Sunday, 6 April 2014

A beautiful day, don't let it get away

Yes I had a wonderful crafty day in my Studio on Thursday. It was nothing like as sunny as Tuesday was but it still was mild and it felt so good to be outside in the garden with Billy and Mother Nature. I also brought my trusty radio back down and enjoyed a creative day.
My viburnum  is in full bloom and the scent is intoxicating. The bush is very close to my studio door and all day the delicious perfume wafted in. Billy also loved having me outside and I spied him through the daffodils having a wash.,as I came out of the kitchen door
I was bought some fabulous new crafty stash for my birthday and I was desperate to have a play with some of it.
The first thing I wanted to try was the PanPastel set as I they have been on my crafting wish list for some time. My Hb chose a really great first set. I decided to try making my first landscape.
I got out a piece of paper and had a play.
The blue was sky and the green for grass......
I just popped some yellow in the top and decided it could work as the sun. As I sat there the song "Beautiful Day" by U2 came on the radio. My creativity kicked in and I knew just what to inspirational tag to remind me of my wonderful recent birthday and also being outside again in my beloved garden and studio. I got out a tag and used the blue, green and brown/red for the landscape. I wanted to add a tree so I used a stencil. This one is from Imagination Crafts. I daubed distress ink through it and then stamped green buds with a tiny flower stamp.

I decided to use the words from the song on my tag. I typed them on my computer and cut them out.

and here is my completed tag with a sunny yellow satin ribbon.

Spring really has sprung now and I found a great quote too whilst I was looking up the words for Beautiful Day.

April is a Promise that May is bound to keep 
(Hal Borland)

Now that sounds pretty good to me.

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

Our Creative Corner With a song in your heart My song of course is Beautiful Day by U2
A little bit crafty birds and the bees
Rhedd and Rosie Tree/wood inspired
Country View Challenges  New beginnings my new beginnings are spring and also the beginning of my crafting back in my garden studio..bliss
Ali Craft Spring
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Love Rubberstamps anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
The Squirrel and Fox all creatures great and small
The Sunday Stamper Nature
Penny Black and More Blossoms and blooms
Crafty Catz springtime
Inky Chicks Butterflies
Little Claire's make a tag
Imagination Crafts anything goes

We have woken up to some overnight rain but it is still very mild and I am looking forward to many, many more beautiful days, whatever the weather. Enjoy your,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow, wonderful first play with those pans, love how it turned out!! Those other new goodies look great too! Have fun playing with them all!!

  2. Awe, I love your tag Jane, who would have thought that Bono would be the inspiration for some crafting, he probably would be delighted!!
    Love the other little quote too! I just wish time would slow down a little bit, it's going to quickly I like to savour this time of year.
    It's typically April here today, sunshine one minute, showers the next!
    Enjoy your Sunday my friend,
    V xxx

  3. What a lovely tag. I love the scene you have created. Stunning result. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  4. oh jane this is wonderful. i do love visiting your blog ..... i never know what i will find but i always know it will be beautiful and very serene xxx have a beautiful day xx

  5. Jane, your day sounds divine.. in the studio, fresh mild air and the scent of flowers.. and Billy. Love the pastels and the card you made.. you really are a top-notch artist! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. What a beautiful tag... I love your first PP landscape, and the trees are beautiful. So happy you had some spring sunshine as well as the song to inspire you - the garden photos are lovely too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  7. Very cool tag! I love the technique you have used and the sentiment! Thank you for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  8. So glad you've treated yourself Jane and your tag is fabulous. Can't wait to see what else you get up to with your new goodies. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Jenny x

  9. Lovely and creative tag for a lovely spring day. It's been getting a bit warmer here in Oregon and loving all the flowering trees and flowers coming up. My friend and I were at a gardenpalooza where you can buy all sorts of plants and flowers. I bought two dahlias and another lavender plant to add to my lavender grouping! Enjoy your week!

  10. What a lovely creation! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

  11. Hi Jane,

    What a beautiful creation and lovely pictures! For some reason, the Pan Pastels have intimidated me thus far but when I look at your beautiful tag, I really want to have a go at it ;)

    Thank You~

  12. what a beautiful tag for your first attempt with your new stash, thank you for joining in at Crafty Catz

  13. Hi Jane! Billy looks so sweet! Great presents and I'm sure you will use those pastels a lot! This tag became beautiful! Wishes from sunny Finland! x Teje

  14. Beautiful photos and a lovely tag, thanks for playing at crafty ribbons. You could also enter the Little Claire challenge

  15. Happy belated birthday!! I've never heard of pan pastels before. I may have to play with them sometime too. Love the sentiment on your card :)

  16. Hi Beautiful Jane, I'm so delighted you had such a "beautiful" weekend. How perfect to be able to be outside and in your beloved studio! I love seeing the steps to the making of your tag. "Just beautiful"!
    "Rain rain go away, come on back another day"

  17. How pretty, love the colours.

    Thanks you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT. xx

  18. Lovely photos, Jane. It's great that you have been inspired by things in your own day to create your lovely scrapbook-y style tag. So nice to have some sunshine (even accompanied by showers) and lots of blooms opening!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

  19. Beautiful things created in a beautiful place - there's no better way! I am so happy that you have now officially opened the summer-crafting season, enjoy!

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend, and kisses to B!


  20. This is lovely, pretty colours and just perfect for our theme.

    You are going to love PP's I won some two years ago and the rest they say is history.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  21. Looks like you had a wonderful play day both in what you achieved and being back in your studio too and Billy obviously stayed close by with you too. Love your PP background - a great tag xx

  22. Great song & Gorgeous tag!
    Groetjes Karin

  23. Absolutely stunning Jane, fantastic tag.

  24. You have made an awesome spring creation, perfect for our challenge at Crafty Catz. Thank you so much for joining us and don't forget to check the next challenge starting today.

  25. Isn't the weather glorious?! and I know what you mean about cats enjoying their humans being outside with them, mine follows me about looking very happy when I work outside. Great tag, your B-day stash looks spot on, your family clearly know you well. Bethx

  26. Outstanding, Jane, and a fabulous step by step, love this hun, thank you for playing along with us at Imagination Crafts this month, best of luck xxx

  27. Gorgeous, and perfect for our theme at ALBC this month, thanks for joining us, hugs Squirrel xx

  28. Hiya Jane - just popping back to say thanks for joining us at Imagination Crafts this month. Hugs rachel x

  29. What a great way to commemorate your start of crafting outside! Thank you for joining in again with us at Country View Crafts Challenges. Again, apologies for the delayed comment.

  30. What a wonderful way to commemorate your start to craft in the garden! -Thank you for joining in again with us at Country View Crafts Challenges. Please accept my apologies again for the delayed comment.


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