Jul 30, 2007

Autumn Beauty


More fun with SCS challenges. This one combined 2 of the challenges. Making a Brown/Black card & Distressing.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and the colors of this card seem fitting for the upcoming season.

Card Base: Chocolate Chip, Layered with Going Gray (I thought black would be to harsh) distressed with the Cutter Kit and then layered with Creamy Caramel that I embossed with my Cuttlebug and distressed with a Close to Cocoa ink pad. I added 3 brads (Bazzill Basics) in various shades of brown. The leaf image is from Botanical Garden (SU - Retired) and I embossed it on Very Vanilla using Woven Tapestry EP (PSX) and colored it with Watercolor Crayons. I layered this to a piece of going gray & Creamy Caramel distressed & inked with the Close to Cocoa ink. My sentiment is from Hero Arts - Take Good Care greetings set. I used a Cuttlebug die for the tag and stamped the sentiment in Close to Cocoa ink, distressed the edges as well. Then I used a gorgeous satin like ribbon from May Arts to complete the card.

Enjoy!

Jul 28, 2007

Monet Cracked Glass











More fun over at SCS for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges posted today. I tried the Monet/Cracked Glass technique posted by BadSherry. My first attempt sort of turned out badly since I over misted my watercolor paper and the image bled so much you couldn't even tell what it was. I hated to throw it away though so I decided to keep it and use it as a background piece for another card.

Card One - This is the actual technique: Card Base, Not Quite Navy, Taken With Teal & Back Ground paper by Cut-it-Out. I misted my watercolor paper with water and let it sit for a few minutes then stamped my bird image (Song Bird by Penny Black) using Caribbean Sea rainbow Kaleidacolor in pad on the watercolor paper and slightly misted it again so it would bleed a little more. Then I let it dry and over stamped the En Francais background stamp. Next up I embossed the entire piece with my Versamark Pad & poured a layer of Glassy Glaze on top and heated it up. I repeated this step 2 times and then put the piece in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes and then bent it to crack the glaze giving it a "cracked glass" effect. I mounted this onto a piece of Taken With Teal cardstock & punched out Photo corners of Green Galore and pierced them before mounting them onto the image.

I added a bow that I tied using a technique taught by Nicole Heady here only I used actual ribbon and instead of the pop dots I used sticky tape to glue the bow pieces together and then added the Teal brad to the center of the bow. I mounted the bird image to the card using mounting tape to complete the card.

Card #2 - Card base, Taken With Teal, Shimmery White embossed with Textile Cuttlebug Folder. Okay this is the original card that I "goofed" on because my bird image bled to much. I used the same images as card one & inks except that I stamped the bird image in Basic Black on top of my bled out image this time. I repeated all of the same steps as card one for the glazing & cracking. Then I died a silk flower from my Pretties Kit using a Green Galore re-inker and added a big brad (K&Company) to the center then attached it to my bird image and mounted it onto the card. I stamped my sentiment (So Many Sayings Hostess set) in Basic Black ink & punched it out using the Word Window punch and mounted it to my card with mounting tape to complete the card. I also wrapped a piece of Apple Green grosgrain (retired SU) around the upper portion of the Shimmery White card stock and used a White Gel Pen to highlight the piercing on the photo corners.

Hope you enjoy both of these cards. - Sorry if you get double postings about this but I had to edit to include the Copyright information. Ida

Jul 26, 2007

Bronc Busting


SCS is having a "Dare to Get Dirty" challenge this week and this is a card I did for one of the challenges posted today.

I love Western themed cards. Now I'm a "City Girl" by heart but I love PBR Bull Riding and oh those "Cowboys" can be pretty easy on the eyes as well! When I saw this set in SU's new Fall catalog I just knew I had to have it.

For this card I used: Chocolate Chip for my card base layered with Very Vanilla that was distressed with the Cutter Kit and Close to Cocoa ink. Then I stamped the Linen BG stamp on Sage Shadow card stock with Sage Shadow ink and the stamped the Bronc Buster in Chocolate Chip Ink and layered some Outlaw designer series paper to the left hand side with a strip of Chocolate chip that I tore & curled up the edges. I added 3 Aged copper brads to the lower right hand corner. The sentiment was stamped in Basic Brown Ink on Very Vanilla and colored with Sage Shadow & Creamy Caramel markers and some Sage Shadow Chalk. I punched out a Star of Chocolate Chip & layered that onto my sentiment and attached another Aged Copper brad. Then I punched out a 1 1/4" Circle of the Outlaw designer paper and layered that on a 1 3/8" circle of Chocolate Chip and added another aged copper brad. The sentiment was raised on dimensionals.
I think this makes a great looking "Masculine" card but I'd be happy to receive it as well. Ida

Jul 25, 2007

Priceless


This card is for a challenge given over at Poetic Artistry following a sketch that was posted there.

I chose the new Priceless stamp set & paired it with the Fall Flowers Designers series paper.


Card Stock: Really Rust, Old Olive, Whisper White, Soft Sky

Ink Pads: Old Olive, Really Rust, Bashful Blue, Garden Green

Others: Frame Punch, Circle Punches, Three For You Flower Punch, Crafters Tool Kit,

Clear EP, Mounting Dimensionals.



If you have any questions on how this card was made please e-mail me. Ida

Jul 23, 2007

Rockin' Girl Blogger


How FUN is this? I've been nominated as a, "Rockin' Girl Blogger!" Thanks so much Patty.
Now to nominate some other "Rockin' Blogger Girls"
Sara, Julie, Laurie (who's been nominated but I'm 2nd the nomination)and Pat . There are "tons" of great stampers out there so be sure to visit lots of blogs & have fun. Ida

Garden Whimsy Sparkle




I love this set even though I've only had a chance to play with it a couple of times. This is a card I'm doing for a swap on another Stamping Group that I belong to. I really like how this turned out.

Stamp Set: Garden Whimsy, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Textured Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Whisper White & Fall Flowers Designer Series.
Ink Pads & Markers: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Blue Bayou
Other: Creamy Caramel & only orange eyelets, 1" circle punch, Key tag punch, Ticket corner punch, Small Oval Punch (used to make a frame to sponge the ground under the flower) Cutter Kit, Crafter's Tool Kit, Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, Iridescent Ice EP & mounting dimensionals.

Jul 19, 2007

Summer Salad Recipe



Here is a terrific recipe for a Yummy summer salad. I was watching the Food Network the other day and Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) was on. She was making a picnic lunch which included something she called, "Guacamole Salad" and it sounded so good so I thought I'd give it a try. I did the entire recipe exactly as called for except for the onion as she used a Red (purple) Onion and since we have our famous "Walla Walla Sweet Onions" here right now I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use them in my salad instead as they are oh so delicious.





Here is the recipe if you want to try it out.


1 Pint Grape (we call they Cherry) tomatoes, halved
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (red can be substituted) seeded and diced in 1/2" pieces
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 Cup small diced red onion (I used the Walla Walla Sweet onion instead)
2 Tbls. minced jalapeno peppers, seeded (approx. 2 peppers) - Don't forget to wear your gloves when you cut these babies up or DON'T rub your eyes afterwards if you forget to wear the gloves.
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lime zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 medium limes)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt - She used Kosher, I just used regular table salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Lg. Ripe Haas Avocados, seeded, peeled & chopped in 1/2 inch pieces (do this right before serving so the avocado doesn't get mushy.)

Place tomatoes, yellow peppers, black beans, onion, jalapeno peppers and lime zest in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic & cayenne pepper and pour over the vegetables. Toss well. Just before serving slice the avocados & stir into the salad.





Simple but so very tasty!!!

Summer Events




I've taken a brief break from stamping this week & will be gone this weekend for our much needed excursion to the beach. I can't wait as it's been ages since we've gone anywhere. Granted it's only for 3 days & just 1 day at the beach but it's going to be so much FUN! I'll get back into the swing of stamping after we return.
Thought I'd share a couple of things with you today. Last weekend the Rotary Club here in Walla Walla held it's 20th annual Salmon bake & of course we went. The company my husband works for supplies FREE tickets for employee's and their families so you can't pass up a great deal like that. Of course this year it was pretty HOT outside with temperatures in the upper 90's but we sat under a shade canopy and ate fast so it wasn't to bad & besides the food was so worth it!

Picture 1 shows how the Salmon is cooked on an open Fire Pit the way the native Indians did here hundreds of years ago. This year the Salmon was so tender, moist & flaky it almost melted in your mouth. I'm not a big fish eater but I have to say that I cleaned up my entire piece of Salmon and all the delicious salads that they serve with it. So yummy! The 2nd picture is "yours truly" eating (well actually having my picture taken) and Coleen and Greta are also in the photo.


A good time was had by all!

Jul 16, 2007

Garden Whimsy


Today's card is a card that I did for another stamp group that I belong to. We have weekly challenges where you do a 1-on-1 card swap with an assigned partner and theme. For this challenge it was called, "Challenge Your Partner" and what you did was sent your partner an assortment of card stock & embellishments and they were to create a card with what you sent. We could use any stamp sets/inks we wanted but we had to use the stuff our partner sent us to make their card and send it back to them.

I really laughed when I opened the envelope with the stuff my partner had sent me. She included a note about how she had bought the "clear" buttons from SU ages ago and had never used them and she needed me to convince her that she still needed them! - What's funny about that is that I too bought those same clear buttons ages ago and have never used them!!! Talk about a challenge. On top of that she sent me colors from the Rich Regals color family which has long been my "least" favorite of all the SU color families so here again was yet another challenge for me. Since we could use whatever stamps we wanted I chose to use my new Garden Whimsy stamp set and the new Sanded background stamp (Gotta love that one).

My card base is Elegant Eggplant followed by a layer of So Saffron stamped with the Sanded background stamp in Always Artichoke ink. I stamped the large butterfly with Eggplant ink on Confetti White card stock and punched out the corners with the Ticket punch, used my Color Spritzer to add some saffron highlights and then layered this to a square of Eggplant that was distressed with the Cutter Tool kit and added the 4 Saffron brads she had sent. I stamped the same butterfly again but this time cut it out and embossed it using my Versamark ink pad & Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. They I layered this on top of the other image with dimensional tape.

I took the piece of Always Artichoke card stock she sent and cut a strip to go across the middle section of my card and distressed this as well then sewed along the edges with white thread. Then I layered a smaller piece of the Confetti white card stock & wrapped two pieces of Eggplant grosgrain ribbon around it. I stamped the bug image with Artichoke ink on Confetti white card stock and glued down my square button (my partner gave me a choice between the large square and large circle buttons so I picked the square for my card.) I lined up the button holes on my image so they would look like part of the ladybug as tying thread threw it just didn't look right to me. Then I layered that to a piece of the Saffron card stock and glued this down on my card. The sentiment was stamped in the right hand corner with Eggplant ink and I hand drew my bug trail with an Eggplant marker.

Over all I was happy with the results and I did challenge myself to use colors & embellishments that I normally wouldn't. I just hope my partner likes the results as well.

Jul 14, 2007

How does your garden grow




Today's post is Non-Stamping related but hey this blog is about more then just stamping. I took some time off today from stamping & did some much needed work in my flower beds. The photo's you see in my header are pictures from my flower beds & my mom's (we live next door to each other). Of course when one has a flower garden there is always work to be done in them. The WEEDS seem determine to over take my poor Rose bed but my WONDERFUL husband took the time this morning to weed the entire bed out for me. Of course I couldn't just let him do all that work by himself so I managed to weed out one of the front beds since it was still in the shade. We've been having a "Heat Wave" here the last 2 weeks with temperatures in the upper 90's & into the 100's so I haven't felt much like weeding my beds at all since I don't handle the heat well. Thankfully this morning it wasn't to bad and we managed to get something done. I'm sharing a couple of photos of the beds after they were weeded. I sure wish I would have taken "before" shots so you could have seen how hideous they looked with all those weeds. If you look closely at the Rose Bed photo you can see the other side of the yard with tons of weeds still left in that bed waiting to be weeded. I'm just glad I had help but there are still several beds left to weed. Oh well, I'm waiting for another COOL day to do that. Ida

Jul 12, 2007

Baroque Christmas Wishes



It's Friday & that means it's time for our Blogger's Challenge Group to post their cards. This weeks theme was to create a Christmas card using Non-Traditional Christmas colors. For my card I took it a step further and used images that aren't normally traditional Christmas images.

For my card I choose a layout inspired by this card done by Mandy Steward that was featured in the Dec. 05/Jan. o6 issue of Paper Crafts (Pg.54) I liked the circle border that she used and went with that for the concept of my card. Her card was done "digitally" and I changed quite a few details for my card as you can see.

Card base: Elegant Eggplant, 2nd layer Pale Plum stamped with the Fine Lace background in Perfect Plum ink. Sentiment (Hero Arts) stamped in Eggplant. This sentiment was all in a row but I masked off each portion so that I could layer it instead. Then I stamped the stripes from Background Sampler on Eggplant using my Versa Mark. I added a strip of Old Olive pierced with the Crafter's Tool Kit & distressed with Old Olive ink. Next I punched out 5 1 3/8" circles of Brocade Designer Series paper and layered them under the Olive piece and added 5 silver brads. I stamped the medallion from Baroque Motifs in Perfect Plum ink on Pale Plum Card stock rounded the corner & highlighted the image with Frosted Lace stickles. Then I stamped the small star like image with Eggplant ink and punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch and added a Lavender Ice Rhinestone brad to the center and raised it up on dimensional tape.

This was layered to a Scalloped Square of Old Olive card stock and some sheer white organdy ribbon was added to the side and layered on the card with dimensional tape.

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out. It really is very "non-traditional" for me and yet it has a nice "old world" Christmas feel about it. I hope you enjoy my take on this challenge. Be sure to visit the other blogs listed on my side bar under the Bloggers Challenge Group to see what they did this week. Ida

Jul 11, 2007

Tagged

Remember as a kid playing the game of, "Tag" where you would touch someone and then they had to run tag someone else? Lots of fun. Well "bloggers" play tag a little differently. I was "tagged" by Leigh O'Brien (my first time ever being tagged). For this round I'm to tell you 7 things about myself & then tag 7 other bloggers to do the same. So here goes:

#1 - My most embarrassing moment in life was in high school walking home when a carload of guys kept circling the block whistling & yelling at me. About the 4th time around the block I figured something must be up & sure enough my dress had hiked up in the back and my backside (underwear) was fully exposed. Talk about not wanting to go to school the next day!
#2 - I don't know if this is something that not very many people know about me or not but I love cats (have 4 of them) but I am allergic to them. I've been taking allergy shots for 6 years now because I'd rather do that then not have a furry feline in my house to love.
#3 - I've been married twice & engaged 3 times and was asked to marry someone after only knowing them a couple of weeks (I turned him down).
#4 - My favorite movie of all time is, "Gone With The Wind", I can just hear you all saying right now, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a Damn!"
#5 - I hate flying. The last time I flew anywhere was in 1998 when my mom & I flew back to Virginia to visit one of her pen-pals rented a car & drove to Georgia to visit another one. I was certain that the pilots on that small commuter plane in Virginia tried to kill me. It was only turbulence but scared me to death & I haven't wanted to fly since.
#6 - I have UGLY feet - Now isn't that something you were just dying to know. My toenails are really short and some are damaged so they don't grow properly and then I have eczema on the bottoms of my feet that cause them to peel all the time. It's painful when that happens but can be controlled with medication.
#7 - My favorite actor is Robert Redford - I've seen all his movies, even the duds. He's got class & sex appeal by the miles in my opinion.
Okay that's a few little "ditties" about me. Now it's time to tag 7 lucky bloggers:
Wendy (I recently discovered her blog & enjoy it a lot), Kim another fun new blog I've recently discovered, Kendra, I like her blog, Sara who recently won blog candy on my blog, Melissa another new blog I found recently, Sarah and Maggie fellow members of the Bloggers Challenge group. Okay ladies, have fun & I hope you don't mind being tagged. Ida

Botanical Beauty


Here is my entry for the Beach Blogger Bingo game at Poetic Artistry. I'm also sending this card to my niece, Megan who recently had surgery and learned that she has cancer (Please say a prayer for her). She is only 19 & 5 months pregnant with her first child.


For this card I used on of my favorite retired sets: Botanical Garden (SU) and Sincere Salutations (SU) - Card Stock is from Chatterbox except for the Mellow Moss (SU).


I used my Textile Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Mellow Moss Gingham Ribbon, Prisma Color Pencils, Mellow Moss Marker, Super Russet Pearl Ex Powder which was dusted over the colored poppy image, Frosted Stickles for the flower center, Detail Black EP, Basic Black ink pad, Craft White ink pad, Small Oval Punch, 2 gray brads (non-SU) & mounting tape.

Jul 9, 2007


Julee at Poetic Artistry is still running her Beach Blogger Bingo game. Today Round #5 started. She has a new "master sketch" for us to follow so today's card is based on that sketch.


I'm also EXCITED to report that I received my FREE stamp set from: Rubber Stamping Fun

in today's mail. Several weeks ago I was chosen to be part of a Review team for this new stamp company. We got to choose from 22 never before seen stamp sets and received that set for free. All we had to do was post a link to their website & show our art work using the set we received on our blogs. My card today is done using the set I received. It was #22 in the little review catalog that we got to pick from. Since the stamp sets have never been released they don't have names yet. I'm going to call my set Garden of Happiness which may or may not be the name it ends up with when they release this set to the general public. I just think it suits the stamps in the set.

Card stock used: Cranberry Crisp (SU - now retired), Pretty in Pink, Sage Shadow (SU)

Designer background paper - Source unknown as I received it as part of some blog candy that I won from, Michelle at Twisted Chick Creations. I thought it was so pretty and I decided to base my card color scheme off of that paper. I also used Shimmery White card stock from SU as well.

Inks used: Pretty In Pink, Cranberry Crisp, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel, (SU) & Palette Noir Black.

I watercolored the apple blossom image and punched a portion of it out with my Mega Oval Punch and then layered that to the Giga Scalloped Oval and pierced the scallops with my Crafter's Tool Kit. I stamped my sentiment with the Palette Noir black ink and then stamped the flowers around it in Cranberry Crisp ink and layered this to a strip of Cranberry Crisp.

I added to punched out pieces of Cranberry using the Word Window punch and added two Pretty In Pink brads. I glues a Cranberry Stitched bow and added 3 pink flowers punched with the new Three For You punch box set (SU) and highlighted the centers of the flowers and the main image flowers with Frosted lace stickles.

I think this card has a nice soft, feminine feel about it.

Jul 6, 2007

Blog Candy Winner!



First off I want to say THANKS to everyone who posted a comment on my first ever blog candy. That was so much FUN that I can't wait to do it again so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you can get updates as you never know when I'll be doing another Blog Candy give away!

Secondly I could not for the life of me remember where I read about the Random Number thing where you can have it pick out a number for you so I had to resort to doing my choosing a little differently this time around. If you know where this particular feature is found please e-mail me and let me know.

Since I had a relatively small number of comments (26 since a couple were add on's to their original comment) I decided to just print them all out, cut them up and spread them on the floor in a pile and then have Coleen (who is my little granddaughter) close her eyes and pull one out. As you can see from the photo she has a bit of a problem with the "close your eyes" part! She then proceeded to rip the paper but I was still able to see who the comment was from. Then she cried when I picked up all the other pieces of paper as she wanted them so I really do need to find a different way to do this.

Okay on to the WINNER......Drum Roll (can't you just hear it?)

The blog candy goes to: Sara from Corvallis, OR who left this comment:


Sara said...
My name is Sara, I live in Corvallis, OR and I visited the following site from yours and left a comment on her $th of July card, it is awesome (http://jacksonbelle.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2007/06/25/tis-the-season/).I just found your site, but your cards are very cute, I will be checking back soon... thanks!
June 30, 2007 5:47 PM

Congratulations Sara - Please e-mail me with your SNAIL MAIL address ASAP so I can get your goodies sent off to you. If you have trouble with the e-mail sidebar post a message to this message and let me know.

Thank you again everyone who left comments. On a bit of a side note I did have a couple of people who didn't follow the complete instructions as they forgot to mention who's blogs they visited. So always be sure to read the entire post and follow the complete instructions as next time I will NOT keep those comments in the drawing.

Hello Friend Bloggers Challenge



Yep, it's Friday and that means it's Bloggers Challenge Day. A group of stamper's decided to do a weekly challenge and post our cards on Fridays so we could see what everyone came up with for the challenge. I have a side bar for the Bloggers Challeng Group so be sure to check out their blogs as well.

This weeks challenge was to create a card using the template of the card posted on Page 108 of the new Fall/Winter Stampin'Up! catalog. I liked this sketch much better then last weeks!

For my card I used: Purely Pomegranate Card Stock for the card base & stamped the Fine Lace Background stamp in Pomegranate ink as well. I stamped the flowers from In The Spotlight Hostess set with Soft Sky & Purely Pomegranate inks on Whisper White card stock & cut them out. Then I stamped the flower centers with Blue Bayou ink & punched them out using a 3/4" circle punch. I punched out squares of the Bayou & Pomegranate card stock with a 1 3/8" square punch and layered the flowers on the squares. The flower centers were raised with dimensional tape and I added a Blue Ice Circle rhinestone brad to the center of the Pomegranate flower.

My flower squares were layered on Blue Bayou card stock distressed with the Cutter Kit & Blue Bayou ink and sewed (yes, I'm starting to sew on my cards now and getting over my fear of the sewing machine) with white thread. The side layers are Blue Bayou card stock and Soft Sky Designer series background paper. Then I added a strip of French Blue grosgrain ribbon, which sadly has been retired and used staples to attach the ribbon to the card to complete this sketch.

I love how this card turned out. It is fun to see how many different takes on a card design you can come up with which is why this Blogger's Challenge Group was created. Have FUN viewing everyone's cards. - Ida

Jul 3, 2007

Blog Candy - Reminder

Just want to make sure that if you haven't yet played for your chance to win my blog candy be sure to check the posts and leave your comments by Friday morning (8:00 am PST). You have to follow the complete instructions for your chance to win. - Have FUN!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY


Today's card is in honor of our country's birthday. I truly do love America and want to say how much I appreciate all the sacrifies that have been made to keep our country safe and make it the great nation that it is. Even though there are things that we don't agree with in our government we can be thankful that we do live in a country where we are allowed to say we are unhappy about it.


This is also a card for the Blogger Bingo on Poetic Artistry (see previous posts for links).


My card base is Night Of Navy with a layer of Whisper White & some designer paper (source not known since I've had it forever). I wasn't sure if I should put a design on the white side so I chose not to. Instead I added 3 punched out folk art stars and added a Navy strip of grosgrain ribbon. The Bear & Sentiment are from Americana Collection (SU - Retired). I love this set, it was one of the first sets that I purchased and I don't plan to get rid of it either even though the stamps may not be images that are "current" I like them and feel they are one of those "timeless" images that never go out of style. I stamped the Bear in Basic Black & colored it with my Prisma Colored Pencils and blended it with Gamsol. I stamped and extra image and cut out the right arm/leg & flag of the bear as the flag was to big to fit in the circle punch on it's own. After coloring the 2nd image I layered it over my original image lining it up and then cut off the flag to raise up on dimensionals. This was layered to a punched scalloped that I punched holes in using my Crop-a-dile to give it a sort of lacy effect. I punched the sentiment out with my large oval punch and layered it using an Aged Copper oval from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit & 2 red brads from Bold Brights brads.


Happy Birthday America - May you all have a safe & fun holiday! Ida

Jul 2, 2007

Learning to Bowl











I took some time off today from stamping to go take my Granddaughter Coleen out bowling. It was her very first time. She's 2 1/2 so naturally wasn't able to hold the ball the normal way but she had a lot of fun. Her mom took most of these pictures and I don't think we had the settings on the camera the right way but you get the general idea. They put up the bumper's for her & she got a 53! - I had done a super STUPID thing earlier as when we first went to the alley they weren't open and then we went back again and they had a group bowling so we had to go back home the 2nd time and wait till 2:30 before we could get a lane. Well I don't why but I left my ball in the van the entire time and when I got it out to bowl it was just covered with an oily substance and was gross. They gave me a rag to wipe it down but it didn't help much and I could not seem to get the hook I normally do and ended up with an 83 (shh don't tell anyone). How embarrasing! I have league tomorrow so I certainly hope after cleaning my ball off it rolls better. My hubby said I may have ruined but I'm hoping not as I really don't want to get a new ball again.








Enjoy Coleen's pictures, she had a lot of fun bowling.