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Old 03-05-2018, 02:37 PM   #1  
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Default MAR18VSNJ - Inspiring Words ~ Sat, March 24 ~ 4 pm ET

Challenge Title: Inspiring Words
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Keyword: MAR18VSNJ
Date: Sat. March 24, 2018 @ 4pm EST



My dad is a gardener and so I have always been blessed to be around gardens throughout my life. The size of his garden would grow and shrink and then grow again...from year to year. It was a delight to have a garden in the backyard as a child...except for when we had to weed and pick beans or process mounds of tomatoes. In our garden, there was always beans, peppers and tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and grapes. Some years he would experiment with other produce types...like corn for popcorn or some funny squash. It was always a delight to find the first ripe tomato or strawberry...and to this day, Dad shares it with one of us. Now as an older gardener, my father plants lots and lots of flowers and and bushes. They are in every nook and cranny in his yard. They even flow out into the street as he has planted them along the curb. My father worked in a hot, loud, stifling, filthy steel mill for 40 years. As I grew older I thought about the difference between that steel mill and the cool, calm, peaceful dirt in his backyard garden. I realized that the quiet garden must have been a place for him to escape, think, and cool off after hard days (and nights) at work.

Gardens are a great place to escape. Sometimes we need a new place to relax and renew...a place to just "be."

My challenge to you is to be inspired by this quote about a garden:

"A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars."
Victor Hugo (Les Miserables)

I look forward to seeing how you interpret this quote and how it will inspire your card designs!



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1. ALL VSN CREATIONS MUST BE UPLOADED BY 10 P. M. EST ON Monday, April 2.
2. You have 1 hour to complete the challenge, unless otherwise noted.....you do not have to count prep time!
3. We have a special gallery for the Game Night VSN.
a) From the "Main Gallery" dropdown list on the first page of the uploader, choose Events and Special Collections.
b) From the Sub-gallery dropdown list, choose Virtual Stamping and Scrapbooking Nights ~ it's the last in the list.
c) From the new sub-gallery dropdown list choose How Does Your Garden Grow - it's the very top of the list.
4. Please remember to put in the correct keyword when uploading your image. Copying and pasting the challenge keyword is recommended to avoid typos.
5. Please do not combine VSN challenges...but you may combine any other challenges with a VSN challenge!

It is also highly recommended that you post a link to your creation in this chat thread to be sure your layout is seen. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PLAYING ALONG!!!
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:06 PM   #2  
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Pop on and say hello! Can't wait to see how everyone interprets the quote. Will you go garden... Or stars?
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I loved this challenge, Dawn!

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Old 03-24-2018, 01:18 PM   #4  
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Wonderful challenge!!!!!! Can't wait to play!
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My dad loved his yard much like your dad. Mine was military and I think the yard work allowed him to process his work day.
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And I pondered them both while filming the video for this card.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:51 PM   #7  
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Hubby left for work, and I am back in my craft room! I have an idea for this one...hope it comes together!
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Beautiful Quote Dawn.
( I am very very behind but will be thinking about this in the back of my mind)
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Loved reading your dad's story Dawn and it reminded me of my background and where the men had allotments or beautiful gardens after spending hours down in a coal mine. Love your quote and challenge....I shall put on my thinking cap....when I've finished my first cuppa of the day LOL...and go create. Happy day
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Here's my card: MAR18VSNJ a walk in the garden by lacyquilter at Splitcoaststampers.
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Lovely quote! Here's mine, and it helped me find a new quick way for coloured backgrounds.

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Here's my card for your fun challenge!!

MAR18VSNJ Inspiring Words by snietje at Splitcoaststampers
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Here’s my MAR18VSNIJ Big Dream by sunstamper at Splitcoaststampers card. Thanks Dawn - love your story.
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Here's mine!

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Wonderful challenge, Dawn. Thank you! I had to ponder it for a while.

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Fun challenge Dawn. I used a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
MAR18VSNJ RWE- Inspiring Words by Lv2grdn at Splitcoaststampers
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Thanks for a fun challenge. I hadn't used this SU hostess stamp set yet so it was nice to ink it up.
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Thanks for a fun challenge. It helped me get out an old stamp set I have.

MAR18VSNJ Giraffic Stars by cdimick at Splitcoaststampers
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Here's my card...

MAR18VSNJ - Magical Walk by Ozpom at Splitcoaststampers

There are some stars on there but they are hard to see on the photo....and I managed to find a spot for my quote LOL.

Thanks Dawn for the challenge...happy day
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Mahalo for this Challenge. It was fun and I got to use some pretty paper I been itching to use!!
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Combined this with last weeks sketch challenge.

MAR18VSNJ Star Flower by Shirleysgirl at Splitcoaststampers
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Here's my card for the challenge. Thanks, Linda
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Here's mine:Liz's MAR18VSNJ by lazylizard at Splitcoaststampers
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Hey Dawn, this was a fun challenge!

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Here's my card. Sit Awhile by sgc at Splitcoaststampers
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Thank you for hosting, I had fun playing along. My card is showing me relaxing in the evening as the stars start to shine with the cherry blossoms falling at my feet.

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Here is my card for this wonderful inspiration challenge.

MAR18VSNJ - Essentially Inspired by ravengirl at Splitcoaststampers
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