Today we went out for a family pub lunch to The Sportsman, which is 5 minutes drive from our house. It is a real old fashioned, traditional English pub serving non complicated pub food. Tim had fish and chips with the biggest cod you have ever seen, and I had lasagne, salad and chips. For desert we shared a rubbarb pie and custard. Yummy! Alex was awake the whole time and was a complete star, playing with his Octopus and gently chatting away. Tim has always been hesitant of taking Alex out for lunch, although I have done this many times, so I think it surprised him how good Alex was and how easy it really is. Hopefully this means that I will be able to persuade him to do it again soon!
The other treat for today was a parcel of crafty goodies that arrived for me: 4 Adirondack ink pads, a paperartsy stamp, a pack of wedding stickers, and a rubber brayer. Time for me to play I think!!
I have recently discovered, thanks to other peoples blogs, the joys of challenge sites. The only one I have previously used has been Pencil Lines for scrapbooking sketches, however, I decided to look at some of the cardmaking ones. This card is based on sketch number 23 on the Sketch This Cards site, and is for a friend who's baby girl is due next week. Funnily enough this card also meets the challenge for Wednesday Stamper, although it doesn't use a single stamp, as this weeks challenge was to use stitching on a card (real, drawn or stamped) and two of the papers I used have stitches on them. Isn't it great when you can do a 2-in-1!! I am really pleased with this card and hope that Zoe will like it.
I also had a bit of a play today with my new stash! I used the resist technique with stamps from the Stamps Away range and Adirondack butterscotch ink pad to generate the background for the main panel of this card. I then stamped some hearts in gold (versamark), then stamped two more hearts in red (pretty colour) and embossed over the red in pearl gold (the red shows through), and added a little of the red to the card by dry brushing and lightly sprinkled some pearly gold embossing powder and heat set this before adding the wedding stickers. Finally I edged this with red ink. This whole central panel was then matted onto red patterned card, before adding to the white card and inking the edge in red. This is a new set of collage techniques for me and I am thrilled with how it turned out. I would love to know what you think.