Monday, 30 May 2016

Garden friends

The weather over the weekend has been really was perfect...glorious warm sunny afternoons which we spent in the garden. My Hb and I spend as much time outside at this time of the year and at the weekend eat out lunch and if possible dinner outside ( as well as any tea breaks of course). Daisy and Co came to stay and we enjoyed some R+R in the garden. I have some lovely garden photos which I will share with you very soon.

Whilst we were sitting having lunch recently I spotted a garden friend...a lovely ladybird...on a journey around one of my pots.

 Do you think he/she realised they were going round in circle ;0)
Ladybirds really are our friends in the garden and will keep the greenfly numbers down for us.

I always have my best friend in the garden sweet Billy...
and when it gets too warm in the sun I get the cushion out for the seat..
and he has a snooze.
I have enjoyed making some cards in my studio and the bright sunshine has brought out my glitter embossing powcer. I have seen my first butterflies too and hopefully on a day out will glimpse a dragonfly or 2.

The dragonfly stamp is by Visible Image. The background is glitter embossed using their butterfly stamp. The die cuts are Tim Holtz.

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

Pixie's snippets playground #231 I used tiny snippets of card for my flowers
Simon says stamp Wednesday 4/5 anything goes
Crafty friends 3/3 summer time
Crafting for all seasons 3/3 anything goes
Noor spring flowers
The Craft Barn weekly challenge 2 different papers I created my backing paper myself and used a second to die one of my flowers.
Mod Squad  2/3 use it or lose it  I used embossing powders a lot but I have not used this holographic one for years! I think it will get lots more use now.
Little Claire's 1/3 butterflies
Crafty boots 2/3  butterflies and/or bees

Thanks as always for your kind visits and sweet comments you take the time to leave.

I am back on Wednesday with my first DT post for Country View Challenges as unbelievably it will be 1st June.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a lovely card Jane! I love that you used a dark background with the sparkly butterflies, The flowers and dragonfly really do stand out beautifully!

    It's overcast here today but we did have a few days of glorious weather so should be grateful for that I guess :)


    Di xx

  2. Gorgeous card, love how you have built up the layers and the sparkle is so pretty. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  3. Awesome card have you made with the dragonfly.
    Thank you for joining at LC-design challenge.
    Guest-Designer Dora

  4. Another gorgeous card Jane. I love this embossing technique, and one I have not used in such a long time, it looks great on this dark background. Fab dragonfly image and lovely die cuts. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. This is a great card-love the sparkly butterflies on the black background. Your pussy cat is so sweet looking. Ladybugs are good luck-they are called this because, in the middle ages, aphids came and started eating the crops of the German farmers. they prayed to Mother Mary(she was really big then) and the little red bugs came down and ate the aphids savings the crops...hence their name! :)

  6. what wonderful pictures Jane - and i love your make too. Hope you had a good day today! Hugs rachel x

  7. Love dragonflies and lady bugs, but I really love the Daisy art! Good Grandma :)

  8. What a gorgeous dragonfly! :)
    I love your garden friends especially Billy of course although I don't expect he catches many greenfly! ;)
    It is wonderful being able to spend time outside. I can't believe it's June already!!!
    Have a great week,
    V x

  9. Your card is really dramatic and beautiful. It was fun to see your Lady Bug.. and Billy of course! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Love how even your materials get chosen by the inspiration of nature and the weather around you, great card which looks very dramatic in the colours of it xxx

  11. Love your dragonfly piece, the glittery embossing on the dark background works so well, and your focal dragonfly is floating over the flowers. Lovely!! Great shots of your sweet Billy, just love the one when he's dozing off, so SWEET!!!! Funny about the lady bug going around in circles, ha! They are amazing little creatures! hugs :)

  12. Beautiful, striking card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design this month

  13. Beautiful project. Love your dragonfly. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Mod Squad Challenge.

    Peggy T.
    DT Member

  14. I love when I see ladybirds in our garden, they are so pretty as is your beautifully designed dragonfly card.
    Julie x

  15. Hello Jane

    Your card is beautiful, so delicate and artdeco in my opinion ;)
    Lovely pictures. Glad you had plenty of sunshine!


  16. Hi Jane, I too have a cat named Billy :) Thank you for joining Little Claire in our latest blog challenge using butterflies. xxGaynor LCDT

  17. Fab glittery butterflies against the black - and the flowers look so pretty.
    Alison x

  18. Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons Challenge. Good luck :)
    Hugs, Valentina DT

  19. Beautiful card and beautiful pictures! I have always heard that lady bugs are good luck and now I know why!
    Billy looks almost exactly like my Tom - I have three cats and love them dearly.
    Sandy xx


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