Sunday, March 29, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #179, a Robotics Competition and ANOTHER what is on your Desk Challenge

Happy Sunday!! Today I am sharing a card I created for Freshly Made Sketches #179. I challenged myself to use what was on my desk too. Here is what my desk looked like this morning.

I have been busy with my coloring this month but did not use anything. I have watercolored, used colored pencils, and colored in images with Copics. It has been fun!!

Here is the card I created with one of my WPlus9 elephants. I LOVE these fun sets!! In fact, I am obsessed with elephants now.

I used the elephant on this card as inspiration for the coloring on my elephant. I love how mine came out!!

I cut a piece of post it in a cloud pattern and then used ink to make the background sky. I just sponged on two types of green at the bottom. I then stamped the sentiment in a dark purple ink.

Next, I layered the inked panel over a card that I embossed with an embossing folder. I die cut a purple strip and adhered that on the card. I adhered the elephant using foam adhesive over the strip.

My last step was to adhere a die cut purple heart and a few sparkles.

I have to admit that the card that I had in my head is not how this card turned out. I actually made a completely different background but had to throw it out due to a mess up with stamping. Don't you hate that?

I am entering my card into Freshly Made Sketches #179 and Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday challenge.

Stamps: WPlus9 "Bubble Talk"
Ink: My Favorite Things-Green Apple, Limeade, Sweet Tooth, Paper Trey Ink-Enchanted Evening, Memento-Tuxedo Black
Paper: Bazzill (green and purple), Paper Trey Ink (white)
Dies: WPlus9-"Bubble Talk," Winnie and Walter-"Essentials-Katharine Cutaway," Simon Says Stamp-heart, Paper Trey Ink
Other: Copic Markers, Big Shot, Sequins, Foam Adhesive, Sequins and pearl, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder

On a different note, yesterday I went to my first robotics competition. My daughter is a member of the high school robotics team. She does not program but is on the business side. She makes buttons, has to scout the robots of other teams, makes flyers for the fund raisers and other fun things. My husband also mentors the kids on the programming side of it. It has been a pretty big commitment for both of them.

I had never been to one of these things and I have to say, it was quite interesting. At the kick off event, they are given instructions on what their robot needs to accomplish, which effects how the team physically builds the robot, as well as creating the code to program it. Here is what the kids created:

I know it does not look like much but the job the robot has to do is pick up garbage cans AND stack crates. Here is the robot in action. I apologize for these horrible photos but was too lazy yesterday to put the zoom lens on for the photo below.

I circled the robot stacking bringing the stack of crates to the spot it needed to put the on in order to get points. Kind of weird to see such a packed gym for a robot competition isn' t it?

And my daughter and her friend cheering for their robot.

They wound up placing 4th out of 40 teams and entered into an alliance with two other's for the todays competition. I did not go today, though. Yesterday was long enough!!

I thank you for looking. Have a great week!!


Happy Dance said...

First, your card almost knocked me off my chair. Love the little elephant in all her finery. Your coloring is impeccable as well. It may not be what was in your head, but it sure turned out well! And how cool. Robots! So nice to see so many young people interested in technology. Looks like fun too! Happy Sunday. Bev

Susanne Vargas said...

Just love this spring colored elephant card! So adorable!

Becca Cruger said...

How cute is that sweet little elephant?!?! Love the texture you added behind your focal panel! Looks like your daughter is one smart cookie.

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

This is so cute! I love the green and purple color combo and all the yummy texture. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Marika said...

You really have coloured!! Loved to see all different kinds of elephants on your desk. And what comes to the one on the card... he or she is so CUTE, I love your doodling!! And the card certainly gives a smile to whom ever receives it. Beautiful card!

Taunya Butler said...

This was a really cool, fun post!! I loved seeing what was on your desk and love your coloring - you are such a pro!! Way to go!! Also, how cool was that whole robotics thing - you are awesome for being a supporter!! And finally, your card for this post is so completely clever and well done!!! Love the way the addition of the diecut heart and the sequins just make it sparkle - but the centerpiece is definitely that adorably colored, super cute elephant!! So glad I stopped by - so good to see you!! Have a truly blessed day!!

Miriam Prantner said...

So cute! Love seeing all those sweet Ellies on your desk and how fun about the robotics competition. I have a friend whose husband coaches robotics and they were just at one in upstate NY!

Teresa Kline said...

hello Nora! super cute card, luv the elephant! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Marybeth said...

Oh my goodness you have some amazing stuff on your desk ,Nora! How fun to make a card with ready made darling stamped images.
Never hear of that sport,sounds like it must be fun.
Thanks for your sweet commet. Happy Easter to you soon!

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Nora, I' in love with that little elephant too and I think the hat and coat are wonderful ideas! I was so interested to see the items on your workdesk and was pleased to see the superhero - I have been looking for one of those for ages. Can't wait to see how they look on your finished cards.
The robot day sounds like a very creative way to spend a day and your daughter looks like she had fun. Hope you enjoyed your solo day the next day though!
Carol x