Sunday, August 12, 2018

Teacher Time

It's almost time! Eight more days and school starts. We go on Tuesday to the official meet the teacher at the school. We've had coffee with her and then all the first grade teachers came to a local sno-cone place and all the incoming students were welcome to come and meet them. It was as 6pm, so a great time for sugary treats, right? lol  Anyway, I wanted to get started on my teacher cards to try and build a stash. I played along with the Cupcake Inspirations challenge and the SugarPea Designs challenge.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hang in There

Happy Friday!  I managed a little crafty time today and my poor card looks a lot like our current weather. We need rain, so I can't really complain too much. My garden will be happy.  :)  I used the colors from the Calling All Sistahs challenge. I need to hunt out all my encouragement stamps so I can make up more of those type of cards. There's always people who need a lift!

I've been tired today, so now that I've managed to upload my card I am off to bed to read. Or maybe watch a show. I found the Stephen King Mr. Mercedes show to watch and I'm curious to see if it's as good as the book. I'm assuming no because they never are, but I will give it a go!

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Coffee Mouse

Hello. Happy August. :) We are so close to the start of school! I know some places have started already, but Texas always seem to be later. Laila's first day will be the 20th. We did get to meet her new teacher and have coffee with her last week. I LOVE her. She has a completely different outlook than her kindergarten teacher and I think she'll be great for Laila. She got her gifted and talented certification this summer and is a second year teacher who is still excited about her job. So, fingers crossed!! 

On to the card. I found another set that I don't think I've ever inked up. Oops! I won it a long time ago and since it's coffee I had to put it in my stash. It's cute, right??  Perfect for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge too. :) I love the little mouse.

Her teacher knew she was into Star Wars, so she brought her a little Yoda and a Star Wars coloring book when we had coffee. :) So sweet, right???

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Alley Way Breakfast Club

Happy Sunday! It looks like another hot day here in Texas, so I may get to stamp a bit. It's awful to go outside lately, so we just stay in where it's nice and cool. :)  I decided I need to downsize my craft room a bit, but it's hard to decide what to purge. To help myself, I am going to try and work my way through my stamps and see if I can actually create something I like with them. If not, bye! :) I am hoping to also put them in Evernote as I go through them, so I can easily search when I have a need for something specific. Now we'll see how this plan goes. I have struggled to organize lately.

On to the card... The first set in my clear stamp bin was Breakfast Club from Alley Way Stamps. I believe the company is no longer in business, but it's a coffee set, so it has to stay. I loved coloring and arranging the mugs. Set one is a keeper!  :)  I think the Copics I used match Island Indigo pretty well, so I need to make a note of that!

Now I'm off to have a second cup of coffee before I try to do anything creative. I attempted to stamp a sentiment earlier and messed up my project, so I need to wake up more and try it again. Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Dog Explosion

Ever make one of those cards that you just can't wait to send??  We made a new friend during our trip to Kentucky and she had the three cutest dogs. I wanted to send her a little care package, so I had to include a card of course. :) I tried my best to color the dogs to look like hers. Yorkies are beyond my capability, but I tried. lol The dogs are from Lawn Fawn.

The inside has explosion stamped all over it. When we spent the night with her, Laila didn't get to see the dogs until the next morning. They pretty much exploded out of the bedroom all crazy and she was laughing saying it was like a dog explosion. We had fun laughing about that the whole trip. That was a pretty accurate description.  lol

Can I ask a huge favor from those of you who have Facebook?  Laila took some pictures this week with my DSLR and got this shot. She's entering it in a gardening photo contest to try and win a gift card. She's currently in second place, which is still a winner, but she's only like 11 likes out of first place. That's the difference of $100!!  If you have time to like it, you can find it here. Thank you!! We also have another junior photographer contest to enter at one of our favorite nurseries, so I need to print it and get a mat for it. I'm so proud of her. :)

Are you ready for Shark Week?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Art Teacher Thanks

I never have finished showing you guys the cards I made for Laila's teachers. This was the card I did for her art teacher. I'm not sure how much love the specials teachers get, so I tried to at least do Christmas and end of the year cards with a little gift. She had a lot of trouble in specials, so I figured it would be nice to thank them for their patience. lol

I love this set from Kindred Stamps. Every time I see it on my desk I want to turn on the show and watch him paint some happy trees. :)

She loves her birthday gift from Grammy and Papaw. :)  She's been outside so much since it came! It's so hot, so we have to make sure she's drinking her water.

I'm off to try out this Distress Resist Spray I just got in!  Fun!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fab Cute Critters

Happy Sunday! It's a rainy one here, so we are inside trying to find things to occupy us. lol Laila just got a new bike, so she's bummed about not being able to ride it. She did get to some this morning at least. I colored a little this weekend and enjoyed this cute new to me set. I played along with a few challenges, the sketch at Fab Friday, Cute Card Thursday, and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. Who doesn't love critter cards? :)

I think that's all from me. We are having chicken tacos and guacamole for dinner, so I need to go get the Instant Pot going! This recipe is delicious. :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Patriotic Encouragement

Hey!!!  I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. It was pretty low key here as we are still recovering from our trip to visit my parents. I did make this card, but of course I'm late posting. I played along with the sketch at Die Cuttin Divas and the colors from the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I haven't used brads in ages, so it was fun to get those out. :)  Oh, and my corner rounder! Do you like pulling out those neglected tools and supplies sometimes? I do, but I need the motivation like this sketch to do it. My die cut is the star that was featured in one of the kits from Simon Says Stamps. I cut it out three times and pieced it together.

We had a nice visit to Kentucky. My dad was still in the hospital when we got there, but he was released the next day. He had been dealing with hospitalization at least once a week for a while, but he managed to stay healthy our whole trip. I'm thinking it was due to Laila's excellent nursing skills. She was so good with him. We weren't sure how she would handle him being so sick, but she was amazing. 

She had a great birthday. We had cupcakes on her actual birthday along with some gifts. The next day we took her to the Ripley's Aquarium in the Smoky Mountains. Then on Saturday she had her party at the local swimming pool. She loved being around all my family and getting all that attention.  It was hard for her to leave. :(  We are slowly trying to get back to our routine, but so far we've had a roof leak that we have to get fixed and soooo much rain!!  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cupcake Inspired Bella

Hello!! I managed to make a card this weekend and wanted to post it before I forget. I loved the challenge at Cupcake Inspiration and wanted to play. I thought it would be fun to use one of the Stamping Bella butterfly girls with it. I think it turned out kinda cute. I just got the new Stampin' Up! catalog and LOVED one of the samples on page 97. I used the layout as a bit of inspiration. :) I also bought some retired sets this week, so I want to ink those up soon too.

How's your Father's Day going? It's been rainy here, but we've had a decent day. I've been trying to do some cleaning and we've spoiled Jason with some cookies, breakfast, dinner, and some little gifts. He seems a bit down today. These holidays are hard when you've not only lost a child, but also your dad. My dad is pretty sick lately, so it's been a bit of an emotional day for me. I'm going to see him soon and I'm scared. Keep him and my mom in your thoughts. He's back of the hospital today, so we're happy for some improvement.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

MFT Card Challenge 388

Tuesday! That means we survived Monday, right? Man yesterday seemed like a long day. We have some plans with friends for today, so hopefully that will help. It's so dang hot that it's hard to go out and do too much. I managed to make a card and I might even get it uploaded before the challenge ends. Woo hoo!!  It's for the MFT Card Challenges sketch this week and uses their You Gnome Me set.

Now I'm off to move the clothes to the dryer so that I have something to wear to our lunch date and to grab a second coffee! Important stuff there. lol Laila has summer school two days a week for two hours a day, so I get a little quiet break tomorrow. Maybe I won't have to think about sharks for a few hours. She's obsessed this week! We've made paper sharks and checked out a ton of shark books from the library. Whew!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cupcake Inspirations: Rainbow Unicorn

Happy Friday! (I think?) It seems difficult to know what day of the week it is now that school's out. :) We do have a lot of appointments that help keep me on track, but I depend on my phone to alert me to those. I managed to stamp a bit this week, but it's been in short sessions. I enjoyed coloring this cute image from Craftin' Desert Divas for the Cupcake Inspirations challenge. I had bought the image a while back and it seemed like the perfect time to try it.

I don't own much of gold anything, so my unicorn is rainbow. I guess I need to add in some Copics to color gold. Hmm...  

This is what happens when my phone can't help me remember things.  Ha!  Thankfully her instructors were okay with her not having her pants for a day. Oops!

We've been learning all about Italy this week. We've colored pages, made a little book, watched videos, and to finish up, we took a trip to an Italian bakery today. It was fun. Next week we are learning about Mexico! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Blah Bunny for a Friend

Are you feeling Monday??  Whew! I stayed up way too late reading, so I look like this bunny right now. lol I started a new book yesterday and I just couldn't sleep until I knew how it ended. Of course the ending wasn't so great, so I'm tired AND grumpy. I did manage to make a card today. Laila has a little space in my room now, so we both stamped and created today. I wanted to enter a few challenges which I have been so bad about doing. I've made cards for them, but never managed to get them posted.

Stamps: Blah Bunny and Blah Blah Blah by Honey Bee Stamps
Die: Wonky Stitched Rectangles by Avery Elle

Playing along with:

Before I go, I'll share a picture of one of our Black Swallowtail caterpillars. We aren't seeing any Monarchs, but the swallowtails are keeping us busy. 

Have a great week!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Trails

Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well. It's been kinda busy and crazy here, so I haven't had time to post. I haven't been stamping much until this past week when I crazily decided to make cards for all the staff and teachers that Laila interacts with at school.  That sure kept me busy!!  This was the card I made for the technology teacher. I'm hoping she is old enough to remember The Oregon Trail. It was one of the first games I remember playing on a computer. (Yes, I'm old.) The stamps are from Kindred Stamps. The dies for the background are all Lawn Fawn.

Today is the last day of school for Laila. I'm thankful for that as it's been a rough year. I've had some talks with her principal over the past two weeks and it seems that our concerns about her teacher were also noticed by him and the assistant principal. He is thinking a lot about the right fit for her next year and seems positive that we'll find what works for her. I just hate seeing someone obviously dislike my girl to the point that she pretty much tells us that. :( So only 3 more hours of that and we move on to better things!! 

I should have more cards to post over the next few days.  Take care!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Stamping Bella Bess the Butterfly

Hello! It's been almost a month. How did that happen???  It's been a crazy busy month, so I haven't been stamping much. I started a new medication to try and get my depression/PMDD under control and it was wiping me out. I don't know why they told me to take it in the mornings, but now that I'm taking it at night it's okay. Whew! Our school issues with Laila continue and that's been rough. We have a second ARD review on Wednesday, so send good thoughts. I think we are going to end up having to homeschool, but Jason isn't ready to pull the trigger on that yet. Add in the death of a cat, a cat catching our resident cardinal, and my dad being sick and it's been a month. A very long month.  Now we just need to get Laila through her ear infection and get a plan for school and cross our fingers for a better May.

I hope you are having a better time. Our butterfly season is off to a small start, so I'm excited about that. We've been helping the school with their butterfly garden as well. That has motivated me to color up some of these adorable Stamping Bella stamps. I love them and I kinda want the other two in the series. lol

 Have a great Monday! I'm off to try and clean off my desk and get ready to try and stamp some tomorrow before I volunteer at the book fair for a bit. Laila's class gets to shop tomorrow, so I am going to go shop with her as well. She only wants every book in the flyer except for one. Ha!! 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Tiny Townie Butterfly Girl Blanche

Happy Easter Eve as Laila's been saying. She was determined we needed to go out and have dinner to celebrate. lol Stinker!!  Stamping Bella recently had a new release and there were four awesome butterfly stamps. When I saw Stephen's card I was sold. You guys know how much we love our Monarchs. It's funny that I got this stamp this week as we just saw our first Monarch of the year!

I wish you all a Happy Easter. Hugs!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Kitty Love

Hello! I hope Monday was kind to you.  It felt like a long day here, but it's almost over, right? :) I am about to put on my pajamas and grab a book. I wanted to take a minute to quickly post this card I made for my aunt. She's my Aunt Rita and we have a special bond that goes past our shared name. I with she wasn't all the way in Virginia.

I've been trying to do better about mailing cards and so far, so good. I think I mailed out almost all my Easter cards today! It's like a miracle. Ha!  I have been stamping and coloring, just not posting I guess. Maybe I'll catch up with that this week. Maybe...

 Laila and Little Lady. That cat loves her even though it doesn't look like it with that face. lol She's always trying to lay near Laila or sneak into Laila's room. It's cute. Laila had a great day at school today even though her teacher was out. She's so inconsistent with that though, so we are still at more bad days than good.  I think her teacher is pretty much done and only sees the negative side of her at this point and I don't know what to do about that. Her aide's last day was Friday, so we are waiting to see if she gets a new one. She needs it, so we'll have to fight if necessary.  It's been an exhausting year for sure and it's hard not to be completely discouraged at this point. I keep second guessing our decision to transfer her to this school and to start her at a young five instead of holding her back for a year. Who knows though? She's already bored because her reading level is so much higher than everyone's so waiting would have made that even worse. I wish her teacher challenged her more instead of just saying she knows all the sight words we have and can read all the level books we have. That doesn't seem helpful to me, but we've asked for a change with no results. Again, frustrating. Anyway, that's the never ending saga and I won't bore you to death. It's not like we are making any progress to share. :/

Monday, March 19, 2018

MFT Card Challenges 376

Just a quick post to enter my card in the MFT Card Challenges sketch challenge. :) I finally managed to finish it up today in between cleaning bathrooms. I had put it to the side because one of my markers made a big blob on her face as I was coloring her hair. I tried to fix it as best I could and I think it recovered okay.

Now I'm heading to the kitchen to start up the dishwasher and then off to relax and read for a bit. It's been an emotional evening of school drama and I need to decompress.  Have a great week!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sick Birdie

Hi guys! How's everyone doing this weekend? This card is pretty fitting for ours. I made it for my dad, but Laila looks about like that poor bird about now. Of course she gets sick for spring break, right? lol Ugh!!!   Oh well. We'll have a slow start to the break and hopefully she'll feel like something fun by the end. I want to go visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin so bad! 

This is the other sweetie who is recuperating at our house. This is Little Lady's mom. Our neighbor still never had her spayed, so I took the money I earned from blogging from the past 3 years (a whopping $100) and added to some money I'd saved to help her. I knew it was about time for her to start up a third litter and neither she nor our neighborhood needs more kittens. This one girl has turned into 6 cats or more already. It's crazy. Now I have to work on getting the kittens she's had taken care of. She's been such a great house guest, but I can tell she's anxious to be back out where she can roam. I'm keeping her one more day and then she can go.  I'm hoping she'll stay on our porch a lot like she had been.

I'm off to love on her. She can't stand me being in here and not petting her. lol Have a great week!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge 374

Hey!  Happy Sunday. Where did Saturday go so fast? Man!!  We worked a little outside in the butterfly garden this week, but I also found some time to come in and color. I've been trying to get back in the habit of making cards. Oh, and mailing them. lol This card is for the MFT Sketch Challenge from this week. I'm usually a coffee girl, but I do have a couple friends who enjoy tea.

Things have been about the same here. Laila had some great days at school, but ended the week in a blaze of glory. Jason had to carry her out of the library on Friday at dismissal. That's two weeks in a row for that. :(  We did get her results back from testing and she will qualify for an IEP. We meet with the large group this Friday to see what that will mean for her. She already has a full-time aide which helps some, but not always. I feel so down about it all right now because I've reached a point where I don't know what else to do.

She did earn her white belt on Thursday. She should have gotten it on Tuesday, but she wasn't listening or participating very well. That was our first screaming meltdown of the week. She did much better on Thursday though. We have a couple more weeks to decide if we want to do the year contract for it, so we'll see how it goes.

That's all for me. I am off to read a bit and maybe have a second coffee. :)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stampin' Up! Indescribable Gift

Easter... :) It's my favorite holiday and I've decided to use my stamps and paper during March. Oh, and to actually mail out the cards! I have been awful at mailing anything this year, so I hope to change that. I used the gorgeous Indescribable Gift set from Stampin' Up! with my Copics. I love this set so much!!  I don't love my pink Copics, but I like to challenge myself to use them every now and then.

She cracks me up sometimes. :) She had two awesome days at school to end the week last week. We decided to add in something new, some mixed martial arts. They are very serious about respect, so I think it will be good for her. She seems to like it when she's not off to the side for not listening or being respectful. lol

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Easter Chicks

Hi all! Just stopping in for a quick share before I head out in this rainy weather get my girl. Today was their 100th day of school, so we'll see how it went. I think they did some things they don't normally do and that doesn't always go over well. We do have our ARD meeting set up for the second week in March to see how her special education evaluation went. Progress...slowly.

Anyway, I pulled out all my Easter stamps and papers this week to try and get myself in a creative mood. I did manage to make this card, so that's good. I need to add some additional lighting to my room though because it's hard to color in there. Weird shadows going on. I guess I'll be shopping later. :)  I need some Copic refills anyway, so maybe I can find them at the same place online. Fingers crossed.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!