Saturday, 18 July 2015

Back from my cruise

I have recently returned from a two week cruise in the Mediterranean on the Cunard cruise ship Queen Victoria. We have been on her a couple of times previously and love the elegance of this lovely ship.
Here we are at a cocktail party given by some fellow guests, on the balcony of their suite. This was on one of the formal evenings on board.
Sadly the internet connection was not always very good and I didn't get to leave any comments on Less is More  submissions. If fact we were very busy most of the time with ports of call to be visited most days. It was a wonderful holiday.
Since my return, I have managed to get 56 Wedding invitations made for my DIL's sister. Her fiancé wanted to have a tree on them as it was significant in their courtship... the scene of their first date and the venue for his proposal.
This is what I came up with.

The tree is from Memory Box and the I don't recall the make of the tiny hearts and arrow dies. (I will try to find it)
The font used was Alex Brush.
Here is my card for the challenge at Less is More this week which has the theme Life's a Beach...more thoughts of summer holidays.

The beach hut die is from Joanna Sheen, cut from a piece of card which I had stamped with a wood plank stamp from Impression Obsession before die-cutting it. I simply added more colour with a water brush to the roof and door and mounted it on dimensional pads within a die cut frame.
The sentiment, in !Paul Maul font, reads 'There's nothing like a little vitamin sea!'.
We have our grandchildren with us from today for a week and then next weekend together with our daughter, we'll be taking them to Spain for a week, which is where I'll be for my 70th birthday!
What fun!


  1. Fabulous idea to stamp your beach hut in woodgrain first, looks really great and I love the sentiment. Your wedding invitation is gorgeous, so elegant, I'm sure they were really chuffed with these. Your cruise sounds amazing and what a lovely photo, I'm so overdue a holiday, five years overdue! xx

  2. Love the wedding invites and the beach house card.

  3. You look like you were enjoying yourselves - I'd love to sail on the Victoria myself - maybe one day!

    FAB makes for the challenge inspiration too


  4. Thanks so much for sharing your holiday photo - you both look very elegant and relaxed! The cruise sounds amazing - the Mediterranean is a really lovely part of the world! Love the theme for this week - we live minutes from a beach and it plays a very important part in our lives - we don't necessarily swim in the beach, but nearly every day, we see it - it is so uplifting! Thanks for all you do to inspire us - and I'm pleased to see you enjoying life to the full! I am near to your age too - 70 next March, so can share a lot in your priorities! Hugs, Ann xx

  5. My in-laws are pretty much cruise addicts and are hooked on this style of holiday! Looks like you had a great time. Lovely cards... I'll head over to LIM to check out the challenge for this week, jo x

  6. Firstly Chrissie you look very elegant on your cruise and secondly there must be a typo as you cannot be anywhere near 70!! I hope you have a fabulous holiday with the grandkids (my parents are taking our boys over to Boston in a week to visit my brother and they are all so excited!!). Those wedding invitations are the most beautiful design - so pretty and I love the woodgrain on the sweet beach hut. Lots of inspiration as always :)

  7. Lovely cards! I love your beach hut idea!

  8. Beautiful picture from your cruise. Your wedding invites are gorgeous, so elegant. Love your card for LIM. 70? No way! hugs!

  9. What a hectic life you lead!...yet you still have the time to make the most classy , beautiful both of that sentiment on the second card!

  10. You are one beautiful elegant lady Chrissie - just like your cards!!!!
    sandy xx

  11. What a dashing couple! And the wedding invitation is gorgeous! Simple but elegant! Love the sentiment on your beach card!

  12. The 2 of you look stunning Chrissie! So glad you had a great time!
    Thanks for inspiring us with 2 beautiful cards!

  13. oh, I own this tree die and have never used it! Love your card with it! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  14. Lovely photo of you both Chrissie, you look amazing :)
    Both cards are wonderful too... the wedding invitations are so perfectly CAS with that splash of colour in the hearts and love the wooden beach hut. Hope you enjoy your birthday holiday :)
    Jenny x

  15. Gorgeous cards Chrissie and so clean and elegant ... naturally!!!
    I'm loving your classy beach hut and so effective stamped in woodgrain - gives it that vintage look.
    Have a good week. Sarah x

  16. Gorgeous cards Chrissie ..... very elegant just like yourself. Love the little beach hut and the wedding invites are stunning. Xxx

  17. Lovely picture of you and your hubby ... you must have had a wonderful time.

    Great cards Chrissie. Lovely wedding invites that are so special to the bride and groom-to-be. And that little beach hut is adorable!

    Have a wonderful time with the grands ... and enjoy your birthday in Spain!! xx

  18. I came to say what a great idea to stamp the woodgrain for the image - must remember that idea. Then I saw the exquisite invites you made - wow! they must be over the moon with them, so personal and beautifully executed.
    Lovely picture of your cruise too.

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    1. Sorry Chrissie, I saw a spelling mistake and remembered that you used to be a teacher! :)

  20. What a lovely photograph Chrissie, thank you for sharing it with us. Your dress is gorgeous and I really love the colour. Have a lovely week with your grandchildren and a wonderful birthday week in Spain. X

  21. The wedding invitation is so lovely and special, Chrissie, and the little beach hut is darling. The Mediterranean and then Spain. Lucky you. It sounds like our birthdays are near each others, although I'm just a tad older. ;)

  22. Lovely beach hut and lovely wedding invite too - very simple but elegant!

  23. Gorgeous cards, Chrissie!

    Glad to hear that you had a great cruise, sweetie, you look so stunning in your evening dress. Enjoy your Birthday!

    Love and hugs

  24. Sound as if you really had a great time on the ship, Chrissie!!! Love your elegant outfits in the photo!!!!!
    I love your beautiful and so special wedding invitations!!! Will be making my niece's invitation, but it will be a while still before they will get married. So excited to be making it!!!! Must have taken you some time to make 56, but surely are worth all the effort!!!! Lovely!!!!
    Love your cute beach hut!!!
    Enjoy your special birthday and the trip to Spain - have a great time!!!!

  25. It's been a long while since I visited, but read and see your cards in every email I have.

    Beautiful photo of you and hubby on your cruise. The Invitation is so beautiful and so very elegant and your beach hut - well what can I say? Your work is always perfect.

  26. The wedding invitation card is really lovely. I like the tree a lot and would be a treat to get it in the mail. It looks like you had a great time on your vacation and then to Spain soon too!
    Robin Hawkins

  27. You're both looking good! Hope to catch up soon - after your Spain trip?
    Love that tree invite and of course the beach hut x

  28. Fabulous photo, you're both looking very elegant :-) I have never been on a cruise but one on the Queen Victoria sounds very classy, I will have to look into it :-)

    Gorgeous cards Chrissie, I love the wedding invitation, perfect! :-)

    Lols x x x


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