Friday, 20 February 2015

More on December 2014 - and a Thai Engagement Card

Hello good people how are you? For the last two days it has done little else but pour with rain! I am happy I don't live in Queensland as they have had to contend with floods, high winds and major storms. So I am not complaining in the least!

I promised to return to our December 2014 trip and so I shall, this time sharing what we did between the 7th and the 10th, then I have an unusual card to show you. A request to make an engagement card for a Grandson who got engaged to his now fiance in Thailand.

So let's begin ...
We arrived from New York to Heathrow on the 7th where we picked up a hire car and drove to Huntingdon. We were due to stay at the premier Inn, so we drove there first. Would you believe they wanted an extra 10GBP because we were checking in 45 minutes earlier than the 2,00pm time!!!!!! The room was ready so it wasn't as if we were causing an inconvenience. Not sure we'll stay there again. When we complained later we were told it was the computer that added this extra levy to our account!!! Who operated the Computer I wonder!!

We were blown away - so we decided NOT to check-in  and instead go straight over to our dear friend Linda (we call Looby - long story) who lives in Papworth Everard.

She has had a bad time of it recently, and is unwell with Bone Cancer, we have just heard she is back on weekly chemo so we send her our thoughts and prayers.

We went into Cambridge on the 8th and had a look around the University part of the town - quite lovely, then went and had a bite to eat - this is where I took this photo of her.

We left Cambridge on the 9th and made our way to Slough. We took the train into London to see La Soiree, we had seen it twice before in Sydney but it was such a great show we wanted to see it again. Sure enough we met up with the same people we had seen in Sydney - a great night had by all.

We went to some old haunts ...

and on the evening of the 10th we went to see The Mousetrap:

A great night and we are not saying whodunit!!

It was from here that we would take the Euro tunnel to Europe - more on my next blog post.
For now I thought you might like to see a card.

So here it is:

It is a step Engagement card for a couple who got engaged in January in Thailand. This card was commissioned by their Grandmother who lives in the same town as I do here in Australia. Much of it I got from the Internet. I began with a piece of Kaisercraft 12 x 12 weave card stock as the base.

Here you can get a Birds eye view from the top of the card to see all the steps on the right side.

I downloaded images that I thought were typically Thai, I used a Spellbinders Asian Accents die to cut some gold Mirri card for the embellishments.

A Kaisercraft wooden flourish decorated with some little Doves from my stash.

The flowers were a mixture of bought and ones I made myself. The batik fabric was a materials design I downloaded.

I made a couple of decorative pins to tuck beneath the flowers. The pearls were already on the top of the pins I just added some cloisonne and metal beads to finish them off.

I used peel off Alphabet letters stuck to a sheet of acetate (so they would be straight) and some gorgeous red and white flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This is a close up of the first step on the right of the card - I got the image from Google images and I placed it on a Fancy Spellbinders Tag cut out of gold Mirri card.

Here is the back of the card showing the writing panel, which I made using a Spellbinders die.

Not sure there are too many ingredients to show you but I will include what I can:

Thanks for stopping by again to read today's post

Sunday, 15 February 2015

It's been a while .... December 2014 and Frits' Birthday

Hello again my blogging family and friends. I didn't mean to drop off the face of the planet for however many weeks it has been, it just worked out that way. So much to do and so much to tell.
I will pick up where I left off in telling you more about our December 2014 trip.

I will admit to being desolated when Frits lost his phone with all our photos on it! He wasn't best pleased either, because after all it was his phone and these days they have EVERYTHING in them!
Then to my delight I found a few pictures that I did take and that I honestly thought I'd lost in the transition of files to a new lap top from an old one - which found a good home with my niece Abigail.
I also have a card that I made for Frits' Birthday to show you as well.

So if you are seated comfortably I'll make a start.

I left off in my last post showing you what happened the 2nd - 3rd December. Well I'll pick up there and show you a few images of New York. We were there 4th - 6th December. We stayed at the Nesva hotel and used the subway a lot to get into Manhattan. Here are some pictures.

Here we are outside of Macy's on 5th Avenue, a fantastic store and one I have always loved to visit. The Christmas windows were "Out of this World" quite literally, they all depicted different planets, my photos don't really do them justice - you had to be there to see them in their fill glory, the reflection in the glass limits what you can see.

So there you have it, our New York part of the December trip. Next time I'll show you images of who we saw in Cambridge and what we got up to in London - between the 7th - 10th December.

For now you might want to see a card. I still have some Christmas ones to show  and I'll do that soon, for now I have a Birthday Card I made for Frits' Birthday.

Here you can see the front of the Pop-Up card. I used a Sizzix die to make the medallion. There's more close up pictures with more details coming ...

I'm very fond of the Kaisercraft Rhinestone Alpha Letters they always make an impact and I keep a few in my stash for members of the family to add to their cards when I need them.

When you open the card this is what you see. I extended the Elizabeth Craft Design die to add another step, I needed a little more height on my card and so It was easy to use my knife and ruler to make the bottom step - a little larger. I used a few ECD dies and I'll include them in my ingredients list at the bottom. The base card was a sheet of Bazill that I picked up in Micheals or Joannes when I was in the states recently. The oval shape here on the left is one of the Sue Wilson Californian frame dies. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo distressed ink pad.

More close ups coming up:

I found these really nice silver letters at Spotlight (I also gave them as small Christmas table gifts when we were at my sister Clare's for Christmas - ideal for putting on your i-phone or tablet cover zip etc) at the top you can see I added a little "F". Frits has since taken it off and added it to his USB case. The paper by the way is Echo Park - Splendid Sunshine - Chevron.

Again a better picture showing the Pop-Up feature - you\ll have noticed I also added a little flower at the bottom - I just felt it needed a little something.

... and here is the back of the card ....

And there you have it. I hope your beverage didn't go cold looking at today's post. I know there were also a lot of images so I hope the download time wasn't annoying for you.

Here are the main ingredients I used to make this card:

Thanks for checking in - I appreciate your patience and apologies for taking so long to update my post - perhaps not so long until the next one eh?
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