Sunday, May 20, 2018

Scrapbook Sunday

Welcome to another Scrapbook Sunday, keeping you inspired to create your own pages. This month our theme is Floral.

These two young ladies are having such a grand time on the carousel at the Bemidji Water Carnival! I pulled the roses from horse on the left, and the colors from both horses. And the gold fancy details are a nod to the grandeur of the carousel design.

I used the Stitched All Around bundle from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog for the sentiment 

I apologize for the photography, I am at my daughter's apartment again, without my lighting system! And I spent all of my daylight hours between the Farmer's Market, garage saling, and cooking with the awesome fruits and veggies we scored at the Farmer's Market.

I used the Stamparatus to do the flowers, then fussy cut them. The Stamparatus saved me a ton of time, as I was working with my Spot sized ink pads, and they are getting a mite dry. So each layer of each flower is stamped at least twice!

The gold leaves are from the Petals and More die set.

Next up is the amazing organizer of this hop, Jenny Hall!





Friday, May 11, 2018

My Inky Friends: A Fond Farewell

Well, it is that time of year again. Time to say goodbye to some well loved stamp sets to make room for new stuff. OK, really I don't necessarily say goodbye. They just move to a different, but equally accessible, spot in my craft room to be used whenever I feel like it. Maybe you are like me in that respect 😁

If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Mickey Robert's blog where she shared projects with So Many Shells.


I am using a sweet and adorable set, Little One, that I have only used a couple of times. I love it, and can't wait to play with it some more.

I could not resist making a wreath with the botanical image, and woodgrain just felt so right for the DSP and the embossing.

The teepee is black heat embossed on watercolor paper, watercolored, then fussy cut.

The sentiment is white heat embossed on vellum. 


And another angle. I made this card while at my daughter's apartment. I actually brought a few items with me this time, so I had a little more to chose from. It is good to have a limited supplies challenge sometimes. Far fewer shiny squirrels 😉

Next up is Cindy Elam with Happiest of Days! I am sure it is delightful!

https://www.heartsdelightcards.com/2018/05/my-inky-friends-fond-farewell.html

http://www.paperconversation.com/2018/05/inky-friends-a-fond-farewell-blog-hop-so-many-shells.html


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Pop of Paradise

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/01/picture-perfect-birthday.html
Hello stamping friends! I am going to jump right in and say that we are featuring one of my all time favorite sets, Pop of Paradise! I think it has been missed by many in the Annual Catalog, and now this is it's last hooray.

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Dawn Tidd's blog. I can't wait to see what awesomeness she has come up with!

You would think that since I love this set so much, I would have a bunch of projects to show you. But alas, my life is at a new level of chaotic right now, and this is all I had time to pull off. And I may be late to work today to get this done. 😨

I wanted to do something with a black flamingo, so here you go!

And now, Holly Krautkremer! I can't wait to see what layering genius move she has come up with this time 😊


http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/08/stamp-review-crew-window-shopping.html

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/08/21/the-stamp-review-crew-window-shopping/


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bonus Hop-Truly Tailored

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/01/picture-perfect-birthday.html
There are five Mondays in April this year, so you know what that means! A bonus Stamp Review Crew hop!! This time we are using the soon to be retired Truly Tailored. I love me a great masculine set, and this one is certainly a fun one!

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Stesha Bloodhart blog. Not only do I love her projects, I adore her photography and editing skills!


One of the reasons I love this set so much is the awesome little iconic images that are included in the set. The mountains and the arrows are so fun to make repeating patterns with. The Stamparatus played a big part in this card. I mimicked the mountains with vellum stitched squares cut in half and adhered behind the oval.

And the Simple Stripes embossing folder came out to play with this card. The stamped medallion behind the punch was made using a wreath builder jig. You can find all kinds of videos on YouTube for how to make your own jig to use with a stamp positioning tool. OK, I know I use the term "jig" a lot for this when most people call it a template. Blame it on my woodworking upbringing.



And now, Ann Schach's!I am sure she has created something delightfully elegant!

http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/08/stamp-review-crew-window-shopping.html

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/08/21/the-stamp-review-crew-window-shopping/

If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! 

Product List
Truly Tailored Clear-Mount Stamp Set
$20.00
Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Stamp Set
$28.00
Truly Tailored Clear-Mount Bundle
$34.00
Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Bundle
$41.25
Tailored Tag Punch
$18.00
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
$30.00
Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
$8.50
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Wild Wasabi 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$7.00
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Versamark Pad
$8.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
$5.00
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder
$5.00

Friday, April 27, 2018

My Inky Friends Challenge #5

http://myinkyfriends.blogspot.com/

My Inky Friends and I hold a monthly challenge on the 4th Friday of each month, and it is that time again! This time we are issuing a sketch challenge. As always, the inspiration for this sketch challenge is taken from the Annual Catalog where you can find all kinds of creative sparks.




 I used this month's Paper Pumpkin to create this card. I am at my daughter's apartment, 5 hours from home and my craft room, so I had to work with what I had :)

You can participate in these challenges and share your creations with all of us. Check it out and play along!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2018




This is such an awesome topic, I had to play in 2 hops! This month in Autism Awareness month, and we are hopping and sharing our stories to bring greater awareness. I am joining several of my stamping friends to bring you some creative inspiration, and some humanity inspiration!

Whether you have Autism, have a family member or friend with it, or just want to be a better human being to those in your community that you may encounter with it, knowledge is power!

Here is what I shared on the other hop, as it pretty much says it all for me:

For me, I encounter autism in my circle of friends and family, and in my professional life as a nurse.

I have several stamping friends who have children with autism, and being a listening ear when we get together is definitely something I am up for. We all need a safe place to share our unique joys and frustrations.

I work with a doctor who has 2 sons with autism, and I admire the way that he parents all of his children, and watch him struggle with the lack of coverage to the maintenance therapy his children need through our insurance company. And the sacrifices his family makes to ensure they get what they need. 

When my son got married this fall, I gained a 14 year old grandson with autism. He is a bright and enthusiastic child with lots to say, and is eager to interact with us all. Meal time is a challenge though, lol. He will eat anything full of sugar, and always wants steak. Neither of those items is on the list of things that I serve for a house full of people. Family gatherings here are frequently for a group of 15 or more! There are many other quirks, but I won't violate his privacy to share them. We love him, and would not cause him harm for any reason.

When a child with autism comes in to the ER, whether ill or injured, it does present some unique challenges. We are asking them to adjust very quickly to new settings, new people, and frequently painful interventions. Flying by the seat of our pants is our specialty, but not so for these youngsters! Sometimes we can take the time to help the child cooperate with what is happening. Sometimes the child needs care quickly, and that can get dicey! Then you try to get things done as quickly as possible to avoid drawn out fear and anxiety. It helps if everyone around the child remains calm and supportive despite screaming, hitting, and behaviors from the child. You know what, that applies to anyone, autistic or not.

By being flexible and caring in our interactions with each other, we can make this world a better place for those who have additional challenges to their everyday routine.


If you would like more information about Autism, check out this site that a friend recommended: the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Empowerment is a great thing! You can support this cause by donating here:

https://autisticadvocacy.networkforgood.com/projects/23616-your-gift-will-help-empower-the-autistic-community



Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just be there. Talking, sitting quietly, or sharing a task without conversation. Just being a peaceful companion. We all need that puddle of calm now and again.

And it is a special person who can do that for any of us! I hope I am that kind of someone for my loved ones, and my patients.

Most strongly in my heart, this card is for my husband. I am so glad he is my someone.


https://sootywingstudios.blogspot.com/2018/04/autism-awareness-blog-hop.html


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