Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hobbycutz Challenge. . . . . . Flora and Fauna (and One Year of Blogging)

Good morning all you beautiful folk that take the time to comment or look at my creations and ramblings. Its a year today since I discovered how to use Blogger after several miserable attempts. As its the DT post for Hobbycutz today, I shall leave my celebrations until the next post but just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to you all for tuning in, with special mention in dispatches to our Hazel and Patricia, who have been there, virtually from the start (the long service (or suffering) medals are in the post).
Also, a mahoosive welcome to Darnell and Janice. Thanks for joining our merry band ladies and hope you enjoy the ride.

Back to business. Its another fab challenge at Hobbycutz and this time the theme is Flora and Fauna. I hope you can pop along and see what the DT have come up with and even better if you fancy entering. Click here to have a peek.

Now, I was a lucky girlie and managed to pick up a 12x12 First Edition Desert Blooms pad for a mega cheap price at work in a sale last week. I'd better not say how much it was as when I told John how cheap it was, he actually swore, although in fairness, he may have actually said "Duck".
I knew exactly which sheet I was going to chop up from the Desert Blooms pad for this project as I thought the flora bit was represented quite nicely by this piece.
The base is A5 300gsm cream card topped with terracota brown Lidl card, to pick out the browny pink flowers.
I then topped this with the Desert Blooms paper, trimmed to fit nicely.
I had a Hobbycutz butterfly for my fauna, which I inked with Versamark and heat embossed with Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder, which gives a lovely iridescent sheen. The other butterflies were cut from SB Butterfly Circles as were the layers with the sentiment. Dots done with a white gel pen.
I know that this is a relatively simple card but the paper was so beautiful, I was loath to cover it with too much embellishment
You can't see it too well on the main picture but hopefully on the ones below, you can see the iridescence on the butterfly and the lovely glittery twinkle on the flowers and leaves on the paper.

So simple but hopefully pretty and making the most of that fab butterfly embellishment.

Just a few quick messages. . . . 
Welcome back Val. Bet you're glad to be back in the warm.
Lydia, I'm sure the mojo is just taking a nap.
Donna, great news about the foot. You'll be dancing around your craft room in no time.
Jackie, did you catch a strain of Stripletus virus at Excel? Also, great card at HOC. When are you starting a blog then?
Shirley, one day per fortnight?  That's my kinda job!
Kate, the pillow is acting almost like one of them bumper thingys you have in a cot. . . . . next week, the romper suit and dummy (I make no reference to Mr Duck whatsoever) will complete the bedtime ensemble. The head is better thanks. Still have a dent but its not as sore and I'm not having strange moments (well, no more than usual).

Anyhoo, time to leave you alone to prepare for Tool Shed (I have custody of the remote).
Hope you can join me to party on my next post and help me celebrate my one year anniversary.
Meantime, lets be careful out there!

Ang x

PS. . .No striplet. . . . . . well, not today anyway lol!

PPS. . .Shirley, Happy 29th Birthday . . . . . . I've just seen your comment on Sue's blog. You're younger than me then so I think you can manage more than one day a fortnight at work now hahaha! Have a great day.


  1. Morning Ang,
    Congrats on your first year of blogging, and here's to the next. Mojo is still napping I'm afraid.
    Love the papers you have sued for your simple elegant card.

  2. Congratulation on having your blog a year. Believe you me I have not suffered at any time. I am so pleased that I pressed on your duck image on Sue Wilson's blog that day, and I am sure Patricia has never minded me telling her to go and have a look at your blog, you have given us all many laughs with your little stories etc over the year, but I think the best bit was when we all meet up in November.
    A beautiful card made with your bargain pad of papers ( lucky you) I got a great bargain in the Dundee store after Christmas of a 12x12 pad of Forever Friends and if you got yours for around the same price - just say I am jealous. Love how you describe your pillow as a cot bumper? It works and that all that matters. Hazel xx

  3. Congrats Ang, how would we manage without blogging?
    Love your glittery butterfly and the papers are beaut. xxxx

  4. Congratulations on your first year - it takes a lot of time to keep up a blog, but I love to follow several, and see how they blossom, you included!

  5. Lovely card & congratulations on your 1st year of blogging. Your comments about the bargain papers made me laugh out loud-OH thought I was mad (prob true!).


  6. Love the card, anything that has butterflies. on is a winner with me.
    Congrats on your first year - great achievement.
    It´s my daughter 40th birthday today so a day of celebrating is on the cards.
    Love Val x

  7. Lovely card, such great papers x

  8. Hi Ang, Oh dear you have just had me in tears reading your blog, so funny, your comments on John swearing and to Shirley my oh my, its good we all know you and know what you're like, don't ever change gal, you brighten up our days lol!

    Anyhow, your card is fabulous, lovin the papers and the butterfly is so, so pretty.. Looking forward to your celebration tomorrow!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  9. Big CONGRATULATIONS!! Have loved every moment. So glad Hazel told me to click on "the duck" Every day a fun day at the pond, I have enjoyed every paddle.
    Enjoyed the on land playing last November though, as I did not get my feet wet.

    Your card is beautiful, paper fantastic and a bargain price as well.

    Many more Birthdays, hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs a plenty

    Patricia xxx

  10. A lovely card ,i really like the papers,
    Congratulations for your 1st year ,
    Elaine H X

  11. Congratulations on your year of blogging! I enjoy every blog you post and love your mix of news and crafting! I was happy to see your paper as the focal point on your card. How did you cut it. I've just bought a heartfelt creations pad, and the papers start screaming no at me every time I even think about cutting it! And what's more, it I cut into one side, I will have spoiled what's on the reverse! I'm so pleased I discovered your blog. Best wishes, Anne O

  12. Dear Ang. Congratulations on one year of blogging. I love how blogging has brought some great friends like you to me. Your card is gorgeous it is really spring inspired. I'm not quite dancing yet but it feels great to walk normal. Have a great day Ang.

  13. WOW!! a year of blogging, it goes in so fast. I remember when I jioned the pond, it was whilst I was in Iceland for my birthday, but it feels like forever, it's always a joy to paddle in the pond.

    Now your card is gorgeous, I too love this paper pad, wonderful design with that fab butterfly. Big Hugs, Kate x

  14. Congrats on your year of blogging Ang!!! I love the way I have met IRL and otherwise so many crafty friends on here...cant wait to meet up again!!! your card is fab really lovely colours on that paper ..huggles Sue xxx

  15. Fab card Ang, so glad you didn't cover too much of your gorgeous paper. So pleased I'm allowed to swim alongside and congrsts on your 1st, time does fly when having a giggle. Hugs a plenty. xx Flora

  16. Hi Ang,

    Many thanks for your kind wishes. Have had a lovely day - been spoiled rotten.

    Love your card and congrats on your first anniversary. Look forward to the things to come. Not been with you too long but have enjoyed every day. Thank you.

    Much love,

    Shirley T. xxx

  17. I love it! I am waiting for some Hobbycutz goodies to arrive - and I love the fact that the butterfly is the hero here. I have so much hoarded paper and this is a fab way to use it! Thanks for the inspiration Karen xx

  18. Good morning Ang and yes, I know I am a day behind. Firstly though congratulations on your blog anniversary. I'm so glad I pressed the button to look at your blog and join in. Feels like I joined a whole new family and you have certainly kept us all entertained whilst teaching us lots of techniques and giving us ideas. This creation is no exception and sometimes the paper does all you want and all you need is a sentiment and an embellishment. Methinks I must take a trip and see if our store has any sale goodies on offer.

    I can justify this as I hardly spent anything at Excel but....drum roll....confession. I bought the Striplet!! I thought the venue and facilities there were very good but there wasn't as much there as I expected. We were there by 9.30 so I was straight in and managed to book on some workshops with Vilene and made a log cabin pot holder and a box using some special thick stuff whose name I can't remember at present and also get on one with Sissix making a needlecase with a cut out material butterfly which was first come so I spent something like nearly 4 hours on workshops and without then I would have been ready to come home by mid-day!! Having been up since 5.30am and not getting back until gone 8pm I fell asleep as soon as qualifying started and it was all over when I woke up.

    Yesterday I was so tired it was like zombie world. It was useful that Sue Wilson was on Tool Shed so I didn't feel guilty watching TV most of the day. Hope you enjoyed the race last night, nice bit of wheel to wheel and where did Force India get their power??!!

    Thank you for your kind words about my card. As for a blog, well, perhaps one day but I can't commit to one at present. Bye for now, Jackie

  19. Well missus congratulations to you on your one year bloggaversary. Great little creation to celebrate with too! Just love it ....oh and the butterfly is cute as well.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  20. Another pretty card! Have a great week! Hugs!

  21. Fabulous glittery and Ira Descent card, Ang!! Congratulations on your one year blogaversary and I wish you many, many more!! Thank you for the nice welcome!! Hugs, Darnell

  22. Good morning Ang although I realize it is not morning where you live! Your new paper is stunning and makes an excellent background for your butterfly. Well done!
    Can you believe a whole year as gone by -- very quickly but I am so glad you are here in Blogland.
    I hope all is well with you and Mr. Duck and all the little ducks that swim in your pond!
    Sandy xx