Today is my 60th birthday.  So many people hate their birthdays to roll around because it means getting older.  I embrace my age and am thankful for all that I have. I have my health,  a wonderful husband, beautiful sisters and brother-in-laws,  nieces and nephews. a multitude of wonderful friends, a good roof over my head and a good job that allows me to earn a living.  What else could anyone ask for.  So today I celebrate turning one year older and consider it far better than the other alternative.

The Free For All challenge on SCS today is to create a project based on the Fun and Funky July Holidays. My project was made for the Stay Out of the Sun holiday.

KC Outdoor Master 1 left 
I haven’t played with the trees in  my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master for a while and thought it would be nice to create a shady garden area with lots of flowers.  To help create just a little protection from the sun I added the umbrella mounted over the Adirondack chair. I stamped the trees on watercolor paper with brown ink, heat set and then lightly brushed in brown in with a dry brush using a stipple motion.  I used the fern image to add leaves to the tree tops and then sponged in green grassy area on the ground.  I used the sponge tip to smear the ink around on the tree leaves to fill in for added depth.  I mounted the die cut frame to the scene and then attached the cut out Adirondack chair and umbrella.  I finished by applying foliage and punched flowers to create a pretty garden.  I would like to have this special spot in my back yard to sit and relax.

Here’s a couple extra views.

KC Outdoor MAster 1 right 
KC Outdoor MAster 1 center

KC Outdoor MAster 1 close 
Click on the photos for a little closer view

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Outdoor Master and Fun in the Sun sets
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Watercolor, White, Dark Red
Ink: Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Lemonade
Accessories: Nestabilities, Sponges, Brushes, MS Pine Punch and Punch around the Page, 1/8" and 1/4" hand held punches, Stylus, Mouse pad