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Friday, August 12, 2011

Life Is Grand!! How About A Challenge? Grab your ribbons, grab your bling!! :)

Woooo-Hoooo!!  It's nearly the end of another FANTASTIC Friday!!  I tell ya, I had a big ole pile of things to do today, BUT...  The-Girl-Child leaves for college in 13 days and, although she originally made plans to go hang out with some friends, I was surprised when she popped into the room and started this little conversation...
TGC:  "Wanna go on a bike ride?"
ME:  "I thought you were going to the lake with your friends?"
TGC:  "I was...  But I'll see them later.  I thought maybe we could spend the day together instead."
ME:  Nothing...  I was already lacing up my tennis shoes before she could change her mind!! :)
And so we biked here, and we biked there...  And then we biked back that way and this way...  Nothing better than an afternoon of bike-riding, eh?  We stopped for lunch, and then we stopped later for ice cream...  And when we finally started the return ride home, we were good and tired!!

It was not dark though...  Thank goodness for that!!  Last night we rode home in the dark, dodging the bugs and...  BATS!!  I had to laugh as we took the same path home this afternoon...

Just last night we peddled furiously through the night, scrunched down to our handlebars and squinting in the darkness, hoping the deer would not jump into our paths and the bats would not swoop into our hair (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know they don't really do that, but you'd hunch down too if you were out there!!)...  Anyway, I had to laugh...

The path we take to get to 'town' on our bicycles winds through a forest of trees, behind a housing development, over a creek, and around the sanitation facility before dropping us on a long, uphill climb on a gravelly road surrounded by more trees and that same creek...  This path in the daytime can be troublesome enough -- Fun, but troublesome.  When the shadows are long you find yourself peeking over your shoulder to see who else might be on the path behind you.  But when the darkness sets in, you try hard not to think of the last frightening movie you watched that had characters hiding in shadows or monsters hiding around the bend.  Scary movies have NOTHING on that ride in the dark...  So the ride last night was quite different than the ride today.  Today we rode tall and took some time to soak in the scenery and remember that...  Life Is Grand!!
And so I came home and made this card...

I used my "Positive Thoughts" Stamp Art Set from K Andrew Designs for the sentiment...  Did you know that Kristal is releasing THREE NEW Stamp Sets???  We'll be introducing the NEW members of the Getting Cricky Design Team with a FABULOUS Ustream Event and Blog Hop next Friday, August 19th at 9pm EST!!  Woot-woot!! 

Mark your calendars NOW, cuz you definitely will NOT want to miss all of the excitement!!  All of the FUN will start with the Ustream (click on the blinkie to Join The Getting Cricky Crowd on Ustream!!) at 9pm EST...  Okay, now back to the card...  :)
This card is on a 4.25"x5.5" card base.  I embossed the BLACK cardstock (measures 4.25"x2.75") with a Sizzix floral embossing folder (I apologize - I do NOT know the actual name of this folder as it was gifted to me without packaging), added a strip of red grosgrain ribbon to the top edge, and adhered it to the bottom half of the card.  I tied a bow with the same ribbon and attached that to the strip of ribbon with a glue dot before adding two of my handmade stick pins.
The sentiment is stamped on a 1.5" oval with Stampin' Up!'s 'Real Red' ink.  The label punch is a new find from EK Success (also embossed with the floral folder).  And finally, I added three small red gems to the bottom right of the card (Creative Charms).
That's it!!  So now I have a question for ya...

What's on YOUR weekend agenda, my fabulous friends?  How about a challenge?  Wanna make a card?  How about a layout?  Maybe even an altered art project?  Whatever you're making, add a ribbon and some BLING and link it up using the Inlinkz button below (see the little blue froggie button down there?)...  This challenge will run until Thursday, August 25th at 11:59pm.  You may link up as many NEW projects as long as they fit the challenge theme AND your post includes a link back here so that others may join in and play along!!  One person will win a little goodie from me (the prize gets larger when we have more participants, so please spread the word!!)...

26 comments:

Tami B. said...

I guess it's girl's night tonight. Me & my baby girl spent the evening shopping and then came home and addressed wedding invitations. Love your card and yes, life is grand.

earthspirit927 said...

Glad she choose Mom over friends:) She will be missing you soon enough:) Great card:)

girlia said...

Beautiful card. That is truly the sweetest thing ever.

Judy said...

I loved your story:-) I'm too much a scaredy cat to ride in the dark! Today is my oldest child's birthday (no, I won't say how old because it will incriminate me) AND it is his little girl's b-day, too! She stole his day 10 years ago!! They are having a party tomorrow. Today I am going to my other 10 yr old grand daughter's gym meet:-) Doesn't look like I am going to get any time for the scrap cave:-(

Judy said...

Oopsy - all that and I forgot to say how much I love that card!! You make me 'happy' every time!!

Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

I love your card --- I made a card yesterday that fits your requirements and will post later! Love your story reminds me when I used to camp around Marine State Park and would either ride our bikes or hike in the evening with the bats flying around!!!!

Karen said...

Pretty card! I love the stick pins! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Audrey Frelx said...

How pretty -- the card, the pins, the black and red and white!!!

Love your card!

Shawn Mosch said...

LOVE the card! Very classy with the black/white/red!

Squirlygirl said...

Amy this card is drop dead gorgeous!! Wow :) And I love the story you posted about your inspiration (made me tearful) :) I hope the rest of your days with "TGC" home are just as grand and I hope she isn't going to college too far away.

I will definitely make some time this week to join in your challenge.
~Hugs~
Becky
www.squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com

Carlene said...

I love this post Amy! So fun to read about your adventures with your daughter!!! I hate the unknown of the dark but we have to be in faith dont we :-) Thanks for the challenge :-)

Nanette said...

The weekend is pretty much over but our church did an outreach today and gave away backpacks for kids, raffles of bikes, baseball tickets etc. and free food. They also did face painting and bouncy houses. Everyone had a great time.

I remember biking a few times at night. We had to remember to breathe through our noses so we wouldn't swallow the bugs...YUCK! Sounds like you had some nice bonding time with your daughter.

Dawn said...

Wonderful story about you and your daughter. I miss those days with my daughter. She grown and has children of her own, but when I go visit, we have a grand time together. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, brought back good memories for me, Have a wonderful Sunday...

Kelly S said...

Love your card! It looks very elegant. Red, white and black make a great color combo.

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Rhonda Emery said...

what a nice time with your daughter. love your card. hugs

Esther said...

Beautiful Card!
Glad you had a nice day with your daughter!!!!

marg0006 said...

I am having trouble entering my post on your blog. Please help. I am a follower and subscribe. My blog is loving Scrapper 101.

marg0006 said...

Hi, I'm sorry. Silly me, I forgot to say it was the THANKS tag card I just put in. Thanks for your help and such a quick response. I am a mushy brain when it comes to the computer. That's why there are many things I still haven't tried in the scrapping world. I'm learning alone and as I go.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card and story! Thanks for the fun challenge!

Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful card~the colors are gorgeous together~Great story about you and your daughter! Sure brings back memories too! Now that she's out on her own..it's such much fun! Just different kind of relationship...life is grand:)
TFS!

Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

Beautiful card and great story! Thanks for the fun!!
Shelly

Kathy said...

Love the card and I love your blog!
Hugs,
Kathy
http://the3esblog.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I can't believe I didn't comment on how beautiful this card was before, Amy! I meant to...I guess I was waiting to post my project! This is so gorgeous and elegant - I love the embossing and your amazing stickpins! And I'm sorry it took me so long to post...but hey, I beat the deadline, right??!! That has to count for something :D

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Linked my Pink Poodle Birthday Card. Hoping #13 entry is lucky for me.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Your card is bee-utiful. If I read correctly one can link up as many new entries as they want. So here goes linking up my Back To School Baseball Card that has ribboin & bling.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Linking up as many new ass I have. Hoping 3 times is a charm with my Ribbon Flower Bookmarker that has ribbon & key charm as bling.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee/blogspot.com

 
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