Of Summer Memories

Hello!  Happy Wednesday.  Wednesdays are such friendly days.  Even the name:  “Wednesday”  – sounds sort of made up.  Giggly.  Silly.  Like it’s not a real name at all, but one that someone inserted into the middle of the week, just to see how gullible we really are, and how many of us would notice.

And while we’re on that subject .. did you know that the word ‘Gullible’ isn’t in the dictionary?  No .. no it’s not.  Go on… I’ll wait here while you check.  …  …  … … … … .. .. . . . . . . . ..  .  [three minutes passes and I hear footsteps coming back down the hall]  . . . . . .  So,  did you check?   Well those of you who believed me …  and either checked in the dictionary which you keep handy there in the house, or those of you who remembered that you’re on a computer and can ask Mr.Google these things, ….  aw, you GULLIBLE lot!

You do know that the rest of us are all having a giggle now, don’t you?   ahh.. but we love you.

Annnyhoo ...  it’s down to business, and todays business is crafting.

I made a quick card which I titled Summer Memories, and I did this because I’m fed up with Christmas coming all too fast.  At today’s date, (23rd Nov.2016)  we have 4 weeks and 3 days until Christmas day arrives.  FOUR WEEKS AND 3 DAYS.  ARRRRGH!!!

It feels like it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was wearing shorts to craft in.  Now I’m wearing my ultra warm jogging pants and a warm top and even, sometimes, a scarf around my neck!  What the DIVIL is going on here people?

So to do something which was totally opposite of Christmas…  I made a little card of Summer Memories.

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I began this card by giving the glass in the door some dimension by using Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss over each pane.  But then, when it was finally dry, it still didn’t feel like memories.  So I thought I’d give it a watery sort of effect – like looking into a pond or something like that, so that it wasn’t all quite so sharp and in focus.

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Once dried, I loved the effect.  It gave you a focus on all the summer bedding plants, but all the other things like the step, door, porch, bricks .. were all in the background, in a sort of soft focus.

I matt and layered the picture then fixed it to the card front, added the title ‘Summer Memories’ onto the bottom of the picture,  and then added four metal corners to draw the eye in towards the photo.  And that’s all there was to it.

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This card made me think about what my favourite memory of this summer was…  and I came to the decision that it was some poppies which grew in our front garden.  Big, bright and beautiful.  Warm almost sparkling red, and smiling.  When I pulled my car onto the drive I could see them growing against the wall, and I would sit for a moment, smiling at them.  They almost seem to talk to each other in whispers, and I imagined that they had soft, gentle little voices, and one, I imagined, had a lisp. Yes … those Poppies will be my chosen memory to share of Summer just gone.

What about you?  What memory of Summer just gone would you like to share?  Do tell.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Don’t get stressed or annoyed.  Just let the day flow over you and keep a pocketful of joy in your heart, which you can dip into all day long.

I hope today brings you a few smiles along the way.  Be nice to each other.

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A Summer Sundress for a Wonderful Wednesday

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Hello all.  Happy Wednesday!

The weather here where I live in the South West(ish) of Great Britain has been heart liftingly glorious for the past few days.  The sky is a blended mix of the palest duck egg right through to the deepest, diaphanous turquoise.  The sea is the most incredible blue and picks up the colour of the sky and changes it into a water representation of the same thing.  The sun glinted off the ripples of the water in such a way that it looked like a gazillion diamonds were floating across the sea and the sun was catching the diamond cuts, making them dazzling.  So dazzling that I had to keep looking away because it was so bright.

I am so blessed to be living where I do.

This fabulous weather made me think that I should be doing something summery today – so I decided upon a summery dress card.

The dress is made from the exact same print as the paper I used on the front of the card (and part of the inside) – but the dress print paper is in a much smaller scale.  I turned the dress into a ‘spinner’.  This means that it’s hung on a strand of thick cotton thread, and you can actually touch the dress and make it spin back and forth.

Of course … I had to make the inside pretty too …

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The ‘things’ which look like buttons down the side are Candi Dots, fixed with teeny tiny foam pads.  (They’re on the front of the card too – along the top and bottom).  The fancy die cut edge (and the one on inner crease) were made using a Spellbinders die.

This card made me feel like I wanted to get my pretty sundress on and go for a picnic in the park.  Hope you like the card. 

So .. what’s the weather like where you are? 

Have a blessed rest of your day all.  ~

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