Monday, 8 May 2017

May in the garden

After some really dreary days last week the sun finally returned yesterday afternoon and it felt beautifully warm in my sunny back garden. My spring pots are still so pretty and now the tulips have finished I have one final set of bulbs that are flowering together with my pansies.

Even the digitalis is almost in flower....and someone else was basking in the sunshine too.............😺
 Yes cheeky Billy who should not really be sitting on the cover of our outdoors table....but how can you say no to a face like his 😻

I have been spending many creative hours in my garden studio, there is so much inspiration when you are surrounded by Mother Nature and the only sounds are the birds singing their hearts out.

It's Monday again so it's my turn for some Design Team Inspiration over at Visible Image. We are 8 days into our "Express Yourself" challenge over on Facebook. This is our first Facebook challenge. We need to see you using your Visible Image words or quote stamps as the focal on your project. You can make anything at all; cards, tags, 3D objects etc, just make sure that the only stamps that you use are Visible Image ones. You can enter as many times as you like, the only rule is that any stamps you use must be VI.  If you have not joined the friends' group page just click here to join. It would be lovely to see you there. This challenge is open to everyone, world wide. You could be the randomly selected winner of a £40 voucher to spend on the website. Wow just think of all the amazing stamps you could add to your stash.

 Do come over and join us. I will share all the links again at the end of my post.

I have chosen the words from the Love you longer stamp available here 

and made myself a Distress Oxide background.
 I then stamped and embossed the butterflies from the Own kind of beautiful set available here

I used some inky mop up card from my stash and stamped and fussy cut out the butterflies silhouette from the same set. These are my absolute favourite butterfly stamps in the crafting world.

 They always turn out beautifully. I cut off the antennae in the end and used those from the silhouettes below. I added silicon glue for some 3 D dimension and create some butterfly flutter 😊
It was then time to put on my creative hat and put my card together. Here it is;

I love the way the font of the quote looks like old mistyping from a manual really adds to the vintage feel.
I took it down to my shelves at Dotty's Tearooms and it fluttered out the very next day!

Here is a close up
and a close up of the butterflies

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

A Vintage Journey use a quote
Simon Says Stamp Monday the great outdoors
A bit more time to Craft 3/3 anything goes
Happy little stampers May 3/3 watercolouring anything goes
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday a hint of pink
The ribbon girl 1/3 May card challenge
Stamping Sensations 1/3 butterflies, fairies and fantasy

These are all the links for Visible Image

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here and it is where you will find our first themed "Express yourself" would be lovely to see you over there. You can also add work to the "Show and Tell" folder where one randomly chose winner each month win a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image business page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be found.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Enjoy the new week ahead and let's hope that the sunshine remains.

Bye for now

Jane  x


  1. gorgeous photos and a fabulous card.

  2. I'm not surprised it fluttered out of the shop, those butterflies are gorgeous!!!
    Still sunshine here too, its great to be able to be outside and enjoy the garden.....can't help thinking though, when is this all going to seems to good to be true!! :)
    Happy new week my dear,
    V x

  3. The oxide background is amazing. Great with the black butterflies. Nice contrast. Thank you so much for playing along Simon Says Stamp A Hint of Pink Challenge. Gayatri xx

  4. your pics of some beautiful flowers. My great grandmothers favourite was the pansy. Your kitty is a regal his mind:) He is regal though:) I love your card! Love the background and those butterflies are great! I, glad you kept most of the background showing. It is neat how you stamped the butterfly solid and then stamped and fussy cut it out only to place them on it. Now I have Cher's song in my head

  5. What a super Fairy scene you have created and a lovely background as well Jane, like you loving the Oxide's, many thanks for joining our 'Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    Amazed how well ahead your digitalis are, our's are nowhere near that stage yet.

    B x

  6. Your garden flowers are looking beautiful Jane and Billy is obviously enjoying the warmer days, I know my two are. I love the card and how you did the gorgeous butterflies and they sit brilliantly on the Oxides. Thank you so much for my beautiful card and brilliant sentiment, I love it xxx

  7. Lovely pictures of your beautiful flowers Jane. How nice to be crafting in your garden studio and hearing the birds...your designs are so spring inspired and I love those butterflies. Wishing you a sunny week ahead.
    Helen xox

  8. Jane, your garden looks so inviting, and the close ups of your flowers are gorgeous! I love that your pansies are still going strong. Ours are done for the year. What a beautiful card! I love those images and your Oxide background is lovely!

  9. Your flower pictures are gorgeous and so is the background for your card. The background is so beautiful, it could stand alone~ fantastic card!
    Sandy xx

  10. Love your garden flowers and your colorful butterflies! The card is a winner and I'm not surprised it sold instantly! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. We have had some beautiful weather 'out West' recently and I have been making the most of it whenever possible! We spent Sunday barbecuing and playing badminton and darts, then I've been catching a cuppa on the doorstep before starting the day and even chanced a bit of sketching and colouring out there this afternoon...we've had a bit of a keen northerly wind that manages to penetrate even my multiple layers!
    I have to say, I do like the look of these Distress Oxide Inks and they look wonderful on your pretty butterfly card - no wonder it didn't last long on the shelf! Enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts. Hugs, Lisa x

  12. Love your inky background! Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  13. Wonderful! Jane Your Dox background is a beautiful background for your embossed butterflies. The 2d effect gives a lovely feeling of movement.
    Love the quote.
    Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

  14. Pretty creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. I just LOVE that quote stamp Jane - and your butterflies are gorgeous! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

  16. LOVE this beautiful card Jane. The oxide background is utterly fab and your sentiment stamp utterly steals my heart! Love it! Hugs, Wends xoxo


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