Monday, July 23, 2012


If someone asked you to tell them what your favorite summertime fun is, how would you respond?  For me, my favorite summertime fun is working in my garden.  Yep!  Getting down and dirty like these two Gruffies bears is how I like to spend my summers.  The current theme challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge blog for challenge #124 is, using any House Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffies stamps, show us your idea of Summertime Fun!  As always, our lovely sponsors have wonderful prizes and all you have to do is link your card at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog link. 

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampabilities Gruffies "Digging up Dirt" and Stampin' Up Bloom sentiment from the Bloomin' Beautiful set
Ink: Ancient Page ink in Flannel Gray, Memento Summer Sky blue, Tim Holtz Distress ink in Antique Linen. Image colored with Copic Markers
Paper: Recollections
Embellishments: Machine Stitching, Gun metal stickles for the dirt, Prima Esprit Black flowers, Making Memories button brad.

I hope that if you have a few minutes to make a card or project with the summertime fun theme using House Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffies stamps you'll join in the fun.  And remember, if you post on online galleries to use the Key Word Code: HMFMC124 so we can find your card easily and leave you some love.

I have been busy in my garden despite the extreme heat we've been having.  While my garden isn't as prolific as it was last summer, I have begun bringing in some produce.  Here is a little sampling of some broccoli, beans and green peppers I brought in the other morning.

I've begun putting up dill pickles, pickled beats and jam too. Soon, the tomatoes will ripen and then I'll really have my hands full canning tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauce and just about anything you can do with tomatoes.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and if you are living in extreme heat you are able to find respite in someplace cool.

Until next time,



  1. I have seen some of your posts as to what you do with the goodies from your garden....wonderful. This card is so cute. Love the look on that Gruffies face!!!


  2. Hi Jennifer, we don't have much sun at the moment and when it does come out its not really hot we are still waiting for our summer to start so hopefully it will be soon! Your card Jennifer is gorgeous love the image and the way you have presented it :)x

  3. Jennifer, wonderful card. Kind of looks like me when I work in my garden. I get dirt on everything and everywhere. Your harvest looks great. My broccoli never looks that good, but it does taste OK so I guess that's all that counts.

  4. I love this image, this is a fabby creation, just right for today's weather.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey Hugs
    Tracy x

  5. fabulous card,great papers and wonderful stitching, I have this stamp,such a fun one, and I love gardening nearly as much as crafting. janex

  6. Really beautiful summer card, Jennifer... adorable image. I love how the photo of your harvest makes a perfect match to your card ;)
    hugs Dorte

  7. Look who knows my world right now. Your brocoli looks beautiful! Tomatoes are coming on here in a few weeks so I will have that and my pears to do. Just about done with green beans now. thankfully!
    your card is adorable, the dirt looks awesome.

  8. Darling card Jennifer, if someone was going to toss dirt on me I would want it to sparkle.. lol


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