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I love keeping my holiday memories alive in various travel scrapbooks. Today, I am going to share with you my Gran Canaria scrapbook and the highlights from the very first holiday Shaun and I went on together. At the time we had only known each other about six weeks but we still decided to book a spontaneous sunny break to this beautiful island in the Canaries. Why wait, hey! Thankfully it was a good trip and 18 months on, we are still together.

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Gran Canaria has year round sunshine and there is so much to see and do. This holiday had a good mix of days out, boat trips and just chilling on the beach with a glass (or two+) of sangria. We stayed in the resort of Bahia Feliz, which gave us good access to visit different parts of the island by bus and taxi.

Playa del Ingles is a gorgeous part of the island. It is a lively resort with white sandy beaches and miles and miles of sand dunes. We walked along the sand and it felt like we were in the desert. You can even go camel trekking if you want to have that real desert like experience. On our visit, we enjoyed a few games of mini golf and a leisurely stroll around the town. Such a fun day!

For something a little different, we spent another day in Puerto de Mogán. This is such a picturesque, peaceful little fishing village and I remember we ate a very tasty spaghetti bolognese here. It made me laugh when I asked the waiter if he had wi-fi and he replied with a straight face: ‘No, but I have white fish’. This place was stunning and perfect for those photo opportunities. 

Our holiday was in July and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. If you are a spontaneous kinda holiday-goer and you can’t wait until the summer, you can be sure Gran Canaria has sunny weather whenever you arrive. The average temp. in February is 21°C, getting warmer and warmer as the year goes on. Perfect for relaxing on the beach and soaking up some sunshine.

Our most favourite activity was to enjoy a few glasses of sangria on the balcony, playing cards and enjoying the glorious weather. It was such an amazing holiday and always has so many special memories for Shaun and I. We would definitely go back again as it is such an affordable, sunny getaway which isn’t too far to travel from the UK. So I say why wait, go book yourself a week or two on this beautiful island today.  

Have you been to Gran Canaria? Do you enjoy exploring or relaxing on the beach? Let me know in the comments!

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If you have been following my blog recently, you will know I’ve been getting all artsy and crafty. Last week was painting by numbers and scrapbooking, this week is card making. Thanks to the lovely people at Stampin’ Up, I have been sent this awesome card making kit to try called Lot’s Of Happy.

I love the idea of this card making kit, it’s the perfect way to give someone a little bit of happy on any occasion. Even if you are not naturally artistic, you can still do something homemade and creative which always adds that extra special touch. This kit has everything you need, just make sure you have some glue nearby and you are good to go!

The whole kit comes in this cool little box. I’m already thinking of uses for this once I have made all my cards. How perfect would this be for giving a gift in too!

In the all-inclusive card making kit you get: 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs / 7 photopolymer stamps / clear stamp block / 20 printed card bases and coordinating envelopes / printed, gold foil, white, and vellum die-cut accents / white and gold foil labels / basic black archival stampin’ spot / full-size watercolour pencils in flirty flamingo, lemon lime twist, old olive, and rich razzleberry / lemon lime twist 1/4″ (6.4 mm) ombre ribbon / stampin’ dimensionals.

Gorgeous shades to colour in the flowers.

Cool stamps for every occasion.

In the kit, there is a handy little guide to show you which combinations work best together.

Firstly, the important task of colouring. It’s so easy to add depth to the flowers using the different shades provided.

Ta-da! The greens and pinks look so pretty together.

Next, choose your card, the add the first layer and stick on the flower embellishments.

It’s all about adding layers to make the card stand out. I love how the black and white stripes look against the pinks and greens with a touch of gold.

Of course, Simba wasn’t far away when there was string involved.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out. The stampin’ is pretty straightforward – stamps, ink and stampin’ block are all included.

There are a variety of different card shapes and sizes all with matching envelopes.

I love the cute and happy stamps!

This kit is a must for anyone who loves colouring in, like I do.

When you manage to get the string from your cat, you can use this to add an extra layer and splash of colour.

I love how these cards have such sweet and positive messages.

Here are the five different designs. You can experiment with layers and combinations and see which looks best. To have fun with your own kit, check out the Stampin’ Up Lot’s of Happy card making kit. Share your awesome creations on social media by tagging Stampin’ Up on Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Happy stampin’!

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 At the weekend, Shaun and I decided to go to the train station and pick a destination at random and go on a Saturday adventure. Salisbury was the first place which came up. It was only an hour away from us, the weather was sunny, so it sounded like the perfect day out.

Before we knew it, we had arrived in the city and found ourselves outside Salisbury Cathedral.

A few obligatory photographs outside the cathedral.

The River Avon flows right through the city and looked so pretty in the February colours.

This is Salisbury’s Love-Lock Bridge. Not as romantic as Paris, but still sweet.

It wasn’t long before we were thinking about lunch (as usual, hehe). We picked Wildwood just outside the market as the menu sounded delicious.

I was feeling in a vegetarian mood so I went for: Grilled mushroom & halloumi burger with pesto mayonnaise. As always, I upgraded to sweet potato fries. Amazing!

After lunch, we took a stroll around Salisbury outdoor market, this place sells everything: fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses, eggs, vacuum cleaners, carpets, clothes, shoes, jewellery, kitchenware, wooden furniture, like everything. It’s open every Tuesday and Saturday and worth a visit if you are in the area.

I always love the colours and aromas in a busy vibrant market.

Who doesn’t like a little bit of homemade fudge? Roly’s Fudge originally came from Devon 30 years ago and is made from all natural ingredients. You can buy everything from Vanilla Clotted Cream, Chocolate or Rum ‘n’ Raisin to more traditional flavours. There is something for everyone here.

After we had looked around the city, we fancied a quieter walk along the river enjoying the scenery.

The cathedral was never far away – at least we knew how to find our way back to the station again.

Peaceful surroundings just outside of the city.

Salisbury has a good mix of everything – vibrant colourful markets, cultural Cathedrals and peaceful river walks. We will definitely be coming back here again sometime. especially as it’s just a short train ride from home. Have you been to Salisbury? Do you prefer the busier city life or quieter countryside?

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