Saturday 31 October 2009

BasicGrey Challenges

I am so sorry I am late with my card for this week's challenge. We have been out and about most of this week trying to find myself a newer car and that in itself has been a challenge ! I have had for the last 6 years or so a Daihatsu Terios and I absolutely adore it. I've looked at other makes but nothing compares so I've been trying to find a replacement Terios. Because of the recession and the fact that Japan are not exporting any new cars at the moment and won't be until later on next year, they are as rare as hen's teeth ! I'm not lucky enough to be able to afford a brand new one (if you can find one), but I managed to get my hands on a gorgeous baby similar to this one......

Can't wait to pick her up !!

We have also been potty training Fizzy and I'm sure you can remember what that is like following them around with a potty and cloth all day long and washing and ironing coming out of my ears !! Ok, too much info !!! I am very pleased to report that it has been highly successful. Well, I had to find some way of funding my new baby, hey ?!!!!! hehehehe ! (only joking !).

Anyway, onto this week's BasicGrey Challenge. My bezzy mate and fellow DT member Tara W gave us this photo for inspiration this week

The fantastic news is that Simon Says Stamp is going to sponsor our challenge every fortnight now so you have more of a chance to win !

The DP's are BasicGrey "Bittersweet"

The image is from the Sugar Nellie Autumn kit which I absolutely adore and every image is such a pleasure to colour. She has of course been coloured with ProMarkers.

The flowers are Maya Road velvet flowers which I bought from Ally Pally. I thought the room in the picture looked warm and cozy and these flowers were just perfect for warmth I think.

The leaves have been punched with a Woodware punch and sprayed with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist which has a pinkey/orangey glow to it - gorgeous and very autumnal.

The flowers and leaves in the photo have a story attached to them too ! On our travels this week to find my car, we popped into a garden centre near Bristol for some lunch and have a look around. What a fantastic afternoon we had. The place was full of Christmas decorations which the girls loved and the look on Fizzy's face was a picture. She's 2½ and so all the bright lights and glittery decorations were just so new to her and she walked around just saying "wow" !! They also had pumpkin carving so we carved a couple of pumpkins and brought one home to make some homemade soup (which was delish) and then we had some lunch. While eating our lunch I was looking at the display the staff had created with pumpkins and these huge candle rings of autumn leaves and I thought how fantastic one of those candle rings would be for photographing cards with.

Anyway, I asked a member of staff about them who then dismantled the whole display so she could see if they had a price ticket on them ! They didn't of course. She asked if I would like to buy them and how many would I like. I said that it would depend on how much they were going to sell them for and she ummed and arred and said "50p for the two" ! Well, how I stopped myself from hugging and kissing her I don't know but anyway, I bought them and left her to rearrange the display !!! It's not the first time a shop has had to redo its entire display because I wanted to buy something in it which they don't stock !!!

Well, I'll leave you to hop along to the rest of the DT's blogs now ! Sorry if I've waffled on a bit today !

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  1. Hi Jo,this card was well worth the wait,it's stunning!Those flowers are magnificent!!
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog,they mean a lot to me.I loved being guest Designer with such a talented bunch.
    I could just see the expressions on the faces of yor 2 little ones!! Enjoy every minute of it,Ruth x

  2. Oh I thoroughly enjoyed reading your waffling this morning, my dear! I love getting all the nitty gritty,smile! Your new baby looks fab, congrats! Now, I honestly don't know how you do it, potty training, washing and ironing (what is that actually, ironing, don't think I've heard of it,lol) and all the DT work you put the rest of us to shame,hun!
    I just adore you card, Jo! It is so pretty and the image is just so sweet and your colouring is beautiful as always! Love those lush velvet flowers wow they are perfect!
    Thanks for your sweet comment, hun. Hope you, hubby and the girls have a Happy Halloween!
    Big Hugs,t

  3. Hi Jo! Loved your post! This card is soooo beautiful-I love the Autumn kit! Bet you can't wait for your new car-is gorgeous!Ooo gosh well done with the potty training-any tips? How old is your little girl? I'm sorry I've not been over recently-things have been a bit mad here over the past couple of weeks! I can't wait for the NEC-we need to meet up! Would be lovely to meet you. xxx

  4. Hello Jo,

    What a cute card hon!!!
    The new car looks gorgeous....
    Happy Halloween,

  5. Jo i just love your card and those flowers are gorgeous. Wow what a bargain you got with those leaf garlands
    Your new car looks fab well done on finding it.
    Good luck with the potty training, I remember it well even though it was years ago

    Hugs Jackie x

  6. This is stunning Jo! I love the fabric flowers and the papers! Wow, your new car looks fab!! :)
    Love, Georgia xx

  7. Lol you have put a smile on my face this morning with your tale :o)
    Gorgeous card (and surroundings) - I love it. This pad is still one of my fave BG ones and your image is coloured to perfection.
    Have a great week

  8. Your cards fantastic and coloued perfectly, loved the tale you told, thanks for my lovely comments on my blog xx

  9. Your card is lovely and this image so cute!
    Hugs Gisela

  10. Such a beautiful card Jo, and in such fab colours!
    love the gorgeous design.
    Hugs Linda

  11. Fantastic card darlin and the SN stamps really are gorgeous I agree! Wonderful colouring and design and those flowers, well, you're right they're absolutely perfect for your card and another thing in your Ally Pally shopping bag that I must have missed ROFL! Sounds like you had a busy half term week, glad you found a car after all your efforts and brilliant re Fizzy, what a clever girlie she is and a clever Mummy you are getting her sorted so quick. Reap the benefits country girl, I do remember it well :). Thanks for your lovely comment to me on BG forum, I appreciated it so much. Hugs, Chris xx

  12. Hi Jo, well only four more sleeps yippee!!!
    Fab car!
    Hope training is going well and getting easier!

    Your card this week is beautiful I love those velvet flowers too! very yummilicious! Great choice of BG papers for this challenge! Ooh Bargain candle rings! HuGs sweetie see you soon, HuGs Kim :)

  13. oooh totally delish,sweetie, love the colours and the images are too cute! Oh congrats on the car, bet you can't wait to get it :o)
    Hugs Tab xxx

  14. Oh this is gorgeous Jo :-) I love this image and those flowers !! oohh they are GORGEOUSSSS !! :-) fabulous card ,,,, everything is perfect ! :-)

    Love the photo too ,,, gorgeous display :-)

    The car is fabulous too :-) OOhh when do you get it ?? Lovely ;-)

    Lols x x x


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