Thursday, 8 January 2009

Such a big day!

I started another new baby card on Wednesday night, and had planned to finish it first thing yesterday morning...but we got seriously sidetracked yesterday (a little more on that later) so I've only just finished it now.

I decided to use this week's Colour Throwdown #24 for my colours:

I don't have any Baja Breeze, as it has not been released in Australia I have substituted Soft Sky instead. This is my card:

It may be a bit hard to see in this image, but I have put dots of Crystal Effects on the darker dots on the butterfly wings, and in the centres of the little flowers on the Confetti Cream background layer.


Cardstock: Soft Sky, Mellow Moss, Whsiper White and Confetti Cream cardstock
Paper: Stampin' Up! Spring Silhouettes Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Papertreyink Butterfly Kisses and Stampin' Up! Nursery Necessities
Inks: Soft Sky and Basic Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Up! Wireworks Silver (retired), Ticket Corner Punch, Crystal Effects, Papertrey Ink Leaf Ribbon, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Styled Silver Hodgepodge and Designer Label Punch
Techniques: Two-step stamping, back to our big day yesterday! My hubby bought a secondhand trailer sailer over Christmas and he has been tinkering with it for the last week:

Finally, it was ready to go so off we went to Lake Burley Griffin at about 9 am. Launching it into the Lake was harder than it should have been due to no fault of the boat (no names, no court cases ;-). While my husband was thigh deep in water struggling with the boat, a complete stranger came up, put on his waders and went in too and together they managed to get the boat off the trailer. Then a second stranger helped me tie it to the pier while hubby was extracting the car and trailer from the lake (the kids were still in their car seats...we didn't want to have to worry where they were while we were negotiating the boat ramp etc). It was so nice to meet some lovely people who were only too happy to help and chat.

We got the kids done up in their groovy life jackets:

Then we got them and all our stuff aboard (talk about packing the kitchen sink), and away we went. We had some lunch, sailed around a bit, stopped at the National Museum where I got some icecreams, sailed a bit more then decided it was warm enough for a we chucked out the anchor then followed it overboard:

I even went in (darn, we don't have any shots of that big event ;-) and the water temp was BEAUTIFUL!

After swimming we had afternoon tea, had a little rest then took the boat to its new mooring. We didn't get home until almost 6 pm, but it was a fabulous day! Everyone slept REALLY well last night.

Thanks for visiting :-).
Have a great day,

PS. Thank you so much for all the wonderful messages I got regarding my Design Team selection. They are really appreciated!


Barbara said...

This made a LOVELY baby card! Your substitutes for the paper colors are wonderful. I'm sure the recipient of this card will be just thrilled. Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

LeAnne said...

Wonderful card! I love the butterflies, I am seeing lots of them lately! I will be sure to hide your boating pictures from my DH--it is COLD here and he is suffering from boat withdrawal....your new boat is very similar to his. Although we sail more than motor, it is ALWAYS good to have the motor as a backup on no-wind days!!! Looks like your family is going to have lots of fun!

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW - that card almost makes me want to have another baby!!! Almost - LOL. Guess I could re-jig the sentiment?!?!? This is just stunning!!!
Thanx for sharing your adventures too - it makes you feel good to know the "stranger" stories you hear aren't all bad....

Cathy I. said...

What a pretty card...enjoyed your warm looking pictures...we had an ice storm yesterday...they look soooo good!!! Thanks for playing!

Mandy Schiller said...

Love this card Sam! But I havn't seen one of yours I havn't loved yet. Looks like you had a great day at the lake and Congrats on being picked for the design team, you so deserve it.


broni (waterchild12) said...

Beautiful color throwdown card! I love that you used white and vanilla together. It looks so elegant! And the PTI ribbon really is beautiful! Great photos at the lake!

Leonie said...

Hey Sam, sounds like you guys had a fabulous day out on the lake, I think I am in serious need of a family day! Your card is gorgeous, love the color combo and what an original layout for a new baby card! Love it!

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Hi Sam... This card is just gorgeous. I LOVE IT!!!.. thankyou too for you LOVELY comment the other day.


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dpkennedy said...

Fabulous card! I love the way you wrapped the leaf ribbon around the card to make the backdrop for the butterflies! Your layout is wonderful! So glad you played along with us!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Soft Sky is a perfect substitute for the Baja Breeze on your beautiful card! I love the leaves in the background and the pretty butterflies! (And am very jealous of your beautiful weather, too! I need a handsome, dashing man to come and whisk me away to the Bahamas or something!)

Cheryl Joshua said...

WOW!! This is very beautiful and what gorgeous ribbon!!

Diane Barnes said...

Gorgeous gorgeous card Sam. The butterflies & the leaves are my fave parts...& the family are just too cute. The diving pic is fantastic. See ya, Di

Judy said...

This is a really fantastic card. I love it (and may have to CASe it one day!!) BTW, take a peek at my blog. I left you a little something there...