June 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings - June

Hello Campers & Nature Lovers!    No, I'm not crazy, The Great Outdoors is our theme this month for the Dueling Darling Dazzlers & Divas.  

We received our challenge and our great kit this month from, Barb.  There was so much outdoor goodness to choose from!   She was quite generous to say the least.  Thanks, Barb!

I have to say that I have become quite a foofy camper.   No thanks, on tent camping any longer.  Ever since the huge hole that ripped from wind in the six man tent, on a hella cold night on a Memorial Day Weekend back in the early 90's, DH and I have never camped again!  We bagged it mid night and slept in the car.  I don't think I have ever been so cold! We went home the next morning.  There was no room at the Inn with our other 15 friends who all had RV's and people crashing on their floor! We did love Prineville Reservoir, as we both grew up visiting there with our families.

Now in the younger teen years, I still cannot believe that we did this, but my girlfriends and I would just take off and go camp somewhere on the mountain.  Like no pre-planning or anything.  Dad's six man tent (yes, the one that ripped later).  My girlfriend, was in charge of eye batting.  This would be that we would get our campsite, usually after dark, and she would go eye bat and whala some guy would put our tent up for us.  It worked like a charm every time!   Now I would be scared to death to do that and would think we would end up on an episode of Criminal Minds!  How in the heck did I get my parents to agree to that?!  I must have fibbed a lot or something......?????

There were a group of us guys and girls that would go camping as well.   Our favorite place was Promontory Park.   It was within a half an hour of home and it was kinda like Cheers, there was always someone you knew there!   Our friend had a boat.   So we would load our stuff up and camp on the island.   Again, along came Dad's six man tent.  Well, there was that time that I forgot the tent stakes.  What a hassle that was! 

Both DH and I grew up fishing with our Dads at Promontory.   I would always catch more fish than my Dad - I am sure by design.  He would let me get a bunch of junk food at the store like the shoestring potatoes in a can, soda pop and candy.   I would eat it and be totally sick by the time we got home.  My Mom would be mad at my Dad and then we did the same thing next trip.   I guess I was never really cut out for junk food!

I will have to save the Cove Palisades stories for another time.  I promise that the Eye Batter and I did not mean to take her Dad's boat out after dark and race it.  Who knew that the back seat lifted up and it was a cooler?!   Now who would spend 50K on a boat back then with the chance of the Eye Batter finding the keys?  They should have known better!   LOL 

Well, on to the card for this duel.  I used the Bo Bunny DP, Whipper Snapper sentiment, Bo Bunny flashlight, fun brads and a button.  I had the tree die cut on hand from a LSS.   I loved creating with the kit. 

Please view the dueling ladies cards at their blogs.   The links to the blogs are listed on the right hand side bar of my blog titled Dueling Darlings.

Have a great day!


April said...

You wild thing, you!

Love your card....wonderful kit from Barb! Glad you have so many outdoors memories, even though you have given up on camping! (We are going next weekend!)

MiamiKel said...

Holy camper, girl! I am rolling at your eye batting, out in the middle of nowhere stories! You were a brave soul :) What fond, happy memories you have though!!

Your card is just smashing! The pine tree is the perfect addition to your fan-tabulous design card! Well done! xoxo

Barb said...

Such a cute card--I too love the tree. So glad you like all of the parts of the kit.

Your stories are incredible too--way to go!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Tami, your card is stunning! I love your layout and how you maximized the rich outdoorsy colors. Perfect!!!

You have me rolling in laughter at your stories! WOW! You were either very very brave or absolutely crazy as a teenager. LOL! Glad you lived to tell about it. ;)


Jamie Sanchez said...

Oh Tami!
Your card is fabulous! I really like how you put the little flowers on the buttons. Great idea, I would store it away for later use but I'd forget where I put it... I have a terrible memory!:D

Great stories.. haha love the Eye Batter nickname. :D

dweatter said...

So cute! I love how you added the tree. And you truly have the funniest stories I have every heard. I really want to know what happened to the expensive boat that eye-batter raced???? LOL

Terry Ladwig said...

Love your card Tami....and your stories!! Sometimes when you tell a story I feel like I was there, only because I have done very similar things in my past. A girlfriend and I went camping in Door County....set up camp, started a fire and didn't have to do any eye-batting.....2 guys walk up and went sit playing cards and drinking beer for hours.....only to find out their WIVES were in the next campsite sitting alone!! Yikes!! Glad I wasn't them the next am!!

Back to your card though....I absolutely love it ☺

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Tami...another amazing card...I love your style and the way you always use the kits...this is stunning...great masculine card and wow....just a great card all the way around...love your story as well...how fun...and the places you linked to are BEAUTIFUL.....(I would have loved to be a mouse in a corner observing you and the eye batter...heehee)...♥♥♥

Judy McMullen said...

Tami, love your beautifully designed card...gorgeous! And love your camping stories...how fun!!!

Lauren said...

Great card Tami, I just love that tree!!