Monday, June 29, 2009

Orange Lily

As I said yesterday had a couple of cards to get done before we fly home to Bonnie Scotland tonight. This morning while the washing machine was churning away, got the last of cards done for the July birthdays. This one for a good friend, Ulla, who we are hoping to meet up with Abu Dhabi either in July or August when she is on her way back to the Philippines from Germany.

Inspiration for the layout came from Karen Watson's Knowhow on Heat Embossing in the July issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. The papers I used came from K&Company's Citronella 12x12 paper pack which I bought yesterday when I was out at lunch with Linda aka Pinklilacs, my cardmaking buddy here in Bahrain. The image is Lily with present from the Lily set by Digistamp Boutique and coloured with Copic pens. The sentiment is a silver peel-off coloured with an orange peel-off colouring pens from Imag-e-nation. The distressing is done with an orange Whisper pen.

The Palace Noticeboard might be neglected over the next couple of week as I think things will be hectic whilst we are home in Bonnie Scotland, so apologies in advance. So signing off for just now and go and get the last of the laundry done and the case pack.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Some Candy

Just a couple of line about some lovely candy that Jak over at Crafter's Kitchen is giving away. You will have to hurry and leave a comment before 6.00pm tonight to be in with a chance of winning.
I have got everything crossed, lol.

A Special Friend's Birthday

Been a bit lax with on the cardmaking front just recently, things have been a bit hectic here in the Palace, what the school year ending, packing up our school section [KS1] to move to a new building. Oops! I have to stop calling it the 'new building' as it has now got a name - Sunflower House. I was asked to create a logo, have done a selection and just waiting for the final choice to be made by the Principal. If that wasn't enough also have to ready to fly out tomorrow night, Monday, heading back home to Bonnie Scotland for the first of two trips home over the summer. On this one I will be accompanied by Billy and the next will be a solo trip, although I will have Sarah as a travelling companion on the the homeward leg, who will be heading home from the second of her twice yearly holidays out at the Palace.

Anyway back to the cards, have to get a couple of cards done before tomorrow for the July birthday's. This card, the first, is for two days after Billy and I are back in Bahrain but want to deliver it to Doug while we are at home. Doug is a long time family friend, godfather to my girls and 'foster dad' to my three kids. Didn't know what to do, until a I saw a card called 'Rectangles' done by Kim Dellow in Issue 43 of Papercraft Essentials. Used the measurements and layout and added a couple of extra bits to make it my own. For the rectangles I used Bo Bunny's Abbey Road range - both sides of the Dots sheet and stripe sheet. The sentiment was created in Word and mounted using foam pads. Distressing was done with Stazon Timber Brown.

Although I didn't use scraps I think this style of card would lend itself to using up those scraps of cardstock that we seem to accumulate.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

One card, One Birthday, One Competition

Thought I would get 'two birds with one stone' so to speak with this card. As the school breaking up next week for the summer I had to get a card done for Emy, my Classroom Assistant in Nursery. It is her birthday in August but I won't see her till we go back to school in September so thought I would give her her birthday card before we break up and she can open it on her birthday.

Digistamp Boutique is running its monthly competition using one of the images, this month's image has to be one of the three Olive images. I picked 'Olive and flowers' one, which I coloured in with copic pens. Yep just want to play with them all the time lol. Made the mats using plain, scalloped and inverted scalloped circles, assembling them together with foam pads. Added some gift wrapping ribbon to the base mat and decorating this mat with some brads. Finishing off the card with a metal sentiment.

Just to say

One of the girls at work asked if I could do a card for her. She wanted something to say thank you for a friendship. Let her see some of images I had and she picked this one from Digistamp Boutique, which have been coloured with copic pens. The bottom two mats have been embossed with the Cuttlebug Forest Branches folder, with the top mats being cut using the deckled rectangle nestabilities.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Just Snoozin' Birthday

Sunday is Billy's birthday and I was struggling with what to do for his card. Whilst having a browse in the Digistamp Boutique I saw the 'Just Snoozin' image and it just spoke to me. I am sure Billy will see why.

As I have recently got some copic pens, I have gone a bit copic and digistamp crazy. I coloured the 'Just Snoozin' image with some of my copic pens. Printed off some more of the 'Father's Day' downloadable papers from Crafter's Companion. Using both the plain and scalloped octagonal nestabilities cut out several layers mounting them various thicknesses of foam pads. For the sentiment coloured a silver peel off with a blue pen. The navy speckled paper came from my stash.

For our birthdays we usually go out for a meal and Billy has chosen to go out tonight to Trader Vics, one of our favourite eateries in Bahrain. The food and cocktails are excellent.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Arrival Update

On Friday when I let you all know that I was a Great Aunt again I didn't know my Great Niece's name. Well I am please to announce that she is called
Orla Jean Gibb.

Yesterday I managed to get a card to celebrate her arrival finished. The card is couple of firsts for me - using an image from Digistamp Boutique and colouring with Copic pens. I do think for a first attempt I did okay. I coloured in 'Tilly' with four copic pens, two from the yellow and two from the red violet ranges.

I used the largest of the 'Blossom' nestabilities to cut out the image, but had to cut off part of the pram handle, and edging the blossom with a copic pen. The two square mats were cut from a sheet of Bo Bunny's called Ella Butter Blossom. For the embellishments I used some pink ribbon, flower and brads from my stash. At least this time I didn't manage to spill the brads and flowers all over the floor, LOL.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Canasta Farewell

In all expat communities there are always new people arriving and others leaving. One of those leaving Awali in the near future is Trish, who is one of the ladies in the canasta group that I play with in Awali. Trish and her husband Dave are heading back to England to retire. One of the group, Pat, organised an afternoon game of canasta by way of a farewell do. There were 8 of us there and we had a great afternoon. Pat's husband took a photo of all us so that it could be put into Trish's leaving present from the group, a photo frame.

In the photo from left to right are Eileen, Lynn, Leah, Barbara, Pat, Kathy and myself and seat is Trish.

Friday, June 12, 2009

One arrival and One departure

This week I am proud to annouce that I am a Great Aunt for the second time, another Great Niece, no name as yet. Looking forward to seeing the new addition when we are home at the beginning of July.

Had to the kind of card that everyone hates doing, a sympathy one. Was shocked when I read our local paper online that one of our old neighbours daughter had died, she was only two years younger than me. Make you realise how important how important it is live life to the fullest as you don't know when you have to leave this mortal coil. As it she was a young person decided to do something quite simple and modern. So out came my trusty 'bug' and on an offcut of cardstock embossed the flower image from the Cuttlebug 'with love' selection. An image I find so suitable for so many different occasions. Highlighted the flowers with purple chalk and the stems with a pale green Whisper pen. The sentiment was printed off on the same cardstock as I used for the flower and both were mounted on white cardstock.

Father's Day

Can't believe that Father's Day is only a week away. At last I have managed to get my Father's Day cards done for my Dad and Billy's Dad and will get them delivered to Barbara, an Awali neighbour who is heading from the UK on Monday, to post when she lands in the 'Old Blighty'.

The inspiration for my Dad's one, came for the verse -

Any man can be a father
But it takes someone special
To be a Dad.

The backing papers were from a selection of papers which I downloaded from Crafter's Companion. For the top layer of the matting I inserted the checked paper into a text box in Word and then lightened it a wee bit and adding the text, using different font sizes and colours. Also inserted the bunny from Bee Crafty, adding a co-ordinating coloured border to both the text box and image.

My second Father's Day card is for Billy's dad. The first six lines of the poem express exactly the man he is -
A man of strength
A man of pride
A man of courage
A man of wisdom and ideals
A man of faith
A man of honor

All the layers were done using the drawing tool in Word and inserting the background papers that I downloaded a long time ago. Can't remember exactly where I got them from as at the time I downloaded I hadn't started including in the filename where they came from.

Cally Cuddies and a Thank You

Last Thursday, 4th of June, saw the Cally Society's big annual fundraiser. Every year around this time we hold the annual 'Cally Cuddies' horseracing evening. This year we raised just over BD1000 [approximately £1,500] which will be donated to charity, still to be decided.

In my role as Secretary and 'official Thank You Cardmaker' I had to get a card done for Barry, without him and his computer the commitee's job on the night would be so much more difficult. Barry does the computerised odds on the races. Used the image that I had used for the posters of a jockey been thrown from a horse and tagged on a silver peel-off coloured green.

Three from last week

The first of the three from last week is for Rita, whom my kids affectionately call their Foster Mum. My inspiration for this one came from the verse which I came across when looking for a verse for my friend Jane's card. The verse being -
Take each birthday with a pinch of salt
This works much better
if the salt is accompanied with a margarita

Why you ask why was this verse my inspiration? Well, Rita loves her cocktails and her 'Sunday Name' is Margarita.

The papers are from the Bo'bunny's Summer Breeze range, card and vellum and used lime green ribbon as a decorative touch. The sentiment was typed out in Word, cut out with using the Nestabilities 'Blossom' die.

The next card was one as I was asked to do a card by Pat, one of my Canasta buddies', for her brother's brithday. One of the things that I was told that he liked was motorbikes. Instantly knew what I would do for this card. I still had some papers from a pack of a set of Harley Davidson backing papers, which I used for another big project. And also the 'Motorbiker's Prayer' which used the 23rd Psalm as its guideline and et voila the end result.

Card has been delivered and Pat was delighted with it and as I type it is winging its way to South Africa.

The last card from last week was again a request from a friend, this time my best buddy who lives over in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. She wanted a anniversary card one for her good friends back home in the UK, Corrine and Dave's. Annie had said that she like the card I had done for one of my friends, Fiona and Stephen's anniversary. I did a similar card style of card for Annie, using Dorothy's instructions over on Amazing Paper Grace. For the insert inside the card, I incorporated a photo that Annie had sent to me that was taken of Corrine and Dave on their wedding day.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

An Award and some Candy

Can't believe that I haven't posted anything on the Palace Noticeboard since the 15th of May. My mojo decided to jump on the nearest camel's back and go out on a wee desert trek. Can see him in the distant so hopefully he hasn't worked the camel too hard and will be back home soon.

Anyway a good friend of mine, Louise over at Lou's Asylum has awarded me with the Lemonade Award for 'Great Attitude as well as Gratitude'. Thanks Louise ever so much. She has had a three week stay in hospital getting treatment for her Rheumatoid Arthritis which has greatly improved her mobility. Louise, if you are reading this, hope the improvement continues.

Speaking of hospitals, Dorothy over at Never Enough Rubber Stamps is also heading for a stay in hospital. Dorothy wish you a speedy recovery. Despite the impending stays in hospital Dorothy has decided to have a weekly blog candy spot. To be eligible for the candy all you have to do is leave between 1 and 5 comments a week on her blog. The commentators will only know if they have been the weekly winner when Mr Postman makes a delivery.