Friday, 24 February 2017

Donkey birthday celebrations

Happy Friday and today is a very special one for me as it is my darling son's birthday. My baby is now 28 years young. We met up in Southampton with his darling GF, our DD, SIL and Daisy last weekend as this weekend he is out partying 😁
We enjoyed a wonderful roast lunch first and then went out for a walk along the River Hamble to walk off the huge roast we enjoyed.
Daisy loves to feed the drove of donkeys who live there (no I'm not smart I had to look up what a group of donkeys is called).
They come walking towards you especially when they see the bag of carrots you have brought. 
 Our son helped Daisy up for a closer view

 they are such sweet gentle creatures...

 there were some very young ones at the fence too
so woolly
and then it was time to walk back to the car
and drive back to our DDs and celebrate with some wicked cake made by our son's GF and cupcakes made by sweet Daisy. Yes they were as good as they looked.

such a perfect family day.

Now that he will have seen it I am sharing his birthday card for my card challenges today.
The stamp is Lili of the Valley which I gold embossed. I used some fab BFG papers I found in a sale, my son adored Roal Dahl's books as a child and the amazing Quentin Blake illustrations. I even made him a golden ticket using a Tim Holtz stamp and die. I used a very grungy textured sheet made with distress sprays to cut out the Noor star die and the golden candle is Marianne. The sentiment is Clearly Besotted.

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

Rubber Dance  2/3 layers
Allsorts anything goes
Happy Little stampers anything goes with a die
Words 2 Craft by celebrations
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge February
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday anything goes

Wishing my darling son the best that life sends his way; may he always hold a golden ticket to the future....Happy Birthday!
Thanks for visiting today on this, the very last Friday in February. Enjoy the weekend ahead and I hope you get some time to Carry on Crafting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Using your scraps to save time

Hello again it's time for my 2nd piece for Country View Challenges where our theme is a time challenge of 30 minutes or less. You can share any handmade craft, it doesn't have to be cards or tags it could even be a knitted item.  There are no limitations to the number of other challenges or the number times you can enter. You can win a £20 voucher too so it's win win in my books! All the details can be seen here. 

My first piece was a shabby chic card which can be seen here where I used lots of "left overs" as my cheats for saving time.

My second piece is another card which again uses a few left over die cuts but this time I have made use of some printed design paper. For speed  I have again used a digi image, which always saves time, as there is no colouring or stamping involved. This lovely image is a Nicecrane  image (whom I was a permanent guest designer for) . Sadly Ignacio is no longer trading.


To save matting the image I just die cut it with my floral frame.
Time taken; 4 minutes.

I matched a sheet of printed design paper and some orange card for matting and cut them to size.
Time taken; 4 minutes



I dug out my stash of "left over" die cuts and dug out some suitable greenery and flowers and an old mdf flower which I had previously painted and added a gold edge to.   This came from a project I made some years ago which I never really liked..so I took it to pieces and saved the elements. 
I also have a pot of left over die cut sentiments 

and I chose this one to link in with the gold edged wooden flower
Time taken; 2 minutes


I wanted a pop of orange  to bring everything together so I just die cut a couple of Cheery Lynn flowers using a scap of card left over from matting.
Time taken; 4 minutes
It was then a case of putting my card together. 
Time taken; 10 minutes.
Here is my finished card;

Below is a close up of the floral spray and my recycled wooden flower. I also added a couple of sequins.

Total time = 22 minutes.

I really hope you can join in with the fun, it just shows how much time you can save by using your scraps. This gives you total justification for never throwing anything away too!

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

Dies R us think spring
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 out of the cold 
Allsorts 2/3 anything goes
Ribbon Girl 1/3 Feb any image

You still have 1 week to enter our challenge, so get your skates on and whip something up in 30 minutes or under.
Meanwhile I am still loving my daffs on my window sill......ahhhhh


Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Sunday, 19 February 2017

The first warmth of the year

Oh what bliss yesterday was, the sun came out and warmed us up for the first time this year. We went out for a walk and saw that the crocuses had burst into life....

a whole carpet of these little beauties.
There are even sticky buds on the Horse Chestnut
 which means the leaves will soon be following.....squeal 😊
When we got home we found that it was 16c in our little sheltered garden.
The pots I planted up in the autumn are looking splendid.

The hellebore I bought last year has come back into flower and wow what a beauty it is.
 There are so many flowers to come.

As it was so warm, out came our canvas chairs and we enjoyed our first cuppa outside this year...
Bliss.

My card today was inspired by the gorgeous crocuses and the thought of spring being on its way.



The bird stamp is Designed by Ryn, such a cool stamp. I stamped it onto card and added some distress inks and a flash of metallic. I then I fussy cut it out. The flower spray, which I white embossed, is an old Noor stamp, sadly long discontinued. These are 2 of my favourite stamps.
I made a distress ink background, lots of layers and drying in between.

My card was made for the following challenges;

Designs by Ryn February customer creation
Creative Moments anything goes
Penny Black and More 3/3 favourite stamp they are both my favourites but if I really had to say 1 then it's the humming bird.
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 out of the cold      
Pixie's Snippets Playground #269/70 I used a snippet of left over watercolour card to stamp my humming bird on.
Rubber Dance 1/3 layers I used my inks to build up layers of colour and also added layers with my fussy cut bird and ribbon.
Sweet Stampin 1/3flowers
Allsorts 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday fantastic florals
Stamping Sensations animal magic

I really hope some sunshine reaches you at some point over the weekend. I know we are not out of winter yet as despite this lovely mild weather, which is set to last into next week, there is talk of snow the week after! How fickle is our weather here in the UK?

Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your Sunday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x