in white. I then found a old stamp which has a flourish repeating pattern to recreate a wallpaper look.

I embossed first with blue and then added some archival ink on a Tim Holtz flourish stamp
I then added 3 distress inks to my craft sheet
and added some background colours and also some flicks of brown with ink.

I took one of my Dusty Attic chippies and gold embossed this.
I continued the gold theme (from the mirror) around the edge of my Moment

More gold embossing this time of a MB flourish die and a Cheery Lynn heart doily
I made a "mirror within a mirror" with some paper and a glass cabochon
Here is my finished design, with some extra embellies added including a typewriter similar to the one we saw. The stamped butterflies are Visible image and the other stamps are Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous.

So now I have another Moment to put into Jane's Journal and when I look at it I can be transported back to our lovely Sunday afternoon in the Wessex countryside.

I made my Moment with the following challenges in mind, which I would like to enter;

Scrap Across the World September mood board. I was inspired to use the pen nib and whole vintage feel of the mood board. I also used the pink rose in my vellum stamping behind my photo. Their quote that taking time to live  will only inspire you work is so true. Time out really is precious time. My Moment measures 10 X 10 "

Dusty Attic I was inspired by the words journey and escape and I used all the colours of the mood board.

A Vintage Journey home sweet home my Moment is of a home sweet home from a past era..this had such a family appeal.

Penny Black and More anything goes

That Craft Place Mixed media, anything goes

Rubber Dance celebration I used the Dec 2014 colours

Cheery Lynn all about texture

Craft Barn stamping

Craft Stamper take it make it use a stamp I used several!

The Artistic Stamper things with wings

Creative Inspirations vintage

Papertake weekly things with wings

Simon Says stamp Wednesday use a stamp and blog hop

We are having our furry grandson (aka Bear) to stay this weekend which is always great fun and such good exercise. Billy will be living upstairs and going in and out of the back bedroom window so there will be no dog/cat confrontations I hope!

I plan to start sorting out my garden as there is a distinct autumnal feel and I want to get some pots emptied ready for my spring bulbs.....the cycle of life is in full swing.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for taking the time to visit today and for the comments you take the time to leave me. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers, thanks for joining me on my creative journey. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow Jane you certainly have captured this moment perfectly, I love the addition of the gold embossing on your page and die cuts and your wallpaper design is fab. Thanks so much for joining in the challenges at Cheery Lynn Designs, That Craft Place and a Vintage Journey. Good luck with them all.
    Have fun doggy sitting, Julie xx

  2. Oh thank you for showing us that wonderful house! I wish I had bigger rooms so I could have more furniture! LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Oh gosh this is amazing wonderful bless you for playing at that craft place hugs cheryl x

  4. What a wonderful way to preserve a treasured memory. Love all those embossing and texture. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  5. What a great way to store those wonderful memories on a page, the background paper you produced fits perfectly xxx

  6. Lovely day out and how you captured the memory in ink and add ons. You are so creative! Have a good weekend!

  7. Lovely post, I enjoyed revisiting Standen through your wonderful photos, Jane. I liked the lightness of the house and the airy, pretty rooms when I went there and you have captured it so well. Your Moment is beautifully created too. Btw, I am so sorry to hear about your injury and send warm wishes for speedy healing.
    Helen xox

  8. Hi Jane,

    Wow thank you for taking us to Standen, it does look a beautiful place. I adore that Art Deco mirror and your page has done it justice, love the background you have created, so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  9. I want to live in this house. I suppose I'll have to settle for being inspired by it. Pretty card, and I really like your spell book. I hope all is well with your fracture and that you're healing well.

  10. A really pretty creation! Thanks for playing in this week's challenge of Vintage over at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  11. I love the connection between the house and your commemorative art piece! So much history in those old places!

  12. an amazing spread, loved to read how you made it and what was the inspiration.

  13. This is fabulous! I enjoyed your wonderful photos and story too. Thanks for playing along at The Dusty Attic and Scrap Around The World.

  14. Hello Jane,
    Thank You for sharing this beautiful home with us!
    I feel like I was right there in West Sussex ;)
    Your moment is beautiful! Perfect take on the creative challenge as well

    Thank You~

  15. Now that's what I call a real conservatory Jane !!

    A lovely designed piece of inky artwork and the gold embossed edges give it a lovely finish.

    Many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  16. I love how you get your inspiration and this is a beautiful page! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  17. Gorgeous project... lovely colors!!
    Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ... good luck!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  18. Beautiful layout! So much thought and care put into it! Loved looking at all your photos thanks for that! Great work! All the best from SATW! :)

  19. stunning photographs ad how lovely that you used this inspiration in your project for AVJ Home Sweet Home challenge.

    Wonderful details and great step by step. TFS for hopping on board at AVJ this month
    Annie xx

  20. Hello Jane, So happy you were allowed to take photos inside this lovely home. I love William Morris. Your latest project is beautiful esp. the butterflies.
    Here's to almost mid- September. 0-: Sending some sunshine.
    Anne and all xxx

  21. I love the shabby look!!! Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance September Challenge. Hugs, Susanne.

  22. What a wonderful place to visit and what a beautiful memento you created for your journal - I love the photo you highlighted with the lovely die cuts, stamped images and beautiful butterflies! Thanks for joining us in the AVJ Home Sweet Home challenge Jane! Julia xx

  23. This is very pretty! Thank you for joining us for the STAMPtember® celebration on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  24. What a clever take on our Dusty Attic the different angles you've used in your page & the William Morris inspiration is lovely! Thanks for sharing this month:))

  25. Thank you for taking part in the Mood Board this month at The Dusty Attic - what a stunning house !

  26. A fabulous page to remind you of a lovely summer Sunday afternoon. I visited Standen a couple of years ago when I went down to the Craft Barn Extravaganza. It is a lovely house and one I would love to re-visit.

  27. Awesome layout and the photos are amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at SATW.

  28. Loving the old and vintage...lovely walking through your post and ending with the gorgeous page!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Dusty Attic...

  29. Fabulous page! Love the photos :) Thank you for playing along with us at SATW this month.

  30. Your post was a real treat for me as I am a big Wm Morris fan, I have never yet made it to the Red House and not heard of Standen which I am adding to my "to do one day list". I had never seen either of your Red House posts, so got really caught me with it all - lovely photos. I seem to remember for many years Red House was in private ownership and I had only seen pictures of the outside in a book.
    Anyway! onto your wonderful make for the Penny Black & More challenge, what a beautiful mirror and you captured the essence of it perfectly with your page.
    Lynn x

  31. Fabulous project .... I love all the detail. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  32. Marvelous layout! Thank you so much for playing with us at Scrap Around the World.

  33. Thank you for sharing photos of this beautiful home. Love your embossing on the background and chipboard. Great layout.
    Thank you for joining us at Scrap Around The World.

  34. Simply amazing and very beautiful!! Love love how you captured the essence of the house. Thank You for joining us at Dusty Attic for the Mood Board Challenge!!

  35. Gorgeous work! Thanks for playing along with Dusty Attic this month :)

  36. Wonderful details here and I love the how you used the inspiration from the mood board. Thank you for playing along with us here at Dusty Attic! :)

  37. What a beautiful Moment to add to your journal, Jane! I apologize for not having left a comment for you before. I've been sick for the past 3 weeks. Better now, though! Thank you so much for joining our challenge - always nice to see you there! :-)

  38. Wow, lovely pictures and a lovely creation! Thanks so much for joining our 1 year anniversary challenge! ♥

  39. A great project to celebrate and share your wonderful memory. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Home Sweet Home Challenge. Best wishes Jennie x


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