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 cut...how amazing is that smell of freshly mown grass...wow 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 sky....you 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

Monday, 27 March 2017

A mellow yellow Monday

Wow what amazing weather we enjoyed at the weekend.  I have been watching the bulbs sprouting in my pots and my tulips are looking great...the first to bloom was this lovely mellow yellow variety.



followed a couple of days later by these beauties



The eagle eyed of you will have spotted that Bear came for a visit....I'll share some photos later this week. 

My lovely tulips inspired me to go for something cheerful and bright for my Monday Design team inspiration piece for Visible Image today. 
I got out one of my favourite sentiments from the
and used the middle and small sized dragonflies from the 
 I put a circle mask into the centre of my card and repeat stamped the dragonflies using different yellow and oranges from my Distress inks.



You can just make it out in the bottom right larger dragonfly above that I added a wink of stella glitter to the wings.
 I black embossed some extra dragonflies on some inky card and then fussy cut them out.
 I added a wink of Stella glitter and then Glossy Accents for lots of shine and shimmer.

Then it was time to put my card together.
It was very hard to photograph as it is so sparkly IRL!

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

A Vintage Journey all aboard
Noor spring
That's Crafty 3/3 bling it up
Stamping Sensations 2/3 close to nature
Penny Black and More 3/3 anything goes
Uniko spring
Simon says stamp Monday layer it up


Remember that you are most welcome to join Visible Image over on Facebook;

Our friendly Group can be
The main Visible Image page is here; there are weekly stamp giveaways...open world wide!

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

I really hope our sunny weekend turns into a sunny week ahead. The clocks went forward yesterday and it didn't dark until gone 7.30pm...bliss and just look at the sky as I shut my back door....




Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Magnificent magnolia

I am lucky enough to have a magnolia tree in my garden. It was here when we moved in 34 years ago and over the years we have kept it quite contained with an annual severe prune. Despite keeping it pruned, every year I get a magnificent display of flowers. This week I noticed that the flower buds had started to open.

 They are such showy flowers...gorgeous.
As my magnolia was flowering I decided to go in search of the other magnolias I know in my locality. Sadly 1 had been massively pruned this year so had few flowers but another  I I know of looked stunning.

Just look at these beauties.



A neighbour also has a gorgeous camellia in flower.
I also noticed in my garden that the flowering current was also in bloom. What a cheerful sight this is.

This weekend it is Mother's Day so my card today is a Mother's day one I made for Dotty's. I used one of my popular Nicecrane digi images as the focal. My visible image stamped butterfly and gem in the centre of my Cheery Lynn flower die cut add just enough bling to my very vintage scene. The stamped sentiment is Clearly Besotted. I think the backing paper is Craftwork cards...?

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

Pixie's snippets playground #273/274 I used lots of snippets on my card.
Simon says Stamp Monday Layer it up
Simon says Stamp Wednesday more than 1 die I have used 4 here!
Squirrel's not so random challenge spring fever
The Ribbon girl 1/3 any image
Craft Heaven keep calm and love spring
Noor spring
The butterfly challenge R is for repeat/and or the night sky I have gone for repeat...the butterflies are repeated many time on my backing paper.
Crafty Hazelnut's Paper challenge March

Another week is nearly at an end and what a week it has been. After my very sad Monday there was all the trauma yesterday of the terrible terrorist act at Westminster. How my heart goes out to those totally innocent victims and to the brave Policeman who gave his life to protect others.

I am finishing my week off by seeing my darling BF today, Daisy and Co tomorrow for lunch and Saturday; as a belated celebration of my DD's birthday. It will be a wonderful way to end the week on a more positive note and in defiance at those who want to terrorise us here. Life will carry on. Love will conquer hate.

Have a lovely weekend when we get there. Thank you for the really kind comments you left for me on my last post. I so appreciated them.

Back soon.

Bye for now,

Jane x