Saturday, January 31, 2009

Basketball Baller

It is a cold Saturday and we are spending the day in the house playing Wii. I love when we all play together and especially love that our littlest guy who is 3 1/2 can join the fun too (instead of just holding a control and thinking that he is playing!). Right now we are playing Super Mario Party 8 and I'm only in 2nd place. :P My oldest guy is definitely getting better in leaps and bounds. He's almost 9 and there are already a few games where I can't beat him. I'm going to have to work on my Wii skills. LOL.

The only time today that we have ventured out on this cold day has been for basketball practice for my middle guy. He has basketball every Saturday morning at 8:30. It's his first year playing (our recreation program starts in kindergarten for basketball) and I am his team's coach. I'm so excited and having a blast with it. The kids are so fun, so cute and try so hard. We're still working on basic skills and it is really amazing to see their progress each week. I think that today was our best practice yet. We had a couple kids who haven't been able to reach the basket (it's set at 6 ft, instead of the standard 10 ft, I think) make a basket and kids who were afraid of catching the ball, be able to complete our passing drills. You would have thought we won the championship! We don't play actual games yet either (to focus on the skills), but do we have contests, and my team has done pretty well at that.

So I thought a basketball card would be fun to make today. This is for one of my oldest's guys' very good friends who is having a birthday party next week. He is also on the same basketball team with my son, so I guess that this card is actually doubly appropriate! :) I used Copics to color this one. I've been slowly collecting them from eP - I love the look of Copics. It's fun to alternate with Prismas and Gamsol for the different looks.
Stay warm. (No running outside for me today!)

Stamps: IA (love their sporty kid stamps - they get so much use in my house... the kids love stamping with them too); Paper: Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango and Barely Banana; Other: Thread (still working on those corners), Dimensionals and Copics

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I am on a roll, YEAH!

2 posts 2 days in a row, and 3 in the last 4 days! I am on a roll. I have to take advantage and jump on these opportunities when I can, because I always have such a fun time and plus, you never know with my schedule if I am going to have another free night soon. Although I think that I should for the next few days, at least. The kids were off from school for a snow day (it really wasn't snowy, imo - they should have been in school!) and I only went in for a shorter day. Even home before dinner - which was wonderful.

So, one more Elzybells card, which I made tonight (I tend to use the same stamps over a period of time, it seems...) - this one was for both the sketch and color challenge this week on SCS. I went back to this fresh flower cart. There is so much you can do with this image and for so many occasions. This one is a thank you card. I used stickles for the daisy's petals - sparkly! :) And I even sewed on this one (but obviously my sewing needs serious work!) I really don't know how to do corners - I kept getting stuck as to how to turn the panel to keep going, while maintaining a straight line and not ripping the paper to shreds all at the same time. I really should dig up the "how to sew" book I bought ages ago with the sewing machine, when I was deluded enough to think I was going to learn how to sew and make fun and funky things...seriously - what was I thinking?

K- off to bed. Nite.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Build Me Up, {my Buttercup}...

Love that song - LOL!

I need to build my card stash up for the new year, so it goes without saying that I need to make boy birthday cards (yes, I guess technically saying something goes without saying and then saying it is kinda silly, but oh well). I really do need to make all kinds of cards,But it is always easier for me to default to my go-to and most needed I guess. I've been trying to be better about having cards on hand so I don't have to rush in the 15 minutes before we leave to make one. I hardly have any left, because I actually donated basically all the cards I had on hand over the Christmas holiday, believe it or not. I had never donated cards before - up until now it was all for my use (or for my mom who I sometimes make them for if she needs one).

Our church was asking for donations to make personal bags for a women's home in the area and the items listed include shampoo, conditioner, lotions etc and the last thing listed was cards for all occasions. Lately given everything going on in the economy, I've been much more aware of community service and charity. I've just been trying to be more aware in general because we all know it is so easy to get caught up in our own lives (and I can barely keep up with that sometimes!). This past holiday, we donated items that weren't necessarily the most glamorous things, but were a necessity and necessary to help someone maintain their dignity. We donated diapers and formula to a charity that was helping military families that were in need, and I made up 5 bags for the women's shelter. It's the least we could do. So hopefully my cards (and all the other stuff) will help someone out, even if it saves them a 15 minute trip to the store!

Anyway, I love this little guy who's doing the yo-yo. This image totally reminds me of my oldest guy. He ALWAYS wears his hat backwards - and he wears hats a lot. I can hardly ever get him to wear it facing straight, except for when he's playing baseball (and that's only because the coach tells all the boys to do so). So I colored his hair black like my son's and pretty much used the scrap piece of PP to determine the colors. What you see on the card is basically all that I had left of this whole piece of paper.

Stamps: Elzybells; Paper: Scenic Route (PP), SU Kiwi Kiss (can't get enough of this color), Tempting Turquoise, PTI Stamper's Select, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Other: Prismas & Gamsol, SU Tab Punch, twine, dimensionals and buttonPosted by Picasa

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Getting Caught Up in the New Year

Whew! Amazing how quickly time flies when you are not paying attention to your blog - LOL.

I have to thank my stamping bud, Jennifer, for checking in with me. It was just the reminder I needed since has been ages since I had last posted. Once that time of the year and the holidays get started, it seems like in a blink they are done, but obviously LOTS has gone on in between. Between work and the holiday-infused home life (which was so much FUN), I did get a bunch of stamping and scrapping in, but (obviously) no blogging. I've also been running (yep, as in exercising) more. I had actually been running for a bunch of months now, but much better (as in consistent!) since August or so. I ran yesterday and got through a 5K without stopping, so I was soooo excited. I didn't even realize how far I had run until I clocked it with the car this morning. I just added an extra loop through a different part of my neighborhood and it ended up being another 1 mile.

Anyway, I just wanted to get back in the blogging swing of things to post a couple of cards that I made recently. Both use stamps from Elzybells, which I got for the first time ever sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas (they were running a free shipping promotion, so of course I couldn't resist). I had seen all the wonderful cards Paula makes with them and had to give them a whirl. They have such fun images. I bought a bunch of other images and made some cards, so I will have to post them in the future too. I colored both images with Prismas and gamsol (prismas are still experiencing their resurgence even after the holidays). The leaves that I used for the background in the second card is from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Hope that you had a great holiday and that 2009 is off to an AWESOME start.
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