Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter playtime.

There are so many things going on here that I just had to nip back and share..........
I have been learning to crochet....

please don't laugh...I know that compared to my talented blogging friends it is very basic but hey I have started my first granny square....

and my Darling hubby has made his first ever cake.......a birthday cake for me.........
 He has never baked a cake before and he even piped the top with buttercream, how brilliant is this? It's lemon, my favourite. We will be eating this after my birthday lunch with the family tomorrow (it was my birthday on Wednesday). M you are so kind to me........
and I even had time to play in my creative journal............I was so inspired by the colours of my crochet and my fab lemon cake that I reached for these acrylics to create this vibrant background. I wanted to enter a couple of challenges too.
Over at PaperArtsy the theme is using Grunge paste. I added some colour to mine and pushed it through my stencils.
I added yellow through a burlap stencil...see later photo
 I also added some Archival inks
I have been itching to play with my new Visible Image stamps so off I went
and these are my finished pages
Here are some close ups....more Grunge paste
I also used the Bronte verse  text stamp
and some more Grunge paste, it gives such great texture. I added some die cut leaves.
and one final shot

I would like to enter my Journal pages into the following fun challenges, thanks!

PaperArtsy Grunge paste #6 I was inspired by Kate's use of colouring the paste and pressing it through a stencil on her textured bloom post. 
Our Creative Corner colour your world, spring
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Not just cards anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
The Artistic stamper flora and fauna
Simon Says Stamp work it Wednesday
That Craft Place easter/spring

I will also be linking up with my friend Brenda on her Visual journey #14 who is enjoying creating pages in her journal....just sitting down and playing like I did here.

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Have a bright and cheerful evening everyone and I am back tomorrow with an Easter post. Thanks so much for visiting. We will be watching the final of "The Voice" tonight....

Back very soon,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane, Well done to your Mr. T. The lemon cake looks delicious. Even your crochet and journal pages have the same color theme!! Love the textures and leaves. Happy Easter,
    Anne and all xx

  2. What a creative weekend you are both having, your lemon cake looks delicious.....maybe the bake off for hubby next year. I sadly can't crochet, have tried but find knitting easier. Your Journalling pages are super with all the texture and bright colours.
    Enjoy your day tomorrow,
    Hugs Julie x

  3. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* and ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Fabulous journal pages love the leaves and great texture -I can only crotchet squares and been doing it for years cannot follow a pattern for the life of me and that cake looks delicious and first time-brilliant--Thank you for joining us at Crafting From The Heart
    Carol DT x

  5. Jane well done your crochet is fab. I can only do basic still. And your husbands cake is great ..
    Happy Birthday! hope you had a good day. Love your painting.

  6. Woohoo, your granny square is gorgeous, well done my friend! Are you 'hooked' now???
    Well done to M too, that is one amazing cake, I am very impressed, I need to show this to my Hb!!!!
    I love your journal pages, those are such pretty colours, just my cup of tea!
    Enjoy your evening my dear,
    V x

  7. amazing pages - I love them to pieces - gorgeous colours too - and your granny squares are awesome xx

  8. I really enjoyed seeing how you created these gorgeous pages! Thank you for entering in the April Challenge at Our Creative Corner. Happy Spring. xxx Laurie Moore

  9. Hello dear Jane,

    I love your granny squares, I personally have never crocheted one so I am taking my hat off for you, well done! And M's cake looks delicious, enjoy! And the journal pages you created - wow, the colors are so Easter-y&springly! Lovely!

    Happy Easter-time to you all!


  10. That was sweet of your husband to make you a birthday cake. Happy birthday.

  11. So pleased to see you have begun to crochet, Jane! I am sure there will be no stopping you now...if you are anything like me you will be hooked! Your birthday cake made by your hb looks so clever of him!! and I love your pretty journal pages. Happy Easter weekend!
    Helen xox

  12. Hello,just found your blog.Keep on with the crochet,it is so easy you will soon love it,and will be addicted lol.Love the look of that cake,well done to your husband.Fab pages beautiful colours.

  13. Jane, your crocheted granny square caught my eye in the Blogger reader- Can't wait to see how the inspiration bug catches up with you next! How lucky you are to be treated to a custom birthday cake, too. Such citrus-y goodness, all around!

  14. Fantastic journal page! I love the colours and the textures! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner.

  15. Another lovely post Jane!
    The "M" must stand for Marvelous ;)
    Either he's a natural or he's had the best teacher!
    Bravo for your first Granny, it's addictive beware!
    I love your JOurnal pages Jane!
    Thank You~

  16. Brilliant spread! Great Spring time colours and wow, love that leaf stamp!! It makes for the most fantastic focal point on your pages!!

  17. Lovely fresh Spring colours on your journal page. The pages have a good balance with the leaves and texture. Thank you for joking in the challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

  18. Oh wow, just love what you have created here Jane, such wonderful Spring colours and perfect for the season. You have created so much depth and dimension with fabulous images and great words, I am now trying to visualise what colours I would use for the wind - mmmm???
    Thanks for sharing with me again, have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  19. Fabulous fresh colour combination and great textures!

  20. such an amazing pair of Journal Pages perfect spring colours

    thank you so much for entering the Spring/Easter Challenge over at That Craft Place

    Hugs Kerrie x
    TCP DT

  21. Stunning pages - the colour and texture are amazing

  22. Your journal pages are gorgeous as well as inspiring, Jane. Love the texture and layers you have created.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Artistic Stamper this month.

  23. Definitely not laughing here - I'm impressed, imagine all the crochet goodness you are going to be creating soon! Such a nice thing, to have your Hubby bake you a cake, I bet it tasted all the more delicious knowing the effort that went into it. On the effort front, great journal pages too, I am always amazed at the processes involved and the fab results from your makes. Bethx


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