Monday, 31 October 2011

Mojo Monday - Sunrise

Hi its Monday again, which means only one thing Mojo Monday.

Todays inspiration is Sunrise, thats because the other morning there was a great big kiss in the sky. I live under the flight path of Heathrow and sometimes you get the most beautiful patterns in the sky.

Sunrise is the instant at which the upper edge of the Sun appears above the horizon in the east. Sunrise should not be confused with dawn, which is the (variously defined) point at which the sky begins to lighten, some time before the sun itself appears, ending twilight. Because atmospheric refraction causes the sun to be seen while it is still below the horizon, both sunrise and sunset are, from one point of view, optical illusions. The sun also exhibits an optical illusion at sunrise similar to the moon illusion.
The apparent westward revolution of Sun around the earth after rising out of the horizon is due to the Earth's eastward rotation, a counter-clockwise revolution when viewed from above the North Pole. This illusion is so convincing that most cultures had mythologies and religions built around the geocentric model. This same effect can be seen with near-polar satellites as well.
Sunrise and sunset are calculated from the leading and trailing edges of the Sun, and not the center; this slightly increases the duration of "day" relative to "night". The sunrise equation, however, is based on the center of the sun.
The timing of sunrise varies throughout the year and is also affected by the viewer's longitude and latitude, altitude and time zone. Small daily changes and noticeable semi-annual changes in the timing of sunrises are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the earth, the planet's movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the earth and moon's paired revolutions around each other. In the summertime, the days get longer and sunrises occur earlier every day until the day of the earliest sunrise, which occurs before the summer solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the earliest sunrise does not fall on the summer solstice around June 21, but occurs earlier in June. The precise date of the earliest sunrise depends on the viewer's latitude (connected with the slower Earth's movement around the aphelion around July 4). Similarly, the latest sunrise does not occur on the winter solstice, but rather about two weeks later, again depending on the viewer's latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere the latest sunrise occurs in early January (influence from the Earth's faster movement near the perihelion which occurs around January 3). Likewise, the same phenomena exist in the Southern Hemisphere except with the respective dates reversed, with the latest sunrises occurring some time after June 21 in winter and earliest sunrises occurring some time before December 21 in summer, again depending on one's southern latitude. For one or two weeks surrounding both solstices, both sunrise and sunset get slightly later or earlier each day. Even on the equator, sunrise and sunset shift several minutes back and forth through the year, along with solar noon. These effects are plotted by an analemma.[1][2]
Due to Earth's axial tilt, whenever and wherever sunrise occurs, it is always in the northeast quadrant from the March equinox to the September equinox and in the southeast quadrant from the September equinox to the March equinox. Sunrises occur due east on the March and September equinoxes for all viewers on Earth.

Some sayings to inspire you too

What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!  ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Opportunites  are like Sunrises - if you wait to long for them, you miss them.
William Arthur Ward.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you little.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Saturday Sneak Peeks.....

Wonder if you can guess any of these?
A few last week were pretty hard so I went
easy on you this week :P

Friday, 28 October 2011

Fairy tale Friday #17

Just a few more days to go before the Teddy Bo Towers annual Halloween Ball, as you can imagine things are starting to get very hectic here. Everybody has their own jobs to do, which as well as making cards is keeping us all very busy.

Jill and Helle have managed to make gallons of Potato Vodka, Turnip Tequila and Broad Bean Brandy, they have found a good hiding place to keep it safe, otherwise it wouldn’t last very long around here, Edna and Maritha have searched high and low, but haven’t been able to find it yet. There was a bit of a kerfuffle a day or two ago when Jill and Helle found Edna under Helle's bed.

Edna and Maritha had thought that Jill and Helle might discuss their hiding place whilst in their room or even talk in their sleep and let it slip, so they camped out under the beds. Unfortunately Helle was woken in the night by a loud snoring sound, she roused Jill and they realised it was coming from underneath Helle’s bed, they lifted up the covers to find Edna fast asleep and snoring away, lying in a pile of empty Haggis Crisp wrappers and cold soggy tea bags! They dragged her out from under the bed, which woke her up, she realised that she had been caught and immediately started covering her tracks by saying that she thought she had heard woodworm in Helle’s headboard, and was staking it out just to make sure. Suddenly they all heard a noise coming from behind them, (Maritha had been woken up by the noise and crawled out from under Jill's bed to see what was happening, she had white anti-wrinkle cream slathered all over her face, which had picked up all the fluff from under the bed, two slices of cucumber stuck over her eyes, (the cream had dried around them and practically cemented them into place) her white floor length nightgown was flowing around her, and as she tried to straighten up she let out a screech of pain), Helle, Jill and Edna took one look and fled down the stairs screaming and shaking.

We all ran out of our rooms to see what was happening and followed them downstairs to the sitting room. They told us that the Towers were haunted, that they had seen a ghostly apparition that had a hairy face and weird eyes edged in green circles and it made the most terrifying wailing noise you have ever heard.
Just then Maritha walked in, (she had been to the bathroom and cleaned herself up before she came down, so nobody realised that she had been the ghostly apparition that they were talking about) and asked what had been going on!
Everyone finally calmed down and we all went back to bed, Jill and Helle moving into one of the empty bedrooms (as they were too scared to go back to their own room) and completely forgetting what had woken them up in the first place.
Edna managed to sneak into their empty room and get her electric kettle and teapot from under Helle’s bed.

Tammy has been decorating the ballroom, she is in her element making rubber bats and witches hats, Kathy is making shabby chic skeletons, although they all look like they have been battered and are covered in fractures, I definitely think she is overdoing the crackle paint!

Renee is busily making tables shaped as coffins and gravestones, Edna who wasn't aware of this was most upset when Renee asked her if she could measure her up for a coffin and what epitaph would she like written on her tombstone! Once Edna realised what Renee was doing she told her she would like this message on her tombstone:
Here lies Edna in this hole
She liked dancing round a pole!

Hazel has been helping Claire make Halloween costumes for the camels, as Claire doesn’t have time to make them all on her own and Hazel is better at sewing than Claire is. We are not allowed to see their costumes, as she wants to surprise us, but Tammy Louise who sneaks around with her camera, taking pictures when you least expect it, has managed to snap this picture of Cuthbert, (Claire’s favourite camel) trying his on - he doesn't look very impressed does he?

and also this one of Camilla, whose outfit was made by Tammy.

Nicole and Nela are helping Gayle prepare the food, they have made tiny bratwurst sausages that look just like fingers, a big pot of sauerkraut which we are calling shredded skin, and they have even made some with red cabbage, which is listed as chopped muscles, their Black Forest Gateau is listed as Mud and Blood Clots cake! Gayle and Liz are shaping Haggis into little balls and then painting them with food colouring to look like mouldy rotted eyeballs, and they’ve made a pea puree which is going by the name of snot jam! They also made a big pot of porridge,which will be called creamed maggots!
Hope our guests enjoy the food!!!

Debbie has been practising some Halloween songs, we have to wait for the ball before we are allowed to hear them, but I believe she will be singing Monster Mash, Thriller, and The Time warp. I did manage to catch a snippet of Ghostbusters yesterday, it sounded like she was singing;-
When there’s something wrong in your navy hood, who you gonna call…. Toast dusters?!?!?!?!

Everyone has been far too busy to get up to any real mischief, I hope they're not saving it up for the ball on Monday!
I’ll let you know how things go next week.


Let's take a look at the fabulous creations the girls have managed to make in between their Halloween duties.

Clairebears x

I got a little carried away! I coloured 4 of TeddyBo 124 in different colours and just stuck them onto plain card and added coordinating colours around the edges. I love them as they are so different from my own normal style.


I´ve chosen to make a tealight card.

the frontside ...

... the inside ...

... and the backside

I´ve played with TeddyBea_162 and I´ve coloured with Prismas
I´ve used for the dress the paperpiecing technique
for the base I´ve used watercolor paper and wiped it with Distress Ink Antique Linen
also I´ve used SU cardstock and the wonderful backing paper is by Maja Design
sentiment stamp by hÄnglar
Magnolia cutting die *heart swirl*
Martha Stewart punches
Embellies: lace, staples, rhinestones, flowers


Once again this week it is a variation on a theme from me. This is the version of TEDDYBOBEA_081 without the Santa, coloured in Photoshop,
Martha Stewart Layered Arches border punch
Ribbon, charm and crystals from MeiFlower
Bingo Stars font (DaFont) for Love You!


Two of my colleagues are home sick ,so I made cards for them as they got as a little encouragement.
I have used TeddyBo_029
The patch is a quickutz die.
Cloured the stamps with Promakers
Magnolia papers

This is a tea-card

The papers are Maja design

Hugs Maritha


After last week's challenge of CAS I just couldn't help
put keep adding stuff to my card!!!!
I just had to use this adorable image ~ Christmas Bo Elf (146)
He is just adorable and he was screaming to be done in Vintage!
Here is a close up ~ I used glitter pen over the brown
to give a bronzy brassy look ~ colored with DI's.



I have made a small Kleenex box, great as a little gift.
I have used lots of flowers and glitter and "Pretty Butterfly", Teddy Bea_151 that I colored with my pencils.
The box is made ​​of beige Bazzil and pieces of pattern paper from my remaining box.
Flowers are from Storyteller

Look out for Helle's Teddy Bo Top Tip Tutorial on 17th November if you fancy having a go at making one of these.



I made this little house
The template is from Betty, I have modified it slightly
I have used:
Teddy Bo 149
Marianne Creatables Swedish Ice Star
Papers from hobby-paleis
Straw silk

Wishing you a wonderful day!



Image: TEDDYBEA_162
Coloured with Copics
Papers from poppy design and some scraps
Magnolia swirl, punch from Fiskars
Poinsettas from WOC
GOD JUL with alphabet from


Teddybo 149
Prisma pencils for colouring
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas papers
Tim Holtz Winter greenery strip die
Sizzix pine tree die
Spellbinder's Ironworks die
Small Studio G alphabet stamps
Memories Cherry Red ink

Renee G

Hello everyone! I got this cute round frame with a concaved piece of glass in it from the thrift store here in town, it was .25cents! So when i saw the teddybo_081 i knew i had to use it in that frame! I used the october afternoon campfire paper with the stars for the back ground and then colored the teddybo/bea with my promarkers, used pop dots to make them 3D, added some stickles to show off the moon and the glow on them from the moon! I cut up strips of card stock to look like grass. And added some basic grey letters. I think it turned out sweet. It also reminds me of a norman rockwell painting....with the boy and girl on the swing looking at the moon. I painted that in art class one year in high school! lol. Just thought i would share this! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.



Have you checked out this week's Top Tip Tutorial where Jill is showing you how to make a book card, and there is a freebie wordart on Edna's Wordy Wednesday, just scroll down to the previous post if you want to snag it.
Look out for Sneak Peek Sunday and Mojo Monday too, before our new challenge starts on Tuesday 1st November.

You still have until Sunday 30th October Midnight GMT to get your entries for our CAS challenge in, and be in with the chance of winning yourself ten Teddy Bo and Co digi images.


If you haven't done so already pop over to my blog and enter my Teddy Bo Tombola, for a chance to win some great Teddy Bo goodies.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Good morning and welcome to another Wordy Wednesday. This week we are going to look at some quotes about 'Children and Childhood'.
It's no secret that as we grow older some of the wonder and magic of all that surrounds us fades with the pressures of life and all the business of each day. There's nothing quite like looking at the world through the eyes of a child. Some of the quotes are funny, some thought provoking, some tongue-in-cheek and I selected just a few of my favourites. I hope you find one that triggers that forgotten wonder if only for a moment.

'Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music' ~ William Stafford

'Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.' ~ Rabindranath Tagore

'Boy, n. : a noise with dirt on it.' ~ Not Your Average Dictionary

'Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.' ~ George Bernard Shaw

'Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.' ~Author Unknown

'While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about' ~ Angela Schwindt

'A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.'~ Robert Brault

'A rose can say I love you,
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
yes, that says it all.' ~ Author Unknown

'Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don't have the top for.' ~ Jerry Seinfeld

'There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.' ~ Walt Streightiff

'If you haven't time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded.' ~Robert Brault

'A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice - especially when she's taking a nap.' ~ Author Unknown

'There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.' ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freebie Wordart

Thank you for joining us today. Have a good one!
Edna x

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Teddy Bo Tuesday (CAS Mid Challenge Reminder)

Good Morning to you all!!!

It's nearly Halloween...oooooh, what a fabulously scary time of year!!!  Not too sure what I'm dressing up as yet......there are lots of costumes at Teddy Bo Towers, but only if you like to wear knitted rubber costumes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have 2 new girlies on the DT AND one of them lives very close to the Towers (which makes it easy for her to escape  go home at night!!)  Liz (Buttons for Brains) has joined us and you can see her lovely card below.  Liz has a wonderful way with very bright colours.  Renee (Creative Paint & Paper) has also joined us and what Renee can do with her little mini albums is just spectacular.  Thank you ladies for joining us..x

So, what's new in the store this week?

Now....wait to you see what our wonderful DT has made this week to inspire you....x

Clairebears x

  I have used the gorgeous Teddy Bo 146 and the oh so cute Teddy Bea 162, I have coloured them both with Promarkers and the paper is from my local craft shop, sorry I don't have a name. I have also added a little red and green card  as well as die cut tree's and a bit of ribbon. I love them and the colours!


I've used TeddyBea_162 today,super sweet ♥
Used my pencils,added some glitter to her flowers,wings and candle.
On the edges I've used Snow paint,a white paint with sand into,from Panduro :)
I've also used 2 different diese from Marianne Design.
Ribbons and flowers are from my box of leftovers


I have used TEDDYBEA_161
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Poppy design, *my Christmasfavorite*
Christmas rub ons from MF
Pearls and that's it!
Short list on theese CAS cards :)


 I´ve played with TeddyBo_146
coloring with Prismas
the cardstock I´ve used is from SU
backing paper by Webster´s pages
sentiment: pp-stamps
embellies: brads


I have used one of this week's new images TEDDYBOBEA_081, coloured in Photoshop,
Martha Stewart's Layered Arches border punch,
ribbon from MeiFlower.
I used Bingo Stars font (DaFont) for the Merry Christmas.

Pop over to my blog and check out my Teddy Bo Tombola, fab Teddy Bo prizes to be won.
Just click on my name above if you want to give it a go.



TeddyBoBea 081
Copics/Prismacolour pencils
I think the circle/heart die is Marianne something or other
Embossing folder, hearts?
Button twine
Craftwork cards sentiment


 I used Stampin Up! Paper, well worn. Colored with Promarkers. I used Ice Stickles for the snow and snow flakes. Clear Dew drops for snowflake centers. I cut the snowflakes with my whimsy stamps winter's jewel 1 die. And the smaller with the martha Stewart punch. Most importantly i used  TeddyBea_161.



I've used:
Embossing folder Cuttlebug Swiss dots
Embossing folder Craft concepts In stitches
lilac ribbon


I have coloured TEDDYBO_149 with a mixture of Prisma pencil's and copic's. I've added glamour dust to his hat and ice stickles to the snow at his feet.  I have gone over his paint with glossy accents to give it some shine as you can see in the second photo. The lattice edge is made using my new Martha Stewart deep lattice edge punch and that's it, nice and clean and simple.



Green and gray Promakers
The background I have stamped and embossed with clear embossing
and then distressed with green.

This is my favourite Bo ever - TEDDYBO_051 with no paper just mounted on dark blue card and with 3 gems added. The sentiment is actually a Christmas one from Imagine That




I have used my Cri-cut for the " IT'S YOUR DAY " - using matching paper for normal cut and card stock for the black out.
Papers used are from Panduro Hobby - Winterbird, so, so beautiful.

Lots and lots of Wild Orchid Craft flowers - which as you all know are a must have!
Coloured with Poly Pencils and blended with sansodor.


Remember Ladies and Gents, you still have until Sunday night to enter our current challenge which is Clean And Simple....couldn't be easier!!!!!!!!!   And it's 10 Teddy Bo Graphics to the what are you waiting for!??!?!??!

Remember to pop back to the blogs every day to find some inspiration...or why don't you join us on our Facebook page???

Catch you soon.....Gayle and the Gang..x