Monday, July 30, 2012


Hi there!

Well, we're back to Monday already and I hope your week is off to a great start. Was your weekend good? Our weather has still been warm, but not unbearably so. On Saturday we got together with family for a birthday and then headed north to New Castle, PA to see what was going on at the Western PA Balloon Quest.

It turns out that over the 4 days of the festival, they weren't able to launch balloons once! Between some heavy storms and fog, the conditions just weren't suitable for the hot air balloons. It was a bummer, but we made the most of it, snapping a few pictures of the carnival rides. Bill took some photos with the TTV but I cheated and used Instagram :)

Isn't that fun? I just love looking at ferris wheels... not so much riding, I'm a little afraid of heights. 

Here's what else I got up to this weekend..

I used the colors from this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge for this card.

I have seen some fantastic cards around blogland using the WMS My Island set that featured bold, bright colors. They look great, and I thought this color story would be a good one to combine with this set.

I stamped the custom-colored plaid background, too, using the Off Beat Backgrounds set. You should see how ink-stained and loved my little plaid stamp is.

I combined a strip of cream cardstock stamped with beach umbrellas and a pink panel embossed with polka dots with my plaid. After stitching them together, I added a little raffia bow (rescued this from the trash - yeah!), a button, and the sentiment.

Well that's it for me. I really appreciate your visit today, I hope you have a great day!

STAMPS: My Island, Off Beat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Regal Rose - Stampin' Up!; Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
INK: Marina Mist, Regal Rose, So Saffron - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Polka Dots Embossing Folder - Provocraft; Sewing Machine - Janome; Raffia; Button


  1. Such a beautiful card, Anya! Really love, love, LOVE that plaid stamp! And the little length of raffia works so well with your theme! Oh! And thanks so much for the bit of crafty enabling you left on my blog ;). LOVE it! Hugs!

  2. Anya, this is so sweet! Pretty papers and umbrella image! Love the raffia!

  3. So pretty, Anya! I love the soft tones--definitely relaxing!

  4. Wow, the soft inking on the umbrellas are so dreamy. I love the raffia--it's perfect with the beach scene.

  5. Speachless Anya! Love the soft pastel colors, your stamping, and that stitching. Everything is absolutely perfect - the embossing, the raffia! Just a dream!! Drool....

  6. Yikes....this card is wonderful!!! Love all the perfect details!!! I'm a titch afraid of heights myself...can do the ferris wheel but, it has to keep moving!!!

  7. Fabulous little beach umbrellas, Anya! Love them paired with a summery plaid, too. Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe. :)

  8. Beautiful summer card! Love those pink umbrellas! Thanks for playing at the PDC this week!

  9. Beautiful!!! Thanks for playing with us at PDCC!!!! :):)


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