Only three more sleeps and we are Bend Oregon bound! I'd add about another 20 exclamation points to that statement, except that between now and leaving, my 'to do' list includes a zillion things (okay, perhaps 15…10… is more apt).
Even though I’m ‘technically’ on summer holidays, oodles of little tasks need my attention at work partially the result of the flood setting things somewhat ‘adrift’ time-wise; partially the result of colleagues just a bit too enthusiastic about packing and moving us to our new ‘home’ in the town high school. The early move means my ‘work station’ is in a jumbly, tangled box-laden mess in the spacious classroom+connected offices site (actually, it’s my former classroom, before I resigned from teaching 1 ½ years ago. A bit of a ‘home-coming’ of sorts…). Half my stuff is there, while the other half is at our Outreach office. My aim is to send off report cards today so I can put a ginormous check-mark on that list item. Organizing the disheveled space can wait.
Add to that house-cleaning, laundry, grocery-shopping - and ‘for good measure’ – we’re also officials for a bike race this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday!! The plus is the event is local. Once the last race is done, we’ll be performing our own ‘race’ in getting my husband’s cycling gear packed (he’s competing in the Cascade Classic, which runs from Friday, the 17th to Sunday, 21st – so our car will be filled to brimming with ‘his’ essentials), figuring out what card-making stuff I want to bring along (I’ve claimed ‘large box’ space for my own essentials)…lots and lots to do, but it’s all fun! Sometimes, ‘anticipation’ is a very good thing!!
While we’re away, my brother, sister-in-law, my darling niece and nephew, and my sister-in-law’s parents, will be staying at our place so I want to make double sure I leave things super-duper neat, clean and tidy! The best part about their visit is that my sweet munchkins will be here when we return!! Yayyyyyyy!!!
Even though I’m painting an “oh, I’m so busy’ picture, the truth is, all of this can be done in bits and pieces, and fairly quickly (provided I focus!), which means that in-between the ‘spaces’ I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Summer Card Camp!
Two cards for the moment:
Day 2 the focus was on stamping techniques and I DID IT!! As in, I finally let go of my ‘cannot stain my stamps with coloured ink’ issue and…dived right in! I used the masking technique with a TAWS stamp, then used the same inks to create the background mat, as well as the butterfly. A tie-dyed look, for sure, but I’m pleased with the result. The stained stamp however…how do I get it clean again??? Grrrr…Lesson learned: no more Cat’s Eye inks. Pretty, yes, but the stain factor is too much for me. Shopping list for ‘other’ inks added to….
The cardstock is a bit dark for the colour choices we were to follow...oops!
Day 3 was another opportunity to practice the colours + sketches, and inspired by the entertaining video and charming card - banners made from scraps - created by Laura Bassen, I simply followed suite:
Colours and design, I'm okay with, but the "so" is really 'so-so.' More 'word dies' added to the shopping list...
I have Day 4's 'attempt' to share later, after I fix it. As in perhaps a complete renovation... Off to work. Must. focus...
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