Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thanks, Chimps and Orange People

I'm back after a little birthday holiday down in lovely Dorset.  We stayed in one of the holiday flats owned by Monkey World, about 5 minutes drive from the park.  We found that although the flats are self-catering, breakfast at MW's cafe was included - but the  real perk was that we could get into the park an hour before opening time.  So we went every morning, and spent an hour or so listening to the gibbons singing their morning song, and wandering around with the whole place to ourselves.  After the first day we skipped the cooked breakfast, opting to have some toast "at home" and just grabbing our tea and coffee from the cafe - which meant we had loads of time to visit everyone before anyone else arrived to spoil it hehehe
When it started getting busy, we left and went elsewhere, enjoying the lovely sunshine and beautiful Dorset scenery (I love it!). and of course spending time at the coast.  We went to Lulworth Cove for a picnic one day, and another day we made a return visit to Hive Beach - a place we discovered last time we were down there.  I mean, what could be better than Monkey World in the morning, then buying the makings of a picnic and taking it to beautiful Hive Beach? The weather was fab and we both came home a shade more tanned than when we left - such a treat for mid-September.

But now it's back to what passes for 'normal' around here, and I have Thank-Yous to make.  So I thought I'd use the current LO from The Sketch File to get me started on them

For my little card I used a small square cream card blank and various papers from the Old Blue collections by Grepic on Etsy
These papers print out at 12x12, but I always crop/resize to suit my project.  That way I print exactly what I need rather than waste ink, or more card or paper than I want
I used the star version of the September LO which shrinks the elements into the corner.  I also rotated the sketch, and used the "thanks" sentiment in place of the star or circle in the diagram.
The fancy scalloped strip is made with an EK Success border punch
To finish I added tiny flat-back pearls  

It would be wonderful if you'd have a go at using the sketch yourself - I'd love to see what you could do with it :)

I can't leave without adding a few Monkey World photos, so here are a few of my favourite Chimp and Orang Utan ones

The last two are of Gordon, the Hairy Hearthrug himself.  Nowadays he's nigger than his dad, Tuan who is in the photo below

That's all for today, thank you for popping by, I hope you'll leave a comment :)



Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your holiday sounds brilliant I had no idea that Monkey World did holiday cottages. I love your photos. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Jackie Trinder said...

Sorry I was so taken with your holiday photos I forgot to say how gorgeous your card is. Take care. Hugs Jackie

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful card Kathy fab photo's
Gr Karin

Andree said...

A gorgeous card Kathy. Lovely papers and layout.
Your photos are fabulous and your holiday sounds wonderful. How much better everything is with nice weather xx

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous photographs. Love your card too beautiful papers.
Linda xxx

Janet Packer said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday experiences and your beautiful card Kathy.

Cathy Clowes said...

I love this card Kathy. The colours remind me of expensive China. Monkey World is such a great place to visit, love your pictures. Cathy x

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Lovely card and so many gorgeous photos you shared. Cheers, Holley

Laine said...

Sounds like a fun time Kathy. Such a beautiful card and stunning pictures.