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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our Mediterranean Cruise!

 My husband and I took our older daughter, Dina and her two daughters on a Mediterranean Cruise.
We flew over a couple of days early to spend some days in Rome.
The first day we walked 9 miles, the second day 7 miles.  We had a private guide to take us to the highlights and tell us about everything...
From Rome we drove for about an hour to go to the Civitavecchia Port
In this picture we climbed up the Castel Sant'Angelo and took a picture with Rome in the background.







 
The first excursion of the trip was to Florence and Pisa.
Here is Lily holding up the tower of Pisa!  Ellie learned about 'forced perspective' in her photography class this year, so we put it to good use!
 
 Our second day brought us to the Island of Corsica, France at Ajaccio.  We strolled through the town, had some crepes and of course we had to swim in the Sea!  It was very salty, warm and amazing!
The third excursion we took a boat ride to Cinque Terre.  There are five cities, but only access is from boat or train, you cannot walk between the cities.  We had a wonderful time strolling through a very quaint village, we had some gelato and walked up steep steps to get a view of the harbor while locals were swimming right where the boat docked!  This picture was taken from the boat and the typical picture you often see on postcards of Cinque Terre!
 Our 5th day brought us to Monaco, Nice and Eze village.  This picture was taken from the bus on our way down from Eze village.  Isn't the sea a glorious color?
 I couldn't resist an evening picture of the two granddaughters dressed for dinner.
We were on a Seven Seas Cruise ship and their policy is to be casual elegant every day after 6 PM.  NO shorts, tennis shoes, or jeans are allowed after 6 pm.
 Here we are in Marseille, I didn't mention that Dina's luggage never made it the whole trip, so by the time we got to Marseille we decided to make it a shopping day!  Up until that time she was sharing clothes with her two daughters.  She did pick up a few undergarments while in Italy, but really needed some other clothing, especially for the dinner hours on board the ship.
 Our next stop was Palamos Spain and we visited the Famous Costa Bravo cities of Tossa De Mar and Lloret de Mar.  This picture was taken at Tossa de Mar, we walked up high above the city and took a selfie!  Ha, I needed lots of instruction on taking selfies from the selfie masters (granddaughters!! LOL)
 
  Palma de Mallorca, has the Cathedral of Santa Maria, it was first built in 1229 and finished in 1601. It features a large stained glass in the shape of a rose.
They really know how to build churches over there...they are all massive beyond belief and so ornate, filled with gold and statues, paintings, tapestries, everything to bring honor and glory to our Lord.
 Valencia was our last stop with an excursion. Lily and Ellie in front of a fountain
 Our last night on the cruise ship before dinner.  Scott and I had a cabin that was at the back of the ship, we had a little deck with two chairs, a table and a lounge chair...lots of windows to look out and view the city and ports and we arrived and left.
 We disembarked in Barcelona, Spain and we all LOVED that city!
This a picture of the Alter at the Sagrada Familia Church (Holy Family)
This church is breathtakingly beautiful and the pictures just do NOT do it justice.  You must see it in person to appreciate the workmanship and understand the reason for all the fine detail.
Here is a picture taken from the internet:
Right now it has 8 bell towers, when this project is completed (which they are hoping it will be done in 9 more years) there will be a total of 18 bell towers .  Each Bell Tower is going to have something like 7 or 8 bells and all have different octaves so when they are all going it will truly be like a symphony playing! this church has been under construction for 150 years...it is about 75% complete and they hope in 9 years it will be all done.  Gaudi is the famous architect who did NOT start the project but he took it over and most of it is his work and his vision. there is a second story for the choir...1200 seats for the choir!
 The east side of the church was all green and blue stained glass, with darker shades at the bottom getting lighter as it went up higher. (ombre!)
 The west side of the church was done in yellow, oranges and red stained glass...stunning when the sun shines through!
 The Holy Family. The Sagrada Familia. The entire outside of the church has statues like this and very few inside the church.
Loved sharing this trip of a lifetime with my daughter Dina.

 Still in Barcelona, high on a hill where the Barcelona Olympics were held.  The divers had quite a view!

Now you know why I have been missing from blogland and where I have been.
It was a wonderful trip and I think I can see myself seeing more of the world from a cruise ship!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Color Throwdown # 453

Color Throwdown has beautiful summer colors for their challenge this time.
 
Stamps:  Honey Bee: Country Blooms
Zig Water colors
PTI: Big Hugs
MFT: Textile Background

Thanks for stopping by!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PTI July Blog Hop

Good morning friends!
I have a card here for the PTI July Blog Hop.
You can check out the details at Nichole's blog HERE.
Here is the inspiration piece:
Blog Hop Inspiration 
I made my own stencil using the dies from "Topics", I sponged on a little spring rain, then lightly stamped the second layer on the leaves using aqua mist ink...I did this for the background.
I die cut the new Mix & Mat:Postage die and rubbed on a little liquid leaf (classic gold) around the edge.  I white embossed my sentiment from Pen & Ink then sponged on a little bit of gray ink over the top.  My flower and buds are from Especially You cut from watercolor paper and colored with Zigs.
That is it...have a great day everyone!


Heart Hugs, friends!



Friday, July 21, 2017

Colored pencils and flowers

Hello friends!
I have been out of the craft room and have missed you all!
My husband and I were in Arizona for 6 days and from there we went to Coeur d'Alene Idaho, my family's favorite vacation spot for another 10 days!
I brought my prisma colored pencils with me along with a few stamped images thinking I really needed to practice my pencil coloring.  I still need to practice my pencil coloring...LOL!
But I decided to make up a few cards with some of the coloring.  I was kind of itching to get back into my studio!!

 Clearly Besotted:  Friends Forever
MFT: Textile Background (diagonal)
colored with prisma pencils, outlined with Copics C1, C2, C3
 PTI: Beautiful butterflies (sentiment)

 Clearly Besotted:   Friends Forever
Stampendous: Encouraging words
MFT: Zig Zag stitched rectangle
Avery Elle:  Floral Bouquet
MFT: Peek a Boo Square window
 Clearly Besotted:  Sunshine Smiles
 Penny Black: All great Things
MFT Single stitched line rectangle frame
Clearly Besotted Sunshine smiles;
MFT: Peek A Boo Square window
PTI botanical silhouettes (sentiment)

I have a few more colored pieces, but that is it for now...getting my stash built up!
Hope you all are having a fabulous day and will have a fabulous weekend!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Seize the Birthday! Red, White and Your choice!

Welcome friends!  I couldn't resist a patriotic birthday card since the challenge is so close to the 4th.. Seize the Birthday Challenge has a topping this time...you are to use RED and White and YOUR CHOICE of another color!
This is a PTI stamp and die set called Gifts of the Season.  I decided to use it as a birthday card, who wouldn't love to get a stack of gifts like this for your birthday!
I can certainly think of a few grandkids that would LOVE that many presents!
Check out the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!
And please welcome Lindsey who is our Guest Designer for the next two months!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Monday, July 3, 2017

MIM # 290 Combining Stenciling and Masking

I just had to get in one last card before I am gone for 16 days...family time...
I loved this MIM from Betsy, so quickly did this card (a couple of times...mess ups)  And wouldn't you know my re-positional tape ran out!
I used Fresh Bouquet and the sentiment from Beautiful Berries.
Ok, DH is wondering where I am...it is 11 PM and we have an early flight out...so off I go.
Thanks for stopping by...I will be missing for a couple of weeks!
Oh, and I made the background stencil myself by tearing the paper...I cut the paper to the card size, then marked iwth a pencil at the 3/4 inch line, using my fiskars paper cutter, I made two diagonal lines in opposite corners, then I simply tore the paper.  I did love the look of Betsy's new stencil that comes in the latest Make It Market Kit but I had to improvise!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up July Challenge + Just Us Girls Challenge

 Oh WOW, have you been to the CAS Mix Up July Challenge yet?
You better get over there and see the technique and very cool cards made by Bonnie, Loll and the rest of the design team.  As soon as I saw Loll's video showing how she even used embossing powder after painting on the tissue paper (yes, you heard me right, TISSUE PAPER!!) I knew I wanted it to be a water background with "white caps"  *wink * wink!
The above card was actually the second card I make, kind of learned from the first!
But both are birthday cards, the one below is for my granddaughter who turned 16 TODAY!!
The above card is for my SIL!
Ellie's favorite color is teal, so I colored with my zigs the whole girl and floatie!
It is hard to see in the picture, but I coated her bathing suit with glossy accent...you know because she just jumped on the floatie from the water and is all wet...also there are numerous water drops on her body and the floatie from drops of the glossy accents. In real life it looks very cool (IMHO!)
This was very fun friends!
I stamped, I used tissue paper and I water colored and fussy cut the image out
 (somehow I didn't purchase the die cuts, but it was a pretty simple one to cut by hand)!
I hope you will go check out the videos and play along.
And while you are at it, how about playing along with Just us Girls which is a Word Challenge and the word is "CELEBRATE" !  We are definitely celebrating the Sweet 16 birthday of Ellie!
Have a beautiful Sunday!!
stamps:  MFT:  Pure Innocence: Fun in the Sun, PTI: Make a Wish
Hero Art Dies:  Infinity Nesting Rectangle Dies (for the frame)
Distress inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Color Throwdown # 449

Hi friends!
Well 8th grade graduation is done and high school graduation is done and so is the party I had for my grandson who finished the high school years!  Now I can kick back and relax and enjoy the garden and clean patio...watch the hummers and the butterflies and the beautiful dragonflies zip around the yard! I need to get busy on some card making because I am going to be gone a lot this summer!
I will be home the third week in July but gone again until August 14...I will keep you posted on my whereabouts through FB if you are interested!
So this card is for the Color Throwdown Challenge.
 
I used watercolor paper and my zigs to color the flowers and leaves.  The little berry balls were actually colored with the orange distress ink pens.  My sentiment is from the PTI Pen & Ink.
Yes, my gingham (An MFT stamp from Textile Background) is brown, stamped with PTI chocolate brown as is the sentiment.  It does look a little black in the picture, but it isn't. 

Heart Hugs, friends!