Submitted by Linda
Several weeks ago, Craig and I had the opportunity to go to Avila Beach for a week of rest and relaxation. This tiny jewel of a town is just south of San Luis Obispo, on California's central coast. What we realized on this vacation, was that it had been years (maybe since our honeymoon) where we were away for an entire week without kids, friends, or APU folks. This is also one of the first times where we didn't have a big sightseeing agenda.
This snack cart was so cute- isn't it something you would picture at a California beach? I never saw these at Newport where we vacationed for years. My boys would have been obsessed with a cart like that (and all the goodies) when they were little.
Now it's confession time. I'm not super good at relaxing. I will admit that I took a ton of naps, and sifted through the giant pile of magazines that I brought to catch up on, but I knew I would need something else to keep me busy. So, yes, I brought some paper crafting. Does that surprise anyone?Here is my happy workspace in the condo. I will say that a 'must bring' for any type of crafting is my Ott Light. If you craft or stitch, you will want to invest in one of these, and they are always on sale at Michaels or Joanns.
Usually when I make one card, I often create a bunch more, since the hard work is in designing the prototype. In this case, I had packs of 'miscellany' that had only one or two of each item included. So I leisurely was able to create one card at a time. Though I am super loyal to Stampin' Up, I do love love LOVE these October Afternoon lines of papers and coordinating supplies. The first two cards are from the "Farm Girl" line.
HERE, and you can find all the stamps designed by Kristina HERE.
One technique that I always admire and never take the time to do is paper piercing. Since my vacation was all about relaxing, I took the time to paper pierce many of the cards I made, and I love the effect. For me, it's worth the time, unless I'm making a huge amount of cards.
Again, the "Happy Birthday" script below is designed by Kristina Werner for Simon Says Stamp.
Thanks for taking a look!