Tuesday 7 April 2015

My last birthday celebrations

On Sunday I celebrated my recent birthday with the rest of the family. It really was a special time, surrounded by those closest to me
I know I don't often put photos of me  on my blog but I thought I would share a couple. I think it sums up the happy time I had. Our lunch was delicious and then we came back to our house for party tea and cake made by darling Hb. For those who saw his creation on my previous post yes it was as good as it looks. The lemon flavour was perfect and for his first ever bake it was incredible. I shall have to put my order in for next year. Here I am admiring the fab cake my Hubby made.

My darling granddaughter Daisy Jane runs everywhere now....it's so hard to take a photo with her standing still.

The weather up until Sunday had been disappointing for Easter but as we sat in the restaurant the sun began to peek through and by 4pm it was warm enough to be outside.
 My DD, SIL and Daisy stayed overnight and we enjoyed lunch with them yesterday before they went home.

 Do you think I love this little person just a little ;0)
The sun has continued to shine non stop since and my Hb and I have really enjoyed our time off.

My card today is the one I made my brother for his recent birthday. There are 3 years and 10 days between us and although he left home when he went to uni at the age of 18 I have such fond memories of the childhood we shared. He is a busy university professor and spends a lot of time abroad so I only get to see him once or twice a year. However when we do get together it is as if we never spend a day apart. He was such a good brother and never got tired of my endless games or sitting being made cups of tea with my tea set. I had a Cindy doll and he had Action Man and we would spend hours in the garden creating scenes and playing. 

He was in New Zealand for his recent birthday so I decided to find one of our old photos and make him a card using it.

This is my brother and me in the garden in the 1960s, I would guess I was about 3 and he would have been 6 years old. Don't you love my furry slippers and the protective arm he has around me :0)

This is the card I made him.
I wanted a very spring theme and used distress inks which I blended and then added more through some stencils to create the background.
I die cut a tree using Kraft card and used a text stamp and added some extra highlights with ink.
I used some Kraft corrugated card which I coloured, to mount the photo and I also melted some frantage in the grooves.
The butterfly is another of my T Holtz textured ones which I coloured and added crackle paste to.
I used my favourite quote stamp.
and here is one last close up showing my butterfly
I also added some very relevant remnant rubs.......in those days we really did live life simply and I treasure my childhood memories I shared with him. Life is indeed very precious and time keeps marching on. I am looking forward to catching up with my bro in the summer at my niece's wedding.

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

Crafting Musketeers It's a man's world
Art with heart spring break
Not just cards anything goes
That Craft Place easter/spring
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Try it on Tuesdays they who have wings
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Noor! anything goes
Die cut Divas in the garden
The Artistic stamper flora and fauna
Papertake weekly anything goes
Country View use kraft card
Loves rubberstamps anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Simon says stamp Mondays A is for... altered, I have altered the tree die, the butterfly and even the backing card and card base.
Stamp and Createanything goes

It's back to work tomorrow for me but it is such a bonus that for the first time this year we enjoyed lunch in the garden in the warmth of the sunshine. Billy loves for us to be outside together. He has been helping me spring clean my garden studio ready to get back outside for my crafting.

 We have even had bees buzzing in the bushes and my daffs have been nodding to me.

I have cherished the moment.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Beautiful card! Love the tree and all the details! Such sweet pictures! Carri~Abusybee

  2. awesome card jane - just so beautiful! Love all your pictures too - so very special - thanks for sharing! Hugs rachel x

  3. Oh Jane what a lovely post! I so enjoyed all your photos, especially with little Daisy! You look so happy and pretty in all your photos. So nice that the sun was shining on your family time and celebration! A lot of fun times for a special person!
    Your card is spectacular, a true winner! xoRobin

  4. Fabulous creation with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations. Agnieszka DT

  5. Your card feels so full of wonderful memories. Thank you so much for sharing both the card and your pictures and memories.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  6. I don't think you should wait until next year for another cake from M, now that he has got the hang of it, I think he should keep it up! ;)
    Little Daisy just gets cuter, lovely that you could spend some garden time with her. The weather really has been beautiful this Easter, we had 18 degrees here yesterday!!!
    What a lovely card and tribute to you and your brothers childhood.
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend,
    V x

  7. Beautiful images and beautiful card you've made!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Creative Inspirations!
    Hugs, Barbara GR

  8. Jane Glad you had a Happy Birhday. Lovely pic of you and Little Daisy. Beautiful picture of you and your brother.

  9. A beautiful card with gorgeous elements, and how wonderful to have such fond memories of your childhood. Looks like your birthday was a wondrful celebration! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

  10. You're having a wonderful time lately, a lot to celebrate and memories of a good brother in childhood. I seemed always to annoy my older brother who was 6 1/2 years old and he had a twin, my sister, so I was the irritating "middle" sister. :-) I'm sure he enjoyed the gorgeous card. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Amazing project and lovely photos!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  12. such a wonderful project Jane. Great way to celebrate with your family too. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.
    So pleased to have you join us at Die Cut Divas.

  13. Gorgeous card Jane, love that picture of you and your brother!! Such a wonderful collection of photos today, looks like you had a wonderful birthday! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday for our Wings challenge. big hugs Pamellia DT :)

  14. Gorgeous card Jane thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and More.
    Belated Birthday wishes lovely photos.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  15. Yum! Your birthday cake looks delicious! What a nice husband!
    Thanks for sharing your Easter treats and recent cards---as well as your pics of Daisy. She is really growing up!

    Jane T

  16. Dear jane,

    Thank You so much for sharing pictures of YOU on your celebration!
    Darling Daisy is an absolute carbon copy of yours and you even match, how sweet!
    I enjoyed that beautiful picture of you and your brother. The card you made for him is simply magical.
    You are the memory keeper of your family and such an incredible artist!


  17. So glad you had a good time celebrating your birthday with family. Thanks for sharing some photos of you enjoying your day and granddaughter Daisy! Your card is lovely and good idea. Tonight I took photos of some tulips and an old photo of my mom when she was in her 20s. Mom died last July and this is the first tulip season without her. I always took her tulips from the tulip farm! I think I will frame that photo and give some away....good idea to do a card like you did for your brother's birthday! Hugs!

  18. Wonderful card with a fantastic butterfly! And beautiful picture of you and your brother. Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Mar x

  19. Wonderful composition and depth with your elements and colours. The butterfly looks fabulous too. Thanks for sharing at TIOT. Nikki

  20. Hi Jane! This is GORGEOUS! I am so glad I found your sweet blog. I'd like to invite you to share your wonderful card(s) in our challenges at:

    Really Reasonable Ribbon: Things With Wings (Plus Ribbon)

    Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

    I really hope you will play along. Your art is amazing!

  21. This is beautiful! I love the colors and all the textures! Stunning job! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope you play along with us again soon!

  22. Looks as though your birthday was a special occasion - having a grandchild makes every day special doesn't it! Your brother's card is fabulous, especially with spectacular butterfly! So glad you joined us again at TIOT! Chrisx

  23. Love your special LO , great details and what a pretty picture..
    glad to see you at this weeks challenge at LOves Rubberstamps, please come back soon, Hugs Blankina

  24. Wow, so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  25. Dear Jane,

    I was sure I left a comment on this post already, as I remember seeing your&Daisy's happy faces and that wonderful card you made your brother but the comment is nowhere - oh my, but here it comes now! I really like how you use old photos in your cards, they really tell a story! And that card is so pretty - and so are you both Nana&Daisy!

    Many happy greetings to you all and a big kiss to Miss Daisy!


  26. Fab project Jane. Thanks for joining us at Noor! Design challenge

  27. awww fabulous project such a lovely springtime post

    thank you so much for entering the Spring/Easter Challenge over at That Craft Place

    Hugs Kerrie x
    TCP DT

  28. Very pretty! Love the color combo! Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays!

  29. another great project Jane. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design UK.
    Tracy x

  30. Thank you for entering this months challenge over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog , we love your entry xx

  31. Nice to see you in the photos, Jane :) and another card triumph, again with so much thought and work involved, I'm sure it was very special to receive. Bx

  32. Fabulous Card, love all the textures and springy colors. Thanks for joining us on Art with Heart Challenge.


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