Friends from around the World

One of the things I love about this century is the way the world has shrunk.  We have friends all over the world, and with the internet, we can “hang out” any time we want.

Several years ago, one of Mike’s interpreters and another of his Ukranian friends came to visit the United States.  While they were here, we thought it would be fun to go to the spy museum in Washington, DC.  As we were waiting in the “holding area,” choosing identities and looking at different countries’ police badges, I noticed two little boys enjoying themselves.  They were so excited to pretend to be spies.  I didn’t think anything about it, but our friends, Yana and Viktor, were looking at all the exhibits.  Her English is very good, so she was translating things into Russian for Viktor.  A huge amount of the museum was dedicated to Cold War era spies, so there were a lot of Russian exhibits.  The little boys heard Yana & Viktor conversing in Russian, and they suddenly stopped laughing and glanced nervously over to where our friends stood.  I could hear them thinking, “Wow!  Real spies!”  I walked over to Viktor, and he pointed to one of the badges and said, in very heavily accented English, “KGB.”  I don’t think he had been a member, but it sounded very like they were at the door and wanted in.  The two little boys’ eyes grew wider than saucers, and they hightailed it back to where their parents were.  They were talking really fast, and kept looking over at Viktor and Yana.  I knew they were saying, “Dad, there are real spies here!  I think they’re Russians.  Do you think we should turn them in?  Do you think they’re going to try anything?”  They kept a wary eye on Viktor the whole time we were there.

This is a “friends” card I made with the Vintage Vogue set.  It’s one of my favorites, I think.  (I say that about every stamp set, don’t I?)

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Stamps:  Vintage Vogue; Ink:  Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink classic; Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo card stock; Brights Patterns designer series paper; Other:  Big Shot, Framelits – Labels collection, Melon Mambo scalloped dotted ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing powder, Dazzling Details, sanding blocks, Fine glitter – Cosmo, stampin’ dimensionals; acrylic paint, paintbrush  

This is one of our techniques for Wednesday – the “Acrylic Background.”  It’s really easy and a lot of fun.  If you’d like to come, you’re more than welcome!  Let me know by Tuesday so I’ll have supplies for you.  More details are on my web site.

Thanks for stopping by – and have a great day.   спокойной ночи  (Good night!)

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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