Saturday, June 18, 2016

Coffee Lovers Rainbow Tag


Today I got to play around a little and I made a tag for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and for Day 3 of the Online Card Classes Summer of Creative Chemistry challenge.  I grabbed distress inks and got busy.  Boy were my hands messy!  I've been working on getting a lot of cards out in the mail along with making more things, so my desk is in a constant state of MESS!  It's crazy!

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Here's another card I made with a rainbow theme. I forgot to snap a photo with my camera before I sent it off to some dear friends who I know are hurting this week.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

12 Tags of 2016: June

I finally finished up my tag for June and wanted to get it posted.  It was a huge challenge this month.  I didn't have a lot of the supplies, so I did a ton of improvising!  I think it ended up turning out pretty, but of course it made my wishlist grow...again!  Tim is going to make me poor! lol

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Isn't his tag awesome? I want everything he used on it!  Cha-ching!  lol

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yellow Butterfly


Is it Friday yet??  Here I am again super late with my Freshly Made Sketches card.  This week has been a huge pain and I am behind on EVERYTHING!   It is starting to be normal for things to be that way, so I don't know why I'm continuously surprised when they are.  Anyway...  back to Karren's awesome sketch!

Another fun sketch with lots of ways to interpret it.  I went with a pretty straightforward one.  I wanted to use these new butterfly dies I recently got and they were the perfect "circle" part.  After feeling helpless and sad over the events in Orlando, I put out a call on my Facebook page for my friends to send me names of people in their lives who could use a little cheer.  This card is for a friend's mom who is dealing with the recent loss of a spouse.  Butterflies mean a lot of the family, so I hope she smiles when it arrives.  

We are wondering if Laila is finally showing a dominant hand!  She's been working in this workbook for a few days and while she does switch back and forth some, she's mostly using her left hand.  We got some bad news this week.  The school we had signed her up for this Fall is closing!  It's one step forward and a hundred back it seems.  We have a tour scheduled at a different school that's closer to home tomorrow, so fingers crossed!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scruffy Puppy for FMS

I keep missing the deadline for our Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I do try to go back and play along if I get time.  I loved Jen B's sketch this week, so today I decided to put a card together while I had a little bit of play time.  Isn't it cute?!  I just love this puppy from Avery Elle!  He's just so darn adorable!

Last week Laila decided that June 3rd would be Sadie's birthday and asked that we have her a party.  I decided to be a fun mom and play along, so we Sadie got some special treats we baked ourselves and a banner with her name on it.  lol 





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Distressed Galaxy


This was my first completed tag that I made.  I love how it turned out!  It's so fun to play around and see what happens.  :)   I ordered some smaller tags that will on A2 cards, so I hope that helps me use them.  I love the galaxy look and it is so forgiving!  Just make a big mess!  lol

Update on me:  I'm hanging in there.  My exercising is going well and I've weened myself off my anti-depressants.  I know if I slip on exercising that I will need to go back to them, so it's good motivation to keep going.  I don't know for sure that it will work out to be off of them, but I thought I would give it a few months and see how it goes.  I don't mind taking them if I need them, but my health needs works and if walking can fix them both, why not?  I do have my anxiety medicine still nearby because that's been my major issue for the past few months.

In addition to my walking, I'm working on a cleaning schedule and keeping the house in a less stressful state for me.  It can be tiring to constantly be working on something, but I do have more energy now and less headaches.  So another positive! Yay!

Laila starts school next month and we are hoping for a better experience.  She will be at a Montessori school this time as recommend in her evaluation by the school system.  If it works out, she will be going four days a week from 8 until 3:30.  I won't know what to do with myself!

So that's where we are.  The rain is making us all a bit crazy, but thankfully we remain safe.  Others in Texas have not been as lucky, so please keep them in your thoughts.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Simon Says Distress!


I'm back today sharing my tag using some lovely gold/yellow and brown tones.  I wanted to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and Barbara's project just really caught my attention and helped me decided on my colors.  I used the wrinkle free distress technique, some stenciling, and some stamping.  Pretty simple, but not.  lol  I am having so much fun with distress products.  I think my Copics are feeling a bit neglected!

A friend introduced us to SnapChat and the fun filters.  Oh my.  lol  They crack me up, but this one must makes my heart happy;  My pretty girl.  I can't believe she will be four in 18 days!  Yikes!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Freshly Made Butterfly


Hello!  This week has been one of those crazy ones where I completely lost track of what day it was.  In addition to the holiday on Monday, Jason was off on Tuesday and is working tomorrow, so that makes it even more confusing.  He normally works Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so this was a big change.  Even poor Laila is all confused.  lol   I didn't get my Freshly Made Sketches card made in time for the beginning of the challenge, but I made one this morning.  I combined it with the Summer of Creative Chemistry going on over at the Online Card Classes site.  It's fun to use distress inks and keep it clean and simple.  I will be using this same technique and mix of four colors for a more traditional Tim Holtz type project tomorrow.  :)

Here is Cindy's awesome sketch for the week:

We are having more crazy storms today, so it will be a stamping and relaxing day.  Texas is going to float away soon if all this rain doesn't go away!  It's just been too much! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

12 Tags of 2016: May


What???  Yes! I'm alive! and no, I haven't lost my mind.  Well, maybe half of it...  Anyway, I am still struggling something awful so this weekend I decided to try something different.  I signed up for the Creative Chemistry 101 class on Online Card Classes and have been watching the master of distress, Tim Holtz, do his magic.  I have made quite a few backgrounds and one other completed tag!  I wanted to be brave, so I jumped in on the last day and made this tag for this 12 Tags of 2016 May challenge.  It was fun, but hard!  I had such a blast though and I think I'll go back and do the months I've missed.   So yay! I'm crafting again.  :)

Now I need to sell a kidney or something to buy all things distressed.  lol

I'm still exercising most days and am feeling some better.  The past few days have been the bad part of the month for me, so I've been weepy and quick to anger.  Being distracted and staying in my room distressing stuff happened at a great time.  I like hiding out.

I'll be back tomorrow with my second tag which I love so much!