Friday, October 05, 2007

A New {Caardvarks} Challenge!

Hurry on over and check out the new challenge that starts today at {Caardvarks}! This time it's all about using PAINT on the front of your cards! You have until midnight October 12th to get your entry in, so don't waste any time gettin' started! The grand prize is fab....the winner will receive an Everyday Card Making Kit from 2 Spotted Dogs! The kit is STUFFED full of fun goodies to make tons of cards with--I wish I could win!!

Here's one of the cards I sat down and created the other day for the new paint challenge! I have to be honest.....I was like "paint"????? Eewwwww...I'm not a big paint user on my cards, but you know what? That's what's so great about {Caardvarks}. They pick challenges that REALLY push you out of your comfort zone so you don't get stuck in a rut of the same old, same old.

For this card, I dug out my favorite H2O paints, which I love, love, love! The colors I have are so bright and cheerful, not to mention SPAHHHHKLY! In no time flat, I decided to paint a plaid pattern on some watercolor paper. Nothing too fancy, but I love how it turned out!!! This is one of my favorite cards I've made in a while! I matted the plaid painted paper onto a piece of Cool Caribbean cardstock, and then mounted the whole thing on my dual sided black/white cardstock. I found a strip of black and white polka dot paper laying in my scrap drawer, so grabbed it and added it to the front of the card. Then, I dragged out my favorite Hero Arts flower stamp and stamped it on watercolor paper as well, and painted it with the same H2O paints as I used to paint the plaid. A big black brad plopped right in the center of the flower really pops the colors, doesn't it! It's adhered to the strip of polka dot paper using a glue dot. The sentiment, from Hero Arts, is stamped directly onto the watercolor paper using Versafine Ink in Black Onyx. And that's it. So simple!

So, don't let the new {Caardvarks} challenge scare you. Grab some paints and get busy. Check out the Got Paint? Gallery to get some ideas to get you started, ok? So much fun!!!

I'll leave you with a few of the fun football shots I took yesterday at Youngest Son's football game. They are undefeated! Woo-hoo! This is my favorite shot from the game. It's one of my son's teammates who JUST missed making this completed pass. Bummer he missed, but great for ME! Remember, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect action shot--I think this one definitely qualifies!

My son, who plays cornerback, usually doesn't see much action in a game (thank heavens since he only weighs about 92 pounds). But yesterday, he made an interception!!! I was lucky enough to have been right there and had my camera ready to take the two shots! Yipee!

Isn't he a handsome son of a gun?

One last quick note....we got the letter from hubby's former employer yesterday telling us how much our COBRA benefits will cost us should we decided to take them. I nearly had a heart attack. The cost was slightly (!) more than I anticipated it'd be. I was figuring $800/month. Get this, they're charging us $1200/month!!!! Get real! We have no choice but to carry them, so that means I will probably be looking for a "real" job shortly, if hubby doesn't get a job anytime soon. Please pray God provides Doug with a job soon!


  1. Amy, I'm so sorry that you have to deal with the stress of keeping your insurance while you're dealing with all of the other stress in your life. In my former life (before kids) I worked in HR. My *schpeel* to people about COBRA was this - COBRA is basically a way for people who are otherwise uninsurable to maintain their benefits. If you can get insurance somewhere else, it will almost always be cheaper. Now, granted, if you have some fairly significant pre-existing conditions, it may be cheaper to get COBRA. I would definitely check around though, before you sign the COBRA papers.

    The other thing is that you have quite a while to decide about COBRA. I can't remember exactly how long, (I'm thinking months) but I would ask your contact for sure how long you have to decide. Then you can elect to take the COBRA if you need it and it's retroactive to the date of the termination. So, I guess what I'm saying is that you can wait as long as possible in the event that your husband gets another job and then if you have some substantial medical bills you can get it later and it will cover everything from now until then. Then if you don't have any need for insurance, you're not out the gazillion $$ it costs to have COBRA for those months.

    Ok, I'm sorry to write so much on your blog comments but I didn't see a way to email you directly. If you have any specific questions, email me or pm me on scs. My scs name is britiney. Good luck and God bless!

  2. Wow! I love the bright colors on this card - it's fabulous!! Your pics are awesome too, thanks for sharing! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  3. LOVE this card, Amy!

  4. I LOVE your card using that pretty, pretty flower. *wink* Great job with the paints! The colors are so bright and fun!

    Great job getting the photo's of your son's interception! Awesome!

    I am praying your DH finds employment soon. Hugs!

  5. Another beauty of a card! Love your plaid background. The three times Mark has been laid off the COBRA premiums have been outrageous. Each time, we elected to get our own personal policy, which was QUITE a bit cheaper.

  6. Wow what great pictures. May I ask what kind of camera you use?

  7. Wowsa what great pictures! May I ask what kind of camera you use? I want to be able to take pictures like that.

  8. Joan B11:25 PM

    Wow, this card is wonderful. I am just finding your blog. Why is that???LOL

    I have a teenage son too. Enough said!


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