Monday 11 April 2016

My spring birdsong publication

My complimentary copy of craft stamper finally popped through my letter box on Friday morning which had my Birdsong card published inside. As promised here are some photos and a little about how I created my card.
I took a photo of my card with my card ;0)
I also spotted someone taking a snooze on my kitchen window sill, oblivious to what was going on inside.
My darling Billy.

The original brief was to use the set colours to make a card featuring birds, branches, spring trees or bulbs and to team these with Kraft paper and raffia. Everything I used can be seen in the first photo showing my materials.

This is what I got up to. First I blended some distress inks on my card and added some splashes of water. I then stamped using PaperArtsy and Tim Holtz stamps and various shades of Archival inks.
I stamped my PaperArtsy tulip onto book paper which I had also coloured with DIs.

I made my flower pot out of stripped card packaging and added a raffia bow. I have had a packet of raffia in my stash for about 5 years and never used it. I nearly threw it away last year but like every good crafter, who keep everything, I was really glad that I still had it.

So here is a few close ups of my card.

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

A Vintage Journey spring is in the air
Pixie's snippets playground #224 I used a snippet of packaging for my pots, a tiny snippet of raffia and snippets of my book pages for the tulips.
Card mania 2/5  spring
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 any card goes
Crafty Boots 1/3 use a sentiment
Mod Squad 2/3 show us your background
We love to Create 1/2 #8 anything mixed media

I hope you had a lovely weekend. We managed a few sunny walks between the showers and a cuppa or 2 in the garden which is always bliss. I also got my April Tim tag made...goodness me I had to think outside the box for this one....I had none of the ingredients he used this month.

Today has started sunny and incredibly mild but we have rain on the way for later on.  Thanks for visiting me here today and for the lovely comments you take the time to leave.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a stunning card Jane - and so worthy of publication too! Wonderful selection of stamps you used and the colours are delightful. Love the flower pot with the band of raffia and of course stamping the flowers onto printed paper.

    Thanks for coming to play this week!


    Di xx

  2. You really are so talented Jane. This is simply fabulous, no wonder it was chosen to print. xxx

  3. I have to say, Jane, your first line of this post really made me chuckle!...can you see why?! (I know, that's the child in me!)
    Anyway, well done you on a very deserved publication - it is nice to see that you have found your own style from when you first began on your crafty journey and inking is definitely your 'thing'! I love the backgrounds you create and every project tells a story or creates a memory...Congratulations again on your publication and I'm sure there'll be more in the future! Hugs, Lisa x

    1. LOLOL thanks Lisa, all safely edited now! It must have been the bird influence ;0) x

  4. Many congratulations Jane, how thrilling to see your work in print.

    Amazing card, so much going on, great background and I love your use of rafia and your tulip stamp looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Wow - amazing card and fabulous to be published. Well deserved. Absolutely love this, especially your plant pot. A tricky brief that you have pulled of with great style. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  6. Hi Jane,

    WOW! What a stunning card and congratulations on having it featured in a Magazine, well done you.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  7. Beautiful design. Love all the details and the distressing. Congratulations on having your card in the magazine. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week.

  8. Wow, well done Jane! Your card is so lovely and it looks great in the magazine! I love the name of it too, very pretty. Good luck with all your new projects and exciting challenges.
    Helen xox

  9. Hi what a lovely card.
    well done for having it published.

  10. Beautiful, Jane,

    Congratulations! You created a stunning piece (even Billy is not THAT impressed ;) out there), and I just love the "find joy in the ordinary" -so true! Wishing you many sunny days!


  11. Such a beautiful card Jane and congratulations on being published too!! Thank you for joining us at the Ribbon girls, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  12. I saw this in the Craft Stamper ! Fantastic and congratulations !
    Corrie x

  13. Hi Jane,

    Congrats on your publication!
    Fantastic work and as always it is so interesting to follow your creative step by step
    Thank You!

  14. a really beautiful make Jane and congrats on your publication - the first of many I suspect!!! Big huggles xx

  15. Congratulations on having your card published Jane. It is a very beautiful card. Barbxx

  16. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on getting your work published, you should be very proud. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. Great job and again published? That's great! Thanks for popping over to my blog. You are welcome any time. Our weather is much cooler this week, which is nice, but the tulips took a beating with the heat out at the tulip farm. I hope to go there mid week to get a few photos before it's all gone. Happy week, my friend!

  18. Wow Jane, a huge congratulations to you!! I love the stamping on the book page, what a great additional bit of interest that adds!! Gorgeous colours and the corrugated pot is quite genius! I'm so happy for you, yet not surprised at all!! Love the shot with Billy in the background! hugs :)

  19. Congratulations and your card is stunning! The song of spring.
    Sandy xx

  20. Oooooh how exciting, seeing you card and name in print!!!
    It's a beautiful card Jane, many, many congratulations and of course very well deserved.

    V xxxx

  21. Congrats on being published! So well deserved. You always do lovely work and it is a treat to visit your site. Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey.

  22. This card is so cool! Biggest congratulations!

  23. Hi Jane. I just wanted to swing by and congratulate you on your project in Craft Stamper. Its stunning. Lx

  24. Congratulations on your well-deserved publication - the card is stunning, with such great depth of colour - wow!
    Alison x


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