Saturday, September 08, 2012

French Baby Card & Pictures from my trip to Europe

 Welcome back to my little corner of blog-land!  Today I'm sharing a long post with a few pics from recent my travels to Europe (earlier this year when my wonderful SIL and I traveled to France and Spain). What an amazing trip!!!  Here are just a few of my favorite pics (all taken with my iPhone).  (you may notice there are a few that I had previously shared with you too...)
Starting with my pics from Paris, France...
 Eiffel Tower

 Notre Dame Cathedral - along the Seine River

 Arc de Triomphe

 Seine River at Sunset

The Wall of LOVE Locks that Lovers place along this famous Notre Dame Bridge on Seine River.

 Hotel De Ville

 The Louvre

 Famous Paris METRO sign

Stellas....how we ended our lovely Paris days......

Ahhhh yes!  Paris, France.  No place like it in the world!  I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be able to visit this spectacular place again after 10 years.  I've been on a dreamy, non-stop kick for Home Decor French Style finds ever since!   LOL!  At SCS, Splitcoaststampers.com, they are featuring this beautiful French Site  ( French Garden House ), for today's Inspirational challenge #IC353 found HERE.  It was exciting because this brought me back to those Paris-Antique Flea Market Shopping Trips at the Marche Aux Puces...

  Browsing the lovely French site inspired to created a baby card and chose to go with the softness of this pink & white, shabby Victorian baby cup; http://www.frenchgardenhouse.com/catalog.php?item=4534. I was also inspired by the Lace borders found on this lovely Antique French Victorian White Lace Pillow; http://www.frenchgardenhouse.com/catalog.php?item=4106.

French Baby Girl CARD RECIPE
Stamps: NONE (sentiment heart panel is a Chipboard piece)
Paper: White Heavy CS, Pink Metallic DP, MS Glitter Baby Mat Pad DP
Ink: Color Box-Cat's Eye PINKS (sponging)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Around the Page Border & Edge Punches, Nellie Snellen Dies, Cuttlebug Mini-Hearts EF, Baby Chipboard Heart (lined with stickles & ultrafine glitter), French Lace, Stickles Glue Glitter , Adhesive Pearls
Techniques: Sponging, Dry Embossing

I would also like to enter this French Baby Girl card into the following Challenges:
  1.  SCS - F4A133 - Not Just Any Old Baby Card
  2. SCS - IC353 - French Garden House Inspirational Challenge
  3. Allsorts - Layers
  4. Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
  5.   Forever friends - Ribbon 
  6. Inspire Me Fridays: Always anything Goes
  7. Ladybug Crafts - Anything goes
  8. Natalie and Amy's - Anything goes
  9.  Pile It On - #36 - Fit for a Princess
  10. Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
  11. Shelley's Images - Anything Goes
  12. Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
  13. My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
  14. City Crafter Challenge - Monochromatic
  15. Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
  16. Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
  17. Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
  18. Live and Love Crafts - Lovely Lace and Terrific Trim
On another NOTE..
I was so inspired today, that I've taken out my bin of French style stamps and gathered DPs (a stash I bought during my travels to Paper stores in Paris) ....so I hope to have a little time to start creating some Paris/French cards before the Halloween/Fall rush. :)

Next are a few pictures from our trip to the incredibly gorgeous city of Barcelona, Spain. This City must have some of Europe's most extraordinarily beautiful architectures.  Its such a lovely city, located right on the Mediterranean Sea. Everything about Barcelona is gorgeous!!!  There are so many more amazing places and things to see and do.  We simply didnt have time to get to half of it... so that made me sad to leave....hoping to return there someday. God willing.

 La Sagrada Familia -  Gaudi's Church

Parque Guell -  Gaudi Park


Building t the end of La Rambla

Two of the many of the Real Live Perfomers/Statues along La Rambla 

 Fabulous St Josep / La Boqueria, Market along Las Ramblas

 
 Amazing Buildings (Casa Mila & Casa Batllo) designed by Gaudi
Antoni Gaudí was an architect from Catalonia, Spain, who belonged to the Modernisme (Art Nouveau) movement and was famous for his unique style and highly individualistic designs.


Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu) - Lovely Gothic style Architecture at this Church that was only one short walking block away from our Spanish Hotel.

 The famous tower building that lights up at night, called: Agbar Tower. Though I kept referring to it as the "Pickle shaped Building" ... LOL!

Barcelona's Olympic Park - home of the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Located along the Mediterranean Sea.

Off to check out more of those European Vintage Style goodies at the French Garden House site. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy FRENCH creating....
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19 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous pictures and card America.
great that you had a wonderful time.

greetings karin

Elizabeth Hart said...

Fabulous card and the lace is just stunning and so pretty. Thanks so very much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge.

Charlene said...

Absolutely stunning pictures!! I hope to go there someday! And I love your frilley beautiful card!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card this week at CCCB :-)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

OH WOW America ... your card is just stunning ... so soft & pretty! Thanks for the European tour ... hubby & I hope to do some traveling abroad next year ... thanks for the insight on a few places I REALLY want to see!
Thanks so much for joining our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Darlene
Shelly's Images DT
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Jo said...

Very Pretty. Love the little embossed hearts and the trim is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD.

*Vicki* said...

Oh my gosh GF!! I'm so jealous now!! LOL!! So wish I could've went with ya!! :) Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos so that I daydream while I look at them!!

Love that gorgeous card you sneaked in there as well!! You always do such amazing work!! I also wanted to thank you so much for stopping by!! It's wonderful to "hear" from you friend! HUGS

Chris said...

First off, how dare you go gallavanting all over Europe and leave me home, that's just so unfair. It looks like you had a fabulous vacation.
Second off that card is just dang gorgeous. I love pink and lace and you've got both of them on your card, and you've done it beautifully. I'm so happy I got to visit your blog today even if you didn't take me with you.
Thanks for playing with us at Pile It On.

Brodders said...

Wow what a lot of work you have put into this card :) Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly and good luck - Jane x

Ros Crawford said...

Great photos ... I recognised all of the ones from Barcelona .. stayed there a few years ago ... Love your pretty card ... so chic! ... many thanks for playing at CCCB

Babette said...

What a beautiful card. Love the little hearts. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.
Hope to see you next week.
Babette

Sue said...

Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing those of us that will never see these beautiful sights in person! Great shots all.
Oh la la, your pink baby card is fantastic. Love that lacy punch around the page and the pink sponging. So very chic my friend.

Hugs
Sue

Gaynor said...

What a beautiful card, love your layout and the papers, thanks for joining our challenge at My mum's craft shop, Gaynor x

Linda R said...

I enjoyed your photos. And your card is Awesome. It is so beautiful what a fabulous design. So glad you played along with us over at CCCB!

Paper Tails said...

What a gorgeous card! Beautifully done. Your pictures of France are great. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions!

Karen

HappyCrafter said...

What an adventure it look like! Love all the travel photos, they just make me want to go on a trip :-) And it certainly looks like you have been inspired, that baby card will make a wonderful keepsake for whomever receives it.

uksharon said...

Love it! So glad you could join us at Ladybug Crafts this month. Hope you will join in with us again next month.
Best wishes, Sharon

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for participating in the PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again!
~DEANNE~

Diane J said...

Stunning baby card, its beautiful. Thanks for entering the Forever Friends Ribbon Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again next time.
Diane x

Lisa said...

Hi America, Stunning card! Thanks for sharing your photos of Europe ... I live in the UK and have been to a few European cities but have never been to Paris or Barcelona.

Thanks for joining us at Natalie and Amy's Challenge.

Lisa x