Sunday 31 July 2011

I fainted!

Don't worry! It was only in a shock kind of way - the sun came out today! It actually felt like summer so I fainted sort of. I mean does this actually mean summer has finally done the decent thing and actually made an appearance? It was also quite pleasant last Sunday too (yup time thieves again folks) so we had a run out.

Check out this for a beach! There are literally miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches..... looks fab eh? The photo doesn't show up the browny tinge the sea has though! Yup none other than Mablethorpe. Oh yes we had some of those yummy fish and chips we had last time too. Now this beach obviously gets busy as they have lifeguards as you can see one here with his surf board, Oh and coat on!

And donkeys! I lurves donkeys and always think they look sad. But I suppose treking up and down the sand all day is a bit boring. I'd shared my mints out with them shortly before ;))

So over at Totally Gorjuss we've just started with Christmas in July. This week we sponsored by Meljen Designs The DT had some of their beautiful images to play with. So I used Rudolph - isn't he sweet? Coloured with Copics naturally. The papers are some Basic Grey 'Wassail'. Now with Christmas in mind and postal charges being ever higher I made a 'flat' card that will post on a regular stamp. That put flowers out of the window! Now they're lovely but generally push postal charges up into the 'large letter' band.

The decoration is punched holly leaves and snowflakes. The leaves have been stickled with Distress Stickles in 'Picket Fence' I was hoping for a frosty look - do you think it worked?

Well after Rudolph I was on a bit of a roll! Out came the gingerbread man! He too got the Copic treatment. These papers are basic Grey 'Jovial', some of my fav BG Christmas papers ever.

the little gingerbread embellishment is some of that lovely organza from Hobby Fun. Goes lovely with him don't you think?

I thought kraft card would be nice for him in a sort of rustic/arts and craft kind of thing. The border is a Martha Stewart punch, rick rack from stash.

Well that's it for today - are you still awake?

Oh and while I've been typing this the sun's only gone in!

Saturday 23 July 2011

They've only been again!

Well I have to say those time thieves have sneaked in a stolen a week.... again! I mean you'd think with them visiting me so often that I'd have an inking of what they look like and therefore be ready.... Pah not a chance! Little blighters have got away with a week again. I wonder what they do with all the time they steal....

Well a couple of photos to share today. Now I'm sure you know about the two parrots. Well there's also two kitties who live here too. This is Dudley. Dudley is doing one of the things he does best! Its a really natural position for a cat to lie in isn't it?

Now there's a new challenge over at Totally Gorjuss This week we want to see some punching or die cuts on your card. Mine is some punching a la Martha Stewart. The glass is a Magnolia stamp, the backing card is some rather luscious silver from The Paper Temptress

The ribbon is also from The Paper Temptress.

This also fits into the current challenge at Just Magnolia and hAnglar stAnglar challenge. This weeks its cooking. Now I don't really have any cooking stamps.... and I know some of the DT have been a little literal.... well mine is the glass of wine while you're cooking your dinner! ;))

Now I know some peeps have been checking my blog for little Harry and Tinker fix. So here's a film of little Missy Naughty Britches aka Tinker. She was busy playing with some cherry pips! Its amazing what actually keeps them amused!


Saturday 16 July 2011

Something new from the Doncaster Craft show!

Yoohoo only me! I know and so soon too! Heck I had the best of intentions to post more often but the pesky time bandits have been around again! I wouldn't mind but I never even saw the little blighters. One minute loads of time and the next I'm chasing myself.... ~and breathe~ Still here I am! So a few things to share with you.

First we've a new challenge over at Totally Gorjuss, this week its all about boys! Yup we want to see cards for the men in your life. OK OK I know lots of peeps aren't so keen on boy cards but honestly when you see what the Gorjussettes have come up with you'll be inspired! Oh and if you need more inspiration there's a £10 spend at Crafters Companion too ;))

I've used this sweet little cricketer from Lili of the Valley He was an absolute breeze to colour! So the card came together super quick which was a good job really...... remember the time bandits?

So today I popped over the the Summertime (hah what a joke that word is!) Craft Show at Doncaster Race Course. How could I describe it? Well worth a visit! Super location, handy free car parking (take note NEC!) and its about 15 minutes from my house. Oh and chocka-block with fabulous crafting goodies! So I managed to acquire 'one or two' essential bits and pieces;)) It would have been rude not to wouldn't it?

So while there I got this super cute Lili of the Valley stamp and these lush Tilda papers. Coloured with Copics natch.

Now my ace find, OK I know I'm not the only one but.... check out these leaves! Aren't they just fantastic? They're organza fabric, oh and already glittered which is a bonus. I mean I love glitter but always end up with as much on me as I do the card ~blushes~

A little close up of the leaves and flowers, WOC as usual.

These lush leaves come from a fabby company called HobbyFun UK They have the most gorgeous organza fabrics! And you know how I am with fabric lately.... I just about resisted leaping onto the rolls and wrapping myself on them. I made do with a few surreptitious feels instead.

And yes there's an 'and' I felt a bit inspired after seeing the bead stalls! So a few pink beads later I made myself a bracelet too!

Welcome back Mr Mojo!

Monday 11 July 2011

Stampotique Guest Spot

Woohoo! Well the day, well OK night has dawned.... hang on if its night it can't be dawn can it? I'll rephrase that - the time has come! Yes that's better ;))

The tiime has come for me to share with you my first submission for the fabulous Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog! I'm so honoured to be asked, their full time DT make such F A N T A S T I C creations. So I'm hoping my little offering is up to scratch...

So here it is.... This week the theme chosen by the talented Gez is flowers. So when I saw 'Baby Cakes' and this wonderful text stamp 'Fabulous' I knew immediately what I wanted to do ;))

And that folks is how it looked in my head! 'Baby Cakes' has of course been coloured with Copics. I stamped her first and then masked her and stamped 'Fabulous' so it looked like it was behind her. That was then glittered for a touch of va va voom. A spray of roses and a crinoline flower and VoilĂ !

A spot of detail of the lovely Baby Cakes. I so need those boots!

As a treat an arty shot!

Oh my another one!

The flowers which were Stickled to add to the bling factor. I mean you can never have enough bling can you?

Saturday 9 July 2011

Summertime and some RAWRRRR!


I guess you're splitting your sides now you seen me write 'summertime' I can hear you now 'has she gone nuttier than usual? Summertime?? where's that then because its not here' I am of course referring to the latest challenge over at Totally Gorjuss I chose the theme of 'summertime' thinking well the middle of July almost it'll be appropriate because its summertime, allegedly. Unfortunately we appear to have been transported into some grey monsoon land place! I have to say I'm not so keen on grey monsoon land myself. I'm more a hot summer land place. So if the weathermen happen to be reading this send summer back please because I'm missing it.

So here's my card for the challenge which this week is sponsored by Crafters Companion One lucky peep will get £10 to spend in their online store. Good huh?

So I've inked up little Tilda with her lolly.

Isn't she sweet? Its obviously much warmer where she is if she needs a lolly to cool down with. I've got the brolly Tilda.... I could have used that couldn't I? She's been coloured with Copics and the papers are MME. And its my last bit, honestly I was hyperventilating when I cut it.

Flowers a la Wild Orchid Crafts.

Now those of you with a good memory may recall Lumpy.... Lumpy is alive and well and lives on the floor by my craft table. He likes it there..... Now my plan was to increase Lumpys circle of friends. Olivia, Frank and Roland appeared and then things kind of slowed up.... I felt I needed fleece to make these little critters squishier. JoAnns to the rescue! I've not seen any fleece for sale my side of the pond :(( So I'd like to introduce...

Wilf and Prudence! Now these two are lovely and squishy! Now I plan on making more of these little guys and then they'll be off on their travels. They'll be going to Kids Company which is a London based charity to help children.

So you've a couple of things to look at, if you'd like of course. The new challenge at Totally Gorjuss and the Kids Company charity - could you help them?

Oh and if you see the sun while you're out and about point it in my direction please!

Tuesday 5 July 2011

The tour continues and some news


Our tour of the East Coast continues! This weekend it was Cleethorpes.... Cleethorpes is a quaint little town which joins onto Grimsby and is right on the mouth of the Humber Estuary. Now when the tide goes out they mean its out! By around a mile or so! So I think that is definitely out! The first photo shows the tide in almost fully out level. You can just make out the martello towers in the estuary. I can remember visiting Cleethorpes as a child and there being horse and carts to take you to the sea edge when the tide was out!

Now this is a couple of rides - yes the tide comes and laps round them! I'm not sure what happens if they have an extra high tide!

And yes your eyes don't deceive you - people are swimming in the sea. Now me personally didn't stick a toe in the water but I reckon seeing as its the North Sea it would be pretty cold. these kids are obviously made of sterner stuff than me.

I felt shivery just looking at them! Oh and yes we had fish and chips.... again! I know I'll be reaching barrel proportions soon;)) I'm not sure if there's many seaside towns reachable late on a Sunday afternoon. Which is probably a good thing for my waistline.

Oh and now for my bit of news.... Stampotique have invited me to be their Guest Designer for July over on their Designers Challenge blog. If you've time pop over and laugh at the spectacularly scary photo of me! Oh and there'll be challenges and stuff too.