Friday, 12 June 2009

Polkadoodles - Sketch 4


The sketch on polkadoodles this week was certainly unusual.........see the design teams take on the challenge and get a freebie download to join in. I made this flowerpot card, the insert slots into the pot and the flowers sort of hang over the top. Isn't the ladybird cute? All the papers are from the sugar birdies CD. Nikky is going to be taking it to Create and Craft TV in July.
My car broke down yesterday, it made a strange noise, then the steering went, luckily I had just left the motorway and was only a mile from home. It was towed to the garage, leaving me carless and helpless - I really don't know how to even inflate the tyres on a car, how pathetic is that. Anyway, a friend's husband came round and sorted it, and whilst we were waiting for the tow truck, he wandered around the garden. 'You've got a dead rat in your water feature En' he said chattily, now he is a bit of a joker, so I laughed merrily - until I looked into the terracota pot that is supposed to send trickles of water cascading gently over the sides onto the pebbles below. There is a BIG bloated ratlike thing in the water - it's still there, the tow truck arrived and we were diverted. I keep going and looking at it in fascinated horror, trying to pluck up courage to do something about it. A rat! The water feature is only about 6 feet away from the house. Did he have a wife and little ratlets? If so, where are they? Was it mass suicide? Are more drowned rats going to rise like Ophelia from the deep? What is it with me and wildlife? Regular readers of this blog will have seen me dealing with snakes, large black pigs, poisonous orange furry caterpillars.................now rats.

33 comments:

cats whiskers said...

Oh sweetie this is just so precious love it all. especially the coloir scheme
Hugs Jacqui x

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

maybe you should open either a zoo or a dead animal museum! eck! but it sure hasn't hurt your crafting!! this is like totally gorgeous! i absolutely love it!

and your story did make me smile.

hugs,

kisatrtle said...

I love this card, but the rat story has me a little freaked out. Perhaps you can play the distraught female and have some burly guy pull the thing out of your fountain.

Lana said...

Before I go on your card is so gorgeous and love the colours.
Now you know i love reading your stories En but when you start talking about dead BLOATED RATS I am starting to get freaked. I think I would have fainted and I know for sure if I ever even come in like a mile away from a snake i would pass out!!lmao I have snake phobia big style!!! It did still make me smile though just how you explain things
hugs
Lana x

Jan McC(Bradenton: said...

Hmmm? Maybe a short cute little bookie of your many "adventures" is in the future. lol On to your card which is just a cutie and in my favorite color.

lisa said...

I adore your flower pot card, Enfys, the colours are great and that ladybird is just soooo gorgeous. Much better than wet rats!!!!! yuuuk.
I think I would run a mile and get some nice helpful man in to deal with it while I had my eyes very tightly shut. I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

Lisax

LuLu said...

En,

love this card & will definitely have to check out the Cutting Cafe for the template. Your flowers are fab & look so real.

Have a great weekend,

Lou
x

Kath said...

loving this one En...those flowers are just gorgeous and yes animals seem to home in when you around...Big Hugs Kath xxxxx

Peet said...

Love this flowerpot card, totally gorgeous, Enfys!!!
Hugs
Peet x

Becky said...

wow..I just love this, the colors and the print is fab. You always amaze me with your creativity. :)

Lil Sis said...

Oh Hun you aint having a good time - but sorry I had to laugh at your descriptions.
Still I love the card the ladybug is so sweet - definetly should be the only wildlife things allowed in the garden.

Hope you get the car and the rat sorted real soon. Take care

Beccy xx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh know how awful!
So sorry that you have had to deal with that and your car braking down not good news!
But, your card is just so beautiful!
Love your flowers and great sentiment!
hugs
kim x

scrapn_momof2 said...

First, the card is adorable. I really love the red, black and white color combo.

Secondly, your rat story is hilarious!! I would either have someone else get it out for me...or use really long bar-b-que tongs. YUCK!!

Cass said...

Stunning card.Love the vibrant red with the black and white.Such a cute little ladybug too.
If I'd seen the rat I'd be off like a shot,dead or not...lol.
Cass xxx

Cheryl said...

wow love this its beautiful love the colour combo too oh rats freaky made me emile though. lots love cheryl xxxxxxxxx

KreatesKards said...

Great card and the lady bug is the perfect addition to the card.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I love reading your stories... And your card is just tooo cute.. where did you find that adorable lady bug.. he is just precious, I want him.

BlueRose said...

Love your card and thanks so much stopping by it really means a lot to me. Thanks again Blue~~♥~

Regina Easter said...

loving that ladybug...

Andrea, said...

Oh this is fabulous, gorgeous colours and images. Have a wonderful weekend

brenda said...

This is simply stunning Enfys, I so love monochrome with just one addition and this is probably one of the best combinations.

Thank you so much your your kind comments on my take on acetate flowers. I think you started something as all the girls at my Stampalot classes yesterday where set to go home and fire up their cricut's to experiment. On behalf of all, thank you for sharing your inspiration and talents.

Have a good weekend.

B x

Cass said...

Just me again with a link for the Copic Glitter Pens.I buy mine from Cultpens.You'll find them HERE
Oh and just to let you know there's 12 new Copic colours due out too.You can see the colours HERE

Cass xxx

Nannieflash said...

Oh Dear Enfys, you arnt having much luck at the moment, what with car breaking down and now a kamikarsi rat in your garden. Mind you at least it was outside and not in your loft, we had mice in ours last winter and that wasnt very nice believe me.
Anyway I love your box, its gorgeous, the colours are stunning. Well done love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Lorrie said...

LOL.. your story cracks me up.. and Freaks me out a little!... I love the card, very creative! Hope he didn't have a wife and kids nearby...! Goodluck!

ffroggie said...

RATS! You got to be kidding, and you are seriously thinking of ............. dealing with it!? What you gonna do? Use it as an embellie? Honestly En, you do get yourself in a few pickles sweetie lol.

As compensation, hop on over, I have a little something for you :)

DonnaMundinger said...

Darling card En! That lady bug is too sweet and ! love the color scheme. As for the rats, I'll send Goliath right over. We've a half eaten one on the back porch doormat even as we speak. Had no idea we had such critters in the yard until Goliath decided to spend his nights patrolling and bringing them to mommy and daddy for praise. YUCK!

"SNOWMANLOVER" said...

OOOH I love this and it looks so cute on your blog. By the way, I left you a blog award on my blog. Please come claim!!

AUsome mom said...

This "card" is OMG Sweet!!! I've got to check out the others too. Sorry about your car. Hope all is well with it. Rats? OMG! Freak me out! I too would start wondering where the wife and babies might be. Good luck ridding yourself of that rodent. Great card Enfy!!

BethanyR said...

Love the card! Umm the rat YUCK!

AShu93 said...

Hoping you don't have ratlets! That is always my worry when we catch a field mouse in the house. My mom always said where there was one, there's probably a whole family! Thanks, that's real comforting, Mom.

Laura said...

Enjoy seeing your creations come to my mailbox...they inspire me!

Now, on to the rat story...I'll share a similar one. I have a massage therapy clinic on the west end of my home and one day in my lower pond was a dead mole!

"Would you like the "dead mole in the pond massage" today, dear? Or perhaps the "smelly kitty who died under the deck" facial?"

Ah yes, I too, have had some fauna fiascos...so keep your sunny side up and all the best to you!

Tip Top said...

A dead rat?!! At least its nothing bigger as that would have been scary!!

Great Polkadoodle card - such a good idea!

Anonymous said...

Enfys ... this flowerpot card is adorable, love the the color combo and your paper selections are wonderful ... firs glance is so pretty ... but it's the inside that is the real winner with the great sentiment and cute lil ladybug too. Beautifully done. (Notice how I'm avoiding any RAT TALK? eeeeeeeekkkkkk A RAT!!!)

♥Carol♥
from the Cricut MB