I eventually got back to it and
- got a new background
- made a new topper
- changed the wordings at the bottom of my posts
- created and installed my own signature
Martina wanted to do a bit of baking the other day, so we used the bread maker to make a banana cake (they bake beautifully.. if you've got one, try it!) and then made a traditional victoria sandwich full of strawberry jam and buttercream - Martina's idea of heaven!
Here she is being busy.
I do confess that the cake turned out fantastic! Well risen and lovely tasting..but I forgot to take a photo of it before all the family demolished it! lol.
We have relatives coming up for this weekend, OH's aunt and uncle from Australia and his sister from Kent, so we have a busy time until Monday. This also means that I won't be able to post too much over the weekend.. so until next time, enjoy yourselves!
I was in Al's Toyshop, on Main Street, doing kiddies crafting. The children that came in had a wonderful time, and the two children of Alison, the owner, were delightful. Her son had fun playing with the glue gun, until it turned round and bit him.. lol.. and the daughter, Courtney, is just wonderful. She makes lovely cards with a little guidance, and has a lovely creative mind.
We had a brilliant time, and lots and lots of pompom toys and matchstick men to show for it - photos later! At the end of the day, Courtney and Alison presented me with a little gift bag, with toffees and a bottle of wine in, and a handmade Thank you card.. really lovely - thank you so much.
The scenery is like nothing around here at all.. it is wonderful... and I didn't take me bloomin camera.
And here is card number two....
This one was made from a lovely set of stamps I recieved from Jenny at the Artistic Stamper(link to the right). They are called Stitchels.
These two are experimentals! I used the christmas tree embossing stencil from provocraft, and used the new papermania textured cardstock. Because it has a white core, I sanded the top of the embossing and also distressed the paper a little bit... both finished off slightly different, but I quite like them!
Ooooooh I like this card (and I don't often say that about my own work!). The image was sent to me from Norway in a swap, and I used prismacolour and sansador to colour. The papers are the lovely Papermania range and so are the gold gems. The ribbon was a bargain from the Range!
For this card, I have to thank Wendy, one of my SBS 19 group.. She made a giraffe card which I saw on her blog, and I remembered I had this little giraffe.. so I took him out and had a play! He is coloured with pearlex paints. The papers are a mix of DCWV and Papermania. I am not sure where I got the ribbon from, but tied a little pram charm onto the middle. The shapes for the topper are cut from the XCut shape cutter and scallop scissors.
Using the shape cutters again, I had a play with a few different sized ovals. they are all cut from the Basic Grey Two Scoops papers. The words are BG rub ons, and the flowers are various from dunelm held together with a PM brad. The little boy is coloured with watercolour paints.
This little cutie was coloured with distress inks, a new idea for me really. The papers are Basic Grey two scoops again, just cut to fit on the square card. The word princess is also BG.
Well.. that's it for now..
Back soon with a few more things I hope..
I left her sat there for a few minutes.. the next time I looked she was sound asleep.. ahhhhhh.. isn't she the cutest?!
- The Red-tailed Bumblebee is a common visitor in many gardens. This species is entirely black, except for the red tail. It is not easily mixed up with other species, for the few look-a-likes around are quite rare, especially in common gardens and smaller usually. The queen does have a small whitish yellow band on the front end of the thorax at times. Males, workers and queens do not differ much from one another, which is rather unbique among bumblebees.
Scientifically this bumblebee used to be called Pyrobombus lapidarius.
The Red-tailed Bumblebee makes its appearance quite late, usually in April. In unusually warm springs it may have appeared a bit earlier: by the second half of March. The colony remains rather small and rarely ever contains over 300 individuals. Normally the nest is made underground in some old micenest, but occasionally nests are found in openings in walls, birds nests or nesting boxes. This too is a common species all over Europe, including the British Isles. The animal easily adepts itself to man made changes in the natural environment. It will adopt even small beds of flowers in the middle of big cities and welcomes parks, gardens, and the fringes of woodlands, even though it will never live within forests. The Red-tailed Bumblebee visits well over 200 species of flowers, including many exotic garden species. Yet, it is not used in agriculture because of its unpleasant character and eagerness to sting. The Red-tailed Bumblebee is also known as Stone Bumblebee or Large Red Bumblebee. Scientifically it was known as Pyrobombus lapidarius in the past.