Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Arizona Endless Summer

Today it's forecasted to be 114 degrees with a 20% chance for rain this afternoon (which as past experience has taught means 100%...I just don't get that!!).


Whoever said, "...but it's a dry heat" about Arizona heat hasn't been in the Phoenix area during monsoon season.

But yes, save July, August, and most of September, it is a dry heat and mostly tolerable the remaining 7 months of summer here. Yes, I said 7 months for a total of 10 months of summer weather. I say that because we really only have about 2 months that are "cold" (in the 50s, 60s generally) and the other months (technically "fall" and "spring") are what I think others would consider summer temps in other parts of the world.

Hence, my tribute to the Arizona Endless Summer:

I combined two Memories Always-Forever challenges to make this layout. The July Summer Challenge calls for the theme to be centered around summer fun (it's always a fun day when you're wearing flip flops in my opinion!!) and should contain red, white, or blue.

The other challenge is from our new MAF Design Team monthly challenges line up: the Use Your Stash Challenge. The challenge this time isn't for the faint of heart! The challenge is to use the following supplies from your stash:

TITLE: Use chipboard letters to create your title (check!)
EMBELLISHMENTS: Use rub ons somewhere in your layout (the entire doodle-y "life is good" circle behind the ghost clock is a rub on!)
JOURNALING: Use a journaling block and embellish it (the rub on is embellishing a Heidi Swapp large round journaling spot)
TOOLS: Use border punches or deco scissors (Fiskars Upper Crest border punch bordering the flag paper on the right side)
TECHNIQUE: Use glitter or Stickles (Stickles covered title)


I carried the red, white, and blue theme throughout the layout: the doodles are colored in red, there are red (hot), white (temperate), and blue (cold) brads adorning the clock (which in this case symbolizes the temperature here throughout the months of the year), and there are red- and blue-colored staples anchoring the border-punched edge.

Details: Paper - DCWV, The Paper Co.; Ink - StazOn, Marvy Le Plume II marker, Zig Millenium pen; Creative Imaginations rub on; Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, journaling spot, & ghost clock shape; Making Memories staples & definition sticker; Autumn Leaves stamps; Stampendous embossing powder; brads - Stampin' Up! and unknown.

Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know how you think I did on the challenges. I feel like I combined more like 6 instead of 2!!
Be sure to hop on over to the MAF challenges area to see the other entries for these challenges and maybe participate yourself (they both end sometime this week).


P.S. Be sure to check back on Memories Always-Forever August 1 for the reveal of our complete MONTHLY CHALLENGES LINE UP during our Blog Hop!!


Diana Fisher said...

OK, don't laugh but today is our first 90 degree day this summer here in Rochester. We've had it easy.

Annnddddd... you totally rocked those challenges! I didn't try the stash challenge (yet? Is it too late, I'll check). And my summer one is so boring compared to yours. Your flips are perfect!

Another great Heidi page! :) Good stuff!!

Heidi said...

I think the stash challenge runs through Wednesday.

And, the flips are my 3-y-o daughter's. *grin* I swear I want her wardrobe (or more specifically...I want to be able to carry off her wardrobe...is it pathetic to be jealous of a 3-y-o?).

Jeannie Phillips said...

Wonderful wonderful job on your layout...I love it.


Kristin said...

Awesome LO! I know exactly how you feel about the monsoon season.

ally serrato said...

really, really cute layout heidi ~ loves

Euphoria said...

114 degrees!?!?! I would just die! Hope you have a pool!! LOL!!

Nice LO- as always!! :o)

LG said...

WOW that's hot!!!! Hope your comfortable tho.

Love that challenge heidi and what a great way to preserve the real meaning of summer!