This layout was created using the Sweet Surprise Carnivale kit by Scrap’it Designs, which was included in a bundle purchase at Digiridooscraps.com. The font is Kaligraf Latin from dafont.com. The photo, ’tis I. This layout is also used for DW’s 100 Themes Challenge #86: Mask. The words say:
“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.” François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Used the same kit as layout above for this layout. The photos were taken during a face painting at a birthday party.
[Kylie under her umbrella]
Over the weekend I went with Mom to the Hmong soccer tournament held in Westminster, CO. On Saturday we went somewhat early so it wasn’t too hot which was nice. We left just when it was starting to get really hot. On Sunday, we went in the afternoon just to buy some food and it was so hot that sweat was streaming down my temples.
It’s been about three years since my last visit to a Hmong soccer tournament. The last time I went, Kylie had just turned one. I know it’s all about the soccer games but I rarely watch them. I’m more interested in what the vendors are selling and usually gravitate toward the clothes and jewelery.
Mom goes every year and buys a ton of Hmong movies. She’s a bargainer so she’ll try whatever she could to reduce the seller’s price. In the booth photo-ed above, she bought three movies from them so they gave her a free music CD. Originally, they wanted her to buy another movie before giving her the CD but she told them she had already bought two movies and since she was going to buy a third one, they should include the CD.
Mom also bought a few movies from this vendor. One of them was a documentary of General Vang Pao’s funeral. I watched a little bit of it at Mom’s house later that day and it was pretty emotional. I’ll need to watch the whole thing one of these days.
These are Hmong herbs and medicine. I have no idea what they are used for.
More herbs and medicine.
There weren’t too many vendors this year. I wonder if it’s just the economy because in the past there were rows of them. I think there were only 6 or so vendors. It was the same with the food vendors. There’s usually about 5 or more but there were only 3.
The food is always the best part of the tournament. We ate Hmong sausage with purple sticky rice.
I remember taking photos of this vendor’s Nava drinks during the Hmong New Year…LOL! Here they are again.
Kylie loves Nava. She’s not so big into the tapioca pearls or the white and slimy green things or the crunchy red things. She just goes for the liquid.
I could never go to a Hmong tournament without ever getting papaya salad.
It was extremely spicy but OH-SO-GOOD!
[Kida: Bee You]
I created this layout for a color challenge at Funky Playground Designs. I used elements from a mini grab bag with designs from the Bee Yourself kit by Jen C. Designs and Ambrosia kit by Misty O’Brien. I also used papers and elements from the Friendship Studio 365 Collab Part 2 kit.
This was my first drawing and painting with the Wacom Tablet I received for Mother’s Day. I used the drawing for Digital Whisper’s 100 Themes Challenge #31: Flowers.
I have screen shots of the steps, from drawing to the finished product, at creationsbyhli.com.
This layout was created for a template challenge at Digiridooscraps. I used the Bollywood Dreams kit by LouCee Designs, and fonts, Selfish and Learning Curve, by dafont.com.
[Learning to Swim]
This layout was created for a font challenge at Scrap Orchard. The kit used is Walk Softly by Julie Bullock and the font is Sea Dreams from dafont.com.
[Craig, CO: June 2010 Sunset]
“So many times have I been so afraid. And just when I thought I’d lost my way, you gave me strength to carry on.” ~Footprints In The Sand by Leona Lewis
[Gateway to the Future]
This layout was created using the Victorian Punk kit by Jennifer Z Designs. The font for the words, The Travel Express, is called Rosewood Std from dafont.com. The words, Gateway to the Future, was written by me using a craft tablet.
I also created this layout for the Digital Whisper’s theme #79 challenge: Gateway. To read about the meaning behind the layout, go here.