Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thank you, Puppy!

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Linda  is the sketch designer and hostess this week.  It's a great week to let those bold sentiments shine!  I love these Super Script sets from Altenew but never seem to use them enough.  The sketch was perfect for them!

You'll probably be seeing a lot of dogs in my cards for a while. I wanted to make up some dog-themed thank you cards and send them to some of my favorite dog rescues.  I thought it might be a nice way for them to thank people who go above and beyond in helping the rescue.  I don't know how it will go, but we'll see.  I hope to have a batch ready soon to mail off.  Lately I just feel drawn to do something along these lines with my craft.  

I'm off to the treadmill.  I pretty much had a major mental breakdown on Monday and I've decided to fight back with exercise.  The depression and anxiety medicines help, but they need some back-up.  It's a struggle to exercise, but I know it's what I need...mentally AND physically.  

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Freshly Made Puppy

Sorry for the late blog post!  I cleaned and cleaned yesterday and fell in bed and forgot to do it last night!   Oops!   I'm the hostesses/sketch designer this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I picked a bit of a complicated (but fun!) one.  I have so much pretty paper that needs used, so I thought a sketch that offered the opportunity to use up some of it would be good.  

I hope you like it and will come and play along!  My card was a special order that I was asked to make for a pet-lover birthday.   That little puppy from Avery Elle is the cutest thing ever, so I just had to use it!  

My little sassy girl.   We have an appointment to tour an in-home Montessori school tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed for us.  The director seems so nice and so willing to work with kids to overcome any issues they have.  One of my friends sent her kids there and they were doing long division before they left for kindergarten!  That sounds just like the challenge Laila needs to keep her mind busy!  

Monday, May 9, 2016

Rescue Dogs Rock

Sorry if I rattled on too much on this post.  I am a major animal lover and it came out a bit too much.

After we rescued Sadie I really started paying attention to a lot of our local dog rescues.  Texas has a bad animal overpopulation and an even worse owner responsibility problem.  The shelter we got Sadie from takes in over 27,000 dogs a year.  When it was built, it was built with a yearly intake of 12,000 a year in mind.  They aren't allowed to deny any dogs or cats, so they get up to 80 a day on average.  It is such a sad situation.  Thankfully our county voted and they are getting money to expand the shelter.  They also got a grant from Petco to build a transfer station to hold dogs until they can be transported where there is more of a need for dogs.   They also debuted a new mobile adoption vehicle last month which will help them get the animals out and in view of people!

Anyway... one of the rescues has pulled some injured and abused dogs and totally changed their lives.  To see their transformations is amazing!   I wanted to send them a little card to say thanks and let them know that their work is noticed and appreciated.  I try to donate my class fees and other money to them when I can, but it never feels like enough.   If you have it in your heart to donate, please check out their website.  Let me know if you donate and I'll send you a handmade card from me!

If you have Facebook, check out their page and you'll see some before/after pictures and be amazed! If you see Flora and Tulip, those are the dogs that I tried to color the ones on my card like.  :)  I sent it anonymously from them.  :)

All the stamps and dies are from My Favorite Things.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hello Gnomie!

Believe it or not, I'm still alive!  lol  My laptop is not.  Boooo....  But, I did get this awesome new desktop for Christmas and now I'm learning to use it for something other than Netflix and Hulu!  Windows 10 seems to have ruined my laptop, so we'll see if we make friends as I learn to use it on my desktop.  Anyway...  I did a bit of stamping today and made a card with some new My Favorite Things stamps.  I love these cute gnomes and wanted to play along with their current sketch at the MFT Card Challenges blog.
Isn't that a great sketch?  I hope the person I made my card for will enjoy getting a cute gnome and some fun red mushrooms!  It would definitely brighten my day! 

Isn't Laila so cute in her leggings?  She loved mine and asked for her own pair of "pajama clothes" so I got her some.  She picked the pattern out herself and she likes them because they have "G"s on them.  :)   She had her evaluation with the school last week and passed with flying colors.  In fact they were so impressed with how smart she is that they asked her questions that were for 6-8 year olds just to see if she could answer.  Their recommendations were Montessori school and lots of social activities.  We can't really afford Montessori school since it can be as much or more than our mortgage, so we are on a search for something similar.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Freshly Made Kindness

Sorry I'm so late with my Freshly Made Sketches card this week.  It seems to be a habit lately.  With Laila not going to MDO now, I don't have my Tuesday free to finish it up.   I did try to get it on time, but I made some major duds and had to start over.  Then of course the power went out from storms we had early yesterday morning and then the Internet was out!   Once that all fixed itself, I figured out what I somehow deleted all my computer programs when I tried fixing my laptop after some of the power flickers.  Goodness!  But I managed to figure out a way to at least get it on here, so here it is!   Sorry Jen T, for being late for your awesome sketch!

I used another set that had never seen ink, Paper Smooches Botanicals 3.  It's a fun set of different leaves and flowers.  I am not the best at making backgrounds, but it was fun to try.  I thought I'd add a little gift card for coffee and send it off for a friend.  The sentiment is from an awesome Hero Arts set that is all about kindness.  You should totally add it to your collections to help send out those little random acts that brighten days.  

We went on an awesome field trip this week.  We visited the Houston Police Department's Mounted Patrol and fed the horses.  They will eat carrots right out of your hands!  It was such an amazing experience.  Laila loved it!   

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Freshly Made Coffee

It's Freshly Made Sketches Day!   Amy created a fun sketch for us and I think you'll enjoy it.  There are so many ways you can interpret it.  The possibilities are just endless as you can see from the team examples!  I said this week I wanted to work with stamps that were new and uninked, so I grabbed this coffee set from Uniko and my card evolved from there.

Edited to add:  Several people have emailed me about the embossing folder I used.  You can find it here and probably a lot of other online stores.  I picked mine up at my local Hobby Lobby.

To be honest, I almost didn't post my card.  It didn't really turn out like I wanted and it photographed even worse.  I made it in the midst of the chaos of Laila and Sadie, so I was distracted and not really in my creative place. But, they can't all be good, right?  lol

We are expecting more rain today here in Texas, so keep the state in your thoughts today.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Simply Stenciled

Here's my final stencil card for you.  It's a simple one, just using two distress ink colors and a stencil.  I added a few sequins and a bold sentiment and left it at that.  The stamps are from Altenew and the stencil a retired one from My Favorite Things.

Just thought I'd share my happy mail I got this week.  I am trying to add in a few of the coordinating dies for some of my stamp sets, so I got a couple of those, two new small stamps, and some LuLaRoe leggings and perfect tee.  If you haven't tried their clothes yet, wow!  So soft!  I am in love!

I'm off to clean and worry.  We are having some serious rain in our area today and pretty much everything is closed due to flooding.  Jason wasn't able to get out of the driveway this morning, but he did go in later. Thankfully he made it safely, but I'll be worried until he's back home tonight.  We've all been awake since 4:45, so it will be a long day.  Yawn.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stenciled: The White Space

Another card using stencils!  This was the first example taught in the Online Card Classes Stenciled class and I tried to copy Debby's technique and card.   It's a lot of white space for me, but I like how it turned out. I am enjoying going back and doing some of the lessons from this class!  I think I'll look back at the other classes I've taken there as well, so stay tuned for weeks of masking and one layer cards too!

I surprised Laila with some bristle blocks this weekend.  She loves playing with them at school and I wanted to have them here for her.  We decided this week to pull her out of the MDO program she's been attending.  The teacher had a talk with me about teaching Laila to obey people other than her parents and during that discussion she told me that Laila's spirit needed to be broken.  I was upset to hear that.  I know Laila has problems, but she doesn't need to be broken.  :(  Out of nowhere at breakfast on Thursday Laila told me that there were too many kids and that the teachers didn't listen to her, so I think it's just been a bad fit.  They never have anything nice or positive to say about her, so I just can't keep taking her to that type of environment.  We are going to an appointment with the nurse at the local elementary school on Thursday and will follow through with an evaluation to see if she has any issues that are leading to these problems at school. I am also going to talk to her peditrician to see if we need to have any other evualuations or assessments.  Everyone I've talked to seems to think she's just gifted, but I don't know...  She does seem to have some social issues, but we are working on those as best we can.   This parenting thing sure isn't easy!