Monday, 23 February 2015

Last days of February

With just 28 days in February there are only 5 days left of this month. Although I am amazed at the speed the days race by it does mean we are almost into the month of spring. I am still seeing lots pre spring growth around me and the extra light is bliss.
My beloved ponds are coming alive and the ducks and birds are beginning to nest build and pair up.
We are getting some gorgeous blue skies between the showers.
and I have spotted catkins on the branches.
We also have a special celebration tomorrow as my baby boy is 26. I have just got home from work and I have been busy.....yes it's cake baking time
It's in the oven as I type
and unlike most of the family he likes a lemon cake, so I have added plenty of lemon rind.
I can now juice my bald lemons to the butter cream filling. I must admit I prefer lemon sponge too. We are just having a quiet dinner party with him and Bear tomorrow evening. It's always difficult with mid week birthdays isn't it. On Sunday we will be catching up with the rest of the family at his.

My card today is not his birthday card, as I showed that a while ago. It is a tag I made him, not for his birthday as that is all sorted, but for Easter. I am trying to be super organised as I had some craft time at the weekend and took the opportunity to get ahead.

My tag started off with some Tim Holtz distress ink blending and flicking some water for texture
I added some script stamping and a tree stamp to make a spring scene. As always lots of my background got covered and in fact none of the blue was visible as my textured birdie had come to roost there. My lovely tree stamp is by Visible Image

The numbers 4 and 15 at the side stand for April 2015 ie Easter. The others are just fun but I did also include my lucky number 3 
I bought some new frantage at the weekend as a local craft shop has 50% off. I love this green enamel. 
The leaves are Cheery Lynn, and Marianne.

I made it with some fun challenges in mind and I would like to enter the following;

A Vintage Journey special numbers
Artist Trading Post alphabet soup
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday add a little texture
Simon Says Stamp Monday no rules
Cheery Lynn anything goes
Papertake Weekly bingo my line is the middle horizontal ; die cut, free (twine) glitter (frantage)
Noor! UK spring
Country View Crafts drips and drops
Vintage stamping  bring on those spring colours
Sparkles Monthly one for the boys

OK the cake is nearly baked and I have the lemon butter icing to make next. I am back on Thursday with a Guest Design spot for Rhedd's creative spirit challenge which I won with my Maze Moment last month...a little heads up.... I have altered a Bendick's Mint box and it did turn out rather fun! Do come back and take a peep if you have the time. Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the last few days of February.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awe Happy Birthday to M and I agree lemon cakes are the best!!
    I love the little tag so springlike, its lovely to heading that way! Just this afternoon I starting looking through my Easter/Spring fabrics thinking about my next bunnies. This is my very favourite time of year!
    Have a lovely evening my friend,
    V x

  2. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your "baby" son! :-) I bet he'll be happy with his mother-made lemon cake. Love the tag.. you're such a great artist! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Love this! That enamel just makes that little bird, and that tree stamp is something I am going to look for :-) Hope you had a lovely dinner with your family - that cake sounds fantastic! xx Lynn

  4. beautiful - I love this Jane - absolutely brilliant xx

  5. Gorgeous spring tag! I admire your organisational skills ! Love all the little details of this tag , so much to look at ! Thank you for joining us at the ATP Exchange Toni x

  6. Happy Birthday to your son, Jane! The lemon cake sounds delicious and is a favourite of mine too! Your tag is very sweet and springlike, such clever effects too.
    Wishing you a happy week with lots of spring sunshine.
    Helen xox

  7. A gorgeous tag, love the colours, your tiny birds and that wonderfully textured bird, lovely details, thanks again for joining us at ATP Exchange. Ruth x

  8. Happy Birthday, M and happy walking Miss Daisy. She looks so happy by the seaside. I love this birdy tag, Jane.

    Have a creative last week of February!!
    Anne xx

  9. Love lemon cake one of my favourites. What a great tag , loving the bright colours, your Frantage and mixture of die cut foliage. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

  10. Jane your tag is absolutely gorgeous! The colours and textures are wonderful and the birds are adorable.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  11. I love your tag Jane.
    It is absolutely gorgeous and packed with so much texture, so many details!
    You have captured your theme beautifully once again ;)

  12. Absolutely stunning tag! Love the details of it, and the bird is so pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  13. Lovely Spring tag, Jane. What wonderful vibrant colors. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  14. Hello dear Jane,

    Happy belated b-day wishes to M, I wish you had the greatest time (that cake looks so yummy!)! And wow, your last days of February look so green and springly, all those pretty birds there too, lovely! And a beautiful birdie-tag too!


  15. Beautiful vibraint colored tag. So many details to look at. Thanks for joining us in the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  16. Can't seem to find Frantage in a local shop so will have to resort to buying it online. The green really helps you bird to pop and adds lots of dimension. Fantastic Tag :-) xxx

  17. Gorgeous tag Jane! Wonderful colours and lots of lovely detail to feast the eyes on. Love your photos - I'm sure that's Carshalton Ponds. . . . . . . lived near there for 11years and loved that park and the ponds and the squirrels you could hand feed. Thanks for joining us again at ATP Exchange. Juliax

  18. Hah I see Julia has recognised the ponds, she lives in Suffolk now. Love your tag my friend such beautiful depth of colour and wonderful introduction to Spring. Like you I am loving these lighter evenings and the clocks will spring forward soon too. Yay warmer weather will be on its way.
    Thanks for linking to A Vintage Journey.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  19. Just adore that colour-blended background, and the gorgeous textures on the nest and bird - fabulous tag!
    Alison xx

  20. Such a wonderfully spring feel to your tag Jane - lovely colours and the metallic finish on the bird is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Special Numbers challenge. Jennie

  21. So, so beautiful Jane. I can almost hear Spring singing from this tag. The blend of colours and the addition of the rub ons make this another joy to behold. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  22. Wow, such an amazing card! Thanks for joining us at Sparkles, we hope to see you again soon!

    Love From Rebecca xx

  23. Very belated birthday wishes to M, I hope this year brings him happiness and good health. Where are the days going? It feels like they are speeding by, and I confess that even as an autumn/winter girl I am ready for spring now. Bethx


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