Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter Thinking of You

I thought I'd share another card we made in my class on Sunday.  I had pinned this video from Penny Black ages ago and thought it might be a fun technique to try with my ladies.   I had a bit of a touch time with it using watercolors, but it was pretty easy with distress inks.  Their cards all turned out so great and I was so happy at how adventurous they were in trying it.  I did take a big leap and let them use my awesome Branch Out set that I don't like to share.  lol  (Thanks again, Pat!)

I'm enjoying the freedom of teaching classes with no worry about who makes the product or if it is retired.  I love not worrying able selling things either.   I loved my time with Stampin' Up!, but I'm having a blast with so many other products.  I keep debating on selling off more of my SU stuff, but I know I still love some of it and will get back to using it more one day.   I think...  ;)

Laila loved the local nature park we went to and it really is a great place.  They have a playground, a center with all these bones/skeletons/skins as well as furs and preserved bugs and birds, live snakes and turtles, a turtle pond, and a little old time village where they host heritage days.  They have a program for 3/4 year olds, so I signed her up to go next month.  I hope she enjoys it!

Freshly Made Smiles

Surprise!  Two days in a row. lol  Today is a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I was able to make a card yesterday while Laila was at MDO.  :)   Yay!  Narelle created this fabulous sketch and I loved using it! I pulled out a Simon Says Stamp card kit and used the products from there along with my SSS stitched circles die and a Tim Holtz stencil for this cute, but simple card.  The current SSS Flickr challenge is anything goes, so I just had to enter!

Isn't that a fun sketch?  I just love it!   I also love what the team did with it and can't wait to see the gallery this week!

Look at that face!  I swear she's a mess. So smart, but so sassy.  SOOOOO sassy.  It's hard to figure out how to discipline her without breaking her spirit.  She's been a huge challenge for me as I struggle and fumble my way through PMDD and my low iron/vitamin D issue.  Three year olds and a tired, grumpy momma are a volatile combination at times.  I'm trying so hard though and I hope one day she knows that.  <3 arenting="" attempted="" difficult="" ever="" for="" i="" is="" most="" nbsp="" p="" sure="" the="" thing="" ve="">

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chemistry Love

Believe it or not, I'm still alive.  It's been a rough start to the year and I haven't had much luck creating anything.   I did have a class on Sunday, so I thought I would share one of the projects we made.  I love this Undeniable Chemistry stamp set and matching dies from My Favorite Things.  As a science nerd, they were a must have for me.  I wanted to teach my ladies about distress inks, so we used those as well.   Everyone did an amazing job and I was so proud of them.  :)

On a side note for my dog loving readers, I donated all the money I made to Reggie's Friends to help with a special girl named Flora that they recently rescued.  They have two dogs with VERY bad injuries that need a lot of love and help and it was just on my heart to help.  If you would consider helping as well, please check out their Facebook page.

Chef Laila and I are making an oven omelet (thanks, Pinterest) for dinner and she is a great stirrer.  :)  So silly!  She's still having a rough time at school, so I guess we are going to do an official evaluation through the school.   The counselor I had her see says she's just gifted and strong-willed, so fingers crossed that it.   She's doing a lot better with other kids now, but we still have a long way to go.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Make a Wish Kitty

Another card.  It's probably the last one for the week as Laila is sick and I'm exhausted from not enough sleep!   lol   I loved the sketch at Sketch Saturday and decided to combine it with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  I love this cute image and used it with a favorite color combination, yellow and gray!  

Now it's time to fix everyone lunch and then hopefully catch a nap.   I am doing great remembering to take my iron supplements and have my second vitamin D pill to take today, so I keep hoping that my energy will return soon!   The lack of rest isn't helping, but what can you do?   Keep on keeping on!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy Bird Birthday

I found a little energy over the past few days to visit my poor stamp room.   I thought I'd work on my stash of birthday cards so I grabbed these crazy birds to use.  Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge was all about ombre, so I used my distress inks to make an ombre background.   I found another new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund, so I also want to join in there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sweet Kitties

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sweet and funny Cindy H. is our hostess this week and I love the twist she put on what I initially thought was a simple sketch.  I almost forgot it and had to get creative.  I hope my bow is acceptable.  :)   My colors were inspired by the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  It's a new challenge I just found and I'm excited to join in!   The image is the Stamp of the Month from From the Heart Stamps.  

I'm a bit sad that I seem to only be getting one card a week made and posted.  I did go to the doctor last week and my iron and vitamin D are both low, so I started supplements this week to help with that.  I am guessing that's a HUGE reason why I've had no energy.   I hope the supplements help.  

Now if you don't see me post any after today, I'll be enjoying my Powerball win and hiding out!  lol

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 218

Hello everyone!  It's time for Freshly Made Sketches to start back up for the year!  Our first sketch comes from the talented enabler who has me buying Taylored Expressions products now, Kim!   Her sketch is so interesting and it will be great to see how everyone interprets it!  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at first, but as I flipped through my stamps I saw this set and the idea came to me!  Thank goodness for cloud embossing folders and dies!  :)

The design team made some fabulous samples to inspire you, so make sure you go over and check them out!   

Stamps:  Mama Elephant Up & Away

Can you believe how big Sadie is now?  She's a small horse!   She's still all legs and can maneuver herself through the tiny cat door in our gate.  She's CRAZYsauce and super smart, so pretty much a canine version of Laila.  lol  

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Birthday Sunflower

It's my first card for 2016! Yay!   A special person is having a birthday this week so I wanted to make a special card for her.  I love bright, happy sunflowers and I hope it will bring some cheer to her day.   I didn't have room for a sentiment, but I added some little tags so that it wasn't totally naked.  :)

Stamps:  Stampendous Sunflower Ladybug, Stampin' Up! Tiny Tags
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry, Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up! Moonlight DSP
Other:  Stampin' Up! Jewelry Tag punch, Stampin' Up! Brights buttons, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Early Espresso Stitched Ribbon