Tuesday 12 July 2016

With Love and some holiday pics

Hi Bloggers.

I was asked by Maria at my workshop on Saturday to share you photos from my holiday and I promised I would try to do that today so at the end of this post you'll find some pics (mostly taken by Kathryn as she's got a much better photography eye than I have).

Here's today's card -

This is an easy peasy card, just using the Spellbinders Renaissance Vine Die Set and stacking up the die cuts.  The background is Bright White Card embossed using the Spellbinders Hearts M-Bossabilities Folder.

I have alternated the die cuts with Steel Pearl Card and Bright White Card. The sentiment is from John Lockwood's Pierced Tag Sentiments, stamped using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder.

I've added some White Pearl Corners and pierced around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

John Lockwood is back on Hochanda today with shows at 11am and 3pm. I'm offering the usual 10% discount on products I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Are you ready? Holiday photos -

We went to Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands (just off the coast of Sengal in Africa). Our hotel was the Riu Karamboa literally 3 minutes bus ride from the airport which wasn't an issue as there are currently only a handful of flights each day.

Here's some pics around the hotel -

The lobby -

The maids kept the place spotless and re-arranged our nighties and towels each morning -

The pools -

 We were right on the beach -

 Us - in the Atlantic Ocean!
They love their cats - very tall and skinny ones -
We went on a trip to the 2 capitals - the old capital and the new, Sal Rei

The launderette in Sal Rei!

 The courtyard in the oldest Guest House on Boa Vista -

We went on another trip to visit a Spanish Shipwreck (a freighter that hit a reef 48 years ago). Beautiful beach.

We also went to a couple of villages in this (struggled to get in and out of this, I can tell you!)

That's it! If you need a good rest, I can certainly recommend Boa Vista and the hotel we went to. Hope you've enjoyed the photos.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia, a beautiful card love all the dies you have used. What great photos and it looks a fabulous place for a holiday must look it up.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi Julia
    Wow! looks like a beautiful place. You could use those boat scenes on a card. Love the card also.
    Anne M xxx

  3. Lovely card,my son and his wife went to the same place last year they said it was a beautiful and peaceful place for a holiday

  4. Hi Julia, todays card is lovely, simple but perfect. Great holiday snaps, love the one of you and Kathryn in the sea. Have a great day. Bx

  5. Lovely card and photos x xhazel

  6. Hi Julia
    What a stunning card love the colours and the dies brilliant holiday photos thank you tracyw x

  7. Morning Julia, a lovely card for today, can't go wrong with Spellbinders can you.

    Your daughter really does take a lovely picture and these are amazing, such a colourful Island, you were able to relax and soak up the wonderful atmosphere, and you have such memories to take away with you both.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  8. Hi Julia. Beautiful card, the new pearl card is gorgeous. Love your holiday photos, the Cape Verde islands are on my list to visit and it's great to have a personal recommendation of where to stay. Sue x

  9. Beautiful card and the holiday looks gorgeous!
    Maggie B xx

  10. Great card Julia.Love your holiday pics.
    Jan x

  11. Ahh Julia the photos are great I wish I was there lol xx
    The card is great too xxx

  12. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love it. Thank you for sharing all the holiday photos that does look like an amazing place to stay. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  13. Morning Julia.
    Thank you so much, the card is lovely, Your holiday pics are Brilliant it all looks so lovely.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  14. Beautiful card, really lovely. The holiday photos look great.


  15. Morning Julia, A lovely card, great die-cuts and great colourway, I love it !!
    Your holiday piccies are fantastic, Cape Verde looks stunning, as does your hotel, I can't get over how skinny the cats look, my Lizzie should take note haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  16. Hi Julia
    A lovely card. Great photos, thanks for sharing.
    B xx

  17. Lovely card and great photos My daughter and her partner went to Cape Verde a few years ago and said how lovely, quiet and relaxing the place was

  18. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card. Thanks for sharing your great photos . Looks a beautiful place.

  19. Love this card Julia the dies colours everything.
    The pictures are beautiful looks a lovely place well done Kathryn lots of lovely memories made for you both xx
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  20. What fabulous photos, Julia.
    Love the colours you have used on the card.

    Anne (Northampton)

  21. Good morning Julia, wow what a beautiful card and such fabulous holiday photos, you really both look as if you had a wonderful break and you do so deserve it. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  22. Card is beautiful Julia, holiday piccies look great, fabulous holiday

  23. Morning Julia

    Your card is beautiful, I love everything about it

    Your holiday photographs are excellent, makes me want to visit, if only to have my nightie arranged that way ;) (must point that one out to Mr F). The sea is such a beautiful colour and your daughter looks like you. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it

    June x

  24. A lovely card. Delicate colours. Nice photos!

  25. Lovely card and pics.

    Susan x

  26. Beautiful photos Julia. It looks a lovely place, very restful and peaceful, which I expect you appreciated with your hectic life.
    The card is very nice too.

  27. Hi Julia love the card today and your photo's brilliant what a gorgeous place and a well deserved holiday .
    jeanie x

  28. Superb card Julia....thanks for sharing the photos, looks like you had a busy week around and about, lovely hotel.....must have a look at that looks very relaxing....luv Ursula xx

  29. Hello Julia,
    Wow what lovely photos! It looks as if you had a lovely relaxing holiday yet still managed to get around a bit! Thank you for sharing them with us.
    Oh lovely card too! Almost forgot about it !!
    Love Myra xx

  30. A lovely card. I don't think my iPad does this steel card true justice. Will you bring this card to the workshop tomorrow to see?

    The holiday snaps show a beautiful place. My visit was fleeting but I would like to return.


  31. Beautiful pics and a lovely card.)

  32. OH Julia i love the card, those dies are are so lovely and the layering makes it so elegant.

  33. forgot to say the holiday photo's look fab.
    A beautiful place oh i wish i was there right now.

  34. Hi Julia. Gorgeous card. I have ordered some of the steel pearl card today, it looks lovely. Fab photos, looks an idyllic place to get away from it all. SueL x

  35. Beautiful card Julia and lovely holiday snaps. X

  36. Hi Julia, a lovely card and dies used. Loved your holiday photos. It certainly looks like a lovely place, Cape Verde. Thank you for the recommendations....L Rosie xxx

  37. Lovely card and photos. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Hi Julia, thank you for sharing the wonderful photos from your holiday. It look amazing and so inviting the sea.
    The card is lovely too!
    Maria x


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