And now for some back-story. Because what would my blog be without it. Pffffffft! Years ago I could go to a community pool and swim. Not so much anymore. My cellulite and I have made a pact--no public display unless we are at the ocean. Community pools are just too intimate; and my cellulite and I cannot tolerate that intimacy. We shudder at the thought. (Actually, it's more like we jiggle uncontrollably.) So my poor granddaughters are not going to the community pool this visit. I cannot just sit in the heat fully clothed, and, well, you get the picture, right? Gary takes the girls swimming whenever they stay with us in the summer; but he is working and couldn't get the time off, so no such luck. BTW, Gary is very aware of my cellulite; he is not overly fond of it, but he diplomatically shies away from mentioning it. And he understands my need to keep it covered.
Now you can understand, (I hope), why the girls are doing indoor things during this stay. Hopefully, they won't be too bored by this afternoon! We have a very small back yard, with virtually no shade--our trees are only 2 years old; so going out to play back there isn't as fun as it is at their house, where the trees are giants, and the yards are shady. Yesterday I sent the girls to our little park area at the end of our block, (it's really a grassy drainage area, but the neighborhood kids play there. Not so much yesterday, though.) Kelsey and Brynn were the only two out there. And they didn't stay long--because the trees there are pretty tiny, too, so there isn't any shade to speak of. Gosh, now that I write all this stuff down, I'm thinking that going to Grandma's house must be a nightmare for the two of them! Of course, they do have access to a computer with games and Kelsey has her Itouch, which she dearly loves. So at least the techno junk is keeping them occupied. And, darling Daughter, when you read this, try not to go ballistic. OK? I know you don't allow so much computer access at your home, but you are not the grandparent. Just wait. You'll understand someday. Really.
Sunday night I got another one of my brainstorms. I hate when that happens! And this one directed me to make a couple of cards to give to the girls today. For going back to school. Whatever possessed me to attempt this with such short notice, I have no idea. But if I can find whatever it was, I will put it out with the garbage. Or bury it in the backyard. (When it cools down.)
Anyway Paulette at Create with TLC has some really cute back-to-school images that I thought I could use. (Come to think of it, I believe it is Paulette's fault that I had this latest brainstorm. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.) I found some adorable images at Mo's Digital Pencil to quickly (hah) color up for the cards. I stayed up Sunday night until 2:30 a.m. working on them. (I know. I know. I am a wild and crazy grandma. Oh, forget the wild. I am just plain crazy.) And I worked on the cards yesterday while the girls were gone for a bit, and then finished them after they went to bed last night. Again another late night. I got done with them about 1:30 a.m. Yes, I am a tired old lady, but I'll be able to take a nap after the girls go home.
I am entering three challenges with one of these cards, since they are the same design, except for the image. Kelsey has long hair, so her image is Berkeley. Brynn has short hair, so I colored Erasmus for her. I printed both images on Cryogen CS. I found some Basic Grey paper I liked from the Sweet Threads collection. I paired that with CS from Stampin' Up. My seam binding is also from SU. All my flowers and stick pins are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The tickets and the chalkboard image are from Create with TLC. I used a bit of cheesecloth on each card. I cut leaves with a Spellbinders leaf die and a doily with the Cheery Lynn Celtic Fire die. My images were accented with a white gel pen. I added Glossy Accents to the lips of both images and to the apple that Berkeley is holding. And both images were colored with Copics: C00, C0, R81, R83, RV14, RV17, RV19, YG61, YG63, E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13, E30, E33, E35, E37, E40, E42, E44.
I am entering the following challenges with the card I made for Brynn:
Basic Grey Bright and Bold Challenge
Wild Orchid Pink and Green Challenge
Mo's Anything Goes Challenge
Here's wishing everyone everywhere a wonderful rest of the week!