Friday, August 05, 2016

Where did the Week Go?

This last week whooshed by in the blink of an eye - which is my excuse for being such a bad blogger - and such a bad blog-visitor too, I really need to do some catching up!
I'm going to do a bit of a round up here today, so be warned! 

First off it's Daring Cardmakers Day, and the first Friday of the new month means we have an Elemental Inspiration Challenge, this is my card:

Nat chose the picture this time, and as you can see I selected the colours, mosaic patterned background and the vases of flowers to use on my card

To get miniature patterns to use for the mosaic, I used a digital download paper collection.  Although intended to be printed at 12x12", because they are digi, I could resize the design to print at only 9cms sq, or even select a small area of the design to make the size I wanted - that's how I created the different sized roses for the smaller vases.
Digital Papers 'Vintage Garden Party' by MichelleR on Etsy,  resized and cropped as required then printed onto white Bazzill card
MichelleR designs
Other card for matting, leaves and die-cutting large flowers
Mosaic punch, Poppy die (Joanna Sheen), Silhouette Cameo to cut the vases

As mentioned last time, it was our anniversary last weekend.  We decided to treat ourselves to a stay at Hanbury Manor near Ware in Hertfordshire.  At Christmas we'd been given a voucher for Afternoon Tea there and it was about time we used it - so thought we might as well book in and stay there too.

 The weather was nicer than it looks on the photos, thank goodness!  Nice enough to sit out on the terrace of the restaurant for our evening meal - which was lovely, especially my pudding!
By the following afternoon we'd made enough room for our afternoon tea.  Now, don't get me wrong, it was very nice but I have to say I was shocked when I glanced at the menu and saw that it cost £30 per person!  

We do like an Afternoon Tea as a special treat, and we have had better than this and for less money.  There is another beautiful country house hotel in the same town as Hanbury Manor which we've been to a couple of times for AT now and I know which I'd prefer to go back to.....
Earlier this week the new August LO  from the Sketch File went live and I will share my card for that soon - but I've rambled on enough for one day!

Thank you for looking, I hope you'll pop across to the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see what the DT have been making - and of course, it would be great if you'd join in too.



sandra carey said...

Wow Beautiful card Kathy and what a lovely place to stay looks beautiful Hugs Sandra xx

Martin Plenderleith said...

Hi should try Hotel Felix in Cambridge - only £17.50 can take the dog along too - great fun, lovely terrace and orangery. See

Karen & Martin

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous card and love how you created the background.
Linda xxx

Sylvia Ames said...

Beautiful card, love the Vintage Garden Party papers and those lovely vases of flowers you created. The afternoon tea look beautiful too, expensive but I bet it was gorgeous.

Sylv xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow Kathy your card is gorgeous I love the design. I like the look of where you stayed. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Kate M said...

Beautiful card Kathy, lovely colours, mosaic effect and flowers, great design.
The afternoon tea looks delicious, even if it was a little pricy, but we all deserve a little treat now and again!

Andree said...

A wonderful card Kathy and a creative use of the pretty papers.
It looks like you had a nice weekend away and at least you didn't have to pay the King's ransom for afternoon tea xx

Brawny said...

Absolutely gorgeous x

Laine said...

Stunning card and detail Kathy. Lovely pictures.

SmilynStef said...

I adore this card ... absolutely lovely combination of patterns and colors.

Shabneez said...

Love the card and especially the background Kathy! So pleased you had a good anniversary break. Shabneez xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous card and design Kathy
Gr Karin

Karen Gist said...

This card is absolutely stunning Kathy and very cleverly made!!! xxx

Natty said...

What a lovely blog post Kathy, not only is your take on the inspirational image absolutely lush - I loooove the tiled background and the pops of colour, but you have also shared some very tempting food images... they are making me drool!

Miri said...

ohhhh... your flowers are amazing (as always)! I love it that your card looks so bright and summery.
And Hanbury Manor looks like a lovely and inspiring place to stay.

Dawn said...

Stunning, the vases of flowers are gorgeous and I love the patterned papers. By the way the afternoon tea looks yummy. x

Janet Packer said...

Gorgeous card Kathy - love your colour choices .

Cathy Clowes said...

I love this card Kathy. The design and papers are stunning. Cathy x