Saturday, 10 August 2013

Watch the birdie



A very good morning and yet another of my scheduled posts. We should be on the Amalfi Coast today in Selerno and visiting Pompeii, then tomorrow spending a day at sea sailing back towards Barcelona where we will take the overnight sleeper train to Paris and from there homeward to the UK.

You may ask why the train when it's only a couple of hours by plane to Barcelona, but I'm not keen of flying unless it's the only option, plus the Spanish sleeper trains are really good offering clean en-suite cabins and a traditional meal with wine and breakfast all thrown in the price and the children actually love the excitement of it all. And not a lot different to the cost of flights peak season.

Our lovely Catherine is hosting this weeks challenge at Allsorts and had selected the theme of stitching. And as one of this weeks sponsor is Ruth's A Passion for Stamps it was the perfect opportunity to use lots of her Tonic products. Our other sponsor is a new one Crafty Devils who just happens to sell most of Ruth's products and you can find out more about both on the challenge blog. 

The frame is Ruth's Lily die which I coloured with Pan Pastels whilst still in the die, then laid it over a stamped insert which has one of the birds from the Tonic Watch the Birdie stamp set and the little swirl from the same set. The backing DP is from the Tonic pack from the same Birdie range and I finished the card off with a couple of flowers using Ruth's Tonic Pick of the Bunch Peruvian Lily punch and stamp set.

Hope you all have a good weekend and will be catching up with you next week.


56 comments:

Julie said...

Hi B,I'm hoping Pompeii isn't as hot for you as it was when we visited there last year! I've never felt the sun so hot on my calves as we walked round, I admit to not managing to view all of the ruins. As always your card today is gorgeous, I love the almost vintage colouring. Have a safe journey home. Julie x

Jane said...

what a perfect end to your holiday Brenda. I love the delicate colours you have used on your card today, the blue organza ribbon is stunning. Looking forward to "seeing"you back soon. Jane x

Michelle J M said...

Such a pretty card Brenda. The bird and frame are gorgeous and the effect of the Panpastels in wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your fabulous holiday. Michelle x

Lisa Jane said...

I daren't do as your post title suggests lol.. i think you are making these cards on purpose lol... but i have got my eyes fixed on the lilies- which are beautiful
Lisa x

Misiówa i Spółka:-) said...

Hi Brenda, beautiful and delicate card. Beautiful colors. Hugs:)

joolaa said...

very interesting card :)

May said...

Hi Brenda, Your holiday sounds wonderful... Your card is Beautiful, Love the colours & image... Fabulous flowers as always... Hugs May x x x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Brenda. I love the image and pretty embellies.
I hope you're enjoyed the last few days of your holiday and have a safe journey home.
Lorraine x

Marianne said...

You are making a lovely trip and visiting great places. I'll bet you have a marvelous time! Your card with the little birdie is super and I love your peruvian lilies :-))
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rachel said...

love your card and I love Pompeii - its amazing - you're going to love it - just so wild to think of all the ancient history. Hope the sleeper is kind to you! Hugs Rachel x

Sarah said...

Stunning card B. Hope you enjoy the last leg of your fabulous trip xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful make and enjoy the last days of your hols!!

Sleeper sounds good! I don't mind flying but I HATE all the security scanning and what not.

Anonymous said...

your trip sounds amazing! I hear you on flying, much rather train travel anyday!

Love this great bird card, the colours are great, so prettyt xoxo

Anonymous said...

hi Brenda, beautiful card. I love the layout and colours, it's beautiful!
xxxxxx
Mimi

Crie Artezzanato said...

Beautiful..

Val
www.crieartezzanato.blogspot.com

Paula (PEP) said...

Those Peruvian Lilies are a lovely embellishment for this & I particularly like the way you echoed the swirls of the patterned paper with your stamped swirls around the edge of the image.
Enjoy the train coming home again - it sounds a wonderful way to travel.
Paula (PEP)

Sarah said...

Beautiful card B. I love the colour combo...right up my street! xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Your card is lovely Brenda such beautiful colouring
jacqui x

Stamps and Paper said...

Another stunning card Brenda love your little bird image and embellishments

Anne

Fandhmum said...

Gorgeous design
Rosie x

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, I like the adorable bird image, the papers and the ribbon.
Kevin xx

catherine said...

this is fabulous Brenda. love those flowers and the colours.
x catherine

walchowDesign said...

Lovely summery card, Brenda!

OMG! I just came back from Pompeii this week! We started our trip in Rome, Napels and Trieste. I am sure you will enjoy Pompeii and the train ride sounds exciting too! Have fun!

Kat said...

Gorgeous Brenda, love the colours and those beautiful flowers.

Today's schedule sounds fantastic. I would really love to see Pompeii!

Take care,

Kat xx

chillin with Quillin said...

wow gorgeous card, love the colors, and the bow with the flowers!!!!
Paula

Karen Petitt said...

That is so beautiful Brenda! Really gorgeous - love it! I'll try to play along again this week I'm working on a little something that I think will fit the brief. The whole trip sounds wonderful and I would prefer the train to the plane too! Enjoy the rest of your holiday Karen x

Gerrina said...

A beautiful card! I love this colourcombi, altough I seem to pic the colours darker, I think this combi is stunning! Enjoy the trip, hugs, Gerrina

loulou said...

Gorgeous card. Love this colour combination

Dora said...

beautiful card!

Wendy L said...

Very pretty card Brenda, hope you enjoyed Pompeii. xxx

Jackie said...

A beautiful card and very pretty colours. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Pompeii :o)
Jackie xx

butterfly said...

So delicately pretty... and I know exactly what you mean about the romance of train travel. Enjoy the final leg of your amazing journey!
Alison x

Eret said...

I'm so sorry, I haven't been able to visit your blog over a week now. Today I finally got time for that. Here is so much to see. Love all your cards you have made. They are stunning! Hope you're having a wonderful time on your trip.
Hugs
Eret

Linby said...

Wonderful work and I love that frame, the soft colours look fab.
Lynn x

ALI said...

Lovely colours and layout.

Shirley said...

A beautiful card Brenda. I have a liking for Pan pastels but have been put off by the price. I may have to think again after seeing the lovely soft effect on your card.
I do hope you continue to enjoy your holiday.

Shirley

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card.
Gr Elly

Jo Channon said...

Hi Brenda,

Wow the holiday sounds fabulous, hope it is all that you wished for. The card this week is gorgeous and I love the colour scheme, the stitching really finishes it off a treat.
Jo x

mamawcindy said...

Your Card is Gorgeous and your travels sounds so Fun. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com

Donna Ellis said...

What pretty, soft colors, Brenda! A tranquil, beautiful card. hugs, de

Gail said...

Wonderful card!
Your trip sounds amazing, and I hope you're having a great time!

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda
This is gorgeous, beautiful colours together and I love the design. The Lilies look perfect with the stamp and die too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Louise said...

Fabulous card Brenda and you sound like you are having lots of fun
Louise xx

Danica said...

Hi Brenda, beautiful and delicate card. Beautiful colors.
Hugs Danica

Doudou said...

J'adore! beautiful card

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely card. HOpe you had a wonderful holiday. Enjoy your washing. :)

Rękodzieło Jadzi said...

Cudne karteczki :) podziwiam i pozdrawiam z Polski :)

Inkypinkydelights said...

Hi Brenda, Hope you had a lovely holiday. Your latest cards are so creative. We are in the middle of a very busy time here at the moment but I will be back in Blogland shortly. Thank you for your kind words on my Blog. Judy x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful card in great soft colors. Love the birdie. Great, that you enjoyed your holidays :)

Rhonda Miller said...

What a pretty card. I love the light colors.

Andreja L. said...

Wow Brenda, what a lovely card you made and your stitching are great :-))
Hugs, Andreja

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful card Brenda! The colours are lovely and I love how you've stitched around the edge.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

AnyOldCraft said...

Your holiday sounds amazing and so romantic.
I would rather go by train as well.
Not to keen on heights at the best of times.

Bridie Payne said...

Greta card, I love the subtle stenciling and the orchids are gorgeous

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Debbie said...

So pretty.Love this.Hugs Debbie x

Merry said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip Brenda. Lovely card...wonderful colours and that bird is so pretty.