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Saturday, February 25, 2012


Today we are having a heatwave and therefore we have a bushfire! Scary messages over the national radio for the people in the area affected and  a huge pall of smoke over the city.  Temp has reached 39 degrees here and there is a fairly strong northerly blowing. AND we are not doing that well over the South Australians in the cricket one-day final in Adelaide, where it also as hot as here! Bummer! I have the reverse-cycle going full bore upstairs and it is quite cool in the house, and down here I have a large fan blowing over me so I am comfortable, but I went outside just a minute ago and the air is so crisp! My poor tomatoes are cooking on the vine!

I have two cards to share and will enter them in the following challenges:
Card Makin Mamas - Birthday cards (both cards)
CAS-ual Fridays - Puns (for the first card only)
Hotshot Craft blog - One for the Boys (second card only)

I was using Annabelle Stamps idea of creating your own backgrounds (but missed the challenge) plus I wanted to use a stamp set I have had for a while and only used two or three times - TJ Designs Poultry Party.  I also used SU Whisper White, and Marina Mist card and ribbon, and ink plus I used Crumb Cake ink as well. The punches were all SU punches as well. The card base is SU Kraft (or Crumb Cake). The string is from Annabelle Stamps. 

 The second card is for my BIL whose birthday is the 29th February! So this year he gets to celebrate.  We had to post the parcel so I made this in a bit of a hurry!  He is a photographer (more video these days) and without his camera there would not be many snaps of the children when they were young.

The stamp set I used is a new Dark Door one I fell in love with and had to purchase called Photography! The image of the lads is a stamp I have had for years and love, called Mariner Men by The Queens Dresser Drawers! Don'ch love it! I have use DP from SU and Papermania Kraft card to made the base, and SU Very Vanilla for the stamped images in . The inks are all either Memento or Tim Holtz Distress inks. It was distressed and layered as I tried to get a vintage feel. I was going to add some string but it got mailed before I could do that!

The inside of the card is sort of the same - but I do love this sentiment from the DD set. I thought it was suitable for a man whose birthday only comes once every four years! He turns the same age as his eldest grandson this year! Last birthday he was the same as his eldest granddaughter, who is turning 22 this year!


marion said...

Love your style, beautifull projects. hugs, Marion

Deborah Frings said...

Love the old bird card! But I really, really like the mugshot!!! These stamps are super.

Hope you get some cooler weather soon and perhaps some rain. Take care x

SuzanneK said...

Fab cards Susan, glad to see your are coping with the weather OK, here on Sth Coast NSW it is nowhere near that hot, it was only about 28 I think. Hugz Suzanne

Tracey McNeely said...

Fun card, love the pun.

Michele Gross said...

Cute card! It's hard to imagine needing a fan to stay cool. We've had snow on the ground for days and my little studio in the basement is freeeeeezing! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Monica said...

All so neat, Susan, love the colour combo in the first and sentiment on it...

The second and third card are perfect men's cards. Very vintage and lots of character.

Monica xxx

Virginia L. said...

Love your cute birthday card! The layering and use of the rustic twines are superb! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope your heat wave pass soon! I can't imagine the heat wave right now here in Canada! (We just can't win with the weather, can we?)

Laura Davis said...

Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jaclyn Miller said...

That chicken paper is so fun. Love the monochromatic feel. Thank you so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays.

Julie Day said...

Sweet cards, love all that blue on the first one :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!