Saturday, 18 May 2013

Dancing and Lighthouses

I've decided to stop hosting the Card Swap on UKS. I've done it for a year and now I feel it's time I passed it over to someone else whilst I get myself sorted and focus on other craft projects I have.

For my last one as soon as I thought of May I thought - Maypoles - so the theme is dancing - as it's a celebration. You could also if you wished use ribbon, as on maypoles, and a rainbow of colours on your card.

I've just been to Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight and came back with (among other things) some Lavinia stamps and their gorgeous scenescapes. I've also got a lovely sentiment from Darkroom Door that fit the bill. So here are my cards:

I've enjoyed hosting this lovely swap and have received lots of gorgeous cards from lots of lovely people so thank you for having me and I wish the best of luck to whoever takes over :)

Keep Crafting. Sian xxx

EDIT: I looked at the title of this post and realised that I meant to add a piccy of a CJ entry I did for a CJ called 1967. We had to find a news story from 1967, nothing sordid, and create an entry. I was happy find that there was an astronomy related event so here it is:

A Lighthouse in the Sky

The writing says:

The Discovery of the Pulsar!
As a wannabe astronomer I was thrilled to find that 1967 was the year Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered what is known as a pulsar! A what, I hear you ask? 

Well sadly all stars have an expiry date and when huge stars (much bigger than our sun) are on their last legs they undergo a supernova explosion. This means that the star blows up and all of it’s outer layers fly off, leaving behind a beautiful supernova.  (Google for pretty pictures )

What’s left of the star is the core which collapses under gravity so much so that its protons and electrons are pushed together and combine to form neutrons. This gives this type of star it’s name - the Neutron Star.

What has this got to do with Pulsars? Well a pulsar is a neutron star that rotates. And some of these little things rotate so fast it can blow your mind - how does 641 times per SECOND sound to you?! 

Not only do they rotate but they emit powerful beams of light from their magnetic poles (like Earth’s north and south poles) and so when they spin round the light from either pole can be seen intermittently as you would see a lighthouse at sea - but much faster! And that’s how they were discovered by Ms Burnell when she picked up on the constant on and off blinking signal on her radio telescope. She was educated enough to realise it wasn’t aliens sending out morse code as I probably would have thought! :o)


I've already received the next book in this CJ and it's called numbers... I'm off to have a look :)

Keep Crafting! Sian xxx


  1. Oh my Sian they are utterly gorgeous!

  2. Love, Love, Love the cards

  3. oooh I'm a 1967 baby too - what a great idea for a CJ

    Fab cards (love that pink into purple background) and CJ entry too