Friday, 26 February 2016

Pre spring floral colour

The pre Spring flowers are looking beautiful at the moment especially the Primula, such bold bright colours.

 so many pretty colours
I also recently bought a most unusual Helebore

 It is so beautiful.
even on a dull day

I wanted to make something for some current fun challenges so looked up the rules and got some ideas.
Andy Skinner has a great challenge running where we need to use Decoart products to create a bold and bright painty (is that a word? It is to me) background.
Inspired by all the pre spring floral colours around me I decided to get out some of my Decoart paints to have a play and join the fun. Here are a few of them.

I had some scraps of book pages left over from a recent project (us crafters never waste anything do we?) to stick to my background. I then started dripping and spraying with water allowing my colours to run down and mix. I didn't have much of a plan but just enjoyed playing. I just wanted an impression of spring flowers,which I think I managed to achieve.

I also dribbled in some silver which gave a gorgeous shimmer (not shown very well in my photo, sorry!)

I wanted to use my Decoart crackle paste too so I chose my vines stencil and applied it.

I love watching the crackles appear.
With the background made it was then time to come up with a design for my card.

I used a Wendy Vecchi spring flower which I also stamped onto a book page and coloured with my Decoart paints and then fussy cut out.
I also used the Decoart metallic silver paint to cover a piece of card to make a flower pot with. I love this paint, it covers beautifully and gives a wonderful sheen irl.
I embossed a sentiment onto my little hand cut pot.
So here is my finished card.

 I added some Decoart Glamour Dust to my flower.

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

                                                   Andy Skinner Bold and bright
                                            Country View make your own background
Simon says stamp Monday Inspired by a song My song is one from my childhood at primary school...All things bright and beautiful....I'm still humming it now!
Simon says stamp Wednesday  2/5 anything goes
Simon Says work it Wednesdays 1/3 Floral
Natalie and Amy 2/3 hearts and flowers
The Craft barn non red heart
Mixed Media World love is in the air
The artistic stamper  HeArt art
Sweet Stamping  2/3 glitter and sparkle

There has been a lot of lovely sunshine around this week although it's been very chilly. This has been very welcomed as I have been doing lots of walking with Bear (My son's dog). I have taken my camera on our adventures which I will share with you over the next few posts. Monday is a very special day for Bear as he will be have his first birthday even though he will be that will have you all foxed....can you work it out....*******clue he was born in 2012********* ;0) 

Thank you for your kind visits and comments. Another week has flown by. Keep warm and carry on crafting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awe Bear was a leap year baby!!!
    Your card is so pretty Jane, I would love to play with the crackle, that looks like a lot of fun!
    You've definitely captured the colour of spring flowers in your card, speaking of which that is an amazing hellebore, it looks like it has been painted and I love the stripey blue primula!
    Enjoy your weekend my friend,
    V x

  2. So lovely to see all your Spring flowers and your Helebores is simply breathtaking. Loving your card with all the wonderful bright I wish I could be braver with bright colours.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie xx

  3. Fabulous colours, great stamping and techniques, a gorgeous card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  4. this is brilliant Jane - I love what you have done! Thanks for joining us at countryview challenges - hugs Rachel x

  5. Gorgeous card.. have fun with Bear! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Jane this is beautiful, I love your Spring flower background, and the book pages look fab. Thanks so much for playing along with us again at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

  7. Did you take all those pictures? Those flowers are so beautiful. Speaking of beautiful - Your art work looks great - I would settle for just the background I love it so!
    sandy xx

    1. Thanks Sandy and yes and all the photos were taken by little old me on my camera. Have a lovely weekend xx

  8. Oo pretty! I've seen crackle paste used a few times now. I think I will have to get some. Has a nicer effect than crackle glaze. I love the stripey flower too xx

    1. Card would make great journal page aswell

  9. Gorgeous Jane! I love the fancy heart die cut and your background is just stunning! I love that Cinderella flower, wow. Looks like your world is blossoming! hugs :)

  10. beautiful journal page Jane inspired by a beautiful the spring colours and lots of gorgeous texture...your primulas are looking fantastic...thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge kath xxx

  11. Hi Jane,
    Gorgeous blooms! I am particularly mesmerized by you Cinderella!
    Your AJ pages are beautiful and I love the quote!!
    Have a peaceful and creative Sunday!

  12. Love that Hellebore! beautiful card Jane, I enjoy the photos of the process very much :)

  13. Wow, lovely, lovely card and great step by step! OMG that Helebore is beautiful, haven't seen that one before. Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  14. I love primroses. They're so bright and happy after winter. Pretty, pretty card, but I especially like your Stickman in your last post. It looks like you had a fabulous day!

  15. Well this card is definitely one thing that's "bright and beautiful!" I do not have a green thumb, so I surely did enjoy seeing such lovely pictures of virtual flowers! We still have snow in our front yard and your project made me happy and even more excited for the weather to warm up. I really love the clever technique you used for the background and I also liked how you put a sentiment on your flower pot! This has so many great details and layers and you combined them flawlessly! Thank you for giving me a little hint of Spring and for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  16. great background, love the crackle paste, and the flower pot is awesome and what a great quote.

  17. Hello Jane,

    Lovely flowers, those happy&bright colors make me smile :) And your card is lovely too, gathers the sunshine&spring-feel perfectly! Hooray for spring!

    Enjoy your sunny days, and happy March soon!


  18. Love yr work Jane . . . fab inky crackly background & great sentiment. Love Love LOVE that hellebore xxx

  19. Oh wow Jane this is one absolutely gorgeous card :)
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  20. Oh my gracious Jane, your beautiful flower pictures makes me want to paint them!!! Great photos. AND your project is just STUNNINGLY LOVELY. Wow. Your background colors GORGEOUS - so springlike and cheerful. TOTALLY in love with your vines... I think I must have that stencil!! They are LUSCIOUS. This is just such a treat to see - every inch is BEAUTIFUL. j.

  21. Wonderful! Love the background with the stencilled crackle. Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid X

  22. A fabulous card that will brighten up the lucky recipients day.


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