Monday, 14 May 2012

Flowers and Footie



Good Morning Peeps, hope you all had a good weekend. At least the rain stopped her for a couple of days but it's back to normal again now and been pouring since the middle of the night.

I had an eventful outing with my new mobility scooter yesterday, we decided it would be sensible to find out exactly how long the battery lasted, I had already used it for a couple of hours last weekend, so set off to Peterborough to do a bit of shopping, upgrade my phone and call into a certain craft shop to drop off some samples and have a coffee..............yes Sir Stampalot of course.

We spent an hour or so in Queensgate Shopping Centre, then headed off across town to the other M&S clothes store. Spent another hour there, hubby went off to another floor to get a couple of new cases and said he would meet me at the checkout. Silly idea, there are five checkouts on the two floors and despite trawling the whole store he was nowhere to be found, at which point the low batter signal came on, so I hastily paid for my goodies and went downstairs to see if he was waiting by the main doors..............sorry it's a long story, hope you are still with me. 

He was nowhere in sight, so next I went to check if he was on the seats outside but came to a halt on the pavement..................you got it, the battery expired. So a quick learning curve on the new phone and I got hold of him and I can only assume he turned into the invisible man as he maintains he was still waiting at a checkout.......in ladies lingerie no less !!!! So the upshot of the story is he had to push me back through M&S, two large cases in tow and leave me at the rear of the store whilst he went back to the other end of town to get the car. At least I know the batter lasts about five hours.

So a few quick shares and I thought I would enter a few challenges for a change. The card at the top is a nice bit of inky indulgence, a mixture of stamps........all listed below, ink dusting for the background and some seam binding. This card is my entry for the following challenges:

Pretty Little Ribbons - Blossoms and Butterflies
Craft a Scene - Spring Flowers
Paper Sundaes - Things with Wings
By the Cute and Girlie - Spring is in the Air


I think the expression on the image of my second card just about sums up our season, somewhat frustrating, but at least we won the Carling Cup so have some silverware on the cabinet and will be in Europe next season. It's one of my recent DT cards for Stamp Addicts using their fun sportsmen stamps. I thought it would be perfect for this challenge:

Pan Pastels - Sports


And finally, one of the sample I dropped into Stampalot yesterday using some lovely new dies and matching stamps which I have been very lucky to be working with the last week, thanks Janice. The stamps are sized to fit the arch doors perfectly, then there is the larger Chateau Gate stamps which also coordinates with the dies, I will share some using that shortly. The vine also come in the set of dies and I made the tiny roses with a punch. I would like to enter this card for the following challenge:

Order of the Opus Gluie - Beyond the Garden Gate

Have a lovely day everyone and thanks so much for visiting me.


75 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Brenda....3 gorgeous cards but my favourite is your scenic one just love those colours...
Oh Brenda you little outing made me laugh looking forward your husband...it happened to me once I was waiting at the back entrance of M&S and he was waiting at the front...anyway hopefully you find out your battery time...
and yes its raining here again in Somerset!!

Anne

Tags said...

These are all gorgeous Brenda! I love the arched doors one, it's very pretty. The footie one is funny, my boyfriend would love it, he's a Liverpool supporter! The first one is amazing, you're so talented with ink!

Tags xx

Helen said...

Wonderful cards!! I love the footie one - am right there with you - what a season, can't wait for august - let's hope we get some decent players in and actually string some results together.... Laughed at your story about the scooter - good job you weren't on your own.

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards, Brenda. I love the top one. The colours are wonderful and I love the butterfly border.
Nikki x

Ella's Design said...

My you have been a busy bee, Brenda! What great cards! I have to say I love your inky cards, that butterfly card is so fresh and your brayering is fabulous! Loved your fisherman and floral bloom cards, too...just wonderful!

Kelly Lloyd said...

WOW Wow and wow.... All of these three cards are STUNNING.. The first one really is delightful.. Gorgeous layout and ideas. JUST WONDERFUL...

Hugs Kelly

Marie-Louise said...

Absolutely marvellous cards - all of them.

Desire Fourie said...

Just beautifully creative. You are very talented.
Hugs
Desíre
DS4J DT Member
Doing Life

Crea Astrid said...

Wowwwww, what a beautiful cards. The first one is my favorite. Nice colors.

Hugs Astrid.
http://creaastrid.blogspot.com/

Heidi said...

Now then, three cards at once, and a tale to make you laugh too! Love all of these but the top one is my fave, those colours are so bright and gorgeous. You have done the same as me a purple and green card.It was after I made the card and was having a nose around the challenges that I found Craft your Passions challenge blog has shades of green and purple as their theme. We are all on the same wavelength i think! hugs heidi ps still smiling about your story :-)

Eret said...

OMG! Can't belive my eyes. Your easel card is absolutely stunning. It's so gorgeous. Looks like a warm summer day.Love it so much!
Eret xx

Michelle J M said...

Beautiful cards as usual Brenda. I showed my husband the footie one (him being a Liverpool fan). He has absolutely no interest in card making but had a good chuckle. I live 25 minutes from Peterborough but have not been there! Sounds interesting so must make an effort to get there. Michelle x

Teresa said...

Every day I wonder more of your work! that window is very beautiful!

Juls said...

such gorgeous cards!!! LOVE the first one the colours are so amazing ... however each and every card is just stunning! Hugs Juls

Stine Hellum said...

Oh! Love the Liverpool card! I'm a Liverpool fan :) But really, lovely cards! The first one is so cute!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Brenda, 3 Gorgeous cards, the footballer made me smile, I love the colours and butterflies on the first one and the last one is stunning, At least you know how far you can travel on your scooter now.
Kevin xx

Marianne said...

Wow, you've been busy. Great variety of cards. I love the butterfly border and the new dies you have used in your third card.
Sounds like you are liking your new wheels, it's a good thing you now know how long the batteries last and that your phone is working too, LOL.

szafirek said...

This butterfly border looks amazing!

Anesha said...

Super cards. Sounds like you had a bit of an adventure. :)

Hussena said...

Oh wow this is so gorgeous!!! i love the way you have made that window and the flower arrangement!!! such a Amazing card!!!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Three cards what a beautiful creativity Brenda. the fist one is fab, the second funny and cool the third one marvelous.
Lovely greet
marja

Annmaree (Emu) said...

gorgeous work Miss Brenda!!! adore the mountains and valleys you created, and I am adoring the purple and lime colours together!!!
awesome sporty card too and the arch windowway that opens!!!

Amusing about your hubby and the scooter! Glad you're getting around well!!!!

Funny thing, my dad does the same! He'll say he will meet me somewhere and I swear he turns invisible too! lol!!! Must be a male thing?

Elizabeth Allan said...

Brenda your talent stretches from one end of the rainbow to the other!

Lau W said...

Such fun history ! You make me smile !
Your cards are wonderful ! The first is superb with these colors,love how you places the flowers, and love the ribbon ! The second is so funny ! Andthe third is very original ! SUperb work !
xxx

Jackie said...

A wonderful selection of cards today Brenda. I love them all but the top one is my favourite. At least you know now how long you can be out for :o)
Jackie xx

Beryl said...

Oh wow. Fabulous cards. The top one is to die for. A beautiful scene in such a gorgeous colour scheme, and that ruffled ribbon is scrumptious.
Love the scene through the window and those delightful roses on the third card.
Would love to have seen your hubby pushing you on the scooter. I'm just wondering what any onlookers were thinking was going on. Hope you weren't both too frazzled after your excursion.
Beryl xx

Vicky said...

Wow Brenda...three stunning cards hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

craftymum said...

wonderful cards Brenda. I love the first one!
hugs Sarah x

nnalorac said...

Stunning craftiness from you as always Brenda, loving the Lavina images.....yes, I want them and oh.....need them too lol! Seen them when down at Glasgow last time and wished I had bought them, always a next time. Great fun card for the men in our lives and lastly the arched window, love what you have created and am thinking it would make one beautiful Wedding card. Might just have to check this out! Carolxx

Crafty_Fairie said...

Thanks for joining us at PanPastel uk this week with your super Liverpool themed card it's a really fun image.

Kerry DT Leader

Wendy Fraser said...

What wonderful cards, stunning as always. I hope your next trip out on your scooter goes better! xx

sara said...

beautiful card love the colour combo thanks so much for joining us at paper sundaes this week
hugs sara x x

Céline said...

fab card, this background is amazing!
thanks for playing with us at BTC&G this month
hugs
céline

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are all fantastic. I love the butterfly edge on the first card and the beautiful window scene on the last card. Beautiful.

Mandy G said...

Hi Terminator,
Love the cards, the ones I saw at SS yesterday were amazing. Good to see you yesterday and have a natter.
Big Hugs
Mandy

NancyD said...

Absolutely love card for our challenge at Craft a Scene. Nicest project I have seen so far. NancyD

susiestacey said...

Hi Brenda, sounds like you had an interesting jaunt, Lingerie department...ummmm. can't get my husband anywhere near one. Gorgeous makes today love the inky scene - l must put ink dusters on my list then l can get cracking with some scenes. Take care x Susan x

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Brenda! Three Stunners! I love the first one (I must get cracking on my card for Craft a scene). The last one is just amazing! I may well have to invest in those dies and stamps! Hope your scooter is working well and back with you soon x

Ludkasz said...

fantastic card:)

Kat said...

Stunning cards Brenda, my favourite is the first one, I love the colours. I don't know anything about football but that image made me smile! Love the way you can see that lovely scene through the arched doors in the last card.

When I was reading about your shopping trip I wasn't surprised to read that your husband was at a different place from where you thought he'd be! Who hasn't had this experience with a husband, or child or friend.....lucky we all have mobiles now!

Take care,

Kat xx

PatR said...

Dear Brenda your cards are beautiful as always. Your escapade with your scooter reminds me of a situation when we were on holiday in Bognor last year, although the power didn't go completely. We were on our way back from the centre of Bognor and heading along the seafront back to our house when the red light started flashing. We had quite a way to go so I decided that maybe if I pushed it might help to conserve what power was left. We got back safely but not sure whether my pushing helped!!

Von said...

Wonderful build a scene Brends and love the window card :)
Von x☺x

Paula (PEP) said...

My favourite of these is definitely the first - the colours just swung it for me as did the butterflies & blossoms. The last one is intriguing too....... I SHALL NOT SUCCUMB I think will have to be my current reminder to self - husband is buying me ALL the nested circles, squares & rectangles for my birthday with their scalloped counterparts - I spotted them in an amazing deal & he just said YES!
Sounds like you had an interesting time out in Peterborough & I'm glad you got that new phone working.
Paula (PEP)

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Brenda what a fabulous selection of cards that top one and the bottom one are absolutely beautiful, they really look amazing,
Hugs
Lorraine x

DesignerDiva said...

I love all your cards Brenda especially the first one and your story had me giggling away, I can just see you sat there being pushed on your Mob scooter lol!
Hugs Laurie xx

May said...

Three beautiful cards Brenda, Gorgeous.. Well, that was an interesting outing the other day, so glad you found DH in the end!! At least you know now 5 hours before battery gives up! you can do a lot of crafty shopping Brenda in 5 hours.. Hugs May x x x

Sebba said...

О! Как классно!!! Просто супер. Спасибо за доставленное удовольствие. :-)))

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Oh Brenda what a day out, poor you good job you can laugh now, bet you were super stressed at the time, now you know the battery time now and it's great you can get about.
Love all your cards ,the footie one is such fun, I know soo many men that would love that.
take care and stay charged. janex

Jane said...

Wow Brenda 3 wonderful cards. My fave is the first, I just love that butterfly border, great work. I am glad you have tested your scooter and like Cinderella you must not less the hours strike 5!! Take care,
Jane x

Cheryl said...

OH WOW Hun,3 stunning cards,boy you are so talented Hun each and every one is just sheer eye candy especially adore the last one,fantastic,love the story hun,so glad it turned out kind of okay in the end,take care hugs Cherylxxxxxxxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda wow 3 gorgeous cards, I love the first one and the colour choice is my favourite to.
Sorry to hear your battery gave out when you were on your own, and Im sure you will work it better next time so your near somewhere to charge it. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Sonia said...

Very lovely card Brenda!
Hugs,
Sonia

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Loving the butterflies and colours on your first card .. .. gorgeous!!

At least hubby now knows that if you get parted again you will be no more than a 5 hour radius away!!!

Hope you are fully charged again now ready for the next outing.

Love Jules xx

pinky said...

Lol I am still chuckling here Brenda, what a day out you had lol. Husbands are never were they are supposed to be!! Glad you got back ok in the end. I love your gorgeous cards. The way you used the ribbon in the first and the butterflies, wow just gorgeous. Love the fun image in the second, should invest in that as I do a lot of football cards. The last one is simply beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Brenda, three terrific cards - love the butterflies fluttering along the top of the first.

What did we do before we had mobile phones - I use mine to locate my DH when he has gone wandering off but I know that I will never find him in the lingerie department ... he avoids them like the plague :)

Take care, Elizabeth x

Whisper said...

Gorgeous cards hun and i think after reading your story it reminds me, why i usually go shopping without my OH !!!, Luv Sam x

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Oh what a story!
Your cards are fabulous, funny card for man and stylish flowery cards, beautiful dies.
It was a pretty and sunny day today;-))m

kaz_za's crafty corner said...

thank you Brenda you have brightened my day..... images off old hubby pushing you... scooter and cases... sooo funny... this is something my mam would do... thats if she hadnt lost the keys for her scooter... lol... glad you found out how long the battery lasts for.... lol.. and wowzer i love your cards.... i think i love the 1st one most... i so need to pop over and look at this months challenge on sir stampalot... i am runnin so far behind this month already.... lol
bye bye 4 now
kaz_za

Izzwizz said...

Goodness, love your arched card! Sorry to hear about your temporary stranding - sods law things like that always happen when the other half is not about :-)

Claudia said...

Wonderful cards!!!My favorite is the first one, I like the colors and the butterflies!!
Hugs

Sarah said...

Stunning cards Brenda xxx

sallysbitz said...

Three stunning cards Brenda x

enjoyed reading your little tale Lol

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

PS.... I have candy up for grabs x

Teresa - My Crafty Heart said...

Oh Brenda, three stunners - I love that butterfly one (I love butterflies:)) what a wonderful scene on that and such beautiful colours, you are so clever - the footballer one is fabby! he is such a great image and the open window scene, wow, how amazing it looks, Big Hugs, Teresa x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really gorgeous as always Brenda, I love the fresh spring colours on the first one and the scene you have created is fabulous. The image on the second one really made me smile and the scene through the window and the die cuts and flowers on the third one are all beautiful. It certainly sounds like you had a bit of an adventure in town, hope you weren't too worn out by it all. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Emily H said...

Wow! Amazing cards!!

Claire said...

Eeek sounds like a bit of an adventure there Brenda, thats one way to test your battery out lol. Gorgeous cards as always, its been a bit of a traumatic footy season for my menfolk so they would love that card :-)Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK too
Claire xx

SusanLotus said...

The lavender- and limecoloured card is so beautiful! I love the combination of colours.
Thew windowcard is also vewry lovely!
Have a great week!

CraftyLoops said...

Well Brenda at least you found out how long the battery lasted but its bloomin' typical that it happens when hubby is nowhere to be seen, lol. Wow, these cards are outstanding!!! I LOVE that arch die, its so pretty. I want a window with that view! lol. Lee x

Rosemary said...

Thank goodness you weren't stranded for long! Love those garden cards, they are so beautifully done. The window opening is a really great touch. Both cards have so many wonderful embellishments that really set them apart. I love the colors you've used as well.

Thank you for playing with us at Opus Gluei and sharing your creativity. We look forward to your takes on future themes with us!

Helen in the UK said...

Found your blog through the craft-a-scene challenge. Your work is stunning! Love your floral scene - the background colouring is wonderful. Will have a good browse around the rest of your blog now :)

Sandy Hulsart said...

Both your cards are fabulous but I love the background you created on the first one. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft a Scene challenge blog.

Mynnette said...

Such amazing creations!!! LOVE the butterflies on top of the first one--genius! Gorgeous purples, too! :)

Aideen said...

Oh my gosh....that butterfly on the edge die just might be going on my wishlist now!! FAB card :)

Thanks for joining in with BTC&G this month!!

Aideen x

Jane said...

Wow! these are all stunning! I love the top one especially! thanks for joining us at Pretty Little Ribbon Shop! hugs, Jane x

Terezka said...

Three cards what a beautiful creativity! Thanks!