Sunday, July 5, 2009

you {so} deserve it

Yep, she does! And I'm gonna brag for a minute. Oh, and maybe I should warn you that it's kinda one of those 'bursting heart' posts. lol

***Remember, I'm still not really here --still camping and no doubt having a great time...even without electricity (but I AM definitely looking forward to taking a really long, hot shower and feeling clean again! lol). ;) Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!***

Okay, so back to the braggin'....

This special girl of mine just finished a grueling semester at college, taking a full load of classes while working an average of 60 hours/week (at her 40-hr per week, very demanding job...yeah, they seem to think she's super human...and by literally doing the work of three employees, she obviously isn't doing much to dissuade them)! There were times that she had computer problems (which caused big issues with some of her assignments), times when she got only a couple hours of sleep at night, times when she kept going even though she was sick from all the stress and fatigue, but she kept pushing forward. Monica apparently went above and beyond what her classmates did because she found favor with her teachers and they commended her time and again on the quality of her work, and one teacher in particular even went so far as to copy EVERY assignment she'd handed in to keep as a shining example to show her future students.

If you're still with me (thank you!) and are getting the impression she's sharp as a tack, you're right. She takes after her mama. lol Well, actually I'm pretty sure she's running circles around me and the pace I kept at her age. She knows what she wants and she's making a mad dash to get there. That pace would kill me...and probably most others her age! But after focusing more on her job than school for the last few years, she's more determined than ever to get through school as quickly as possible and is doing all she can to get there. And I know when she finishes, she's gonna make a wonderful teacher! Of course, she'll be a wonderful asset to any profession, as she's already proven in her current employment situation. (Ya know, I'm pretty sure it's cuz she takes after her mama. ;P)

I'm just so proud of her and how she keeps on going, even when she feels like crying cuz her days can be so challenging...and especially so for a 21-YO. So as a token of my admiration of her perseverance, hard work, dedication, and impeccable work ethic (and knowing how much she loves ice I said, she takes after her mama! -lol), I thought this Who's That Girl? image from My Favorite Things' Here's the Scoop would make a perfect presentation for the Cold Stone gift card I sent her. I paper pieced the chair (all except for the flowers) and I used Prismacolor pencils for the rest...having to mix several colors to get the color of her top to coordinate with the greens in the papers I used. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I'm not all that experienced with my coloring, so it was a big deal for me. Oh, and I tried my hand at the faux wood floor trick for the first time too (I know, call me progressive...I think I've only been seeing others do it for a couple of years now -LOL!!). Not sure what I was thinkin' that night (oh, that's right, I wasn't -lol)....

The design was inspired by Card Patterns Sketch 19. (And, you guessed was current at the time I made the card.) I would've shared it sooner, but I hadn't mailed it off yet and was afraid Monica would see it and recognize herself -lol. It really would look just like her, except that she never has time to sit and relax like that. ;P (Did I ever tell you she takes after her mama? lol)

I like the sketch a lot but had a bit of trouble calling it quits because I popped out the bottom edge of the top portion so that it would resemble a window awning (you know, from the outside looking in), so I guess the trouble was with me and not the sketch. It just feels like it still needs something across the top there, but if I wanted it to look like an awning, I couldn't add anything to liven it up. I guess I could've added a sentiment directly onto that paper, but I didn't have anything I wanted to use that would fit. And my stitching got a little wonky up there, but I think it was because I'd glued the two layers together before I decided to stitch on there. Oh, well. Just don't look too closely.

The inside isn't anything fancy,but it holds the goods and reads "You So Deserve It" (a sentiment from a BC Dzyns set, And Then I Said) --actually, she deserves a whole lot more than that, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Oh, and all the 'she takes after her mama' stuff...I may have been jokin' with ya a little there, but for the most part it's true. She really does; she's just better version of me. ;) And much prettier too --see:This is a very poor picture (of a picture, recaptured by a cell phone no less --long story...has to do with my moving twice within a year and not being able to get to a lot of my things) of us taken right about three years ago, just before I left California (and, with it, my older kids *sniff sniff*). Even though I have no idea why my bangs look like a blotch on my forehead in this picture (and I don't know how to correct it digitally or I would have -lol), I don't have any more recent pictures of us together...that I'd be willing to publicly embarrass myself over...and this is one of my very favorite pictures of the two of us -- it's even the wallpaper on my cell phone. ;) Makes me smile to see her sweet face and remember that fun day we had together, just the two of us.

Whew...I think this was my most long-winded post ever! Sorry, ladies (but I did warn you -lol). I'm definitely NOT going for a record, so I'll be a LOT more brief in the future. Or at least I hope so! ;)

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: White Daisy (CTMH), Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Two Scoops collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps: Here's the Scoop (My Favorite Things), And Then I Said (B.C. Dzyns)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), corner rounder punch (EK Success), slot punch, word window punch (SU!), Aqua Mist ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls, Scattered Straw Distress Stickles (Ranger), black My Legacy Writer (CTMH), silver Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape


Jeanne said...

Wow! Christi, I just love visiting your blog. Not only for the fantastic artwork your share, but for your "long windedness." I adore getting to know you better via what you share with us. I'm tired just thinking about all your daughter does in a day. Her mama taught her well! And you are both equally gorgeous in my book!

June Houck said...

Christi, this card is amazing! I love your awning and all the sewing. Great job on the paper piecing and matching your colors. And that wood technique? I just heard about it for the first timeless week. But then again, I can't seem to get into a copic marker class because the fill up so fast. One day...
Your post is a beautiful tribute to your gorgeous daughter (yep, takes after her mom). 21yo? I didn't know it was possible to have a baby at 8yo :) The picture of the two of you is so sweet. A treasured photo for sure.
our card is really great...I think your dd should frame it!

Monica said...

ah, thanks mama! there you go .. makin me cry at work! (on my mini "break" to check your page! lol) =] oh well, at least they're happy tears. this card is right on my nightstand with the other one!
hope you are having fun, love and miss you all TONS. xoxo

monica said...

oh, and i am NOT a better version of you, just like a "mini me" =] just like you and my rad grand!

Stacy said...

I love everything about this card! The paper, the ribbon, the button, your coloring is wonderful! Ohhh, just a lovely card!

Patti Gingrich said...

Monica sounds just lovely and she is very pretty...just like you. I too enjoy visiting not only to see your beautiful cards, but to read your heart warming stories. Your card is another beauty! The awning is so cool with the layers and stitching. Great coloring too! Enjoy that shower! :)

Juls said...

this is such a sweet card, Love how you have used the papers and the stitching detail, great dimention to the card. fab!

Susan (rainy) said...

Hey proud mama... that's one beautiful girl you've got there! (Yup, takes after her mama!) What a great card! It's perfect for the Cold Stone gift card.

Kim Dellow said...

Lovely card. Love the paper piecing. Kim

Christi said...

I loved reading about your daughter and the both of your are gorgeous!! LOVE your card too!!

Barb said...

Christi, your card is amazing! I love all the detail you put into it.

I just loved this story so much...and you have every right to brag a bit about Monica. We know that prayer changes things.*wink* Thank you for sharing the photo, too! Both of you are just beautiful!

This was a wonderful post...I really look forward to visiting your blog.