Monday, 20 March 2017

Life can be tough

I had a lovely weekend, with lots of time to craft, which is good as I have a very busy few weeks ahead. We also managed to get out and "smell the roses" or in this case the blossom and daffs and enjoyed the increasing daylight and signs of's the first day of Spring wonderful that feels.

Today is a day of rather mixed emotions. It's my darling daughter's birthday and she is taking the day off work with her Hb and together with Daisy they are off to celebrate her special day. Happy birthday to my sweetest girl. I look forward to seeing her on Friday.

However today is also the day of one of our friend's funeral. M died very suddenly a couple of weeks ago and to say we were shocked was an understatement. He is only a few years older than us and the news really did stop us in our tracks.

It is also Monday so it is my turn to share some inspiration over on Facebook for Visible Image.
Do remember you are welcome to come over to join our group, we're a very kind and friendly bunch.
          This is the link here

 I am very much a glass half full kind of girl and I wanted to make something appropriate for today, without being too morose. I decided to use one of the new sentiments that Visible Image brought out in their latest release.
It's just perfect isn't it?

It is available here on their website.
I also used the little flower accent stamps from the Create It set  below available here

I also had a play with the amazing new Oxide inks....they are such fun.
Here are a few process photos;

 I also added Cracked Pistachio into the process.
Once I had a foundation of ink on my card I added some stenciling...

and built up layers of ink, adding water into the process too.

I wanted to keep my sentiment really simple so I added drew a  border around the edge using a Micron Pen. It's been ages since I have had time to draw one of these borders....very much my dear friend Joanne Fink's inspiration.

 I also added some script from the fab Scripted streets set using some archival ink

It added just enough pattern to my card to pull everything together.
You can see one of my stamped flowers peeping out too...I coloured it with gel pens and added some white highlights.

Here is my finished card.

I added some shine to the border with a gel pen.
You can see in the background that I also stamped my flowers using the Oxide inks. Together with the script stamp it gives a very layered textured background.
Here is one more shot
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

A Vintage Journey all aboard
More mixed media anything goes
Sweet Stampin 1/3 special lady/mother's day
Creative Inspirations 3/3 favourite stamp brand and why mine is of course Visible Image. Their designs and words are so unique and they stamp perfectly every single time!
Creative Artiste 3/3 anything goes mixed media
We love to Create 1/2anything mixed media

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We should all try to live life for the moment. Remember to tell those you hold close how much you love them, every single day.

Life can be tough......but my darling so are you x

RIP MW March '17

Happy first day of spring, we all have so much to look forward to.
Seize the day!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. I'm so very sorry to hear of your friends passing...these things are such a shock especially when they happen to your own generation.
    The sentiment on your card is very apt.
    Happy birthday to your lovely girl, I hope she has a great day with her HB and Daisy....not long now till number two. :)
    Take care lovely, I hope today goes as well as these things can.
    V xxx

  2. I Love that sentiment and the page you have created very apt. Sorry that you have lost a good friend so really makes one think...hope today is a celebration of his life and not too difficult to cope with. Enjoy your day on Friday with your daughter and family as you celebrate her birthday. xx

  3. Good morning, Jane! Firstly, Happy Birthday to Emily - I hope she has a wonderful day celebrating with hubby and Daisy.
    I'm sorry to hear of your friend's passing and as you say, life can take us by surprise and give us a real kick in the reality check. We do not appreciate things as much as we could, but it's times like these that really magnify the fact that we are only here for a limited time and have to try and make the most of every moment. I love the uplifting sentiment on your card, so much more positive than with sympathy and I'm sure it will be well received. Hugs, Lisa x

  4. So sorry to hear about your friend. My deepest sympathies .
    A lovely project with a lovely sentiment Jane Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey . x

  5. what a day of mixed emotions it must have been... so sorry for your loss, which is even harder when it is so sudden. Thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful blooms, and projects.

  6. Sorry to hear of your loss Jane, certainly sounds a big shock for you. I love your sentiment on this inky design and the depth you have created with your Inks.
    Julie x

  7. Oh Jane, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of a good friend. You're in my thoughts. You are right to tell us all to make sure each of the people we love knows it all the time. Lovely card. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Hello dear Jane, my thoughts and prayers are with you all with this shocking sad news. Your card is so perfect and a wonderful way to help handle your sadness. Your reminder is so important, thank you. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter❤🎈🎂 xoRobin

  9. I love the cards and that journal page. You are so inspirational and artistic. I love the rainbow colours in the first. 2 cards and the great styling of the journal page. This quote is great and makes me think of my friend right now. I am very sorry to hear about your friend but I hope you can still recall the happiness of this day when you first saw your daughter.

  10. Jane, I'm stopping by after my friend Birgit recommended I check your beautiful card. You did a fabulous job! I love all the layers and textures, but what I like the most is your sentiments and because I'm dealing with a crisis at the moment Birgit thought I could use this just now. I very much appreciated her pick me up with your encouraging inspiring creation!

  11. Your make is really beautifully with an absolutely wonderful sentiment!
    I love those new oxide colors and I cannot wait to get mine!!
    sandy xx

  12. Your card is beautiful, fabulous colours and a wonderful sentiment. LOve the border too! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Sweet Stampin'
    Forgot to say the spring photos! Just gorgeous!

  13. Oh hun, I am so sorry to hear about your friend's passing. When it's your own generation, I think it hits harder too. I love VIs stamps, and really ought to have more than I do. Gorgeous make, thank you so much for sharing with us at AYLI. Hugs xx

  14. Hello dear Jane,

    So sorry to hear about your Friend's sudden passing.
    The card you made with talent and love is perfect.
    I also like the depth in the background.

    Happy Birthday to your darling DD!


  15. A friend's death is no fun. I just went to a memorial service for a former co-worker on Sat. I'm glad I knew Myrna. A beautiful lady in many aspects. Her service was special as well. I pray you are feeling good in spite of it all and you have good memories of your friend to keep him alive. I like your card's saying. We are stronger than we think we are. Your first photo of the blossoms is lovely. Take care and God's blessings.

  16. Yes life can be so tough, sorry to hear about your friend, it really comes as a shock doesn't it? Happy birthday to Emily, I hope she had a fabulous day and I love your card with its special message. Take care and huge hugs xxx

  17. Oh Jane, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Your is very tactful for this sad occasion but it is still bright and will bring just a little joy for this day. I think the sentiment is perfect. Your flower photos are just delightful. sending hugs to you my friend :)

  18. Jane, this is such a wonderful card for so many reasons. Thank you for sharing it with us at As You Like It Challenge!

  19. So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your friend, Jane. Such a shock and so much sorrow. Your card has a very touching sentiment. Sending love.
    Helen xox

  20. Dear Jane,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Loosing a friend all of a sudden... Sending warm thoughts your way. Your card is beautiful still, and so true.

    Sunshine to your weekend, dear friend!


  21. So sorry to hear about your friend Jane, that's so sad. Your card is stunning and I love the background you've created for those fabulous stamps. Beautiful pics too
    Thanks so much for joining us at We Love to Create this time
    Claire xx

  22. Hello Jane, I saw this card on IG but did not know of your friend's passing. I am so sorry to read this news. May happy memories comfort you and your family.

    With my thoughts, xx
    Anne D.T. (PlumTrees22)

  23. So sorry for you loss hun, it's hard when this happens. Your project is beautiful though and a lovely tribute, stunning and poignant x


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