Thursday, 19 September 2013

From summer to autumn in a day

Hello everyone, I'm back from a fantastic week away on the sunny island of Rhodes where the late summer sun is still blazing away. This was the view we woke up to every morning. We could sip our morning cup of tea on our balcony and gaze out to the blue Aegean sea.

We left temperatures there in the 30s to find the high of today at home is going to be..gulp..16c. At least at the moment the sun has broken through and I am able to get some of my mountains of washing dried outside. Seriously though it is great to be back, there is no place like home and I am looking forward to autumn, it is such a pretty season, the colours are glorious.

We spent alternate days on the beach and sightseeing. I am such a fidget that I could never spend a whole week lying on the beach. I do love the beach though and I have a fascination for watching the waves rolling in. Our beach were we stay has a narrow part where we like to lie on our sun loungers and the waves almost tickle your toes.

On our beach days I regularly took a stroll, there are not really shells to find but there is always some form of wildlife to spot

Hello Mr Crab

There are so many fishes to see; all sizes and shapes. The funniest are the plaice which lie flat on the sea floor and watch you. They shuffle further into the sand if they think you have spotted them. The sea is so clear and warm, it is like swimming in an aquarium. I like to snorkel to see the bigger fish further out and I found my Hb had taken a couple of snaps.

After a lazy day on the beach it was time to shower and head out to our favourite cliff top restaurant. There we could watch the sun go down, whilst enjoying a cool glass of Mythos.

Just bliss. I will try to sort through the many photos I have taken and I will be back soon with a return visit to the wonderful butterfly valley as well as a visit to Rhodes town and ancient Kamiros.

Today's card challenge is inspired by all the blue skies, sea and sunshine we enjoyed. It is a tag and wrapping paper set I made for my Hb.

 Here is the tag in close up

For the tag I used TH Distress inks to create the background and then added a Marianne die cut butterfly. The tags are LOTV and the other leaf die cuts are also Marianne. I added pastel chalk to the Memory box cloud.
For the paper I used TH distress inks for the Whimsy Vintage seed packets stamp set.

The sentiment on the paper says it all

I would like to enter my tag and/or paper into the following challenges;

Simon says Stamp celebrate there is also a hop over there. The products that I have used here which are available in there shop are Tim Holtz distress inks ( I have used vintage photo for the sentiment above and several colours in my tag, the Marshmallow cloud die by Memory Box is also available over there.
Artistic Inspiration anything goes
Divas by Design anything goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge masculine
Make it Monday Linky party #158
Charizma Card challenges favourite colour combo this blue and green is one of my all time faves and I use it a lot!
A Creative Romance dies/punches
Oldie but a Goodie dies/punches my butterfly and leaf dies are all more than 6 months old
Crafty Cardmakers Winged things
Sparkle Monthly Challenge Fairies and/or butterflies

I hope everyone is well and keeping busy? Time is flying by as my darling grandbaby is due in now less than 50 days, not long now. And for those of you who, like me, count down the days; it's only 97 days til Christmas....LOLOLOL!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Welcome home Jane and pleased you had a good holiday.

    And I can certainly see those amazing scenes not to mention the wine coming through on today's project.

    B x

  2. Welcome back Jane, what amazing photos, you obviously had a wonderful time! Just love all those blues, no wonder they were an inspiration for your card and wrapping paper!!
    Yes autumn has arrived quite suddenly and a tad early for me! Can't wait for my Med fix! :)
    Goodness that little one will be here in no time at all! As for the other countdown, oh well that means it's only 104 days to pre-spring! ;)
    V xxx

  3. Welcome home, dear Jane,

    And some breathtaking pictures! I am not green with envy ;) but a constant rain here and those... Oh my! I am so happy you had lovely holiday, and now you're back all energized as there's ONLY so little time to go before that precious baby (and your granma days!!)... And C is lurking there too!

    Happy September days, dear friend!


  4. Wonderful project. Thank you for joining us with out Frame it/ Anything goes challenge at Artistic Inspirations Hugs Tania (DT) xx

  5. Oh you lucky couple, to have spent that wonderful week there! I love the pix of you snorkeling and the cute little crab.. faboooo! Welcome home. You have a lot to be looking forward to! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. What a lovely presentation, Jane! And I enjoyed your lovely photos, too, thanks for that bonus! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful time, Jane...all that blue sky and warm sunshine...bliss! Autumn seems to have arrived with a vengeance and the nights are drawing in at a fast pace, it won't be long before the clocks change and Winter arrives, along with your little grandbaby - you must be so excited! Hope you cope with the change in temperature, though it's supposed to get warmer for the weekend, maybe September has a little more Summer left for us! Hugs, Lisa x

  8. Oh Jane, thank you so much for sharing some of your beautiful photographs with us...
    what a serene and beautiful week this must have been for the two of you. I find that the beautiful tag & present you made for D.H is in keeping with the colors of the sea ...

    Greetings from Chicago~

  9. Your holiday looks idyllic, beautiful scenery and such a clear sea. Love your tag and paper with the beautiful blues shining through.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  10. What a lovely vacation you had Jane, I loved the pictures you posted, so very relaxing. thanks for sharing!
    Much love,

  11. Hi Jane! I'm so happy to see how wonderful your days were here! You have found perfect beach and took beautiful photos! Now it feels autumn also here but still warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirt. Monday we had first rain. Have a lovely weekend! x Teje

  12. Welcome back Jane. I'm so glad you had a lovely holiday. Wonderful the blue sea with the sun sparkling! I can see that inspired your clever packaging! Not long now till your grand baby much to look forward to:)
    Helen x

  13. Fabulous holiday snaps and love your handmade gift wrap and gorgeous tag. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.
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  14. OMG I envy your vacations,,,, wow,woww,,,,I am falling in lovw with these stamps on the packet....they inspired me,,,,,,,to create a new set,,,to use with distress ink,,,,love the idea-

  15. A big welcome Jane!! It's great to see more of Rhodos.
    I know exactly what you mean about not "just sitting "in the sunshine. I love to swim, look for shells, etc.

    This tag and wrapping paper is just right for autumn. Very creative.

    Cheers from America,

  16. Beautiful tag and a great use of dies. Thanks for joining us at an OBAG, Jx

  17. Lovely tag and wrapping paper.
    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week. :)

  18. Oh to be there right now, that sun, sea and sand looks soooooo inviting! I hope you are over the shock of being back, and hey, the Summer has made a mini return, so not too bad after all :) Bethx

  19. A STUNNING tag. Thanks for sharing with us at ACR
    Hugz Fleur ♥♥♥

  20. What an absolutely gorgeous tag, great use of dies and punches. Thank you so much for entering my challenge theme on an Oldie But A Goodie, and good luck!

  21. Lovely tag! Your holiday photos are stunning - I could jump on a plane right now!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Cindy

  22. Oh WOW Jane, those seaview pics are amazing. Makes me want to dive right in. Stunning! Thanks for sharing. hugs

  23. Gorgeous photos and I love your project, especially that beautiful tag.

    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles.

    Helen x


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