Just thinking

This card was fun to create. A little window with a Hambly screen print and a MME acetate bird I cut out and accented with a bling eye. This is a two for one challenge.
Melissa at Let's Scrap asked for a bird card and Sketches by Tamara recipe #46 asked for the following items on a card: stitching, rub on's, and a winged thing.

Here's mine:

Card Patterns #12

Another really cool sketch is available at Card Patterns. I am using some older papers by one of my favorite manufacturers, October Afternoon. I like the bright yellow mixed with the blues and olive green. They made me happy when I looked at them.

Bazzil card stock
Ocotber Afternoon Hometown Home Depot paper
Ocitber Afternoon Hometown file folder and name plate die cut shapes
Making Memories green ribbon and gold brads
7 Gypsies stamp
Archival Ink
Green staples from craft supply
Kaiser craft rhinestones

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Have a terrific Tuesday!




Card Patterns #11

Another great sketch at Card Patterns. I used some left over items from the Keep In Touch kit I mentioned a few weeks back.
Let me apologize for the photo because it was taken this evening. Also, I am eager to watch "Rescue Me". :-)

Bazzill red, green and light blue card stock
Scribble Scrabble pattern paper
Stickles yellow
Making Memories epoxy button
7 Gypsies stamp
Archival Ink

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful evening!


Card Patterns

Supplies: K & Co. Cut n Paste papers, Thickers, Darice rhinestones, DMC floss, Martha Stewart glitter

2 Sketches 4 You challenge

M is for Mother

Supplies: K & Co. Cut n Paste paper, gold tulle, Making Memories ribbon, and my mind escapes me for the name of the grass weave paper.


As promised, I am back with more and a sale!

I mentioned I had more cards to share yesterday and I am trying to make good on my promises. :-)
Again a card for a couple of challenges.
First is Paper Popsicles. The monthly theme is cards and the second challenge is to make a thank you card with a flower. I used some scraps from The Shaker Box's February card kit. I was a guest designer and really loved the kit Linda created. She selected the chic Amy Butler papers and some fun embellishments that included the velvet ribbon on this card. If you enjoy card making, check out her kits. Each month Linda chooses a theme such as friendship, Easter, Mother's day, etc. The kits come with pre cut card stock, ribbons, brads, buttons, stamps, envelopes, and pictures with directions to make 6 cards that were created by her designers.. Of course there is enough product to create even more cards using your own designs. The kits are a total value! Be sure to check out the online store and sign up for the community. Everyone is extremely friendly and it's a laid back drama free place to find inspiration, friendship, and shop. Right now Linda has a 15% off $10 orders. Use coupon code 2NAE5D to receive 15% off all orders $10.00 (excludes digi items and kits).Good through 04/30/09.

I used Card Patterns sketch #9. One reason I love this blog is because there is an eclectic mix of card makers that contribute their work. Sometimes I feel like I am in rut and find my work stagnant. My fiancee says he can pick my work out amongst others. Huh? Is that bad? He said it's my style. Hmmm. Okay, so this site has some really funky and fresh, mixed in with a few vintage and shabby, along with simple and cute cards. Lots of styles to inspire.

I used a Velcro dot to close this card.

Here's the inside of the card lying flat.

The next card is for Inspirational Card Sketches #11. Have you ever started a card and thought I just don't know? I am not having any good ideas. Then suddenly you start adding items and decide you need to stop! Yet you are not sure if you like it? That's how I am about this card. Definitely on the fence.
Again I am embracing the white space idea. This card uses Amy Butler papers, chipboard letters, and die cut. The buttons, velvet ribbon, and pom pom trim are from craft supply.

Okay, that's it for me today. I have to finish a recipe book for my Mom. I had no motivation to work on these 12x12 books but, one is done and I am finishing the second up today for sure. What a great relief it will be to hand these over. An achievement if you will.
Okay, enough from me.
Thanks for coming by! Have a wonderful Wednesday!


If I had my way...

I would create all day long. Alas, not to be. So, in between I am doing what I can and today was a super day! I was diligently working on several challenges and managed to complete quite a few. Granted I am double dipping on them but, I think most agree it's okay to when there are so many incredible challenges and only so much time. It seems to be common amongst card makers to make one card that follows a sketch from one site and a supply list from another site. I really like doing this because it requires me to put my thinking cap on and lately I have been using older papers and embellies which is always good!
So without further adieu, here's the first card.

It's an Easter egg shaped card for the Paper Popsicles site. I incorporated supplies from Lori's Use It's challenge which are: Use a die cut (DCWV polka dot flower), old patterned paper (Basic Grey and I have no clue how old this is but it's been in my stash a long time), an item you bought on clearance (Martha Stewart ribbon was a score from clearance bin at Mike's), use an older technique on your card (distressed with a darker ink which was popular way back when and also used a nail file to sand edges). Sorry the photo is so light.

My next card is based on Lucy's sketch for April at My Sketch World
which I was immediately excited to try! She has awesome sketches. Again, I used another challenge, Sketches by Tamara recipe #43 which is: stitching, brads, and cut out flowers.

Sometimes I can't stop myself from completing an inside so....

Supplies used: Making Memories paper, Pink Paislee alpha stickers, Martha Stewart ribbon, various brads, Stickles, DMC floss, Archival Ink, Dress It Up button, and Studio G stamps.

I'll be back tomorrow with more cards. Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate all the kind comments left last week.


Autism Awareness Day

Today is Autism Awareness Day and I would like to encourage you to check out a few sites I find extremely education and beneficial. See my favorite links on right. As a parent with a child on the spectrum, it's been wonderful for me to find valuable resources to help my daughter. I am not sure if it is understood that Autism is not a disease that can be cured. It is something my daughter will always have and I can't give her a pill to cure her. While social skills can be taught, there are areas that can not. It becomes a matter of tolerance.
The best situation is to apply a structured environment and yet it needs to be flexible. How can that be? Isn't that contradictory? Why yes it is. We are all creatures of habit, we have our likes as well as our dislikes. We like our routines and deviating from the norm is uncomfortable. I am sure there is something that causes you to feel anxiety. A few examples, flying, spiders, and public speaking. We consider these normal triggers for anxiety. For my daughter, she has different scenarios that some people find odd. It could be a loud noise or particular smell.
While we try to prepare her for schedule changes, it is not always possible and sometimes it just has to be. I find that she has embraced these changes better over the last year. Still, it is impossible to prepare her for every scenario. Those that know me are very familiar with a few occurrences.
Each day we learn and each day we move a step closer to J finding herself. I don't consider myself different than any other parent. Every parent wants their child to thrive in life. While there are various aspects to what one deems a successful life, it's the concept that is consistent. We all want the best for our child. Essentially, we are the same.