Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ripening in the late summer sunshine

And so our glorious summer continues for another week. Despite the chillier mornings and darker evenings the temperatures have been getting up 26c most afternoons. 28c is forecast for Thursday and yes it is my non working day!. My veg have been loving it and are really ripening well now. I have already picked lots of ripe tomatoes, this is my 2nd delicious flush.
 My green peppers are turning red
I have a second flush of aubergines too

There are still masses of runner beans
and we have been constantly harvesting the chillies. We hope to dry lots and use them over the winter

and someone else was ripening out there too...
well actually it got a bit hot for Billy so he found a shady spot ;0)
There is nothing like the taste of home grown is there? All this sunshine has inspired my card making as even though I have still been in sunshine and gardening mode I am still making Christmas cards. I recently bought the nativity stamp for the brand new Lili of the Valley Christmas 2013 range and I had to ink it up straight away. I went for really bright but traditional green, red and gold/yellow and this is what I made.
***squeal*** isn't it the cutest stamp! I coloured the image using my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. The card has been cut using my new Go Create large die cutters which I bought as part of my amazing prize from winning the Hobby House challenge last month ;0) **thanks guys**
Here is that image in close up
I used my favourite Cheery Lynn Holly die cutter for the holly leave and pearls for the berries. The tiny tag sentiment is LOTV and the other one is a Whimsy stamp. I have also used a Marianne candle and a Memory Box precious stars die cut too. I also added a lovely gold coloured snowflake charm from my jewellery making stash. You can see how sunny it was when I took the photo...no need of any enhancement with these photos just the natural sunlight.

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

Lili's Little Fairies (there last one but they are reforming...hooray as a fairy challenge;0) No flowers
Winter Wonderland add a charm
Country View Craft Challenges Layers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge Get inky there is lots of inking going on here
Stamping Sensations photo inspiration I was inspired but the shades of green in the photo and the bright poppy red and used these in my card.
Christmas Card Challenges Something new my new are my Go Create cutter and this gorgeous stamp
Pan Pastel Spots/dots my spots and dots are my pearls/berries on the leaves and the back papers and my round gems
Loves Rubberstamps Anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes
Creative Card Crew things with wings
Die cut Divas Celebrate
A+T Emerald Fairies magical creatures
Designed to Colour anything goes
Ladybugs Craft Ink Winter Wonderland...my buddy Kerry has a cute new snowman release today...there is a link in my side bar.
Make it Monday Linky party 156

I am off to meet my buddy Karen for ladies' lunch in a mo. That hour is never enough time to catch up all our news but it's always so good to see her. Can I give a warm welcome to my new followers, it's great to see you joining me here. Also a virtual wave and thank you to everyone who reads my posts. Last but never least thanks for the kind, encouraging comments you leave me here..I think my last card was quite popular...and yes I will be using that stamp again. I just wish there were more hours in the day ;0) This blogging world is such a positive fun thing to be a part of...I just love it! Thanks everyone out there you really are the best.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Yes it is indeed a very cute stamp but only you Jane could go straight from sun ripening tomatoes to holly berries!! ;)
    I am constantly amazed at what can grow outside in the south of England!!!!
    Enjoy your girly lunch.
    Happy Tuesday,
    V xxx

  2. You have grown an amazing harvest there, Jane! The photos are lovely, so colourful. Love the little card....very sweet and cute details. Hope you have a lovely week!
    Helen x

  3. Hi, Jane! YOur garden is looking wonderful and I am still very jealous of your red tomatoes - mine are going to end up as greeen tomato chutney at this rate! My courgettes, (which look a little like yellow versions of your aubergines!) have decided to flourish again, I have a few potatoes left to harvest and the rhubarb is still giving it's all! It is true, you cannot beat homegrown and I hope to extend my veggie planting next year! We've been out picking blackberries, which there's a bumper crop of this year, not sure what they'll end up as, maybe jam, maybe, ice cream sauce or maybe even a crumble when the winter starts to draw in! Can't quite believe it's September already - it was my little man's 10th birthday yesterday...where does the time go to?!
    Love your little Christmas card and that LOTV nativity angel stamp is just so cute! Fab traditional colours and pretty card shape, hugs, Lisa x

  4. What cute nativity stamp and I love the Cheery Lynn dies, the holly is one I've admired, but never purchased. There is nothing better than fresh vegetables, hopefully they will be ready before the first frost.
    I found you through the MIM Link Party where I have linked up 2 items and would love it if you'd stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  5. The weather is indeed still glorious Jane and even the evening so nice and warm to sit outside.

    And no evening dampness which we usually get this time of year, so much so that they have been combining until almost midnight the last few days.Hubby informs me that it looks like being a good harvest this year.

    So I have been equally busy in the kitchen with the garden harvest as I imagine you are as well by the look of the photos.

    Onto your card and as soon as I saw it I knew you had embraced the lovely greens of the photo, such a pretty card at that.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

    B x

  6. Beautiful - love all the inkiness - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 140 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

  7. I just love the beautiful bold colors. Some great shapes to show the scene off too.

    Glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas this month.

  8. Lovely garden photos and such a sweet card. Back soon.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. Oh my, your garden produce is very impressive! Your tomato plant is simply amazing and not a very big pot for it either! Bravo! And the card is just wonderful. I bet your family and friends love it when you send them one of these works of art. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Gorgeous garden, love all the vegetables. Cute card as well, adorable image. Thanks for sharing at Loves Rubber Stamps.

  11. You must have a green thumb for sure Jane!
    Here in the midwest, all of our plantations are attacked by squirels ;-(

    Wonderful card and beautifully colored!
    Thank You for sharing~

  12. great card and love the image, with the addition of the lovely charm just perfect for our challenge at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  13. What an adorable card. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas. Also love your harvest. Isn't it wonderful to grow your own vegetables.

  14. This is so adorable. Love all the gorgeous detail. Thank you for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.

    Cathy DT

  15. More aubergines! I only have one this year :( not sure what happened there (and I do mean one single aubergine, I have three plants!). I'm hoping to keep the sun a bit longer to ripen all my green tomatoes but have you seen the drop for Friday? 10 degrees cooler - yikes! Bethx

  16. I have garden envy. Besides being too busy to weed anything, the deer have gotten most things I planted. One of these days I'll get that deer. Enjoy the last of summer!

  17. I have garden envy too lol. Those pictures made me hungry. Your Christmas card is terrific! Thanks for joining us at MIM for our 3rd birthday celebration.

  18. Wowwww Jane, amazing garden,,,and your Xmas card is adorable,,,,love the way your work...so let me know if you like tojoin in my DT my friend.....so you have complete acces to more tahn 1200 products.

  19. WOW!! Your garden looks wonderful Jane and your cat looks so handsome!
    Such a gorgeous card, I LOVE that sweet image, you have coloured it so beautifully and all the detailing you have added looks fabulous.
    Thank you so much for taking part in the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge this week
    Sue xx

  20. Wow - so jealous what a fantabulous kitchen garden you have - where do you live as we haven't had those tempeartures here this week !!
    Your card is oh so cute - and lovely bright colours.
    Thank you for joining our Winter Wonderland challenge at LCI xx

  21. This is such a beautiful Christmas card, I love it! Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew this fortnight :)

  22. Such a sweet card, and I love the base shape! Thanks for linking up with DTC!

  23. Gorgeous card Jane, love the adorable new stamp and all your details.
    Thank you for joining the Winter Wonderland 'How Charming' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  24. 30 degrees today in your corner Jane?..No wonder you have such treasures growing in your garden and you're right in saying that nothing beats homegrown produce!
    I've just been reading your last post about your trip to Danson House...that's definitely my perfect kind of day out and how amazing is that beautiful staircase!
    Love your latest card design...I'm sure it will be another winner!
    Susan x

  25. A great take on our challenge, so many lovely details and a gorgeous image! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.


  26. Hello dear Jane,

    I am amazed to see your garden - everything looks so delicious! And it looks so summery at yours still, too, all blooming and green. And Billy-boy, he's handsome as ever!

    That card is so cute, and I almost spilled my tea to the screen when I was thinking poor Vivienne reading this post...It starts innocently all summery and pretty and then: a C-card :)What a shock!
    But your card is so pretty, and that stamp really is adorable... You'll be making many pretty cards with it I'm sure.

    Happy weekend soon, dear friend!


  27. Absolutely beautiful, it makes me realise that I need to get started myself on my chrissy cards. Your garden looks amazing as well. Thank you for joining us at BMD. Good Luck xoxoxo

  28. Oh, such lovely photos, Jane! Your veggies look beautiful and I'm sure they're quite delicious! And Billy always steals the show. :)

    Your card is SO wonderful. I know this will be snapped up quickly. Lovely work!! Have a wonderful weekend ahead my friend!

  29. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with the DT from PanPastel UK< love it, hugs terry xxxx

  30. Lovely details, and adorable image!
    Thanks for joining our challenge at CCC!

  31. Hi Jane, gorgeous card, love that stamp and the colours are fab. Your veggies look yummy too. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this week
    Claire xx

  32. Adorable card. Thanks for playing with Loves Rubberstamps.

  33. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  34. I saw your card on the CCC Things with Wings Challenge. Nearly didn't find the picture on the blogpost, but glad I persevered as it is really nice and very xmassy :)

  35. This is such a beautiful Christmas card and I LOVE that image! It is adorable! And WOW Jane! You have two green thumbs! Your garden looks AMAZING! I love that they are in container pots - I only have a small area for a garden and doing something like that would allow me to have more space and be able to get a bigger variety of veggies! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope to see you play along with us again soon! :)

  36. Lovely veggies.....Some day I'll be asking for tips about raising veg in pots.
    This summer has been a great one at the farmer's market.
    Fun Christmas themed card....I like the shape of the base and the Nativity scene.

    (sorry for late comments)
    Cheers and Bon Voyage to you and Mr. T,
    Anne x

  37. I wish I lived nearer Jane because I'd be raiding your wonderful vegetable patch!!! Your aubergine's look fantastic and I can't believe you're growing chillies!!! The weather has helped and if I had a green thumb I would love to grow veggies cuz I agree...nothing beats home grown :-D

    Cute card...love the image and the traditional colours and of course the shape is fabulicious!! Thanks so much for joining in our Winter Wonderland Challenge at LCI this fortnight xx

  38. What a Fabulous poppy creation
    thanks for joining us a Stamping sensations this month and good luck!

    Francesca x

  39. Such a lovely colourful Christmas card and thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts this month.

    Love all your veg and produce photos too!!


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