Monday, 11 May 2015

English bluebells

The woods are full of our native bluebells at the moment. Our local woods are carpeted with these wonderful flowers and when you catch sight of them they are a surreal blue/purple mist.
The weekend before last we met our son and his dog Bear and had a magical couple of hours walking amongst these gorgeous flowers.

I also love the gorgeous beech trees in the woods with their incredible roots
Bear was fascinated
Bluebells had even found a home amongst the roots
This tree was one of our favourites

We went late in the afternoon and the dappled sunshine through the tree canopy was very striking

We enjoyed a wonderful 2 hour walk together. I love that we can share times like this with our family. I snapped this photo of my Hb and my son...such dear men in my life.
and although no doubt my son would groan if he read my blog (he doesn't so no worries there ;0) I just had to share this this shot below.
I have not had much studio time recently but I knew I had to capture this walk in Jane's Journal.
I opened my Journal and gathered my distress inks
 I started blending the colours together to represent the trees and the bluebells growing on the woodland floor.
I also wanted the trees to be a part of these pages so I die cut one (I didn't use the branches in the end just the tree)
and coloured it up. This was to represent the moss on the trunk. I also added some crackle paste to it for texture which you will see in my final photos.
 I wanted the late sun's rays shining through the tree canopy so I  used my rays stencil and some archival ink.
 I  added some spritzes of purple ink too. I got out my winter tree and tall grass Visible Image stamps and added some stamping to the pages
 I also coloured the "Colours of the wind" stamp using distress markers
and this is what I came up with

 I die cut some leaves and added the date of our walk to them using my date stamp.

 I adapted this quote from an anonymous one I found on the Internet
 I really like the way the colours blend
I would like to enter my journal pages into the following challenges

Paperartsy Topic 9 words I love using words in my art and as Darcy says in her introductory video they look great as quotes, especially highlighted with an inked edge.
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture.
Country View crafts simply scenic
A vintage journey spring colours
The Artistic stamper journalling your heart out
Frilly and Funkie snap, crackle, crackle
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Love to create anything goes/mixed media
Allsorts use at least 3 die cuts I have used 4 small and 2 large leaf die cuts and a tree die cut
Papertake weekly anything goes

I am also linking up with my friend Brenda's Visual Journey #19 on her blog too. Do pop on over there, this is the link over at Bumblebees and Dragonflies. It's not a challenge just a way to share our journal pages.

We had a lovely weekend. Daisy was in great form and when she had gone to bed in the evening we watched a film which I have heard so much about but never seen...Disney's Frozen. Oh my it was just wonderful, such a magical story. I have a real bonus this week as I have taken Friday off work and will be able to my DD and Daisy again. What a lucky Nanna I am.

Thanks for visiting me and enjoy the week ahead, we have some more warm weather coming our way and this afternoon is very warm and sunny. I have just got home from work and opened the back door the birds are singing out there and the breeze is studio beckons..............;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now.

Jane x


  1. Lovely to see the inspirated photos, gorgeous blue flowers and old trees.
    Your pages are again stunning, beautiful elements and matching colours.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts, wishing you good luck;-))m

  2. Such beautiful bluebells, your photos really capture the colour and the magical effect of them so well, Jane. Your walk with your hb, son and Bear looks just wonderful. I love how you captured the memory in your pages too, such interesting textures and effects...lovely!
    Happy new week :)
    Helen xox

  3. Great photo's Jane, and your journal pages are fab xx

  4. Stunning pages, Jane! Fabulous colour choice for the background! Love all the amazing stamping and how you treated the tree! You have created a gorgeous scene! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge!
    Branka DT

  5. Gorgeous your impression and beautiful colours. Thank you for the wonderful photos. xx

  6. Yep, we've done it again Jane, similar posts! :)
    Aren't bluebells just amazing, that colour just takes my breathe away, photos never really show the depth of it in real life!
    I love your journal page today, especially the sentiment, I need to keep that in my mind, as I waved my son off back to Berlin again today, it doesn't get any easier.
    Lovely photo of M and Bear! Have a great week and enjoy that little one.
    'Speak' to you soon My friend,
    V x

  7. Beautiful post Jane! The bluebells are so stunning and exquisite! Love the photos of your son and Hb, and of course bear. Bear has really grown, I would imagine he is full grown now?! Your memory page is just perfect, love the sentiment. You will have a priceless book of pages before long : )
    Take care dear Jane, xoRobin

  8. What a handsome son you have! His dog is gorgeous. I love your images of the Bluebell woods.. kind of like an image from a fairy forest. Lovely card, I'm glad your weather is warming! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Gorgeous journal page. I love how you replicated the tree as well as the colours you encountered on your walk. I sure hope Beech trees don't grow that big here or the one in my back yard will be taking over. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  10. Back again to say thanks for sharing this at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Oh my, this is lovely and so nice to see your family in action. Bear looks like he was having a blast! Your background work with the DI is amazing and blended so beautifully! The sentiment is so Pocahontas, and perfect for this LO. What a stunnig scene you have created here! Awesome sauce!

    Thanks for joining in our first challenge, "Vintage Garden", at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki

  12. Outstanding work!!! Love the colors and such a beautiful sentiment!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute Challenge!
    Samra DT

  13. Wow Jane you have been busy. I always love seeing your photography and your pictures always lift the spirits. Love your pages and that tree is fantastic as is your background. So thrilled to see you again joining in with the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. Thank you x x

  14. Wow Jane, I have really come to look forward to your photographs. You live in such a beautiful place! What a wonderful walk and I am just loving how you pull inspiration from your surroundings to use in your work! Your journal page is outstanding! LOVE your gorgeous background with those amazing sun rays and that tree...holy moses, awesome! Just a fantastic scene all around!!

    Thank you so much for your shout out to my new challenge, I am so thrilled and honoured that you joined in with us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    PS...Frozen was such a great film, I love animated movies when they are this good!

    1. Oopsie, I got so excited that I forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Snap, Crackle, Crackle' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  15. Hello dear Jane,
    Beautiful Journal and you always have such a way with colors.
    I really enjoyed your pictures!
    Many thanks!!

  16. Bluebell woods are the best and so beautiful, you have captured your so beautifully. You all look like you were having a fantastic time, especially Bear.

    Your journal pages are a perfect reflection of your day, love your words :-) xxx

  17. TOTALLY a TREAT in every way - from the pictures, the narrative, the bluebells and the WONDERFUL creativity of your GORGEOUS project. What a FABULOUS way to highlight and remember your day together Jane. LOVE LOVE LOVE your pages. j.

  18. This is an inspirational piece! Your photos are stunning and reflect the standard of your work! Xx

  19. Hello dear Jane,

    I seem to be wearing my commenting-hat this morning, and these keep coming :) - I LOVE those bluebells! And all the green - you must have had a magical walk. It is getting little green here but nothing like that yet, thank you so much for sharing! And that moment you created is magical too.

    Enjoy your Nanna-time, it is a bank holiday here today, and I will see my little sweeties soon too!

    Happy Thursday!


  20. Think this has to be one of my favourite journal pages I have seen you do Jane. The inspiration of your family day clearly comes through on it. Gorgeous work.
    Julie x

  21. This page is just so lovely and I just adore that tree!! So glad you entered this over at Anything But Cute
    Georgie DT xx

  22. More gorgeous nature photos, Jane - and definitely one of my all time favourite creative pieces of yours. These pages are absolutely stunning... the layered colours in the background, that fabulous tree, and lovely grasses in the foreground - it all just works to perfection. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  23. Gorgeous pages, as well as more gorgeous photos, thanks for joining us over at The Artistic Stamper xx

  24. Ohh Jane, you have perfectly captured the colours and memories of that lovely walk in the bluebells! Fabulous entry!

  25. As ever you take a beautiful day and capture it perfectly on a wonderful spread Jane. I love that tree in particular! Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  26. So Beautiful Jane, you have just captured the mood of the photos (stunning in themselves) on your project. Fantastic work! Thanks so much for adding it to our Spring Colours challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  27. Jane I love how you used your TH inks and blended just the right amounts of color! The pages burst in color and delight! I love the photos you share in your posts! Thank you for joining us at Art with Heart - Mixed Media May-hem!

  28. A stunning page, I noticed it whilst looking through the entries for Anything But Cute Blog, love the colours you have chosen, love Bluebells, I used to live in Norfolk and there are some fabulous woods around there, now I am in Essex and its a bit disappointing, not much Bluebells around.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx


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