Monday, 27 April 2015

Time for tulips

Last autumn I planted up my pots with some spring bulbs...daffodils and tulips and over the last 2 weeks my parrot tulips have come into flower with a fanfare.

How vibrant and stunning they are and they bring such rich fiery colour to my garden.
 First they pushed up with green naivety, at this stage there is no indication of the flash of colour which will develop. I took this series of photos over 4 or 5 days
 The first hint of colour
 a little more
and finally the fire emerges

These pots are on my patio and I can see them from the kitchen window

and also from my studio

 I had a hour or so creative time and I wanted to enter some challenges so I decided to use them as my inspiration for some journal pages. I also wanted to link up with Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies visual journal pages which are here.
I found my faithful tulip stamp (one day I want to find a big daffodil stamp too) and stamped some on some book pages which I then coloured with Distress inks

I also scribbled some flowers and coloured those too.
I got out my distress  ink pads to match the colours of my tulips

 and blended them in my journal pages until I was happy with the colours. I added a little spritz of water for some texture.

Next I reached for 3 different stencils and blended these on too.

I added a Tim Holtz quote and his hedgerow stamp to the corner and then finished off my pages.

Here they are...

I love how vivid and bold they are. I also wanted to keep the memory of these extraordinary flowers preserved not only by the photos here in Jane's Journal but also in my creative journal too.

I would like to enter my journal pages into the following challenges;

Frilly and Funkie stencil mania
The Artistic Stamper flora and fauna
Inspiration Journal everything goes
Our Creative Corner colour your world
Mixed Media World use bright colours
Fussy and Fancy flowers
Die cut divas in the garden
Stamp and Create anything goes
Love2create anything creative/mixed media
Simon says stamp Monday anything goes

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend? Our weather did cool down so the planned trip to National Trust Gardens turned into a National Trust house but we still had a great time on Sunday. Did you see the last Poldark of the series...what a cliffhanger, I can't wait to see the next series. This has been compulsive Sunday evening viewing for the last 7 weeks, Sunday nights won't be quite the same!

OK must dash, off to's the romantic Rumba we're learning for the next 3 weeks, real Poldark dancing then ;0)

Thanks for visiting me here and enjoy the week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. oh my Jane - I just adore these tulips - your page is a riot of colour - all the colours I adore - stunning - love it xx

  2. Hi Jane! You have a Real colour explotion here! Your tulips are amazing! Great photos and I love your creative card inspired by the tulips! I'm happy for you to have that studio and to think how you can enjoy it all the summer - door open to the garden and Billly keeping you company. Have a great week! x Teje

  3. Good evening, Jane! I just love the contrast between those bright and bold tulips and the delicate white daffs, so pretty! Glad you're still getting to enjoy your garden studio - can you believe we actually had a snow shower earlier this evening!...barmy British weather!
    Another fabulous Journal page using those vibrant hues from the tulips and lovely TH sentiment stamp! Not been watching Poldark, (not been watching much telly at all really) I spent yesterday in the garden, laying paving slabs and moving beds around (I move my garden more than I move my furniture!) and can feel the results of it today as everywhere is aching! Enjoy your dancing and have a lovely week - Wednesday tomorrow already! Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Your journal page is as bright as your tulips Jane! They're all beautiful ...real and stamped, I do love that lttle stamp.
    It's been grim here today really cold with hailstones.
    Enjoy your week my friend.
    V x

  5. Your tulips are gorgeous! I also love your print.. nice and bright and happy. We're at the beach in our caravan and the day was sunny and warm.. a real treat. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Love all your flower photos Jane, I am so craving the warm weather, I feel like a hermit in the winter time!! lol Gorgeous page today, you really brought the garden inspiration right to the paper! Wonderful flowers and such warmth in your colours! hugs :)

  7. What beautiful inspirations you have to work with. Those Tulips are amazing! You recreated them into your design in such a wonderful display of colors and that gorgeous background with the saying sets them off so nicely. Thank you for sharing them at Our Creative Corner for this months challenge. xxx DT Laurie Moore

  8. Your photographs are always so beautifully captured Jane and the inspiration has been transferred onto a stunning blaze of colour and layout on your journal page. And I agree Sunday nights are not going to be the same, what a cliffhanger we have been left with from Poldark, can't wait for the next series.

  9. Beautifully captured parrot tulip Jane, glorious colours! Stunning journal pages, so bright and beautiful, loved the words you added made me smile. Thank you for joining in with our challenge.

    Mo :-)
    DT MMW

  10. A wonderful page Jane! Quite clearly the view from your windows have been a big influence on your fabulous colour choice! I've still to catch up on the final Poldark -been out and about too much!! Chrisx

  11. Wow this is just fabulous - love the bright colours and your gorgeous flowers too. Thank you for joining in the Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Fussy & Fancy Friday DT

  12. The colors are really stunning! I'm referring to both your flowers and journal work! I have a few daffodils blooming in my yard, and the forsythia is blooming too. I guess it's finally Spring here too!

    Jane T

  13. Your tulips are all looking so gorgeous and so colourful, Jane, both the real ones and your stamped versions. You chose some lovely bright colours.....they give so much pleasure don't they? Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen xox

  14. Hi Jane!
    Gorgeous pages!
    Love your idea of using printed paper to make the tulips!
    Thank You

  15. Beauty in the garden, wonderful quote- Very inspirational! :o)

  16. Beautiful photos from your garden, Jane.
    Your journal pages are awesome, love the flowers, quote and colors. Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic Stamper this month.

  17. Beautiful flowers, Jane,

    Both in your garden and journal pages! Tulips are my favorites (among lily of the valleys of course) and those parrot tulips are simply stunning. It looks so summery to me at yours already!

    Happy May-days, dear friend!


  18. Love your beautiful journal pages. Great colors and stamping. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  19. You just can't beat a beautiful parrot tulip Jane and the ones in your garden area stunners. I love how you've captured their beauty on this journalled spread. Great colour blending. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  20. Love your tulip photographs and the amazing journal page they inspired. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  21. This is such a happy journal page. I love the bright colours and the wonderful stencils you used to achieve this beauty. The tulips on your page (and in the photos) are gorgeous and are evidence that winter has FINALLY gone. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.


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