Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge #41 - Sketch/blue & yellow combo

The challenge at Stampin' for the weekend was to use a blue & yellow combo and follow a sketch done by Sandie. I find it so much easier using sketches to create my cards. I used my fav stamp (especially with the gorgeous weather we are having), it is Stampin Up "Summer by the Sea". The papers are Daisy & Dandelion Picnic Patch papers, and the sentiment was by Craftwork Cards. The ribbon and buttons were from Papermania Capsule Collection.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Another holiday - Another week in Northumberland

We have just come back from another holiday in Northumberland (Beadnell), and yet again we had a lovely time. Weather could have been a bit better but at least we didn't have any rain, and the sun did come out once or twice, so can't complain. Had to visit the brilliant Barter Books again. Came away with 7 books (lovely), and we went on another boat trip to see the seals and puffins. That was good but poooh birds can't half stink when the sun is shining. Archie had a brilliant time and spent nearly every day in the sea again. Why do holiday's go so quick tho' :(

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Once in a Blue Moon

Thats the title that John has used on his Flickr site for today so thought I'd pinch it. He actually persuaded me to go out on my bike today. I haven't used the pedal power in over 3 years (I have a long list of excuses that I always use), but today I thought why not. We headed to Delamere Forest and enjoyed a 6 mile ride. I know that Archie always loves going out with John when he goes on his bike, but I actually got a taste of how much Archie enjoys running alongside. Afterwards we went to the Pheasant Inn (tucked in a peaceful corner of rural Cheshire, the Pheasant enjoys some of the most magnificant panoramic views in the area) for a gorgeous sunday lunch and pudding for afters. Lets just say that the calories I burnt off on the ride were soon put back on.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

What a Surprise!!!

Hubby had planned an early birthday surprise for me. He wouldn't tell me exactly where we were heading to only that it was in Scotland. On Friday just before we left he told me. We were driving to Glasgow Airport and flying out to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides on a 13 seater plane (he knows I'm not a very good flyer at the best of times). Well I survived the trip and actually loved all of it (apart from the plane journey). I can't believe we actually landed on a beach!! The weather was absolutely gorgeous while we were there, and we had a lovely long weekend stopping at the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel - The most westerly hotel & pub in Great Britian. We paddled with nosey seals and also got to see 2 otters climb on to some rocks they disappeared quickly tho' once they noticed that they were being watched :( We had a great time and yes Archie came too but I don't think he was very impressed being put into a crate so that we could get him on the plane. We flew back on Monday to grey skies and rain.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Cupcake Craft Challenge 93 - Summer Delights

The challenge at Cupcake Craft is to make a card illustrating what summer means to me. I found this stamp and thought it was so suitable. I can just imagine walking through a meadow on a beautiful summers day, with the butterflies flying by and a gentle breeze moving my dress. The stamp I have used is Stampin' Up Summer by the Sea, the paper was Basic Grey Wisteria, and the lovely purple flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, Cherry Blossom Mulberry flowers.