Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Signs of Autumn

Happy October everyone and it really is beginning to feel like autumn now. On Saturday I had a clear up in the garden. It was time to start emptying some of my pots and pruning some of my shrubs.I still have some lovely bedding plants in flower, my gazania will keep putting on a show until the first frosts hit.
I gave the lawn a trim for one of the last times this year.

Once everything was tidy it was time to head out for a walk. As my regular bloggers know  my most anticipated sign of autumn is when the conkers start to fall. We are still enjoying above average temperatures and many of the trees are not only still in full leaf but still mostly green.

The horse chestnut trees nearest to my home showed the promise of things to come but I continued on to one of our local parks where there is a whole avenue of horse chestnut trees.

Initially I thought that there were no conkers on the floor here either until I approached the final tree and saw..


I love to find whole shells which I gathered up and took  home to open.

Just look at these beauties...

And of course I had someone to oversee the photography, my sweetest helper Billy.

Today's card challenge card is keeping with the tree theme, but of course in Jane's world at this time of the year that has to mean Christmas trees. For the first time I inked up a Meljen's image, a fun Christmas tree, which I won recently in a card challenge. I decided to make one of my favourite accordion cards. Here it is

Here are the parts in close up
This is a really fun tree digi stamp which I coloured with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. The scrapboard pieces and tags are really ancient, Docrafts (I think). The papers are all scraps from my Christmas paper stash so I really don't know what they are. I computer generated the large sentiment myself, the little tag is Lili of the Valley.  I added some Cheery Lynn holly leaf die cuts and a little jangly bell. You will also spot I have enjoyed using my Shabby White Frantage, I love that stuff ;0)
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Christmas cards all year round Getting ready for Christmas
Papertake weekly anything goes
Creative card crew use a tag on your project mine is the LOTV Oh Christmas tree tag and the scrapboard tree tag. (the large brad is obscuring the top of the tag) and the santa tag.
Totally Gorjuss Traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 3 main colours mine are green, red and white
Cute card Thursday use ribbon
2 Sisters anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
Christmas at sweet stamping Here comes Santa Santa is peeping out from one of the tags
Rhedd and Rosie male card
Make it Monday  linky party #160
Doodle Pantry any digi goes

I also was the lucky winner of sweet Mia's recent giveaway and a wonderful autumnal pouch arrived for me a few days ago.
 There was even a bar of something special inside...mmmm

Thank you so much Mia, I love it. Mia makes the most wonderful handmade things and there are some lovely new autumnal pieces in her store. Do have a look here

We really are racing through the year now, just 85 days til Christmas and just 38 days until our grandbaby is due to make an appearance ;0) I am really trying to be ultra organised for Christmas this year as we will have a very welcome distraction arriving and I think lots of things will need to take a back seat for a few weeks.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow...what a trip down memory lane with your horse chestnuts...what we used to call BUCKEYES! Autumn is my favorite time of year! Enjoy! Aloha

  2. Hi Jane,

    Billy is so proud of his chestnuts!! Enjoy your warm days while they last.
    I love this newest card---it would look fab on a special table in my dining room!!
    Pretty pouch---may your good luck continue.....

    Anne and all

  3. Chestnut tree = Christmas tree!! Only you Jane, only you! :)
    Your accordion cards are very clever!
    I see you got a double conker, always a very exciting moment when that happens, Billy as always is an amazing help to you!
    Just 38 days to Baby.......exciting times! :)
    V xxx

  4. Jane, I bet you are so excited for your grandchild's birth. I remember my first and it was so exciting, there's nothing like it. Truly!!! I'm excited for you. Fall is here with color change but the weather is so warm and fantastic. I'm loving this bonus weather. Love your newest card, very fancy!
    Congrats in winning Mia's pouch, she's the best.

  5. Love your blog - always so chatty. Love that card too - saw it on MIM. Conkers! How English is that!

  6. Oh Jane, I'm so excited for you to have your first grandchild.. and I bet you will try to have Christmas all taken care of first so you will be able to devote yourself to that sweet little babe. Gorgeous cards, too! Of course! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Zoe DT xx

  8. Hello dear Jane,

    Happy October!

    Lovely views to your autumn-y garden and walking path, those conkers are so cool (and Billy seems to be interested in inspecting them too!)!

    I'm happy the little pouch traveled to you and was liked, happy autumn days to you with it!


    P.S. It's all getting so close...eek!

  9. Apologies in advance that I am still in copy/paste mode Jane, but I still like to peek at what my favourite blogs are up to and say hello.

    B x

  10. Hi Jane! Those trees are amazing! Quite special that you pick chest nuts on your own - they look fun!
    I love your new card! Accordion cards are my favourites and you have made most beautiful design!
    Lucky you to win Mia's pouch!
    Have a lovely and sunny October! x Teje

  11. Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew with our Tag challenge, great image and colour such a beautiful card and wonderful pictures txx (DT)

  12. Lovely autumnal pictures and what a wonderful card - such a work of art - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 144 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

  13. great card and stunning photography again love your photo's
    hugs Kate xx

  14. Hi Jane,

    Your card sure is a work of art!
    I miss the chestnut trees of my childhood in France. Some kind of fungus killed them all here in the Midwest.
    Thank You for sharing your beautiful photography with us!


  15. I'm back to thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas card for CCAYR 'getting ready for Christmas' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team x

  16. Thank you for entering this marvellous creation into the Doodle Pantry Challenge #39! I love all the details and elements on this card and the fold is fabulous, gorgeous card!

  17. Wow, what gorgeous scenery photos, and that card is equally as amazing with all it's intricate details! Thank you for joining Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 39!

  18. Fabulous accordian card, lovely images and your photos are fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

  19. Wow, what an amazing creation! I love the papers and all those details, brilliant! So glad you joined us for our Getting ready for Christmas Challenge at CCAY!

  20. Those conkers look fabulous!!! :) :)
    Your creation is marvelous with stunning details!! I love it!! Thank you for joining us @ Loves Rubberstamps this week for Anything Goes!! :) :)

    I hope you will pop by my blog for your chance at my bi-weekly candy!! There is quite a big prize pack this week!! :) :) ~Nicole~

  21. That card is fantastic. I have not attempted that one yet and you did an amazing job with it.

  22. Thanks so much for coming over and joining in with our 16th Challenge at Rhedd and Rosie’s Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  23. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  24. Thanks for sharing the pics of the trees... neat!
    What a fabulous card you have created and wow... there's a lot of time and work went into this.
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and we hope to see you next time as well.

  25. Great work and lovely colours. Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

  26. Awesome card!
    Wonderful colors
    Thanks for joining us, at Doodle Pantry, and hope to see you again next month.
    Lorianna DPDT

  27. That is one of the best and most fabulous Christmas card I've ever seen. The content, the colors, the designs, everything seem soooo perfect! Congratz!

    My best Christmas wishes to you and family,
    Happy Holidays!


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