Monday, 18 January 2010


What a grey, damp, dismal Monday, but at least all the snow has gone and we can get about much easier now. Oh how I long for the Spring to arrive, I find these dark days a bit depressing.

Anyway, enough of me moaning, how was your weekend. Did you get lots of crafting done. Everyone seems busy with all the challenges, I must get back into those properly.

We had a lazy weekend, although I did get my floor washed for the first time in weeks. With all the wet and boots being piled up everywhere, there didn't seem much point before. My DH washed his car and I ventured into the greenhouse and was pleasantly surprised. There were a few casualties but most things seem to be fine. Nature can be very surprising.

I also finished my Garden Journal ready to be filled in throughout the year. Here is the front cover.

The swirls were from the lovely QVC foam set and I actually got round to making some paper roses. The paper was a bit thick so they are a bit clumsy but hopefully will stand up to being handled. I added some stickles to them.

The quote is one I've collected from somewhere over the years. I keep a book and write them down when I come across something I like, but am not so good at crediting them to someone!! The frames were cut from a Nesties Label and then cuttlebugged.

I made the copper corners by triple embossing with copper EP and pressing an uninked stamp in just to create a texture.The chip board letters were from Martha Stewart and were in the candy I won just before Christmas. These were also triple embossed, this time with Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Bay Lustre. My heat gun blew up just as I'd finished and unfortunately my resident electrician has condemned it!!!

And just to show I shall use it, here is the first page.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments you leave me, I really love reading them.


Jill said...

Fabulous Lisa, those roses are really really lovely. Your snowy garden looks so nice even in winter!

Rose Petal said...

Hi Lisa. This is really lovely and a great idea. Love the colours you have used, its just beautiful.
Happy Crafting.
Love Sandra xx

Debbie Dolphin said...

what a lovely keepsake will cherish it forever

brenda said...

Hi Lisa

Another one here who can't wait for spring, probably my favourite time of year.

Your journal is a wonderful idea and the front cover fabulous, so much interest and texture.

B x

Beryl said...

Oh this is fabulous. The cover is an amazing piece of artwork and the first page gets you off to a very good start. I'm going to enjoy seeing a new page each month.
Checked the greenhouse myself yesterday - only one casualty - a chlorophytum (spider plant)surplus to requirements in the house - even so it had a couple of fresh leaves when I cut the soggy stuff away so it will probably recover.
Beryl xx

Lynne K said...

Great start to your journal, Lisa. The front cover is absolutely wonderful, I love it. xx

Linda said...

Absolutely stunning, love the roses and the colours are gorgeous - blues and purples, some of my favourites. Great first page and I look forward to seeing it being filled throughout the year.

Linda x

Sally H said...

Wow! Gorgeous colours for your cover and the roses look great to me! Your first page is lovely too - great photo!

Shell said...

Hello Lisa. Just wanted to tell you that your garden journal is FAB!
The colours are perfect and if I am not mistaken the whole cosmic shimmer and glimmer mist look works so well, they are among some of my most favorite products to work with, I look forward to seeing more :)
Shell xx

Sarah xx said...

Lisa this journal looks superb so far - can't wait to see it as it progresses. That snowy Narnia-esque picture is just lovely!
What is it about the weather - we are never happy whatever it is doing are we?

Anonymous said...

Oh Lisa, that is just divine ! the colours, layout, flowers everything ! what a keepsake !does justice to your photo's and vice versa !

craftimamma said...

This is absolutely wonderful Lisa! I love all the elements you have combined on the cover. Your first page certainly sums up the first couple of weeks to 2010!

Ooh, that's a shame about the heat gun. Mine's hanging on by a whisker I think. It has a rocker switch that is faster one side than the other and off in the middle but the 'off' doesn't work now so I have to switch off at the socket every time. I do have a back up one but it only has one speed which is a bit fierce.

Lesley Xx

Lesley said...

Beautiful journal Lisa, I began mine last week but I haven't decorated the outside yet! I haven't looked in our greenhouse yet but we have lost some of the outdoor plants xx

Michelle said...

Totally Stunning Lisa! Love the background paper and how you've put it together. Beatiful!
x Michelle

The Stamp Man said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You are certainly off to a great start with it, I too shall look forward to seeing your monthly additions.

Jill x