Monday, April 16, 2012

Sweet Baby

Hello everyone!  My blog's been a bit quiet lately (well, only since last Thursday - ha!).  The kids were on spring break last week, and having them home just made the days that much busier.  I was also crafting up a Christmas storm for Paper Crafts' Submission Call (keeping my fingers - and toes - crossed).  

My 13 YO and I joined a yoga class this past weekend, and attended both Saturday and Sunday.  We both really enjoyed it, but I need to find a different yoga studio.  This one keeps the room temperature at 90 degrees, and adds humidity, so that you sweat out the toxins.  I get it, but my asthma doesn't!  I found it hard to breathe toward the second half of class.  There are other studios around, so I'll be checking them out this week.  As far as the workouts went, it was great.  I really didn't think I actually HAD any stomach muscles left, after two kids, years of inactivity, and a hysterectomy.  LOL  Well, they made sure I KNEW they are still there!!  I'm sore, but in a really good kind of way.  In yesterday's yoga class, there was a harpist playing beautiful music.  Oh, my.  What peace and tranquility she brought to me.  I went home with her CD.  ;-)

I do actually have a card to show today.  :o}

Challenges entered:

  • Papercraft Inspirations - Punched Shapes (this is a new-to-me challenge) Punched: doily lace border, circle die cut, alpha letters
  • CASE Study - inspiration from Laurie Schmidlin's beautiful card.  I took away the ivory lace border, the approximate sketch, and the colors (minus pink, but adding green)
  • Featured Stamper - Splitcoast - Shellie Daniel (shellied on SCS) - I CASE'd THIS card, using the approximate sketch, neutral colors and baby occasion
  • City Crafter - it's their birthday, and the challenge is to CASE one of their designers cards from the gallery.  I chose my friend Linda Robinson's card. She used green/neutrals, polka dots, a white flower (I used white flower lace) and an animal, so I picked out those features.

The giraffe is cute, isn't he, with his party hat and frilly collar.  He was $1 at Michael's.  I created the background paper, stamping a Harlequin pattern and Manuscript on retired dotted SU paper.  The alphabet die cuts were in one of those $1 Scrap Bags from my SU demonstrator (thanks, Gail!).  I just sponged some white ink to soften their edges.

Just wanted to share that a few of my cards were featured last week, brightening my days.  At Cardabilities, I was the Featured Designer for 'Easter Wishes'.  At Moxie Fab World, I was a  Practical Solutions Challenge Winner for 'Age is a Number'.  And at Frosted Designs, I was Spotlighted for 'King of My Heart'.

I have a new post at my photo blog, bleu hydrangea, if you'd like to visit.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope you have a beautiful day.

Dimensions: 3 7/8” x 5 ½”
Stamps: giraffe - Michael’s; Manuscript Background - Hero Arts; Harlequin Background, Circles and Dots -  Inkadinkado; All Year Greetings - Fiskars
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Whisper White - Stampin’ Up!; Patterned paper: Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black - Stampin’ Up!
Fibers:  (lace) Offray
Other: pearls - Queen & Co.; die cut letters - SU; Adhesive: Die: circle - Spellbinders; Punch: Doily Lace border - Martha Stewart
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Benzi said...

Oh, a party adorable. I'll have to check Mike's for that one. Your card is just too cute. Those alphabet dies really were perfect.

I took yoga classes...many years ago. Hope you find the right place so you can enjoy it.

Linda Callahan said...

Sweet baby is right! Love the soft stamped background and the green dots - so pretty!

Annette Allen said...

Colleen this is so sweet...i love that amazing giraffe..

Lisa Elton said...

What a great card Colleen, love the party hat on the giraffe! Sounds like you had an interesting weekend ;) I don't think I would do well in a 90 degree humidity filled room either LOL!!! But the pretty harp music does sound inviting ;) Thanks for your love on my blog, I love it when you visit ~ hugs.

~Tammy~ said...

This is so sweet and I have not heard of that challenge either! Big congrats on adding to your trophy case as well!

I am not sure I could handle that room and I don't have the same issues. I do know most studios do that, but if you go to one that is in a "gym" they can't really do that, so you have better luck there usually. (hope that made sense)

Marisa said...

Love the BG stamps you used and the green really pops on the card. Good on you for stepping out to try something new. Great mother/daugther time too :) Hope you find a place your asthma can handle.

Andrea Ewen said...

Absolutely adorable...what a fabulous mix of elements! Great lettering, awesome background stamping and sweet image! Love the colors, too! Marvelous take on Laurie's card!
I think some studios do 'hot yoga' which I wouldn't do as a beginner. Your body is working hard enough without struggling to breathe! I'm sure that you'll find a studio more suited to your comfort level. Good luck with it, I'm sure it will make you feel good!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is so sweet, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Lin said...

What a sweet card! What is it about giraffes?

Bumblebee said...

Colleen, I just love this card! The giraffe is such a great stamp, and your background is fantastic, so many things going on, but all working together. Love the added abc which takes into baby card territory!Bx

Jennifer said...

Beautiful card! Congrats on all your wins, mentions and finding your abs! =)

Shirley said...

Wow Colleen, it was great to hear about your Yoga experience and I hear you on the muscles and the allergies.

I save Photos of cards I like so I can CAS too! You did an outstanding job and how creative with the things you liked. I love the circle, the sentiment and the pearls, and that Giraffe is totally cute cute cute~ Love the lace against the punched border too!! Have missed your blog. It is always a treat!! The BG is awesome too!

Ros said...

This is so lovely ... a wonderful take on Linda's card ... thank you for playing long at CCCB and best of luck at Paper Crafts

Tracey said...

LOVE this card and party giraffe! You are on a roll Col...way to go!!! Hoping to hear/and share good new about PC ;)

Stella said...

Ive been away too long and this card is a wonderful way to come back. I love this cutie; the background, the "lace"border; the desi'gn. Cute and gorgeous. I knew it; your signature of beauty is written all over this handmade jewel!

Congrats on being featured; so well deserved.
I am happy to hear you had a fun and relaxing weekend.
I am feeling my muscles too; I've been working my off in the garden yesterday. Never knew I had hamstrings until today :)

On to your photoblog!!!!

Till soon dearie!

Aimes said...

So sweet! And what a fabulous mix of stamps!
Thanks for joining us on CASE Study this week :)

Unknown said...

Good for you trying Yoga. I keep saying I want to try it! I hear its so good for you! Your card is so sweet so glad you played along with us at CCCB!

Hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Congrats on all the kudos - did that make sense? Anyway, you know what I mean! Cute giraffe - at first I couldn't tell what it's party ruffle was until I saw the hat. Too funny and too cute.

Chris R. from Iowa

Donna B. said...

What a sweet baby card Colleen! Love that giraffe - so cute!

So glad you enjoyed the yoga. It's not for me. I get so bored and all I want to do is get on a cardio machine and burn calories. I know you're supposed to be able to do that in yoga - but I just can't do it!! I think I might have adult ADD!!

Keeping everything I can get crossed crossed for both of us on the PC call (with the yoga you can probably get more things crossed than I can)!!

yyam said...

You had me at the giraffe. Yes...I love anything with a giraffe on

It's a beautiful card! That background stamping is brilliant! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE this, Col! I love the colors--neutrals with a bit of green! AMAZING! I love the pearls--and I LOOOOOOVE the giraffe! GORG!!! You are amazing:)

cnelson said...

Such a darling take on Linda's card !! Thanks for joining us for our birthday this week!

Julia S-W said...

I love the card Colleen and in particular the background works so beautifully. Not sure why I'm always drawn to the background first - perhaps because I love creating them?
The colours are so soft and yet they stand out so well especially the soft green.
Yoga? Mmm not for me but good on you for going!

Bonnie said...

You always find the neatest $1 stamps, Colleen! This one with the die cuts makes an adorable baby card.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

I love this one! I also picked up that giraffe at Michaels...but hey, you paid $1? At my Michaels all the $1 stuff has gone to $1.50 now :0(

Anyhoo, wonderful project, love the colours and layout!

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