Monday 10 June 2019

Thank You

Warning - this post is photo heavy! 😉

We returned from a lovely week in Derbyshire this weekend.  My hubby and I were away in a big house with five other couples.  This is the 30th year the twelve of us have taken an annual holiday together in different places around the time flies!  I made this Thank You card for the couple who organise our holiday every year.  The view from our bedroom window gave me the inspiration for the design. (Photo lower down in the post.)
I seem to be a bit addicted to including cross stitching on my cards lately.  I used a Marianne cross stitch die in thick white card and cut it into a square using a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die.  I found an image on Pinterest and adapted it for cross stitching, using crochet cotton for the stitching.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Crafters Companion 'Sew Lovely' set and stamped in Versafine 'Majestic Blue'.  I used punches for the flowers. 

I am joining in the following challenges:

This was the view from our bedroom window which gave me the inspiration for the card.

We enjoyed some English culture watching the Morris dancers.....

.....walked miles admiring the fabulous views.....

..... and found lots of wildlife.

We explored a Derbyshire town in an amazing converted milk float.....

....and discovered an incredible church, dating back to 1625, which was a converted barn.

The inside of the church was beautiful......

.....and part of the ceiling was decorated in the style of William Morris.

On the journey home we stopped at the National Memorial Arboretum.

On Sunday we had our annual street party, where we set up gazebos in the sunshine.

Then the rain came!  There was plenty of room to fit 30+ people under cover, so we had a great time eating and chatting with our neighbours.

So, now I'm off to catch up on some blog visiting......


  1. A fabulous card, great cross stitching and love the image. Some fab photo's too.

    Kath x

  2. This is gorgeous Liz..fabulous photo's and so pleased you all had a great time hugs Sue xx

  3. The care is so adorable!! I love the cross stitching!! The photos are beautiful!! It looks like such an amazing place!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. This is a great cross stitch pattern with the cute sheep Liz and a wonderful idea for a card to give to your friend as a thank you for organising your trip away, ad glad you had a good time. I love all the photos and good to see the rain didn't spoil your street party. x

  5. Fabulous card. I love all of the photos and the fact that you've gotten together with all the other couples for so many years. That sounds like so much fun. 


  6. Love this awesome card Liz, the photos are just so interesting too.xx

  7. First of all, I love your wonderful card! I love to do cross stitch-or used to anyway- but have never attempted it on a card. This is so pretty and cute though! I love it.
    Great pictures and it appears to be a wonderful trip. How fun to be doing that for so many years!

  8. great holiday pics Liz, your card is a wonderful reminder of the holiday for your friend, adapting an image you found was really clever

  9. Wow, your cross stitching card is so unusual and lovely!!
    Amazing photos, and you have a fabulous view from your bedroom! So relaxing! :)

  10. Looks like a fab vacation and thanks for sharing your pix. Sorry your neighbourhood gathering was marred by the weather but how lovely that you all get together for one in the first place.
    Super make, love the sheep and thank you for the heads up, on my blog, about my DV win

    Happy Tuesday


  11. A super card Liz, I love your cross stitch image. Fabulous photographs, a wonderful view from your window and fabulous scenery.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  12. A fabulous card and lovely photos of your holiday too.
    Kath x

  13. A fantastic card Liz and great holiday photos. The National Memorial Arboretum is on my list of places to visit, hopefully we might make it next month.

    Sue xx

  14. TFS the photos of your trip - it looks like a wonderful time was had by all. I love your cross stitched card and it's a perfect match to the challenge!

  15. What a sweet card with the beautiful cross-stitching! The photos are wonderful. Looks like a fun time!

  16. Your cross stitch is super Liz and I enjoyed looking at your photographs too


  17. Lovely holiday photos Liz, looks as if you had a great time, always good to get together with friends!
    Your cross-stitched card is beautiful, it's great that you can adapt an image to fit your theme...clever-clogs!!

  18. A beautiful card and I love the cross stitched design. Thanks for sharing your photos too. It looks like it was a wonderful time you had.

  19. Your card is wonderful, I admire you and your cross stitching, wonderful neat work. Your tour around Derbyshire and your street party look wonderful fun and such lovely countryside and excursions too.
    Faith x

  20. Such a creative card and love that adorable sheep x Sounds like a wonderful trip away and thank you for sharing the fabulous photos. Wonderful get together with the neighbours too x

  21. It is just amazing to me that 5 couples would vacation together every year for 30 years! That is so awesome--yes, I'm jealous! I'm also jealous of how you can adapt images for cross stitching! Totally love your sweet card, Liz!

  22. I am glad you had such a great time, Liz. Happy belated anniversary, my friend.
    I lllllllllove your stitched card!!!!!!!!!! Sheeps are my favourite animals. Kisses!

  23. I used to love cross-stitch and think your sheep cross-stitch card is fantastic, Liz! I can see where they could be addicting! Thank you for sharing all the photos of your amazing annual trip and street fair! The countryside looks so green and beautiful! I wish you had a video of the dancers!! Hugs, Darnell

  24. Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us in the Happy Little Stampers June "Anything Goes With Dies" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
    Leslie, HLS Dies Team
    Love To Scrap 2


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