It's an Olympic Post! :)

Hi blogging friends!  Today's post is so special to me because I made this card for my daughter :)  She is one of the sweetest kids but truly loves life ~ always smiling, such a fun-loving, adventurous soul.  She has a full schedule of classes this semester including 2 AP classes, plus choral requirements and both Opera and All-State auditions coming up this week.   And she is battling a horrendous sore throat - they won't postpone or reschedule so it's "do or die", to quote the director :(  Well, in her rare "down-time" one of her favorite hobbies is her archery.  She is an absolute natural!  She fell in love with it back in the days of Princess Diaries 2- long before Katniss in Hunger Games - but that trio of books inspired her to ask for a bow of her own, lovingly dubbed by her as "the Green Goddess", LOL!!  

So .... this month, the Calendar Girls were asked to create a card with the theme:  The Olympics!  Our hostess is Debbie and she challenged us to use the Olympics as a guide, use one of the 5 colors of the Olympics (I chose blue, my daughter's favorite color) and one embellishments in that same color.   I hunted far and wide for just the right archery stamp and was so excited to see this one called Artemis.  It was perfect!  I used blue hues through-out the card and picked dsp that worked well with the image - I knew it was going to have blue on it somewhere for her and the bow had to be green :)  And she - unlike her mommy! - loves her some bling!  So I added some tiny rhinestones for a bit of dazzle.  And on the inside, I left it without a sentiment to include a journaling tag I have had that is so her ... it reads 
LAUGH as much as you breathe and love as long as you live." :)  I love how this card came out!  And I don't say that often about my cards ~ by then, with her as my muse, I get warm fuzzies anyway :)

The other part of the challenge was to share our favorite part of the Olympics.  Honestly, I didn't see a lot of it but what I did love was seeing London!  We had the blessing of visiting London a few summers ago and it was nice to say "we saw that!  we went there!  We ate that!" :)  My favorite sport to watch during the summer Olympics is usually a toss-up between swimming and gymnastics, but this year we tuned in to the Archery and TaeKwanDo a little more!  Such absolutely amazing talent and I'm so proud of all the young people that stood strong and worked so hard to represent their countries.  Kudos!

**Post edit** ~ Back to school tomorrow!  We had some serious howling winds and monsoon rains that would beat on the shutters all night ~ seriously creepy!   I am glad we had all our hurricane shutters on!   Although the storm wasn't so severe for us, it caused some damage - part of our wooden fence was pushed over and internet service was interupted (due to the towers, not loss of power - woohoo!)  We had the generator ready but never needed it or the candles or flashlights - my son was actually disappointed!  :o   My heart goes out to those affected and we're on vigil for those still in it's path. Thank you so much for the well-wishes and good thoughts - you are beautiful people!

Be well!  Please stop by and see what sport the other Calendar Girls chose this month to work with!  You can find them in my sidebar.  And thank you, Debbie, for the awesome theme this month - loved it!

Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!


Entered into:  Kraftin' Kimmie - Create a Scene (Archery)


  1. What a dear and sweet card for your DD. I seriously cannot believe you found an archery image!!!

    I love the colors and the layout. They look so well together.

    I hope that your DD will have a wonderful year in school.

    Thanks, for sharing!

  2. I am so happy for you Kell that the storm was relatively minor. I am sure your kids will experience a terrifying event in their time and the memory is very difficult to erase.
    I enjoyed your post about your beautiful girl and agree that she certainly is busy. Fingers crossed for her auditions. Artemis is such a sweet image for a sport that should be better known.
    Hugs to you

  3. Great card again Kelly! Love the colors, the DSP and the image is really cute! It is a perfect card for your DD...she sounds like an amazing girl ☺

    Glad your family was safe from the storms!

  4. Wow! Fabulous card on all levels. Such a cute image. Actually reminds me of The Hunger Games. Your coloring is amazing and I love the dp you chose for your design. Your DD sounds like an amazing girl.

  5. Kelly, your post is beautiful! As much as I love your cards - which I do - I think I enjoy reading your words even more. You are such an inspiration!

    Your daughter's love of archery shines forth in this gem of a card! Perfectly beautiful inside and out - just like your DD is beautiful inside and out!

    I'm so glad we are Calendar Girls together!!!

  6. Love this cute card! What an adorable image and your coloring is just so pretty! Hope that your daughter feels better soon! Sore throats are no fun at all! Big hug! :)

  7. So glad you weathered the storm ok Kelly! Know all that wind is so scary.

    Cute, cute card - inside and out! Precious image and a darling card!


  8. Oh goodness, your poor daughter! I hope her throat clears quickly and kudos to her from having so many interests! Love, love your card and everything is perfect for your daughter as you described her! Glad all is well, please stay that way!

  9. Wow! What an awesome card Kelly! What a perfect creation for your daughter and I love all of the embellishments!

    I am glad all is well at your house after the storm!

  10. Super cute card! I love the story behind it. I just read the first two Hunger Games books with my pre-teen daughter. Your paper is lovely, as is the sentiment inside the card. Love it!



  11. I am lovin' this KK stamp!! From everything you have said, it is PERFECT for DD!

    I am glad you weathered the storm without too much problem....and I am with Lil T, it is fun to get out the flashlights and bottled water once in a while!!

  12. Anonymous8/28/2012

    Oh what a darling card for your daughter my dear!! Love your papers and colors here!! Hope your daughter is better soon!!HUGS

  13. Oh Kelly what an awesome card. Love the inside and the verse as well...this is a great image and I love how you colored it...and the bling...be still my heart...lol..You are seriously so creative with both words and paper crafting..I wish I got here more to visit and enjoy your lovely blog...great job on this card my sweet friend....♥♥♥

  14. What an awesome card for your daughter, Kelly!! The colors and image are beautiful!! I hope she does a fabulous job at her auditions in spite of her throat!

    That sentiment is awesome. So perfect for your daughter (and all of us as well)!

  15. Oh Kelly this is fabulous - you have really made a stunning card.
    So glad to hear the storm mostly passed you by.

  16. What a great card. Love the colors you used and the story behind the card. Sorry to hear dd is battling a sore throat at this time. I truly hope it heals up and she is belting out her vocals. She sounds like an amazing girl...just like her mama!

  17. What a great card. Love the colors you used and the story behind the card. Sorry to hear dd is battling a sore throat at this time. I truly hope it heals up and she is belting out her vocals. She sounds like an amazing girl...just like her mama!

  18. Great sentiment and fun colorful card.

  19. Kelly, the card is beautiful and i love the colors.

    Fortunately, you are spared from "Isaac" and I hope it stays that way.

  20. Adorable! I know your daughter will just love it. Best of luck to her during her try outs!

    I was thinking of you during Isaac. My grandfather lives in South Miami. I was worried for awhile.


  21. Adorable image! Great choice of papers and love the inside!

  22. Wow Kelly what a gorgeous card, you have done a great job combining all your challenge criteria and to personalize this for your daughter. I hope your daughter's sore throat clears soon! xx

  23. Kelly glad your family is ok , keeping you in my prayers.
    I love your card and I see the flower you sent us girls ,I have to say I love those flowers , when I look at your card today I feel as if I can see your daughter doing what she loves You go girl! good luck with all she's doing this week and hope her voice is better in time.
    Liz D

  24. What a great card! I love how it was inspired by your daughter and agree it is a fabulous image.

  25. What a nice tribute to your daughter! Thanks for playing along with us this week for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!

  26. What a gorgeous creation!!! I am loving the colour combo you used with Artemis! Thanks SO much for joining us for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!!!

  27. So glad you weathered the storm and had to smile at your son! Our girls loved it a few years ago when our power went out for 2 days during an ice storm. Me...not so much!

    Your card for your daughter is gorgeous! The coloring on the image is amazing and I love that it matches her bow!

  28. Glad you weathered the storms. I love this card. That is a fabulous image and the sentiment is awesome. Archery was one of my PE credits in college and I loved it and kept up with it for a while.

  29. a gorgeous goddess...so perfect for your dd...i love the design of this card