Sunday, 5 October 2014

Autumn's Bounty

It's been an ordinary sort of week, work, odd jobs, housework, oh and a couple of finds.  Yesterday I had to visit Argos, the hoover was not firing on all cylinders shall we say and a replacement was urgently needed. An hour later the new model was sucking up like a.... sycophant (?) and boy did I need it!  Judging by the amount of filth and cat hair in the dust container, the efficacy of my previous vac must have been about 5%.  One thing's certain, I'm never going to be asthmatic if I can withstand that amount of muck.  How shameful!  Anyway enough about domestic appliances and onto my latest make for this week's Less Is More challenge where the brief is Autumn's Bounty

Items used:
Stampin' Up image
sentiment by Hero Arts
various marker pens and ink pads
clear embossing powder
household bleach

You might wonder why I made an xmas card.  I need xmas cards so this is another one for my stash and fir cones are part of autumn's bounty aren't they?  LIM ladies, if you disagree feel free to disqualify me.
Also linking to Stamplorations - Stamping and Embossing challenge.
                                 Time Out challenge - Stamping (with a twist)

All this talk of autumn's bounty brings to mind my latest charity shop find...

70's frock, very Abigail's Party don'tcha think? hospice chazza £3

....and yesterday's jumble sale bargain

picture (bought for frame) £2

I had my French film poster in mind when I saw this frame although I had no idea if it was the right size, I took a punt as it was so cheap.  By an amazing coincidence the frame is perfect for it so I'm very happy indeed.  Quelle Chance!

All this waffling on won't get the lawns mowed will it?  This little fella joined me in the garden earlier this week, I wonder if he'll be back today?


  1. Lovely card Fiona and love the pine frame you created.
    Great frock too and lovely pic of the toad as well.
    Fliss xx

  2. That frock is a gem of a find! And your card is CAS perfection and the added glitter so right for Xmas. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT Challenges x

  3. Lovely card Fiona!!! Love the toad picture too!!!

  4. Great to see you again Fiona... it's a colour challenge and I guess green and brown are autumn colours aren't they... so no prob!
    Great stamping.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Cool looking toad! If one appeared in my garden I wonder which of my pets would be after it first?

  6. Quite agree Fiona, the cones are part of autumn's bounty and what a super card
    Love your photo of Mr Toad :)
    Thanks so much for joining us in our autumn challenge
    LIM Designer

  7. Lovely card! I am always appalled at how much my hoover sucks up, no matter how often I hoover it always seems to get up more and more!! I don't think it is you, it is just the horror of the clear canister so you can see what you have gathered! xx

  8. Christmas cards... aaaagh! I don't want to think about that just yet! Pretty card though.
    And obviously that's a gorgeous dress, and a great bargain too. Well done on guessing that the picture frame would be just right for your poster. No lawn-mowing here today - it's pissing down! xxxx

  9. Gorgeous 70's dress, love the colour, and great forward thinking about the frame! Really glad it was the right size - very satisfying!
    Another smashing card too…more impressive forward planning… xx

  10. Great card !! So what if it's a Christmas card ! I have also become your latest blog follower !

  11. I'm not going to mention the C word but the card's lovely!
    Dying to see you in that frock, its gorgeous and the frame fitting that lush poster? What's the chances of that? xxx

  12. That hoover story rings a bell, it gets serious when they break. Where does all the dirt come from?! What an amazing find that 70s number is, can't wait to see you modelling it. I did a bit of clearing in the garden, feels good to get it ready for winter, but wish the grass would stop growing now! Xxxx

  13. Judging by the amount of pine cones littering the path near me they are definitatly autumnal. Love the card and the dress. We had a frog/toad in the garden last week while we were `putting it to bed` for the winter. It suddenly jumped out from under a shrub and scared the living daylight out of me. lol
    Thanks for the comment on my blog, much appreciated.
    Lynne xxx

  14. Another gorgeous card ... the toad, not so much!!!
    I had an absolute phobia for frogs and toads and the like when I was young ... and not so young. All stems from a frightening experience in a public toilet ... enough said ;0)

  15. Lovely card - a handmade is always a bonus to receive :-) I love you chazza shop dress too, what a bargain!

  16. That dress is a stunner! I never have that luck with frames I have loads of them in the bottom of the wardrobe all the wrong size.

  17. Another beautiful card Fiona. Come on, lets see you in the dress! xx

  18. Your stamping is beautiful. I love the soft blue background. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!

  19. Fabulous Xmas card Fiona and I love all your bargains too.Cute toad,isn't he ;)Viv xx

  20. Hola Fiona!, thank you for your comment, very busy and crazy life, sorry for no comment before.
    OOOh fiona what gorgeous card a i like the composition and the colours, beautiful!
    Your dress remind me ABBA ;)times, gorgeous.
    Hugs from Palma and kisses to the enchanted prince (Mr. Frog);))

  21. Lovely card -- your "snow" and sponging make it gorgeous! Thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations!

  22. Stunning dress, fabulous colour.
    I do love toads. That one looks very imperious and obviously knows how to work the look.
    Lovely to finally meet you yesterday.

  23. So pretty. I love how you handled the background. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations this month.


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