Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tip toe through the tulips

Now that my beloved daffodils are fading fast it has been wonderful to see Mother Nature waking up other flowers. If you remember I planted up some pots last autumn and included some tulips. These are now in full flower and have been stunning...so big, bold and flouncy.


and how about these tulips  for a vibrant zingy colour, which have bloomed in my front garden.

My viola my Mum gave me on my birthday is also looking gorgeous
Over the Easter break I got some time in my studio and I was really inspired by the bold striking colours from my plants. I wanted to use the purples, yellows and greens and I made a backing paper with my distress paints and inks, my wooden flower stamp I bought at the recent Country Life Spring show I attended and some purple craft fabric paint I bought from there.

 I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet, Forest Green and Blue Jeans paints and when dry filled in the spaces by blending Mustard Seed and Tattered Rose distress inks. I then stamped randomly over the page with my wooden flower stamp and purple fabric paint....I loved the effect.
I wanted to bring out the yellow more so I die cut some flowers with yellow card and rolled them up.
 I had some left over lattice cut with gold card which I daubed with Victorian Velvet distress paint.
I also wanted to use one of my favrourite Nicecrane images from the Henderson's giant flowering set. This is a brilliant set and I have used it lots. So then it was time to put on the creative hat, gather some other supplies and ideas and put together my card........


and a few close ups...




I think my card is as bold and blousy as my tulips are!

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

A Vintage Journey Spring Flowers
Bearly Mine Spring
Divas by Design Let's go to the movies my film inspiration is The Secret Garden. It is also a great book I loved as a child.
Sentimental Sundays bright colour photo inspiration
Pile it on No DPs or make your own mine is all hand made ;0)
Ali Craft spring
Bunny Zoe Distress
A Creative Romance eggcellent spring
Inky Chicks shabby chic
Polkadoodles spring
Chocolate coffee and cards spring
Totally Gorjuss die cuts and punches
We do dobadoo Embellish it
Dream Valley say it with words

I went back to work today after a lovely week off. Tomorrow is a really exciting day for me though as I am joining my blogging friend Brenda for another crafty day in Flitwick. The theme for the workshop this time is floral. I will have a whole day of crafty fun.

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter greetings

Happy Easter everyone and I hope that the chocolate bunny has been good to you. We have been out and about for the last few days so we plan a quiet day at home and I may even get some time for some crafting. After nearly 2 weeks of wonderful sunshine the heavens have opened and it's pouring this morning. I think lots of chocolate will feature today in our house today ;0) It's certainly not a day for the garden.
Here are some photos of the surprises my dear ones are opening this morning




Our Daisy Jane is too young for chocolate yet so here is Nana's gift this year.........
a bag to match her pretty sundress and the sweetest story book...Stripey Horse.
As always all of mine get a little chick in their Easter bags, they are never too old ;0)

I would like to wish all my great blogging friends the happiest of Easter's. Have a peaceful day whether you are relaxing at home or with family.

I can't send you all a card so here is GD one I made for Ignacio of Nicecrane designs using one of his fab Easter sheets called chicks and ducklings available here 
I love his vintage sheets so much. I also used as little "seed packets" another set called Henderson's Giant flowers available here. This is one of my favourite sets.
Here are a couple of close ups;
 I made butterfly with a MS punch which I then inked with distress inks and added some gold embossing powder to and some gems for some sparkle.
I added a little vintage bird box charm from my stash which I tied with twine and also some lace to add to the vintage/shabby chic  feel.

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

We do doobadoo Embellish it
Allsorts Birds and feathers
Totally Gorjuss Die cuts/punches
Polkadoodles springtime
Chocolate coffee and cards spring
Inky Chicks shabby chic
A creative romance Eggcellent spring
Jelly Park Happy Easter
Papertake Weekly Happy Easter
Loves Rubberstamps Easter/spring
Party Time Tuesday die cuts
Oldie but a goodie Easter my oldie is my bird charm from my jewellery stash
The Ribbon Girl yellow/lemon
Bearly Mine Spring

Enjoy your long weekend however you are spending it. Thanks as always for your kind visits to me here and the comments that you take the time to leave.

For those of you who love to see my darling granddaughter Daisy...we caught up with them on Good Friday over at my parents' house. She is now 5 months old and was wearing her butterfly dress...I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my little princess busy playing.

 I bought her a new outfit which I think she approved of, a little denim skirt dungarees set...


and just look how big she is in her bath now :0)


she even peeps her feet over the top....so funny! I could eat this little sweetie, she is just adorable.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x (and Daisy waving with her feet)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bluebells and Daisy

..what a perfect combination this is and I found Bluebells with Daisy last week at Hatchlands. This is a beautiful National Trust house and garden in Surrey. I met my darling daughter and Daisy there last week. We were very lucky again with a lovely sunny day. I have visited Hatchlands before and their bluebell wood is stunning. This year the bluebells are out at little earlier...we were so thrilled to see them.
 The native English bluebell is in decline and these drifts of them are so important to keep this beautiful plant growing.
Hatchlands is a set in acres of rolling country side and when we got there we started our day with a drink in their cafe which is in the old kitchens of the house.
The old stable block still smells of the horses kept there for years.

The pathways are very buggy friendly and we had a lovely time exploring the vasts grounds in the sunshine

 There is a gate which leads into the bluebell wood and Daisy "helped" her mummy open the gate.

There was a children's find the fairy activity.....sweet fairy dolls had been hidden amongst the trees.
Daisy found one ;0)

What a special day we had amongst the bluebells.

Of course my card today has to be flower and fairy inspired.

It is Lili of the Valley's 10th birthday next month and I decided to make them a birthday card using one of the very first stamps I bought from them. The delightful fairy stamp called Dandelion Clock. I love this stamp and still use it lots. 

I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismcolor pencils. The backing paper is ancient from my stash. The round and tag sentiments are LOTV. The butterfly and leaf is by Cheery Lynn. The lovely doily is also Cheery Lynn.  I coloured the butterfly with my distress inks. I finished it off with a sparkly organza ribbon and some gems. I even added a number 10 to wish the girls at LOTV a great celebration. 

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

Lili of the Valley ideas to inspire 10th birthday card
                                                                Crafty hands anything goes
                                                           Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes
                                                              Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
                                                            The cupboard trilogy friendship
                                                          Whimsy stamps anything goes
                                                             Little Claire's Lots of layers
Stamping sensations dies and/or punches
Cheery Lynn Pretty in purple
Simon says stamp Monday challenge Things with wings
Passion for Promarkers all creatures great and small
Addicted to stamps and more  anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Loves rubberstamps Easter/spring themed
Party Time Tuesday Die cuts

I am now on holiday from work until next Wednesday...woop woop. Today I am meeting my Mum at the Museum of London to see the exhibition "The Cheapside hoard, London's Lost Jewels". It sounds very interesting. The weather this week has just been outstanding and I just hope it lasts for a few more day. Enjoy the upcoming bank holiday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x