Sunday, 30 October 2011

Gentle weekend at home

We have had a gentle weekend catching up of jobs etc.  Yesterday Alex and I went into town on the tram to get him some new clothes.  While we were there he also wanted to explore the cathedral so we spent a happy 30 minutes going into every nook and cranny.  I was surprised by how much he enjoyed it.  The old gentlemen were collecting for the poppy appeal and allowed Alex to sit in their 1944 army jeep much to his delight.
Today we went back to our new church (Alex loved the Sunday school) and this afternoon we headed out to Alex's school 'Pumpkin party' with Alex dressed as a viking! It wasn't what you would call a great success...Alex didn't really like the party because the music was too loud.  We survived for a little while with him alternating between being grumpy and manic and then went to the park with some of his class mates instead which was much more fun.
Crafting wise I have had a busy few days making Birthday cards for family and friends, some Christmas cards and a scrapbook layout.  Here is the layout which follows this weeks Sketchy Thursday sketch and gave me an excuse to use up some pink scraps from a previous project.  Having only boys in my family I don't get to use pink often!  I am therefore also entering this layout into Speedy the cat's friends 'use your scraps' challenge as only the doily and background card are not scraps.
What is the first thing that I do on a saturday morning? Check out the LIM site of course!  This time the challenge was stars so I made this Christmas card. First I used Adirondack colour wash inks (butterscotch, terracota and eggplant) and gold shimmer mist to make the central panel. Once it had dried I stamped the three wise men in black and then hand drew a star in versamark ink and heat embossed it with sparkly gold embossing powder. I then mounted this panel onto a dark red mat and then added this to the cream card.
The next card used some of the same orangey, shiny hand made background paper and a craft individuals image mounted onto cream card which had been embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I am entering this one into Delicious Doodles 'good vs evil' (I chose good with these cute angels', SCSC 'spooky or whimsical' (definitely whimsical!) and Flutterby Wednesday 'halloween colours' (orange and black).
The first of the birthday cards is for my Gran who will be 87 next week.  I used tapestry stamps for the stamped oval and a crafty individuals stamp for the centre as one of her joys is watching the birds flying past the windows of her flat.  I am entering this into Paper Cutz 'fall leaves, no green or blue', the autumn leaves spiralling round the cake in this weeks Cupcake Inspirations and Crafty Creations 'leaves and fall'.
Finally I made a birthday card for a little girl who turns 4 this week. She is into all things pink and fairies.  For this card I followed the sketch from The pixie cottage; the cupcake is cut out of wrapping paper and the fairy is from Lavinia stamps. That is all from me for now.  Have a great week everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

23 comments:

Sandra Stephens said...

Lovely cards Caro...I especially like the one for your Nan...it's beautiful.
xxx

Chrissie said...

Super background on your LIM card Caro, those inks are really effective... and a great stamp.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Barbara Colbert said...

Cute picture of Alex licking that cotton candy! Looks like he is an energetic little guy! What fun! Thanks for stopping in at Speedy the Cat's Challenge!

StampnMichelle said...

lovely interpretation of the star theme in the 3 wise men card

Ashley said...

What great projects! LOVE the one with the fall colors! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Cutz Challenge!

~Ashley
Paper Cutz Challenge DT

Jenny said...

Fabulous card Caro, your three wise men look great on the inked panel :)
Jenny x

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creations, thank you for sharing with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have some candy if you are interested :)

Linny said...

Lovely card, super image too. Thanks for joining in at Secret Crafter Saturday challenge.Linda

Viv said...

Great LIM card, love all the others too :O) Viv xx

Sandra said...

Great cards! Sandra

Elaine said...

You have lots of great cards! And your son is adorable! Thanks for playing along a Paper Cutz Challenge:)

Francy said...

Gorgeous jobs. Thank you for playing at The Pixie Cottage this week.
Francy

Anna said...

Oh, my goodness! Love that you made your card into a Christmas card with the color combo at Flutter By Wed! Thanks for sharing with us at Flutter By Wed!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

He looks adorable in his costume! LOVE IT!!! And loveeeeeeeeeeee your cards and lo! Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Jane said...

Great cards and layout thanks for playing at Delicious Doodles
Luv Jane xxx

acreativeneed said...

Wow! Lovely cards!! The birthday card is gorgeous! Thanks for playing the Crafty Creations challenge with us!
smiles,Deena

Vicky Hayes said...

Your creations are wonderful Caro - I love the warm backgrounds on your Christmas cards and the birthday cards are great too - I particularly like the idea of the fairy sprinkling the cake! I was amused by your cunning photo of your son eating candy floss - already plotting the use of pink in the layout no doubt!

NancyD said...

Nice layout and leaves. Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Cutz. NancyD

Zulma said...

Beautiful card! nice colors and images. TFS with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
Zulma DT

Sharon said...

Great projects!!! Love them all!! Thank you for sharing with us at Paper Cutz Challenge!!! :)

Brenda said...

Fabulous projects!!! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge.

Helen said...

Fabulous cards - love the CAS style!
Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Lisa A. said...

What a beautiful card...love the Kings stamps and the colors you used...just beautiful:)!!