Saturday, March 25, 2017

Butterfly Spring

     Grab a cuppa, this is a long read today but I do want to share it all.  :-D   I have to brag on both my granddaughters today!  A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you about my younger granddaughter's Competitive Cheer team taking First Place in their division and her gym program taking overall Grand Champions at the competition held that weekend in our state capital, Sacramento.  This week, her team received an unexpected invitation to "The Summit," for the national Cheer championships held in Orlando, Florida, the first weekend in May!

     As it turns out, each team from her gym which competed throughout the season has now received an invitation to one level or another at the national championships.  Some of those invitations are fully pre-paid and others are just the invitation to compete.  My granddaughter is on a team which must pay their own way so we're now scrambling around, doing fund raising since that trip will cost about $3,000 for each child (with their chaperone) on the team.  Yikes!   Makes me wish we lived in Florida instead of California.  Or at least had more time to raise the funds.  We have barely three weeks before everything has to be paid.

     But she has worked so hard this year, keeping up with the team's choreography and practices despite an injury which sidelined her for almost all of the fall schedule, and despite facing changes in the entire coaching staff at her gym, and losing several team members who had been with the program for the previous 3 to 5 years.  Everyone expected this to be a "building" year for all the teams so their high scoring so consistently that it led to getting invitations to the national competitions is really incredible!   Somehow, we have to find a way to send her to Florida!  She's gone above and beyond everything asked of her and her academics have stayed above a B+ throughout the year.  She's a freshman in high school so there was also the adjustment to new school, new teachers, new curriculum, and all the other things which go with turning 15.  :-D

     If you're interested in reading more about her goals, you can find a letter she's written on her "Go Fund Me" site.  Here's a link:

     Now, as for the older granddaughter, she's the one who spends time coloring with me and she's truly an artist in her own right.  She's a senior in high school and will be graduating in May.  She's already focused on college and a career working with Special Needs kids.  She's so caring, so gentle, and has an inner strength that always amazes me!   For several years, she has saved every card I've made for any of her family members, treating them as though they are some kind of golden treasure.  :-D

     Last week, I posted a card with an image she and I had colored together.  I was pretty impressed with what she did because it was really the first time she had worked with colored pencils.  Today, I've made a card with an image from Ching-Chou Kuik which she colored entirely by herself.   See what I mean about her being an artist?  She's fantastic!

     I took her colored image, cut it with a Gina Marie die, and mounted it onto a pink card base.  I added sheer polka dot ribbon and bow.  The sentiment is computer printed and hand-cut, then matted.  The butterfly is double layered (dies from Presscut) and adhered as a complement to the butterflies in the image.

     The die cut frame is so elegant and lovely that I let it be the primary embellishment, minimizing the other things to some degree.

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     Thanks for bearing with me during that long read but you know how 'proud Nanas' can get!  I'd love it if you'd pass along the info about my granddaughter trying to get to Florida.  Every little bit helps and I will be heart broken if we can't raise enough for her to go.  She's worked so hard and she deserves it.  The entire team deserves it. :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Jackie T said...

Hi Connie this is a stunning card the image is beautiful. Your granddaughter did a wonderful job of the colouring. You must be so proud of both of them. Take care. Hugs Jackie

jimlynn said...

Whoa! That's FANTASTIC news about your granddaughter's cheer team! They're going to have so much fun in Florida! I'm sure they'll be able to raise that money in time and then have a ball.
Sounds and looks like to me BOTH of those granddaughters are super talented - as displayed with the card the other granddaughter made too! That's so pretty and her coloring on the image is absolutely lovely.
By all means, be one proud Nana!!!

Mel said...

This is stunning, l love that image! Stunning project and your image is colored beautifully! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Melanie DT for

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Beautiful image and I love the frame you have encased your image in it is wonderful. Lovely work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Alex said...

Great image and colouration. Thanks for playing along with our challenge #3 at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

Your granddaughter has my fully understanding... each card is a part of you. I save all gifted handmade Cards, too.

*DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#3 – spring}
Alex' Kreative Seite

*Vicki* said...

Hats off to your granddaughter!! I know it is very hard work and it has clearly paid off for them! I'm sure they'll be able to raise the money in no time! Such a beautiful image and gorgeous Spring creation my friend! I love that elegant frame too! For my other DT hat: Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

Doris Klein said...

Wow this is so beautiful! Pretty Image and amazing colouration.

Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

Kleido’s BastelStüble
*Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives (#3 – Spring)
*DT* Die Sketchtanten

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

You have EVERY RIGHT to be proud of your Granddaughters and their skills, and a little showing off is good for you and them. Lvoe the card, such pretty colours to use.

Blossom Cards said...

lovely card thanks for sharing with CLC Rachel DT

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely card you have made here with your grand-daughter's image she coloured which fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month of “Easter/Spring”. Even more FANTASTIC is that you have used one of Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps.

Congratulations to your other grand-daughter as well.

Thank you for entering, best wishes in the draw and for your support of this challenge. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team Leader).

Barbara Bruder said...

Connie, that card is so gorgeous and yes she is gifted. I am sure she will do well in her future endeavors. And your other granddaughter. That an honor. I am sure she is proud. Hope they all make their $ goals. Coloring is super and I just love this card. Thanks so much for entering your lovely card into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara


Beautiful card Connie thank you for joining us on this month's challenge 'Easter' over on
Ching Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog
Dianne xx

*Vicki* said...

Congrats on your win at Cute Card Thursday my friend! :) Wonderful card!


Hello NanaConnie, this is a wonderful creation (as always)!
Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

Bastelkueken`s Kreative Welt aus Alsdorf said...

a wonderful creation....
Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge
Hugs Anja

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