Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dino Card...

I bought this stamp set with cute dinosaurs by Penny Black in a craft sale about a year ago... I'd always liked the look of it (and thought the dinosaurs were just too cute!) but I couldn't really justify the full price for it. After all, how often do you feel the need to stamp dinosaurs?! LOL!

Having said that, I have actually ended up using this stamp set far, far more than I thought I would do. :)

The grass is made using the Martha Stewart fringe (?) scissors. I don't have the packaging anymore so I don't know the exact name. It's the ones with several blades. And the clouds are from a Studio Calico/Hero Arts - I just love these. A bit of Glossy Accents on two of the clouds and the little boy card was complete :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cupcake Card...

The need for birthday cards seem to come in bursts for me. Need lots, not so many, and then lots again and so on. This time of the year it's "lots" again :)

I bought this big cupcake stamp about a year ago with the intention to use it for birthday cards. And this was a perfect time. I left a bit of the white cardbase at one side to create the spine and also to make it be able to stand up better.

It's coloured with Copics and some old hotfix (where I never actually bought the tool and only attach them with a little drop of glue) jewels plus some Glossy Accents for the cherry on top. Oh and lots of sparkly Stickles glitter glue of course :)

Got some more cards to get made now...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back From Vacation...

We have just returned from spending an amazing 3 weeks in Sweden with my family. We really didn;t want to leave. And we were soooo lucky as we had fantastic weather too. I have never been as tanned in my life - and that was even within one week of being there! I have no idea how that worked LOL!

We had a lot of barbecues while there. And I mean a lot. I lost count after a while. But since we'd only had ONE this summer in the UK, and I love them, I was all for it... :)

We spent time at this amazing beach! Within walking distance. A beach which I have spent time on every year ever since I was born. Lots of nice memories and happiness connected to this place. :)

...and of course we had some ice-cream! From the best place I know. And a total summer tradition not to be missed. Oh and we might have had to go there a second time too before we left for the UK...

Coming near to the end of our Sweden trip, we also made a short trip with an overnight stay at the island of Bornholm (which belongs to Denmark).

Again we were so lucky with the weather for this trip and had an amazing time there. It's such a cosy little island and 2 days were just about perfect to see the most of it.

When we returned from Bornholm we had some more time left over for our beach in Sweden before it was time to get on the plane to the UK (and yes that is really how "busy" this beach is...there are only private roads from the houses near where we are so "tourists" never get to these parts).

...and now being back in the UK, well it feels like the summer is over :( The temperature is several degrees lower and we have seen mostly clouds. I feel like my tan is fading already. It would be nice to get some sunny days before the autumn is here...! :)

Friday, August 03, 2012

Flower Bargain...

A little while back I posted about the progress of our outside flower pots. As this is something I tend to do a "before" and "after" scrapbooking layout about most years, this year was no different:

So far I have only made the "before" layout. That is when the plants where planted in the pots. I have some "after photos" printed, but that's a job for another day...

I also wanted to document what a plant bargain we ran into. Over 120 plants (and yes, of the types that we were after anyway) and they were supposed to be £18 but we got them for just over £6. A real bargain! And as I type this, they are so, so pretty and colourful - totally brightens up the garden :)

Can't wait to make the follow up layout... :)