Thursday, 5 June 2014

Time out

If Mr Blogger behaves, when this post goes live I will be away on my holiday ;0)
This year we are going to somewhere we have never been to before and I always like to tease you with a few clues for you to guess our destination.  Here goes; you need to try to link all the photos together..

(The lovely tea towel below was sent to me by my dear blogging friend Robin, thanks again Robin x. This has nothing to do with the clue but the image does).

any idea yet..? We will also need plenty of this, I have bought this pocket size to carry around rather than the usual big bottle.
My card challenge today is not holiday related. It is for Father's Day which is it just around the corner. I may not get another chance to share the one I have made for my dear Dad with you until after the big day. I decided that rather than a stamped focal I would use an old photo of me from my childhood.  I made an inky background by blending Pumice Stone, Broken China and Vintage photo Distress inks. A little water splashed added some texture.

I scanned a photo of me from the summer of 1972 with some of my dear pets. This was taken in the garden of our old house in Peckham, S.E London. I changed it from colour to black white to give a real vintage feel. I rubbed the edges with Vintage photo DI and mounted it on a Quickkutz square die cut.
I used one of my favourite quotes stamps again. Above is a close up of my photo with Heidi my dog, Gulliver the Guinea pig, Joe the tortoise and Timmy the cat. And yes these were just a few of my pets at the time...!
My parents moved to Kent in 1979 and now have a huge garden. Dad loves his garden and all the wildlife he sees out there so I added lots of garden elements to his card. I made a little tag from the LOTV Pretty Vintage Le Jardin tags set. Would you believe it's nearly a year ago since I won that awesome stash of stamps from them? I also added a LOTV round Father's Day sentiment. I inked them all with my Distress inks. The bird cage is from my jewellery stash. The photo film die cut is TH and the garden bench is Marianne. We all enjoy sitting out in my parent's beautiful garden so it seemed apt to add the bench with some chit chat words to remind us of sunny days then and now.

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

Stamping Sensations animal antics
Bearly Mine One for the boys
Country View Only Men Allowed
A little Bit Crafty Child's Play I hope my child like quality is acceptable ;0)
Live and Love Crafts Summer Garden
PanPastel UK One for the boys
We do doobadoo Different shapes
Frilly and Funkie For all our Fathers
Simon says stamp Wednesday Father's Day/masculine

I hope to have a little internet access whilst away but if not I will link these up on my return. My trusty camera is already packed and I will be back to share some photos with you soon.

Do have a guess where you think I am off to...your guesses always makes me smile. Thanks as always for visiting and take care.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Seville??? There are a lot of oranges! :)
    Have a fantastic time wherever it is my friend!
    A really lovely card for your dad, such a great idea to put your childhood photo on it and lovely to see all your pets!
    Have fun,
    V x

  2. oh I love this piece \jane - so personal - love it xx

  3. Sorrento, Italy ??!! I just saw a movie set there with many orange/lemon orchards.

    Have fun wherever you are, Jane. LOVE this card and your childhood pic. Your Dad will treasure this card.

    Bon voyage......
    Anne and all xx

  4. My guess was Seville, also. I had a devil of a time figuring out what was on your lap in that photo.. and was thankful you confirmed my guess at a guinea pig. I did not see the turtle until you said one was there. Have fun on your trip.. is Daisy going too?
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Love your card. I'm sure your Dad will too. That photo reminded me so much of myself many decades ago...sitting on the lawn in summer shorts, surrounded by lots of beloved pets.

    Oh, your destination??? mmmmm let me think...oranges, Seville, lemons, has to be sunny Spain!

    Jennifer. x

  6. Hi there traveller, i guess Seville also. Have fun in the sun wherever your destination! (and your welcome : ))
    Love the darling card, what a cutie you were with all your pets. Now you are a cutie with Billy!! Have a wonderful holiday! xoRobin

  7. An utterly delightful Fathers Day card Jane, I love the vintage feel and all the elements you have included. I bet your dad will love it too. Hope you are having fun in the sun and enjoying your break. Xxx

  8. Where ever you are...Seville too...I hope the sun is shining :) Another lovely card there Jane. Lx

  9. Hi, Jane! So, where in the world are you?! Well, I'm going to guess at Portugal as my Mum said how they used to have bags of oranges for sale all along the road? Wherever you are, are hope it's sunny and that you're having a fabulous time!
    I love your wonderful Father's Day card - so personal with lots of beautiful details!
    Enjoy your jollies and we'll see you when you get back! Hugs, Lisa x

  10. Happy Holidays Jane! Where ever you are I wish you lot of sunshine and enjoyable moments! Hope to see soon your holiday photos! x Teje

  11. My guess is Seville too! Love your card, such a sweet idea to use your childhood photo, and loved seeing all those pets! Happy Holidays to you both, Jane!
    Helen xox

  12. Hello Jane! Looking out my window, I see citrus, too...Wish you were visiting so.Cal, but I'm guessing you'll be getting a good dose of sunshine and vitamin C wherever your travels take you this time. Glad to see you're still faithfully creating loveliness at your place, and enjoying life to its fullest...We'll be in touch! :o)

  13. Your card is lovely, really special with the old photo and so much thought going into the details. I'm afraid my guess is also Seville, or St. Clements church to hang out with the bells ;) Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday!! Bethx

  14. wonderful card, thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at BEARLY-MINE this month x carol

  15. Lovely card! Great colors and a good idea to use a personal photo. Thank you so much for entering LLC's June challenge. DT Heidi

  16. A perfect card for our theme Jane, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    I'm not a lot of good at guessing destinations, but the lemons on the tea towel make me think of Sicily or Corfu, we saw lots at both and of course Limoncello at the former. Wherever you are have a good time.

    B x

  17. What a stunning creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  18. Hello Jane.
    Your Dad is going to love this card as it has a photo of you, and that will be so special for him, you have designed it beautifully as well.
    Thank you for joining us this month at CVC.

  19. Happy travels, Jane,

    Those oranges reminded me of Portugal too somehow, so that will be my guess too! Where ever you are, happy holidays, dear!

    That card is so pretty, such a memory-filled one. You'll Dad will love it!

    Enjoy the sunshine, we'll talk when you get back!


  20. Fabulous card, love how you've used an image of yourself. Hope you're having a great holiday ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  21. Wherever you are it must be warm and I hope you're having a fantastic time. I love your card - so personal with that altered photo and all the gardening elements. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  22. Such a wonderful card - great colours and the photo is wonderful! Thanks for joining in with our animal antics theme at stamping sensations this month and good luck!
    I'm guessing Seville too!

  23. WOW - your card for your Dad is amazing! A wonderful creation - i Love the colors and the idea with your photo. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine Design!!! hugs, ANDREA

  24. Oh this is fabulous lovely artwork and love how you added personal details for your dad.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  25. Hola Jane ;)

    Is it Seville? If it is, you're going to have an amazing time, it has to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe!
    Love that adorable card you've created and the picture is darling! It looks like it was yesterday!! (I thought it was your DD at first)

    Enjoy your well-deserved holiday!

  26. Fabulous card Jane :-) I love that you used a photo of yourself with your childhood pets,, very cute and so special :-)

    Hope you had a fab time ,,, I think it's Seville too, I went last year and had a fabulous time ,,, beautiful city :-)

    Congratulations !! You have won the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge !! Woo Hoo !! :-)

    Lols x x x

  27. Second guess----Sevilla.
    Hope you're having a grand time.
    "See" you soon, Jane.

    Anne xx

  28. Hope you're having a lovely time and enjoying some sunshine! What a gorgeous project, love the photo and all the beautiful embellies. Thanks for joining us at and PanPastel Uk this time
    Claire xx

  29. Hope you're enjoying your holiday in...Sicily? Great Father's Day card; it's so much fun to use real photos, isn't it?! Thanks for joining LLC for our Summer Garden challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts

  30. This is gorgeous. How special to use an old photo of you and I love how you have given it a vintage look. All your detailing is wonderful too.
    Thank you for taking part in A Little Bit Crafty Challenge this month.
    Sue xx

  31. What a great idea for a father's day card. Thank you for joining us at BMD, good luck xoxoxo

  32. Oh have a great time and LOVE seeing all the photos and your fabulous creations too!
    hugs me x


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