Friday, 31 August 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 35 Hungary

The Xong family are in Budapest for the Bartok Festival.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm,

Dear Malcolm,
As you can see, there is 
even a black dog on the stamp.
Xui has kept me in the hotel as he knows
fireworks frighten me and this is what I can
see thru' the triple glazed windows.
What's happening to me?

Here are the pages we made for his travel book.  We have included the musicians Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok together with the Hungarian Coat of Arms and two very old pieces of art, the 10th Century Kepes Kronika and a drawing on an ancient Italian fresco of a Hungarian warrior.  The postcard with the dancing dogs is from 1905 and is written in Hungarian.

The postcard Roland Poland has chosen is the firework display he saw from his bedroom window, over Buda Castle in Budapest.  It was made with 3D Pearl paint and glitter.  The buildings have been cut out from a photograph.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 34 Japan

Xui is very upset this week.  His wife's best friend has been convicted of murdering a British businessman and he has been sent to Japan to sort out a dispute over some uninhabited islands (Diaoyu Islands) over which China claims sovereignty

.Roland Poland writes to his brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
Japan this week and its back on the cat food again.  They call it 'sushi'
- I call it fancy fish bits.  Don't even mention Tofu - what's that all about?
The missus is on top note on account of her friend Gu going to prison
and Xui is involved in some diplomatic row about some islands that
are sitting on top of huge gas reserves.
Hope everything calms down and I can get some proper food soon.

Here are the pages I made for his travel book

We have included a photo of the Pagoda of Chureito at Mt. Fuji and a warrior at the Neputa Matsuri Festival, together with a geisha and an autumn shrine scene.

My postcard has been traced from a rice paper design  with a warrior design, onto glossy card and coloured with Copic Markers and gold Krylon pen.  It has a lovely glossy surface and looks like satsuma ware.
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Friday, 17 August 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 33 South Africa

Roland Poland is accompanying Xui on a fact finding mission to South Africa for his trade delegation.

This is a view of Klein Karoo, Western Cape coloured with distress inks.  He writes to his brother in Carlisle.

Hi Malcolm,
Was having a lovely time - on safari - until last night.
Went at dusk to see an old Boabab tree to see if it was
our family tree, when I got ambushed by a pack of wild
Just made it back to camp by the skin of my teeth.
Got told off for peeing up the side of the tent - too scared
to go into the bushes.  I can hear them yapping.  And,
apart from the ears, one looks like that devil from Whitby.

These are the pages in his travel book.

A large photo of the Boabab tree with giraffe has pride of place together with a view of Table Mountain.  A wild dog looks out menacingly from the page contrasted by the pretty Cape daisies.
Xui thinks Roland Poland is becoming paranoid.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 32 Malta

Roland Poland writes to his brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
We are in Malta at the moment.  Well Xui
and the missus and kids are.  I am stuck
on the cruise boat as I have been poorly
after all the ice creams last week.
Xui brought this medal back yesterday, 
the Maltese Cross, and I thought you might
like it, what with you liking the military and all.

Here is his travel book page, some of the sights our hero could see from the cabin.

There is a view of Valletta Harbour, the prow of fishing boats with the painted eye, a piece of Maltese lace and a Maltese terrier.  The Megalithic temples of Malta are thought to have been built around 3,600BC. My husband John already had the Order of Malta medal and I used it to fashion one for the postcard as I knew he wouldn't let me keep it! The real medal is above the word Malta.

The postcard was brayered, spritzed and then stamped with a stylised flower which looks very similar to the National Flower of Malta - the Rock Centuary.  The medal was made from card, brads, and embossing powders.

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Friday, 3 August 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 31 Denmark

The Xong family are enjoying the school holidays in Denmark.  They have hired bicycles to visit the places of interest.

Our hero writes to his brother,

Hi Malcolm,
Have you ever seen a better icecream?
It is a waffle cone full of liquorice icecream, marshmallow
topping, sprinkles, chocolate and jam.  The Danes call it guf.
I have eaten quite a few off the pavement as they are
hard to hold and often get dropped!
Lucky I am here to help.

Here are the pages in his travel book

These are some of the sights Roland Poland enjoyed whilst sitting in the basket on Xui's bicycle.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Mainly Men

I had the greatest of pleasure making this simple card for sixteen year old grandson James.  He was recently a finalist in the North West Region Junior Chef of the Year and has won a three year catering scholarship, working at the Marriot Hotel, Manchester Airport.  He recently left school and had set is heart on becoming a chef.  We are so proud of him.

I have used DoCraft Portobello Road Digital Designer and found a copyright-free piece of clipart that fitted the bill.  Not having used this program before, I found it quite confusing to use in comparison with others so I guess I shall have to go away and look at the instructions!

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