Sunday 4 July 2010

Another Fishy Little Story

Good afternoon to you all
Well it is a glorious day again today, so whilst it was cool enough to work in my "Beach Hut" so aptly named (was cooking in it yesterday), I created another fishing related card for another male fishy person in the family and friends circle.  You know it is hard to do male cards, well it is even harder to continually create male fishing cards.  However I think I just about managed another take on a favorite image.

Matt is at his fishing match hoping to win (fingers crossed for him as always) and Mike is out enjoying his freedom - he is now earning money to put in his tank. (Yep he finally found a job, which is extremely difficult at the moment in our area, due to the high number of unemployed persons and the economic situation) Chuffed to bits for him........

So obviously it is so serenely quiet in our home today, actually I could say heavenly - well you just know there is a but....................................

Yesterday a guy came to fix my cooker, which was actually not switching off at the switch.  So I was continually switching it off after cooking at the wall.  Now this was his third visit, as the first visit he identified numerous reasons why this could have been happening, so ordered several parts.  Those several parts arrived and Matt took time off work to be here to get it fixed.  Unfortunately after taking the full day off to get it fixed he arrived with the wrong parts, and wanted some one to take more time off.  (oooops red rag to bull as this has happened about 8 times now with various appliances in our kitchen) I rang and complained.  So he arrived on Saturday to fix it............................................ and left it in a worse state than it started - it was now switched off and permanently on at a higher temperature.  He did this to the washer and then to the dishwasher (so yes I complained again) so this morning another guy came out and then asked for the wiring diagram for the new item in the cooker, which was never in our home as the first guy left it at his home and tried to fix my cooker without it.  2nd guy went to first guy house and got it and I am now pleased to appears fixed........................ so sorry just had to have a moan.

So now that is off my chest here  is today's card creation.  I have used some new techniques I have learnt from watching my three new video's and I love the new effect, hope you do too.
This is a Sugar Nellie "To Catch A Big Fish" stamp a current favorite on the fishing theme out of the many I have (PS always on the look out for new fishing stamps)  Not sure where the papers are from, have had these for some time, and are perfect for male cards.  I have used some antique gold/brown papers for the contrast of the lovely checkered paper.  The sentiments are from another set of fishing stamps by Crafty Secrets - (Clear Arts Stamps) called "Fishing Buds" but they are just so perfect, don't you think?  Why a triangle easel card? you are thinking, well simply because I am currently fed up of squares and rectangles so went for a change.  I quite like it don't know about you!  
Just had to take a close up of the fishing rod end, metal wire line (love doing this - it worked so well on that father's day card I did, that I just had to do it again) and this time I snipped off the charm ring from the top of the silver fish charm and coloured it with a deep blue copic pen.  The ribbon and box from Papermania range (this set from Pennels in Grimsby, they are increasing their stock, and have some interesting bits)

I didn't actually start any where specific with the challenges, but met the following so here are the challenges that this card is being entered into.

 Creative Cottage - Summer (I decided that this card fitted this theme as my husband only fishes is Summer)

Simon Says Stamp - Check it out (and that lovely check paper fits so perfectly to this theme)

Charisma Cardz - Metal Micky (The metal fishing line and the little metal charm)

Allsorts - Create a Scene (now I am new to this scenic work and I am practicing on larger pieces.  For now though I have added the sky, water and grass.............. I am so into the cloud creating - I love it.)

Saturday Challenge - Water (there should be lots of that for this large fish)

I would just like to say thank you to all of you who take the time to leave an inspirational comment on my posts, I love reading them and hopping over to see you too.
Well off to do some gardening and then ironing and might get to another card later when it cools down again.

Take care and Happy Crafting

Hugs Kate xx


Lindsey said...

Hi Kate, sorry to hear about your cooker. If it's any consolation my washing machine went bang on Friday and we are all going to smell until next Friday when the new one arrives (No? Didn't think that would help!) Love the card especially the shape, that is most unusual and so effective. Great image too and coloured beautifully.
Hope your week improves
Linds xx

angeleef said...

Oh this card is amazing! So is your colouring! I love all those details (especially that metal fish line). Wonderfull how you made all those challenges work. Good luck with that and thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!
** Evi **

sam21ski said...

What a flipping nightmare with your cooker!!!!

Yay - well done Mike, yes you're right, jobs aren't that easy to come by in our neck of the woods, good luck and hope all goes well

And yes you've done it again, managed to come up with another stunning fishing card

Well done you xxxxx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Great card

Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Hanna said...

Oh, such a beautful card, Kate! I love your choise of colours, and your design is gorgeous. It's the first time I visit you blog, and trust me - I'll be back! ;o)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful, creative ideas with us. :o)

hugs & love,

Sue said...

Hi Hun
oh you will have to go out for meals!!! lol, gorgeous card, fabby triangle, great embelies, sue,x

Tracy said...

this is great love the design and cute image. Thanks for joining in this weeks Creative Cotttage Challenge, Tracy x

brenda said...

Hi Kate

Your card is great, so imaginative adding the fishing rod.

Thank you for joining in with my create a scene theme at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous, love the shape and the sweet image.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

ARTfulWings said...

Well done on your mens cards - you certainly have a knack creating them beautifully. Me - I just buy them!! :O) Take care Polly x

MagsB said...

What a terrific card! It is so unusual, I'm sure the recipient will just love it!

Sympathies for the cooker problem. It is just maddening when the man who's supposed to mend an appliance comes with the wrong stuff. Have they no common sense???

Christine said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love the shape of your card. Great stamp too. Thanks so much for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Debs said...

Fab card - love the shape and the fishing rod is just a perfect embellishment.
Thanks for playing along at Allsorts this week.
Take care
Debs xx

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