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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Me and my Schwinn!

How did we get around when we were kids? I rode a bicycle or rollerskated. We rode our bikes or rollerskated everywhere! Summer was awesome in Connecticut and whenever I see bicycles, I think of summer days and the lilacs, violets, wild lily of the valleys, elm trees, hyacinths, fresh cucumbers, oak trees, poison ivy and sumac, pansies, fruit trees, and our above-ground swimming pool that the water was always cold. So many fond memories!

It's thinking of those days that when I was putting away some rubber stamps last week and ran across this stamp by Flower Soft that I decided to make a card with it. Just make a card. Not for any reason except because it was a pretty image that made me smile and remember back when.


I used my ancient set of Peerless watercolor paints. There's so little paint left on them that I ordered a new set from Sweet Stamps. They're awesome and if you want to experiment with watercoloring, that's the way to go. I used an EK punch for the white 'trellis' on the side.  I made a triple looped bow with my Craft-Dee Bow ribbon maker and slid an extra 'tail' in the loop and I added a button in the middle with baker's twine through the holes. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. To put this card in perspective, it's 5"x7".  I'd like to thank my friend, Patty, for the layout...she sent me a card and the layout had a pretty trellis punch and ribbon up the side of the image which I thought looked pretty so I've use the same idea.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card!

                                                                                     Hugs,
                                                                                     Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Ribbon Girls, Crafting from the Heart, Craft Your Passion, Amusing Challenge, Penny Black and More, Sister Act, Crafting With Friends, Simon Says Monday ChallengeArtistic Inspirations, Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge, CardMania, Your Scrapbook Place, Not Just Cards, Paradise of Stamps

28 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh this is gorgeous.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #01.
    Hope to see you enter these challenges each month, and don’t forget about the Champion of Champions DT to be held in March 2016 for winner of all categories throughout the year.
    Annette DT Leader

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  2. This is beautiful thank you for joining the world wide open DT challenge
    Michelle DT

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  3. I adore this Gail!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons Challenges for our Bicycles theme.
    Laura

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  4. Beautiful card , framed perfectly and love the choice of ribbon. Thanks for joining us at Paradise of Stamps for our challenge
    hugs Louise

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  5. Beautiful image Gail, fabulous card & love the gingham ribbon.
    hugs Jo x

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  6. Thank you for joining us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Your card is fabulous!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  7. Gorgeous work Gail. I love that image, your layout is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog this month! Cheers, Holley

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  8. Beautiful creation. Thank you for joining us over at http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/challenge-13.html good luck

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx DT LPOCF
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Thank you for joining is at the World Wide Open DT challenge.
    Heather DT

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  10. lovely card!
    Thanks for playing along in the Sister Act Card Challenge.
    Hugs,
    Natalie
    INKognito

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  11. I love your card. The bike does remind of long bike rides and scabbed knees! Your cards are always beautiful. I am honored to have inspired you.

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  12. What a beautiful card and wonderful memories. The flower baskets are so pretty. Great water coloring.

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  13. Your summer memories and mine are very similar, I also love my Peerless watercolors too. That's a great card and I love it!

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  14. this is so pretty! beautifully coloured and it's a great layout to feature the image. thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more.
    linda

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  15. Fantastic work! Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Spread the word! Our challenge is always anything goes! Good luck!

    La-Vie B. – Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog DT
    Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

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  16. Really pretty card and so beautifully coloured! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

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  17. Beautiful card Gail, thank you for joining our challenge at Crafting from the Heart.

    Pam x

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  18. Your card is very lovely. The image is gorgeous. Thank you for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion. We hope to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

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  19. Your card is lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open DT Challenge. Good luck with your entry.
    Vicki DT

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  20. Ah, yes, those trips down memory lane. Sure don't see enough kids out nowadays using bikes, skateboards, rollerskates, or any such devices, which is really sad. Lovely flowers, both front and back of this bike and I'm betting they smell as wonderful as they look! Fabulous diecut and bow and love keeping the main card focus on the bike itself. Wonderful creation, Gail.

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  21. Gorgeous card! Love the image. You have colored it beautifully =)
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    Hugs,
    Tina
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

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  22. Great card Gail and perfect for our theme at Penny Black and More, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

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  23. Fabulous image and love the flower soft and watercolouring,what better reason to make a card and we used to be off all over on our bikes and gone for the day-we definitely had a better childhood than kids of today
    Carol x

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  24. This is so gorgeous Thank you for joining us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Kevin xx

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  25. What a neat and beautiful card. Thank you for sharing it with us over at the World Wide D.T. Monthly Challenge Blog. Hugs Andrea D.T.

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  26. Gail this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our FIRST challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {World Wide Open Design Team Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  27. Beautiful:) Thanks for sharing it with us for Card Mania Challenge.
    Good Luck!
    Marzena DT

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