First of all, we agreed that for now we'd skip the Guest Designer slot on the results post - but I'm already making an exception! We recently spent some time in Southern Germany visiting our little grand daughters and family. We had a great time and the weather was glorious - hot, but not as stifling as we've been having here in the UK. We had a fabulous family BBQ, a trip down to Lake Constance for a lovely evening meal, some (not me!) mowed a lot of grass and we also just relaxed, with this lovely view:
We took an extra wheelie case on the plane (thank goodness for generous allowances) - packed full of craft stuff and gifts for the little ones. So hard to think what would be best to start kiddies off on their crafting journey but they (aged 10 and 8) were desperate to have a go at card making. So I dug out loads of card blanks, plain card ready cut for stamping, stickers, rub-ons, an assortment of stamps, little pointed scissors for trimming images, some templates to draw around, my old Fiskars stamping platform with the sponge feet, ordinary perspex stamping blocks, small tape runners, DST and sticky pads etc. plus new coloured markers and pencils for both the girls. And of course a couple of black ink pads. That was one thing I got absolutely right, I wanted to take Memento 'Tuxedo Black' pads and at the last minute bought some of the small 'tear drop' shaped ones instead of the normal large sized pads. MUCH easier for little hands to cope with - as well as less chance of ink everywhere!
Anyhow, here's some shots of them working away:
|Mia - colouring an image|
|Livi (Olivia) seeing just how many stamps she can fit onto a card front :)|
So never underestimate what kiddies will come up with - and both those cards were made whilst I was outside chatting to their Mama.
The question that really rocked me came from Livi. She'd stamped a cute little penguin then came to me and asked how she could stamp the penguin again, but this time the other way around so it would be two penguins facing one another. 'There must be a way' she said, 'and I bet you know'. Of course she was thinking of 'mirror image stamping' - and luckily I could show her a rough and ready way to do it using a perspex block to pick up the inked image from the stamp and then transferring it onto her card. Amazing though - it's not that long ago that I revisited the technique and did it properly on the blog! And here was a little girl just beginning to try stamping coming up with the idea, phew.
Anyhow, we do have more photos - but most importantly a lot of happy memories of precious time spent together :) I always say, it's quality and not necessarily quantity - which is just as well given they don't exactly live a stone's throw away.
Let's do a very quick scamper around my picks for this fortnight, no particular theme - just entries which caught my eye:
First of all a *Gold Star* to a lovely blogging friend who came up with this amazing exploding box:
And here's one new Playmate:
So it was one new Playmate this time round and we had really great total of 58 entries - I think the prize was a real attraction to many, as well as the fun of the Playground.
Prize draw time now and our winner of the Sizzix 'Flowers #6' stamp and die set (thanks again Viv!), a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die and the sweet little set of four hearts dies is:
Well done to Janice, it's a while since her last win and then it was just a sand eraser when I offered 20 or so of them, if my records are right :)
Do please send me your address Janice, with full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste - for speed and ease. I don't keep addresses of previous winners, even if they might be in my private address list - if that makes sense! I'll be off to the Post Office once I hear from you. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.
Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #330 - just check back a bit and you'll easily find it. The prize is an Art Impression 'Doggy Kisses' stamp set.
Hope you have a lovely week ahead, and that you come and play - if you haven't done so already!
Love from the little white peril Parsnip, who was delighted at the heavy rain we had (briefly) yesterday afternoon,