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Aug 5, 2017

Allsorts Week 427 - Colors of Your Flag

Hello and thanks so much for visiting! I apologize for not being around your blogs much the last few weeks. I had a visit from overseas and we also got to spend some time on the beach (my birthday week) which was very much enjoyed.
This week Mervi is our host at Allsorts challenge and she wants to see the colors of our flags. 

I used a really old set by stampin up for my card (Toy Box). Stamped the little boat three times onto white card stock and colored using copic markers. The navy card stock was embossed using a stripes embossing folder also by SU. I added some red, white and blue twine and the little sentiment, which was cut out using one of Whimsy Stamps stiched tag dies. Matted onto red card then a white card front. I think this will make a cute little boy's birthday card.
As always we have a great prize to give away, and we'd love for you to come join us.


And here some photos from vacation. We took a road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I love going on road trips so I can see more of this beautiful country, but I might need a break after this year's. We ended up driving in horrendous storms through 3 states. It was so bad that many cars just completely stopped. My drivers felt pretty confident and kept going at a slower speed but I was scared to death!  It was soooo good when we finally left the storms behind us.

Although it was a beach vacation, I made sure we'd visit some other places too, because I am not one to enjoy a lazy vacation. I can't sit still LOL!

I love nature so of course we had to visit a garden and a state park. The photo above was taken at  Brookgreen Gardens.
I saw some spring pictures of this garden (thanks Amy!) and didn't think I was going to like it as much in summer, as not so much in in bloom, but it was absolutely gorgeous and I didn't want to leave!
The moss covered trees made everything look magical.

 The water lily pond was another favorite.
And I loved the Cypress Swamp area.

 We found plenty of these spiders underneath wooden structures and they made me want to run away :) But of course we couldn't resist looking at them. They are about as big as a hand and were just there in the wild under wooden beams. Nothing I've ever seen before! I looked them up at home - they are called Golden Silk Orb Weavers or Banana Spiders and luckily are not poisonous.

We also took a day trip to the city of Charleston, South Carolina. It was a super hot day but we were still able to enjoy the beautiful architecture. If I ever go back to Charleston, I need to stay at least two days so I can visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens!

Most of our mornings and evenings were spent at the beach. We had an oceanfront room, so the walk to the beach was short.  We loved looking for seashells early in the mornings when most people where still asleep. I really wanted to take a boat trip to Shell Island, but I didn't realize you'd have to book in advance and we ended up not getting any tickets. I'm sure it would have been easier in the off season!

We visited a few other places in this area, but I don't want to bore you with too many photos.
A couple more though...this is not located in the Myrtle Beach area, it was a stop on our way home.

 Did you recognize this building?

 It's the resort that was used in the movie Dirty Dancing - the Kellermann's. It is located in Pembroke, Virginia. You have to drive up a pretty steep road to get to this resort. It is now a resort called the Mountain Lake Lodge. We spent a couple of hours just walking around. You can even book the cottage Baby and her family stayed in.

Above is a photo of the gazebo used in the movie ("find the man of your dreams" scene, where Baby ended up dancing with the old lady). The lake where the water scene took place used to be behind the gazebo but it is sadly dried up.

These apartments remind me of the staff quarters, but that part of the movie was actually filmed in North Carolina.
We have not actually spent the night here so I cannot say anything about the accommodations. We just went for a quick stop to see the movie site of my favorite movie :)

Hope I didn't bore you too much with the photos, and thank you again for visiting!
I'll be back again tomorrow with my Penny Black and More creation. 


Mervi said...

Fabulous and lovely card!
Wow gorgeous holiday photos, magical places truly;-))m

Wendy L said...

Great card Ellie.

Love your vacation pics, Dirty Dancing is my fave ever film, xxx

brenda said...

A lovely collection of photos Ellie, it's a part of the States we have never been to so it's nice to get an idea of all that it has to offer.

Your card is a super take on the theme and reflective of your beach holiday as well, even if you didn't get to take the boat trip.

B x

Marilyn said...

Cute card and great vacation pictures!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love that card! LOVING those boats!!! And LOVING the vacay photos!!! I recognized "Kellerman's" right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Johnson said...

LOVE this masculine card! I pinned it for future reference. I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation and enjoyed Brookgreen Gardens as much as I did. Those spiders were not there when I was there! You sound like you vacation like I do....we spent mornings and evenings at the beach and our days exploring too. We liked getting out to the beach at dawn every day. As far as your drive, rain storms are the worst! We hit one going through the mountains in Tennessee on the way there. It was terrifying, and there was no place to pull over. We prefer to drive to see more of the seems more of an adventure than just getting on a plane. But car troubles and bad weather sometimes ruin it. I have anxiety before going on every vacation thinking of everything that could go wrong, but I try to not let it stop me from taking trips. I'm so happy you had some overseas visitors..that must have been nice for you. I know how much you miss everyone from Germany.

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card, love the images that you have used and the design, great take on the challenge.
Fabulous holliday photo's been to America a few times, did the Deep South tour and the Golden West Adventure and been to Vegas twice, loved everyone of the places we visited.

Kath x

Mummylade said...

Wonderful photos, you must have had an amazing time!

susiestacey said...

Love your card Ellie and the photos are lovely sounds like you had a great trip despite the weather x Susan x

Tracy said...

This is fabulous Ellie, I love your design.
Happy crafting
Tracy x