Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Outlawz Greeting Card In Flight Challenge

Hey, Peeps! This week at The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge we are looking for "an astronaut, hot air balloons, air planes, helicopters, balloons, or showing appreciation for a service man or woman" for our "In Flight" challenge. I think everybody should be able to find something in this challenge to make, don't you?

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Before I get to today's card I want to mention a couple of things. One is that I seem to have caught a cold. Will wonders never cease? This means that I may be MIA for blog comments for a couple of days. All I really want to do is crawl back into bed. But I will get to everybody's blogs ASAP, I promise. The other thing is that I am so glad we got to go out to dinner Saturday night before I caught this blasted thing, because I was able to really enjoy my meal that night.

For my foodie fans, let me just say that we had a spectacular meal. We went to Wright's at The Biltmore in Scottsdale for dinner. Love how they've changed the menu there--the chef has taken traditional dishes and given them each a great twist. And to add to that: you can get a small or a large portion of each dish. That makes it easy to have an appetizer, a main course and a dessert without getting overstuffed. Plus they have a wonderful wine list, with lots of great wines by the glass.

I have to say that we didn't get our meal underway until an hour after our 6:30 reservation. Too funny, that, because our dinner partners called to say they were running a little late, since they had to do some car shuffling, and would be about 15 minutes late. Ah, no problem, Gary and I each got a glass of wine to sip until the other couple arrived. Well, 6:45 came and went. It was now about 6:55 and Gary received a call from Chad asking where we were. Gary said that we were sitting at our table waiting for them to arrive. Apparently, they went to The Phoenician instead of The Biltmore, and were wondering why they couldn't find us at any of the restaurants there! Chad said he thought the valet barely got his car parked before he had to retrieve it for them! So they got to Wright's about 7:10, which was a pretty fast recovery. (Don't tell anybody, but I think he was speeding!)

Anyway, I ordered the salmon rillette for an appetizer and it was so lip-smacking good that I didn't even share with anyone! Just a delicious spread of smoked wild salmon, sea salt capers, egg, creme fraiche, chive and caviar for the toast points they served with it. I could have made a meal of that by itself! Gary opted for beef tartar, served with quail egg yolk, horseradish aioli, grain mustard and capers. He loved it! Following that was a dainty portion of a yummy chef's palate cleanser, and I couldn't tell you all of the ingredients, but it was sooo good! I do know it had creme fraiche and chorizo in it, with some tiny greens.

Then Gary and I each had lobster thermidor for the main course. Wow, lovely roasted lobster, lobster jus, served on a sage bechamel brulee. So spectacular! The only thing I was not crazy about was the romanesco. It tasted like broccoli, but had the texture of raw cauliflower, making it a bit difficult to eat--and it cooled off way too rapidly. I was wondering if it had been a tad under-cooked. However, the lobster was so wonderful that I was still happy with my entree.

And for dessert, Gary had the pumpkin souffle, which I tasted, and it was fabulous. But my chocolate souffle was even better. Ooooh, tasty! We left Wright's pleasantly full and very, very happy! This was our second visit there, and both times the meals were superb--so, if you are in the Phoenix area, I can highly recommend a visit to Wright's. Just remember, it is really dark in The Biltmore area, and you have to keep driving a long way to get to it, so don't give up and turn around before you get there!

Well, I'd best get this card recipe recited so I can go lie down and rest. I am really not feeling well, but I'll take two aspirin, and I'll be better in the morning.

I chose a Squigglefly image: Birthday Balloon Boy, by Cheryl Alger for my card--this is going to be a birthday card for one of the three males in my family who have November birthdays. My sentiment come from Create with TLC. I selected my DP from Basic Grey What's Up collection, and co-ordinated that with DCWV CS. I added VersaMagic chalk inks to the edges of my DP, and distressed my DP with my Zutter Distrezz-It-All. I used a lot of dimensional adhesive on this card. My die cuts were created with these dies: Memory Box Ticket, Large Hot Air Balloon, and Small Hot Air Balloon; La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon; Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B; and Spellbinders Classic Rectangle. Lace and ribbon from my stash were also added to my design.

I colored this image with Copics: C0, E000, E00, E11, E31, E35, YR20, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, BG93, BG96, R02, R05, R08. I added a bit of white gel pen for accents.

I am entering this card into the following:

Basic Grey Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Birthday Challenge
The Paper Shelter Anything Goes Challenge

Will be looking forward to all the creations you add to our challenge!




34 comments:

  1. Penny this is awesome!!! I just love the die cuts and that adorable image is now on my must have list. Fabulous card!
    Take care of your self and get lots of fluids and rest.
    xx,
    Brenda

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  2. fab card Penny, love the dies perfect for this image
    take care
    hugs
    céline

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  3. I wanted to go to that restaurant before I even made it to you beautiful creation Penny! You pay so much attention to detail when you create, that it very obvious. I hope you aren't down too long with your cold, I hate cold and flu season. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such lovely comments too. Get well soon girlie :)S

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  4. Penny this is gorgeous and very creative. Love everything about it. Wishing you a fab Monday.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  5. Sensational project, Penny! Love all the diecuts and the adorable image! Fac coloring and design! You made me so hungry with your dinner description! Feel better!

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  6. Penny, I do hope you are feeling better, no fun having a cold. I just love all those hot air balloons, the way you placed them reminds me of up up and away!!!! Wonderful image, great colors and coloring, your bow is just beautiful. I'm so glad I just got done eating or I would have to go find something really good to eat. Have a super week.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  7. Hope by now you are feeling much better Penny. I love your card, all the great balloons and great colors. You did such a fabulous job on this card. The image is so cute and your coloring is always beautiful...feel better soon.

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  8. Penny, as always another spectacle card. Love that die

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  9. Penny, your card is GORGEOUS!!! That die cut is beautiful. You are so descriptive...and I hope you feel better and have a great week.

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  10. Penny, thank you, this card is so sweet and cute, beautiful design and fabulous coloring. Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.
    Hugs
    Berni
    berni46blogspot.

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  11. Beautiful card- love the dies you used- and love the great image:) Your cards are always wonderful! I hope you are feeling better soon- and how funny....that happened to me once for a B-fast date. We went to the same restaurant- in different cities.....LOL So glad your friends made it over and you had a wonderful dinner!

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  12. Fabby card Penny - I love balloons and the colour combo is great too
    Hugs
    Doreen xx

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  13. What a fun and fancy card that even a boy would love. Great job, Penny. Blessing hugs, Teresa

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  14. WOW Penny
    This card is so exciting!
    Love this design, he looks as though he is floating.
    Hugs
    Chria x

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  15. Awww Penny, this is so so sweet! I love all the cuts on the balloons, and that adorable image is colored fabulously!!

    :)
    Judy

    ps. thank you so very much for stopping by!

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  16. Pretty Card...Thanks for joining us at Pennys.
    Hugs,
    Shilpi

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  17. Gorgeous card and I love the image you've used. I enjoyed the description of your meal too - sounds delicious!

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

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  18. Absolutley Gorgeous creation sweetie, big hugs love Pops x x x

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  19. Wow, love all of the layers!! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Shelter.

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  20. Wow, this is fabulous, Penny! As always, your layering of elements work perfectly with the image. Noah is surely a cutie!

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  21. Wow Penny, gorgeous as always!!
    I love those balloon die-cuts!

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  22. fabulous card Penny, I love all the die cuts, especially all those hot air balloons, wow awesome. hmmmmm I never add bows to cards for males but my sister does, (she thinks EVERTHING needs flowers and bows, lol) I see other people do to, must just be me or it's the impression I get from the male's I know, and love....they would ask me "why the bow?" lol It looks great though, your bows are so lovely :)

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  23. Hi penny , thank you so much for your visit today , you are so kind, I love this card and this balloon die is fabulous , I want every die I see these days , "note to self" ....must get a job !!
    Biggest hugs Elaine

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  24. Just a note, so fun. Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.
    Hugs
    Berni
    berni46blogspot.

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  25. Best oldest sister BarbaraNovember 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Beautiful, beautiful beautiful!!! Your bow is fabulous and how do you do that? Love it a lot.

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  26. I wanted to ty (and thought I already had, sry) for leaving me sweet compliments on my two latest posts, one the quilled snowflake card and on this weeks sketch challenge card at the Outlawz, your a dear and I love reading your funny posts...hugs and love :)

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  27. Hi Penny this is just perfection! I love all the hot air balloons and your colouring is beautiful!
    thankyou for joining the fun this time over at basic grey challenges! good luck!
    hugs
    Jacqui P x

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  28. Hi Penny! Love your blog! Is there a way to subscribe without going through Google Friend Connect?

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  29. Hi, what a lovely card, Penny! love the balloons and beautiful coloring. hugs, Frances.

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  30. a) So sorry that I haven't been able to visit in a while. I've been playing "catch-up" since we got our power back.
    b) Your dinner sounds divine. I've never had lobster thermador.
    c) Your card is beyond fabulous. I love all the different hot air balloon and other die cuts you use. You rock at using so many and making a cohesive piece. Your coloring is fabtastic too!
    d) Feel better. Rest, hydrate, rest, hydrate. Then rest some more.

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  31. Sweet design and fabulous coloring. Delightful! Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.
    Hugs
    Berni
    berni46blogspot.

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  32. Cute card! I really like how you positioned all of the balloons, which go wonderfully with the stamped image. The smile on that boy's face is too cute, btw. :)

    The Wright's meal sounds great, but LOL at Chad going to the wrong resort. :)

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  33. Adorable card!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~

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Hugs, Penny