Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

I managed to make a card for Freshly Made Sketches.  I've been able to stamp a bit while mom is here so I thought I'd join back in.  Of cousre I didn't get it posted on time...  The sketch this week comes from Jen B and it worked perfectly with a flower I'd colored earlier in the week.

The rest of the team made some beautiful cards, so be sure to stop by the blog and check them out.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Santa's Mustache

Hey!  Long time no see.  :)  I hope everyone survived the ghosts and goblins.  Laila had a blast and got a ton of candy.  The rest of last week was a bit crazy.  I had a rough day on Wednesday.  Rough.  On Thursday Jason went to "get his hair cut" and came back with my mom.  She knew I've been struggling a lot lately, so she came down to help me out for a while.  I'm so thankful as I was at my breaking point.  She's the best.

This is a card I finally finished up last week but haven't had time to post.  Don't you love that santa with his huge mustache?  He cracks me up!  I love the sentiment with him too.  I added a bit of Coastal Cabana in there because well, that colors is awesome.  :)

 My little Pikachu.  :)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oh Christmas Trees

Happy Sunday.  I can't believe we are almost at the end of October.  It is going to be Thanksgiving and then Christmas before we know it.  I decided I have enough fall/gratitude cards to mail out, so I'm trying to focus a bit on Christmas.  I managed to do another of the Falliday Fest challenges and have one more in progress.  The deadline to upload them is noon tomorrow, so fingers crossed I can finish that last one.

This card was inspired by the challenge all about hard candy Christmas.  My Mamaw always had a jar of the striped hard candy during the holidays.  I remember picking a piece and hoping it was a fruity one and not another mint. lol  The red striped paper along with the added green of the trees reminds me of that candy and my childhood.  Did you eat that too?  I feel like I should look for some to introduce it to Laila.

The stamps and circle die are from Simon Says Stamp and the embossing folder is Stampin' Up!  The trees are Wild Wasabi and Garden Green.  I like using those two greens together.

I think we are going to try and carve up some jack-o-lanterns and then have dinner.  I hope this week is a good one for you!  I will hopefully be back soon with a card using Stampin' Up!'s Santa Stache.  That set cracks me up!  :)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Colors

Hey!  How is everyone on this fine Friday?   I can't believe I haven't posted since Monday.  Well, I can, but that's breaking my recent streak of doing better.  lol  Jason worked overtime this week and I was solo parenting for most of it.  He was home yesterday and I totally took off for brunch with a friend.   I wanted to share a couple more challenge cards with you.  I have a lot of cards made up for Fall now, so I need to start sending those out soon.   This one uses my most favorite Stampin' Up! set, French Foliage along with a sentiment from Truly Grateful.  I stamped on the Kraft paper that was sold back in my demo days.  Do they still have that?  I love it!

And this card...  Lori challenged us to use wheat and I think this counts, right?  lol I pulled out the distress inks for this one.  The wheat is from Concord & 9th and the sentiment from wPlus9.

Laila started going to a cooperative play groun this week and it's from 4:30 to 5:30, so we have to stop for dinner on our way home.  She picked Panera this week.  She seems to enjoy the class so far, so I hope it will benefit her.  With this description, it seems to cover much of what she needs help on. The Cooperative Play group addresses social skills, communication, and emotional regulation skills.  They work on things such as taking turns, expressively identifying how they feel, flexibility with non-preferred activities, keeping their body in the group, thinking with their eyes, cooperative play and communicating with peers during play, along with other skills.  If I could list her issues, it would be most of those. Thank goodness we can at least work on them while we are waiting on an evaluation/diagnosis.

I'm off to clean up my desk.  It's a wreck as is my floor.  Creativity is messy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thank You Snorlax

Today I'm sharing the last two of the Falliday Fest cards.  I don't know if I'll have time to do any of the other challenges before the deadline or not, but we shall see how the week goes.  :)   This is for another card drive that is part of the challenges.  They will be going to men and women in the armed forces who have become sick or injured during their service.  The theme was patriotic thank you cards.  This design should be easy to produce quite a few of, so I might enlist Laila to help me make up some.  All the products except for the sentiment are Stampin' Up!   The sentiment is from Altenew and can be easily substituted for any thank you sentiment you might have.

This is the silly card that Laila and I made this week.  Our family has been taken over by a Pokemon Go obesssion!  We've been watching the old shows together as well.   I managed to find the cut files for a few of the Pokemon and we used my Silhouette Cameo to make this Snorlax.  He seemed like he'd be fun on the blue Christmas challenge.   lol  Laila has already claimed him and he's on her dresser.

We did some Halloween/Fall projects yesterday.  Laila painted this pumpkin and then we baked a pumpkin bundt cake. It was delicious too! Here's a link to the recipe in case you want to try it!  I'm off to do a few chores and shower.  We are heading to the library today for new books.  :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Halloween & Santa

Sharing a couple more cards today.  I came in last night and colored a bit and was able to turn those images into cards for the Falliday Fest challenges.  This one is for a pink Christmas challenge.  A friend sent me this cute Stampin' Up! Naughty or Nice set and the Santa stamp is so cute!   Doesn't he look good in pink? :)

The next challenge I did was a good/bad witch card.  I picked the bad witch and used lots of greens and blacks.  Now I want to go watch The Wizard of Oz.  I miss waiting on it to come on that one time of year.  It's funny how much things have changed from my childhood sometimes.

I'm off to rest a bit.  Jason is working overtime today so I have four days of solo parenting this week.  I hope I make it.  My depression/anxiety is the worst it has even been right and it can be hard to make it through one day.  Four?  Well, send positive thoughts!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Owls and Puppies Oh MY!

Yappy Saturday!  Just checking in with a couple of cards.  I haven't stamped much this week, but I finally made myself come try and was able to make a few.  More Falliday challenges.  Today is the last day and I think there's a week to play catch up.  I won't finish them, but I do hope to do a few more.  This challenge was to make a pet thank you card.  It is for a card drive for the Tri-County Humane Society in Minnesota.  I'm glad they are doing some card drives for the challenges.  I'm trying to at least do those and maybe follow up with a few more of the theme before I mail them.

(Did you see I used some Baja Breeze for this one?  I totally hoard it, but I need to use it!)

I had to edit and add that I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am taking a little time off, but I want to play along as I can. :)

Sorry for the bad picture.  I prefer taking them on our dining room table with natural lighting, but Laila seems to pile all her crap up on it and it's a half-day job to clear it off.

Next was a challenge to make an owl card.  I love this Winter Owl stamp from Lawn Fawn and thought it would be fun to use.  I wanted to make Jason a card.  All the things going on with Laila are putting a lot of stress on our marriage.  I don't know how that will all play out, but I hope we can figure out how to make it work.  I love him.  Marriage is hard though, especially with an extra challenging child.  I'm going to sneak out and put in the car so he'll find it going to work tomorrow.

Laila picked Pikachu as her Halloween costume for the year.  It was so hard to find one in her size, but I finally got this one.  It's kinda cute and is actually pajamas so she can wear it after Halloween too.  She seems to be in some crazy growth spurt with how she's eating, so we shall see how long it actually fits.  Of course this happens AFTER we buy her pants for winter and new shoes!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falliday Fest Continues

Sharing two more cards from the Failliday Fest challenges on Splitcoast. Anyone else playing along?   I am having so much fun with them.  They are helping to pull me out of my slump.  With all that's been going in my personal life lately, I haven't even wanted to step into my room and create.  I'm so thankful for this motivation.  :)   This challenge was to make a birthday card with "wrinkles".   Laila has been in here playing with my crimper, so I used that.  I found this image printed out in my pile and colored it with my Copics.

And here's my Stampin' Up! card for you guys.  :)   I love Lovely as a Tree.  It's such a beautiful set and can be used for so many occasions.  The challenge for this was called Snowy Leaves.  I used the crayon resist technique and my distress inks to make my snowy tree.   I added a simple sentiment and left is.   There's a little Wink of Stella on the snow, but it's hard to get that in the picture.

A no-reply Blogger asked me where to find the template for the angel card.  It is on the Falliday Fest challenge, so you have to go to Splitcoast to get that.  The main thread for that particular challenge is here and the first entry has template at the bottom.  I get a lot of questions from people whose comments come in as no-reply and it makes it difficult to answer those.  If you want to check if that's you and possibly change it, here's a link on how to do that.  :) I always feel bad because I can't email back a quick answer and I usually forget to include it in my next post.  Baby brain apparently never goes away!  lol

I hope everyone has a great week!  I'm hoping for cooler temperatures to come back.  We got a little taste of it and then it got all hot and yucky again.  The weed pollen can go away with those high temperatures.  I've had a headache since Tuesday and nothing is helping.  I hate allergies!