Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Taking a drive

The end of May and there's still quite a bit of snow in some places, like towards Valdez.  Hubby & I took a ride with the pooch for a few days to check out some trails down that direction.

Didn't get very far down this trail till we hit this.  We made it thru some of the snow just fine but it started to get deeper and for longer distances, time to turnaround.

Funny, we drove down this hill just fine earlier.  Amazing what a little warmth in a couple of hours will do to frozen clay, ugh!  Time to get the winch out.  Maybe the car at the bottom should have clued us in when we drove by it the first time...and the pile of steel cable a little further up the hill.

After that how about some (mostly) paved trail!  This old highway is a bit grown over and falling apart in some areas, but still pretty smooth.

When we stopped to camp, Sissy stood watch with her nose & ears constantly working, something must be close by...

Later, after much barking, and us scanning the trees and mountain side, we saw him headed up & away from us at a good lope.  Scott & Sissy walked down the road and found his prints where he had come out of the trees, maybe 50 yards from camp, before running back in and up the mountain away from our yapper. : )

 No smelly cooking in bear country, dehydrated meals it is, tho Sissy thinks they still smell good to her. 

Yeah, she's spoiled, and loves to clean out the bags when we're done eating, if we let her.

Can't.quite.get.to the bottom.... 
Scott did finally cut the side open for Miss Short Snout with egg on her face. :)

Not much snow on this side.

Had to slow down for this guy, who wasn't in a hurry...ho hum.  Sissy wanted to be let out of the truck to help it along, ha! We didn't even want to think about what that encounter could have been like. 

Well we didn't make it all the way to Valdez this weekend but now we have trails in mind to go back to in a month or so when there's less snow!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mom's Day cards!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!  Sorry, they're a week late, actually they'll be later by the time they get in the mail.... :}

These are a couple of the Great Impressions monthly stamps from last month and I used the image layout of the roses and script from one of their sample cards.  Stamp the roses on cardstock and on scrap, cut out scrap image closely, adhere to image on the cardstock and over-stamp with script stamp until height (length) desired.  The script is stamped 3 times on both of these cards.


The script reads, " God created the rose in the likeness of a woman.  The rose represents beauty.  The stem represents strength. Petals are soft as her delicate skin. The fragrance is pure and so sweet.  Leaves represent arms outstretched, always giving.  Each time you look at this rose remember ... God made you special. "  I thought these stamps were beautiful and appropriate for a Mom's day card!  

To dress up the inside a bit, the roses are stamped 2nd generation to lighten the gray a bit.

Stamps: Great Impressions
Ink: Memento-Images, TH Distress-sponging; Prism Colored Pencils
Paper: K&Company-green x-pattern (red roses), Kaisercraft-green & pink pattern paper framing the image (pink roses)
Other: Red rose card-Martha Stewart large leafy border punch; Pink card-Memory Box-Catalina Wreath die (pink card, wreath cut in 2 and draped over top half, kinda gives it a heart shape look), Blue Moon-heart trinket, JoAnns-ribbon 

Friday, May 4, 2012

ODBDSLC106 No Designer Paper

Our Daily Bread Designs Shining Light Challenge for this past week was to make a card without designer paper.  It was to encourage us to make our own backgrounds using stamps, embossing or just plain paper.

Here's my card.  I really like their background stamps and had several butterfly and flower images from one of my favorite sets from ODBD, Don't Worry, already stamped just waiting to be used on something.  It's simple and peaceful to me, not busy or bright, but calming.  I love walking through our woods with the dog and finding flowers blooming here and there with butterflies fluttering in the sunlight shining through the branches.  It's still a little early yet for all of that here in AK, but I believe Spring is finally upon us in our area! 

Stamps: ODBD Wood Background, Grow in Grace-verse, Don't Worry!-flower & butterfly
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, TH Distress Ink Antique Linen, Tombow Markers, Sakura Stardust pen

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

JustRite Friday Color Challenge #071 - "Perfect Pastels"

Whoo Hoo!  I actually made a card, in one day, for a challenge and in time for the challenge.  Whew, it's been ... well, Christmas since I made a card!  Darn it!  I can't believe it's already the 1st of MAY.  Good Grief, time flies!  Anyway, here's my card, to get me motivated to make more, soon, I hope :)  

This card is for the JustRite Friday Color Challenge #071 - using Yellow, Pink & Peach.  The colors in the picture are a little brighter than in real life.  The wonky rectangle and the sentiment background is a pale yellow and the lace under the bright ribbon is a pale pink.  I used a Sakura Stardust pen on the dots on the patterned paper and on the bow in the image to help give it a shimmer, tho you can't see it here.  

JustRite Stampers is having a sale on many of their original stamp sets, including the 2 I used on this card.

Off to clean up my mess and do some chores, it's been fun!  Thanks for looking!

Stamps: JustRite - Seeds of Kindness (sentiment), Beautiful Blossoms (image)
Ink: Memento Rose Bud, Tombo markers
Paper: K&Company, DCWV
Spellbinders - Classic Scallop Ovals, Big Scallop Circles, Wonky Rectangle
Ribbon & Lace - May Arts