Hey y’all!  I just now realized that is was Wednesday, so Smiley from millan.net. I thought I would have this post up earlier today, but we’ve been having some computer issues. I spent the morning working on the network and organizing the mess of wires upstairs. Thank goodness it is finally done and Mr. Stodgy will leave me alone about the Ethernet cord running along the kitchen floor, down the basement stairs, into my studio. Smiley from millan.net  You’d think he could see that the cord was there and would walk step over it . . . Smiley from millan.net

I remember when I was a child (well now, under 10 okay?) and we would have more snow than we get now.  I lived in the south end of Louisville at the foot of a hill.  All the streets started at the top of the hill and ran down to our street.  These hills were great for go-carts, bikes, skates and most importantly sleds.  You know I never remember school being cancelled for snow.  I just knew we had snow and we played outside all day making snow people and sledding.  I was always hoping to share those memories with my own children, but it seemed that the more the years went bye, the fewer snowfalls we’ve had.  I had a Flexible Flyer and couldn’t wait to purchase one for my girls (it’s hanging in the shed waiting for my grandchildren to come along one day).

When I saw the stamp I’ve used today, The Back Door by Just for Fun Rubber Stamps, I KNEW I had to have it.  This looks more like our own back door when my girls were little than when I was a little girls (we had a covered porch then).  I even painted the house that god awful red stain color that we have on our house now.   The backside even has the same type of siding!


I colored the image with Ranger Distress Re-Inkers, die cut and embossed with Spellbinders™  Oval Nesties and then distressed the edges.  While I was putting this card together, the image seemed too bright for the paper and I wanted it to look more aged.  I grabbed my Hot Wax Stylus and some natural beeswax and applied a light layer over the image.  Now here’s the neat part . . .  even though I didn’t need to fuse the wax because I had used the stylus, I decided to take the heat gun to it anyway.  The watercolor paper soaked up the wax and now the image is duller but there is no shiny coat.  I LOVE it!  I make an additional background layer, I took a mini manila tag and worked with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.

  • Stamps:  H2298 The Back Door and D2615 All Good Cheer from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; Mini Manila Tags; Memory Box Spiceberry; Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Weathered Wood, Broken China, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans, More Mustard, Spiced Marmalade; and Ranger Archival Black and Coffee
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S5-015 Deckled Mega Rectangles – Large, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, S4-138 Petite Ovals – Large, and S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Small; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat, Mini Mister, Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber, White Inkssentials Gel Pen and Rock Candy Distress Stickles; Tim Holtz Tonic Distress Tool; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; May Arts Ribbon; Foam Mounting Tape; Sewing Machine; Vintage Button; Papertrey Rustic Cream Button Twine; Gold Spica Pen

Well that’s all folks!  I hope you’ve had a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

7 Responses to “Sledding!”

  1. I grew up on Ohio and have vivid memories of sledding on those Flexible Fliers. We used any available incline!! I also remember there being much more snow than I hear about these days. I live in Florida now, but still have family in Ohio. Sometimes they go most of the winter with very little snowfall. I have photos that were taken when I was a kid that show my dad standing next to drifts in the driveway that came up to his shoulders. He is 6 ft 5 in, so you know that snow was DEEP!!
    Also remember the back porch being a soggy mess of boots, snow suits and extra socks and such all winter long! We were outside almost all the time that we weren’t in school and it was daylight! Love skating and snowmobiling, too…especially as I got older and sledding lost some of its appeal.
    Your pretty card sure brings back the memories! They are fond ones, but I have to say that I am so tickled that I live where there is no snow! Just can’t stand the cold anymore!! Sorry I rambled on so! Sometimes it just happens!!

  2. This card is amazing, it’s like you’re looking through a window to the door and the past, I just love it! I really really must tell you how much I enjoy coming to your blog for inspiration, and yes, a few laughs as well. Your posts always make me smile! It’s so nice that you take the time to tell us what you did and how. Thanks again for another inspiring card!!! Keep them coming, they are so enjoyed.

  3. Oh Sherry this is so darn pretty!!

  4. Thanks for sharing the memories and the card Sherry. I too as a child lived at the foot of a monster hilly street more than 4 blocks long perfect for sledding and flyers (asuming the snow plows were late – LoL) And wide enough you coud sort of do s curves as you went down. We even on occasion built a quickie snow ramp to take flyers off of in the saucers (and then my brother would try to blow the mounds apart with homemade cherry bombs) – boy did we get in trouble for that!! Still it was lots of fun and every once in awhile the grownups would rope off the street for an informal detour and everyone in the neighborhood would join in the fun. Ah those were the days…no bills to pay, no meals to cook just run outside and play once school or other lessons were over. On the other hand no Computers, DVD’s or Internet either…probably rubber stamps but I didn’t know about those back then. Notice how I glossed over the chores, violin practice, homework and other banes of childhood existence. Ah selective memory is sweet and so is the card.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the nostalgia binge. Off to find some chocolate now that I’m the one that knows the hiding places – LoL!

    Hugs – Jean

    PS: Had our first taste of snow today in my corner of Southern Oregon. Didn’t stick but it sure looked pretty coming down. BRRRRRR!!!

  5. Sherry, your stories are wonderful. TFS!!! Your card is so nostalgic looking I love it. Your card fits so well with your story. Your card looks like grandmother had it tucked away in her secret box and brought it out on special occasions just to reminisce about the good old days.

  6. Hi Sherry! I’m familiar with using bees wax but what is a hot wax stylus?


  7. HOW did I miss this stamp?!! Ahhhh, this brings back memories! Not only would we sled down the steepest streets in our little town, but being pulled behind the truck was a fun time too (can you imagine?! “People” would have a fit if we did that today!!….well….maybe not in the little town I grew up in Wyoming….them good ol’ boys know how to have some clean, fun, hehe!!)

    This is gorgeous, as usual. I’m trying to absorb all the extras ( I’m trying, Yoda!)

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