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Saturday, May 26, 2012

One Beautiful Day

Yesterday was a great day for a drive...sunny and warm.
 Backseat passenger enjoying the ride.
Clear skies gave gorgeous views of the mountains.
 Girl and her best friend. 
Rhodes in full bloom.

Bird along the wetland trail at Point No Point Lighthouse.
Skies were clear enough to see Seattle.
Wayne, Amber and Nanook enjoying the beach.
Backside of the lighthouse from the wetland trail.
Scenic view along the trail.
One last romp in the water before heading home.
One tired dog.
Hoping your enjoying great summer weather.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Camping Trip At Pacific Beach

We spent four days at Pacific Beach with the whole family and some friends last weekend. We actually had fabulous weather. It was dry until the day we left. Here are just a "few" pics from the trip:
Playing horseshoes

 Sunset on the beach
 Relaxing in the trailer
 The best dinner of the trip
The dogs hanging out in the trailer
 At Ocean Shores flying kites and enjoying the beach.
 Flying High
 Our friends Christeen and Dennis
 Getting the kites ready to fly from the truck.
 Travis on  moped
 The kids riding mopeds on the beach.
 Gotta luv the pink moped!
 Ready to ride!
 Sun getting ready to set.
 Flying kites on Pacific Beach.
Looking forward to our next camping trip with the family!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What If...

I have been missing from my blog since our daughter has been home from college and we are having a fun time with her. Went camping last week and have been trying to get caught up a bit.
Now for the crafty part:
I finally got to play along at Mojo Monday. It has been a while since I have used one of their sketches. This one was a good one. My daughter volunteered me to make a graduation card for a friend of hers so I thought this sketch was perfect for it...

Here is my card:

I used the schools colors and the sentiment is Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous.  The diploma and congrats are Studio G dollar stamps, cardstock and pattern paper are all Creative Memories. Sentiment is stamped in Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with Black Sparkle embossing powder.All else was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The star embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and border punch is Martha Stewart. I inked all the edges with Black Soot distress in.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May Your Life Be Like A Wildflower

Second post for today is a card made with Sweet Sunday Sketch #158
and is for the Doilie & Lace Challenge over at the Moxie Fab World
And here is  my card:
 The papers are all from The Linen Closet Matstack from DCWV except for the dark gray cardstock which is from Creative Memories.  I really love this sketch and I wanted to do something a little special with it that is why I paired it with the Doilies and Lace Challenge.
 I stamped the flower and sentiment are  Verve stamp set. The flower is stamped with versamark watermark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The frame around the flower is from a dollar stamp and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then cut it out.
I have had  a small stash of Battenburg doilies that I have been saving for years not knowing what I would do with them so I thought this was the perfect project to use one on. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the light gray striped PP then die cut it with a circle die cut from Spellbinders. I then inked the edges with Pumice Stone and Soot Black distress inks. And lastly I added gray gemstones on the bottom right of the card.
I have rarely used gray but after making this card and another one earlier this week I think it makes a really striking card.

...The Courage to Imagine

I made this graduation card using this sketch from Unscripted Sketches:
And I am also entering it in the Damask and Brocade Challenge at Moxie Fab World:
And here is my card:
 The black and white damask pattern paper is from Studio g the stamp is Tim Holtz.
 I stamped it with versamark watermark and embossed with black sparkle embossing powder.
I added black floss to the cardboard button then layered it with black cardstock and an orange die cut circle and inked the edge with black soot distress ink. I inked the congrats stamp from PTI with Memento black ink on Neenah white solor paper.
And thats it for now.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hi There!

For my card today I used a sketch from I Spy Sketch Challenge:
Here is Brenda Orso's card from which the sketch was taken from:
What I love about this sketch is how everything centers around the stamped image and has lots of white space, which is the makings of a simple card that has big impact.
Here is what I created with the sketch:
The card base from DCWV, The Linen Closet. I used Neeah Solar White paper to stamp the image on with Versamark WaterMark ink and heat embossed using black sparkle embossing powder. The solid CS is also from The Linen Closet Matstack and is die cut and embossed with a rectangle die from Spellbinders. The image with colored watercolor pencils.
 After I adhered the stamped image to the CS I then wrapped the tan fuzzy thread around the bottom of the image and tied on a button with brown floss.
 The three glitter strips are made from rows of double sided tape and sprinkled with turquoise and Brownstone Martha Stewart glitter after removing the backing from the tape.
The sentiment "Hi There!" Was stamped in black Memento ink. And that is my card for today!
So glad to have you drop by, leaving sweet comments and/or become a follower.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gingham and a Sketch

I'm taking on the Gingham Challenge over at Moxie Fab World: and used this sketch at Skipping Stones Design:
The sketch is from Heidi Van Laar and really makes a sweet card. Now for the Gingham Challenge we are to use gingham in an innovative way. Now I don't know if I used gingham in an innovative way but here is my card:
 I wanted to use a color scheme that I have never used before and decided to go with dark gray, light blue and yellow. The gray cardstock is embossed with Swiss Dots EF. The gingham is ribbon that I've had forever. The white heart scalloped border is a punch from Martha Stewart. I layered a narrow strip of light yellow cardstock on top of the ribbon and trimmed the one end into a v shape. I thought it needed a little something more so I took a silver pen and did pen stitching around it.
 The flower and leaf stamp is from Papertrey Ink and I used Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress inks. I layered the flowers by using 1/4" foam adhesive and used a light yellow pearl in the flower's center.
 The sentiment I stamped on yellow cs with silver ink and embossed with silver embossing powder which I haven't used in such a long time.
I really like using gray instead of black or brown for a neutral color. I think it helped to soften the card.
Thanks for stopping by. It's hump day so the weekend isn't far away.