Monday, 31 March 2014

Springing forward

On Saturday night the clocks moved forward and we finally sprung into British Summer time when the days are longer and the nights shorter...bliss. The weather at the weekend was perfect, warm and sunny but with a gentle breeze. It was a perfect time for some more tidying up in the garden.  I  spotted so many signs of new growth in my tiny garden, you can almost hear the sap rising at this time of the year.

 My magnolia has nearly finished flowering and it is now sending out new fresh green leaves

We have bought 2 new cheap folding chairs so that we can enjoy lunch and cups of tea in the garden
and someone else was pleased to see us outside
Yes my sweet Billy
 My later flowering narcissi are smelling sweet and I could even hear the hum of bees getting busy.

All this warm sunshine inspired me to do some spring cleaning...of  my  garden studio
 I teak oiled my work bench all ready for my return, very soon ;0) It's very rare to see my creative space this clear! I shall need to move my cold sensitive stash back in once we are sure that the temperatures are going to stay warm.
It felt so good to dust, clean and hoover everywhere. I can't wait to get back to my outdoor creative space.

Sunday was also Mother's day here in the UK and I received the most gorgeous card presents from my girlie....a photo album of Daisy from birth to now. Yes I did blub...;0) I also had a beautiful bouquet of flowers .We were invited down for the day my my SIL as a surprise and my girlie was said she was thrilled to share her first Mother's Day with her own Mum.  My boy was skiing and sent me a video of him doing a frightening jump...honestly a card would have been far less scary.
I thought it apt to share the card I made for my own dear Mum.

I used one of Ignacio's digi images available here. This is a lovely sheet with several Jessie Wilcox vintage illustrations. I hand made some embossed backgrounds to which I added some distress inks and rubbed on some metallic gilding wax.
I made several of these embossed backgrounds. I have plans for them all. The one I used for my Mum is the 2nd from the right. I also matted the pieces using gold mirror card. 
I also several CL die cuts 
The sentiment is Lili of the Valley from their grunge set which I have coloured with Distress inks

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges some of which finish tonight as we have already reached the very end of March.

Papercrafting Journey anything goes
Pan Pastel UK Metallics
Country View Crafts Paper Chase
Allsorts use those dies
Crafty Hands shabby chic
Crafty Catz anything goes
                         The Squirrel and the Fox Inspired by a book my book is The Summer Book by Ester Freud but my card itself also features a book being read ;0)
                                                         Divas that die cut paper embossing
                                                          Bearly Mine One for the girls
I hope you are all enjoying springing forward, the lighter evenings are so welcome. I have one more spring forward to do in the morning....another year to add to my age.

Have a good week thanks for all the comments you leave me, I so appreciate you all taking the time to do this and I really enjoy reading them.  Also a very warm welcome to my newest followers I hope you enjoy reading the pages of Jane's Journal.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awe isn't it great to have longer evenings Jane, the weather here today was beautiful, washing drying on the line and even Saharan sand on the cars, I love it when that happens!!
    How lovely to share Mothers Day with M, three generations together and what a lovely card for your Mum!
    Happy new week my friend and have a very Happy Birthday tomorrow! :)
    V xxx

  2. Great Mother's Day card. Lovely. This image just makes one remember reading books as a child. Lovely.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  3. A lovely spring post, Jane. Your top picture of the grape hyacinths is especially beautiful. I'm so glad you had a special Mother's Day with your daughter and Daisy and what a gorgeous card you made for your own mum.
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday for tomorrow and a wonderful year ahead!
    Helen xox

  4. Sooo adorble Card Jane,, so vintage style,,,,, I love a lot becuasse it remember my me childhood,,,,,, woww,wowww. I am faaling in love with your embossing papers.

  5. super card Jane and beautiful photographs - really lovely xx

  6. Dear Jane,

    Thank You for a wonderful post!
    Love the photos and your card is so beautiful!
    We change time earlier in March and like you, it always bring me joy and a renewed energy!


  7. A little late commenting Jane, poorly computer so having to beg and borrow till my new one arrives.

    It's lovely to see you at Allsorts this week and with such a stunning card as well, thanks for joining in.

    B x

  8. Happy Birthday, dear Jane,

    Enjoy your special day in that beautiful garden (spectacular flowers!!) with the loved ones! And congratulations for opening the outdoor-crafting season, that is wonderful too, happy days in there!

    Many warm wishes from here, and kisses to Billy-boy!


  9. This is an awesome project! Thanks for joining us in our Metallic challenge at

  10. Happy Birthday Dear Sweet Jane!!!!! Hope it was a delightful day and upcoming year. Happy Mother's Day also, so nice all you lovelies could be together! Fabulous Spring floral pictures, makes my heart sing!! Darling card for your mum! Hope your week is going well and the coming year is just priceless with Daisy in it : ) xoRobin

  11. Happy Birthday to you, dear Jane!! I hope there's some sunshine for your special day. Love these photos of flowers, Billy and the newly opened studio.

    Thanks for sharing your Mother's card.
    Where is your son skiing??

    The postman will visit soon. 0-:
    Happiest birthday and April......
    Anne D.T.
    PlumCreek Studio

  12. Lovely photos of the garden Jane, the flowers are looking gorgeous as is the card for your Mum. Glad you had time with the girls for Mother's day. Thanks for joining in the Paper Chase challenge at Country View Crafts xx

  13. What a beautiful background and a gorgeous image! Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhands, good luck! Xx

  14. Hi Jane, thanks for the lovely pictures.
    Gorgeous card, love the embossed background.
    Lots of creative time at your beautiful craft room.
    Thanks for sharing your card at Allsorts;-))m

  15. very lovely. The embossed backgrounds are fab! Thanks for playing along with the current CraftyHands challenge. Sammy-x

  16. Hi Jane.. loved all your images and your Creative Space is just so wonderful! I know you can't wait to be out there making wonderful things again.

    I'm in Amish country with horses and buggies all over the roads.. it's amazing! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. a beautiful card, sure your Mum loved it, you had me spending money lol, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz

  18. You have a wonderful garden, the pictures are beautiful. Glad you had a wonderful MD and a slight blub at your pressie.

    Beautiful card using metallic gilding wax, am in love with this product it makes your cards stand out :-) x

  19. You have made a very beautiful card and I really love how you made these papers.
    Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Crafty Catz and don't forget to come back on Friday for our new challenge.
    Anna xxx

  20. Fabulous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to you dear Jane!...I hope you had a wonderful day and how special this Mother's Day must have been for you all...x
    Your garden is looking beautiful already in the spring sunshine and it must be lovely to sit in your studio at your (very special) work bench and have a view of your garden and of course, gorgeous, handsome Billy!
    I can just imagine how you felt when you saw your son on video doing the ski jump...Oh my goodness!!
    Love your latest card design...special as always and such pretty colours too..x
    Happy Thursday!
    Susan x

  22. Lovely photos in this post and how exciting to know it's nearly warm enough to get back into your outside space! I nearly forgot about the clock change, I had NO idea it was upon us until I noticed a comment on facebook on the Saturday, I'm sure I'd have picked up on it when using my laptop the next day, but it meant I didn't have time prepare the boys by slowly moving bedtime earlier. What a lovely gift from your daughter, I have a feeling we gave similar to Mum in F's first year. Happy belated Mother's Day to you. Bethx

  23. This is lovely, so sweet.

    Thanks for popping along and joining in the fun over at Crafty Hands.

    Good Luck

    Jo xxx

  24. lovely photos as well as a lovely card. Many thanks for joining the crafty hands challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  25. Gorgeous pictures and fabulous vintage project!
    Thank you so much for linking up over at Pan Pastel UK.
    Tracy xoxo

  26. Gorgous card and such a sweet image. Thanks for joining us at the PCJ challenge xx

  27. Wow what a gorgeous card Jane, such a lovely image and your backgrounds are stunning. Love all the pics of your garden too. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this time
    Claire xx


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