This week, a parcel from Stampin’ Up! was delivered so I got to play with some goodies from the new catalogue. I really liked the look of the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set and thought it would make a great card designed to look like a graffitied wall, albeit quite posh graffiti!
First, I stamped my image and writing in black ink.
Next, I used the block coffee cup to add some colour to the image. I didn’t want a plain colour so applied Pool Party and Pretty Peacock using sponge daubers to give an ombre look.
To get card looking like a wall, I ran the piece through my Big Shot in a brickwork embossing folder.
The final stage was to mount the front onto a black layer and then a Bermuda Bay card base. I stamped the coffee cup on the liner and envelope to finish.
For my second card, I used a cocktails theme, and did the same ombre inking for the drink, using So Saffron and Poppy Parade.
Every year, Mr L and I have our very own little carving competition. When I say competition, it’s not really as there are no winners, losers or even prizes, it’s just a bit of fun and has become a yearly tradition for us. The rules are simple: you are free to case ideas from the internet or just wing it and you can’t look at the other one’s work until it’s finished! We have had guest carvers on occasion too – my sister joined in the fun a couple of years ago.
This year we are using our home-grown pumpkins! They are a variety called Polar Bear that have white skin but orange flesh inside. We had a bumper crop due to the hot weather this summer and these two were the second and third largest at 16kg and 17kg – the biggest was just over 20kg!!
Whilst Mr L cooked our tea, I did the prep work, removing the seeds and hollowing out the inside (yielding 5kg of pumpkin flesh for yummy soup making later) and then the carving began.
I got the idea for mine from the internet.
Mr L’s came straight out of his imagination – I’m not sure what that says about him!