Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Raising Teenagers...

I have two of them and I must admit, I'm blessed.  They are fantastic young people and despite the not being able to get up when the alarm goes off (a ridiculous amount of times) or leaving a trail through the house of all of their crap; they make me laugh. They still hug me in public, they still say 'I love you' and they both make me so proud. 

As you may know already by visiting my blog, I almost think I am related to Stella. She can be such a...well, you know, and a time or two, I've forgotten to turn on the brain before the mouth opened and spatted a few choice quotes myself.  For example, what stupid and yet ironically poignant thing did I say this past weekend?  Gosh, it would have to of been while at the never ending bake sale/fundraiser for my son's Critical Thinking Team, who are now going to Tennessee to compete at the Global level (YEAH!).  Those poor kids are working their butts off earning all the money for a six day trip. Not to mention us parents cooking ours off as well in the kitchen for items to sell.  Anyway, it was hot and miserable outside and the kids are in great spirits and asking if anyone would like to support their local high school by donating (any amount, could be a quarter) and receive a lovely baked item.  This young couple was so rude and snubbed the poor kid.  He looked up at me and said, "Well, I tried." I looked back and said, "You did awesome! Don't feel bad.  I'm not going to tell her now that she's still wearing the price tag on the back of her dress!"  He turned around and got the biggest smile on his face and the rest of the day was a huge success!  I personally think I would have made Stella proud. (I'm so rotten sometimes.)  ;)

However, I'm a wee bit addicted to Stella and her total disregard for proper public relations and steep on the side of sarcasm, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this image from Bugaboo.
If it looks rather naked for my style, it is.  The card is based off of the sketch tutorial at Top Tip Tuesday from one of our wonderful DT leaders, Samantha, who has shown how she designed her clean and simple sketch.  The flower pot is hand drawn, colored with copics and glazed with UTEE.  Attached to the pot are wires that hold the copic colored Stella as well as worded leaves that offer reminders of what is needed to raise teenagers.
The leaves are a bit 'ehh' but overall I've kept with the Clean And Simple Challenge and that alone IS a challenge for me.

Would love if you stopped over and checked out the other DT cards and entered your take on our challenge. The winners of this challenge will be provided prizes from our sponsors, Simon Says Stamp, Bugaboo, and Ooh La La Creations.

Thanks for stopping by,
Big hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx

28 comments:

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic card. Love the sentiment - how true.

Lisa Jane said...

oh lol.. that sentiment is fab .. and i just love the wired leaves
Lisa x

Chrissy said...

Awesome Lisa, love the sentiment, and oh! so true..I had a friend who found teenagers a bit of a struggle, and we were having a few wines one afternoon, and she piped up with..."I reckon you should give birth to these kids when they are 16 and give them 2 weeks to find somewhere else to live"...we nearly all choked to death, it sounded sooo funny, and she loved her kids..

Luv CHRISSYxx

angelwhispers said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time over the weekend and there's nothing wrong with sarcasm when used in the right places!!! lol Me things I need some of these ladies how funny are they but each one just perfect! Chanelle xx

Annette Bowes said...

He He Lisa, I am so with you lol! Our teenagers are special:) And am getting better at engaging the brain before the tongue lol! Definately unusual card but I love it, especially the sentiment! Off to see what other goodies I have missed, have a lovely weekend, take careX:)

Alyce said...

LOL! Lisa you go girl! Sometimes people are so rude but you are a sweetie :) I love your card and the beautiful planter idea :)

Nina Macaulay said...

Hi Lisa,
Love your vintage style blog!
Great card here, love the sentiment!
Tanks for visiting me and leaving your lovley comment :O)

Have a great day
Nina.

Annie said...

Hi Lisa thanks for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment on my blog today. Comments are always appreciated. This is a fab card that you have made........loving the plant pot and leaves. Great story and good Lucy to your kids with their fundraiser and trip.

Crafty hugs.......Annie :)

Marie Gamber said...

Haaaa! You are a stitch! Love your hilarious story! Your card is adorable! So sorry someone was so small to be so rude!
Take care, my friend!
Marie

Sandy said...

Love your card with all the words coming off it in wire brilliant. Yes I have 2 great teens in my house as well. My friend said to me once that she was not a very good parent if her kids didn't hate her at least once a week. Was when she told them no technical stuff(phones,laptops) in there rooms after 9pm. Think you have to have teens to understand that statement.
Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog they made my day:) Sandy :)

Sandy said...

NO!! It is not naked, it is absolutely perfect and I LOVE the sentiment, just like I love the play your son wrote and was in. Good luck to him in this up and coming contest. Hey - you will only be one state over!!! Your writing is wonderful Lisa and I do enjoy visiting your blog and your wonderful sense of humor. Makes my day!!
Sandy

Mary J said...

Brilliant! I love your originality Lisa! Those leaves are so clever!! Thx for my daily dose of inspiration! :)

Lori said...

Congratulations to your son and his team! Your story made me laugh and your card did too! So fun to visit you!!

Patricia St Martin said...

Lisa, loved your store enjoy them now because they grow up so fast and leave home and this time is all gone. Love the sentiment on your card. Yes it is very simple for you, I also find it hard to do simple cards you did a great job.
Hugs,xxx

Jeanne J said...

Lisa, Your story cracked me up! We've all been there! I think you handled it just right (only wish I'd been there!!!) WHat a hoot! PS Love your new nostalgic background!

Lisa S. said...

I'd say you handled the situation perfectly. Kudos to you Mom!
I totally agree with Stella and love how your card turned out. Great job on the flower pot & leaves. :-)
Thanks for your sweet comments L2 and hope all is well with you & the fam!
Hugs,
L1

Angela said...

Great card with awesome image and sentiment!!! Love it!!!
xxAngela

Tracy said...

HA!!!! Yep, I'd say that priceless Stellaesque. LOL See, you can even use that awesome witty sarcasm of yours to defeat evil in the world. :-) Hmmm??? Has a new super hero been born? What shall we call her--Sarcasma?? LOL Your Stella image pick is fabulous and oh SOOO true. :-) Great job on the CAS. Those are really toughies. Hugs Twang!

Dora said...

Awww lucky you having teenagers hug you in public :D... my teenagers are always frowning at me !!! .. and I loove that sentiment on your card ha ha ha . . . so true :D xx

Stamping Shanni said...

Gotta love Stella and I hope that she continues to ease your ways through the minefield that is rearing teens! Love this card Lisa - it is soooo much fun.
Stamping Shanni

Elaine said...

Fab story Lisa , and your card is such fun ,well done Hugs Elaine

Samantha said...

Hey hunny! AWESOME card LOVE this one and love the take on the sketch too! tehhehee well done! also I have to say I AM proud of you too! what a brilliant retort! and I think your kids have an AWESOME mum! hugs me xx

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

LOL!!!
Great Card!!
Thanks for your TSG MOABH visit!

Rene said...

What a priceless moment!!!!! Too funny!
You must be so proud! Global? AWESOME!!!!
Rene :D

Margaret said...

You are just the coolest! Nothing irks me more than rude people, especially to younger people!
I LOVE the Stella image and your pot and leaves are the perfect accessories for your clean card! You did forget to add the leaves that say 'wine' and 'coffee' or maybe that's just me ;)

Margaret said...

You are just the coolest! Nothing irks me more than rude people, especially to younger people!
I LOVE the Stella image and your pot and leaves are the perfect accessories for your clean card! You did forget to add the leaves that say 'wine' and 'coffee' or maybe that's just me ;)

~ Barb said...

I am best friends with Stella, and I'm so disappointed she only has one birthday a year because I could make all the Stella cards for her, LOL! Your teenagers sound like 2 awesome kids. Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day and thank-you for stopping by my blog and your kind words! {Hugs} Barb

Shelby said...

I'm convinced that some people are rotten to the core and just deserve to not be told their price tag is hanging out. I almost thought you were talking about my crazy neighbors who are always nasty asses to the kids who are trying to raise funds for their clubs. Their kids are rere(s) and they are too lazy to have them in activities. I always just buy twice as much and then tell the kids who else will buy stuff from them. Hopefully that couple won't be blessed with the ability to procreate.
Anyhoo...congrats to your hummingbird catcher son and his team...good luck.
Great card Dory and of course Stella just rocks it.

Shelby