Sunday, 27 February 2011

Weekend crafting!

We have had  a good weekend, with Alex and I going shopping yesterday morning followed by an afternoon trip to the local museum where the medical students were running a 'teddy bear' hospital. Alex was asked what was wrong with his teddy and instead of the usual 'poorly tummy' or 'broken arm/leg' he came out with 'he has a bone stuck in his throat'.  I don't think the students knew what to make of that! Alex enjoyed the time there, especially bandaging his teddy's arm, putting teddy in the pretend MRI scanner, and listening to the sound of my heart. 
Afterwards we went for a walk in the park where sadly Alex fell over with a big bump and now has a deep graze on his knee.  He was fairly brave about it and didn't cry for too long, being distracted by the idea of having an ice-cream.  Today we went swimming in the afternoon leaving Tim asleep in bed. Alex loved it as usual, jumping in, splashing, attempting to swim on his front and back and going down the water shoots...wonderful!
Crafting wise I have made three cards.  This fortnights challenge on the Quirky Crafts challenge site is 'Alice in Wonderland'.  You don't have to have any specific Alice stamps to join in, just use anything that is mentioned in the book. For example, for this card, which is for my Dad's birthday, I used playing cards, the white rabbits pocket watch and a tape measure (Alice kept growing and shrinking).  This card also fits with the monochrome theme from Stampin' for the weekend and the pound shop pretties theme from DCM (the little playing cards were 4 packs for £1 in poundstretchers.
This card is also for the Quirky Crafts challenge, being inspired by the Mad Hatters Tea party.  The scroll image is from our sponsor, the stamping boutique, and the tea cup stamp was free with the Crafty Stamper a few months ago.  I used paper piecing for the first time on this card (for the tea cup tower) and so this card also fits with Kaboodle Doodles 'new technique' and fussy and fancy's 'paper piecing' challenge. As the card  has a yummy cake complete with a crown, the card also fits with 'food' for Speedy the cats friends, 'sweet treats' for SCSC and 'hats' (I hope the crown counts) for MTTC.
Finally I made a card for this weeks Less is More challenge, which was to make a card using three squares.  Now I had about three attempts at this card before I came up with something I was happy with!  I used a cuttle bug embossing folder for the three squares, mounted them with a thin strip of pink showing added a pink Penny Black flower stamp to each, a ribbon and three pearls and finallly a Kanban sentiment stamp. This is actually my second attempt with these elements as the first time I mounted them too high on the card! This card also fits with the flowers theme from Stamp something and crazy4challenges, and the anything goes theme from do you stack up. That is all from me for now.  Have a great week everyone,


Chrissie said...

Those squares are effective Caro and the flowers are a very pretty pink. With the soft look of the flowers, maybe the upper case sentiment is a little severe, perhaps a script sentiment might have fitted with the flowers a little more sympathetically.
Thanks so much for joining us again and we hope to see you next time!
"Less is More"

Sue said...

Really pretty card , love the embossed squares


Vicki Dutcher said...

Pretty cards - Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

your card is fab and love the embossed squares {are they cuttlebug?) :)

Kathy said...

hehe, I have some of the little playing cards, but mine were even cheaper - they came out of a Christmas mas cracker - and I didn't even buy the crackers!
thanks for joining in with The Daring
Poundshop challenge this week

WencheP said...

Beautiful and so elegant! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Mandi said...

Super blooms, thanks for joining us again Caro

"Less is More"

Gina said...

I love the soft pink you have used and the cuttlebug folder has worked brilliantly with the flower stamp.
Gina x

Meggymay said...

Beautiful cards, love your 3 squares and the flower stamp you used.

Lythan said...

Adorable cards Caro! Those playing cards were a great buy and I love the paper pieced tea cups so much. Thanks for being a Poundshop Princess with Daring Cardmakers this week :)

massofhair said...

Pretty pink colour scheme, stunning flower images and really a fantastic less is more card.
Sometimes it can be harder to get something like this just right,well done very elegant and contemporary looking:-)

Susan said...

Love the cards! The LIM card is so cute...great embossing!

Peggysue said...

Very pretty CAS card! I have a hard time leaving so much white space. I’m glad you joined us for the DYSU Anything Goes challenge & hope to see you again!

Curlybear said...

Wow this is such an scrumptious creation, and beautiful colours

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 123 Sweet Treats

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Curlybear said...

Wow this is such an scrumptious creation, and beautiful colours

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 123 Sweet Treats

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Jan said...

Fab card, I love it xx Jan

Jo said...

The little playing cards look fantastic! A brilliant card, thank you for sharing it with

Daring Cardmakers

jo x

Faith A said...

Fab cards, love the pink squares.

Stamps and Paper said...

A very pretty card.


Miranda said...

gorgeous Caro, looks great
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge again this week


patriziawithaz said...

If you have to wear a hat then it might as well be a crown !! haha Thanks for sharing at MTTCC this week and I hope we see you again soon x

Suze Bain said...

Super card, I love the flower stamp.

Anonymous said...

Love all of your cards love the way you have embossed the 3 squares one

Lesley said...

Lovely card! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

So yummy!

Thanks for joining our “Sweet Treats” challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Virgo5 said...

Love your Tea Party invite!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Susan Raihala said...

The piecing on the tea part invitation is SUPERB! All three cards are lovely. Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Harriet Skelly said...

I love the paper pieced tea cups! All of your cards are lovely! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!