Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
I thought that I would start today’s post with a few highlights of the trip that Jon and I took to the Bahamas late last month. We were fortunate enough to stay for seven days and six nights at the beautiful Atlantis on Paradise Island. As soon as we landed in Nassau I was overwhelmed with happiness at the Bahamian’s attention to detail. I was snapping photo after photo of the decor and color schemes – in the airport! Jon literally stopped to laugh at me as I snapped this selfie with a pole right before we went through customs!
Obviously I was exited! We had a fantastic taxi driver who not only drove us to the island but also gave us a wealth of information of things to check out during our stay. His name was Jamie and he was truly great. Our hotel was gorgeous and the attention to detail carried on everywhere we went! There was a little town atmosphere behind the area that the hotel was in, called Marina Village. It was home to small shops, restaurants and the largest dock for the most enormous yachts I’ve ever seen. There was a little joint called The Burger Shack that had amazing cheese fries that we snacked on more than once! There was also a Ben & Jerry’s which was so refreshing. Who doesn’t love ice cream?! I took this next photo [below] as we walked around the Village; it was just incredible to have my beloved diet Coke and a picture perfect background. It was paradise.
Our hotel was just one of the seven towers that are part of Atlantis. Each one is a pale shade of pink that just radiates during the afternoon sunshine. The weather was perfect. We knew we’d be fans since back home in Cleveland it was in the 30’s and snowing, but it was truly amazing. Highs in the 70’s everyday and clear, blue skies for as far as you could see. The areas between the towers were full of lagoons and ponds with a plethora of wildlife-including huge turtles, sharks, fish, and stingrays. There were waterfalls, bridges and pathways on which we could walk, taking in all the beautiful scenery. The hotels had their backs to the ocean which was just past the walkways around the property. It was gorgeous. Clear blue water with the softest sand I’ve ever felt in my entire life.
My highlight of the trip was a perk that was included with our stay – a shallow water dolphin experience! Jon kept calling it my “dolphin day” which made me smile. I suited up in a wetsuit with about 45 other people, ranging from young children to senior citizens. We were separated into three groups for the activity and the woman I was next to was actually from Cleveland – such a small world! We spent about half an hour in the water learning all sorts of facts about dolphins while witnessing our group’s dolphin [Nahama] do tricks. She was a young dolphin, only five years old and she was adorable. I got to pet her and hug her and it was amazing. They are such intelligent, beautiful animals and I was in love. Jon stood behind me and took some photos since we declined to purchase the photo package of 3 photos for $69. It was an amazing experience and I was so happy I had the chance to do it!
It was such a wonderful vacation. For me it was almost too long because I seriously struggle with trying to relax, but that’s another story for another day. We came home with a bunch of photos [that are already in a mini album! Yay, go me!], sunburned foreheads, arms and legs, and so, so many memories. It was such a great week with my favorite human. I’m so happy we had the chance to go somewhere new and experience so many new things. Now we get to start planning the next trip!
As I had previously mentioned, I decided to use this color scheme as an inspiration for my cards this week. The sunsets were incredible in the Bahamas and these colors were some that we witnessed.
I needed to make a couple thank you cards for both my parents and Jon’s parents since they all gave us some gifts to help enjoy our trip. I decided to use some actual sand from the beach in the Bahamas in a sort of shaker card.
I die-cut all my pieces from Papertrey Ink cardstock in the colors from the inspiration photo, [raspberry fizz, royal velvet, pure poppy, orange zest and bright buttercup]. I stamped a dolphin from a Lawn Fawn set and colored it in with Prismacolor markers. I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuze tool to seal my sand in between two layers of plastic so it wouldn’t spill or leak out. The “thanks” sentiment was die-cut from a Lawn Fawn die. I actually didn’t use the red cardstock because I forgot that I had to have a hole for the dolphin to poke through, but that’s okay.
I even made a coordinating envelope from PTI cardstock and the WRMK envelope punchboard. I tend to forget that I own it, but I so need to use it more. It’s just perfect for cards like this. I used the negative portion of the purple circular hole to write the address on [not shown]. I hope that they all enjoy it. It was definitely a fun one!
For my next color inspiration I’m choosing to use this image from Pinterest:
I have no idea what type of card I’ll make but I’ll be sure to show it soon! I’m working on getting back on track to have at least one color scheme a week with an end goal of 52 challenges throughout the year. I’m also planning out some more calculated and theme-specific posts. I’ve got more than a handful of things I’m trying to juggle right now, but this is important to me so I’m working on it.
Now that I’ve kept you long enough, hopefully you can enjoy the rest of your Super Sunday. Thanks for visiting!