Saturday, 21 March 2009

Act of Faith

I am taking a break from card making at the moment as I have started what I can only call an 'Act of Faith'. Not that I am religious but this is based on an incident that involved my mother and older sister many years ago. When I have a conclusion I will explain but I'm keeping it to myself until then. Please keep your fingers crossed, wish it well, say a little prayer - all will be very welcome.

My grandsons.

The two younger boys in this picture are my grandsons, Rob,14, (second left) who plays the drums and Ed,16, (far right) keyboard and bass guitar. The story says all the rest except that I am one Very Proud Grandma.

Teesside rockers Electric Nightmares progress in band contest
Mar 17 2009 by Mike Blackburn, Evening Gazette

TEENAGE rockers Electric Nightmares triumphed at the North-east Finals of Live and Unsigned, the UK’s largest talent search for live original acts.
The Middlesbrough quartet, whose average age is just 15, will now go on to compete against bands from Scotland for a place in the national final.
The youngsters have made it this far against 10,000 applicants plus live auditions, to the North-east finals which took place at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on Sunday.
They played two songs in front of hundreds of fans and a professional panel of judges. The first was one of their own compositions, Leave in Pieces, which they followed up, appropriately, with a cover of Teenage Kicks.
Of the acts making it through to the northern final, Electric Nightmares are the only youngsters.
But the day was not without drama.
Drummer Robb Maynard, the youngest in the band at 14, sprained his wrist just hours before the performance. But he strapped it up and played through the pain.
Robb said: “Waiting in the dressing room and then backstage before we went on was torture. But once we were on stage it was brilliant. We just played our hearts out.”
Jessi Stephenson, bass player, Rob's cousin and fellow 14-year-old said of the results: “We were all lined up backstage together waiting while they read out the judges’ decision.
“It was like something of the X Factor.
“They really dragged it out. When they called out our name first, we just couldn’t believe it. We just looked at each other before running on stage.”
The band are now preparing for the Northern Final on May 2 at the Tyne Theatre. They will go up against the other finalists from the North and Scotland for a place in the national final at Portsmouth Guildhall on June 27. That 2,000-capacity venue will include guests from recording agencies and the music business, including major record labels.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Such a long time.........

It is such a long time since I used my brayer but have this new Stampin up set and braying came to mind.

The brayed background is in shades of yellow and blue, hasn't quite photographed as well as it might. Still I think it gives a seaside feel to the stamps.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

My Dear Sister's Birthday.

My dear, and only, sister is 83 years young on Tuesday - and I do mean young. She is a retired Methodist minister - but forget the retired bit. I think she does as much now as she did when she was officially 'working'. Still takes services at least once every Sunday, sometimes three times. Does funerals, runs house groups and visits her 'old people' in nursing homes and hospitals but I wouldn't mind betting that she is older than most of them.

Difficult to buy for so have made her a writing set as she still writes to her grand-daughters who don't live near, and to many of her friends - they are all over the country from the time that she was stationed in various places by the church. Did think I would do something modern and bright but she is a very elegant lady, wears suits and shoes with heels- only about 2inch ones now but still... So this is what I decided on in the end.

The stamping is done using Papertrey 'Simply Stationery' with their Spring Rain inkpad. The image on the envelope is a larger version of the parts of the circular stamp. The cardstock is the same inside and out but has photographed darker in the 'open' picture.

Friday, 6 March 2009

A bit more delicate

Thought I'd try a couple of more delicate cards. This first one uses a Papertrey stamp from the With Sympathy set and I embossed the side with a Cuttlebug folder. Quite simple but I like it!!

This one was on my desk for days. I stamped the centre, another stamp from the same set, then couldn't get anywhere with it. Finally decided that the white base card wasn't doing it any favours so sponge inked it randomly with a matching blue and added the ribbon and sentiment. Think it works.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Black and Bling

I love black and white and so black and bling sounded even better. Problem was that I got carried away with the Stickles and put it on all the stamped images. Only when I put the ribbon on did I realise that I had put it under the ribbon too so it's a bit bobbly. The option was to take it all to bits and start again I've settled for the bobbly one. Still the rhinestones aren't spoiling anything.

Stamps: Papertrey
Ink: Papertrey