Hey there! Hope you all had a great weekend. I am laying here just wiped, we just got home from 2 nights camping. It was fun, but I'm definitely a gal who could be described as "indoorsy" (ala Jim Gaffigan, he cracks me up!) I like to exercise outside, but the whole being one with nature thing escapes me. So, I hadn't been camping in years. Hubby and the boys usually go with his folks every summer. This year they all wanted me to go, but now I think I'm good for a few more years.... First of all; this is all we brought: the 5 of us, our 2 dogs, 5 bikes, a giant canoe, paddles, life vests, fishing poles, tackle box/net, 5 helmets, clothes for us all, 5 pillows, sleeping bags, a tent, a queen size air mattress, etc, etc, etc. This was all in/on our minivan with no trailer or anything! My in-laws are awesome, they brought their pop-up camper, all the food, and everything else. The second night I slept in the camper, and it's definitely more comfortable than the tent! :)
We live within 5 minutes of two state parks, a huge reservoir, and a gorgeous canyon, so it's not hard for us to get out and canoe, fish, hike, bike, etc...... and we do! Living so close as we do to all those things, guess I just don't understand why we need to sleep on the ground and pee in a hole to go do those things somewhere else.....It's just ME, I guess! I'm the camping grinch! ;) You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of this girl. I'm fond of my air conditioning, running water, and my comfortable bed. So anyway, very GLAD to be home.
I haven't been feeling my best these last few weeks anyway, I think my thyroid is out of whack again. *sigh* So, I'm tired and not having my normal amount of energy.
But, I'm sure you didn't only pop by to hear me complain! Ha! ;) Here's the STELLAR palette for this week's ColourQ Challenge! Loving this, perfect for masculine cards, and living in Broncos-land, you can't go wrong with orange and blue! ;)
I was just in LOVE with Kara's card this week! I asked her to make me one for Ev, he will be 5 in a few weeks. And she didn't even charge me, she is so sweet! I can't wait to get it! :)
Boy birthday cards always get used around here! So that's what I went with, and I also used this week's Retro sketch #25.
You can see for that one vertical panel, I used an acetate piece that I dry embossed in the Cuttlebug. I think it turned out cool, though I think if I were making this card again, I'd probably use a slightly more subtle, even texture instead of the "happy birthday" folder. It got a bit busy layered over that number printed paper!
For that round piece in lieu of the button, I used a circle punch and the punch from my Imaginisce I-Top. I have found it makes a cool gear looking shape if you're not using it to upholster a brad with! Gotta stretch those tools and use them any way you can! :) A giant library clip and a funky brad finish this off with a fun vibe.
Well, I hope you like my card, and I hope you will come play with us at the CQC this week! Big hugs:)
supply list: stamps: Papertrey Ink; embossing folder: Cuttlebug; punches: i-Top (Imaginisce) and EK Success; paper: Authentique and Stampin' Up!; clip and ribbon: SU!; acetate
DUST IT OFF!: A punch that makes a brad topper also looks cool as a gear shape!