Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Did you miss me?

I've been away for a week, visiting my Mum up in the North of England. I left several scheduled posts for while I was away, and lovely Di from the Snippets Playground even linked some of them to challenges for me, so if you're reading this in the hope of finding a good time to burgle my house, sorry, mate, but you've been foiled! I've tried to do a little commenting while I was away, but eventually I gave up because the internet connection I was getting through my phone was so bad.

Mum is 90 and very arthritic, so she is effectively housebound, but the weather was good and we managed to get her out and about in her wheelchair a bit, for a couple of country walks and shopping trips and a meal at a local farm, and we've left her fridge stocked with goodies (although I suspect she's ignoring the 'real' food we left and guzzling all the chocolates first!) so all in all I think she really enjoyed our visit.

While I was away, I managed a quick visit to the Simply Yours Papercraft Show in Leigh, thanks to the help of Jean from BJ Crafts so I had chance to enjoy all the inspiration and stock up on a few crafting goodies, which went a little way towards making up for a week of no crafting!  It was a week of little or no cooking too, as Mum's kitchen is very cramped and grubby, so Mark and I are battling for kitchen space now. At the moment he's cooking up a vat of tomato sauce, so I'm back in blogland for a while, until it's my turn to go and have a bash at pickling cucamalons. Have any of you ever tried doing that?

I've eased myself back into crafting with a very quick and CAS card. It was going to have been a Christmas card, until I realised that the double sided peel off I'd always assumed was a poinsettia was actually a sunflower! It is from an NBUS sheet of double sided peel offs that I bought from QVC about 750 years ago and stored in my Christmas stash, so I've had to relocate it! I stuck it to a snippet of white card, cut to fit inside the edges of a snippet of gold, cut into a "postage stamp" square using an old Cuttlebug die. I foiled the peel off with gold, but maybe because it was so old, the foil didn't take very well so I also sprinkled it with gold glitter, giving it a nice dual texture finish.

The sentiment is that magazine freebie stamp that everyone loves so much, and I cut the outer layer of gold using scallop-edged scissors held upside down to give a bigger version of the postage stamp effect.

I am sharing this with
Less is More - Sticker, Sticky Label or Peel off
Sweet Stampin - No designer paper
Addicted to stamps and more - CAS
Pixie's Snippets Playground - week 244
DJ KardKreations - NBUS #7


Sue - said...

Lovely card Jane and I think it could easily be a Christmas card with a different sentiment. As for cucamelons, until I read Mark's blog I'd never heard of them but I suppose you could treat them like gherkins.

Esther said...

That's a fab card Jane! I love the gold glitter which adds some great texture. Glad you had a good visit with your mum - and I'd eat the chocolates first too! Thanks for playing with us at Less is More :)

Goblinf said...

never heard of cucamelons, I shall have to google it!

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Jane, a lovely CAS design.
I'm glad you had a lovely break with your Mum.
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Such a lovely CAS card Jane. This is just perfect for our 'No NDP' challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

Barb said...

It would be the perfect card for Liz with the golden sunflower. I have to say how impresed I am with the way you handled your fancy cut scissors. I never seem get to the end without veering to the left. Isn't Di an absolute computer whizz. She's helped me out in the past too.

I'm glad you had a good time away and glad to hear you managed to pick up some goodies on the way. It sounds as if you gave your Mum a good time too. I'm sure she loved having you both visiting. Now unlike you I dread having to get back in the kitchen when I've been away and I used to love cooking 20 years ago. Hugs, Barbxx

Susan said...

Such a pretty and elegant card! Perfect for our challenge. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Di said...

Hi Jane

Lovely card, so CAS and also elegant. Really glad you had such a nice break and are now champing at the bit to get cooking again. I'm like that if we've been staying in a hotel or where I can't cook. Tee, hee - don't tell Barb just how easy it is to link someone into challenges :)

Thanks for coming to play in the Playground.


Di xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Super sparkly, glamour CAS and fun Jane.
Great card and great take on our challenge.
Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week. Sarah

Aileen said...

Great card, love the simplicity and gold always looks beautiful. have wonderful to have a friend who links up your cards for challenges for you, the Cardmaking community is so wonderful. Take care xx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

That's lovely. Clean fresh design. Gorgeous. What a fabulous take on our 'No Designer Series Paper' challenge. So gorgeous. Thanks for joining in the fun with the Sweet Stampin' crew this week. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

Unknown said...

Lovely card! Love the gold embellishment. Thank you for joining us ay ATSM this week!
Kamila DT

Neets B said...

Love the gold and white combo and the postage stamp frames. The little sprinkle of gold adds just the right amount of bling.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Darnell said...

First of all, I had to go and visit the Google family of researchers to find out what a cucamalon was. It's a new word and a new vegie to me, which is quite beciting! They are adorable!! Why don't we have them here, she asks indiginatively! Poor us!

Secondly, I think your Mum and me is twins. I'd only be beavering away at the chocolate stash, too! I'm sure she cherished all you did to bring her out into the light while you were there!

And now to the reason you called. Your CASlicious card is lovely! All that gold and all that glitter is fabulous! To be honest, with that sediment, you could use this for any occasion whatsoever! I think it would still do as a Christmas card! Go you for getting in there deep and dirty and using that NBUS! And thank you so much for playing again in my challenge! Hugs, Darnell (By the way, you look really good for being 778 years old!!)

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Hahahaha! I have stuff that is 750 years old too! Your CAS card us lovely and elegant, Jane. Thanks so much for joining us at Addicted to Stamps!