Pond Memories

With summer break winding down, I find myself thinking about my own childhood memories of summer!  For me, there were a couple summers when my family went to stay for a few days with some friends at their old farmhouse in rural Wisconsin.  They had a pond and we spent a fair amount of time fishing.  I was never one to actually touch a fish, but I sure enjoyed luring them in!  My father, being a vet, always had some kind of interesting tidbit to share with us regarding fish anatomy, but I don't remember any of that!  Poor dad!

Today is the beginning of a new cue word challenge over at CASology and this week the word is POND!

I had to create something with little fish on it!  I always managed to catch sunfish when fishing.  I thought they were pretty...for a fish!  I decided to use blue fish on my card just because I like the color blue with white (a good reason, right?).  I used a textured cardstock this week to give things a little character.  The fish panel is matted on SU's Pacific Point cadstock and then popped up with foam dots.  I tried adding some simple embellishments, but ended up deciding it was too much and left them off!

I hope you join us at CASology if you find time to craft this week!  We love seeing all the entries each week!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Happy Home

Monday is back!  In some ways, I welcome it this week as I feel like I'm still easing back into "real" life after vacation and unpacking!  Whew!  I got quite a bit of school shopping done over the weekend, so feeling good about that!  Just need to double check wardrobes to make sure I haven't missed anything and shop for school bags!  School begins in two weeks!

Today, I'm sharing a Prickley Pear card using a combination of two of the Clearly Beautiful sets.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Spring Scalloped Circles, Sunflowers & Mini Hibiscus - sentiment only)
I played with clean lines again and came up with this design.  I used SU's textured Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive cardstock for the main colors.  I added three small purple gemstones to the flowers in the vase and kept everything very simple.

Enjoy your Monday!
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Happiness is…

...freshly picked blueberries.

...a gold finch.

...a family walk.

...fresh strawberries and vanilla yogurt on pancakes.

...grape Nerds.

...watching the waves on a beach.

...building a sandcastle.

...a refreshing nap.
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Almost Stampless

It's Saturday and time for a brand new color duo over at Dynamic Duos!  This week, we're playing with a bold & sassy duo:  Pumpkin Pie & Wild Wasabi!

Wild Wasabi always makes me smile!  With a name like that, how could you not create a fun card?!  I chose an embossed chevron pattern as my focal point for today's card.  I was going to go entirely stampless, but then decided I would add a sentiment for good measure!  I threaded some linen thread through the bright button and tied a quick knot.  I just love this duo with kraft!

Now I'm off because the laundry from vacation isn't going to do itself!  The man & boys in the house don't seem to be drawn to it either, so I'd better go feed the washing machine some more sand from the beaches!  Really, I don't mind!  There's something therapeutic about doing laundry after time away from home.

If you have time, be sure and leave a little blog love for the rest of the design team!


Enjoy your weekend!
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Through My Lens

Simple things

Simple things are lovely things.
Rain, dropping from the eaves,
is molten silver streaming down,
upon the fallen leaves.
The thick, grey mantle of the fog,
hides everything from view.
Footsteps make a hollow sound,
when they're unseen by you.

The echo of a horse's hoof,
upon the cobblestone,
beats like a strange, erratic pluse,
within my heart alone.
A quiet hour on the sand,
when all the tide is out,
brings with it something deeper,
than i care to talk about.

Shafts of sunlight through the trees,
that grow upon a hill,
the first green shoots above the ground,
though winter lingers still.
Simple things are lovely things,
we need no wealth to share.
the monotone of nature's soul
. . . . that whisper everywhere!

-Grace E. Easley

**We're officially on a little family vacation for a few days!   After an unfortunate bout of food poisoning from a chain restaurant upon arriving at our hotel, I am spending some quiet time to take a nap & edit pictures while the two younger boys are sleeping & the older two are out biking!  Oh, the surprises life gives us!  Thankfully, it was short-lived!

We've been to the beach, picked blueberries and gone for a short hike so far!  This is the life!

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CASology Cue Word: BIRD

The weekend flew by and Monday seemed to follow right along with it for me! What a whirlwind! After weekend company and then focusing on trip planning, I'm in a bit of a daze. A good daze, though!

Now that Tuesday has arrived, it's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we've chosen BIRD!

I wonder what the word will make everyone think of this week?  That's what I'm liking about this challenge, the fact that the cue word is just a starting point!  If I don't have a bird image, it's not a big deal at all!  I can use anything that the word makes me think of!

For my own card, my thoughts turned to the sky!  I grabbed my Hero Arts cloud background stamp and created a quick panel to pop up against my white card base.  I found an encouraging sentiment, stamped it in black and I was done!  Quick and easy!

While I didn't use a bird image, taking the cue word literally, I used what it made me think of...the sky!  The cue word isn't necessarily meant to make you focus on a certain image, just get your creative process going!  Believe me!  I started out wracking my brain, trying to figure out which of my bird images I was going to use and how to use them, but my mind just wouldn't cooperate!  Thank goodness!

I hope you'll join in at CASology this week!  We've had so many wonderful participants submit their clean and simple cards and, I've got to tell you, we're floored by the creativity!

If you have time, stop over and leave some blog love at the design team members' blogs!  They'd love to hear from you!  Then, feel free to play along so we can come visit you!  The deadline is Sunday, August 5, by noon (CST).

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Happy new week to you!  I survived a weekend with a house filled with energetic boys, wrestling, loud noise and plenty of laughter!  When cousins get together, the fun really begins!

It's time for some Prickley Pear sharing and today I have a very simple butterfly card for you...with a little chevron thrown in for good measure, of course!  I also used my favorite color combination!  All in all, a card that I can truly say is very much my style.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Hibiscus 2 set - sentiment, Mini Butterflies set)
I used the coordinating Mini Butterflies die and added a tiny red gemstone to accentuate the simple sentiment.  Looking at this card now, the center panel almost reminds me of one of those name tags a person wears at a seminar!  Those things are never very pretty, though!

Another full week ahead in our household!  Vacation time is quickly approaching and I need to shift gears to get preparation plans going!

I hope you have a great Monday!

See you tomorrow with the new cue word for CASology!
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Happiness is…

...fresh tomatoes in the summer.

...a funnel cake.

...fresh lemonade on a hot day.

...a thunderstorm during a drought.

 ...anticipating a vacation.

...a breath of fresh air.

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Dynamic Duos #13

It's time for a new color duo at Dynamic Duos!  This week, it's a monochromatic duo of browns.  I chose a turtle image and went from there, using clean lines and limiting myself to just the two colors.

Stamps:  The Stamps of Life
I added some little brown pearls thinking it looked a bit like bubbles, but it's probably safer to just say it balances the design.

Bop on over to the other design team members' blogs to see their monochromatic creations if you have time!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a great weekend!
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Too Much Happy

After a fun-filled, sugar high day yesterday at the fair, Friday has arrived and we're gearing up for a weekend with family.  DH's sister and family are coming for an overnight stay tomorrow before they head off to start their vacation.  There will be five boys in the house once their two are added to our three, so things will soon be getting even livelier around here!  Better batten down the hatches!

For today's Unity Friends with Flair, I played around with one of the Itty Bitty sets.  It was getting a bit late by the time I started and I'm not so sure I'm all that happy with this card.  I just feel like there is too much bling and not enough interest, but I'll share it with you anyway!  I do love the image and sentiment as they remind me of our fair adventure yesterday!

Stamps:  Unity (Never Too Much Happy)

This made me happy cold, fresh lemonade...

...and one funnel cake!

Have a Fun Friday!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card featuring the new color duo for the Dynamic Duos Challenge!

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