Friday 10 January 2014

Water water everywhere

The forecasters are optimistic that the constant rain, which has been falling in bucket loads since just before Christmas, may finally be moving on. Unusually it has even caused severe flooding in the South East of England and some poor souls have been flooded out more that once. We have the River Wandle at the end of our road which fortunately has so many tributaries and culverts that it has not broken its banks. However earlier in the week, on my day off, I took a walk to the High Street and I was amazed to see that the culverts next to my childrens' old primary school is full of fast flowing water. These culverts are usually completely dry with just grass and the last time they flowed with water was in the autumn of 2000.

If you follow the culverts you reach the park where only last September I was gathering conkers, just look at the landscape now. The water is a least 5-6 feet deep here in the middle and possible deeper.

Thank goodness the river has these outlets as there are millions of gallons of extra water flowing here at the moment.
Even the normally mellow water at the ponds is roaring along.

It's quite a spectacle to see and here and I am glad that it is keeping the water away from my road. I really enjoyed my walk and when I got home guess was raining again and this was the view from my kitchen window.
but rather than getting me down I was inspired to make a rainy day card. I was recently sent a fun set of images by Ignacio of Nicecrane designs for making my GD card. He has so many gorgeous designs do have a look at both his shop and blog for inspiration. The sheet I used is called Fascinating Babies and it features some real cute vintage baby images. Have a look at the link here  I chose to use the baby with the umbrella and I also used an amazing stamp which I bought from Designs by Ryn I saw this used on Eileen's blog and had to buy it. I sat looking out at the rain and this is the card I created.

It's a really cool effect isn't it. I used a spare piece of the backing card I made for my #1 Tim card using Pumice stone distress ink which I spritzed with water. The little tag is Lili of the Valley and I added a gold ribbon which was a recent win from the Crafty Ribbons advent blog hop.
Here is a close up....
I just added a dot of white Prismacolor pencil to made the droplets look even more realistic. It's a good job that the baby has an umbrella isn't it.

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

Inky Chicks anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks Bows
Crafty Sentiments New my new is my amazing water drop stamp and ribbon
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Stamping Sensations ribbons, buttons and bows
A Creative Romance something new my new is my water drop stamp and my ribbon
Jelly Park New beginnings my new is my stamp and ribbon
Rhedd and Rosie dots or polka dots there are hundreds of dots within my rain drops
Make it Monday linky party #173

It just shows that whatever the weather there is inspiration all around us even when it rains and rains and rains................ and also talking of water, my darling Daisy Jane has now got a rubber duck for her little bath tub
and even better news my little sweetheart and her Mummy are coming to stay for a few days as her Daddy is working in Singapore until next Wednesday ..lucky us, I can't wait. I also got sent this sweet photo yesterday of her in a new dress.
****Squeal****.....I can't wait for some cuddles. She is 9 weeks old on Monday and now just so alert. She "chatters"constantly with baby babble, she is a delight and such a happy contented soul.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone whatever the weather. I will be enjoying the company of my darling daughter and granddaughter, how lucky I am. I really do feel so blessed.

Take care,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Goodness there has been such an amount of rain, hasn't there. It really is a blessing you have those culverts, unfortunately removing these, doing away with gardens and building on flood plains have caused so much of the problems that have resulted from the heavy rainfall!
    I love those raindrops on your card, they look so real!!
    So lots of Daisy time this weekend then, fantastic!! You know what Jane, I think she looks like her Daddy!
    Have a fun weekend with the girls,
    V xxx

  2. Such a gorgeous card Jane...fantastic photos too...

    Thank you for playing along in our challenge at Rhedd & Rosies...x

  3. Beautiful pictures. Love your card, captures the rain, the detail is wonderful. Nice touch with the bow! Thanks for playing our Bow Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, wonderful job!
    Leanne DT@4 Crafty Chicks

  4. Dear Jane,

    I really wish your weather turns drier soon, and sun starts shining. Those pictures are wonderful, and sweetest Daisy is the best as always! And she's grown so much - and she looks like you, her sweet granma, so much too!!

    Have a lovely weekend, and happy baby-time! My best to Milly!


  5. Love your photos of the park, and that card is very appropriate!

    Enjoy your time with your girlies!


  6. Fabulous card.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT.

  7. Hi Jane, that card is wondrous! I love the water droplets and the cute baby sitting on an ark. Perfect for now.. we're having rain too. I'm so happy that you get to have your DD and DGD with you for the weekend! Have fun! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Hello Jane, neat shots of the rain. I like the one from inside your house the best. Thanks for sending me your lovely take on the weather. You made a beautiful card! Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your family :)

  9. jane - your photos are wonderful as always - I love that water droplet stamp - must get that one - so useful - your card is fabulous! Hugs Rachel x

  10. Fab card, thank you for joining in with Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  11. Hi Jane! Your photos are beautiful, I just hope you don't have too much problems with so much rain. And I do hope the rain stops finally and you get some sunshine to dry everything.
    Most fun card with rain drops.
    Kisses to sweet Daisy! x Teje

  12. Thanks for sharing the rainy days photos. That's a lot of water. Right now in Oregon, where we live it's raining. Heavy winds as well. I'm sitting here, sad I couldn't be at church women's meeting, due to a sore throat, probably the flu that husband and daughter had and people at work. Your card is great, so creative. Stay dry and enjoy your daughter and granddaughter. A week ago Fri, I watched our 2 grandchildren. I always enjoy them. God bless!

  13. Wow fabulous pictures Jane! I live in Blackpool at the moment its not raining lol!Your granddaughter looks a real gem! Fabulous card just perfect for this weather, thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments - Good luck! Susan x

  14. The ponds and Wandle sure do look high, getting fed up with the damp now, but love how you've used it as inspiration for your gorgeous card. As for Daisy, she looks a real poppet. Bring more pics to show me on the 23rd.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  15. looks a little wet across the board on your post, love your photo's your perfectly matched card and of course Daisy Jane a little cute and wet too
    Hugs Kate xx

  16. Some great photos of the water, looks so swollen! and as for that little mite she is beautiful, good enough to gobble up :) I can see where you got your inspiration for your card! which is lovely! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  17. A truly beautiful creation, thank you for joining us for the MIM challenge, good luck. Kerry DT xx

  18. Jane I love your photo's, card, amazing droplet stamp amd super cute Daisy Jane with her rubber duck !! Thanks so much for sharing it all with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

    hugs Diane xx

  19. those drops are AMAZEBALLS!! That is my favorite part of your card! Your vintage image is stellar and I love the tag hanging from the bow.
    Thanks for joining our BOW challenge at 4 crafty chicks this week and hope to see you again!
    Tammy GDT

  20. Beautiful photos Jane. If you didn't say that the culverts are normally dry, I would've thought all that water belonged there. There's a lot of flooding near me too because it rained a lot, the river froze, broke up, the ice jammed, and that made the water back up. Isn't nature awesome? I hope you have a wonderful visit!

  21. Hello Dear Jane,

    Wonderful post.
    I know the rain and all the flooding must be terrible but your ability to find inspiration from it and create this darling card of yours is fantastic!
    Thank You for sharing photos of your pretty neck of the woods, I enjoy them so very much almost as much as I enjoy seeing how big Miss Daisy is getting!

    Thank You~

  22. bonjour google translate is tres magnific!!!!!! :)
    hugs Kate xx

  23. Wonderful photos Jane, thanks for sharing :o) Your card is gorgeous too.
    Thanks for joining us at Jellypark Friends & Good Luck!

  24. Sorry to be so late in commenting. I totally agree with Vivienne's comments. Too many culverts have been removed, etc. ---when the rain pours down;it's causing new problems.
    Hoping things are better in Surrey now, Jane!!
    Lovely baby and umbrella image.

    Here's to warmer and drier days….
    Anne xxx
    PlumCreek Studio

  25. Wonderful card! It's true- we can find inspiration everywhere around us! Thank you for joining our New Beginnings Challenge at Jellypark Friends!

  26. So cuteee,, so cuteee ,so cute card,,,Jane,,,,,,,love these rain drops on the back and the way oyu used my funny image,,,, I am falling in lovw with your photos,,,,my friend,,,,,,so stunning ones,,,,You are Rock,,,,,Jane,

  27. Very nice card Jane - the water drops are fab! We're still very soggy here, I'm looking forward to cooler, dryer weather, we had to collect the kids from school early as the road outside had turned into a river, the photos were all over the kent on-line news (it didn't actually get into school, thank goodness, but the police closed the road from one side, so it was more about how to actually park anywhere near school and them how to get kids to a car without them getting washed away).

    Fingers crossed for your card entry and for some nicer weather!



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