There is absolutely no
chance that I will ever be nominated for mom-of-the-year. It was about 7 pm on Thursday night. My two children were at a football game until 8 pm. It suddenly occurred to me that they had the biggest weekend of their lives coming up and I hadn't made any cards of encouragement or congratulations. It is the state marching band competition this weekend. These kids have been working on their show starting with a two-week marching camp in July, into the school year, straight through daily rehearsals during fall break - and it's now the final weekend.
I am not a fast card maker. You will never see me in the 10 minute challenges. Even my simplest cards typically require multiple changes and re-dos - not to mention multiple photos and edits - before I am happy with them (and sometimes, I'm not even happy then!). But Thursday night, in 60 minutes (OK, maybe 70 minutes) - I did six
cards - and I mostly like them!
Thank goodness for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
! They have great contemporary sentiments that work perfectly in these situations. I did six cards for my two teenage boys, who aren't typically easy to make cards for! These first two cards were encouragement on Friday morning before the entire weekend began. Noise...marching band...how perfect! Everything comes from the Woot Woot set.
FYI: the flag and the "washi" tape were made with dies from My Favorite Things.
I did get a starting point for this one from Freshly Made Sketches.
I am fairly certain we will end up placing higher than our marching band has ever placed. We won't win it - there are a few fabulous marching band dynasties that win it year after year. Our kids would be thrilled to be in the top 8 and are secretly hoping for 5th. I'm thinking somewhere in the middle. But assuming that they are thrilled with the outcome, here are the congrats cards. All of these stamps are still from Woot Woot.
I was needing inspiration at this point, so I got these great colors from Sunday Stamps. In real life, my blue is closer to the teal that is in the inspiration photo - but I edited so quickly I messed up the colors!
Then there are two cards that I am hoping never see the light of day and end up in the garbage. Not that there is anything wrong with them - but it means my kids are disappointed. The sentiment comes from Tech Talk and the asterisk from Exclamations along with the coordinating die.
At quarter finals yesterday, the band ended up once place lower than hoped for. One place higher and we wouldn't be up at 3:45 a.m. this morning getting ready to take them to the bus for semi finals. One place higher would have moved their performance three hours later and after two of their main competitors which does make a difference in the judging.. They are discouraged but still hopeful of making finals tonight.
Keep your fingers crossed for my boys and the Chaparral High School Marching Band!!!
You know, I think you might make that nomination for Mum-of-the-Year! All these cards are fabulous! Even the last two (which I hope that you don't use) - great work!ReplyDelete
Your cards are always amazing Kim and I always feel inspired after visiting your blog. As for being a fast cardmaker that is not me either. I make many revisions and have several that after they are photographed go in the trash.ReplyDelete
You've been busy!! Great set of cards! Love them :)ReplyDelete
Okay, as if I didn't think you were amazing enough already...you made all of these in an hour?!!! You achieved six perfect cards in under an hour??!!!!!! You are my hero!!!ReplyDelete
Wow...these are all fabulous!!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my! These cards are absolutely perfect to celebrate the achievements of the marching band! Good luck to the kids! I can't wait to hear how they did!ReplyDelete
WOW!!! These are fantastic Kim! I know your boys will adore them. I'll bet they keep them forever too. For just around an hour, you have made six amazing cards. I'm seriously impressed with these! And best of luck to your boys and the band. Keep us posted on how things went too. BevReplyDelete
P.S. after these, I'm thinkin' mom of the year is absolutely a possibility.
These card are fabulous ~ each one of them! Any Mom who gets up at 3:45 AM to take their kid anywhere definitely qualifies for Mom of the year (even without a card!). Good Luck to your sons.ReplyDelete
You're the math whiz, Kims, but I'm thinking six cards in sixty minutes means that you CAN play in the 10MCD sometime!! You are such a good mom to make all these different and fantastic cards for your boys! They are winners just because you are their mother!! Hugs, DarnellReplyDelete
Wow Kim, all your cards are amazing! Congrats on getting them all done! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps with your creation.ReplyDelete
These cards are AWESOME, girl!!! Your boys ROCK!!!ReplyDelete
Good mom? Definitely. I would never have thought to make my boys cards. But then I wasn't cardmaking while they were growing up. And yours are outstanding.ReplyDelete
I love all your cards Kim! And I especially love how you used the washi tape die - great way to use the sketch! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!ReplyDelete
No Kim, I think you're definitely a candidate for mom of the year, and if there is any doubt, the "judges" can take a close look at this marvellous serious of cards you've crated. In a word, they are AWESOME! Fabulous inspiration, especially because they've been crafted with love!ReplyDelete
A mom who takes time to make cards for her kids is a good mom in my eyes. These are all fabulous!ReplyDelete
Such a FABULOUS set of CAS creations, Kim!!! Awesome work!ReplyDelete
All of these cards are fabulous. I love that our colour challenge helped inspire you - these cards will definitely inspire your kids! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps!ReplyDelete
Your cards are the coolest and the trendiest, I am always inspired by you :)ReplyDelete
Kim, I loved this post. Wonderful CAS cards!! I love CAS and when I see designs like this it encourages me to create more of them than I do. I'll bet you I'm 10x's slower than you are! *hahaha* Great post, terrific cards!!ReplyDelete
WOW! You have been busy and I cannot pick my favourite, they are all so much fun. Of course the one you made with our colours totally ROCKS :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps, we sure hope you will join us again soon!!!ReplyDelete
All of these are absolutely fabulous - I love your sentiments and that even though your projects are all CAS - they still have wonderful texture to them. Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps.ReplyDelete
Thanks for using a Sunday Stamps Color Challenge to inspire your cardmaking! Love all of your cards. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Stamps this fortnight. Please join us again soon!ReplyDelete
These are all gorgeous... I love the clean look and the use of the challenge colors on our Sunday Stamps card. Thanks for playing along with us.ReplyDelete
Love every single one of 'em. Way to craft fast (and awesome).ReplyDelete
I just came across your blog today and have been going back and looking at all your wonderful projects when I came across this post about marching band. I'm a former band mom myself and my husband a former band director here in SoCal and he usually judges every year in Colorado! Such a connection! I had a sinking heart so quickly looked up his schedule and he was not there for this competition...whew! I'm sorry your kids didn't place as high as they wanted to, I know that heartache as well...love love love your CAS style and your stories...TFS :)ReplyDelete
Kim, great cards! I'm particularly attracted to the first one in the post; what stamp is that simple boarder? I love it!ReplyDelete
Thanks much :)