April 13, 2015

Trip to Sudbury and MIM #208

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Happy Monday!

I hope that spring finally found you on the weekend. It finally hit here, sunny and warm. Not T-shirt and shorts kind of warm but so much better than the last 6 months have been.

My card this morning is for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Laurie Willison demonstrated ombre inking using regular dye ink pads. Her butterflies were so gorgeous I knew I had to try the technique out just like hers, Nothing original!


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On the Weekend I headed up to Sudbury to go to the Open House at the Architecture Studio for Ben.  It is always a thrill to go up there and hear the kids buzzing about what they did and what the they are doing next.

I managed to get a rare shot of Ben and I together, I don't remember him getting that tall!



Their big project this year was to create a bridge and venue at the old existing train station in Sudbury. So the years projects basically all hinged around it.  This is an outdoor kiosk that Ben designed for the venue. The topic of discussion this year was sustainability--how people and culture and nature can exist in harmony. The course focus was on ecology and architecture.


This is Ben's drawing for his bridge and the model to the left is actually a huge muilti level shopping mall that is made up of shipping containers that are the actual stores! The concept is that the shops can be reconfigured, moved around and come and go--a glimpse into the future of retail. 



The trip to Sudbury is roughly 9 hours round trip! I told you the other day I drove halfway to Ben's girlfriends parent's home and they drove the rest of the way! On the way home we stopped and had dinner with Ben's girlfriend's aunt, Dawna, who will be Ben's boss again this summer.

He is going back to Lakehouse Cabinery again, if you want to see some gorgeous furniture have a peak at their website.  Ben actually took part in building a lot of these pieces last summer. My card on it's way to Dawna to thank her for dinner.

Have a wonderful work week!

34 comments :

Lynn said...

Love your beautiful take on Laurie's card. Stunning. And the picture with Ben and his incredible project. So amazing to watch them grow!

Teresa Doyle said...

Tracey, first of all, your card is STUNNING! You've done a beautiful job on it.
You must be so proud of Ben. Sounds like a very bright young man!

Susi Kelly said...

Gorgeous card, Tracey - love the diecut BG you used to show off this beautiful butterfly! You are definitely one proud Mama Bear and I wish Ben much success! I actually summered up in Port Carling for many, many years - beautiful area where I fell in love with The Seguin, and of course, enjoyed a night or two at The Key ;-)

~amy~ said...

Such a fun post..love your butterfly card.
Awesome pic of you and your tall boy:)
I love it when you share pics of your kids' projects...so fun and wow to 9 hours...that's a long drive.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love the card! LOVING the butterfly!! And loving the photos from your weekend!!!!!

Colleen said...

I love your CAS style so much, Tracey! Beautiful card, the butterfly was colored perfectly and thank you for sharing your story and pictures. You must be so proud!

Geri said...

Well, she will certainly love that card...It's gorgeous!!!

Marisa said...

Stunning ombre butterfly and a gorgeous die cut background!! Love this!! Glad you got to see your "baby" and made it there and back safe and sound :) They grow up waaay too quickly!

KayM said...

Wow! Your card is so pretty Tracey! Love the cover plate tree for the background! Great pictures of you and Ben! You must be so proud of him! :)

Laura Norris said...

Beautiful card - love that ombre butterfly! And the pics of Ben and his project were fun. Thanks for sharing!

Jacquie Southas said...

Your ombre butterfly is beautiful on the white on white background, Tracey! Love the container mall idea.

LauraJane:) said...

BEAUTIFUL pairing of dies!!!
Had to pin this one:))
Those boys do have a way of "tallering" over night.

Annette Allen said...

your card is gorgeous.. love the die you used for the background..

I know you are so proud of your son.. he is awesome just like his mom.. :)

Maria said...

A gorgeous card with the butterfly! And, a wonderful photo of you with son! I'm sure you're very proud of him!:-)

Bobby said...

Beautiful butterfly, Tracey. Lovely picture of you and your talented son.

Shelly said...

Gorgeous card, Tracey! Love the pic with your son!

Shannon McComb said...

Gorgeous card Tracey!! Love the ombre! The picture of you and Ben is fantastic! You must be one proud mama, have a fantastic trip!

Kara Lynne said...

It sounds like there is a very promising future for your talented young man! I love your ombre butterfly and what a perfect background die for it!

Joyce said...

Love hearing about the doings and goings on in your family. You must be so proud of Ben. He is so very talented. I love this card so much, and it is just another example why you are the absolute queen of CAS.

Jen Mitchell said...

Your ombre butterfly is gorgeous. Especially against that intricate die cut background! And I'm so glad you got to spend time with Ben. It's exciting to see what the designers of the future are working on!!

Lisa said...

This is just lovely Tracey! The big beautiful butterfly with your fabulous inking is breathtaking. But as pretty as this is, the photo of you and Ben warms my heart and steals the show today!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

That was so lovely, Tracey! I enjoyed reading the whole post. Your pride of Ben is so evident and so well-placed! I love the photo of the two of you, too! And, of course, I adore your beautiful ombre butterfly card, too!! Hugs, Darnell

Anita in France said...

Beautiful ombré butterfly, Tracey ... so lovely with the delicate background 'branches'! Such a wonderful photo of you and Ben ... how proud you must be of your talented young man! Hugs, Anita :)

I Card Everyone said...

Gorgeous card... beautiful photo to cherish with Ben! I'm so intrigued by his shopping mall concept... I've seen gorgeous little homes that use shipping containers... why not a storefront? Love it... congrats to Ben!
=] Michele

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Tracey! Your ombre inking turned out beautifully, and I love how you paired the butterfly with the 'In the Woods' die cut! Dawna is definitely going to love it, too!

Great photo of you and Ben...yes, they grow so fast! What a cool project, too! It's so wonderful to watch our children succeed...and, he certainly will go far in life!

Marybeth said...

Love the picture of you and your tall Ben! So many wonderful projects starting with your gorgeous card! I see one proud mom in that photo...

Sharron said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Ben is doing such amazing work and I know you are extremely proud. Love your beautiful card! The delicate die cut is a fabulous background for your pretty butterfly!

Kim Heggins said...

Love your photo of you and Ben, so so sweet, just like your card! I love your gorgeous butterfly!

Miriam Prantner said...

I have been eyeing this plate, it looks so pretty, love the tone on tone. Great pic of you guys and looks like a great project!

Jinny Newlin said...

Love the ombre touch on your butterfly! Such great texture here, and what a great pic of you and your son!

artful-notions said...

Wonderful memory of a lovely weekend! Loved seeing mom & son. Love it when the little guys pass us. Have 2 boys (& 3 girls) one is 6' 4", and the other 6' 1'. I get tears every time they reach down to kiss me! Loved his inspired project too, his drawings are phenomenal! And so is your lovely ombre card. Cas perfection, as usual!

Jen W. said...

Your ombre butterfly is gorgeous against the white on white background! It really pops!

And wow, Ben! What an awesome idea for the shopping mall and I love seeing his designs! I didn't study architecture but I was a theatre design major so I did a lot of drafting and such for set designing. :)

cm said...

Running late with comments, again. First, your butterfly card is ombre-awesome! Incredibly lovely! Your photos of your children: handsome and beautiful! The projects your son is involved with - people, culture and nature interacting in harmony - sound fascinating, and his work is ever so impressive! WOW...a brilliant, creative and talented young man, indeed!
Hugs~c

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Can see why you are the proud momma! Talented boy you have there. Just checked out Lakehouse Cabinetry too. Stunning work! Love your beautiful card, and am intrigued by the embossed background. Works perfectly with that butterfly. I am sure Dawna will be touched!