June 18, 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Party - and a little ramble...


I can't believe June is already more than 1/2 over!!  It's the last week of school here, and truthfully, it couldn't come at a better time - we're all EXHAUSTED! lol.  However, it will still be busy, as the kids will head to camp, and I will still be heading to work every day.

At the last minute, I got to whip up something simple and fast for today's blog party (or I guess yesterday's, but I'll get in RIGHT under the wire, lol.

Here's the inspiration photo:
And here's what I did with it:

I told you it was simple and quick!  But -- I do love the color combo, which is primarily what I used from the inspiration photo.  A few little orange gems adorn the sentiment (I get it from my friend Pam, she understands, lol) That bottom chevron looks black, but it is indeed dark gray *sigh*.  Thanks for popping by today - glad I got to play!

Now -- the ramble.  My older daughter is a bit shy, ok, she REALLY shy, but more than that, she's not the "stick up for herself" type of girl - and when adversity is in her path...she'll usually run the other way.  BUT - about a year and a half ago, she began martial arts training.  WHAT a difference in her confidence, and self esteem!  It's something she KNOWS she's good at - and she enjoys it.  This past weekend, she competed for the first time, and though it was not the ideal situation (nothing went according to plan) my "old" daughter would have freaked out - and decided not to do it.  My "new" daughter got up there - and though not perfect, did it.  She did it, and she did it with a loud kiyap (a loud yell) and essentially said "That's right -- I'm here, and I'm going to DO THIS".  My heart raced, and filled with pride for my little girl who is getting so big and brave.  

Until next time...


14 comments:

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Tracey.

Hugs Riet.xx

Renee said...

I love CAS...
and this one is perfect!
A fabulous card!
And a huge congrats to your daughter!
One of my daughter's is shy...
my boys...
no problems...
in fact they're the opposite and we worry what they actually will come out with and to whom...
but my one girlie is painfully shy...
and we've tried to talk her into TaeKwonDo...
no luck yet :(
But if we ever do...
your daughter's story gives me hope! :)

Nikki said...

Clean and simple and stunning ! love it.

Marybeth said...

Yea, for your brave daughter! I can almost feel the pride and…. bursting with joy ...in your heart! Love your CAS card. Love your take on the photo.

Lynn Mercurio said...

This card turned out GREAT. Love the chevon pattern and the clean design.

So glad you could "party" along with us!

Joan said...

love the card and your daughter!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW!!! What a cool and cas take on those colors - love your card!
Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Anne-Elise said...

Great CAS card, Tracey! You have a very lovely girl! Have a nice day!!

jennfontaine said...

Great card! Love the colours and the chevron!

Miss S is so great! I love that she is gaining so much out of martial arts.

Jeanne J said...

Great CAS card - I loved hearing about your daughter - she sounds like a special little lady with a great mom!

Charmaine Stack said...

This is simple - but it is uber effective! The turquoise card is so nice and bright and cheery - a great way to say hello!

Julia Aston said...

A wonderful graphic CAS design Tracey! love the chevrons - and big congrats to your daughter!

Deborah Frings said...

Ultra clean and simple, absolutely perfect!!

Tell your daughter congratulations from me - she's amazing! No wonder you are so proud of her!

Pam W. said...

You BET I get the gems!! I love this card. I like that you ran the chevron strips only halfway and then nestled the sentiment (and the yummy gems) next to them. Clean and simple - there's nothing better.

I said it before, but I'll say it again - WAY TO GO SHANNON!