Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The first cut is the sweetest

As you may have spotted on Monday our sweet furry grandson came to stay at the weekend and he helped me in the garden. I was pleased to give my lawn its first amazing is that smell of freshly mown it takes me back through my whole life...from childhood, right through to present times.

I'm not sure if you could really say that Bear "helped"....
 He did a fair bit of broom chasing....
 and gave no help with the sweeping up.
However who can get cross with the gorgeous boy
and he's rather photogenic isn't he 😍

So my lawn is now neat and tidy and all ready for spring.
I also have a garden of flowers indoors as well as outdoors with these gorgeous flowers my children sent me for Mother's day.
So my card to day had to be something bright and colourful.

The stamped sentiment is Lili of the Valley. I white embossed Tim Holtz' Lady Rose stamps and then added distress inks in a rainbow. The butterflies are Visible Image which I black embossed and fussy cut out. The greenery are Tim Holz greenery Thinlets.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Frilly and Funkie 1/3 count me in....I like the way this birthday sentiment is in days...365 of them!
A Vintage Journey all aboard
Crafty friends B is for mine is butterflies
Crafty Card Makers spring into spring
Simon says stamp Monday things with wings
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Simon says stamp work it Wednesday 1/3 spring
Deep Ocean flowers everywhere
Creative Inspirations 1/3 anything goes
The butterfly challenge R is for repeat/and or the night sky I have gone for repeat and night might have seen my night sky I shared on my last post...there was every colour of the rainbow there that night!

Thanks so much for visiting me and for taking the time to leave your kind comments. Enjoy the last few days of this week. The sunshine has disappeared today but we are promised one more sunny today tomorrow, fingers crossed.  I will be back on Saturday, as goodness me, it will be 1st April and time for my next Country View DT post!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. " Bear2 is gorgeous as is your card - today is dull and wet - I am so looking forward to the sunny days xx

  2. Beautiful and I'm in love with the doggie!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,

  3. Hi Jane, Let me tell you "BEAR" is one good looking dog!! I think Jack and Bear would be fast friends. I also have experience with how helpful pups can be with lawn work and shoveling, truly amazing!
    Do hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, the flowers are fabulous! Once again beautiful sky photos and brilliant card, enjoy the sun tomorrow.

  4. Wonderful photos as usual Jane! Bear is utterly fabulous too. Len cut our grass yesterday and as you say, the first cut is the sweetest! He did make me laugh, we have a partly dead conifer in a huge pot that we really need to replace soon. It's now a jaunty shade of green again - he found a spray can of green paint in the shed! Not the first time he's done that trick - what a boy.

    Love your card, a perfect entry for Mrs A's challenge (and the others of course) and that LOTV sentiment is one of my all time favourites!


    Di xx

  5. Good evening, Jane! I can't wait to give my lawn..well, more of a mossy, grassy, weedy patch of's first cut of the season - though I'll have to order the new mower blade that I've been threatening to buy for the last 18 months! I think I could do a better job with a knife and fork than the last cut!
    Nice to see Bear being a help in the garden - if nothing else, he looks pretty! As does your lovely, inky butterfly card with it's rainbow of colours! Hugs, Lisa xx

  6. Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  7. Love your card the background is wonderful and the butterflies are stunning, thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers, Jac x

  8. I love your tidy yard and that gorgeous granddog! But what really impressed me were those gorgeous floral bouquets your children sent you! Wow!! Great card, too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Well you can't argue with that sentiment. I love it and of course all those beautiful butterflies. I gave the front lawn its first haircut on Sunday. not much in the grass box but as you say its does now look spick and span. I see from the comment above that Len has been up to his old tricks again!! Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Your card is full of spring and it with the ivy growing around the sentiment and the butterflies taking everything in. I love your doggie partner. He is photogenic for sure and he knows it. He deserves a special treat

  11. Nice use of several techniques to create this beautiful card. Lovely background. Thank you sharing with us in our "Spring into Spring" Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
    :) Pam

  12. Bear is gorgeous and obviously loves being out in the garden with you, what a sweetie. Yes we got that first cut in too at the weekend and like you love the smell, it's a real anchor in our lives and your card is fabulous, rocking that kaleidoscope of colours and butterflies. Where would we be without our art and nature? Xxx

  13. Loving those photos of your furry grandie .. he is gorgeous!!
    Your card is stunning Jane. Gorgeous background, fabulous colour mix and who can resist those beautiful butterflies. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. x

  14. You don't need to be able to sweep when you're that handsome!! Beautiful boy. :)
    Pretty flowers and a pretty card to match!!
    A bit greyer here today but still very mild, enjoy the rest of the week my dear before your big day!!
    V x

  15. Back again for my butterfly comment. I love those fussy cut butterflies and I wondered if anyone would pick up on doing a sunset sky for their background. It really does look good. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. What an awesome saying on your card - love it! Wonderful colors and sweet butterflies! Enjoyed my sneak peek of spring at your place! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  17. Where do I start!! I love your card - the colors are fantastic as is the design and sentiment.
    I must say you have the most handsome grandson - I sure wish he belonged to me.
    Your yard looks wonderful and so do all of your gorgeous flowers!
    Sandy xx

  18. We've yet to have our lawn mowed. It's been so wet from all the rain and Phil's been working on weekends so he's tired. Maybe I can get someone to mow it this weekend for me. I need to remember the neighbor that has a landscape business and see if he can do it. The dog is adorable and your flowers are so pretty. I have a couple tulips starting to open up and will need to photograph them tomorrow. Chilly days but a bit of sun which makes us all happy as it's been dreary and rainy far too long. Happy days!

  19. Oh my, how handsome is Bear!...I agree Jane there's nothing like a freshly cut lawn to mark springtime...such pretty flowers too and your card is beautiful as always!
    Wishing you a Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  20. Pretty card, and I love the saying too. Handsome puppy :)

  21. What a helper!! 0-: Your garden is so far ahead of us but we'll catch up. The crocus have cheered up a wet spring. I love your Mother's Day flowers and card!!

    Happy Friday and here's to a special weekend (soon).
    Anne and family xx

  22. Beautiful card, I love the sentiment and the butterflies. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  23. Hello... it’s so lovely to see you have shared one of your lovely cards with us. Thank you for entering your card into our ‘B is for…’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  24. HAHA, it looks to me as though Bear was super helpful!! Your yard is really looking wonderful Jane, the green grass and all the flowers, wow!! Your Mother's Day flowers are just gorgeous, happy belated Mother's Day! Your rainbow card is just stunning, love your ombre rainbow background! The butterflies are so amazing, and the sentiment is fantastic!! Love your sky photos, wow, another rainbow of colours!! hugs :)

  25. Such a beautiful rainbow card Jane! and I love your colourful garden too - Bear looks right at home. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  26. And back again to thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey with your wonderful rainbow card! xx


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