Saturday, July 19, 2014

Floral Window Box Butterflies...AAA Cards: Game #11, ColourQ #250

Happy Saturday, all! I hope the sun is shining as brightly wherever you may be, as it is here in Bend OR!

I'm here with a card I made today, between my husband's early morning Time Trial and his afternoon Criterium race.  Crits, while exciting to watch on several levels (a tactical race, where riders complete a number of circuts, over a specific time frame, around a lap that's usually 800-3000 meters in length),  are incredibly scary on another, especially when you have someone racing in one.  Positioning, cornering, avoiding crashes: the key to crit-success...and for 35 minutes this afternoon, in dowtown Bend, that's what my husband will be doing. On the sidelines, I'll be chewing my nails and pacing...Once he's done, we'll come back to our rental, hang out for a bit, and return downtown to watch the pro riders race - all 190 of them - for 75 minutes.

Yesterday's race was quite the challenge.  Heat, big fields, 3 miles of climbing at the beginning; 11 miles of torturous climbing at the end: certainly a race of attrition, as the packs that formed early in the race wound up splintering apart as the 'agony fest' unraveled.  Fortunately, my water-bottle passes were a success, although seeing a crash in the feed zone (and again at the finish) was freaky.  My husband finished mid-way in this field; given the conditions, I think that's mighty fine!  Tomorrow's race will also be a suffer-fest - 64 miles around a 16-mile circuit, with some major climbing.  Have I mentioned how glad I am that I'm on feed zone duty, and not racing!  Monday, we're off to the awesome bakery here in Bend, where getting a HUGE cinnamon bun is on the agenda! With all the calories he'll have burned, it's a well deserved treat!

To all of you who have wished him "luck" ~ THANK YOU!!  He appreciates your well-wishes immensely, as do I. What a fabulous crafting community!!

Anyway...enough of my babbling.

My card was inspired by AAA Cards Game #11


I used my STAMPlorations floral stamps to create squares, then sponged the same ink onto cardstock to die cut wee butterflies (hard to  see the stitching on them - they are so darling!).  Added a STAMPlorations hello and...done!

My colours also fit into those at ColourQ #250, so I'll head that direction, too. 


(Isn't this a fabulous dress? Want!!)


The photo of the card standing up is a bit 'blurry' (hard to find good light in our rental), so I took a 'flat' photo as well, so you can see how pretty the floral stamps are a bit better


Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!

27 comments:

  1. Gorgeous again miss C!!!! We are neighbors at colourQ!!! Enjoy your weekend!~!!

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  2. Fabulous card, loving your colours and stamps. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards this week.

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  3. wow, wow, wow. Carol your card is just stunning! I LOVE the colours you got here and genius stamping to create those boxes. Just reading about that cycling has made me tired! I need to go and have a nap now! I take my hat off to those athletes and good luck to hubby xx

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  4. You have been such a busy commenter lately - I wasn't even getting one of your comments read on my blog before the next one came in! Thanks for visiting, particularly given how haphazard I am at commenting! I love what you've done today. The patterns are busy and cheerful - but being monochromatic and with the cute butterfly on top - it's still wonderfully clean and simple.

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  5. So pretty! I like the same color bfly on the squares~ Thanks for joining in at AAA~

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  6. This is just so pretty...I love your squares and those sweet butterflies are just perfect. Sounds like you have a very busy weekend but nice to see you have time to be crafty too. This is fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for making me smile!

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  7. Oh, I LOVE the beautiful colours. I need to play with colour more. Such a happy card. :)

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  8. My goodness - the cycling sounds arduous….I would say at least 3 cinnamon buns would be in order!!! What a gorgeous card Carol - loving those background stamps, the colours, the butterflies - its a real summer fest!! Hope the rest of the trip goes well and all without any injuries. Oh, not sure I'd be brave enough to stand watching my husband race in something like that…..xxx

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  9. Perfect card!! The colors and squares are awesome! And of course the butterflies ad that something special!!

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  10. This card is so so pretty Carol!!! I of course loving these pretty butterflies!! Beautiful job sweet lady!!
    I feel SO bad,that i hardly leave comments!! I so suck,i know!!
    Just letting you know again,how much i love your comments on my Blog!! I am so happy i've met you in Blogland!! :)
    Have a wonderful sunday!! HUGS

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  11. Whew! I'm tried just reading about all that running! haha! Yes!! LOVE the dress! I want that! ;) And last but definitely not least, the lovely card!! Wowza! That's fantastic! I love the little stamped blocks with the little .... oh what were those things?? Oh yeah, butterflies! That's kind of unusual for you isn't it?? heheheh!! Have fun on your trip! ((Hugs))

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  12. Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog and leave me such a lovely comment. I am glad you did cause that way I found you. Your card is gorgeous!.. I love the colors and the clean background!... HUGS...SK :)
    PS: have a great race.!

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  13. Carol your card is just too pretty, I love the floral panels! Oh my goodness your husband is the man Carol. Doing these races and I love that you are by his side through this. You are one really busy couple!! What is next?

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  14. Gorgeous color block card. The background flourish design is so pretty! Loll xx

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  15. SWEET CARD! So in return for you supporting DH in multiple ways with bike racing, does that mean you got a bunch of quality time in scrapbook stores?? Fair is fair, after all, lol! Love the bright and beautiful colors, and your perfect use of that sketch. Just wonderful dear friend. And with your travel kit too! Safe journey home. Bev

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  16. Wonderful colour blocking. You could put little bikes in there too wink, wink LOL! Well done on the race in such temps - surprised more guys done pass out during these races! Yikes!! Those fast circuit races are scary indeed and I hate seeing the wipe out piles on TV when we watch the Tour. Best of luck to him tomorrow and enjoy your cinnamon bun :)

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  17. This is such a creative way to make squares, I didn't realise it was the floral grunge set....I will have to remember this ides!

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  18. Whew, so glad that the water bottle passes went well!!!!!!
    Gorgeous rainbow happy card!

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  19. Such pretty colour blocking, Carol ... and so cute with those sweet butterflies! Just wondering ... d'you get to share the enormous cinnamon bun ... or even get one of your own ... after all, you use calories each time you pass those water bottles! Hugs, Anita :)

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  20. Stunning card and thank you for stopping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card...
    hugs and xxx
    Gemma

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  21. I feel tired just reading what your husband has been up to! Glad you found the time for some crafting..this is so pretty - the floral stamp is the perfect backdrop for the butterflies. Thanks for playing along at Colour Q!

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  22. I so love this card!! It is awesome and so well done!! Those colors and the sweet butterflies just make this card sing!! So glad that your husband is doing well and having fun!! You are awesome and I love knowing you in this blog world!!

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  23. Wow Carol, your husband some some amazing racing as well as scary racing!! I not sure how you don't have loads of grey hair, I do and color it. lol Mine's from 6 boys, 5 deployments my military son did, 1 deployment another son did and my hubby. lol I sure hope (since I'm behind, I might find out as I go) that your hubby stayed safe while racing and happy to hear that he did good in this race. I am also so happy to hear that the water pass went well too, so hooray to you too!! Now I have to say that I love, love this card Carol! The colors-fabulous, the sketch-awesome, that dress....oh lala! lol Love the dress, now if I was skinny enough to wear something like that once again. Sorry...back on topic...I love that background stamp and then the butterfly on top. And yes, I am loving the butterflies with all their fabulous stitching!! I guess you know that I will CASE'ing this card from you. lol Hugs, Brenda

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  24. Another favorite, my friend! LOVE everything about this card & yes--I want that dress, too, but I also need her body--LOL! So glad the water passes were successful & Andy wasn't in the disasters! Congrats on his success--can't even imagine what he does!

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  25. Huh hah huh hah huh (that's me, huffing and puffing just thinking about that race!! And in the heat to boot!! I.can't.even.imagine!!! On my knees bowing to your sweet and amazing man for competing, not to mention all the training that lead up to the big day. Okay, heart rate coming down a bit. Uh oh - just shot back up again!! Because holy WOW WOW WOW!!! Your card is pure art! Something that you would find on a canvas in an upscale home décor store. Absolutely gorgeous, Carol!! GORGEOUS!!!

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