That gorgeous golden orb in the sky, aka the sun, has been making some fleeting appearances over the last couple of weeks. It made me realize how little sunshine we have had for so many months now. Luckily the sunshine has coincided with my days off including a visit to see my parents. We went to our favourite garden centre, Coolings, near Knockholt in Kent for lunch. I was delighted to see so many spring plants on show.
There were also lots of pots of my very favourite flower, the daffodil. The flower buds are just about ready to burst open and reveal their golden jewels inside.
I was also delighted to see some snowdrops in flower, they have such very dainty blooms. Mine in my own garden this year seem to be blind? I'm not sure why. Perhaps they are resting this year.
I also spotted some wonderful helebores in the grounds of the garden centre.
These little bursts of sunshine have certainly recharged my batteries a little. I brought home a lovely primula which is now sitting on my kitchen side.
I also noticed yesterday evening that it was not getting dark until nearly 6pm and that we are getting some daylight when getting up for work. Bliss, there really are signs of spring.
For my challenge card today I am going to continue with something cheerful and bright.
I have used my Lili of the Valley "Never too old for cupcakes" stamp which I have coloured using my Promarker pens.
It is a gatefold card with the inner flap and the inside all decorated. I have used lots of embellies on this card including MS hand punched butterflies, lace and mulberry flowers all glitzed up with plenty of glitter.
One last photo showing how the card opens out. I also added some Dimensional Magic to the cupcake wrapper. The sentiment and the tags are all LOTV.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Papertake weekly Buttons/bling I have gone for bling..and plenty of it!
Top Tip Tuesday Tag - you're it
Cutie Pie Pretty Pastels #38
Bearly Mine #74 lace, ribbon or twine
Inky Chicks Mother's Day or birthday #4
Visible Image Love
Pretty Little ribbons
Allsorts Things with wings
Heck of a challenge Love and flowers
Lili's Little Fairies Butterflies
Divas by Design Fancy fold
I am really enjoying seeing lots of signs of spring on other people's blogs too. I don't think we are quite there yet as there are some more cold ones over the next few days and the frosts have been quite thick in the mornings but little by little it is getting closer. Another week has just flown by so we will be there before we know it. Have a great upcoming weekend, keep snug and keep crafting.
Bye for now,