Monday, 25 April 2016

She sells sea shells on the seashore

Although we have had a rather chilly weekend the weather has been warming up slowly. It is that time of year when I have a grand clear out and spring clean of my studio. It was time to open the blinds and get cleaning. I haven't worked out here since late November.

Check out my freshly oiled will not see it this clear again this year.
My radio was plugged in and I was ready to go. 
Everything got a sort out and a dust.

My Rascog trolley is now installed in his rightful place.

It is always a good chance to look at stash which has been forgotten and as I cleared things up I found some long forgotten scrapboard size papers.

 Sadly a couple had got their edges creased. I also found some lovely retro seaside Nicecrane images and decided that I would use a sweet girl for my art journal pages for the dictionary challenge over at the Craft Barn plus some other challenges. This fortnight the dictionary challenge is to use the letter S with a little twist to have a shell somewhere too.
I looked through my dictionary and chose the word "she" to use under my vintage girl. I didn't know how to link her to the shells with a quote or verse. I asked my Hb and he came up with the fun suggestion of "She sells sea shells on the seashore.  Once I had this tongue twister in my head I could see my finished piece in  my head.  Isn't it great when that happens.

I added a wash of gesso to my bottom layer and I started stamping some Crafty Individuals and Rubber dance seaside themed stamps around the edge.
 I used my dymo to create the quote as I felt this fitted my retro theme. I used lots of snippets of papers to die cut some Memory Box shells and crabs.
 I also found a snippet of textured "sea" I created using acrylics for an old project. I then put my ideas into place and worked to put my page together.

Here is my finsihed art journal page
I tore the the top page so that my girl appeared to be bursting into the scene and also to let the lovely sea card peep  through.

She certainly has plenty of sea shells to sell....! ;0)

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

The craft barn S with a shell my s is for she.
Pixie's snippets playground #226
Noor UK anything goes
The Ribbon Girl 3/3 any image goes
As you like it favourite animal I love all but my favourite here is the dog. We "Bear sit" our son's gorgeous dog and I love him because he is such fun company and gets me out walking, which I also love.
We love to create anything mixed goes mixed media 1/2 #9
Mod squad water
Frilly and Funkie It's not easy being green my whole piece has been made from scraps I found whilst spring cleaning and the backing piece might have been binned had I not rescued it as it was so creased.
Memory Box anything but a card I have created an art journal page.
That's crafty faces

Thanks for visiting, I'm keeping really busy in my studio at the moment building up my card stock for the tea rooms which are going to stock my cards. I have made some using this gorgeous beach girl too as I think they will sell well.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A fabulous retro-looking page. Love the cute image you have used and the shells from scraps.

  2. This is just fabulous Jane - every element is perfect for the sentiment and that gorgeous little lady romping in the sea. I loved seeing your craft cabin having its Spring clean too - it must be in the air right now. I've been catching up on some bits and pieces here today, things always look so much nicer all sparkly and tidy!

    Needless to say, Parsnip was as much help as a chocolate fireguard!


    Di xx

  3. Oh my! what a wonderful workspace...thanks you for the tour...didn't see the kettle on the desk though?.....maybe it's a bottle of something nice under the desk? Your page is have such a great creative imagination (can you tell I am jealous) I just love your little girl leaping out of the page. Absolutely brilliant!

  4. This is so interesting and fascinating. I love all the elements, and that sweet little joyful child is a perfect image for this page. Great take on the challenge, thanks for playing along with us over at the Mod Squad!
    Judy, Mod Squad Challenge Host
    Oh, and thanks so much for the tour of your studio, what a lovely space in which to create!

  5. I think it takes most of us a while to decide what to make then it's just a case of finding all the bits. Love your girl and the sea frame and the spotty crab etc. Great page.

  6. Lovley to acually see inside your craft room. Iv'e snucked down the path a few times and rattled the door knob to no avail. hugs Mrs A.

  7. Awe I love it Jane, especially the way she is bursting into it, so clever. Well done M on your brilliant idea!
    Your little studio is looking good to go, enjoy your creative summer in there!
    Have a great week my friend,
    V x

  8. oh wow - a clear desk - that sounds like a really wonderful thing - I don't think mine is ever clear!!! I love your make too - its brilliant! Looking forward to more makes from the clean and tidy place! Big hugs rachel x

  9. Hello dear Jane,

    What a great post and it is lovely to see your studio!
    You seem to have great light to create!
    Your journal page is beautiful. I particularly love the effect of the torn edges!


  10. Oh, wow, what an awesome page! The small girl is such a delightful image. I love all your little die cut seashells. The whole page looks really great! I love how you worked in the bold colors.

  11. I was so impressed with how well you incorporated that pesky shell into your awesome page. It's a real beauty and very smart way of thinking outside the box. You did a fantastic job.

  12. Love it! All the elements come together so well. Oh, and you do such a good cleaning job - my craft room could do with your touch! :D

  13. You have a great space ! I love your Orla Kiely patterned old style radio too ! Oh... and the card is fabulous ! :o)
    Corrie x

  14. A beautiful page all fabulously well co-ordinated. A plethora of shells for her to sell and 'She' is a bonny looker too bursting from the scene x

  15. Love the girl bursting out of the page, very clever touch. Your background looks fantastic and of course the tongue twister (with all the Ss) was a great choice for this page theme.

  16. I loved seeing your studio all spiffed up and ready for a busy summer of crafting! Anyone would love having such a nicely set up space! Great card too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. The best part about cleaning up the craft room is when you find bits and pieces that inspire you to create something new. Lovely use of your scraps to create a beautiful & fun layout! Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie "It's Not Easy Being Green" challenge this week.

  18. Beautiful page, the image of the little girl is gorgeous and great idea to use that phrase for the shell aspect of the challenge! I love your craft studio too! xx

  19. Beautiful page Jane, love it all. My doesnt your craft place look clean lol! Beautiful table too bet it does not look like that now lol!

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  20. Lovely to have a spring clean in your studio, Jane! And finding some forgotten crafting items is always a useful thing too. Your card is lovely, such a sweet image of the little girl, and I love how she is bursting through like that!
    Helen xox

  21. All looking very organised after your spring clean... and lovely work already going on. Love the little girl bursting through the paper with such joy and energy.
    Alison x

  22. I absolutely love your journal page Jane. I love the idea of the little girl bursting out of the page. A beautiful retro feel. I love it.

    Great photos too of your lovely clean cabin. I would be ashamed to take you inside mine. Barbxx

  23. Gorgeous project, Jane. I love all the details and the image is very cute! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  24. That is so beautiful. Everything looks exactly like it has to belong there. Great work :)

  25. Love your seaside page, lots to see.

  26. great looking studio and that cart is just so handy isn't it, it can hold a ton of stuff right at your hand. Your page is just sublime, how the girl bursts out of the page, such a fun sentence, not even attempting trying to say it :-)

  27. Loved seeing your crafty space, Jane! It's wonderful! And sparkling clean and organized!!! Ok, on to the's so joyous, so filled with life! That little girl bursting through the paper makes my heart smile! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "It's Not Easy Being Green" Challenge!

  28. I love the little girl bursting out of the page. A fabulous project.


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