Friday, February 5, 2010

Little C's Stamp n' Scrap Hawaii CC Designs Card and European Trip - St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! Gosh, I can't believe it's Friday! Time seem to fly so quickly. . . I was thinking that maybe it's because I'm older so I asked my daughter if time seems to go by quickly for her and she said "too quickly"! Hmmm. . .I found that interesting because when I was her age, I thought that time moved way too slow. I wonder what it is that makes time feel like it's going by quickly. Do you think being happy is a factor or living a productive life doing things you like to do has something to do with it? For those who feel that life is going by quickly, why do you think it feels that way?

I had a very productive morning. . .I found time to finish a card for Stamp n' Scrap Hawaii using this cute CC Designs image. You can find a whole bunch of them at Little C's! They are so darn cute, I tell ya'!! I also found the time to head out to a lovely cafe for breakfast with my husband. There's a nice European style cafe near where we live that serves great coffee, fancy pastries and yummy breakfast and sandwiches. I love hanging out at cafes.

I colored the CC Design image using my Copic Markers and added a bit of sparkle using my Sakura glitter pen. I'm really into using lace lately! I just love it! Do you like using lace on your cards? I have a ton of them that I found at a garage sale and a sale at JoAnns. Whenever there's a sale on lace, I usually grab a few even if I'm not going to use them right away. They're always useful for paper crafting, altered projects and sewing so they're very versatile.

To color the background a little, I used Pebbles Inc. shimmery pastel. It's a real easy way to color the background and it's much faster than coloring it with Prismacolor pencils or Copics.

Anyway. .. stop by Little C's and check out all the goodies that they sell! You'll definitely find something fun there!

Card Details:

Stamps: CC Design, SU (sentiment)
Paper: K&CO designer paper, SU Creamy Caramel, Regal Rose
Ink: Copic Markers, Sakura Glitter pen, Tim Holtz Distressing Ink, Pebbles Inc. Pastels
Accessories: Lace, floral embellishment, Heidi Grace Chipboard Heart, Nestabilities, Fiskar Scallop Scissors, SU Small Oval Punch

European Trip - St. Paul's Cathedral, London

You must be wondering why I haven't been posting the photos of my trip to Europe. First of all, the past weeks I've been in such a downer mood; secondly, I've been trying to catch up on life and third, I've been in desperate search for my mojo! LOL! I finally found time to resize some of my European photos so that it uploads faster on Blogger.

Anyway. . .today's photos will focus on St. Paul's Cathedral. St. Paul's Cathedral, unlike St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, is not a Catholic church. It's an Angelican Church meaning it's not connected to the Roman Catholic Church but is Episcopalian which practices many of the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church but they are not under the Roman Catholic Diocese. St. Paul's Cathedral has one of the highest dome in the world, second to St. Peter's Basilica. This is also the church that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in.

Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos of the inside of the church and were not allowed to enter the gallery of the dome because of the snow the previous night. They didn't feel it was safe for people to be up in the dome area. I just realized that I did not take any photos of the dome. Hmmmm. . .well, if you want to see it and more photos of the church, you may Click Here. St. Paul's Cathedral is much larger than what my photos depict. I only took photos of the front of the building. We wanted to explore the inside before it closed so I didn't have much time to walk around the outside of the building.

I felt St. Paul's Cathedral was just as beautiful as St. Peter's Basilica but in a different way. The inside of the church sparkled, especially the dome and the ceiling. It's just spectacular to look at. Click Here for a glimpse of inside of the church. Below the main floor is where the crypts are located and although, I really didn't see any famous people that I knew of buried there, there is a monument of Florence Nightingale. Because I'm an RN, I was very interested in her monument. It's a nice tribute to her. The people buried at the crypt gallery appeared to be local artists, architects, engineers, and heads of state and their wives.

Here is a photo of St Paul's in the early evening. By the time we left the cathedral, it was already dark outside. If you visit London, you MUST visit St. Paul's Cathedral. You won't be disappointed!!

Anyway. . .I'll see if I can find some time to resize a few more photos of Europe and will post them in the next few days! Hope y'all have a beautiful Friday!!!


PaperCrafty said...

Darling card, Maria!! I love how you added the floral embellishment!!

Danni said...

Truly adorable card! Love all the extra details you always add!!
Love the Europe photos too!

Becky said...

This card is fabulous.. I love the design of this, and love the lace, and I must mention-Ilove those cute little flowers you added.

Diane said...

Beautiful card Maria,I love your coloring as always,but the way you colored her dress is so cute!
TFS those gorgeous pics!!!
Hope you find your mojo and feel better soon! I know it's no fun feeling down!!!

Corie said...

So sweet -- love it!!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful card! Love the lace and the colors are awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

Donna said...

Maria...I feel the same way as Danni. I love all the embellishments you add to your cards. The different levels give your cards so much more substance. And, I am so glad you are back to posting your European vacation pictures. I enjoy looking at those almost as much as your cards!!!

Viv said...

How I love this card Maria. Your colouring is amazing. Her hair looks REAL it's that good. I also love your description on St Paul's.
It's refreshing to see something so familiar through the eyes of another. Thanks for the tour!
Hugs Viv xx

montygonza said...

Just Divine! Wonderful card, very beautiful.


Ila said...

I love this card!!...Super Cute..Gorgeous..the coloring and accents are Fabulous!!
Thanks for sharing more photos of your trip...and the links!!...Hugs, Ila

Martha said...

wow your cards are just amazing, all the little details! :)

Rita said...

Gorgeous card as always & I luv those flowers!

I'm enjoying your Europe pictures they are amazing & it looks like you all had a great time.

I'm hoping that I can find some time to meet up with you when I get to San Diego in April, I'll let you know. It really would be nice.

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