Friday, 30 September 2011

Fairy tale Friday #13

There is great excitement at Teddy Bo towers this week as Edna’s daughter is getting married next Thursday and Gayle has offered the use of the ballroom at the towers for the reception, and luckily we have a chapel in the grounds for the ceremony too.

We are all doing our bit to help.

Jill and Helle are brewing bucket loads of Potato Vodka, they have filled the barn with barrels of the stuff.

Tammy is decorating the ballroom and chapel, she has been down to the local scrap yard and bought a load of old tyres and is busily cutting them up to make bunting and flowers, we thought they may be a bit dark, but Kathy is going to spray them all with matt white paint and Tim Holtz picket fence crackle paint and “Shabby Chic” them up a bit, so they should look lovely.

Nicole and Nela are making the wedding cake out of Bratwurst sausages!!!

Gayle has been out hunting Haggis’s all week as she is cooking the wedding breakfast.

The menu is as follows;-

 Haggis soup for starters,
Haggis and tatties for the main course
Haggis crumble and custard for desert,
 I asked her what she was making for the vegetarians and she replied "why, Haggis salad, of course?!?!

Claire is knitting the wedding dress, although she did insist on knitting hats for the camels humps first as she was worried about them getting cold, after being used to a hot and sunny climate.

We have one of these toilet roll cover ups in every bathroom in Teddy Bo towers as Claire loves to knit them in between the twin sets, she is using this pattern for the wedding dress, just making it a bit larger, (although it will still be pink), she is even going to lend the bride a set of her pearls to complete the outfit.

Debbie will be singing a song during the ceremony when the happy couple go off to sign the register, she’s torn between -  Another one bites the dust By Queen (although Debbie actually sings - My brother-in-law bites my bust !!!) or Please Release me, let me go, cos’ I don’t love you any more by Engelbert Humperdink (Debbie’s version is Freeze the peas on piles of snow, or I won’t shovel the manure!!!)

Edna has made all the wedding stationery, but I do wonder what people must have thought when the invitations turned up. On the front was a photo of Edna wearing nothing but her black fishnet stockings, white stiletto heeled shoes, Tammy’s red rubber bikini, and boxing gloves, standing in a fighters stance with a big toothless grin and a black eye. The beautiful gold foiled wording reads, Come to my daughter’s Wedding or I’ll knock your teeth out!!! (Everyone who received an invitation has RSVP’ed that they will definitely be attending!).

Things were going to plan until yesterday afternoon, when Jill and Helle came storming in from the barn demanding to know who had stolen all the Potato Vodka, that was stashed there for the wedding, of course everyone denied it, but they insisted that it must have been someone.
Suddenly we heard a terrible screeching sound coming from upstairs, Claire said it sounded like someone was strangling her cat and fled upstairs in a panic, we were all right behind her. We rushed into the music room to find it was only Gayle practising the Wedding March on her bagpipes,(did I mention that Gayle was providing the music for the bride's walk down the aisle?)
Once again we heard a terrible screeching sound, but this time coming from the kitchen, we raced down the stairs to find Nela and Nicole beating each other up with Bratwursts, it seems Nela wanted to make a ten tier cake but Nicole insisted it had to be 15. As it was so high she had to use a ladder to place the bride and groom figurine on the top, but once she started climbing up, the ladder had pushed against the cake, the whole thing had toppled over and Nicole had landed on the floor in a mound of Bratwurst, Nela said it was her own fault for making the cake so high, Nicole had taken umbrage and the next thing a Bratwurst battle had ensued, of course the other girls thought it looked like great fun and everyone joined in, there was sausage and hair (Edna’s wig) flying everywhere.
I decided to leave them to it and went out to the barn to feed the camels, only to find the barn completely empty with not a camel to be seen. I searched around the grounds but couldn’t find hide nor hair, nor bobble hat of them. When I got back to the towers and told Claire they were missing, she burst into tears, accused Kathy of Camel rustling, then accused Gayle of not being able to catch any Haggis’s and using camel meat instead, once again the Bratwurst came out and the fighting continued.
Above the din I just managed to hear the door bell ringing, imagine my surprise when I answered it, to find a group of the local police and 30 bobble hat wearing camels.
It turned out that it was the camels who had drank all the vodka in the barn. When Jill and Helle had discovered the missing vodka and ran back to the towers to accuse everyone of stealing it, they hadn’t shut the door behind them, the camels had gotten out and managed to find their way to the nearest motorway where some of them were staggering rather drunkenly between the cars, and one or two of them had passed out on the hard shoulder. Luckily the police had recognised Claire’s handiwork (her knitting is legendary in these parts) and brought them home.
We obviously had to have a party to celebrate their safe return and thank the policemen for bringing them back.
Luckily Jill and Helle had a back up supply of Vodka in the stables, and we had enough Bratwurst to make sandwiches for everyone, even the camels.

Lucky for us the girls had managed to make these cards before all the trouble started.


Papers from Basic Grey 6x6, Marjolaine paper pad
Flowers from WOC, painted with cracklepaint....
Both pearls and licquid pearls
"Olifants can fly", TeddyBoBea_073
coloured with copics

I've used a Teddy Bea tag and coloured it with promarkers and flexmarkers. I have added a bit of glitter to the dragonfly and a extra large button and a little peg (2 things I've had and never quite knew if I'd used them!) The papers are a download from Printable Heaven. Oh I've mounted it all on a kraft card.


Tammys say's -

" There's not a great deal I can say about the card, as no papers were used in this creation.
I used to make this style of card a few years ago and they sold like hot cakes.
Men's cards are not the best to make, are they?
A few years ago I bought the " WS Templates " but sadly they are only big enough to make small cards. Tammy doesn't do small and never has.
So using Adobe shapes I created my own. I just added Bo in to the template ".

 " I've only used white and kraft card stock. Attached a couple of buttons and a sentiment.
Printed Bo on to Bristol Board, coloured with Poly Pencils and blended with Sansodor.
Also went around the edges with a black pen, to give a stitching effect ".

I have used TeddyBo_137 "Ginger Bo"
He is colored with distress inks and twinkling h20's.
The papers are October Afternoon and the
holly leaves are WOJ. 

I´ve played with TeddyBoBea_074 *SnowFun*
colouring as always with Prismas
sentiment StempelEi
cardstock in light blue and white from Bazill
backing paper BasiGrey *Eskimo Kisses*
Martha Stewart border punch *Icicles*
snowflake brads and rhinestones

Here is a mini scrap book album I made for my son which shows pictures from the zoo.
I used:
Jolly the G.....Jiraffe
Quickutz Sugarplum Shape (form of the album)
Tim Holtz on the fence

I've used 'Hey Mr Postman' TB 130 for this very simple card. I didn't want to cover up the paper with loads of embellies as I wanted the Santa and the greeting to show.

I've used My Mind's Eye 'Lost and Found Christmas' papers
Prisma and polychromos pencils for colouring
buttons from stash
Vellum snowflakes (Craftime embellishments)
Polar white Flowersoft and crystal glitter

This is TeddyBea_023 coloured with Promarkers as usual! 
The paper is a freebie from Sherry K designs and the sentiment is from Imagine That stamps

I've pimped up a brown paper bag from Aldi for my grandson to put his Halloween candies in when he goes trick or treating.
The image is TEDDYBO_131 coloured in Photoshop, papers and cat are from Nitwits Eeriesistable collection and the cauldron, spiders web and trick or treat sign are from a digital scrapbooking kit that is no longer available. I've stroked a black Memento ink pad over the bag and around the edge of one of the papers. The spider is from an old pair of Halloween earrings, and his little red eyes light up and flash when you turn him on, which is easily done by telling him how gorgeous he is and how much you'd like to run your fingers through the hairs on each one of his hairy little legs LOL!, actually he has a little button underneath.

Gayle (The Bagpipe Queen)

 I made a bookmark with the little Army cadette Bo and Bea...x


Hope you've enjoyed today's tale and all the fab design team projects. Have you remembered to check out the Teddy Bo Top Tip this week which is a fabulous Shabby Chic tutorial by the queen of all things Shabby Chic Kathy.
Also don't forget Edna's Wordy Wednesday for lots of inspirational Love quotes and a freebie word art, and you still have until Sunday Midnight (GMT) to enter our things with wings challenge.

Come back next week when I'll tell you all about the wedding day!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Can you believe it? The week has flown in and it's time for another delve into quotes and sayings for another Wordy Wednesday.

This week our theme is 'Weddings and Marriage'.

My daughter gets married on Thursday 6th October so this seemed like a good time to look at this subject. :)

Let's go!

'Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies' Aristotle

'Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.' Friedrich Halm

'A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.' Mignon McLaughlin

'Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.' Simone Signoret

'The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.' Robert. C. Dodds

'To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong admit it;
Whenever you're right shut up.' Ogden Nash

'Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.' Tom Mullen

'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.' Elizabeth Barrett Browning

'A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.' Author unknown

'Who, being loved, is poor?' Oscar Wilde

' in your heart wasn't put there to stay,
love isn't love 'til you give it away.' Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music

'Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.' Robert Browning

'Love is above all the gift of oneself.' Jean Anouilh

'Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile' F. P. Jones

'Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.'
Robert Heinlein

As a little bonus here is a freebie word art using one of this weeks quotes.

(Thank you to Colette for making it for us....please leave her and Edna some 'love'...Gayle x)

There's a wee collection to be going on with. I'm sure you all have lots more and it would be fun to hear them, so if you have a quote you would like to add, pop it into the comments!

I'll have to be really organised for next week's post as no doubt I'll be haring about all over the show with last minute wedding preparations. Wish me luck!

Edna x

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Well hello there friends....and how are you all today!?!?! 

We've had a busy week already....have you managed to catch our 'almost' daily posts?!  As from next week we will have something everyday to keep you entertained and amused.  We really hope that you can come and sit with us a while with your favourite cuppa and maybe even learn something new with our tutorials...or perhaps you're stuck for a nice sentiment to put on a card....or you might want some inspiration and would like to see what other people do with the bears...well, we hope that we've got it all covered.



We've had a wonderful response but it's been a bank holiday up here in Scotland this weekend and I went away with my family so no decisions have been made yet.....but don't panic...we will make an announcement as soon as we can...x  Believe me...we can't wait for some new friends to join our DT as poor Team B have lost so many team-mates and they need some more to boost their numbers!!

I know I draw such a mixture of things..I mean...what on earth do Army images have to do with gingerbread men..have to do with sledging...have to do with wizards?!?!?!  And to be honest...I haven't got a I do apologise for SUCH a molotov cocktail of digital stamps!!! ;o)

So.....we're still half way through our 'Wings' Challenge...but sometimes even our DT have to break away from the challenge here's some inspiration for you all to look at....x

I´ve been playing with TeddyBea_116 *A wish come true*
coloring with Prismas
cardstock by SU
backing paper from pinkpaislee
cutting dies by Magnolia
I´ve decorated with lace and rhinestones

I´ve played with the image TeddyBoBea_076 *Stork* coloured
Cardstock from SU and ColorCore
Backing paper from First Edition Paper
Embellies: buttons and brads

There is a waterfall card, you pull the tape and then you see several small cards.

I used:
Stork babies - Coloured
Paper from Pink Petticoat


This week's card from me is made of one of our new images,
"Rock a bye Baby"
The lovely corner embellishments is a gift from a friend.
Flowers form WOC.
As you can see,the little Bea-baby is born in 2011..

Wish upon a star ready coloured in Blue and First Edition Up Up and away papers - simples - like me

Papers from Paperdesign.
Flowers from WOC, Kort og Godt and Bikuben.
Charms and pearls from K&G

I have made a quick Halloween candle with just a bit of ribbon wrapped around the candle and the oh so cute Teddy Bea stuck on. I have planned on making a whole lot of decorations with this theme.

I have used the new Bea Wizard image for my card this week, I have coloured her in Photoshop as usual, used Yummy Clipart Fairy papers, a Cheery Lyn die, and a Stars embossing folding. I made the circle sentiment myself, and ribbon and beads are from stash. For the things with wings element I have added a little owl charm (Bea thinks she's Harry Potter and needed a Hedwig!) which came from Ewe 2 can craft.


Remember we always love to see your cards on our Facebook page...the links are on the Teddy Bo and Teddy Bo Challenge blogs.....and Nicole, our Spotlight Co-ordinator might just spot you there and do a feature on you on our regular Sunday spot!!!!

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

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Saturday's Sneak Peeks....

Sorry I am so late with the peeks!!!
I got wrapped up in soccer!!
Well here they are:

Friday, 23 September 2011

Fairy tale Friday #12

A couple of days ago there was a knock on the door of Teddy Bo Towers, we all ran to answer as we thought it was Claire returning from her holiday in Tunisia, but it turned out to be a delivery man, standing on the doorstep, trying to keep control of thirty camels. Gayle explained that he must have made a mistake as no one had ordered any camels, but the delivery man just handed her the reins and a receipt and left.

This is what the receipt said……

30 camels - payment in full for Claire
as agreed by Sheik Itorla Bowt

Claire had obviously managed to get herself into some sort of trouble in Tunisia, and we all immediately agreed that we would have to go over there and rescue her. Luckily Jill and Helle had been selling their homemade Potato Vodka to the locals and had managed to make enough money to cover our air fares.

Tammy wasn’t happy when the security guards at the airport confiscated her whip, Kathy had her lasso taken off her and Edna’s teeth were also confiscated after she accused one of the other passengers of jumping the queue when waiting to board, and threw them at his head!!!

We had quite an uneventful flight.

Once we arrived in Tunisia we had to try and find Claire, we decided to start in the Souk as we knew she loved to shop and had most likely been there at some point. After only a couple of minutes a group of Tunisian ladies all dressed in pink twin-sets went sailing past us, now pink twin-sets in Tunisia could surely only mean one thing, CLAIRE!
We followed them at a distance trying to be discreet which was quite difficult as Edna was humming the tune from Mission Impossible, had camouflage paint all over her face and was darting in and out of doors and alleyways as we went.
The twin-set ladies finally went through a massive ornate wooden door into what looked like a very large house.
We stood outside looking up at the twelve foot high walls and wondering how on earth we would get over them.
“No problem” says Edna, we all look at her expectantly, “it’s OK” she says, “I’ve got a ladder in my tights”, our faces dropped with disappointment, “Honestly, it’s OK, I really do have a ladder in my tights!” she repeated as she pulled her dress up to her waist, rolled down her tights and there wrapped around her hips was, of all things, a large rope ladder!!!
We threw it up into an overhanging tree branch where it snagged, gave it a tug to make sure it was safe and gingerly climbed up and over the wall.
We crept through the grounds listening at each door to see if we could tell where Claire was being kept.
“She’s in this room here” hissed Nela in a loud whisper, “how do you know?” questioned Gayle, “I can hear the clacking of knitting needles” was Nela’s reply.
We entered the room to find Claire sitting surrounded by about 30 of the Sheiks’ Harem, each one of them knitting a pink twin-set.
“Hello?!” says Claire, “what are you lot doing here?”
“We’ve come to rescue you” replied Gayle, “how on earth did you manage to end up here?”
It seems Claire had gone to the Souk to buy some balls of camel hair wool to bring home with her, and with the language barrier and one thing and another had ended up selling herself for 30 camels.(It seems they had offered her 100 but she had haggled them down to thirty!!!).

We managed to get out of the grounds(over the wall again), back to the airport and onto a plane without mishap.

Things were going swimmingly until the plane was about to land, then the Captains voice came over the intercom.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please do not panic, it seems that one of the tyres on the landing gear has a puncture, and the spare tyre is missing. We do have a puncture repair kit, but the rubber repair patch is not big enough to cover the very large tear, and we will be unable to make a safe landing unless the tyre is repaired.”
Of course everyone panicked, there was a lot of arm waving and screaming and Edna was slapping everyone’s faces (there was no reason for it, she just likes doing it!), when once again the Captains voice came over the intercom.
“Ladies and Gentleman, we have now found a piece of rubber big enough to cover the hole, the repair is under way and we will be landing shortly.”
We disembarked from the plane, with a huge sigh of relief, until Nicole suddenly realised that we had lost Tammy. Imagine our amazement when she came strolling from the plane, arm in arm with the Captain and Co-pilot, wearing what looked like a bikini top and very mini, mini skirt. It turned out that Tammy had offered them the middle section of her rubber dress, (the part that covered her spare tyre LOL!) to repair the tyre, and enable us to land safely.

The headlines in the newspaper that night read……

Tammy’s Tractor Tyre Togs
Turn Torn Tyre Tragedy To Triumph!!!
(now try saying that quickly, six times, after drinking a bottle of Potato Vodka LOL!)

Everyone arrived back at the towers and immediately started making cards to help them relax after all the excitement (except for me, as I had to write the tale - and then feed thirty hungry camels!)

I have used TeddyBea_145 I heart you so much!
Isn't she adorable ~ and I knew what to do with her
as soon as I seen her! The sentiment on the tag reads:
"All hearts come home for Christmas".

I have used the loving couple, TeddyBoBea_066
Papers from Rasberry Road, Oopsie daisy collection.
Flowers from WOC and Kort og Godt
Lace, ribbon and pearls coloured with copics.
A lot of licquid pearls...
And a gorgeous butterfly from K&G

This is Tammy's first attempt at a " Shabby Chic " card.
She has used TEDDYBEA_033, coloured with Poly Pencils and blended with sansodor.
Added glitter to her wand and wings.
Papers are from her stash.
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts.
Key charm - Primark, taken from a bargain necklace ( £1, had 6 keys attached )
All papers, flowers, ribbon, lace, charms and cheesecloth have been sprayed with white primer paint to give the " shabby chic " look.

Tammy has also made a door hanger to match the finished card.
Same products and again sprayed with white paint.

I have made a shaker card.
I use micro-beads because it gives a great effect and is not static, even if I use plastic to the window
This time I have used a delightful pre-coloured motif, Bubbly Bea __070
The flowers are cut with a die from Magnolia and is embellished with glitter stick and roses from the WOC.
The leaves are a gift from a blog friend.
Pattern sheet that is used comes from Kaiser Craft.

Woooo Hooo! Its so good to be back!

I've not made a card like this before and I think it works OK,
I have coloured Bea with Spectrum Noir pens and her clothes are Flexmarkers
The paper is an odd bit of scrapbook paper (I'm trying to use stuff up so I don't feel guilty about buying more!)

Here is a Mini lights bag
I have used:
Teddy Bea_091_sepia
Martha Stewart Garden trellis
Marianne die Butterfly

This is my attempt at distressing!
I've used Teddybo 122 - Scratchy Bo Baby Santa Hat and coloured him with Prisma pencils.
The papers are from the Prima 'Printery' pad and I've painted the edges
and finished with crackle medium by Aleene.
The distressed snowflake is from the Spellbinders Ironwork motifs set and the trees are cut from Kraft cs, embossed with the Cuttlebug 'Divine swirls' folder and inked with Antiquities frosted crystal ink. I've used deep red seam binding and red gems from my stash.
The 'things with wings' element are the two robins in the corner of the card. They are Magnolia stamps also coloured with Prismas.

I´ve used the sweet Bea with the gift and I´ve coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils. I´ve used cardstock from SU and the backing paper is by DCWV. I´ve treated the edges of the papers with the paper distresser. For the decoration I´ve used pearls, lace and flowers.


You still have another week to get your entries into our things with wings challenge, don't miss out, if you want the chance of winning the Teddy Bo Ten, that's your choice of ten Teddy Bo and Co digi stamps, then what are you waiting for!!! You have until Sunday midnight (GMT) 2nd October.