Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bluebells and Daisy

..what a perfect combination this is and I found Bluebells with Daisy last week at Hatchlands. This is a beautiful National Trust house and garden in Surrey. I met my darling daughter and Daisy there last week. We were very lucky again with a lovely sunny day. I have visited Hatchlands before and their bluebell wood is stunning. This year the bluebells are out at little earlier...we were so thrilled to see them.
 The native English bluebell is in decline and these drifts of them are so important to keep this beautiful plant growing.
Hatchlands is a set in acres of rolling country side and when we got there we started our day with a drink in their cafe which is in the old kitchens of the house.
The old stable block still smells of the horses kept there for years.

The pathways are very buggy friendly and we had a lovely time exploring the vasts grounds in the sunshine

 There is a gate which leads into the bluebell wood and Daisy "helped" her mummy open the gate.

There was a children's find the fairy activity.....sweet fairy dolls had been hidden amongst the trees.
Daisy found one ;0)

What a special day we had amongst the bluebells.

Of course my card today has to be flower and fairy inspired.

It is Lili of the Valley's 10th birthday next month and I decided to make them a birthday card using one of the very first stamps I bought from them. The delightful fairy stamp called Dandelion Clock. I love this stamp and still use it lots. 

I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismcolor pencils. The backing paper is ancient from my stash. The round and tag sentiments are LOTV. The butterfly and leaf is by Cheery Lynn. The lovely doily is also Cheery Lynn.  I coloured the butterfly with my distress inks. I finished it off with a sparkly organza ribbon and some gems. I even added a number 10 to wish the girls at LOTV a great celebration. 

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

Lili of the Valley ideas to inspire 10th birthday card
                                                                Crafty hands anything goes
                                                           Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes
                                                              Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
                                                            The cupboard trilogy friendship
                                                          Whimsy stamps anything goes
                                                             Little Claire's Lots of layers
Stamping sensations dies and/or punches
Cheery Lynn Pretty in purple
Simon says stamp Monday challenge Things with wings
Passion for Promarkers all creatures great and small
Addicted to stamps and more  anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Loves rubberstamps Easter/spring themed
Party Time Tuesday Die cuts

I am now on holiday from work until next Wednesday...woop woop. Today I am meeting my Mum at the Museum of London to see the exhibition "The Cheapside hoard, London's Lost Jewels". It sounds very interesting. The weather this week has just been outstanding and I just hope it lasts for a few more day. Enjoy the upcoming bank holiday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



29 comments:

  1. Happy times Sweet Jane! Hatchland is such a special spot and so beautiful. I love bluebells, that is where I should be! Daisy found a fairy how special and what a magical place for kids too. Such a peaceful area, love the pictures of your daughter and Daisy : )
    Enjoy you holiday with your mum and days off.
    xoRobin

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  2. beautiful photos Jane - really gorgeous - the bluebells are early this year aren't they? Love your card too - hugs rachel xx

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  3. Awe how cute, Daisy is just at the age where she's realising there is a big wide world out there, enjoy helping her find out about it!
    Beautiful bluebell photos Jane. :)
    A very pretty card too, I love that little image!
    Have a wonderful Easter and eat lots of chocolate as it is most definitely allowed at this time of year! ;)
    V xxx

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  4. Happy times, Jane,

    With those beautiful bluebells and that sweet, sweet Daisy! Fantastic scenery, and what a beautiful day! I wish your days off will be as gorgeous - enjoy!

    Happy Easter to you and yours, dear friend!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  5. What a lovely day you had, the bluebells are just about beginning to bloom here.

    Lets hope for some more decent weather this weekend!

    Helenxx

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  6. Beautiful picts, Jane,,,and your card is sooo cute,,,, what a amazing butterfly and colo9ring.

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  7. Jane.. what a magical time you had with your two girls! How fun for Daisy to find a fairy! Have fun on your holiday and I can't wait to find out about the lost jewels! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Fab card, thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx

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  9. Beautiful photos and gorgeous bluebells, what a great day in the sunshine. Love your sweet card with the fairy on it xx

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  10. Such a delightful outing, strolling with your daughter and Daisy among the bluebells! This is such a gorgeous time of year, and you captured the bluebell woods so well! Love the sweet little card too, such pretty shades.
    Wising you all a very Happy Easter!
    Helen xox

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  11. Gorgeous woodlands complete with fairies! I love bluebells. Thank you Jane, M and D for sharing your trip to the woods.
    Happy Easter to you, Jane. Please enjoy your break.

    Anne D.T.xx
    PlumCreek Studio

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  12. Wonderful pictures and love the pretty card Jane.

    Hugs Diane

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  13. Your photos are so beautiful Jane. It sounds like you had a lovely time walking through the bluebells and such fabulous inspiration for your gorgeous card.
    I love the sweet LOTV image, beautiful colouring and pretty detailing too.
    Thank you for taking part in the Passion for Promarkers Challenge this week.
    Sue xx

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  14. So sweet, love it. Thank you for playing along with my theme at PFP this week & good luck. Jane x

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  15. Such a perfect day dear Jane with your girls among the magical bluebells ...and even fairies to be found too!
    Love your pretty card...they are always special...x
    Happy Easter to you and your family,
    Susan x

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  16. Jane, very sweet card. Love that LOTV image. Wonderful mix of colors and dies. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

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  17. This is so very cute, love the shades of purple here and of course your doily, butterfly and leaves are the perfect finishing touches!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs this week for our challenge!

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  18. This is such a beautiful card. Love the cute image and you great coloring. All the embellishments are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  19. gorgeous photo's as always you have such lovely days out and such a pretty card too love the colours on the tags and sentiment
    Enjoy your Easter Weekend
    Hugs Kate xx

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  20. Wow Jane; your bluebell pictures are great and so are the pictures from England (I live in Sweden so those houses and the landscape looks quite interesting to me) and your card!
    Great that you wanted to participate with Crafty Ribbons in this weeks challenge and good luck.

    La Vikinga, DT Crafty Ribbons

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  21. It´s a very beautiful project.

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  22. Fab card Jane and such a cute little image, beautiful detail too. Many thanks for joining in the fun at Passion for Promarkers :) Donna ♥ x

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  23. Such a sweet card, and an adorable image. Thanks for joining Stamping sensations. Good Luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  24. beautiful card . thank you for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps xx

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  25. This is really sweet. I love the butterfly. Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

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  26. Simply Adorable! Thanks for joining in At Loves Rubber Stamps This Week!

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  27. Popping back in to say: Thanks for playing along with the current CraftyHands challenge. Sammy-x

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  28. What a wonderful place Jane, it's many years since I saw a carpet of bluebells like that. Such a lovely idea to have the hidden fairies too.

    Such a pretty card, and thank you for sending it to us it's on display in the shop with the others we've had sent.
    Thanks for joining our '10th Birthday' challenge!

    Good Luck!

    Anne x
    Lili of the Valley

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  29. What a lovely card, thank you so much for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

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