Friday, September 14, 2012

Date Night

Well, I had a really nice evening.  My 13-year-old son took me out on a date.  We haven't done that in a while, so it was really nice to spend some special time with him.  He's such a little gentleman and wanted to open doors for me, and show me a good time.  My hubby was sleeping (he works nights, and tonight is a work night).  We just got back home in time to make some dinner and chill out.  I realize that I won't have him around forever, so I am very grateful for these special "date nights".  My husband does them with the girls as well.  It's an opportunity to make precious memories.

Close-up of JustRite Stamps' Nested Sentiment stamp:
I'm entering a few challenges with this card, including the challenge at JustRite Stampers which you can find here: - JustRite Stampers Challenge #081 - Charm Me
They have asked entrants to follow the theme "Charm Me", and use a charm on your card.  My metal charm is in the center of my hand-cut felt flower.  It's a silver filagree charm and it's tucked in the flower center with a button attached to the top of it.  My stamp is from one of their lovely Nested Sentiments collections. - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog - Challenge #156 - Create With Bright Colors - Pile It On Challenges - Challenge #37 - Patterned Papers - Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 - Trees
And last, but by NO MEANS least, the awesome fun challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. - Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge Blog - Challenge #171-103 - Based On The Above Sketch - This was a really fun sketch.  Arlana and her sweet Design Team are an AWESOME bunch of gals who will BLESS you with their kind words and generous blog visits if you should choose to play along in their delightful challenges.
Thanks so much for checking out my blog today.  I look forward to visiting yours as well.  If you aren't already a follower of my blog, PLEASE become a new follower, and I will pop on over to your blog and do the same there.


  1. Beautiful card. Love all the stitching and color. How sweet that you and your husband take the time to build these memories with your children.

    Hugs Nana
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  2. Karen, what an absolutely gorgeous card. I love the fun detail on your card. The added stitching really adds a nice effect to your card. I love your fun papers and cute, cute flower. Thanks again for your kind words regarding SSW. We try really hard to comment on all of our followers cards. thanks for joining us.
    Hugs, Nancy SSW-DT

  3. That's so sweet Karen! My boys are 11 and 12 and just love to have that one on one time with me and I love it too! They can be so CHALLENGING and then SO sweet! Too cute!

    You brought tears to my eyes tonight with your sweet comments on my card! You are such a sweet lady and bless me beyond measure!

    Your card is so cute! Way to go with all those challenges! Wow!



  4. How very wonderful to be able to spend time with your son like that! Sounds like he's getting good practice for treating his some-day lady!
    Beautiful card! Love the lovely scene and the staples on the tape!

  5. your card chickie! so scrappy delicious! such yummy pp....and all the stitchin..nice touch!

  6. oh sounds like you had a great time hun,so precious too,as for your card its brilliant,love the stitching so effective hugs Cherylxxxx

  7. Oh Karen what a special time you had with your son. Wonderful card too - the stitching is awesome :-)

  8. Beautiful bright card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew, good luck in the draw

    hugs Vicky xxx

  9. This is a beautiful card. Love the stitching and washi tape. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

  10. Hi Karen, I'm so glad you had a wonderful date with your 13 year old son. My eldest has just turned 13 and he's such a wonderful young gentleman they're so lovely at this age. Love your card what wonderful colours and design papers and stitching it really puts a smile on my face. Great card and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  11. Hi Karen!! Thanks for sharing your Date Night story with us!! My son is now 24 - time goes by so quickly, I am so glad you are enjoying moments like that with your son! I love, love, love the stitching on your card!! Great papers too - fantastic!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!
    Blessings to you - Sally SSW-DT

  12. What a wonderful idea! My boys are almost 5 and 7 and I would love to start something like this with them. They have "Daddy Dates" because my husband works and I do not, so they do not get to see him as much as I get to see them. But as they get older, they are not going to want to see me as I am going to start this and think of fun things to do with them. I already have some ideas brewing! :) Your card is so pretty and cheerful and I love the colours that you have chosen. So pretty!!

  13. Hi Karen! WOW! You enterd 5 cards this week! You HAVE been busy! And each one is just wonderful! This one is a favorite because of all the stitching and variety of patterned papers put together so well! SO glad you joined in this challenge this week at SSiC!

    1. Only because I love SSIC, and.....I LOVE The Craft's Meow. Thanks for your sweet comments.

  14. What a fun collection of papers together! Very fab and funky! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  15. I just love the special times with the kids, because before you know it they are heading off to college.
    Your card is just adorable, what great papers. Super fun. Thanks for joining us at SSW.
    Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

  16. I love the sewing that you did on your card. It's super. Thanks for joining in our challenge over at SSW.
    ~Jo, SSW

  17. Love the stitching on your card and your felt flower and charm. Great creation! Thanks for joining us at SSW!
    Judi SSW DT

  18. Sounds like a fun time with your son. Mine is a senior in high school so you're right, they won't be around forever!! What a gorgeous card! So many wonderful elements that really make me smile. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


  19. This is a wonderful card Karen! Your papers are beautiful together and the stitching is a terrific touch here. What a great time you must have had on your "date" with your son. Those are such special moments. And how lovely your comments are about SSW! We are so inspired by the beautiful works of art that our players have created - like how your card is an inspiration to me! So glad to have you join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!
    Sharon, SSW-DT

  20. Such a wonderful blend of patterns and colors on this sweet card!! Yes, our children grow up way too fast. We do the date nights too. My DH just took our youngest out this weekend. ~ Blessings, Tracey

  21. Oh I love your fun card. Such sweet colors and love your stitching. Have a sweet day!!! Arlana@SSW!!!

  22. Great card ! I love all colours and layers of patterned papers and the stitching really makes it special. Did you use a TH tiny attacher on it ? If so, I really need one, because I think the staples are a great detail on this.

  23. Just LOVE your fun combo of patterned papers and sweet little details on this card, Karen!!! LOVE this charm challenge totally and wish I had more time to do 1 or 2 more!

  24. I love these bright papers! Great charm! Thanks for joining us again at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

  25. Great card...I love the papers and the stitching! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!