Friday, 5 August 2016

C is for

For the current alphabet challenge over at The Craft Barn the letter is C.
I found out the letter choice whilst on my holiday in Tuscany and decided that the only possible C which I could use was C for Cypress...the stunning Tuscan countryside is Cypress tree dominated.

The countryside is so stunning

 And the drive to our villa was a via this incredible cypress lined track.

I decided to use one of these photos for my focal and made myself a mixed media background in my art journal.
My vintage dictionary definition is a little odd but never mind the graveyards bit...LOL

I started adding some texture with tissue wrap which I purposefully wrinkled.  I also adding texture paste using my flourish stencil

 I chose my colours, inspired by the trees and land.

I started spraying my inks and then added lots of drips and drizzles too...I wanted a vintage Italian canvas as a background.

There was always the sound of buzzing bees up at our wonderful villa so I used my Crafty
Individuals bee stamp too.    I continued building up the layers of ink until I was happy with my background.
Above is the photo I used which I die cut a gold frame for and added my dictionary definition to.
Then it was time to put on my creative hat and finish my page.
I found a very apt quote on the Internet which I printed on my computer and cut up.

Here is my finished page...

and a couple of close ups. I bought this gorgeous Cheery Lynn wheat sheaf die last winter and this is its first outing.
The fields in Tuscany had been recently harvested and there were hay bales everywhere.

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

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge my c is for cypress
Cheery Lynn 2/2 back to nature I have used the lovely CL wheat die
Rhedd's Creative spirit anything goes
Artistic Inspirations anything goes
A vintage journey stencil it
More mixed media anything goes
Creative Corner anything goes
Crafty boots use a stamp
Simon says stamp Monday celebrate my AJ page is a celebration of our wonderful holiday.

I also wanted to share a few more photos from Sienna, a wonderful city....

I love this happy family photo, our Daisy had such fun.
It's the end of the week already...where did that go? Enjoy the weekend ahead. I will still be posting some Creative Chemistry "homework" over the weekend. Thanks so much for all your visits and kind comments this week, I really appreciate them.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    Wow! Those views from your holidays, simply stunning! And sweet Daisy on holidays too, too cute! And love your "c" art, captures that Tuscany countryside perfectly.

    Have a happy weekend!


  2. Gorgeous project, I really love it. Thank you so much for entering our challenge.
    Greetings, Veerle DT - Creative Corner challenges

  3. I love the image you chose for the card and your design also. Lucky you to go to such a wonderful place!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Brilliant artwork Jane, the subject matter is rather stunning I have to say. What amazing photos, such a beautiful place.
    And that photo of Daisy & co is adorable. :)
    Happy weekend,
    V x

  5. Great page and word to choose. Love the green and gold colourway!

  6. Your memory is captured in such a. Beautiful way on your artwork Jane. Thanks for sharing your picturesque photos, they are fantastic.
    Have a nice weekend, Julie x

  7. Stunning photographs of Tuscany Jane. I love how you have used the avenue of Cyprus Trees as the focal point of your colourful card. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  8. Love your memory page incorporating that fabulous photo of the cypress trees and your shots of Tuscany are superb, love the angled ones. So glad Daisy had such a great time xxx

  9. A lovely quote, perfect for your fabulous page.

  10. What a fabulous and personal page. I adore your built up background and the Dr Seuss quote. Your cypress tree pics are great to see. Our local council decided to put cypress trees up to decorate a very busy roundabout near us and it's been a disaster. They are not suited for a concrete urban environment and some have died and the others have bent and look ugly and out of place. It's wonderful to see them in their true setting.

  11. Your superb background is in danger to be eclipsed by the Tuscan scenery... I think I've just added Tuscany to my MUST SEE places list!

  12. Beautiful page Jane, you definitely used the best photo to put in the frame! What a gorgeous place to visit. Wonderful architecture and amazing views, but that street lined with trees has stolen the show for me!! WOW, I could just drive up and down that one all day long! TFS. hugs :)

  13. Love the photos! It must've been a wondrous place to be and you're so lucky that you could enjoy it with the people who mean the most to you.

  14. You really have done your photo true and beautiful justice, gorgeous hun - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  15. Fabulous, just love Tuscany and recognised most of your photographs.

  16. Jane, your journal page is a wonderful way to record your memories of your lovely trip! I love those trees in the photo and especially are stunning in that frame! I loved seeing the country side through your camera lens--looks so peaceful! And it seems like a great day in Sienna, too! Hugs!

  17. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures Jae - I do love Italy!
    sandy xx

  18. The photos of Tuscany are beautiful. I love the photo you chose for your page and the way you picked up the colours of the trees and landscape. Beautiful work!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Stencil It challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  19. Your photos of Tuscany are stunning and how I would love to be there. I love your scrapbook page. So rich and vibrant. Love the one photo which just seems to flow into that photo.

  20. Lovely photos, somewhere I would very much like to go. Your page really captures the feel of the trees and also the heat xx

  21. I've never seen a cypress tree IRL so thank you for sharing your photos and once again a stunning creation Karen x

  22. What a lovely page. Very nicely done! Thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Sammy-x

  23. Lovely travel photos and page from one of my favorite countries!! Here's to many more family trips and memories.
    Happy August, Jane.

    Anne and all xx

  24. what a wonderful project and great photos. I have been to Florence a few years ago and it was wonderful!
    Thanks for playing along in the Artistic Inspirations Challenge.

  25. This is absolutely wonderful, Jane. I love how you used the Cheery Lynn Designs Wheat Heads B388. Great job. Thanks for entering the CLD Back to Nature design challenge!

  26. Gorgeous project! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  27. Such a lovely page Jane...ever green! Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good luck, Rupa DT.

  28. Wonderful photos of your holiday! I love how your page was inspired by the colours and sights from your holiday. Great stencilled flourish too. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Julia x


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