Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spring really is just around the corner

Friday is the first day of Spring and it is also my darling daughter's birthday. What a wonderful day to celebrate. This winter has not been cold at all,here in the south  but as always it is so dark. I just love this time of the year when we are getting more daylight in the evenings and the day does not seem to end at 3.30pm. In fact last night it was still light at 6pm. It will be so invigorating to come home from work and get out into the garden before dinner.
There is an explosion of gorgeous daffodils everywhere.
 These are just a few of the drifts I walk past on the way home from work, they all nod to me so gracefully.
 As well as camellia and iris

My tulips are not in flower yet but are peeping up in their pots and no doubt will do soon. I have also seen my buds on the magnolia filling much new life.

My challenge piece today is a spring tag inspired by these bold colours. I stamped my tulip stamp onto a book page. The theme over at PaperArtsy is Deconstruction, using things for a different purpose. My Hb's A tale of Two cities was certainly not printed with my stamping in mind!
 I used alcohols inks to alter a dragonfly charm

I blended some  Distress inks onto my tag and then added a couple of flicks of water, one of my favourite Tim techniques.  I added some leaf stamping for some extra texture. I over stamped my Visible Image butterfly stamp which I embossed and coloured with DIs.
Here is my tag
and a couple of close ups
I added some remnant rubs words too

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

PaperArtsy deconstruction #5
A Vintage Journey anything Tim
Art with Heart Go green
Bunny Zoe spring colours
Craft Stamper take it make it anything goes
That Craft Place add a charm
Country view crafts anything goes
Inspiration Journal spring flowers
Penny Black and More blossoms and bows
Stamp and CreateIs it Spring yet?
Little Claire's Springtime
Fashionable stamping Springtime 
The Ribbon Girl Green
Mixed Media World anything goes

Just 2 more sleeps and spring will have sprung, woop woop!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous tag creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  2. Fantastic, beautiful colours. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  3. Gorgeous pictures Jane and your Tag is AMAZING I LOVE love LOVE it!!
    fabulous! love all the colours and the stamping on book pages love that! hugs me xx

  4. What a beautiful tag Jane!
    Thank You for the wonderful pictures!!

  5. Awe such a pretty little tag Jane, I love the tulip! My tulips are pushing through too, we got to spend quite a bit of time in the garden yesterday, tidying up and cutting grass.
    Happy birthday to M although I would argue that by Friday we will have had 20 days of spring already!! ;)
    V x

  6. Firstly your spring pictures are gorgeous, they really lift the spirit and you tag is lovely. Love the subtle leaves in the background and the butterflies are gorgeous as is your embellishment. Thanks so much for joining in the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. Tracy x

  7. What a perfect piece of artwork for our theme this month Jane, thanks so much for join us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  8. The butterflies are gorgeous and I love how you stamped the lovely tulip onto the book page. Thanks so much for joining in our birthday celebrations at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  9. Thank you for joining in at Inspiration Journal and also Eileen's Art With Heart - Go Green challenge too! Anne x

  10. Beautiful! Love it all especially how you've coloured the butterflies and all the layers.

  11. Oooo absolutely stunning and i so love what how you have altered the dragonfly charm and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x

  12. This is so pretty and ideal for our challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Little Claire Challenges.x

  13. Love those large swaths of daffodils! How far of a walk is it to work? You are SO lucky to be able to walk there instead of a long car commute. Great card.. hope you win. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  14. Beautiful spring tag, Jane! The colors are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inspiration Emporium!

  15. lovely tag. beautiful colours and great techniques xx

  16. stunning make Jane - gorgeous colours and subject matter - really fab xx

  17. You can feel the excitement of Spring with this tag.Totally gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  18. Just beautiful Jane! Love the butterflies and your treatment of the dragonfly embellishment! I am so jealous of all your flowers, I'm still staring at fields of snow and slush! Yuck! hugs :)

  19. Coming to your blog is like taking a fabulous vacation. I never know what imaginative and fabulous world I'm going to be swept to and this time it's your yard and gorgeous tag!! I LOVE THEM BOTH!!! Absolutely fabulous creativity Jane :)
    Big hugs to you,
    Lisa x

  20. Oh how I wish our daffs were blooming already! our ground is still covered with snow! what a beautiful garden and lovely plantings! Your tag reflects all tht beauty with the beautiful background and lovely embossed butterflies! thanks for playing with the AVJ All things Tim challenge (again!) Jane!

  21. Hello Jane,

    Happy belated birthday M! And wow wow wow of all those flowers, I think I would say for sure that spring has already sprung at yours! Thank you for sharing these, our spring has relapsed, some snow in order etc. NOOOOO!!!!

    Have a lovely Friday, dear friend, and sunny and creative weekend soon too!


  22. beautiful card (and thanks for sharing those Spring flower photos, perfect!) and thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl March Colour Challenge 'GREEN' and best of luck! Mary x

  23. Lovely photographs Jane, and your tag is beautiful, I always love stamping onto bookpages. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and enjoy your weekend. Sue xx

  24. Happy Spring Sweet Jane, I love your daily work walk, so pretty and so nice to be able to walk and get fresh air! Love the tulip tag! HaPpY BiRtHdAy to your lovely daughter. xoRobin

  25. Beautiful tag ..... great spring colours and I love those butterflies! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  26. Such a pretty fresh looking spring tag, beautifully designed. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  27. Wow Jane you have created an absolutely stunning tag. The colors, the butterflies - all of it is fabulous. Love love love those butterflies. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mixed Media World and we hope you will join in our challenge next month.

    With smiles
    Laine K
    DT Mixed Media World

  28. Lovely tulip tag, Jane!! Lucky you with all those blossoms. We have a few stems and leaves popping up. Happy Spring..... from chilly America.

    Anne and family xx

  29. Oh I really love your leaf stamping and the butterflies are wonderful. Love how you colorised the dragonfly too. It looks awesome. Thank you for joining our Mixed Media World challenge! Ingrid xx

  30. This is sooooo gorgeous! And I can see how it was totally inspired by those beautiful blooms! Love the collage!

  31. Thank you for joining in with That Craft Place challenge, I love your tag and the techniques you used..

  32. Gorgeous tags, love all your photos. Thanks for joining us on at Art with Heart Challenge.

  33. Gorgeous flower inspiration! Your tag is fabulous! Why not with all the inspiration you shared with us!
    Thank you for joining Art with Heart!

  34. This is positively magical Jane and has so many clever techniques incorporated into it. Love it! Thank you so much for joining in our birthday celebrations at AVJ! Jenny x


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