Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I needed a Motivator

Have you seen the television show Wipeout? Yes, it's one of the stupidest shows on tv. Nevertheless, we have let it amuse us on occasion. (My four year loves it and pretends he's going through the obstacle course and getting "wiped out" into the water pool. It's pretty entertaining.)

One of the obstacles on the course is a set of four "Big Balls" that people are usually afraid to jump across to get to the finish line. So there's this giant swinging padded arm that drops down if the contestant takes too long to get a move on and "motivates" them by pushing them off the platform into the water below. They call it "The Motivator." (That's the role I'm assigned to when my four year old plays Wipeout.)

I needed a Motivator of my own to get crafting for my own personal life. I tend to get caught up in the projects I'm doing for class because I love figuring out the techniques and teaching them to others, but I find that my personal crafting falls by the wayside. My Motivator this week? Two five year old birthday parties at the same place, on the same day, with an hour break in between. Of course I waited until the night before the parties to make the cards. Sigh. I will never learn.

Here's what I came up with - you know how I love to match!

Here I took some plain white butcher paper and stamped it with the On a Pedestal stamp set, tied some pretty pink bows with taffeta ribbon in Pretty in Pink, and made a matching card (below).

For the second party I used the Lots of Bots stamp set and stamped with the nuts and bolts stamp all over a plain white gift bag. I made a matching card and thought that a matching plate for the bag would really tie it all together. Since I took this picture with my iPhone the sentiment is hard to read: Happy Birthday Human. The chubby little robot is holding a balloon and gift bag and he's just so cute. I colored him in with my blender pens and my Basic Gray and Baja Breeze ink pads. Four silver brads at the corners add to the metallic feel of the card. The back of the envelope got sponged and stamped with the nuts and bolts stamp from the set.

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