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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Something a little bit different.

Good Evening All.

I have a card to share with you today but it`s a bit different to my usual style. I don`t very often do images that need colouring, mainly because I`m so rubbish at colouring in. Or so I thought.Now I know all this about a good workman never blames his tools but there are times when, if you don`t have the right equipment, the finish isn`t as good as it should be. 
When I first started making cards I bought some Marvy Brush Markers. I have nothing against them at all, I`ve had mine for years and they are still going strong, but they do have very large tips and I find it difficult to stay in the lines sometimes. 
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I finally invested in some Promarkers. I know everyone else has been using them for donkey`s years,  but there was always something else I needed more. I haven`t got that many yet but I have enough to start colouring up some of my old stamps and now I have an excuse to get some new ones Lol.

The girls over on Curtain Call act #49 have given us this inspiration photo.

I`ve had to substitute most of the colours but this is the card I came up with.

I substituted Ivory card stock for Very Vanilla.
The DP panels are from Dovecraft.
I stamped my image which is Skateboard Dude by Woodware, onto white card in black ink.
I substituted Sandstone Promarker for Sahara Sand on his trousers. Poppy for Real Red on his top and Caramel for Soft Suede on his cap and boots.
His skin tones are Ivory and Blush.
I`ve matted the image onto some red card and placed it on the base card using foam pads.
The sentment is by Anita`s and is stamped in black.

With hindsight I think I should have coloured his skateboard in red but it`s too late now.

Thanks for popping in ...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A very worthy cause, a challenge and whoohoo

Good Evening All!

Are you sitting comfortably? This may be a long post so you have been warned!!

The beauty of having a blog and being able to check out other peoples blogs means that every now and again you come across something that is not only a worthy cause but can also make you quite emotional. One of the blogs that I follow regularly is Tosh`s. 
and she was telling us about a fantastic card drive that  Cammie 
is doing on her blog in aid of the carers of Alzheimers sufferers. She has written a very heartfelt piece telling us all about the drive, how to enter and the fantastic companies that have donated blog candy.
Please check out this blog, as you know it is a subject very close to my heart as my Mum is in a care home suffering from this cruel illness. Not only that but the awesome amount of candy that is on offer to the winner made me weep. I cannot explain how emotional it made me to think that all these people care enough to donate the amount they have. 
Cammie can explain it much better than I ever could so please pop over and take a look.

Ofcourse I have made a card and I will be giving it to the staff at Mums care home when I visit on saturday. It occurred to me after reading about the card drive that I`m very quick to post a rant on my blog when things don`t quite go the way I think they should but I`m not very good at letting everyone know how much I appreciate what the care staff do for my mum. They do a fantastic job that I know I couldn`t do myself. I would find it hard to do some of the things they do, for my mum but they`re doing it for people they have only known a short time. Naturally I speak to the staff and go along to assessments and meetings and I always say thank you but this is a way of showing that I really do appreciate them.

This is the card I will be giving the staff on saturday.

I am also entering this card into The Shabby Tea Room Challenge  
which this week is called `Pearls and Pastels` and has this gorgeous bracelet for inspiration.

As soon as I saw the photo I knew I wanted to make a card, I mean, this is so far up my street. It also gave me the oppotunity to make an over the top, all bells and whistles card that I could combine with the card drive.

The actual design of the card is pretty basic but it`s much bigger than I normally make. Although it`s a standard A5 I`ve made it a top fold so I`ve used 2 sheets of card to get the required length.

The DP is Papermania Blueberry Hill. I love the pink roses against the blue background. I also think that the paisley pattern at the lower end is a perfect contrast.
I used my Martha Stewart Doily punch along the rose paper and also added some lace and some baby pink ribbon and a bow.
The sentiment is by Papertrey from the Autumn Abundance set and is stamped in Orchid. I think this sentiment says it all.
I cut out the sentiment with a labels 4 die then cut a frame with 2 sizes of the same die.
I`ve added some flat backed pearls to the frame and along the bottom right corner of the card.
I`ve also added some pink roses to the corner edges of the frame.

I know it`s a bit flambouyant but I`m really pleased with how it`s turned out and it`s just what I was aiming at.

Now for my  `Whoohoo`.
I made `featured stamper` on the Color throw down challenge # 111.
How cool is that!!!
What surprises me most is that I seem to get more recognition for the cards that I`m either not too pleased with or that I have a distinct lack of imagination in. Now what does that say about me? Lol.

Right, well if you`ve got this far you are probably ready for a hot drink or a lie down in a darkened room lol.
Thanks for sticking with me and please don`t forget to visit Cammies blog, thanks...
Lynne xxx

Monday, 27 September 2010

Our Creative Corner

Good Morning All.

It`s yet another dark, wet, miserable morning and to top it off, it`s monday :(
To make my monday a bit more bearable I decided to join in with the girls over on Our Creative Corner  who have a colour challenge for us this week.

This is my interpretation.

I`ve substituted all the colours except for the kraft.
I started with a cream base card.
The dark brown DP is Papermania Boutique Collection matted onto some bright blue card.
The lighter brown DP is also from the Boutique collection and is also matted onto blue card.
The blue floral paper is by Pink Petticoat and is matted onto Kraft card.
I`ve cut a circle using 2 nestie circle dies in kraft to add a bit of interest to the top right corner.
The sentiment is by Flourishes and is stamped in Cyan on white card and is framed with a labels 4 nestie and an oval die in kraft.
I`ve added a bright blue flower from my stash with a brad from American Crafts.

I managed to find the time to put a bit more effort into this one and I`m rather pleased with the result.
Note to self....Take your time and plan !!!!

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 26 September 2010

A Happy Hello!

Me Again!

The girls at the Play Date Cafe have given us another challenging colour combo this week,

Now I actually like pea green and navy together although I`m not sure I would have them as my kitchen colours.And I absolutely know that I couldn`t put up with all that stainless steel, far too much polishing!!!

The challenge for me was putting these colours together onto a card. I had hoped to come up with a masterpiece but as I said before I`m limited, at the moment, to a shortage in the imagination department.

I finally came up with this card.

I don`t know about you, but quite often I know exactly which paper I`m going to use, which stamp and how to use it and after gathering all my bits together, I get creative constipation. No matter which way I move things about, nothing happens.
After sitting with papers and card in hand for about an hour, I gave in and went with the easy option ( again).
Hey ho!

The DP is  Pink Petticoat`s Dots in Pistatio matted onto silver pearlised card.
I stamped my image from Inkadinkado Birds Galore set in clear ink and embossed in silver, onto nabvy card stock.
I added a sentiment from Flourishes also embossed in silver.
I punched a border along one edge with my Fiskars border punch.
I wasn`t sure about the silver ribbon but it looked a bit naked without it.

Right I`m off to try to create that master piece that I`m sure is lurking about somewhere Lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Colour throw down # 111

Happy Sunday All!

I hope the weather where you are is better than it is here. I`m frozen!!! It`s certainly more than autumnal. Cold, wet and miserable. Yuk!

Anyway to cheer us all up the girls at the Colour ThrowDown have given us some very bright cheerful colours to work with this week.
I love all these colours...just not sure if I like them together...

I have to admit to a bit of a struggle and a certain amount of lack of imagination with my card.
This is what I came up with,
I`ve had to substitute all the colours but these are the closest I could find.

I used a white card base. The pink DP is by Papermania ( I think) and is matted onto some bright blue card.
The frame is a little lighter than River Rock. I first ran some card through the Cuttlebug using the Swirls folder.
Then I cut out the frame using a nestie labels 4 die with a nestie oval die inside. The embossed finish gives it some definition I think.
I stamped my sentiment, by Flourishes, in Cyan onto white card and placed the frame over it using foam pads.
I`ve added a bright blue flower from my stash with a Papermainia pink glittered brad.

What should have been a really quick card turned out to be a marathon attempt this weekend. It`s been so busy here. Oh to be one of the idle rich!!!!Lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Mojo Monday # 157

Good Morning All.
And a happy Thursday to you!!!

It`s my youngest daughter, Angie`s birthday on Monday. Now I know that Angie, along with everyone who knows her would describe her as being a NOT girlie girl. So, no pink, flowers or frills for her. This makes life a bit difficult in the card department as the other option is to go slightly masculine. I hope I`ve managed to pull it off.
I decided to follow the  Mojo Monday Sketch 157 

 Here is my card
 I used a DP from Shabby Princess Moody Monday collection matted onto some blue card.
I added some brown ribbon and threaded some star shaped ribbon sliders onto it.
I punched a strip of brown card with a Fiskars punch and scored some lines along it for dimension.
The sentiment is computer generated as I wanted to personalise it with Angies name.
Then I topped it off with a huge gold star that I`ve had for years because she`ll always be my little star.
I`m quite pleased with the result, I hope Angie will be too.

A quick update on Mum. She`s much better now, almost back to normal. She even managed to eat a bacon and egg buttie yesterday so things are looking up. Thank you all so much for your supportive comments and good wishes. They mean the world to me.

Just another piece of idle chit chat...I had a sparrow in the Loft this morning. I have no idea how it got there or how long it had been there but judging by the droppings on the floor it had been a while lol. The hardest part was letting the poor thing out. Every time I went near the window to open it, it dive bombed me. I hadn`t been up long and was still in my dressing gown so I must have looked a pretty sight ducking and diving to avoid being pecked. At one stage I almost put my dressing gown over my head lol. Anyway I managed to open the window and it flew off into the wide blue ( grey) yonder. 
Right, I off to get a bucket of hot soapy water now to clean up the mess my little friend left for me.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Shabby Tea Room # 27

Hello again!

A quick post this time. I think I said enough in my earlier one. lol.

This is the inspiration for this week over on The Shabby Tea Room 
We are asked to make a card or project featuring nature and /or using green.

This is my submission.
A really CAS card this time.
I used the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder to emboss my front panel.
Then I placed it on my card using foam pads.
I stamped 2 different leaves from Papertreys Turning a new leaf set, one in Mint and the other in Forest green.
I added a sentiment from Flourishes before cutting the image out with a nestie labels 4 die.
I placed it quite low down on the card and I am very pleased with the result.

Thanks for popping in ...Lynne xxx

The best laid plans...

Wow, what a weekend!

Sorry folks, Good afternoon all and a happy Sunday.!!!

I`ll explain about my weekend in a mo for those of you that want to read yet another tale of woe. For those of you that simply want to look at another card I`ll start there lol.

This is the colour swatch for the Color Throw Down # 110  

Here is my card ;
I started making this card mid week hoping to do something eleborate and fabulous with it but life took over and I`ve finished up rushing it a bit in time to submit for this weeks challenge.

The gray dotty paper is by Pink Petticoat and is matted onto some silver pearlescent card. This was the closest I could find to a darker gray.
The image is Sweet Peas by Flourishes, coloured with promarkers and cut out with a circle nestie.
I cut a scalloped circle nestie in the silver to use as a border.
I added some Burgundy ribbon along the edge of the card and a large bow.
The sentiment is by Rubbadubbado and cut out with a scalloped circle nestie.

It`s my Mums birthday on Thursday so I`m giving this card to her.

Right then! Are you ready for this? I`ll try to keep it short but I have a feeling it might turn into an essay lol. Get the violins ready!!!

Alan finished the decorating on thursday so I`d planned a big clean up for saturday. I actually woke up at 5.40 on saturday morning so I thought I`d get up and have an early start. This would, hopefully, leave me with loads of time to get in my craft room and play.
By lunch time the kitchen was scrubbed clean, my third load of washing was finished, the rest of the house was dusted, polished and vacuumed and the grocery shopping was done. All I had left to do was the bathroom when the phone rang. It was the home my Mum is in to tell us that Mum had been taken ill and had gone to hospital in an ambulance. They had tried to get hold of Dad but he wasn`t in so I was next call. The conversation went something like this,
Carer... Your Mum went really white and started shaking, then she was sick so I 999 it.
Me... Oh, right so what did the ambulance staff say.
Carer...Nowt really they`ve took her to hospital.
Me... Ok then is anyone with her?
Carer... No but I`ve given them all her information.
Me... Right then , thanks for ringing bye.

Panic set in then. I tried Dads land line and his mobile, couldn`t get a connection on the mobile. Luckily Alan was home to take me because I don`t drive and it would have taken forever on the bus. All the time I was fuming that they hadn`t sent another carer with her in the ambulance.
Mum is now in the latter stages of Alzhiemers and has all the capabilities of a 3 month old. She can`t speak coherently, she can`t feed or dress herself or even go to the loo. On top of that, when she`s stressed or frightened, she screams and fights. Now anyone who knew my Mum before she became ill would tell you that she was the most dignified, ladylike and quiet person in the world. This illness takes all that away from you. Not only that but our health service, wonderful though it is, is just not geared up to cope with dementia patients. And they sent her to hospital on her own. I`m still fuming.
When we arrived at the hospital Mum was still being checked in and fortunetly was out for the count. I had a word with the ambulance crew who said they were worried about no one going with her but they had been assured that I was on my way. Grrr!
After waiting in a cubicle for about an hour Dad arrived so Alan left and then about an hour later a Doctor came to examine Mum. I explained the situation to him and warned him that she might fight him but he was lovely. He listened to her chest and spoke to her in soft soothing tones. He felt her tummy and looked into her eyes. He told us he couldn`t find anything but wanted to X ray her just in case and thought she could possibly have either a chest or water infection.
Half an hour later she was taken for an X ray and then we lost our cubicle. Mum was left in corridor. Obviously there were no chairs in the corridor so Dad, who is 78 and I had  to stand as we still darn`t leave her alone.
We were preparing to wait for hours when the doctor came back to tell us that he was almost certain Mum had a water infection but he didn`t want to keep her in over night. This was a huge relief to both of us as neither of us wanted that. The last time she had to spend time in hospital she only had a drink or food when someone from the family went to visit. Hospital staff tend to put food in front of you and if you don`t eat it they just assume you`re not hungry and take it away. Mum has to be fed and has her drinks in a feeder cup that someone has to hold for her.
Anyway we only had to wait a few more minutes for her prescription and the Doctor had even arranged transport back to the home.
I finally got home just in time to watch X factor and didn`t even get on my computer. I was in bed for 10 pm
Dad rang the home this morning and Mum had had a peaceful night and was resting so she`s obviously still too ill to move about but, fingers crossed she`ll start to get better soon.

Alzhiemers is a cruel disease that not everyone understands until it effects you personally. I, along with most other people always thought it just meant that you lost your short term memory but could remember things from your childhood. It`s not like that at all. Parts of the brain start dying at a very fast rate and it`s not you that forgets but your brain that loses the ability to remember the most basic functions. The first thing Mum lost was the ability to write her name. Gradually she has lost almost everything we take for granted from the day we are born. Eventually, if she doesn`t get a serious infection first, she will lose the ability to swallow and will have to be tube fed. This usually results in patients getting infections that the body cannot fight any longer.
It`s 10 years since Mum was first diagnosed with this illness. I wouldn`t wish it on anyone.

Just one more point. I`m not blaming the carer for sending Mum alone. Apparently it`s the policy of the home and that is what is so annoying. They charge an absolute fortune for social care and the carers do a magnificent job for minimum wage. The majority of them are wonderful people and deserve all the respect they can get.
Rant over.

Thanks for sticking with it...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Curtain Call Act # 47

Good Morning All!

Happy Wednesday, we`re halfway through the week now, roll on the weekend!!!

Stacey has set us an interesting colour combo this week at The Cutain Call Color Challenge 

Some quite dark colours along with muted tones. At first I thought of more masculine cards but then I realised that not all females like frills and ribbons so I`ve kept mine quite unisex.

The dark green DP is by Papermania capsule collection.
The dark brown DP is by Pink Petticoat  and I think it`s called Granny`s Wallpaper.
I`ve layered it onto some bisciut coloured card and punched a border along one edge. I have no Crumb Cake and this was the nearest I could find.
My stamp is Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster. I didn`t have any really dark green ink so I used a brush marker and the huff and puff technique and it`s worked really well.
I cut out my image with a circle nestie and placed it on a scalloped circle in the biscuit card.
I did the same (but smaller) with my sentiment which is by Flourishes.

All in all I`m rather pleased with the result considering I very nearly ran in the opposite direction when I saw the colours lol.

The painting of my kitchen / diner is coming on in leaps and bounds. I have to admit he`s doing a stirling job. Maybe I should leave all the decorating to DH in the future. Yeah, Right.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 13 September 2010

A new challenge.

Good Morning All!

 Well it`s Monday and  the beginning of a new working week. Roll on Saturday is all I can say lol.

I found a new ( to me) challenge the other day and thought I`d give it a whirl. Its called Pals Paper Arts  and they have a lovely colour swatch for us.
Here is my card,
I`m trying to do a bit more paper piecing on my cards at the moment to give them more definition. Let me know if you think it`s working please.

Green DP is by Papermania.
Yellow DP is Pink Petticoat digi paper Flourishes in Daffodil which is quite close to So Saffron.
The image is by Elusive Images Happy Mothers Day set coloured with Promarkers and cut out with a nestie labels 4 die.
I cut another larger label in olive card for a border.
I`ve added some yellow ribbon and a bow.
No sentiment just yet because I haven`t decided who or what it`s for.

Right I`ve got to get ready for the daily toil now, thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Yep, it`s me again!

I`m back!
with my 3rd ( and last) post of the day.
I mentioned earlier that I might pop back with a Christmas card. Well here it is.
  The design is based on a card by Andrea which I cased shamlessly. You can find her original and beautiful card HERE.
I think I went a bit over the top with the blue and maybe should have put a contrast with it but it`s done now and I do quite like it.
The DP are both from Elusive Images Artilicious Christmas Greetings CD.
The sentiment stamp is also by EI and is embossed in detail silver.
I`ve added a frame made with nestie labels 4 dies and placed it over the sentiment.
Then I just added some ready made snowflakes, a couple of plain gems to some and some silver ribbon.

Alan`s painting the kitchen and dining room today so I`m hiding in my craft room. As I usually do the decorating I do tend to interfere a bit and tell him how I would do it so I think it`s best for both of us if I stay out of the way. I did sneak down earlier to throw a quick meal together and he`d sandpapered all the woodwork and left the living room door open. All the cleaning I did yesterday is now 1/2 an inch deep in dust but I was a good wife, I bit my tongue and didn`t say a word.  ( Took some doing though) Lol.
He`s got the whole week off so I might be spending even more time locked away in the loft hee hee!

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Picture Perfect Creations # 29

Back Again Already!

 This is the colour swatch from Picture Perfect Creations for this week. Now if I struggled a bit with my last post I almost gave up with this one. As you know I love orange and yellow. They are my favourite colours, bright, sunny and make me think of warm spring days. But put them together and they`re a bit garish.
In the end I came up with this card that I have to admit is not one of my better efforts. I promise to try harder in the future ( Sounds like my old school reports...Must try harder..)

The card speaks for itself really. Yellow card run through Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and punched along the bottom with scallop punch.
Orange card also punched with scallop punch and placed under bottom edge of yellow.
A piece of orange ribbon along top edge.
The flower though is it`s saving grace IMO.
I made the flower using tissue paper and a scalloped circle nestie die BUT the tissue paper is what my new Flourishes stamps came wrapped in. It`s a lovely touch to think the girls at Flourishes value their stamps enough to wrap them and even better when you can be frugal and reuse it in this way. I finished the flower off with a Pearl Brad from American Crafts.
The sentiment is by Elusive Images and is stamped in Bright Blue.

I think thats me done for today but I might be back later with a Christmas card.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

The Color Throwdown Challenge # 109

Happy Sunday Everyone!

One of the reasons I started doing challenges, particularly colour challenges, is because they give you a chance to use colours that you would normally not put together. Sometimes this is a good thing but quite often they are almost too challenging.
When I first saw this swatch from The Color Throwdown girls I thought, WOW, nice bright colours, can`t go wrong. I actually struggled a bit. It would have been perfect if I had lots of cute stamps but as I haven`t I`ve had to go back to one of my new favourites.
This is what I came up with.

The backing paper is Pink Petticoat Dots in pistachio.
I really need a large scallop punch but as I haven`t got one I used a Glitter Girls score board for my scalloped edge and cut it out with scissors. Not the neatest edge in the world, sorry.
I then used my medium sized Chrysanthemum stamps from Waltzing Mouse ( again) and stamped them in the other colours, hot pink, bright blue and bright yellow. Then cut each one out with a nestie circle die.
The sentiment is by Flourishes Tag Lines and also stamped in hot pink and cut out with a circle die.

Back soon with another post. Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 11 September 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 46

Good Afternoon and a Happy Saturday to You All!

The girls at The Play Date Cafe have given us a colour splash this week.
Which means we are to use Black & White with a splash of Pink, Copper or Gold. Naturally I went with pink.
For once this card turned out exactly how I imagined it would. I don`t think that`s ever happened to me before !!!

I stamped up a background stamp from Elusive Images Damask Delights set in black and heat embossed it to give it some depth.
I matted that onto some Hot Pink card and cut leaving a small border.
I`ve added 2 small heartshaped pink gems.
The sentment is from Flourishes Tag Lines stamped in pink.
And that`s it, no frills, no ribbons and no bows. Just a quick simple card.

Right I`m off to challenge myself with some more challenges. See you later.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Shabby Tea Room #26 `Tag You`re It`

Good Morning All!

And a happy Thursday to you all.

The girls over at The Shabby Tea Room   have given us a really easy challenge this week. Our instructions are to make a card or project using a tag, hence the name " Tag You`re It ".

This is my submission.

I`ve gone with pale pastel colours on this one as a change from some of the bright colours I`ve used recently.
I`ve also used my favourite Flourishes stamp again. Before I go any further can I just give some thanks to the girls over at Flourishes for the fantastic service they give. I ordered 2 sets of stamps from them on the 27th August. The price, including postage was less than £25 and they arrived on tuesday 7th September. In my opinion you can`t get better than that. I`ve waited longer for things from the UK so to receive them so quickly all the way from the USA is brilliant. Thank you girls.

Right, back to basics.
The DP is by Pink Petticoat. I`ve matted and layered it onto some pale lilac card.
I`ve added a strip of stripey DP, also from PP, matted onto pale lilac and some lilac ribbon.
The image is coloured with Promarkers, matted onto lilac card with a punched border by Martha Stewart along one side.
I`ve added a large bow to the ribbon and, ofcourse, a tag.
The sentiment on the tag is from my new Flourishes set, ironically called`Tag Lines`

Thats it from me for now, thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Curtain Call Act # 46

I`m back again,
with my second post of the day.

This weeks colours for the Curtain Call Challenge  are lovely bright and cheerful. Here is the inspiration,

And here is what I`ve come up with.
I really can`t take credit for this one as I`ve seen similar cards done with different stamp sets. I just had the urge to use my Waltzing Mouse stamp set again and these colours seem to be made for them.
A really quick and simple card.
A6 plain white card, side fold.
I stamped up all three sizes of the solid Chrysanthemum stamps in orange red and pink. The first time I tried with my pale pink ink which is the nearest I`ve got to Pink Pirouette, but it was so pale you could hardly see it so I`ve substituted that with Orchid.
I`ve cut and scored a piece of green card for the bottom edge and added my sentiment which is by The Stampman.
I`ve also added some matching gem stones to my flower heads to give them a bit of zing.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Colour Throwdown # 108

Good Afternoon and a Happy Sunday All!

My mojo seems to have paid me a visit today, I don`t know how long it will be here for so I`m making the most of it and crafting happily for as long as I can.

The girls over on the Color Thowdown Challenge  have given us some fab colours to work with this week.
Here is the swatch

And here is my card.

We get the sunshine first thing in a morning through the loft window and I left taking this piccy a bit late. It`s quite windy outside so that wasn`t an option so I`ll make my apologies for the photo.

A straight forward sort of card.
I used a cream square base card and cut a piece of brown card a bit smaller, I then matted a piece of Papermania Capsule collection Sunshine paper on top of that.
I still haven`t got any kraft card but I found some of this gorgeous corrigated card in my bit box and placed it in the middle of my card.
I stamped my image from Papertrey`s Autumn Abundance set onto cream card and coloured with a mixture of Promarkers and watercolour pencils. I stamped the sentiment also from the same set, underneath and cut it out with a nestie circle die.
I added it to the corrigated card using foam pads.
I`m not one for using buttons much on my cards but this one needed something that was not a huge bow (lol) and I found this button in my button box that seemed to do the trick. I threaded a thin ribbon through the holes and tied a quick bow and I think it looks quite good.

Well I got my weekly fix of the X Factor last night. I haven`t laughed so much in ages. Why is it that the worst singers, and by that I mean ones that sound like a cat playing the bagpipes, always have the worse attitude? They come on stage having made no effort to look  good whatsoever, half of them don`t even remember the words and then they shout abuse at the audience. I`m not really complaining, afterall thats the reason I watch the program week after week but I just can`t believe these people think they are going to get through. I`m sure some of them do it for a dare or a bet. Being one of those who does sound like a cat playing the bagpipes when I sing, I certainly couldn`t put myself through the humiliation. I was a bit annoyed at Simon Cowell aswell for refusing to let that lad call himself Storm. My husbands Grandfathers middle name was Storm as was his fathers and grandfathers. We have no idea why the family chose this name to carry on but it ended 2 generations ago. Shame really!

Right thats me done rambling for now, Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 4 September 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge ~ 45

Good Evening All!

Phew! I `ve had such a busy day today, only just had time to get on my computer and post this weeks offering to The Play Date Cafe Challenge

I started at 9.30 this morning with grocery shopping. Then Alan dropped me off at the home to see Mum. From there I went on to do some more shopping, I finally got some new shoes for work. I really hope they help with my poor aching feet otherwise I will be serving customers in my socks I think, lol. Then I caught a bus into town to pick up eldest daughters birthday pressie, yes her birthday was yesterday but being the bad mother that I am, I left it until today. Another bus ride to see said daughter and hand over pressie and card, both of which went down very well. I saw all 3 of my gorgeous grandchildren which is a treat in itself. Alan picked me up from daughters house and we finally got home just in time for tea. I`m whacked but happy!!!

Right, time I showed you a card I think. This is the inspiration we were given,
so much nicer than last weeks colours.

And here is my take on it,
I know I use this layout quite a lot and I really am going to have to be more adventurous but in the meantime
here it is.
Square card 5" x 5" top fold.
I ran a piece of burgundy card through the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder and placed it along the bottom of my card.
The orange DP is by Papermania Capsule Collection Sunshine.
I used my last scrap of kraft card last week so I`ve had to go with a biege/ fawn for my scalloped border which is by Martha Stewart.
I`ve added some bright orange ribbon and a bow along the top of the border.
The sentiment is by Papertrey from their Autumn Abundance set, stamped in orange onto white card and cut out with a nestie labels 4 die. I`ve then cut another label 4 in fawn to border it.
I finally got around to buying spellbinders scalloped circles dies and made a burgundy flower with them.

Thats all for now folks, I`m off to watch X factor.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx