Monday, August 02, 2010

Anniversary Jaunt and Funky Pockets!

We got back yesterday from our little anniversary trip to Suffolk.  We stayed in Lavenham, a village almost too pretty for words. Wealthy merchants and others left behind a legacy of fantastic medieval buildings - believe it or not there are something like 300 listed buildings in this little place - if you're interested, click HERE to find out more about Lavenham.

The photo above shows where we stayed; a fab B&B called Lavenham Priory - it's all beams and sloping floors and dates back to the 13th Century.  Definitely a place to keep in mind if you're ever looking for somewhere atmospheric and romantic to stay - not only is the building wonderful, but there's a lovely garden too, and Tim and Gilli are fab hosts who make you feel so welcome.
We had the Priory Suite - complete with huge four poster and more character than you can shake a stick at.

I've not had time to sort out all the photos but I thought I'd pop this one on because I love these buildings look as though a giant has tried to push them down the hill!

If only the weather could have been brighter and sunnier it would have been perfect (and it would have helped the photos too)  - still it could  have been worse -  it was pretty warm the whole time, and very muggy, but it only drizzled a bit on Saturday morning and stayed dry the rest of the time despite some gloomy looking skies some of the time.
We're already Lifetime Members of English Heritage but we decided to treat ourselves to a year's membership to The National Trust while we were away, so there'll be no excuse for saying "there's nowhere to go" now, will there?

Back to crafty stuff.  
Yesterday was the first of the month, so there's a new challenge over on "Get Funky!"

It’s Dolly setting the challenge this time and she's asking for POCKETS on all the projects that are entered. 

As always there's a fab prize of £20 to spend in the Funky Hand shop for one lucky winner, but as it's Get Funky's first birthday...{Happy Birthday, Get Funky!} there's something extra  on offer if you enter your creation this month - providing  the rules are adhered to, of course!
***As an extra something to celebrate our 1st birthday ALL entries that follow the 3 all important rules will receive a prize***
  Check HERE for all the info you need

I used the Merry Berry collection from the wonderful Colour Me Happy CD to make an anniversary card for hubby
The whole card is the pocket, and I made it with an integral stand as whilst I love this style of card I find it irritating to have to prop it up against  something!  The insert carries the message. 

All of the papers I've used are from Funky Hand's  Merry Berry collection (Colour Me Happy CD).  
Also used:  ink pads to dye ribbons to match, silver heart and LOVE charms, 
 Cuttlebug Hugs & Kisses die, MS border punch, Craft Robo to cut the large hearts

I'm sorry,  I've not had a chance to do any blog-hopping over the last few days but I'll  be putting that right soon - thanks for visiting


Smita said...

Wow! you seem to have had a wonderful stay there! :-)

The card is gorgeous... Love the colors and all those hearts... sigh... ;-)

Will you do a tutorial on your pocket card too...??? Puh-lease! ;-)

Hugs and best wishes,

Lynda said...

Glad you had a great weekend Kathy - that B&B looks amazing! and those wonky houses - who lives in a house like that! Fab! and so is the pocket you've made for Funky Hand with the nice touch of an inbuilt stand!

Love Lynda xxx

Anice said...

Oh where you stayed looks just wonderful. I'm so glad you had a good time. Fab card as usual..
Anice xx

Karen said...

Oh what a beautiful place Kathy! Its a shame that Suffolk is so tricky to get to from us :(

Loving your card but I can't see an elephant XXX

lisa said...

Glad you had a lovely break, Kathy. Lavenham is so beautiful isn't it. We had lots of holidays in Norfolk and Suffolk when we were younger. Wasn't Lavenham where they filmed Lovejoy, do you remeber that or am I showing my age!!!!!
I love your pocket card. The colours are so bright and cheerful.
Hugs Lisax

Jules said...

Hi Kathy

What a funky place to stay .. .. it looks lovely. So pleased you had a good time.

You already know that I love your pocket creation. It's gorgeous.

Love Jules xx

Angelnorth said...

Fab pics from you anniversary break, looks great1 Love your pocket card, has a really special look about it with the integral stand and all!

Janice said...

Love those cottages, thanks for showing them.

Traceyr said...

I do like these pocket cards you make Kathy and this one is super!


Di said...

Gorgeous crafting Kathy and I love where you stayed, it looks superb xx