My Family & Other Animals

Monday, 30 July 2012

"You Can Look Back But Don't Stare..."

So my first challenge for you is to name the song this particular blog title comes from. I have been thinking about getting a new tattoo and these are the words I want, all I have to decide now is where I want them and in which font.
I remember the first time I heard these lyrics they had quite a profoud effect on me. I spend a lot of time looking back, mulling over the things I can't really change. Now I'm not saying that I will never look back again but this particular song really made me realise that it was okay to visit your past, just don't let it be where you live full-time.
I have had a really great weekend so far watching The Olympics. The opening ceremony was absolutely stuning, it went way beyond what I expected it to be, especially as everyone kept saying we couldn't possibly put a good show on following Beijing, then there was all the negative talk about the countryside setting!! Well yar boo sucks to all of you naysayers out there, we put on an amazing show and the actual lighting of the torch was beyond spectacular. My God, even Her Majesty The Queen joined in, the James Bond spoof was brilliant and you only have to look at her permanently miserable looking face to know she has zero sense of humour!!
On to this weeks card for Kenny K's Krafty Krew and challenge #104 is Banners, Pennants & Bunting. Plus there is the extra bonus of having a new release to show you. Kenny's latest collection are all Retro characters and this is what he has to say about his latest release:
This Sunday we will be releasing our newest digis from our Retro collection, which were inspired by the current Facebook trend of accompanying classic old-timey literary illustrations with modern-day sarcasm and politically incorrect commentary with a wink. This new release includes some fun and stylish art deco and flapper ladies, a 50's martini-toting party girl, and classic film noir-era comic-book panel imagery, just are screaming for your witty sentiments!
I have used the following images on my card; Big Surprise, Smart Aleck, Total Drama and Wise Guy. I was trying to make a card that looked like a comic book. I used Spellbinders dies and a skull and crossbones charm, the barcode is from a Sight and Sound magazine! This collection also includes some other amazing images which you should check out at Kenny K Downloads and I really love what the other members of our team have achieved too, treat yourself, go have a gander!
Anyhoo, hope you like it and I will be back again in a few days with yet another creation I am particularly proud of,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: Critter Sketch Challenge #126 - Anything Goes
Make It Monday Challenge #100 - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime Challenge #80 - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #21 - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time Challenge #124 - Use A Digi
Twisted Tuesday Challenges #17 - Free For All
The Stamping Boutique Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday's Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge #16 - Anything Goes (Optional Sketch)
Die Cuttin' Diva's Challenge #76 -Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Dies and Punches
Bearly Mine Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge #72 - Anything Goes


  1. Well Andy what I have to say will take just 8 letters :) WOWWWWWW......
    Brilliant card my friend.Great use of the images and great colouring and I adore the layout... inspired (another 8)
    Your work really does go from strength (8) to strength.
    I really do think it is worth looking back as you can see where you came from but oh to be able to look forward to see the future.........
    I had a real chuckle on Saturday. I had an email from the National Lottery saying 'news about your ticket'. I sat for about a minute thinking yes..... I am one of the 100 millionaires created last night.... hmmmmmmmm I was one of the 1,000,000 who won £6.
    Ce la Vie... there is always next week.
    Eileen x

  2. Just a brilliant card from you, and great use of the new amazing retro stamps from Kenny :-)
    Hugs from Karin

  3. Clever way to showcase the new stuff - I love your sense of humor and your creation!

  4. HAHAHAHAHAHA...LOVE it, Andy! Way to showcase 'em ALL! You overachiever, you!

  5. fun, fun images! I think you are so clever to have made this the cover of a magazine! Great job Andy!

  6. How delightfully creative, Andy! Love that layout. How wonderful to have you playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Good luck in the challenge.
    NanaConnie DT

  7. What a fun card!!! Love the images! Thank you so very much for playing with us at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  8. That is such a creative card! Wow you really had me cracking up!

    Thanks for joining us as OSAAT this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Vicky

  9. Great card! I had no idea where the Lyrics came from tho, and I am usually very good at that sort of thing. I love the retro feel of your images and colors. Really well done. Thanks for sharing it with us at One Stitch at a Time. xx Denise

  10. How original and I love it !! Thanks for playing with us at Critter Sketch Challenge and good luck. HUgs, Marion

  11. Woah..Very, very cool! Love the retro comic look and the colors rock!! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch! ~Sharla :)

  12. Haha love it !! Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our Use a Digi challenge. Hope to see you back next week :O)

    Choccy x

  13. Super fun card! Thanks for joining our DCD challenge.

    Veronica DCD

  14. What a Super Fun and Cool card!
    Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  15. You rocked the retro! Love the vibrant colors. It's nice to see your project at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

  16. Andy, absolutely fabulous!!!! Loving what you did with all the images and all the sentiments you've added, I'm sure Kenny will be blown away with what you've done. Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

  17. What a clever card! This is fantastic. Thanks for joining us at DCD.


  18. this is ace
    hugs Kate
    ps I have candy if you are interested and have not already celebrated with me :)

  19. This is fabulous Andy , very clever well done Hugs Elaine

  20. Oh my gosh Andy this is just awsome, what a great way to use these fab new images. Absolutly love your work, so inspiring :) xx

  21. What a super fun card. Great images. Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  22. Hot diggity dog...what a fabbilicious card!!! Totally groovy and unfortunately I can relate to the poor lady that glued her hands to her face....LOL. A story for another day...hahaha.

    Absolutely vibrant card and your retro mag cover layout is sensational. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!

  23. Hi Andy
    A fabulous card thankyou for joining us this week at BEARLY MINE CHALLENGES
    Hugs Dianne xx

  24. Smashing creation. Really, really cool. Thanks for playing with us over at BM Challenges this week. Good luck with the challenge.
    Love n hugs

  25. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #157, #158 and #277.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  26. thanks for playing at Twisted Tuesdays this week :)

  27. Love the 'comic book/magazine' cover card Andy, fabulously creative.

    I saw you at MIM #100. I am entry 300 this week, I'd love it if you dropped by.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  28. WOW!! Andrew this is fabulous!!! absolutely love it a great Idea!!
    Thanks for joining us at BMC this time

  29. I've seen this hopping around blog land, and so totally love the layout and vibrant colors! Good luck at TSB Anything Goes Challenge!

    TSB DT

  30. WOW, stunning, incredible piece of art work!! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty at MIM, where I saw it and just had to get a closer look!


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