Thursday, 14 May 2015

Cast a clout.....the May is out!

The spring bulbs are all but finished now but there is still plenty of spring blossom to see. At the weekend I noticed that the may blossom from the Hawthorne is out, so it's time to embrace the last of the cold weather (hopefully). This is according to the old English proverb "Ne'er cast a clout til May be out" and probably refers to the blossom of the Hawthorn (which was also known as the May tree) rather than the month of May. In other words have the jumpers at the ready until you see May blooming on the Hawthorn tree.

I spied May on our country walk on Sunday with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy. The hedgerows are full of it.
Considering how lethal the thorns are on hawthorn it is such a pretty flower

We saw other gorgeous blossoms too

My darling granddaughter Daisy had such fun on a much joy in this photo
I must start to clear out my spring bulb pots in my garden as they are all finished now. It's time for some summer exciting. I might get the chance at the weekend to get up to the nurseries to choose some.

My card today is inspired by the ancient English proverb and by the countryside. I can never seen a wood or hedgerow without thinking about fairies too.  There are so many glorious colours around at the moment and unusually for me I used the pink cheery blossom as the backing colour for my vintage garden inspired card. I don't grow tea roses in my garden as I don't have the space but I just love them. I still have a passion for fairies (I will never grow up) and Lavinia's stamps are always my go to as they are classic and non cute and work really well with mixed media techniques. They remind me of Margaret Tarrant and Cicily Mary Barker's (flower fairies) wonderful vintage illustrators work.
The background is created with different colours of  Bister misted with water. If  this is a new product to you have a look here to see what fun it is. The stamp is Lavinia which I have embossed in black. I have inked up some bought mulberry roses and added some Cheery Lynn leaves die cuts. I embossed the pink card for extra texture. I distressed everything with Vintage photo DI.

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

Lavinia use pink or blue or both
Cheery Lynn Roses I have used my leaf die cuts
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture. She is such a talented and kind blogger and has a great DT over there.
Simon says stamp Wednesday colour swatch
Stamp and Create May flowers
Our Creative Corner April showers bring May flowers
Country view simply scenic
Fussy and fancy lots of flowers
Sweet stampin spring flowers
Allsorts die cuts- more than 2 I have used 5 leaf die cuts
Crafty boots lace or ribbon
Papertake Weekly in the garden
Craft stamper take it make it take a stamp
Stamping sensations flower power

Although we have had some (very welcome for my garden) rain here this morning it certainly is much warmer so I shall embrace the ancient saying and cast a clout 'cos may is out! Time to dig out the summer sandals and get my toenail painted up ready for the great summer ahead.

Thanks as always for taking the time to visit me. I really appreciated all you wonderful comments on my Bluebell wood post.....I am currently working on something else inspired by that walk and hope to post it here in progress indeed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wooow, Jane, this is stunning! What an amazing fairy vintage garden scene you've created! I adore that Lavinia stamp! Love all the techniques you used there and your fabulous colours! Dreamy background and gorgeous flowers! Awesome card!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge!
    Branka DT x

  2. I have a great fondness for May blossom Jane, we have a beautiful hedgerow of it at the top of one of the paddocks which my Dad planted for us many years ago. Ours is not quite as advances as your photos, but there will be some from my end in a day or two when it's in full bloom.

    A lovely card today with so much inkiness, right up my street. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  3. My favourite Lavinia fairy, and you've shown her off so beautifully! Gorgeous soft colours. Love your blossom photos too. The hawthorns are only just beginning to bloom up here in Scotland. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.


  4. I loved the story about the Hawthorn tree, I'm sure sure we have those around here, but lethal or not, they sure are beautiful!! LOVE your garden project!! Your background is so amazing, I love the effect you achieved with the Bisters (something else we don't have around here, sad face) The fairy gives your garden such a magical feel, and I just love how you built a frame around her! Another stunning garden piece Jane, I just love it!!

    Thank you again for your kind words and all of your support!! I am so happy you have shared this with us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  5. gorgeous
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  6. Beautiful post and card Dear Jane!
    Thank You. I did not know this English proverb ;)
    In French, we have "En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil, en mai, fais ce qu'il te plait"

  7. Hi Jane, I had to laugh when I read the quote, it is my mothers favourite saying! She won't step out of the house without her coat until the blossom falls. I love your card, the colours are beautiful, and how you arranged the flowers for the fairy to gaze into, it's stunning! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner, Jan x

  8. This is so pretty .... the colours are beautiful. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  9. You got some great shots of your Spring flowers! I loved the joy in the photo of Miss Daisy. Good luck on your contest card. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. What a fabulous vintage card Jane, great choice of colours and love your background. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  11. A really beautiful card, fabulous background, lovely flowers and wonderful fairy

    Thanks got joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  12. Gorgeous card - beautiful image and I love your floral arrangement.
    Thanks for playing along at Sweet Stampin' this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  13. Beautiful card.... the colors and layout is so pretty... Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' :)

  14. gorgeous photos Jane I love the white blossom. Your card is beautiful too - wonderful - hugs Rachel x

  15. Oh dear Jane, That little one is so precious, love that photo of sheer joy and excitement going down the slide. Lovely blossoms and so abundant! The hawthorne's are beautiful, I don't think we have them.
    Love your card and all the roses.
    Back to Daisy, aren't grandchildren the best, they bring such happiness and love xoxoxoxo

  16. Jane, this is fabulous card, and I also enjoyed the real flowers and that sweet photo of your grandaughter! Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Good luck!

  17. Wonderful design, to go along with an amazing day! Your pictures are so crisp and clear! Your card is awesome sauce and that fairy stamp is now on my wish list. :) Wonderful use of the distress ink as well and those flowers are splendid! Amazing work here. And I learned so much about these Hawthorns-sweet!

    Thanks so much for joining in our first challenge, "Vintage Garden", at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

  18. Fabulous! Love that background and had never heard of Bisters before. The floral arrangement is beautiful and very original Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

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  20. Gorgeous details and design!Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Inspiration Color Swatch” Challenge!

  21. Jane, your card is gorgeous. Love this colorful background behind the fairy and pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful flower card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  22. Wow, the card is stunning, Jane. The photos and your grand daughter are delightful, they do bring a smile. The English proverb is also lovely, here in Sweden we have a jumper ready even at summer :)

    Thank you so much for playing with Sweet Stampin', hope you'll join our next challenge too.

    Love and hugs

  23. Fabulous card, beautiful colours.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  24. Oh, blossom blossom blossom - my favourite thing in the world - what wonderful photos, Jane, thank you for sharing them. And what a stunning card too - fabulous inky background, and the fairy silhouette is just delicious.
    Alison xx

  25. So magical and pretty, I love how you arranged the flowers so they arch over the fairy - genius!!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute,
    Georgie xx

  26. Hi Jane! Lovely card! Your Bisters background is so fun (we've got a similar product here in the US called Color Bursts)(that I just started experimenting with myself) :) Love your spray of flowers that frame this Fairy-tastic scene! Thank you for joining in my April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge at Our Creative Corner this month!! XOXO-Shari

  27. Very sweet card, amazing background and fab flowers. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  28. What a magical scene this is!! Gorgeous flowers :)
    Thank you so very much for joining our Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  29. Love the bluebells AND the hawthorns. Wonderful to see May in bloom!! Enjoy the warm weather and many walks this late spring//almost summer.

    Happy weekend, Jane!!
    Anne D.T. xxx

  30. beautiful photos as always and stunning creation love silhouettes
    Hugs Kate xx

  31. LOVE the beautiful stamping ! Thanks for joining in the TIMI challenge at the Craft Stamper!
    xxx Ellie xxx

  32. What a gorgeous creation.... I just adore it ..... Thank you for entering the Lavinia Challenge and good Luck..... Marianne DT xxx

  33. Gorgeous blossom pictures, Jane, and such a pretty card too! I can almost hear your little Daisy laughing there......she is having so much fun!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  34. Beautiful background and stunning design, Jane. What a gorgeous card. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  35. Absolutely beautiful, fab colours & design......thanks for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps.
    Barbara xx

  36. another delightful design, and I could steal Daisy away!!!
    Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  37. This is so pretty. Love the background you created to showcase the fairy. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.


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