Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Because I Care

Hi everyone

What a lovely day it is here in Yorkshire today! A bit of a change from the miserable Bank Holiday. My hubby usually grumbles like mad when the Bank Holiday bad weather sets in ... but this weekend there were no grumbles at all as he retires at the end of the week so bad weekends hopefully wont put him in the grumpy corner !!!

Today's card is a condolence card using the lovely "Because I Care" stamp set. I think it's always rather difficult to make these cards but the sentiment on the "Because I Care" stamp set seemed just right! I've teamed this up with the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper in Baja Breeze and then stamped the tiny flower stamp on the Crumb Cake cardstock in Whisper White craft ink.

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Inks: Baja Breeze, Whisper White (Craft)
Stamp: Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Punches: Scallop Oval Extra Large, Oval Large
Bits & Bobs: Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), Jewels

Friday, 20 May 2011

Punch Potpourri meets French Foliage ...

Hi Everyone
Here's a pretty card that I've just made for a lovely friend of mine ... she'll be celebrating her 75th birthday soon but this isn't a birthday card - just a little note to accept her invitation to join her for a celebratory meal!?!
Can't wait!?!
I've used the bird from the lovely Punch Potpourri set together with the French Foliage stamps for the background.
As I don't have any square envelopes I have to make my own --- so I used the Love Letter Designer Paper to match the card!

Bye 'till next time.

-x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: Love Letter
Stamp Sets: Punch Potpourri, French Foliage
Bits & Bobs: Jumbo Eyelets, Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Snail adhesive

Monday, 16 May 2011

Fun Facts About Bees & Honey ...

It's that time of the year when our household is all a buzz frantically spinning all our honey from our bees ... little time left to get any crafting done (tho' the lovely stamp set Nature Walk came in handy for the leaflets!?!)

So, for a little break from card making, here's 10 fun and interesting facts that you may (or may not) know about bees ...
1. Honeybees have five eyes.
2. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
3. Honey stored in airtight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
4. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight.
5. Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
6. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb of honey.
7. Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb of honey.
8. On average a worker bee with make 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
9. Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honeybee flying once around the world.
10. Honeybees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

So there you have it ... perhaps you've learnt something new or perhaps you'd like to know more about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping! If so, please click HERE for a link to my beekeeping website.
We still have a buzzy time ahead with lots more honey to extract ... but hopefully it wont be too long before I'm back to my card making!?!
Bye for now!
-x- Linda -x-

Thursday, 5 May 2011

French Foliage with a vintage feel

Hi Everyone

If there's one stamp set you really should treat yourself to this year, it has to be the French Foliage (p15 of the mini catalogue) ... I know some of you have overlooked this set and not given it a second look --- but it's such a lovely set, especially for giving your cards a vintage look!

For today's card I've used Certainly Celery, Rose Red & Whisper White - a delightful colour combination don't you think? I've also used some DP from the Botanical Gazette series in Old Olive --- can you spot where it is?

More ideas to follow shortly ...

Happy Stampin!

-x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Certain Celery, Rose Red & Whisper White
DP: Botanical Gazette
Stamp Sets: French Foliage, Silhouette Sentiments (flower), Fresh Cuts (sentiment)
Inks: Basic Black, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Bits & Bobs: Paper Piercer, Vintage Brads, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive