Spring in Park Lane

Did you remember to put your clocks forward last night? I have to be very strict with Mr Beez as he has a habit of messing with the clocks long before the moment when they change. Although I enjoy long sunny summer days, the sun is often absent here in the UK and, personally, I prefer dark winter nights accompanied by burning fires and candlelight! Anyway, not only is it the start of British Summer Time it is also the fifth Sunday in the month and therefore we have a week long mini-challenge over at Anything But A Card.Β  You have a week to link up any project that isn’t a card and that links in some way to the number 5. Here’s my DT project:


I know I’ve done little houses before but when I realised that there were exactly 5 cute little houses on my fabulous new Stampotique Β stamp it seemed rude not to use them. I stamped the houses twice before colouring them with Distress Inks. I’ve tried to create an “ombre” effect using blues and pinks. For the blues I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Stormy Skies and Faded Denim. For the rooves I used Picked Raspberry and Mixed Berries and simply adjusted the amount that I used. I pay pieced the rooves and the doors. I decided to reverse the “ombre” for the doors, going from dark to light.

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The base is a piece of driftwood that has been painted with Dylusions paints, then I’ve added some little clay flowers to give a spring type feel. I know they are out of proportion with the houses, but this is a little fantasy piece so I think it’s allowed.


The title comes from a film that I love which starred Dame Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding. Sadly it hasn’t been shown on TV for decades but I managed to secure a copy via Amazon.

I am also sharing this over at City Crafty Challenge Blog for their “Go Ombre” challenge.

Thanks for buzzing by.


Spring in Park Lane — 15 Comments

  1. We changed our clocks forward a few weeks ago and I’m never thrilled. I am not a summer person and prefer the longer dark nights filled with stars and a bright moon rather than the roaring heat of the summer sun and what seems endlessly long days.

    Your houses are adorable and such a sweet project. Perfect as always and thank you for sharing.

    • That makes me ridiculously happy as most people think it very strange so thrilled to find a like minded soul πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my Lisette this is so so lovely. I love these little houses and with these shades you nailed our theme. I LOVE blue so you got me with this gem πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB! it;s good to have you with us again!

  3. Oww, these are soooo cute. I love the colours and those sweet little flowers.

    Dionne xx

    PS Dame Anna Neagle – I am sure you are not that old! I looked it up, it was made in 1948, so I am not surprized it’s not been on TV lately.

    • Thank you Dionne. You can’t beat a good black and white film and they still show others so I don’t know why that one isn’t one of them. There was also Maytime in Mayfair and that doesn’t seem to be available on DVD πŸ™ xx

  4. Well, you get extra points from me for ombre originality, Lisette! Your ombre pink and blue houses are whimsy at its finest and so are all the other elements of your happy little tableau!! Thank you so much for playing in the City Crafter challenge! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Oh, that’s adorable, I always loved your houses, but now it is a whole street, they are cute and whimsical. And yes, my boy took care of all the clocks, so no worries here πŸ™‚

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