Friday, March 20, 2009

Let's Party {with Spike}!

Well, hello!! Did you miss me as much as I've missed you? (I know, you probably didn't even notice I was away. lol) I wish I could say I was off traveling to some exotic destination...or better yet, visiting with my older kids and parents...but with our collapsing economy, I don't think that will be the case any time soon. ;( In fact, buying stamping supplies or anything extra is pretty much on hold for the foreseeable future in our home {*big sigh*}. I don't mean to sound all doom and gloom here (and I'm not turning this into a political forum by any means), but it seems like it's almost daily that I'm made aware of yet another instance of our once-great nation sliding further down that slippery slope, and it's not all related to finances...although our tax situation here isn't helping (let's just say that we're not looking forward to April 15 this year). It's a time I never thought I'd see and it makes me sad...and even angry. I'm just so glad to know that God is aware of all this uncertainty and is still in control.

Anyway, as I look back at this past month, it's truly hard to believe it's been that long since I posted (or likely visited your blog...sorry). Time is just flying by, don't you agree?! I've been thinking about you all and wanting to come visit you, comment on your beautiful work and send out congrats to some as well, and share with you here, but there are only so many hours in a day and I'm realizing that my two youngest kiddos will be up and grown before I know it and our window of molding and shaping them is slowly closing...that, and I don't have a housekeeper (darn!). So unless and until I find a better way to work stamping and blogging into my schedule I fear that I'm just gonna have to keep squeezing them in whenever I can...but hopefully a LOT more often than this past month. I've been keeping up with most of you through your blog email updates, and I'm still in awe at how so many of you manage to do it all...all the time. I'm {obviously} still struggling to find that balance. I hope you'll hang in there with me while I keep working to get it right.

Last time I posted it was my oldest son's birthday, and today is my youngest son's birthday (but don't worry...I'm not going to get all sentimental on you today -lol). Funny that I'd find time to blog on such an important day for our family, but at the moment the happily kids are playing with their Legos and I've got the kitchen under control --the requested birthday cake (a carrot cake) is baking, a loaf of bread is rising, and some pinto beans are simmering (to go with tonight's requested birthday dinner, homemade Chipotle burrito bowls --YUM!...for being only 11, I'd say the kid's got a pretty good set of taste buds, except for the fact that he doesn't care for lasagna...he loves all the ingredients, so we haven't been able to figure that one out!).

Most of my stamping time is done on the weekends, and we haven't been home much the last several weekends so I've had very little stamping time since I posted last. However I HAD to make a birthday card for my little guy (who's almost as tall as I am now so I guess he's not such a little guy anymore -lol), so I thought I'd share it with you today. I hope he likes it. ;)
The cute little monster is named Spike and he came from Paper Makeup Stamps, a relatively new company with what looks like great promise. Cute images and some great sentiments.

I added the cake from a Memory Box set I've had a while now (I realized {too late} that I should've stamped and masked the cake and then added the monster, but if you don't tell Noah I don't think he'll figure it out -lol) and the sentiment is from yet another set, Birthday Bash. I tried to make it look like Spike was rushing over to wish Noah a happy birthday...complete with his version of a carrot cake (Noah's cake in real life will have a LOT more cream cheese frosting {think smothered} than the one Spike brought, but you gotta appreciate his kind gesture -lol) and candles nearly being blown out by the wind. I used Liquid Applique for the frosting and added some sparkle to the flames with a Stardust Gelly Roll clear pen. Spike's eyes are a bit glassy from the help of a little dollop of Liquid Glass -- I was aiming for a fun touch...kinda like googlie eyes...but I think he may look more like the wind may have bothered his allergies on the run down the dirt path there (at least they're not bloodshot -lol). I had orginally planned to do some paper tole technique on parts of Spike and the cake, but due to time (I finished it LATE last night) and the fact that it is for an 11-YO boy, I changed my mind and called it good with the one layer. Somehow I don't think he'll notice.

Well, I'm off to get the 'party' going for tonight, and I hope to get some stamping time in this weekend...I'm long overdue, feeling the withdrawals, and have quite a few cards I need to get made. I'm also hoping to share at least one more card with you before Monday. And last, but certainly not least, I'm also wishing you a wonderful weekend! ;)

As always, thanks so much for coming to visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: 29th Street Market Fresh "Mother" Apron Dots (My Mind's Eye), (ret.) Crystal Blue tone-on-tone large polka dot (CTMH); Stamps: Spike (Paper Makeup), Penguins at Play (Memory Box), Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Tags 5 (Spellbinders), ribbon (Michael's), button (craft supply), embroidery floss (DMC), Liquid Glass, sponges, heat tool (CTMH), Liquid Applique (Marvy Uchida), Stardust Gelly Roll clear pen (Sakura), foam mounting tape, glue dot, staples


Pat said...

Oh, how cute that little Spike is! I imagine Noah really got a kick out of that image. Very cute card, great colors, and I like the 'motion'! Glad to see your blog pop up tonight -- you've been missed.

sjacquot said...

It's good to hear from you again! I can't believe Noah is as tall as you. Time goes by way too fast. Hang in there...Sylvia

Jeanette - said...

Wow, this is adorable!! I hope Noah had a GREAT birthday. One day when you have nothing else to do....ha ha ha.... I would love your Chipotle Burrito Bowls recipe, sounds yummy!

Jeanne said...

Yea! A Christi post! Love 'em and miss 'em when you are oh so busy. Now worries, though...I, for one, appreciate it whenever you can swing by.

The card is so fun! Leave it to you to add all the great details that make it stand out!

The burritos sound yummy as does the carrot cake especially smothered with cream cheese frosting....the best kind!

Hang in there my friend, your focus is where it needs to be...we'll be here for whenever you can post.

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my goodness!! That image is hilarious! Love this, Christi!!

Barb said...

Such a cute card Christi! The birthday party sounded like a ton of fun! TFS

Katie Cotton said...

i was doing a random google browse for PMS stamps and i came across this card! OMG! I love it! WOuld you mind if i showcased it on the PMS blog sometime?