Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Find Your Happy Every Day

It has been almost a month since my last post but I have a really good excuse - I've been travelling for  the last 3 1/2 weeks with my husband. 

We spent the first three weeks of our vacation in Tanzania (amazing! loved it!). The first week, we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro - quite literally the toughest physical challenge that I have ever done due to the altitude sickness I experienced. We spent the second week on safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater national parks - amazing animal sightings, including a lioness and her two 3-week old cubs that crossed the road right in front of our truck! We spent the third week on Zanzibar relaxing in Stone Town and on the white-sand beaches of a resort - very much needed after the excitement of the first two weeks! Finally, we broke up our 20 hour journey home with a 4 day layover in Amsterdam since I have never seen the city. It was a lot of fun - museums, shopping and restaurants...

We got back on Saturday evening, and I broke out my card making supplied on Sunday morning. I did take a quick browse around Blogland before I started, and I noticed that the keyword this week from Addicted to CAS is WORLD - I thought that this was the perfect challenge for a recently-returned traveler and this is what I came up with (sorry for the terrible lighting on the picture):

I stamped the world heart (from Unity Stamps) in SSS Fossil ink, and then I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the panel. I then also cut a stitched circle hole in the panel and I silver heat-embossed the greeting (from SSS Happy Every Day). I made the card base from brown shimmer cardstock, and I white heat-embossed the wood grain heart (also from Unity Stamps). I applied lots of X-mas red Stickles to the inside of the heart and then added the panel with foam tape to the card front. 

I will link this card to Addicted to CAS challenge:

And also to the Fusion Card Challenge where I was inspired by the sketch:

In the next few weeks, I will share a few of my vacation highlight pictures on my blog -  I just need a little bit of time to work through the 1000 images I have!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your holiday sounds like a dream! And this is the perfect card after the hols. Great take on the sketch and really fabulous design x

  2. Fun use of the heart shape with the map! Thanks for joining in at ATCAS!

  3. That holiday sounds AMAZING! I haven't been anywhere in Africa yet, but it sounds like fun! Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful trip! My DH and I did a similar one many years ago - but in Kenya - best vacation of my life! Love that world stamp! a true stamper - jumping right back in before you're fully unpacked!! Thanks for joining us in ATCAS and also Fusion!

  5. Very clever card idea Jill. Your holiday sounds fabulous, I've been to Africa several times but not Zanzibar...I'd love to visit there. You must be exhausted after a whistle stop trip to Amsterdam and the flight home.

  6. I love the way u used the map by creating a heart :) gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with ATCAS :)

  7. Woah, that's some trip you had! An adventure-seeker's dream! Love the image on your card too of the world in a heart. Such a great design! Thanks so much for joining the Fusion Challenge!