Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Toadstools and magic in the New Forest.

A couple of weeks ago my Hb and I took Daisy out to the New Forest whilst her Mummy, Daddy and Jack had some time at home. We went to try to find the pannaging pigs with no success. However we did find other treasures...
 Lots of New Forest ponies..and cattle too.

Lots of lovely pine cones to collect,
tree stumps to jump on
and we also spotted some amazing toadstalls. 
We explained very carefully to Daisy that they must never be touched as they could be poisonous but we spent some fun time spotting different ones hidden in the undergrowth. 
I told Daisy that they always remind me of fairies.

Daisy was fascinated and we played a little game of who could find the best one.
We awarded the prize to this one Daisy found
What cuties 😊 
...we spent some time admiring all the markings on it.
It was such a lovely afternoon.

So I decided to make a Moment for my art journal and also to enter a couple of challenges using that magical afternoon for inspiration. I also wanted to use some new card which the lovely Tracey Dutton of Lavinia Stamps kindly gave me at Ally Pally to test drive . I have not had the time til now to play with it.
 The first thing I wanted in my magical fairy scene was a moon for some atmosphere. All the stamps I used are by Lavinia. I white embossed the moon.
 I chose some ink spray colours which reminded me of our visit.
I then got very inky spraying on my colours and drying until I was happy with my background. The Multifarious card stood up to all the water beautifully and did not warp. I was very impressed! My verdict, yes a really good quality card for wet inking and stamping and embossing. 
I wanted to make my own forest, the only Lavinia tree stamps I own are the half trees so I used the branch part of these to stamp with. 
I then just got busy stamping up my little fairy scene which of course had to features mushrooms and leaves!
Here it is
and a few close ups

My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

Lavinia on Face Book November; dark and mysterious
The Craft Barn 12 month challenge November  I can't believe this is the penultimate one!
The Artistic Stamper 2/3 use a quote
Craft Stamper take it make it 2/3 anything goes stamping
Happy Little Stampers anything goes/tags
We love to Create 2/3 anything mixed media
Crafting with an attitude 2/3 anything goes
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media
Mix it up 2/3 anything goes, optional stencilling

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am off to catch up with a friend who is over from America who I trained with at King's College hospital in the early 1980s. We have not seen one another for over 10 years! Lots of catching up to do.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. That looks like such a great place to spend the day! Wonderful natural forest land and all those toadstools are so amazing! I didn't see a single one this year!! What a gorgeous page Jane! LOVE the big moon, so bright and creates a magical atmosphere for your fantasy forest! Beautiful!! hugs :)

  2. Awe what a lovely magical piece of art!!
    Great pics with Daisy and I agree she found a toadstool fit for a fairy!
    Hope you had a lovely day with your friend,
    V x

  3. Wow! That is one cool journal page, Jane. I love the moon. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge for November.

  4. Beautiful pictures and beautiful page !
    Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  5. What a great forest! I love your background! xx

  6. I love everything about your scene -the colors,the inks, the stamps -all combined for a gorgeous piece! Thanks for joining us at the MIUCB this month and we hope to see you back again soon!

  7. I enjoy seeing all the mushrooms in people's lawns around here. Never know if they are poisonous or not. No eating or touching, just looking a very good idea! What a fun time out with Daisy who's such a sweet looking granddaughter! Hope you had a nice time with your friend! Happy week!

  8. Lavinia stamps sre so gorgeous aren't they? I love your page. Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog.
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  9. This is beautiful with the moon shining through the trees. Great pics of the New Forest too - it's a lovely place to visit and it looks like you had a great time!

  10. Fabulous journal page .... great stamping. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  11. Stunning!!
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting With An Attitude Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Mary DT Member for Crafting With An Attitude...

  12. Oh what a fabulous woodland scene this is. The Lavinia stamps are perfect on that delicious background. I have never visited the New Forest, your photos are certainly an inspiration to go there!

  13. A beautiful magical woodland scene.

  14. An amazing page - really sums up the quote! Thank you for joining the Craft Barn Month Challenge xx


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