Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wings


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Hullo !

Yesterday was both my hub's birthday and our 37th wedding anniversary.
Now, he was mighty smart as he set the wedding date, and guess what !  He has never forgotten our anniversary once, hmmm, I cannot imagine why ??

For dinner last night he took me to a popular Asian fusion cafe, walking distance from our home.  
We are pretty lightweight when it comes to eating a whole lot, and I had some wonderful Vietnamese chicken wings for lunch today.  What a lovely day it was.  

Today I have a card that is heading to 
who had this darling inspirational picture ...


Here is my card ...





Brown, floral background and soft colors were my inspiration.
Plus, of course, sweet sweet sweet !

Hope you are having a wonderful day, as summer is winding down !

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Eyes full of sorrow


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Hope your week is getting off to a wonderful beginning!

Today's card is entering two challenges ...



(tho I admit my colors are a little more pastel)

and 
this sketch from


and my card ...


Hope you like it !

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

I just can't see


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I stopped at TJ Maxx today, and saw that they had out a load of Fall candles, the ones that smell like baking or apples.  We still have at least a whole month left here of summer, and maybe even 6 weeks, but I do dream of fall colors and smells about this time of year ...

Today's card is posting on two different challenges

with a washi tape inspiration


AND 

with this sketch ...


Here is my card !


Very simple.

While Brie was playing in the Oregon Stroke Play tournament this week, Spencer spent one day with me.  We drove him out to his dad's job to drop him off, about a 20 minute drive.

As soon as we were in the car, we became the captain, the side captain, and Smee.  Oddly, Spencer had found a treasure map in the back seat of the car !

Here were his instructions ...

Drive over a river
Drive through the Conjet (which means Country in some strange Spencer language) of Henry
Pass a field with three roaming bison

which we followed, although when we did not find the field with three roaming bison
Spencer suddenly said
Oh no !  I have this map upside down !

We turned into the pirate golf shop, and walked into the shop, following Spencer.  But he soon returned to us, and complained

No dawdling !

And a man who was shopping said to us

Did he just say "dawdling" ????

oh yes, he certainly did

and that poor guy laughed himself silly.  Told us it made his whole day.

Yup that is Spencer, making everyone's day a little more joyful !!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Turn my way


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Today's card is going to the challenge at
one of my most favorite challenges !

Here is their sketch this week ...


I chose a fairly simple style to fit this sketch,
plus I had to make a manly card, as
my hub's birthday and our anniversary are only two weeks away !


I have not been to Paris, and I will never get there,
BUT
France at Epcot is pretty close, isn't it ??  lol
AND
one of our favorite places too !!

Hope you like it !

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Somewhere in the night


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Another lazy hazy day here, summer is just flying by, isn't it !

My card today is heading over to
where Nancy has given us the word "Ribbon" for inspiration !!

Too easy !!

Here is my card ...


Hope you like it !

Here is a pic of my sweet grandson, Spencer ...


He is such a loving child, and wow, so much fun !!

Here is a pic of us in the wetlands park close by.
We were looking at some ducks !


and one more ...



Chef Spencer is always a welcome addition when there is talk of food !!

Have a great week !

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Healing works


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Today we have a smokey valley, from the many wild fires in the mountains.  Earlier, in our residence here in Oregon, we often had smoke filled skies thanks to our large grass seed crop.  Always a delight to see in December and January, our emerald grass grows alongside the roadways, so brilliant it is blinding.  For years our farmers burned their fields at the end of summer, just as the Native Americans did long ago.  Unfortunately, the pollution it generated surrounded us for weeks, until finally burning fields were banned.  If you watched any of the World Cup, 12 gorgeous green soccer fields in Brazil were the product of Oregon's grass.

Today's card, featuring Alice (and it should have been Dorothy with all my talk of emerald green!) will be posted at
who feature this sketch ...


and here is my card ...


Hope your week is beginning in a wonderful way !!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mission bell


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Isn't it a wonderful day !

I spent the morning with my bff, Rufina, and we looked at a couple of hundred pictures she took of Spencer last Sunday.  She is an amazing photographer, and the photos were so much fun !

I am posting today's card at
and here is their sketch this week ...


My card ...


Not quite my usual thing, but
hope you like it anyway !

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hoping for a replacement


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Hi !

Hope your week is finding you cool and relaxed.

I am thinking it would be a good idea for all of us to buy little umbrellas, and put them into every mug and glass we use each day.  Surely that would be a lovely way to pass the summer.

Today's card was prompted by the sketch at 
and here it is ....

and here is my card !!


Hope you like it !

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Front porch lights


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

I see it has been a few days since I have posted.

I stopped by Michael's on Monday, and what a mistake !  They had big grab bags for $2, and I hauled off eight of them.  Now it has been a few days and I am still sorting all the goodies, and putting them away.  Of course I really needed every single thing in them .....  not ....

Today I am featuring a card I did for

with this sketch ....


Always the best sketches, in my opinion !

and my card ....


On Sunday Spencer told me a story about a mouse and her family, or maybe it was a rat and her family, he used the terms interchangeably.  When I asked him

Was it a rat, or a mouse ?

he said
I can't tell the difference

and I said
but you were the smartest boy in your class last year !

and he said
That is because we never had any questions about rats or mice.

ok, lucky for him, huh !  whew.

Hope your week has been wonderful !!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Send lawyers, guns and money


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Love Fridays !

Today we have a sketch from


My card ...


All blues and greens.

Hope you like it !!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shadow


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Trying to get back into the card making mode - it has been so hot, and so many things always seem to need to be done.  At least I have managed two cards so far this week, lol.

Here is a conversation with Spencer on Sunday, as we were watching
Thor: The Dark World

Me:  Now how do you suppose Loki and Thor can speak English when they come from Asgard ?

Spencer:  Grandma, you pushed the "English" button when you started the DVD ...

Today is a sketch from


Here is what I came up with ...


Hope you like it !!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

All night long


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Happy Monday  !

Hot and sunny here, a beautiful day !

Spent the morning at a golf course, watching Spencer in his first golf competition, the Drive, Chip and Putt contest.  Sure felt like the old days, when I spent every single day at a golf course somewhere, officiating, watching, or just driving Brie out to practice.  The parents haven't changed much, many friendly, many worried.  Had a wonderful Caesar salad for lunch.  It did take me back so many years !

Today's card is heading over to
one of my favorite challenges,
and their challenge this week is
Wood Grain !

I confess I never use the wood grain papers I have, 
but why, I dunno, lol.

My card ...


Very simple, but fun to make !!

Hope you like it.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

When things get lonely


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!
It has been a really crazy week.  Spencer has been here every day, and today is a much needed rest, on my part.  He told me

I don't need a break - I love coming to your house !

6 year olds just don't understand elderly needs, do they !

Brie spent all week in Lewiston, Idaho, playing in the Pacific Northwest Mid-Am.  It is a match play format - stroke play the first two days, for seeding, (which she won medalist, which made her  No. 1 seed) and then match play until the final match, unless you lose.  She did lose, but not until the finals, so she did quite well !  Her goal in playing this tournament was to accumulate points so she could snag one of two ladies' spots on the coed Oregon team.  It looks as if she has done that now, which made her very happy.  Brie was able to reconnect with some old friends from around the northwest, and meet some new ones !  Golf is just about the only sport I can think of where you can actually carry on long conversations with your competitors, or opponents - and it does make for some great friendships !!

Well, on to today's post which is heading over to

with this sketch ...


This is one I will definitely use over and over !

And, my card ...


Hope you like it !!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Into my car


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Hope you all had a happy 4th of July !  Nice to have a long weekend.  Dom and I shopped, and he planted some new flowers.  No Spencer, as his mom is in Idaho playing a golf tournament, so he will come for the rest of the week.  I missed him yesterday !

Today's card is heading over to
who are using a word challenge this week...

Birds !

and here is my card ...


Hope you like it !!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Skate around town


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Hi !

I have a sewing tip today.  It is so easy I am surprised that only a few of us use it.
If you are sewing on your card, especially around a circle or rectangle, be sure to start and stop in a space that will be covered by something else.  That way no over stitches are visible.

On my card below I began the stitching where I knew it would not be visible, on the lower left side, below the banners.

Today's card is visiting a sketch challenge at

and here is their sketch ....


my card ....


Hope you like it !

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