Saturday, 4 August 2012

A crafty morning

I was "gently" awoken at 4 o'clock this morning by DH hearing a mosquito. When he turned the light on, there were about 30 of them whining around the room. They must have got in the window which I had left open on the security latch - just a crack really.

I don't ever remember having mosquito problems in England before. I know that there are 30-odd resident species here, but they have bothered animals more than people. But this year we have waved a thankful goodbye to the tropical and desert mozzies, only to find that the irritating little blighters have decided to move here too. For goodness sake.

4am is not the best time of day to go charging around the house energetically walloping a "feather" duster against the walls and ceilings for half an hour, and then expect to fall asleep again quickly. I am tired. But my body still woke up at normal time and only let me doze for a few minutes' lie-in. Again, for goodness sake.

Card-making is always soothing when the brain is tired but the body is wide awake.

Other god-son's 11th birthday is this weekend, and I understand he is getting a BMX bike. And some Lego, but I'm a bit Legoed out after his brother's card. So I concentrated on the bike.

Basic Grey are asking for "bright and bold" this fortnight, and Stampavie want Birthdays. I wanted to use a Sketch Saturday sketch, but they haven't put up this week's challenge yet, so I used one of their old ones. The image is a digital stamp from edupics, coloured with my faithful Copics. The BG Lime Rickey collection is just perfect for this, and I used the scraps to make a banner inside.

I missed Less Is More's pretty sketch last week which I had a load of ideas for (thank you holiday washing and ironing) but I'm up early for the new "blue and green" challenge. It also fits for Cute Card Thursday's "clean and simple" theme, and Creative Card Crew's "beach/sea" theme. Cute huh?
(ETA: that's a wave)

And here are this fortnight's Twinchies challenge of bright colours. These adorable little woodland stamps were embossed in black before colouring - and I STILL managed to smudge the black with my Copics. I really thought that embossing wouldn't do that, but you learn something new every day. These three will probably go on a card in another bunch of threes. I really like that look.

And now the forecast thunderstorm is breaking (this really IS like the tropics, except about 10 degrees cooler!) and I have to stir my stumps.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Paula Whittaker said...

nice bright twinchies.....just great for the challenge.

Zoe said...

Fab little twinchies Hun xxx thank you for entering our 3rd challenge, good luck xxx Zoe xxx

Georgina said...

You have been a busy girlie! Love all the cards and laughed out loud at your descriptive commentary!

Vicky said...

Two lovely cards and great twinchies, so bright!! Thank you for entering the wave card into our beach & sea challenge at Creative Card Crew

hugs Vicky xxx

Chrissie said...

Great LIM card this week Squirrel!
You have been really busy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Barbara said...

Wow, I absolutely adore these designs, so very colourful. Wishing you good luck in our challenge xx Barbara xx

Carole said...

Oh so clever wave, truly lovely.
This card definitely needed a closer look. Oh so delightful:)

Linda said...

Great cards, and your twinchies are just adorable. I love the bright colours and the little stamps are just the perfect size and beautifully coloured. xx

FiLoMa said...

Your cards are beautiful. The boy card is lovely and bright and the twinchies are fabulous. The card of the sea is elegant and simple with class. A nice vibrant blue sea. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

Gillian said...

Great cards. LOVE the lim card

Marijke said...

very pretty LIM card

Anonymous said...

Fabulous cards - love the one with the wave.

Mandi said...

Super card , so effective
Ideal for us on the Isle of Wight too
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Tam said...

I like that wave card. cool!

Eileen said...

Awwww these Twinchies are so sweet.
Thanks for joining in the Twinchies Challenge this week.
Eileen xx

Victoria said...

Sorry about your mosquito night. Your LiM card is fabulously crisp and elegant.

Elaine said...

Love your set of twinchies - very bright!

Von said...

Love your less s more card :)
Von x☺x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Love your Twinchies with the bright colours and great colouring :)

Kate M said...

Thought that I'd spray hello too! A great trio of twinchies - fabulous.
Am now following

andrea said...

Fab twinchies so cute,thankyou for joining us in our challenge

Angela said...

Great cards...your wave card is amazing! Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew!

Angélique said...

Great cards!
Thanks for joining us at BasicGrey Challenges.

Angélique - DT

Tammy Spruce - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

oh my gosh I love that wave!