Monday, February 17, 2014

Dragon Flies, Pole Vaulting, and Almond Patties

It's an 'anything goes' challenge over at {PIN}spirational! I was given a digi by A & T Digital Designs. Her name is Bindie. Isn't she cute? And her friend the dragon fly is too sweet!

Speaking of things that fly by...
I made my annual trip to an indoor track and field invitational. Except for basketball games (which are on campus) I make it a point to attend at least ONE of every athletic event just to show my support. I don't mind going to track meets. We don't have a track on campus so attending an indoor meet requires a road trip. I just happened to pick my favorite track meet road Sioux Center. Going to 'dutch country' in Sioux County is a slice of heaven! All home to a cute quilt shop (Roelofs), an incredible Dutch Bakery (Casey's) with Almond-Butter Windmill Cookies, Almond Patties (almond puff pastries), and my all time favorite coffee Douwe Egbert's! A slice of heaven I tell you...

More about the track meet....I am intrigued by the ebb and flow of activities. A group of students lying on their bellies chatting or texting, two student over there helping each other to stretch - pushing limbs to their limits, some students running the track, others warming up to long jump. It is like a 6 ring circus - you just never know where to look! Throwers, long jumpers, pole vaulters, sprinters, relay runners, triple jumpers....After attending these for a few years I know to watch for signs that someone is about to compete. Distance runners jog early, then stretch.... You can also get hints from their layers of clothing. All suited up with long pants and jacket and stocking cap? They won't be 'on' for a long time...then you see them shed their long pants...warm up time....loose the jacket....and you can feel the energy, the nerves, the excitement of competitive champions! And they were breaking records left and right! Yup - I really do like track meets (especially when it ends with quilt fabric shopping, almond bakery items, and DE coffee!)

Close up of fairy and dragon fly shimmery wings.

Reading Friends
~Base card Stampin' Up cardstock
~Layer of Prima Doodle Deux design paper
~Black Spellbinders Scallop Circle die cut and embossed
~Blue Spellbinders Beaded Circle die cut and embossed
~Sentiment stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder
~Strip of Prima Doodle Deux framed with black cardstock
~Digital image (Bindie) by A & T Digital Designs colored with Copics; wings, book heart, and firefly highlighted with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects
{PIN}spirational - anything goes
Digi Galore - things with wings
Crafting Cafe - embossing
Winter Wonderland - fairies
Through the Purple Haze - embossing
Atlantic Hearts - sketch
Created with Love - friends

Fairies, runners, jumpers, and almond paste heaven,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. I love so much about this card, especially the patterned paper and the dragonfly! Thanks for joining us at AHSC.

  2. The images are really cute, they just draw the eye in. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  3. This is such a gorgeous card Nancy love the papers & the really sweet image xxx

  4. Oh my! I am in love with this card!! Super, super cute! Thanks for playing with us this week at AHSC :)

  5. a beautiful fairy thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  6. I love track meets too - and sounds like you had a wonderful time!
    Love this cute card - that background paper is fabulous!!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous papers that coordinate beautifully with the image. GREAT card!

  8. Hi Nancy, your name stuck out there at Through the Purple Haze Challenges! I'm from Iowa too!!! Boone to be exact!!! And I absolutely love your card! It's fabulous!

  9. Such a sweet card! Love the image and colours. Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at TTPH

    Sara, DT

  10. Nancy, very pretty card. I love all of this week's images at {PIN} challenge! And you made me very interested in trying Almond Patties! Have a good week's end!

  11. sweet card love the image and your coloring. Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges.
    Linda K. Dt

  12. Love your choice of papers here and how you sat her in the doily. Love the shine too.

  13. This is lovely. Love you colors. And your image is just adorable..
    Thanks for joining at TTPH..

    DT Pam

  14. Love your card! Cute image and great design! Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze Challenge.


  15. Beautiful card, love the dragonfly!!! Thanks for joining us at Through The Purple Haze this week, and good luck :)
    Lisbeth, DT

  16. Great image and coloring! Fantastic detail. I would love for you to check out my blog. I'm offering blog candy for followers. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafting Café. Amy A.,DT

  17. Love it.........its a fab card and i love the dragonfly.....wonderful...
    fiona DT

  18. Great card Nancy! I love all the colors!

  19. What a gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  20. Really like this card. Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week.

  21. Gorgeous card! I love your background paper! Thanks for joining us at TTPH!


  22. Great card, I really love the colours and the colouring on the fairy. Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

  23. Adorable image and wonderful coloring. Fantastic card! Thanks for joining us at Digi Galore.
    Cindye DT


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