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Summer in Paris

The summer of 1986…

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I was seventeen, the summer before my senior year in high school. My grandparents took me to Europe to visit my Aunt and Uncle in The Netherlands and my friend Birgit in Germany. I spent two months traveling through six different countries. It was the trip of a lifetime! At the end of the summer, Birgit’s mother sent us on a weekend trip to Paris with a German tour group. Two seventeen year olds ALONE in Paris! We stayed in an old hotel with a spiral staircase (no elevator) and the floor was so lopsided it was hard to walk across the room without stumbling! We had a blast! We walked all over the city taking pictures and sightseeing. Check out my “add a bead” necklace. Would you believe I still have it in my jewelry box along with an Eiffel Tower watch I bought from a street vendor?!

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What a summer! When I left, my mom had her jaw wired shut after a bicycle accident. When I came home, she was pregnant with my youngest brother! I thought it was AWESOME, however, my 12 year old sister thought it was the end of the world! C’est la vie!

Today starts a new theme challenge at Cupcake Inspirations…watercolor!


The sponsor for this week is Inspired by Stamping  and they are generously providing a $15 gift certificate to our randomly chosen winner.


I used their Vintage Digital Printables on my card.


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Inspired by Stamping digital printables, Club Scrap card stock and ink.

I created the watercolor background using gelatos and a Club Scrap® stencil from the Bistro kit from waaaaaaaay back! If you look closely you’ll see the image of the Eiffel Tower on the left of the panel. I love how the texture of the paper is revealed after I rubbed the edges of the card stock with an ink pad.

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I added some crystal Stickles on the Eiffel Tower image and clear Wink of Stella on the roses and butterflies.

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Check out what the rest of the Design Team Sweeties have created (blog roll below) and join the fun with a watercolor themed creation of your own on the Cupcake Inspirations blog!







Do more of what makes you happy!



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Crazy 4 Challenges #389 Roses

Color Throwdown #446 Green, Yellow and Coral


Club Scrap June 2017 Sketch Challenge 


12 thoughts on “Summer in Paris

  1. Absolutely breathtaking Wendy! Although I’ve been to France numerous times I haven’t been to Paris. Totally on my bucket list. I think I’ll do that for my 50th birthday.

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