Wednesday 27 January 2021

My Second 'Man' Challenge card

Good Morning Ladies,

Here we are at the middle of the LAST week of January, I just can't believe how fast this month has gone, you would think that as we are not leaving the house any where near as much as we would have done 'pre-covid' the time would drag, but no!  Mind you maybe the sooner this year is over and everyone is vaccinated the better we will all be.  I saw that the death toll was over 1,600 again yesterday taking the overall death toll to over 100 thousand, which is unbelievable and just devastating.  This coming Sunday marks a year since the first patients were treated in hospital in the UK.  Despite these frightening figures people still seem to be carrying on as if nothing is happening, my sister was saying that they had people with cameras walking around their hospital asking where all of the 'covid' patients were, saying that this all just a hoax, I said that I would have dragged them to the Covid ward's' and tell them to roll up their sleeves and help, without any protective equipment as it's all just a hoax so they wouldn't need it.  Apparently the nurses and Consultants have been met with crowds of these people when they leave after a long shift, which must just be soul destroying!  

Janet I hope and pray that your Granddaughter recovers quickly, fingers crossed having the vaccine will mean she will have a milder case. It doesn't make it any less worrying though, there isn't a day goes by that I don't seriously worry about both of my sisters who both work in situations that put them at risk, along with our Michele and Sonia who also go out to work in places that could put them at risk, I know that you are all doing everything you can to stay safe but it remains a worry, you are all so incredibly amazing and we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

Now onto today's card, a more 'Mixed Media' style card, you know I find getting a 'messy' background to look 'right' so much harder that a non messy background!  I took three attempts to get that inky/messy top corner right, I'm not sure if it wasn't messy enough or too messy but it just didn't lool right.  I found the easiest way to get the right 'splodgyness' was to smoosh the Distress ink (not oxide) onto a cello bag and then spritz it with water and then using the bag to position the ink into the right area and then just smoosh it on, I added the 'Wild Honey' ink first then dried it and then added 'Tumbled Glass'  to the cello bag and repeated the first step. After drying again I used a fan paint brush to pick up some of the wet ink off of the bag and flicking it over the card.  I blended some Tumbled Glass ink along the bottom of the card, stamped some grass and then used Stampin Up 'Misty Moonlight' ink to stamp the first runner and then used second and third generation stamping to give a lighter look to the other runners.  All of the elements used to stamp on this card were from the free sheet of stamps that came with this months Creative Stamping Magazine (issue 92).  

Paul had a nightmare job trying to defrost the car yesterday morning at 6.30am, he puts a cover over the whole car, which was covered in a thick blanket of frozen snow, it was like one huge block but had frozen the car cover to the roof, the doors were frozen shut too, our drive is treacherous as the snow still hasn't melted, it has just frozen solid and was exactly the same as of 5pm yesterday afternoon, the temperature just hasn't risen enough to thaw it, even with the sunshine we had on Monday.  I think that it is supposed to clear over today and tomorrow, we are then forecast more rain and then we have a 70% chance of more snow next week.  The good thing is with his new position Paul can work from home most days so even if he can't get into work he still gets paid, unlike the last time we were 'snowed in'. 

Stay safe and warm my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all of you, 

Sandra                                                                                                                                                          xxxxxx


  1. I love your messy card and however you did it It’s perfect Does a poly bag give a better effect than a piece of acetate - can’t get that to work a la Tracy Evans either So will try this way out
    I so admire anyone having to work on the frontline These idiots that think it’s all a big hoax is horrible and need a real kick up the backside and be subjected to it in reality
    I have a video consultation with my diabetic nurse this afternoon Nothing major just a catch up since moving to this new pump and sensor
    The snow has all disappeared here It’s as if it never happened We do have more forecast at the weekend
    Take care all x

  2. Hi Sanda and ladies
    A lovely sploggy card today Sandra.
    Brenda I hope your sister is ok.
    I’m surprised they let people into the hospital to just walk around it. Let alone take pictures. Plus that staff have to run the gauntlet of disbelievers outside the hospital. A crowd of people are breaking Covid rules and I’m surprised the hospital haven’t called the police to move them on.
    We had rain last night and this morning so the snow has almost gone. Fingers crossed we don’t get any more as we’re quite low lying.
    Take dare & stay safe everyone.

  3. Hi Sandra and all in the cafe' today.
    Great card Sandra and I like your messy corner.
    I have 2 men cards to make but neither is into sport so not sure what to do, maybe have a look at pinterest later.
    Have a good day everyone xxx

  4. Hello All, really grey and Misty here today.

    Sandra great card today, love the splodgy corner,, and the stamping. Very clever use of second stamping.

    Haven’t done much today, haven’t much enthusiasm for anything, hope tomorrow will be better.

    Keep safe all, hugs Lilian

  5. Hello Sandra and ladies

    Sandra I love today’s card it am absolute gem, you get a real sense of movement when you look at it. THANK YOU for your inspiration.

    My Creative Stamping magazine arrived today, can’t wait to have a play. Maybe tomorrow afternoon if all goes well I will have a play.

    Can’t believe people are actually going around hospitals taking photos, they must be sick in the head, certainly no care or compassion for patients and staff. They should be reported to security and or the police.

    I actually heard from my sister this afternoon, she is still in CDU they are weaning her off the oxygen, neither her superior or I realised she was on Oxygen although I’m not surprised. All we have been told was they are treating the chest pains and trying to reduce the water retention. She has a lovely side room and told me she feels as though she is in first class.

    Sorry time to dish up dinner, enjoy your evening and stay safe and warm.
    Love Brenda xxx

  6. Hi everyone
    I love your card today, and your ‘smooshed’ corner. I struggle to get the right effect too and have never been happy with the results. They make it look so easy on YouTube videos! Not quite the same effect I know, but I’m loving my new ink splotches stamp set from HoneyDoo. I’ve used them on my challenge card this week 😊
    Absolutely disgusting behaviour from those people going into the hospital. I still can’t understand the mentality of these idiots who think it’s all just a hoax! Like you say, they should go in and do a days work on a COVID ward, then perhaps they’ll understand how serious it is.
    All snow gone here now, and we’re back to rain!
    Have a good evening everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx