Friday, June 21, 2013

SOUS Sketch Reveal Day

It's Friday
It's Midsummer's Day
It's Sketch Reveal Day
And here is my interpretation of
 this week's sketch

The great sketch from our Sandi

Pont is bridge in French.
The Alexander III Bridge in Paris

The papers I have used are the
"Bonjour" Collection from Kaiser.
I have been hoarding these
papers forever, because
 I knew I would get back to
 Paris one day.
 So happy to finally use them.

Lots of fussy cutting of
 the little flowers on the
 papers and
 the butterflies.

One of which I have placed
 in a little frame I made myself
 using a 
Martha Stewart mould
and Air Dry Clay - so easy.
You'll be seeing a lot of these
 little frames, because I can
 make as many as I want
 for a fraction of the cost - cool fun!
I have tied a wee bit
 of green organza ribbon,
from my stash,
to the little frame.

I have used the
 Martha Stewart
 Punch Around the Page
"Rain Drop"
The large pre-made flower is
Prima "Eminence"

The photo (of moi)
 has been matted 4 times,
 and actually reminds me
of the way we used to get
 our school photo's presented
 - now, that was a
long time

The title alphas are
 Making Memories "Diva Shimmer"
 Basic Grey "Basics Micro Mono"

American Crafts black cardstock.

This layout was made in a hurry,
to meet the DT deadline,
 having spent four more
 days in Paris than we
The first of many layouts
featuring our trip.
But, I have learnt my lesson
 from my London trip last year.
 I'm NOT going to be doing
 the whole album with the same
collection of papers!!!!
Although I have done our
Fiji photo's with one collection
 - Kaiser's "Tropicana" Collection.
I will need to get them up on
 my blog for you to see, soon.
Anyway, you must now
 head on over to the
and see what my fellow DT girls
 have done with the sketch
 - we have some amazing
talent on our Team.
Hopefully, you will also
get a chance to try out the
sketch yourself. We would
 love to see your
See you over at SOUS.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stranded in Paris !!!!!!

I'm still alive.
And, as you can guess from the title,
we got caught up in the
Air Traffic Controllers strike
 in France.
But, on the bright side,
our 6 day break to Paris
 became a 10 day break!!!!
Sadly, however,
 I missed my
Dad's 80th Birthday.
We should have been home the
 day before it, but.....
So, Belated Happy 80th
 to my
Beautiful Dad.
Now, the rest of this post
is pretty picture heavy,
but oh my, what a beautiful
 city Paris is. So much to do
 - and boy, were my feet
 sore at the end of each day!!!!
So, here are a few!!! of
 the many pictures hubby
and I took on our
extended stay in Paris...
First photo,
 One of the two Fountains
 at Place de la Concorde
 (where Anne Hathaway throws her
mobile phone in "The Devil Wears Prada"
 - love that

The Louvre

Pont Alexandre III
 The most ornate and gorgeous
bridge in Paris,
 finished in 1900.

Bicycle ride through the city.
 With somebody else doing
 the legwork....

Inside the Opera House

The Moulin Rouge
Dinner and the show
 - fabulous

Halfway up the Eiffel Tower!!

Attaching a padlock at the top
 of the Eiffel Tower.
I threw the keys in the Seine
when we went for a river cruise....

The Statue of Liberty
A 37ft exact replica
of the one the French gave to the USA.
The Paris statue faces her
 much larger sister in New York Harbour.
It has been my life's ambition
 (well, since the age of about 12)
 to see the Statue of Liberty in New York.
I will one day......

So, this was pretty special to me....

Place de la Concorde, again.

The inverted pyramid at the Louvre.
We stood in front of THE "Mona Lisa" "Winged Victory" and "Venus de Milo" not to mention hundreds of other priceless pieces of art

The gargoyles on top of Notre Dame Cathedral - home of Quasimodo....

The Arc de Triomph

Chateau de Versailles

A wee, tiny bit of the gardens at Versailles

Joan of Arc on horseback

Dinner at the Eiffel Tower,
 on what was supposed to
 be our last night in Paris.....

With our unexpected extra
 four days in Paris we
 went to Disneyland Paris.
It poured the whole day
 - can't have it all.....

I found Liberty here

So, we're finally home
and catching up with stuff
 and I'm frantically trying
 to get my DT layout
 done for SOUS on time....
Watch this space.