Friday, May 30, 2014

Just Us Girls #243 - Wild Card

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This weeks Just Us Girls challenge is to create a background for your card using the shaving cream technique.  Here is a link to the technique  
Shaving Cream background.  Here is the link to the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.

I used Old Olive, Summer Sun and Only Orange as my reinkers. I scraped the saving cream off my paper and left it at that rather than going over it with a paper towel as per the video.  Must say, that saving cream has quite the potent smell (albeit a nice one).  I'll be smelling like it for quite some time I think as will the card LOL! 

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch as I wanted the background to be front and centre.  A Starbucks sleeve was used for my maple leaf and a few touches of brown with an orange button were added for contrast.

The rest of the  JUGS team, along with our last post by our wonderful May Guest Designer Barbara Campbell have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

Forecast is for sunshine this weekend, so yard work it will be along with participating in the annual garage sale at my LLS.  Hopefully I can move my unloved goodies on to others and by doing so get some cash to spend on my wish lists.  Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Challenge:  Simon says


What's In It?
Stamps:  Happy Birthday (Amuse)

Paper:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up), Starbucks Coffee Sleeve   
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Only Orange (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Leaf Dies (PTI), Saving Cream, Reinkers, 5/8" Brown Satin Ribbon, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Hawaii Part 3

Today's post is just family photos - mostly of us having fun with the underwater camera in the pool, so if that is boring to you, just pass on by :)

This photo is of hubby playing King Kahmehameha and wearing the lei my daughter made at one of the hotel activities.  Told him he was a few shades too pale for the part LOL!  He had the kids in stitches when he did this pose.  I am very blessed as he is such a wonderful dad and husband :)

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The  hotel had three pools you could use - a family one with a net to play water volleyball as well as a basketball hoop, a "serenity pool" that was for adults only (where I snuck away to read on my Kindle), and a pool with a waterslide and many waterfalls and tunnels to enjoy.  Not to mention the amazing beach lagoon for some ocean swimming.  Totally. Amazing. Resort! Here they are in the waterfall tunnel.

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A kind gentleman took a family shot of us in the waterfall pool - the selfies were touch to get everyone in on.  Did forget to tell hubby to remove his "old swim glasses" (he doesn't wear his good ones in the pool). Any guesses which decade these were from LOL!

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Love this picture of my daughter.  She had so much fun in this pool and it shows :)

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My happy boy.

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Must teach hubby not to get his thumb in the way when taking photos.  Loved this photo of the two of us underwater.  My daughter gets upset when she sees this photo in that I am a lot more tanned than she is.  I brown up very easily in the sun and she tends to burn.  Poor thing has her father's skin
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Hubby having fun posing for the camera.  He had to wear a t-shirt because he burned his shoulders really badly a few days before playing pool volleyball.

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Guess who's visiting....Smiling Superman.

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Oh how this child makes me laugh.  This is his version of holding on to our glasses while our daughter was taking underwater photos of hubby and I.

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Best friends.  So blessed my kids get a long so well :)

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Must explain these next two photos. Kids wanted to act out a scene so they decided it was going to be a proposal scene.  Here my son is opening the ring box and proposing to my daughter.

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And here is her answer LOL!

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And last, a photo of the family pool looking over towards the serenity pool. Such an amazing resort!  

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I can feel and smell Hawaii in these pictures LOL!  Such an amazing family vacation with many great memories for all of us.  We are so, so grateful to our friend who gave us such a good deal on her time share there!  If all goes well, we will return some day...hopefully sooner than later! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hawaii Part 2

On to part two of our trip to Hawaii.

Here we are posing at the base of Diamond Head after we hiked to the top.  It was a good thing we went early in the morning as it was getting pretty hot by the time we got to the bottom.

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Here is a photo of the trail up the mountain. Not the nicest scenery as it was really dry.  

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But the hike was worth the view from the top! The beach you see in the photo in front of the tall buildings is Waikiki Beach.

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Had to include this photo as I grew up in the tropics with tons of bougainvillea bushes around so this brought back many memories - along with many of the other flowers and greenery we saw. 

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We went to the Polynesian Cultural Center and it was amazing!!! Worth. Every. Penny. Unfortunately my daughter got heat stroke the day before so we couldn't do the night time luau, but if we ever make it back to Oahu, it will be the first things we do! They have six main "acts" for the various Polynesian Islands (as well as crafts you could do but we ran out of time to do) and 80% of the actors and people working there are from the BYU University right next door.  This "actor" was my favorite as he was hilarious and quite the brat! He showed us how to weave a bowl from a palm frond. By the way, the body art is spray on - I asked LOL! 

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Posing with the "mock wedding" actors
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This guy actually climbed up the coconut tree and it was a loooong way up!

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Me and my native Fijian buddies :)

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Here is my lover of life again. Always having fun and making me laugh. 

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They had a great boat parade, with each Island having their own boat and dancers.  All sorts of dancing and movement on those boats.  This is just one of the six, but I loved how the skirts were swaying from their amazing, hip swaying action.

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Back tomorrow with the final Hawaii post.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hawaii Part I

Well, it took a month, but I finally got some time to wade through our Hawaii photos.  Paired them down, but still too many for one post, so I'm splitting them up over a few days.  Warning: This is a picture heavy post and  has nothing to do with crafty things so feel free to skip it if you like.

As I mentioned a month ago, we had an amazing trip to Hawaii.  Our first touristy thing was to hit the Dole Plantation.  As luck would have it, it was raining so we got to enjoy some tropical rain and I think my curly hair absorbed every ounce of humidity in the air LOL!  Here is a photo of a red pineapple.  Have never seen one and didn't even know they existed (kind of like blue pumpkins)!  Not only that, learned there are around 30 varieties of pineapples.

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Here are my kids having fun in the gift shop.   Missed out on the pineapple ice cream but it looked delicious!

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We got a camera that you can use both above and under water, and the kids had a ball using it in the pools and ocean.   It is really hard to center photos while taking them under water and timing is everything since both bodies have to go under at the same time.  Being the camera operator is not easy LOL!  This picture of my son is so him.   He loves life and lives it to the fullest with a smile on his face 99% of the time. 

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We took a catamaran trip out to see the spinner dolphins and then do some snorkeling on the way back and kids had a great time.  I was a bit disappointed as I grew up in the topics and am used to coral reefs with lots of small, brightly coloured fish versus the grey rock reef and large fish we saw here.  However, seeing the kids enjoy the experience was priceless.

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We got fully equipped with, masks, snorkels, mini life vest you could blow some air into if you wanted to and flippers. A quick jump off the boat and then 45 minutes of snorkeling along a rock reef.

I think this next picture is my favorite photo of the trip. It's my daughter under all that gear and I just love her pose :) 
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Here is the "me too" half  ;)

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Pearl Harbour was definitely a highlight of the trip and a definite "must do" if you are ever on Oahu. Here is the family in front of one of the submarine missles they used. 

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And here we are being patriotic on the bow of the submarine.  We did the audio tour (thus the black things around our neck) and it was amazing! You walk/climb through every part of the submarine and press the audio to match the number of the area you are in and it gives you a ton of information.  Needless to say, it is very close quarters on those subs! 

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This memorial is for each submarine they lost. 

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Love this photo my daughter took through the telescope on the submarine. This is the USS Arizona memorial that is set up over top of the sunken vessel.  

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Each sub had it's own flag design and motto and on this one, each "feathers" represents a Japanese plane or submarine (sorry, can't remember which it is) that was shot down by that sub.

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This is a portion of the marble wall with the names of all the men who died on the USS Arizona the day Pearl Harbour was bombed. 

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I had managed to keep the tears a bay until I saw this, and then I lost it. It is the "add on" marble memorial for those who survived the bombing of the USS Arizona and have since died and are now entombed with their shipmates. 

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This is a photo of the oil that is still leaking from the USS Arizona.   The vessel leaks a drop every 2-3 seconds,  for a total of 1-2 quarts of oil a day.  Hard to believe this is still going on after so many years!

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Here we are goofing around in the gift shop wearing the sailor's caps.  My son proudly announced that he was the only one that did the right salute because his buddy in Cadets taught him how to do it.

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That's it for day one. Back tomorrow with part two.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Have a Happy Day

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This week's Viva La Verve sketch is brought to us by Sarah.  A wonderful sketch with lots of possibilities.

I adore this big, bold sentiment from Be Blessed.  It makes a fabulous, hard to miss statement LOL!  Happy days are so much about attitude and being thankful, and this sentiment is a great reminder to do just that!

Pulled out MME's older line of Stella and Rose papers, which I am hoarding, and put them to work on this card.  Love this line and though it has more of a Fall colour theme to it, I used it anyway.  Simply adore this big butterfly from Die Sidekicks!  It's big and bold and goes with the sentiment perfectly.

Thanks for popping by today.  Wishing you a fabulous, "happy" day!

What's In It?
Stamps:   Be Blessed, Die Sidekicks (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)

Ink:  Black, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up)
Banner Bundle Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Oval and Oval Nestabilities, Corner Rounder (Marvy), 5/8" Brown Satin Ribbon (Michael's), Brown Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mojo Monday #347

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Oh how I love making these tall and skinny cards, and this week's sketch by Julee is another wonderful one.

I can't get enough of the newly released Be Blessed set by Verve released this past Friday - it's my favorite set from the release in case you haven't noticed LOL!  Love this fabulous sentiment, one that is sure to touch the life of whoever you give it too :)  

Adore this Gerber Daisy paper from Fancy Pants' paper series called It's The Little Things.  I  paired it with a lot of white space on my card as well as a stacked butterfly using the All Aflutter dies and matching images from Blue Skies.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below. 

Hard to believe this is the last week in May and the kids will be out of school in under a month - meeep!!  I'm not as prepared as I normally am with activities/classes planned out as my kids are now older and what used to work doesn't any longer.  They've passed all their swimming lesson levels and since they aren't interested in pursuing life guarding courses, we have a very big hole to fill - like a month!  Better get cracking or it will be a very, long summer for all of us LOL!

Have a fabulous day and hope you can contribute to this week's tall and skinny gallery over on the Mojo
Monday blog.

Challenges:   The Pink Elephant

What's In It?
Stamps:   Be Blessed (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Gerber Daisy (Fancy Pants), So Saffron and Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
All Aflutter (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities, Buton, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals