Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The best kind of snow

For once the weather forecasters were absolutely spot on with their predictions. We were promised that snow would arrive on Saturday evening between 6 and 9pm, that it would snow all night and stop by early Sunday morning. Well it did just that. At 6.45pm the first flakes arrived and soon it was snowing quite heavily. By the time we went to bed this was the scene outside our window.






The snow was the type where the flakes are very small and sparkly, not like the large flakes we had last year.
The snow formed like a crust and sparkled in the night.





When we woke up on Sunday morning  we found a decent layer of snow greeted Billy at the back door.









Now our Billy is such a fair weather cat and dislikes even rain. He was quite confused by the snow.

















What was so funny was that he tried to tread in the footprints of another cat (or fox) which had already walked on the path.














Needless to say he did not stay out long at all and was soon back inside in the warm.


















I think he was just a little more comfy here, back on the sofa!








We went out for a short walk on Sunday in the snow. It was fun to see everyone out enjoying themselves but even by the afternoon the snow was beginning to melt. When we woke up for work yesterday morning we were really relieved to see that the roads were fairly clear and the trains running on time. Bliss, that is my sort of snow. The kind which falls over the weekend, when we had nothing planned, and was gone by the rush  hour on Monday morning. All fun and no aggravation.

Although there is no more snow forecast for the moment it has turned bitterly cold and we are not due to get much above freezing all this week. So I decided that my card for today would be one with some lovely spring colours to cheer us all up. I went for really bright Spring colours, this card has quite a zing to it!
I have used a new stamp that I have not inked up before from my favourite stamp makers, Lili of the Valley. She is called "Never too old for cupcake".How I agree!







Isn't she a real cutie? I coloured her using my trusty Promakers and highlighted her with my Prismacolor pencils. I had fun adding some Diamond Dust to her wings, which is make of real glass. I also added some Stickles glitter to the icing of the cake.











I used some Mulberry paper flowers which I glitzed up with some glitter but I also make some of my own flowers....







I added little gems to their centres and also made some leaves for them.
I also added a bright yellow ribbon and a hand stamped sentiment.


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

Lili of the Valley week 5 spring colours
Joanna Sheen Feb challenge Love is in the air
Sundays with Chrissy Happy Birthday
Divas by design #20 Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad Fresh Spring colours
Paper Crafting Journey #2 Fairies or angels
Creative card crew #3 Fantasy creatures
I love Promarkers Photo inspiration; bright buttons
Cupcake inspiration Photo inspiration, bright colours
Pan Pastel challenge Happy birthday

It's been my silversmithing day today but I am now home with Billy. Any guesses where he is?
It's tough being a cat isn't it. Today has been gloriously sunny, clear blue skies but freeeezing cold. Enjoy your evening and I think Billy has got the right idea ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

49 comments:

  1. Oh thats so sweet!! and hope puddle managed to keep his feet taostie after that lol,

    Thanks for joining us at Paper Craft Journey, and good luck, xx

    Lou

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  2. Hi Lou, Billy did manage to dry off...on the sofa of course!
    Jane x

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  3. Hi Jane. Great snowy photos. A lovely bright card and I love that touch of sparkle too. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.
    Tine :)

    (PS. We actually usually ask that everyone removes the comment verification. A number of people/challenges won't leave a comment if it is on.)

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  4. Wow stunning design and colour.Billy is so cute I have four cats no plans to get any more lol.Thanks for joining us this week at PanPastel UK.

    Kerry DT Leader

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  5. What a beautiful snow and sweet kitty pictures! Your card is darling - love the sparkly image!

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  6. Hi Tine thanks for your visit. I have considered turning off comment moderation. I may give it a trial.....watch this space!
    Jane x

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  7. Hi Kerry. Glad you met Billy he is such great lad!
    Jane x

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  8. Hi Lori I think the glitter mirrors the snow....very sparkly. Have a good evening .
    Jane x

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  9. Billy has got the right idea! One of my cats absolutely loves freshly fallen snow and goes completely mad in it!

    Helenxx

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  10. Our Billy is rather a daft softie Helen, he is afraid of his own shadow so snow really confuses him...bless! Keep snug,
    Jane x

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  11. Billy has absolutely the right idea!!!!
    So glad we didn't get the snow, it really does nothing for me! My son is in London at the moment with his band and he said that it is 'proper winter here'. :)
    Love the new card Jane, it definitely is springy and zingy. :)
    V x

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  12. Your poor son will be freezing here Vivienne, it's already -2oc tonight and falling..eek! Glad you are avoiding this cold snap..I hope my card gave your pre spring thoughts!
    Have a great week,
    Jane x

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  13. Jane,
    What a beautiful snow fall. Yes, I agree perfect timing over the weekend and then everyone (or most people) can enjoy the spirit. Billy looked so cute exploring with the snow on tippy toe! He sure is a relaxed kitty on the sofa, looks very inviting for snuggle time.
    Love the card and all the bright yellow and spring like colors, the little fairy is so cute. I want to eat the cupcake!!
    Hope you have a great week, xoRobin❤

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  14. Hi Robin, it was very pretty but Billy would not agree and much prefers his garden to be warm and sunny ;0)
    Have a lovely week too,
    Jane x

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  15. You're right, that is the perfect kind of snow. I think it's so funny that Billy was trying to step in the footprints :) Lovely card as always Jane!

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  16. Hi Jane, thanks for sharing your pretty snow pictures! I've often thought -- wouldn't it be nice if the rain only fell at night and it was sunny each day? :-) Love your card and pet Billy for me.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. Such a sweet cat. :)

    And you have a lovely creation. Beautiful colors and an adorable image. Awesome!

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  18. beautiful card...lovely colors match perfectly to our challenge...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    Tina
    sweetie dt

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  19. All the snow is gorgeous. I have not had any yet this year, whisch is unusual for us. Seeing your photos made me long ofr some. I hope your cat has warmed back up.

    Your card is a beauty. The fairy looks like she is really enjoying playing in the frosting.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

    Mari

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  20. Pretty snow, Jane, just enough of it if you asked me :) and Billy really knows how to enjoy winter: take a sneak peak out and then back to comfy sofa! Lovely boy!

    And your card is so pretty again, you're really mastering it! I love the spring-feel!

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend, and kiss that sweet boy for me again, please!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  21. How pretty your neighbourhood looks under snow and moonlight. Poor Billy...soooo cold on those little kitty toes! Your new card looks lovely with the bright flowers for spring...good luck in the next card challenge!
    Have a happy week.
    Helen x

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  22. Hi Linda we could not stop laughing watching Billy walking in those footprints...such a funny cat ;0)
    Jane x

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  23. Hi Teresa, now that would be perfect weather wouldn't it!
    Have a great week,
    Jane x

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  24. Hi Tina, they were great photos for inspiration, real zing there.
    Jane x

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  25. Hi Mari, Billy did not spend any time out there...straight back to the warm...sensible really!
    Jane x

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  26. Hi Jane! Oh looks so beautiful! But you are right, best way to enjoy the snow at the weekend and then have clean roads for Monday! Billy seems a little bit uncomfortable with that cold white stuff in his garden. He knows better enjoying the warm sofa!
    Your new card is really beautiful and has so lovely spring feeling!
    Hugs to you and Billy! x Teje

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  27. I know Mia, your snow is not quite the same is it!! Glad my card made your feel some "spring". Billy sends a kiss and a purr from the warmth of the sofa ;0)
    Keep snug my dear,
    Jane x

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  28. Helen, I still find snow quite magical....but not when it interferes with work etc. This really was the best kind even though poor Billy paws got so chilled!
    Jane x

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  29. He really does not know what to make of snow Teje...but I know he is not happy to see it all over his garden ;0)I hope you are enjoying your Greek sunshine, Billy sends a purr to you and your dear pets, hugs
    Jane x

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  30. This is a gorgeous card Jane, I love the image and the sparkley wings and the bright colours look fantastic. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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  31. Forgot to say I love the pics of your cat too, so sweet
    Lindsay xx

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  32. Thanks Lindsay, Billy is such a lovely boy.
    Jane x

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  33. Beautiful card! pretty image, nice colors and embellish. TFS with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    Zulma DT

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  34. I wish we had snow!! We were promised it on Saturday but it didn't materialise...then today we were teased with a few flakes but think now it's too cold :-( Me thinks it's a cats life...it must be hard work being a cat lol.

    Your card is gorgeous...the Diamond Dust is totally sparklicious...the mulberry flowers remind me of sugar flowers on cakes sprinkled with edible glitter...they look good enough to eat :-D xx

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  35. a beautiful card and fabulous photos. Thanks for joining us on Joanna Sheen's "Love is in the air" challenge this month.
    Sandra x

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  36. I'm amazed you have not had snow Kerry! Today we had some little flurries but nothing settled. It's freeeezing though. I think I would like to come back as a cat ;0)
    Thanks for liking my cup cake card.
    Jane x

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  37. Thanks Sandra for visiting me here,
    Jane x

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  38. OH what a wonderful post..and how sweet Billy is. I love your photos and goodness, your card is fantastic!! So much wonderful creativity you've put into it and so very beautifully crafted, Jane. Your attention to detail is top-notch! I am wishing you a warm toasty night with your snuggly kitty. Always good to visit you!

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  39. Hi dear Shirley. Billy is the sweetest boy he is loved to bits by us all and is so funny. You are so kind re my card I really enjoyed making this one. Happy Thursday!
    Jane x

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  40. Oh this is gorgeous! Love the image and the touch of glitter to it all to make it all magical! just love it :) Thank you so much for sharing and playing along in the Spring Colors challenge at The Crafty Pad this week. We also have a DT call on the moment if you are interested in applying :)

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  41. Hi Jane, what a gorgeous card, your colouring is beautiful. Love your puss cat too, he's adorable. Hope you're keeping warm in all this snow. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK and good luck
    Claire xx

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  42. Hi NavyWife and thanks so much for your kind comments. As my crafting is very much done in my spare time I have to decline your very kind offer of applying to your DT call but that is very sweet and I am flattered by your suggestion ;0)
    Jane x

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  43. Hi Claire it's still freeezing here, -8oc last night as we drove home. Needless to say Billy is staying indoors in the warm ;0)
    Jane x

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  44. Lovely lovely work, Jane! Thank you for your kind visit - it means a lot as I celebrate my dear mom's bday..thank you! Hope you and your hubby had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  45. We did have a lovely evening meal Shirley, hugs to you at this time my dear,
    Jane x

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  46. The snow looks beautiful... and looks tempting with the heat here in Oz at the moment! But I'm with Billy - nothing worse than cold tootsies! ;) Your card is just adorable, and the sparkle is the perfect touch!
    Thanks for joining our Sundays with Crissy Birthday Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox

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  47. It's warmed up nicely now Shannon but I agree there is nothing worse than cold tootsies ;0)Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments
    Jane x

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Jane x