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Aug 12, 2023

All Creatures Great and Small... (and a few European Vacation Pictures)

Hello everyone, it's time for another new challenge at Allsorts. As a reminder the challenges run for two weeks during August since many are on summer holiday. Summer break went by quickly over here as school already started this week. Our family did get a chance to go to Europe in July to visit my family and I'm sharing some pictures too of some places we visited along with some of my family. Simply scroll down past the card for the vacation pictures.

Anyway, at Allsorts it's Brenda's turn to host this week and she chose theme of.......All Creatures Great and Small with an option for Anything Goes. We have 2 prizes this time around so hope you'll join in with us for your chance to win. There is a stamp set from AALL and Create and a £15 voucher from WOWVOW up for grabs.

My mojo has gone wandering ever since I've been back from vacation (actually before I left for vacation) so I went to my craft room with no idea in my mind. Dug a bit through my box of extra pieces and snippets and found the "negative" of a rectangle die cut and that's how this card was started. I then picked out an image that would fit into the frame which is this cute Penny Black stamp Furry Flight. The little mouse and kite did require fussy cutting to add to the card. For coloring I used my Zig Clean Color markers. The sentiments are from Colorado Craft Company set So Sweet and Lawn Fawn set Gingham Backdrops. The gingham border stamp is also part of the same stamp set.

A prima flower and some Wink of Stella glitter finish off the card.

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I'm entering the card to:

I wanted to share a few photos from my trip to Europe as well. The main reason for the trip was to visit my family (it's been over 5 years since I have seen most of them) and it's been so wonderful! Of course we did some sightseeing too and went hiking in Austria. 

These fortress ruins (Wolfstein) near the city of Neumarkt are only about 45 minutes away from my hometown so we spent one morning exploring. I'm a big fan of fortresses and castles in any shape and form so really enjoyed this!

And of course there had to be a cat. This cute little kitten came right up to us for some cuddles. Probably belongs to a nearby farm. His mom was around too but I didn't get to capture a picture of her. 

We also visited the city of Nuremberg also about 45 min. drive away from my hometown in another direction. I'm no stranger to Nuremberg as I went to school here for 3 years but it's been many years since I visited the "Altstadt" (Old Town). This year I decided to meet up with a friend here and we walked up to the Nuremberg Imperial Castle. 

Took a few pictures along the way...

We also got to visit the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic. It's only about 3 hours away from my hometown (but none of us have ever been there before) and we stayed for just that day since my sister had appartment reservations for all of us in Austria for the following few days. 

Such a beautiful city full of beautiful architecture! But so many people!! I did feel a bit like an ant in an ant colony as we crossed Charles Bridge. 

My hubby, me and kids...

Before we left for Prague I found out Karlstejn Castle is just south of Prague so we took a little detour here. I wish we had had more time to explore because I would have loved to see the inside of this castle! There may be another trip to the Czech Republic in the future :)

For a few days of our visit my sister and her husband rented an appartment for all of us in Austria's Zell am See region so we could spend some more time all together and of course we did some hiking while there. 
Hubby and the kids.
My dad and I below..

On the day we didn't pack rain jackets we got caught by a summer rain LOL.

Hope you enjoyed my pictures, I sure wish I could go back already!!

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  1. A wonderful card, so happy. My eyes deceived me at first as I thought there was a rectangle frame. Very clever the way you did this. Love your photos. Prague is the only one of those places I have been to.

  2. What a gorgeous card Ellie - you did well!
    Loving your holiday photos - I may never get to Europe, so enjoy travelling vicariously via photos like yours

  3. This card is awesome. I love the scene and the effect you've created with the rectangle. Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip, I love them. Hugs, María.

  4. Adorable Penny Black image and super cute card.

  5. Adorable card with the clever Outside the Box technique, Ellie! And what a fun vacay you had. Love the family bench photo by the lake in Prague. But then, the bench photo in the field is pretty cool, too, but you're not in it. XOX

  6. Adorable card, Ellie. Thank you for sharing the photos of your holiday. It brought back memories of our holidays to Germany and Austria. I've never been to Prague, it's still on my bucket list. xx

  7. Your pictures are great! And all places are familiar to me because we have visited them all too!
    Lia xx

  8. A lovely stamped card design as always, your cards are beautifully thought out. Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday photos, it's the closest I will ever get to these places and they look amazing, no wonder you want to return there.

  9. Anonymous07:54

    Beautiful and adorable card Ellie .. gorgeous stamps and fab composition. Fabulous set if holiday photos, love the bit more explanation than you get on FB. As per our previous chats you definitely need to visit Wales sometime .. there is nowhere like it for ruined castles!
    Pauline xx

  10. What a super cute card, love the design. Lovely to see your photos of your family travels x

  11. A wonderful celebration image - so fun! I love seeing your photos, too. I was in Prague last fall and it was very beautiful and great to explore, but lots of people then as well. You have given me more ideas for my travel wish list though!

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  13. Happy and fabulous card! Lovely holiday pics;-))m

  14. Your card is so happy and reminds me that we should be happy for every day that we have. I really enjoyed your pictures of Europe Prague is my favorite city. Thank you so much for joining us at Double D Challenge.

  15. Adorable card, love how you used your leftover!
    Fabulous photos, how many beautiful places visited you and family!

  16. Such a cute card I love it. Your vacation photos look wonderful. I am glad to see you visit with family
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  17. Your card is so adorably cute and surely would make anyone smile, it did me! Your pictures are amazingly beautiful and how great you got to visit family and spend such precious time with them!!
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  18. Adorable card and gorgeous holiday pics! I love all the history of Europe, so many wonderful things to see. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenge. We enjoy seeing everyone's creativity.
    Donna xx
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  19. Hi Ellie it's great to be back in blogland, love your pictures and of course your fun cute card a super make
    lolo x

  20. A lovely trip through your vacation and looks like a memorable one as well and wow your children have grown. A super cheery card for our new challenge as well.

    B x

  21. It looks beautiful there!!!

    Curated by Jennifer

  22. Your card is so cute! Those photos from your trip are fabulous. I am so happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time with family.

  23. Cute Card , thanks for joining us at crafty gals challenge corner

  24. The card us adorable!
    And your photos are gorgeous!

  25. Oh my goodness, what a dream vacation. I would never be able to come back to the states after seeing all of that. Your card is adorable. I love what you did with the negative.

  26. What a cute image! I love your coloring too. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner
    PS O love your photos of your trip.

  27. This is one of my favourite PB images Elli! I love your sweet card. It was amazing to look through your beautiful photos. So different from my corner of the world! Thanks so much for sharing with us at PB Saturday Challenge. Have a good weekend! :)


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