Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Perfect Day



This main stamp of the poppy field is by Crafty Individuals. The scene reminds me of the time when my husband Dave suprised me with a detor home via the most spectacular poppy field nearby. Every year I would comment on the poppies when I could see them in the distance but as their life is so short I never got it together to stop and take in the view close up. Suprises like that you never forget, especially when he said 'right almost there, close your eyes' and when I opened them we'd parked right in the field entrance with a mass of red and green as far as the eye could see. :0)))



I think my love of Poppy fields stems from way back. It reminds me of growing up reading Jackie and Diana comics with the Flake ad on the telly. That was my dream, to BE that flake girl in the poppy field painting with her watercolours, making a bodge up of the painting and enjoying my Flake chocolate instead lol What a life , sun, Poppies and chocolate. Nowadays sadly I'd be worried about getting sun burnt, getting sneaked up on in the middle of the field by some weirdo and putting on yet more weight scoffing chocolate bars.

I found the ad (on You Tube courtesy of NinaOperez)! I remember it being on TV in the 70's not in the 80's as it says online in places. (ignore the fish advert that runs ahead of it- rofl!! Kind of ruins the moment but just go lalalala whilst the first ad is on lol



I create a lot of my artwork and bits and bobs from memories gone by. I think a persons life experience has a lot to do with how artwork presents itself and comes about.

The stamps I used are
Poppy Field CI-276 by Crafty Individuals (being given as a free gift this week over on Crafty Individuals website if you spend over £30.)
Big Bee, one of my stamp designs for Stampotique Originals.

I also thought there was a challenge theme too that this fitted into perfectly, but now I can't find it again lol...maybe I'll discover it as soon as I upload the post to my blog. Usually the case. :0)

37 comments:

Stiggy said...

....awwwww I'm amazed you remember that - t'was ages ago!!

:D

x x

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

I have got to have that stamp;) Poppies are my farourite flower. I can remember coming across a poppy field by accident 18 years ago. It was one of the most emotional moments I can rememer. Thank you for bringing the memory back.

Just hopping over to Crafty Individuals..thanks for that too:)

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

Remember..sorry, just got too exited!

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

Remember..sorry, just got too exited!

Kim said...

Lovely card, Jo, and the story is wonderful!! Your hubby sounds like a keeper! I just got your beautiful bee stamp in the mail this week--looking forward to inking it up over the upcoming American Memorial Day weekend!!!

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

Oh God, now I am getting carried away...literally..sorry...

Helen said...

I have had an ambition for years (probably since the flake advert) to take a phot of a whole field of poppies.... You do know they reckon you can work out how old you are by which flake advert you remember best!!!

Lulabelle said...

Love your card! that stamp is just georgous. I too remember that Flake advert, oh how time flies!!!

mustavcoffee said...

Oh yes remember the advert so well, we all wanted to be as cool as she........ your hubby sounds wonderful, you lucky lady!!
Crafty individuals stamps are great, just got their new 'row of cottages', yummy!
Really like what you did with the stamps, having your bee overlapping that way is visually pleasing but you're going to need a bigger envelope, LOL, xx

penibear said...

Lol, what a lovely story Jo - I remember that advert as well. Lovely artwork too - the bee looks especially good on top.

AngelaC said...

That's a gorgeous stamp Jo (of the poppy field) and a fabulous card! It's funny, but I made a card using your Jasmin stamp last weekend and used a Hero Arts stamp as a background - it looks like a field of flowers. And the first thing I thought of when I made it, was that Flake advert too!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Jo, I'm the same age as you, so guess what, I remember the advert too. Poppies are my favourite flower. Your card is lovely, must check out that CI stamp! I have several of your stamps, you can check out something I have made here with your bee and butterfly stamps. Judith x

Basement Stamper said...

what a wonderful story! The scene is gorgeous! Beautiful card!

craftimamma said...

You lucky lady to have your Hubby do that for you. I don't think mine has a sentimental bone in his body, Lol!

I'm quite a bit older than you but that was my favourite of the flake adverts and that girl was just so beautiful.

Your gorgeous bee looks perfect poised ready to visit all those beautiful flowers.

Lesley Xx

Kay Carley said...

Hi Jo. In answer to your question I'm about an hour away from The Glitter Pot as I live right on the coast.

Fab card by the way!

Kay x

Sid said...

Very lovely card Jo, the images used are both fab and the add brings back memories to me also !

Carol said...

Love the card.........and the video, but mostly I love that Dave did something so special and you shared it with all your viewers. That in itself has made my day! Thanks Jo (and Dave)......

Catharina Maria said...

This is a lovely card Jo !
♥RINI♥

Cath Wilson said...

Beautifully done, Jo and what a memory :D Had to watch it for the nostalgia, lol. You're right, though - how times have changed - sadly. Love that bee...

Elaine said...

Jo
What a totally gorgeous card. I adore your bee, I need to get it as soon as I can. Thank you for showcasing that new CI stamp. I adore their stamps and this one is fabulous. I love what you have done here! We had a poppy field near us a few years ago and it was like a magical experience seeing it - I have some photos to remind me always. These memories stay with us always. Isn't nature wonderful!!

Elaine xx

Carol Q said...

great card and lovely memory Jo. so cleverly coloured and I like the effect of the vertical and horizontal corrugated card

Heavens2Betsy said...

What a beautiful story and your poppy scene is just lovely. Its been such a long time since I got up close and personal with a Flake - suspect I'm going to be dreaming of them now. Penny x

jeanie g said...

Love the stamp, page, story and the flake. Now i'm off to bed to dream of,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MMMMMMMMMM
jeanieg xx

Amy said...

that bee is the most awesome stamp ever!!!! Lovely artsy designs you always have!

Lottie said...

What a romantic husband you have - even if it was 'ages' ago - perhaps he will surprise you again this year.

Stunning card - and I was 'right there' with you in that field (minus Stiggy).

I remember that advert so well - never did get to eat the flake in a field when I messed up a painting.

Love it

joanne wardle said...

awww he's a soppy romantic!
love the card. it's beatutiful
loved that flake advert too

Deborah March said...

Lovely card, and what a beautiful memory...

Robyn said...

This is beautiful...I love everything.

Karin said...

What a lovely memory and a beautiful card. I loved that advert too!

craftytrog said...

I remember that add Jo! Don't know if I should admit that! Probably has something to do with it being an ad for chocolate! lol!
Your card is lovely! I've spotted lots of gorgeous poppies whilst out on my paper round lately, I love them!
Alison x

Kathy said...

buuuzzzzzz, love the stamp its perfect

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous card, as for the Flake girl...sorry to disappoint you hunny...but it was ME!!! ROFL

I love Poppies, they are my favest ever flowers and I just know what you mean about seeing the fields of red... perfect... loving your art x

Carmen said...

How romantic is your hubby? What a lovely surprise and what a lovely way to remember it.

Zuzu's Blog said...

i feel so old now watching the video and you saying the date.. it seems like yesterday.. I love your bee stamp Jo.. and i love the thought of that poppy field.. nice one Dave....

Sharon said...

Jo, what a lovely story. :D

That particular stamp reminds me of growing up and visiting an old aunt who lived on a farm. She had a field full of red poppies, just across from her sitting room window. I spent hours in there.

Congratulations on your stamp designs and upcoming book. You've hit the big time! All credit to you, Jo. Well deserved.

artangel said...

Lovely work - poppies are the epitome of summer!

I remember that flake ad, and used to love my Jackie annuals too - thanks for the blast from the past lol!

Linda64 said...

Love the story. Your card is beautiful and love your stamp.