I had the idea for this card in my head for about 2 months before I finally got around to making it!
I thought the little ice skating fox and sledding bear in the WPlus9 Winter Pals set were just begging to be slider elements and then I was super curious about if I could make a slider card with different popup levels, it turns out I can but the card is obviously insanely thick ☺
So let's start with the inside because I ♥ it!
and because an awesome inside needs more than a plain white front:
So starting with the inside: I die cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die out of Neenah cardstock and die cut the slider channels in each hill. I stamped my little frozen pond on the front hill under the slider channel for the fox to skate on and colored it with Copics and a wink of stella shimmer pen and set that aside. I stamped the Owl and the Fox and the Bear (I did some masking on the bear so he could sit on the sled) in Memento ink on Neenah cardstock and colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them out. I set them aside to work on the background. I stamped and masked off my trees on a piece of Neenah cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and the did some ink blending over them with Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I colored my trees and stamped the sentiment at the top with Hero Arts black ink. I adhered that down to the inside of a white card. I die cut a stitched slope for the background hill and adhered that on top of the background. I scored and adhered the tabs for the stitched pop-up hill. I added some snow on the background with a white gel pen. I adhered the owl to the background and then added the slider elements to their channels with foam tape and a die cut circle.
For the front I ran my stitched line dies repeatedly (I saw Jennifer McGuire do it and loved it!) and then die cut the word from some Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I adhered that to my card base and then die cut the word again from felt and glued it down in the negative spot to "inlay" the word to finish it off!
So I don't know if anyone besides my mom reads this but I kind of think that writing it down will be theraputic so I'm just going to throw it out there ☺
I'm struggling this year, which I find ridiculous since we're not even through January yet. My one little word for this year was supposed to be hustle, I have so much I want to get done/see achieved this year and patience is not one of my virtues. I want us to get out of debt, which means living super frugally and Jeff working overtime. (which he has to work anyways because they're on "mandatory" overtime. That's in quotes because they aren't calling it mandatory yet, they're just strongly requesting that everyone work at least 10 overtime hours a week and if people don't work it they're kind of threatening to take away flex schedule approvals which Jeff will need for school. super fun.) I want to get in shape, I've gained back most of the weight I lost during and right after pregnancy which is super frustrating, I want to exercise and look better in pictures (especially since I'm going to Disney so many times this year, that's a lot of pictures next to skinny perfect princesses!) I want to catch up on all of our memory keeping (which is a lot. I'm very behind in Project Life, like 5 albums behind, I have a December Daily to do, and I have 3 mini albums on my list that I'd like to do besides keeping up with this year.) I want to make amazing cards to blog (ideally I want to make videos but I'm not sure how probable that is with the current set up of our studio) I want to impress my favorite stamp companies and get on their design teams (dream job!) I want to sell our house and move, we have a super tiny house, My mom either has to sleep on the living room sofa when she comes or we have to move furniture around to put up an air mattress in the studio which then means I can't do anything crafty, and we have no more room for toys for Bree and Em. and don't even get me started on lack of kitchen space or the crummy neighborhood. I really don't want to send Bree to school here. So anyways, There's a lot I want to do and I kind of want it done yesterday. But, and this is the big but, I'm drowning in parenthood right now. Emma is not a particularly easy baby. She's exclusively breastfed and I don't pump so I can't ever be away from her. (Bree was also exclusively BF without pumping but by the time she was 3 months old I could at least depend on her being able to go 3 or 4 hours in between eating so I could go to a movie without her, I remember I went to see one of the Hobbit movies when she was three months old, Emma is not that dependable, sometimes she goes 4 hours, sometimes she's desperate to eat after 1 hour so I can never leave.) She screams bloody murder if I put her down for more than 5 minutes, The exercise video I have is 20 minutes long but it's super stressful to try and exercise (not to mention shower afterwards) while a baby is pitifully screaming. I have insane mom guilt that I'm not able to give Bree as much attention as I think she needs. (and also, I would so much rather play or color with Bree than sit on the couch feeding the baby all. the. time.) I'm completely on my own with the girls 3 nights a week as Jeff goes straight from work to school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. It's nuts trying to do both of their bedtimes by myself (I know this is a poor me post, and that other people do this and more by themselves, but I'm having difficulties with it) I've been crying (a lot) and this week it reached a bit of a breaking point on Wednesday with a full blown hysterical, vomiting, panic attack. Clearly hustle is not going to work as my mantra for this year.
So I'm splitting my year evenly between two words, my new one, to work alongside hustle is grace. I need to give myself more grace and remember that my main job right now is to help two amazing and wonderful little girls grow. I'm going to relax a little with all of my other goals though, I'll still work on them, but not at the breakneck speed that I had intended. The only thing that needs immediate attention is really the girls (and taking care of myself). I will still try and fit exercise in, but I don't need to try and drop 20 pounds before my Disney trip in March (that's an exaggeration, I wouldn't really try such a drastic loss, I'm focusing on healthier lifestyle choices, not fad diets) I will continue to write down my memories so that when i'm ready, i have everything i need to document our lives but again, it doesn't have to be done right now. I'll still make cards to blog here, because that's something that I love to do and it gives me a bit of sense of self that's separate from my role as a mom and that's something that I ignored when Bree was a baby and I don't want to lose that again. but there will occasionally be days when I'll just pop in to say hi without having a card ready because it won't always be feasible to make 5 cards a week and that's ok.
I'm making a list of things (no matter how trivial) that make me happy, like having freshly painted toenails, or having a candle/fresh flowers in the house and I'm going to make sure that the things on that list happen regularly. I'm going to relax a little bit with the mom guilt about Bree's speech delays and keep working on it, and trying to socialize her more, but I'm going to take some of the pressure about if off of myself, at least until Emma gets a little bit easier.
My mama is in New Orleans and has an awesome social life so while she is willing to come and help me, I don't like to ask her to that often because of all of the awesome things she misses out on when she's not at home. I am not exaggerating when I say I don't have any friends here. My cousin is my closest friend and she lives 2 hours away and works a full time job and has a photography business, my other friends are a family with three kids who live 3 hours away so we only see them a few times a year. I am very introverted and insecure and not so good at meeting people so while I like the idea of friends, I don't actually have a clue how to find them (besides my mom's advice to go and join a moms group which sounds kind of terrifying to me) So it's just me and the girls. alone. all the time.
So anyways, that's me right now. Being a mom is hard. But i can definitely make it a little easier by letting up on some of my goals/plans and working a little more grace in there.
Have a great weekend! ♥