Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Catered Crop: Safe Travels

There's a new challenge up at Catered Crop - safe travels. I love Linda's decriptions of the challenges so instead of trying to do it myself, here's the challenge....

Whether you like to travel on a bicycle, motorcycle, car, plane, train, boat, or camper . . . across the world or in your back yard, this challenge is wide open to anything related to travel. Show us where you’ve been or where you hope to go. However you want to travel, where ever you wander, add us as your escort.

I spent way too much time on this challenge.  Partly because I still haven't cleaned my desk after letting it build up for a month - it took 20 minutes just to find the ink pad that I needed!!  But mainly because most of my truly travel related stamps date back quite awhile and my style has changed since then.  I have some lovely stamps and I really wanted to make them work, but my style is my style, and I need to stick with it. Luckily, I have a new stamp set with an appropriate sentiment...although perhaps more metaphorical than intended!

Far Better Things Ahead

It's a new Papertrey sentiment called Building Blocks.  I paired it with a sailboat from Paper Smooches.  I love adding sailboats, and my sailboats are always red.  We have a small sailboat up in the Colorado Rockies on Lake Dillon - and it's red - the only red one out there.  Recently I saw an art photograph on sale in a mountain town that had snow-capped mountains fading into a deep blue sky, a gorgeous blue lake, with dozens of sailboats bobbing on the lake - one of them bright red!!  It was ours!!  I'm somewhat surprised they didn't photoshop the red out.  But you have to admit from a card-making perspective, the red is really nice with the aqua!

I hope you play along with Catered Crop. Linda always curates a Pinterest board for inspiration which you can find at the link.  Then on Sunday, all of the design team's cards will be showcased and you'll still have another week to play along.

Speaking of that small mountain town near the lake - now that I've posted this card, I'm throwing a few things in a bag and heading up there for a few days (although the lake is frozen and the sailboat is in storage). I am meeting an old friend that I've only seen once in 30 years - we have high school memories to re-live and then 30 years of catching up.  I'm sure alcohol will be involved.  I'll be back this weekend and then I am cleaning this desk - the mess is causing me to avoid the whole area and I am so missing time at my craft desk.  
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Building Blocks, Paper Smooches Wicked Nautircool
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist, Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana, black
  • Accessories: misc enamel dots


  1. Another wonderful card Kim, perfect balance and love your choice of colours too!

  2. Ack, that sailboat with that sentiment...PERFECT! Gorgeous everything, Kim!! Have an awesome time on your little get away! And don't worry, I always spend 20 mins looking for my ink pads, and then find them right in front of my face!

  3. Stunning !! love the sweet colors you pick :)

  4. Love this Kim! Such a great sentiment.

  5. mmmmm! soooo lovely. what fun card and perfect colors.

  6. Very nice fun clean card! I love the sailboat! I also know what you mean about the craft area getting piled high! My gets piled high on the desk and all around me on the floor! I keep telling myself, put it back when I am finished, but that seems to not happen!

  7. Terrific card Kim! Have fun on your get-a-way!

  8. Kim, this is just one fabulous card!

  9. You rocked it as always! I love how simple and elegant this is. You are amazing! Enjoy your time away - it sounds like a lot of fun.


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