Thursday, 22 February 2018

Sympathies

 Scrolling through my photos for yesterdays post, I realised I have quite a few cards to share for the last few weeks

I made this one a while ago now for Ben's mum, his grandma passed away at Christmas time

I had met this lovely lady and know her loss will be felt deeply


I used a simple palette of white and pale pearlescent green, aiming for an elegant and serene style


Thinking of a lovely lady as I type this, a wonderful character who helped to shape the man my daughter loves, for that I will always be grateful

Love and sympathy

Tracey
xxx



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Valentine's at The Langford

Neil booked us onto a campsite last weekend to have a battery master fitted to our campervan

The weekend coincided with Valentine's day and my birthday

And what an amazing weekend we had, I was utterly spoiled as always

I made him this card



I used some of my new dies and some gorgeous burlap ribbon I have been saving for someone special


The campsite we visited was The Cornish Farm on the outskirts of Taunton in Somerset and our work on the van was completed by Van Bitz who are owners of the site and are conveniently situated there too

The first day there was extremely cold but beautifully sunny and bright, we explored Taunton and indulged a little shopping


Part of my birthday treat was a meal at The Langford Fivehead




I can highly recommend this stunning boutique hotel and restaurant 

The staff were excellent, attentive, extremely cheerful and obliging

The surroundings were simply gorgeous

And the food ... out of this world

On arrival we were seated in this elegant sitting room with a roaring log fire



We enjoyed nibbles with our drinks as our meal orders were prepared



The two small dining rooms were intimate and cosy, just six tables in each room


We ordered caramalized onion soup and cheese twists to start


Our main was a sumptuous onion tart with parsnip puree and vegetables


Neil opted for the chocolate melt in the middle pudding with salted caramel ice-cream


And I thoroughly enjoyed the panna cotta with rhubarb and ginger


All in all we had an amazing weekend and will definitely be taking a trip back to Taunton in the summer to explore further, might even have to treat ourselves to another meal at The Langford

Love and luscious posh nosh

Tracey
xxx


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

Please excuse the absolutely awful quality of this photo

I made the card back in December and we didn't have a single nice day to photograph it before I took it up to mum and dad. The colour is a little bit off and the little gold flowers weren't nearly that shiny in real life, but, you get the gist



I used some Craftwork Cards pearlescent paper for the background, the large hearts are die cuts and the smaller ones punches, foliage is dies and small flowers are a Stampin' Up punch

Hope you both have a lovely day

Love and kisses

Tracey 

xxx

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Happy birthday dad

It is my dad's birthday today

Happy birthday to you dad, love you xxx

I made a slightly unusual card, a three page concertina style 

And although dad is not really a big card player I found these humorous playing cards and knew they would make him chuckle


I concocted a couple of 'card themed sentiments' to add to each page


I used some of my favourite Prima papers and created the hearts and spades from a heart punch and the diamonds were handcut


Hope you are having a lovely day dad, miss you

Love and kisses

Tracey 
xxx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Life's a beach

It is a very special week in our household

It is Molly's birthday today and Bruce's birthday tomorrow

We bought them some new toys and headed out to the beach for some seaside shenanigans



The pair of them absolutely love the beach and would stay there all day

Here is Molly being just a little bit canny, waiting for Bruce to do all the hard work. Bruce braves the waves, e retrieves the stick, only to be met by  a relentless Molly who snatches the stick from his mouth as he heads back for another throw



And you can see just how fearless my little labrador is, absolutely nothing will stop her, it doesn't matter how big the waves get she will frolic in the surf all day if we let her



So that was the first of many I hope. We all love our beach days, nothing like the sea air to blow away the cobwebs

Love and happy hounds

Tracey
xxx

Monday, 1 January 2018

Thankful

 Happy New Year

My first card of the year is a thankyou card

I created a variation on the standard stepper card with a double step in the centre


I used a mix of old dies and new dies. I just love my new cha cha cha dandelion dies
The leaves are Marianne, as is the fancy tag in the centre, the green centres to the flowers are an old Martha Stewart snowflake punch and the butterflies are a cut and emboss folder from Stampin' Up



The extra step in the centre of the card adds a little more dimension and an extra surface to decorate

I hope you have all had a lovely new years day

We have spent a peaceful and very restful day at home, a long lie in followed by a roast lunch and not much else to be honest - bliss !

Love and happy new year wishes

Tracey
xxx

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Year in review

2017 has been a very kind year to Neil and I, we have been on the receiving end of good fortune several times throughout the year

We have also seen some incredible bands, new and old talents alike

We got up close and personal with Broken Witt Rebels


King King


Bryan Adams, Neil won tickets to for his gig at Eden, along with a stunning meal, and he emailed Bryan's manager to get backstage passes to meet the man himself



Local band Assassins of Silence impressed us twice

We were blown away with perfornaces by the Temperance Movement ( in Plymouth ) and The Cadillac Three ( in Cardiff), two 'new to us' bands that Neil discovered and we both love

We celebrated 25 years of marriage, it was a celebration that Neil managed to make last for several weeks and he made the event truly special

We visited Padstow and Port Isaac 


Throughout the year we enjoyed visits from some special friends

Tony and Carol


We met up with Tim and Ally at Ramblin' Man festival

We loved the festival, Robbie came with us and we are looking forward to it again next year


Kev and Jackie came to Cornwall, we had several days out with them and we had so much fun, they have booked to come again next year and we will be travelling to see them too as Neil is going to be best man at their wedding


We attended the British Summer Time event in Hyde Park for the first time, this was part of our anniversary celebrations and we had an amazing few days in London

Neil got to see one of his Rock heroes Tom Petty before he sadly passed away



The animals have gotten closer and closer
Sox is still the boss, but they are all incredibly protective of each other



We enjoyed loads of beach days, woodland walks and fun times in the park with the dogs


Amy and Robbie both finished uni

AJ started his second year studying ICT at college

Amy is now working and living in Leeds

Rob is home with us, working locally and obviously making all the pets happy


We have had some lovely evenings out with our new friends in Cornwall and have been back up country to visit our old friends and family in Grimsby

Mum and dad have spent a month here in the summer, which was much needed and much appreciated by us, miss them sooooooo much,  and I have recently spent a few days with them

This is, by no means, all we have done this year, just a few highlights that have made 2017 a memorable year

Now, looking ahead to 2018, all I really want is for my friends and family to be happy and healthy

Happy new year to you all, whether you are a friend, family, colleague, blog surfer, acquaintance or just someone who stumbled here by happenchance, I am hoping 2018 is kind to us all

Love, good health and happy times

Tracey
xxx