Monday 23 March 2015

Marching on through March

Wow the weather has certainly taken a step up here and we have enjoyed milder temperatures and daylight. Thanks for all you birthday wishes to my DD on my last post, I passed them on to her. She had a lovely day being spoilt  by her dear Hb.
 This was the gorgeous sunshine in my garden over the weekend and I noticed that my flowering currant has sneaked into must have happened in the last week as the buds were shut tight last weekend.

 I also noticed that my magnolia is starting to open up its buds too. Although this is such a short lasting flowering tree it is one of my favourites and gives me so much pleasure in my tiny garden.

 There is a house near mine which has a much bigger magnolia and I snapped a couple of shots on my way home from work.

When these buds break open fully this will be glorious.

All the trees are budding, these sights make my heart skip a beat. Sticky buds will reveal new horse chestnut leaves very soon...
and the cherry trees are also coming into flower

Inspired by the sunshine and blossoms I reached for one of my Lavinia fairy stamps for today's card. I made the background with some Bister pigments. I will be back with a post on my newest crafting play soon, they are water reactive and are just amazing to play with.  I used blue for the backing card and green and yellow to colour the paper flower which started life completely white. I added some corrugated card behind the flower for some texture

 and a huge yummy shiny gem in the centre. This is so pretty  in real life.

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

Lavinia add some gems
Country view crafts anything goes
Little Claire's Springtime
The Artistic stamper spring is coming
Cute card Thursday spring fever
Fussy and Fancy girlie
Crafty Catz no designer papers
Crafty Card Makers spring has sprung
Crafty boots spring
Fashionable stamping favourite go to stamp I have many favourite stamps but this fairy is one of my favourites when I'm looking for a not too cute fairy image. I think she works well on this card
That's Crafty wings and things
Inspiration Journal spring blooms
Craft stamper take it make it stamp, anything goes
Mixed Media World anything goes

 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Are any of you watching Poldark on a Sunday evening? We only tend to watch TV on Saturday and Sunday evenings and this is BBC at its best. I watched the original Poldark in the 1970s, this version is as good and Aidan Turner as Ross is just delicious ;0) For those of you outside the UK keep an eye out for the series; if you are fans of BBC costume/period dramas you will absolute love it. I also love Cornwall, such beautiful countryside and coast and this shows the area so well. My Hb is not a fan of Downton Abbey, which I also love, but even he agreed that Poldark is very watchable. Roll on next Sunday.......

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a wonderful card,really beautiful and very spring like ;)
    Thanks for joining us at MMW and good luck
    Big hugs
    Donna DT

  2. Blimey, that Magnolia is well on it's way, it's going to look beautiful when it's out! x

  3. It's lovely to see the buds opening, I just noticed my flowering currant had opened up this afternoon!
    Beautiful card Jane the centre of the flower is wonderful! :)
    I haven't been watching Poldark, Mr Selfridge is my Sunday evening entertainment!
    Have a good week my friend,
    V x

  4. Gorgeous design. I love the background and the treatment of the flower. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  5. Gorgeous card Jane! I love your big bloom and the corrugated cardboard is a great way to add texture! Looks like spring is in full gear where you are! hugs :)

  6. Lovely card - I really like the neutral background and the pop of colour from the flower! Thank you for sharing with us at CC&M


  7. Lovely photos of buds and springtime! I'm living it all through you all in the UK!!! Then you can live it through me when we finally get some hints of spring, flowers and birds chirping! Love your card and embellishment! xoRobin

  8. Amazing card Jane, great textures. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  9. Your garden is bursting into life Jane!...It's been lovely to feel some warm sunshine over the weekend. Your new card design is just beautiful and I love Poldark too (and Cornwall ;) )
    Hope you're having a lovely week,
    Susan x

  10. Hello dear Jane,

    How lovely your garden looks! I am just a bit jealous (snow everywhere still), but we are following here, sun shines and snow is melting... Those magnolias looks fantastic, they must be dreamy once all those buds are open. And your card is so pretty again, I love that sparkly gem!

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend!


  11. Oh my, I love Magnolias. They are so pretty. It looks like your spring has come a bit earlier than us. At least most of the snow has disappeared here.

    Thank you for joining our NO pattern papers challenge at Crafty Catz. Good luck and hope to see you back soon!

  12. A beautiful card, gorgeous colours. thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cadmakers and More Challenge. Marlene DT

  13. What a lovely card Jane, very pretty. Thanks for entering the Lavinia Stamps Challenge and good luck. Kx DT member

  14. Love your card Jane and I always enjoy your pictures.
    Thanks also for the recommendation, I love the BBC and most of its shows.
    I will research about Poldark!

  15. I loved all your blooms you photographed! And of course your card is awesome. I'm glad your DD had a wonderful birthday. I wish we could see Poldark! Is it shown in the USA? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. Beautiful card ... love the background! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge ... good luck! Linda XX

  17. Gorgeous..... I love the colours giving the whole distressed feel..... Good Luck and thank you for entering into the Lavinia Challenge..... Marianne DT xxx

  18. Gorgeous garden pics and gorgeous card thanks for sharing at little claire. I am loving Poldark too and he is yummy

  19. I love your gorgeous background and that fairy reaching for the flower and gem!! I'm watching Poldark too - we love it!! Thanks for joining us at Mixed Media World xx

  20. This is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View

  21. Gorgeous card Jane, love the effect you've created. Your garden is looking pretty too,
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time
    Claire xx

  22. Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge

  23. Lovely card - love that fairy silhouette stamp! Thank you for joining in the Fussy & Fancy Friday challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Fussy & Fancy Friday DT

  24. Isn't all this sunshine just glorious! I've been in the garden all Easter holiday so far and feel very organised and ready for the growing season. Roll on summer and BBQ's, or am I getting a bit too ahead now?! Bethx


Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.

To comply with the new Data Protection legislation (GDPR) May 2018 I wish to state that any comments left here are with your consent that your name & comment are visible to anyone who visits my blog and that you accept that your personal information is being used for that specific purpose.

Jane x