Thursday 22 May 2014

A Moment in Bristol

On Saturday we drove to Bristol to attend my niece's 30th birthday party. The weather all last week was exceptionally good and the weekend was even better. We woke to clear blue skies and the temperature tipped the mid 70s by the afternoon. When we arrived at our hotel my Hb and I had 4 hours to visit the harbour and find somewhere to eat. We have driven through Bristol many times in the past, en  route to the West Country but this was our first visit to the city.
The harbourside is such a vibrant area and the sunshine had brought everyone outside to revel in it.

We strolled along in the sunshine taking in the atmosphere.

We also walked into the city centre, everyone was out making the most of the glorious weather.
How blue is that sky!

The harbourside area has been regenerated and has an incredible number of water side bars and restaurants.
We were spoilt for choice but eventually settled on one and enjoyed a delicious meal...with my drink of choice for the sunshine...Pimm's of course.

As we walked back to the hotel I spotted this group of houses below, all painted in different colours. I decided that when  I got home I would use that as inspiration to make an art piece as a memory of a wonderful sunny weekend trip with my darling Hb.

The party in the evening was such fun and I saw my brother and his family, precious time together, which is always so special.

I bought a lovely scrapbook/journal from Paperchase at Victoria station last week and I plan to put bits and pieces in there of special memories. I have put my tag I made after my Old Girls meeting on the first page. It will be the "physical" Jane's Journal and I will stick little momentos and inspiration pieces I make for fun inside. I has a Kraft pages inside and ties with a bow.

 When I got home on  Sunday we decided just to have a restful afternoon  in the garden. Whilst my Hb enjoyed reading in the garden I headed to my studio and created this little piece
To create my piece I used the wrinkle free technique as the background. The Distress inks I chose were colours that came to mind when I thought about wandering along the banks of the harbour.....Squeezed Lemonade for the sunshine, Salty Ocean for the blue sky and Peacock Feathers for the blue/green of the water.

 I stamped an image from one of my TH stamp sets to represent the old houses meeting the modern buildings. I coloured them with DIs adding a little pop of pink, just like the house I saw. I then fussy cut them out.

 I used my Stamps by Ryn rising bubbles stamp to add some texture.
 I blended some colour onto a TH clock die cut. I changed my anchor charm from silver by using some Distress paints and again added a pop of pink.
Here are some close ups
The backing paper is an old Magnolia one which I added DIs to. I thought my die cut looked very beach, almost like shell where I had added distress crackle. The deep blue gingham ribbon added to the nautical theme.

And here is my completed piece.... the little pink heart brad on the anchor adds one last pop of pink to remember those houses by.

Now this is not a tag or a card. It is created on a piece of card and not directly in my journal..I wondered what I could call  it. When I asked my Hb he gave me a great name.....A Moment. I really like the idea of adding "Moments" to a physical Jane's Journal. They will be put into my Journal and I will add some writing so that I have some memories captured by my artwork. Just by looking at my Moment I can transport myself back to that glorious sunny May afternoon strolling hand in  hand with my soul mate. This piece is all about him.........happy days.

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

Vintage stamping Ribbons and bows
A Vintage JourneyAll about him
Penny Black and More anything goes
Stamping sensations anything goes
Craft Hoarders Metal/glass I have used a metal charm and a heart brad.
Loves Rubberstamps Fun with your name. Mine is J for Journey A for anchor N for nautical theme and E for enjoy (part of my stamped sentiment)
Rhedd and Rosie No flowers/floral
Die cut Divas add an embellishment mine are a nautical ribbon and a charm
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Vacation/travel
Our creative corner Love those leftovers My lattice is left over from my May TH tag project, the charm was left over from my summer jewellery projects, the nautical paper was left over from a project about 3 years ago (!!) the clock die had been cut but not inked after another project and the ribbon had been sitting as a little end piece in my stash box. I do love using up my stash of leftovers when I can.
Whimsy stamps use 2 or more die cuts
Divas by Design anything goes
Cupcake Inspirations nautical

Thanks for visiting and for leaving such kind comments. I shall be making some more "Moments" during the year when I get the time and I will enjoy sharing them with you.
We will be enjoying another bank holiday weekend here in the UK. The weather is looking a little unsettled but I am sure there will be a chance to still enjoy the great outside.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. This is so beautiful, love the colors and the great design. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  2. What a fantastic journal page. Wonderful collage work.

    Glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  3. Fabulous piece.
    Love the splashy background and the colours and elements you have used.

    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT xx

  4. What a fun place to visit! You know I love seeing your beautiful cities. Your card is another spectacular compilation of inspiring things!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. What a great weekend away in Bristol, and such gorgeous weather! I love the idea of capturing memories in crafts, and your card is such a special Moment for you and your hb, Jane.
    Helen xox

  6. Such a great project!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  7. Hi Jane. Your piece is so beautiful! I so love your blended colors. Your wrinkle free background is beautiful! I also love your floating bubbles stamp and all of the other stamping you've done on your background. Your blended weathered clock is so pretty. Love your use of Tim's crackled frameworks die cut, too. And....the little cityscape across the bottom of your piece; I can see how you were inspired by your day in Bristol ! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  8. it was lovely to see your pictures of Bristol - we went there in October and it was great to relive some of the places we visited. Thankyou. Love your piece - its stunning - beautiful make! Hugs rachel x

  9. Thanks for taking us along on your holiday!! Enjoyed the scenes and lunch, particularly!! ;-) Also love your lovely art that you crafted to commemorate the trip. . .love the city scape and all of the interesting layers!! Lovely work! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. Fabulous almost card/journal entry the details... I really love all the beautiful photos you share. thanks for sharing with us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  11. Wow. Wonderful project! And a great momento of a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing it at Cupcake Inspirations! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos of Bristol too! Nance, DT

  12. Wow this is stunning! those colours are fab! really love this page!! and as for your lunch by the river, that looks perfect too!! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd and Rosie’s challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  13. Good morning, Jane! We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful country with such diversity and culture...and on a weekend like last weekend, who needs to go abroad?! Your photographs are amazing and paint such a picture of your day out, as does the beautiful artwork that you have created! I love the idea of capturing a memory to look back on and remind yourself of a wonderfully sunny day in Bristol!
    I keep saying I am going to try and do something with some of the vast array of photos that are on our computer, but just don't know where to start! I forget that you can just use one or two pictures to create a memory page and think I get over daunted by the sheer number of photographs! Maybe this year?! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Lisa x

  14. Gorgeous inkiness Jane and super fusion of colours.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  15. Me again Jane, I missed some of your list and should also have thanked you for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  16. What a lovely page to remember a wonderful trip and family gathering! Your pics are just gorgeous of your site seeing!

  17. Beautiful work Jane. Nice to see you back with us again.
    Thank you for joining us at Penny Black and more and good luck in our prize draw.


  18. Hey Jane, it was neat to look through your shots of Bristol. Looks like you had a beautiful weekend :) As for your card, I love the layering and am really glad that you showed the process in your photos. I wouldn't have noticed the bubbles in the background otherwise. A gorgeous piece!

  19. Gorgeous work! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  20. I have never been to Bristol so it was lovely to see all your photos. Your inky piece is really lovely, I love the gorgeous background colours and the little cityscape is perfect to remind you of your time in Bristol. Thanks so much for joining in our 'All About Him' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  21. I sometimes envy your life all this jet setting and visiting and photo's wow I feel tired just looking, and your creation well such detail and thought and absolutely fab
    hugs Kate x

  22. Wow , what a fabulous project!. Love your photos as well. Thanks for joining us at Loves rubberstamps.

  23. I love the way you took the colors of the sea and incorporated them into this lovely layout. It has a real dreamy, almost "underwater" feel to it and I just love the metal anchor. Beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  24. beautiful pictures
    lovely page amazing details..thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  25. Your piece is beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you put it together.
    Enjoyed your scenery photos as well, like on a trip with you.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  26. Such beautiful colors and layout! Thanks so much for joining our Nautical challenge at Cupcake Inspirations!

  27. This is a beautiful piece of artwork! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Hoarders!

  28. Enjoyed catching up with your recent posts! Looks like the month of May has been a winner for you! Yummy food, lovely visits, and time with your sweet little granddaughter.

    I liked seeing the processes that went into the creation of your "moment" piece! Really interesting!

    Jane T

  29. Oh wow Jane! I love visiting your blog and seeing all your gorgeous trip photos! Your journal page is stunning and your hubby did a great job coming up with the title! You did an awesome job with our name challenge! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope you will play along with us again soon!

  30. This piece really speaks to where my mind has been at lately. Beautiful! And the sites are beautiful too. I'm glad you had such a lovely day :)

  31. Hi Jane, wow what gorgeous pics and your inky 'moment' is stunning - a perfect way to remember s special day Beautiful stamping and such wonderful colours too
    Claire xx

  32. Fun to see a bit of Bristol AND your new journal, Jane.
    Happy belated B-day to your niece!!
    Happy weekend---it's a long 3 day weekend here.

    Anne and all xx

  33. Awesome photos and I love all the photos. Thanks so much for entering at Loves Rubberstamps.

  34. It's a beautiful "moment" Jane and I've enjoyed your post so much! I didn't picture Bristol to be so "lively"...thank you for the escape and the traveling!!

  35. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely day you had, spectacular views and all that sunshine! Summer birthdays are the best, they can be celebrated outside! And that new journal of yours looks so beautiful, it will be filled with such precious memories - thank you for sharing the first pages!

    Have a lovely week!


  36. Nice project, love all the elements. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  37. That's an amazing capture of a moment... thanks for sharing it with us at Divas by Design. Hugs, Justyna xx

  38. What a great piece Jane so inspired by your wonderful time in Bristol. I love the elements and colours that you have included and that transport you back to that moment in time.
    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow xx

  39. Wow, what a stunning interpretation of your trip! I love everything about it! And to call it "a moment" is inspired! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  40. Oh what amazing artwork, beautifully done.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

  41. This is so gorgeous - Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner! Love from Laura xxx

  42. Ok, this project is wonderful. Love the colors so much. But, really...when can I come for lunch! That looked like a GREAT day! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  43. This is a great take on the Metal or Glass Challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Thanks so much for playing along! Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio!


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