Friday, 11 May 2012

May Babies

Last weekend we went to visit  our daughter and our soon to be son-in-law (78 days to go). They live on the South Coast and we always like to take a walk at some point during the day. On that day we went to visit Swanwick Marina and Swanwick Nature reserve. We were lucky that despite it raining heavily all day back in Surrey it was a dry day for us.
As we started our walk I noticed the abundance of blossom in the hedgerows.

Even the "May" was out.






I do love to see water and boats.
We went around the marina with a "wish list" for desirable boats. A lot of them were over £1 million so a little out of our budget I think ;0)









There was even a swan swimming around proving that
the marina is aptly named.










We then walked from the marina up to the nature reserve and I noticed how the row of cottages at the bottom of the road had all been brightly painted. Lots also had model boats in their windows. The gardens were also pretty with an abundance of clematis flowering everywhere.







At the marina we could hear lots of cheeping and from out of the rushes emerged this Mummy Duck..


Accompanied by these little sweet May Babies.


























She proudly took them for a walk along the footpath whilst we stood and smiled at them ambling by. And after a while she safely returned them to the pond.










We then walked up to the main lake which has a wonderful blue glow to it

It was wonderful to see the new circle of life, new leaves on the trees and new baby creatures. After all the rain we have recently had everywhere looks so lush. There were even forget-me-nots growing amongst the new nettle growth.




After our lovely walk it was then time to head back to their house and have a welcome cup of tea and home made cakes that our daughter had made especially for us.

Cakes links very well to my challenge card for today which is a Cupcake Fairies card which I was commissioned to make for a young lady who turns 15 in a few weeks time.




I used one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps called, "Never too old for cupcake". I coloured her with my trusty Promarkers and highlighted her with my Prismacolor pencils. You can just see in this close up that I added some Glossy Accent to the wings to give them a 3 dimensional look. I found some pretty cake/sweet related backing papers in my stash and added some lace and ribbon for a really girlie feel. I finished it off with some gems on the corners.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Simon Says Stamp Sweet Tooth
My Mum's Craft Shop Fairy Tales #56
Papertake Weekly Cute cute cute
Whimsey Challenge Blog Make it pop, add dimension
Bearly Mine Fairies #34
Sunday's with Crissy Things with wings #29 (3rd and final entry)
Crafter's Companion Here comes Summer #24
Lili's Little Fairies Favourite craft tool My fave tool I have used is my scallop punch. I love using it to accent my circular sentiments.

The sun has finally put in it's appearance this afternoon..hooray and it's looking good for the weekend. I plan to get my lawn cut, it has got so long I think there is a danger of losing Billy in it. Have a wonderful weekend everyone,

Bye for now,

Jane x








30 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous card, love the colours, the image and LO, thanks for joining our challenge at MMCS, Gaynor DT xx

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  2. Thanks Gaynor for popping by,
    Jane x

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  3. this is a great Card. I love your pictures.

    We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.

    We hope to see you back next week. Winner will be announced Wed.
    Best of Luck Always,

    Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - DT Digi Team for Whimsy Stamps

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    1. Thanks Tammy it's lovely too see you here.
      Jane x

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  4. Gorgeous card i love the image and colours and great pics too. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week. luv gina xx

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    1. Thanks Gina it's the first time I have entered a Bearly Mine challenge!
      Jane x

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  5. I enjoyed walking along with you.. love the row houses in all the colors.. LOVE the harbor as I'm a sailor and love water and boats. Fun fun.. have a great weekend!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. There was so much to see on our walk Teresa. I have never really been a fan of sailing but I love looking at the boats from dry land ;-) Enjoy your weekend too.
      Jane x

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  6. I love these May babies - they're too cute, Jane! And oh, just 77days to go (I'm counting it today, Saturday 12nd), I am shocked in a good way! I was "just yesterday" when it was six months or so... Wonderful! I just wish the summer at yours (and HERE!) will bee sunny, dry and beautiful so you can celebrate it all outside and get beautiful pictures to be cherished for years to come.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

    Yours,
    Mia

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    1. The May Babies were quite unfazed by us being there Mia they were so woolly and cute. The sun is here this morning as forecast and yes it would be such a bonus if we see it on The Day....keep those fingers crossed. Have a wonderful weekend too my dear,
      Jane x

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  7. Beautiful photos, and beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Hugs
    Tracey
    xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey, it was a pretty walk,
      Jane x

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  8. Dear Jane, the special day is coming sooner and sooner! You had a lovely time visiting your daughter - so beautiful place and those colourful houses are so sweet! I love your card - Good Luck again! Happy gardening day to you and Billy! x Teje

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    1. We so enjoy our visits to our daughter Teje, it's always good to explore down there. The sun is shining today and it is a wonderful gardening day for me. Billy loves us to be outside,
      Jane x

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  9. What a cutie! Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine. Laura x

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    1. She's a cute stamp isn't she Laura,
      Jane x

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  10. absolutely gorgeous photos ... I was ooohhhing and aaaahhhhing .... and then came your gorgeous card .. and more oohhsss and aaahhhsss.

    Thankyou so much for sharing this over at Whimsy.
    xoxox Carly

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    1. That made me smile Carly...thanks for your sweet comments. Have a great weekend,
      Jane x

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  11. I love spring! Beautiful photos. It's fun to see the sights with you, and the 15-yr-old should be thrilled with her new card. Nice!

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  12. Spring is so wonderful Linda. I'm glad your enjoyed our trip. The 15 year old adores baking and cupcakes are her speciality so the card should go down a treat.
    Jane x

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  13. Wow darlin what magical photographs it looks beautiful I wanna go!! the card is brilllinat too I love this little lotv image xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  14. Hi June, the South coast is one of my favourite parts of the UK. It's great that we can explore it with my daughter. Happy Saturday to you, thanks for visiting,
    Jane x

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  15. Jane, what a lovely post. I love your walk and the May babies! The flowers are so beautiful and the blue water looks like glacier water. How sweet of your daughter to have made cake up special for all of you! Now that's a thoughtful girl! Love you card, they just keep getting better ad better.
    xoRobin❤

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  16. Thanks Robin, the water was the most amazing colour. It was very sweet of her to have made us cakes...she knows just how much her Dad loves them. Enjoy your Sunday, it's been a glorious warm sunny weekend here.
    Jane x

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  17. What a pretty card you have made here. Thank you for taking part in the challenge and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team Member) xxx PS Gorgeous photos by the way

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  18. Thanks so much Kym
    Jane x

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  19. This is such a sweet card! I love the image and pretty papers you used.



    ~Cheryl~

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  20. This sure is cute Jane! Thanks for playing along at Papertake Weekly :)

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  21. Jane your card is absolutely gorgeous, the image is super cute and I love the cupcake papers.
    Your photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing :)
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

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  22. Hi Cheryl,Lisa and Mandy, thanks so much for visiting me here.I am glad you liked my card and my photos,
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x