Monday, 24 September 2012

A little bit of Pink, Puddings and Peggy ........

Morning everyone,
Did you all have a nice weekend?  It's been lovely here on the island but I think that's all about to change - according to the weathermen.
I'm going to start the week off with a little bit of pink .......
Here's my take on the latest challenge over at In the Pink.  It's Challenge #4 ......

               ...........EMBOSSING (DRY OR HEAT)

It's definitely a bit more PINK than the last one.

I decided my embossing would be the 'dry' style.  I used plain white cardstock and one of the Cuttlebug embossing folders - Birds and Swirls.  White card always looks so elegant when it's embossed I think, and there's so many stunning designs on the market these days that it's a perfect technique for any occasion.
The edges of the embossed panel have had a little bit of Spun Sugar Distress ink added and also a little bit of fine glitter was used to highlight the birds.
The background papers are from a Tim Holtz Paper Stash, and have been distressed around the edges and then inked with a little Pumice Stone DI to give that aged look.  A little piece of vintage cotton lace with some narrow pink satin ribbon threaded through it has been attached across the card.
The stamp is by Leanne Ellis as is from Sugar Nellie.  Not sure if it's still available, but you can check here on the website.  It's called 'Tell Me Something'  The sentiment is from a small Hero Arts set and is one of my favourites, it has appeared on my blog a few times.
I've coloured my stamped image with Copic pens, the background was done with Spun Sugar and Stormy Sky DI.  The dress part has been stamped 4 more times, cut out and layered to add a little dimension, and a touch of fine glitter adds a little sparkle.

A pretty pink satin bow, large paper rose and a couple of hat pins finish the whole thing off off.  I think she looks very pretty in pink!

I've loads to do, as usual, this week.  Still not done my Timmie tag - eeek! (time is running out).
I also bought a sewing machine at the weekend.  Haven't even had time to get it out of the box yet, so I'm hoping to do that at some point today.  I haven't done any sewing for about 30 years, I would think it's going to take me a while to figure it all out - watch this space.

It was also the Isle of Man Food and Drink festival at the weekend.  We bobbed over there on the Saturday and had a great day.  Ate too much as usual - well, it would have been rude not to try everything now wouldn't it!
We saw Ainsley Harriott doing his cooking demonstrations.  One of his dishes was a simple fish recipe, Jamaican curried Manx Callig with coconut and lime - nom! nom!  Going to give that one a try.

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to the Festival was to get my Christmas Pudding.  There's a company on the island that makes them, Berries at Aaron House,  and we got one last year and it was de-licious!!
They also have a company called Cocoared which makes fab chocolates (we bought some of those too!)
This year they have been given a 3-star Gold award, by the Guild of Fine Foods for their Vintage Christmas Puddings - well deserved it is too.  They're also going to be supplying them to the top London store Fortnum & Mason (very posh!)

This is something else I picked up too  ...........

Just look at it, the box is fab on it's own!  It's all wax sealed, and it says when you open it there's a map inside which apparently shows you the whereabouts of  'Peggy's' hideaway.
Well, I had to open it, and sure enough, there's a map.

It also tells you a little bit about 'Peggy' which is the world's oldest yacht and was owned by Captain George Quayle, a politician, banker and alleged smuggler!
She was launched from Castletown in 1791 and saw many years of smuggling and trade.  Just after the death of his mother, the mysterious Captain Quayle locked the 'Peggy' away in his boathouse and no-one dared to enter, so she was undiscovered for almost 120 years.
The map actually gives you co-ordinates of  'Peggy's' secret location -  the boathouse that is now the home of the Nautical Museum in Castletown.
If any of you are interested you can find out more about Peggy here.  I must admit it's made me a little curious.
That's one thing about this rock in the middle of the Irish sea, it's full of history and interesting folk tales of the past.  There's always something to see.

Have a great week.  I'm hoping to be back again soon - with my Timmie tag with any luck!

Thanks for reading my latest ramblings, I do go on a bit I know,

Take care



Mrs.B said...

Good morning Linda, sounds like you had a great weekend, and some crafting time to make that beautiful card. Love all the pretty details and her dress looks wonderful and frilly.
The cake looks as good as the box and no doubt you will have something in mind for that!
Hope you get your tag made - haven't started mine!
Avril xx


This is fabulous Linda. Leanne Ellis images are gorgeous, and we don't see enough of them in blogland. I love your layout, the embossing, the 3-d skirt, the glitter - oh, and all that delicious Pink!
Thank you for joining us again at ITP - Sylvia x

Vicky Hayes said...

This is such a pretty, feminine card Linda - I love your little touches of glitter. You always make me want to visit the Isle of Man! The food festival looks brilliant and you certainly came away with a good haul! What an interesting story about the Peggy - and you very rarely find treasures like that wonderful looking fruit cake these days! Vicky x

Redanne said...

Gorgeous card Linda, love the embossing and also all the pink. The box with the cake does look good, something to alter once the cake has gone, maybe? Look forward to seeing your Tim Tag.....Crafty hugs, Anne x

Lozzy said...

gorgeous card. love the image, your colouring and how you've done her skirt x

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, great image and layout.

Kath x

Christine L said...

Good news for you over that In The Pink Linda... pop over to the Pinkie Palace and take a look!

Christine x