Monday, May 29, 2017

At the West Indies Beer Co, Grenada

Wow I think Grenada just got even better with the West Indies Beer Co. at Lance Aux Epines Grenada.

Its been there a while but my boyfriend and I finally decided to give it a try and we really enjoyed it. And, I think it was the beer I sampled that also made me forget that I was flying home the next day, however its a good thing I decided to check my plane reservations that same night albeit at 10pm.

So thankfully I did not miss my flight...

Now back to the beer you would be surprised to know that beer is not to my taste but adventure is my middle name so I tried one of the beers called 'black rock' with 8.3 % alcohol and it had a punch.... Its a good thing it was just a sample...whooooo... Even my dearbf who has had several strong beers while living many years in England thought ....whooo....that's a beer.

I just had the cider...also brewed was delightfully delicious...hmmmm. The drinks were served in mason jars. My dearbf loved the jars and I reminded him I wanted to get a few last year in the US and he thought it was a crazy idea....not anymore...he's looking to get some when we travel this year. Talk about change of mind..hahaha...or was that the 8.3% talking there. The beers are brewed and drunk right there on the compound which adds to the ambience. When we arrived, there were just a handful of persons but then as it got darker more and more persons arrived there so you know its one of the 'happening' places in Grenada without a doubt.

The food was excellent as well we ordered ribs and coleslaw but the meal also came with fries so it was worth the stop. The prices too are excellent and I would recommend anyone to visit...the West Indies Beer Co.

Here are some of the pics from our adventure at the West Indies Beer Co

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leaving Concord Falls behind- driving through Belvedere Estate

I was saddened to leave the beautiful concord falls but we were taking a drive through the countryside of Grenada and it was already late afternoon.

The drive back out was filled with talk of the amazing beauty and sheer wonder of the Falls. How powerful it sounded and how pristine it was. We continued along the road towards Gouyave, a fishing village on the western side of the island- looking at the villagers from the community sitting at the side of the road, enjoying their sunday afternoon sunshine, some were in the park watching a local football match, some were bathing in the sea. There were mothers, aunts and sisters combing the hair of young ones , family members even neighbours/ friends.

We decided to go through the interior of the island for a change, taking the road to Clozier, through the Belvedere Estate. On the way there, we passed an area where some friends of ours had a picnic by the river. I took a few pics of the riverbed as I am always fascinated by the way a rocky riverbed looks.

The road through the Belvedere estate is a very bumpy road, so you would definitely need a 4 wheel drive. We didnt meet many cars along the way and the scenery was varied.

We passed fields of banana trees where the fruits were covered with blue plastic bags with vented holes. I was told it was to protect against insects, birds etc.

We drove on and as we rounded a bend I was awestruck at the height of two palm trees in an adjacent field. It was at least over 100 ft tall. I said 'we have to stop..I must take some photos of these trees'

I was amazed, I got back into the car and we continued driving through the estate. I was still looking for more pics to tell my story of this beautiful countryside. Well I got just that.. the road pass through this beautiful canopy ...
I said just one word 'Wow!' Then I said 'isn't this place just beautiful....' I haven't taken so many pictures in a long while. It was truly amazing...

Hope you enjoyed this little journey with me and will be back with more of my travels through Grenada.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My little secret pool/garden I saw at Concord Falls

Hi there. Welcome back. You're probably wondering about my little secret pool/garden. Well when I began taking photos of the waterfall, I happened to look down from the road towards a building, which was situated across the way of the waterfall and I said WOW.... look how beautiful. It was like a little secret pool/garden.

The water was clean and clear and the vegetation around the pool gave it a sort of unspoiled appearance. Apparently my secret garden/pool was a continuation of a small waterfall across the way where we parked. The water fell from the hills above the roadway, then gathered in a pool there which then continued under the roadway and emptied into my secret pool.

Here is another pic of my secret pool..that I photographed.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Taking a drive to the Concord waterfall in Grenada

Hi there everyone..I'm taking a little break from card making....

From my subject line you can tell that I'm in Grenada- a small island in the caribbean sea. A couple days ago my dear bf and I took a drive around the island and decided to find the waterfall. We have passed the sign to it may be a hundred times and we never explored the route there.

So on seeing the sign we took the gentle sloping road to the right which said 'Concord Waterfall- 2 miles'....and the journey began. We passed a few houses along the way which then gave out to vegetation. After driving for a while, we saw the sign saying 'Concorde Waterfalls- 1 mile' so we kept driving as we were determined to find it that day and then there it was.... This beautiful majestic falls.

I looked back at the road from whence we came and took a pic of it. Even that was beautiful...

I took a few more pics of the area from the top of the road across from the Concord falls which were just so amazing.

In my next post you will see a secret pool and garden that got its start in another waterfall across the way.. Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sparkle and Shine Day 4

Hi there. welcome back.

Day 4's class was all about shimmer, pearl and flakes. Beautiful, beautiful designs and ideas from the teachers. Here are my submissions

The first card, I used luminarte shimmer paints in sunflower, mallard green and cinnamon. I used a leaf stencil and drew out the design with a pencil then I painted the leaves and outlined them with a white sharpie pen for effect.

The second card I used perfect pearls and ranger's sticky embossing powder. I didnt have any vellum paper but I had a patterned sheet with brown flowers which I fussy cut out and stuck on the card with glossy accents. I added a pink ribbon for effect.

Hope you enjoyed my sparkle and shine cards. Day 5 and 6 will be completed upon my return at the end of the month.

Sparkle and Shine Day 3

I'm telling you that this class has been quite a good challenge for me. I am seeing so much new ideas for my existing stash of papers,stamps dies and more. I am only sorry I wouldnt be able to finish it until I return at the end of May when I return.

There are so many possibilities to using the products that I am amazed.

Day 3 we covered liquid applications and these are my submissions for the techniques.

For the first card I used wink of stella, glossy accents and glitter glue to add shimmer to the flowers. I first added the distress inks to the stamp and then spritz it with water and stamped the image. The colours used were mustard seed, mowed lawn and abandoned coral.

2nd card

I just used the stamp from Penny Black 'Sunny Days' and painted the image with existing paints on my palette. I then used the glossy accents to add the rain and to make a puddle on the ground with the shadow.

3rd Card

Using the balloon dies from Simon Says Stamp celebration time, I drew several balloons and proceeded to paint them. The typewriter is an old stamp I never used and I'm not sure where it came from as I cant find the packaging. I used gold cardstock and modern millinery signature paper. The envelope is from Richard Garay Noteworthy stamp and die set.

Hope you like my cards and tune in for Day 4.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sparkle and Shine Day 2

This class was a bit challenging to add to my schedule hence the reason I am now completing Day 2. With 42 Mother's Day cards to make for my niece's son's class, also had paperwork to find and submit for a new land tax system as well as getting all bills paid including car insurance before I travel to Grenada, made last week extremely challenging but I intend to finish by this Wednesday.

A lot of the materials I do not have but I used what I had in my stash and it has been extremely fulfilling for me to use them this way! For instance I used foil paper and foil cardstock instead of deco foil. Hope you like them!

This first one is my example of 'Simple Foiling'

The sentiments used is from Clearly Besotted Stamps. The foil is from my stash, and I used distress oxide- 'broken china' to colour the background for the 'love' sentiment and to stamp part of the sentiment.

The second card is my example of another foiling technique where the background of the card is foiled. What I did was I used paper with polka dot foiling and then added the diecut ring shape as part of the foreground out of gold foil cardstock. The sentiment is from Stampendous Daisy Thanks on brown cardstock.

The final card is about foiling and stamping. I didnt stamp the image but I die cut it and painted it using zig kuretake clean color real brush and the die-cut shape is memory box tall taper candle cut out of blue foil paper.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be adding the rest of the classes soon. Please leave a comment before you leave.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sparkle and Shine Class Day 1

Hi there and welcome back...

I am so excited to tell you about the new class I am attending on online card classes. It is called "Sparkle and Shine" and I can say it is as much fun as it sounds. Its all about the glitz and the glam.

The first day, we were introduced to some really cool techniques such as using bonding powder and glitter ( creating your own coloured gitter),glitter inlay cards and rainbow glitter (using alcohol markers). I didnt have all the supplies so I improvised alot.

For the first card I used distress ink in dried marigold and recollections 'glitz' extra fine glitter. The stamped message is from Heartfelt Greetings by HOTP and for the bonding agent I used ranger sticky embossing powder.

Regarding the diecut inlay glitter card , I used Swirl ornament by Memory Box Co. with double sided tape placed together to cover the shape and then glitter from Art-C was added. I have had this glitter for at least 8 years I think...hahaha.

The third card I didnt quite do the rainbow effect. While I was looking at the video it reminded me of a 3-d technique my sister and I used to do for our cards over 20 years ago. We would colour the edges of the letters which we assume would be in shadow and give it a 3-D effect. So I tried it out with copic marker Y18. Hope you can see the effect.