Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
It's the fabulous Claire's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a theme challenge for us:
There are so many different ways you can take this challenge. The inspiration behind my card stems from seeing the kids next door jumping in and out of their little paddling pool. It was so hot I was tempted to go and kick them out so I could go wading myself, but didn't think that would go down very well :-)
It did get me to thinking about the paddling pool that my bestie, Pammie had. Now, growing up in the North of England we didn't get much chance to use it, but on the days when the tarmac was melting and the concrete too hot to play on, her Dad would bring out the paddling pool and we would spend some blessedly cooler time jumping in and out of the pool.
We WON'T talk about the day that I decided to jump over the rose bushes to the pool - showing off, of course! Well, I did jump right over the bushes, but jumped just a little too low and managed - I have no idea how - to catch a thorn on the well trimmed bushes..... right between my little toe and the one next to it. Right in the middle of all that soft, pink, flesh. I don't think I have to tell you what happened next. I cried about as loud as a 7 year old could! Anyway, I HATE rose bushes now :-)
So, how did all of this get me to my card? Well, the paddling pool of old got me to thinking about some of the beaches that Pammie and I had sunbathed on in Mauritius and in Cape Town and I realized that I had this great set from Stamping Bella that I could use for a card for Pammie. I combined it with an old SU set - and here's my card:
Pammie... I miss those days in the paddling pool... heck I miss those days when we could actually wear bathers on the beach, too :-)
I hope you will play along with us this week. If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the cards made by our amazing design team:
On a personal note:
Today was another paddling pool day... It was in the 90s and fairly humid. It was gorgeous sitting under the deck in the screened in porch - in the shade. There was a slight breeze and it was wonderful. Eventually it got too hot, and I had to come in and make some cards :-)
We have a pair of cat birds nesting in the garden. One of them - either the male or the female has obviously dodged a predator as he/she has no tail!!! That doesn't stop it bathing in our bird bath, flying to get food, or catching insects. I'm hoping the tail grows back before the migration south. They are wonderful little birds and I love their mewing call.
I'm glad to say our Orioles are still with us and I watched them feeding babies at the feeder this afternoon. Mommy Oriole was trying to teach the young one how to feed itself! It was gorgeous to watch. In the meantime, I get to see the streaks of gorgeous orange and black of the males:
I'll be back tomorrow with another card and some more photos. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Samantha and Sierra Take a Selfie - Stamping Bella. Wetlands - Stampin' Up
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
- Inks: Memento Black. Prismacolor Pencils.