Okay, so I say it all the time but I have been SWAMPED...yes, all caps :] I feel like I've been going non stop for two weeks now. Between designing paper and projects for MTME, JUGS, and CTD, and whisking my daughter to and from gymnastics practice and competitions...and my full time career...you know...I'm just busy and tired! BUT, I always look forward to my design team challenges even when I do them last minute ;] LOL Today is week #77 over at the Color Throwdown, and only my 4th week as an official CTD designer! I'm sooooo thrilled to be a part of their team! These ladies are super talented, caring, witty and just FUN! Love them all :O)
This week is being hosted by Cathy and she chose what I envisioned as a very elegant color palette:
Sooooo...for some odd reason I never took the time to buy Certainly Celery ink or paper (other than a couple of sheets I received in a multi pack of paper I purchased). For some reason I was stumped on what to swap it with today. I know, I know...there are so many shades of green, surely one comes close?! Well...you would THINK so based on the overwhelming amount of supplies in my craft room...but, alas, the closest color I had (which really isn't all that close) was Spring Moss from PTI. The problem there is that I never bought their ink! Shoot! Anyway, while I was searching through my paper scraps I came across a 4x4" piece of what I believe to be Certainly Celery cs. Which brings me to my point. I kept the Celery at a minimum due to my limited supplies. I do LOVE the contrast of the Eggplant with the White though so it may have turned out for the best.
I stamped off the PTI Life stamp in Baja Blue then onto the cs. Next I stamped the offset image with Eggplant. I added a rhinestone to the sentiment and three to my butterfly for just a touch of bling :] A little white satin ribbon added a nice finishing touch to my CAS card.
Oh, and check out the inside. This was actually an experiment. I layered my card visually before adhering anything and thought it might look neat to freehand two uneven borders with my marker. Just to add something to the white layer since I didn't emboss or anything. When I re-layered visually I HATED how it looked on the front of the card! I set it aside and it wasn't until the front was finished and I was looking for a white scrap to use on the interior for the sentiment that I came across my doodled border scrap. I thought...hmm...that might look cool on the INSIDE! And it did IMHO :O)
I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC58) for my layout. I haven't played along with her as regularly as I would like, so I'm trying to sneak back over there every chance I get :]
If you made it this far, please be sure to swing by the rest of our amazing DTs' blogs! They always produce the most gorgeous projects!!
Deb Horst our January Guest Designer
Also, if you play along, remember you don't have to use these exact colors, just use something close. Link your project using Mr. Linky over at the Color Throwdown and use keyword CTD77 if you post in any online galleries.
I made this card for my daughter. I know I'm very blessed that all she got two weeks ago when she fell on beam was a minor concussion, but the fact that she did not know who I was didn't sit well with me. Not to mention her asking me in her delirium whether she was going to die or not...I could have happily went the rest of my life without ever hearing those words come out of my daughter's mouth! Anyway...back to my point. I'm so grateful for my daughter and I think her concussion and recovery have truly given me a reality check. I've always marveled at this beautiful blessing God trusted me to raise and nurture. She has an infectious, charming spirit that just draws people in like a moth to a flame. Life and loving are so much more important than any sport or hobby or disagreements or chores. 20 years from now I want her to be known for being a kind, generous soul...not for being an amazing gymnast (though she might frown at that comment now :)
As for my update, Tia sort of passed her third concussion test yesterday after school. The trainer was a little hesitant to come right out and pass her with full approval to compete...but he did say she could do some light tumbling. Ha ha ha ha ha...my daughter's version of light tumbling is a cartwheel. He expects her to be good to go on Thursday though which is important timing. Her high school district meet where she has the opportunity to qualify for the regional competition is that night. So, please say a little prayer that she will be ready to go and will pass with flying colors! Oh, and last night she wasn't going to compete, but I stayed at the meet with her to volunteer to sell admission tickets. Good thing too. She came up to me when her team rotated to vault and said, "Umm...yeah, I'm vaulting." What?! OMG...I was nervous even though she warmed up before the meet started. Apparently one of the other girls didn't want to vault so Tia agreed to. I sucked it up and cheered her on. Mind you, she was competing the hardest vault in that particular competition also. No stress, mom! She pulled off her first vault beautifully, but fell on her landing. Her second vault (they take the best of the two...not an average) was almost flawless! Seriously, I don't know that I've seen her compete a better vault and her vault is typically amazing! This vault had a 9.8 start value and she scored a 9.5!! That is incredible in high school gymnastics! Oh, and Tia is a Level 9 gymnast...who just so happened to be competing against a Level 10 gymnast last night who was on a different high school team. She won vault in the end and the Level 10 gymnast came in second. As a proud mom, I thought that was pretty cool :O)
Well, that's all I have for now. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a fantastic week...it's hump day so you're half way there!