Friday, December 2, 2016

PDE Linky Party #149 - Anything Goes

Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you! We've made it to the weekend, and ours looks to be a busy one! We will be celebrating my granddaughter's third birthday tomorrow. Her birthday was on Wednesday and I just can't believe that she is three already!

Today is the first Friday in December, so that means our challenge at PDE Linky Party is:

Ch #149 - Anything Goes



I am still working on Christmas cards for this year - I'd better start getting them addressed - and once again I have used Doodlebug Designs' - Here Comes Santa Claus - 6x6 paper pad. I also used this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches (#379). It's well past the deadline to enter their challenge, but I did want to give them credit!


Head on over to PDE Linky Party to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the team. I do hope you have a chance to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sketch N Scrap Rocking Holiday Online Crop



Hello everyone! Did you know that Sketch N Scrap is having their first ever online crop this weekend on their Facebook page?

Lisa has kicked things off a little early tonight with our first challenge. We will post a challenge on Friday, two on Saturday, and our final challenge on Sunday. Feel like you don't have a lot of time to get things done? We are giving you an extra week to work on those challenges. The deadline is December 11th, so you have a little more time during this busy holiday season to play along.

Why don't you come join us for a weekend of scrappy fun! There's a fun prize, courtesy of Angela, to one lucky winner!

Here's a link to the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/564617813747967/?active_tab=discussion

Sketch N Scrap #118 - Taking Time To Reset

Hello everyone! Can you believe that today is December 1st?! This year has just flown right on by for me!

December 1st means we have a new sketch posted over at Sketch N Scrap today! This fun sketch is courtesy of Heather.




I know these photos are not the greatest, but this is a layout that is more about the story than it is the photos. (My journaling is quite lengthy, and will be hidden behind the photo panel.) I'll just hit the highlights about this layout, because otherwise we would be here all day.

This is my youngest son, Shane. Shane was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. He has been going to school since he was 3. He will be 17 in January and he is a sophomore in high school. This school year has, by far, been the toughest yet. It has been a struggle since day one. There have been a lot of changes - both at the school and at home - and I just think it has been so overwhelming for Shane. Shane is nonverbal, so just asking him what is wrong is not an option. Everything with him is a guessing game, and sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you don't.

The change at home is Shane's one constant - his older brother, Matthew, went off to college this fall. Shane has never had to go to school alone, and I think he has a hard time trying to figure out what is going on, even now that we are almost half way through the school year. He tells me constantly, "Matthew, family pyramid" or "Who's here? It's Dad and Matthew". I have no idea where the "family pyramid" has come from, but I'm guessing Shane is thinking that a major part of our family pyramid isn't here as much anymore. The "Who's here" is because his Dad will usually pick Matthew up from college on Friday and they get home not long after I pick Shane up from school, so Shane is probably thinking - okay - isn't it time for Dad to go pick up Matthew yet?!

At school....where do I even begin...let's just say he is having to deal with two new teachers this year, and they are both sharing the same classroom, so at times there are a lot  of kids with special needs in one classroom. Shane also lost "his space" in the classroom, and I think it is all so overwhelming and he is on overload, so he is acting out at school. Just in November alone I was called twice to come pick him up because he was acting out. Things seem to be getting worse instead of better. Usually by this time in the school year Shane has settled in and is doing great.

Now for the reason behind this layout without going into too much more detail - on the 14th I got a call from his teacher saying I needed to pick him up. After talks with his teacher, and finding out the Spec. Ed. director was out of town for the week, we decided to keep Shane at home the rest of the week until we could figure something out and what was best for Shane. One day during that week we had a beautiful, 70 degree day, so I took him and Ada to a little park to run some energy off. I think Shane needed a little bit of time to take a break from all that was going on, and just reset.

The next week was Thanksgiving week, so he only had to go to school for two days. We had a meeting with his teachers and the spec ed director on that Monday, and hopefully have come up with a plan to make things work a little better, and be a little easier for Shane.

Does this mean everything is great and back to normal? Heck no. Anyone that has ever had any dealings with autism will know that even on its easiest of days, autism is hard . It is still a struggle, but all we can do is take it one day at a time. and take each day as it comes.

And if you have made it this far - thank you - even the edited version is a book! So, this is one of the stories that I want to remember, and if the photos aren't so great, that is fine with me. The story, in this case, is the most important thing.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the team.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paper Play Sketches #24

Hello scrappy friends! I hope that you are having a good week!

It's Wednesday and that means we have a new sketch up over at Paper Play Sketches. Janis has created another awesome sketch for us to work with.







For my card I have used the super cute "I Love Winter" collection from Echo Park. The snowman was actually a tag from the ephemera pack that I trimmed down. The sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set.

Head on over to Paper Play Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you find some time to play along with us this week. We love to see your beautiful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #299

Hello everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope your day is off to a great start!

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday has a new sketch posted today and this sketch is courtesy of LeAnne. Our optional theme for this sketch is - "Love the Season".


I dug into my older Doodlebug Designs Christmas stash for this Christmas card. The copyright on the paper was 2006, so I thought I'd better get to using it! The sentiment is stamped with a Studio G $1 stamp, and it is one of my favorites to use!

Head on over to the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the team. I know this can be a crazy busy time of year, but I do hope you find some time to play along with us! This challenge runs until December 13, and you can enter either on the Try Stampin' blog or over on our Facebook page here.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Season's Greetings with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #188

Hello everyone! I hope that you have had a good day. I know it's been hard getting back into the routine of things after our Thanksgiving break!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge posted a new sketch today, and I had a lot of fun working with this one. Here's a look at the sketch:



The most difficult thing for me about this sketch was choosing what papers to use for the panels. This is not my normal go to colors for Christmas cards, but I kinda like it! It's fun to step out of that comfort zone once in a while and try something different!

These papers are from Pink Paislee's Snow Village 6x6 paper pad. It's a few years old and part of a bunch of Christmas stash that I have pulled to try and use for this holiday season. The sentiment is from Fancy Pants Happy Holidays" stamp set - another one of my favorites to use this time of year!

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to see this sketch and read up on the rules. The full design team reveal will be up on the blog on Wednesday, along with last week's top 3, so be sure to check back to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team.

Thanks for stopping by today! I will be back tomorrow with another project to share with you!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lasting Memories #321 - Best Of 2016

Hello everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you have had a good weekend so far. We have enjoyed our nice long Thanksgiving break, and now it is just under a month before the Christmas break.

Since it's almost December  we have a brand new theme and set of challenges for you over at Lasting Memories. The theme for December is "Best of 2016". We have gone back through our challenges and have picked the most popular ones to revisit in December.

Our first challenge is Glitter and Glam from our Oscars theme. Break out the glitter and the bling, or whatever you would like, to glam up your layout.


Since I have been in a holiday frame of mind, I have created a Christmas layout. I used Echo Park's "Merry Christmas" collection from a few years ago. Okay, so maybe it's from more than a few years ago - the copyright says 2010! It doesn't seem like it was that long ago!

The colors in this collection are a little darker and more muted than I generally tend to work with, and the colors in the photo were a little on the bright side, so I turned the photo to black and white to remedy the problem!

I used this older sketch from Sketches In Thyme that I found on Dani Cloutier's Close To My Heart Independent Consultant Facebook page.


To glam up my page I sprinkled some gold sequins across the page.

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories blog to see the beautiful layouts form the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Paper Play Sketches #23

Hello everyone! Today is the day before Thanksgiving here in the States, and I am sure there is a lot of preparations going on. We will be having a big family reunion of sorts with my husband's side of the family tomorrow (close to 100 family members will be there), and then since my son in law has to work Thanksgiving day, we will be having our big turkey dinner on Saturday. Any excuse for more turkey is a good excuse!

We have a new sketch posted over at Paper Play Sketches today, so if you're looking for something to do over this long holiday weekend, why don't you play along with us?! Here is the sketch:



I have several birthdays coming up, so along with trying to keep up with my Christmas cards, I am also trying to stay ahead on my birthday cards. 

I used Pebbles' - "Birthday Wishes" collection for this card. There are so many fun colors and patterns in this collection. The sentiment is one of my favorites from Jillibean Soup.

Stop by the Paper Play Sketches blog to see the cards from the rest of the team. I do hope you find some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #298

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Today is our last day of school this week before the big Thanksgiving day holiday. I am excited for some time off, some good food, and lots of time with family that we don't get to see very often!

We have a new sketch posted at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday today. This fun sketch is courtesy of Donna, and the optional theme for this week is to make a gatefold card.




I used up some more of my favorite Doodlebug Designs' - Here Comes Santa Claus - collection for this card. I love the bright colors on this card, and that little Santa is just too cute!

Head on over to the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the team. You have two weeks to link up to this challenge, and you can enter either on the blog or on the Facebook page here.

I hope you find some time to play along with us! We love to see your beautiful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #86

Hello everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend, and that you are getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday this week!

Today I am sharing the last card sketch of the month over at Sketch N Scrap. Lisa has created another great sketch for us!




I love the tag on the sketch and since I just made this tag for my Friday post, I thought it would be the perfect tag for this sketch! Having the tag all ready made up made this card come together rather quickly! I used up some more of my Doodlebug Designs - Here Comes Santa Claus 6x6 paper pad. I love this collection - so much so that I "may" have ordered a couple more of the 6x6 paper pads. I am quickly running out of papers to work with, and I have so much more I want to use it for!

Don't forget - we have a Design Team Call going on right now! If you like to work with sketches, can commit to one card and one layout per month, and be a part of an amazing team, then why don't you apply! You have until November 30th to apply. and you can read all about it here.

Check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the 30th to link up for your chance at a fun prize from design team member, Brandy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope that you have a great day!