Friday, 29 May 2015

Last days in May

Another month is nearly at an end. May is always gorgeous month, the flowers are blooming and the days start to really warm up and the sunshine spreads joy until late in the evenings. We have enjoyed our first meals in the garden and I have sat on my backdoor step sipping a cup of tea on many sunny mornings.

I have been very busy this month both in the garden and in my studio. I have also spent some precious family time too.

I thought I would sum up May with a few more photos from my garden

 and from a day out at the farm with my darling granddaughter Daisy, I will share a post on this soon as we had such fun.

I also was sent the new Nicecrane release from Ignacio,there are some gorgeous new digital images. I decided to work with his In the sweet summer set as they are just perfect. There are 6 images in this set. (Yes I know that this preview shows 5)

Now typically I chose the one which does not appear in the preview photo there but it is in the set.

I wanted to join in with some challenges...Finnabair over on Facebook is challenging us to use a technique shown by one of her talented DT. I chose that of Linda's showing Tim Holtz's blending inks together and adding flicks of water. I also used stencils and flicks of ink to add to the texture of my background.

I opened my art journal and these were my colours I blended.
 I added splashes of water and then more inks through 2 different stencils and I also used one stencil as a mask.
Below is my background with my flicks of ink too

I decided to tear my image and as I looked at it I was reminded of the illustrations of Kate Greenaway. She often added floral "doodles" to her work. I wanted a piece of verse to add so I found a poem of hers on the Internet called Little Girls and Little Lambs,

IN the May-time flowers grow;
Little girls in meadows go;
Little lambs frisk with delight,
And in the green grass sleep at night.
Little birds sing all the day,
Oh, in such a happy way!
All the day the sun is bright,
Little stars shine all the night.
The Cowslip says to the Primrose,
'How soft the little Spring wind blows!'
The Daisy and the Buttercup
Sing every time that they look up.
For beneath the sweet blue sky
They see a pretty Butterfly;
The Butterfly, when he looks down,
Says, 'What a pretty Flower Town!' 

 I loved that it had the mention of Daisy in it so it seemed perfect to use. I also decided that I would try my hand at not only doodling but some lettering too.
(By the way thank you all so much for your supportive comments of my recent additions of doodling to my work...I am still learning but having such a lot of fun). 

I spent all last night finishing off and here are my journal pages.

 and a few close ups

These pages were great fun but I did spend hours adding all the doodles!

As well as the fab Finnabair first spread your wings challenge on Facebook I would also like to enter my pages into the following challenges;

Anything but cute  vintage garden This is a newbie on the block, do check it out!
A sprinkle of imagination anything goes The products are a black Sakura Micron pen and Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil.
The Artistic Stamper Journaling your heart out
Mixed media monthly May flowers
A vintage journey spring colours
Country view scenic
Noor! UK May flowers
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Frilly and Funkie Happy, Happy , Happy
Simon Says stamp Wednesdays anything goes

Thanks for visiting me today and for the sweet comments you take the time to leave. Enjoy the last few days of May. We are off to see Daisy and Co tomorrow so we may well find ourselves outside skipping in the meadow...or finding a slide which is Daisy's passion at the moment.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Such a nostalgic journal page Jane, love all your doodling. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

  2. Another lovely page Jane and by the look of things it's not just meadows that little girls go to but to meet bunnies too (squeal)!!
    Daisy is so cute! :)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  3. How cute to see Daisy learning about animals at the farm. Your card is fantastic and I love the image of the lady and little girl on the farm. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Gorgeous pages, Jane, with fabulous textured background and amazing vintage feel! Love your doodling and awesome colours!
    Thank you so much again for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge!
    Branka DT

  5. Your work is really nice. I've doodled and added stickers when I did scrapbooking. I miss doing it and don't know when I will get back to it. I should finish one of my granddaughter. She is now seven. Our days are finally warmer. In the 80s yesterday and thru Sunday then back to seventies next week with maybe rain. Yes, all the lovely flower of May are nice. My daughter, Megan, planted most of our vegetable garden the other day.

  6. this is just wonderful Jane - a glorious poem too - thanks for sharing! Hugs rachel x

  7. What a lovely yard (garden)! Looks like a nice private hide-away to enjoy that morning cup of tea. My husband has been spending every spare minute mulching, weeding, and sprucing up all the many perennial gardens he has planted around our house. It's so nice to look out and see everything growing--especially after our very snowy winter! Have a fun weekend with Daisy and family!
    Jane T

  8. Excellent work!!! Love the colors and fabulous texture! Thank you for joining Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  9. Gorgeous vintage feel to this garden page and of course, your doodles are raw talent. Wonderful LO and techniques. The water flicking is one I use a lot. BTW-awesome garden!

    Thanks again for joining us at Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge. Hugz. ~Niki DT

  10. what a wonderful creation love it and the photos are great
    hugs Kate xx

  11. Jane, no kidding, my heart skipped a beat as I scrolled down and saw the shot of your completed page spread. I was reading so intently and making sure not to miss a single detail, and then wham! BEAUTIFUL pages! Your lettering and doodling really pay such a compliment to the lovely background coloring. Wonderful colors, and simply awesome doodling and lettering! I could never even get mine to go straight, let alone look so striking. I'm so happy you've given this a try, and you are certainly inspiring me. Thank you for joining our Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute with this amazing scene! Big hugs! Sara Emily DT

    PS I'm a gardener, too, and love seeing the shots of your gardens. May I ask the name of the broad leaf green plant is? (First close up shot) and are the yellow flowers azaleas? Certainly does not look like ours here in Wilmington NC USA, but the leaf does. So pretty! I can certainly guess you are enjoying this time of year in the garden. SE

  12. I've missed visiting your blog Jane, I love your journal style posts - lots of news and pictures as well as a beautiful make with instructions too!
    Look at Daisy, she must be so precious to you - where has the time gone!

    Anne xx

  13. Wow Jane, you've done it again! What a gorgeous page! Your skill with those white and black pens is just blowing my mind! I love the subtle stencilling in the background, and that image is wonderful! I went on a hunt this weekend for the pens you luck, so I bought a couple of other brands. Very disappointed in the quality. I will keep trying though as you have really inspired me to try my hand at this.

    Thank you so much for joining us at again Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge, I never get tired of seeing your amazing work! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  14. Amazing!! Love the background and the picture of the little girls at the door! Just a beautiful page!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Challenge Blog!!

  15. Fantastic journal pages Jane ! Love the doodling ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  16. You can never go wrong with flowers and little girls, especially when you have such a pretty little girl for inspiration. Lovely!

  17. Hi Jane, Just popping in to see what's new- LOVE the latest hand lettering and flourishes, here! Daisy and Kate Greenaway, such perfect muses for such a delightful ode to spring. ;o)

  18. Hello Jane

    Love your DP and as always, I'm amazed at your beautiful doodling (I'm especially inspired by your corner pieces)
    Thank You and Happy June!
    Today is my DD's first day teaching in Littlehampton!!

  19. What a delight to read and view your post Jane. Daisy looks adorable and I'm sure is a source of immense happiness. Simply love your journal pages, especially when taken in the broader personal background. Gorgeous work. Nicola x

  20. Gorgeous, beautiful journalling pages and such a beautiful memory.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  21. Awww, your granddaughter is so adorable! :))
    Lovely art journal pages. I really like your lettering and doodeling! And of course the Distress background, really pretty. You garden looks very nice.
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog :)

  22. Wowwww Jsne Daisy Photos are really soooo cute nes,,,,,,,,,,so gorgeus, I am suee shw enjoyrd a lot my friend, Love your creation,,,,,the yellow tones and these cute doodles,,,,,,,,,,you choose the perfect image to post,,,,,,horayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for Jane.

  23. She is adorable! I love your pages! So many layers and prettyiness! Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie.

  24. Amazing creation

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  25. what sweet journal pages - love your sentiment and beautiful background!

  26. How beautiful and lovely inspiration too. Thanks for entering it for our challenge at ASOI this time.


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