Monday, May 30, 2011

Take Me Out to a Good Old Ball Game!!

While we were in Washington, we made a side trip to Baltimore. What a great city! After an afternoon walking tour, we paid a visit to Camden Yards to watch an Oriole/Kansas City ball game and what a game it was!! It went to the last inning tied and with two out, the Orioles scored to win the game! The ball park is full of history and it was a pleasure to sit where many have gone before and enjoy a wonderful evening of ball!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Border Humour

I have to share a we were crossing from Canada to the USA, a border security guard got on board our bus before asking us to come inside to swipe our passports. He asked the driver who we were. Our driver Jeff  is Asian and his English is understandable if you listen. He replied, " Retired Educators". The guard looked at him questioningly and asked, "Retired Gangsters???" The entire bus broke out in laughter! I think we should have a bus named Retired Gangsters written on it. I wonder how long it would then take us to cross the border! I loved that moment!
Our days have been hectic. We have been putting in 14-15 hours a day and we are tired. The weather has been hot and humid. I was hoping to post a few pictures but when the bus arrives back at the hotel at 11:00 PM....what can I say? Stay tuned!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Washington bound....

We are off and running to Washington DC. It's going to be a long day of travel but well worth it! There will be a few stops en route with dinner in Gettysburg. The hotel is in Maryland and we should make it by 9:00 tonight!! Tomorrow, we are heading to Arlington Cemetery and a downtown walk in Baltimore..... then a ball game at Camden Yards....let's see what kind of pictures I can capture!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Playing... oops!

Instead of blogging and posting, I have been playing!
It has taken many tries to get it right but I think I
have discovered the knack of embossing.
I like the way it turned out and the best part
is that it can be used for any I made
six cards!
stamps: Hero Arts, Whimsy Stamps
ink: Holtz distress inks
cartridge: Storybook
I would like to enter my card into the following
Papertake Weekly- bloom and grow
All Sorts Challenge - birthday
Spoonfull of Sugar - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - sparkle and shine
Crafty Creations - May flowers
Pennys Challenges - anything goes

Monday, May 16, 2011

Made it Myself Mondays

Alex, over at has started a weekly show and tell of your crafts. All you have to do is link up something you made that is crafty!  It looks like fun! I made this wall hanging many years ago and have it hanging in my craft room. It is suppose to inspire me to get back into sewing! Some day soon....


In one week the countryside has turned green!
We have had a lot of rain and I hear it's going
to continue. Last Friday I was able to get some
perennials in as well as some annuals, now to
watch for frost. The birds are feasting on worms
and enjoying their last few days as empty nesters.
Soon the baby birds will have hatched and we will
have to keep an eye out for prowling cats.
I used a CC Designs stamp coloured with Copics,
two nestabilities, some Prima flowers and three
pearls. It is bright and cheery and will be a
perfect thank you for anyone! I will enter this into
 the following challenges:
LRW - houses
Sew Many Challenges - anything goes
Papertake Weekly- fancy a punch

Friday, May 13, 2011

Repost from Wed... Some Things Never Change! (Blog post disappeared)

Inside: Thirty years later, some things never change!
 Happy Birthday Matt! This card is for my son
who is celebrating his 30th bday today! I posted
this on Wed night but discovered it has mysteriously disappeared so here we go again!
I used a cute Bugaboo stamp, coloured him with Copics, pop dotted the square for dimension, and used Scenic Route paper with some ribbon and twine. My son, in his youth had trouble keeping his clothes on, so this image is perfect for him! I am re-entering it into the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper : men/boys
Catch the Bug : anything goes
One Stop Craft Challenge: birthday
PIO : funny bone
Digis with Attitude: make us laugh
Stamp Something:  anything goes
Pollycraft Challenge: boyz to men

Where has the post gone??? Help!!

Has anyone else experienced a lost posting this week??? I know I posted Thursday about a card I made for my son and it has disappeared.... Thoughts???

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some things never change!!

After thirty years, some things never change!
 This week will come to a grinding halt on Friday when my son celebrates his thirtieth (did I really write that? ) birthday!!! I don't feel THAT old and yet I have a son now in his 30's..... I remember well, not adjusting to that age just like I didn't like 40, or 50 or 60!! It's only a number and it's how I feel inside. Gee, I wonder how he is doing? Really!  Anyways, I had to make him a special card and I have been dwelling on this important deed for a while but not coming up with anything. Suddenly, on Wednesday I had an idea which stems from his youth. He LOVED being naked!! It was a chore to keep the clothes on him. In our home, we are pretty prudish about these things, so I have no idea where it started. But it certainly was entertaining!  I found this adorable image in the Bugaboo store and I knew it was for him. The  inside says:
"After thirty years, some things never change!!" I know it will make him laugh and I hope he has as much fun in the next thirty years, as he has had in the last. I am so proud of him and wish him love!
I used Scenic Route as my paper and coloured my image with Copics. I added pop dots for dimension and some ribbon and twine. Some Cuttlebug embossing was added to the top piece and the sentiment inside was computer generated. I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PIO : funny bone
Catch the bug : anything goes
One Crazy Stamper : men/boys
One Stop Crafty Challenge : birthday
Digis With Attitude : make us laugh
Stamp Something : May digi day
Pollycraft Challenge: boyz to men

Saturday, May 7, 2011

ALERT: An Orange CN Tower

Tonight, Saturday May 7th, the CN Tower in Toronto will be lit up orange! It will be quite a sight to see! This is a huge happening to recognize my brother-in-law Joe Finley who passed away from cancer last October. He and his Joe's Team Triathlon have raised over 3 million dollars for cancer in five amzing feat! The triathlon will be held again this July at Lake Joseph in Muskoka and a team will begin this tradition in Calgary this year. If you are in Toronto tonight and see the CN Tower beaming orange, raise your hand and say a prayer for all those affected with this horrible disease. Cancer can be beaten!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fun Friday

I spent the day making cards with a group of fun loving gals and I am pooched! Earlier this week, I started to make this card but life got in the way! I used a Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with Copics, ran a faux stitch line around the image, adhered it to dotted BoBunny paper and added two buttons.  Some pop dots were added for some dimension. I also used Prima paper and added it to some backing that was embossed with Spots and Dots. A little glammer dust was added here and there. I will enter the card
into the following challenges:
LRW - bicycle
PIO - time to travel
Lady Bug Crafts - going dotty
My Mum's Craft Shop - cute and girly
My Craft Spot - We Love You Mom