20 August 2016

Murder Mystery & thank you card

Hi Everyone, I have so many apologies to give you all, the first the length of this post.

It was supposed to be a weekend, but has spread out, even though we returned on Tuesday. I suppose because we don't go away often, everyone has visited or phoned to checkup on us and find out what happened LOL, We haven't had time to breathe this week. I have only made one card, a thank you, for my SIL's Sister, who put on a real show, with a wonderful story and fabulous food and drink, then a tour around her newly bought and enlarged garden which also has a pond with carp in it, so big, they row a small boat on it!!!!

Anyhow, I shall give you a short version of what went on.

We were all dressed up in costume, mine was a T shirt with the Union Jack on the front, a red and white skirt and a navy blue scarf. Because I had to hide the fact I was actually half Spanish and to try and hide my identity. Hubby had a boiler suit on, as he was a volunteer worker on the "Railway Heritage Museum" site.

We all had names to match Trains, it was so clever the way she wrote it. We did have a laugh, there were GREAT actors amongst us, (including me of course!)

The name of the story was Blood and Custard, because the victim was murdered with a sharp blow to the back of the head and was discovered with his face down in a dish of custard.

We were each given a map of where everyone lived, and told times of when everyone was seen, a real who dun it!

My name was Mon O'Rail, I was married to an Irish man and had lived in Spain. Hubby was Beaux Fey-carr, A distinguished retired RAF Officer. I won't go through all the names but my most favourite was LĂ©val Xing, who had a French mother and Chinese father, so clever don't you think?

Anyhow, it turned out I was the murderer!!! The victim had deceived my husband and made him bankrupt, he was so stressed about it, he killed himself, and I was out for revenge!

If only it had been so simple, out of 9 present, 3 guessed it was me, I thought not too bad, I should have acted better perhaps LOL.  I also won the prize for the best reason to love trains! My reason was I was brought up with trains as my Grandfather was a train driver, 3 of my brothers were firemen on the Steam Trains and the memory of going through the Severn Tunnel (which at the time was the longest train tunnel in the UK) my baby brother and myself, would hang our heads out of the window of the carriage (watching for trains coming so we wouldn't be beheaded!) then my mother spitting on her handkerchief to clean our faces before we met family at the other end.

What would Health and Safety say about that these days? I told a friend and she was shocked that we would hold our heads out of the window and also found it "dirty" that Mum would do such a thing. To us it was natural! Ah! those were the days!

We were coming home on Monday, but my Bruvva and SIL persuaded us to stay another night. We had a wonderful time on Monday my elder brother took us around the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire countryside stopping off in a few places, the only thing was, I forgot my camera, we have taken a couple on our phones, but they are not good modern phones and not made for that. The countryside was full of wheat fields and of farmers with combine harvesters collecting in their harvest, just absolutely wonderful AND perfect weather too. There really were perfect pictures to be taken, I regret so much I didn't have my camera. If I get anything off the phones, I'll try and post some.

On Tuesday we travelled one and a half hours to Bury St Edmunds an historic town to see my Niece who broke her elbow, she can't move it or straighten it and it is still swollen and bruised after all this time. Poor woman.  We stayed a few hours and made our way home, it took 5 hours, but so worth seeing her and enjoying our longer than anticipated weekend.

I did get a few of the sunset on our journey home, they also include all the insects on the car window!

I suspect you are thinking is she EVER going to shut up and show us what we came here for! I know another apology hang head in shame!

 If you are still with me - on to the card.

I searched for detective etc in my files and found these beauties I had used them here, they are paper pieced and coloured in PS. I fussy cut the images, 3D'd them, added 3D gloss to the binoculars and magnifying glass and followed the Outlawz Challenge sketch for this week.

Images My Cute Graphics 
Background brick paper Bearly Mine Designs,
Magnifying glass KAagard
Grass  Snickerdoodle
Note pad and pencil My Cute Graphics
Cat Nibbles Scribbles
The main background paper I made myself, to represent the murder mystery. 

Outlawz Sketch Challenge

http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/challenge-114-winners-112.html Anything Goes

http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/ffc-152-anything-goes.html Anything Goes


Shirley Young said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time Faith - made me smile about your mum spitting on her hankie to clean your faces cause I can remember mine doing the same and it didn't do me any harm - how times change and not always for the better!! Really love your card - it fits the bill perfectly xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your weekend (and more) recap!! What fun! It's important to live in the moment, there will be plenty time to make a card! Your card is fabulous - I'm sure your SIL will love it. Oh and by the way, my Mum used to do that with her hankie too!

Crafting with Darcy said...

I don't know where to begin Faith!
Your card is adorable and so cute. Perfect for your mystery sleuth theme!! I'm so glad you used the Outlawz Sketch to make your card. It is just awesome!
I read your account of the weekend! Wow, sounds like great fun--have always been a bit intrigued by these murder mystery weekends. Your photos are so professional looking! Worthy of being on a postcard!!

cotnob said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous time Faith, your card is brilliant - such a great image, a perfect thank you card.

Mac Mable said...

Such a fabulous and perfect card...you captured your extended weekend away perfectly. Thank you for up dating us on what went on, I was intrigued when you first mentioned it. What an amazing time you had, such fun and so clever! Loved all the humour and your stories about your train journeys and the spit! I remember my Mum doing that too x Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed yourselves x

Kate said...

I LOVED reading through your post. Those names are fabulous! I'm away for the weekend but will share them with my youngest when I return home as he loves things like that. It sounds like a fabulously fun weekend. I'm so pleased for you (even though you're a murderer!!).

Your card is brilliant! I love the blues and those images are darling. Fabulous!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I read every word and enjoyed every word. Thank you for taking me on your journey. Wow...that would had been so much fun. Too bad about your niece's elbow. The pics were great even though you didn't have a modern phone..haha The card...of course...fabulous...colors, textures, interest...everything! I enjoyed!!!

wannabcre8tive said...

Omgosh, your card is so adorable. Thanks, for the pictures. Sounds like you had a great time.

Linby said...

Well it seems your sister is just as inventive as you are - all so clever of her. I love your detective card too.

Joyce Tompkins said...

Such a fun card! And sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for joining Fun~day Friday at Jo's Scrap Shack.

Pamellia said...

I've never had the chance to do one of these mystery nights, sure sounds like a lot of fun! What a perfect card for the occasion, love your little detectives. Amazing photos, wow, really professional looking! hugs :)

G Peplow said...

Sounds like you had the best of times, TFS I loved reading all about it, stop apologising LOL Lovely card too, always worth a visit here Faith :D xx

Carol L said...

It's always fun to get away and have some great fun - glad you were able to do that! Fun card today too - reminds me of "I spy." :) TFS the great photos too!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you back Faith and I forgive you for murdering someone plus the insects!!!! Sounds like it was a real hoot. And our mum used to do the spit on the hankie thing too and we hated it! Anyway another great card.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Such a cutesy card! And great post!

Angie said...

Thanks for joining our Fun-Day Friday Challenge @ Jo’s Scrap Shack.

Nancy said...

Now I know! It sounds like a fabulous weekend, Faith!
Your card is the perfect make after your mystery weekend! :o)

Hetty said...

OH my, you must have had such a fun time and what a great story your sister made up. Must have taken her a lot of time and energy to make it this perfect! I hope may pictures where taken!
Your of the senset are beautiful and the card is a grea one with such a perfect image!

MaryH said...

Delightful post, and fun to share your visit & entertainment. I'm so glad you got to spend quality time with your family, and all turned out so well. Enjoyed the wonderful sunset too, and Bury St. Edmunds has such a fascinating ring to it, you just know it's going to be a great place to explore. Glad you had such a good time. The card is perfect to go along with this post, and kudos to you for finding these images to illustrate your post. Very clever, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read! Hugs & TFS

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

This is such a fun card! I love all the details and how wonderful of a scene! Great papers and color choices! Thanks for joining our Funday Friday challenge this week! Have a great day!
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Bettina L. said...

This is fab. Love your colouring and scenery. Thanks for sharing at Creative Fingers. Hope to see you back for our new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Creative Fingers xx