Sunday, April 29, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bonus Hop-Truly Tailored

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/01/picture-perfect-birthday.html
There are five Mondays in April this year, so you know what that means! A bonus Stamp Review Crew hop!! This time we are using the soon to be retired Truly Tailored. I love me a great masculine set, and this one is certainly a fun one!

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Stesha Bloodhart blog. Not only do I love her projects, I adore her photography and editing skills!


One of the reasons I love this set so much is the awesome little iconic images that are included in the set. The mountains and the arrows are so fun to make repeating patterns with. The Stamparatus played a big part in this card. I mimicked the mountains with vellum stitched squares cut in half and adhered behind the oval.

And the Simple Stripes embossing folder came out to play with this card. The stamped medallion behind the punch was made using a wreath builder jig. You can find all kinds of videos on YouTube for how to make your own jig to use with a stamp positioning tool. OK, I know I use the term "jig" a lot for this when most people call it a template. Blame it on my woodworking upbringing.



And now, Ann Schach's!I am sure she has created something delightfully elegant!

http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/08/stamp-review-crew-window-shopping.html

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/08/21/the-stamp-review-crew-window-shopping/

If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! 

Product List
Truly Tailored Clear-Mount Stamp Set
$20.00
Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Stamp Set
$28.00
Truly Tailored Clear-Mount Bundle
$34.00
Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Bundle
$41.25
Tailored Tag Punch
$18.00
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
$30.00
Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
$8.50
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Wild Wasabi 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
$8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$7.00
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad
$6.50
Versamark Pad
$8.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
$5.00
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder
$5.00

Friday, April 27, 2018

My Inky Friends Challenge #5

http://myinkyfriends.blogspot.com/

My Inky Friends and I hold a monthly challenge on the 4th Friday of each month, and it is that time again! This time we are issuing a sketch challenge. As always, the inspiration for this sketch challenge is taken from the Annual Catalog where you can find all kinds of creative sparks.




 I used this month's Paper Pumpkin to create this card. I am at my daughter's apartment, 5 hours from home and my craft room, so I had to work with what I had :)

You can participate in these challenges and share your creations with all of us. Check it out and play along!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2018




This is such an awesome topic, I had to play in 2 hops! This month in Autism Awareness month, and we are hopping and sharing our stories to bring greater awareness. I am joining several of my stamping friends to bring you some creative inspiration, and some humanity inspiration!

Whether you have Autism, have a family member or friend with it, or just want to be a better human being to those in your community that you may encounter with it, knowledge is power!

Here is what I shared on the other hop, as it pretty much says it all for me:

For me, I encounter autism in my circle of friends and family, and in my professional life as a nurse.

I have several stamping friends who have children with autism, and being a listening ear when we get together is definitely something I am up for. We all need a safe place to share our unique joys and frustrations.

I work with a doctor who has 2 sons with autism, and I admire the way that he parents all of his children, and watch him struggle with the lack of coverage to the maintenance therapy his children need through our insurance company. And the sacrifices his family makes to ensure they get what they need. 

When my son got married this fall, I gained a 14 year old grandson with autism. He is a bright and enthusiastic child with lots to say, and is eager to interact with us all. Meal time is a challenge though, lol. He will eat anything full of sugar, and always wants steak. Neither of those items is on the list of things that I serve for a house full of people. Family gatherings here are frequently for a group of 15 or more! There are many other quirks, but I won't violate his privacy to share them. We love him, and would not cause him harm for any reason.

When a child with autism comes in to the ER, whether ill or injured, it does present some unique challenges. We are asking them to adjust very quickly to new settings, new people, and frequently painful interventions. Flying by the seat of our pants is our specialty, but not so for these youngsters! Sometimes we can take the time to help the child cooperate with what is happening. Sometimes the child needs care quickly, and that can get dicey! Then you try to get things done as quickly as possible to avoid drawn out fear and anxiety. It helps if everyone around the child remains calm and supportive despite screaming, hitting, and behaviors from the child. You know what, that applies to anyone, autistic or not.

By being flexible and caring in our interactions with each other, we can make this world a better place for those who have additional challenges to their everyday routine.


If you would like more information about Autism, check out this site that a friend recommended: the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Empowerment is a great thing! You can support this cause by donating here:

https://autisticadvocacy.networkforgood.com/projects/23616-your-gift-will-help-empower-the-autistic-community



Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just be there. Talking, sitting quietly, or sharing a task without conversation. Just being a peaceful companion. We all need that puddle of calm now and again.

And it is a special person who can do that for any of us! I hope I am that kind of someone for my loved ones, and my patients.

Most strongly in my heart, this card is for my husband. I am so glad he is my someone.


https://sootywingstudios.blogspot.com/2018/04/autism-awareness-blog-hop.html


BLOG ROLL:



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/01/picture-perfect-birthday.html
Oh, I am so excited about this set!! Magical Day is hitting all of my childhood fantasies! I used to play with my imaginary dragons and swim like a fish. I am sad to say that this set is not carrying over into the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, and you don't have it yet, stop right now and go order it. Don't worry. We'll wait for you 😉

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog. I am blown away by her creations every time!

Lots of sponging and spritzing here, and Sstampin' Blends to color this adorable unicorn.

And Copper embossing!

Sparkles inside!

One more photo!

This dragon is Black heat embossed, then watercolored, and spritzed. The background is sponged with a mask I made with my Silhouette, as well as a gable box I made with my Silhouette.



And now, Yapha Mason! I can't wait to see what twist she puts on this! Being that she is a librarian at an elementary school, I bet she has some fantastic ideas!


http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/08/stamp-review-crew-window-shopping.html

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/08/21/the-stamp-review-crew-window-shopping/




If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store!


Scrapbook Sunday

Welcome to the April edition of Scrapbook Sunday! Hopefully we are inspiring you to keep your scrapbooking going 😀

This month's challenge is to use pastel colors, which is a stretch for me!

As usual, my format is an 8"x10" page that I can hang in a frame on the wall. This base is Sahara Sand-kind of a pastel neutral, don't you think?

Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz cardstock is used with thinlits to create embellishments. And stitching. Of course!


A peek at the journaling, because it would not be complete without the journaling.


And here is the whole page. I threw this together in about 20 minutes. That has to be a record for me!






If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store!

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