Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Keep Dry and Carry on Crafting

Some time ago I won my first digital images and I showed in this post how I had made my very first cards with them. Since then I have been a very lucky girl and have had no less than 5 more wins from my card challenge entries. Amongst them are some from my Blog Buddy Kerry who owns Ladybird Craft Inks. I decided to have a play with her "Gardener's Delight"  digi images which I really love. I re sized my favourite called "Watering Can" and printed out 3 images on a sheet of A4 card and then had fun colouring 3 different colour ways using my Promarkers and my Prismacolor pencils. Here are the finished coloured images.
Below is the sheet of digi stamps and how they looked before I took my Promarkers and Prismacolor pencils to them. Colouring really brings them to life doesn't it? I get so absorbed's very relaxing indeed.

I thought red, blue and yellow were good colour ways to use for this time of year.  I then decided to make them up as cards and the first one I used was the blue colour way.

 I used some very pretty blue daisy paper from my stash and decided to keep the card very simple.

All I added was a central dotty plaque, a lovely blue satin-edged organza  ribbon and one of my favourite LOTV round sentiments.

I put this card into my Etsy shop and it sold within a couple of days. Since then I have made up the yellow and red versions but I sold those too. They have been very popular and I must find the time to colour some more. I also think they will make great Father's Day Cards.

I am having fun with these digi images and they are a lot cheaper for me to buy  than real rubber stamps and much easier to store. Mind you to me there is nothing quite like a "real" stash of stamps to drool over, I can't see me ever stopping buying  the real ones ;0)

I would like to enter my card into the following card challenges.
Ladybug Crafts Ink Birthdays
Creative Craft Crew #9 Ribbon
My Mum's Craft Shop #54 The Great Outdoors
Divas by Design #32 Buttons and/or bows
I love Promarkers #114 Flower Power-Floral image
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Make it Mondays Link up Party
Joanna Sheen A card for someone special
Cupcake Inspirations Veggie/garden photo Inspiration #157
Little darlings Flowers #22
On the subject of Gardener's Delight my much loved tiny garden has had a much needed soaking of rain. In fact today has been torrential. We certainly don't need to use a watering can at the moment. Between the showers we are still getting some lovely sunshine too. Luckily I took these photos yesterday. My Viburnum is fully in flower with it's glorious scented sweetness.

Every time I walk down to my Studio the scent of these flowers wafts up...mmmmmm...

My daffs have nearly finished flowering but they have been succeeded by my wonderful tulips. On the right is the bud of one of my tulips which over the course of a few days developed into the flower below.

How striking a colour is this!

And here is another colour of my Parrot Tulips. All these just came from a few packets of bulbs I planted into my pots last autumn.

The days have been a little chillier here than in March but the much welcomed April showers have certainly been working their magic in my garden.

I hope your gardens are beginning to explode into colour and if they are not quite yet do enjoy my photos ;0)

One other person who of course is enjoying the garden is....

...Our Billy. He loves to keep an eye on all that is going on in the garden. He is never far away when I am out there and also loves to find a sunny nest to sleep in on the warmer days. Today though he is sleeping indoors on his favourite green chair. He does not like rain at all.  Thank you for all your lovely comments about my son's gorgeous new puppy Bear in my last post. Bear is settling in well and is having his first set of injections this weekend. It will not be long until he will be able to go out for walks. My Hb has taken his last week of annual leave this week and has been up doing a few puppy duties. I shall post some new photos soon.

Back soon and for those of you in the UK...Keep Dry and Carry on Crafting ;0)

Bye for now,

Jane x


brenda said...

Some beautiful tuplis Jane, but your Viburnum is well ahead of ours, we have one variety in flowers but most are lagging behind, not surprising as we are still going down to 0 and lower some nights.

These images are quite generic and beautifully coloured.

B x

Kerry said...

Your colouring really is fantastic Jane...I love the blue, red and yellow. The finished card is gorgeous and I can see why they were all snapped up! Tulips are my favourite flower and I love when they arrive in the supermarkets at the beginning of the year (I have a black thumb lol). Lily's on the other hand are my least favourite...they give me a headache and I certainly wouldn't thank you for them hmph!! Thanks for joining our Birthday Challenge at LCI this fortnight. xx

Berit said...

What a beautiful card and your colouring is great!
Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

Jane said...

Gosh you must be further North than us Brenda. We have not been down to 0 for some time now thank goodness. Thanks for your kind comments.
Keep dry!
Jane x

Jane said...

I'm glad you like YOUR stamps Kerry. They are delightful to colour, I must try my other ones soon. I so agree with Lily's their pollen is dreadful but I do love Cala Lilies which I'm not sure really are a lily despite their name.
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Berit, I have just bought even more of my favourite Promarkers...well you can never have too many can you ;0)
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

It is like November here today Jane, I'm just back from the hairdressers and I may as well not have bothered!!! It's wild, windy and wet and cold!!!
I do love that little watering can image Jane, it's so pretty and it's no surprise the cards are snapped up!
It really is worthwhile entering these card challenges isn't it, well it is if your name is Jane anyway! ;)
I love your tulips, not many of mine appeared this year, I think I need to put some more new bulbs in later in the year.
Billy would not be very happy here today, that's for sure!
Enjoy the rest of the week,
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Tee hee Vivienne, I have had some great luck with the challenges haven't I. We are still having little bursts of sunshine but the rain in between is heavy. I think Billy has the right idea ;0)
Keep dry and carry on crafting...the garden will have to wait. Enjoy the rest of the week too,
Jane x

Scrappycath said...

Lovely card and beautiful garden! Saw this on Make it Monday

n4princessbead said...

Delightful cards, Jane! And the garden looks so beautiful; are you sure it's viburnum, it reminded me of Daphne, I love them! xx

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Kath,
Jane x

Huny said...

You really have brought these to life. I think I would have never got around to it. Truly inspirational.

Jane said...

Thanks Nelli now it's funny you should say that I did think it was a Daphne but when I went to a very respected garden centre recently and saw it and it was labelled as a viburnum variety. I wonder if anyone else can shed some Light?
Jane x

Jane said...

That's very kind,
Jane x

Tina said...

lovley card, beautiful image and colored amazingly...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

sweetie dt

Jane said...

Thanks Tina, they are fun to colour,
Jane x

Shirley said...

Wow, what a super post, Jane. Your card turned out beautifully!! And of course, your garden images are so lovely. Spring certainly has sprung! And Billy is grand! I just visited your previous post of little Bear..he is adorable. Thank you for sharing your world with is always full of light. I hope you're having a wonderful week!!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Jane,
It's chilly here too. Just walked Jack and wore my winter jacket, last week I had shorts on!! Love your tulips and especially the parrot one. Great cards and I'm not surprised they are flying out of your shop!!! Get to have something you enjoy so much, that's relaxing and sale-able. I know I love snail mail, I hope it never disappears!!!
Have a lovely week, xoRobin❤

pinky said...

Excellent colouring on all the images. Love your papers too. Thanks for joining us at LCI.

Shirley-anne said...

Well , Jane , what a delightful post full of interesting photos of beautiful flowers . I love that you shared several colourings of same image .You certainly showcased the pretty garden scene perfectly .
Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous cards.

Jane said...

Spring has sprung Shirley and the rain is pouring down! I'm glad you spotted Bear, he is adorable. Have a sunny week my friend.
Jane x

Jane said...

The weather is so changeable Robin. It's still pouring here and looks like continuing until early next week. I too love snail mail there is nothing like opening up a card or letter. Keep warm and carry on crafting.
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Pinky.
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Shirley Anne I'm glad you liked my garden flowers. It is fun how one image looks so different in other colour ways. Have a good end of the week.
Jane x

Jane said...

That's very sweet of you Debby :-)
Jane x

Laney said...

Most things here are flowering, and getting a healthy bug removal and digging the ground around by the girls, who are now free ranging, albeit I did see Defi eyeing up my beautiful Cowslips for a nibble.

I love your cards and not surprised they sell out immediately, they are very beautiful.

Can't wait for more puppy photos. Laney x

Rene said...

Just gorgeous!!!! Thank you so much for linking up with Cupcake Inspirations...this is amazing!
Rene :D

Jane said...

I'd love your chooks to be rooting around here Laney. Hope you are not getting washed away today, thanks for your liking my cards. More Bear photos soon ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

Thank you Rene ;0)
Jane x

Cheryl said...

Your coloring is gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing your flower pics.

I’m stopping by from MIM. (I’m number 205)


**I am having a give-away on my blog. Feel free to stop by if you are interested.**

Alison said...

Hi Jane, I saw your card on MIM. Love that image and your colouring is fab. Such a beautiful garden too! (Mine is suffering puppy damage at the moment! Nothing is safe!)
Hugs, Alison xx

Jane said...

Thanks Cheryl, the flowers are getting a real soaking at the moment.
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Alison puppies just love to chew don't they. Thanks for visiting me here.
Jane x

by Teresa said...

Hi Jane, such wonderful cards you make! I'm so impressed with your pretty flowers! Did you see all the agates that my hubby found on the beach? I will be showing more tomorrow.. we're home now. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Linda said...

A stunning card, I popped on over from MIM No 229. I love the photographs of your garden and you cat is gorgeous, I have a cat called Tiggy and she is my baby :)
I have enjoyed a really good read and those tulips look fabulous.

Linda xxxx

Colinda said...

WOW stunning colouring!!! Thanks for the tip Jane!! I found the comments!!!
I'll be back to check out the rest off your blog. Enjoy your weekend, Colinda

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Well done on your wins in the card challenges Jane...I'm not surprised because they are so lovely...I do love the colours in this one...such a pretty shade of blue..
Your garden is looking beautiful..and Billy clearly appreciates it too!
Lets hope for some sunshine this weekend,
Susan x

Mia said...

Lovely, lovely cards again, Jane! I just can't tell how much I like (and adore) that coloring technique, makes all the difference! I have been off the blogland for a while (flu got me!), and it seems that it's SUMMER in your garden, wow!

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend, and happy days of April! Kisses to B!


Jane said...

Thanks Teresa. I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday break, the agates your Hb found were really fun. I shall pop over to your blog at the weekend.
Jane x

Jane said...

That's lovely Linda and I'm delighted to see you here. Billy sends a purr to Tiggy ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Colinda and I'm so glad you were able to find those missing comments. Blogger is sometimes very random with what he throws into the spam folder!
Jane x

Jane said...

I have been really lucky Susan and won such great prizes, I have just won a stamp on a blog hop too!
Have a lovely weekend, it looks like more torrential rain is in store for us all. Keep dry and carry on crafting ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

Poor you Mia, there seems to have been so much flu around this year. Hope you are beginning to feel better? I do so love colouring..thanks for liking what I create! The garden is busy growing, between the heavy showers we are getting some lovely sunshine too. Have a good weekend, Billy sends a very loud purr all the way to Finland. Nearly May!!!
Jane x

michele said...

Hi Jane, I love your cheerful digi - stamps and how you incorporated them into such a pretty card! Very much a reflection of your wonderful garden, where I'm glad to see Billy continues to watch over things. You do have the loveliest flowers- I know you're enjoying them as much as I am from here! :o)

Jane said...

Everything is bursting into life here Michele and I love how light the evenings are too. It really recharges the batteries ;0) Lovely to see you back here, have a wonderful weekend. Billy will be indoors, I am sure, as we have been having torrential rain for the last few days.
Jane x

Mia said...

Dear Jane,

I am almost good now thank you dear friend, slowly but still! And a big thanks to sweet Billy-boy for the purrr, it definitely made my day! And oh yes, it's almost May and I tried to say happy LAST days of April earlier!


Helen Philipps said...

I love all your bright flowers, Jane! We certainly have been having plenty of rain this staying in and crafting is the best option! Your digi stamps look great fun, I would also enjoy the colouring in part, very relaxing and with pretty results!
Have a great weekend....hope the sun shines at least for a while.
Helen x

Jane said...

It's still raining Helen and I am enjoying some crafting today but I must admit I am itching to get out in the garden. Enjoy your weekend too,
Jane x

anneldt said...

Hi Jane,
From your studio to my house!! The gardening card will be admired and loved!! It is interesting to see it in the different colors. Enjoy your tulips and best wishes for your latest challenge.

Will write more soon.

June Nelson said...

Jane your colouring of those digis is beautiful hunnie, I love your posts, theres such a lot to look at in this one , the card is stunnig, the flowers are beautiful and I love your cat too, its just like a cat I used to have, brilliant darlin huggles from me xxxxxxxxxxxx

Margreet said...

Gorgeous card with great colouring of that fab image....lovely bow...thanks for playing with Divas by Design's challenge: Buttons and/or Bows!
xxx Margreet

Diane's Card Designs said...

Oh wow this is absolutely gorgeous. One of my favourite LCI floral images. Beautiful fresh colours and the ribbon looks lovely. Thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge this fortnight.
Diane xx

Jane said...

It is winging it's way across the pond as we speak Anne. Thanks again. It is fun to see how the different colours turn out. The torrential rain stillcontinues...I shall have to keep dry and carry on crafting ;-)
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Margreet that satin edged organza ribbon is so lush.
Jane x

Jane said...

It's my favourite of the floral release Diane. I think I need to get some more of that Ribbon!
Jane x

Margaret said...

Gorgeous card. It's easy to see why they've sold so quickly. Well done!

Thanks for joining us at The Creative Card Crew for our ribbon challenge

Margaret DT

Molecraft said...

A fabulous card, beautifully coloured image and love your layout! Thanks for joining us at Divas!
Helen x

Jane said...

Thanks Margaret I really must colour that lovely digi up again really soon.
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks for popping by Helen,
Jane x

WeirdCat said...

Gorgeous card and cat, lovely colouring, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
Ruth x

Jane said...

Thanks for liking both of those Ruth ;0)
Jane x

Beth said...

I really enjoyed seeing the different ways you've coloured the printed designs, I can understand why a stash of rubber stamps is very appealing. The finished card is lovely, no wonder they were all snapped up so quickly.

Our garden was looking great but has been so badly battered by the rain and wind, the tulips have been flattened. I'm not complaining, the ground really needs it and for once, everything is lovely and green around here. Bethx

Jane said...

It's fun seeing how they turn out Beth. I really enjoy colouring even though is takes some time to complete each one. The blanket of grey is still here today but as you say after all this welcome rain everywhere is really lush.
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi June, thanks so are so kind with your comments. I am glad you enjoy my posts and seeing dear Billy ;0)
Jane x

Janiel/ janny said...

You have done a beautiful job with your coloring on the card. Love it.
Thanks for playing along with us at Little Darlings.
hugs, Janiel

Jane said...

Thanks Janiel. I must confess I really liked this card! I am rather a "blue" girl for colours.
Jane x