Saturday, April 4, 2009

{Poor} Enchanted Lily

Happy Saturday to you!

Well, staying true to form, I made a special effort to post today since it's my youngest daughter's birthday (can't break tradition, right? lol). The rest of the family is watching "Ratatouille," but since I've had enough of playing chef today (more on that in a minute), I thought I'd come say hi to you all. ;)

My "baby" is now nine --it's so hard to believe how fast the years go! Today isn't quite the "fun" day we'd planned due to the storm that blew in last night leaving us with below-freezing temps today and about five inches of new snow (at least the dog loves it). More blizzard-like weather was predicted for today...and we're still waiting for it, but she's having fun nonetheless and knows that the activities planned aren't cancelled, just postponed. And actually, it's been a blessing to me because I've spent most of the day in the kitchen cooking her birthday requests, which would've been kinda hard to do if we were gone. After I made brunch for everyone, next up was a coconut cream pie for dessert, and then came the lasagna, which is now in the oven making the house smell heavenly. Kitchen duty may have taken up most of my day, but it was a labor of love...and we're gonna be eating well for days (I'm sure glad my kids choose foods that I love!)! Yum!! ;D

Okay, onto the card. Thursday night Chloe told me she wanted a card that was blue and brown...totally threw me for a loop. I bought Enchanted Lily just for this occasion, although I had pinks and yellows in mind to be paired with some of the Urban Prairie papers. Not wanting (or having time) to go buy new paper yesterday, it took me a while to find some with the right colors in my stash, and so without a lot to choose from in the feminine category (although I do love this piece of dp), here's what I came up with: No fancy interactive card (I made this last night after Chloe went to bed...tired eyes and tired me), but I'm not sure I could pull that off even if I'd had a week to play with it. My first thought was that it might be fun to make a spinner-type card where her swing was going back and forth, but couldn't quite figure out the placement of the curved slot for the seat, as well as the pivoting how-to of the swing 'ropes' at the top end. It's gonna take some monkeying around for sure (anyone have any ideas to share so I won't have to tax my brain too much?). What I'm picturing would be really's just getting it from the head to the paper that's proving the challenge.

I had to laugh after I colored in sweet Miss Lily's skin --I'm not sure if she was excited to sneak out of the house wearing a new pair of pink tights or if she actually got sunburned, but I'm inclined to go with the latter because her arms look a bit lobster-like too. Poor dear, I'm guessing she doesn't have a clue that getting sunburned like that can cause skin cancer (but she'll find out when she's older, and likely have a few regrets about being so carefree in her youth -lol). Yep, she may be smilin' now, but you can bet in a little while she's gonna be cryin' for the aloe vera gel (don't ask me how I know all this stuff). ;)

Well, it's time to pull the lasagna out of the oven and start the food fest and gift opening session! ;) And then maybe later tonight when the house is quiet I'll practice my coloring of skin with more realistic tones. lol

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock: Colonial White, Crystal Blue, Cocoa (CTMH); Patterned Paper: unknown print in my stash (Daisy D's); Stamps: Enchanted Lily (Pink Cat Studio), Cupcakes (Hero Arts); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Cocoa, Desert Sand (CTMH); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), velvet ribbon (May Arts), felt flowers (American Crafts), Star Dust and Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger), button (Foof-a-La), waxed linen thread (unknown), paper needles (Making Memories), sponges (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, red line tape, foam mounting tape


Monica said...

ah my little chloe is so big. i cant believe she is so grown up now, and her grown up voice. makes me wanna cry thinkin how she was barely 6 when you guys moved =[ her card is adorable thou mama! i love it..and i think that is the fastest you have made a card in a while! ;)

yes, yes, no worries.. im going to bed now! i just finished up some homework and wanted to sneak a peek at your page before i got in bed. love n miss you lots. xoxo

Jeanne said...

Oh Christi! This card is just beautiful. Honestly, I wouldn't have even noticed the pink if you hadn't so hysterically mentioned it. You are toooooo funny!

Here's a link to a post on Lauren Meader's blog where she got her Lily to swing...maybe it'll help get your creative mind to figuring out your vision...

As for the snow...too bad it had to hit on Chloe's birthday. :( We didn't get hardly any down here but it WAS cold and WINDY. Not a fun weather day to be sure. Hope she enjoyed the yummilicious food you made.

You are awesome and don't you forget it!

Jeanette - said...

Happy Birthday Chloe! I hope your day was fabulous (it sure sounds like it was :)
Christi - I LOVE your card!! You are so talented!!!

Barb said...

Christi, your card is darling! I love your idea of making the swing actually swing. I hope you're able to do that one day, I think it would be really cute.

I always look forward to reading your really should compile them in a've got quite a talent for writing. This story, is precious. Talk about taking lemons and making lemonade! Chloe really scored. Not only does she get the fabulous feast you prepared, she also gets festivities after the weather improves. But best of all for Chloe, is that she has YOU...a great, caring mom who stays up way too late creating beautiful cards and planning a wonderful birthday.

Thanks for sharing!

Christi said...

Happy birthday Choloe! Your card is adorable!!!!

Marie said...

This card is fabulous! And I enjoyed reading the journaling :-)
Your Bloggin' Buddy,

Susan (rainy) said...

This card is darling! And your coloring is wonderful... even the skin tones! lol