Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Spectacular Santorini sunsets ... and a silver celebration!

Hello everyone ... I haven't been around or visited anyone's blogs for the past week as I have just got back from a week's holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini ... and it was a very special holiday as it was to celebrate my silver wedding anniversary! Yep! 25 years .. how time flies when you're having fun lol!

Seriously though, I'm very lucky to have such a wonderful husband, and it was great to be able to spend some time together in this gorgeous location. We only booked it fairly last minute due to family circumstances that I won't bore you with, so it was all a bit of a rush to get organised ... but it was well worth it. Santorini is a beautiful island renowned for its beautiful views and sunsets, and so is often a wedding or honeymoon destination. We stayed in a resort called Imerovigli in the beautiful Tholos Resort hotel ... the hotel was fantastic, and the staff there were incredibly welcoming - we were even upgraded to the honeymoon suite!

The first two photographs are the sunset from our room terrace ... I'm sure you'll agree the view is absolutely breathtaking!

Here is a also a little video clip of the stunning view from our balcony in the daytime ....

Another beautiful village on Santorini is Oia, and here's a picture of another sunset behind one of the many beautiful church towers.

Of course, we couldn't have a posting without a card could we?? Here's the silver wedding anniversary card I made for my husband - I had a few crises over this as I couldn't decide between hearts and flowers, and also had to take into account that he really doesn't like the colour red so that couldn't predominate! Many thanks to Squirrel who sent me some wonderful romantic images - I didn't use one in the end as I decided it just HAD to be this image (like you do!) .... but I have a lovely stash of cute romantic hedgies and meeces ready to smother my dear OH with love on future occasions lol!

And here's the inside .... sorry for the poor picture quality but I had to take this at night before I wrote in it ready for the next morning !!

Main image: Penny Black "You're a Treasure" (front); hedgies from Penny Black transparent set "Every Which Way" (inside) - all coloured with watercolour pencils and Sakura sparkly pen on the hearts and roses;
Sentiments: rub on (front), Penny Black transparent set "Every Which Way" (inside);
Supplies: paper, silver holographic card and silver ribbon from my stash;
Tools: heart border punched with Martha Stewart "Valentine Lace" punch; silver numbers punched using Cuttlebug "Hippie Chick" alphabet dies.

I didn't specifically make this card for any challenges, but as it is the only card I have made in the past week and a half I would like to enter it into a couple that I hope it fits ok :-) They are:

Creative Card Crew #29 - decorate the inside of your card

Stamp Something - use your favourite colours or papers ...

Well ... my fave colours change like the wind, but have always had a soft spot for blue and silver (esp when I'm making Christmas cards!)

And last but not least .... Pile It On #16 - punches.
I'll be trying now to catch up with all my blogging and commenting ... so please be patient if it takes me a little while to visit as I think I'll still be feeding the washing machine in several days time ... and alas it's work tomorrow!!


  1. Hi sweetie and welcome home. Oh wow hun, your hotel looks beautiful and the photos are just incredible. I am pleased you both had a wonderful holiday.
    Now then, what a gorgeous card - I love blue and silver too - you have such fabulous taste, lol.

  2. Fab card - blue is my favourite colour too!!

  3. Lovely card for a great occasion, Happy Anniversary. Thanks for joining in with the Stamp Something challenge this week.
    Jenni x

  4. Wow, what a beautiful card Pauline! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time, love the pics and next year we'll be celebrating our 25 years too!

  5.'re right the view is stunning - what a gorgeous sunset!
    Glad you had a fab holiday...hope you've had a relaxing week!
    Gorgeous card too! :0)
    Helen x

  6. Wow, what a wonderful place for a wonderful reason!! Congratulations to the two of you, and I am so glad you've had a great time celebrating. The views alone are fab, I can't imagine how terrific the rest must have been, and your card is just perfect!! Wonderful work with those romantic hedgies!!

  7. your photos are stunning!!!!! and such a cute card too!!! Hope you had a marvelous time! Thanks for playing along at Stamp Something!

  8. Wow your card is beautiful i love the colours and the inside is just has beautiful and what a great sentiment.Thanks for taking part in the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
    Paula xxxx

  9. Oh hun, I am not in the slightest bit envious that you have been somewhere so wonderful! Fantastic views and sunsets, wish I could have gone with my paints. And as for your card - how gorgeous is that?! I bet Graham was chuffed to bits, it's brilliant. Glad to have you back sweetie. Squirrel xx

  10. Thankyou for your lovely comments on my blog and for finding the time to do so, glad you had a fantastic time, congrats on your silver wedding your photo's look devine!!

    Hugs Liz x

  11. Hello Pauline

    I've just found your blog, and your work is amazing. I just love it.
    your attention to detail is awesome.
    Congratulations on your Silver Wedding, and those snaps are fabulous.


  12. Fab photos Pauline - what a gorgeous place it looks. Congrats on your Silver Wedding Anniversary.
    Beautiful romantic card and such a sweet image.

  13. Oh wow sweetie you have made me jealous with all those lovely piccies, bet its a starin to be back. What a beautiful sweet little card this is I just love it Hugs Jacqui x

  14. I wish you health and happiness every day!
    Ich wunsche Ihnen Gluck und Gesundheit jeden Tag!
    Je vous souhaite sante et bonheur chaque jour!


  15. Congratulations Pauline - and it's great to have you back. I bet the Silver Wedding holiday was fantastic; the location and your photos are certainly beautiful. You picked well there, hunny.
    I love your card and it is perfect for such a celebration. Beautiful inside decoration too.
    Thanks for entering it into the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
    Sharon xx

  16. your photos are gorgeous! And I just adore your porcupine image

    Amy -- Pile It On DT

  17. What an adorable card, the colours are perfect. Your holiday sounds idyllic too!

  18. Glad you had a great time!! welcome back and heres to the next 25 years!! :0)

  19. Glad you enjoyed your holiday Pauline. Your card for Graham was really cute! Mand xxx

  20. Happy Belated Wedding Anniversary Pauline.
    Your pictures are amazing and I adore your card...just beautiful.
    Have a great weekend.
    Carole x

  21. Beautiful card, love the colors.
    What fabulous photos.

    Thank you for playing.
    Brenda-Pile It On GDT

  22. Stunning card! wow its so adorable. Love your holiday pics too, wish i was there lol. Thanks for joining in the CCC Challenge . Donna x


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