My Family & Other Animals

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

"Nature Boy..."

Cinema today for the first time this year. I went with my friend Elaine to see the new 3D version of Star Wars - The Phantom Menace. The first time I saw the film in the cinema I fell asleep, I thought it was a very weak film and didn't really enjoy it, but on reflection I think it's actually a lot better than most people give it credit for. Take out all that dreary trade sanction story and it's quite an exciting story.

Valentine's passed without a hitch (although I did spend most of the day thinking about my Dad who died on Valentines Day). I manged to score major brownie poins by getting Jo a really lovely bouquet of flowers from an on-line vendor. We had agreed to not do anything for Valentines but I just couldn't let it go, she really is suffering at the moment and I just wanted to do something nice for her. Ironically though, for two card makers in the house neither one of us gave the other a card!
The theme for this weeks card over at I ♥ ProMarkers was Nature. I had in mind a quite elaborate card with lots of vines and flowers and had Edwin and Tilda as explorers - there was going to be a car in it and birds and all sorts, funny how things turn out eh! When I coloured Edwin I got some papers together and it all just fell into place really quickly. For the first time in ages I am really, really happy with this card, I think the colours are gorgeous and I love the whole layout. I have used a varied selection of dies from Marianne to Memory Box, Nesties to Magnolia. I used one piece of Basic Grey paper and another piece I got from my scrap box. As for Edwins butterfly net I actually sat down and cut out most of the squares to make it look more realistic, a steady hand is most definately required here!!
I got my Special Edition ProMarkers today from, the yellow is absolutley beautiful and I really don't know if I want to use it because as Limited Editions they may disappear without a chance to replace them. Anyway, hope you like the card and I will see you again soon (probably sooner than you think!!).
take care
x x x x x x

Entered into: Flutterby Wednesdays Challenge #190 - Anything With Wings

The House That Stamps Built Challenge #215 - Leftovers

Penny's Paper-Craft Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge #142 - Anything Goes

Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge #34 - Glitter! Glitter!

Card Crafter's Circle Challenge #10 - To Die For!

Crafty Ann's Challenge #59 - Bold and Bright

Fun With Shapes and More Challenge #103 - Must use Die Cuts

Hot Shot Craft Challenge #4 - One For The Boys

Digi Doodle Chop's Best Challenge #95 - Anything Goes


  1. Fab card Andy, you're right the net does look more realistic, what patience you must have!! Had to chuckle at your card-less Valentines Day, we are just the same though lol! x

  2. Fantastic use of "leftovers" Andy!!! Great card and really great coloring. Thanks for playing with us at Repeat Impressions (The House That Stamps Built).

  3. Very cute and I love the scene you were able to create. Thanks for playing along with Flutterby Wednesdays!

  4. Hello!! Wow, what a great card and love that you created a scene with it. Very clever. Thanks for joining us at FBW!

  5. Hi Andy

    A super card using Edwin, beautifully bright and cheery.

    Well done on the brownie points, better get you to have a word with my hubby, it seemed to go totally over his head this year, I put it down to his man flu ! I can identify with it being a hard day for you, I lost my granddad on that date and it can't but remind you.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

    B x

  6. This is Wonderful Andy - perfect for our bold & bright challenge at Crafty Ann's. Thank you for joining us.
    Ann x

  7. this is fabulous andy ,love how you have coloured edwin and your papers are lovely
    thanks for joining us at the digi doodle shop challenges and good luck
    tracey x

  8. Terrific card, love your DP combination. Thanks for joining this week's challenge at Digi Doodle Shop.

  9. What a great 'scene' card! Your butterfly is so vibrant and really pops off your card. Thank you for playing along with Flutter By Wednesdays!

  10. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Card Crafter’s Circle this week. This little fellow is fabulous and I like how you created such a simple yet striking layout,really pretty card!I hope he can catch that butterfly and it would be great to see you again next week for our latest challenge and I love this die cut set you used!
    Trish Munro
    Card Crafter’s Circle Design Team

  11. Lovely card, thank you for joining us at The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week
    Ruth x

  12. A great "one for the boys card". Thanks for joining us at HSC for our challenge

    Hugs Sarah x

    p.s. We have the new Tim Holtz Distress Markers on Pre Order.

  13. Great card Andy, love the bold colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x


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