Thursday, August 14, 2008


Well it's time! Time for our first Cartolina Giveaway at the cafe. You've all been so well behaved for our first month of blogging(thanks for all the comments) that we have decided to offer up a fantastic collection of Cartolina products to one lucky winner this time next week. A fabulous selection of greeting cards, notecards, mini cards and Xmas cards - a value of almost $100. And all you have to do is tell me quickly what super fun thing you have done so far this summer....did you drive across the country, did you sail up the coast, did you start a wonderful new job or did you read the best book ever? I want to know what you all do when you are not surfing the blogosphere! Write about your summer fun in the comment box - you have until next week and then I will choose a winner - using some scientific method yet to be determined. How fun! Enter now! Check back on Wednesday August 20th for the winner - or, better still, check back everyday :-)

125 comments:

Alison said...

No vacation this summer.
None.
But one Sunday, instead of going home after the trip out to Ikea on Long Island, we just kept going and found a little marina by the water where they had seafood platters twice as good and half the price as in the city.

Abbie said...

My favorite trip this summer was my visit to meet my new niece, and namesake, Abigail. It was such a wonderful trip. I wish I was able to see her every day, but I live 1200 miles away!

Linda said...

This summer we adopted a lovely old dog named Edward. He's a happy old fellow that loves carrots and is a bit bowleddged.
We've nicknamed him Fast Eddie Brown.
Eddie has settled in nicely and it's as though he's always been with us. Even our cat Buddy puts up with him.

Kristen said...

My favorite part of this summer was spending weekends with old friends while attending the weddings of two close friends from high school - only one week apart! It was a lovely whirlwind.

lindsey said...

We enjoyed a lovely trip to the beach: dug my feet into white sand and listened to the waves for extended periods of time.

Other exciting news is my husband and I purchased our first home.

Thanks for the chance. I LOVE your cards!

megan said...

I just love your cards!

I made a brand new start for myself this summer. I quit my job and started a new one, all while moving in to a new apartment. Here's to new beginnings!

kelly said...

Just found your blog via Poppytalk -- lovely stuff here. Really nice work.

And... the super fun I thing I have done this summer? Get engaged! That's been great! :)

Congrats on your first month -- I look forward to many more!

sikegami said...

My husband and I found a fantastic deal on a new place to live on a street we fell in love with a few years ago...the deal was too good to pass up so we signed papers, packed our things are were moved the next day! It has been a romantic adventure getting settled in. Our favorite time at home has been our coffee and tea breakfasts, listening to the neighbor's bird sing...happy summer!

theophany. said...

since i am too poor (and too cheap!) for an actual vacation...
my four-year-old and i have been cavorting around the city on the weekends, doing all of the crazy-orlando-tourist stuff i never do as a local...its so much fun to see things through her eyes!

brightonEarly said...

My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary! We had planned to go out and have a fab dinner, but we both felt like staying home and cooking our own yummy meal. It was awesome.

David & Becky said...

This summer I was able to have everyone I love come together in my childhood home and witness my marriage to my best friend. I have never felt so loved in my life, it was such an amazing experience. Planning has been such a rollercoaster, from my Mother being diagnosed with terminal cancer a week after we announced our engagment, to rising gas prices forcing family members to consider canceling and my fiance getting hit by a car while biking 3 weeks before the wedding. All of that stress made me appreciate their love that much more!!!!

Harley Dee said...

How fantastic! I love your stuff and would be tickled to win :) This summer my family took a vacation to Mexico. That was the first time I had ever been, and we had a blast!! :)

Susan said...

My super fun thing I did this summer was get pregnant! (Total surprise but it will be a summer I'll never forget)

BTW: I'm a total stationary junkie and LOVE your stuff!!!!

Mrs-S said...

We got a new dog! We rescued her from a local shelter and have been showering her with love and taking long summer night walks. It has been perfectly fun. :)

Awesome work, by the way. Love your stuff!

fortifying in fargo said...

This summer, I fell in love. I spent most of my days dreaming in hammock's in my new girlfriend's backyard, as her dogs bounded up to join me.

I made her sun tea on my porch, and we waited the whole afternoon for it to steep, using the time to write love notes to our future selves.

We counted our month anniversaries by the full moon, our dates by raindrops or glowing suns.

I watched her slice lemons for homemade lemonade as her gauzy curtains danced in the summer breeze. She made creme brulee and we took turns cracking the top as Billie Holiday played on her crackling speakers.

This summer, I read my favorite passages out loud to her as grilled asparagus simmered on her barbecue and we sat barefoot in the grass.

It was a fantastic summer, full of sunsets, bonfires, and waking up next to a woman that I am falling more in love with each day. :-)

Pipsqueak said...

Best thing this summer so far was probably quitting my day job to spend more time designing!

b a i l e y d o e s n ' t b a r k said...

in brazil with my boyfriend and my dog visiting my mother and going to my best friend's wedding...
it's not quite summery over here though...

Jasmine said...

I went to a tiny island off the B.C. coast and volunteered for the month of June at an educational retreat centre... where I swam naked in the ocean in broad daylight :)

Lorie said...

Sadly school started on Monday, so our Summer Vacation is over. But we did have a great time swimming, going to the new children's museum, eating ice cream for dinner. All sorts of fun summer stuff!

abby said...

canning/freezing/drying excess goodies from our garden. our first attempt.

Jessica said...

i started a new chapter. my husband, dog, and I packed up all of our belongings and moved from Milwaukee to Seattle. i started a wonderful new job. i started a sea glass collection, and bought my first orchid. i quit pretending that the clouds on the horizon were mountains, because now they really are mountains.

Pethra på Design och Inredningsbloggen said...

The favorite thing we did this summer was to visit Copenhagen, what a great city! Illums Bolighus was a great break, full of designer classics I almost fell asleep while trying out the "Stingray Chair" by Pedersen. :-)

Hanna said...

My super funness has been taking the summer off lifeguarding to play with the computer and sew all day.

Natalia said...

This summer I hopped on a plane only to meet a long, gray haired Spanish woman that mumbled quickly in Spanish and treated me like a granddaughter. This was it: my home for 4 weeks! I studied abroad this summer. I took a class on the Three Cultures of Spain. It was soo neat seeing history landmarks right before my eyes! I saw the old Jewish district in Sevilla, went to one of the largest Cathedrals in the world and saw Columbus' bones, strolled the city at night to the sound of the Spanish guitar and the bats flying high over the lit Cathedral...swam in Portuguese beaches and road solo all over Holland and even tried the traditionally eaten raw Herring (pronounced harr-ing). I came home, got engaged and poof! My life is crazy! :) What an awesome summer.

Candy said...

Hi Fiona, I went to Nelson, Canada all thanks to YOU! Thank you for all your help in deciding where to stay and where to eat and shop. We had a great time. Nelson is such a lovely place and we had a beautiful little cottage on the lake (after a couple days at the Hume). I meant to call you while I was there, but the time went so fast. Loved our getaway, thanks so much for blogging on poppytalk which gave me the idea to go there. Love your new blog too. My sister (Melody) is going to the NYIGF, I will tell her to track you down if she can.

Suzanne said...

My summer has been great! I just got back from my little sister's wedding in Winnipeg, Manitoba! I was there for 2 weeks visiting, BBQ-ing and partying with friends and family. Lots of mosquitos but lots of fun too :D

Paper Stories said...

Lots of exciting responses here...

I took my 9mo. old baby on his first driving trip across the country. My husband held him as he splashed around in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time and marveled at the sand between his fingers. I don't think there is anything more enjoyable than watching a new little person experience everything for the first time.

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend and I took 2 nephews to London. We all had a great time going to tea, the theater, military museums, The Tower of London, etc., etc. - Lisa, Phoenix

cartolina said...

Candy - I am so glad you had a good time in Nelson - I was hoping to hear from you, but presumed you were having too good a good time if I didn't! Great to hear from you - you chose a great spot on the beach at 6-mile didn't you?
F

ting-wai said...

ooooh fun!
I spent the summer helping my best friend plan her wedding within 3 months! that's designing/printing invitations, table cards, programs, etc. not to mention the flapper bridal shower I planned for the special girl... it was a busy 3 months... and now I have a full month to relax without wedding stuff, hehe. all worth it!

pam said...

yikes... the summer's gotten away from me! too busy working and building a rock wall and planting plants in our newly landscaped backyard. but on the agenda...checking out the columbia river gorge this weekend with the puppy and ferrying to a nearby island for sightseeing when mom and sis come early september.

kmb said...

I directed a girl's camp with 27 girls. Canoes, campfires, hiking, late nights and strengthened relationships. It was hard work to get in place but very rewarding once it was done!

humblepie said...

Rummaging through your fantastic blog has been a ton o' fun for me! Big thanks. Keep going!

Gave my 7-year-old niece a summer to remember: lightening bugs, Skinny Cow bars, sparklers, swimming lessons, cherry picking, new flip flops, reading in bed with a flashlight, riding bikes and lots of singing.

Lee Holloway said...

Hi everyone! Sorry for my english, but I'm italian.
No vacation this summer, but I live in a city on the sea, here in Italy (its name's Pesaro), so whenever I can, I go sunbathing and swimming.
I'm very lucky!

Thank you for your faboulous website :)
Valentina

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

The bst thing about my summer has been FINALLY starting my own website! I keep track of all the crafty how-to's and tutorials floating around blogland each day. Not only am I learn and crafting a TON, I've met the coolest people and found some really amazing blogs!

Kitchen said...

I have passed the summer making and eating ice cream sandwiches (which seem infinitely better than ice cream or cookies alone)!

k said...

This summer I:

+ found inspiration
+ slept in a Buddhist temple
+ took over 3000 photographs
+ ate too much
+ walked through lush forests visiting beautiful cemeteries
+ spent hours walking through shōtengais
+ found myself naked (and loving it!) in an onsen
+ enjoyed good conversation and delicious food at izakayas
+ was humbled by the beauty of temples and shrines
+ marveled over sumptuous stationery, pens and bento boxes
+ rode roller coasters and screamed
+ played silly games
+ saw grandiose golden Buddhas
+ was reacquainted with my inner child
+ met the kindest people
+ made incredible memories with my little family
+ fell in love…with myself.

k. fly said...

Love the blog! This summer I traveled... I went to Missouri, Georgia, Florida, and to several weddings. I also moved a new condo.

Kelly Fly

Kim & Ryan said...

My most wonderful thing was taking a belated honeymoon to San Francisco and spending 9 full days doing nothing serious and everything fun ... and spending money like we had it! =)

Catherine said...

The best part of summer (always!) was a trip to Lake Michigan to bob in the waves while my kids played in the sand...the ultimate in relaxation.

Angie said...

Like every year, the highlight of my summer is working at a local art fair. I love being on staff and seeing the same artists year after year. In fact, it was my 10 year anniversary!

Jamie said...

Sailing. I've done lots of summer night sailing.

PonyBoy Press said...

This year we had our fist family vacation. The youngest of us is 26. We went to Whidbey Island and had a wonderful time. We all feel in love with the island and only got on each others nerves a little bit. Had a gorgeous house that had a gorgeous view. We ate breakfast and dinner on the deck every night. Heaven.

E. Floyd said...

So many people have had such wonderful experiences this summer! I cannot wait to read all the others that get added.

My summer event is that this summer my husband, Steve, and I went on our first long vacation (5-days plus) in over seven years. We were married a little more than five years ago and at the time were unable to have a honeymoon, so this trip turned into one!

We traveled to Mexico and had a wonderful time of just being together, reconnecting. One of the weekends we were away also included attending the wedding of our very dear and close friends, Craig and Yvonne.


When we returned home, Steve and I were renewed both physically and spiritually. The rest of the summer has been wonderful as we have been living off of the impressions and inspirations conceived during our time away.

Hillary Goodwin said...

Beautiful summer beach trip to Kiawah Island, SC with my extended family. We all live on the West Coast now but spending time on a Carolina beach reminds me of growing up in the South, beach music, dancing on the sand dunes and talking with a southern accent.

Hillary Goodwin
hgdc@sbcglobal.net

cartolina said...

I am so enjoying reading all these wonderful summer stories - thank you all so much for participating. I hope you are enjoying reading them too.
- Fiona

nic said...

sitting by the pool. drinking iced coffee. starting a new fun job at paper source. just fun relaxing times. just what summer should be.

mint-green said...

I went to visit my best friend in England and had a marvelous time, though I had a cold for about half the time.
We spent at least 4 hours in a bookstore one day, went to visit a historical park with her aunt and uncle, but most of all, it was just fun to see her again!

Karen said...

Sigh, no vacations over the summer (but a few mini ones planned for fall!)...but I did move into a new apartment, so that's fun!

Alexandra said...

How to choose? I napped with the dogs...took a silly bloody-mary-addled photo shoot all over the Lower East Side with a piece of leafy celery...made my first stuffed animal...watched Gigi....posed in a photobooth with Harry & the Potters....reread "I Capture the Castle"...and it's only August!

Great blog!

Rowdeezy said...

Still hoping to finish up the summer BIG; but on a camping trip in July, I did quite a challenging hike up Horseshoe Falls in Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe. At the top of the falls we were rewarded with one of the most tranquil meadow and stream! And because we were suffering from heat exhaustion, we dove right in and I for the first time in my life, went skinny dipping!

susie said...

enjoyed an evening of wine, cheese and salumi at the hollywoodbowl watching the music of les mis!

brooke said...

oh, we had a grand vacation in Portland, OR, then the coast and a road trip to San Francisco. We were gone for almost three whole weeks. Fantastic!

Melissa said...

This summer I moved into my new home. I have been waiting for what seems like forever and I am finally in! Yay! I have spent my time finishing up flooring, installing bits and pieces and pored over decorating magazines & blogs. I can't think of a better way to spend my summer than on my deck bbqing.

Madison Avenue Baby said...

You are very generous to offer this prize. One of the highlights of my summer was attending a wedding on Afton Mountain in Virginia. The location was at a winery where we were surrounded by vineyards and the the Blue Ridge Mountain skyline. The evening ceremony was on the lawn and there were even hummingbirds flitting around the flowers during the vows. There were a lot of our friends there and it was fun being able to share this time with my friends.

kristy said...

it seems like such a long time since summer - especially as i look outside at the bucketing rain! but i do remember long breakfasts which turned into longer lunches, sitting outside. good company, good food, good wine... i don't need to go on vacation if i have all of that. makes me long for all that again!

Lisa said...

I took a real, honest-to-goodness vacation to Belize! We did lots of neat things like sleeping in the rainforest and fishing! It was fabulous!!

Julie Suzanne said...

This summer has been awesome. I finally set up my own website and online art store. I've also been house hunting for my first home. FUN!

Brown Paper Packages said...

Sleeping in late, eating criminal amounts of Dulce de Leche and learning how to make empanadas on a trip to Buenos Aires, proved to be a delightful way to escape the daily grind.

Molly said...

I have spent the summer days home with my 18 month old son, and have watched him master the slide at the park. Up, up, up the stairs he goes and doooooown all by himself. It made me so happy to watch him progress and get the confidence to do this. And the park is just a fun place to be in the summer.

Robin said...

I really like your style! Anyway, the most fun thing I did this summer was visit my friend in Kansas. I'm a California city girl, so feeding cows and gathering eggs was totally awesome and new to me. (So was stepping in a cow paddy...) The prettiest sites I saw in Kansas were the abandoned houses. We found one from around the 1930s — the wood had gone bright green, and the whole structure was tilting to the left. So surreal!

Elisabeth said...

I went to see the Boston folk musician Crooked Still in concert - they are the best!
Elisabeth

Elaina said...

What did I do that was fun this summer? I gave birth to my daughter, Rowan, in June. The actual process wasn't fun at all, frankly. I had a miserable pregnancy, culminating in bedrest for the last trimester and an emergency c-section, but seeing her little face for the first time? Pure joy.

Salina said...

this summer i went whitewater rafting with my family in arizona. it was pretty cool until it got too hot to fly in the helicopters to get back to where we started from. then we had to motor two more hours down to lake mead. but riding down the rapids and getting soaked was awesome

firstborn studio said...

shame on me.
i have been working through this summer.getting ready for a big show and taking care of loose ends.
i have decided to save rest and relaxation for the fall..my favorite time of year!

curiously yours,
denise lombardozzi

Lisa said...

Oh how sad... I have had NO fun this summer. But every evening after work I take my sweet dog to the dog run and kick back with my neighbors, and I have to say I look forward to that pretty much every single day. I've also been reading some good stuff and doing some art that I feel good about.

Lindsay H/ SB said...

I visited NY and took the ferry across the Hudson, then shopped my little heart out in Greenwich Village :) very ideal and gorgeous weather! Oh yeah and also went to 15 weddings. Make it stop!!

Jennifer said...

In regards to your generous offering:

I took a few small vacations this summer... but the best trip I took was in my book called "the bastard of istanbul" by Elif Shafak. It tells a story of two young girls, one Armenian, the other Turkish, and how their seemingly different lives were nonetheless very intertwined. Beautifully written.

Danielle said...

4th of July was probaly the most fun I've had this summer; great weather, great friends, great food, and things exploding!

Justyna said...

I went skydiving for the first time this summer! Every time I think about that experience I get so extremely happy. One word- exhilarating!

Capree said...

I went to Chicago and saw the Cubs!

Holly said...

Your cards are just divine! Absolutely gorgeous. My summer? We haven't done much. Made a couple of trips to the beach. Had lots of BBQ's. And, we're rounding out the summer by finally building our little white picket fence around our front yard. Perfect.

Sweet Caroline said...

Your cards are such an inspiration.

Summer Fun? Well last weekend my family and I went camping near Bear Lake, Ut. On the first night I woke in the early morning to hear a bear checking out our tent. YES a bear. It was sniffing and snorting and breathing right next to my ear. The only thing between me and the bear was a canvas tent. Needless to say, the most memorable trip this summer.

We of course, we waited for it to leave then packed up our camp and drove straight home.

I now know why it's named Bear Lake.

Ashley said...

We recently added boy #3 so instead of going somewhere for vacation we turned off the phone and computers for 5 straight days and did everything locally we never have the chance to do. Just might have been the most relaxing vacation I've "been on" in quite a while...even with 3 boys under the age of 4!

Melanie said...

I had a wonderful 4th of July enjoying some Michigan lake living with family and a great game of whiffle ball! I grew up in the Midwest but now I live on the west coast so I do get homesick for the lakes and people.

Love your card line!

Merja said...

Great cards! My top fun thing this summer has been a move from Finland to California. You can read about it in my bilingual blog!

Chelsea Walkenhorst said...

I am from Utah and this summer my husband and I ventured to the eastcoast so that I could do an interior design internship. It was so Crazy! One of my favorite days in NY was when we went to Far Rockaway beach to just relax and get away from all the hustle and bustle. It was a super hot day but in the afternoon it started downpouring rain, it was just fun being on the beach in the rain.

Sheri said...

we did a fam trip to santa cruz, CA and an amazing and incredible (dare i say romantic?) overnighter to napa, CA—just me and the huz. so nice.

Jules said...

I'm in the southern hemisphere, so here in the Antipodes we are thawing out from a chilly winter and waiting with breath that is bated for all the joy that a long hot Australian summer can bring!

Jules : )

Heather said...

I spent a week in Montreal with my mom and sister. We had a blast! I lived the city and I loved the company!

Incagirl said...

I was in the city most of the summer but I had a few spontaneous and lovely lunches outdoors with my sister and good girl friends. At my fave neighborhood spot I drank Prosecco and blood orange juice. I felt like I was in Italy but didn't have to worry about the exchange rate. sometimes vacation is just a state of mind.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to choose just one fun thing I've done this summer because there have been many, but I'd have to say the all time most super funtastic thing I did was go wine tasting on Eastern Long Island with my boyfriend. Getting tipsy on a gorgeous day, in a beautiful setting, with one of my favorite people is my cuppa tea...or glass of wine!

Lena said...

It's hard to choose just one fun thing I've done this summer because there have been many, but I'd have to say the all time most super funtastic thing I did was go wine tasting on Eastern Long Island with my boyfriend. Getting tipsy on a gorgeous day, in a beautiful setting, with one of my favorite people is my cuppa tea...or glass of wine!

Tina Amato said...

I moved across the country to live with my fiance, and my best friend came along with me in my car (with my fiance in the moving truck, so, just us girls). We had a 13-hour road trip to sing along to radio, talk about life, eat junk food, and tell stories. Even though I'm far away from her now, that trip made it all the more obvious that we had to keep our closeness, despite the miles between us.

Judy said...

when's the last time you built a human pyramid?!
that's the best thing i've done this summer. on the front porch, under the cover of darkness in small town wisconsin to surprise my best friend! since we live 4hrs away from one another, the look on her face when she opened the front door was absolutely brilliant! if only she knew the struggle it took all of us to reach the door bell :)

Amy said...

My favorite thing about this summer was hanging at my family's lake house with friends and family - going kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and falling asleep on a boat in the sun. Heaven! Just like winning this giveaway would be!

Julie said...

86 comments! Holy cow I'm slow. Let's see ...this summer we did tons of boating and general playing in the lake. But the highlight was celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in the same spot we honeymooned - The Grand Hotel. Love your cards Fiona!!

shoppingsmycardio said...

sigh...no vacations yet, but i'm seriously hoping the hubs will whisk me off somewhere fabulous once the weather turns cold!

Kierstin Bridger said...

I recently started a blog...to go with my new business this fall when my little dumpling becomes a first grader. It has been so much fun- I get conneected with great artists and bloggers such as yourself.Congratulations! I think I need to do a give-away sonn1 people email me directly with comments usually- rather than "commenting'
I've also hike, hike, hiked, and enjoyed the summer with family and friends in places like Breckenridge Colorado and Buena vista Colorado...enjoyed lots of cultural events and look fwd to traveling this winter.
www.kbdesignstage.blogspot.com

Holly said...

my favorite thing i've done this summer has got to be feeding my brand new nephew-who came a month early, on the day of the baby shower!

vadjutka said...

Happy Blog aniversary! :-)

What I did this summer?
- went trekking to Austria, to a mountain, 2200 m high (we climbed from 1200 m), and it was also my first rock-climbing. When we got to the top, there was -2 celsius!! (in June)
- went to a design market to sell my jewelry, and it was fantastic
- ruined my ankle while dancing heavily on a rock festival :-)
- I am going on vacation in September :-)

Anairam said...

Well, we have winter, but what the heck, I am going to enter any way - I am in a summer mood! I had great guerilla art fun this winter in an ongoing project; I watched for the first whales, and spotted them; I made myself two inspiration boards; and I started blogging!

Carey said...

Hmmm...no real vacations here either, but got to spend lots of time with the hubby (as he teaches and has summer vacay), kids and see our latest baby's face via ultrasound for the first time. I also got to take the kids to see their great-grandmother just this past weekend (who's learning to be on her own after losing Grandpa in May after 50+ years). It was a true delight to see my youngest take to her like she was his best friend in the world and have both of them declare they wanted to live with Grandma Dot, LOL.

sea said...

The summer of 2008 was the summer I discovered sock monkeys. And reiki. However, I have yet to come across sock monkeys that practice reiki. Although I'm quite certain they exist. It is, after all, a world of Infinite Craft Possibility.

Made Sweet said...

I spent the summer creating a portfolio to apply for a BFA graphic design program! So, I missed out on any trips, but am hoping to be accepted into the program.

Love the cards and this blog! glad to have discovered it.

Michaele said...

Our summer trip was fun and necessary- Uncle Sam relocated my husband, (Army) so we sorted, donated, lightened the family load, and packed the rest to move to Kansas- one of the friendliest states we've lived!

What's not to like about Oz? Well, other than flying monkeys and tornadoes?

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

:)

M

cookiekenney said...

This summer is going so fast for our family. We do a lot of gardening and preserving to save for the winter. My hubby and I spend a lot of time with the children and grandchildren. One grand daughter is expecting her first child, my second great grandchild. That has been so exciting for me just to see her baby bump grow and watch her thrill with becoming a mom. We all had a sweet birthday party for our 5 year old grandson at the ocean. What a beautiful day with family and friends. Picture this, a beach table with umbrella, beautiful packaged presents, delicious cake and ice cream. What wonderful day and the joy on the face of that little one melted my heart. Can't wait for the next get together, how can you top the beach birthday one???

Ana Carini said...

Lots and lots of coffee for me!
Love your work!

I am a... said...

This summer was my most eventful yet for sure...my husband and I welcomed twin boys on May 30th! :)

kristi said...

I took two months off this summer to spend with my husband of 25 years - enjoyed watching Hercule Poirot videos, playing with the dogs, and devoting time to ourselves after raising our family. Also took a week to help parents organize a large portion of their accumulations over the past 50 years - a huge endeavour :-) A glorious summer to remember!

cartolina said...

Wow, we now officially have 100 comments - I am flabbergasted! I think we are going to have to have a couple of runners-up giveaway prizes too - thanks everyone!

Pam said...

My summer has been a great big party!! I had a great BIG birthday on July 14th and have been celebrating ever since. The most memorable night of this summer of endless fun was getting off the subway at 12:01pm July 14th and standing under the street sign that was the age I had just turned. Very cool!!!!

Erin @ Bride Design said...

We are about to embark on our vacation next week! A family road trip half-way across the US with my 22 month old and 3.5 year old, to visit my best friend in Madison, Wisconsin! We're feeling like we might be crazy, but are beyond excited for this adventure. It will be the perfect capper to a summer of ice cream, concerts, swimming, and playing (and for me lots of stationery making of course!). I may be a bit tired of making my own stationery, but I would LOVE to write on a bit of yours! Some Cartolina cards would be perfect for writing thank you notes to all the friends that are hosting us during our travels! Great giveaway Fiona!

Tingaling said...

We just moved to Houston, TX, which has been quite an adventure in and of itself. However, one of my favorite summer traditions we have is spending the 4th of July up on Cape Cod, MA, with the hubby's family. This summer, us kids / spouses pulled off a surprise 40th anniversary party for the inlaws! It was so great - there were friends there back from hubby's parents high school days! Loved it.

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

dogwood said...

We took our daughter (4yrs old) to the beach for the very first time!!! So special and fun! I'll never ever ever forget her reaction when we finally stepped out onto the sand :)

redpamplemousse said...

We went for our annual trek to Ocean City, NJ for some good family fun on the beach, tasty boardwalk treats, and runs down the waterslide.

Patty said...

No big trips this summer. Instead, my fave activity is sitting out in the back yard after dinner with friends watching little kids chase lightning bugs. Lazy days of summer.

Bunny B said...

This summer, I had so much fun at BBQ parties and swimming with hubs and friends :) Very nice! Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Sena said...

I had a PS2 marathon with my friends! We played Guitar Hero 3 and also Rock Band for hours!! It was so much fun!! xD

Miss Wanderlust said...

I went to Ireland with my sister and our fiance's. It was AMAZING!! THat was definitely the highlight of my summer, not too mention my life :) Your cards are brilliant. I love the colors! Have fun with the blog :)
Janel

Laura Stewart said...

not much to say - wahh; all I've done is work, work, work...

idyll hands said...

Besides working (and we all know that is super fun) I hopped in my car and headed south to New Orleans. Nevermind that it's extremely warm there in July. The scenery in the French Quarter and the massaive amounts of beingets and coffee made up for it!

lois said...

This summer I got to go to NEW YORK CITY!!!!!! what a blast. I had never been and I am 50 years old My son was in the Juilliard summer program there and if THAT wasn't amazing enough, then I got to experience NYC! Everyone should go once in their life! love your artistic cards!!
lois

BB said...

Super fun thing...

went to London, (from CHICAGO)to see a concert.... that's right, quick trip... 2 days... a concert... do you remember the band a-ha?

relics said...

This has been a strange strange summer. We haven't decided to go anywhere until fall, but all of our friends that are traveling, have left their pets with us. We have this sort of "make do" bed and breakfast for our friends pets....Jake the big black mystery breed dog was visiting while Beth was away in Kenya. Magnus the Pug will be with us while SengHa is in India, Sophie the bunny is with us while Holly is working in Northern Wisconsin- plus we have Bens fish and Plants while he is away for 6 months traveling.... and next week Shadow is coming! His mom is going away to Ireland.... it's been kind of fun-- sort of like dr. doolittle house. When we get home from work, there is this huge greeting committee at the door waiting for us!

Kiki said...

I...Got better! After being sick for almost 2 years, the doctors finally figured out what was wrong with me, and I am so much better!!! This summer, I have started driving again, I have started back to work, and I have opened an etsy shop. Basically, I spent the summer living, but after years of just existing, it was pretty amazing!

kim said...

The best is yet to come! At the end of August my husband and I will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary in Miami. Can't wait!

airportkisses said...

I ran summer orientation at my college this summer! It was very exciting. Welcome Week starts next week, and I've been preparing for that as well. I get to decorate for one of the events - Chinese lanterns and rice paper votive holders are on the way :).

lisa {milkshake} said...

Great idea!

We've done lots of fun things this summer - including 3 beach trips, many trips to the pool and lots of hanging out in the yard. My daughter is four this summer, and the beach day trips would NOT have gone well last year.

Another fun thing I've done this summer is meeting with an artist friend to start our own creative women's group. It's still in planning stage, but we're really excited about it!

Stacy said...

Managed to get away for a week with my father to the east coast. It was a road trip and quite adventuresome! Had a marvelous time!

Nic Nac said...

Favourite thing this summer? Inviting friends to visit us from out of town and making them help us in our garden! After the slave labour we treat them to a home-cooked dinner (with lots of veggies from the garden) and a night of board games. They eventually forgive us for the hard work we put them to :D

Anonymous said...

Manitou Springs ...need I say more funky little one owner small shops! Love the area. Would love a fab selection of cards! Make it a good day! Sue McIntire ksmcintire@cox.net

LB said...

I went to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful, quiet, relaxing, stunning.

Darlene said...

Had a fun visit with my brother and his wife. We took them to local tourist spots, ate goodies and laughed till we cried.

Just found your blog. Love your collection!

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