Sunday, 29 January 2012

Ethel And Friends!

Good morning blog friends!  Be prepared for a good giggle at today's post.  I have loaded four cards for you to see today, mostly because they are all very similar and a bit of fun.  The sentiments are the best!  I shouldn't laugh at them as they are hitting really close to home these days!  My 55th is looming only a few months away now and I will officially get my senior citizens discount here in Florida, (maybe even in the UK, I'll have to check on that!) but if you can't laugh at yourself.... then everyone else will do it for you, huh! LOL  These characters are part of our Murray and Ethel line of rubber stamps.  This first card is Ethel herself!  Don't you just love that mug (and those hairy legs, really Ethel!)  I feel her pain where that sentiment is concerned, though!  The ladies in the last three cards haven't been officially named yet.  Maybe you could help me out there and give me some ideas.  What do they look like? 

 I made all of these cards last year when I was here and since my supplies were a bit limited, I paper pieced all their outfits with the matching background papers rather than trying to colour them with the six coloured pencils and handful of distress inks I had at the time.  They are really good fun if your recipient has a good sense of humour.  I didn't get any cards made with Murray, but he is a gem too.  I won't go into any detail on the cards as they are all fairly similar in style.  If you have any questions about them, feel free to email me.  I hope you have a good chuckle at them and they start your day off right!  All for now, Sue x



135 comments:

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue they certainly brought a smile to my face this morning. lol
Heather x

Jan said...

I just love the Ethel and Murry stamps and have made a few cards using them but not quite as elegant as yours, they are brill. You may be glad to know that you wont be classed as a senior citizen until you are at least 60 and even then you may have to wait another year or two to get that status. So Sue you are just getting middle aged He He. x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
What fantastic stamps and cards, they made me smile. I do agree with most of the sentiments though (scary) lol.
Have a wonderful sunday.
Sue

sandra(misty) said...

Hi sue just what I needed this morning a good laugh the cards are great and so true hope you are enjoying you stay in the USA

Sonia said...

Good morning Sue, what great stamps and you always manage to make your cards so elegant! They say that laughter is the best medicine so bring on Ethel, Murray and friends - lets have more of them.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Anonymous said...

They are great sue, and the sayings on the stamp sheets are hilarious. As for other names, what about Marge, Pearl, Maude or Mable? Enjoy the rest of your stay in the US. Edwina

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue, were you looking at me when you did the first card??? Now that the laughing has died down a bit - yes! even this early.............LOL
I can tell you I just LOVE these cards they are real fun.
Don`t worry you have a while to go, you have to be at least 60 here in UK before you qualify for any discount for age. Remember once you reach that you become a "Recycled Teenager" and the fun starts!!!!
Have a great day

Patricia xx

Olga said...

Ha-ha, Sue. these are very nice. Love color combo!

mags said...

Hi Sue. A lovely way to bring a smile to my face on a cold Sunday morning. These are such fun.
Mags
x

chantal said...

Love the stamps, they made me smile. Beautiful cards.

Hugs, Chantal S

Crafty mop said...

I have these stamps too they are fab they bring a smile to your face every time you see them the sentiments are fab too ...thanks for the Sunday morning cheer x

occasionali said...

Speaking as someone who has already reached the senior status I just laughed my socks off at these images. Well done in keeping some dignity the cards are true Sue fashion = brilliant.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

I really love these cards Sue, I don't think you can call yourself senior in the UK even though I will be 60 this year I won't be getting my pension until I reach 62 and 8 months :) they did make me laugh and I can well relate to the weight think :) x

Lynnus said...

The colours in the last one are so good together, I think the second lady could be a Deidre as we have a similar looking lady in one of ours soaps with that name! I never think to put stamps of this kind with all the docorations so you have inspired me yet again! x

Uta said...

Your cards looks so great and the images are so funny.

Hugs, Uta

Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Just what was was needed on a cold January morning something to make us all smile. Love them all. Some of the sentiments ring home too.

Lydia
XX

Bea said...

hi I've seen the ethel and murray stamps before and they certainly make me chuckle. The cards you have made with ethel are great and give them an elegant look. Glad you are having a good break and hope to see you back on C&C soon.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, love these cards, the sentiments are great and as my friends are all over 60, would be ideal for them. How about Agnes for the one with the longer hair (reminds me of my sister and that is her name) and Doris and Audrey for the others? I am afraid you will be nearer 65 in the UK before you are a senior citizen because of the change in rules. I will be 61 in May but don't qualify for senior citizen statis until July! Have a good day. love Jean x

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Hi Sue, the cards are very funny but I think I would have to choose carefully who to send them too!
Chris

joy said...

Good morning Sue
Well thats made me laugh.
Great cards the sentiments are funny .Names ENID MABEL RITA.
Sue you don't look your age. your mind and heart is young so don't worry about it.
Enjoy the rest of your break.
joyce e

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, well your cards really have brought some good comments today, and given all of us a good laugh. On this drab Sunday morning. I am just passed the 60 mark, but I still feel very young at heart. Even if my bones tell me different.
Lots of love. Jenny L

Julia Watts said...

Great Fun Cards. Hope you are enjoying CHA. Love, Julia xxx

Victoria said...

Fabulous cards that gave me a giggle. The only thing I know of that you can get in the UK at 55 is a railcard for discounted rail travel. Hope you are having a wonderful time in the US!

Oksana said...

Just love them all, made me smile this morning!

ang said...

funny sentiments but some of my friends would not laugh hehehe angxxx

Maryann said...

HA ha ha ha ha Thank you soo much for a really good laugh here Sue. These really made my day start good today.
I don´t know exactly about the rules in UK, but have heard they´re dragging that age longer too now. Here we´ve just had it dragged once again, so we now has to be 69 before we can be considdered a senior. Just 2 years ago it was 60 then it was 65 and now they´ve just raised it again to 69, so when it´s my turn, it´s probably all gone LOL. (I´m about your age too.)

baconbits said...

Morning Sue, these cards have certainly made me laugh this morning, in fact my sides are still hurting as i write.
I think the paper piercing was inspired as you had limited resources.
Edith, Madge, Murtle or Edwina spring to mind for names.
TFS and the laughs
Hugs
Amanda x

Linda said...

Fantastic set of cards Sue, so funny, so true!! as for names I thought Beryl, Gladis and Bertha, Happy Days! Linda x

jollyjoyce said...

I'm now going to get my Ethel and Murray stamps out. Are these new ones as mine are different to these. You've done it again Sue. Maria's doing a great job in your absence. - Joyce

marg said...

Hello Sue
I forgot ! I have these stamps but no way did my cards ever look like yours. The sentiments make me laugh though some are too true
LoveMarg

Ruthie said...

I love Ethal she really rocks. I have made lots of Murry cards to sell for my golf clubs charity. It seems most of the husbands look similar!!!!

melanie said...

Lovely cards Sue ,hove about names emily,enid,ivy,You dont senior status here till your in your 60`s ,hope you enjoy CHA show .Melanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, It's great to see everyone has such a great sense of humour about getting older. I love paper piecing, but I haven't uses this technique for a while. Maybe I will give it a go today. With Love and Light Theresa. H

Clare said...

What fun cards :) I like the roller skating one.

Clare x

Lorraine H said...

Lovely cards Sue - they would bring a smile to the face of many I know. Lorraine H x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

These crds are absolutely brilliant. I love them.

SC

Debbie Tinks said...

Sue love the cards. I have the stamps I must get them out
thanks

SusanneJ said...

Love the cards Sue made me smile so much I just love ethel and murray lol great cards xxxx

Marie-Louise said...

Brilliant cards - so bright and cheerful - marvellous.

loftylass said...

Great cards Sue and I love the images - made me smile anyway - the sentiments hit the mark!!!
How about Marj and Lil for names for the other sets?? tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Sue J said...

I can relate to every one of those sentiments! I love the stamps and the cards as well. :)

Anonymous said...

hi Sue, love them all, the sentiments are very amusing. I like the way you have still made them look so elegant. Again I would not have guessed that these were made by you.All the best Suzie B x

Maid of Kent said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely cards and am still giggling what a good way to bring a smile to someone. Lol Ann

Anonymous said...

Now these look more like Sue cards. Love them. How about Lilian, Beryl or Dorothy (Dotty). Was looking at an old recording of the other Murray and Ethel set and thought I should use mine again, thanks for the inspiration.

She x

hazel said...

Morning Sue, love the cards this morning the colours are just calling out to me. The sentiments are brilliant too. xx hazel

Clai01 said...

Great colour combos Sue!

Vicki Sharkey said...

Ah, these are lovely Sue, I really like the sense of humour and can immediately think of people to send these to. Will have to check out the stamps.
I think the second one is a MAvis, third one Edwina and fourth one is definitely a Geraldine. They have really cheered me up, many thanks.
Vicki

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, what great cards, the sentiments are so true. Not quite ready for my pension yet but can relate to Ethel. Must get my Ethel & Murray stamps out of storage for a play, however, not the same as yours. Where did you get your stamps?. LOL Lynne M

lainey said...

Hi Sue, Oh what fun!!! love the way you have matched their clothes to the backgrond. Once again your colour combo is juist FAB!!! lainey x

Lexie said...

Lol...they all certainly bring a smile to the face. They're all great cards and I know their pain...even though I'm not even 45 yet! Lol.
xx

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Love the sentiments on these cards-how true!
Eileen x

Redanne said...

These cards have given me a real giggle today. I have not really liked these stamps before but your ideas have changed my mind. Sorry but you will not quality for senior status for a good few years yet!!

AnneRD said...

What a cheerful start to the day. Love them all, specially the 'Twinkle ...', such panache, (to learn to skate is on my bucket list). Have mastered piercing but now have to get to grips with piecing because it looks so effective; you do keep me busy Sue.

Fiona said...

Fun stamps. I think the second card is my favourite

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, as I am 'a lady of a certain age' sixty something, I can relate to these sentiments! I am just getting over having the flu for the last week, so a laugh was just what I needed this morning! Elegant humerous cards! How do you do it Sue?!! Name suggestions, Doris, Cynthia and Pauline. Hugs, Carol S.xx

May said...

Hi Sue, These really did make me LOL, these are fantastic cards, happy Sunday, Hugs May x x x

lesley c. said...

These cards are fab, I love Ethel and Murray and those sentiments are so true!Love the combination of stamps and spellbinders, I have always admired your stamping and colouring techniques, In fact I'm not sure I like you much any more Sue, your way too good! lol! Really, cant wait to see you back on our screens. x

isobel said...

Hello Sue, I must buy these stamps, I never thought of using dies to enhance them. Thank you again for your inspiration, Where would my card making be without you. Love Patricia

Dawn said...

A completely different twist to your usual style, I'm not usually into stamped humorous cards but these are fab, the captions are great, I wonder if I could send one without offending anyone...mmm. Dawn x

Ita said...

I love them, and know some friends would enjoy receiving one
Ita

Lizzie said...

I have some of these stamps and not used them for an age and now you have give me the inspiration to get them out of retirement (pardon the pun) and put them to work lol!. I love the the cards they made me smile Thanks Sue.
Lizzie (Serial copycat)xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, These cards really cheered me up on a cold Sunday morning, my sides ache with laughing, I can relate to the sentiments, my mind tells me I am twenty something but my body tells me I am sixty something. Love the colours and you have given them an elegance. How about BETTY, ELSIE & DORREN for names. You will not be a senior here for a while, they keep moving the goal posts. Enjoy your time in the US.
Hugs, June x

Hugs

Dealbaida said...

Heading for 55 indeed. Huh! Not on our 40" Sony screen you aren't! Love Ethel and her cronies but would love the name of your plastic surgeon more!! Boy, have you got yourself a good 'un. 55 indeed LOL. LOL. LOL!!!!!!!

Marion

Dawn Louise said...

Na you're having us on, never that age. Lol these are brilliant put a much needed smile on my face and love the bold colours too x

gwen70 said...

Just love these stamps and the cards are so funny. Think yourself lucky to only be 55, you certainly don't look it. Wish that's all I was

Claire said...

I have two sets of the Ethel and Murray stamps and love them.

Have made a few cards but they aren't up to your standard yet but I am enjoying playing with them.

Claire

Sandra F said...

Love the cards. those sentiments brought a smile to my face on this cold wet morning. xx

CraftyJo said...

Oooh, you really have to *know* the recipient well for these don't you??? They are fun though, and I love all the card designs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Love the Ethel and Murray stamps although I haven't used them yet.
Your cards made me laugh as I thought of friends who they reminded me of.

Carol at Henlow

Janet said...

I,m really glad you showed these Sue as I wanted to make cards in your style but with pictorial toppers. These cards are great examples. Thanks again.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great cards Sue and they did bring a smile to my face.

Sue xx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great cards Sue and they did bring a smile to my face.

Sue xx

jemet said...

Hi Sue,
You have certainly cheered up my Sunday with these. I have a few "special age" cards to do this year for friends and you have given some great ideas with these.

Jean

Claveh said...

Oh Sue, thank you, I just love the Murray and Ethel collections. This is right up my street, I love them all to bits.
Thanks.

PaulineC said...

I think that the sentiments are funny and I like what you have done with them but I am afraid that I just do not like the pictures on the stamps.

Anonymous said...

Just love Ethel and her friends - Great to see how you have designed the cards using their images - love them!

Geraldine

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I bought Ethel & Friends at Ally Pally in September last & last week made some cards with them, so it was great to see your take on them which is lovely. Thanks Sue, Ann W

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Lol that brightened a dull day, thank you :D
I love the stamps, how about Bertha for the one with leaks!
Lovely cards, shows how multi purpose the spellbinders are :D
Sue H. xx

Hellma said...

Great cards Sue the second sentiment really appeals to me, love them all.

Lilnute said...

Oh my, I love these ladies, the sentiments are great too, they instantly make me think of my mom, don't tell her I said that lol.
You can turn your hand to so many different card types, I am so envious.
Take care.
Love and hugs,
Dawn x

Lisa M said...

In order of your cards:
Ethel
Penelope
Hazel
Gertrude

LOVE this kind of humor!!! This is my favorite style of stamping and you nailed it!
Thank you for the laughs and the sentiments are FANTASTIC!
Amazing detail for your limited supplies at the time. Nicely done, Sue! Very nicely done. :D

Hugs,
Lisa xx

Jenny, said...

Love the cards, made me smile... thax

Hanneke said...

These cards are so much fun! The sentiments and images are really funny and lovely to give to people who are getting a bit older. I love the paperpiecing you did. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Hanneke

Helen O said...

Hi Sue, lovely colours and layouts, this is a great way to showcase a stamped image, I figure you could use any stamped image and it would work, thanks for sharing Helen O xxx

Jane said...

I have a sense of humour but I realty don't like the stamps. Love the lay outs and colours looks like I am the only one that don't like them.

Jane xx

Ayelet said...

Really cute and funny cards!

yorkie said...

Hi Sue these cards did make me laugh
Then like you I thought of how close I resembled the punch line lol :-) never mind if life begins at 40 I am only a teenager lol keep them coming
Theresa x

CathyinMN said...

Such fun card! Love the cards themselves, and the sentiments are hilarious -- although a few of them are hitting pretty close to home. LOL!

dutchess said...

thank you Sue for the first smile and laugh in many a day bless you these card really cheered me up! and your usual fab designs....hope you are having a great time over there and enjoy CHA....take care Margaret

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, these are too funny. Thanks for sharing the laugh.

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
Thankyou ever so much for a blooming good laugh on such a miserable day up here in newcastle.
The cards are great too.
Carolx

Brunemma said...

Wow - thankyou SO much for these. I bought lots of the Ethel and friends stamps a few years ago, but hardky used them even though they are fab - so having seen them used in this way has just given me a great idea for a retirement card for my sister. You are MAGIC Sue.

mgq said...

they are so funny. i love love them. 2nd lady def looks like a Myrtle. thanks fo great laugh. marieq

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
A great selection of humerous cards, you can definitley name the second one after my mum, Pam, it is just like her.
Best Wishes
Happy2craft

Luanne said...

great cards and fun

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I just love these stamps. I bought some at Ally Pally a couple of years ago and people just love them - more please!!!
LOL JanN

Susan Flynn said...

Well they certainly brightened my day! I am now 61 and I can get reduced rate at the cinema and a Senior Rail Card, sometimes I don't know if its worth the humiliation of owning up to your age to save a bob or two!!

Rosemarie said...

You really made my day with these cards Sue, unfortunately the sentiments are too much like the truth and I can relate to them. You will have to wait until you are 60 in the Uk to get anything, and not much then, so enjoy just being mature and keep doing what you do so very well,
Rosemariexx

kasugga said...

Sue
As someone who has just reached severe maturity I can honestly say that Ethel has brought a large smile to my face. Something that is normally difficult to do on a cold winter's morn.
I've not bought these stamps but now I'm afraid I must, if only to bring an equally wide smile to the faces of my equally mature friends.
Thanks for sharing Sue.
Hugs
Katy xxx

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, wow I'm late leaving a comment today! As usual great cards, but (and there had to be one!) I think I'm the only one on here who isn't a fan of these stamps...I used one last year because it suited a commission I had, but at the time, whilst yes, I raised a little smile, that was it..maybe not the best time to comment after spending time with my very elderly aunt in a nursing home today and feeling very sad :( hugs, Carole Z xx

Shelley said...

Haha, love them Sue. xx

Maggie said...

Great cards Sue they are such fun and always make me smile, the second card the lady looked like an "Edna".

Maggie H

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, yet another great card. How about Nora, Gladys and Brenda. Hope you are having fun in the US. Come back soon and come back safe. Annette x

veronica said...

have used Ethel a lot, will be looking out for the new ladies! How about Doris, Peggy and Sibyl for names?

Barbara Daines said...

Great batch of cards, Sue and I know what you mean about the 'age' issue hitting home! haha

Craftychris said...

The images are not really my cup of tea but I love the sentiments and the actual colours and layouts of the cards xx

Bee and Dee said...

Really love the cards love those stamps and what you have done with them, hate to tell you but you have about another 8 years until you become a senior citizen here, I wish I had looked as good as you at nearly 55. Hugs Bee

Vie Carter said...

I bought these at Ally Pally - they are great stamps

Trust your well Sue

Vie
x

Barbara said...

Fab fun cards, love Murray and Ethel. Hope you take lots of photos of CHA to let us see all the new goodies coming out this year!!!

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
Wow these are different; so retro for you and I love it.
I saw these names to the ladies in your delightfully funny cards (in corresponding order) Doris, Gwen and Marge(Margery). I think the girls have come up with some fab names, its been great fun reading them all.
Hope all going well at CHA.
Linda

Sandra Riley.... said...

Hilarious Sue, one of them definately has to be a Maude! and maybe a Lil !
Great colour combos too.
Thanks for the smile.
Hugs
Sandra

Lelly Jelly said...

You know how awful my humour is so you already know that these stamps are 'right up my street' and echo many of my sentiments. Seems you and I will be celebrating 55 together!!! Now there's a thought.......x

Lorraine said...

oh Sue i just love these i have one of the first sets and they are so fun names well i think the second lady looks like a Doreen or Doris lol thanks for sharing they put a smile on my face xx

lilygee said...

Hi Sue and blog friends - hope you had a good weekend. These are so sweet Sue - really cheered me up and you married them well with the spellbinders. Don't worry about your years Sue - I think you must have found the elixir and you are keeping it secret cos you look absolutely fabulous.
lots of love lilygee xxx

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, these cards are so much fun! I love all the paper choices you chose for each of the cards too! They are all wonderful!

lilygee said...

Hi Sue and blog friends - hope you had a good weekend. These are so sweet Sue - really cheered me up and you married them well with the spellbinders. Don't worry about your years Sue - I think you must have found the elixir and you are keeping it secret cos you look absolutely fabulous.
lots of love lilygee xxx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue, great cards and I love the sentiments! I could see the ladies as Madge, Lois & Lil - but now I've read the other suggestions I like a lot of them too. I've got a bus pass, a senior rail card, and I can get into the craft shows a bit cheaper too, but what I would REALLY like is a Spellbinders Senior Discount !!! I would use it such a lot too! Sue x

pamela said...

Great cards Sue

pamela said...

Great cards Sue

bhavana said...

These are such fun! my wonderful partner is going to be celebrating his 50th Birthday on Saturday and every day I keep telling him it is his last sunday/monday etc at being 49. Back to the cards, like I said, such fun cards, you should do more like this!

Liz said...

Brilliant .... I am still smiling

gwendraeth said...

Great cards, lovely colours,
Gwenda

CraftyCj said...

As always lovely cards, nice to see some stamped images for inspiration oooh and I have some of the early ones of these stamps yay x

Eileen C said...

What fun!! It's good to laugh - and how true are the quotes, it could be about me ha ha. Anyway I think the stamps are super cool and so appropriate for my 'young' (cough cough) friends. Think the everything dries or leaks lady looks like my old aunty Dora (Doreen) who used to shock people with her dry sense of humour and shame us with her comments and quotes - Happy memories ha ha ha. Thanks for the trip down memory lane too!
Eileen (Edinburgh)

Rosietoes said...

Love the sentiments with these stamps Sue, perhaps because I recognise the symptoms!!

Edna x

Tracy Heaton said...

Really fun cards and great sentiments. Made me laugh.
Tracy x

yorkshiresue said...

Hi Sue
Well you've really brightened up my day.
Thank you for the fun cards
Sue
XXX

CraftyLoops said...

Heehee, I love these images theyre fantastic. Super cards Sue. Lee x

miislucky said...

Hi Sue, Oh how cute these cards are. I just got a kick out of them. Thanks for the smile. Mimi

nattyboots said...

You cant beat a fun card, love the Sentiments too. Elaine H.x

nattyboots said...

You cant beat a fun card, love the Sentiments too. Elaine H.x

Erica said...

amazing cards x
erica x

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love the cards! So very funny!

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