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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back from vacation and jumping right into challenges

It is so nice to get away and not have any responsibilities, but I do admit I miss my crafting time.  We were in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for 9 days and had such a wonderful time with the whole family...there were 17 of us!  I will share a few photos of the kids and maybe one of me going down a slide!!  hah, pretty funny!!
Nana (the other grandma), 6 year old Jalen and me getting ready to go down the slide 

Jalen wake surfing with instructor, Cody
4 year old Tristan, paddling away

6 year old Addie paddling all around slide

12 year old Ellie wake boarding

14 year old Caleb getting ready to go down slide (he favors his right leg because he broke his femur and has an 18 inch rod and three screws in his leg...he walks with a crutch, but can swim okay.

The two sisters who were there to help watch the kiddos and 10 year old Lily in the middle.  The kiddos had so much fun inner tubing too!
We always have a fantastic time at the lake...we have been going there since 2006, we boat, we swim in a pool, some golf...and we have a blast...the slides are new this year, with a slide on two sides and a huge trampoline in the middle...boy did everyone have a blast jumping on that...Dina and Lacey were showing off their gymnastic maneuvers and were doing back flips...NO HANDS!  Ellie even got pretty good at doing that too!

Now for the card for the Merry Monday Challenge, which you can access HERE is a sketch this time around and I had fun pulling out a new stamp set from PTI that is actually one for the SAF that is coming up on August 24...but I thought the sentiment and the cute gingerbread were perfect for a Christmas card.  The set is called Scent-iments and will be available for purchase Sept. 15, if you don't get it for the SAF.  You can go HERE to check out all the details about the SAF...I guarantee you will have a fun filled day with lots of videos and inspiration!


The card is made with PTI stampers select white, I stamped the images with Hero Hues, grass and latte, and MFT red hot for the hearts.  The background paper was a piece from my stash and I can't remember where it came from, but the other pieces are from Basic Grey Nordic Holiday.  Thanks for taking a look!!                                                                                                                  


  1. Very cute Col. I hoped to use my new stamp sets this week, but haven't had a chance yet. Great job.

  2. Sounds like a fabulous get-away!! How nice to go with the whole family and to that lovely lake! I have been to your wonderful country two times and we were thrilled with everything we saw, your national parcs, nature, the highways... and had e great time!

    Cute card Collen, love those stamps! And.. have fun ... again! ;)
    We were babysitting our little Emmy for three days,had so much fun! She's so adorable!!

  3. Looks and sounds like you had fabulous vacation. Your card is adorable and I like how you changed up the sketch a little bit. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

  4. Your vacation looked like SO much fun! Loved the water slide!!
    Terrific Christmas card too! Love the papers, sentiment and 2 images! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

  5. Wonderful take on the sketch Colleen, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  6. How nicely these new stamps worked with this sketch, Colleen! Love the thought of a gingerbread cookie and a cup of tea! Mmmm! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Merry Monday and for sharing those fun photos of vacation too.

  7. Fabulous vacation photos!!! Love them and it really looks like everyone was having a wonderful time. Now on to your could not wait until SAF, too funny but incredible card. and I love your idea too.

  8. Wow, I wish I went on vaca with you guys...looks like fun! And your sweet card is a lot of fun, too! Thanks for playing with the MM sketch this week!

  9. Sweet images, lovely Christmas card. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

  10. Love you card, Colleen! Such cute paper and I love the stamp images!


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