Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Last days in July

We really are racing through the year now and in a few days it will be August. July has been a real mixed bag of weather here but there have been some really glorious spells of sunshine and we have enjoyed a family wedding, our wedding anniversary and many other special times. Thank you all for your anniversary wishes for Saturday, we spent a lovely day at Scotney Castle in Kent.

I have lots of projects on the go which I will be finishing off in the next week or so but to say goodbye to July via my camera I thought I would share a few sunny photos taken this month at a garden centre where I had lunch with my Mum and Dad. They were hosting a summer flower exhibition

the flowers were themed according to colours and wow what an explosion of colour there was.
Lavender and pinks

 Blues and whites

and hot oranges and yellows

There is just such an explosion of colour in nature at this time of the year. I even have an amazing dahlia in a pot in my own garden which is similar to the one above. This is mine's called Art Deco and I bought it at the Hampton Park Flower show last year. It over wintered in its pot in my garden.
and this is the agapanthus I also bought. They have bloomed beautifully this year.
It just shows that you don't need anything bigger than a pot to grow some gorgeous colour in your garden. I even snapped a visitor on one of my flowers.
I love this flowers quote from Walter Hagan.

You're only here for a short visit.
Dont' hurry, don't worry
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

I have made a new card for my Etsy shop . It uses one of the wonderful adorable fairies images from Nicecrane from this sheet available here. I adore this set.
I made an inky background with lots of stencilling and stamping and added a Noor Joy frame and some die cuts including my favourite Cheery Lynn leaves and Joanne Sheen ivy.
and I also made a matching gift tag using a spellbinders frame
and decided to put them together as a birthday card and gift tag set
It is for sale via this link

I would like to enter my card (and tag if it is allowed) into the following challenges;

PaperArtsy flowers I just love everything floral!

Mixed Media stencils 

That's Crafty stencils and masks

Creative Inspirations flowers

Noor UK something old something new my new is my birthday ribbon my old are my leave die cuts

Bunny Zoe summer breeze

Try in on Tuesday  hot and wild my colours are hot and my bird and fish are pretty wild!

The artistic stamper  tags

Paper take weekly take your pick I have chosen to include a tag.

Simon Says stamp Mondays no ordinary paper I used mixed media paper so that I could get really inky  with my green backing.

Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes

Cheery Lynn anything goes

I am back again tomorrow with a "puzzling" mixed media piece for this space. Thanks for visiting and enjoy these last days of July.

Remember to smell those flowers................

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. This has really made me think of the flower fairies, and I love the the green you've used.

  2. Oh I always remember to smell the flowers! :)
    What beautiful displays of flowers,I love they way they have been grouped! Love your blooms too and your card and gift tag are gorgeous, that's a nice idea selling them as a little set!
    Enjoy the rest of the week my friend, we had sunshine today, let's hope it hangs around for a while!
    V x

  3. That must have been lovely walking amongst all those beautifully fragranced flowers. Your little garden fairy is adorable. Remember to link up to Cheery Lynn this week Jane, it's Anything Goes.
    Julie x

  4. Wonderful flowers and art! I am thrilled about the whole post! Thank you for sharing with us at TIOT's!
    oxo Susi

  5. Wowwww Janeeee,,,,,loeeeee it this creation,,,,,,waht a a stunning Flower Exhibition,and you did the perfect card withse all die cuts and gree tones,,,,,,love itk love it and the coordinating gift tag is reallly so cute,,,,,,,,you did an excellent work my friend congratulations,

  6. A super set of photos and a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.

  7. Lovely card and very beautiful images! Great photos too. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar

  8. amazing photos Jane - and i love your new card and tag too! hugs rachel x

  9. Lovely creations and amazing photos too of the flowers! Your card and tag are spectacular!! Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Good luck!

  10. So pleased to see you joined in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs. Good luck.
    Julie x

  11. Jane very colorful and cheery card. Love the scene. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  12. Beautiful card and tag Jane! I love the image you chose, it was my favourite when I looked at the image sheet!! Beautiful greens, so lush and perfect for the foliage feel around the little pond in the picture. Those flower photos are really something, isn't nature a glorious thing!! hugs :)

  13. What precious little fairies and a lovely card and tag. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  14. What gorgeous pictures and an amazing project to match! I currently have two dead houseplants and a weed patch in the backyard, so thanks for giving us non-green-thumb people something gorgeous to look at! And the card and tag have so perfectly captured that feeling of nature and beauty and energy. The colors are gorgeous and I love how it has a magical feel to it. You did a brilliant job here and I'm so glad you shared your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  15. Wow! Love your photos! Your card is wonderful - with a little bit of magic too! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  16. Beautiful flower pics Jane, and what a lovely vintage card and tag, the gold frame sets the picture off beautifully.

  17. Gorgeous card Jane, so sweet and pretty. I love all the beautiful photos too.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  18. A wonderful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  19. Lovely card. Thank you for joining in with our Flower challenge over at Creative Inspirations!
    CraftyNatalie {DT}


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