Friday, June 14, 2013

Jellypark Friends Marvelously Masculine Challenge

The challenge upon us at JP this fortnight is to make a card for a guy, young or old. Since Father's Day is right around the corner, it seems like a great time to make a card for your dad. And Jellypark has the perfect image available in the store right now: Father and Children. It is so cute, and is the new JP charity stamp--all proceeds from the sale of this stamp will go to charity.

Claire also has some really cute sentiments in the store for a Father's Day card, so be sure to check them out, too. Creating with her images has been so much fun for me.  

Before I get to my card this week, I am going to add a few more tidbits about the Bahamian trip we took last month. I hit the high points about our food, so won't mention that again. Except to say that we had Starbucks there, and it did cost twice as much as it does here. Terrible thing to be addicted to their Chai Lattes when you are in a foreign country, huh? Oh, and they get New Zealand butter, which I found fascinating. To ship butter all that way--there must be a great deal in that somehow for both countries! Don't get me wrong--the butter tasted like butter. Fancy that. It was just odd to see a New Zealand label on it. Also, if I didn't mention it before, this was my first trip outside the U.S. I was a foreign-traveling-virgin. Hmmm....there must be a better way to say that. I haven't seen my actual you-know-what for a few decades. 

If you ever get to Atlantis Paradise Island, you will find the grounds are just fantastic, beautifully maintained, and the buildings are all so different. It is a fantabulous family vacation spot. So much for the kids to see and do. Great fresh air, (just don't go during rainy season), 3 beautiful beaches with gorgeous turquoise water and white sands, and 11 swimming pools. There are 14 water lagoons for various water sports and fish/animal exhibits, 18 water slides that will apparently make you scream, (no we didn't try them, but we could hear the peeps that did loud and clear), a teen center, tons of activities for the young-uns, and a fascinating aquarium, called the Ruins at Atlantis. Oh, you can even snorkel the  "Ruins" if you'd like--though I really didn't want to get in the water with the sharks and the sting rays. There was a giant ray, whose stinger was either broken off or amputated. Not sure if that was a safety precaution, as we didn't do the actual underground "tour" to hear all the details. We walked through the exhibit by ourselves, so that we could take our time taking photos. 

Here are some shots of the buildings and grounds:

Here's a shot of one water slide. I managed to catch the person going down it. And you know how? Because I waited for the scream, so I knew when to snap the shot. Almost everyone coming down this slide announced it that way.

Here's a couple of shots of the Lobby at the Royal Towers, where the smoke-laden casino is, as well as the Dig, where the aquarium is:

Here's the area leading down to the Dig:

And here are some shots of the aquarium. There are some gorgeous fish, two schools of them, (one for the apparently horizontally-challenged), some ray photos, a shark or two, bio-luminescent jellyfish, a crazy lobster grouping, a seahorse, some really ugly eels, a coral grouping, and a couple of fish that look just like Gary and I when we argue.

Did you see Nemo's family up there? Looks like he was pretty prolific to me.

And here's the view we had from our balcony. Not the prettiest, but at least we got to look at water!

More photos another day. Hope that wasn't too many for you. (And if it was, tough.) (Ooooh, my evil twin is back. I kind of missed her, didn't you?) We had more photos, believe me, but thought this selection would give you an idea of how cool the Dig is. There was actually a gift shop down there, too, with very expensive gifts.

Now to my card for the new JP challenge. I love this image, called Knight and Dragon. It appeals to the sci-fi side of me. I printed them on MICBC and then colored them with my Twin Touch Brush and Copic markers:

Skin: E000, TTR131, TTYR133, TTR139
Hair: E15
Armor: W1, W3, W4, W5
Glove & Pennant: YR21, YR23, YR27
Dragon: BG70, BG72, BG75, V000, V12, V15

I chose some DP from the Basic Grey Plumeria collection, and paired it with CS from Stampin' Up. I used a Stampin' Up sentiment from the Embrace Life collection. My background DP was distressed with my Zutter tool. I inked the fishtails with some SU inks. I added a bit of burlap and a few die cuts made with the following dies: MFT Fishtail Flag Stax, MFT Mini Film Strip, MFT Mini Pennant, MFT Mini Tabs Foursome, and LaLa Land Crafts Folding Banner. I stapled the mini tab with a mini stapler. And then I called it a day. 

I am looking forward to your entries for this challenge. Please check out both the challenge creations and the new release creations by my fabulous teammates--who are also super-sweet and supportive. Love this group! Now go have a great weekend. That's an order. From the little knight. 


  1. Total cuteness Penny! I love all the embellishments and the image is so cute and so well colored!

  2. WOW!! This is fabulous Penny. Such a wonderful image and coloured so beautifully. I love the layout and your detailing is just amazing!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos too.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Oh my Penny, what fabulous photos. I'm ready to go see for myself but unfortunately we are going to Houston next week for about 4 days so can't go and then I'm staying home awhile. I am tired of traveling. I did a week at my son's, two weeks in CA at my daughters and now a few days at my step daughters and I am ready to stay home...I love your card, love the image, love the papers, love the dies and absolutley love the card and the design. Great job!!

  4. those photo's are beautiful Penny, what a beautiful aquarium!!
    the hotel doesn't look bad either :-)
    Noe to your card,fabulous as always :-)
    Love the image which you colored beautiful!

  5. Penny, your card is adorable. Love the burlap. Great pictures! It is always fun to see your wonderful adventures.

  6. Hi Penny,
    I love watching your photos.. they are beautiful!!
    Your card is amazing! I like the colors and the cute image!!

  7. gorgeous card. love the colours x fab layout

    fab photos too x

  8. Hey Penny your pictures are just awesome, thanks for sharing. Love your card, purple dragon!!! fantastic coloring, all those lawyers awesome love the papers and even fibers so creative...
    Hugs, Patricia

  9. Penny thanks for showing us these pics from your fabulous holiday - if only we could go !!! Maybe one day ! For now we'll have to settle for the Spanish islands !! Your card for this challenge us just super - I love how you've coloured the dragon and your fab colour combo - just gorgeous xx
    ((Hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  10. Oooh. Great photos of the aquarium and the resort. I've heard good things about the Atlantis. Nice to know that they are true!

    I love your card. That image is wonderful and you've colored it so well. I especially like how you colored the armor and the dragon. His spots are a nice touch.

  11. Penny, i am so envious of your travels! I love your card, i love the purple instead of the green and the film strip is genius! I think the image you shared is precious too!

  12. Beautiful photos, Penny! The aquarium looks awesome and you got some fabulous shots. It's always fun to see photos of your adventures. Fun card as well.


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