29 August 2011

Back to earth with a bang.....

Well, tomorrow is the start of the school year. Summer is over and Sonny starts his final year in primary school, (please do not ask the equivalent years for other countries as I do not know, but he is 12 that may help)
Today we spent the morning cleaning his room, every week he changes his bed linen and vacuums the room but he never dusts or tidies under the bed or behind stuff. I think I am lucky that he does as much as he does. lol. I had wanted to do this all summer but he never wanted to, naturally, who wants to take their room apart and clean it during the holidays? So today had to be the day, the last day of hols. We had some words about it this morning so hubby and I started, but, eventually he came in little by little to help. Think he was afraid that we would throw out some things he wanted to keep. :) Going to bed tonight he was happy and said that his room smelt clean!
Tomorrow is back to alarm clocks, lunches and getting breakfasts, yep, back to work!

As usual the day before the schools re-open the weather clears up, today was no exception. We had a beautiful sunny warm day. The sky was blue as was the sea and even the breeze was balmy. It is days like today that remind me just how wonderful the place I choose to live in is.

Here is a simple and quick card that I would like to share with you all today.
I tore a square of white card stock than inked the edges with Distress ink. I stamped the lower part of the cardstock with a Waltzingmouse background stamp. The sentiment layer is also stamped with a Waltzingmouse stamp then cut out with Spellbinders Nestability Label 4 tag before layering this on the background I added some lace ribbon.  I then attached it to a square card blank. There is no "bling" on this card, I just wanted a quick and simple card but an elegant one.

Card Blank: Anita's square card blank
Dies: Nestabilities Label 4 Tags
Sentiment: Papermania
Ink: Whispers- Blue Azure and Tim Holtz Old Paper
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Pic-Nik Patterns and Very Vintage Labels No. 4
Ribbon: KaiserCraft - Lace Pack (Natural)
Hope you like,

25 August 2011

Another Butterfly Card

A PCP friend has thrown down the gauntlet by suggesting that I update my blog! Well she is right. I know that I posted yesterday, but I really should post more often.

I said in a few post back that I was going to use some magazines that I bought as inspiration. All I did, so far, was to go through them and mark the pages that interested me, at least it is a start, now I just have to continue making the cards. lol

This card is NOT inspired by any of the magazines but by a blog post by Susan Raihala who owns Simplicity. Susan makes the most wonderful CAS cards and I have being lurking on her blog for some time. The following card is influenced by Susan.  Thank you Susan for you inspiration.

I cut an A4 card in half, length ways and folded it in two to make the long card blank. With the other half of the A4 sheet I cut a rectangle shape and using my Spellbinders Butterfly Shapeability set I cut and embossed a butterfly. I mounted this rectangle on to the most lovely colored and glittered paper, the photo or any photo I took, does not do this paper justice. It is a rich teal colour and so glittered. Its Yummy! While the butterfly was still in the die, I used embossing glue and sprinkled glamour dust on to it and let it dry.
I mounted the yummy paper on to the card blank, I then stamped the sentiment and glittered this also. Once the card was finished I added the butterfly on a 3D foam pad.

Card: A4 Card pack
Yummy Paper (lol):  DCWV Hippie Chic
Glitter: DecoArt Glamour Dust - Crystal
Dies: Spellbinders Butterfly Two Shapebilities
Sentiment: Papermania

Hope you like,

24 August 2011

What happened to Summer.....

And I don't just mean about the weather but the last 8 weeks? Sonny got his summer hols from school at the end of June, a whole summer of free time spread out before us and now it is all, but gone. This time next week he will have finished his second day of school. Boo Hoo! It means back to getting up earlier, making lunch, then homework after school and getting him to go to bed ON TIME. That's enough about the future, what have I being up to over the summer, in a nut shell  not-a-lot.
Hubby and I did get to go to visit my sister and family in England. They were having a party and we popped over for a few days. One of the reasons for the party was to celebrate their move into a new house, just over a year ago.  Their new home is just so picturesque.  It is a type of house you can only get in England, a small cottage built centuries ago. It is so quirky inside, all the ceiling heights are different and the stairs is enclosed in a cupboard and very low. But beautiful. The garden there, is out of this world. The whole setting reminds me of a setting in "Midsummer Murders" or an "Inspector Poirot" film.
Here is a photo of the house, I just love it!

I love my sister and BIL very much but I was kind of wondering whether or not they really wanted us there at all, for this is where we slept. Yes, outside in the shed!

But to be honest, it was nicely decorated and we even had our own lounge area with couch and coffee table.

It became know as the Beach House or the Honeymoon Suite!

I, naturally, had to send her a Thank You card after coming home!

The butterfly I got over there, in shop called "The Fuff-a-Torium" isn't it a wonderful name, it is mainly for felting and knitting but I snagged some of these and others like it. They may pop up in some other cards over the next few months.
The butterfly is attached to the frame by 3D foam pads. The frame is created using my nestabilities circle die cuts and cuttlebug behind the butterfly is some acetate so it looks like the butterfly is flying through the hole.

Card Blank: Anita's square card blank
Designer Paper: DCWV Hippie Chic
Dies: Nestabilities Circles and Scalloped Circles
Sentiment: Papermania
Ink: Whispers
Buterfly: The Fuff-a-Torium

Hope you like,