Thursday, September 3, 2009

Flight of Fancy... in the home stretch... and Peas with a side of guilt, please...

I have to tell you how excited I am! How excited you ask?

So ridiculously excited!!!

I played along with Simon Says Stamp last week, and won! Wooo hooo! It is the first time I have won any challenge/draw/contest like this! It made my day :) AND I also got my order from Sugar Nellie yesterday, and have some lovely new stamps to play with. I already made one card using a Diane Duda stamp, and let me tell you - it is one of my all-time favorite cards! If I get a chance later today, I will get some pictures and share it :)

But until then, here is my sepia colored dream... I showed a card I made using my little "playing cards" the other day. Today's card was made for several challenges. The fab sketch is from CardPatterns, and what a great resource and inspiration this site is! If you haven't been, you need to go see :) I also love this image (I made the playing card embellie with this great picture from Luna Girl) because it also fits the theme challenge from SecretCrafter challenge, which was "Flights of Fancy" or wings... EverybodyArt challenged artists to use blue and brown (one of my all time favorite combinations!) and at Spoon full of Sugar, distressing was the technique to use.

Paper: MyMindsEye, Webster's Pages
Image: from Luna Girl
Embellishment: queenofnostalgia playing card, chipboard
Inks: Ranger

As for being in the home stretch... only a few more days until the boys start their program at preschool. I know, worst mom ever right? To have an internal countdown until the big yellow bus comes to get her munchkins? I try to lessen the guilt thing by telling myself that they are going to the best school for their needs, with a cool gym and great teachers who totally "get" them. I also remind myself that in the last 4 years, the only "free" time I have had is when they both have napped at the same time, which has happened about, oh, three times. So I don't feel guilty. Really. Guilt is not a word in my vocabulary. Please, guilt? (For those of you who aren't movie nerds like me, that is a line from "Baby Boom', one of my all time favorite movies. If you have seen it, you need to because it is hilarious and heartwarming and funny and true and... you just have to see it.) One of the hardest things I have learned being a mom is that with motherhood comes a big fat deal of guilt. Did I spend enough time with my kids this morning? Do I make them eat enough veggies? Should I have enrolled them in swimming last spring? Will his teeth fall out because I didn't make hims brush his teeth? I let them watch too much Elmo yesterday, I just know it... Do I let them eat too much syrup on their pancakes? Did I eat too much salmon when I was pregnant?

Please, I have guilt in spades. I try to cope with it, and assure myself it must just come with the territory. And so I try to get a grip, count the days, and plan to make peas at dinner, turn off Elmo, and take them to the park...


whoistracy said...

Wow, this is stunning! Love all the earth tones here, the layers, the vintage feel to this. What a fabulous card!

craftypagan said...

You make me chuckle! I loved your post about your craft space and sharing it with the kids-I can relate! Was really chuffed when I saw you'd won simon says-love it when someone I know wins! This creation is absolutely stunning-I can't wait to see your duda card! Don't make us wait till tomorrow! Love Rowena

Jane Carroll said...


thanks for joining us this week on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Courtney Baker said...

Great card. And congratulations on your win!

Mina said...

oh wow this is amazing, your work is always so stunning
Mina xxx

Donna said...

This is such a brilliant creation for our flights of fancy theme this week! Thanks for joining us at SCSC :) Donna x

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your so funny! Now you have the guilt now but wait a few years and when their old enough you can turn it back on them. It really works!

Your card is stunning!!! I'm so glad you started making lovely cards!

Congrats!!!!!! You deserve to win!!!!!

I can't wait to see the new stamp you bought!

Have a great night, Lindsey

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Queenie, believe me, you have Nothing to be guilty about. You have been the best mother and the things you are worrying about don't matter in the end. It's how much love you show them that they're going to remember in the end. Keep doing what you're doing and I'm happy for you that you are going to get some free time. Much deserved, I must say! Your card is beyond beautiful. Congratulations on your win! Twyla

Diane Duda said...

I don't know how any card can be better than this one! Your cards are brilliant!!!


DottyJo said...

Fabulous card, great vintage look! Jo x

Juls said...

wow!! this is just gorgeous!! and I love your childhood card too!! really love your style, just gorgeous!

Iris said...

Wow your card is so gorgeous, absolut amazing, love all the papers and details.
Thanks for joining in our challenge.


Nixe07 said...

Wow what a gorgeous card. Love everything about it.
Thanks for joining in our challenge.

mysweetpaperdreams said...

Love it!! I really had to chuckle about the preschool thing. My little one just started this past week also. So I can totally relate to no scrap time unless she is asleep. oh.. and that means only at night. LOL! So good luck and yes.. ENJOY THE TIME.:)


Timcsoca said...

Beautiful card!!!!:)

~amy~ said...

wow..this is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on the super 6!


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