But, not on Saturday (which will be yesterday when this publishes) please as it's the local Village Carnival and we're helping out at the Archery Club 'Have a Go' stand. I've been there in the most windy and wet weather possible for June and just wanted to roll up into a ball as there was no shelter to speak of. Len will be setting up and and carrying stuff from mid-morning and I'll be (I think) helping with the selling of tickets later on when the real action begins. We now have much better shelter from the weather if it all goes against us
We'll have loads of traditional rides, stalls, plants to buy, parades etc. - and FOOD, FOOD! I already warned Len that I aim to have a lovely soft freshly baked bacon bap/roll and tea or coffee for breakfast (before the main event begins as 1:30), a Cornish Pasty (baked to total perfection by the local bakery) for lunch with maybe a glass of local cider - then perhaps a candy floss ....... followed by an ice cream around tea time. Err, and then I shall probably be very sick :)
It really is absolutely everything you could want from a traditional Village Carnival and long may it continue!
Here's our new Guest Designer, and this time round it's Donna, of Craft Dee Donna who shared this amazing box card:
I used snippets from a DCWV 8" stack "Animal Crackers", - box cards are really good for using snippets as none of the pieces you use are very big at all :-) I even used "snippets of snippets"... the piece removed from the frame behind the image became one of the panels on the outside of the card. The image is from Di's Digis, it's coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The die cuts are from DCWV too, the wooden letters are from stash.
I do think this is such fun! I know a few little boys (and girls) who would be over the moon to receive this brilliant card, so bright and full of interest! It;s their very own little zoo in card form :)
And here's Donna to say 'Hello' - do please hop over to say 'Hello' in return. These lovely Guest Designers do put themselves out when I ask them to be a GD and it's so nice to be appreciated:
And a few words about Donna herself:
As far as "about me"; I live in Australia, after emigrating from the UK when a teenager - a decision I'm very glad my parents made for me :-) I'm happily married to a craft-tolerant man and have two adult sons and twin grandchildren who are the light of my life. I work from home and have to be very self-disciplined... my craft room sings her siren song all day! My favourite part of card making is colouring; I love my Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils... though I am developing a die-cutting habit that is a little worrying! I'm very happy to have been invited to be Guest Designer in The Playground.
Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer Donna - we're delighted you could take on the role for this fortnight. It's really lovely to learn more about the people behind their blogs - lucky you emigrating at such a lovely age. It constantly amazes me how far flung we all are - brought together courtesy of the Internet....and the Playground of course :)
Let's do a quick scamper around my picks for this fortnight:
But first of all we have a *Gold Star' winner - and what a corker of a card she made too! Take a look at this folks:
And a second *Gold Star* this time as well!!
Both Gold Star picks used lots of snippets as well as oodles of imagination didn't they? Totally brilliant work girls!
And my three picks for the fortnight are as follows, all worthy of being Gold Stars in their own right but I did have to harden my heart, sigh:
Ha, my parents chose the name Diane for me because it was more unusual than Diana (way back in the dim and distant past). And, most importantly because they thought it couldn't be shortened. From day one of going to
No new Playmates this time round. We had 58 entries, despite the heat some of us have been coping with. I know we whine in the UK, but it's because we really aren't geared up for extremes of temperature - and most of us certainly don't have air con for a start.
Prize draw time now and what a popular prize as well. Drum roll please! Our winner of the bumper bundle of Concord & 9th 'Everyday Tintables', a Concord & 9th 'Fabulous Phrases set of five dies and an Altenew 'Puffy Pink' ink pad is:
Do please send me your address, with full name at the top 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 ASAP this coming week 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 #328 HERE. The prize is a Uniko 'Block Party Birthday' stamp.
AND - I thought we'd have no fresh photos of Spike, but Len came up trumps on Thursday night:
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 (currently eyeing up Len's hair trimmer and wondering whether to shave all his fur off), and of course me,