Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Even The Smallest Star Shines in the Darkness.


Well, it's hard to believe that summer really is winding down. Where did it go?  I know I have had my head in boxes and I have been working on home improvement projects, so I guess we are late in the game with taking some time to enjoy the things in life that summer brings!  Which brings me to my card today!

My little man in the house has had a BIG struggle with water.  When we lived in Hawaii, he had a fear of it early on, so I was slow with getting him lessons. Because I knew it would be a waste of money! When I finally tried, it was not pretty. He did the cling of death to the side of the pool and even would throw up. It was regression and money down the ol' porcelain hole! We took about a year and half off! Sure made living on an Island and going to the beach, well not fun! Ironically, when we leave the Island, and live with my parents, with their help and encouragement (and his maturity), he started getting over this fear!

I was late in the game due to life circumstances and finding a place trustworthy to try lessons again and the wait paid off because man oh man is my little guy a fish now. He has done a 180. He graduated to the next level within four days of being in this class, and has had the best coach! She has got the best personality and totally fit for this job.  I am sad tomorrow is his last class with her. He will continue on in a different level to weekly classes, but she won't be his coach.  I wanted to give a NOTE OF APPRECIATION, and I thought the sentiment from the Gina K. Deisigns Best Fishes set was perfect.

Ok, sorry so wordy! I am just so proud! He has come so far!!!

Here is the card! I used the SFYTT Sketch. First time playing, and it was a lot of fun, and I added a few extra layers! :-)
Couple close ups!
Here is the awesome sketch!
I stamped and cut the starfish from cardstock and then painted him with Shimmerz in Wintergreen! I love that stuff! I bought mine a very long time ago.

My cardstock is Stampin' UP! and my pattern papers are from the Cosmo Cricket line Snorkel! 

Thanks for sharing a proud moment with me! I hope his swim coach likes it! 

Till next time!


Karen B. said...

Fun fun card Tammy! Perfect for a swim coach.

Annette said...

Tammy love how you used this sketch. I love the colors and that sentiment is fun. Great job..

Theresa said...

Fabulous card Tammy. Good for your little guy - I still won't swim. I love to play in the water, but never at the deep end.

Julie E said...

Those papers are perfect for a swim coach! Such a fluid tropical feel. I can tell you are so proud of your son :>)

Janna Werner said...

Tammy, this card is lovely, colourful and sweet and the sentiment is fabulous! Janna

Mary Pat Siehl said...

love the card-great colors!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Wow! What progression! I'm clapping for him. That's awesome, and you've got every right to be so proud. :) Too bad this wasn't the case when you were in HI, but what are you gonna do.

jen said...

this is so sweet- the coach is sure to love & appreciate it- and YAY for the 180!!! :D

Jocelyn Olson said...

I am totally crazy about those stamps--especially the sentiment. I love the papers you used! Wow!! Your post about your son is so touching. You must be super proud of him!! *hugs*

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Super FUN card, and a great way to show your appreciation for the transformation in your son! ;o)

Kate said...

What a wonderful story about your son! I loved reading it and am so pleased that you now have a little fish on your hands!
Tammy, your card is delightful! I love the sentiment that you've included.

Pauline said...

What a fabulous card for your sons swimming teacher, the colours are wonderful, a great mix, and I love the sentiment too.