Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tip toe through the tulips

Now that my beloved daffodils are fading fast it has been wonderful to see Mother Nature waking up other flowers. If you remember I planted up some pots last autumn and included some tulips. These are now in full flower and have been big, bold and flouncy.

and how about these tulips  for a vibrant zingy colour, which have bloomed in my front garden.

My viola my Mum gave me on my birthday is also looking gorgeous
Over the Easter break I got some time in my studio and I was really inspired by the bold striking colours from my plants. I wanted to use the purples, yellows and greens and I made a backing paper with my distress paints and inks, my wooden flower stamp I bought at the recent Country Life Spring show I attended and some purple craft fabric paint I bought from there.

 I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet, Forest Green and Blue Jeans paints and when dry filled in the spaces by blending Mustard Seed and Tattered Rose distress inks. I then stamped randomly over the page with my wooden flower stamp and purple fabric paint....I loved the effect.
I wanted to bring out the yellow more so I die cut some flowers with yellow card and rolled them up.
 I had some left over lattice cut with gold card which I daubed with Victorian Velvet distress paint.
I also wanted to use one of my favrourite Nicecrane images from the Henderson's giant flowering set. This is a brilliant set and I have used it lots. So then it was time to put on the creative hat, gather some other supplies and ideas and put together my card........

and a few close ups...

I think my card is as bold and blousy as my tulips are!

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

A Vintage Journey Spring Flowers
Bearly Mine Spring
Divas by Design Let's go to the movies my film inspiration is The Secret Garden. It is also a great book I loved as a child.
Sentimental Sundays bright colour photo inspiration
Pile it on No DPs or make your own mine is all hand made ;0)
Ali Craft spring
Bunny Zoe Distress
A Creative Romance eggcellent spring
Inky Chicks shabby chic
Polkadoodles spring
Chocolate coffee and cards spring
Totally Gorjuss die cuts and punches
We do dobadoo Embellish it
Dream Valley say it with words

I went back to work today after a lovely week off. Tomorrow is a really exciting day for me though as I am joining my blogging friend Brenda for another crafty day in Flitwick. The theme for the workshop this time is floral. I will have a whole day of crafty fun.

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Good evening, Jane! Your tulips are looking beautiful! Spring is such a wonderful time of year - everything seemed to double in size whilst we were away for the weekend and the garden is looking lush and green again! You would've loved the fields full of daffodils that we saw everywhere in Scotland and the fields of rape were a sight to behold - so bright and sunny!
    Love your pretty card with your handmade background - I'll have to try and find time to get inky some time! Hugs, Lisa x

  2. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.

  3. HI Jane....Adore the wonderful background you have created and the stunning layers of florals and die cuts. Gorgeous vintage image too. Thank You for joining in with us on our Vintage Journey this fortnight
    Best Wishes
    Annie x
    stunning tulips too...a real favourite of mine x

  4. gorgeous tulips Jane but they're not a patch on your project - stunning make xx

  5. Your tulips are amazing Jane! Tulips do like to put on a show, don't they!
    I love your pretty vintage card, the colours are beautiful.
    Enjoy your crafting day tomorrow. :)
    V xxx

  6. Wonderfully bold and full of colour Jane, I just love how you have created your garden on this card, a very inspiring creation, I love it. See you in a few hours time, looking forward to a great crafty day, also nature inspired xx

  7. Life is good at Jane's house! You're so lucky your tulips did well. I got some fancy bulbs at the tulip festival last year and we had a late freeze and all the buds were rotten! Love your card, as always.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. oh my love love love that background so pretty and a gorgeous card too
    hugs Kate xx

  9. What amazing tulips - for some reason I never seem to do very well with them, not sure why, I planted them just as the presenter on Gardners World instructed!


  10. Jane...your spring flowers and card is beautiful! Love the background and love the left over lattice that you've included on it. Those sweet little yellow flowers really pop. I also love your Henderson's flowering set...such lovely vintage images. Your background that you've stamped with your wooden flower stamp is also very striking. And the photographs of your actual flowers blooming in your yard....gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your work with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  11. Wowwww Jane,,,, Love this colorful card,,,and waht a amazing tulips,,,OMG,,,,, .I am faaling in lovw with the way you used my Giant Henderson Image,,and all over these stunning flowers,,,,,wowww.

  12. Incredible project! Absolutely stunning! Your flower pics are beautiful as well. Thanks for playing along with us at Pile it On this week as we leave all our designer paper on the shelf! Good Luck!
    Tracey, DT

  13. gorgeous. it is absolutely blooming with colour and freshness. lovely. it makes me want to be in a beautiful garden.

  14. Hi Jane, Oh your tulips are to die for! They are stunning and so is your vintage card. Love love it all!

  15. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us this month at Bearly-Mine Designs Spring challenge and good luck in the draw. Hope we see you again!
    Simona (DT)

  16. I love your tulips and the second one (I wish I knew its name) is my favorite!!
    Lovely card as well Jane.
    Thank You!

  17. This is amazing Jane, you are definitely inspiring me to try something different!
    Love the pics from your garden, I'm always sad when the daffodils start to fade but there is always something equally lovely to take their place and cheer us up!
    Anne x

  18. Just catching your stunning tulips and adorable card!
    Helen xox

  19. Hi Jane, beautiful card. I love all the layers and the fresh colours are gorgeous. Beautiful flowers too, lovely pics. Thanks for joining us at We Do Doobadoo and Polkadoodles this time
    Claire xx

  20. Oh my what a stunning background! I love all the different layers and colors. Just beautiful. Thank you for coloring along with us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards.

    Nadja DT

  21. Oh Wow! this is stunning Jane… what a fab vintage image and the pretty papers and embellishments are perfect with it! I guessed that the movie would be The Secret Garden…. one of my favourite books and films! :-)
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!
    Hugs Sue B xx

  22. wow stunning, thank you for sharing with us at sentimental sundays, good luck
    caroline dt

  23. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at A Vintage Journey for our spring flowers challenge. Jennie x

  24. wow! gorgeous card!!! I love all the little details! beautiful! your tulips are also beautiful! jealous! I'm not into gardening, but still love seeing flowers like those! Thank you so much for joining us in our Colour Inspiration Photo challenge over at Sentimental Sundays !
    Mirella DK
    DT Sentimental Sundays (Cute and Crafty Cards by Mirella)

  25. Beautiful card, I love the colors and layout!
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design!
    ♥ Sandra ♥

  26. What a lovely flower-filled post, Jane,

    I am amazed by your garden: it looks really summery there! Those tulips are fantastic. And so is your card, lovely vintage-one again and with those pretty flowers!

    Have a lovely day, dear friend!


  27. Great creation thank you for joining in at Polkadoodles. Have a great day and Keeeeeeeeeeeeeep Crafting Katie DT x

  28. I'm a fan of bold and blousy in the garden and in other areas - your card is lovely. Bx

  29. Beautiful card thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
    hugs sara x x


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