Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Magical summer days

When my daughter and darling Daisy came to stay recently we had a few magical summer days out. One of the days we went to Looseley Gardens near Guildford in Surrey.

Looseley  house is a  beautiful place to visit, but obviously not with an 8 month old baby, so we bought tickets just for the gardens.
It also has a very pleasant cafe which is always important for our days out. The gardens are arranged in "rooms" including vegetables, roses, a white room, water features and lots of gorgeous flowers. I snapped some photos as we wandered around in the hot sunshine.

After lunch in the cafe we laid down our  mat in the shade and sat and rested for a while whilst Daisy played.
Daisy is really just about to crawl..any day now I should think.
It was then time for our precious girl to have a snooze in her buggy so we popped her in and took a pretty walk along the little pathway by the moat where there were countless water lilies and dragonflies

 and of course ice cream had to feature for her Mummy and I ;0)

It really was a magical day out.

My card today has to have a touch of magic about it so it features Lavinia fairy and floral stamps. I really love the lavender stalk, one of my recent buys.  I used lots of summer colours blending together some distress inks. The butterfly die is Joycraft.
Here she is in close up and I finished off my card with some frantage for fairy dust ;0) I thought the effect reminded me of  "A mid summer's night dream"

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

Lavinia stamps summer colours
A little bit crafty It's magic
Crafty boots summer holiday
Crafty Little Fairies summer fun
Little Claire's summertime
Dream Valley Challenges Favourite colour combination I love using this "summer" combo of blues/greens and pinks.
Sweet Stampin Take flight
Pan Pastel UK Summer fun

Thank you all for your kind comments you left on my last post to celebrate my 4th bloggerversary. Do remember that you can enter my giveaway until 9th August..all the details are here
I am meeting my girlies this morning at Winkworth Arboratum in Godalming...the sun is up and I can't wait. We are really making the most of my daughter's maternity leave. My camera is packed ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Beautiful photos Jane, I love the amazing cabbages and the dragonfly, well done on getting that, they don't sit still for very long!
    Goodness there will soon be no stopping Daisy when she gets on the move! Such a cutie. :)
    A very pretty card today, love the colours!
    Enjoy your day with the girlies.
    V x

  2. Oh, what a fabulous day out, you photographs are gorgeous - I can almost here the insects and feel the sunshine on my skin!

    Your card is so pretty, I love the little fairy and your lay out. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Craft Boots Challenges.


  3. Adorable card thank you for showing us at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck. debbiex

  4. Ooh that's beautiful Jane! Love the soft colours and your use of different dies, fab! Thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps, good luck! Xx

  5. Jane those garden pics are gorgeous, what a lovely 'slice of life' from your Summertime. Your card is fabulous and I love the combo of colours, beautifully done hunny. Thanks so much for joining our Dream Valley 'Favourite Colour Combo' challenge. Hope we'll see more of your gorgeous work in future challenges. Hugs, Wends x Dream Valley DT

  6. Hi Jane! Oh my goodness.. that first house is so full of charm and wonder! How I would love to know it's story and see the interior. Daisy fills me with glee with that big smile and happy little face! She's ready to get walking! I am crossing my fingers to win that stunning shell pendant. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Little Daisy is delightful! I could take her home easy!! You have made another fantastic card for our challenge, really beautiful. Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  8. What a lovely day out you had with your girlies. Such a wonderful house and garden, and gorgeous photos...loved the hollyhocks and all the sunny views. Your little Daisy looks so happy :) Your pretty card fits in so well too.
    Helen xox

  9. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely place to spend a day! It is fantastic that the weather is great, and you girls can enjoy time outside! And oh yes, it seems that Daisy is just about start crawling, S just mastered it a few weeks back!

    Have a lovely week!


  10. Your post truly is magical Jane!
    Thank You so much for sharing you beautiful card and your enchanting photos ;)

  11. The house was lovely, too bad you didn't get to go in...another time. I liked the photo of the dragonfly. Good capture there! Thanks for sharing your day out!

  12. oh wow on those cabbages, beautiful water lilies and stunning dragonfly, and think your card showcases some lovely techniques and is fabulous
    hugs Kate xx

  13. Stunning card - I love how you've blended your summer colours, they look so pretty. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  14. What a gorgeous card, love your inking! Thanks for joining us this month at ALBC hugs Susan x

  15. Sneaking a peek while on vacation! Just a beautiful DAY Jane! SO happy for you, xoRobin

  16. Hello Jane- Seeing little Daisy smiling just takes my breath away! Can a baby possibly get any cuter than this? :o)
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics from your latest adventures- I must agree, there is always so much magic happening here, and a little fairy dust does go a long way (even making its way over to the Pacific side)! Congrats on reaching your 4 year bloggerversary! You continue to inspire!

  17. What lovely pictures, and isn't Daisy a little cutie?! I love that smile!!

    Your card is gorgeous, too, love those summery colours! thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  18. Fabulous card and I love the way you have captured the magic of summer. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  19. Gorgeous card Jane, beautiful colours and you've really captured the magic of summer! Lovely pics too, Daisy is adorable.
    Thanks for joining our summer fun challenge at http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/
    Claire xx

  20. Such beautiful pictures Jane, its always a delight to visit :-)
    Such a beautiful magical card you created full of the joys if summer..love it .
    Thank you for joining in over at Pan Pastel UK and good luck!
    Hope you had a grand time with the girls. xxx

  21. Beautiful card - love the colours!
    Thanks for playing at the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge!
    Helen x

  22. Lovely photos, I do like a nice country garden/house visit! Great card as well, I too, like your lavender stamp. Clearly I missed the giveaway, even though you kindly tipped me off about it, but life has been rather all-consuming around here lately, I'm looking forward to when the roller coaster stops and I can get off for a bit. Bethxx


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