Friday, 28 December 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 52 Mexico

Very sore and recovering from his trip to the vets, Roland Poland finally receives his mail - ALL the letters he wrote to Carmen have been returned unopened, in a bundle wrapped in brown string.  It is accompanied by a postcard from Carmen, who is in Mexico with her sister, Maria.

Here is the travel page we made for him.

She writes,

Bye Poland

It would never have worked.


The next thing our hero knows is when he is woken up by a comforting paw around his shoulders and gently shaking him, Malcolm asks "Are you alright?  You were sobbing in your sleep".
Roland Poland, very bemused says "Then all this was just a dream?"
"Let's go and find some breakfast says Malcolm and as the two trot down Botchergate, Roland Poland thinks that Carlisle has never looked so beautiful.

                                                                    THE  END

Thank you to Darcy at Art and Sole for organizing this most wonderful challenge.  I have 'grown' so much from the experience and thank you to all my visitors who have commented on this year long quest.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 51 Greenland

In the penultimate episode of Roland Poland's world tour,
The Xong family have travelled to Nuuk, Greenland for a pre Christmas mini-break and to meet Father Christmas in his workshop.

Roland Poland writes to his half-brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
Been to see Santa and the elves.
Returning home today and can't wait to
pick up my mail from Carmen, then I'm
off to the vets.  I don't know why
because I am feeling fine.

Here are the pages we made in his travel book.

We have included views of the spectacular scenery, including the iconic painted houses and the polar bear coat of arms and very stylish flag.
My postcard Arctic scene is one I have been saving all year for such a destination.  It is a free image from The Graphics Fairy.  I have given it a Christmas feel using Craft Artist2.

A big thank you to all my loyal supporters and hope you will tune in next week for the final instalment in Roland Poland's year long adventure around the world.


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Teddy Bears

This is my favourite image on the Meadow Cottage Bears CD by Christine Howarth.  How could you fail to feel better ?  Unfortunately this year, I have had to sent quite a few get well cards so I am getting in front for next time!  I have done some background stamping with tiny text and flourish stamps in Memento Desert Sand  to give it more depth and interest.  The sentiment is from Joanna Sheen.  The backing paper is from a pad of writing paper bought at the local Pound Shop.

Thanks for stopping by and do feel free to leave a comment, I very much appreciate them.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 50 Hawaii

Roland Poland is still waiting the arrival of his beloved Carmen and also keeping a lookout for any letters she may have sent him.  He is passing time watching old episodes of Hawaii Five-O on the television.

He writes to half-brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
Spending all my time waiting for the postman
and then it's a race to get to the door before the
Missus.  She tripped over me this morning and
said to Xui, "I am fed up of falling over this 
lovesick dog - make sure he has no nuts for 
What could she mean!!


The postcard is my interpretation -  with brayer, stamp and copic markers of a photograph of Coconut Grove Beach at sunset.

This link will get you in the Hawaiian mood and is one of Roland Poland's favourites.

Here are the pages we made in his travel book.

 We have included a scene of one of the lovely beaches, this time, not one of the imported golden sands but the natural black lava sand found all over these volcanic islands, a conch shell being sounded and a painting of King Kamehameha.  Obviously Jack Lord and Hawaii Five -O feature, as I was brought up on this series when I was growing up in Australia and have many happy memories.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and I do hope you will visit the other intrepid travellers who are still travelling the world. (link in sidebar).

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Frosty Day

My image and backing papers are from DebbeesCD's Waterside Watercolours - Winter's Sleep.  The sentiment is from Ezybelles, and the snowflakes are glittered with Stardust Stickles.  The lace is from my huge 'bag of bits'.

Thank you for stopping by and do feel free to leave a comment, all are much appreciated.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 49 Sweden

The Xong family have decided to adopt the stray pug known as Carmen as our hero is so smitten with her.  She is having the necessary injections in order that she can join them at their next destination.

He writes to his brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
We are in Sweden, the land of Abba and I can't help
thinking about Carmen, she's my Dancing Queen.
I have written to her every day but have not yet
received a reply.  I expect it is the post.
Can't wait for her to join me.


Here are the pages in his travel book.

Apart from Abba, of course, we have included the Oresund Bridge between Malmo and Copenhagen, Denmark in tribute to the excellent crime thriller series The Bridge  I watched recently on tv and thoroughly enjoyed.  Also included is a photo of Albert Nobel and an iconic red house at Kullaberg Skane.

The postcard is a photograph of Sodermalarstrand that has been converted to a pencil sketch and coloured in with copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments are greatly appreciated.  I do hope you will also visit our fellow travellers on this year long journey (see sidebar for link.)

Apologies for the blue tinted photos but  that is how the natural light is up here in the north of Scotland.

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