Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Helen Broxap

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

What a view!

Well my recent card creation really fitted with my experience this weekend!  But we'll get there in a minute.  I love this stamp from Sheena Douglas.  It reminds me of the beautiful Lakes and North Pennines. I've used it in the past to create a 'Rainbow Bridge' card using subtle pastel colours.  This time I've used my Aquamarkers to create a more autumnal look. Couldn't resist photographing it on my bench with some real autumn leaves! The leaves on the card are more Sheena stamps and I've intensified the colour with Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge is just perfect with a bit of Shabby Shutters!).

So getting back to the weekend.  Well I went with my family to visit a barn conversion my sister and brother-in-law are working on in the North Pennines. And guess what, it rained and it rained and it rained.  All the way they were pointing out of the window and saying things like 'this is the fabulous view of Crossfell, this cafe looks over the Eden Valley, the view of the hills from here is stunning' etc, but in reality all we could see was a bank of cloud through the steamed up windows! You had to laugh really... I've just seen a quote online that the Hartside Pass on the way to Alston is a route named as one of the World's Top Ten Most Scenic drives by the AA. If only... So I had to imagine what it might look like and thankfully I had this card fresh in my mind. But seeing the barn and spending time with family made it all worth while!

On taking the picture above I was interrupted by a little visitor - my furry buddy Thomas.
He was obviously protecting the card from any intruders (OK he was yawning!). Couldn't resist showing you...

5 comments:

Rochelle said...

I love that picture of Tom - you couldn't have got a better photo! He looks like a lion! And the card looks good too x but I know that as I've seen it in real life, it looks even better in real life (the card, and... the cat too!) xxx

Karen said...

That is a stunner Helen - guess what stamp I now want to add to my small, but growing pile of Sheena products?!
You've done a stunning job with the colouring and it's nice to see Thomas - he's such a handsome young man lol Kx

Anonymous said...

MEOWWWWW :-) Ljxx

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, and when is Meg making a guest appearance? x R X

Helen said...

OK, OK I'll get a picture up of Meg soon! Thanks for the nice comments about the card. It's gone to my wonder woman in the office (my administrator) for her birthday today. She is off to Wales to climb a mountain so I thought it was very appropriate. Helen xxx