Monday, December 5, 2016

be a unicorn

The newest sketch is live at The Memory Nest. Make it Monday No. 77 has so many great possibilities. I pretty much followed the sketch as is. 

When Ashlyn had her spinal fusion surgery in September, she wanted to show up in style and this unicorn costume did just the trick. :) Everyone got a good laugh and it helped minimize the enormity of the surgery she was facing. 

I used the November kit from Clique Kits for this. The only items not from the kit are the chipboard alphas, mists, and button twine. 

Head on over to The Memory Nest blog to see the work from the team and share your take with us! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

every day has a story

The Studio Challenges has another wonderful challenge to share. This time it is a sketch challenge. This sketch was based upon the first layout I shared as a team member, fantabulous. It's a classic design and can be used in so many ways.

I fussy cut the circular shapes from the patterned paper and used them as my base. 

Some additional fussy cutting along with the mixture of die cuts pulls it all together. 

supplies are from the October Clique kit with the exception of the button twine and mists. Sequins are from the November kit. 

You have to check out the blog to see the gorgeous work the team created with this sketch! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas 2015

It's time for a new sketch from Stuck?! Sketches and this month starts off with an awesome one! 

I cut a large star and stitched some vellum over it to tone down the color a tad. 

these darling flair from A Flair for Buttons were perfect for this page. 

pp and stickers: Simple Stories
flair: A Flair for Buttons

There are some great sponsors this month as always! 

Crafty Ribbons is sponsoring this challenge and they are offering a $10 (UK Pounds) to one lucky participant!

AND Cut Mania is also sponsoring this challenge by offering a $10.00 (USA) gift certificate to a second lucky participant!

Head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog for all the details on these great prizes and how you can enter to win one. Don't forget to check out the fabulous layouts created by the team! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Catching leaves

The newest challenge is up at The Studio Challenges blog and it's all about a beautiful table setting as the inspirational piece.

When I first looked at this photo I wanted to jump right in to sit down and enjoy a meal at this cozy table. So many things captured my attention; the texture, especially the burlap, the plaid, the wood grain, the soft creams and whites, and all of the natural elements. I decided to replicate the texture by using a cut file and layering the colors and prints underneath. 

I used the Graphic Background 2 cut file from justnick and placed triangles cut from patterned paper underneath each section. 

A few  wooden pieces and gold mist finishes this off. 

Be sure to check out all the fantastic layouts the design team created with this photo by visiting the blog here. They are beautiful and inspiring! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Lesley!

Today is Lesley's birthday, and the team and guest designers for Trendy Twine have created birthday cards to help her celebrate her special day. 

I used some Black Licorice- Trendy Twine Mini as well as some Totally White Trendy Twine

I filled a Small Glassine Bag with some large sequins over a patterned paper overlay inside and wrapped the Black Licorice twine around the seam to hide it. The narrow paper strip under the chipboard also helps to hide that seam. 

To see all the fabulous cards you can head over to the Trendy Twine blog

Happy Birthday Lesley! I hope it's a fabulous day for you!  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

46 & FAB

It's time for the November 15th sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.

I rotated the sketch to fit my needs (secret- this layout started out for the November 1 challenge, but after I took a look, I figured it worked better for this challenge. lol)

This fabulous cut file is the gorgeous Floral Lace Background cut file from Just Nick. 

pp: Simple Stories
cut file: Just Nick
enamel dots: Simple Stories
button twine

There are two fantastic sponsors this month:

The ScrapRoom is offering a $20.00 gift certificate to one lucky participant!

AND The Kreative Korner is offering a $25.00 gift certificate to a second lucky participant!

Head over to the Stuck? Sketches Blog to see the gorgeous layouts from the team and to share your layout with us! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

remember today- Elsa

Some of you may know this, but last month my daughter was in the hospital for 17 days. She contracted the EBV virus and due to the fact that she is immune compromised because of daily medication she takes to manage her Crohn's disease, and it being her first time ever catching this, she had an extremely rare and serious issue occur; her immune system essentially crashed and the EBV virus invaded her bone marrow and destroyed most of her red and white blood cells and recirculated the virus throughout her body continually for days. This is generally something that occurs after a bone-marrow transplant, and for it to happen to her, was a complete fluke. It is quite serious. Thankfully she came out of it with the best-case scenario at the time, but there are still complications and additional auto-immune issues that could arise, not to mention what the long-term health effects will be, especially if she is exposed again and her body decides to react in a similar matter. This virus will always be in her T-cells (I think that's the correct cell). I can sort of wrap my brain around it, but it's complicated. She has a long way to healing, and we have to watch her closely. We cannot even begin to address the potential issue of her Crohn's flaring at this time either, and she is completely unmedicated to allow her body to rest, which is ironic since her body is doing nothing but continually attacking itself. *sigh*.

We have been through a lot medically with her throughout her life, but this experience has been by far the worst for her and I have never felt so despondent and hopeless. It's the worst thing to watch your child struggle and to be quite frank, try to give up. She told me many times during this past month that she has had enough and wanted it all to end (she is not suicidal in any form. She attends therapy every three weeks and has for over 6 years. She is well equipped with coping skills and understanding emotions and how to process and speak what she is feeling). I am going to be brutally honest now; I actually completely understood her desire. For the first time ever, I truly understood in a way I never imagined I could or would. Of course I told her she had to continue to fight and rise above this, but I also felt such a peace about not wanting to watch your loved one struggle in agony. It's the cold hard truth, but I have faith that we will get though this. After all, this is the journey that God has led us to and all we can do is trust Him.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that she had a major Spinal Fusion surgery on September 29th, which she is also still recovering from. The surgery had nothing to do with the above (we know this because we were monitoring her labs and watching her closely), but she has been dealt a double whammy.

It's never easy to document the struggles of life, but there is always a ray of sunshine in the mix, you just have to find it. Some are readily visible, like these photos, and others are not so easy to uncover, but they are there.

I am sorry. You are here to see my take on the newest sketch from The Memory Nest- Make it Monday No. 76. :)  I just felt compelled to share a bit of the struggle that we are facing now, and in doing so it is a part of the healing process.

I apologize in advance about the horrible quality of these photos. Ashlyn's hospital room was kept dark and I did not use a flash. (Not to mention I was crying with joy and wasn't concerned with the quality of any photos.) Thankfully an online friend lightened them up for me after I posted them on fb, so I used her enhanced images. <3 nbsp="" p="">

I used the October Felicity Jane kit to create this layout.