Thursday, 1 April 2021

The birds and the bees for my birthday

Hello everyone it's 1 April and my birthday too!

It is a biggy for me this I am six.......ty. Gulp how on earth did that happen? Do enjoy a virtual glass of champagne. It's been in the fridge to chill. 

It's my 2nd Lockdown birthday and sadly all the plans we had cannot take place but we are safe and coming out of Lockdown slowly so I am not complaining. Celebrations will have to wait. Our family have still have not celebrated last Christmas together and we have all our pressies unopened so perhaps I can have a 60th Christmas party in the summer! 

Of course being the first of the month I have 2 design team posts today for our new challenges.  First up is my design team post for Country View where our challenge theme for this month is "The birds and the bees". So we would like you to share projects where the focus is on birds and/or bees. 

As always there is a fab £20 voucher up for grabs for one lucky randomly selected winner to spend on the website.  You can find all the details of the challenge and more examples made by my talented teamies here.

So as it is my birthday I decided that I had to make a birds and bees birthday card. 

This is what I got up to. I made a distress ink and oxide background

I stamped my Visible Image Life is beautiful humming bird and the flower from their Create Chaos set onto inky mop up card and cut them out. Next I stamped the birthday sentiment into the corner and some stamping behind the flower ready to add the flower

I added some colouring to the bird
I also stamped him on the card ready to add the cut out one on top. 
 I stamped some extra small birds from the learn to fly again stamp set in the background. 
I also stamped and die cut some bees from my Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set and gave them a little colour.

It was then time to put everything together.

Here is my finished card;
with a couple of close ups. You can see some extra shading and glossy accents added to the bubbles.

and one final shot.

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

We would love to see you join in with our April challenge. 

I hope I may have inspired you to join in with our "birds and the bees" challenge. You can use any stamps/products, the choice is yours. 

You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing from CVC is free on all orders over £7.50! Once again all the details for the April challenge can be found here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe. I will be sharing my 2nd design team project on the 15th.

Back again in a couple of hours!

Bye for now

Jane x


  1. Happy birthday Jane. A great milestone you have reached. May you have the best of everything. That is a beautiful card.

  2. Happy special birthday Jane and I hope you can have as lovely a day as possible! The sun is shining for you! Yesterday I had my second lockdown birthday, only two years behind you and I really don't feel it. Like you, happy to be safe, well, and crafting! Very best wishes x

  3. Gorgeous card, Jane. Many happy wishes for your big birthday...shhh, we won't say the number!

    Jennifer. xx

  4. Happy birthday Jane, I love your card ! That hummingbird is fabulous. Have a happy April! xx

  5. Happy birthday lovely lady and you have created a fabulous card for your special day! :)
    V x

  6. Stunning card Jane - and a very Happy Birthday to you! Hugs rachel xx

  7. A very happy birthday Jane, and what a fabulous card, that hummingbird is stunning! Take care and have a very happy Easter, Sue xx

  8. Happy birthday wishes! I hope you have a wonderful time and celebrating at a later date with your family is something to look forward too, it sounds perfect 😁. Your card is amazing, I love how you stamped and fussy cut the bird, bees and flower to add to your design - so beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration and Happy April! Hugs, Jo

  9. Beautiful card, Jane!!! I love it!!! I hope you enjoyed your Veuve Clicquot!!! Cheers!!! Have a happy April and Easter!!! xx

  10. Your design is so perfect for the theme... Lovely background and both bird and flower stamps are gorgeous!
    Happy Easter Jane! x

  11. Fabulous composition Jane, those fussy cut Bee's really are the icing on the cake.. I hope you had cake for your Birthday to go with the champer's Happy Belated Birthday. Tracey x

  12. Wow! love this Jane. The black stamping on such a pretty background creates such a wonderful contrast. Hugs Debsxx

  13. Fabulous card, fitting to your special birthday! I hope, the pandemic will end soon, so you can celebrate with your family!
    Have a wonderful April
    Evelyn xxx


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