10 May 2012

A card for a man in my life!

Morning all,

Today is my Fathers Birthday, "my old Dad", as he says himself.
One morning last year, the Queen was announcing the OBE's (Order of the British Empire) for the year when Dad announces, " I have an OBE" he clarified that by saying "Over Bloody Eighty!" :)


This is the card I sent him for this year.

The panel on the left, is actually masking tape adhered to card, then inked up with different colour distressed inks. Once the ink was dried, I misted it with some Smooch Spritz just to give it a bit of a sheen. I really cased the idea for here but I did change the dimensions, I used a square Kraft card and just cut the front panel to suit me.

I mounted the inked panel onto cream card than on the front of the card. I die cut out two shapes in cream coloured card, I used the second shape, for the sentiment in the inside. D.A.D. is computer generated, I cut out the letters and coloured them with promarkers than mounted it onto the front of the card. I cut out a larger shape in dark blue and backed it on to the front panel.

I mounted designer paper, from a Papermania pack (I have it so long, I don't have the name of the pack), onto cream card and then onto the Kraft card. I stamped the sentiment onto the second cream die cut shape and mounted it onto the DP hiding it behind the large blue die cut shape.

Designer paper: Papermania.
Die Cut Paper: core'dinations - Super assortment.
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 4
Distressed Inks: Ranger - spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, antique linen.
Sentiments: DAD computer generated, Happy Birthday - Papermania Sentiment.

Entering into:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #54 Dad Daddy Papa

08 May 2012

Baby Cards

We have just finished a Bank Holiday weekend here, all back to school and work today so have time for myself again. Yeah!
The weather was good, actually better than good, usually Bank Holidays happen to be wet and windy here but this weekend was sunny with some showers Sunday evening and yesterday afternoon.
Saturday and Sunday were quite but yesterday afternoon I took Sonny to an athletic competition. We don't have an athletic club here but he does like running and is fast. The competition was between local Primary Schools rather than a club meet.
There was a small enough turn out, but Sonny did great, he won his 100m race. He has qualified for the Primary Schools Finals in a few weeks. He was extremely happy with his gold medal. The up side of all of this, is that there is an athletic club about 40mins away from us, so we are heading there tomorrow evening.


I got into a slight roll after making a baby card for my g-nephew a few weeks ago and I made two more. One in blue and one in pink, yeah, I am a traditionalist. lol.
The sentiment "Fáilte" is Irish for "Welcome"

The image is a Mo digital Pencil "Robin". I like Mo's images as they all have "personalities". I coloured them with ProMarkers, cut them out with x-Cut die and mounted them backing paper. The sentiment I used a nestibility die.

I chalked the die cut, just to help the image pop!

Backing Papers: Blue Gingham - Papermania "Sweet Nothings",
                           Dotty Paper - Pink Petticoat download.
                           Pink - Papermania "Sweet Nothings", DCWV - The Blossoms Butterflies.
Image: Mo digital Pencil "Robin".
Colouring Medium: ProMarkers.
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestibility -  Fancy Tags, xCut
Ribons: Stash.
Sentiment: Computer Generated.

Entering into:
Creative Belli Blog: Belli Challenge #143 - New Baby/New arrival.

Hope you like,

05 May 2012

Family Day

We celebrated our 6th Family day two weeks ago.
 Family Day is a day we set aside for ourselves,  we keep it to 22nd April because that is the date we, the 3 of us, came home from Ukraine to start family life together.
This year it fell on a Sunday, the 3 of us were free and there wasn't any matches on or any other disruptions.

A few weeks ago I asked Sonny what he wanted to do on the day, he said that he would like to go to the Aquarium. We had not been there for a few years even though it is only in the road, sorted. "A fish(watching)ing we will go"
He wanted salad for dinner - I went WHAT, salad. He went yes, salad, salad it was. Hubby wanted chicken legs!!!
We had salad for starters - a green salad, bacon and egg salad and a Greek salad. That did us for both starters and veg with main course. Main course was roasted marinaded chicken legs and roast potatoes (with salad!). Then for desert, my choice, stewed pears with (homemade) chocolate sauce. It was a yummy scrumcious dinner, if a little unorthodox.

We headed to the Dingle Oceanworld (Aquarium).
Here are a few photos of the afternoon.  What is the last thing a photographer should do before leaving home? Yes, check batteries. When I went in and turned on camera the battery low indications started flashing so you will have to forgive photos, the quality is not 100%, we were not allowed to use flash and also you have to understand that we were taking photos again glass, in some you have a some reflection. Now that my excuses have been made have a look!

  A very nice Piranha!

Don't remember what this one is, but it is a nice colour!

Coral Reef and it inhabitants. There are some beautifully coloured fish here but they were all moving so fast all I could get was a blur! (Low battery problem! ;0)

I was a little disappointed with this tank, the last time we were there there was a lot more fish and it seemed brighter. Said this to Sonny - his answer," the sharks eat the other fish". D'oh! I thik they were in a bad mood, they would not pose for any photos - hence they are blurry! (Actually one looks like a "flying saucer")

These just looked nice.

These kill by inflecting poison into there prey.
This one  looked like an elderly lady dressed in flowing chiffon.

Another one that looked nice but I cannot remember what its name is!

These are what we came to see. Penguins, I took lots of photos but the glass was so wet they were not great, will have to go back and get better ones another day. I don't know what it is about Penguins but every time I see some either on TV, magazines or in real life, I break into a real big silly grin. :) They were so funny, they swam and they were playing (interacting) with the people while they were swimming around and if one of them caught you looking at them, they would come up to the glass and stare back.
Hope they were having fun too!

After the Aquarium, Sonny and I watched a movie together, Hubby had to get some work done. It was a lovely FAMILY day.

Hope you like,

02 May 2012

Catching up.......

I have major catching up to do with my blog, I have been busy with work (which is a good thing) but it takes me away from what I love doing and that is crafting and blog-hopping. Now work is almost finished so it is back to normal, almost.

While I was "away" a few things happened in my life, first off I am a new Gran(d)-Aunt. In Ireland a standard answer to a salutation like;
How's the going? (How are you?) Grand.
Isn't the weather grand?
That's a grand pair of shoes you got there! (Lovely shoes)
Get my drift? Grand means - great, fine, the best
So I am not a Gran-Aunt (yes I am!) but I am a Grand-Aunt.

My nephew and his wife had a lovely healthy little boy on the 18th April. Baby Ronan.
They also have a little girl, Leah who is fast approaching 2yrs. but going on 22, you know the kind. lol
I eventually got a card made and sent, its not like the birth was a surprise or anything!

The backing paper is from Pepermania "Sweet Nothings" paper pack which I have had for ages. The scalloped yellow backing paper is DCWV Carstockt,"Brights".  The image is google download coloured with pencils and the giraffe's spots are glazed using Sukara (clear) glaze pen. The bow is from Papermania Capsule Collection which is mounted on blue satin ribbon from the local haberdashery. The candy dots are from stash "no name" bag!

The Scalloped circle opens up and reveals -  ta da!
Inside label is computer generated with the little chic coloured in pencil.

The verse inside the card (I had written the card before I photographed it!) reads:

Ten tiny little fingers that always want to play,
That never stop exploring
the wonder of today.
Ten tiny little fingers that from the very start,
Will reach out for tomorrow
yet always hold your heart.

Backing paper: Pepermania "Sweet Nothings".
Scalloped paper: DCWV Cardstock "Brights".  
Die Cut: Nestibilities - scallop circles.
Image: Google.
Colour medium: Pencils and Sukura.
Embellishments: Bow - Papermania Capsule collection.
Hope you like,