Monday 6 February 2017


No not the film but some super photos my son took during the recent cold snap. We had pretty cold night time temperatures and he and his dear GF took a trip with Bear to Frensham. This is such a beautiful spot in the Surrey countryside, at any time of the year. Sometimes we all go as a family as it's a good halfway spot to meet up.

It had been so cold at the time that the pond (to be quite honest to me it's more a lake!) froze and he sent me some hilarious photos of Bear skidding on the ice from his phone.

How beautiful it looked in the sunshine, despite the minus degrees temperatures that day.
However the following photo really made me smile as I knew it would be perfect to make an art journal page with . 2 lovely boys, one frozen lake.
I wanted to make a piece for several challenges running at the moment in blog land. Lots of  the themes feature love, using masks, being young at heart and even the February verse of "The Months" poem by Sara Coleridge.

So this is what I got up to ....I selected some suitable Distress inks and crayons.

First I scribbled on some crayons and blended them roughly with water. After drying I blended the blue and green distress inks onto my page.

I then used a tree mask and blended more ink through it to create a woody background in my journal. I just repeated using the mask until my page was full of trees.

The crayoned areas were supposed to represent the rain in the poem,
"February brings the rain, thaws the frozen lake again. "
However I decided I wanted something much bolder and knew that I had just the right stamp in my stash.....

I just love this Designs by Ryn stamp, one of my favourites....I stamped it all over and then added some white gel pen to accent the droplets.

Next I needed a little cherub so I found this little Tim Holtz stamp. I coloured it with Distress Markers and fussy cut it out.

I also  found some inky snippets in my stash and used these to die cut some hearts with . I wanted lots of love on my page.

I also ran some blue and brown card through a bark embossing folder to tie in the woods theme of my journal page.

I made a frame for the photo.
and then having made all my elements I was ready to play with my design.

I put on my creative hat..........................
and this is what I came up with.
A few close little cherub and heart in place (needed by the Craft Barn) I also used my Artistic stamper calligraphy stamp again.
 The inky hearts represent the frozen lake ...and my love for these 2 boys 💕

The mask I used to create the trees background
and one last shot
My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

PaperArtsy masks

The Craft Barn 12 Month challenge  February with the extra twist of a cherub and heart.

Designs by Ryn customer creation February

Time Out inspired by words I was inspired by the words of the poem

Noor Design UK 2/3 have a heart

The Artistic stamper 2/3 love hearts I used my Artistic stamper calligraphy stamp

Craft Heaven 3/3 love is all around

Simon says stamp Wednesday the colour of love my card shows it doesn't always have to be red....

Dies R Us 2/3 hearts

Let's Craft and Create 1/3 love is in the air

The Paper Girls Challenge with heart

Simon says stamp Monday young at heart

We love to create 1/2 anything mixed media

Sometimes all you need is a photo of someone you love to spark off your creative muse. 
Thanks for all the love you left for me and my dear friend in my last post, it was so kind.
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and managed to get some time to get creative.

Enjoy the week ahead and thanks for your kind visits.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. My goodness, Jane. this page is really beautiful. Your photo is great and the page is a wonderful memory of this day!

  2. beautiful art journal page :)

  3. Fantastic page, Jane! great photos, too.

  4. That is a gorgeous journal page.. those droplets are so cool. Your son will enjoy seeing this. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. WOW what a fabulous page you have created! Loved seeing the photos ... Bear is a beautiful dog! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘HEARTS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

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

  6. Jane this is amazing, I love every little thing about this and I'm sure your son will too xx

  7. Amazing dimension, love the colours too.

  8. What a gorgeous use of masks! I love your different textures, the depth and the colours. The little snippet of poetry is the icing on the cake! What a lovely project! xx

  9. stunning work Jane - I love your layering - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  10. Beautiful Jane...such a lovely piece, of course your subjects were great! :) I love that drops stamp, it is so realistic!
    February really did bring the rain here today and the wind, thankfully it has calmed down now but watch out mainland it may be on its way to you!!
    Enjoy your week my friend,
    V x

  11. You're SO talented, Jane..this turned out so beautifully, and what a keepsake!! Such lovely boys on the lake. :)

    I wanted to say, Congratulations! You won a copy of Project Popcorn, by Laura Driscoll. I'm so excited, I get to send you a little package in the mail..please remind me of your addres if you can at

    Thanks so much Jane! Have a lovely week ahead!

  12. I love the photos and the one with your 2 cutey pies is so sweet. I love that tongue on your fur baby who looks so happy. The scrapbook page is beautiful and those rain drops look 3D to me. I love the layout...very artistic

  13. Your card is so nice! Good idea! We've had our share of ice in Oregon as well! Now it's rain and cold!!!

  14. Fabulous photos of your two boys at Frensham and great page to record the moments. Must catch up soon xxx

  15. This looks fantastic Jane.....this will be a lovely reminder of this day for a long time.
    Thanx for joining us at Noor Design UK.
    xxx Plony

  16. Wow, those raindrops look so realistic! Great page, I can see how much love you've put into making this! Oh and a cute dog too! :) Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT!

  17. Fabulous journal page - thank you for joining The Craft Barn Month Challenge. Beautiful photography too. xx

  18. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Let's Craft and Create.
    ~DT Janis

  19. This is just a fabulous page & I love the background you created for it! Awesome trees and those water droplets look totally real! Great job! Thanks for joining our "Hearts" challenge at Dies R Us!

  20. Jane,
    these journal pages are beautiful all the layers are amazing.

  21. Hey Jane :) So many details in this! You made a beautiful layout for that photo. I can understand why you wanted to use that one. It's a great shot! Thanks for sharing with me :)

  22. This is so cool and just love the photo. The water droplets are absolutely amazing, they look 3D on the page, you really know where to add the white highlights perfectly. So very glad you shared this with us at TIME OUT!!

  23. Wow! This is fabulous! Those water droplets looks amazing!!! Very cool!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  24. Wow Jane, this layout is amazing!! The forest background with the blended blues and greens is just beautiful and those black raindrops are so dimensional! I love the addition of the birds, so perfect! Great photos of your frozen lake!! We had freezing rain last night, the world was so beautiful all covered in ice, unfortunately I didn't get outside to photograph any of it. Have a great day! hugs :)

  25. Love all of this - the blues and greens of the background, the water droplets and what a great photo of the frozen lake to finish it off. Brilliant! Elaine x

  26. WOW! A stunning project. I love every detail. I keep meaning to get myself a raindrops stamp and your fantastic piece has just reminded me to look out for one again.

  27. is absolutely beautiful Jane!
    I also love these colors together!
    Thank you!

  28. ooh that is a lovely page. You always seem to find the perfect photograph to match the theme.

  29. Another beautiful page, full of interest, and I love how everything comes together.

  30. Such a wonderful page! I love the background you created, it has such a perfect feeling of nature. Gorgeous embellishments and design too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!!

  31. This page is wonderful. The stencilled trees with the dramatic Ryn raindrops looks amazing. The hearts and cherub tie in nicely with your lovely chilly photo of your boys.

  32. Inspirational use of masks, great mixed up with your pics. FAB.

  33. Gorgeous project, Jane. Love the page you've created with your 2 Boys. Thank you for joining us at Noor!Design UK challenges.
    Hugs, Karina
    DT member Noor!Design UK

  34. Gorgeous page. Love all the details. Catherine xxx

  35. Gorgeous page. Love all the details. Catherine xxx

  36. Beautiful scrap book page. Love the details and colors. Thank you for sharing your scrap book page with us and can't wait to see your next beautiful project with us soon. Nancy Hill, Design Team for Let's Craft and Create.

  37. Wonderful page Jane. Your journal is amazing. Thanks for joining us at Let's Craft and Create. Jonnece DT

  38. Great page! Love your raindrops and little cherub stamp. xx

  39. A gorgeous page, and I love the Designs by Ryn stamp - it's amazing.

  40. A really wonderful journal page!

  41. Absolutely fabulous, love all of it.

  42. A fabulous page, full of interest and texture.

  43. Love your elements, love your finished page... lots of great details and a beautiful photo too!

  44. Absolutely gorgeous page and lovely photo. xx

  45. WOW the raindrops actually look real!! What a great piece! Thanks for joining us at Noor! Design UK for the February's "Have a Heart" challenge! Hugs!

  46. great page! thank you so much for sharing with us at The Artistic Stamper
    hope to see you again in March !


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