Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Confessions of a Wrestling Mom

I was a little sad the other day when I realized my middle child is a high school senior this year.  Specifically, when I realized it meant that this is my last season as a wrestling mom.  My boys have been wrestling since they were in 3rd and 4thgrade and I have come to love the sport. My husband wrestled in high school and college so he naturally volunteered to coach the boys on the local youth league team.  I had a lot to learn in my early years as a wrestling mom.  I have to confess that my initial reaction when I saw my first match was to cringe, cover my eyes, and tell my husband that maybe this was not such a good idea.
The only way I got through the first year was because of the video camera.  After waiting around the gym for hours, one of my sons would get called to a mat and I would get handed the video camera with instructions to keep them centered and not to zoom in. I quickly realized it was not nearly as upsetting to watch the 2” tall, black & white version of my sons learn some tough lessons on the mat – like “Don’t reach back!”    
Wrestling is a tough sport.  When my sons were younger I would tell people if you want to see a bunch of little boys cry, go to a wrestling meet.  Yes, some of the tears are due to the physical rigors of the sport, but I came to realize that most of them are from disappointment.  Wrestlers like to win.
In high school, I learned that wrestling is a team sport.  Yes, it is still just one young man out there on the mat with his skills, conditioning and experience, but when my sons entered high school I learned about Dual Meets and team points.  Every match counts and while it would be wonderful to win all of your matches with pins, sometimes the best thing you can do for your team is to just show up and not get pinned.   One of my favorite moments from last season was watching the team cheer on one of our wrestlers. It was unlikely that he was going to win the match, but everybody knew that if he kept it within 3 points, the team would place in the top three.  He did.  The crowd went wild!
I still reach for a camera as a way to handle my nerves at wrestling matches, but now I look through a 35mm lens.  This is one of my favorite shots of my oldest son.  Yes, he is winning, but I really like it because it shows his team.
I used a fun technique on this layout that you might want to try. There is a pattern of dots behind the title and I wanted to carry them onto the photograph. 
I mixed up a little white gesso and some black acrylic paint to get the right shade of gray then I pulled out my punchinella.  Using my fingertip, I dabbed the paint/gesso mixture on until I was happy with the coverage.
You can see I also added some paint on the bottom right corner.
Here’s another little detail.  I am loving my Washi tape and created a little embellishment group in the corner.  The stars are from a rub-on sheet from Moxxie and I wanted to tell you something I learned.
Rub-ons do not stick on top of washi tape!  I originally planned for the stars to overlap the tape a bit more, but it wouldn’t work, so don’t waste your time.  The rub-ons work very well with photos and paper – did you see where I added a red rub-on star to the title?
I love this line because it is so versatile and you can get so many looks with it. My kids have wrestled in many differently colored singlets throughout the years, but this line works with them all. Have a peek at these other layouts using Moxxie's Born to Wrestle and Wrestling lines. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Takedown? You Betcha!

So you probably realize by now that my sons are wrestlers.  It is a very exciting sport and I am a huge fan.  I am also a Moxxie Muse, and they happen to have some wonderful wrestling themed papers and embellishments.  I went on a tear recently and cranked out some layouts.  This is one of my favorites:
During this past wrestling season, I happened to be at the right place to snap this series of photos of my son throwing his opponent.  Great,right?  Unbelievably, he did not get 2 points for a takedown (although we checked the rule book later and he definitely deserved them).  It was a home meet. It ended up costing him this match. Not a good memory.  But I have these great pictures so I had to scrapbook it!  LOL!  No worries.  He beat him later in the season on his way to winning the District Title. 

Speaking of titles, I had fun creating this title with a mix of stamps, letters, and a Moxxie rub-on.  The paper on the left side of this layout is called Winning Moves, and the stickers are from the Born to Wrestle line.  The really cool washi tapes are from My Mind's Eye and Freckled Fawn.

I am featured over on the Moxxie blog today with a different layout where I used gesso on the photo.  Pop over and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Moxxie Blog Hop Winner!

Our first ever blog hop was really fun! We loved connecting with all our new followers. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it so fabulous, including our inspiring Muses. I have to give an extra shout out to Moxxie Muse Cathy Harper for her efforts in putting this together. We couldn't have done it without her. Thanks, Cathy!
Now, to announce the much anticipated winner: Our Blog hop winner is Kas! Kas followed each of the Muse's blogs, and even liked our Facebook page. Her comment on our blog was:
The colors are great...very fun! Like you on Facebook!
Posted by: Kas | August 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Kas won her very own collection of Very Merry Unbirthday!
Sneak peek very merry unbirthday

I hope she'll share her projects with us when she creates them. :)
Kas, congratulations! Please email me at with your address so we can get you your prize.
Tomorrow, we will be introducing our newest Guest Muse. She is going to be showing you some FANTASTIC projects created in her unique style. Check back to see who will be joining us for the month of August.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Very Merry Unbirthday Blog Hop!

  • Welcome to the first Moxxie Blog Hop!  
  • Join the Moxxie Muses the first Friday of every month to be 
  • inspired and your chance to win a complete collection 
  • of the line we are featuring!

Starting off our series of Blog Hops is the 
Super Duper Fun

Very Merry Unbirthday!

I absolutely loved working with this collection -  everything came together so easily!  I hope you had a chance to see the cards I previewed this week.  I am not usually a card person, but I am very happy with how they turned out!  For today's Blog Hop, I decided to share a layout.

My mother celebrated her 86th birthday on August 1st and I snapped a picture of her with my daughter that turned out to be perfect.
I created this ribbon-like embellishment using the Very Merry Unbirthday Die Cuts and Party Time paper.  I added  Want2Scrap Nestabling to the focal image and pen-stitching on the faux ribbons.  

One of the cool things about the Die Cuts is that they are double sided.  One side may have words or images you want to use, and the other side has coordinating prints!  
This oval cake and scalloped frame pop right out of the perforated Die Cut Sheet.  I did add chipboard behind the oval, inked the edges and did a little more pen-stitching.
The ticket is from the Die Cut Sheet and got some edge-work before I adhered it to the page.  The buttons are from Wal-Mart and the 1/8" ribbon is from Offray.

How would you like to win this entire collection?

All you have to do to be entered to win this awesome prize
 is become a follower of each of the Moxxie Muse's blogs, 
 leave a comment saying so or that you already are a
 follower.  That's it...super easy!

Earn an extra entry by liking the Moxxie Facebook Page!
Just leave a comment there too and double your chances of 

Comment deadline for the prize will be Monday 8/6 midnight CST.  The winner will be announced Tuesday on the Moxxie blog.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Celebrate...with **Bling**

If you have been visiting with me this week, you have seen the cards I made using Moxxie's Very Merry Unbirthday line.  Now it is time to show you my favorite!  I think it is festive and elegant...
...and when you open it up, it gets even better!
The embellishments on the front and inside the card are from the Very Merry Unbirthday Diecuts.  I absolutely love this line! It is so much fun to work with these bright and happy designs!

The **bling** on the front of the card is from Want2Scrap and it is so easy to use.  The self-adhesive bling comes on a transparent sheet  so you can check for size and placement before you have to commit.  (I have a big commitment problem so I love this feature!)

I decided to use the 2 largest "rings of bling".  My first step was to cut them out, but still keep it on the transparent backing.

Next, I peel away the top half of the backing and that helps me handle and position it with good control.  When I have it where I want it, I adhere the top to the project and gently peel away the rest of the backing.

Voila!  Want2Scrap makes it easy to add a touch of class!

Don't forget!  The Moxxie Very Merry Unbirthday Blog Hop is tomorrow!
See ya then!

-  Susie

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Tri" to Party!

I absolutely love making and giving Tri-Fold Shutter Cards because they are such a wonderful surprise! 

Who would expect this sweet little card... open out to this!
It is a card and a party decoration all rolled into one compact little package!

I created this festive card using Moxxie's Very Merry Unbirthday paper line, and this wonderful tutorial  by Bonnie Szwalkeiwicz on Splitcoast Stampers.

The card may look complicated, but it is really easy.  The hardest part is figuring out where to put the different paper patterns...and I have already done that for you!

I have one more card to show you tomorrow in advance of Moxxie's Very Merry Unbirthday Blog Hop on Friday.  All the Moxxie Muses have lots of great projects to share with you...and did I mention there will be prizes?!

-  Susie