Thursday, 1 March 2018

A lamb or lion of a month?

Hooray it's the first of March of my favourite months of the year with the promise of spring, warm sunshine and lighter days. However March can be fickle with the tail end of winter too. The old saying is "In like a lamb...out like lion, in like a lion out like a lamb"...I wonder if this will be true this year. It certainly seems to be starting like a lion...the "Beast of the East" arrived yesterday and gosh it is so bitterly cold and I woke up to this yesterday.
Billy prefers snow to rain and did venture out for a few moments
his were the only footprints in the garden though.
We have had more snow since and I wonder what I will wake up this morning......

As it is the first of the month it is also time for our next challenge over at Country View.
For March the theme has been chosen by the lovely Sue and she would like to see your "postcard" projects. That mean anything which measures 6" X 4" ( I know I am old school..please don't ask me the metric equivalent!)

You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

You can find all the details for the challenge here.

I have to admit I have never made anything postcard size so this was indeed a challenge for me too! I decided to make a postcard and then me being me mount it on a card base as I wanted something spring like to send to a friend who has been away for a month in Australia, to welcome her home.

This is what I got up to
I blended some spring coloured distress oxides onto my piece of 6" by 4" card and added a some ink through my Tim Holtz wallflower stencil

I stamped a border using the pattern from this PaperArtsy set
I wanted to use the word spring so I dug out the only "spring" stamp set I own and kept the stamping pretty simple.
This is what I made
I added a wink of stella to the butterflies so IRL they are very sparkly.
I then turned added photo corners as a decoration and turned my postcard into the Spring card for my friend. She will open this on her return to the UK this week and I hope it welcomes her home in time for spring.
I would like to enter my postcard card into the following challenges;

Allsorts 2/3 eye spy...something beginning with B..mine is butterfly and blossom and border.
A Inkymess 2/3 anything goes
Shopping our stash 1/3 stencils
Crafty sentiments 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday 1/3 in my garden
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Try it on Tuesday vintage my card is like a vintage 40s postcard, especially the words.

So hopefully by the end of the month, if the saying is true, we will be heading towards some very kind weather and March will go out like a lamb, fingers crossed. I hope so as for the next CVC challenge it will also be my birthday!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A pretty card for our 'I Spy' theme at Allsorts, it's lovely to have you join in again, thank you so much.

    B x

  2. Beautiful work Jane! I am hoping that it is out like a lamb! Certainly is in like a lion. Its freezing here too. My Shadow went out into the snow yesterday - she was very comical indeed! Big hugs rachel xx

  3. Such a pretty postcard...I hope the sentiment comes true, also the lion and lamb saying as well. It's worse than winter here today and it would be an understatement to say I'm sick of it, I'm actually wishing for rain, that's how bad it is!!
    Have a lovely evening my dear,
    V x

  4. No snow here yet but it supposed to come with a vengeance overnight and tomorrow. Your pussy cat seems unsure if she wants to be out there or not:) Love your card because of that background and the little extras plus I like that quote.

  5. it is the wind that is the problem here, so bitter, time to stay in and create. love your card as always it makes me smile and long for Spring. i will go and check out the link thank you xxx keep warm xx

  6. Surely, you're looking forward to Spring!!! Like me :-) Your card is beautiful with fabulous colours!!! Big hugs

  7. The wind is soooo cold! Best to stay indoors and craft, I say! Lovely card to beckon Spring, Jane, the soft colours are so pretty. xx

  8. Thanks for joining us at allsorts x

  9. Your card is really pretty, Jane! I like the spring colors, the flowers and the butterflies. The quote is beautiful too!
    Hugs Evelyn

  10. Beautiful card, Jane, lovely design and gorgeous colours. Only a dusting of snow earlier today, but snowing steadily tonight. Looks like a 'stay in the warm crafting day' tomorrow. xx

  11. Your card is lovely Jane, so soft and gentle - not like the weather! Have a very happy March, Sue xx

  12. Your card makes me look forward to Spring with the warm sunshine and blossoms opening one after another. Stay warm and dry! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Gorgeous card Jane and I love the vintage quote! Thanks bunches for sharing it with us at Try it on Tuesday this time. Hugs!

  14. Fabulous card! Thank you very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    Happy weekend - we have the same odd weather here- but I am sure spring arrives soon!

  15. Great postcard Jane - so pretty!

  16. Bitterly cold here too. We have 5"of snow and still more falling. Your post card is lovely and the colours are perfect for Spring. Your friend is going to notice the difference in the temerature when she gets home . Hugs Mrs A.

  17. I got the same kind of weather. I hope this means we're both getting "out like a lamb" in a couple of weeks. I'm ready for flowers again. Dreamy colors on your card :)

  18. Thank you for sharing your beautiful postcard with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  19. What a gorgeous sponged background for your beautiful stenciled flowers, I love the splatter and the beautiful sentiment.
    Thank you for sharing with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you come and play again soon.

  20. Beautiful Card Jane! Love the spring colors!

  21. This is beautiful Jane! I love these colours and that lovely quote! It reminds me of some of the cards to soldiers in World War 1! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! The only footsteps we saw outside were fox prints which made me happy because we haven't seen him for a while! Hugs,Chrisx

  22. Gorgeous card Jane :-) the colours and whole design of this is so pretty and I love the quote, very lovely :-)

    Fab photos of your garden and little Billy too, aww, his paw prints in the snow melted my heart ;-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  23. Beautiful card Jane. Love the colors and all of the mixed media you added to the card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs Blog. Good Luck! Racquel-DT

  24. Gorgeous card! I absolutely love your stenciling!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Shopping Our Stash! Cyndi, DT

  25. beautoiful card :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  26. Gorgeous card Have a great weekend xx


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