Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Projects From My Kids, and a Little Rambling

I hate to admit it, but my girls have a love/hate relationship with Stampin' Up!  My dear daughter  Annika who is nine tell me she hates my 'job.'  She says that I spend all of my time doing Stampin' Up! stuff and never pay any attention to her.  Yet, when it comes right down to it, she really does love it!   I do try to do include her in some projects.  But the times she suggests it (like bedtime!) are not always the right time to 'share what I love.'

A few weeks ago we watched Frenchie's video together on how to make the shaving cream background.  We had everything in the house to complete the project.  However, I asked Annika to help with a few chores first.  With some hesitation and some grumbling, she completed the her torturous chores (what a mean mom I am!) and she got to make her backgrounds.

These ones were done with Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, and Cajun Craze.  They're almost too pretty to cover up.  I've added them to my collection of unfinished projects.  Hopefully, I'll finish a card with them soon.  I'm thinking French Foliage!

We experimented with two more sets of colors: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, and Cherry Cobbler - and Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy.  (Sadly, I don't have photos to share.)  The kids wanted to keep doing it all night long.  But we had to stop somewhere.  Besides, the dining room smelled like a barber shop.

Dide (pronounced Dee-da, a Dutch name) says she wants to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator when she grows up.  Dide is a first grader this year.  She is still at that age (and has the personality) where she'll do anything to please me.  We watched Dawn's video on how to make a heart punch art flower.  We used some non-SU! and some retired items on it.  Here is what she came up with:

Dide gave this card to her new teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez at orientation night.  Mrs. Rodriguez showed me a flower that Bradley made for her six years ago.  She says she keeps it on her desk.  Glad that some of these treasures stay around.

Here's another feel-good story:  A few weeks ago Bradley and Randy went to a double-header Pirates game.  They didn't get home until 1:30 am. Bradley was so excited to tell me how he caught four foul balls (some of them were thrown by the umpires).  Then he shared how he told a 5/6 year old boy that he'd catch a ball for him.  About fifteen minutes later, Bradley actually caught another ball.  He said that he made the little boy's day by giving him that ball.  He said, "Mom, you should've seen how he was smiling.  It made me feel so good!"

There have been a lot of changes and cuts in our local school district.  The moral of the teachers is way down.  So many pressures are put on them to do so much more with fewer staff.  They kept full-day kindergarten, but cut some of the specials like art and music (not completely).  This move kinda slid by under the radar.  I'm not sure all parents are aware of it (or maybe some don't care like I do).  Then there are all of those assessments the kids have to take - and pressure for them to do better.  Just let kids learn!!!  Please pray for our schools.

Happy Stamping!



Stamp with Frenchie said...

WOW you all did a great job love that shaving cream technique! Have a great weekend!

bensarmom said...

Love, love, love this technique and I haven't done it in years. I got a great orange bone folder when Ben used it to remove shaving cream but didn't wash it off for a while. It was an awesome gift. Your papers are beautiful!