Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vermont Holiday

My Dad's home sold last week.  It's bittersweet.  We have so many wonderful memories of that ramshackle camp on beautiful Lake St. Catherine.  I hope the new owners will collect as many wonderful memories as we did.

With this in mind, and seeing this card by Heidi Baks, this week's Featured Stamper at SCS, I wanted to do something similar to remember "The Camp".

I had the view from the porch in mind.  It really doesn't do it justice, but DH knew exactly what it was.

The Addicted to CAS challenge this week is

Who doesn't like going on holiday?? We all do!!! Take this code word and make it your own. Where was your favourite holiday? Is there an object that reminds you of somewhere you have been or would like to go? Is it a time of year that makes you think of holidays? Go nuts and show us what you come up with.

Thinking of holidays as vacations, this was our place to go for many years.

My first try at sponging a scene didn't go very well.  The proportions were all wrong.  So I cut the bottom off and used it to make this card.  I think deep down I was thinking about the lake and the ocean just wasn't working out.

But the beach is my next favorite place to take a vacation.

I raided the snippet bags and made a snippet from the unsuccessful landscape, so I'll get a turn on the slide at the playground over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (tree on the side), Wetlands (tall grass), Watercolor Minis (retired: grass),  Little Pine Trees (Inkadinkado)
Ink:  Garden Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Crushed Curry, SU Markers (Handsome Hunter)
Paper:  Whisper White, Dark Green (?)
Other:  Hemp Twine

I stuck sticky notes on each side of the space I wanted to sponge and tore other sticky notes to sponge around.  I inked some of the grass from the Wetlands stamp and stamped twice then used the fern stamp from my very old Watercolor Mini's set to stamp into the grass.  I stamped the large pine tree in Always Artichoke to the side.  I inked just the tip of the smallest tree on the Inkadinkadoo stamp for the trees across the lake.  The sun was sponged through a punched circle in another sticky note then covered with the circle to sponge the sky.

My eyes kept playing tricks on me and the greens and blues were looking so much alike that I think the sky got some green in it.  Sometimes there's just not enough light to see well!

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Wetlands, Sanded Background, Too Kind (sentiment)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Other:  Hemp Twine

Sorry this is so long.  Thanks for coming by.



Julie Kitchener said...

beautiful cards Bonnie, i wish i was back on hols right now!!

Benzi said...

Bonnie, your cards are beautiful and I know you had lots of memories floating around as you cased Heidi's card. You did a fab job. I know it was hard to see your Dad's place go. Another change in life.

Love your beach card, too. My favorite place is the beach, also. Wish I could be there at this very moment.

Cathy said...

Hi Bonnie, this scene is so beautiful, your sponging/masking looks amazing! I'd like to go there for a holiday right now!LOL.

I love the card with the gulls on it too, Cathy x

Sue - said...

Beautiful cards Bonnie especially the first one.

Mary H. said...

Ah, both cards are so beautiful. You did great with the sponging. I keep trying, but haven't gotten anything this marvelous yet. Loved the one of the lake...your love just shown through. Liked the birds on the sand real well too, but my fav was your lake scene. You really got the 'divide' between the lake & the sky done so well. Great JOB! TFS & hope your Dad finds a lovely new place too.

Di said...

Two beautiful cards Bonnie, wow, how you got such beautiful backgrounds too. I bet you have some wonderful memories, and even though your Dad's place has gone you'll always have those to remember.

Hugs, Di xx

Doris said...

Both cards are really special, Bonnie. Your beach scene captures the feel of where we'll be next week on our vacation at the Outer Banks!

Sue said...

Two beautiful cards, Bonnie! Lovely stamping and inking on the first one and I like the little scene on the other. Thank you for joining us at ATCAS.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both cards are gorgeous, the top one is my favorite. Beautiful inking and colours. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Cynthia said...

Ooo, great cards! Love all the sponging-I think that technique always gives the card a special touch and tugs at the emotions too.

Colleen said...

Beautiful cards, Bonnie! Great job creating your scenes. Wetlands is on my next SU! order.

Susan said...

I love your cards - so tranquil. And your sponging is great! Long Beach (on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island) is my favourite place to go for vacation. Your second card reminds me of meeting my parents in Florida one winter and seeing all the sandpipers on the beach - it was lovely.

Shana Gaff said...

I love the scene that you created with your sponging. It is so serene and lovely. I can understand how you must feel now that your father's house has sold. I have lived in the same house for my entire life and we have so many memories here that I don't think I could ever bear to sell it! Thanks for playing at ATCAS. :)

Mary Marsh said...

love both your cards Bonnie-thanks for sharing your camp memory with us

Loll Thompson said...

Two beautiful cards Bonnie. Especially love the first one ... maybe because you can tell from your post that it had a very special place in your heart. It's lovely. Loll xx

Marybeth said...

Both cards are lovely ! Oh it is kinda sad to hear you won't have that place on the lake to go to anymore...I am one of those who does not like change.....
Your card is gorgeous and I can only imagine how beautiful the lake is.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Stunning cards, Bonnie! Really beautiful sponging and scene creating!! I can see why the sale would be bittersweet. It's too bad it couldn't stay in the family for future generations of memories, but as you say, now a new family will make memories there.

Patti said...

Love your lake card Bonnie. What wonderful memories you must have drawn on to create it.

Greta said...

You always inspire me, Bonnie, and these 2 cards are now added to the list! Beautiful work!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You've stamped some great scenes, Bonnie. These remind me of the PBS painter, Bob Ross. Remember him? He loved to paint his little trees. :)

Ellen said...

Fantastic lanscape you created for the little sandpipers! very inspiring!