Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Hop


I haven't been stamping much lately due to no mojo/life is in the way, but I took a little time to try and make something for the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop that's going on this week.  Fall and coffee are two of my favorite things, so it kinda had to happen.  lol  I used some dies from Avery Elle, My Favorite Things, and Lawn Fawn along with a sentiment from Wplus9.  And my distress inks of course!  :)

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I'll be back another day to update on Laila and all that's been going on.  We've both been sick and more school issues, so I'm worn out!  I'm heading to relax and listen to a podcast before cleaning and dinner time starts.  

Have a great week! 
Rita

Monday, September 19, 2016

Power Poppy Sunflowers


Just dropping in with a quick post.  This past week has been rough, so I haven't had much time to create.  I saw that Power Poppy was having a sale on some of their digital images, so I grabbed this pretty sunflower one.  I am so intimidated by their images, but I wanted to try one to see how it went.  I actually love it too!  It wasn't as hard to color as I thought it would be.  I have another one printed out to try again too, so you might see it again soon.  :)

Miss Laila is sick, so I'm off to snuggle with her.  She seems to be congested and coughing so much since she started school.  Last week there was a horrible week for her, so she may not be going for much longer anyway.  :(  We had a second appointment with the psychologist last week and she's now being referred for further testing.  It is getting confusing with one person saying they don't see anything, others saying they do.  I hope some testing will clear up things, but there's a four to six month wait for appointments right now.  Keeping sending lots of positive thoughts our way.  

Now off to snuggle!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Freshly Made Cat Christmas


Happy Wednesday!  We've almost made it though half the week.  Whew!  I know it's been a week here.  I hope yours has been better. Today I'm sharing my card for the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our queen of shabby chic and layers, Narelle, is our sketch designer this week.  I love what she challenged us with as there are so many ways to use it.  My first thought was washi tape, but the image I picked out was big and didn't leave a lot of room for the vertical parts.  I think I still stuck to the sketch, just in a different scale maybe.  lol  

I don't know where I got the image I used for this. I had printed it off a while back and colored it, but my laptop has since crashed and I can't access my digital stamps to see.   It's adorable and I wish I could remember.  I hope Jason can rescue my digital files and they aren't all lost! 

Amazon was slow to ship the green binder that Laila picked out for her postcards, but we finally got it set up this week.  :)   Her favorite colors are green and orange, so we had to get one that color.  She wanted orange, but I didn't see one.  It's so fun to sit and look through the ones she has.  Thank you to those who sent one.  I hope I managed to reply to everyone who offered to do it.  

School is going okay for her so far, but she gets so upset and has meltdowns when she has to write.  She dislikes writing so much and it seems to make her days rough.  We try to get her to practice so she can be more confident and not get upset, but she just won't do it.  I'll have to do some research on things to do to help her.  She's leanring so much, but that part just gets her.  


Friday, September 9, 2016

MFT Mummy


Is it October yet?  lol  I'm totally wishing September away.  I am ready for it not to be so hot!  We went to the zoo today and man!  The humidity was killer! After we got back and rested a bit I finished up this card I've been working on for the MFT Card Challenges sketch.   I got this cute set last year and ran out of time to use it.  I thought it would be fun to make a card for an October birthday.  I know it will be late to whoever I send it to, so the sentiment is perfect.  lol  Am I the only one who mails late cards always?  I can make them, but the mailing...

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Mummy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, distress inks
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, MFT Black Licorace
Others:  MFT Blueprints 27, Silhouette Cameo (bat)


The carousel is always her favorite.  :)   This week at school wasn't the best for her, but I'm hoping it was because she wasn't sleeping well.  She's had a cough at night that has tired us all out.  She seems to get it this time of year, so I'm thinking it must be allergies.  We have Zyrtec now, so fingers crossed! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Freshly Made Polar Bear


It's Wednesday, which means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!   Jen B. is our awesome hostess this week.  She is not a fan of circles, so it was surprising to see one on her sketch.  :)  Of course it is really any shape, so you can do what speaks to you.  For me, it was a polar bear.  I love this guy.  I'm so ready for Fall and Winter!  Not that we have real ones here in Texas, but the cooler weather is nice.  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Cool Day and Holiday Hugs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah Solar White 80 and 110lb
Copics:  R20, R35, R37, R39, BG13, BG15, BG49, W0, W1
Other:  WRMK Embossing Folder, Lil' Inker Stitched Squares, Stampin' Up! snowflake sequins, Simon Says Stamp clear sequins

Have a great rest of the week!  Here's to remembering it's NOT Tuesday.  lol  

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tag of Gratitude


I've been in the mood for Fall things lately, so I decided to make some tags with my Tim Holtz goodies.  I just love distress inks!  I added a beautiful sentiment from Wplus9 to finish it off.  I think this will be great to put on a loaf of pumpkin bread or some other baked good to give to people around Thanksgiving.  :)

Stamps:  Stampin' Up! Sanded, Stampers Anonymous Halloween Blueprints, Wplus9 Grateful Greetings
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, Distress Inks (I didn't keep track, sorry!)
Paper: Manila tag, watercolor paper
Extras: Stampin' Up! Vanilla seam binding, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts

She really loves the postcards so much.  We are still getting a few a week and it's so fun to see her get excited.  I need to print a list of states so we can check them off as we get one from there.  :)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fab Friday Unicorn


The past week has been icky, so I thought I'd try to stamp something tonight.  I love the new sketch over at Fab Friday and it looked like a fun starting point.  I got a couple of new stamps this week and this cute Winter Unicorn from Lawn Fawn was one of them.  It looked like it might work, so I colored him up and added some festive paper.  I don't know that I love it, but I'm proud of myself for trying. 

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Real Red, Ranger Caribbean Coast
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, SU Real Red, patterned paper scrap
Dies:  My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scalloped Circles, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, MFT Blueprints 20
Copics:  R20, R32, R35, R37, R81, R83, R85, B000, B00, B02, BV23, T0


Last Friday was one of the saddest days of my life.  I had to say goodbye to my Bandit.  He was such a huge part of me and I miss him so much.  I love our other pets, but he was just something special.  You can see how silly he was.  He was always taking toys, shoes, whatever he could find to his box nest to snuggle with.   I know we had many days where we scrambled to find our missing shoes, not knowing where he might have put them.   He was just full of spunk and personality.  He hated everyone that didn't live in our house, but he loved us something fierce.  I don't think we'll ever find another like him.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Freshly Made Leaves


Wednesday means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Karren is the designer this week and has a fun one!  I messed it up (as always), but I love my card anyway.   I just got some beautiful new dies from Concord & 9th and I had to use them!  Aren't they pretty?  Great way to use up some scrap pieces too.  :)

Stamps:  Wplus9 Grateful Greetings
Ink:  Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Paper:  SU Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and SU DSP scrap
Tools:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Concord & 9th Layering Leaf dies
Other: Linen Thread, SU Regals Candy Dots, SU burlap ribbon


Isn't that fun?  I love the "any shapes" option because the possibilities are endless!  I look forward to seeing you in the gallery!  Below is my first attempt with the sketch the same products.  I like the second on so much better!