Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Hip Hop!!

Thursday's Hip Hop days are one of my two favorite days of the week, 
ied with Monday's for Hippity Hop!

You should have started at the Unity blog by now and worked your way through all the
Unity DT members and you should be coming to me from Karen Maldonado's blog...
to start at the beginning... click HERE!!

I made a card today following the Hip Hop Sketch Challenge HHSC 27 which was made by our ever so talented Ippity Guest Designer Angie Blom!! (You know her talents don't end with just amazing cardmaking... she is a great sketch designer (like Maria) too!)

Anyway, I got home from work yesterday, wishing I wasn't the procrastinator I am, because I really needed to go straight to bed and catch up on some overdue rest.  But, alas, I had to finish my card for today's post!

I am nearly "drowning" in my responsibilities these days!!  I am going through my divorce which means that all the household responsibilities that my husband used to assume are now falling on me (currently a broken disposal tops the list) in addition to all the day to day responsibilities that I continue to have.  But to make matters worse, something horrible happened nine months ago causing a baby boom in my area that I just don't understand!!  We are slamming at both the hospitals I work for!!  I have been on call for 26 of the 30 days in September and am doing my best to train for my triathlon in October too!  I am simply exhausted!!!

I put a post on Facebook (you can friend me BTW by searching for Kelly Mahany) stating how exhausted I am and how something needs to give.  But I love everything that is on my plate, so I can't imagine giving up any of it!!  My wise BIL Claude says "just keep juggling!!"  And truly, he is so right!!   :-)  

But to put it in stamp terms... I need to "just keep swimming!"

What a fitting sentiment for someone who feels like they are drowning on a daily basis and also for the person (like myself) training for a triathlon who needs to remember to stay strong during the swim portion of my race and just keep swimming!!  

I think I need to send this card to myself!!!

I used the Ippity stamp set called Fishy Philosophy to create this card. 

If you are looking for this or any other Ippity stamp set to purchase,
 please Click HERE to find a chick near you!

And the DP is from My Mind's Eye.  I used two of the square scallops from Nestabilities to create the scalloped frame and then stamped the fish and background seaweed in SU ink.  I colored in the fish (aka ME!!) with Copics and added a Gelly Roller for sparkle on the fishes' fins!!

Here's to hanging in there when it gets really, really tough out there!!  I know I can keep it up... my whole life I have been in training for this specific time!!  I am trying to patiently wait to see what happens next to help my life find some peace again, but in the meantime, I am just going to keep on swimming!!  It really is what I do best!!  

Thanks for letting me vent!!

Now to continue on the Hip Hop today, 
please head over to Lisa Arana's blog for your next Ippity inspiration!!!

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Have a great day and until next time.... just keep swimming!!  :-)

P.S. Mark you calendars for World Card Making Day beginning Oct 2nd for fun filled activities all day long!


Celtica said...

oh your card is so beautiful! but i feel sorry for the hard times you are going through! i wish you a lot of courage to go on!

lots of frinedly greetings from France


Anonymous said...

Hey Chickidee - hang on, it will get better. So sorry you are struggling so much lately, lots of hugs and love coming to you today!!!

Creating is therapy and you should send your card to yourself! haha.

lisa a.

Lisa H. said...

just keep saying those words....Just Keep Swimming! I wish I could help lighten your load and lessen your burdens. Many Hugs to you and know that your creations are so inspiring and bring joy to others!!!

Jessie said...

Adorable cards!

JPScraps said...

Adorable card. I think everyone needs this cards at some point!

StampinCathy said...

This is so adorable. Love the colors, and how you used this fun set. This is one of my favorite sets too.

Christi Snow said...

Girl, I am a firm believer in making cards for yourself...simply hang it on the bathroom mirror or stand it by your computer. It is gorgeous! I hope that things calm down for you soon...((((hugs))))

Jacqueline said...

so adorable!! Love this!

Lacey said...

super cute card - love it great work.

Eva said...

This is such a perfectly fitting card for you why don't you just mail it to yourself...good idea! I think we need another stamp with the saying "This too shall pass" hehehe...we all need that reminder from time to time as well! Hugs to you and hang in there...

Anonymous said...

Swim hard'll get through. Wish I was close enough to give you a great big hug :)

Lisa said...

What an adorable card!!! Hope the baby boom is over soon....

We did the disposal not long ago. This week, it was a burst pipe in the shower. Fun times!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Oh, Kelly!! This fish is SOOOOOOOO fun! I love the colors and that sketch:) What a great card!

Julie Campbell said...

Well... I KNOW you're going to be great! :) Your card is really cute!

NoraAnne said...

Love your card, the coloring on the fish is just so pretty :) Keep your chin up and hang in there, girl!

Angie Blom said...

Hey Sweet Kelly.. you are WOnder Woman.. The best of the best.. and such a wonderful friend , I know you can do anything.. but you need to send out a newletter to your area and tell these people to take a break from baby making..hehe.. good luck with that one. No one watches tv anymore, that is why I have 8 siblings. .. It started in the 60's..hehe
Your card I just stunning . I love how you used the sketch.. thanks for all your support. Keep on Swimming.. being busy is better than not and thinking too much. Hugs and lots of LOVE!!!!

nessy said...

oh kelly i didn`t know you were going through so much ~sending you a million hugs ~the card is gorgeous and yes just keep swimming ~the shore will soon be on the horizon~my husband and myself have been swimming against the waves for the last 18 months (with work problems ,ill parents and my son being bullied and beaten up at his old school) ~and i can just about see the shore~ once we get my oldest son back into a new school.
have a great weekend
hugs, vanessa xx

Brittney said...

What a great 'pick-me-up' card!