Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The colour red

With only a few days left until Valentine's day I found it interesting to look around at the way red appears in every day life, as well as its use to represent love and passion.

Pillar boxes painted are red so that we can spot where to post our mail. I do love the old ones like this one I pass on my way to work.

Red is used in road signs for warnings
Even instructions on the back of doors
and for old fashioned phone boxes, nowadays mobiles have taken over so there are few of these around. This one is actually at a garden centre.
In Mother Nature red can signify danger to us in poisonous berries
but also can produce some beautiful blooms.
The sweet robin also has a red breast.
So for my card today I thought of my favourite colour combination with red which is black.
It is a general with love card for sale here in my Etsy shop
It features my great Visible Ink lips stamp and also I used their rose stamp to glitter emboss a border. There is plenty of sparkle and shine here.

I never get bored using embossing powders....they are such great fun. I finished my card off with my fave with love die cut sentiment and a red bow.

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

Noor UK  love
The Artistic stamper  love 
Creative Inspirations  hugs and kisses
Creative Corner  2/3 Valentine's/love
That's Crafty  3/3 love
Pixie's snippets playground  2/3 #215
Deep Ocean  hearts
The Ribbon girl 1/3 anything goes for a card
Papercreator must be love
Card Mania 1/5 add some red
Penny Black and More 1/3 anything goes with a stamp and a die
Stamping Sensations 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Boots 3/3 love is in the air
Simon says stamp Wednesday 1/5 one layer

After surviving the gales on Monday we are now being advised we might get a covering of snow next week....brrrr. I do know that for many of my son's birthday's we have had snow..and that's not until 24 February,so we could still get a very cold snap before spring finally surfaces. It's been the most bizarre winter here in South East England, up until now we really have not had anything that cold other than the odd day. However the same can't be said about the rain,......especially for the poor souls up north, they certainly don't need any more for the moment.

I hope you enjoyed your pancakes last night...I very nearly forgot until I saw something on TV whilst I was cooking. Luckily I had the ingredients, including a lemon. Well in our house we do need to be prepared for the occasional G+T don't we ;0)

Thanks for visiting today, keep snug and carry on crafting.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A super Valentines card Jane and lovely sparkle around the border, many thanks for joining our February themes at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  2. I love the dramatic look to your card and the lips are a fabulous glossy red.
    Hugs, Julie x

  3. Hi Jane

    Beautiful post!
    Love a touch of Red here and there!
    Your card is SUPERB!


  4. I must be bang up to the mark then as my mobile phone is bright red!! Also I remembered the pancakes last night too. The next storm is due in tomorrow sometime and then snow forecast for the weekend. Think I will just go into hibernation for the duraion. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Lovely card, fabulous embossing. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  6. Oh my, that is a big smacker of a kiss on your card today Jane! :)
    I do hope there isn't any snow next week and that they have got it all wrong!!!
    Have a lovely evening my four day,
    V x

    1. I have absolutely no idea how 'friend' turned into ' four day'!!!!!

  7. A fantastic card Jane. Love those lips. Barbxx

  8. So much red in this post - love it. You made a great card! :)
    Thanks for playing with us at Card mania, hope you will join us again! xx Kajcyika

  9. Love stopping always have the best pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your Valentine with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,

  10. Love your red and black card and the photos. Totally forgot it was pancake day yesterday xxx

  11. a lovely make and a fabulous post tonight Jane - enjoyed this one alot and also like the G and T reference lol! Hugs rachel x

  12. That red just pops off your card! Thanks for sharing it with Creative Corner Challenge!

  13. Another fabulous card Jane and such a clever design. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  14. Have a Happy Valentine's Day! I enjoyed all the inspiring red objects--I don't think I've ever seen one of those pillar post boxes before!

    Jane T

  15. Love the big red kiss on this card! I made a few Valentine cards and sent them to my granddaughters in Ohio today. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. Stunning card, and all your fab photos will be great inspiration for future cards

  17. Oh Jane, I just love how you find inspiration in the everyday things around you!! Love the phone booth pic with that amazing berry bush! Your card is amazing, love those red lips on that black background, wow!! That glittery rose pattern in the background...AWESOME!! hugs :)

  18. There is a phone box somewhere near Brecon (I haven't seen it only been told) that is a free library. Totally maintained by the public who if they take a book replace it with one they have read previously. I love the old phone boxes they take me back to when I was young and that first love crush when you used to put 10p in the slot and turn that big heavy number wheel. Love those lips, bit reminiscent of that phone box memory too ;)

  19. Great photos and a fab card.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  20. Wonderful phots as always Jane - and that card is a real stunner! So clever!


    Di xx

  21. Amazing card - love the red embossing, wow!!
    Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  22. Great card, very unusual.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator's Crafts.

    Pam x

  23. I like the first picture you posted with the house in the back ground. I miss England at times. That house is a reminder to me, of years ago when I was there. Stay warm and drink hot tea with a biscuit as well! Hugs!

  24. Hi. Lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations. Good luck!
    CraftyNatalie - DT

  25. Wow!!! This is such a gorgeous card.
    Thanks for joining in with The Ribbon Girl card challenge.
    Hugs, Donna xx

  26. Fab creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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