Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sketch For You To Try

Good evening! I'm back home once again (for yet another very short amount of time), and back in the studio. It felt so incredibly wonderful to take a few moments to sit and stamp today.

I had a wonderful time visiting with friends and family up in Oregon and Washington. And the weather was definitely better in Oregon. :) I spent Thursday through Saturday morning visiting with the parents of one of my dearest high school friends. I'm not quite sure what I've done to make them love me so much, but it's wonderful to be loved. And they are wonderful people. I never mind the little drive to go see them when I'm up their direction. And to make the trip even better, my friend from hs, Drew, drove up from Reno to surprise me! Best surprise EVER! We all ventured out on Friday to do some wine tasting and have lunch at the King's Estate Winery just outside of Eugene. Saturday found me in Washington for my sister's second wedding reception. It was a little rainy and a bit chilly outside, but it was beautiful none-the-less. We all gave our toasts once again (which I found out there on the spot! Good thing public speaking doesn't scare me... and teaching gives me lots of practicing thinking on the spot!), and had a delicious meal, all in the most gorgeous backyard ever!

We drove around Portland for a while on Sunday so that Sharon could show us the condo she and her husband are purchasing (escrow closes tomorrow! Yay!), and also the hospital that Sharon is now working at. Just a wonderful day for enjoying each other's company. And now I'm home, back in my own bed, cooking on my own stove. I think home is like a little piece of heaven.

Today found me not only stamping, but beginning the new school year shopping. I was having a bit of a difficult time getting motivated to do this, for the act of shopping was going to force me to accept the reality that summer is ending, lol. But, as usual, once the shopping started, I found myself getting more and more excited for the school year to begin. I love the full dreams and visions for the new year... The limitless possibilities. And the kids on the first day... They're so quiet and cute!

I used Jen's Sketch for You to Try from Saturday for the layout of my card. I was having October Afternoon dp withdrawals, so there really was no other choice for dp on this card. :) Love this stuff (if I hadn't mentioned that before, hehe). I paper pieced the onsie, added a paper pieced little duckie, lots of tea dye staining, some scallops trimmed with light blue tiny twinkles, and some text style stamped in more tea dye stain (just got my refills in the mail today, yay!). What you won't find of this card is ribbon. I know. Weird. I just couldn't figure out where to put it without the card feeling too busy, and attention being drawn away from the focal points. Hmmm... I can't remember the last time I created a ribbonless card!

I'm off tomorrow to drive down to San Diego and visit my bf from high school. Her husband, new baby, and she just moved down here from the bay area and I haven't seen them in the longest time! So excited to meet their new baby as well. (Now you know where the baby themed card was inspired from, hehe.)

Time to run! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps- PTI: Bitty Baby Blessings, Text Style
Paper- Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, October Afternoon Thrift Shop dp
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories- nestabilities, tea dye stains, medium scallop die, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, dimensionals

1 comment:

  1. LOL, just had to use my OA yesterday too :) So glad you had a great trip...I'm amazed at how many people you've been able to visit this summer!!! I agree with the thoughts about school...I've even noticed the days are shorter now (not that they weren't after June 21st), but really noticing it now:) After next week I'll go in and unpack in the new classroom and figure out where to put everything. AND laminate all the goodies I bought last week :) I don't know about you, but I like a "pretty" classroom :) Just like my cards!! LOL Have a wonderful day :)