Saturday, 9 April 2016

A pot of spring flowers

The first of my tulips are finally flowering in my pots in my garden. Every year I plant a different variety or 2 in with my daffodils. Over the last week my pink edged variety has bloomed. It is so pretty and delicate and the morning dew on them looks magical. 



They look so pretty in their pots and really bring some early colour into my garden. There are lots of spring challenges running at the moment and the next letter for the dictionary challenge...D...is running over at the Craft Barn.
So using my lovely tulips as my inspiration for the challenges I decided to make a new art journal page. I looked through my stash to find my tulip and daffodil stamps and stamped out tulips and daffs.  EDIT; In answer to a question the top tulip stamp is an ancient unnamed wooden one, the middle is PaperArtsy and the daff is an old freebie from Papermania that was a giveaway on a magazine about 5 years ago raising funds for Marie Cure. 
 I then water coloured  them using my distress inks.


 The word I chose for the dictionary challenge was D for dozen, so I fussy cut out a dozen blooms.
I created a spring background using distress inks in my journal
and added some stencilling and a lovely quote.
I also wanted to recreate a terracotta pot, just like those in my garden. To do this I used a Cheery Lynn die cut pot and added some Decoart texture sand for texture. After it had dried I painted it with DecoArt media acryllics. It's such fun building up the colours.
So then it was time to put on my creative hat...................

here is my finished spring flowers page.
 I really like the texture I created on my pot....it really is rough to the touch.  I added my snippet from my vintage dictionary for "Dozen" to it.


 I thought I would also show you what my double page spread now looks like in my journal, if you missed my G for garden post you can read it here..................it just sings spring to me ;0)
I would like to enter my tulip art journal page into the following fun challenges;

Craft Stamper Take it make it 2/3 spring flowers
The Craft Barn dictionary challenge D with pink included my D is for dozen.
Rubber Dance 3/5 spring into spring 
A Vintage Journey spring is in the air
Rhedd's creative spirit; April
Stamping Sensations 2/3 one for the girls
Mod Squad 1/3 show us your background
As you like it 1/3favourite non card project and why....because I give away or sell all the cards I create making journal pages allows me to keep a library and record of my work and to share it with my family and friends.
Cupcake Inspirations #354 yellow/pink/blue and flowers
Crafty Boots 2/3 spring is in the air


I hope that your gardens and the open spaces where you live are showing off their spring blooms. My 2nd variety of tulips are a really bold colour. I am really looking forward to them unfurling and revealing all. What an exciting time this is in my tiny garden. Mother Nature has so much in store for me. Have a lovely weekend, the sun is shining as I type this but I think we'll have a typical April weekend of showers here. 

Thanks for visiting today and for taking the time to leave your very kind comments. I finally received my complimentary copy of Craft Stamper magazine in the post on Friday.  I was so delighted to see my Birdsong card there. I'm on page 56 if you have one and if not I'm going to share some photos and a step by step of that card here on Monday. 

Bye for now,

Jane x


45 comments:

  1. Wow, our posts are just the complete opposite this morning! My blog is filled with snow and ice and yours if full of flowers and sunshine! Love it! Your page is beautiful, I love all the hand done tulips, so bright and cheery! Have a great weekend. hugs :)

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  2. What a beautiful page! I simply love tulips and daffodils together.
    I also love your real garden. Talk of snow for here today but I really think its too warm here.

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  3. Love the flowers you have showing off in your garden. And your created garden in your journal is amazing looking. The two pages together just sing. I love that each page twists in a different direction. Just like flowers like to do at times. You quite cleverly chose and illustrated your word dozen. Great flower pot too!

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  4. Wonderful photos and subsequent art page for your journal.You really are one talented lady! The texture on your pot is brilliant and the daffs and tulips just say Spring! Truly lovely.

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  5. What a wonderful journal page you created, Jane,

    And oh my your garden! Simply fantasticly blooming. Your walk to your studio must be wonderful every day, enjoy!

    Happy weekend, happy creating!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  6. Such a beautiful card. Thank you for participating in our challenge this week at Cupcake Inspirations. - Eva, Sweetie DT -

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  7. Wow! How gorgeous! both your tulips and journal! Mother nature is a true artist, isn't she!? creating all these beautiful colors, how can we not be inspired by them!? Thank you for playing along with us over at Cupcake Inspirations!

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  8. Wow, you created a great background for your beautiful pot of spring flowers. Love the pictures of your tulips as well. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge. Good luck, and hope to see you again.
    Barbara, Mod Squad Challenge Host.

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  9. Gorgeous tulips and your journal page rivaled nature in it's gorgeousness! Good job, Jane! I hope you win! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Wow Spring is definitely in the air with this beautiful journal page and your colourful garden. Great textures on your terracotta pot.
    Have a great weekend, Julie x

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  11. A beautiful journal page, love the collaged flowers and the gorgeous effect you achieved on the flower pot. Thanks for joining us in our non-card challenge at AYLI this week.
    Lorraine DT

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  12. Your journal page is absolutely delightful!
    Sandy xx

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  13. So pretty! Both art and flowers :) I thought I was catching up with you with the weather, but we got about 6" of snow dumped on the flowers. Sad, sad, but like your quote says, the flowers still have the sun inside them.

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  14. Wow Jane your blooms, both real and stamped are gorgeous. Love how you created your pot with the sand texture and paints, it looks fabulous. Had two days of sunshine here and warm enough to sit by the pool, so a good start to our hols.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  15. Beautiful journal page, fabulous spring flowers and that pot is brilliant. Love seeing both pages together too. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

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  16. Sorry, but I have to do it. Tip toe through the tulips, through the tulips with me...! Groan. I really like your flower stamps, any idea what make they are? Happy journal pages again xx

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  17. Gorgeous tulips in your garden. An original idea to choose dozen.

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  18. stunning journal page Jane.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Lovely page full of spring sunshine! The texture on the pot is my favourite part though... so real!

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  20. What a FANTASTIC page. Thanks for sharing how you created it. xxx

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  21. Fantastic Jane. I love your Journal Page, great composition and I love how you created he pot. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Dionne

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  22. So pretty, and a great way to illustration your word. Stunning tulip photos too.

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  23. Wow! Your tulips are looking fantastic. Some of my pots got broken in the recent storms so its still a bit of a mess in my back garden. Your journal pages are fabulous, so many lovely elements on the pages.

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  24. Great and lush design !!

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  25. Your tulips are lovely in your garden and on your card. Hop over to my blog and see my tulips on my patio. Have a great week!
    http://grandmabeckyl.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow this is fabulous. Great pot and love your dozen tulips and daffodils. Think it's been a good year for tulips - mine seem to have been out for a couple of months!!

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  27. Gorgeous display of blooms my Friend!
    xx

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  28. A lovely floral creation Jane, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

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  29. Fab journal spread. Love those flowers. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  30. Such great inspiration for this one. Such a lovely project that came from it. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

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  31. How beautiful Spring page. Love how you made the flower pot. It looks awesome. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

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  32. o that page is so beautiful, the flowers, the details of the flowerpot, the background. And the 2 pages work really well together. Also didn't know you could use DI as a watercolor.

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  33. For this project I'm here from Craft Barn and kept wondering what all those flowers had to do with the D word. Suddenly you showed me that flowers often come by the dozen. What a clever word, clever idea, and imaginative word. I adore the real flowers, too.

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  34. Your pages are beautiful, Jane. I love the flowers and the flowerpot. Where I live there are now many fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in bloom and the smell delicious. Such a beautiful view. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

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  35. Stunning photos - and great texture on your terracotta pot full of flowers too.
    Alison x

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  36. Fabulous flowers and a great journal page, love the zingy colours

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month

    Joan

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  37. What an awesome journal page! Love the texture and those flowers are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

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  38. Wow, wow, wow, this is stunning....love the step by step! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

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  39. A beautiful page, just love the whole composition and a very realistic looking terracotta pot too x

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  40. A great choice of word and your spring display is fabulous. I love the texture on the flower pot.

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  41. Totally loving this journal page...right from the inspiration to the execution...just fabulous! The textured pot looks awesome and so does your dozen flowers!Thank you for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa(DT).

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  42. Such a beautiful page and I love the thought behind it too. A lovely entry at AYLI...Good Luck!! Sarah :0)

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  43. My goodness, this is so beautiful! Love how you made the pot, such realistic looking texture. Lovely spring flowers - on your page as well as in your garden :) Thank you for joining our April challenge at Rubber Dance once again ♥

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  44. Just popping back to Thankyou for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

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  45. Such pretty flowers and love the texture on your pot. Beautiful ode to spring. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x