Thursday, 9 June 2011


I have been watching Maureen Lipman at the Hay Festival on TV this morning.  Man, is she so intelligent and funny.  But whatsmore, and what I envy her for, she is observant.  I am not, I miss all the little subtleties that go on, don't pick up the non verbals and generally allow the world to pass by unnoticed unless it's "in your face" type of event.  Can any of you remember her sitcom "Agony"...I'm 16 and I'm feeling kinda on the shelf, sometimes I get a funny pain....
So as it's my birthday tomorrow, I have just ordered her latest book from Amazon, it'll be fabulous, I know it and it's bitesize peices of wit and wonder.  Can't wait.
This card is for Polka Doodles secret.  It's not wildly imaginative I admit, but the secret is in on of the tiny envelopes and it's a promise tot the person receiving the card.

She's Gorjuss, carrying a letter and I've used a Papermania pad to make tonal paper envelopes, with a papermania template.  Decorated them with peel offs, added a green brad and coloured Gorjuss with Promarkers.  The band across the middle is Martha Stewart leaf punch and I've saved the leaves and added them to the envelopes.  It's all distressed with Black soot ink.

I don't know what to have with birthday money but I am desperately trying to avoid crafting goodies as I have too much.   But it's going to be difficult to resist.
Catcha later.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Just a quickie post.  Entry for Less is More challenge this week, which is monochrome.  So I have opted for Lilac and fulfilled my objective of doing some stamped cards this week.  Have a couple of days off for the old birthday so might get a bit of craft time.  Yay!
It's a Gorjuss girl in the rain, purple papers and confetti and a Sue Dreamer rub on, all on card punched with a Martha Stewart.
Hubby's back from Las Vegas.  I didn't get a pressie, girls!
Catcha later

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Dogs and bones

Have managed to do a card for this week's Polka Doodles, whose theme is Male only card.  For me, like many other crafters, I find it difficult being inspired by male themed cards.  However, yesterday, I took niece number 2 to Hartlepool Museum and maritime experience where I picked up a few postcards, reflecting wartime advertising and slogans.  One of which was about growing food in your garden or getting an allotment.
Now allotments are popular in our village as it was a mining village with terraced houses, many without gardens.  So allotments have always been sought after.  My OH and his brother were offered one after the owner died, and we were filled with Tom and Barbara Goode type thoughts, lovely fresh veggies and flowers. But when the lads came to turn over the soil, they found the remains of many a dead whippet and greyhound. The previous owner had been a dog lover and his dearly departed friends got buried in the allotment.  As you can imagine, the dream soon faded and the land was offered to someone who would be less phased by the dead dogs and their bones.  So to the card:

It's Basic grey paper, sewn roughly (still getting familiar with the old machine), half of the dig your allotment postcard, mounted with the edges distressed with Tim Holtz's distressing thingy: a Polka Doodles paper ribbon, a 7 gypsies flower label, a Tim Holtz ticket and a leaf shaped button.  The circle is a reflection of the digger. It's very forties, but would suit the chaps round here of a certain age.
Catcha later