Monday, April 4, 2011

Hitting It Out of the Ball Park

Hey Peoples!! Are you ready for another week?!  How in the heck did we get to APRIL?!! I swear life is zooming past me over 90mph!  I'm to the point of just hoping to catch the draft and keep life in site!!

Saturday night the Oldest Kiddo received a text from a friend asking him if he could come to a BBQ celebrating his friend's 13th birthday.

Did I mention that the text came at 9:00pm?!

Did I also mention that the BBQ was for the following day at noon?!

You would think that by now I would have a stash of cards ready to go for such situations.  Guess what?!  I don't.  And in all likely, I never will. 

But!  Once again, I pulled it off and got the card done.  Do you think that Stamper's have creative lives?  I wonder if you get another 1/2 life for passing the test of having to make "That's cool" cards for your kid's friends on very short notice?  'Cause at this rate, I'm going to need all the extra lives I can get.  I think I'm pushing the limits on the regular creative lives!!

The Kiddo's buddy is a baseball player.  And a BIG boy.  I found this image at Bonibleaux Digital Designs.  PERFECT for the birthday slugger!

I resized and printed the image on Georgia Pacific #110 paper.  Have I ever mentioned how it destroys me that my printer refuses to accept my absolute favorite paper Pure Luxury?!  After coloring the image with my Copics, I used one of the Spellbinder Classic Diamonds to trace the frame behind the slugger.  Light sponging was done with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.  The image was then mounted on SU's Real Red.  The base is Pure Luxury 120#.

The Inside:

Just ignore my thumb in the picture.  I could NOT get the card to stay upright after I flipped the front over.  Have you ever tried to take a picture in focus while trying to hold something?  I lack those particular photography skills. 

For the inside, I printed the sentiment on my computer, leaving space for the number stickers. I die cut the baseball with Spellbinders Classic Circles. I used the direct to paper technique with Distress Ink in Antique Linen to "age" the ball.  Light shading along one edge was done with the ink that was left on my Vintage Photo sponge dauber.  I used a small Classic Oval to trace the shape of  the stitching line with SU's Creamy Caramel marker.  Real Red was used for the "stitching".  The number stickers were from my stash of scrapbooking goodies from a life time ago. 

I'm down to the ninth inning, with bases loaded for the next E-Team installment of the Distress Series. Hold on to your hats, People!!  Mojo is throwing a temper tantrum and the clock is ticking!!  I'm hoping to see you again tomorrow for the final pitch and the game outcome!!



You make my hands shake just hearing about how you are called on at the last minute for things! I'd have a total melt down. You handled this one well and I love the card. Girl, you must have nerves of steel~!

Louisiana Belle said...

Starla, you seem to work very well under pressure! I am just the opposite. I freeze. This is well executed and thought out. Congrats on a beautiful card.

Sylvia said...

Starla, I think you win the funny award, you make me laugh everytime I read your stories about those boys.( meant in the nicest way possible) You have the best sense of humor and you really have missed your calling, writing funny short stories! I guess in your next life when you are not making birthday cards for the boys friends you can write! I love your card, by the way. You know I don't like caricatures, but this one is perfect for that ___13yr old!Oh by the way, after all the yardwork I could not hardly walk. I finished watering around 11:30 last night(water restrictions). Case away!

Sylvia said...

Starla, I left you a blog award here:

Carolyn King said... knocked it out of the park. Fabulous Starla!