Thursday 13 October 2016

Exploring and the Butterfly Valley Rhodes

I know it has been a few weeks but I have finally got round to write a  post sharing some of my September holiday photos from Rhodes.

We witnessed glorious sunsets each night

By day the sun sparkled on the sea.

We enjoyed candle lit dinners
and witnessed a red full moon in all its glory.
And this amazing cloud formation on our last night...can you see a face here? I can.

We took a return trip to the Butterfly valley
and as well as the amazing butterflies...

We spotted the fresh water crabs too.

I decided to make a Moment for my art journal to remember our 2016 Rhodes holiday.  I wanted to celebrate the sunshine, heat and our trip to the Butterfly Valley. To do this I used my butterfly stamp from the brilliant "Own kind of Beautiful  Visible Image set. I also used  the words from my live in the moment  dragonfly set.

I wanted to join in with the next letter in the alphabet challenge over at the Craft Barn as well as some other fun challenges running in blog land at the moment.
I chose E for "explore" and this is how my Moment came together.

First I embossed my VI butterflies and then coloured them with distress markers in the same colours as those from the Butterfly Valley.
I wanted to represent the autumnal sun so I added gold embossing paste through my TH sun stencil.
I chose some warm sunny distress ink colours to blend my background in my art journal.

Once I was happy with my background I stencilled some leaves.
I made my focal by stamping and embossing my words into the centre of a TH clock die cut, which I had coloured with distress inks.

Here is my E dictionary  choice and very appropriate...E for explore
I also coloured some snippets of card to die cut leaves and branches to represent the beautiful trees in the Butterfly Valley
and then it was time to put on my creative hat.
Here is my finished Moment, my dictionary definition of E for explore is on a leaf.

When I look at this page in my art journal it takes me straight back to the sunshine and the memories we made during our wonderful September autumn holiday exploring Rhodes and the Butterfly Valley. Every moment was indeed very special.

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

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge E  Mine is E for Explore, the dictionary definition is shown above and on my leaf. We certainly did love exploring Rhodes and especially the butterful valley.
Paperartsy die cuts
Stamping Sensations 1/3 autumn
Penny Black and More 1/3 autumn
Anything but Cute an autumn day
Noor UK CAS or fully loaded Mine is of course fully loaded ;0)
Dies R Us the leaves are on the tree
We love to create 2/2 anything mixed media #21
Fashionable stamping 2/3 trees
Mod Squad anything but a card
Stamps and Stencils elements of nature

Thanks so much for visiting me today and for the kind comments you leave. I have another new follower who joined me this week..welcome and it's lovely to see you joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

The weather has again been glorious for most of this week but it's turning chillier by the day...I actually got out and wore my winter jacket for the first time on Monday. Autumn is very much here now.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. beautiful Jane and a wonderful reminder of your lovely holiday, you've captured it all and your 'E' word fits in so well.
    Fabulous photos, those butterflies are amazing!
    Happy Thursday my friend....and the sun still shines. :)
    V x

  2. Fabulous page. Just love the vibrant colours and the gorgeous textures. I also love Rhodes.

  3. Fabulous page for your memories Jane. I remember the Valley of Butterflies on one of our trips to Rhodes!

  4. Absolutely stunning and your photos are breathtaking! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘The Leaves on the Trees’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  5. Hello dear Jane,

    Your beautiful post and amazing photos is just what the doctor ordered!
    It's chilly this morning and thanks to you I feel warmer!
    What a gorgeous place, I can see why it would draw you back every year.
    I love your moment and your butterflies look so real!

    Thank you!


  6. A lovely Autumnal creation Jane and perfect for our themes this month, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More, Stamping Sensations and Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  7. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful. I love the photos leading us through the story of how you chose your word. Great work!

  8. Thanks for sharing your photos of what looks like a fabulous holiday! And your autumnal butterflies are stunning - glowing with the last of the sunshine.
    Alison x

  9. that is a lovely card - thank you so much for sharing it with us at The Craft Barn and joining in our challenge - even on holiday! xx

  10. Gorgoeus colours in your project. Took a second look to see the little bird x

  11. Absolutely beautiful photos and layout Jane - Rhodes is indeed a magical place!


    Di xx

  12. This journal page is amazing from the warm colours to the design....simply beautiful. I love your pictures also and wish I could have hidden in your suitcase:) hey I joined the. 12 tags of Christmas at the Funkie Junky and wish to thank you for showcasing your work and being able to find her site.

  13. This is really beautiful Jane, as you say, you couldn't fail to be inspired by such a wonderful place. I want to go to Rhodes NOW! Have a lovely weekend xx

  14. Your art journal pages are always so wonderful, Jane! It's amazing how a page can trigger such fantastic memories because of the elements used - I love all the warm tones, texture and pretty butterflies. Butterfly valley looks like a lovely place to visit, as does Rhodes...don't think we'll be able to get Daisy (the campervan) there though!
    Have a fabulous weekend! We're off to the Hamper Food Festival at Llangollen tomorrow - lots of sample tasting on the menu, I think! Hugs, Lisa x

  15. You always work in such an elegant way with strong ink colours Jane. Your page is stunning I can almost feel the heat of the Autumnal sun coming from it. Great design.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie xx

  16. How FABULOUS!!! Your butterflies are a beautiful part of your art journal. I think your colors are sensational! Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.

  17. Glorious photos Jane, they really capture your special memories as does your beautiful page to go with them - full of the sunshine and heat of the day. I love the butterflies dancing in the sun's rays and the clock which is a clever representation of your moment in time xxx

  18. Both your travel photos and your journal page are beautiful! The rich colours of Autumn shine through and your butterflies are true to life. Love it!

  19. Hello dear Jane,

    Your holiday pictures show a wonderful place, and your moment captures that perfectly! All those butterflies... So beautiful!

    Wishing you a happy and creative weekend!


  20. Oh my, Jane, what an absolutely beautiful art journal page! The colors are fabulous and I can almost feel the sun! Those dancing butterflies are stunning and I adore your fantastic idea with the clock! Brilliantly done!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'An Autumn Day' challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka :)

  21. I am back to thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this month with this marvelous project! Big hugs! Branka DT xx

  22. Not to worry Jane, I actually GOT it before. However, this was the first time in 18 Craft Barn visits to your blog, let alone visits from TioT entries, that you have bothered to leave me a comment. I suspect you'll delete this comment, too, but at least I got my point across. Too bad it had to be one that is not as gushing with praise as have the ones I've left you in the past. After all, I have always thought your art was spectacular.

    1. Hi again Elizabeth, I did try to email you a response but sadly you have a no response blogger reply status which means that you would not have got it. Hence my visit to your blog. I will also add this reply to your blog as you are unlikely to see it here. The only reason I deleted your comment is that I though it very curt and unfriendly and clearly you had not read my post for how E was for explore. I will now however share your comment here. You wrote these 9 words;
      "not sure what Rhodes has to do with E" I do like to keep blogging kind and friendly, as this crafting world usually is. I felt is was inappropriate as you had clearly not read my post which explained how E was for Explore and we did indeed have a wonderful holiday exploring. We all have the choice to remove inappropriate comments.
      Thanks for coming back and realizing how my E was for Explore not Rhodes!

  23. Wow, Jane! I loved seeing all your photos from that lovely trip, but when I scrolled down through to the end and saw that amazing journal page, my jaw dropped! This is truly my favorite artwork of yours! Beautiful design and representation of your visit to Butterfly Valley! And the colors are just amazing! What a delight to see! Thank you you for sharing it with us at Anything But Cute for our Autumn Day challenge. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  24. Stunning photos Jane, always a delight to catch your photography!! I love your make today, gorgeous autumnal display!Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  25. A fabulous page. You have captured the sunshine and beauty of Rhodes perfectly.

  26. This is so beautiful! I love how you added the rays. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Autumn

  27. I love the love that has gone into this page Jane. What a special place, your pics were amazing! This is one of those pages that you could just look at over and over againg - I have! Love it.
    Dot x

  28. Aaaah lovely and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x

  29. This is stunning. The colours are so vibrant and the colours are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  30. Well I love those warm colours and the butterflies are a work of art, love the interpretation of the theme...beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  31. Gorgeous work Jane! Those butterflies are stunning on that wonderful background. I can almost fel the heat from here! Thanks for sharing your journal page with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Oh, and Thanks for sharing your holiday pics too,! Toni x


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