Friday 11 January 2013

Winter walking

Last weekend we went down to visit our daughter and son in law in Southampton, Hampshire. We are all great walkers and despite the very dreary weather we donned our walking boots and set off after lunch for a good long walk to the coast.

We took a route though the local woods. I loved the roots of this tree, they look like masses of toes to me. I wonder if a little creature has a home in that hole?
The constant rain we have endured here in the UK has made the ground so wet and there were plenty of filled ponds along the pathway, which the ducks loved.

Eventually we ended up at Warsash our destination.

I love the stormy sky in this photo. It looks so heavy and threatening. Luckily it did stay dry the whole time we were out.
We walked past the mud flats and the estuary at Hamble.
There is an old ship wreck here which always makes a good photo.

We checked out some of the moored boats and enjoyed the view. We then made our way home via a welcome warm drink at Costa ;0)

My card challenge today is the birthday card I recently made my for my son in law. He is a fantastic handyman (and cook I should add) and is always busy with projects in their new home. I bought a fantastic digi image from Mo Manning called Mr Fixit. I thought it was most apt. I also decided to made a gatefold card for a change.

I thought the sentiment was "true" something means to make it level/equal and as Tom is quite a perfectionist it was most apt. I coloured the image with Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils.

This is how the gatefold works.

and here is the inside when both flaps are both opened up.

I had fun adding lots of "DIY" extras including ribbon tape measure and screw head brads. The old fashioned embossed labels are a brilliant download from Fuzzimo. I use these on lots of my male cards, they look so realistic and can be personalised too.

I would like to enter my card into the following card challenges;

Inky chicks, this is a brand new blog and their first challenge Anything Goes #1
Bunny Zoe's Craft Challenge Celebration
Cards for men Work #1
Papertake Weekly Happy New anything my new are those amazing screw head brads.
My Mum's Craft Shop Anything Goes #1
Natalie and Amy Your favourite things my favourite things here are the embossed tape and the tape ribbon
DP2 Challenge Something new #168 my new are my screw head brads and the ebossed label download
Papercrafting Journey anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Beat the blues #251 I think my fun, cheerful card really does beat those January blues
Totally Papercrafts Ribbon #149 my "tape measure" is actually a ribbon..I love it!
A+T Emerald Faeries Celebrations #39

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post about my French Knitted necklaces. I returned to my class on Tuesday and we have started a new project; making chain maille. OMGoodness is it fiddly but such great fun. I know I have not yet shared my square wire necklace from last term yet, that is on my blogging post list and I will probably make it my next post.

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by. We finally had some sunshine today but the temperature has really slumped and we may even seen some of the white stuff (yes snow this time ;0) over the weekend. Keep snug and carry on crafting,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Cute card, Jane. Darling image and fun sentiment. Love your pictures of the landscape. It looks like it was an enjoyable walk.
    Cathy Lee

  2. Yes, lots of details inside and out. Great image Jane. I love it all.

  3. Hi sweet JAne, What a great walk you had and so many views to enjoy. I also love the roots on that gigantic tree. I have alway loved large trees and imagine them as grandpa's and wise old men!! Funny right! They have such character and wisdom to me.
    Love that card, really perfect for your SIL.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend, xoRobin❤

  4. Thanks for sharing those great images of your countryside and that awesome tree.. what kind was it? Love the card you made.. having men in the family I know all about true measurements!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Hi Jane! How wonderful you found for your walk! I love to see old trees with their strange roots!
    I really like this card! Gread folding and all the details are so wonderful! The measure tape, texts inside, screws and nails - just perfect!
    Happy weekend and hugs to Billy! x Teje & Nelli

  6. oh this is just perfect, I love it and great photo's
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Great gate fold card, love the image & the embellishments you have used are perfect!
    Your fotos are great those tree roots are amazing!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Emerald faeries & Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  8. Hello dear Jane,

    I am amazed how SPRINGlike your WINTERwalk look to me, fantastic! All that green and water...We're still battling with snow and ice for a few ;) months here.

    And that card - what a great creation! It's so hard to find good cards for men, your did perfectly here!

    I wish you a wonderful weekend and a big kiss to Billy again!


  9. Fantastic! Who doesn't love a card that's this personalized to them. :-) Great job! Thank so much for joining us this week at Mo's!

  10. It looks like you had a great day. I love the card. Too cute :)

  11. Such awesome image and folding! Great card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

  12. For some reason this post didn't show up on my reader, it was just by chance I found it, goodness Jane I might have missed you!!
    Isn't that an amazing tree I bet some little creature does live in there.
    What a fun card, the little screw top brads are clever! :)
    We escaped the snow!! Yay (so far anyway)!
    Happy new week,
    V xxx

  13. Fab card, Jane. Thanks for joining us over at Cards for Men and good luck with the challenge.

    Donna x

  14. What a lovely walk through the woods, and the coastal area looks a lot like ours. I looked back at your past post with the knit wire necklace---it's gorgeous! What a great discovery, the piece is so light and airy!

    School's been cancelled today due to snow, and I'm happy to be home, and able to catch up on your blog.

    Thanks for your comments on mine!


  15. great card, love the tape measure! Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts! Kim x


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