Friday, June 24, 2016

On Your Travels

Hello's not rained here today (yet), so that is something.....
It was my turn to choose a theme for the Daring Cardmakers this week, and despite the weather, the holiday season is getting into it's stride. So I went with a travel theme:

On Your Travels

You can take the theme wherever you like - modes of travel. suitcases, places you love, or would love to travel to - its up to you. 
 So whether you're heading off on a jaunt, day-dreaming about distant shores, or travelling no further than a deckchair in your garden, we'd love you to join in and share your journey with us

We hope you'll find inspiration in the cards the team have made to share with you this week, you can see them all HERE  
I ended up making a couple of cards this week.  The first one uses a favourite template of mine, am old-fashioned suitcase, which I cut in two sizes, and then altered to make a third in the style of one of those lovely vintage vanity cases.  The cases having a vintage feel pretty much chose the papers for me - Graphic45's "Come Away With Me"
All papers  "Come Away With Me" 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads (Graphic45)
I made a luggage label from some Kraft card, and used stamps to add the ink splodges and passport style stamps - not being a stamper I didn't have any ready made shapes to use so just made the best of what I did have to simulate what I was after.  
The cases are cut with the Silhouette Cameo 
While making the first card my thoughts went a-wandering, remembering some of the journeys we've made and the places we've travelled to. I was also glancing out of the window and watching the ran relentlessly hurling itself down, and finding I needed the room light on to see what I was doing......which sent my thoughts to sunny beaches and blue skies....and a "wish you were here?" idea - notice the question mark? - well of course,  if a magic carpet could have whisked me to revisit that Fijian beach I'd definitely have been shouting "yes, yes, yes PLEASE!"
I used one of our holiday photos, adding the wording using Paint Shop Pro before resizing and printing  
I created cutting files for the parasol and anchor using images from free colouring pages and cut them with the Sil-Cam 
The shells and starfish are cut from papers in the "By The Sea" 8x8 paper pad
(Graphic45).  Some of the shapes are raised on little pieces of chipboard
I've used Ice Stickles glitter glue to add highlights to some areas
Do you see the two lovely sailing ships anchored offshore?  One of them was the gorgeous "Spirit of the Pacific" tall ship we spent a few days sailing on.  We spent the nights at the beach, sleeping on mattresses on the ground in "bure" - straw huts.  There were a couple of open roofed showers and loos, and a "big bure" where food was taken and local people came to meet and entertain us.  One evening we all went across the hill to their village to meet them there.  It was a wonderful experience!
Mind you arriving at the rather nice hotel we were staying at for the next leg of our trip we did feel like a couple of scruffs in desperate need of a good hot shower!

Right, enough flights of fancy for one day!
Thank you so much for coming by, please leave a message, I'd love to hear from you - and please join in with the challenge, we'd love to see where your travels take you!


Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous Kathy, love the designs.
Linda xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your cards are both wonderful. They make me long for the better weather. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Fabulous, detailed and such cheering cards Kathy.

Shabneez said...

Great cards Kathy! Love a story behind a make. Shabneez xxx

Cathy Clowes said...

Fabulous cards Kathy. What a great travel story :-) Cathy xxx

Angelnorth said...

Two lovely cards with quite different feels to them, super takes on the theme Kathy!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Those die cuts are just beautiful and I love all the papers you chose. Great work

Dawn Lancaster said...

Love your fun travel inspired cards Kathy!
Two great designs!
Dawn xx

Brawny said...

Fab creations x