Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Asparagus Hues

Hey there crafters - how are you enjoying the wall to wall sport? 
Fabulous isn't it? 
After today's viewing, I am an expert in Slalom Canoeing and Synchronsed Platform Diving (snort*).

OK - those eagle eyed amongst you,  may have noticed I have no card to show you today - 
that's because I've been working on a new look blog instead.
Whatdya think?
Can you read it ok?
Hubby said he didn't like the colours - so the dog will be getting his dinner tonight ;-) 

I spent ages choosing them from Design Seeds.
If you're looking for colour combos check them out - they would be great for card challenges. 

I made my header using a little clipart girl by Babystar Design at My Graphico.
Then I just whipped up some buttons for my sidebar and a post divider.
All easy to add to my template - no messing with that nasty html :-)

Now, I must run - gotta brush up on my Artistic Gymnastics knowledge :-)

Friday, 27 July 2012

Birthday Balloons

Well - flippin 'eck - 'ave a gander at this - I've managed to make a card AT LAST!
It's a tad simple  -  I  did manage to find some DP's, but couldn't for the life or me remember which box contained my sentiment stamps :-)

This cutie pie, from Digi Stamp Boutique, is coloured with Copics and the balloons and presents are decoupaged and popped up on foam pads.

Digi Stamp Boutique - July Challenge
Divas By Design - Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Birthday Girls

Now - the wine is in the fridge, the cupboard is full of snacks and we are ready to settle down to the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Let's just hope that's it's more than a couple of double decker buses, an old british bulldog and a sing song of the hokey cokey.

PS: Huge thanks to everyone who has left me a comment about my non house move :-)
It really meant a lot to me to know that you were thinking of me - now stop messing about on craft blogs and find me a BUYER !!! :-)


Monday, 23 July 2012

No card - just chat :-)

No card from me today folks - in light of what's happened with the house, I am debating whether I should unpack my craft goodies. I am sooo missing crafting and blogging. 
For now though, I will feed my habit with a little chat :-)

For our Anniversary, my dd's bought us a meal at the Devonshire Arms. (Gotta love those girls ;-))
It's a beautiful spot and from the hotel there is a lovely walk through the fields and along the river to Bolton Abbey.
I took this pic. on my Blackberry,  just incase you'd forgotten what a sunny day actually looks like :-)

Back to the grind stone now. Can you believe that, because of the house move, I had handed in my notice and last Saturday would have been my last day!! Fortunately, I have a very lovely boss who has agreed to keep me on for another month.... phew!

Now all we have to do is get the place ship shape again - cram boxes into every cupboard available, get the house back on the market and put in a cosmic order for a buyer :-)
Simples ;-)



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bad Day

Awww shucks... the contracts were signed, we were days away from exchanging and the chain has collapsed :-(
The first time buyers, at the beginning of the chain (we are 3rd in line) have decided not to go ahead.
You've got to be kidding me! 
We are beyond furious - it's cost us all in solictors fees etc. - not to mention the stress.
Now, we have to put the house back on the market and go through it all again.

PS: If anyone else says to me 'Keep Calm and Carry On' I will not be responsible for my actions!!!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Je t'aime

I'm still here :-) 
Busy packing up the house and hoping that the sale goes through ok - keep everything crossed for us won't you?
I had to find time to make a card for my hubby though - next week is our 27th Wedding Anniversary.
What is the traditional gift for 27 years?? Is it Copics or Designer Papers? ;-)

I went with another very simple layout - enlarging and then cropping this fab Tiddly Inks couple.
The look I was going for was a kind of 'sepia' style, I know it's not quite right, but I didn't have the E Copics I needed and had to make do with my limited browns. I like the way it turned out though.

Of course, I sprinkled on some tiny gems - just because :-)

I wanted to put the years we've been married on there somewhere, but couldn't see where it would fit on the front, so I added a simple, layered panel to the inside of the card.

Cupcake Craft - Number Cruncher
Digital Tuesday - Inside Out
Crafty Creations - Free For All
Sassy Cheryl's - Show Me Thursdays
Allsorts - Take Inspiration. (I took inspiration from the roman numerals on the clock, that reminded me of this gorgeous DP I had, which would fit my colours perfectly. Seeing the gems too, made me realise that I had to add them, somewhere ;-))
Stampalot - What's Your Crafty Passion? Mine has to be colouring - I'm not great at it, but I do love it. Concentrating on an image like this makes me completely forget the time.

Digi Image 'You And Me Baby'  from Tiddly Inks
coloured with Copics.
DP -  Bo Bunny Timepiece.  Gems.
Je t'aime stamp from Penny Black
6 x 6 On The Edge, Petal Point Card Blank

Here's a pic of my craft room all packed up.
It's a good thing the dog keeps moving, or she might end up in one of those boxes!!


Sunday, 1 July 2012

True Colours

You can't move these days for and red white and blue - 
I even saw some Union Jack toilet roll the other day!! 
I draw the line at that :o) 
but, I thought I would give the colours a try on my brother's birthday card.

I used the cute Hugo, from Pollycraft.
Now that Paula has closed down the Pollycraft store, you can get her images from  Little Miss Muffet

I came so close to messing this whole card up when stamping my sentiment - luckily I stamped on some scrap paper first and my fav. stamp came out as 'nappy birthdau'  !! Time for some stamp shopping :-)

Crafting for all Seasons - Patriotic/Military/Fireworks
2 Sisters (celebrating their 2nd Blogaversary) - Red, White & Blue, Optional Glitter/Bling
Moving Along With The Times - Birthday
Craft Your Days Away - Teddy Bears
Cute Card Thursday - Patriotic
Totally Papercrafts - Digi Image
Ready-Teddy-Go - Up, Up and Away