Friday, April 4, 2014

Road Trip Surprise + a Card

 

Hi all! We had an amazing 10 day road trip for Spring Break. The absolutely dreadful weather this winter motivated us to take our first ever Spring Break vacation as a family (I am not a patient person, and dislike navigating through crowds, so we usually avoid traveling at this time of year). We drove about 20 hours from Chicago to Orlando.



Went to Walmart, cleared the snack aisle, and loaded up the car with food and entertainment.


 We saw a few "things."


 Stayed out at the theme parks late ...


... late as in we're-the-last-ones-in-the-parking-lot late.


Made crazy spur of the moment purchases, like an 8 foot inflatable shark.


How I chuckled walking behind them, going through the fancy lobby with this creature, and then the elevator. It lived standing upright in our bathtub, and startled me several times throughout the rest of the week.


We were chilly.


We were warm.


We were wet.


We were wowed.

(Biltmore in Asheville, NC)

... and, right in the middle of it all, I got the amazing news that one of my cards was picked for Stamping Royalty! We had a no-screen-rule for the whole 10 days, and I broke it just once to check email on Friday night on the wild and crazy chance that there was an email from the folks at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. Imagine my surprise when there was! SO excited, folks!!

All the winning cards will be in the July issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. I thought I'd share one of the two others that I sent in.


I wanted to use the Papel Picado Banners from Avery Elle. I masked them all in a swagging pattern across the card.


With an exacto, I cut out the middle pieces so the midnight sky behind it would show through. Then popped the panel up. The inside is lined with AC Lucky Charm paper, and the sentiment is the wildly popular winnie & walter the Big, the Bold and the Happy.

Thanks so much for leaving congratulations on my blog, on FB, and just all around being wonderful people to hang out with! I'm hoping in a week I'll get caught up from my no-screen-time rule, and start visiting again : )

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

41 comments:

  1. Woo hooo! Congrats, on being picked for SR! Can't wait to see you with your crown. And thanks for sharing your vacay pics! I LOVE the shot of trying to squeeze the inflatable in the elevator. Hope you deflated him and brought him home. And welcome home! :)

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  2. Congrats again! Love seeing your vacay pics...such fun!! Your card...of course...is superbly designed and makes me even more excited to see your birthday card!!!

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  3. Looks like an absolutely fabulous trip Kelly! And a very well deserved congrats on Stamping Royalty! You are extremely deserving!

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  4. Looks like an amazing trip. Beautiful card. congrats on your Stamping Royalty win!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics of a wonderful vacation! and big congrats on Stamping Royalty! I also saw your cards in the most recent PaperCrafts digital version - you are on fire girl!!

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  6. Awesome photos, Miss Lady!! Congrats on being Stamping Royalty too......this card ROCKS.....totes ROCKS!!! ;)

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  7. Congratulations on Stamping Royalty!! Kelly your vacation pictures are wonderful and your card is awesome too!! Wishing you the best of everything!!

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  8. Looks like you had a nice trip. That shark in the elevator gave me a smile and chuckle. I have to pin that although I don't know under which board :). Congrats on your STamping Royalty.

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  9. Kelly!! I saw the entire page dedicated to you in the May publication from Paper Crafts!!! And grats on stamping royalty. It was definitely not a surprise to me. You are just amazing when it comes to stamps!

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  10. I always knew you were the queen of fabulous card making Kelly, a BIG CONGRATS to you!!! Looks like a wonderful get-a-way, TFS!

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  11. Well-deserved, my friend! Congratulations! Looks like a fabulous trip, too!

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  12. Wow, many congratulations, Kelly ... soooo well deserved. Your no-screen time looks as though it was well spent ... what a fabulous adventure! Anita :)

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  13. Hihi it looks like you had an awesome time on these pictures. & I really adore the card you made! :)

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  14. This is so darn cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the vacation pics :-)

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  15. Stamping Royalty. Wow!! Well, we already knew you were but now everyone will know. Congratulations! So glad you had a great time on your vacation.

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  16. Looks like an amazing trip! Love the inflatable shark (although after seeing Jaws too young I have a fear of them). Congratulations on a well deserved accolade and that is one gorgeous card!!

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  17. What fun! Yay for a fun road trip. Congrats on being chosen as Stamping Royalty. No surprise there for sure -- except maybe for you:)

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  18. Well, well, well, you were in my neck of the woods! lol Had I known, I would have swung on over and said hi! ;) Love your pics! And Congrats again, on Royalty!

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  19. I love your family vacation photos....just lovely in every way! And you are one of the most deserving people I know to win this royal title! Congrats, Kelly! I am absolutely thrilled for you! PS: We have the similar humongous inflatable whale...it's somewhere in my basement. It was a birthday present for David 3 years ago. I was not terribly thrilled about it...LOL.

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  20. Kelly congrats on SR, although I am so not surprised! Fabulous road trip to Orlando. It look like you had a fabulous time. So glad you did it!

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  21. Congrats, Kelly...I mean Your Royal Highness! How wonderful for you. Such fun news! Love the vaca photos! It's so sweet of you to share them with us all. Looks like a good time was had by all. : ) Bev

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  22. I was not surprised at all to see your name on PC blog! A huge congrats to you! Looks like you all had a lot of fun during your vaca. Love the photo of the whale getting into the elevator.

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  23. Kelly, first of all congratulations on living in the moment and taking an impulsive road trip family vacation with a NO SCREEN RULE! What great parents and role models you are!! You look like you all had the time of your lives!! TFS!

    Secondly, congratulations on the well-deserved honor of being published! I'm so totally not surprised that you were selected! Mwah! Darnell

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  24. Yay Kelly! COngratulations! So well deserved! Love the pics too.

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  25. BIG CONGRATS Kelly!!! Girl YOU deserved to be CROWNED!!! So..so Happy for you :) Love you work, Hugs....enjoy...enjoy <3

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  26. So happy for you, Kelly! I can't wait to see what I already know will be an amazing and oh so cleverly stamped card :D
    Looks like you guys had so much fun in this trip! Yay for crazy in the spur of the moment purchases!

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  27. Congratulations on the Stamping Royalty win Kelly! I think the "last car in the parking lot" is the best photo ever - way to really capture the memories!

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  28. I am so excited and happy for you Kelly! You so deserve this! Love the bright happy card!
    Oh your road trip looks like so much fun! You have created more beautiful memory with your sweet boys.
    HUGS to you!

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  29. fab photos of your road trip (love the whale) and congratulations for your stamping royalty accolade.

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  30. MEGA CONGRATS Kelly!
    I'm so very happy for you!
    and thank You for sharing the fun you had on your trip!

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  31. Oh, my--I am so far behind in my blogs--but, now I am yelling and screaming for you. Yay. Congratulations! You are so very deserving of your Royalty honor. So very happy for you, and it could not have happened to a nicer or more talented gal. Fab vacation photos, too. Great idea to go screen free--I wonder if that would fly in my world???

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  32. Huge congrats on your win! That's awesome!!

    And hoooooooray for a fun family spring break trip! Looks like you all had a great time here in FL:) LOVE the pics of the whale/blowup toy with the elevator! And I LOOOOOOOVE that it scared you several times throughout the week! That would so be me! LOL! LOVE it <3

    Congrats!

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  33. Your trip looks amazing!!! I'm so glad you had a fabulous time. And I LOVE this card. I've been seeing it all over Pinterest. :)

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  34. Looks like you had a FABULOUS break :)
    If this is a card they didn't pick, can't wait to see the one they did!!!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly