Sunday, 9 October 2011

Busy weekend!

Yesterday, despite the wind and rain, we decided to go out on a family trip to celebrate my birthday.  As we were all tired we decided to go to Magna, which is indoors and not too far away from home.  Unfortunately, my favourite exhibit wasn't working, but the indoors tornado was very cool.
Alex had a great time; spinning wheels, pushing buttons, lifting levers, operating a full size digger arm, blasting us with air cannons and shooting the water pistols.
The best bit however, was probably being a miner, wearing a hard hat and blasting the rocks out, then wheeling them to a grader which he could operate.
Today we went to the harvest service at our local church, which was lovely; 300 people there including Beavers, guides and scouts who joined in with the service.  Alex found sitting in for the whole service quite hard, but did say that he likes church and wants to go back again so I am pleased about that. This afternoon we went to see friends where we did crafting with the kids which was fun.
I can't believe it is a fortnight since our last challenge at Quirky Crafts. This time it is Lyn who has set the challenge of spooky/Halloween or a recipe of black, gold and glitter.  Now, I am not a Halloween fan, but I was given some 'spooky' images to work with and was given a free spooky looking stamp with my last order from Crafty Individuals so decided to combine the two to make this tag.  The bats and poison symbols come from our sponsor, Limited Runs and I coloured the tag using distress inks and promarkers. As this tag does have a Halloween feel I am entering it into Stamp with fun, Tuesday throwdown, and Meljen's, all of which have Halloween as their themes this week.
As usual I had to check out Less is More this weekend. Their new challenge is a one layer card featuring at least one heart.  My first attempt was a disaster so I took inspiration from Mandi's card and cut out a heart to use as a mask and then stamped autumn leaves into the mask and added red gems for berries and a few sakura stardust sparkly highlights (sadly they don't show up in this photo). To me this feels like a pile of leaves, or a hand full of leaves thrown in the air by a child! I am entering this into Simon says stamp 'sparkle and bling', Stampin for the weekend 'Autumn colours', Speedy the cats friends 'no designer papers' and SCSC 'Anything goes plus sparkles'.
Finally, I made a scrapbook layout following this weeks Sketchy Thursday sketch. This features Alex's 4th Birthday trip to The Deep in Hull.   I am entering this into sew many cards 'anything goes' challenge.  That is all from me for now.  Have a great week everyone...I am hoping that my new laptop will have arrived and been set up by the time I post next.


Jan said...

Your card looks great. Looks like you had a great time. xx Jan

Sandra Stephens said...

I don't do Halloween either so am loving the heart card...I love the colours.
Glad you have had a great weekend.

Yolanda said...

Terrific tag. The angle of the tower is excellent. Thanks for joining in on the Tuesday Throwdown this week.

Anonymous said...

Such lovely creations!! I love your fun Halloween tag with the images and design! Thanks so much for joining with us at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week!! Hope you will join us again! *Vicki* - Oct GDT

Jenny said...

Magna looks like a fun place !
Fantastic cards, love the pretty colours on your LIM card :)
Jenny x

Chrissie said...

This looks great Caro... Mandi's card was truly inspirational wasn't it!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Pauline said...

Fantastic heart card, gorgeous colours, and what a great day out too!

Linby said...

It's lovely - what a great idea.

Loli said...

Beautiful card, very autumnal, i love the colouring, well done :D and happy birthday to you.:D
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Vicky Hayes said...

What fun you have! I love the stamped-in-a-stencil LiM heart - very effective in those gorgeous colours.

Davi said...

Fun card and better yet pic of your son :) Thanks for sharing at TT this week

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

The children looks like they had lots of fun. Your projects are just beautiful. Thank you so much for playing along with Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge this week.

Bear Hugs,

Christine said...

Sounds like you and your family had a wonderful day!! Lovely crafting you got done!! Love the technique that you used on the heart card. Beautiful choice of ink color and just the right amount of bling!
Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Brenda said...

Very lovely and beautiful card!! Thank you for playing along with us at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge.

Lynne said...

Great card,super colours.
Lynne xxx

Katja said...

What a great card! Thank you so much for joining us at our challenge at Meljen's Designteam & Challenge Blog!


Cazzy said...

Alex makes a good miner, great layout for a future Quirky challenge perhaps?

Love your spooky tag! I never used to do Halloween until we had a family move next door but one with three lovely, sweet, polite and good children, who are all at the Catholic school, who do come round dressed up so I have a cauldron with treats and a witches hat, and I try and make them a card. The first year they came round (wasn't expecting it) and the little one gave me some sweets! We also had some very sweet teenage fairies one year, but that is all.

Cazzy x

Cazzy x

Ravengirl said...

This is so beautiful!!!

Tomomi said...

great your works!
those are so pretty:)
Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!!

Robin Parker said...

Wow, what a clever way to incorporate the challenge into your creation. Thanks for sharing on the Meljen's Design Challenge.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like a great weekend! I loveeeeeeee the tag, card and the lo!! Your creations are always fab! Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Mandi said...

Superb card CAro
~I'm so glad I inspired you
Belated birthday wishes to you

Thank you as always
Mandi LI?M

downrightcrafty said...

Gorgeous sparkly creation and love the color choice, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge this week.
hugs Kate xx
PS I have some new candy if you are interested:)

fatmonica said...

I love the tag and the heart card's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Cute LO! Looks like fun :) Thanks for joining us this week at Sketchy Thursdays :)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Caro, Looks like you've all been having a great time, Belated happy birthday wishes to you:0) I love your heart card, it's very pretty, Gay xxx

Amanda Johnson said...

Fabulous projects!! Thanks so much for playing along at Sketchy Thursdays!

Kasia said...

Great works! Love that Haloween's tag :)
Layout is so cute! Thanks for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!

Winnie and Patty said...

What a wonderful card! Great no designer paper challenge! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

az said...

Happy birthday Alex!!!
Does Alex like fishes??
These fishes are so cute and much the background-blue-paper.
Thank you so much for your challenge!!!

Designing with Debbie said...

Pretty card. Happy belated birthday. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. We hope to see you again next week. Check out our new design team at SpeedyTV

Andie's Space said...

Hi Caro,
Looks like you had fun at Magno & your creations are wonderful. Your heart card looks perfect for the this time of year, the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafters this week.
Andie xx