Friday, 18 September 2009

Truly Scumptious Challenge

I haven't done a challenge card in ages but when I saw the sketch for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge I thought I'd have a go. I had an idea to make a Christmas card for it using a Christmas pudding stamp in the centre and then a little mouse Penny Black stamp to one side.

However the challenge was to use three or more stamps as well as following the sketch. Anyway I faffed and messed and tried this and that and the Christmas version just wasn't working so I scrapped that idea and decided to make a birthday card for my friend instead.

I finished the card a couple of days ago but unfortunately our electricity went off yesterday. I came back from taking the kids to school and walking the dog and thought I'll just make myself a cuppa then I'll take some photos of my cards and upload them onto my blog. Ha ha, No cuppa. No blog. No electricity.
Peej found out from a neighbour that someone would be coming to fix it at 11.30am. At about 11.45am there was a knock on the door.

"Do you want the good news or the bad news?" asked the geezer from United Utilities

"Oh just give it to me straight" I said, wondering what on earth he was going to say.

"We need to dig a hole in your drive" the geezer said.

This is our lovely driveway and incidentally the current view from out of our living room window. Lovely isn't it?!
On the plus side, after two days with no electricity during daylight hours, it is now fixed! Hurray. However it could be the end of next week before the contracted guys come to put our drive back together for us.

What you can't see from the above photo though is that when the guys came back today they had to dig another bigger hole in order to get to the problem to fix it. This photo was taken from Josh's bedroom window. You see, you are all jealous now aren't you? You want a hole or two in your front garden too! Oh well hopefully it won't be like this for too long.

So now, finally, onto the card for the challenge. This is the sketch. and this is my card.
The stamps are all Magnolia's coloured with Twinkling H2Os. The papers are My Minds Eye.

This is the Christmas card that I started making with the challenge in mind but just couldn't get it to work. You can see where I was going with it though can't you?! Never mind I think the one above works just fine and I'm happy with that.
For this one the papers are all from the Cricut Christmas Pad. I'm not sure what make the Christmas Pudding Stamp is because it's one of my Mum's. The mouse is a Penny Black of course.

With the power being off again today I managed to make 10 Christmas cards. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have no electrical distractions. No washing to put in, no ironing, no hoovering, no TV, no computer. The only problem was I need to use my Cricut for a commissioned Birthday Card and of course I couldn't so that I've had to save for another day. Thank goodness my Cuttlebug works without power though. Hurray for the bug! Lol.


Sharon said...

These are both great Fiona, but I really love the little scene you've created with Tilda. Thanks for joining us at Truly Scrumptious.

Deanne said...

omg fe! knowing me i'd prob forget the hole was there and drive in it! lol even with the barriers! lol
bless you
cards are beautiful, i do love how you use your magnolia stamps :)

friday feeling said...

I really like both of these cards - the pudding one is nice & christmasy & the Tilda one is beautifully designed!
I'm not sure how we'd survive without electricity for 2 days, I know my boys would get withdrawal symptoms from no computer/ wii/ tv! (Would do them good though!)
Hope the hole gets filled in soon!

Caroline x

Beth said...

These are both fabulous, sorry it gave you trouble! ;-) I love the cute little scne you've created and the papers are fab! Thanks for joining in with the Truly Scrumptious challenge!

Beth xx

Dawn said...

Hiyaaa Fe

Oh dear can't believe they dug up your drive - Hope they put it back real good...

Love your Tilda card - very dreamy - lovely little scene!

Thanks for joining us on TS


Michele said...

Such a pretty card. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us at TS this week. Hugs Michele x

Littleted62 said...

These are lovely Fe, and well done on making 10 - are you sure you didn't bribe someone to switch off your power - lol! Glad to see it's all sorted now. Hugs, Nicki

Mina said...

I love them both Fiona, the christmas one is brilliant and such a good idea....and could I have three large holes please lol...hope it gets sorted soon...thanks for joining in with the Truly Scrumptious challenge
Mina xxx

Rica said...

They're both great Fe - a bit of tweaking ie. bit of ribbon and a Christmassy type flower and the second one's is just fabulous - me thinks you abandonded it!!.
Now your first one is just stunning - love the MME papers and your image/s are fabulous - love your colourings and your details are fantastic.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at TS.
hugs Heather xx