This morning, we started off bright and 'late', aiming for new-to-us hike in the Lake Louise area: Boulder Pass. We drove about three-quarters of the way, watching the skies become darker and more ominous, and the winds gust with more force. Plan nixed, because no matter how stunning the scenery may be, we are 'fair weather' hikers, having had our fair share of wet weather 'incidents.' Back home, the skies were less threatening, so with my husband on his mountain bike, and I hoofing along in my runners, we hiked a nearby trail we haven't had opportunity to access since the floods of last year. Although I've come back exhausted and a tad broken (trying to keep up with him riding his bike...silliness, and not exactly a success), what a delight it was to travel along familiar paths. It's not a super easy trek - plenty of steep bits, making for interesting ascents and descents, as well as rocks, tree roots and foliage to navigate - but enough for a good workout. I have so earned some ice cream for dessert!
Tomorrow I'm taking my husband to Calgary, where he'll be joining the contingent of 'officials' for the second running of the pro-bike race: Tour of Alberta. From Tuesday through Sunday, he'll be riding on the back of a motorcycle, fulfilling his duties as "Moto-Commissaire #2." Last year, when he performed this role, he was nervous; this year, it's equal parts nervous and super excited! I'll be on my own-some until Thursday evening, when I'll head to Edmonton, to spend the weekend with my family and meet up with Andy once the race wraps up on Sunday. Actually, the last three stages of the race have Edmonton as their 'anchor,' so he may be able to join me at my folks' place. Time with my niece and nephew...Yayyyy!!!!
Anyway...I'm sharing my clean and layered card, inspired by the oh-so-pretty photo at The Card Concept #17 (I'd cosy up in that room in a nanosecond!)
and the wonderful sketch, created by the uber-talented Kim Singdahlsen, at Freshly Made Sketches #151.
A simple little card, featuring some patterned paper (a 'happy accident' find), stitched layered flowers, and a 'renovated' brad...
NOTE: So honoured and delighted that Kim selected by card as a Card Concept #17 winner! THANK YOU!!
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!
Just gorgeous - love that "stitched " flower!
Oh how pretty !! Love the stitched flower :)
Very beautiful card! I love the flower! You make this challenge look easy!
Wow! So, so pretty, Carol! I have just got happy mail from Lil Inkers and need to go and play. Have fun with your niece and nephew! xx
Oh wow--I adore that flower! Is it Lil' Inkers? You did great using that sketch that stumped me!
Love the 'reverse' of the white on green and all the texture from the flower. So glad you joined us at the Card Concept, Carol!
I dont know where are you Miss C..I didnt meet you again on my blog maybe you are too busy but I like to visiting you and make you smile again sweety..I really love that flower with that stiched at the edge really breathaking I love your concept and its a winner card for me...I wish you Win my sweet Miss C...hugs, Monika
Love those stitched flowers and of course the green :) Glad you nixed plan A and were able to enjoy plan B. Have fun with some extra crafting time and of course, thoroughly enjoy your family time next w/e :)
I love your beautiful card. The layered flower is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!
Wow...oh my goodness, what an amazing card Carol! I love that beautiful heart stitched posies, so darn cute! I would love some of that ugly weather here, I much prefer the gray cloudy gloomy days than sunshine. But your card is a burst of sunshine if you ask me, so sweet and that sentiment, just perfect! When do you go back to school? Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept.
You must be in great shape with all the hiking that you do with hubby...Good for you!
I really love this card, Carol! The papers are so pretty and the stitched flower is gorgeous! I also love how you stamped the sentiment under the banner...so clever and it looks fabulous! I may have to CASE your idea sometime, if you don't mind :)
Absolutely gorgeous! You've combined these two challenges perfectly and your white flower is such a standout against that pretty green DSP. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!
Clean, Crisp, Creative and....Gorgeous! TFS
I am pretty darn sure, 99.9% positive, that YOU my friend are the BEST!! This card is so delightful and that patterned paper is indeed a lucky find!! I love how it meets challenges and still stands on it's own as a very unique C creation!! Hope you are enjoying your evening!!
I am so glad you liked the sketch!!! It was my first and I was more than a little nervous! I love your layered flowers - mine are finally on the way - they have been out of stock every time I want to order something. The flower is great with the single color - and with the sweet pattern behind it!
I am so jealous of your hikes. I have not done well in the past few years with getting to the mountains, but I am making a real effort this summer to get in shape and out into nature. For me, there are nice hikes in the foothills (about 1/2 an hour away), but the real hiking in Summit County CO is 100 miles away! Nothing out my back door. I am heading up to the mountains next week for an entire week and will definitely be doing some of my all-time favorite hikes.
What a gorgeous card and you nailed the sketch Carol! I LOVE the layered stitched flower, who makes it? Hiking around Lake Louise is lovely, we did not get to Bolder Pass when we were out there last. Behind, behind but i hope your family time was enjoyable ~hugs
...thank you so much foro sharing with us at the Card Concept, and of course Kim picked your card--it is stunning.
Whoo~ I LOVE that flower! Very lovely card and take on the challenge. Thanks for playing at TCC!
I want to come visit and see all this luscious scenery you mention. And spend the day creating with you. I think it would be so fun! Your interpretation of the sketch and use of the card concept was inspired!
Awesome take on the sketch!! Love the flower!!.
Soooo behind, Carol ... I'll be back to see lots more! Sound like a great trek ... there's something so fantastic about being among such awesome scenery ... hope you enjoyed that ice-cream! Gorgeous card, crisp, fresh and lovely ...amazing bloom! Anita :)
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