Saturday, August 28, 2010

21 {son} salute

So how are y'all doin'?!?  Hopefully you're well and have been up to much the same things I've been recently: 

*Enjoying wonderful visits with family and friends (who live over 1,000 miles away...LOTSA driving involved, but soooo worth it)

*Spending time in the sunshine (taking the kids to the beach and watching them surf, collect shells, play in the water, and get buried in the sand)

*Catching up on some reading (for pleasure)

*Trying something new (like making homemade yogurt and butter --good stuff!)

*Getting prepared for the new school year (we began last week) 

Cliche as it is, time really does fly when you're having fun (and actually, the older I get, the more I realize it passes just as quickly even when you're not...well, almost as quickly -lol) --I can't believe it's been over two months since I last posted! 

But with summer pretty much behind us now (all except the high temps), things are about to settle into more of a routine for us and so I hope I can find a way to fit in some scheduled crafty time for mysellf.  Not sure why, but summer isn't as carefree for me as I always think it will be, although I kinda suspect it has a lot to do with my time management.  Nothing on schedule means it's not as likely to get done.  I'm a planner...the type that needs to have a "To Do" list so I can refer to it and check things off as I go...waking with a sense of direction for my day.  If not, well, I'm just not as productive as I should be and really WANT/NEED to be.  So...I think that should definitely be one of my current goals (sadly, I've been saying that for several years now but I haven't quite gotten a handle on it).  I can already identify some problem areas ...sleeping habits, telephone and computer time, etc.... but I'd really appreciate it if any of you would share some of your best tips as to how you manage your time/productivity!   

Anyway, I hope you've been stamping a LOT more than I have.  I've really missed blogging (both posting and blurfing) and stamping.... 

Well, today is my middle son's 21st birthday.  And knowing that I couldn't not make him a card to mark this special occasion (despite the fact that he's the one who usually tosses the cards shortly after receiving them), I put it on the calendar last weekend to make his card and this is what I came up with:
Since he's my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, California surfer boy (man?), I chose this paper because it reminded me of the ocean waves and his carefree style.  He's always got a smile on his face and is bubbling over with fun and enthusiasm --he's always been that way and it's one of my favorite things about him.  Knowing where this card was headed, I kept it rather simple.  I still had some fun with it by using Mercy Kerin's sketch from last week and tried to mimic the circles/dots within the wavy lines of the background paper by adding some of that detail to the focal circle.  The "21" was stamped on cardstock with VersaMark, then coated with a few layers of clear embossing powder, cut out, and mounted with dimensional foam tape.  He claimed to like it. ;)

Don't forget to leave me a comment with some of the ways you've found to make your time management more successful --thanks!

And thanks so much for the visit, and I hope we'll both be back again soon -lol!  Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper:  "Archaic" 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Large Friendship Alphabet (CTMH), Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Chocolate (CTMH), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Classic Circles Small and Large, Classic Paisley (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Tiny Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, micro-tip scissors (CTMH), grosgrain ribbon, twine button (Papertrey Ink), ric rac (craft supply), foam mounting tape