3/05/2010

Caardvarks - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Happy Friday! Today started a new Caardvarks Challenge and I was inspired immediately! First, my card:


And here is the beautiful image for the "Photo Inspiration Challenge":


Gorgeous, isn`t it? I will make some more cards for sure, it`s so inspiring and the prize for this challenge is adorable! I used the birdcage from the Hero Arts Digi Kit "And Your Bird Can Sing". Love it!
Now a question for all the amazing Mums out there! My sweet friend (you know that I mean you, girl!) and I wondered how all the fabulous designers having a lot of children get their things done? I only have one little girl and she is not very cooperative - you`ll see what I mean here:


Cute and helpful, vacuumcleaning with Mommy. But obviously cleaning one room has to be enough, because five minutes later...



Really, nothing happened between the two photos. She only decided she wants to play with me or wants to be carried. Any helpful tips? I admire every woman with two or more kids!

Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Supplies:
Cardstock: (Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet) Papertrey Ink, Patterned Paper: Prima Marketing, Papertrey Ink, Digital Kit: (And Your Bird Can Sing) Hero Arts, available at 2Peas, Stamp:(Messages) Hero Arts, Pearls: Hero Arts

46 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Love your pretty card Vanessa, I'm so glad to be seeing more of that birdcage at last!

Chris said...

This is gorgeous. Those butterflies really pop. Love that background paper too.

Virginia L. said...

Fabulous and exquisite card, Vanessa! Love your take on the challenge!

Deirdre said...

Vanessa, adore your card. Love the pics of your cutie.... I soooo remember that stage in my DS's lives...... at 6 and nearly 8 it does pass!!!! My youngest is currently building lego as I craft/blog hop! and is very happily playing. My housework still needs to be done today!! LOL!!!

Marlene said...

Love that birdcage card!

Spardha said...

omg i luv ur card!.. the cage is soo pretty esp. adorned with butterflies and pearls! :D

Jane said...

She's soooo cute with that crying face!! I have 3 kids all 2.5 years apart from each other.... I would set up an activity for them when I would have to clean and tell them when I'm finished we could play....when they would cry I would ignore them...my youngest would attach himself to my leg while I cleaned but I stayed firm and eventually they accepted it. ;)
I LOVE your card!!

Jenn Biederman said...

Gorgeous card, Vanessa! Love the challenge this time...hope I can play! I am mother to two dds (11 & 4 year old) and have yet to figure out the perfect balancing act! I usually have to do my work while the kiddos are at school, but prior to them starting Kindergarten I just had to work when I could (usually at night). I also involve them in the stamping process by having them sit with me at my craft table. It's tough getting it all in, but us moms understand when the little ones need out attention. Just relax & know that you are doing just fine!! It does get easier as they get older!!

kmassman said...

Love the card. Love the little helper, too! I remember those days! My kid is 15 now, so it has been a while.

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous in every way! Love all the pink fluttering butterflies, this birdcage is fast becoming a favorite for me!

Lucy Abrams said...

Gorgeous card - love all the pink butterflies.
And I agree with you - not sue how all the mums do it!!!

Sandra said...

Lovely Card & the gorgeous curious impression on your daughters face, when she still wanted to clean the room... :-)
Hugs, Sandra

Sue McRae said...

I love all the butterflies on the birdcage, so pretty!

Lin said...

Love your card, Vanessa! Beautiful background!

I have no tips for you except try to look at the big picture and then stand firm with what you decide. All kids' middle names are "test mommy"!

Nancy said...

Your card is so pretty, Vanessa. I love the soft lettering on the background. Lovely!

Jessica said...

Great card, Vanessa!!

You little girl is adorable :) I think what some of the ladies have suggested is the way to go. Choose what's best for the situation and be firm :)

Tanis said...

LOVE this! Beautiful take on the challenge :)
Love the pearls on the butterflies!

Laura.K said...

lovely card.

But your daughter is just perfect sweet. In both situations.

I have two sweet kids (4 and 1) they just eat me alive. no tips, but I'm reading the tips for you.

CinnamonSally said...

Lovely card Vanessa and your little girl is so cute. Make the most of this time, they grow up all to quickly. My son is 25 next month and my daughter 22 and it seems like only yesterday they were toddlers.

Heidi Van Laar said...

SO beautiful! I love the colors and those sweet butterflies!

(-: Heidi

Amy said...

This card is absolutely Fabulous Vanessa!! I love the pink butterflies and the cute little bow that you added to it.

I am a mom of 3 (my oldest will be 6 this month) and honestly I don't know how I accomplish what I do during the day. I do have a cleaning schedule so that I don't feel like I need to clean every aspect of my home every day. There are many days that I do feel like I am just cleaning up and taking care of my family all day and then I get a chance to sit and scrap some at night after they go to bed....sometimes I am up until the wee morning hours and I don't get a whole lot of sleep, but I did get some much needed "me" time in.

Kelley Eubanks said...

:) ... oh my goodness... she is adorable Vanessa! I can be of no help to you there!! I still can't figure out how to get any cleaning done without a 'helper' who is not so helpfu! :)

Oh... and your card.... wow!!! Love it!!

Eva said...

OHhh..this is just beautiful...love your pink butterflies!

Agata said...

Your card is gorgeous!!! The challenge is up for 5 minutes and you've already made a card?! Wow! You're a hero! Especially if you have a little lady who wants to play with you all the time! ;-)

Handmade with Love said...

Oh bless her, what a lovely little one you have. Don't have any helpful advice. I have two boys and whenever I tried to clean a room they were trashing another one, just remember she will grow out of it! Really love your card, its very pretty. Tracey x

Karen said...

Your card is beautiful, love all those sweet pink butterflies! And your daughter is just precious! I've got two, but one is in school now. My daughter is really big on helping (sometimes a wee too helpful, if you know what I mean! :> lol) and I try to keep her involved........but, that also means everything goes slower. But, they're only little for so long and grow so incredibly fast! And if you discover how some of the fabulous women in this creative blogland get it all done, please do share! :>

donna mikasa said...

Love your card, Vanessa! Perfect inspiration from the photo! I don't know how you create your amazing cards and still spend quality time with your little one! They do grow up so fast, though, so enjoy her while you can! Maybe she'll grow to love stamping, too...

isonomy said...

I thought I was the only one out there who didn't have 'co-operative kids!' I have two pre-schoolers and its hard. I've heard it will pass. Sometimes, I stamp an image on scrap paper and have them color with pencils or crayons. Sometimes, I have them play in the room I'm crafting. I try to be creative in my offerings to them! Beautiful card!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! super yummy gorgeous card, Vanessa!! love love love your take on the inspiration photo! well, I am no help with kids here... if you are asking about how to deal with two cats at the same time then I might be able to.... =) Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Stamping Cafe said...

Gorgeous card, Vanessa!! Love the colors, design and the pink butterflies just pop!!

Your sweetie is so adorable even with the crying face! I have two dd... 3&7, they can be hand full most of the time. I normally wait until they go to bed and then I make card, or I will give them some cute stamps and papers for them to make cards right next to me! :) I hope this help!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Diana said...

Darling card and child. Mothers really earn their wings! Happy Friday!

colourmehappy said...

Simply stunning card Vanessa!!

Gabriele said...

wow, I really love your card: it is absolutely beautiful!

A few weeks ago I saw a blog (and I really try to remember it`s name) where women exchanged there tips how to clean a house in 15 minutes, respectively how to make husbands think that the wife cleaned the house the whole day, although she stamped and crafted *ggg*
REally inspiring ;)

But isn't that a fact we all know: Crafting people have tons of creative ideas... not only regarding stamping etc... *gg*

Wishing you a great weekend,
Gabriele

Peet said...

Great take on the challenge, Venessa! I just love this card!!

Ciacchina said...

bellissima card e adorabile bambina...

Barbara said...

I love the butterflies on this beautiful card Vanessa!
It is so long ago since my kids were little and I didn't start stamping until they were 5 or 6 so I am not much help.It will pass though! Your daughter is adorable!

Liszha said...

So simple and yet so beautiful! Lovely!

Stempeltiger said...

WOW! Such a gorgeous card Vanessa!
The birdcage, the little butterflies and the paper are so beautiful.
Great work!
Hugs, Swantje x

Dee Dee said...

Love this card - beautifully inspired. I only craft when mu kiddos are sleeping so I'm no help. :)

Johanna said...

Die Karte ist echt klasse und passt 100% zum Inspirationsfoto!

Mit Kindern ist es nicht so einfach. Meine beiden sind 6 Jahre und 4,5. Die Grosse macht schon ganz gut mit, also sie stempelt usw... die kleine findet es oft nach kurzer Zeit langweilig. Ausserdem ist es ein unterschied ob man ein oder mehrere Kinder hat. Meine beiden spielen oft zusammen und ich kann dann weiterbasteln... Alles ist ein lernprozess... und viel träning. Am Anfang kannst du vielleicht mal 3 min. in Ruhe sitzen, dann sind es 5 min. und irgentwann ist es eine stunde... oder mehr.
Ausprobieren was für euch am besten passt, da alle unterschiedlich sind.
Viel erfolg.
lg
Johanna

Sanne said...

Love love love this Vanessa - such a beauty!

Lovely pictures of your little daughter :0)
Hugs Sanne

Elise said...

How could that sweet little girl be so upset when she has the MOST creative mom - ever! Holy moly! {I'd just hug her and never put her down! -hee hee And I'm saying that only because mine are too big to do that now!}

Your card is SIMPLY stunning! I'm all a twitter! GORGEOUS!

JenMarie said...

OMGosh, how GORGEOUS!!!

paula said...

Hi Vanessa, Firstly your card is fantastic. Your Dd is just a sweetheart :D. I too have a "helper" that likes to be involved in everything or wants me to play with her all the time. Em can be a handful some days (more so when I'm really tired). I try to balance what we do together by trying to get her to do somethings by herself. Not so successfully I might add. I guess it's a case of you win some you lose a lot ;). Just keep your chin up & remember you are not the only one going through this. Have a great week & good luck with both challenges xoxoxoxoxoxo

Mabel said...

Simply gorgeous in everyway...

Suzanne C said...

Stunning card.