Monday, August 23, 2010

Painting the Town Blue???

Welcome to today's Ippity Hippity Hop!!

Did you guys have a great weekend?  I had a pretty quiet one, and am starting to think it might be time to see what all is out there in the rest of the world!!  Maybe it's time to think about joining the dating world again!  We will have to see about that!  It scares me and excites me at the same time!!  I will keep you posted.  So far, no one is banging down the doors to ask me out though!  LOL!!

On a really positive note, this morning was the first training session to get back into doing Triathlons.  Some of you may know that two years ago I started training for my first one and then on my 45th birthday I completed my second one.  

I fell off the training wagon after that and have decided it is past time to get back into it!  So... wish me luck as I pursue this goal of mine again.  One of the things on my Bucket List is to compete in an Olympic Distance Triathlon.  For those that don't know what that is, it is combining swimming, biking and running into one race.  It starts with a 1.5 km swim (.93 mile), then has a 40 km ride (24.8 miles), and finishes with a 10 km (6.2 mile) run.  My first part of reaching this goal will be to compete in a much smaller race in October.  Then we will see how I progress from there!!


OK... enough about me!!  I guess I am a bit chatty today!! LOL!!

But now it's Hippity Hop Time!!


So you know the drill right??  The Ippity DT and many Ippity chicks and fans have prepared some fun and creative stuff for you to enjoy today. To see it all, it is best if you head to the Ippity Blog to find a list of all the participants' blogs!!  Then one by one visit their blogs and please leave some love if you have some time to do so!!


Our new Ippity Hippity Hop Challenge (IHHC38) for today is given to us by Karen Maldonado.  She has asked us to use paint on our projects!!




I was in the mood for some bright and funky colors so I found this fun paper from We R Memory Keepers that I paired with the cute felt flower from American Crafts and my Ippity stamps.  The sentiment is from the Spring Release set called Quotes a la Happy.  And I also used the Dots for Sure stamp to create the background for my flower.

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It might be hard to tell, but I used paint to stamp the dots background. There are a couple of options on how to do this.  One way is to use a paint brush and dab paint onto your stamp then stamp it like you normally would.  But what I did was spread a thick-ish layer of paint on a piece of scrap cardstock and then used that paper as my "stamp pad."  I pressed my stamp onto the wet paint very firmly and moved quickly since the acrylic paint dries super fast.  Then I just stamped the dots onto the piece of paper I was using.  You can see that sometimes the coverage is not as clean as when you use ink, but I think it makes for a fun and funky effect when you want it to be that way.  Your stamped images might also appear distressed when you stamp with paint.  


We hope you will give it a try.  And if you do, be sure to upload your projects into the SCS Gallery using the keywords Ippity, Unity and IHHC38 so we can find them!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you out in blog land!!  TTFN!!




23 comments:

Celtica said...

great card!!!

FibreJunky said...

Neat card. Best of luck with your triathlon training! You are a far braver woman than I.

StampinCathy said...

This is one beautiful and inspiring card. I just love the colors and the sweet Ippity. I know that you will make your goals on this challenge.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wow, a triathlon...you go girl! I just did my very first 5K last month and I ended up not running the whole time so my next goal (sooooo small compared to your triathlon goal) is just to run the whole 5K, lol! Good luck with the training!

Very sweet card. Love the ruffled ribbon!

Ginny said...

Super cute card. Good luck on training for the triathlon! Wow, an olympic distance one... I hope someone has a good drink for you after you complete that race!

lynn said...

kelly, your cards are always so happy, and i love this one:) good luck with the trialthon--that would kill me:)

Angie Blom said...

beautiful card Kelly.. I love it!! and you are an inspiration to all us girls.. We will cheer your progress on.. so amazing all the things you do!!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

this is too cute, Kelly! Congrats on training again for marathons! Once my boys go back to school, I am going to get back in shape and start REALLY working out again! Great big cheers for you! :)

{jennie} said...

Great bright card creation! I need to bring my paints out and have some fun with them!

Martha said...

adorable.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Such a sweet card!!!You are amazing good luck with your training!!!!

dahlhousedesigns said...

Such a bright fun card, love it!!!
Lisa a.

Lone Pine Designs said...

What a happy card...good luck with the training!

JenMarie said...

Tri-training ~ awesome!! Go Kelly Go!
LOVE your card!

Gardner's Basket said...

Beautiful card, I love all the layers and stitching. Good luck with the training.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Triathlons! WOW--good luck:)

And this card is so fun!! LOVE the bright colors--and how you painted that background! LOVE LOVE LOVE it:)

Anonymous said...

I commend you on your athletic goals and I wish you success, just be sure to get a clean bill of health before you attempt all that physically rigorous stuff. We're not twenty something anymore and Florida heat can be brutal on a body that's seen some wear (I speak from experience!).
Hope to see you soon. Vianna

NoraAnne said...

What an adorable card! Love the fun funky colors! Good luck meeting your training goals and completing your Olympic triathlon~amazing! I am so looking up to you right now! I can't even get myself to walk a mile these days!
p.s. good luck with your possible dating ventures too :) this could be exciting!!!!

Kimmarie Baker said...

Pretty card! Nice use of paint! Your card makes me smile!!!

Thanh Vo said...

Wow Kelly, I never knew you were such an athlete!! All the best to you in your triathlon.

secret scrapbooker said...

Great card Kelly :0)
Kate x

Jen E. said...

congrats on the run. that is reallty inpressive. cute card, too!

Jen said...

OOoh, I love your funky colors Kelly! It's so 'happy'!