Friday, July 08, 2016

Five for Friday

1. Well, we've had a great start & first week of summer...
It started off with going to see Central Intelligence at the drive-in on Canada Day.

The drive-in is located close to the beach, so they actually
paused the movie so we could watch the fireworks that 
they set off over the water.
It was pretty cool!

2. We've also done a few of my favourite summertime activities already...

 We've gone strawberry picking several times.
The berries are amazing this year! 
I love having fresh berries every day, so we go every few days
and pick a couple of pails....

 And, we've been going to the beach every day for Sage and Jonah's swimming lessons.

The weather hadn't been fabulous, but I've enjoyed just chilling
in my beach chair, either sketching out card ideas or reading.

3. Believe it or not, I've also done a couple of "kid-free" activities....

First of all, I signed up to play on a slo-pitch team: the Bat Attackers.

I thought I'd be playing right field, but they put me on first base.

And Sage took this action shot of me running to first base.
I got out, but still, don't I look great? ;)

And, last night, I had fun driving around town with these lovely ladies...

The women's group at my church organized a fun
Riddle Me Morden Bible/scavenger hunt.
It was a lot of fun!

4. We still take taekwondo two nights a week through 
the summer months.
The other day, when we got out of class, we saw this...

A double rainbow! 
It was very cool!

5. And, lastly, I squeezed in a little time in my craft area yesterday
and made a card:

If you know me at all, you know I love participating in online challenges.
Well, it always saddens me that some of my favourite challenge sites
take a break for summer.
So, I decided to try and find some new-to-me challenge sites..

I made this card for the House of Cards July Challenge,
which was a colour challenge:

I started by using my new Hero Arts stencil and new Clarity Stencil brushes
that I got in the mail yesterday morning to create my background.

Then, I stamped my bird (from PTI's Spring Woods) and leaves
(from MFT's Flashy Florals) onto their coordinating diecuts
and my sentiment (from PTI's Winter Woods) directly onto my background.

Thanks for looking!


Megan Carroll said...

Wow you are a busy lady! Sounds like your summer is off to a great start! Your card is beautiful too!

Audrey Pettit said...

I always love your Friday posts, Leigh! So fun to see what you and the kiddos have been up to each week.... and I'm always amazed at how busy you all keep! Sounds like your summer is off to a fabulous start! And LOVE your adorable birthday card! That stenciled background is amazing, and I always adore your little birds!

!neke said...

Great story again !!!!!
Great card too !

Jaydee said...

Beautiful image and I love that you tied it so expertly to your sponged background. Fabulous CAS card. Thanks for rocking my challenge at ATCAS this week
BTW... your post made me nostalgic for the drive-in!

Diane Jaquay said...

Wow, Leigh, you're a very busy lady! And yes, you look marvelous running towards first base ;) LOVE your pretty card, awesome background and beautiful bird!!

Joyce said...

Fantastic card, and love the family update.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This is so pretty! I love the soft colors and I am a big sucker for bird stamps, and yours is so pretty! Great job with the challenges.

alexandra s.m. said...

What a cool post Leigh!
You sure know how to enjoy summer!
Thanks for sharing your pictures and that card is beautiful!

Australe said...

Thank you for this nice visit :)
I love your card she is beautiful !

Monika/Buzsy said...

Looks like you are having a fun summer. :) Glad you had time to make this pretty card. Love that bird and the soft background.

Michele K. Henderson said...

Gorgeous card, Leigh! You know I'm a big fan of your work! Love that sweet bird! Thanks for playing along with us at House of Cards!
Take care!

cm said...

Another week jam-packed with a whole lot of fun in such a variety of ways! Kudos to you in playing softball and yes, you look great, dashing off to first base! The range and array of activities: so inspiring! Picking strawberries...yum! We're in Kelowna right now and went blueberry picking yesterday evening. The berries are amazing! I 'may' need to go once more before we head back. Your card: soooo pretty! Your stenciling...marvelous!

Mynn xx said...

Such a lovely card, Leigh! I adore the fun background you created for your birdie! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Bobby said...

Between martial arts and softball I'm surprised you have time for card making, Leigh. Those brushes gave a nice soft look to the stencil and you've gotten good use out of that bird set.

Glittered Paws said...

Great card - love this bird image paired with your Happy Birthday - love your background. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Thanks for joining us at HOC this month. Shirley H.

Shawna said...

Hello Leigh,
I saw this at HOC and thought I would drop by and say this is gorgeous! Your colors are spot on and your bird is divine! Great work and also I want to thank you for all your comments on my blog. It surely makes my day brighter. Love this card!!
Cyber Hugs,
Shawna DT

Karen said...

Wow! So very happy you found us Leigh because this is gorgeous and so very perfect! Love, love, love! I am also jealous of the strawberry picking, a drive in at the beach and the fireworks! Awesome summer photo's too. Thank you so much for joining us in July at House of Cards, I absolutely love your card and hope we see you again sometime Karen P HOC DT