Friday, 12 February 2016

F is for floral and my garden love.

I love my garden, yes I really do love it and at this time of the year I really miss not being out there tending it. My pots look empty, in the summer they are full of gorgeous colourful flowers but for the moment I am just waiting for my spring bulbs to come up.

Recently I visited a garden centre and spotted lots of colour there.

and these great pots....

Back at my parents' house they had some lovely colour already in their pots.

But below is my rather forlorn garden yesterday morning when we woke up to quite  a heavy frost

However I do have some colour as there are some pretty daffs out in my front garden.
 My very favourite flowers, I just adore these sweet yellow bonnets.

For the dictionary challenge over at the Craft Barn we have been given the letter F and we also have include a heart. I also wanted to join in with some other super challenges so I pooled some of the challenge themes and decided that inspired by the colours around me at the moment my art journal pages would be F for Floral.

There is also a "wax" challenge over at PaperArty so I decided to use these for my theme.

I used my PaperArtsy  tulip stamps and my new Wendy Vecchi SISI flower and stamped lots of images on to book pages. 
 I got out my long neglected  Gelatos and used them to colour my images.

 and then fussy cut them all out.
I added some floral/ garden texture using texture paste 

and chose these distress inks for my floral palette. 
I added some colour to my pages
and a VI sentiment
and added some flicks and drips of water and some more stencilling using my heart stencil
 I also made my own "terracotta" pots out of packaging.
I wanted my love of my garden to shine out of my pages and also to remind me that my pots will soon be full of colour. So I put on my creative hat and had a play over a couple of days with my design. 

This is the double page spread I made;
 Here is my antique dictionary definition of floral, "pertaining to flowers" what a lovely way of saying it. I put it into a Cheery Lynn die cut heart frame. I also added the PA bloom sentiment as this is so apt.
 there is some text stamping using my VI bronte verse stamp.

I would like to enter my art journal pages into the following challenges;

The Craft Barn alpha/dictionary challenge F with a heart
PaperArtsy  #3 wax As suggested by Leandra in the intro video I dug out my gelatos and had fun colouring with them .
Noor UK  love
The Artistic stamper  love 
Deep Ocean  hearts
Stamping Sensations 2/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp spritz and spray
Winter Wonderland 1/3 have a heart
Natalie and Amy 1/3 hearts and flowers
Creative Inspirations 2/3 hugs and kisses there are plenty of hugs and kisses to my garden in these pages
Noor UK  love
Pixie's snippets playground  3/3 #215  I used snippets of packaging for my pots
That's crafty 3/3 love
Vintage stamping splatters and drips
Crafting for all seasons 1/3 love is in the air
Emerald Creek Dares blogger scramble/anything goes

So we have reached the weekend of love ;0) My hubby and I plan to get an M+S dine in for 2 and celebrate together at home on Sunday. I will be sharing his card next week as it is a guest design card plus I need him to see it first.

I hope you share your weekend with someone or something you love...even your garden....I do love mine so much. I just need it to warm up before I can get out there to start a tidy up and plan for the coming season. It's bitterly cold this afternoon....there may even be a nip of snow in the air....brrr.
Keep snug and carry on crafting....I am planning to sew a Witch's cape for Daisy as it is World Book Day soon at her nursery and she wants to go as the witch from Room on the Broom. Time to get the sewing machine out the loft....yes we found the one which I thought we had given away!

Thanks for visiting me today and taking the time to leave a comment.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Now you know Jane that I love all your creations but I think that this has to be my favourite to date! It is is so beautiful, I love the colours, the gorgeous flowers, everything really! Well done! So pretty!
    Have a fantastic weekend (we love M&S dine in for two), happy sewing and happy Valentines!
    V x

  2. This is just ABSOLUTELY beautiful Jane! I love your creativity, all the thought behind those pages and your choice of colours. I do not art journal but I can certainly identify with this page of yours. Like you my snowdrops are flowering alongside daffs and polyanthus. The poor garden does not know the time of year and the grass is desperate for a cut...but still too early. We are planning am M&S dine in for 2 also and then a trip to London next week to meet my Grandson in the flesh. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Wow Wow Wow Jane, absolutely stunning and I'm sure you will win a lot of your entered challenges with this beauty.
    Hugs, Julie x

  4. Gorgeous floral pages, Jane.....such pretty ideas and they all work together so well. I love my garden too, and like you can't wait for it to warm up again. Wishing you and you hb a very Happy Valentine's weekend...enjoy your celebrations!
    Helen xox

  5. Fabulous pages and love the design. I see you have entered The Craft Barn challenge, I used to be a tutor there before moving up to Suffolk just before Christmas. Thanks for joining in with us at Winter Wonderland. Carol S. DT

  6. Hi Jane. Such loveliness at your house! Love the daffodils minus the frost. We are bitter cold here and NO sign of flowers. That's the most awesome card and the steps were so interesting. Definitely a winner! Have a great weekend, xoRobin

  7. I love this! The colors are great and I those pots are very clever.

  8. My oh my! I am just soaking up all these photos of floral...real and paper. I am imagining how gorgeous your garden must look in full bloom. And your journal pages are gorgeous right now in full bloom. How clever your corogated pots are! Placing your definition in a heart shape is a perfect finish for your love of your garden. So nicely done!

  9. Did you get that wonderful clay pot with the kitty on it? Gorgeous! Our daffodils are budded but not open.. our snowdrops are gorgeous! Great pages you did.. I like the corrugated cardboard "pots".

    *H*A*P*P*Y* *V*A*L*E*N*T*I*N*E*S* *D*A*Y*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. So much thought has gone into your stunning spread and it shows. I love the flowers , the colours of the background, the layout - it all works together beautifully.

  11. Fabulous layout and content, love the textures and colours.

  12. Wonderful work Jane! Fascinating to read and see the work in progress - and those pots you created are genius!


    Di xx

  13. Totally gorgeous page Jane. Love the corrugated cardboard pots, and all your lush flowers! The heart is really intricate, love that. Your photos are just wonderful, we still have several months to go before any flowers will be showing their faces, several months of snow-less winter! Ugh! Happy weekend. hugs :)

  14. That's so beautiful and looks like a lot of work, but the pages are awesome. Love it :)

  15. What a fantastic, well designed, and well conceived entry for the Craft Barn's challenge. I was more than a little impressed, and adored how much you put into this, including fussy cutting the flowers and designing the different and unique pots.

  16. Hello Jane,

    Gorgeous pages! It feels like Spring is right around the corner despite that heavy frost (will your succulent make it?) It is always so inspiring to follow your creative process, thank you!

    Happy Valentine's day!

  17. I love everything about this, and really liking the quote :) I have garden envy. My yard is totally white. It's going to be a while before I have flowers too. I like your parents' yard too.

  18. A lovely combo of colour and stamping Jane, many thanks for joining in our February themes at Vintage Stamping and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  19. WOW - what a FABULOUS post Jane. I think I might have to get my Journal out today and play! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  20. Fantastic card and beautiful colours. Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafting For All Seasons. Hope you can join us again soon. Mary DT x

  21. Oh this is outstanding! All that cutting out, I am impressed. The finished pages are excellent and I just want to get those gelatos out and have a play now I have seen this.

  22. Fabulous creation with wonderful colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting for all Seasons. Barb

  23. There's flower color popping out here as well. Primroses and daffodils and tulips in late March. Your floral card is nice. So creative. It's been wet and warm here, too humid some days for my liking. Cold nights. Spring is just around the corner! Hope your Valentine's Day was nice. We were out for lunch but ate cake in afternoon for my bday. Phil did a good job making the cake! It was so good I have had two pieces today. Have a good week!

  24. I have nothing but admiration for those who can garden, and you can garden AND craft, so that's doubly impressive! I really like how your piece turned out and thought the way you did the flowers with the book text was especially clever. And I am dying at how genius it was of you to include the definition like you did! LOVE THAT and must try that tactic for myself. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  25. F is also for Fabulous :) Love the colour and that saying, create with your soul will be my mantra for the day x

  26. Such a sweet creation! Lovely to see another fellow gardener too! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  27. This is just fabulous! I love the text flowers and the corrugated plant pots and the beautiful colour combos, a lovely work of art

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  28. Wow, wow, wow, that rocks. Your pages are outstanding. FANTASTIC.

  29. A fabulous page with so much detail and texture xx

  30. Glorious spring colours in your fab journal pages.
    Great to have you with us at Natalie and Amy this month.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  31. Love your gorgeous project,thanks for sharing with us at Country View

  32. Stunning journal pages Jane, love the various textures and the spring colours ---- something to look forward to! X

  33. An absolutely beautiful spread and so cheering too

  34. I love, love, love your page, great textures and fabulous colours.
    xxx Hazel.

  35. Wowwwwwwwwwwww Jane, what a fabulous project. Thanks for giving all the details of how you made this. Love everything about it. Thanks for joining in with our 'Have a Heart' challenge at Winter Wonderland this week, and good luck
    Eileen x

  36. this is just an amazing wonderful page, totally does honor to your garden. By the way you could also enter at Carolyne Dube's let's play where this month the theme is neglected art supplies (in your case apparently the gelatos)

  37. Wow Wow Wow, this is just a beautiful page, perfect for The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge, thank you for joining in!
    Jane x

  38. Absolutely wonderful pages, I especially liked to see where the inspiration came from, thanks for sharing your parent's garden photos, that reminded me my parent's garden...
    Thanks for joining us at Artistic Stamper this month

  39. This certainly has the wow factor Jane. Fabulous stamps and love the flowers and colours.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  40. Stunning pages. So much to look at and lots of lovely texture.


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