Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Watercolors and Angels....

Good morning to you my friends! I have been a bit neglectful of my crafting and this little blog of mine. Since starting school I have been trying to settle into some sort of a routine. It hasn't been easy.  ;)  So here and there I have been managing to squeeze in random bits of time. 

 I adore this image from Crafty Secrets.  It is their Rose stamp and it was embossed in white on watercolor paper. 
I water colored it using my Inktense Pencils.  I continued the water color look on the back panel which I randomly added pinks, oranges, and yellow to.  I spritzed it with water several times to help move the color.  I adhered everything using dimensional foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  I added a sentiment, ribbon, sequins, and a couple of rhinestones to finish it off. 
When Cortney came home from her RunwayLOUD experience I wanted to commemorate her beautiful dress and wings.  I decided to do a little photo shoot. I created a thank you card for all of the people that made her dream happen
This one is my favorite. 
Love her.
I am off today with my dolly.  She is sick with a double ear infection and the start of pneumonia. 
I am so glad I took her to the doctor yesterday.  
Meds, extra sleep, and some TLC should do the trick!
Have a great day friends!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Krylon, Christmas Ornaments, and a Full Tutorial!

I was asked awhile back to create a Christmas themed project for Krylon paints.  I love making ornaments and decided to get a start on gifts for Cortney's teachers. 
I stayed away from the traditional colors of Christmas.
I went with a more vintage inspired color palette. Pinks, blues, creams, and silver. 

Here is what I did to create my ornaments. :) You will need a glass ornament, Krylon paint, and a big wad of paper towels. 
I sprayed the inside of the ornament generously.....
Shake it up a bit to distribute the paint evenly. 
Let the excess drain out on the paper towel. Find a spot where it can dry upside down.  I balanced mine on a cookie sheet and placed papertowels underneath it. I let it sit for several hours.
I wanted to add glitter to just the top and wanted a clean line.  So I taped off the area I wanted. 
I painted a coating of glossy accents
Then I sprinkled with silver glitter. 
I peeled the tape off.
I wanted jingle bells in some vintage colors so decided I could spray paint them.
I had 3 stations going.  I sprayed them, turned them, and sprayed them again.  It took about 4-5 times to get the bells fully covered. 
I couldn't leave my jingle bells "naked" so I thought they could use a bit of glitter.  
I placed a few drops of glossy accents on the bell and spread it around with my fingers.  
I dropped it in a bowl of clear coarse glitter by Martha Stewart.
I set them to the side to dry and got to work on the rest of the ornament. I tied a sheer white bow around the top.
I got my hot glue gun out and added sprigs of clear beads.
I die cut a snowflake from cream felt and hot glued it to the center of my beads. 
I wanted to continue the silver theme a bit so I grabbed some silver ribbon I had in my stash.  I think it was from Michaels.
I cut the ribbon into thin strips.  (Love the glue left on my hand!) ;)
Give it a pinch in the center...
Thread your jingle bells with white string and tie in the center of the silver bow.
Hot glue it to the snowflake.
As a last step I added a vintage posy to my bells.
And one last parting shot of the finished product.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! 
I am off to a weekend of celebrating my birthday.  
Dinner last night, dinner tonight, and dinner tomorrow....
yep I am spoiled. ;)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meeting a Celebrity and a Pumpkin too!

Life hasn't slowed down since we've come back from Branson.  It has been one exciting adventure after another!  I know at some point we will wake up from this dream we've been in, but for now we are enjoying the ride!  But before I go into that, I do have a crafty project to share with you.  
I created this 3D pumpkin for the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today.  I have a full step by step tutorial over there on how I created this fall little beauty!
Totally dusted off those ole' microbeads for this project! 
The week we got back from Branson, I got a call from a friend who runs an organization called, "I am Who I am."  It is run by Holly Simon and it is all about building love and acceptance for our differently abled kids.  She was able to connect with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland to help spread her message. 
Cortney and I were invited to come along.....seriously? Pinch me! 
Kimberly Caldwell, Jennifer Nettles.....who is next? ;) 
She is such a sweet down to earth person....and she had our kids cracking up!
Loved getting the chance to meet and photograph her that night!
I am doing a bit more photography too.  I have my first newborn session tonight.  I can't wait to meet this precious little baby girl!
Have a great day my friends!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

JustRite's September Release

Good morning and happy weekend to you!  I am slowly getting back into a routine with work, kids' schedules, and my crafting.  It is sometimes difficult to balance my "crafty work" with my "regular" life.  But little by little I am finding a new routine that fits. 
This month, I was able to take a bit of time off from JustRite's September release to focus on the other areas of my life. So I missed the beginning days of the release.  Be sure to check out JustRite's blog to see my talented friends and their crafty handiwork.  ;)
I used two brand new sets today, Modern Lattice background stamp and Extra Grand Sentiments. 
The background was stamped in Versamark and embossed in silver.  I gave it a bit of color with my Inktense Pencils.  The sentiment was embossed in pink and given a watercolor wash for some soft color.  I also created a watercolor background for my embossed panel.  I used my Silhouette for the flower and glittery leaves from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. A bit of silver twine and pink thread pulled it all together. 
JustRite's catalog is out and available here! 
Be sure to pop on by the other gals' blogs!

Have a great day my friends!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Absolutely Amazing....

Many of you who follow me on Facebook have already seen many of Cortney's Runway LOUD pictures. 
But you may not know the story behind the scenes.
Let me share a bit.....
For the longest time Cortney's life was a struggle.
People stared, gawked, and shared their ignorance on more than one occasion.
This mama fought for healthcare, disagreed with doctors, teachers, and IEP's.
I was told over and over how severe my daughter was.
How "low" she was.
Seeing the numbers year after year was devastating.
And yet, I continued to fight, adapt, and expose Cort to as many things as possible. 
Who else would take their kid hiking in the mountains of Tenessee in a wheelchair? ;)
My family and friends thought I was nuts for pursuing such a crazy, crazy dream.
There were many naysayers.
They often reminded me that Cort couldn't "pose" like a typical teen.
They reminded me that she was in a wheelchair.
And yet, she was given the opportunity to "walk" the runway with models. "Real" models, who were kind to Cortney and showered her with love and attention. Everyone involved in the show was so incredibly kind to her. 
I can't begin to describe the feeling her dad  and I had when Cort went out on stage.
The audience jumped to their feet, clapping, cheering, videoing, and taking pictures.
Of Cortney.
Our daughter.
The one that people wrote off 19 years ago.
It took everything in my power not to cry from sheer happiness at this magical moment.
So instead I smiled.
And smiled.
And clapped for this angel that was given to us.
She has touched people's lives.
I can't help but think that maybe she has helped to change a few perspectives on having a disability, no matter how "severe."
I am glad I didn't listen to other people. 
I am glad I have been able to create opportunities for her.
I hope this doesn't end her journey, but that it is only the beginning.
Cortney's story was shared in the Chicago Southtown if you would like to view the article.

Thank you for letting me share and bombard you with pictures of my girl!
Have a great day friends!