I am really blessed to live in a beautiful part of England, rural Somerset. At this time of the year the whole countryside is bursting with new life. The lambs have been frolicking in the fields for some time now and soon the ewes will be shorn and the lambs will be bigger than them! The hedgerows and field edges are ablaze with patches of colour as the spring flowers emerge from their winter sleep, the ditches and ponds are teeming with tadpoles and water bugs and the trees are stretching out the new leaves as they clothe themselves in their Spring finery. On a sunny day it all looks amazing and even on a dull wet day the beauty shines through everywhere.
Last week Tim and I went for a walk around a nearby National Trust property, Knightshayes. It was a glorious day so we gave the house a miss and just ambled around the garden. Words do not really do justice to the sights so here a few photographs to give you an idea.
And to finish one of the amazing willow statues.
Sparkle N Sprinkle – Friendship Flowers Digital Stamp Set
pastel pink and green card
X-Press It card
Britannia Dies – Small Multiflower Die
Shimmer white paper
Die cutting machine
All the images come from the Friendship Flowers set and I arranged them on an A5 document before printing onto X-Press It card. I coloured everything in with Copic pens then trimmed, matted onto pink card and layered onto green card. I then attached the topper to a A5 card blank.
The flowers are die cut from the shimmer paper, the petals cut with deckle edge scissors, coloured with Copics then formed into chrysanthemum flower heads and attached to the front of the card. I have tried to match them to the flowers in the image.
If you fancy joining us at Path of Positivity this month, it would be lovely to see you, here are the details of the challenge:
Our challenge is Anything Goes with an optional them. This month, in order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see the beauty of nature reflected in your design work. Whether you choose to draw or colour a landscape; focus on flowers; spotlight animals coming out of hibernation and/or the baby animals to follow; concentrate on the birds returning for spring; or even showcase the thawing world around you as the snow melts and the creeks and streams flow once again, it is totally up to you. Just be sure that your project contains some element of nature in a prominent manner. Whatever direction you take the beauty of nature in, we’d love to part of that journey.
If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational. We also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of the beauty of nature if it isn’t readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how the concept of nature’s beauty relates to your creation, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here or in your blogpost. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.
Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some manner. You don’t need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $15 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.
I think that covers it. Thank you for dropping in today. Take care.