Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'm back w/a new card for Magnolia-licious DT


Hello Bloggie Friends!! I'm back....it seems like forever, I swear!  My family and I went on a long, wonderful vacation.  We started out in my hometown, Akron, Ohio. Spent a few days visiting with family and friends. After Ohio we spent a few days touring battlefields and and National Monuments.  We went to Niagara Falls, Canada.  Have to tell you, not a fan of the city...loved the falls and loved the a little city nearby called "Niagara on the Lake" it was just my kinda town, beautiful homes, quant downtown and clean!   Then we headed to Gettysburg, PA. I must say, I wasn't exactly thrilled to be spending a FULL day at a battlefield. But after going, I LOVED IT. What a cool place and do get the auto tour CD, it gives you all the history as your drive around the battlefield. I really did love Gettysburg.

Next stop was Washington, DC. Now, my father in law and a few others warned me of how hot it was in the summer. I was like...well, I'm a florida girl now...how hot can it be??????  Well, let me just tell you...... 101 degrees hot with no breeze...thats how hot!!  I absolutely LOVED DC...loved the monuments, the buildings....museums. I could have spent a week there...in OCTOBER! LOL  We are already planning a trip back up there for fall of 2012!  

Next stop after DC was Williamsburg, VA. If you haven't been, it's a colonial town and they have people walking around in period clothing. It's such a nice town, just beautiful. Loved the area too....I think I need to move there. Just sayin'.  And it has a Zaxby's..lol  (yea, we love Zaxbys...and there is not one even remotely close by to me!!) 

Next, and final stop was Murphy, NC.  Every year we at some point end up in Murphy, NC. We only spent a day there, but will be back up for a week in a few weeks. The brief trip was to drop my kids off with their grandparents to spend time with them and in the cabin for a few weeks before going back to school.  I sure do miss them!!!  My little one asked that I call her in the morning, at lunch, after work and before bed!  Now, I would love to do that but I haven't, because she gets all teary eyed and emotional when I call.  If we don't call, she is fine and loving life and having fun. So I am trying to keep it to once a day, for her sake...and mine! 

Well that concludes my vacation. Now onto the Challenge for Magnolia-licious. This weeks challenge is a color challenge. Ms. Linda picked the colors of "Red, White and Blue". I know July 4th is over, but well....we can use this card next year! ;-)  
 
I used "Tilda with Laced Flag", you can purchase her in Diana's Magnolia-licious Store. I have colored her with Copic markers and used a spellbinder die to cut out the oval shape. The flourishes are the Leaf and Swirl Die and can also be purchased in the store. You can see it in the picture (my bad) but the card opens up in the center. I would LOVE to show you however, I can't find the picture that shows it or the card to retake the picture. I took a bunch of pictures at the time and it shows the inside and the way it opens. I don't know what I did with it and I didn't have time when I got back last night from vacation to search for it, so I will attempt to do so tonight and add it in.

So now hop on over to the Magnolia-licious Challenge blog and get some more inspiration from the other DT. We would love for you to play along...and hope that you do!  Diana generously gives away a $25.00 gift certificate to a lucky random winner.

Thats all for today, now here are a couple pictures from our vacation. I was going to do a slideshow, but I couldn't figure it out...and didn't have the time to try! LOL  So here ya go....you can click on them to make them bigger...I just didn't want to clog the page with large pictures!!

Chris and I in front of Stan Hewitt Hall in Akron, Ohio

Stan Hewitt Hall - the Sieberlings (owners of Goodyear
        Rubber Co) lived here...

Very large Chess Set on the property of Stan Hewitt Hall

Getting ready for the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls

Rainbow over Horseshoe Falls                                   

Cannon at Ft George in Niagara on the Lake                  
Can't rememer the name, but this was in Getttyburg

Monument in Gettysburg at the "Clump of Trees"  

The Capital building in Washington, DC           

Lincoln Memorial                                            

White House                                                 

Kids in Colonial Williamsburg                    

Colonial Williamsburg                              

Governers Mansion in Williamsburg      

Can't remember what this was...but it was in
         Williamsburg

16 comments:

Christina C. said...

Gorgeous card, Tracy!!!!!
Love the pictures...thank you for sharing them with us.

Angela said...

Gorgeous patriotic card Tracy! Love the papers you found for this card! I think your coloring looks awesome on Tilda! Beautiful job! ;)

Fantastic vacation photos! Would love to get in my car and travel to all those places on a vacation too! Wanted to take the kids to Washington this summer too but they think I'm going to make them learn something so had to scratch that lol! hugs, Angela

cabio's craft corner said...

Wonderful card! Love the fold and the cheerful Tilda. Looks like you had a wonderful time on this trip. Great pictures, thanks for sharing :-)
Hugs,
Cabio

Maria said...

So glad you a fabulous vacation Tracy and those pics are priceless! Gorgeous card! The papers are just perfect and Tilda is beautifully coloured as always. Hugs, Maria

Linda said...

Wow beautiful card love the colors and the design!!!! Fabulous job and I loved your pictures too!!!!!

Candy said...

Tracy,
I can't tell you how sorry I am that your card wasn't on the Blog this morning!!
Blogger has been giving me so many problems :o(
It is there now, I know it was in the group folder for a very long time :o)
Your card is great! Love your Design Paper.
Tilda is gorgeous!
Your vacation looks like it was terrific!
Hugs, Candy

Chris said...

Wow, your Tilda is perfect! I especially love the flag and how you colored the shoes. Only in my dreams will I ever be able to achieve that level of expertise. It's a beautiful card. You do gorgeous work.

XO,
chris christensen

angel4031 said...

WOW what a fantastic vacation you have had, Im super jealous!!!

Your card is gorgeous xx

Monique said...

Such a beautifull card !! I love the colours you used and your colouring is wonderfull !

Hugs Monique

julieprice3 said...

Love your card .Great background paper
Looks like you had an awesome time on vacation, Thanmks for sharing the photos
hugs Julie P

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh, Tracy! It sounds like a wonderful vacation, full of history and cool (and some hot) places. My grandparents used to live at Niagra on the Lake! Your card is just awesome. You have such a talent, I'm tellin' ya! Love the combos of red, blue and green in your background! The pics of your vacation are delightful! Welcome back...hugs...Barb

Pat said...

Hi Tracy...welcome back darlin'!! Sounds like your vacay was absolutely fabulous!!! Your card is gorgeous too...love this little sweetheart...beautifully colored and beautiful designwork! Hugs. Pat

charlene said...

Tracy this is just adorable sure miss you playing with us...nice pictures of the vacation.
Hugs

Cricket said...

Gorgeous card Tracy. I really like the DP. Looks like you had a fab vacation.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card.
It looks like you had lots of fun.

Only By His Grace said...

Super card Tracy. I love the design with those gorgeous papers behind Tilda who is colored so beautifully.
It was great seeing your photo's of your trip. I love to see picks of America.
Hugs Maz

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