Saturday, October 26, 2013

let's celebrate...and thoughts on raising kids!

Hello! Today's post is another one about using paint chips. As you may know already, using paint chips is my latest obsession! With the gradient effect (that a paint chip gives), you can easily create a little "masterpiece"! Seriously, all the colors are matched up for you, what can be easier? 
Celebrate
Supplies: Party Dots ( Neat And Tangled Stamps), Navy Mid tone ink, Soft Pool (Hero Arts), Paint chips from Wal-mart, Gold embossing Powder (fine, from Michael's) sequins (Michael's).

 On a personal note, we are in a celebratory mood as my daughter Stephanie just received her Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Waterloo yesterday. She is continuing to do her PhD program at the same university. We are so proud of her achievement and determination. Besides being busy with her studies, Stephanie and a friend started the university mental health awareness program called "Stand up to Stigma" two years ago. This on-going campaign has received overwhelmingly positive support from the university and local community!

 Way to go, Stephanie!
Stephanie recently uploaded an old video of her piano/cello (taken in 2009) duet with her brother David. Now here's a little trip down the memory lane for us....


This video reminds me that it is so worth the time and effort to invest in those piano/cello lessons! If you have young kids, please consider signing them up for music lessons. The concentration and discipline required for learning an instrument truly helps a child in their mental and emotional development. Or simply just READ to them, READ together...and spend time together! Here is an excellent article about reading for the next generation (thanks to the writer Cristina K.., for the link over Facebook)

I remember the bygone days when I hired a babysitter for David (they are 5 years apart), just so that I could read to/with Stephanie! She now has that life-long love for reading and learning! In this day and age, it's even more important to get the youngsters' minds off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TV, on-line games and videos...When you hear/see the rewarding result, it is heavenly! Hope that I am not sounding too preachy, but this is truly what I believe (after all, I do have a Master's degree in Education--wink!)
Thanks for stopping by!

39 comments:

Pamela said...

Wow! Masters! That is a big achievement :) And I totally agree that the piano lessons that I took was definitely worth it.

Back to your card... I love paint chips too! My mom and I took a bunch of them when we started crafting!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I think this is my favorite paint chip card! It really shows the ombré effect which is so trendy!
And big congrats to Stephanie! How can we not be so proud of her when we watched her grow up all these years! And David is a special guy, too!

Niki G said...

Oh the joys I have to look forward to! Your kids are adorable and what an accomplishment, made me tear up! Such a beautiful video. Your paint chip card is awesome too!

Lynn said...

I love your card, but more importantly love your post about your children. So very true to take time for them! We have our oldest in piano and our third in drum lessons. There is simply nothing more important than our children and the time we spend with them.

Kristen said...

My fave paint chip card and great video and pics. Congrats on the degree Stephanie!!

joy said...

Love the paint chip ombre card, Virginia!

Congrats to Stephanie - what a wonderful accomplishment. She is a lovely young lady and your parenting efforts have definitely paid off! Thanks for the photos!!

Sheila H said...

Your card is spectacular, Virginia. The sequins and party dots make me smile. I love the design. Congratulations to Stephanie. I think your comments on parenting are very true.

SiskiyouSue said...

Research shows that the single most important indicator of a child's success in school is being read to while young. It causes their brains to grow the neurons that allow them to understand language. And while video games and television are certainly not evil, they promote the growth of completely different neurons. In other words, children who do only one of those activities are not wired for the other. And won't necessarily grow them later after most of the wiring is completed. Sad!

Congratulations to your daughter, and to her parents who certainly contributed to her success.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Your card is so fun! Congrats to Stephanie and you. It shows in your kids what an awesome parent you are!

Deepti said...

Wow love the lively, sparkly and bubbly look of ur card and congratulations to ur daughter :)

Lin said...

What a beautiful piece! Yes, they both now have that life-long love of music! A joy to see these pictures, little sis!

diana said...

Congrats to your daughter. And a big congrats to you and your husband for raising great kids! Thank you from a fellow Canadian. ;-)

Another great card! I will definitely take a look in the paint aisle when I stop at the hardware store. LOL

conil said...

Wahoo for Stephanie...it's a tribute to you and the Dr. that your children are so accomplished. I, too, believe every child should have the opportunity to play a musical instrument. The discipline spills over into so many other aspects of their life. Fortunately, all our kids & grandkids love to read. Incidentally, your card is right up my paint chip, addicted alley. I've been eyeing the stamp set for some time. Got to have it now.

Barb said...

Wow - your card is fabulous, V! Love the addition of the sequins!

HUGE congrats to Stephanie - amazing accomplishment! Loved seeing that sweet video and the wonderful pics! :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So happy for your daughter and family! As a mom of little ones I want to get my children involved with music early as my husband and I both do a lot with music, but I am unsure of how to pick an instrument and how young is too young? Would love to hear your thoughts!

~amy~ said...

i.love.this.post.

Gerry said...

Congratulations Stephanie and the Lu family. You are all truly blessed and very giving of yourselves.

Harriet said...

Virginia....thank you, thank you for using color chips. I have "borrowed" your idea using them to make cards for a VA hospital. When I'm stumped for another idea...paint chips have become my answer.

Reading to children -- my mantra. I raised two readers and assisted in two grandson's raising. One loves to read the other not so much...go figure.

I also agree 100% about encouraging parents to enroll their children in music lessons. They are not going to be concert players, they are not going to be professional -but- they will learn to work, learn and enjoy music. That in itself is a priceless gift.

Congratulations to Stephanie. I love your hair!!!

MarcyK924 said...

Oh you Queen of Sequins, you! What a beautiful card! I'm going to have to make a trip to my paint shop, for sure! I bet you can make some awesome mosaics!

Seeing the kids growing up is always a joy! And how proud of Stephanie are you two????? She is her mother's daughter, that's for sure - strong, independent, and beautiful! Congrats, sweet Stephanie - may you be blessed with good fortune and happiness in your lifetime! XOXO

lenny said...

What an awesome card!! Love your paint chip cards!! :) :) (great obsession)

Congrats to you and your family!!
Way to go!!

Barb Ghig said...

Another gorgeous card, Virginia! I love the mix of sequins with the gradient of colors, and your embossed sentiment is fab! So pretty!

You and Dr. John can be so proud of both of your children! I think it's really wonderful that you are all so close, and that your priority has always been in their best interest! A HUGE CONGRATS to Stephanie on achieving her Master's Degree!!! And, that she is continuing her education is so insightful and amazing, really!

I love that you shared photos of them now and when they were little...so fun :-) and I enjoyed seeing the video again!
Sending (HUGS) and hoping you have a great weekend!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Big congrats to Stephanie and the whole family! As a former teacher and mother I completely agree with you about reading for them and with them! Lovely card Virginia, love those colors. TFS

Laura Norris said...

Congrats to Stephanie on her wonderful accomplishment!!! You should be so proud of both of your amazing kids, it is obvious that you and Dr. John have put a lot of time, energy and especially love into your family! Thanks for sharing.

Greta said...

Congratulations--what an accomplishment! You so deserve to be proud of your kids. How fun to look back over the years at these pictures. Have a great weekend, Virginia!

Rose said...

HUGE congrats Stephanie!!!!! :)

jusaweecatnap said...

Great parenting advice--I second everything you said. Congratulations to Stephanie for all her hard work. Also to her parents for your hard work. It's fun to read about your family because you all look so happy and successful in your individual pursuits and happy as a family unit. I'm glad you choose to share these special moments with us.

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful card! And what a great accomplishment for Stephanie. You have raised some wonderful kids!!!

Brenda said...

I am loving what you are doing with these paint chips Virginia! And thank you for sharing about the importance of reading to your kids. I know that I need to make time to do more of it in between all the other school work that needs to be done.

Nonni said...

Hi Virginia! Very fun card, I love the sequins! Congratulations to your daughter. Lovely to read about your thoughts of learning music -I'm a musician so it always makes me happy when I meet people who understand the influence music can have on people. On these financially difficult times too much funds are cut from music and other cultural services because politicians don't understand how positive effect art and culture can have in people's lives and help with mental health for example. Lovely to hear your thoughts. xx

Helen F. said...

Your card is totally delightful, Virginia!
I should send you some of the many many paint chips I collect (and apparently hoard) every time I go into Home Depot. You really know how to put them to good use :-)

HUGE CONGRATS to Stephanie~Your children are amazing and so very accomplished! Kudos to you and Dr. John. Wonderful video and photos.

Cris G said...

First of all, big congratulations to Stephanie! This was a big step in life and others are about to come. Your daughter seems to be a girl with much initiative and beliefs, so she is already a successful young lady.
About music and reading, I couldn't agree more with you. I'm a passionate for the education of young children (up to 6), and I'm aware of the benefits of these "disciplines", even from birth... add to this spending quality time with children and we'll have an amazing next generation. I have to stop now, because this issue could make me talk/write for hours :).
Your card is a beautiful one, Virginia. Paint chips provide a great effect.

Mary-Anne V said...

Congrats to your daughter! I totally agree with you about music lessons and reading. Thanks for your advice and thoughts.

Annette Allen said...

yay for Master's Degree.. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie.. woohoo... Amazing kids.. amazing parents.. great family...

love your card Virginia..

Katie Ann Brooks said...

OK, I love your paint chip obsession, I don't know why I haven't tried this yet. Certain tips you give stick with me like glue. This is one, the last time I was at Home Depot I was so tempted to take some paint chips... also blowing your sequins and seeing where they land...I do that all the time now! Thanks!

Congrats to Stephanie!!!!! You must be very proud of both of your kids. The trip down memory lane is wonderful! :)

Chark said...

Congratulations to your daughter! It's sometimes difficult to sustain the enthusiasm to learn for so long, so good for her! And your kids were adorable and still are :)

alexandra s.m. said...

I couldn't agree with you more Virginia!
CONGRATS to Stephanie and to you!!!
You are an example for us all Virginia!

maria f. said...

Congratulations to Stephanie (she is just BEAMING in that photo with her diploma!) and to you too for being such a good Mom. I agree with your thoughts on music - unfortunately that did not happen in our household.

Ivanka said...

Congratulations to Stephanie, what a huge accomplishment! And I totally agree with your reading/music thoughts. I'm not musical at all but my girls 'found' music at one of our local festivals when they were little. A music school had tiny violins for them to try and they were hooked. Although they didn't stay with the violin,(viola and piano) they loved their music lessons and their music brought all of us years of joy. Your video brought back memories of my girls playing piano and viola...usually at Christmas. Such wonderful memories.
Congrats on another term at Fresh Squeezed Stamps. My order came, just haven't had time to use it yet.

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Huge congratulations to Stephanie - so wonderful to see that hard work pay off, and don't you all look like a beaming, proud family!! Great advice about reading and music too and I completely agree with what you've said.

Finally, a wonderful fizz-pop-bubbly-delight of a card! Absolutely fitting for this post and this occasion!!