Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Oh Dear...

Honestly I think I may be the most accident/illness prone person I know. Really. It is most vexing!
On Sunday I tripped over - my own feet of all things - and fell backwards smacking my hand on the corner of the wall. 2 Days later and it is still swollen and intensely painful, so think I may be off to the minor injuries for me tomorrow if it doesn't improve drastically overnight...
It would be my right hand as well. So far today it has taken me 2 HOURS to plant up a seed tray for the garden all with my left hand, about 45 minutes to get dressed (no buttons, just pull on stuff.), 20 minutes to serve a plate of leftovers for lunch...
I have also had to cancel my driving test that was due to happen next Tuesday :(

So on a brighter note I have had more time on my hands to browse the internet and am delighted to say there is a Design Team call for the Simply Stampin' Challenge at the moment! I would really recommend entering this as it is such fun to browse through each week's entries and leave people lovely comments :)

The other advantage (DON'T tell my husband ;p) is that I can browse the shops for lots of lovely bargains for the garden... which of course he will have to plant as there is no way I can wield a spade with my hand the way it is... So far I have got:
1 apple tree (a dual one with 2 varieties on the same plant - sunset and golden delicious)
1 honeysuckle
1 clematis
1 passion flower
1 butterfly bush
3 UK native ferns
1 stunning climbing rose (named Mme Alfred Carriere)
1 forsythia
1 Acer (japanese maple)...

Heehee, I am not sure how pleased he is going to be with me, but the garden will end up looking lovely!

I would love to hear how your gardens are coming along in this odd spring that has started...

Becky x

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Simply Stampin' Challenge - Sketch 17

Hello! It's come back round to sketch week again, and this week's offering is (drumroll...)
Sketch 17.jpg
Tada! Deceptively simple I think, you can have a lot of fun with this one! I have stayed faithful to the sketch for once - well almost! I have left off the sentiment, but if you take a look at my card I think you will see why, a greeting would have just been way to much on my very busy design...

I LOVE the colours I have used on this card, so fresh and vibrant! Just the thing to match the nice spring weather we have had this week, and to encourage summer to come a bit faster...
Do you like my flower? I have used layers of vellum so it has a lighter almost glowing quality to it, and fastened through the middle with my favourite Antique Brads - they are so fabulous and great value!

I have used all different techniques on this card, but the panel behind the flower uses heat embossing resist - if you want to have a go at this technique why not come along to my workshop (details can be found HERE) and learn this one and many many more?
OK so to the recipe (all items SU unless otherwise stated):

Stamp Sets: Everything Eleanor, Medallion, A Comme Amie (retired)
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Vellum
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, VersaMark
Punches: 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, Scallop Border.
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Antique Brad, DSP, Mica Powder (non SU)

I hope you like it?
Happy Crafting
Becky x