Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kids, Carts, Candy, Corn, Sparklers and a Card for the 4th of July


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE!  I had an extra long weekend and was able to get some stamping done at the trailer this weekend.  We headed up on Thursday, and I pulled out my stamps and got some creative time in before the family all converged for the weekend.  I had seen a new card technique last week, and I had to give it a try.  It's called Retiform, and Debbie Henderson introduced it to me on her blog last week, and she had a wonderful video here.  I could not wait to try my hand at it.  I made this card for a swap, and normally I would not share a swap card in advance, but I wanted to play along with a couple of challenges this weekend, and I only got a chance to work on this card, so I will share it on a couple sites that all called for RED, WHITE, AND BLUE projects. 
My card is not only red, white, and blue, but also a birthday card, so I will share at Seize the Birthday Color Q Challenge #297 had four colors, that I needed for my technique, but I substituted Real Red.  I really was inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge 215, because it just reminded me of all the fun surrounding 4th of July, and that played a big part in my creation this weekend.  Even though my card isn't patriotic, I had patriotism surrounding me in so many ways.   
 I just had to share with you some of the fun, and traditions we have for the 4th.  First of all we always spend it at our camper at the DN (Do Nothing) Campground in Wisconsin.  It's only an hours drive from home.  We always say it's an hour from everywhere.  On the 4th of July they have a golf cart parade which we love to watch, and the kids catch candy that they throw to them.  We got the kids all lined up and ready for fun.  Afterwards the kids divided up all the candy,  while we snacked on watermelon and husked the first sweet corn of the season I picked up from a farm stand that morning.  We had the traditional hot dog/brat dinner, ate cupcakes, watched the kids run til they were completely spent, but we lit up a few sparklers before we washed them up and sent them home to bed.  They are still too little to stay awake for the fire works, but promised next year they would be old enough.  Sure wears Grandma out, but I love spending the day with my kids, and look forward to doing it again in a few weeks. 
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend, too.  Thanks for stopping by to see my card. 

Mary Alice