Sunday, 24 January 2010

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 27

Hi Folks - hope you've had a great weekend!

This morning, I decided to say 'fiddlesticks' to the housework! My hubby has to work 2 weekends out of 3 and yesterday my son made a comment "I really miss having fun with Daddy"!! That really pulled at my heartstrings, so I thought I ought to do the things with the children which I've been promising for a while - so I made a hair braid with my daughter, and loaded some albums onto an MP3 player for my son - doesn't sound much, but Andrew and Eleri were both happy. I find it's just too easy to get bogged down with everyday tasks, and not give the children the time they deserve - and they are just growing up too fast - soon they will be 9 and 5!!
And, when I do housework, it doesn't seem to make any difference - it seems that someone only has to breathe in our house, and it looks messy again (LOL!). But, having decided not to do housework today , I did still have to do a load of washing, wash up the dishes, cook Sunday lunch and hoover downstairs!

Anyway, enough of that - after feeling pretty rotten for a few days (and the nausea seems to be coming back tonight!), last night I finally managed to finish the card for my daughter's best friend (little girl next door). I have followed the sketch over on The Sugar Bowl. I have used one of the stamps I bought in the Funky Kits January Sale - what a deal! This image is Dress Up Maggie - I have coloured her with water colour pencils, added glitter to the feather boa, and used 3D paint for her beads. I have added faux stitching around the image.

The added extra on the challenge is to use distressing - now, I'm not too confident at doing this and don't have any proper distressing tools or inks, so I used the edge of my metal ruler to distress the edges of the papers, used an emery board to scuff the paper a bit, and then rubbed ink lightly around using a kitchen towel. I'm not too happy with my distressing, but I gave it a go! I don't think these Kay and Co Sparkly Sweet papers really suit distressing! I made a charm using beads and chain, punched some flowers and added pearls. I just love the embroidered handmade paper - I bought that in a sale at The Works ages ago. I'm not sure yet whether to add a sentiment to the card - I've got a couple of days to dwell on that!

Sorry the photo's not brilliant, and it makes the colours look a bit wishy washy really, but it's the best I can do in the light we have at the moment!

I hope you like my card, and I hope you'll pop by again soon - I look forward to it!

Love, Andrea xx


debby4000 said...

Gorgeous sweet card, fab image and beautiful details.

Kathy said...

Pretty pretty card!!! I think this image is so sweet and matches your papers so nicely!!! YOur distressing looks fab as well!
Thanks so much for joining us at the Sugar Bowl!!

Emma said...

Hi Andrea
Your card is gorgeous, adorable image and colours.
I say bugger the housework too!!! Lol
Hugs Emma x