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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Cards for the Bisky Bat!

Hello crafting pals!

I've been having a LOT of fun in the Crafting Square Metre today! There's nothing like a sweet treat while you're crafting - especially, says my waistline, if they're in the form of stamps! Come and see:


Yes, I've made a couple of biscuit-y cards! Now, I do realise that people from the US may be struggling to understand what I'm talking about here, but to explain: the word 'biscuit' in the UK is roughly equivalent to 'cookie' in the US - more about that in this entertaining article.


But on with the cards! This one was made by cutting a card panel on an angle, then stamping a pattern of biscuits all over the bottom half using Stampin' Up's Early Espresso, So Saffron and Crumb Cake inks. The biscuits are from Sweet Treats by Papermania.


I added some chipboard stickers onto the top half and attached both pieces to a card base. The gap between the two halves serves to underline the greeting, which makes me happy :) It's the little things! By the way, Bourbon biscuits are chocolate, nothing to do with the booze!


My second card may be even more of a challenge for my US friends! There is a popular biscuit (cookie), sold in the UK, called Nice, with a sweet, coconutty flavour and with its name carved in the top. It is supposed to be pronounced like the French city, although no-one ever seems to - which is why I played about with that here.


The sentiment 'Even the naughty deserve something nice' comes from a long-ago retired Stampin' Up set called Tags til Christmas. I omitted the word 'nice', by inking up with a Poppy Parade marker, and stamped my Nice biscuit in its place.


I stamped it again on scrap card stock, coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers and decorated it with my Wink of Stella pen and a white gel pen to represent the sugary topping. Can you see that in the photo? It was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.


I framed the sentiment and biscuit with fir branches from Uniko's Winter Foliage, using Granny Apple Green ink, and added a second frame, die cut with Stampin' Up square framelits.

The first card was inspired by CAS on Friday and The Paper Players, both of which are looking for a large sentiment as a focal point this week. I'm also linking both cards up with the Twofer Challenge where the theme this month is Sweets, and we must make two different cards, for different occasions, using the same stamp.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
I actually went and bought the Sweet Treats stamp set so that I could join in with the Twofer challenge - there's something about making two different cards with the same stamp that I love! I know I'm going to get good use out of it though because my youngest son's nickname (or one of them!) is The Biscuit. Don't ask me why! It's lost in the mists of time. Sometimes we call him The Bisky Bat too... Nope. No idea!

Thank you for coming to see what I've been up to today. Do you or anyone you know have a weird nickname? I'd love to hear all about it!

Hugs,

13 comments:

  1. What a sweet duo of cards plus a free education on biscuits! :-) Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks Wanda. Hope you enjoyed the article. It always amazes me how varied the English language can be regionally!

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  2. Thank you for buying this sweet set in order to play (and for the boy)! I'm so glad you love the concept of Twofer, Vicky. However, I'm not so glad your sugary Christmas biscuit looks good enough to eat because now I want one badly!! Fortunately, our local big box store carries tins of genuine European biscuits so I get to indulge even over here! As such, you have me swooning over both your Twofer designs! I love the way you made your own biscuit-y pp and angled your sediment panel on your glossy hello card and I love your play on NICE on your Christmas card design! Both so fun! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #21! Hugs, Darnell

    As for nicknames, there's Uncle Biff (Clifford), Splad (Rachel), Uncle Buncle (Aaron), Dood (Doris) ... that's prolly enough for now, lol! Oddly enough with my unusual first name, I've never had a nickname that stuck, except that now some of my bloggie friends call my Dolly! Have YOU had/ are you known by/ a nickname? (I mean, one you didn't hate from elementary school!)

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    1. Well I try to steer clear of those biscuits because I'm one of those sad people that can't just eat one!

      There are two villages near here called Newton Purcell and Lillingstone Dayrell which always sound American to me. When I came across you in Blogland, the second one sprang to mind - so I'd probably call you Lily!

      As for my own nicknames, I think Crafting Clare is the one that's stuck! Although my older two children call me Maman (for some reason - there's no French blood in my veins to my knowledge!) and my youngest calls me Mim (which I believe refers rudely to a Disney character called Mad Madam Mim!)

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    2. ­čśé You could write a book about those darling, but incorrigible children of yours ~ including Eva, of course!! Hugs, Lily

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    3. I wish I'd written it all down!
      By the way, Lillingstone Dayrell is pronounced LillingSTUN DARRell here but I always pronounce the second part DayRELL because I am a rebel! x

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  3. Oh my what fun biscuit delights you have for us this morning Vicky - they make me want to reach for one to have with my morning cuppa too! I love your bold ‘hello’ with biscuit collage and I m always up for a play and n words, so the nice one tickled me (great sugary topping!) As you can imagine, my name gets shortened a lot so I tend to get a lot of variations on the same theme, although I do recall at secondary school being called ‘tundy Jo’ for quite some time which oddly seemed to stick (I’ve absolutely no idea why!!) Thanks for playing along over at The Paper Players again this week too!

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    1. My gift to you Joanne - the biscuit with no calories! Thanks about the sugary topping - looks quite realistic in real life :) It seems to be a recurring theme that people are given nicknames and no-one has a clue why!

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  4. I love your biscuit cards! I first heard the term biscuit as a cookie from my English friend! It took me a while to figure out what she was talking about though!! Your sweet cookies make for sweet creations! Thanks for playing with my challenge this week!

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    1. Biscuits, scones... it's a mine field out there! LOVED your challenge, thank you!

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  5. Having been well read since childhood, I knew what biscuits were, and a battery of my grandchildren do as well due to their love of "The Great British Baking Show." I love the differences in terms from here and across the Pond! Just makes the world go 'round! Your cards are darling, and I love the angle you've used on your 'hello' card. The vanilla and chocolate biscuits are yummy, and I agree with you on the space between the pattern and the sentiment; it looks perfectly pleasing to my eye. And the play on words (Nice!) is wry and amusing; right up my alley! Fun design there too. Great cards, Vicky. I'm so happy you joined us at the Twofer Challenge! Bev
    P.S. No one can spell my nickname...it's Tootie, though it rhymes with footie. Go figure! : )

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    1. I love that your nickname is Tootie Bev! We're big fans of The Great British Bake Off too :)

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