Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Celebrating Spring

Welcome to the first day of Spring and the vernal equinox. It is that wonderful time of the year when there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. This Winter has felt so long and dreary and I really do welcome this very special time of the year.
Lots of my outdoor daffodils, despite the recent inclement weather, are in full bloom and they make me smile every time I look out of my kitchen window.

But there is an even better celebration today for me as it is my daughter's birthday. At 7.25pm this evening, 27 years ago she fought her way into this world. I had a look for some old photos and I thought I would share a couple that my Hb scanned for her wedding last July. The best man did a wonderful montage of the bride and groom through the years. It brought back wonderful memories.

Here is the midwife weighing her at a few days old...look at that tiny foot ;0) She weighed 7lb 11oz at birth

On holiday in 1987

Summer 1990 concentrating hard on making her sand castle.

Primary school days in 1993

and 1997 with her dear Bro. Well these photos made me smile but what made me smile even more is that she and her Hb have finally  managed to acquire the rights to all their official wedding photos. It took a little negotiating but now they not only have an album of beautiful photos but we also have a whole CD of photos to look at.

I can finally share a few of their "Official photos"

So much glorious colour.

My card for today is her birthday card, made with lots of love xxx

I made her a stepper card and used my fab Penny Black stamp, La soiree. This stamp was the very first prize I ever won from entering card challenges. It really epitomizes my daughter...the shoes, the dress and bag say it all ;0) I coloured my stamp with my trusty Promarkers and I used Labels 17 Spellbinders to cut her out.
The DPs are ancient, they are the end part of a sheet I had with this lovely foil so I thought it perfect for her card. I tied little ribbon bows onto the bag charms. I used the same ribbon to "tie" the ballooons together.

I die cut foil champagne bottles to which I added ribbons and little Lili of the Valley tags and put them in the side of the stepper: you can just see them peeping out. I have also used my lovely Memory Box bow die.
The birthday sentiment is LOTV and I added a lovely red mulberry rose too.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Totally Gorjuss Something old #175 my old is my stamp and my papers
A and T Emerald Faeries Bling #41
Bunny Zoe Girlie
Pretty Little Ribbons Happy Birthday #20
Natalie and Amy Die cuts #7
Make it Monday Linky Party #132
Allsorts 1-2-3 #198 I have 1 stamp, 2 different papers (one on the front, the 2nd paper is on the "step" each side and has red roses and stripes on) and my 3 different embellishments are charms, ribbons and gems
Bearly Mine anything goes #78
I love Promarkers anything goes

I hope my girlie has a wonderful day today. We will be seeing her on Saturday for a post birthday lunch.
Welcome Spring and Happy Birthday to my very Special Girl xxx

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh hun, Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!
    Those wedding photos are stunning, the colours are just gorgeous.

    Your card is fantastic hun I'm sure she will love it!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  2. Oh you must be soooo proud, your card is nice too, lol. She's beautiful chick xx

  3. It was a glorious wedding Jane and you are quite right to be a proud Mum.

    And you card is lovely as well, I can't quite get to grips with stepper cards.

    Thanks for your encouraging comments last evening, I do think there is a good degree of panic going on out there.

    Thanks for joining us at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month.

    B x

  4. Lovely, lovely photos and memories Jane. :)
    Wishing Milly a very happy birthday!!! x
    BTW we started the equinox with snow on the ground. :(
    Happy Wednesday,
    V xxxxxxxx

  5. What fabulous photo's. Her wedding dress was stunning so Happy Birthday to her.

    Your card is fabulous. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  6. What a wonderful tribute to your daughter. So many memories......Happy Birthday, Millie
    Enjoy your day and your Mum's card!!

    Happy Wednesday to all,
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  7. Such a stunning card, and super pics too. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers xx

  8. Hi, Jane! A very happy birthday to your daughter, hope you all had a fantastic day! I'm sure she loved her fabulous card with fab image and colour combo!
    The wedding photos are stunning and your daughter looked beautiful! Love all the bright colours and it even looks like the sun shone! Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Gorgeous and elegant card and I'm sure your daughter will love it! That red and black colour scheme is stunning!
    Thanks for joining us at Totally Gorjuss this week.
    Kat W (GDT) x

  10. Your daughter is beautiful and so is her birthday card. :) Hope she has a very happy birthday. Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

  11. Happy Birthday! Thank you Jane for a lovely spring post and beautiful photos! x Teje

  12. What a beautiful bride! Now I can see how beautifully your jewelry matches the colors of the flowers and bridesmaid dresses. I just love the colors. Wishing her a birthday and the happiest of marriages!

  13. Dear Jane,

    What a lovely post, so full of older and new memories! Milly looks stunning in those pictures, so happy and glowing! Best wishes to that beautiful daughter of yours in her birthday, may it be happy and sunny!

    Have a lovely day, dear friend!


  14. Such beauty all around, Jane! There's always much to celebrate here- A favorite season, for sure. I'm certain Milly loved her designer card. It was a joy to see the pics- I do agree, the colors were just scrumptious and didn't the bridesmaids in those pretty dresses frame the bride so wonderfully? Happy Birthday to Milly and a very Happy Spring to you! :o)

  15. Beautiful photos, and such a lovely and loving post, Jane. Happy Birthday to Milly! Your stepper card is very cleverly constructed, and so special, I'm sure Milly must have been thrilled.
    Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
    Helen x

  16. Gorgeous photos! beautiful shares! fabulous card so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us this time at Allsorts, hugs Samantha :0)

  17. Oh Jane, your daughter is so beautiful, a belated birthday from me to another Piscean ;) and I see you got the correct date for the first day of Spring, unlike me who was a day late! Mind it doesnt feel like Spring this morning, a good inch of snow and still falling ;/ Have a lovely weekend Jane x

  18. Fabulous card ... love the red and black together.... and what wonderful photos and memories!

    Thanks for sharing at Totally Gorjuss this time..

    Christine x

  19. Good morning Jane hope your warm, as always love your photo's and wow loving your card today.

    thank you for your comment on your research, thought it better to be safe than sorry and hopefully can remove the bloglovin once it all settles again, as we all did last time lol

    Hugs Kate x

  20. Beautiful photographs Jane and so many wonderful memories (my, how time flies, doesn't it?)...You must be so proud of your Milly...I hope she had a wonderful birthday! I love your card too...It must be great to be a member of your family and receive your gorgeous creations!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x
    P.S Very chilly here today!

  21. BEAUTIFUL mementos and phots dear jane.
    your daughter is so very pretty and she looks happy. You must be very proud.

    gorgeous card too. love the bright colors!

  22. Wow, Jane, the card is stunning, it suits your daughter very well. Beautiful bride! Many thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries challenge, good luck and hope to see you again! hugs, judit x

  23. I love this card and it is very appropriate for a 27 yr old's birthday. The colour choice is very suitable. Thank you for joining us at A & T Emerald Faeries. Good Luck xoxoxox


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