Wednesday, August 21, 2013

life is a circus...


The card for today is this fun little 4 1/4 X 4 1/4 guy!  This card was one I made for the Curtain Call's Carnival Craze, Simon Says Stamp Challenge- Circus (more mixed media art here but what the heck!), CAS-ology Challenge- Paper. I used two sets for this card, Inky Antics Honey Pop collection (don't know name sorry) and my Admit One from Lawn Fawn.  My fave part is are the tickets with the drooped ribbon!  You know that I love cute and this is surely that!  Because it is blank it could be a great baby card, birthday or encouragement card.  Thanks for looking and I hope you likey!



Now onto my every interesting circus analogy... ;)   Do you remember that comic that used to be in the papers called Family Circus?  It is probably still in the papers for all I know.... Well I was never a big comic reader and couldn't identify at the time, but it just occurred to me (this very instant!) how much I can identify with it now! 

For example, we've been battling with my daughter to try to get her to eat her lunch at school/camp.  She'll eat the small things, but not the sandwich...you know the thing with protein that gets her through the day.  When that happens by the end of the day we have a big meltdown (see left).  We've tried so many tactics I can't even tell you...  Another example, how many times have I had this conversation with her...(see right).  Then, on the turn of a dime we are having fun (below left)!  So much fun... and then back again!  Did you enjoy that ride?!  If only I could be so irrational all the time!  :)  Truly though, at times it feels just like being in a circus with a hundred little acts all occuring at once, lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" and drama and emotion everywhere and you are the circus master trying to keep it all together!  Totally worth it though, for moments like these (below)....  these are the moments that feel like nothing else in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It reminds me of one of those parenthood quotes about having your children is like, "deciding to forever have your heart go walking around outside your body."

For my Question of the Day today, I want to know one either a) what is your favorite comic and why? b) what is a quote or saying that inspires you? OR c) all of the above!

Enjoy your circus folks!

17 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Katie your card is adorable, I love the tickers and the cute elephant! Thank you for joining us at both the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and CASology!

cm said...

Delightful card and such an interesting post! Your daughter sounds like my niece, whose diet consists mainly of bread, or bread, or possibly bread! She's a picky one (like niece, like Aunty C). Favourite comic: Archie! Love them! The Betty and Veronica, Archie and Reggie rivalries are just too much fun! My husband, an avid, competitive cyclist and a fan of Eddy Merckx, one of cycling's most prolific athletes. "Ride. Lots." is a well-known Merckx quote andit's become one of my favourites. His two-word simple formula for success speaks volumes about how we become better at “anything” - by doing and practicing whatever it may be, lots. Lately, my version has been: Craft. Lots. Have an excellent Wednesday!
c

Elise C. said...

That is such a sweet card, Katie! My favorite part, besides the adorable elephant, are the tickets in the corner! :)

wienerhoneymooners said...

Cute, Cute, cute! My fave for babies is the Elle Elephant, I had a little stuffed one when I was little.

Love it!

Thanks for playing at CASology with us this week Katie!
-Kimberly

Pamela said...

The little elephant is just adorable and great coloring!

~amy~ said...

Cuteness overload! Awesome coloring, love the wood bits, the trim and the tickets. perfect-o!

Oh I love quotes...this would be my fav for today, after working for 6 hours on my day off:

"We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems."
-- Margaret Mead

Barb said...

Calvin & Hobbes is my favorite cartoon. My favorite quote (among many from my enlightened little cartoon friend) is..."Nothing spoils fun like finding out it builds character."

This card is adorable. I love the little tickets, your coloring and that sweet elephant image. Don't go to animal circuses though! They aren't nice to animals :'(

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love all the pretty details on this sweet card! As for family, you gotta laugh, or you'd cry! Believe it or not, these are the things that you'll laugh about some day! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Rose said...

super cute and fun card girl :)

Marita Soutar said...

Very cute

MichelleZ said...

Katie, your card is adorable!! I love that little elephant. So cute! And you can ALWAYS link your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. Cards, scrapbook pages, bookmarks, tags...ALL types of artwork is welcome!

And I LOVE your projects so link them up. We're glad to have you! :)

Melinda Spinks said...

What an adorable elephant that makes this cute card even cuter.

Melinda

Karin Åkesdotter said...

SUPER SWEET card - Love your adorable elephant and cute circus scene!

Meghan said...

Love your take on this week's cue card! My favourite comic is For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnson! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

Stacey Schafer said...

totally adorable!

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cute!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Curtain Call.

Noelle said...

DARLING card! I just love it-I have such a soft spot for a circus elephant since my youngest son's baby nursery was decorated in a circus elephant theme. this is super sweet, Katie! I agree, never really "got" the Family Circus cartoons until I had kids of my own. When my hubby and I had little ones, we loved the comic "baby blues." :)