Friday, 24 May 2013

Gas Street Basin, BCN

 Remind me again, what is the date?  Apparently it is the coldest Spring for 30 years.  You're telling me. 

We are not exactly fine weather boaters, but we are waiting for a bit of better weather before we set off.  It would be nice to be able to spend a couple of hours on the move without getting wet and/or cold.

Lots of visitors passing through Birmingham.  Not everyone is as timid as we are, obviously.

I made about 40 cards using this stamp.  Here are the pink ones.  Promise I won't publish any more for a bit.

Used die cut labels etc and embossing folders, ribbons, flowers, gems and feathers on these.

The pink one at the top left hand corner was made from card taken from a bag that once held a bunch of flowers.  Don't throw anything away if I can find a use for it.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Gas Street, BCN

 You never know quite what is going to happen in Gas Street.  We have had a week of visitors and David going off to a couple of CRT meetings .  Then this evening, after a lovely sunny day spent sat out on the moorings there was a commotion.  Some idiot drunk was swimming in the canal and lots of people on the balcony of the Walkabout shouting and howling; and there were over 12 policeman standing around watching him.

He was eventually coaxed into the hatch of a visiting boat and the ambulance took him off to hospital to pump the canal water out of him.

The Police were very effective.  No plan, no one in charge, couldn't lift stuff out of the canal 'cos it was dirty.  Just when did they become such wusses?

And yet another card for the spa.  I stamped out the toppers onto white card and ran the towels and gown through the Cuttlebug to give it some texture.

The gown was matted onto a white square with sticky fixers and then matted again onto a pink scallop square.  This was stuck to a dark blue card blank.

Two flowers were added to the towels and the pot of cream.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Gas Street Moorings, BCN

And this is what was around the propeller.  (will edit later)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Gas Street Basin, BCN

 We got a message via Callum and then Kathie to say that Pete had broken down on the Soho Loop and could we go and tow him back.

So off we went with Kathie and Smudge for a second trip around the Soho Loop in as many weeks, and the third time this year!

We found Pete with Alan opposite the prison, stuck with something around the prop and brought them back to the basin.

Another of the cards made for the lady who does massages.  I stamped out the image twice onto white card, die-cutting one in an oval and fussy cutting out the other one after colouring them with pencils, and gold pen.  I added the cut images with sticky fixers and added a gem in the girl's turban and some sparkle on the candle flame.  The oval was matted onto a die-cut scalloped piece in blue.

I cut a panel of white card and cut the edges with a Martha Steward punch, then adding a strip of blue card and covered the edges with ribbon.  This was then stuck to the blue card blank and the topper added in the centre towards the top.  Three glass gems finish off the panel.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Gas Street, BCN

 The big day!  New electricty posts.  We won the jackpot and got the one with the keypad which everyone else on the moorings will have to use too.  The system is being set up for the whole country and we will eventually be able to pin in our own numbers to pay for the electricity.  That's if it all works, which is a but dubious.  The best part is that you pay through the internet.  We have two moorers who have no idea what the internet is let alone have an account. 
 And, the even better bit, we are going to have to pay for the privilege!

Some time ago I bought some toppers using handmade papers and dried flowers.  I used this one on a white card blank and just added three yellow gems.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Gas Street, BCN

For once the weather people got it right, a lovely hot, sunny, bank holiday Monday.

Sima, one of our moorers is making a film about Canada geese so we took Mr David out for a trip around the bay, visiting Soho, Icknield Port and Oozells Loops.

 These two goslings were still at the cute stage.  It doesn't last long and they will soon be s***ing all over the place.

The trees were just bursting with bright green leaves and we found these two goslings.  NO ducklings, moorhen or coot chicks though.

I made this card using a photograph which I matted onto white, pink and silver card before sticking it onto a pink card blank.  The pink ribbon was then tied around the spine and tied in a knot.