Tuesday, 30 December 2008

A Storybook Butterfly for 2 Sketches 4 You




This card was made for the challenge this week over on Laura and Kazan's 2 sketches 4 you. I haven't had the time to do any challenges for almost a month now, so I enjoyed getting back into the swing. Lots of sewing and bling on this one, the papers are by SEI, making memories black chipboard swirl and the butterfly was cut with the 'hole' option at 3". I took a few liberties with the sketch (that's why I love sketches, they are such a great kick-start to your creativity).
I ventured down to the town centre today, here, in the UK, we usually only have sales twice a year, in January and July, unlike in the US when there are sales almost every weekend. So it's serious stuff here, especially when there is a huge credit crunch going on. The behaviour of people is always a source of great amusement to me, and never more so than watching two women having a tug-of-war with a cashmere sweater, seeing a wife turn to her husband and saying in withering tones 'Really Peter, you are SO naive!' Don't know what the poor guy had done, but he looked like a whipped puppy as he followed her out of the store. Then there were the ranks of men, sitting on chairs, waiting for their significant other to emerge out of the changing rooms, with glazed expressions on their faces. Boy, if those men had a 'beam me up' button, they would have used it. Does anybody else have the urge to go up to people who are trying stuff on and looking truly awful in it and say 'please don't do it, you will regret buying that for ever'. I don't of course, just think it. There was a woman trying on a plain, boring, navy blue anorak (a short waterproof jacket for US friends) who turned to me and asked if I thought it looked good (she obviously saw a woman of impeccable taste when she saw me :), she kept me there for at least five minutes, wittering on about the fit, the colour, the pockets. Oh please, it's not a designer jacket, it's a bloody anorak. Of course, I am too nice to say anything and stood there offering advice about the merits of buttons over zips.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your pal in Port St. Lucie, Fl. love, love, loves the card. As to the running commentary, yes, I have been tempted to say you will regret your purchase and one day I shall. Hysterical commentary, great people watching skills, but did you get any shopping done? What is an anorak? Love you Joan.

Laura Davis said...

Stunning Enfys! I love the colors you used, very pretty! Thanks for playing & Happy New Year!
Hugs,
Laura

Ann said...

So pretty! I love the colors and all the rhinestones! Great take on the sketch! :D

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous card Enfys! What a beautiful take on the challenge. I know what you mean about missing the participation. There's just a couple more days before things quiet down quite a bit. Yahoo! Love your shopping story. LOL But obviously you ARE a woman of impeccable taste. Hugs, D

Heidi Van Laar said...

Your card is just beautiful! I love the pop of green with all the pink and your stitching is lovely! And a couple of rhinestones can only make it even better!

~JulieH~ said...

Beautiful card En such gorgeous colours. I love your shopping story lol! especially the men outside the changing rooms with the glazed look in their eyes such a funny but true description!

Hope you have a very happy New Year and hope your hubby is feeling much better now

Hugs

Juliexx

Kath said...

Gorgeous card for the sketch En and totally agree about men in shops....why do women insist on taking them along....leave them at home.....please...
Hugs
Kath
xxxxx

Peet said...

Gorgeous Card!!! Great take on Laura's sketch!

Allison said...

hehehe- exactly- what is wrong with people in shops, and why do they drag their utterly miserable other half with them!
Fabby card, great colours
AllisonX

Hanneke said...

Great take on the sketch!!

Justine said...

Hi Enfys, love the shopping story!! Love the card, such a great design!!
I have left a little something on my blog for you!
Justine x

carol said...

Love the card, love the colours, love the story! ;-D

Hugs
Carol x

*Sally* said...

Joan An anorak is like a plastic raincoat!
Love the card enfys and the story! Missed the sales being in gib but can't wait to get back!

"Um Buggin" said...

Hi Enfys, hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and all the best for the new year. I just love this card! The colors are so yummy, and I just love your creativity, as always. This card is just too dang cute, I must get that storybook cartridge soon. You are so enabling me. LOL Have a blessed New Years!!

Hugz,

~L~

Taffy said...

Great card!!! I must try this sometimes this week! :)

I love your blog and great sketches!! Added you to my blog!!

Sharon Caudle said...

WOW!!!! This is BEAUTIFUL Enfys!!! And thanks so much for the giggle about your shopping adventure! LOL! Happy New Year!!! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Enfys your card is beautiful as always. I can really relate to your shopping story, I used to like in the UK but now am in Australia where sales are quite frequent. I have been one of the mad ones in the UK that got up at 4.30am to go to the Next sales and there are still the men there with the glazed look on there faces.

Happy new year

Best wishes Kaye x

Norine said...

love the card and the story LOL
Have a Happy New Year
Hugs
Norine

Nikki said...

This is beautiful! Wonderful take on the sketch!
Hugs, Nikki

Loreen said...

You totally ROCKED this sketch!! Awesome job =)

Amy said...

Such a pretty card, Enfys!! I love the stitching.

Jackie said...

Great card and love the colors! very nice job on the sketch!!

evafromca said...

This is such a beautiful card!! Love it!

Katie said...

what a sweet, beautiful card!

Katie

Anonymous said...

Love your creations. Thanks for offering the candy! You have a great site.
Scrappyone from Cricut MB.

Anonymous said...

Love your card and your blog. Thanks so much for all the help you give us new ones.

Marilyn