A very wet and chilly day for us yesterday, which meant that our gardening plans went out of the window, we decided to set up a seed sowing station in the kitchen so that we could at least get some more of the vegetable seeds going. We were so surprised on Tuesday last week to see that the Lupin seeds that we had put in the Electric Propagator were about 4 inches tall after only being planted on Good Friday, meaning that they had germinated and grown in 4 days, which just seems incredible, so we are going to start the Sweetcorn and cucumber seeds in there too to get a head start, we looked at some of the vegetable plants at the garden centre yesterday and they were ridiculously priced, we had the sweetcorn seeds already, so we just picked up a pack of cucumber seeds for £2.49. there are enough seeds in there to last us the next three years and still half the price of the actual tiny plants they were selling. Having said that people were still loading up their huge shopping carts with trays and pots of vegetables and plants, I dread to think what their totals were at the tills!!!
Exciting NEWS...... Sophie's latest University project that has been months in the making has been accepted by Kickstarter. She has designed a book titled 'Retail Therapy' they had to create a project to feature on 'Kickstarter', you basically create a design/book etc and ask for funding to get your project (in Sophie's case) get published. She had to approach a Publisher for costing and get prices for printing etc.
Her book is designed for people that have worked in Retail and had to deal with frustrating customers, the video that promotes the book features voice overs from both Paul and Lucy, Paul played the part of a frustrated supermarket checkout worker, it's hilarious. As you would expect the amount of detail that Sophie has put into each character and the surroundings they work in incredible, when she shared it with her Tutor he said to her "I hope that you have all of your costings worked out as this project will definitely get funded" He thought it was amazing, I will let you all know when it gets uploaded so that you can go and watch the introductory film, its hard to believe that she is coming to the end of her second year at University!
Now let's get to the main focus of today's blog, your amazing 'Die Only' cards.....
"For this week's Challenge I have gone back to my TONIC DIES.
For my first card I used BUTTERFLY MOSAIC STAINED GLASS WINDOW using TONIC card. The ribbon is from my stash.
My second card is made using TONIC EXQUISITE ENVELOPE DIE. I left one or two 'bits' in the grid just to give highlights.
Two lovely cards Janet, you cannot beat Tonic dies when it comes to intricate detail, your first card just shouts luxury, with the gold and gorgeous ribbon weaving.
Your second card looks like it would have taken you ages, the layers are again so intricate and detailed and I love how you have left a couple of pieces of the die cut paper in to add extra detail, this recipient of this card will feel like they are very special. Thank you so much my lovely for two stunning projects XXX
Second card is using a Loop die bought from Amazon/China. I got a kit from Hunkeydory with some nice toppers so used the little deer's on this one and a strip sentiment from the pack.
We had another baby in the family, so I used my SW dies to make a this card.
Wow Maria, you have been busy crafting this week, you have made 3 beautiful cards, I love both the Roses die and the lovely pink dotty papers that you have used for this card. It would be great for Birthday, thank you, get well soon and so many different occasions, such a lovely design. Your second card is amazing, I love that loopy edge die that you have used, the Deer topper is so pretty and the sentiment strip brings the colours in your card and the gold mirror card together perfectly.
Such lovely news about the new baby in your family, the card you have made is just prefect, I love all the little elements that finish the little babygro off, that Lacy bib is beautiful and the little ducks add cuteness, I love the paper you have used too.
Thank you so much my lovely for 3 amazing Die only Challenge cards XXX
Sonia's Description :
I’ve used my slimline dies for the first card, along with one of the Memory Box cut out dies in the corners. Adding my Tim Holtz butterflies and the circular die sentiment (sorry, I can’t remember where that’s from)
On my second card I’ve used the Sizzix frame over the mesh background die. Added the butterfly and Crafter’s Companion sentiment.Two amazing Die Only Challenge cards Sonia, I am really tempted to get some of those Slimline die, I love the look and they give such a nice neat finish to your card. Your second card is just perfect I love that Mesh die cut, the Sizzix frame gives the perfect grounding for your butterfly too, such a gorgeous thank you card. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge, I am glad your Mojo came back in time XXX