Monday 17 February 2014

After the storm

After the dreadful storm we endured here in the UK on Friday night we have been given some optimism that that may have been the worst of the weather. I wrote this post over a month ago when we hoped the torrential rain was over,  little did we realise that the worst was yet to come. A lot of poor souls still have flooded properties and I just count my lucky stars that we have stayed dry so far. On Saturday afternoon the sun came out and there was a little promise of hopefully sunny days ahead and spring. Despite the rain we have had a mild winter and my bulbs outside are well ahead. This time last year I had nothing in bloom but this year I have snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils swaying in the breeze. On a walk around our local park I snapped this pretty patch.

the ponds looked gorgeous in the late winter sunshine

There is still so much water around and the river is flowing so quickly

When I got home I spied some more crocuses and snowdrops in my front garden

and I also noticed the water drops still hanging from the ivy leaves
and on the leaves of my violas which have braved the winter in a hanging basket.
All this natural beauty inspired me to sit down on Sunday and make a card...incorporating the lilac and blue colours, the joy of mother nature,the raindrops and of course a little bit of magic ;0)
I chose 3 Distress Inks and blended the colours onto some card. I made another stencil this time using my lovely Joanna Sheen Ivy die and stamped through this with more  Distress Ink. I created this ivy border on both side of the card.

I then got busy with my tiny flowers stamp and made lots of little flowers by repeat stamping. I stamped a floral "hedgerow" around my card and  I decided I needed to have a fairy on this card. I also wanted to incorporate the rain drops I had seen on my viola. So here is my little creation....

Here are a few close ups
The fairy stamp is made my Lavinia and the water drops stamp by Ryn.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Winter Wonderland fairies
Artistic stamper use distress
Craft stamper make and take repeat stamping
Stamping sensations wings real or fantasy
ABC challenge F is for flowers, I have multiple flowers in my stamping border
As you like it Inspired by an object my object is the viola flower in the photo above. The reason why it is my favourite object is that I adore flowers and even with rain drops on I think they still look so beautiful. The viola despite being tiny is such a survivor!
Stampin for the weekend flower power
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
Fashionable Stamping build it up
Deep Ocean love is all around

Have a great week everyone, I have also been finishing off my long awaited giveaway projects, stay tuned.....

Let's hope the rain dies down now after that incredible storm. The daylight is certainly lengthening every day, which is a sure sign that the first day of spring is now only 31 days away......I for one can't wait.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. This is a delight Jane, you know how I love fairies not to mention that lovely blend of inks which I had on my Saturday post and often use, the colourway sort of lends itself it fantasy.

    The crocuses are out here as well and bulbs look promising, I never fail be amazed by Nature and how the seasons unfold despite the harsh weather at times.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

    B x

  2. Hey Jane, thanks so much for the email :) Your photos of the flowers are beautiful. I can definitely see where you got your inspiration for the card. You made Water Droplets look really magical.

  3. Snap (again!!) there are some purple crocuses on my blog today too Jane! :) Such pretty little flowers. More rain here today after the lovely sunshine yesterday. :(
    Love your card, pretty colours and I can't believe how real those raindrops look!
    Happy new week my friend,
    V xxx

  4. Lovely card - those raindrops look fabulous! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge!

  5. Absolutely beautiful card. Love the fairy image and the rain drop effect looks stunning!

  6. Hello dear Jane,

    I am so happy to hear that the worst seems to be over - welcome sunny, dry spring! And oh my how green everything looks, just like here in MAY! Thank you sharing these inspiring pictures, and that beautiful card too!

    Happy Monday!


  7. Stunning photos Jane and your card is a piece of work!! You really are one very talented lady. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  8. isn't' nature wonderful and you do photograph it so well, at work today the snowdrops were peeking through and it was like a white carpet. Not sure on WRS being at Ally Pally, as they are now just a retailer and not a seller, so my thoughts are probably not, but then there will be stockists there I would have thought. Your colour blending and image on this beautiful card is quite breath taking, I really should try some of these background effects, got my eye on some mica powders may be they should fall in my bathroom?
    Hugs Kate xx

  9. stunning card Jane - you got that ryn water droplets stamp - thats on my must have list! Love it - photos are beautiful too xx

  10. That is a gorgeous design! I am always impressed with your cards. I'm glad to see sunshine there. Now we're getting rain and flood watches. I think Mother Nature is unhappy. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Hello Jane, Hoping the weather is changing for the better. We saw many scenes of the UK storms on our TV news.
    The spring flowers are wonderful. I love crocus and snowdrops.

    Happy Monday...... Very pretty card!!
    Anne xxx

  12. So sorry Jane .. this little beauty cannot be entered into the Lavinia Challenge as the rules state only Lavinia Stamps to be used... have another go ! worth it for the prize XXXX

  13. What a gorgeous creation, thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations

    Francesca x

  14. Hi Jane! Looks amazingly beautiful! Spring is already there and I do hope you don't get any rain for a long time!
    You card has the same lovely colours as the flowers! x Teje

  15. Thank you for this very beautiful and hopeful post Jane!
    Love your card!!

  16. Beautiful inspiration photos Jane and a gorgeous card as a result of the colours and images you saw. Let's hope the weather starts to warm up and be a bit drier xx

  17. Lovely layered stamping!

    Thanks for joining us at FSC!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  18. I'm SO envious of your flowers. I'm buried in snow. I'll be so glad when I get spring too!

  19. Hi Jane, i too have daffs, crocus and snowdrops in bloom, a lovely sight. You do live in a beautiful part of the country. I've just found you blog via the craft stamper mag challenge. What a lovely card, those raindrops are so effective.
    Gill x 18

  20. Oh my! What GORGEOUS photo's you've shared! Love them! Especially the ones of those beautiful purple flowers .. wowwww! And your creation is so STUNNING .. love it!

    Big Hugs,

  21. Love all your bright spring photos, Jane! Glad you were safe from the floods. I like the pretty colours of your new fairy card, and the water drops are amazing!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xx

  22. Oh my! What a gorgeous card for our wings, fantasy and fiction theme! Love it, especially the colours! Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

  23. Waw looks really pretty. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge. Hugs! MOjca

  24. Wowww it inspired me,,,,,I love the way you do Fairy cards,,,,,,,,,love it, love it,,,, I´ll send some fairy sheets,,,

  25. Such beautiful pictures so spring like and your card is gorgeous with beautiful colours. Thank you for sharing with us over at ABC Challenge. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

  26. Beautiful inky effects, and I love your crocus inspired colours. Gorgeous springtime photos too... Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x

  27. Magical! Really like the color scheme! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge!

  28. Hi Jane, I love the colours you have used on this project. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month.Maddy x

  29. Great card Jane, love the colours! Thank you for playing along this month with the Craft Stamper Blog challenge!

  30. So beautiful Jane, thanks so much for joining us over at PCB and good luck.


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