Monday, 1 April 2019

No April fool here

Good morning. Happy 1st April or April Fool's day. There is never any chance of fooling me as it is my birthday today. Yes seriously. My Hb has the day off and we are heading out to enjoy a birthday lunch and potter and perhaps a meal out tonight as well. 

It is also time for our newest challenge over at Country View. For April we have a nice easy theme of Spring/Easter. We look forward to seeing lots of lovely spring inspired creations.
You can enter our April challenge as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing is absolutely FREE! All the details for the challenge can be found here.
For my design team projects for April I decided to make my Easter tags which I make every year for my big and little babies.

Today I will share the first tag, the second will be coming up on 13th April. 
This is what I got up to.
 I make tags for my big and small children for their Easter bags and this one is for Jack who will be 2 on Easter Day. He adores birds and so I knew I had to made a bird based tag for him. The birds around here are certainly paring up. I spotted these 2 sweethearts down at the ponds.

First I made a tree lined setting.
I added twisted citron and squeezed lemonade oxides to make my tag base.
I got out my small tag sized Tim Holtz stencils.
 I took his tree stencil and added vintage photo oxide
I also added some blue leaves with broken china distress ink using his leaf stencil.
I added some bird remnant rubs
I also altered a die cut from my favourite Tim Bird branch Bigz die, sadly long discontinued using paints and a little crackle. 
I finished off with some butterflies from his butterfly frenzy die.
Here is my finished tag.
with some close ups

and one final shot

I hope to see lots of you joining in the fun..the details again are here.

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

Pixie's snippets playground #349
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Alphabet challenge A is for animals
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Uniko 1/3 Spring/Easter
Crafty friends 3/3 spring

My 2nd tag for CVC will be on 13th April.
This is the link again for our April challenge. 

I have second post coming up in an hour as being Monday it is also time for my
Visible Image DT Monday make...busy busy!

       Back very soon!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* my friend! And what a wonderful tag you made! It's a winner. Have a fun day celebrating with your loved ones. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Happy, happy birthday my lovely friend, have a wonderful day, I’m sure Martin will spoil you.
    Love your pretty tag with the birds singing, just what I can hear outside at the moment.
    Huge hugs xxx

  3. Fabulous creation, love the design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Crafty Friends and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you again next time. Thank you.
    DT Ine

  4. First of all, Happy Birthday! Second, your tag is so beautiful! Love the layers of ink and texture. Thank you for playing in my "Animal" challenge at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you will join us again soon.

  5. this is so stylish!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at alphabet challenge !

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    Silvi xoxo

  6. Beautiful, Jane I love the TH branch and how you placed it on the tag, great wood background too!

  7. Such a fabulous vibrant tag ! Love it !
    Corrie x

  8. This is stunning!!! I love all the stencilling and stamping in the background!!! I'm sure little Jack will love it!!! I hope you had a wonderful day today!!! Big hugs

  9. Awe what a lovely little tag for Jack, hope he's feeling a little better.
    And I hope you've had a lovely day, birthday girl!!
    V x

  10. Happy Birthday Jane! I hope you had a wonderful day!
    Your tag is gorgeous! I love the different patterns and textures.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  11. Happy Birthday! I can say that still since it is 10pm here. It sounds like you had a lovely day and you saw a couple of sweethearts as well. Love your tag with the birds and the background is cool

  12. Hope you enjoyed your birthday, what a stunning tag, thanks for sharing it at Crafty Catz challenge

  13. Great tag Jane! Such a lovely result. And belated Birthday wishes as well - hope you had a really great day!


    Di xx

  14. This is gorgeous Jane, I love how the colours look like sunshine coming through the branches. I hope everone is feeling better now xx

  15. wonderful tag Jane and it was great to see how you put it together - fab layering! Hugs rachel x

  16. A beautiful tag Jane, I love the crackle on the bird. Hope you had a good Birthday? Happy Belated one x

  17. First of all: Happy belated birthday!!!
    The tag is beautiful! Gorgeous background and the branch die looks great!
    Happy April!
    Evelyn xxx

  18. Stunning tag and love seeing how it was created from the very first layer to the last. Many thanks for joining in with us at love 2 Create Challenges.

  19. Fabulous project! Thanks for joining us over at the We Love 2 Create Mixed Media challenge!!

  20. I hope you had a lovely birthday! Your tag is beautiful and perfect for spring, I love the tree stencilled background with the pretty birds 😁. Happy and creative wishes! J 😊 x


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