Sunday, August 18, 2013

Scootin' By

Hi everyone.  I started out making this card with three challenges in mind:  SCS Ways To Use It - WT440 - Sun Rays; SCS Free For All - F4A182 - Fun with dots; and Less Is More #133 - Round and Round).  But by the time I added the sun rays, paper pieced my scooter with polka-dot paper, added a road for the bike to travel on and clouds to balance everything out ... it was no longer CAS ... so doesn't qualify for the Less Is More challenge.

I had a lot of fun making this card because I didn't really have a clear vision when I started and it just developed as I went along.  I also didn't add a sentiment because I thought there was enough already going on that I would leave that for the inside of the card :)

Here's a close-up of the card:

Stamps:  Spiffy Scooters (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches (SU!); Snap Color Vibe (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Soft Sky (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Puffy Cloud dies (Memory Box), glue, sponges, adhesives, and dimensionals

The sun rays are rectangles (1" x 4"), cut on the diagonal.  The scooter is stamped onto white (base) and cut out; then paper pieced.  I added extra dimension by popping up a second layer on the fenders and seat.


I've been taking it easy today, because yesterday was a very busy and emotional day.  My son Evan is turning 30 this year ... but not until November.  A few months back, his girlfriend Nikki told me that she was planning a surprise birthday party for Evan to celebrate ... but wanted to have a BBQ and have it outside, so it was going to be an early birthday party and it was planned for yesterday.  All the family and several friends were invited ... and it was held at Nikki's parents place (lovely, lovely home on an acre of beautiful gardens).

Turns out that the surprise wasn't for Evan after all ... it was for all the guests.  It was a surprise wedding!!!  It was really exciting and everyone was just blown away.

Here is the new Mr. and Mrs. Thompson:

I'm still recovering today from all the excitement. :)


  1. Congratulations on the addition of a beautiful daughter to your family, Lolly! How fun are these two kids that they managed to pull that off?!! I can imagine how much you are reeling!!

    Your card is so darn cute! Love all the patterns and the impeccable paper piecing! It's so cool when you just let a card go where it wants to go. When you finish and put it up, you just sit back and whisper, "Well, lookie there, I made that!" xxoo Dolly

  2. WOW that was a surprise and how wonderful. Congratulations!
    This is a really fun card, I love the road, not sure why this is the part of the card that strands out for me but it do and I like it!

  3. Such a lovely surprise for everyone and congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Thomosom.
    What a great card Loll, love all your paper piecing and such a great stamp and your sun rays are such a clever idea


  4. Congratulations!! How exciting with a surprise wedding! Your card is really fun, I love the scooter stamp, your sunrays and the colors.

  5. Ahhh, how lovely! What a great surprise! Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Beautiful card too, love the paper piecing :) Cathy x

  6. Oh my goodness, that has to be the BIGGEST surprise I've ever heard off - no wonder you're so emotional! Congrats to all, and what a special, special occasion with wonderful memories! Oh, nearly forgot, I love, love, your card, this PS set is on my wish list!

  7. First of all, your sun rays and polka dot scooter brighten up the day since it's rainy and gloomy outside. A wedding!!! What a fantastic surprise! And what good secret keepers those two are. A beautiful bride and what sounds like a wonderful wedding day! Best wishes to them for a lifetime of happy surprises.

  8. What a gorgeous card! I love the patterns you used. How exciting about the surprise wedding :)

    Best crafty wishes!
    Staying Crafty

  9. The card is lovely and the bride is beautiful.
    Great way to have a wedding, the guests come casual, and everyone has a wonderful time.. Congrats to the newlyweds...


  10. What a wonderful surprise! Congratulations to the 'Clever' couple!
    Love your fun card, too! Great paper piecing and I love the color combo!

  11. How cool and who doesn't love surprises. By the way the scooter card is very cute.

  12. Oh wow Loll, your card was totally blown out of the water by your news!!! How amazing - no wonder you are still recovering. What a lovely couple..........and also a lovely card; that scooter is fab.

    Karen x

  13. Wow...I can not even imagine a more wonderful surprise and all you and your family had to do was arrive with a little food and lots and lots of smiles and big hugs :-) What a fun, relaxing and very special time for you all.

    I am really impressed that the kids were able to keep it all a secret. They must have been just bubbling over with excitement :-0

    Congratulations to you all....

  14. Gee Loll, I go away for a week and this is what happens? You must have been wild! I hope it was a perfect wedding and you are happy for them both. What a shocker that would be! Your cards and all have been wonderful while I was gone! Love the Christmas cards! And the black and white and the friends card...............beautiful!

  15. Wow, what a fabulous surprise!! No wonder you were emotional! (Love the card BTW!)

  16. I love this scene! The sunrays are perfect and I love the colors too!

  17. Oh! Loll, What a wonderful surprise!! I am sat here with my imagination going wild. It must have left you totally Well no worrying about what you would wear and what colour to choose. What a lovely way to get everyone there without stress and expense. They look a wonderful couple, I send my heartfelt Best wishes to them.
    Love the card, Its such happy colours and can imagine what a joy it was to see it going together.
    Huge Hugs Mau xx

  18. Loved this card with your fab paper piecing. Those sunrays were so pretty with your blue scooter. Congratulations on your big surprise at the party. Hope that you had plenty of tissues handy, 'cause I bet you were sniffling. (I would have been..major bigtime). Your 'kids' look so happy, and many congratulations for all of you. What a lovely way to surprise ya'll & TFS - both your card & your wonderful day of memories made. Hugs

  19. I just love your polka dot scooter Loll! how fun with the sunbeams and clouds! and what a complete surprise for you - that could have caused a heart attack in some people!! LOL! I bet you all had a super lovely day! Congrats to the bride and groom!

  20. (Sorry Loll I am reading your blog backwards)- Big Congrats on your son's wedding and what a lovely suprise - they look like such a beautiful couple and I wish them every happiness - hugs xx

  21. ps - your card was fab too:)


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