Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge #77

[Update on Tia is at the very bottom of this post for those of you following our recent mini-saga :]

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 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?! 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 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's hump day so you're half way there!


Tammy Hershberger said...

OMGosh, GORGEOUS! LOVE those silhouette flowers, and the sentiment inside and out! This is such a simple but elegant beauty! (Glad Tia did so well at her meet, but geesh will you put a helmet on that girl???)

Barbara said...

Just lovely, Kristin! I never know how to use that image but you sure do! Gorgeous!! Congrats to Tia!

Carol L said...

Your card is just gorgeous inside and out! I love the soft stamping and gorgeous border! I'm so happy Tia is recovering nicely, that must be such a load off your shoulders! WTG for her accomplishments too!

Unknown said...

Your card is just gorgeous, Kristin! Hugs to you and Tia and prayers that she continues to recover smoothly and congrats on her gymnastic achievements!!

Mary J said...

Great card, Kristin! You sound sooo busy - I got tired thinking about it! I thought mine was bad, but it's just work and dogs! Oh, and the husband... ttfn x

Silke Ledlow said...

GF - your card is simply GORGEOUS!!! I love this PTI Set too and I love how you used it with today's CTD!!!

Congrats to your daughter on winning the vault competition!!! You can be extremely proud!!! I'm so happy to hear she recovered fully!!! Big hugs ~S~

dj said...

Beautiful card--the border at the bottom is just beautiful!! Congrats to Tia!! It has been such an honor to be with you all as guest designer this month--thank you for the privilege.

MarieL said...

Beautiful use of the Life set and the punch just makes it so much more elegant.
I am glad your daughter is okay. Kids sure have a great way of bouncing back. Good luck at the big meet.
Thanks for designing all those beautiful papers for MTME. Can't wait to see what you come up with for February. Just a few more days.

Sue Lelli said...

First, and most important, I am glad your daughter is okay! Been there, done that, watched our son have a seizure after his second concussion so all I can say is Thank God she passed her third test! Second, your card is absolutely STUNNING! I LOVE that stamp set and this is the most beautiful card I have ever seen created with it! Thanks for sharing!

dpkennedy said...

Your card is just gorgeous Kristin! I love how you created the flowers with two colors and the butterfly is just the perfect touch! Of course the inside is awesome too!

I am so happy for Tia (and you too) that she is back to herself and in winning at vaulting. Congrats!

LeAnne said...

My heart was in my mouth as I read your post---so glad Tia seems to be on the wonderful road to recovery. Maybe she needed the rest! Your card is wonderful, and you are a wonderful MOM!

Deebi27 said...

YEAH for Tia (KEEP UP THE GREAT ART OF GYMNASTICS!) and Mom who does so cool kind of cards, that bring a smile to my face!

Andrea M said...

Kristin!!! It's been too long...
Oh my goodness - I can't imagine.... I am SOOO glad your daughter is ok. She's more than ok, she's winning gymnastics competitions after having a concussion - go Tia! That's an amazing spirit right there.
Your card is FAB!!! The colors are fantastic and I think that little splash of celery is amazing - it just pops right off the card! And your JUGs inspiration piece for the template challenge was just STUNNING!!!! Really fantastic! The yellow patterned papers are just so spring-y! That mouse is so darn cute too! Great job as always, my dear!

Unknown said...

This card is absolutely beautiful. I absolutely LOVE IT! The outside of the card is just beautiful I love the butterfly and the inside is just as pretty. Well done.(Oh and by the way my blog is:

Broni said...

Your card is just gorgeous, Kristin! I love how you used the colors!! And I'm so thrilled that Tia is doing so much better! I know you must have been a wreck watching her compete again, but she did fine and WON! Woo hoo!! Congrats, Mom!

Cathy Rulli said...

Beautiful and very cool!

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