Thursday, 23 May 2013

Clean and simple...and a guaranteed smile ;0)

I have been slowly planting up my garden despite the rather inclement weather this week. I have been up to the local nurseries to choose some new plants.

My pots have been cleaned and washed.

Although this is not a job I enjoy it and it reaps  rewards by giving a good start  to the young plants.

2 newly planted pots...

A hanging basket

and a side basket with this very pretty flower.

All clean and simple....

and just waiting for another burst more hot sunshine to really get them going.

 My card for today is also clean and simple (CAS). For my non card making friends this is a style of design and is not one I often use. Below is about as clean and simple as I get . I thought it perfect for my image today as I have made a boy's card.

It uses a lovely Lili of the Valley stamp called Sailing Boat. I have distressed the edges with my distressing tool which is something I have not used for ages and I had forgotten how effective it looks.
I made some scrabble pieces from paper and mounted them on card which I also distressed...once a girl gets going with a tool there is no stopping out for the furniture...and Billy ;0)
I wrapped some twine (which was from Christmas gifts which I secreted away on Christmas Day as I thought it would come in very useful) to finish it off.

So a clean and simple post, both in the garden and my card making garden studio.

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

Lili of the Valley Boy Oh boys
Passion for Promarkers 4th anniversary anything goes celebration
Little Claire Blog hop and open challenge
Bearly Mine anything goes
I love Promarkers anything goes #169
Visible Image brighten your day
Totally Gorjuss Water #184
My Mum's Crafts Shop Spots/stripes
Lili's Little Fairies spots and stripes  I have spotty backing paper and stripes on my twine
Charisma Cards Here comes summer

There is also one other clean and simple picture to show you on this post today...and this is the guaranteed smile part ..........................

Have you worked it out..........................................................................................................................................................................................................yes meet my grandbaby ;0) My darling daughter is expecting their first baby on 8 November. She is 16 weeks pregnant tomorrow and this was the scan taken at 12 weeks. She is a doctor and her last hospital placement was on an Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit so she wanted to be really cautious telling anyone in the early days. She has seen pregnancies at their best and worst. We are just soooooo thrilled and excitied. This is our very first grandchild and I am just bursting with happiness. After the initial sickness and tiredness Milly is really well and positively blooming. We just keep everything crossed that all goes well.
If you look carefully at the scan you can see the spine, teeth, skull, jaw and nose in white. Also there is a  little arm arm up beside the left ear area: the baby has his/her arm behind his/her head. The right arm is the blurry line up in the air in the middle! When I was sent this scan photo 4 weeks ago I was in the middle of my clinic at work. I looked at it as one patient left and I had to compose myself before I called the next one in as I do admit I shed tears of sheer happiness and pride.

It is another bank holiday weekend coming up here and unlike the hot Mayday bank holiday, cool and showery weather is forecast. I have just heard that it has been the coldest May since 1979, let's hope that June does not continue that trend. I am enjoying seeing photos on my friends abroad blogs' enjoying their sunshine and I hope that it reaches our shores for longer than a few days very soon.

I hope this brought that guaranteed smile to you all today ;0) Take care,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi, Jane!
    Such wonderful news about Milly and your first grandchild - I wish her all the very best in her pregnancy and hope that all goes smoothly (including no stretch marks!)
    Lovely to see a bit of colour in the garden at last - it has just been so cold recently that I have had to stop mid tidy up and I am desperate to plant out my veggies (I don't grow much but love when I can go into the garden and reap my rewards!)
    I also love your CAS card, using that sweet LOTV image. Great papers, layout and simple embellishments!
    Let's hope we get a decent summer after all this unseasonal weather! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Lisa xx

  2. Huge congratulations Jane, there must be so much excitement in your household.

    A lovely bright and happy card as well.

    B x

  3. Lovely LOTV card and of course Congratulations on your wonderful news, Grandma! Thank you for playing along with us on our Anniversary challenge & good luck. Jane x

  4. Oh Jane, I am ALL SMILES for all of you! You and your Hb will make the best grandparents! I know you will "all" enjoy every moment of this exciting time. Loved seeing the scan photo, it's all so amazing, I still have my two granddaughter scans. November is a wonderful time of year to deliver a precious bundle!! Wish Milly and her Hb my blessings and love.
    Love your garden additions and super sweet little boy card!
    I'm still smiling, xoRobin

  5. Gorgeous card and congratulations on your news!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Claire.

    Helen x

  6. Jane that really has made me smile. Wonderful news!! Just a little scary to think that the Milly I remember is going to be a Mum herself...and you a Grandma.
    Lots of love to all
    Lesley xx

  7. Made me smile all over again Jane :) You must me thrilled and excited and I'm very glad to hear Milly is doing OK after some initial sickness (I felt awful for the first 4 months with both of mine!).

    Huge congratulations to you all.


  8. What a lovely LOTV card you have made here which fits perfectly the Bearly Mine Designs Challenge this week of “anything goes”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team) PS what lovely grandchild news. Hope all goes well.

  9. Yay Granny, I have a massive smile :) congratulations and massive hugs to everyone, hope Milly has a lovely pregnancy, how exciting. Laney xx

  10. ps, love the flowers in the pots and that card is gorgeous I thought that was what we were smiling at as I did find him rather cute :) x

  11. Congrats on your grandbaby!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week, good luck

    hugs Vicky xxx

  12. What a grand year for a baby!! Hooray....Congratulations to the whole family.

    I like your flowers and card, too.
    Thanks Jane for some wonderful news.

    PlumCreek22 Studio

  13. Fab card Jane, and congratulations on the baby, great scan picture too. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

  14. Ohhhh.. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* !!! I was seeing little signs.. remember me asking? If you email your address, I will make her my special booties. But I need to know.. pink or blue? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. Dear Jane, amazing happy news! Congratulations to all of you! I do hope you can soon enjoy your lovely garden with sunny weather. We have now good temperature but so strong wind that it's not possible to sit outside.
    Your card is beautiful! I like this style! x Teje

  16. congrats on the grandchild, love your photo's as always and did you post your WRS card on the WRS face book site as would love to see it there, and love this masculine card great colour choices
    Hugs Kate xx

  17. Congratulations to you all on this happy baby news!!! What a lovely time for your family. Your new card looks lovely, I really like the colours and the layout!
    Your pots are all set now for the growing season!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen x

  18. Thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the PFP challenge blog
    hugs Lou xx and huge congrats on being a grandma too xx

  19. What a wonderful post, Jane!

    I am so so so so so so (SO) happy for you all, and I am sending much love to both parents-to-be AND grandparents-to-be... Lovely that you could finally share these wonderful news with us.

    I am wishing (against the forecast) you a lovely, sunny and warm long-weekend, enjoy!


  20. Such a super cute card, love the layout and polka dots are a huge fave of mine, great card, good luck in the Visible Image challenge :D

  21. Well, I can totally understand your joy, that's wonderful news. Congrats to you all.

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

  22. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Totally Gorjuss
    hugs Anke

  23. Hello lovely oooh oooh how exciting for you, awww lovee the scan pic!!!!! awwww, loving your card too but im sure you will be more excited by the new baby when it comes he he, great news congratulations grandma to be, lots of lovee June xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  24. Good morning Jane...Your pots and basket are looking so pretty! Lets hope the sun decides to shine on them over the least a little bit!
    Love the colours and the layout of your latest card and most of all I'm so thrilled for you. The news of your first grandbaby on the way is just the best. Those scan pics are so clear these days, aren't they? Wonderful news...I'm so happy for you all!!
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Susan x

  25. This calls for a toast, cheers! Lovely plant choices, I'm thinking to start planting by the end of this month. Got my eye on your next posts.

  26. WOW Jane.... congratulations I can see one very much wanted and loved baby.
    Great boy's card. Perfect image and love your design and colour choices.
    Thanks for entering our 4th birthday challenge at PFP, and good luck
    Eileen x

  27. Lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Charisma and great garden pots! xxx

  28. This is lovely..Thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz, and good luck.

    Caz CC DT x

  29. Fab card! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
    Congrats on the grandbaby news!
    Joanne x

  30. Congratulations on your first Granchild! :)
    Thanks so much for entering our first Lili of the Valley Challenge with your lovely card, Jane.
    Good luck!
    Erica x

  31. Spring has been smiling on you, Jane! How appropriate to celebrate "new life," and how it all changes in the blink of an eye...Or was that a ;o) ?

  32. congratulations :), i love your card, nice and bright,thanks for joining in the challenge at Visible image x

  33. Fab card as always Jane! Thanks for entering it in our challenge. And....Brilliant news! Congratulations, so happy for you all! Helen xx


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