May 14, 2009

dad's birthday

Yes, you are at the right blog, and yes, there is a masculine card here - lol! Today is my dad's birthday and I made this card for him using Mojo73 for the layout.
My dad took us camping every summer growing up, and those trips are some of my most cherished memories. Nothing bonds a family together like camping - I'm talking about camping here people, the kind where there is no one around for miles and miles and we would all sleep in this giant old army tent. My dad would have a pistol holstered on his hip "just in case". We never did see any bears or mountain lions, thank goodness, I always felt so safe on those trips - my dad was there. Looking back on it now, my mom must have been freaking out. I don't think I could take all 3 of my kids so far into the remote wilderness and just let them go exploring with only a whistle strung around their neck to blow in case of an emergency. I miss those trips. Come to find out later, one of the best places we used to camp is apparently full of unexploded land mines, buried during WWII. Sheesh! Just how did I survive childhood?
Oh how I wish digital cameras would have been invented 30+ years ago - my childhood photos are looking so worn with time, but I love this picture of me and my brother with my dad, my mom always behind the lens, with the Rocky Mountains in the background. We always thought it was so much fun to find snow in the middle of summer, hiking around in shorts and a wind breaker. I think I'm 6, my daughter's age and Dave is 3, my son's age and this is such a classic picture of us - me, wrapping myself around my dad's leg and David wanting to see everything from up high.

recipe -
stamps: pines (retired), birthday whimsy (retired)
ink: basic brown
paper: always artichoke, chocolate chip, whisper white cardstock, retired dsp
accessories: kraft cordouroy brad, 1" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, horizontal slit punch, stampin' dimensionals


  1. What a great card Karen! And wow - that could have been my childhood you were talking about! We went camping every summer as well - usually in Colorado or New Mexico and sounds like our Dads had pretty similar ideas - mine had a holster on his hip and we had whistles around our necks too! And we had this old giant "Cabin Tent" with a stove inside - it was great! Some of my favorite childhood memories are those camping trips!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Karen this is FABULOUS!!! What a fantastic BOY card. I always LOVE to read about fellow Camping Lovers. We used to have so much fun. I remember one year we went camping and my Dad stayed up ALL night digging trenches around the tents so we would't get washed away... of course we didn't know he was doing it... only woke up in the morning telling him WOW what a great sleep we had, and him just smiling and saying how wonderful. He never did tell us he'd been up.. Mum told us a few years later. We used to build our own camp oven with mud and make scones... mmm also made for a great place to dry your toilet paper when it rained!!!! hahahaa.

    xx SJ

  3. OMGosh! Your post made me tear up. What a wonderful memory and tribute to your family...and family life in general. When did it get so complicated? I wish our kids could have it like we did! I will never be able to replicate the peaceful childhood (for my kids) that we all took for granted. I hope your dad loves his card. ;)

  4. Your card is a perfect masculine card!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing your memories too :)

  5. Karen - I love your entire post - great card - wonderful memories! Camping isn't the same anymore. My hubby and I love to go camping too - but we've decided to cheat with a travel trailer. However - I long for ONE time to go out in the middle of no where and just CAMP! I would love it! I'm sure I was a frontier woman in my previous life!
    Keep up the great work - you are always a wonderful inspiration. If you lived closer I'd be knocking on your door!!!! :)

  6. Karen ... absolutely wonderful! A sentimental recollection of the good old days and a beautiful masculine birthday card for your father. I love it, and thanks so much for sharing, stories like this one certainly bring back those good old feelings! By the way ... I have a little something for you over on my blog! :)