Thursday, June 20, 2024

Happy Birthday, Vacation...

Hi, Friends!

It's been awhile since posting on my blog.  We returned from vacation on the 18th.  We checked off five more states and only four more to go.  Our goal is to visit all fifty states.  We may plan a fall trip to reach that goal.  The four states that we need to visit are Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  

Well, before we went on vacation, I tried the black out technique for the above card.  I used an embossing folder from Simon Says and used several distress inks.  I sprayed a shimmer mist for more interest.  Gems and satin ribbon to finish the card.  This technique was quite fun!  I plan to try it again some time.

I have some vacation photos to share...

Here we are in St. Louis, MO to see the 
Gateway Arch.

We went all the way to the top!  What a 
gorgeous view!

Here we are at the spot where three states meet,
Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

We went to the Ozark area after visiting 
Branson, MO.  We visited a winery and
enjoyed watching a man play a saxophone.

I won't bore you with anymore photos of our vacation.  We went south and stayed overnight in Mississippi. We planned to stop in Memphis, TN to eat some BBQ and go to Beale St., but we decided not to go out into the thunderstorm.  We did visit Memphis in 2008, so we weren't too disappointed.  We did manage to find some delicious BBQ in Bowling Green, KY at Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q, so delicious!  It was great to get away even though the weather was hot.  We were hoping that for early June we would be ok from the heat, but I guess not!  It's hot everywhere right now.  

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by today!  Take care and stay cool, hugs!


  1. That technique used on your card turned out to be very colorful and made a nice card. So glad you had a nice vacation and got to visit so many states and places. Stay cool and enjoy your weekend!

  2. I love your card and your vacation photos. I’m glad to find your space on the internet.

  3. What a fabulous card, I love the black-out technique and how you matched with the bright sunshiny yellow ribbon and background card. Gorgeous mix of colours on the main card too. What a wonderful trip to see more States. As for the heat? We are still waiting for some Summer weather in the UK, it's sooooo late, although they have promised warmer weather next week. Fingers crossed. x

  4. You did well with that technique. Your card looks wonderful. I have tried it a couple of times and really like the look too, especially the bright colours poking through. The yellow ribbon is a lovely finishing touch. I am glad you enjoyed your holiday, even if it was a bit hot. Thanks for sharing the photos. They are always nice to see xx

  5. That's so pretty Maria, this technique is on my list of things to try! Thank you for sharing your photos with us! Hugs, Kate!

  6. Sounds like a fabulous trip! I live in a suburb of St. Louis so you were close by. Good luck on reaching the next 4 states soon! Your card is fabulous! I like the shimmer addition to it.

  7. Great card using the blackout technique. Still have to give that technique a try.
    Wonderfuk vacation photos. Wow!… only 4 more states to go. Good luck.