Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Doubles with candy!!


Today is another fun summer day at my house. The kids are running here and there and I'm just trying to keep up. I realized I hadn't sent out Father's day cards yet, so that is what I worked on today. I tried to keep these nice and clean and manly. I remember going to a demonstration at a Stampin' Up! convention years ago where Kevin Theeson and another guy(I forget his name....) talked about 'manly' cards. One of the things they stressed was that guys don't like cards made with pastel cards. They prefer bold bright and earth element colors. I'm not sure if they suggested we stay away from florals too, but I kind of figured that was a safe idea. ;o)
For this card I started with some textured Wild Wasabi cardstock cut to 10-1/2 x 5-1/4. That gave me a 5-1/4" card when folded. The striped paper across the center is from a retired SU simply scrappin kit...primary colors I think it was called. I added a strip of Real Red to each side of the stripes for layers. The chipboard star is covered with More Mustard designer paper using the Tombow Adhesive, and my signature jumbo brad is through the center with Real Red wide Grosgrain anchoring it down. I used the designer label set and punch with wild wasabi ink for the words and added a real red 1-3/8" circle behind it so it would just be floating around. The mini brads are from the Vintage set and then just go through the white cardstock. I didn't want prongs showing on the inside of the card. I made two of these cards, one for my father and one for my husband's father. Hence the 'doubles."
On the subject of 'doubles', I am giving away some blog candy including items that I have somehow gotten doubles of. Kind of a hodge-podge grouping, but hopefully it will appeal to someone out there! The candy includes a Cricut paper trimmer, two cuttlebug embossing folders, a movie (Just like Heaven, loved it but...have two!), and two stamp sets! If you would like a chance to win this candy please leave a comment on this post and tell me a favorite summer time activity you do with your kids(if you have them) or give me a great idea I can do with mine!! I will pick a winner on Saturday.

36 comments:

Hilmarose said...

Thank you for the chance to win!!! Well, summer seems to have forgotten us in the PNW this year... they have dubbed it Junuary as we are having January and February temps in rune... one foot of snow in the mountain pass the other night!
BUT... we love going to one of the lakes or driving a few hours to the ocean when it is warm.

Gayle said...

We like to do several different things during the summer. Of course, there is our annual family camping trip to the mountains where we do some hiking, fishing, exploring and Grandpa cooks great food for us!

We also like to spend an afternoon or two at Peter Piper Pizza with a bunch of friends, eating and playing games. Lots of days at the pool are great and a couple of afternoon movies.

We haven't done it in awhile, but we used to get together with some of our family and go out to the lake for night fishing. We never caught anything, but it was great fun to sit on the dock and eat pizza, drink soda and talk about how huge the catfish would be if we caught any!

Laura W said...

How fun! Well, it is still off and on chilly here in Utah, also, but I'm okay with that since I am 7 months pregnant! lol. When it is warmer my toddler and I will enjoy the zoo, parks, and our backyard water toys. :)

MJ said...

Wow nice hodgepodge of stuff. I wanted to see that movie but I never really see any movie that is not a KID movie, lol. My new favorite thing to do with my son is to Geocach. If you have never done this you need to check it out. Here is a link to find out more, it is so fun. And a great learning vise too, tee hee.

http://www.geocaching.com/

essentially it is a treasure hunt done with a hand held gps system.

Thanks for the chance to win and the great question, I will be watching to see what others post, never enough ideas for fun things to do with the kids.

debsdialogues said...

Great goodies! I love summer because there's just more time with the kids. One of my favorite things to do yearround, but there seems to be more time to do in the summer is read books out loud as a family. We usually do this after lunch when the little daycare kids are down for naps. We just finished the third in the Fablehaven series and we love, love, love the books! Now we just have to wait for book 4 to come out :(

maiahs_momma said...

I would have to say that our favorite thing to do with my kids in the summer is go camping and white water canoeing. Love the look of that blog candy, thank you for this chance :)!!

Hugs,
catherine
www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com
catlevy@eastlink.ca

Bunny B said...

OOo.... summer fun?
Well, definitely go to the beach or pool! I love taking my little cousins to the petting zoo too. :)
Thank you so much for the chance at such sweet blog candy!

Suzanne said...

We like to take the kids out on my parents boat! We go to the cutbank (islands between coastal NC and Outer Banks) and the kids are contained! We pitch one of those folded tents, bring snacks, and take water toys. It's VERY fun.
But if that's not an option, look into clubs hosted by your local Parks & Rec department (ours did one last year for pre-schoolers) or take picnics (park or back yard) or see if the local fire department will give you a tour. Take a day trip to a nearby historic site. See a movie.

Gina Wrona said...

OMG! What an awesome Father's Day card, of which I still need to make one for dh since he is leaving early Sunday morning to go to MIS for the Father's Day Nascar Race w/our son.

Besides the usual pool outside, we have a Community Pool Center with multiple pools/activity we go to. As much as they hate it, I try to set aside time to read just for fun. On the other hand, the kids love going up north to their uncle's cottage, which is 172 miles one way, and with the price of gas here in MI, I'm not sure if we'll make it on the holiday weekends. Then of course, there is the Detroit Zoo, but only my daughter likes that. My son doesn't, but that's typical of a teenager, kwim?

Thanks again!
((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))
Gina

Anonymous said...

Great Fathers Day Card! I have not had a chance to make any, I need 3 so I opted to buy a couple but will still have my daughter make one. My favorite summer thing do with my 3 year old is go to the park and play! She loves going for her swim lessons but we do that all year round at the community pool!

Jenny Wrona
yogi25j@wowway.com

Anonymous said...

Great blog candy!! We love to swim, swim, swim and swim some more during the summer. It's about all you can do here in Florida!!
Love,
Shari B.

Carol Grant said...

What a nice Card. My niece comes in from Maine for the summer. She is 7 and just loves to scrapbook. We will be doing a lot of that and swimming in the pool at my apt. Maybe a camping weekend too. She does a really nice job on her scrapbooks for her age. She has a good sense for color coordinating. Have a nice day!

Kim H. said...

Hi there!!! Every summer I have my three children write down 1-3 activities that they want to do. (I try to discourage expensive outings.) Then when time permits we mark off from the list and do an activity. Sometimes it is as simple as fishing at the river or it may have been the science center in orlando. This makes the kids feel like they have some control over activities and when they get board we have ideas of what to do. :-)

Shannon Roberts said...

Well first off let me say what an awesome opportunity!! Ok, Now I have five boys from 14 to 2; so making them all happy is a chore. Another chore is finding something cool to do because we live in AZ. But we do like to do the free movie thing. Alot of different theaters offer free movies in the summer. They are usually movies we have seen but they truly are better on the big screen!!

Kath said...

How about ice cream in a bag? It'sfun and easy.
1 small zip lock bag
1 gallon zip lock bag
1 tsp sugar
2 oz cream, half and half or milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup salt
1/2 gal ice
Place cream, sugar, and vanilla in small bag and seal. Gently mix together by massaging the bag.
Put ice in gallon bag, add salt to ice. Place small bag in large bag of ice. Seal and shake for 3 minutes, enjoy. Playing toss works as well.

JenMarie said...

Oh WOW, what a great giveaway!!!
No kids here but let's see if I can come up with an idea...
have a 'make your own dinner' night...individual pizzas...sundae bar...

sandyh50 said...

My 3 kids are grown now, but we did a lot of arts and crafts for the county fair. We would get the fair book and start creating our projects right away. This was an ongoing project for the first 2 months of the summer.
Of course, I haven't seen summer yet this year in Montana, it's been cold!!

scfranson said...

You have a wonderful blog! Our kids are adults now but the one thing they loved to do in the summer was to swim in the kid pool after I had put bubble bath into the water. The bubbles won't hurt the grass so don't worry and the kids love it. It kept them busy for hours and thought it was the neatest thing.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Regan said...

What a great giveaway!

I have 2 kids age 2 and 14 so its always a challenge to find things to do together and keep everyone happy.

I am in Ontario Canada so we are going to take a trip to Canada's Wonderland- there are variosu rides for each age so hopefully that will please the masses!!

cricketpe said...

Wow, what generous blog candy! I don't have any kids, but one of my favorite summer activities that kids would enjoy is geocaching. This can actually be done any time of the year, but it's a lot nicer when it's warm! You need a gps and then go to www.geocaching.com to fine caches that are close to you and then go on a treasure hunt! If you bring something to leave in the cache, then you can take something that someone else left, so your kids could get something fun from it (though it is usually pretty cheap stuff; kids still like it!).

LOL, I just noticed that someone else suggested this too :) It really is fun!

Becky said...

Thanks for offering blog candy!
My favorite thing to do with kids in the summer is giving them a bucket of water, and some paint brushes and watching them be artists all over our deck and fence! They think it's the greatest thing!
We are also very much looking forward to taking them camping this year! ( They are 4 and 2)
Thanks again for the chance to win, and the inspiration you give on your blog!
Becky

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog. It gives me so many great ideas!! I only have one child and we like doing the summer reading program at our library. In addition, the library has a magic show or something of that sort every week. It is fun to participate in those. It is also a chance for mom to get some fun reading in as well.
DaVinda
hsuj_2000@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Your hodge-podge grouping definitely appeals to me! On the first day of summer vacation, we always sat down and made a big, long list of everything we wanted to do over the summer. Then, little by little, we did things on the list. And if anyone ever got bored... we always referred to the list for an idea. The summers always passed too quickly, but we did lots of interesting and fun things.

Swedie

Chris Kulat said...

My family and I spend a ton of time at the pool during the summer. We also like to go to the free movies at AMC Theaters and Regal Theaters. We cn go to free movies all summer long on Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's. We also like to go bowling and hang out with our neighbors in the yard or at the free concerts held in our neighborhood.

Chris Kulat said...

I forgot to say thank you for the chance to win!

Terri said...

Going to the beach is our favorite activity. I have a 17 year old a 10 year old and an 8 month old. There is something for all of them to do at the beach (although eating the sand probably isn't good for the youngest one :)).

Amanda said...

hi, we have really gotten into "hiking" and camping. My son is going on 5 so he's getting to the age that he really likes to try new things! We also like to go to the local baseball games. Of course with gas prices, we might just be hanging out at the neighborhood pool and doing a lot of fun activities at home! LOL

Ghazal(ghazal_31005@yahoo.com) said...

I don't have kids yet, but there are lots of thing you can do together. You can have a picnic at your local park, go for a bike ride or pick berries.

kim3timemom said...

Oh my favorite thing to do in the summer is get fresh vegetables out of the garden and also, my boys and I go to grandma's for a week or two just to hang out..we always have such a good time. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

kim3timemom@yahoo dot com

Amy said...

Favorite things to do with kids in the summer

(1) Find a fabulous book and read a little bit out loud to the kids every day
(2) Join a community supported agriculture program. The kids will learn about farming and (hopefully) try all sorts of different fruits and vegetables (http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)
(3) Make homemade ice cream. One of these balls makes it even more fun
(http://www.google.com/products?q=play+and+freeze+ice+cream+maker)

Thanks for sharing the fabulous blog candy! I've loved reading everyone's great ideas...

Brenda said...

Wow, what an awesome give-away!! I'd LOVE to win your doubles!! We love to spend time camping as a family in summer. But for a fun backyard activity when our kids were small, we used to put the sprinkler under the trampoline on hot days, and the kids just loved to bounce around or just lay on the tramp....and keep cool!
Happy summer!
~Brenda H.

Kirsten said...

My kids are still young so during the summer we love making kool-aid playdough once a week. They love watching daddy barbeque so I usually let them help mix up the marinades and stuff, and it is amazing what they will try if they helped make it. We also like having watermelon spitting contests. I hope you have fun with the kids this summer.

Lisa Justus said...

Summertime around here is ALL about the beach! The kids love it and I love it, so we go as often as we can (though usually later in the afternoon to reduce the risk of sunburn!)

Kathy H said...

Swimming is our favorite summer thing, of course we went the other day and we got burnt...

Stampin Cats said...

Since my daughter is grown, I will be traveling with friends and my daughter might join me if she can get time off work.

Sherry said...

My husband and I have such fun going on wine tours with friends, antiquing and my girlfriends and I just love going to the farmers market! I have the most fun when I am outdoors and if my DGC happen to come over to spend the day with me I'll take them on Nature Walks! They love to pick up rocks & bring them home to paint!

What great blog candy!