Friday, 25 March 2016

G is for

First of all can I thank everyone who left such positive and kind comments on my last post. I enjoyed my first day of retirement yesterday and after celebrating over lunch with my dear friend Karen I was itching to do some crafting and enter some challenges. The fun continues with the dictionary challenge over at The Craft barn and the letter this fortnight is G. There are also lots of challenges asking for spring and Easter themed projects.

After some deliberation I whittled it down to 2 possibilities...golden and garden. I chose G for Garden and decided that gold would feature out there too, just right for a sunny Easter garden.

I also bought a recent new set of Paperartsy stamps, I had to buy them as the are all about Daisies.

Today is just glorious. The sun is really hot on our patio and I have got the washing out, I can hear the bees buzzing and the birds are singing their little hearts out.

The flowering currant is attracting the bees but I could not get a shot, they were too quick

My acers are waking up with lots of new shoots

 Even Old Choc is enjoying the sunshine
and sunshine can only mean one thing
Time to get out the chairs and sit and enjoy a cuppa or two with this sweet boy under our chairs.

For my journal page I started off adding some texture paste to my art journal page
 I added gold embossing powder to create my golden garden and added a sentiment. I then started blending some Spring garden distress ink colours. The embossing acts as a resist.
I stamped and coloured the Daisies with distress inks and fussy cut them out. 
I also used some bister and die cut CL butterflies from the inky coloured card.
So once I had my background made I got busy with a little more stencilling and adding my embellishments. 
Here is my finished page.

 Here is my garden certainly is my pleasure ground and I certainly am a gardener according to my dictionary!

It will not be long before I have butterflies there too. 

I would like to enter my Easter garden art journal page into the following challenges;

The Craft Barn  dictionary challenge My G is for garden
Little Claire's  3/3 anything goes
Ribbon Girl  3/any image
Whimsy  3/3 spring colours or Easter
Deep Ocean  2/3 Fave colour combo I have lots of fave combos but greens/ golds/ yellows is one of them.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 2/5 come rain or shine This page I hope shares my sunny Easter holiday in my sweet garden. The rain bit is to come as the forecast is not looking good!
Sweet Stampin  2/3 Easter
Crafty Boots  2/3  Easter
Penny Black and More  3/3 feature a creature
Stamping sensations 2/3 flower power
Vintage Stamping at least 3 layers I have 5;  the inks, the stencilling the stencilled embossing, the stamping and the die cuts.
Sparkles 1/3 make it girlie
Wow embossing powders March challenge
Creative Corner 1/3 anything but a card

Right I am heading back to the garden to make the most of this glorious day...and I know you are all loving my hellebore photos... so here's  another that |I just snapped.

Just bliss........I'm going to put on the kettle and just sit ;0)

Thanks so much for visiting. Enjoy the Easter holiday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane xx


  1. Fabulous journal page - I love all the gold stencilling with the green. Fab photos of your garden too.....if only this weather would last all weekend!!

  2. Your real garden and your created paper garden are both a joy to visit! One as beautiful as the other. Lucky kitty to live in such a garden. I love all your great stamping and texturing and die cuts creating this great garden scene. Quite beautiful indeed!

  3. stunning beautiful pages Jane - and I adore your garden - mine never seems to be quite warm enough somehow!! Hugs Rachel x

  4. Stunning journal page Jane, wonderful shades of green yellow and gold, fabulous stamping and texture.
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  5. Fabulous journal page. Love those daisies and the gold flowers are equally gorgeous. A beautiful way to celebrate both Easter and Spring. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  6. Beautiful page...I love the gold and how clever to put embossing paste on and then powder on top and heat!.....another added to the give it a go list...sometime! Your photos of your garden are lovely too, enjoy!!

  7. Dear Jane,

    Wonderful page, and those daisies are so perfect for you, you will find many, many occasions to use daisy :) And your garden looks fabulous, enjoy this long weekend, and happy Easter, dear friend!


  8. Aren't bees difficult to photograph!
    Your garden is looking lovely Jane and good to see Billy enjoying the sunshine.
    I love your Daisy page the flowers are gorgoeus. It is great getting outdoors again but I'm afraid there may a slight blip ahead especially for you southerners.
    Enjoy your Easter weekend my friend,
    V x

  9. Of course you need more stamps with Daisy's in them! You page turned out gorgeous.

    ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Look at your beautiful garden waking up from its winter sleep, it's gorgeous as is your Daisy card love it.
    Happy Easter to you all.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  11. Gosh, your garden is beautiful and what an inspiration for your card. I love the gold daisies and the background colouring

  12. A stunning Nature inspired creation Jane, you have captured the freshness of the season perfectly. It never fails to amaze me how amazing Spring is with everything bursting into life as if by magic.

    Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations, Penny Black and More and FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges.

    B x

  13. Such a happy page! and fabulous spring photos too.

  14. Just wanted to pop back again to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such a lovely comment on my DecoArt news, I so appreciated it.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  15. Very pretty. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
    Cathy DT Member

  16. Pretty pretty. Love daffy, must be coz I'm Welsh! Seriously, they always make me smile- happy flowers! Must stop using exclamation marks all time. Love the journal page xx

    1. Curse you predictive text. Can't get rid of it on phone either. Arghh. Anyway, obviously meant to put daffs xx

  17. What a glorious garden you have created! Yesterday was a truly beautiful day here too but looking at your acer pic your garden is coming to life much earlier than my Surrey garden..

  18. Wow, gorgeous Jane! Love the spring colours, and the touches of gold are just brilliant! Great addition with the little birdie, no spring day is complete without one! Love your spring photos too, such the opposite weather we are having right now! Wishing you a Happy Easter! hugs :)

  19. Beautiful journal page, love your daisy stamps and your garden looks beautiful, everything is much further behind in my garden but starting to show more signs of spring.

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  20. So beautiful Jane, I adore your flutter of butterflies and the sentiment is so apt for you with your beautiful little lady Daisy. Billie looks as if he is thoroughly enjoying the sunshine.
    Julie xx

  21. I've plumped for garden too... I did consider gilded/gilding but I have just the perfect stamp! Lovely layers on your piece, just right for our Vintage Stamping Challenge this month, thanks for playing with us!

  22. A garden full of daisies would give me a happy heart for sure. I think your garden is beautiful.
    Happy Easter and enjoy your retirement.

  23. gorgeous journal page!! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

  24. Really lovely journal page Jane. I love all of the gold and those fabulous daisies. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  25. G is for Gorgeous work Jane!
    LOve it!!

  26. A very inspiring card and gorgeous elements Jane.
    Good luck in our prize drae at Penny Black and More this month.


  27. Beautiful !
    Thanks for joining us at SPARKLES MONTHLY Challenges and good luck !
    Maryvonne , DT Member

  28. This is fantastic art page. Love the colors and your design. All the texture is super. Thank you for sharing your stunning project with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  29. Such fabulously creative designs! Love the texture the gold adds and the daisies are darling.

    Congrats on your retirement. We did it two years ago and never looked back :).

  30. Love your daisy page, and the hellebores and your garden look lovely.

  31. I realize I'm incredibly late visiting, but was thrilled to see this gorgeous page. All the beautiful layers and layers are simply out of this world. Your garden is truly magical.

  32. Gorgeous Art-journaling page you made for our CCC anything but a card challenge.
    Good luck in the draw!
    Greetings, Linda DT-CCC

  33. You have such a fab way of building up layers and making the page come to life Jane and this is no exception. Super bit of creativity. Lou x

  34. A fabulous creation. Enjoy your retirement! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) xx

  35. Beautiful garden, the project and your real flowers!! Still looking for a lovely hellebore like your pic!! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  36. A very pretty project full of the promise of spring xx

  37. I love all the layers you have added to create a beautiful garden scene.

  38. Gorgeous Spring card!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Ribbon Girl challenge! xoxo t.


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