Thursday 30 May 2013

Blooming marvellous

Unexpectedly the bank holiday weather was gorgeous and on Sunday we manged lunch and dinner in the feel sunshine on my skin again felt like bliss. I decided to continue with my gardening that day as it was supposed to be the best day of the long weekend, weather wise.
Just a few weeks on and my plants are blooming marvelously.
My azalea is in full flower

 Even the overwintered pansies and violas are flowering their little heads off.

My aquilega are putting on a pretty show

and I even have a dahlia peeping out
All these blooming marvellous flowers inspired me to go in search for my Craftworks card Candi Flowers which I recently won from the lovely Mars of Craftwork cards. After adding a comment on their blog she sent me some great flowers made from Card Candi. She hoped this might give me some inspiration to try making some of my own.

This is the little package arrived in the post for me a few weeks ago from Mars.

It contained a selection of flowers she had made to to show how versatile card candi is. Now I only have 2 packets of card candi; a pink/silver wedding version, which I used most of for a recent wedding card and a vintage news print type.

I went down the garden to my studio later that afternoon. I got out my crafting sheet and tacky glue and started experimenting with my own card candi  flower making.
For those of you who have not seen card candi this is what it looks like.

and these are the 2 packets I have.

And below is my sequence of flower making for my first ever flower.

And as I was running out of candi I decided to "alter" some prima paper flowers too. Here are some of my finished flowers

I also decided that I would use a few of my "roses"  for a card.......
Here are a couple of close ups;

I really had a blooming marvellous time playing with my card candi and I will be using the other flowers I made very soon.

To make my card I simply used a Cheery Lynn tropical flourish die cut using glittered card and a sweet stamp to finish it off. Another CAS style card for me ;0) I also used some more of my "free" Kraft paper found inside the roll of Christmas paper...there is still loads left!

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

Craftwork Cards I have emailed my entry to their spring flowers challenge
Cheery Lynn Roses #82
Simon Says Stamp anything goes #29
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Papercraft Star handmade flowers
4 Crafty Chicks recycle the craft paper is from the inner roll of a Christmas roll of paper and I cut the flower with a left over piece of card from another project.
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blooming lovely

I am also delighted to announce that I have been invited by the I Love Promarkers Girls on their card challenge  blog to be their guest designer for June. Watch this space on a Wednesday to see what I come up with..... ;0)

Thanks for visiting me here today and for all the sweet comments you take the time to leave. The weather has gone back to rain but I am not complaining after such a fabulous bank holiday. I just love being outside in the garden.  I hope your gardens are blooming marvellous too?  Happy Thursday, yet another weekend is just around the corner and it looks as though the sun will make another appearance.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow and my mouth is wide open, you are amazing...those flowers are breathtaking gorrrrrrrrrgeous...way to go. Thanks for playing our Recycle Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  2. Beautiful, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT x

  3. love your flower petal creations but had to stop at the photo's did you know that your lily's are in the wrong garden they should be in mine (my favourite flowers ever)
    Hugs Kate xx

  4. All I can say is WOWWWWWWW..
    I just love your flowers :) x

  5. Hi sweet Jane, Flowers in every form, love them all. I don't think I have ever seen a yellow azalea, but I love it! (we have pink, white, orange and red but not yellow) It's so nice to have summer now, I think it's official here that cold temps are over!!!!!!
    New look for your cards with fun candi's!! I guess the sky's the limit.
    Have a great weekend, xoRobin

  6. A stunning card Jane, fabulous design and colour scheme, I love how you have created those gorgeous petals!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp challenge
    Heather xx

  7. We have a yellow azalea too.. love your flower making and of course your card. I'm still excited about the baby to come for you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. What a fun way to jazz up a Prima flower! Thanks for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  9. They are marvelous! Lovely photos and lovely creations!

  10. Wow Jane, what a great floral themed post! What fun those neat "candi" flowers are. And I've never seen such an azalea like yours- beauty is blooming at your place, for sure! :o)

  11. Hello dear Jane,

    All your flowers are so pretty! Your garden IS blooming marvellous :) And those cards...I have never seen that technique before, so delicate creations, beautiful! You simply master anything!

    It's been a wonderful May here, and sun is shining as I type, and I wish you great, sunny weekend too!


  12. So glad I saw your page today, they look brilliant!

  13. Flowers all the way Jane, what a really super post and thanks for sharing.

    B x

  14. What a fantastic idea - I have a load of candi that I don't use so I may just have a play today. I love the card and the layout and also your fantastic garden flowers, this time of year the garden just wakes up and is full of promise! many thanks for entering into the Rhedd and Rosie's challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xx

  15. Hello my friend, just catching up with you, wow four posts in my absence!!
    Firstly many, many congratulations Grandma now that the news is out, you know how happy I am for you all!
    I love all your little flowers so cute and very useful in card making I'm sure. You have made so many lovely cards in the last four posts.
    That yellow azalea is amazing very unusual, I think I much prefer it to all the pink/purple ones!
    Happy weekend my friend, we're back to rain again just what I need with all my washing on the line!
    V xxx

  16. Wow what lovely flowers!! Beautiful card and this is perfect for our challenge ... Thanks so much for playing at Papercraft Star!

  17. Fantastic candi flowers Jane, and your "real" flowers are looking great too!
    Enfys x

  18. I think your Aquilega is in the wrong garden too! It's beautiful. And I love your card. Great use of candi, I am learn-ed!
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Rhedd & Rosies.
    Fiona x

  19. These flowers look so beautiful Jane and such a great idea. You have made such a lovely card. I have become your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more of your makes.
    x catherine

  20. back in another disguise lol to say thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on the Hobby House Challenge blog, hope you will be joining in :)
    Hugs Kate xx

  21. What an interesting technique...I've never seen those candy circles, looks like fun. Thanks for joining us this week on the Cheery Lynn Challenge and best of luck.

  22. Hello Jane!
    Love your creations!
    I had never seen this technique before.
    Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on PB this morning ;-)

    (May I ask where is the sculpture you have on your banner from?)

  23. Jane this card is beautiful! I've never seen these "candi" products. Thank you for joining us this week over at the Papercraft Star.


  24. Amazing flowers, Jane, both real and crafty ones! Your photos are gorgeous too, and I love the new card idea.
    Wishing you a happy June!
    Helen x

  25. Very cool flowers!! And I love how you used up the inside of a roll of Christmas paper...brilliant! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week :D

  26. Tons of wow factor! I love how you made this and what you used to create them. Thank you so much for sharing it with us a 4 Crafty Chicks!

  27. Very happy to see your flowers blooming so well.
    Jane, I love these new candy flowers.
    My favorites are the ones with the words on them.

    Thanks for sharing all of your many flowers.

    PlumCreek Studio

  28. Oh your Candi Flowers are fabulous as is your finished card! I love learning about all these new things when I read your blog, there is an entire craft area out there that I know nothing about, but it's great fun to take a peek, thank you! Beth/thelinencat xx


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