Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The trees are in leaf

The recent warm spell has been meant that all the local trees are now in full leaf...so much new growth. New leaves are such a gorgeous shade of green.

or sometimes red, as in the case of the copper beech.
The blossom is still out too
It's almost time for me to go up to the local nurseries and buy my bedding plants. I need to remember not to "Cast a clout til May be out" and the Hawthorne is not yet in flower ;0) I adore fuchsia and although  it's too early to plant any out I thought I would use my new Chocolate Baroque stamp set to make a card with the fuchsia image.

I have been water colouring some images making cards for the Tea Rooms which opens next week.
Here is one, it's such a pretty fuchsia stamp. I coloured it with distress inks.
I made a background with my bark embossing folder and distress paints similar to the one I made my April Tim card. Here is my finished card. The lovely die is by Joy Craft.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #22
Noor spring flowers
Penny Black and More 3/3 anything goes with stamping
Card Mania 2/3 flowers
Deep Ocean 2/3 flowers everywhere
Crafty Friends 1/3  in the garden
Sweet Stampin  2/3 flowers
Artistic Inspiration 1/3 Anything goes/use a die cut
Everybody Art 1/3 flowers
Stamping Sensations 1/3 anything goes

We had some rather welcome rain today, I could not believe how dry my garden was getting. I think the extreme heat of the weekend has settled and we are back to our normal spring temperatures for the next few days. We had a fab time at the weekend, it was steaming and yes that BBQ got fired up too.
This was Daisy Jane making Nanna a "cuppa" in the garden. It was so hot we had to find some shade.... she is so funny..........

 and yes even in 28c she wants to wear her wellies ;0)
and this was the late afternoon sun at the coast
 just bliss.

Thanks for visiting me today and for the kind comments you take the trouble to leave.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A lovely stamp and a great card. Fab pics too! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

  2. Pretty flowers and wonderful card! Thank you for joinig us at Card mania challenge!

  3. Wow what a wonderful array of photos. First off I came to say I love your card, its beautiful, love your watercolouring. Then the other photos are an added pleasure, all that beauty as the warm weather comes along. your granddaughter looks like she is having fun. I too enjoy the company of my grandchildren, I find that I can do with them what I never had time for with my children. Its such a different experience. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I love your fuchsia card.. al also adore them. I've lost all my "hardy" ones I had. I think they look like ballerinas. Precious Daisy.. what a darling. She looks quite a busy little tea maker. And I see she likes to play with water.. of course she does! Give her a hug from her friend across the sea. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Great take on the baroque challenge. I love the colours and how spring has inspired you. I love your pictures because it just shows how much spring is here.

  6. Love all the photos of your locality Jane and the beach ones too. Fuchsias are one of my most favourite flowers too and my hardy ones are all bursting through with new life. Your tearoom cards are going to be a huge success I am sure and your samples look fabulous. Hope you enjoyed your cup of tea from Daisy. Xxx

  7. It is glorious seeing everything burst into leaf isn't it Jane.

    I too love that CB fuchsia stamp and it looks so delicate with the pretty die cut frame, many thanks for sharing it with us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  8. Hi Jane, lovely photographs of both the garden, and your little helper. Thanks for entering the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, your card is lovely, beautifully coloured. Hopefully we will see you back for the next challenge, starting very soon! Judith xx

  9. Ahhh . . . how fun is it to play in the garden as a kid? Lovely photo's.

    Your fuchsia card is VERY pretty indeed.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. Wow, looks so beautiful over there! I just love seeing pics from where you are. Looks like Daisy is taking full advantage of the lovely weather! lol. Beautiful card, your fuchsias are amazing! hugs :)

  11. Gorgeous photos jane and so good to see daisy enjoying the sunshine! Lovely card too ... i love these colours! Hugs rachel x

  12. Hi Jane,

    What a delightful post!
    Love your pretty fuchsia card. I bought a basket of fuchsia last week!
    Lovely pictures too, I could use a little warmth and sunshine . It's nothing but rain and fog!


  13. A gorgeous Fuschia image and beautifully coloured. Thank you for joining us once again at Penny Black and More Jane and good luck in our prize draw.


  14. So nice!
    Thank you for joining Crafty Friends

  15. Lots beautiful pictures to see.
    Beautiful card also!
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

  16. Very nice card.
    Beautiful pictures and cute litlle girl, thank you for sharing!!
    Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    xx Valentina DT team xx
    Tinka's paper wonderlland

  17. Hello dear Jane,

    Your weather (and garden!) is amazing!! Enjoy those beautiful days with Daisy, she is so sweet in her wellies! It's getting green here too, and a little rain yesterday really helped too, it was getting dry here also (I can't believe I just said that, did I just jinxed whole sunny May?).

    Happy crafting, what a beautiful card again!


  18. Pretty card and lovely photos, I am so glad you could join our "in the Garden" challenge at Crafty friends, hugs Blankina

  19. Gorgeous card, love the background, thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends Challenge. xxx

  20. Very pretty flowers Jane, thank you for playing with Sweet Stampin'. Gorgeous photos too, you live in very beautiful surroundings.

    Love and hugs

  21. Daisy is so cute and I know she has completely stolen your heart. I know I have told you at least twice how much I love all of your pictures. How delightful to go to a real Tea Room for tea. And your work is so lovely it is good you have a place to take your cards. Beautiful water coloring. What a perfect spot - a Tea Room!
    Sandy xx
    sandy xx

  22. Thanks for joining Crafty Friends 'In the Garden 'challenge with your lovely card… Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge… Diane Louise (DT) xx

  23. Lovely pretty card. Great colouring and love the background. Good luck with the Challenge, Anne x

  24. Gorgeous fushia beautifully coloured and love all the pics and greenery---Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  25. This is beautiful Jane. A gorgeous flower and design.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK
    Hugs Sharon. x

  26. Lovely card Jane and super photos too.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More May challenge and good luck x Susan x


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