Hi you all! It's still freeeeeeeeezing here, it snowed for a couple of hours this morning, but seems to be more or less gone now. The temperatures are rising again - from -3° this morning to +1° now, so that's something! I have been busy making Moos, little cards 2,8 x 1,1", for the Moo Mania Challenge, where the theme this week is pointed hats, something that links to carnival here in Germany! I got carried away again, or should I say moo-ved to make several, it's just hard to stop once you get started.
These chaps looked like they needed some fun, so I gave them all pointy hats. The chap on the left has been decorated with some 'Luft Schlangen'. Literally translated this gives you 'air-snakes' - they are not dangerous though, just little rolls of coloured paper which you drape over and round everything and anything at party time.
This chappie was positively begging to join in the celebrations....
And this young man seems to be wearing the Eiffel Tower as his hat:
(All stamps are from Chocolate Baroque)
Here is a photo cut from the newspaper, showing a genuine celebration in Düsseldorf, you can see some more pointy hats in the background. Nobody looks twice if they see people walking through the streets at carnival time in fancy costumes - you just get stared at if you look 'normal'!
And little Miss Araminta was on my table, just clamouring to join in the fun, so I let her!
Miss Araminta is also starring in my card for the birds challenge at Fashionable Stamping. I used a square of speciality stamping paper, which I distressed with gradient colours, before stamping some plants and grasses with Memento London Fog to make the background. The plants and birds in the foreground have been stamped with black archival. Miss Araminta and her cousin Miss Bella are dressed in their Sunday best and out for a walk. I stamped them twice, popping them up with foam squares, and the dresses have been paper pieced to give more depth. I gave them both a coat of clear varnish to give them some shine. Miss Araminta has a lace trim on her dress, Miss Bella has been picking flowers to line her nest.
ladies birds are from Catherine Moore, the background stamps are from Artemio, Stampin Up and LaBlanche.
These were both fun challenges, and Miss Araminta was soooooooo happy to be the centre of attraction again, she is really crazy for publicity!
Have a good day you all, take care, and thanks for dropping in!