Wednesday, 31 July 2013

1st birthday

It's our neighbour's little boy's 1st birthday at the beginning of September so i'm a bit ahead of myself with this card but we are away for the date so wanted to make sure it was ready.
The image is from Lili of the Valley, I think, it's been cropped a little and the edges rounded before being edged with a grey Promarker. The green backer has been treated the same way. 

2 pieces of card candi have been added to the corners and a peel-off greeting and number to the opposite side. 

A few sneak peeks now of the other 3 cards i've just finished. Can't show too much as I know 1 of the recipients reads my blog and as the feed goes on facebook the other 2 are likely to see it. 

I've used the same stamped image on all 3 with different coloured Promarkers. They have been cut using Nesties and layered up onto card in complimentary shape. The backing card has been embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and paper flowers used with tiny brads.

I've enjoyed my morning using craft items i've not used for a while and am pleased i've got something to show for it.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Flying high

Yesterday I fulfilled a long held dream of mine to fly in a helicopter.
The flight was a gift from my husband for my 60th birthday last year, we waited until the better weather to take it and what do you know ...... it was almost cancelled because of rain, after us having 3 weeks of solid sunshine. In fact the flight after ours, the last of the day,  was cancelled, it had been raining most of the afternoon and visibility was not good. We flew with Adventure 001

My husband and 2 other passengers were in the back and I was up in the co-pilot's seat :-) with full harness, I paid extra for the privilege but it was so worth it to have a view from the front interrupted only by water on the front of the helicopter.

We flew at over 130 miles an hour and at one point over 2200 feet high but mostly at 1300 feet. We took off from a field close to the West Usk lighthouse near to Newport in Gwent and flew over Cardiff docks, the Millenium stadium and the City centre then on to Caerphilly and the Brecons. Back down through Newport then following the motorways over Caldicot and onto the 2 suspension bridges over the River Severn. They seem to cover a vast amount of mud and water joining England and Wales. We followed the river back up to Newport docks, finally flying over the power station where my husband works before landing back in the field to be greeted by our family. We have videos of the take off and landing but sadly none from the air as the camera would surely have focused on the rain drops being blown across the cockpit windshield.
Ideally we wanted to be able to see where we live but realised that by being over Caerphilly we must have already flown over our area. You truly do not realise the speed at which you are travelling until you think how far you have travelled.

On our way to board.

You can see my legs in the front.

All over and so happy to have been able to do it.

Our Pilot, shame he blinked ;-)  We all had to wear the headsets with built in microphone to drown out the noise and enable us to talk to each other. It was interesting to hear air traffic control and other aircraft. We had to inform Cardiff airport we were flying in their area and inform them when we were landing again.

Finished for the day, you can see how misty it has become with low cloud and rain.