Monday 19 October 2015

My own Man in the Moon

It's no secret that my Mum and I really love the image of "The Man in the Moon". I have written and shared a few moon posts here in the past.

When my Hb and I were on holiday in Rhodes last month we were lucky to find that it coincided with a full moon. The night sky is so beautiful there, so much less light pollution that the stars are visible, as well as some of the planets. My hubby is quite knowledgeable about these things and pointed out several of constellations and planets. We were able to see Venus and Jupiter clearly.

The nights around the full moon were all beautifully clear and I really enjoyed seeing it from our restaurant tables as it's always warm enough to enjoy every meal outside. Here are a few shots.

At the beginning of the evening it was a red beautiful. My photos are not perfect as I didn't use a tripod, my camera is just hand held and that takes some doing!

It was also amazing to see the moon still in the sky in the morning and I snapped these photos from our balcony at 6.30am

 Soooo beautiful

Over the last few days I have been trying to find a good man in the moon digi or stamp but really none were suitable.  So inspired by the challenge over at PaperArtsy which is "faces" I took a really brave decision and decided to draw a few of my own Man in the moon faces.

I never claim be an artist so my drawings are rather primitive but I came up with these. I  drew one on crumpled tissue paper which I stuck onto a circle die cut and a couple I drew directly onto the card. I used a silver pen for one and micron for the others.

 My Sukura glaze pens are such fun to use.
I added some distress ink to given them some dimension

I chose my favourite moon face and decided to try making it into a Christmas card.

I created an inky background with shades of blue distress ink by swooshing my card through the inks until I had created a dark blue night sky.

I also stamped some stars on my background.

Below is my finished card and I really like the vintage/retro feel of it. My very own Man in the Moon Christmas card.  This really epitomizes my childhood Christmas cards for me. I used to also love the German advent calendars which often had smiley man in the moon images.
 The sleigh die is Cheery Lynn and I attached some bells

The star die is by Noor.

I plan to use the other faces for other projects so you will see them again at some point.

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

PaperArtsy Faces. I was very inspired by the butterfly post by Julie Anne Lee where she used a face on a butterfly.
Country View add some texture
Sparkles Christmas distress it
Christmas card challenge photo inspiration
Crafty Hazelnut For a child
Cheery Lynn Vintage
We love to create #21
Allsorts all sentimental, use a sentiment
Pixie's Crafty workshop #199
Craft Stamper Take it make it process;ink,stitch, paint,collage, print paper I have used ink, collage paper as well as stamping my star background and my sentiment.

Thanks for visiting me today and also for the really kind messages you left on my Zenspirations post on Friday.   It's the start of another week already and at the end of this week the clocks go back...gosh how quickly that has come around.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Great idea for a Christmas card! I love the idea of The Man in the Moon! xx

  2. Your photographs are so tranquil Jane, I love how you gathered all your inspiration from them to come up with this extra special card design. The addition of all your bells is a sweet touch to finish off your card. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  3. I also love the moon Jane - so I really appreciated your photographs and i love your card too! Wonderful make!!! Big hugs rachel xx

  4. Great moon photos Jane and I love your own man in the moon image such a happy face! :)
    Can't say I'm happy about darker evenings but only 63 days until all change again!!
    Happy Tuesday,
    V x

  5. What great holiday photos Jane! I adore your Man in the Moon - clever girlie! Super card :)


    Di xx

  6. Beautiful photos, Jane! I love your man in the moon card using the sweet sleigh die cut and those teeny little bells are just lovely! Your image inspired me to pick up pencil and paper and have a sketch, so thank you - I need to get some inspiration from somewhere at the moment! I'm not liking the change in the seasons and take a bit of time to adjust to the shorter days and darker evenings, though as V said, only 63 days until they start to get longer again! Hugs, Lisa x

  7. Wow, what's that?! That's really fantastic! I love to see how do you create your card step by step. It's very interessting! Your project is awesome!!!

    Thanks for playing along with our Sparkles Christmas Challenge for October and good luck!

    Doris *GDT*

  8. Wow- wee, Jane! He turned out great! And who could be jollier at Christmas time? The full moon or Santa? ;o)

  9. This is super lovely! Gorgeous drawing. Thanks for joining us at CraftSTamper TIMI challenge :-)

  10. Oh what a beautiful moon and what a great idea to make a card out of it!! Your card makes me smile form ear to ear....thank you! Your pictures are very peaceful and pretty look like you had a great time. I missed it sadly...thank you so much for playing along our challenge at the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and good luck hugs Amy xox

  11. It's like the moon has a tiara and is kissing a reindeer :) Lovely image and beautiful photos. I think you should draw more often.

  12. What a delightful project Jane. You are so creative. You write the best posts as well. Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  13. Lovely photos, lovely card, lovely memories xxx

  14. HI Jane,

    You are a TRUE artist!!
    Your man on the moon is gorgeous and seems illuminated from behind!
    I love your composition and the vintage feel ;)
    Thank you and Bravo to you!!

  15. Ooh you are brave to go out of your comfort zone . . . .and a good artist too!

    Wonderful moon pictures. Looks like Rhodes is a great place to go for us sky watchers!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  16. Gorgeous Christmas card Jane, fabulous moon pics too.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  17. Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  18. Great photos of the moon. Love your cute card with the moon and the santa sleigh. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  19. I envy you going to Rhodes Jane, it's years since we went there but I would love to go again. Your Man In The Moon project is brilliant, and he is fab with Santa going across him. Thanks so much for playing along with us again at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

  20. Great card, Jane! Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC

  21. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 251 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

  22. Such an awesome project!

    Thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  23. Ohhh..this is such a fun Christmas card!!! Thank you for playing along in our weekly challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.

  24. WOW what a stunner of a how you created the moon and the background inspiring
    Dr Sonia

  25. Love your man in the moon and a great background

    Thanks for playing along at Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month x

  26. Haha, I love all your moon men!! Awesome idea!! ~Leandra

  27. Great card. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.
    Hugs Helen P (DT) x

  28. What a fabulous, fun design .....Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx


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