Friday, March 21, 2008

Swim Banquet

Well, last night was finally the swim banquet! It was an awesome evening! Brody stole the show; it was like a sweep at the Oscars! He received "Rookie of the Year". This award is given to a swimmer who has truly contributed to the success of the team by earning points for meets and actively participating in relays. The awardee does not have to be a first year swimmer, just one that has not lettered in Varsity yet. He also received the "Will to Win" award, along with his relay team, for their efforts at the State Finals. Their relay switched it's swim order at the last second, and fought to stay ahead. In the end, they took first in the conselation finals. He received a certificate for swimming in the top 16 at State Finals. He also lettered in Varsity for the year. And, finally was awarded All-American Academic Swimmer. I never been more proud! He was gliding on air. Thanks for sharing in my joy!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's!

Well, I finally decided I'd better get busy working on some Irish creations for St. Patrick's Day! Since I claim to be an Irish Angel and all!
I made this journal using a notebook purchased from Target. I covered the front with the shimmery Green Day paper from Reminisce. I added some coordinating cardstock stickers to the front, and used ribbon GALLORE that I had purchased quite a while back from Michaels. I will probably use it on my upcoming travels to Ireland!

I created this triangular card using a template from my stamping friend, Becky. We used this back in October to make an adorable Halloween card. I used a Green Day cardstock shamrock sticker inside. The lips are from an old SU set "Kiss Me" that I still LOVE. I stamped them in pink and embossed with clear powder. The shaker contains little shamrock confetti that I picked up at a party store yesterday. The ribbon is a little long, but worked out perfectly once knotted claiming, "kiss me, I'm Irish".

I am so Lucky! This layout was cased from SCS. I've noticed it popping up more and more. I again used various Green Day papers for the squares in the lower right hand corner. The shamrock is a little jewel that I also picked up from a party store yesterday. Simple, but cute!

The day just wouldn't be complete without a little gift for the gals in the office. I happened to run across some inexpensive shamrock bracelets in the party store, so I grabbed several. The tins are from the wedding favor section at Target. I adorned each tin with a strip of Green Day paper and more Michaels ribbon. I scalloped punched coordinating green cardstock for the tops of the tins and placed them using foam adhesive. The top is adorned with one of the shamrock jewels from the party store.

Thanks for looking! Happy St. Patrick's!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lazy Bunny!

I just LOVE both of these stamp sets from TAC. They have both been retired for a year or so, but I still like using them - especially together. I think the bunny is adorable trying to climb out of the basket. I took my inspiration for this card from Faith Hofrichter. Her creations are absolutely gorgeous with all the layering, ribbons, etc. Mine is no where near her caliber, but it turned out cute just the same. The image is paper pieced using white cardstock, SweetPea Alyssa from Basic Grey, Prismacolors and mineral spirits. It contains over 10 layers! Even the pads of the bunny's foot are layered. It took about 3 hours to finish, but was well worth it! The solid cardstock is all DCWV. I used my Spellbinders Nestability rectangle die to cut the center background. The shear pink ribbon (source unknown) is run through and tied around the handle of the basket. The final card is adorned with Bella Baubles. Happy Easter!

Swim Banquet

I have no idea where the month of February went! It's all been a blur. We have finally finished swim season - whew! Now I'll have some weekend time to get some things done and posted. Most of the team made state finals. Brody's relay team qualified for the consolation finals and took first place. They were so thrilled! Now we're on to the swim banquet in just a week and a half. I was charged with making the invitations. I wanted something VERY special as the kids have worked so hard this year. Our high school's mascot is the powercat. I found the stamp at Morning Star Stamps and the ribbon is from M & J Trimmings. They have some really cool ribbon! I used purple and black Bazzill for the card. The powercat is stamped using purple ink onto white cardstock. The invitation was computer generated and printed on vellum. I have already gotten so many compliments on it from the other parents. I hope it is something special to the team.