I'm still on a high from one of the most amazing weekends EVER! Nearly two full days with my niece and nephew was nothing short of spectacular. We went to the bike races, where my niece raced with gusto, coming in 8th in the under 5 category. My nephew, who was all gung ho earlier in the day, entered into the "I should be napping" pouts just minutes before the race started. No amount of encouraging would change his mind. Maybe next year. After some strolling through candy stores and wandering about Banff, I headed off to my officiating duties. I performed my lap counting well, even though in the last race - which is the highest category of racers, and the ones who should have the most expertise - I was 'nearly' taken out when they came far, far tooooo close to me in my little zone, clearly marked by pylons. My lap counter went flying! Not impressed even for a second but we managed to restore the situation, gathering my strewn number pages before they came around again. I should have added an extra 10 laps to the 50 they had to race for riding in such a sketchy fashion! At that point, however, the rain had started to pour down, so finishing was the only thing on everyone's mind.
Back at our place, we spent the evening and all day Sunday playing, and simply spending time together. Memories to treasure! Highlights galore - and I'll share some in the next short while. For now, because I'm running close to challenges closing (gee, what a surprise...me parachuting in last minute!!), and need to get to work early (supervising a Grade 12 Diploma exam - today and tomorrow morning, from 8 - 12), I'm sharing a card I created yesterday.
My colour and sketch inspiration come from FUSION: Home-made Flowers, Bright Colours and an Array of Possibilities,
The key image I chose fits into Addicted to CAS Challenge #40: Transport,
and the style from Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #99: Clean and Simple
Evidently, the bike races over the weekend had a direct influence on my card....
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day!
This is so adorable, I love ur unique and beautiful take on the Fusion, the colorful butterflies look so pretty :) Thank you for sharing with Fusion!
Those riders clearly need to understand exactly how much power you have over them!!
Those swooshes of butterflies makes this a lovely bicycling scene!
Very pretty! Love the colors and the butterflies spilling out over the basket!
Forgot to say thank you for sharing with ATCAS !
This is so pretty Carol! I love the colors and that little bicycle with the butterflies coming out of the basket is just adorable! Glad to hear you had such a lovely weekend with your little ones!
A very fitting and adorable bike card, Carol! I'm so delighted you are making such happy memories with the little ones!! Hope you get a chance to play in my NBUS Challenge! Hugs, Darnell
What a fabulous card! I really like your combination of challenges - the bike is super. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!
Hey, you tell them bikers they can't run my Carol over and get away with it!! You want me to come and get after them?!! lol That sounded like a big YIKES moment!! I'm so glad that you were not hit!! I bet too you made lots of memories with your niece and nephew, it's so fun isn't it?!! I so love when the grands come and just stay with us, of course it doesn't happen near enough for this grandma. lol I love, love this card Carol! The colors are so spot on to the inspiration picture and I love how you turned the sketch, spot on! Love that bike stamp and die, and the butterflies are just perfect. Looks like they are flying out from the basket! And of course the scalloped borders are fabulous. As always you deliver perfectly! Hugs, Brenda
Yay for the fun weekend!
Your card is so sweet...LOVE the colors!
SUPER sweet cute and colorful!!!!!! Wonderful Miss C!!!
Thanks for joining us at FUSION, always a pleasure, so great that you had a great time! I go on vacation day after tomorrow to the Oregon Coast, cant wait to just RELAX....I will still comment, but in more serene surroundings, sound like heaven awaiting...
So sweet and pretty, Carol ... so much more calm and serene than those marauding cyclists!! Such happy memory making with the littlies ... sounds like a simply perfect weekend! Hugs, Anita :)
Yes we could have taken care of those bikers that almost ran you over!! Boy I hope you don't have to experience that ever again!! Would not be good to be taken out by the bikers!!! So you just call me if it ever happens again and I will be right there to take care of them. lol Thanks for your sweet comments my friend! Hugs, Brenda
Beautiful simplicity. Love the colors and the sentiment is good advice.
Ohhhh, how cute. Love the little flying away butterflies. Thanks for playing along at FUSION!
Your card is darling, Carol :) Love how you used the colours and smile when I saw the bike. I do have a rather good mental image of you as that biker whizzed by...sorry wink, wink. Think I would have added a few laps to their time trial - sheesh! Glad you are in one piece ((hugs)). So glad you had a great time with your niece and nephew too :) Little kids bring such joy and the wonder of life back into our calloused minds - love them!!
Carol...sorry to be so behind on commenting. Summer camp has kept me very busy. But not neat as busy as you have been. Sounds like you had a blast of a weekend with your family too, you have to be the BEST aunt on the planet, right? I always love hearing your stories. Your sweet bike it just the best and in those colors too, they don't get cuter than this. And your butterflies flutterying by...so sweet. Enjoy your week...sending hugs your way.
I love this one so much I just love the bike I must try and get me one, gorgeous colours to so pretty and soft, I am going to try and make myself a little list of all these cas challenges and keep trying with them, I don't want to stop crafting I find it bring me sanity from this mad house, gorgeous creation huggles Pops x x x
I love your butterfly bicycle. What a great way to combine both challenges. I also love the paper piecing. So glad you were able to join us at ATCAS this week
Too bad Mr. Nephew bailed on the race, but who can blame him - when its nap time it's nap time!!! Haha!!! OMG I'm in love with this card!! That bicycle is SO adorable and oh my those ombré butterflies are eeeeeeek!!! LOVE!!!
CArol, you have combined all the challenges so well for this card, I really love the bike and the colorful butterflies.
Awesome card!! I love love the multicolored butterflies!!! The layout is awesome with the scallops!!
Ahhh, I am the one who isi behind Carol, three gorgeous posts no less! Love your card for Fusion, that bicycle is just the cutest. I think I could ride that one, I love all those lovely colourful butterflies! Perfectly combined challenges!
Totally love this card, Carol! So happy you had fun, fun, fun with the little ones!
What a gorgeous card Carol and so very apt following your weekend of biking. I love the ombre effect you have created with the butterflies -a fantastic way to incorporate the bright colours in to your card. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend with the kids. xxx
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