Friday, 20 June 2014

Footsteps in Seville

Hello I am back to share my first photos from Seville where we spent our wonderful recent holiday. We stayed in such a central location that we were able to visit all the sights on foot. As it is very hot and humid and we had a whole week to explore we were able to go out visiting for half the day and then come back to swim and relax around the cool swimming pool..and sip a cocktail or 2.

On the first day we had a leisurely wander around taking in the beautiful architecture
The Cathedral is the 3rd largest in Europe, only St. Peter's and St. Paul's are larger.
 The inside was quite dark so I knew my little camera would not cope so I just snapped a few beauties which had some light.
 This extraordinary crown is in the Treasury

 We climbed the Giralda tower and were rewarded with wonderful sights on the way up as well as from the summit.

After we came out we treated ourselves to a cool drink in this shady side street.
We also went to an intimate Flamenco show, with just 80 seats and we sat spellbound in the front row. The singer had a voice which made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. He was accompanied by the most talented guitarist and the dancers had feet which seemed to have speed that I did not know existed. It was a wonderful show. We were not allowed to take photos during the performance but afterwards they posed for a few.
The second day we spent at the Plaza Espana. This was built for the 1929 for the American/Spanish exposition and showcased Spanish industry and technology. The walls are lined with tiles showing the provinces of Spain. The building has a wonderful Art Deco feel, one of my favourite art periods.


I have been so inspired by our holiday that  I decided for the first time to try my hand at a piece of mixed media art to make a new "Moment" for my journal.  I bought several Art Deco postcards in Seville and chose to use one for the focal. I had the idea of using some pieces from the paper visitor's map which we used to tour the city. I ripped out a few pieces and added some grunge paste through my grid stencil I won from a recent We do doobadoo's challenge, to look a little like our feet walking around the city and leaving footprints. I also added some tissue paper which I scrunched to give some more texture.
I chose the colours which sing Seville to me; yellow,orange, green and red.
I painted orange flowers with acrylic paint through just the top of the flower from an Imaginations Crafts stencil and then started painting watered down acrylics onto my piece. I had penciled in where I wanted to put my postcard once the background was finished and dry
I then got so engrossed adding textures and colours that I forgot to take any more pictures! Sorry! Here is the lovely postcard;
I added some red lace to remind me of the passion of the Flamenco dancing and the red shoes the dancer wore.
The yellow rose is to remind me of all the gorgeous roses in bloom throughout the city and in the parks. It is a Visible Image stamp which I coloured with Distress inks.
You can see I added lots of layers including some stamping with a leaf rubber stamp using Archival ink and I added some remnant rubs numbers for the year. I also added some Tim Holtz chit chat works. If you look carefully you can see the little bits of the map I used and the grungepaste footprints. 
If you are curious about the little piece of green is from my glass of Kir Royale I sipped at our meal on the first evening at our hotel.........

and here it is on my glass ;0)
so finally the big reveal of my first Seville Moment
This will be stuck into Jane's Journal. I have lots of plans for another couple of Seville Moments.

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

The Artistic Stamper colour it red
Anything but a card summer lovin
Pan Pastel UK flora and fauna
Simon Says Monday anything goes
Craft Hoarders Anonymous spray/ink/paint/smear/emboss it!
Divas by design 3 or more layers
That's Crafty birds

I am off for some inky play again tomorrow in Southampton with Hels Sheridan and I will be able to see my daughter, SIL and Daisy in the evening as they are only 10 minutes away, so exciting. If you have missed how big she is growing, she is now 7 months and can sit alone! Hello from Daisy Jane xx

Back soon, enjoy the weekend, the weather in the UK is looking pretty good.....

I will be back on Tuesday as I am Guest Designing for my buddie Kerry of Ladybug Crafts ink...there is a lovely  new floral digi stamp release coming out , do come back and take a peep. 

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Looks like a wonderful holiday Jane...great photos!
    Your page is fabulous! Thanks for joining in with That's Crafty & The Artistic Stamper.
    Have fun with Hels!
    Alison xxx

  2. Awe, amazing photos Jane, what a beautiful place! I love the tiles.
    Your souvenir page is brilliant, I love that you got so lost in the moment that you forgot to take photos, just as it should be!
    Just look at that little sweetie, she is growing, enjoy her tomorrow and your inks!
    V x

  3. Oh Jane, Daisy is so dear! Can't get enough of that little face : ) Your holiday photos are so stunning, what a beautiful place! AND I love your Seville creation! Love the art deco postcard and how you turned it into a keepsake memory! Lovely job
    Have a super weekend and great to visit you, xoRobin

  4. Welcome back, Jane! What an amazing holiday you had! Wow! I would love to see all that history. Another keeper of a card.. good job! And oh.. sweet Daisy is growing so beautifully! Give her a hug from Oregon.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Seville looks every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be....

    Love your art work, I have never heard of grunge paste before.


  6. What an amazing place Jane thanks for sharing your pics. I loved reading your little daily updates on the I2I blog while you were away. I'm not surprised you were inspired and I think you've captured it perfectly in your stunning and unique piece of work. Lovely pic of your precious Daisy, she's a little poppet!
    Have a lovely weekend, the sun is shining here so I'm hoping to also get in the garden.
    Anne xx

  7. Seville looks lovely, what a great trip! Great page too, I love your bold use of colour. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  8. What a fun colorful piece you have created here. Lots of great texture as well. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. Amazing piece! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. I enjoyed your holiday photos. I kept reading since I wasn't sure where Seville was located but now I do. I've often thought of doing something with maps from our trips. I want to keep them, especially area we were at. Your ideas are grand. Thanks for the inspiration. Your Daisy Jane is adorable! Our weather has warmed up quite nicely here in Oregon, especially today, the first day of summer! Blessings!

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  12. Gorgeous, both the travel photos (which I always love looking at) and your finished page. The colors are so vivid.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  13. Beautiful! You really are a wonderful tour guide of places I'm not sure if I'll ever get to see. Thanks!

  14. Hello dear Jane,

    That page you created captured the Spain greatly, the colors, feel, everything - what a wonderful way to remember that fantastic time! Loved all the pictures too, thank you for sharing, especially those Plaza de España images, lovely!

    Wishing you the most wonderful summer, and how happy Daisy looks, I wish weather stays beautiful at yours!


  15. Fabulous layout and beautiful photos. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  16. OH Jane! What a gorgeous post..your card is amazing..what a treasured piece this will be for you for years to come. What lovely photos of Seville! I'm so happy you had such a wonderful holiday. Hello to sweet little Daisy! What a beautiful must be such a proud grandma! Thank you so much for your wonderful visits to my blog..I've been so delayed and visiting you back, and I apologize. I shall be better visiting now that my year of sketches is complete, though I am still sketching to keep my skills up and hopefully improve. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to more of your wonderful posts of this glorious trip!

  17. Stunning photos and a gorgeous mixed media piece to capture your memories. Hope you had a great day with Hels and then some great family time with Daisy. She is certainly growing fast and looks delightful xx

  18. Hi Jane! First I like to say that Daisy looks like she is the most happy and sweet little girl with so sunny smile! Your photos are gorgeus and Seville must be fantastic place to visit! x Teje

  19. Love your use of colors and textures here...and I love the way you created a piece that really echoes the elements in your inspiration piece. It's wonderful! Thanks for getting messy with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 10!

  20. Great page. I love the textures and colours you've used. They're the perfect foil for you postcard. I alao loved your holiday snaps.. fabulous architecture and a beautiful city. Thank you for joing us at Anything But A card. Cheers, Di

  21. Hi Jane,

    Thanks for taking us "along" with you to Sevilla. Am inspired by your creation. I have some Art Deco post cards from our Italian trip.

    A big kiss for Miss Daisy.
    Happy late June....
    Anne xx

  22. Awesome! Every time I read your posts I feel as if I just took a vacation! Well done! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  23. Thanks for sharing the photos. Cute project. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  24. What a great take on the challenge! Thanks for playing along with us for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!

  25. Wonderful Seville 'Moment', great to see it being created through the photos. Love the holiday photos as well and rather fancy that crown!! Bethx


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