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












6 comments:

  1. What a great card and post you have shared. I love all the detail in your card and how well the stamp sets work in unison for the retiform technique. I really LOVE the braids and how they make a star--it's awesome. Thank you for playing along with our inspiration challenge at Had Stamped Sentiments. Smiles, Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks. Isn't that braid cute! Her mom is a kids hair stylist and always does beautiful braids.

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  2. Beautiful card, Mary Alice, love your unusual way of putting this card together! Thanks for playing with us at the colourQ. Thanks also for sharing your 4th of July. I have 3 grandchildren and never get to share this holiday, nor many others, they are always at her parents. I miss seeing my son! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I know I am so lucky to see my grandkids often. My two little girls I do daycare for 4 days a week, and they have the campsite next to ours so we see them most weekends, too. The other son with the older girl and little boy have never come up to the campground since he married 6 years ago. I think they enjoyed it, and will come again. I have another grandson in Brooklyn NY who is coming to visit in 2 weeks, and they would like to come up to camp for a first time. Hope everybody is there again. Like I said, lucky grandma. Sad for you that you don't see your grandkids for 4th of July, but that's the way it is with my daughter-in-law. Her parents live 4 hours away, so they only see them on holidays when they can get away for a few days, and I miss them those holidays. too.

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  3. I love what you did with the Retiform Technique! How clever to use red, white and blue! Thanks for the shout-out and sending me a message to come view your card. Your grandkids are so adorable!

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  4. Pretty card! Very interesting technique. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

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