Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vintage Thanks

I love this sweet digital Kewpie image from Crafty Secrets. It says, love, to me. That lil' bunny and his kewpie friend.  Sometimes a hug is all we need to know we are not alone in this big world. 
I went back to my comfortable color palette.  Soft pastels of pink, white, cream, and blue.  It's like an old pair of jeans that you throw on because they are broken in. Comfortable. Familiar.  
The image was colored with Copics and cut out using a Spellbinder's die.  I inked the edges a bit. 
The card shape was cut using my Silhouette. The rosette is a quilling kit from Provo Craft. I also added a doily. The flower was created using coffee filters and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I added a bit of ribbon, coordinating string, and a few sequins to finish it off. 
I have so much left to do this week and am in a bit of a panic hoping I can get it done.  Sometimes I load my plate a bit too full and then I kick myself later for doing that to myself! 
So wish me luck that everything I need to do gets done!
Have a great Wednesday!
Hugs to you all my sweet Kewpies! ;)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hydrangea Cupcake

I want to thank you all for your kind comments and your overwhelming support. 
Sometimes I forget that there really are people out there who read my little blog. Your kindness towards me and my daughter truly have overwhelmed me.
I felt so much love and support, and I was able to carry that through our meeting on Friday.
Our meeting went well.
Everyone loved Cortney including the other residents there.
I left there knowing that this is the right place for her. There are no immediate openings yet, but hopefully in the near future something will open up and a place will be awaiting her. 
Until then I will keep doing what I always do. Love her. Enjoy her. And appreciate the time I do have with her. Right. Now.
This little hydrangea cupcake keeps bringing that song, "Happy" to my mind. It is a pretty darn cool Silhouette cut that creates this dimensional cluster of flowers.  I decided it would make an adorable cupcake. 
I actually glued a golf ball inside the flowers to give it some weight.  I hot glued that to a half of a styrofoam ball and inserted that into the cupcake holder.  
I added a few silk flowers, ribbon, string, and of course my sentiment using my Dymo Label Maker. 
I have lots coming up this week. I am having Easter, I am having a new liner installed in my pool and having it fixed on Friday.  (Long story, but I will tell you the winter was not kind to my pool!)  Cortney is participating in a beauty pageant for special needs kids and adults on Saturday. We have one more fitting for her dress this week as well. 
I will be a busy gal for sure! 
Thanks so much for taking time out to visit me!
Have a great day!

Friday, April 11, 2014


Today is an important day for my family.
For many years we have been trying to get Cortney on a wait list, for a wonderful residential placement to live, as she becomes an adult.  Today we have our last interview with them,  and afterwards she will be "officially" on their wait list.  That means she could be placed a week from now, or a year from now. But the call can come at any time. It is bitter sweet for me. I know when that call comes, I will not be ready. I will never be ready.
It's hard letting go.
Giving control to someone else.
Being sure that people take care of her the way I take care of her.
But I know she will love living there. 
She is social, chatty, loves being busy, and loves her friends.
She will have a "job" there. 
She will participate in so many fun events.
She will create a life there that doesn't include me. Or her dad. Or her brother.
I know logically that this is the best place for her.
But my heart aches at the thought of it. 
I have faith that everything will fall into place when the time is right. 
It is exciting.....and scary.

I have been still pursuing the modeling for her.
I've not had any luck which I find frustrating at times.
Even this crazy guy tried to help us!  His stage name is "Can Head."  He was on the Ellen show and several other talk shows for the ability to stick things to himself, and they actually stay!  He and I ran into each other at the local Jewel. He offered to help and took some photos with Cort.  I've been e-mailing them to Ellen with Cort's story. So far no luck. I keep plugging away hoping that someone, somewhere will see her cute face and see her potential.
I know you all came here for my card, so I probably should stop rambling and get to the details!
It was a card I created when I was part of the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoast.  It was a Silhouette cut that I had added loads and loads of glitter to. A few gemstones, a great big ribbon and it was complete!
I thought it was appropriate for today.
Have a wonderful day my friends!
Thanks for listening to me!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Good morning my dear friends! I am heading to a field trip with my 5th graders to the great outdoors! (As great as the outdoors can be in the Chicagoland area!)It is supposed to be sunny and near 60, so I am thrilled that spring has finally decided to arrive! 

I found this adorable Silhouette cut designed by the talented Samantha Walker. A purse gift bag.....what could possibly be cuter? I love purses but honestly, don't have a ton of them because well, to be perfectly honest, I am just too lazy to switch purses.  I have girlfriends who change them with every outfit. Kudos to those fashion forward trend setters....but this gal...well...she uses the same purse until it pretty much just falls apart! ;)

I love that all of the details are so realistic!
I also added a rose that was also a cut from the Silhouette. I gave it a bit of color using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I added a bit of ribbon and string, and a sentiment from SRM Stickers.
I am off to enjoy the fresh air, spend time with my 5th graders, and learn about the French fur trade. 
It's all good.
Have a wonderful day....and thanks so very much for visiting!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wanna Win Some Crafty Prizes?

Favecrafts is having a crafty sure to check it out HERE. 
And I am also being featured in their brand new E-book......which you can download for free HERE! :) 

I will be back with some craftiness tomorrow.....I have to prepare for our school's annual science fair tonight! ;)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and Linky Party!

I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather is finally feeling a bit spring like! Today is the Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and linky party. The challenge this month is to create something Easter or spring like. 
I was in the mood to redecorate a bit and bring in elements of spring to my living room.
I had a stash of paper mache eggs and thought I would like to alter them.
I have 3 here, but have a couple more that just aren't quite finished yet. ;)
I nestled them in some moss and a bird's nest I purchased from Hobby Lobby. 
So here's the scoop on how I made them. I printed the paper from Crafty Secrets that I liked on regular printer paper.  The thinner the better for Modge Podging. (Yes, I totally made that a verb!)
Tear little pieces and start gluing it right to the egg.  You want to be generous with the Modge Podge....under the paper, and over the paper. (On your hands, on your jeans, on your sweatshirt...pretty soon your hands start sticking together....OH! Wait! That's just me!)
I wanted my eggs to have a realistic speckled appearance so I grabbed this.....
I placed my egg on the glass my bathtub. Yes, I said, bathtub. (It was raining and dark when I was taking one has to be creative in situations like this!) ;)  Then I sprayed.....and made a mess. 
And yes, I DID have to clean my bathtub afterwards.... 
I printed the carrots from the Bunny Hop Digital collection.  I cut them out by hand.
I wanted to give them a bit of color, so I pulled out my distress markers. 
After coloring them, I covered the tops with glossy accents and sprinkled them with Flower Soft.  The carrot was also given a coating of glossy accents for more dimension. 
Here are some close ups of my finished eggs..... 

Be sure to stop by the other DT ladies' blogs for more inspiration!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

JustRite's April Release-Congrats Vintage Labels

Good morning!
Today is the last day of JustRite's April release. (boo hoo!)
I hope you've enjoyed all of the new stamps that have come out!
Today's set is a perfect set for special occasions. It is called, Congrats Vintage Labels. 
The frame is so intricate and detailed.
Coral and gold are such a hot color trend right now that I decided to give it a whirl. I stamped the frame twice on pink and  coral papers.  I cut both pieces out and layered them on top of each other. I added gems and pearls. 
I have been on a coffee filter flower kick lately.  I used them on yesterday's project as well. I love giving a soft color with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and then layering the pieces.  There are actually 3 flowers here, one large and two smaller. I adhered it to the card with ribbon, and pink and gold string.  I added a pretty stick pin to finish it off. 
Here is the set in its entirety. So pretty don't you think?
Be sure to visit these talented ladies!

Have a great weekend my friends! 
I will be back Monday with a complete tutorial for Crafty Secret's linky party!