Friday, 22 April 2011

Some more cards ...

The other day I was flicking though the second copy of 'Simply Homemade'.  One of the 'giveaways' was a Dots and Spots Hearts print (  The picture is very plain, just of punched out hearts and a button.  I thought it would make an unusual card, so here's my take on it.

I recently bought the Polka Doodles Double Sprinkles Kraft CD.  I really love it.  Here's my first card I made with it.  Believe me it won't be the last!

Thank you for looking. x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

What I've been doing .....

Hello again
Although I haven't blogged for a while, I have been making cards, but some I can't really show you yet.  Jill at Cardinal Colours has asked me to demonstrate some cards at her shop next Wednesday showing embossing, glitter, decoupage and stamping, so I've been preparing the cards.  I don't think I should show you yet, do you?  But I promise I will after I've done the demonstration (provided I survive!!).

However I have done some things I can show you.  My friends Linda (see her blog at Linda's Cards and Pages) and Lynn (A Moment in Time) who run Scrapology asked me to be a guest DT for month of April so I proudly prepared a page which has still to be shown.  A week later I received an email from Linda asking me if I wanted to try a challenge from Quixotic Paperie using charms, so I did.  I was very pleased with my layout and finished it quite quickly.  I emailed it off to Linda asking if it was OK.  Linda came back straight away saying it was fine but could I stand it up and take a picture so it didn't look like a layout!!!!  I emailed back saying wasn't it meant to be a layout and ......... no, it should have been a card!  Ooops!  Still I've now got an additional layout I hadn't been planning to do.  And this is the layout I shouldn't have done!!  Its a picture of my grand daughter at the Bluebell Walk in Arlington.

Anyway when I went to our crop that weekend Lynn very kindly gave me some more charms (I'd used them all up on my layout!!) and so I made these two cards for Linda's challenge!!

Both the cards used decoupage from the Crafter's Companion Flower Fairy CDs with their backing paper.  The butterfly charms on the above card actually were from a pair of earrings and necklace I had bought a while ago and couldn't wear them.

These are the two charms Lynn kindly gave me.

Thank you for looking. x


This weekend my daughter, grand-daughters and I decided to go to see the bluebells at Arlington.  The farm had only opened the day before and the bluebells were out but not in full bloom yet.  We'll probably go again over the Easter weekend as the sunshine should bring them out fully.

However we had a chance to look at the animals - there were some lambs and ewes, one ewe particularly with curled horns just wanted her face stroked and tickled.  She was so gorgeous, but I forgot to take a picture!!  Anyway I did take a picture of the lambs.

However, as you can see, I am a lousy photographer and they either turned away from the camera or went back to sleep!!  Hey ho.  There were also some little chicks under the light which were cute, but the pictures didn't come out very well.

We went on a longer walk this time, the Yellow Walk and this took us up into the open fields and onto the livery stables and the cow shed. I remembered to take a picture of some calves though.  This time the calf was looking at me!

The weather was beautiful and it was lovely walking through the woods - the bluebells smell so fresh.  Anyway, if we do go again I promise I'll take some more pictures.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Now I know spring is here!!

Look what I've just seen.  I was woken up this morning by some very loud sqwarking and high pitched squeaking - it sounded horrific.  Up I jumped to see who was being slaughtered and saw this:

There was mother duck and about 15 ducklings on a walk about!  I have a school to the left of my house and a largish pond over on the right.  It seems mummy duck took her babies for a walk.  When I first looked out the babies seemed to be committing 'hari kari' by throwing themselves off the top of a 7 foot hedge surrounding the school.  How they got up there I really don't know.  Hence the terrible noise!
 Once mother duck had checked everyone was there, off she set shepherding them across my garden towards the pond, in single file!
 Originally when all the noise first started two more ducks flew in but only seemed to be watching, not helping mother duck at all.  However once she had set off with her brood, I noticed there was one baby left.  How on earth she knew that one wasn't hers, I don't know!  Anyway these two ducks then took charge of their baby.  The mother duck pecking and encouraging the baby to hurry up and father keeping an eye out for danger!

 Come on, stop dawdling!  Scuse my patched grass!!
Now how on earth do we get through this lot?

How cute was that?  I'll bet not many people get nature brought right to their doorsteps!!

See ya!! x