Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 Hello!  And welcome to my stop on the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness blog hop.

This hop was organized by Autism Moms and Blackbelt Cardmakers Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson.  They put the idea out on Facebook a few weeks ago and got over 200 participants and a whole lot of sponsors!  So first I'll share my Autism story, then the card I made, then my blog candy, then I'll link you back to Veronica who's got the master list of hoppers and sponsors.

This is my little boy Willie.  He tolerates grocery shopping because of this aisle right here :)  We recognized there was a problem when he was 18 months old and not imitating or making attempts to talk.  Once we started the process it was meetings, evaluations, and the awful waiting for the appointment with the developmental pediatrician to get the diagnosis.  Getting the diagnosis is horrible, but it opens the door to services and slowly but surely you see progress.  Currently he is in first grade in an Autistic Support classroom in a public school.  It's an ABA program (Applied Behavior Analysis).  He's still non verbal and using an iPad with the ProLoQuo2go app as a communication device.  This picture was taken awhile ago.  He no longer rides in the cart and wears the iPad messenger bag style.

So on to the card!

Building around the blue theme for Autism Awareness Day I wanted to use this clipboard die.  In Willie's classroom they are taking data all day and the kids move from one thing to the next with their clipboards.  I think I will make a variation of this card at the end of the school year as a teacher thank you!

Blog candy - stamps!!!

I'm giving away the Technique Tuesday Real Story stamp set.  I will do a random draw from comments left here.  Since this is such a big hop I'll keep the comments open for 2 weeks, ending 4/16.  I'll announce the winner here on my blog and also email the winner, so if I can't click through to you from your comment please let me know how to find you.

Now please head back to Veronica and check out all of the great sponsors and of course the other hoppers.  You will find many great cards and even more blog candy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Studio Calico patterned papers; Tim Holtz sticky foil; Technique Tuesday My Sun and Moon Stamps; Technique Tuesday Clipboard die

Sunday, March 15, 2015

a Technique Tuesday Spring Sale!

Technique Tuesday is having a sale on a great collection of spring themed stamps and even a few dies!  Now through Saturday 3/21 save 25% on these stamps with coupon code SPRINGSALE at checkout.

Here is a little flashback of a few things I've made with these stamps

and the Easter Seal.  That was more than a few :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Technique Tuesday February 2015 Memory Keeper's Studio


Today I've got a layout made with the February Technique Tuesday Memory Keepers Studio stamps and a few more new things from Technique Tuesday.

These License Plate Alpha stamps are seeing a lot of ink!

And the Torn Spiral Edge die is a generous 6" which makes it great for layouts.

And I've got a peek of the Memory Keepers stamps and Fresh Cut dies for March, which is, yikes, tommorow!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Technique Tuesday January 2015 Memory Keeper's Studio


Today I've got a traditional 8.5 x 11 scrapbook page made with some new Technique Tuesday Memory Keepers Studio stamps and Fresh Cut Studio dies.

The January stamp set, All You Need is Love, and Pocket of Love dies,  have a love theme that is perfect for Valentines or scrapping your favorite fur baby :)

And the Chevron Strip Die is a new CHA release that is available and shipping now!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Technique Tuesday CHA 2015 Peeks

Yay!  The new stamps and dies are here!

These are not up yet on the Technique Tuesday website but they will be shortly.  We received word that we are allowed to start peeks so here is my first one.  The stamp set is Say It - Thanks and the die is Straight Talk Thanks.  We always need more thank you cards in our stash, right?

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

Today's post is truly bittersweet.

I am blog hopping with many contributors and fans of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine as we've recently learned that the magazine will be closing up shop.  It is the end of an era.  (sigh)

So first I will share the card I made, then reminisce a little, then list the rest of the hoppers.

If you are following in order you should have come from Veronica Zalis, and if you would like to start from the beginning that would be Jennifer McGuire.

So this is a creative thank you and I really wanted to convey just how inspiring the magazine has been over the years and how much I've enjoyed being a part of it.  I kept the card upbeat because I just know that this group of talented ladies will be moving on to bigger and better things.

My first publications with the magazine were in 2009 in the special issue Stamp It! Cards.  If you want to get a peek at what my cardmaking style was like back then here is one of my pubs from that issue (still one of my favorite cards!)  After those first pubs I started submitting on a fairly regular basis.  I was so surprised when the editors found and friended me on Facebook.  Then all of us - the Go To Gals, other cardmakers, manufacturers -  we all became "friends" and built up such a fun and inspiring community.  Seeing one of my own cards in an issue is so exciting and then the very next thing I look for is which one of my friends had a card on either side of mine :)  And the magazine itself was always fantastic but then after you flipped through it if you went over to the Moxie Fab or Papercrafts Connection blog you would probably find a challenge featuring something covered in the current issue.  What a way to get your money's worth from a magazine.  Be inspired, then put it to use!

OK now, I'm going to wrap this up and send you on your way.  This is a big hop!

Jennifer McGuire
Taheerah Atchia
Veronica Zalis
Laura O'Donnell (you are here!)

next up, the fabulous

Julia Stainton

Here is the full Inlinkz list of hoppers (I hope!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Technique Tuesday November Releases


Sorry I've been away for so long.  Things have been crazy for me and I haven't been crafting nearly as much as usual, but I do have a few new things to share.

First up is a card made with Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society November stamp set.  Greenhouse is a monthly subscription of beautiful floral and botanical images with coordinating sentiments.  They are classics that will never go out of style.

I heat embossed the pinecones with some copper EP.  The patterned paper is from Pink Paislee.

And I'm way behind on Project Life but you've got to start somewhere so here is a single pager using the November Memory Keepers Studio stamps and Fresh Cut Studio dies.

For the top center card I used the Fresh Cut This Tag die.  The tag is perforated and it has a rounded top which I cut off to fit on the journaling card.  "This Is" is also a die that I cut the tag with and backed with some black cardstock.  And the stamps from the Memory Keepers This Is stamp set are a really nice handwriting font.

And then for this card on the bottom I used another stamp set that coordinates with the Memory Keepers set, Very Real.

And one more thing!  If you haven't checked out the Technique Tuesday Retirement Sale you need to.  There is some great stuff 60% off, and once they're gone, they're gone.