Thursday, 2 April 2015

The first day in April

I had a really good start to April as it was my birthday yesterday. My family and friends know me so well and I was spoilt with messages, emails, cards and pressies. Yes you have spotted among some of my gorgeous pressies a new Samsung Galaxy Tab S, thanks M, even more speedy and useful for my blogging.

Among my lovely cards..............
was this very special one
 yes it was from my darling Daisy, her first hand made card for me with lots of lovely glitter
Her nursery teacher wrote inside and she has made a great effort to copy :0)

M and I went up to lunch in London, more of that in another post, but the food and cocktails were scrumptious
The sun shone for most of the day which was a real blessing as it was so windy. It was definitely more March winds than April showers.

As Easter is fast approaching and we will be celebrating my birthday on Sunday with the rest of the family my card for today's challenges is an Easter card.

I recently won some printed panels from Little Claire's in their last challenge (as well as some other lovely goodies). I used this for my focal image as I thought it perfect for Easter. I used a die cut embossed front and I coloured the flowers with distress inks as well as the sweet Cheery Lynn chick die cut. The sentiment is LOTV

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

Papertake weekly take your pick I have chosen pastels
Try it on Tuesdays they who have wings my little chick has wings
The Emerald Faeries spring flowers/Easter
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Natalie and Amy frame it
Noor! anything goes
Die cut Divas in the garden
Live and Love Crafts signs of spring
Simon Says stamp Monday Pastels
Pan Pastels spring colours

I have one of those very rare Thursdays when I have a day at home...I have a long list of things to do but it does include some crafting time....I may even get out my new crochet exciting. I will certainly not be distracted by the garden as it is raining this morning. Thanks as always for visiting me and if you are now off for a break over the Easter long weekend, have fun.

Time for me to go and make the most of a full day ahead............

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    Happy April! It seems that you had a lovely day, and I cannot wait to hear more of that secret birthday-lunch of yours :) And wow, Daisy is a wonderful artist already (takes after her nana, definitely!), that card is precious!

    Wishing you happy April days, and lovely Easter soon too!


  2. Happy Birhday, Jane!! And wishing you a wonderful year ahead! You received some gorgeous gifts and pretty cards. Your lunch with your hb in London sounds perfect....and how sweet is your card made by little Daisy?? I love your fresh and colourful Easter card today as well.
    Have a great Easter, and enjoy your family celebrations.
    Helen xox

  3. So glad you had a lovely birthday Jane!! So many lovely gifts and cards but definitely Daisy's card takes top prize, she is definitely taking after her Grandmother! :)
    It goes without saying that I adore your card today, such a sweet little image, love it!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebrations my friend,
    V x

  4. Good morning, Jane! What lovely gifts, cards and surprises you got for your birthday, the ultimate being that beautiful handmade card by little Daisy...definitely a crafter in the making (especialy if her Nana has anything to do with it!)
    I have the same crochet book and it is how I taught myself to crochet, so I'm sure you'll love it! I am in the middle of creating my first proper crochet project, a sweet little unicorn for a friend's little girl for Christmas (I am determined I am making my presents this year!) only 2 more legs and a tail and then I have to try and stitch it together and make it resemble something like a horse type creature!!...we'll see!
    I love your simple Easter card using that pretty die cut frame and sweet image! Have a wonderful day off and a fabulous Easter break too - looks like the weather is going to be kind to us. Hugs, Lisa x

  5. Happy Birthday!
    Just Lovely !

    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    Happy Easter

  6. Happiest of Birthdays to you Dear Jane! Lovely gifts and a whole table top of birthday card wishes. Daisy's card is precious and maybe belongs in a frame and on the wall. That's what I did once with one of my treasures from the little girls : )
    Hope your celebration last all week.....enjoy this day too!
    Love your sweet card fashioned for Easter. Happy Easter, xoRobin

  7. Happy Birthday Jane!!!!!!! Looks like you really got lots of birthday wishes there, that's so wonderful! Love your Easter card, the window is just gorgeous! Have a great birthday celebration this weekend! hugs :)

  8. Happy Happy Birthday to you, Jane!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and Daisy's card takes the cake.
    Happy Easter very soon. Enjoy your Thurs. and weekend!!
    Anne and all xx

  9. Such a sweet Easter card Jane and I love how you have shaded your Easter chick. Have a great weekend with your family.
    Julie xx

  10. Hi Jane!

    Happy Birthday!! Daisy’s card is so lovely :o) and I just love that bunny focal image on your Easter card! You did such a great job with the coloring! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

    Simon Says Stamp

  11. Hello my friend.. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to you! We share an April birthday! Have fun on Sunday! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤

  12. Glad you had such a lovely birthday, Jane. I look forward to the photos. Little Daisy's card is so cute, and will be one to treasure for many years. Your Easter card is so pretty too.

    Jennifer. x

  13. Gorgeous. Belated birthday wishes. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

  14. This is a lovely card! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations and have a Happy Easter! xxx

  15. Oh! so sorry I missed your special day Jane!
    Hugs from Paris

  16. I love the Easter bunny peeking out holding a pot with lovely tulips. Such a fun and sweet card.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  17. Hi Jane,
    Happy Belated Birthday! Wow; you did get a lot of cards!
    Very cute Easter card; thanks for sharing with us at LLC & Happy Easter!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  18. This is such a pretty card. Love the aperture on your card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

  19. Hope you've spent a beautiful birthday!!!
    Gorgeous Easter card!!! I just love the bunny and the design!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations Challenge
    Hugs, Barbara GR!

  20. Adorable window card, love the images and colours. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~ Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog
    {Denise's Patch of Creativity}
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}

  21. Happy belated birthday, and how wonderful to receive such lovely cards. Love your Easter card, so cute. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design UK for our Anything Goes challenge and also for entering our Spring challenge at Live and Love Crafts.
    Tracy x

    Owner - Noor Design UK

  22. Can't believe I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday!!! So sorry, but Happy (belated) Birthday all the same, I hope it was a fabulous one (no doubt I'll get around to reading all about it as I catch up on my blog reader list). Daisy's card - super cute! Bethx


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Jane x