Since I'm on Spring Break this week and since Ken works out of the house and has a measure of flexibility in his day, we broke away for a lunch date today. More on that later.
First a card. This one was inspired by Laura's Sketch #49 on the 2 Sketches 4 You blog. This is a great sketch blog and their design team always has breathtaking examples of cards using each week's sketch.
I'm loving the colors on this one. Besides the sketch I was inspired by that little rectangle banner hanging from the scallops. Britt (daughter) made lots of those little garlands at Christmas time and sold them in a shop that is set up temporarily during the month of December in the lobby/gallery space of the building where she works in Raleigh. Of course, the buntings are much longer — I just used a small section for this card. Britt's my little crafty girl and was always at my side helping me with art projects when she was young. Maybe that contributed to her heading to design school after high school graduation.
Anyway, I also wanted to use some of the stack of music that I have. It's a huge stack. HUGE. I think I'll take a picture of it to show you tomorrow. The rest of the card just came together. I love the Hawaiian Shores cardstock with that green die-cut panel from Heather Bailey. Luscious.
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs, Turning a New Leaf, Fillable Frames #1); cardstock is PTI (Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores); patterned paper is PTI (Bitty Box Basics in Summer Sunrise); die cut is from Heather Bailey; ink is PTI (True Black) and Stampin' Up (Kiwi Kiss); ribbon is PTI (Summer Sunrise satin); also used vintage choir music, 2" EK Success scallop punch, PTI's large scallop border die, Stampin' Up's Buds & Blooms Flower Pieces Sizzlit die, Britt's bunting, and a K&Co. fabric brad.
So, I mentioned Ken & I snuck away for lunch today. He had never been to Price's Chicken Coop, a Charlotte insititution. I've been several times (it's on my Charlotte tour of places that I take out of town company). Now that we have the light rail train, it's so much easier to get to. And you don't have to be concerned about parking. So, we hopped on the train at the station closest to our house and got off seven or so stops later at the East-West Boulevard Station — walking the two blocks up Camden Road to Price's.
We beat the lunch crowd. To get the true experience you need to stand in one of the lines that reach to the door and see all the people sitting outside on the curb and across the street on the grassy bank by the train tracks eating their chicken dinners. Even better, do that in 90 degree weather with 90% humidity. Now that's a real Charlotte experience!
We opted to hop back on the train at the Bland Street Station to ride uptown and eat in my favorite park. Here's the man watching for the train. :)
Usually I get turned around after getting off the train at the Charlotte Convention Center and end up eating at a table in a little sunken area by a fountain at the corner of 3rd and College. Nice, but not the park. I have no sense of direction. Ken is like a compass. He can get me anywhere I want to go.
And Ken agrees.