Tuesday 14 January 2014

My amazing amaryllis

Do you remember last autumn that I bought myself and my daughter and amaryllis bulb? For many years I have admired these beauties in flower and only then realised that I had missed the opportunity to have one myself. I found a great bulb already potted that you simply "added water to" from M+S. After about 4 weeks this little shoot appeared

and over the following weeks the following occurred on my kitchen window side

until just before Christmas a stake was needed to support my giant stalk
and then the real magic started as the flower heads started to unfold
Below was Christmas day 
and a week later this happened on old year's night.....
 and the very next day on New Year's day this greeted me in the morning....

and eventually I had 4 magnificent trumpets of colour which stayed out for 2 weeks. I left the flowers to die back and as I went to pull them off I noticed that there were 2 more buds. So today I had these 2 bonus flowers to see, isn't nature amazing...and all this for the sum of £5. Good old M+S.
So today's card challenge is all about new beginnings. I made this card  for my SILs parents who have just moved into a new home.  It features a new House Mouse stamp for me which has never yet been inked.
I coloured my stamp using Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. I made an embossed background using a new embossing folder which I then added some Pumice stone DI to the edges.  I die cut the glasses and champagne bottle and used some glitter and mirror card for some extra bling as well as a couple of gems in the corners. The focal die cut is my fave floral oval by Spellbinders.

The New Home sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

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

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge New something
Lili of the Valley anything goes my sentiment stamp is from the For You set 7 circular sentiments set.
Gruffies and Guests anything goes
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
A little bit crafty celebrate
Heck of a challenge New
Die Cut Divas make it glitter
A Creative Romance Something New
Jelly Park New beginnings
Crafting for all season's all things bright and beautiful
Pile it On Celebrations/holidays
Divas by design Let's celebrate
Papertake Weekly New year new stash my stamp and embossing folder are new
Crafty sentiments anything goes

Let's hope that my gorgeous amaryllis is the start of countdown to the spring bulbs flowering in my garden. There are certainly little shoots out there and I cannot wait to see my first pop open. I am hoping my snowdrops may flower this year too.

My daughter and darling Daisy Jane went home today as their Daddy is due home from Singapore tomorrow after 8 days working on a ship out there. Although we have missed him, we had such fun again and I will share some more Daisy adventures soon.  Here is just one peep at my girlie....on her Dan Dan's (Granddad's lap). Oh we had a ball.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Your amaryllis flowers are just beautiful, Jane and as you say, hopefully a sign of things to come!
    Love your sweet Housemouse card and that mouse's cute expression!
    Daisy Jane is a little sweetheart and so alert now, bet you can't wait until her next visit! Hugs, Lisa x

  2. What a beautiful post Jane : )
    Love your gorgeous Amaryllis, the coloring is one of my favorites. So many trumpets and bonus too. I love the timing of the flowers appearing and opening! Nature is really magical indeed.
    Daisy is so precious and growing so fast. Love all her tiny features, do I see blue eyes still?!
    House Mouse card is great, I always love the mice facial expressions.
    Take care Jane, xoRobin

  3. Fab card Jane, cute little house mouse, and lovely colouring, thanks for joining in the fun at Gruffies & Guests, Anne-Marie DT x

  4. They are truly amazing flowers aren't they, apparently when they die back they can spend the summer outside and will re-flower when you bring them in again when the weather gets cooler. I've never tried it though but definitely worth a go.
    Daisy is growing so fast, what a sweetie.
    Happy Tuesday my friend,
    V xxx

  5. What a beautiful amaryllis, dear Jane! Lovely light pink color, my parents always have a deep red one at Christmastime.
    Sounds like a fun 8 days with your girls.
    Very thoughtful card and adorable mouse.

    Happy Tuesday,
    Anne xxx
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  6. wow what a flower beautiful time line photography too, and a super card love the image the colour combo and the champagne and glasses just ace, thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. wow - your amaryllis really is stunning - I haven't grown one for years - must do one next year - I might even buy one each for my girls - they'll love it. Gorgeous card too - wonderful x

  8. Jane - Those flowers are just magical, aren't they? I am always amazed how they just pop out one day and so beautiful! I am your newest follower.


  9. Jane.. that was totally fun watching your flower bloom from start to finish.. awesome! I was happy to see a Daisy Jane pic! It will be fun to watch her grow up! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Wow your amaryllis grew so tall and what beautiful colours. Love your cute card and Daisy looks very comfortable on grandads lap.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

  11. Your flower is stunning. As is your cute as card. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

  12. Love this Jane, fab image and layout.
    Caz x

  13. Jane, I loved reading your post today. I'll start with the card you made. It is so cheery and spring like. I hope it will bring them good times in their new home. It's so pretty it just has to. You picked such a sweet image to go with your champagne bottle and glasses. Nicely done. I would like to invite you to come to my house and place your green thumb on anything I might want to grow. I've never seen an amaryllis grow so beautifully and to bloom on New years day is just a fantastic way to start the new year.
    Now on to that darling baby, she is precious. I'm sure you will miss both of them but I know it must have been terrific to have them with you for a short while. Thanks so much for playing along with us here at House Mouse & Friends this week. Hope to see some more of your beautiful creations very soon. Enjoy your day.

  14. Love the photos and progress of your beautiful amaryllis and your House Mouse card is super cute! Thanks for playing at Jellypark Friends for our New Beginnings challenge!

  15. Fabulous card! thank you so much for joining us at G & G, we hope you will join us again
    Good luck in the draw
    Shaz DT XX

  16. Amazing Amaryllis indeed!
    Thank You for sharing its growth with us, quite magical, isn't it?
    Lovely card and wonderful coloring as well Jane!
    And last but not least, what an adorable picture of your grand daughter, look at these beautiful blue eyes!

    Thank You~

  17. A gorgeous card, love the image and colours. Thank you for joining us at House Mouse Challenge. Marlene GDT

  18. Wow,such stunning pictures of your beautiful amaryllis, I really love that shade the most! And how lovely that you had those surprise extra blooms too :) Lovely card, and little Daisy is looking so cute there...such a happy baby!
    Helen xx

  19. Such a sweet darling baby! And amazing amaryllis - so cool that you have the growth timeline in photos. Very pretty card - love that mouse!

  20. Hi Jane, its always a pleasure to visit your blog with all your lovely artwork but what a bonus to see your gorgeous little Daisy and that stunning amaryllis too. Thanks for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge this week
    Claire xx

  21. Jane what a beautiful card so pretty. Wow the amaryllis is stunning. Cute baby too. Thank you for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons, good luck and we hope to see you again soon. Love Alison xxx

  22. Hello dear Jane,

    What an amazing flower - I don't think I've ever seen one just that color! Lovely hint of pink sort of beauty, just my liking!

    And that sweet girl on the end of the post, fabulous! And she's grown a lot again, isn't she? I can't wait to read more of her news!

    Happy Mid-January!


  23. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey hugs
    Tracy x

  24. Wonderful Amaryllis. Lovely House-Mouse creation with all those lovely details. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Good Luck and please join us again!

  25. Beautiful card....love how you put it together!
    Your Amaryllis is amazing! Love those pictures of how it grew!

  26. Adorable, fun image and card! Thank you for playing along with the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge! Vickie Y, GDT

  27. Hi Jane, your Amaryllis is stunning - I had one many years ago - you've tempted me to get another!!!
    Fabulous colouring for your little Mousie - a gorgeous design and colour scheme - I love the embossing and elements!!!

    Thanks so much for playing with us at House Mouse & Friends Challenge
    Heather xx

  28. Oh my goodness Jane, your amaryllis is amazing and a very pretty colour too!
    Such a gorgeous picture of little Daisy...she really is a darling and looks so content sitting there with her granddad..x
    Love your latest card design...your details always make them extra special.
    Hope you're having a great week,
    Susan x

  29. Hi Jane! Your Amaryllis is amazing and I love that colour! I used to work in Finland in a small shop with garden and flower-shop items. Then I grew these and many other seasonal flowers. It is so fantastic to see them growing! I do hope that means spring count down! Hugs! x Teje
    PS. Kisses to sweet Daisy!

  30. Sweet little card!
    Thanks for playing at CFAS this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  31. What a wonderful post. I loved seeing your Hippeastrum. Your House mouse card is just gorgeous as is your Granddaughter. She looks so sweet. Thank you for playing along with us at Die Cut Divas

  32. Great pictures of your plant, reminds me of Jack in the Beanstalk! Flowers are gorgeous!
    Your card is so cute. Love that stamp and it makes such a cute New Home card! Die cuts and design are wonderful too. And, we can't leave out the star of your post, that Grandbaby is precious!

    Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  33. Your Card is adoralble Jane! Thank you for playing along with us at Gruffies & Guests challenge.

    Silvia DT xx

  34. That flower is beautiful!!!

    Cute Cute baby!!!!

    Love the card - colors are perfect and love the design and details.

    So glad to see you enter the Die Cut Divas' challenge at http://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2014/01/make-it-glitter.html

  35. Hi Jane - just popping back to say thankyou for joining us at crafty sentiments and good luck x

  36. What a pretty new home card you have made. It fits the Gruffies and Guests Challenge well this month of “anything goes”. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Gruffies and Guests Challenge Design Team Member)

  37. Beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at pile it on!! Kimberly DT

  38. This is very pretty Jane, don't see much yellow - it's perfect!

    Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge - good luck!

    Anne x
    Lili of the Valley

  39. love it , loveit, love it, love it,,,,,waht stunning bottle and your die cut is really amazing,,,,,eavery detail here is unique.-

  40. They are always such stunning flowers, sadly, mine came up blind - no flower stem, only leaves :( Never mind, I'll keep it for next year and maybe I'll have a flower then. Lovely card and very, very lovely Daisy :)

  41. Great card. I loved seeing the progress of your Amaryllis as well. Boy, it sure took off and did its thing with gusto.


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