Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Saturday 10 November 2012

Gumblossoms ~ Annecy ~ Ville des Fleurs ~ City of Flowers


Hullo there everyone..
A wet and cool day here in Oz but we really need the rain so no grumbles coming from downunder :D
Some time ago now I showed the beginning of my gumblossom card in a WOYWW post -  here.. and I show how beautiful our gumblossoms really are!!!
And here is the final piece finished...
(The true colour of ribbon on far left of image, also paper is beige/cream, not white background. Sorry, best photo I could take.)
 It is an image which was stamped for me by  Ros.A of WOYWW here in Oz, so I dont own the stamp.
Coloured it with my Caran D'ache pencils. The papers are from a discontinued set by Stampin' up about four years ago, ribbon to match. Used the Fleur De Lis square Spellbinders in black card, and Oval Petite dies by Spellbinder also. Cut medium die and then separated into four and attached as shown. This card is for Johan and Estelle, who are my family's friends from Annecy in Haute Savoie region in France.
As Annecy  is called "Ville des Fleurs" or "City of Flowers" I thought it was a appropriate to make a flower card for this Thank you card from them ~ with an Aussie flower on it, hence the Gumblossoms! 
Here are a few photos of our time there! amazing spring time shots - it was in early May.

Should we let two kids play in a lolly shop?? YUM!!
Lac d"Annecy - how very beautiful!

Mt Semnoz, just out of Annecy, is on the route for "Le Tour de France", next year and my brother hopes to be going over as tour guide again! so riding the course, all being well!
Okay, this is the best chocolate dessert I have ever ever tasted.. awesome! thanks Johan! {drool}

Johan and Estelle's house looked over the alps and Mount Blanc.. dont ask me which one it is, as I have forgotten! but it was so lovely, I really enjoyed myself immensely!! Yes, we travelled up into the alps the next day! and in perfectly clear, God-blessed weather!!
Next morning we visited the markets for some more retail therapy! "Fraise" or strawberries which were just like home, as ours are really amazing at the mo!
Aren't these amazing?
We call them Beefsteak tomatoes here (my uncle and neighbour have grown them). They called them "Coeur de boef" or "Heart of beef". We took one of these on our trip with us as well as the "Fraise", and the "
Saucissons de savoie"~ may get to show you that lunch in our Swiss photos!

Such and awesome time - wont say how many photos I took (cos dont know!), but show just a few!!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1.Penny Black ~ Any Die will do ~ focal element of your card must be a stamped image or sentiment. Used the Fleur De Lis square Spellbinders in black card, and Oval Petite dies by Spellbinder also.

Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x


MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

What beautiful photos and all that fresh fruit and veg is so luscious and tempting, but that chocolate dessert ..... Now I am hungry. I think the particular problem with the Electoral Rolls mainly in the UK, but I know it has upset several people to find that members of their family who have been dead for some years are still listed. It is so wrong. Right, I am off now to finish the beautifully smelling stew off for dinner. xx Maggie

brenda said...

More great photos Shaz, it's a lovely region and I well remember the strawberries on the markets when we went over for Eliot and Veronique's wedding two years ago, but was also in May.

I'm sure your friend will really appreciate your pretty card,

B x

brenda said...

Got so carried away with strawberries that I forgot thank you for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.
B x

Sarah C. said...

Great photos, Shaz! Looks like you've had a great time! I'd love to visit Europe someday!

Liz's creative corner said...

lovely card, gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing with us at the pretty little ribbon shop challenge, hugs Liz xx

Joanne said...

Very nice card, I really like the papers you used. And the image is lovely and matches so well. Also really enjoyed your beautiful photos, lovely! Thanx for playing along with us at CC&CC. Aloha, Joanne

Gale said...

This is such a lovely card. Great colors too. Thanks for playing along with us at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale

Unknown said...

What a wonderful Creation. This is so awesome.
We would like to thank you for Entering Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge.
Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - DT Digi Team for Chocolate, Coffee & Cards.

MaryH said...

Your flower is lovely, and how appropriate for your thankyou card. The design papers were so exciting with this image, the card just popped off the page. Thanks for sharing it. Also truly enjoyed all the pictures. Thanks, too, for sharing your wonderful trip with those of us who may never see such a beautiful place. Hugs

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Shaz and seeing all those photos has made me fair hungry. Those tulips are stunning, just wish I could get them to grow in my garden! Something to do with the soil.
As for Myfanwy she is hanging on by a wing and a prayer. I managed to encourage her to drink some sugar water a few times which hopefully helps and she seems to like cuddles. We have her in the house to keep her warm!

Sarah said...

That is a lovely card!

Thanks for joining is at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

Sarah x

Julia Dunnit said...

Marvellous photos, just beautiful sights..these sort of trips are good for the soul, huh! favourite fruit. The Spanish also call them something related to beef, those big old tomatoes...which suggests that history has them as the same thing at introduction, which I love..such international unity!

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, The gumblossom card turned out well! I would never have thought to use those backgrounds with the image, but they look great! Still one of my favourite stamps!

susiestacey said...

Great card and lovely photos too the tomatoes look amazing and the flowers are so pretty.Thank you for joining the Penny Black and More @ Allsorts Any Die Will Do challenge and good luck x Susan x

Diane Louise J said...

Lovely card and enjoyed looking at your photographs :o) Thanks for entering your card into our Monthly 'Anything Goes' Challenge too, Good luck in the draw and we hope you will join us again for our next challenge at Forever Friends.
Diane x

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