Thursday, 31 January 2013

Winter Warmer

We have finally arrived at the last day of January. Although the snow has gone and it has been quite mild this week the cold weather is set to return again for the weekend with some night time frosts. This cold weather has made it really important to find ways of snuggling up and keeping warm. Last summer (now that seems a long time ago now) I wrote a post about my favourite summer tipple, Pimm's. Some of my overseas friends had never tasted Pimm's and I wrote a little about the history of it here. If you want to "feel" some summer sunshine have a re read of that post. It certainly made me long for sunny days and blue skies.

I mentioned in that post that I had not been able to get the other Pimm's, which is still made, Number 3 cup,or Winter Warmer as it is known. Again it is a secret mixture and this one is brandy based.Well that has all changed as I found out that some Waitrose supermarkets  stock it and recently my Mum and Dad managed to pick me up a bottle.
I checked the ingredients for a winter warmer which is 3 parts of apple juice to one part Pimm's

Pour the juice and Pimm's into a saucepan and gently warm; don't let the mixture boil.
I put a few segments of satsuma, a few cloves and a grating of cinnamon into a glass
And then sipped slowly.....mmmm.....
and yes, it is absolutely delicious. It has a rich mulled taste with a hint of orange zest and spices but it has not the usual bitterness that you often get with mulled wine and is just sooooo mellow and a great winter warmer. If you can find the Pimm's No 3 do try it. We enjoyed a glass of it at the weekend and will have another this!

My card challenge today is trying to also bring some sunshine to the winter and I used one of the first stamps I ever bought from Lili of the Valley
I made this card as a recent commission and as you can see I can now personalise my cards. If you would like anything similar just email me or contact me via my Etsy Shop here This card was made for a sweet little girl's upcoming 1st birthday.

Here she is in close up. I coloured her
with my Promarkers. I have added 2 of my new Memory Box corner die cuts.
I printed my own sentiment which I then cut using my spellbinder small fancy oval to cut out. I added Dimensional Magic to the wings which is quite hard to see.
The backing paper is covered with sweet little hearts. To add some bling I used glamour dust on the dandelions.

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

I love Promarkers Love is all around #153
Forever Friends Ribbon or lace #54
Bearly Mine hearts galore there are hearts galore here, the whole backing paper is covered with them ;0)
Sweet Stampin Ribbon
Whoopsi Daisy For a child
Bunny Zoe anything goes
Whimsy Card Challenges fancy edges
The Inky Chicks Bingo my line is sentiment/image/bow
Simon Says anything goes
Natalie and Amy something old/something new #6
Crafts and Me favourite embellishment #118 my fave embellie here is that lush organza satin edged ribbon
Woopsi Daisy For a child
Pan Pastels seeing stars there are stars on the oval die cut of my sentiment
Cute Card Thursday A different corner #254 I have used my new Memory Box corner die on 2 corners of my card
Crafty Ribbons Challenge anything goes #38

It's my day off work today so I am heading off to get some cards made as I have couple of commissions I am working on. It's nearly the weekend (again) and I hope you all have a wonderful one. We have a nice quiet one planned so with a bit of luck I can also fit in some crafting time too.

Keep warm and carry on crafting. Thanks as always for visiting and all your lovely comments.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Great Jane, now you can have Pimms all year round !!! :)
    That does look a comforting drink. You may well be glad of it this weekend coming as its to be chilly again unfortunately.
    Love the sweet little card, personalising them is a great idea.
    Happy Thursday,
    V xxx

  2. Great card, love the summer colours you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  3. Jane, Oh my, that looks and sounds like such a sweet treat for a cold winter night. I'm going to look for Pimm's here, although I not sure if we carry it, but I will make and attempt. I have to pace my outings but maybe after PT. (or before) The recipe and spices are definitely my cup of tea!
    Love your card, so sweet and special for a one year old❤, love the yellow.

  4. Beautiful card Jane. Love the image and gorgeous colour. Will definitely be trying the Pimms No 3 too. Thanks for sharing.
    Caz x

  5. So gorgeous Jane, love your dies in the corner!
    I hadn't heard of a winter pimms but it sounds amazing, must see if our liquor store has it! We can get No.1 here no probs, just hope there is some demand for No.3!
    many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

  6. How lovely....we like Pimms in the summer but didn't know there was a winter warmer version! I must look out for it. Your card is very pretty,it's nice to see some spring yellows, and perfect for a little girl's first birthday!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

  7. Beautiful card and colours. Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny X

  8. Beautiful sunshiny card. Very needed for this time of year.

  9. Hello Jane! Now that is a sunny yellow card, so cute and spring-like! Glad you are finding ways to stay warm at your place- A cup of winter Pimm's sounds delightful! We had a taste of some cold weather here earlier this month, but back to short sleeves again this week- There's enough warmth and sunshine to share with you...sending it now! Did you catch it? ;o) Cheers!

  10. Hi Jane! That's so beautiful, sunny and cute card! For the 1st birthday, wow! I wish I could have a drink with you!
    x Teje

  11. Hello dear Jane,

    Now that looks delicious and warming - you definitely need to stock up! It's definitely something for this Friday night too am I right - to snuggle inside and enjoy the idea of weekend ahead!

    I wish you a lovely and hopefully snow-free weekend (no such luck here I'm afraid), kisses to Billy-boy and maybe some fabulous card-making too? That yellow one is a beauty!!


  12. Lovely sunshine card )) Sweet image and gorgeous dies.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Ribbons” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  13. Thanks so much for playing along at Sweet Stampin'. I love this fresh yellow card. Lovely!

  14. Awwwwww......Wow this is beautiful your image is a stunner and your colouring is so beautifully done lovely layout too......Thank you for joining our Ribbons/And or lace challenge at Forever Friends good luck with the draw and hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

  15. Super cute card! Thanks for playing along with us at Forever Friends Challenge.

  16. A very sweet card. Love how you added the flourishes in the corners.

  17. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons. Good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    hugs Anke

  18. Happy Sunday morning to you Jane...This looks like the perfect winter warmer and I know that one of my daughters will definitely want to try this...She planned to make mulled wine at Xmas but was put off by some reviews on a programme she was watching but she loves Pimm's and the fact that it's a more mellow drink sounds very encouraging!
    Love your pretty new card!
    Susan x

  19. A beautiful card Jane. Must look out for the winter warmer Pimms - sounds good. Thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week. Carol DT x

  20. super cute thanks for joining in the pan pastel challenge

  21. how beautiful and love the colour choices
    Hugs Kate xx

  22. So sweet, lovely design and I like the sparkly dandelion heads, thank you for joining us at I♥ProMarkers this week
    Ruth x

  23. Looking at the fruit floating in your glass, I was reminded of college parties with "Harry Buffalo"... Take a clean trash can, add fruit, pour in grain alcohol, let soak. Then pour in dry Hawaiian Punch and fill the trash can with water. It's disgusting and potent. I bet your drink is SO much better! Very cute card :)

  24. So cute! Thank you so much for joining our "Hearts Galore" Challenge over at Bearly Mine. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  25. Pretty card Jane, love all the yellow on the paper, great corners and image too. Thanks for joining us this month at Natalie & Amy's challenge.

  26. Definately a sunny card Jane. Lovely!
    Thanks for joining in at Crafty Ribbons for 'anything goes with ribbon'

  27. She is a little sunshine on a cold day! I love LOTV stamps and can't seem to get enough of them! Thank you for joining us at Forever Friends. Hope to see you at our next challenge too! Hugs and God bless.

  28. Gorgeous
    Thanks for playing along with Whimsy Stamps
    Anne x

  29. Lovely personalized cards, Jane (;

    Have a sip of winter warmer for me!!

    Too much snow and ice here!

    best wishes,
    Anne and all


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