Thursday, July 24, 2014

Caring Thoughts...

Good morning!  
I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today with a card I made for a special girl.  She is going through an extremely tough time. I wanted to send her something to let her know there are people who care about her. 
I bought this leaf stencil awhile back and decided to use it for today's card. I used various Papertrey Inks on cream card stock to created the background.  I tied shimmery green ribbon vertically to accentuate the green. I then mounted it on the card using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam tape. 
I wanted to dress up my ribbon so I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Leaves.  Since they have a sticky side, I just dumped yellow embossing powder directly on top.  I inked the edges a bit in orange for a bit of depth. I added coordinating string, ribbon, and a couple of posies using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz™
The sentiment is from SRM Stickers. 

Thank you all so much for your kind comments and e-mails regarding Monday's post. It means a lot to me.  We all need to feel like we are heard, like we are understood and not alone in this crazy world. 
Having you makes me feel like I have my very own virtual support group. 
I am thankful. 
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I am Beautiful

Good morning!  I have a layout to share with you today and an update on Cortney.  
First, I wanted to share this layout of Cortney inspired from Christina Aguilera's song, Beautiful. 
When you have a disability, that is often what people see. Sometimes the only thing they see.  It is difficult for many to look past that. 
Cortney has had numerous struggles in her life.  Therapy, surgeries, people being less than kind to her, and the countless stares.  As her mom it has been difficult to watch. I am her guardian, the protector, but sometimes I just can't shield her from everything.
It can be easy to be on the "Pity Potty" and stay there for awhile.  Because as much as I love Cortney there are still those moments when I think, "What should have been."  How would she be if she were a typical 19 year old? Would she play sports? Be on the honor roll? Give me hell? ;)
What about all the things she (I) will miss? No weddings.  No dad walking her down the aisle.
No children for her.
Her life is so different than the one I had imagined for her when I was pregnant. 19 years later and I still feel the loss. 
Do I think about this all the time? Certainly not.
But it creeps in from time to time.
Most of the time, I see a beautiful girl who loves to model. 
Who has touched the lives of many.
who has taught us unconditional love.
To slow down and enjoy all the little things life offers.
Hilda Burke from Angel Eyes Photography photographed Cortney last week to help expand her portfolio.
She brought her son, Eric along for the shoot. 
They were truly amazing! 
They were kind.
And Eric didn't mind one bit acting a bit crazy with his arms in the air to get Cortney to laugh.
This is when I remind myself that we are blessed. 
We have met some selfless and amazing people.
People we probably wouldn't have met if Cort had been your "typical" 19 year old.
Please visit Hilda's blog. 
She is an incredible photographer and she has numerous photos of Cortney.
As well as Cort's story.
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my heart. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Classy Bags and Photography!

Good morning!
I am up on the SRM Blog today with some classy glassine bags.  (Say that 10x really fast! LOL!) 
What makes them classy you ask?  Well the gold doilies of course! ;)
Be sure to stop by for all of the details!  
What else is new in my world? one year old camera decided to die. Yep, one year old and it went Kaput! 
Fortunately it was under warranty. And I was told that I would get a brand new camera.
Here's the problem. Best Buy doesn't offer my particular camera anymore.  So my option was to either go up or down with quality.  Of course Best Buy recommended I go down, or I'd have to spend money.
Oh no....that is NOT going to happen! I still owe money on the first camera! 
To make a long story short, I got the manager, explained my saga, and after much back and forth, he agreed to give me the better camera at no extra cost. 
So I went from a Nikon D7000 to a Nikon D7100. 
I love it! The sharpness is amazing and I had to play around a bit this weekend. So my willing test subjects didn't mind if I stuck a camera in their faces! ;) 
I am off to the buy the boy some pants for school.  His books have been ordered and first tuition payment sent in.  I can't believe he will be a senior this year.  He and I are taking a couple of college tours this week and next. Sometimes life is speeding a bit too fast for this gal's taste!
Enjoy your day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Water Colored Birds

Happy Friday to you! 
I have had a crazy busy week and have been away from my computer most of the time. I have been spending time with the kids, family, and friends.  I've been trying to catch up with people I don't always have the opportunity to see.  
I did manage to spend one afternoon water coloring some images on my deck.  
This image is from Crafty Secrets and is part of the Sing For Joy digital stamp set. 
I colored it using my Inktense pencils.  I love the soft water colored effect. The image was cut out using Spellbinder's Resplendent Rectangle's die. I inked around the edges a bit to distress it a bit. 
The flower is also from a Spellbinder's die, called Bitty Blossoms.  I gave it a bit of color with my Inktense Pencils as well. I added some vintage lace, pink string, and a few sequins to finish it off.  
The temperatures are supposed to be a bit warmer, so hopefully we will make our way to the pool and relax a bit!  
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SRM Punched Pieces!

Nothing like being a day late to your DT assigned day! I have been so busy catching up with friends and family that my computer is actually collecting a wee bit of dust! LOL! I guess as the saying goes, "Better late than never!" 
Here is a sneak peek of my project.  Be sure to head on over to the SRM blog to view the project in its entirety.  :)

Trying to get caught up!  Lots to share with you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JustRite's New Release-Snowflakes!

Snowflakes?  Did someone say snowflakes?
I know it is the middle of July, but honestly our weather here yesterday was only 60 degrees! 
So I guess snowy weather isn't that far off! LOL!  
Today is JustRite's last release for this month.
The set is appropriately called, Snowflakes
I picked up a few wooden doilies at Michaels awhile back with the intention of making ornaments.  I painted it all white, gave it a coat of glossy accents, and sprinkled it with glitter. 
I used the SVG cut and my Silhouette for the snowflake. I then stamped it in Versamark and embossed it in silver. 
I inked the edges with a bit of orange and pink inks. Before I adhered it to the wooden doily, I wound some orange and silver thread behind it and tacked it into place.  Then with dimensional foam squares (By Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) I adhered the snowflake over the string so just a bit was peeking out.  
The poinsettia is a Silhouette cut.  I cut it with cream card stock and gave it some color using my Spectrum Noir markers. I placed it right in the middle of the snowflake.  

Be sure to see the other DT members' beautiful projects!

I am off for a day of shopping and lunch with my girlfriends!
I have much to share with you, but will wait until tomorrow.
Have a great day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

JustRite's New Release-Christmas Wreath!

Another Monday already? This summer seems to be flying by!  Before we know it Christmas will be here. On the upside I'll at least have a few cards made! ;)
Today's new set by JustRite is called, Christmas Wreath. 
It coordinates with an SVG file, and I used my Silhouette to cut out the paper.  I stamped the image in black.
I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color it.  
I stamped the ribbon on patterned paper and cut it out.  I added glossy accents, glitter, and a pearl for the center.  The wreath was matted on Spellbinder's Beaded Die. While the die was still in place I used a sponge and a bit of brown Memento ink to sponge in the circles.  Then I added a little mound of glossy accents to each circle and gave it a dusting of glitter.  I added twill, green ribbon, and red fuzzy jingle bells tied with pink string. 

Cortney has a photo shoot with a professional photographer tonight! We are very excited but we are praying the rain stays away!  
Have a great day!