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A Saskatchewan Stamp?????????

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own a crafting stamp set with the word Saskatchewan in it.   But thanks to Wild Whisper designs, I now own one and just had to use it.

What better way to use it than on a double page layout about the Wheatland Express Excursion Train than operates out of Saskatchewan and has some enthusiastic involvement by my brothers.

My brothers are pictured in this layout in more ways than you would think.   For example, take a look at The Joker and even Spike, the Mascot for the Wheatland Express Safety Train.  Yup!

My older brother, Barry, has been “murdered” and had been the “murderer” in recent Murder Mystery excursions.  He is the proud owner of a paycheque from the acting company who present the murder mysteries.  Who knew my brother would find fame and fortune in such a way!

I am posting this today, on the occasion of my Mom’s 90th birthday.  Next weekend, the whole family will be attending a birthday party on the Wheatland Express Train.  It is so fitting, as that in addition to the two brothers pictured here, my Dad and my late brother, nephew, cousins and uncles were or are also railroaders.

Taylored Expression Sketch and Colour Challenge

I wanted to enter this weeks Challenge over at Taylored Expressions.  Of course, I felt the need to combine both the Sketch Challenge and the Colour Challenge into one card.  Normally, this is not too difficult but I also had decided to use the Holiday Grumplings stamp set, so using a Christmas themed stamp set with decidedly Halloween colours made for a bigger challenge.  At first no matter what I tried, the card screamed Halloween, and I almost changed the stamp set to the Costume Grumplings.  As what happens quite often, I vaguely remembered buying a single piece of Graphic 45 Christmas paper that was in a purple colour.  A search ensued and I found the paper in question.  With it came a dilemma as the “purple” side was clearly the “B” side of the paper.  On the other side was a colourful lovely full scene of the Nutcracker.  It seemed like murder or at least manslaughter to cut up the cute little dancing girl and the nutcracker.  It had to be sacrificed though and the deed was done.   I combined Wedding Dress Pico embellisher, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz and a whole host of sequins and confetti to create a snow tsunami for the less than delighted Grumpling.   I think it turned out quite well.