29 June 2019


Hi Everyone, I had a wonderful day yesterday, besides the superb heat 27C and the SUN! it's so welcome, there was even a cooling wind, a perfect day. Due to personal circumstances we can't get to go anywhere too far that often, but as hubby's sister had asked if we would take her, we did. Her hubby has been stopped driving due to onset dementia, so sad.

We went to the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, if any of you can make a visit then it really is worth it, so much history with coins on show and one made during the time of  King Alfred in 800 AD, over a 1000 years of history in coins, we saw how they were made and designed and were even given the chance to "try" and lift a gold bar, I lifted one side of it! Also I hadn't realised The Royal Mint make coins for the USA and Russia, amongst the 50 countries in all they make for. They also make medals and awards, I hadn't realised they made them for the Olympics in London in 2012, all of it I found absolutely fascinating.

We then went on to "Afternoon Tea" at The Mint, which is dainty sandwiches and a selection of cakes, ALL Yummy, all downed with tea from a beautiful teapot and set of plates and cups and saucers. Very civilised LOL. On the way home, we went via Porthcawl, so lovely to be beside the sea, a lovely day had by all. Sorry no piccies, I left my phone "on charge" aarrgghh! and my camera behind, in a way not so bad as we weren't allowed to take photos due to security issues.
 this is the actual seating area we sat at

Anyhow onto today's card.

The stamp came in this months magazine as a freebie and I just had to use it, it's so pretty. I also took inspiration from the magazine and cased one of the cards inside.

The only thing is I am limited on colouring things, I tried watercolour, but it was yuck! in the bin. I then tried markers and this is the result, not the colours I would have liked, but as I said my supplies are limited. However I'm sure I've seen perennial foxgloves this colour for sale at the garden centre, so that's what they are LOL. The card is simple, but by the time I had it coloured I couldn't think what else to do with it! I wish my colouring was better, I suppose practice is what I need a LOT of, but it's not my favourite pastime.
foxglove, sentiment and bee stamp - magazine freebies
markers - Spectrum Noir 
red card -Dovecraft
sequins - stash
clear sparkle pens - Spectrum Noir
white gel pen - Uniball


cotnob said...

A beautiful card Faith, our garden is full of foxgloves at the moment, they are one of my favourite flowers.
It sounds like you had a super day out, it makes all the difference when the weather is nice doesn't it.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Inkyfingers said...

What pretty foxgloves Faith and I love the addition of the little bee in the corner making a beeline for the flowers! Our foxgloves have been fabulous this year and I hope they provide lots of food for these little friends who need all the help they can get these days. Your trip to the Royal Mint sounds fascinating and it is now on my list of places to go when I can.
Enjoy the sunshine.
Carol x

Sally H said...

Absolutely stunning! We have several foxgloves at the moment that are taller than me! If I'd spotted that magazine I'd have got it too. Beautiful!

Viv said...

What beautiful foxgloves Faith!you have coloured them so well too. Hope you made your victoria sponge in the end,will add a quick pic of mine when I remember. I put too much jam and cream in mine ... but it still got all eaten up by everyone anyway lol ;)hugs Viv x

Liz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day at the Royal Mint, Faith. I've never been there, although I have tried to lift a gold bar when I went to the Bank of England in London on a course many years ago. Love your foxglove card, there seems to be so many around lately when we've been driving down country lanes. xx

cuilliesocks said...

It's a beautiful card Faith and your colouring is fabulous, nothing wrong with it at all.
Sounds like an interesting visit to the Mint, Kate x x

crafty-stamper said...

Love the foxgloves and coloured beautifully -you can get a few various colours in foxgloves we have a few in the garden-great freebie stamps and love the little Bee
carol x

crafty-stamper said...

oops meant to say your day out sounded very interesting
Carol x

Anne said...

That's lovely Faith, I think your colouring is just fine. I don't have much success with water colours despite it always looking so easy when other people do it!
Your day out sounds great, somewhere a bit different and very interesting I imagine.
I've neglected blogging recently so just having a catch up of my favourites while I have a spare evening - don't know where the time goes!
Enjoy your weekend
Anne x

Brenda said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip Faith! And your tea sounds so lovely too. We have "tea" rooms that I guess are trying to give a UK tea experience. I love going to them, but haven't been in ages. Your card is beautiful and I don't see anything wrong with your coloring! It looks great to my eyes. Hugs, Brenda

Shirley Young said...

The Royal Mint sounds fascinating Faith and the tea room looks lovely, so nice to have special day out now and then. Your card looks beautiful and I think the colours are perfect xx

Lisa Lynn said...

Faith, this is gorgeous. Love your coloring.

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card!!!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Sounds like a fun outing! Love your card with the pretty colored foxgloves. I think your coloring is wonderful!

Carol L said...

Your trip to the mint sounds like a fun outing. I remember going to the Philadelphia mint when I was in high school and it was fascinating to see how coins are minted! So glad you had nice weather for your outing. What a pretty card with those foxgloves - they're colored beautifully!

Hetty said...

What a wonderful day at the Mint, must be so interresting.
Your card is beautiful, great chice these markers,although watercoloring might be great to. Maybe just some more practise. I love the soft look of watercoloring.
The result is wonderful on this card.

Mac Mable said...

Your colouring looks great to me, so vibrant and pretty and so is your card x.
Thank you for the memories ....we have been to the Royal mint and when we go to South Wales we always stay in Porthcawl x

Greta said...

Sounds like a wonderful day trip! Glad you could all enjoy it! Your flowers are beautiful, Faith--you're too hard on yourself!