Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trying to Stay Afloat

Okay, it's been one of those weeks. You know, the kind where you feel like you're drowning in your to-do list and your everyday life. Seriously, I'm trying to catch some air and just stay afloat.

My 3 1/2-year-old nephew had open heart surgery Wednesday, so he has been on my mind and heart all week. The surgery was a success, but it's been a "two steps forward, one step back" kind of recovery so far. Please keep him (and my brother and sister-in-law) in your prayers. I'm taking a graduate course to renew my teaching certificate, and I have spent hours doing homework this week. Plus, I have a paper due Monday which I haven't started yet. I have four kids playing sports, so every night brings a practice or game. Oh, and did I mention that I am tutoring two afternoons a week? Yep, I'm insane.

SO, what did I do yesterday afternoon? I stamped. I just needed a little therapy time. This image and sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas set Ship Happens were just calling to me, so I made this card for my brother and SIL. The layout is this week's SCS Sketch Challenge 298. Since I inked up a TCP set, I played along in the TCP Tuesday Challenge, which is "Mad for Plaid." Admittedly, this paper is more of a check than a plaid, but it's the best I could do! :)


I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. I paper pieced the hats with the "plaid" paper and the spoon with TCP's wood veneer sheets. Of course, I machine stitched the panels and added a bow!

That's all for now! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!

Have a great day!
Christina

12 comments:

Bev J. said...

Glad you found some 'me' time-love the card but sorry about your nephew. Hope all goes well.

Allison said...

Cute card - love the colours! Glad you found some time to create amongst your busy schedule! Hope things go well for your nephew and you can get going on your paper!

Tracey said...

Thinking of you and your family Christina!!

The card is so adorable!! Love it Christina!! xx

Jackie Pedro said...

Prayers going up for your nephew! Hang in there, Christina!! Your time will free up and you'll be able to show us more fantastic cards like today! LOVE this adorable card~

Celeste said...

Love your card and the sentiment is perfect for the week you've had. Blessings to your family and you.

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! you really sound like you have a lot on your plate right now. I'll keep you and your nephew in my prayers. Love the card! The paper pieced hats and the wood veneer spoon are so cute.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Adorable card!! You are still in my thoughts girl!!

texasjodylynn said...

Geez, Christina... you need to take a moment to breathe! I hope things calm down for you soon. HUGS!

Michele Boyer said...

This is so cute, Christina! That looks like a really cute set!

You sure have a lot on your plate these days! I hope you're able to relax soon. And I hope your little nephew continues to improve. Hugs to you!

Lisa H. said...

hang in there girl! more prayers for your nephew. glad you got some stampy time-that always helps!

Lisa H. said...

oh, forgot to say how cute your card is. LOVe that dp and your pretty ribbon.

alma said...

Such a pretty card. Hope that your nephew is on the fast track to recovery.