Sunday, 7 February 2016

12 tags of 2016 February Jane's Journal card style

We have reached the love month for Tim's 2nd tag of 2016. Not surprisingly his tag for February features hearts and he has decided on the remix of monoprinting and embossed texture paste techniques.
You can check out all his techniques on his blog here

I decided not to make a Valentine's card for my Hb as I have made one for an upcoming GD post coming up soon.  I did need a birthday card for my dear brother. He loves the cards I make so one of my specials seemed perfect for him.

I decided to use my harlequin stencil and vintage photo distress ink for my monoprinting.
 I added some letters via my alphabet stencil using texture paste and gold embossing powder
Once heated the gold shines through. I also added some hearts through my 3rd stencil using candied apple distress ink. I agree with Tim this is such a gorgeous red.
 As you know I use my own family photos instead of the stock photo images Tim uses, they make my cards so much more personal. I have this fun photo of my brother and I circa 1963 ish on a cold foggy day in the park. I can still remember the matching hats we are wearing. They were deep green and hand knitted by my darling youngest aunt who sadly passed away some years ago. She was a champion knitter and knitted everything for us. Don't you just love my woolly boots and my poor brother in shorts!

I bought these cool retro photo corners recently and knew they would work perfectly with the card I had in mind.
So it was time to put on my creative hat......

and this is what I came up with.
 I loved the background so much that I decided that I would not add anything else other that the birthday sentiment.
It's very CAS for my version of Tim's creation.
 My darling brother. We had such fun together as kids, he really is the kindest of big brothers and has always looked out for me. He lives in Wales and we don't get to meet up very often but when we do it's so good.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 February
Live and Love Crafts Love is in the air
Pixie's snippets playground 1/3 #215
Noor UK  love
The Craft Barn  triplets I have used 3 stencils; harlequin, heart and alphabet
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  have a heart
Creative Inspirations  hugs and kisses
That's Crafty  2/3 love
Country View make your own background
Winter Wonderland 1/3 best friends

We had a lovely day yesterday in Southampton with Daisy and Co despite the awful weather. It rained nearly all day. We managed a quick walk but even Daisy declined to go to the swings... a first for her.
Today the sun has been out but it's been pretty chilly. We have been to IKEA and squeal... I finally got the craft trolley which has been on my Christmas list for the last 2 years and Santa obviously thought I had not been good enough! My darling Hb treated me, an early Valentine's pressie. I will share more soon when we have unpacked it.

Enjoy your Sunday evening and keep's the last War and Peace on television tonight..what a brilliant TV adaption this has been.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous and fabulous take! LOVE this!

  2. What a great card and a great photo too, do you know I got glimpse of Daisy in there! :)
    I haven't been watching War and Peace, it's been Endeavour and Vera for me!
    Exciting about the trolley, is it the duck egg one by any chance?
    Enjoy your evening my dear,
    V x

  3. What a great take......and it's a fab keepsake with the gorgeous photo of you and your brother.
    Julie x

  4. Love this card, simply gorgeous take!

  5. aw Jane - this is lovely - really like what you've done here - beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Countryview crafts too! Big hugs Rachel x

  6. HI Jane,

    What a beautiful and meaningful project!
    Your brother will treasure it no doubt!
    That picture of the two of you is precious too


  7. That is a perfect card for a brother! You're lucky you had a nice brother.. mine is rather critical of me and still is. His wife says he is put off by strong women. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. What an amazing version of Tim's tag. Love your choice of the Harlequin stencil, it works so well with this design. I totally agree about using your own photos, it really does add such a personal touch to your work. hugs :)

  9. Ooo which part of Wales Jane? is he near me :D Love the card, your creative side knows no bounds everything you turn your hand too is super :)

  10. Oh this really is so beautiful and very personal for your brother Jane! I love it! A lot of love just shines through both the card and also your post.

    Sent you a looooong email about stamp positioners!


    Di xx

  11. This is just so CREATIVE. I love it.

    Remember to bring your frying pan into the Playground tomorrow . . . xxx

  12. An absolutely stunning Journal page Jane. Those photo corners work so well. What a lovely photo of you and your brother. Barbxx

  13. Beautiful card! Such a fabulous design! Love the background!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  14. What a fabulously personal birthday card, love all the details you added to the background too

  15. Great card! Love your way of personalizing. Creative Blessings! Kelly

  16. A great background for your nostalgic trip down memory lane and a card made with so much love.

  17. Hi.Great mixed media card, Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations. Good luck!
    CraftyNatalie - DT

  18. What a fabulous card! The harlequin stencil makes an amazing monoprint and I loved how you used a personal photo!

  19. Jane, this is gorgeous! Great take!

  20. CAS, but nonetheless gorgeous and a great take on Tim's tag! Such a sweet photo of you and your brother; it's really fun to use personal photos on cards and projects! Thanks for joining LLC for our "Love is in the air" challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  21. This is fabulous Jane. Love the gold lettering and the touch of red with the hearts. Such and adorable photo of you memories.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  22. Fab card Jane, and just how cute is that photo!!! Why, oh why, were we all dressed in things that have our legs on display in the depths of Winter?? In half the photos of me my sister as kids, we're in pant skimming 1970's dresses and knee socks in the snow, I think they'd call Social Services in for that these days. War and Peace, just brilliant, could watch it over and over. Bethxx


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