Thursday, 22 July 2010

Top o' the morning to ya!

That's what my Grandad would say if he were here! He was Irish.  In fact all of my Mum's side of the family are, so this week's inspiration picture from Julie was right up my street because we are travelling to Dublin as part of our Play Date Cafe journey, which is where most of my immediate family live!  I have a lot of fantastic sayings that my Grandad used when he was alive.  Bear with me while I take a quick trip down memory lane and share a few with you.. (don't forget to read them with an Irish accent!)
  • 'Oh be the hokey' - translated as 'oh my goodness'
  • 'Janie Mac' - translated as 'oh dear'
  • 'Sultana Bran?  What did they do, throw the sultanas in from the top of the stairs?!'
  • 'You've got eyes like two burnt holes in a blanket' - translated as you look really tired
  • 'The thing is this much'
  • Are you ok Grandad?  'Well I'm still able to get up and boil an egg'!
  • 'Oh dear, dear, dear, the country isn't half settled' (when he was watching the news!)
  • 'Paper never refuses ink' (when you showed him something in a magazine, he was basically saying it would look nothing like that when you saw it in real life)
That was fun thinking of some of his sayings, thanks Julie for that little nostalgia trip :o)   What fun phrases do members in your family have?  I'd love to hear them!

So onto my card...

This was the fab inspiration pic that Julie gave to us...

Our sponsors this week are no less than 'Unity'.  Yes, I said Unity!  How amazing is it to have them on board with us, their stamps are fantastic, easy to use and so contemporary too!  FAB!

Just look at what YOU could win just by playing along with us!!!!

Our guest designer this week is Maren Benedict, Unity DT member.
Here are the details of how to make my thank you card. 

1. Cover card base with brown cardstock
2. Mat with patterned paper
3. Cut scallop oval in brown, and plain oval in white, distress edges with tea dye ink, attach to card
4. Using 'regal crest' die cut banner
5. Stamp 'thAnKs' sentiment in black
6. Stitch buttons onto banner with twine, attach to card with pop dots
7. Stamp and paper piece flower, add polka dot brad, and attach to card using pop dots
8. Swoon over the Unity stamps wishing you could enter the challenge so that you could win such a delicious prize!

Stamps: {ippity} by Unity - 'Now &  Always', Lawn Fawn 'Harold's ABC'
Dies: Nesties - oval and scallop, Tim Holtz 'Regal Crest'
Papers: Bazzill Basics, Scribble Scrabble, 'Black Birds & Doodley Floral
Accessories: Bazzill Basics polka dot brad, buttons and twine from stash, Tim Holtz 'Tea Dye' distress ink

We had over 100 players again this week, so come and join in the fun.  We'd LOVE you to play along with this week's challenge!  You may be able to display one of our new funky badges if you are one of the lucky winners, PLUS this fantastic prize from Unity is up for grabs!  How GORGEOUS are these stamps?!  I want need them ;o)

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's inspirational pieces! 

So come and join in on the fun!  Pop on over to the Cafe and link your post. If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC39.


  1. Such a fun post and a lovely card as always, Ruby 2 Shoes : )

  2. Fun mix of patterns, lovin' that blossom!

  3. Can't wait to get stuck into this challenge, love your card.

  4. What a way to start the day! Thanks for sharing it all with us, the *translation* and of course your beautiful card.

    I also want to thank you for the lovely comments you always leave on my blog!

  5. Beautiful card! Love the dimensional flower. The quotes from your grandpa are fantastic, so glad you shared them! My great-aunt always used to say "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". Which we still will say today and remember her.

  6. I LOVE IT! How do you say that with an Irish accent:) Love love love your posts--always fun and great cards! I love this card--love that paper! And your die cuts--Julie and you MUST visit me and teach me how to use them! I am stuck her cutting them by hand! AH! I also love love love your steps--love that last one (swoon over the prizes--delicious prizes!!). ACK--I LOVE MY RUBY! You are awesome:) Hey--I just thought of this--get Tinks to make a card for this challenge and if she wins....YOU get the stamps:) LOVE IT!!

  7. WOW..gorgeous card. Love that flower...Really neat.

  8. Beautiful, Ruby! Fabulous mix of patterns! Thanks for sharing the memories of your Grandad, too - so sweet!!

  9. Beautiful card, luv how you put the colors and texture together!

  10. Woo hoo, what a jolly good amount of lovliness! What a sweet and yummy card Ruby! love it! ;)))

  11. Gorgeous artwork! Beautifully created. Hugs, Gayle

  12. Beeutiful card and the stamps are wonderful :)

  13. Really cute card Ruby! Love the polka dots!

  14. This is such a gorgeous card Ruby, love it :)

  15. I have so enjoyed reading your post Ruby I must say I love listening to the Irish talk and I am so loving this card you have created love the colours and image. I have just treated myself to two packs of Unity stamps and I am thrilled with them.
    Lorraine x

  16. Lovelt card Ruby! And thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! :) Have a great week!

  17. Love your card and your memories of your granddad. I used to be a librarian and would love to read "Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato An Irish Folktale" and Jamie O'Rourke by Tomie dePaola. "Saints preserve us," it was fun to read aloud with my much practice Irish accent.


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