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Monday, 9 April 2012

A Spring Day! Easter Monday 2012

Morning friends!

I hope you have been having a lovely Easter weekend..the weather here has changed this morning, but for the moment at least, the rain is light and quite refreshing! We have spent a lot of time with family, been to a local Outlet Mall and whilst I would love to be staying home to craft today, I think Tom will be restless as with the change in weather, it's not a good gardening day.

When we have been able to relax at the end of the days over the weekend, we have enjoyed spending time in the garden with our hens. Buffy, our 'old gal' is especially liking a cuddle on my lap before bed nowadays. We have also been enjoying the garden birds: this year seems to be much better than of late with the variety...we have a resident pair of blackbirds and robins. This year they have been joined by Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Green Finches, a pair of sparrows and far fewer thrushes than usual.

My favourites are the robins. I often wonder why this tiny little creature, above all our wild garden birds are so trusting of humans. Both male and female readily feed from my hand and don't just land, take the mealworms and go, but hang about and perch! They have built their nest in a large plant pot and are busily feeding their young. I can't help but be mesmerised by them!

Now to of the blogs I follow is Christine Emersons Hope & Chances bog:  (see link on left). You know I love Spellbinders and my Grand Calibur and Christine is the only British Spellbinders Design Team member and for good reason..her  cards, projects and page layouts are so inspirational.

A few weeks ago, she posted some lovely Spring photos and asked her followers to send her a photo of a project that inspired us from looking at them. It wasn't a challenge, just a wonderful way for us to share our creations with Christine and her blog followers. The projects are all on her blog today and are lovely.
This is my contribution...

I made a scrapbook page layout for a change from a card, inspired by our recent visit to Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park. We are lucky to live on the Southern edge of the Cotswolds and this farm isn't too far from us, so we go when we can. But I especially like it during the Spring, when all the young animals are bouncing around in the fields, or you can seen chicks hatch and if you are there at the right time, a lamb being born. This is a truly magical place for all ages. With this in mind, I wanted to create a kind of 'magical' theme to the page, whilst making it fresh and colourful. I used Serif Craft Artist to create the background and Spellbinders did the rest. Original I was going to include a few of my photos, but I think this little lamb says it all!

I also sent a second project, which has been included in the gallery. This is an Easter Egg bag, totally inspired by one of Christine's projects. I bought the egg to give as a present (it's actually a big fat round sheep) at the Cotswold Farm.

This is simply 2 pieces of A4 card joined together and cut to fit the egg and then decorated with ribbon and Spellbinders die-cuts...easy but definitely effective!

 I hope you enjoy the rest of Easter and thanks for visiting my blog!

Carole X


  1. Carole your card is lovely , love that little lamb, there are so many in the fields behind this house and I love watching them.
    Your Easter basket is lovely, I like the colour, and you know I love flowers and yours is great.
    Hope you are still enjoying your Easter break with your family. Hugs Elaine

    1. Thanks Elaine! We had a lovely Easter..hope you did too, Carole X

  2. Hi Carole,
    Well I just had to come by and say hello. Your comment on my new blog was so welcome and so warm, thank you so very much.
    I love your interpretation of Christines pictures of Spring. I like you have craft artist, though till recently I only had the compact version but now with C&C's club offer, I have ordered the free professional version. Can't wait. I do have the original Scrapbook Artist though which has all the tools etc as Craft artist just not the templates for cards, boxes etc, so I think I am going to enjoy playing with it especially for parties etc.
    I hope you have had a lovey Easter weekend. Linda x

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for visiting! I started with Scrapbook Artist too...Craft Artist is good fun, but I just don't get enough time to 'play'' - enjoy! Carole X