Happy Spring!

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We were blessed with endless hours of sunshine this weekend. Here is a picture of our garden in full bloom:



My hubby's parents and their friend laboured hard in our garden when they visited us last year. One early morning, it must have been around 6am, I found my mother-in-law in pyjamas outside planting bulbs. It's a picture that will stick with me for a long time.
This month, I couldn't resist the super cute "Hugs with Henry" d├ęcoupage kit from Papercraft Inspirations. I found free Easter sentiments on BrossArtaddiction - lots of choice here! Kept the designs simple to make the decoupage image and papers stand out.



So adorable! Soon back with more freebie Easter makes!

Sweet idea

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Finally the weekend is here and it brings plenty of sunshine. Our garden is in full bloom and we took some pictures of it today to share with the family in Belgium. I will post some pics next time.
I'm back to iris folding with another inspiring idea from Cardmaking & Papercraft (issue 127). I used the iris folding pattern to make a hanging birdhouse. The papers were are Kaisercraft's Sweet Pea and they were a freebie from another magazine. I don't fancy floral patterns too much but thought these papers would be cute for my iris folding designs. I also used another freebie, a digi from Wee Stamps that can be found on this blog. The cute birds are also featured in another one of my wedding designs which you can find here. I stamped the love banner with Kaisercraft Telegraph Road clear stamps. Finished my design with a hand stitched border and half pearls.


I'm happy with the way it turned out as I wasn't sure if the papers would fit the design. I used four different papers for this pattern and cut 1.5 cm wide strips which I folded in half. A little tricky to work out in which order to tape them down as you can see the pattern is a little more chaotic, should I say, than what I usually work with.

Hope you found some inspiration on my blog today.


Travel Bug

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There are so many little and big things to celebrate in life... like the return of friends after a year of travelling around the world. I got the idea when flicking through my craft magazines which featured some "New Home" designs. Our friends are now settling down in Spain, it seems, after being on the road for 10 months. No reason to get jealous, I told myself, because backpacking might sound like fun but we're not talking about a beach holiday here. Although I'm sure they managed to squeeze in a beach holiday.

My hubby and I also went backpacking years ago. Our first journey took us to Pacific Asia with stops in Singapore, a short beach holiday on the Malaysian island Tioman, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. New Zealand became our home for many weeks and we toured the South and North Island with an old Honda which we bought after our campervan had broken down. Night after night we pitched our tent, no matter if rain or sunshine. The South Island was particularly wet and as the rain came each night, we only got faster and faster putting up our tent.

Our second travel took us to Mexico, California and Hawai'i. I'll always remember Mexico as the place of big waves. One day, we booked a snorkelling trip in Cabo San Lucas. The waves were so high, I don't know why they even let us go into the water. After a scary attempt, we were dropped off at Lover's Beach where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The waves were massive as they crashed onto the beach. It's a beautiful place, as long as you stay at a safe distance to watch the spectacle. Here I am enjoying a margarita in the small town of Todos Santos:



So onto my "New Home" card which doubles as an engagement card because our two friends also got engaged on their travel! I used Stampin Up! papers which I think perfectly fit this occasion. 


See you next time around!

Must have free digi

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It's not every day that you wake up to a blue sky and birds chirping outside your window. It was my kind of weekend with plenty of sunshine and lots of time on my hands. In the nearby village, I browsed the shops and picked up a few second hand books. I could easily spend all day in book shops! The moment I get home, my cardmaking material covers the dining table (my makeshift creative studio) and I put on my favourite music. During our Portugal holiday last summer, my hubby and I were looking for new artists and brought back lots of Portuguese and Brazilian-Portuguese music. It's constantly playing and it always reminds me of our wedding which we held at the Algarve and our many holidays there.

This weekend, I wanted to try a new stamp which I had seen in one of my magazines. It's a freebie from Squigglefly and can be downloaded from Simply Cards & Papercraft. This one is called Baby Boot. I think it also fits other occasions but it's simply adorable for baby cards. Now, I usually don't like the idea of pink for girls and blue for boys, but I happened to have the matching papers and ribbons in my collection, and this is what the end results looks like:




I wanted to keep this design simple, so it's simply a bow, my own sentiment, half pearls and a hand stitched border. The papers were freebies.

Hope you like it!

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