Thursday, 13 March 2014

Spring blossom

The weather last weekend was simply glorious. What a difference a blue sky makes.

 The cherry tree outside my house is in full blossom
and the magnolia is also in flower in my garden.

Buds are just bursting out everywhere

This unexpected burst of warm weather meant one thing on Sunday....lunch and tea on the patio
and once someone saw us out in the garden you can guess who wanted to join in can't you
yes our sweet Billy....
who found some shade under my chair and rolled around in glee ;0)
Such a welcome relief to the dreadful wet winter we have endured. Knowing our fickle English weather no doubt by the end of the month it will be snowing but for the weekend we basked in the sunshine and breathed in that warm balmy air.

My card today is a GD piece for Ignacio as his newest spring introductions are wonderful. You all enjoyed my blossoms and birds cards, this one uses his newest release,

Enchanted Spring which is available here
Here is my card creation
 and here is the gorgeous image in close up
I used my favourite floral oval die to cut her out and added lots of floral die cuts and also some sweet butterflies cut with my MS small butterfly punch. The backing paper is ancient, from my stash (which I am trying to use up before I buy any new ones ;0) The little tag sentiment is Lili of the Valley, I use these so much, they tuck in so well. The glittered brads add just a touch of zing.

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

Oldie but a Goodie spring has sprung my button twine is over a year old as are my stamps.
Love to create anything goes
The Squirrel and the Fox autumn or spring
Cupcake inspirations butterflies
Country View Crafts paper chase my butterflies, the centres of the flowers and the backing paper are all all cut from paper.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Mother's Day/special girl
My Mum's Craft Shop Spring/Easter

Today has also been glorious and as it's my day off I met up with my Darling Daughter and Daisy. We met at Painshill in Surrey. It is renowned as one of England's most elegant 18th Century landscapes gardens. Oh my it lived up to that promise. It is so picturesque. We had such a wonderful time and I will certainly write a post soon but just to whet your appetite here are a couple of snaps of our day out.

and just look at my Darling Daisy Jane....what a wonderful day we shared.

 and by the time it was going home time she had completely exhausted herself. My darling grandbaby was 4 months old on Tuesday, how fast the time has flown by.

This settled dry period is due to continue right into the weekend, I hope everyone in the UK is enjoying it. To my friends on the East of the USA  and my other european buddies I really hope your snow clears soon and in the meantime I am sending you some English sunshine to brighten your day.

Back soon,

Bye for now ,

Jane x


  1. Wowwww Jane, I love your oval die,,,,it sorks fine,,,,with my Spring image,,,,so colorful card, so vibrant, love the flowers and butterflies,,,,,,,,youare really talented,,,,,Jane.

  2. Beautiful blossom Jane and a very pretty Daisy too, my how she's growing!!!
    Your little card is lovely in all it's springtime colour.
    Looks like you girls had a lovely day out. :)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend too my friend,
    V xxx

  3. Good evening, Jane! Looks like you had another wonderful day out with your 2 girls, enjoying the most of the glorious sunshine! We too sat out on Sunday and had afternoon tea - I had promised Josh that if the weather was nice we would have sandwiches outside, so it ended up being corned beef and smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge, scones with cream and jam and a big pot of tea! Bliss! It hasn't been as warm since, but the sunshine makes up for it!
    Love your pretty Spring inspired card with it's fresh colour tones and sweet image! Have a great weekend, it's Friday again tomorrow! Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Hi Jane, Buds buds everywhere, flowers, greenery, Billy outside, tea and lunch, sitting outside, oh boy, can it get any better!!! A very welcome sight in deed!
    I really can't believe Daisy Jane is 4 months already, time is whipping. Each baby stage is such a precious moment so happy you girls get to visit often.
    Enjoy your gardens and yard it looks so "Springy".
    Love the new card design, so enchanting!

  5. a gorgeous card Jane and such beautiful pictures too - you're well in advance of us here in the north - although our crocuses and daffs are in full bloom - the blossom is not showing yet! Hugs Rachel xx

  6. Thanks Jane for the virtual dose of spring. Have enjoyed your blossoms, garden and Billy.
    What a day out with M and D. She looks so happy to be out in the spring sunshine.

    Very old-fashioned and pretty card.
    Have a creative and fun weekend,
    Anne and all

  7. I can honestly say that I've enjoyed your post thoroughly Jane! But then again, I ALWAYS do!
    Thank You for the rays of sunshine, your neck of the wood makes me dream...

  8. Hello Jane.. oh what a magical place you visited and look at nature waking up from a long winter's nap! Love the card as I love all of them that you make. I'm happy to see Daisy with a big smile and then to see her sleepy little face. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. How lovely to see handsome Billy enjoying the spring sunshine today!...Your garden is already looking beautiful Jane and the peek at your day out with your darling girls look gorgeous!
    I can reaffirm how beautiful your card is Jane and I've been taking some pics of it along with my beautiful Daisy necklace..x
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    Susan x

  10. A great post Jane, the blossoms are looking lovely, my flowering cherry is out too. Love your pretty card with the fabulous image, colours and frame, perfect for a sunny day. Daisy looks so content, you obviously had a great day out in wonderful countryside. I am still wearing my beautiful necklace, I don't want to to take it off. Enjoy the weekend xx

  11. Such beautiful blossom pictures and a beautiful Daisy too! Your card is so pretty and springlike. What a great day out you had, Jane!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xxx

  12. Beautiful card! So glad your kitty got to spend quality time helping you in the garden! Thanks for sharing at Cupcake Inspirations!

  13. wow time flies 4 months already :) loving your photos hoping they stay like this and not white in any way and such a beautiful card love the image and perfectly framed
    hugs and have a great weekend
    Kate x

  14. Hello dear Jane,

    What an amazingly summery garden! Wow, all that grass and lovely flowers, I can't believe it! And that sweet Billy-boy, he seems to be where ever something happens :)

    And sweet miss Daisy - 4months already! Oh my! Our princess turns 6months (!!) pretty soon, time really flies!

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend, and thank you for the sunshine (we really have use for it, snowstorm on its way!)!


  15. Such a beautiful spring card! Love the colors and textures! Thanks for sharing it at Cupcake Inspirations this week! And thanks for sharing those gorgeous pics---my first taste of spring as here in NC of USA nothing has budded yet. Gorgeous pictures! Have a great weekend!

  16. Gorgeous card! Also love all the beautiful photo's you shared ... Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  17. Beautiful creation, I love the colors!
    Thanks for joining us at Love to Create!
    ♥ Sandra ♥

  18. Gorgeous image and I love the frame of flowers you've created to highlight it. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Mother's Day/Special Girl Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week!

  19. Beautiful photos and a great card too. You've showcased the image really well.

    Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox.

    Helen x

  20. Isn't the weather glorious! Shame about scraping the frost off the car this morning but hey, I can handle that if the sun comes out later. Another lovely card, and nice to see Daisy! Bethx


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