Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Camping Trip, Card for Mom, and Pretty Paisley Giveaway!

Whew - I finally have time to post some of our camping photos. We only went for one night, but it was perfection! I managed to be packed and ready the very SECOND my man was finished school and the weather co-operated completely.


It took a matter of 1/2 hour to set up and prepare dinner. The lake was calm and the air soft. Sigh. Mr. begrudgingly poses for me before I turn my camera elsewhere.


Though this is not out in the wilderness, there's no actual town nearby either, just a small gathering of perhaps 10 houses or so, among orchards. The beach is gravelled and when we sat at night a group of about 8 deer 'crunched' their way between our site and the lakeshore.


I love this site with the tall ponderosa to shelter. I was sad I forgot my special camping rake. That's another blog post in itself I hope to share soon.


This lake is popular with fishermen and I wondered at these interesting eggs in the water? Any ideas?

The sun remained the next morning and we lingered until 10:30 - basking in the rays. I would have LOVED to have stayed another day but it did give us a taste of what summer will be like.

The drive home was scenic and gorgeous. The balsamroot flowers are in full glory - and here are some photos we took along the way.


Whole hillsides were 'buttered' with the blossoms!


A small bouquet of them in front of some 'hoo-doos' (the clay formations in the background) I'm fascinated by hoo-doos and will do another post on them someday too.


Payback time from my Mr - he makes me pose in the midst of the field...


But I think HE'S the pretty one here!


And so you can see why we got caught up. Truly an amazing sight. I could have stayed all day with my camera as my eye.


And now, onto my latest card-making. I feel quite safe to show off my Mother's Day card I created for my Mother-in-Law as she is completely anti-computer. I used KimB's gorgeous Antoinette Kit, it was PERFECT for this project.


I love the way Kim's flowers 'pop out' so realistically - and I added a final, tactile element with this big green sunflower I had salvaged from another project.


I included two sentiments inside - on from son to Mom and one from me to Mom, a thank you from me for the blessing of her son in my life. I had to create my own envelope as this card was oversize.


Just click on this graphic to be taken to Kim's blog where she has instructions on how you can buy this AMAZING kit!


And finally, a little present for you! This one is personal use only. Thank you goes to my dear friend VALINDA who helped me with this by giving me the idea to completely recreate it from the bottom up from an older version I'd made. I would NOT have thought of that, Valinda. No, not - really (we were arguing in a nice friendly "let me pay for lunch" kinda way, haha!) At any rate, it turned out so well that I've included both a full size 12 x 12 overlay as well as the element as a single. These have a silvery-metallic look! Enjoy - and I'd LOVE to see how you use these. Click on the graphic to download.



  1. Good Afternoon Barb:)
    I LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing.:)
    You WOULD too have thunk it eventually.LOL I LOVE arguing with you.hehe
    Your camping trip sounds wonderful and your pics are fantastic! I have no idea what those eggs are..but Lake Placid comes to mind.LOL
    Have a fantastic evening!

    Love and hugs,

  2. AnonymousMay 05, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. LOVE that overlay.

    What a beautiful camping spot - I am not a fan of camping, but I could ALMOST be converted with views like tha!

    Gorgeous photos, and great models too!

  4. What a beautiful hillside! I love the yellow flowers, especially since yellow is one of my favorite colors! Your designs are lovely as they always are! Sometimes I wish I had time to learn about digital scrapping....
    Your camping site looked so peaceful. Must have been perfect!

  5. Hi Barb,

    I Love your card! It's so beautiful!

    The camp site is lovely too, what is the lake called? we go to Nickel Plate for quick trips for fishing but it's always nice to find new spots to try.

    We also go to Pennask Lake, which is a difficult lake to reach but the fishing there is the best, that lake provides trout eggs for many of the fish hatcherys the trout have been know to jump into the boat, no kidding!

    Enjoy the rest of the day, can't wait to hear about Hoo doos ???

  6. Hey lady,

    I love how you got M on the sweet spot - such a good pic!

    I love ya.

    I missed ya.~G


  7. love the Mom day card ...awesome jo ..KimB kit looks awesome ..and you used it so beautifully . Love the look of the camping spot ...the fields look fantastic ..love how yellow and bright they are...

  8. AnonymousMay 05, 2009

    Thanks for the paisley overlay. The yellow flower meadow is gorgeous!

  9. AnonymousMay 05, 2009

    Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 05 May [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 06 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

  10. The paisley designs look great. Thanks for sharing them and your lovely photos.

  11. OOOOH- I love the flower field pic's! Reminds me of songs from the 70's hee hee!
    Haven't been camping in a while- but WOW, what a gorgeous site to spend the night.

    Barb that card is mouth dropping gorgeous! I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing it with me ( and your awesome talent)!!!

    OK, need me some cofffeeeee- lol
    sending huge hugs

  12. AnonymousMay 05, 2009

    Gorgeous flower photos, and beautiful card! Thank you for sharing the paisley overlay. It's fabulous, and I like anything paisley!

  13. Very pretty, thank you!

  14. just gorgeous, thankyou.

  15. Thank you for sharing this FUN overlay!
    oh i LOVE your photos!! especially the one "buttered" with blossoms!! And those flower field shots are really GREAT too! :)
    Your card is a BEAUTY!! you are soo CREATIVE!! Have a WONDERFUL day, my friend!! :)

  16. Oh Mrs. Miles, what a lovely, lovely outing. Makes me have want. Oh well, I've distractions of other sorts at the moment ... hands are FULL.

  17. Wow! Those pictures are wonderful. Such beautiful flowers! Thanks for the fantastic paisley overlay. It's lovely :)

  18. AnonymousMay 06, 2009

    Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on May. 06, 2009. Thanks again.

  19. ooooh Mrs Miles, that looks like heaven!!! Beautiful place, sure wish I could be there rite now LOL!! WOW your overlay is BRILLIANT!!!! Such a beautiful piece of work, you so very talented in so many things - from the kitchen to your computer to your life. Your card is super - your mom in law should be thrilled!!

  20. Hello there...love the pictures..was such a pretty camp site...I used to love to camp out..we did a lot when I was young..my dad loved it also..
    thanks for sharing them and for bringing back lots of wonderful memories...thank you for the beautiful overylay...love it..

  21. Morning Sweety!!!!!!!!!!
    The photos are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
    TYFS them!!!!!!!!!!!
    TY so very much for the MARVELOUS overlay!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry I haven't been around but I was pretty sick with sinusitis, bronchitis & my asthma has really been been bad with ALL my tree allergies!!!!!!!!!!!
    HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. What a gorgeous area to go camping! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and comments.

    Very pretty! I can't wait to play with it! Many thanks for your generosity in sharing.

  23. I love paisley and yours is magnificent - thanks!

  24. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!:) Hope it's a fantastic one and you are wrapped in LOVE all day long:)

    Big hugs,

  25. Phew, I finally get here! my back is hurting today, so I've only groomed one dog, and that was one too many!
    I do hope you had a wonderful mothers day yesterday...
    I love your camping trip photo's although I cannot give you any clue on what the eggs may be!

  26. just popping in to say i hope you had a WONDERFUL Mother's day!! HUGS!! :) And a GREAT day today too! ;)

  27. AnonymousJune 07, 2009

    Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 06 Jun [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 07 Jun [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).


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