Monday, 26 August 2013

Sunshine after the rain and some Kewpie cuties

The rain on Saturday was quite spectacular and it came down in sheets for most of the day. My very parched garden had its first decent drop of rain for well over 6 weeks. I took advantage of not being able to garden and disappeared to my studio for a few hours to have some crafty play.

On Sunday the sun returned at lunch time and as we sat out in the garden the clouds started to clear
and we watched the huge cotton wool clouds floating overhead.

I also noticed all the rain drops hanging on my plants like glistening dew drops.

 There was also that amazing heady damp earth smell that takes me back to summers past. As my other blogging friends have commented there are some signs that autumn is just around the corner but certainly today summer is well and truely still here.
My fussy fushias have been show stoppers this year, this variety is called Blackie.

I also bought a very pretty patio rose. As you know I am not that pink a girlie but I do love this new rose called Gentle Touch

The eagle eyed of you will notice something long hanging down the wall where I was trying to photograph my rose,  yes it's none other than Inspector Billy ;0)

The colour of the rose inspired me to make a new card for my Etsy shop. It is a new baby girl card to replace one I recently sold. It is also good practice for me for when our grandbaby arrives.
I decided to use a wonderful image which was kindly sent to me by Ignacio, owner of Nicecrane designs.

My Mum remembers the original Kewpies which were around in the 1930s.  I also love these whimsical babies and I first saw one inked up by my blogging buddy Kate. I chose to use the girl sitting down and coloured mine up using Promarkers and Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut out the image.
I used my floral oval die to place her on. My sentiment is LOTV and I attached a cute stork charm. The little line die cut is Memory Box. The DPs are ancient, I bought them from the Craft Barn many, many years ago. The pearls are from The Hobby House. Here is my finished card and she is for sale here

What a cutie Kewpie. If you are interested in other designs, including a fab new brownie range do have a look over at the website. I also had a play with colouring another of the is a sneaky peek but you will have to wait to see the finished card ;0)

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

Papercrafting Journey anything goes
Addicted to stamps Option 2, use a Nicecrane image
Make it Monday Linky Party
Pile it on designer paper
Craft room challenge new something my new is this stamp
Totally Gorjuss add a bow
2 sisters Square cards
Pan Pastels pastel colours
The Cutie Pies anything goes
Pink Gem anything with a B my Bs are bow and baby
A little Bit Crafty summer sun, 3rd and final entry

I have put my new post up today as tomorrow I am off to my stamping class and on Tuesday evening/Wednesday I am catching up with my girlie. It will be great to have some time off work. I hope the weather was kind to you over the weekend too. Thanks for stopping by my post on Saturday and for all the very kind comments you left about my wedding Smash Album. I will be back soon. Have a great week,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wowww,woww,wowwwwww Jane,,,,,this baby card isa absolutely adorable,,,,OMG love your soft coloring so cute, so adorable, ,Ypour pink die cut is amazing and what a great idea to add the stork is the perfect baby card,,,,.you used my Kewpie perfectly,,,.LOVE YOUR COLORING in your second Kwpie card,,,,woww, I am working on a new Kewpies at School Sheet.

  2. Very sweet card and fabulous colouring! Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

  3. So cute!
    Billy is doing such a good job keeping his eye on the garden.


  4. Love those fluffy clouds! :)
    Yes those signs of autumn ~ I'm completely ignoring them!
    Your little card is a cutie, you might want to practice with some blue too! ;)
    Enjoy your mum/daughter time!
    V xxx

  5. Love your garden and the card are so lovely. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hugs, Donalda

  6. So very darling!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge

  7. Enjoyed your beautiful pics and that Billy is so charming! Gorgeous kewpies - aren't they sweet? Love your coloring and your oh, so sweet card!

  8. Jane - forgot to say - come by, you won!!

  9. Hi Jane.. what a nice rain you had for your garden! I am jealous of your tomatoes. I want to grow some next year - we had a long hot sunny summer and should have had lots of ripe tomatoes, but ordinarily it's rainy and grey here. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Gorgeous garden, I love fuchsias too and it has been a good year for them. Your card is just beautiful, lovely pastel colours, great colouring up and a wonderful design. See you later today.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. what a beautiful card, super image and love how you have coloured it up and love the colours on your next will watch out for it
    Hugs Kate xx

  12. More great photos from the garden Jane and the toms are looking good. Our are producing well now and a rather large bowlful in the kitchen is asking to be turned into something tasty.

    You card using Ignacio's image is beautiful and so very delicately coloured.

    B x

  13. Hi Jane thank you again for these beautiful pictures, I love to look the clouds too.
    Lovely and adorable card, nice image!
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge, good luck;-))m

  14. Jane, your garden looks amazing! I love pink roses and Billy surely enjoys outside! What a lovely baby card - very cute! x Teje

  15. Hi there, Jane! Your garden is looking fabulous and I am very envious of your tomatoes as mine are still very green and show no signs of turning despite the fact that we have had a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday weekend! (and that's a rareity in itself!) I was hoping to have had enough to enter into the village gardening show on Saturday (adventurous, I know!) but I think I'm going to have to try to force them! Your fuschias are also looking marvellous - I don't have many flowers left in the garden, but am hoping that my last roses will hold out until the weekend to enter into the show too!
    Your new baby card is adorable, love the soft pink colour tone and one of my fave dies too (floral ovals) Enjoy your stamping class and have a great day out with M - has to be an excuse for lunch out!?! Hugs, Lisa x

  16. I love the rainy garden pics and the Kewpies, Jane.
    I'll have to ask my aunt if she remembers them.

    I read and thoroughly enjoy the Wedding album post (but could not leave a comment). What a splendid present for M and T. Well done!!

    Saying happy bank holiday week to you and your family,
    Anne and all

  17. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a Challenge and good luck.

  18. What a sweet card Jane! Your design is wonderful with the soft colors. Saw this on MIM and had to come and leave you a message. :)

  19. What a sweet card! TFS!

    Saw you on MIM. Come and follow me@

  20. Gorgeous card and beautiful photos Jane..I saw this on MIM..Loz

  21. Jane , this is so cute .A beautiful card
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  22. lovely! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room challenge, Debi x

  23. I will guess at a boy :)
    Hugs Kate xx

  24. Saw your card on MIM. Great image and so vintage. Love it.

  25. Love those fluffy white clouds against the blue sky...what gorgeous pictures! Your card is very sweet! Your tomatoes look delicious......I love that special fragrance of sun warmed home grown tomatoes! Hope you had a lovely time with your daughter, and enjoy the weekend.
    Helen x

  26. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card at pretty, such a cute image and lovely colouring..great photos too..Esther xx

  27. Such a cute card, thanks for entering into the Cutie Pie Challenge. Gem DT xx

  28. Adorable and so gorgeous...Thanks for playing along with us at A Little Bit Crafty this month.
    Wendy xx

  29. Hello dear Jane,

    I do know why I haven't left a comment here earlier, as I clearly remember admiring those pretty, vintage babies, but here it come now: These images are so sweet, they remind me of those paper dolls I used to have... And they're just perfect for a welcome baby-cards! What a lovely creation again!

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend, and kisses to that cute inspector of yours!


  30. Thank you for sharing your fabby project with pastel colours with the DT from PanPastel UK, hugs Terry xxxx

  31. Beautiful pics and a cute card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper


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