Sunday, 21 June 2015

Here comes summer

Well here we are at the 21 June when summer officially starts and we have reached the longest day. It's a very special day too as it's also Father's day. We are meeting up with our children and grandchildren (furry and non furry!) later for a walk in the county.

I have been busy dead heading and watering in my garden and thoroughly enjoying the long, warm, light evenings. It's such a great time of year and everyone's energy levels are raised.
We have also enjoyed eating our evening meal outside most nights.

Today's card I made my for darling Dad for Father's Day. He loves his garden and the wildlife out there and so I used my Stampendous bird stamp.  The border die is Cheery Lynn.
I made the backing with some of my bister powders and then stamped and embossed the image.
I inked and added Crackle paste to the branch. The backing paper is Tim Holtz and the scrabble stamps are Whimsy.

I would like to enter my Father's Day card into the following challenges;

Anything but cute make it masculine
Mixed media world masculine/father's day
Sparkles vintage or shabby chic
Penny Black and more wings
Stamping sensations dies and punches
The Artistic Stamper summer is on its way
Noor! UK here comes summer
A vintage journey celebrations mine of course is Father's Day
As you like it favourite book My dad loves wildlife especially birds and has lots of reference books. When I was a little girl he had the "Observer's" serious of book. I used the Observer's book of birds for my inspiration, sweet memories, they had such gorgeous illustrations in them. I wonder if they are still in print?
Allsorts use a stamp
Cheery Lynn anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesdays favourite technique or product I have used both this time...stamping and embossing and also using Bister powders. I love this product.
We love to create anything goes mixed media
The Craft Barn bow or bows I have used a bow to finish off the button

The sun is breaking through here. We'll enjoy our lunch in the garden later and then head off to catch up with the children.

Happy Father's day to all the Dad's out there; whether they are young or old, here or in the next world. And to my own Dad...thanks for being such a rock in my life.

Welcome to cream, sunshine, blue skies...............mmm I can't wait.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous card Jane, love the little bird, suits your background die and hessian so well. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  2. Awe what a lovely card for your dad! I miss mine every day it's 8 years tomorrow since we lost him.
    Enjoy your family day, we have L and J for lunch today and then a Skype date with Berlin later.
    V x

  3. This is such a wonderful card Jane...and as usual when I visit you, my wish list has just gotten a little longer! haha!! I love the layer of burlap, such a perfect way to add a little outdoorsie feel to the card, and the texture on the tree branch is a fabulous detail! I hope you have a wonderful day today with your family!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Make It Masculine' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. hello Jane! sweet bird, I adore the image and the burlap background...super FAB! I am so glad you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  5. Your flowers are amazing! Seems like you have a real green thumb! Your Fathers Day card is awesome sauce! Love the bird and the stamping. Your use of the burlap lends a masculine feel to this wonderful creation. I bet your Dad thoroughly enjoys this gift. Those little scrabble tiles are the perfect finishing touch.

    Thanks for joining in our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  6. Beautiful stamping! Love the music and bird. Thanks for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs

  7. Gorgeous card for a great dad! Have a fabulous day. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Gorgeous flower photos - looks like you've got more sunshine than me! - and what a fabulous bird card.
    Alison xx

  9. a lovely make for your dad Jane - I bet he loved it! Big hugs rachel x

  10. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design UK for our Here Comes Summer challenge.
    Owner Noor Design UK

  11. Your card is gorgeous! Love the colors you used with the background. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  12. A lovely card I'm sure your Dad will love.

  13. Gorgeous card Jane!
    Your garden looks amazing.
    I envy your collection of succulents!
    Thank You~

  14. A lovely display of garden photos Jane, everything really looks at it's best right now. Last evening I stood in the courtyard area of the garden which is surrounded by shrubs and the aroma was lovely, yet no single one seems particularly fragrant and in the background the birds were singing, nature is amazing.

    Your Dad's card is perfect and the use of the hessian gives a real masculine feel and the Timmy branch a great touch to go with the image.

    Many thanks for joining in at Allsorts, Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  15. Beautiful card and a beautiful garden Jane.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  16. I wish my garden looked as nice. Love the candy necklace, and your vacation looks spectacular. You should be a very happy girl in your world abroad and at home :)

  17. Great card. Fab image and I love the branch. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) xx

  18. That little bird is just so sweet and I love the gorgeous burlap in the background. The branch which you have treated so beautifully draws the elements together so well! Thanks so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  19. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  20. A beautiful creation Jane, and so many gorgeous flowers!
    Thanks so much for playing along in our Wings challenge at penny Black and more!!

  21. Love your card Jane and I'm sure your Dad did as well. So great to be outside on these lovely days and your card depicts that feeling so well. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  22. Very handsome card :) Thank you so very kindly for joining the Make it Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  23. What a super masculine card. Love the way you did the background for the bird stamp and then brought some earthy elements in with the branch and burlap. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  24. Beautiful. simply stunning Jane, all those flowers in full bloom! I am with you summer just starting (well it rains and storms here as I type but soon!), and hopefully it will last until September! Love your birdie-card, that stamp is the sweetest!

    Happy June-days!


  25. Oh Wow! stunning, I love your creative work, awesome. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

  26. Fabulous work from you as always - love the colours.
    I love sempervivums - you have a nice collection there.
    Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  27. Hello Jane, Your Dad sounds a lot like mine. 0-: Lovely card and garden....Glad your June has had better weather than ours, but everything is green and growing.
    Happy late June to you and yours.....
    Anne D.T. xxx

  28. A lovely card for an obviously much loved Dad. Your garden is amazing - congratulations! Cx

  29. Lovely card sounds just perfect for your Dad.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Use a Stamp' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  30. Great background technique! Thank you for joining in on the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  31. Fab card, thanks for joining us at MMW and good luck!
    Donna DT xx

  32. Gorgeous card, Jane, love everything here, burlap background, beautiful bird.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic stamper this month.

  33. Love this Jane! Beautiful card. Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  34. A beautiful card and a worthy winner of the Craft Barn challenge. I'm sure your Dad loved it.

  35. Hasn't the weather been just glorious here in the South! I've bought hammocks for our garden so we are all set for the summer holidays......I do hope I haven't jinxed things and the weather turns to an early autumn! Lovely Father's Day card, I hope you had a great time with your family. Bxx


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