Sunday, 20 March 2011

Mixed weekend

Well it has been a somewhat mixed weekend, with lots of shopping trips, including an extremely frustrating one to B&Q, where despite promises made on the website they only had shelving that was 30cm in depth and we need at least 40cm, preferably more. I think that sorting out the storage for Alex's toys is going to be a little more complex than I hoped, although you can see from this photo why we need something! I am on a mission to sort out the house, not my favourite job but so far I have taken 2 bin bags full of clothes and things to a charity shop so I am making a start in the right direction. I am going to tackle one room at a time doing a complete spring clean, emptying out cupboards etc. It will take me ages as I have to work full-time, look after my family and want to craft at least a little each day to keep me from going insane, but it will get done!
Today we had a much more fun day with Alex and I heading to the swimming pool where he proceeded to jump in and out, splash and actually managed to swim (albeit with armbands) and started trying to dive!...one happy little boy!
Crafting wise I have made a masculine card for this weeks Less is More challenge. Like most people I struggle with this style of card, but found this lovely vintage car stamp which I stamped using versafine ink onto a distress ink (teabag) background. I then mounted the image onto brown and black card stock scraps and used a scrap of K&Co stripey paper. The happy birthday sentiment is the only one I possess, which is from Penny Black. I am also entering this card for the Tuesday taggers 'chocolate' challenge (needless to say I went for the colour!), Simon says stamp 'birthday' challenge, Ooh La La 'its a man thing' and Kaboodle Doodle 'birthday' challenge.
One of my colleagues is getting married next month, and the theme of her wedding is blue and she will be wearing pearls, hence the idea behind this wedding card. I don't have a large hearts die-cut so I used my fiskars cutter for the heart and then drew another one on the blue and cut it out with scalloped scissors - I was quite pleased with how it turned out considering! I am entering this card for the stamp something 'sweet' (that couple look so sweet and the corners are stamped) and the Paper cutz 'your choice' challenge. That is all from me for now. Thank you for looking and commenting.  Have a great week everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

24 comments:

Susie Sugar said...

Great cards and your little lad looks happy
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Pauline said...

Two fabulous cards.

Suze Bain said...

Super masculine card Caro. (oh dear, your play room looks like my craft room, good luck with the spring clean!) xx

sharingthepassion said...

This car stamp is fabulous...such a great masculine card. Love it

Ali x

Wendi said...

2 very beautifully created cards I am sure your friend will love her wedding card and the male one fits our challenge nicely
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
Wendi

Jo said...

Fab card - love the vintage car stamp. Jo x

Chrissie said...

Thanks for another super submission to "Less is More" Caro.
I like your sentiment, but if you were to use your PC for generating a sentiment you could have unlimited Happy Birthdays!
We have a tutorial for generating them in Week 3's post.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Your card for the LIM challenge...is FABULOUS!!!

kelly said...

Love your vintage car masculine card, amazing!

Kelly xx

www.kellyscraftincorner.blogspot.com

CAROL said...

Great cards, love the vintage car image xx

Rita said...

Love the vintage feel to your card, it really stands out. Hugs Rita xxx

Anne said...

I like your cards as always Caro. I can understand you wanting to get the house sorted. I am feeling that way at the moment and let it get me down a little. Like you I am trying to sort a room at a time. I don't of course have lots of toys around ( though there are still some of their toys in the roof space) but I am trying to declutter) You are right to try and have some crafting time for yourself. It is hard being a mum and working fulltime. Do look after yourself. Anne x

Caroline Hallett said...

great vintage card for the LIM challenge - and I know B&Q is usually fraught for us too - they never have what I want in the numbers I need - or they are out of stock!

Lisa said...

HI there
Pop over to Delightful challenges, winners post, YOU WON!!!

Mandi said...

Charming cards, thought at first it was the toys lol
Thanks for joining us again
mandi
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

Great guy card and loving the striped paper

Kathyk

Sammibug said...

Great cards! Love the clean and simple look of the card with the old car. Thank you for joining in our "Man" challenge at Ooh La La!

massofhair said...

Love your old jalopy card stamp it makes a great image for a masculine card:-)

Kathy said...

What pretty card designs and color too. These cards will certainly put a huge smile on the lucky recipients face. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge. :)

Aileen said...

Super masculine card. x

LazyKay said...

Great that Alex is learning to swim, it's SO important.

Lovely craft work - I love the vintage car.

xxxxxx

Meggymay said...

Thankyou for joining us at TioT's this week, love your old car card.

Lynne said...

Love the vintage car card. great man card.
Lynne xxx

Sylvie said...

Wonderful card
Hug Sylvie x