Thursday, 29 January 2015

Last days of January

I'm not sure how it has happened but unbelievable we find ourselves in the last few days of January. It now feels as though Christmas was in the very distant past however weather wise we still firmly in winter. The north of the country has been experiencing a lot of snow but so far here in the south we have had some sleet and very chilly winds but so far no snow.

Today I was treated to lunch by my parents at my favourite garden centre in Knockholt, Kent. I was delighted to see some lovely colours amongst the plants for sale.
 How cheerful the primulas looked

these were a couple of my favourite colours

As we were admiring the display we heard a little fluttering underneath the stand.  We found that we had been joined by this sweet fellow.
I do love robin's they are such confident friendly birds and this one was very fluffed up to keep warm.
I also loved these gorgeous terracotta pots for sale.

...thoughts of summer and strawberries..mmmm..
To remind us that it still is winter I spied some lovely variegated holly and some rich red berries
 and of course some snowdrops...very apt if the snow moves south.
For my challenge card today I was  inspired by the terracotta pots and the sweet robin to make another CAS card. I used a Kraft card base. This time I use a Meljen's bird digi stamp which I coloured with my Promarkers and highlighted with my Primacolor pencils.

I "sewed" around the clouds with a pen and added 2 Clearly Besotted stamped sentiments. 2 gem hearts and some red distress glitter gave a pop of colour just like the tummy of the sweet robin we saw.

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

Meljen team spirit  my colours are of my favourite  football team, England. This is their red and white away kit....the brown represents the mud on their kit!
Pan Pastel Happy birthday
Country View use something new to you my new are the red gem hearts
Cute card Thursday stamping mad
Work it Wednesday from Simon Says stamp show something new these red hearts are new and also CAS is a very new style for me, this is only the 2nd time I have made a CAS card.
As you like it favourite mat or shiney and why I love matt papers and use them most of the time. I think they give a really great depth and base to projects.  I love the kraft card I have used today and just a little bit of glitter really makes it pop.
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more CAS
Passion for Promarkers garden life
NoorUK! with love

I think I may have jinxed the lack of snow here...we have now been forecast some snow overnight in the South East. Hmmm I really hope that the snow does stay away as I am due to have one of my fab Inky days on Saturday with Brenda in Flitwick and I really hope I can get there.

Whatever the weather I hope you all keep snug. Thanks for visiting me here and for all the lovely comments you take the time to leave. Enjoy the weekend when we get there,

Keep warm and carry on crafting,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. We call those Primroses here as when you smell them they have a rose aroma. I love them too. LOVE your little Robin.. how cute! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. a great CAS card Jane and I love your photos - beautiful xx

  3. Super stunning card and such a fun line up of birds
    Thanks for playing along at ATSM
    Sarah x

  4. Hi Sweet Jane, Love seeing the flowers and Teresa is right we call them primrose here, all the same : ) Sweet Robin and I love your card, but especially the snowdrops. I adore them!
    Stay cosy my dear, xoRobin

  5. How TWEET is this! ;) LOVE the fun kraft card base and I adore the lovely image--the sentiments in the clouds are genius, too! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  6. Yes, primroses, as Teresa said!! Lovely and I like all their colors. I wind up buying pansies instead of primroses since the slugs tend to eat my primroses. I have a hard time picking out pansies since I like all the colors, too. Nice card!!! Take care!

  7. Very colourful and uplifting flowers for these strange gloomy days we are having (here anyway). I must go in search of snowdrops at the weekend. The card is gorgeous. S x

  8. Gorgeous colourful photos of the flowers and berries, Jane! And how sweet is that little robin! I think your card is lovely :) wishing you a happy weekend....keep cosy!
    Helen xox

  9. Great post Jane!
    Love your C&S card and that robin is too precious, I wish the American Robins were more like this one
    Thank You~

  10. Sweet faux stitiching, thanks for joining ATSM

  11. A gorgeous card. Love the cute little birds.
    Thanks for joining my 'Garden Life' challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week and Good Luck.
    Lorraine x

  12. Lovely to see the spring flowers, especially this week after all the snow we've had! Such a sweet little ️Robin too. :) Pretty little card as well!
    Have a great weekend my friend,
    V x

  13. hi Jane! precious card, I also adore the flowers and the cute is sooooo cold here, they photos warmed my bones, thanks for sharing! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    add a little glimmer to your life.....sparkle & shine! *~*

  14. What a delightful card, Jane! I love birds! Thanks for joining us at ATSM!

  15. Lovely photos from your trip out, and I just love your krafty card - those birds are adorable!
    Alison xx

  16. Oops... should also have said - thank you for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx

  17. Beautiful photos & great CAS design, Jane. Love the stitched cloud sentiment as well. Thanks for joining the Team Spirit challenge at Meljens Designs this week!

  18. Love those flowers spring isn't far away!


  19. Hi Jane, Loving this garden centre. Could you get to your workshop??!! Hoping your weather stays mild.
    Beautiful card. Happy February!!
    Anne D.T. xx

  20. That does it, I may have to move to England since I'm in the middle of blizzard and really, really wish I could see the flowers too!! I guess I should just console myself that there are flowers somewhere? Super cute card :)

  21. I do like the cute little birds - perfectly CAS card. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

  22. Hello dear Jane,

    How cheerful post! LOVE the flower and little robin, it is so wonderful that you notice and share all these happy things with us! A lovely card too - happy creating, dear friend!


  23. I looove this one Jane...Thanks again for joining us at Pan Pastel UK xxx

  24. How pretty the primulas are Jane...always such a welcome splash of colour at this time of year and the robin is so sweet. I love how you have used the inspiration to create your lovely card. Hope you've had a wonderful start to February...keep warm and cosy!
    Susan x
    P.S I'm dreaming of living in the stunning house in your last post!

  25. Dear Jane, looks like this winter pass very quickly. Your visit to the garden center sounds wonderful! That's always sign of spring. We hope to plant bouqainvillea on the bacg fence this weekend. Big trees had to be cut down so it's no very empty.
    Your NEW card is beautiful! Lovely patchwork.
    Hugs! x Teje

  26. Lovely post Jane, enjoyed looking at your flower pics. Super cute card, love the birdie image and love Kraft card. Thanks for sharing over on AYLI. Carol xx

  27. Great card, Jane. I love the digi and craft! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma


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