Friday, August 09, 2013

The Sweetest Things

 We've just returned from a little holiday to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  We had a couple of nights in Hereford, followed by a week in Shropshire.  I've wanted to go to Hereford for ages, because that's where the amazing Mappa Mundi is kept.  It didn't disappoint - what an amazing thing it is, you could spend weeks looking at it and still find new things you'd not noticed before.  It's so interesting to see how Medieval scholars "saw" the world, and how they interpreted the things they'd been told.  The fascinating thing from a crafter's point of view are the little drawings of buildings and animals, both real and mythological - today you can find loads of stamps, digital images and other things that look so similar to those drawn hundreds of years ago.  If you go to the link, then click on the images to the side of the text you'll see what I mean.
In Shropshire we stayed just outside  Much Wenlock - hope of the modern Olympic Games - they were doing it here well before de Coubertin cottoned on to the concept - in fact, that's where he got the idea from.
Anyway - it's a brilliant place to stay with so much to see and do within about 30 minutes drive - we didn't actually manage to fit everything on our to-do list in to the week.  No doubt I'll bore you rigid with photos over the next lottle while :)

Now though, I have a question; why is it so hard to get back into crafting when you've had a break?

Zuzana set a lovely challenge  for The Daring Cardmakers this week but I still struggled to come up with anything until the last minute - and even then I'm not particularly happy with either of the attempts I made.  hey ho.
This week it's Zuzana here with a Sweet Things challenge:
We are invited to our dearest friend's wedding, so I 
came up with the idea to create cards with something 
sweet on. 
It can be wedding cake, cupcake, lolly, sweetie, ice cream... 
everything sweet and eatable.
Zuzana found a fabulous inspiration photo to go with her challenge - it's had us all licking our lips all week - I'll share that in a minute.
My plan was to make a card with cup-cakes and ice creams on it, but when I started assembling the bits I couldn't figure out a layout - so I just used the ice cream cones to make this one
 I ended up hand-cutting some lollies to "bulk" it out a bit.  I think the background looks a bit too busy and swamps the focus things, but I couldn't think how to put it right :(
Tools and Materials
Patterned papers; from "Wishes and Kisses" Funky Hand CD
Plains are all Bazzill card
White lace, Pink and Blue narrow ribbon, Pink Baker's Twine, Glamour Dust glitter, Tiny seed beads
EK Success Border Punch
Craft Robo for cones, Lollies are hand-cut
 So, as I was left with some cut and assembled cupcakes I thought I may as well use them up and make something else - in the hope it would turn out better, really, vut I'm not sure it did :(

Tools and Materials
Patterned papers; from "Wishes and Kisses" Funky Hand CD
Plains are all Bazzill card
Glamour Dust glitter, Heart button. Tiny ribbon bow
Tiny bunting is all hand-cut
Craft Robo for cup-cakes
Here's a peek at Zuz's inspiration photo:
 So there you go, 2 cards made and neither quite as I saw them in my head.  I need to get my mojo back as I have just this morning taken delivery of a giant box of goodies for a new and rather exciting development....I'll spill those beans later, I promise! 
That's it for now though.  Please head over to the Daring Cardmakers blog where you will find an array of tasty treats from our fab design team.
Thanks for visiting today


Kath said...

Well I can't see anything wrong with them. The ice-cream and lollies one particularly is so good! I could eat them!!!

Traceyr said...

Two cards for the price of one is always a good thing Kathy. Love the beads on the ice creams for sprinkles.

And that Mappa Mundi is an extraordinary thing indeed isn't it.


Kaz said...

Well I really like both cards and I find it rare that they turn out like they are in my head!!!xx

Angelnorth said...

The sugary pastel colours are perfect and I don't see anything wrong with either of these! I love the lacey "shelf" on the icecream one!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

I love those lollies, they look good enough to eat!