Friday, June 26, 2015

Ring and Run

I live in a great neighborhood. Mostly adult couples with a few smatterings of children, but mostly grown-ups. Right next door to the west lives Michael. He's just about the best neighbor anyone could ever have. You should see his yard...nearly perfect lawn, and gorgeous flower beds with a beautiful variety of Spring to Fall bloomers. He gives me a hand with some of my yard projects, okay...it was all his doing, trimming the low-hanging and dead branches from the evergreen tree in the front, but I pulled them, piled them, helped to cut them down to size, and bagged them. We laughed and talked the whole time. The two of us often laugh and talk over the split-rail fence between our backyards. So yesterday my friend Mary and I went for a walk along the Lake, and when we were done, we decided to sit on our front steps and visit. We got to talking about Michael, and I got this brilliant idea to play a prank on him. Mary laughed and said I was naughty. True, but I convinced her to come with me and hide behind his Jeep while I did a ring and run. So I tiptoe over and push his doorbell about 10 times and hightail it back to the Jeep. Nothing. We wait a few more seconds, still nothing. I figured the doorbell wasn't working, so I sneak back and pound on the door. And run. I make it to the Jeep and Mary and I couldn't stop laughing. He comes to the door in his stocking feet holding a wine glass. And we laugh even louder. Michael said he knew right away who had done it as soon as no one was at his door! Then the three of us visited in his driveway for about a half hour. I hope your neighbors and your neighborhood are as wonderful as mine. Sometime soon, Michael, me and DH, and the neighbors to the east, Tom and Martha, are going to have appetizers and drinky-poohs on the patio and spend a summer evening just being neighbors. Wanna join us?!

Now to the cards...I actually have a couple of those made. First up is one I've made for The Card Concept 38, with this as an inspiration photo...dreamy...


And it's also going to play along at Uniko, where the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of a Masculine card. Mine has no twist, unless you count the grays as 'manly,' lol. 


All the papers, except the Michaels white base, are scraps! Yippee!!! Even the large yellow cardstock panel. For the polkie dots, I used my newish, but NBUS AE Finished Frames die; love that die since it was first released. But the NBUS are the stamps from Verve which I won from the CLBH (thanks Amy!!!). Stamped with black Versafine and ME Smoke. A few gray sequins, *sigh*, and that's it. A bit of a happy card, if you ask me.

Next up is a card I'm popping into a couple of places, and it honors fellow BABE, Kim Heggins from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim. Every now and then, I want to CASE a friend's card, and put it into my BTYB page. You can click on the tab at the top and see a few more, and I will try to get more of you special people in there as time allows. And being retired, you'd think I'd have all the time in the world to do that, but I feel like I'm busier now than I was when I was working. Go figure... Anyway....Miss Kim is one amazing person, and an incredible card maker. She's on several DTs, and did you know she sews? Her craft room is something to behold, decorated with The Mouse and Lucy. I had the privilege of spending an entire week with her at the Lake House, and let me tell you, a sweeter, more gentle person you'll never meet. I just think the world of Kim. You will too. Go visit her blog, you'll see exactly what I mean! 
The card that honors Kim will also go and play at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, where it's anything goes. There's still lots of time to play, so I encourage you all to join me in the gallery there.  First I'll show you Kim's card, which I CASEd:


Extra-extra special, don't you think? And my card looks like this:


Michaels white for everything. RC flower stamps and dies. NBUS Verve sentiment (LOVE that font!). Fancy Pants sequin mix. AE Finished Frame die. WPlus9 Circle die. And a scrap of ribbon. Nothing more fun than a shaker card, is there?! And since I've kept you here, reading and reading, I'll shut up now. Have a great weekend and happy dances everyone!


25 comments:

Geri said...

Sneaking in some commenting time at work...shhhhh....don't tell! Gotta tell ya - WOW AND WOW! Seriously awesome work pal! Sweeter yet cuz you used scraps! Adore the CCC card - especially the bright yellow polkie dots paired with the diagonal grey lines!

Second card....stunner! Love this one to the moon and back! Gorgeous rich ink images made sweeter with more polkie dots!

Knock Knock Ginger (the kids now call it ring & run) at your age? GOOD FOR YOU! So glad to hear that I'm not the only one that still does this during our "we're old enough to know better" stage of life!

Miss you tons xx oo

Deepti said...

Awesome creations and more awesome is your fun little story. You are so fun to be with, I will surely love to join ur party ;)

Nora N. said...

I want to come over your house for apps and drinks!! You sound like you have fun neighbors. That is nice. I live on a busy road and though I know some of the neighbors, most keep to themselves.

Your cards are so pretty. I LOVE that yellow and gray card. I think I might have to go over and see if I can come up with something for that challenge. The second one is FABULOUS. I love the little polka dot flowers and your new die that you used. In fact, I think having the embossed edge makes the card better then the original. Have a great day!

Marybeth said...

Oh gosh you are blessed with a wonderful neighborhood! Sounds just perfect! I love mine too but yours sounds perfect!
All your cards are wonderful , I love the shaker cards with the beautiful arranged cluster of flowers! You must be the best part of your neighborhood.

Laura Norris said...

Yes, I would love to join you for drinks on the porch with the neighbors! Sounds divine!! And your cards are divine too! I love the yellow with the big white polka dots - so fun and festive! (I think polka dots make anything fun) And the CASE'd card is a perfect CASE. Different enough to be your own, but similar enough that we can tell where the inspiration came from!

lostinpaper said...

You really are naughty, sounds like a great neighborhood for sure! ps Great cards too!

I Card Everyone said...

Just so I remember why I came here, first let me say that I adore your cards, Bev... your CASE of Kim's card is darling with its polka dot ribbon to top [or bottom] the whole thing off. Your yellow/gray number? be still my heart - you know its my fave color combo. But your ring and run story nearly floored me! Love a good prank on neighbor you know will laugh about it! Remind me one morning during a chat to tell you one of mine...
=] m

PiecesbyEmily said...

Your cards are fabulous! I would love to have a someone like you to be my neighbor :).

We moved to LA less than a year and lucky enough to find this great neighborhood TONS of kids. My children are loving it and myself have made some good friends as well.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, Bev, you really honored our Miss Kim perfectly with your true words and you did such a gorgeous shaker CASE of her gorgeous shaker card!! They look so beautiful together, just like you both did sitting side-by-side at the dining room/craft table!! Oh, and I love your sunny and happy and polka dotty card, too!! Enjoy the weekend and those fabulous neighbors, lucky lady!! Wish I could be there! Hugs, Darnell

sandie said...

Love the bright yellow card and who says you couldn't give this to a guy! Thanks for joining Uniko and TCC. And wow to the shaker card..I so wish I could make these xx

Petra Swart said...

Both these cards are simply stunning, Bev!!!!! Love that yellow bg with the white polka dots and it looks so beautiful with the bits of grey added!!!! Your second card is a winner, Bev!!!! Those stunning bright flowers are fabulous!!!! Love it!!!!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!!

Lynn said...

Sitting here cracking up...can completely visualize you doing the ring and run Bev. Wish you did live next door so we could share a drink/appetizers! Love your cards...especially all the Verve yumminess!

Joyce said...

I would love to join you and your neighbors. We used to call it doorbell ditch and I haven't done that in a while. Your card is just stunning, and I have to say that I agree with everything you said about Kim and then some. I am going to put this card of yours on my list to CASE also.

Anita in France said...

You captured sweet, gentle Kim and her card so beautifully, Bev ... such a lovely tribute and a simply gorgeous CASE ... love love love! Your yellow and grey, polka dot delight ... yum, yum, deliciously yum ... that Poppy Birthday bloom is gorgeous nestled into corner of the layered panel! What a fun story ... and so you, my dear friend ... can I beam over for pranks as well as apero's ... would love to pop in! Missing you ... hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Oops, almost forgot ... delighted to have you playing along with us at Uniko this month! :)

Ágnes Májer said...

Beautiful yellow-grey card. The flowers are cute. :)

Martha said...

OH, Bev, you crack me up! What a fun...fun story!
You are a riot!

Love both cards, especially the first one.
I love the DOTS, the color combination, and that Verve stamp.
(Which reminds me that I have that set, & need to use it.)
Thanks for the inspiration!

TK Watson said...

You must be an amazing friend and neighbor! What fun you have, and everyone enjoys it too!! Love the story, but the card is extra special! Love that you CASEd another friend...

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my Miss Bev....you totally made my day! Thank you so much, I am so honored that you would CASE one of my cards. Funny when I scrolled down and saw my card, I was thinking I remember making one similar to what you just made, did I say how honored I am....this is so fun. I am totally in love with your take on my card, love the sweet flowers you used too, just beautiful.
Your first card is with that yellow and gray is amazing, such a classic pairing and I love those sweet Verve flowers.
Miss you lots and love all your wonderful creations!

Bobby said...

You little devil, you. I can never prank anyone because I do laugh so hard. Your polkadotted card is lovely but the one for Kim is terrific. You did a great job CASEing hers, Bev.

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful cards, Bev!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Bev! They are all so elegant and pretty.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Beverley said...

A delightful trio :) Loving the colour combo of the first card, you have used them perfectly and the shaker cards are simply stunning too. Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x

Hannelie said...

That's one of the things I miss about South_Africa... neighbours! And street visits! We only know the name of one of our neighbours here and that's bad!
Two amazing cards here Bev! You know I love polka sots. You know I love yellow... so go figure this... I LOVE the first card. A fabulous case of Kim's card too!
Hugs to you dear friend!

cm said...

I want to move into your neighbourhood! The friendship you share with your neighbours sounds ultra special and fabulously fun! Your yellow-and-grey card is a polka-dottie and floral joy, my friend! I think I have those Verve flowers, which have certainly not received attention, of late! Thank you for the reminder! And your case of Kim's card: OMGORGEOUS! Seriously, Bev, you have created one incredibly stunning card! Love that sentiment (now I need to go scope out my much-neglected Verve collection to see if it resides there as well) and your flower cluster...WOW!! In awe...complete awe...
Hugs~c

Kylie said...

You cheeky imp, you! lol It sounds as though you are very blessed with a lovely neighbour and neighbourhood. And we are all blessed you take the time to share your creations with us. Both of your cards are so different and so lovely.