- we are at my favourite vacation spot EVER: Bend, OR. I. LOVE. BEND! In just a couple of hours, my husband will be competing in the first race of his three day/four race stage race - the Cascade Classic Road Bike Race - and I am giddy! Nervous, excited...you name it, I have it. Mr. Cool as a Cucumber is fine. My responsibilities for this 70 mile race are to zoom to feed zone one to pass him a water bottle (swelter-fest here; so not what we're accustomed to) then high-tail it to feed zone two for a second bottle passing. As long as I don't get caught behind the race, or lost (oh, please, not that!!), all should be okay. I hope. Passing a water bottle to a cyclist whizzing by at 30 km an hour, in the midst of a pack of 100, is a tad anxiety inducing, however...'tis what I do. Fingers crossed all goes well.
- I brought along my mobile crafting unit - and yes, this time my cuttlebug and dies, accompanied by a variety of stamps, inks, stencils, sponging thingies, and papers came along. Yayyy...Just so you know: everything I brought fit in a canvas grocery bag. Selective packing this time.
- I have NEW stamps from STAMPlorations!! So excited - and a couple will be making their debut here!
Best to get to the programme, as my nerves are starting to jingle and jangle. We're leaving in an hour, for his 2:20 start...
I decided, for the STAMPlorations Bi-weekly Sketch Challenge #15
to debut one of the gorgeous flowers from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set. Of course, I wanted to showcase all of them, immediately, however, one must exercise restraint, mustn't one (hahahahahahaha ...not moi!). You'll see what I mean in a minute: one bloom + two sentiments = two cards and two tags. Had. to. do. it. *grin* Of course, I also had to tinker around with how to colour my flower. I could have used my new Prismacolour pencils (bought at Hobby Lobby in Kennewick WA, where we stopped the first night along our journey...I had a coupon, and no restraint...), but nope. I could have used my distress markers/inks that joined in the journey. Nope again. Instead, I went with sponging, because I'm currently obsessed with this technique. More practice required, of course. Except for the sentiment, everything is sponged: the flower, the stencil dot-fade background and the photobooth die (I didn't bring black cardstock in my travelin' stash - d-uh!). I used varied coloured distress inks for the flowers, and a yellow HA cube ink for the centers (which were tricky, given the size of the sponge daubers I was using).
Ready? First up, my two cards, followed by two tags, that will eventually be placed on cards, because the backs are, ummm...used (so glad that Tracey shared that she does this, too!!).
The black die and flower panels are popped up on the cards above; the flower panels
popped up on the tags below.
I'm also adding these to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #104: CAS
Time for me to get ready, and we're off to the races...
NOTE: Honoured, delighted and completely thrilled that my cards were the winning picks at STAMPlorations Challenge #15. THANK YOU!!
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!