Monday, 26 May 2014

Fairytale foxgloves

It's that time of the year when my foxgloves start to bloom...they are one of my favourite flowers and in my garden I just let them self seed at will. The really are the promise that summer is just around the corner now.
They pop up all over the place in my tiny piece of paradise.
I have them in shades from white to the deepest of pinks.

Even after the heavy rain overnight they still stand majestically in my garden.
As I went down to my studio on I could hear the busy bees buzzing in and out of the blooms.
and I even caught at few with my camera



Such industrious little creatures. I also loved to see the drips of rain on my flowers
So this was enough inspiration for my latest card make...pink, flowers, bees...yes you get the idea. I have recently sold several of my birthday cards in my little Etsy shop so I decided that I would make a few new ones. Foxgloves are associated with fairies in folk lore so I decided that I would use a fairy image. I reached for my Lavinia stamps as they have just the right fairy and scene stamps I needed.
I got very inky and created a foxglove inspired backing card with my Distress Inks using the wrinkle free technique. I built up my garden scene using several Lavinia stamps. I made the lavender stamp look like my tall foxgloves using 2 different coloured inks. You can see them peeping out under the frame.


I die cut a spellbinders frame which I coloured with DIs and then added Distress crackle...I love this stuff. I then blended some Walnut stain into the cracks to give a vintage feel.  I also added some frantage as I think that my foxgloves in my garden look as though they have been sprinkled with it.
Here is another close up
I don't have any bee dies or punches so I used a butterfly punch.

And here is the big reveal

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Lavinia stamps Birthday girl
Sweet stampin sparkle and shine
Stamping for the weekend Girls
Polkadoodles Things with wings
Country View Natures beauties
A Creative Romance Girlie
Deep Ocean Wings
Premium Crafts UK Pan Pastel Florals
Squirrel and Fox let's hear it for the girls
A little bit crafty flower power
Crafty little fairies in the garden
Bearly Mine flowers
The Artistic Stamper in the garden
Stamp and Create spring colours

and it for sale in my Etsy shop here.

We were very lucky with the weather yesterday, lots of sunshine whilst we enjoyed some special Daisy time in Southampton, but today we have woken up to grey skies and rain. My foxgloves seem to be enjoying it though and I may well get some more inky time in my studio as all my gardening plans need to be put on hold for a little longer. Enjoy the bank holiday whatever you do and I hope my friends in the States have a good Memorial Day. Have a lovely week and thanks as always for visiting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

29 comments:

  1. Magic piece of paradise, beautiful colours, great ink pages!

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  2. I can see how much you enjoyed making this lovely reflection of your garden and the foxgloves, it's fab! Thank you for entering the Lavinia Challenge and good luck in the draw. Hellen (DT)

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  3. It's lovely, good luck in the challenge x

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  4. Hello my friend! I also love those Foxglove and you're lucky to have many colors of them. We are having a quiet time as our son and his family headed off to her family for a birthday party. Quietness is hard to come by lately. LOL! Gorgeous card, Jane!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Good evening, Jane! Your garden is looking wonderful and your foxgloves are just stunning! Mine are still only just coming into bud, so are probably at least a week behind yours! I've been dodging the showers all weekend to try and make some progress in my little patch of green and I am starting to see a bit of a difference! (I must take some piccies and share!)
    Love your pretty inked card taking inspiration from those beautiful flowers and the silhouette fairy stamp works so well with it! hugs, Lisa x

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  6. Hi Sweet Jane, I love your beautiful pathway to your studio with the gorgeous foxgloves! I love them too, although I have never grown them due to them being poisonous. BUT I do love them so. So many shades you have also. Great photos with the busy bees!!! Beautiful card with the always magical fairies : )
    Have fun with dear Daisy Jane❤
    xoRobin

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  7. Beautiful foxgloves, Jane, I love them too! You are lucky to have so many self seeded ones! A very pretty card inspired by those pretty foxglove colours too.
    Wishing you a happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

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  8. Lovely card. I have foxgloves in my garden too.

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  9. Lovely garden you have. Another beautiful card, you always make such beautiful cards :) Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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  10. Your foxgloves photos are fabulous and your card is wonderful! Love the background and frame you created. Such a perfect backdrop for the fairy silhouette!

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  11. Hi Jane! Nature makes miracles! Just amazing flowers and I can imagine that you have lots of other beauties in your garden! I love your card - gorgeus colours and beautiful theme! Enjoy your great weather! x Teje

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  12. Just finished reading and ENJOYING this post! Love the pictures and the card. That bee in flight is so wicked cool! You sure are talented! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a beautiful card, gorgeous colours and design..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x
    beautiful garden tooo x

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  14. Stunning project and it fits perfectly with our "Florals" theme over at Pan Pastel Challenges. Many thanks for playing along with us, Lou x

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  15. such a colourful creation thank you for joining in with our 'wings & things' challenge over at http://www.polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Foxgloves have been a favorite of mine. I bought one last year and hoped it would reseed, not sure if it's coming up. May just buy another one. Mine was cream with maroon spots inside!

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  17. Hello dear Jane,

    Your garden looks fantastic, no wonder you get endless inspiration from it! It is pouring down here too, but we're enjoying a bank holiday so no complaints. It's lovely to hear that you've had great Daisy-time, wish you'll see that little princess soon again!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  18. This is divine, I love it xx

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  19. What a beautiful card Jane!
    You have really captured the magic of Floxgloves. I love these flowers too but our climate here in the midwest is to harsh for them to make it through the winter.
    Thank You~

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  20. Dear, Jane! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog - I would love to share a pot of tea with you and who knows, maybe one day our crafty paths will cross, but in the mean time, a huge thank you for being such a wonderful blogging buddy! Big hugs, Lisa x

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  21. stunning card
    Thank you for joining our with wings challenge over at Polkadoodles
    xx

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  22. Gorgeous Inspiration!Thank you for joining in with The Artistic Stamper challenge this month :)

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  23. Hello Jane, Love your foxgloves and inspired card.
    Hasn't May been a lovely month??!!
    Especially enjoyed your tea time with your Mum and girls.
    Thanks for sharing your month with us.
    Anne xx
    PlumCreek Studio

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  24. wonderful techniques used here.. fabby card. Thank you for joining us BearlyMine Designs this time, good luck. hugs Jackie DT

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  25. I love your elegant card with this cute flowers. Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenge Flowers. Hope to see you again soon.

    Hugs and good luck,
    Natascha

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  26. Hi Jane, gorgeous card. Love the colours and the design is fab. Your foxgloves look beautiful, mine aren't in flower yet. Thanks so much for joining us at PanPastel Uk this time
    Claire xx

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  27. Wonderful card, one of my favs so far! Probably the colours and the little fairy. I love foxgloves as well, sadly we don't have any in the garden here (I had them in my last house) as not sure they'd fit, but I'm hoping to create a woodland bit under the trees so perhaps a few around the edges would look good. Bethxx

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  28. A fabulous card - so many textures and elements which all work so wonderfully together. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project with us at Country View Challenges for our Natures Glories challenge. Jennie

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  29. Wonderful card thank you for joining us at The Squirrel & the Fox with our girly challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

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Jane x