Prayer Flags

Inspiration for these prayer flags came from The Prayer Flag Project, a collective project spreading peace, good will and kindness, one flag at a time. How wonderful to create a small flag, hang it outside and let the universe embrace your prayer and pass it forward.

After rummaging I found some fabric, buttons, lace and other collected stuff and started my little project. There are no rules, you can sew, glue, stitch, stamp, stencil or draw and paint your flag to share your message. I think I found a new - addictive - crafting style :)


The Stamp Man Challenge - Alter It

This time the challenge is right up my street I love to alter things. I found these wooden door hangers on ebay and immediately thought about this challenge and using one of my recent acquired Stampendous stamps from the new collection.

Materials I used are;
Plain wood - Door hanger
Stampendous Cling - Steampunk Owl
Darkroom Door - French Script
Lost Coast Designs - Spiderwebs
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers  - Mini Bat and Skull
Ranger Archival ink - Jet Black and Coffee
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Ink - Van Dijk Walnut Sepia
Ranger Alcohol Ink - Eggplant
Glossy paper - White
Uni-Ball Signo - Gold
Guinea feather - Purple
Computer printed image
Recycled - Handmade natural paper


Dapper Men

Since I created my altered envelopes I have now gone into the habit of embellishing envelopes with every card I make... and I love it. It makes it that little bit more special don't you think?


Materials I used are;
Paper Artsy Mini's - Dapper Men
Indigo Blu Stamp Set - Sarah's Choice
Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades - Damask & Regal Flourishes
Coffee Dyed Calico Fabric
Ranger Archival ink - Black and Coffee
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist - Landlubber Green
Card stock - Kraft, Black
Envelope - Kraft
Hemp Cord

You can find some of the materials at The Stamp Man


So much kindness

Remember my Altered Envelopes ? So much fun to create and I will definitely make more of them.

I have exchanged some of my envelopes and received last week an envelope and parcel with a thank you... such kindness!

From Monique I received this wonderful altered envelope and extra's.



Beautiful card and ATC's

"Poezie Plaatjes" very Dutch - haven't seen those for ages

Gorgeous stamps and  Dutch vintage postcards

From Nicole I received a parcel with lots of goodies.

Beautiful card!! Love the stitching

Mini album... great frame and flower... perfect to add photo's

Naughty chocolate and extra's

Thank you so much Monique and Nicole, I feel so lucky and I love it all!


Cheer up my friend...

We arrived home safely after our holiday trip... with happy memories and a cold. I guess I went into a "Post Holiday Dip" shortly after... we had been on such a high. Consequence of the food being soooo excellent I added kilo's to my weight... all in all it was a fabulous holiday.

Thank you to everyone who followed our trip, your comments made us both so happy.

Time to create another card... to cheer myself up :)



Materials I used are;
Free Photo - Tim Holtz Blog
Prima Paper - Almanac
Prima Journalling Note Cards - Tea-Thyme Collection
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Card Stock - Salmon
Tattered Angel - Postage Stamp Frame
Stampendous cling - CRP136 Blossom Spray
Ranger Archival ink - Sepia
Card stock - Kraft, White
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 8
Die-Namics - Fishtale Flag Stax
Kraft Envelope

You can find some of the materials at The Stamp Man

Holiday Impressions - Day 10

The final day started with rain but ended on a high. We visited Bath and I finally visited The Jane Austen Museum. Wow, what a wonderful place and everyone was so friendly, I learned so much about her life.

Afterwards we wandered around Bath... more walking ~smile~. Bath has a great city feel with street artists, museums, markets and great places to get a much needed coffee.

Jane Austen Museum

Caroline Austen

Look who I bumped into in the market!

Street Artist

Well... that was our last day on tour, tomorrow we are on our way back home. I think we are both ready for a rest :)


Holiday Impressions - Day 9

It was certainly a different start to the day when I woke up this morning at 6am hearing a pumping noise and seeing flash lights. Curious as I am I went on our balcony to see if I could make out what was happening. Remember I just woke up and when I looked into the last window on the balcony I did not realise it was part of the room next door. I scared the hell out of the german woman who just looked up from her bed, she knocked on our door later to tell me that and that she was worried her hair looked awful. I assured her that I did not see anything he he.

Now then what had happened... there were 3 fire engines and about 10 fireman or maybe more. I went down and asked one of them what was going on... "a cottage fire" he said. When you look at the picture of the hotel from my post yesterday you can see a white cottage on the hill... well.. that one is gone now. According to the fireman it was owned by Kate Winslett, but how would he know :)

Anyway after the commotion we got on our way to Radstock (app. 8 miles from Bath) and stopped to see Stonehenge.


Stonehenge again

I guess they are Rooks.. though they are too big to be Crows.

Tomorrow we are off to wander around Bath.


Holiday Impressions - Day 7 & 8

Our destination on day 7 was Tintagel where you can find Tintagel Castle the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. When we approached our next base I was amazed by the size of it... and guess what the name of the hotel is, Camelot Castle, a magical place.
The hotel is right on the coast with breathtaking views. Ted Stourton, one of the owners, is an artist and much of his paintings can be admired all over the hotel. Upon request you can view his studio that is situated in the basement of the castle.
Camelot Castle Hotel  in Tintagel

Hotel Round Table :)

Again we went for a walk along the coast... steep and rocky paths:) I will be so fit by the time we come home... no chance of losing weight because the food is just too good.

Coastal path towards Tintagel Castle

Day 8 was filled with a visit to Port Isaac, the place from the popular tv series Doc Martin. In the afternoon we visited Boscastle, also a small village famous from the tv but for a complete different reason: Boscastle floods in 2004.

Port Isaac


Boscastle Witch :)

Tomorrow we will be on our way to the last destination Bath. Thank you everyone for enjoying this trip with us and for your wonderful comments!


Holiday Impressions - Day 6

Today is the last full day at The Lizard and we decided to start the day with a visit to the National Seal Sanctury in Gweek, only a few miles from our hotel. Excellent call, we thoroughly enjoyed it! It is set in a lovely woodland area and we watched the feeding of the seals, penguins and sea lions. Next we saw a pair of otters building a nest.

 Penguins and me :)

Otter Pair

In the afternoon we walked along the coastal path. There were spots where the path was close to the edge and I was leaning landwards as I walked. We passed an observation point (Bass Point) and were invited in for a look around. Malcolm, the coastal lookout man on duty (a retired psycologist) and volunteer, showed us all the gadgets and instruments. It was a nice surprise and a good opportunity to have a rest :)

Coastal path

Malcolm in the watchtower

Tomorrow we continue our journey towards the north coast.

Thank you ladies for following us :)


Holiday Impressions - Day 4 & 5

We have a bit of a delay because the wifi connection is not great where we are. On day 4 we left Budleigh Salterton and headed for the long drive to The Lizard Point, southern most point of the English mainland. At our hotel we do have wifi but it is intermittent.

Anyway on with the photo impressions;

(day 4) Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beach

View from our hotel on Lizard Point

Minack Theatre near Lands End... Magnificent!!

We still have much planned and there is more to come!

Thank you Nicole for following us on our trip :)


Holiday Impressions - Day 3

We moved on towards Devon and on our way visited a famous landmark called Durdle Door.

Durdle Door

And again we had to climb a steep hill... enough climbing now :)

Arriving at our destination we were surprised by the beauty of the bed and breakfast we are stying in. Tidwell Manor is a real manor house in Regency style, beautiful decorated rooms where you feel like royalty. I can strongly recommend this wonderful place with the beautiful garden and friendly owners.


Holiday Impressions - Day 2

It is going too quick to my liking... I guess that's why they say " time flies while youre having fun".

To get to our hotel we have to climb a steep hill.. and I mean STEEP! I'm sure I already lost 5 kg and you could say this holiday is a healty one. We are lucky there is wifi ... not sure about the other places we go but I will try to post whenever I can and share some piccies :)

Anyway we visited Corfe Castle, transporting ourselves with the local steam train run by volunteers. At Corfe Castle we saw a midieval market with many fun things to see and do for young and old. Amazing that they started building this castle in 1068.

After a walk on the beach and an excellent meal we ended the day watching a (very noisy) heavy metal band playing at the pier. All in all another great day!

Victorian station

Knight in shining armour :)

Past glory