Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Maya Road Love

Thought I would share a couple of Maya Road projects that I have done the past couple of months.  Both are layouts, layouts are my jam when it comes to using the fun Maya Road embellishments!

This first one was just a pic of the dogs in the car!  Yes, I have lots of those pictures, because, well they love to go for a ride.  I will admit, it's hard to get a good pic at times, because of the way the front seats sit compared to the back!  You can see more of the products I used in my blog post HERE.

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Supplies: Paper, Stamp, Die Cuts-American Crafts Hazelwood; Sequins-WeR Memory Keepers; Doily-Hobby Lobby: Felt-Taylor Expressions; Twine, Die Cuts (love/feathers/tags/hearts), Wooden Spools, Flowers, Wood Token, PomPom Ribbon, Metal Button-Maya Road; Adhesive-Therm O Web

I love to intermix "real" embellishments with paper ones!  It creates dimension, texture and makes me want to touch it!
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I love using stripes to their advantage.  I played and played until I got the "love" die from Maya Road placed exactly the way I wanted before I cut this out.  I also used some washi tape just to hold the die in place, so that it wouldn't move going thru the cutter.
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I used the "tag" dies from Maya to create this little stitched banner effect underneath the wooden spools.  The heart is just an added touch!
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Then a couple of weeks ago, Maya Road had a blog swap with Simple Stories.  If you haven't seen all the projects both teams created you should check them out!  Amazing and beautiful to look at, plus chock full of ideas for your projects.  My blog post is HERE and has a couple more pictures. 

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Supplies: Pattern Paper, Washi Tape, Stickers, Tags, Brads-Simple Stories; Chipboard, Dies, Glassine Bag, Twine, Tickets, Flower, Sequin Tape-Maya Road; Doily-Hobby Lobby; Adhesive-Therm O Web; Paint-Ranger; Pencils-Prismacolor; Cardstock-American Crafts

When I found out I was getting the Surf's Up die set...I wondered what was I going to do with a flamingo and surfboard?!  Well, out came the zoo pics of flamingos and a layout was born!  
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And here I covered a chipboard piece with the washi tape in the collection.  I painted the outside of the frame with some acrylic paint and then popped the center out and covered with washi.  It's a new way to cover chipboard for me!
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Again, using stripes to my advantage, but I didn't want the "love" to blend in.  So, I used some of the sequin tape that Maya Road has and trimmed the sequins to fit!  And the colors worked well with the layout!
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Well, that's all from me today, two projects with lots of pics!  I love that it's a short week this week,   because I really haven't been in the mood to work.  I think it's just one of those things!  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sharing a Few Digital Layouts

Long time, no blog huh?  It's been a little overwhelming and a little of "I don't want to do anything" here lately.  I haven't felt like "writing" although I have been creating some.  Some things just seem harder to do than others. 

I LOVE to blog, it's just been hard since Mom passed.  It's like I cannot focus or collect my thoughts.  I have thought about starting another blog (right oxymoron!) about that journey and dealing with things.  I just haven't done it yet.  And I don't know if I will keep it private or make it public, that is to be determined later.

I thought I would share a few digital layouts here today, just to try to get me back in the swing of blogging.  These are all projects I have done for The Lilypad, usually for releases that happened in the week I did them or for a challenge that was in the forum.

This layout was using the April BYOC (Build Your Own Collection) at The Lilypad.  I love the Scrapping with Liz template that I used and I will be definitely using it with my traditional and hybrid layouts!
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Supplies: Amber Labau (Inside Your World Paper and Elements); Mommyish (Feeling Fresh Papers and Elements); One Little Bird (Between Us Papers, Elements Journal Cards); Scrapping With Liz Template (Tags and Letters)

This next page is another BYOC layout for the template challenge that was in the forum.  I used the June 2017 BYOC for this.
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Supplies: Fiddle Dee Dee Designs (Fiddlesticks #22); One Little Bird (Origin Kit); Mommyish (Succulent-Elements); Etc. by Danyale (Morse Code Paints); Lynne-Marie (Outdoor Bundle)

This next one, well I couldn't WAIT to scrap pics from our photo shoot with April of Turn Studios!  She had a mini farmhouse session and we took advantage of it.  Lots of cute pics to scrap!  Jetson's face is just priceless here!
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Supplies:  Fiddle Dee Dee Designs (Can't Stop Laughing Dressed Up Template); One Little Bird (Heartbeat at My Feet Kit and Journal Cards)

It's so much easier to "change" my style when I do a digital layout!  LOL  This layout is a fairly clean and simple one for me.  A template from Scrapping with Liz helped guide the way.  Had I done this in hybrid, you know me, I would have been adding a ton of stuff on!  
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Supplies: Scrapping With Liz (All About The Frames Template); Kristen Aagard Designs (Goofball Create Crate Add-On)

Well. I think I am going to leave this post right here and start enjoying the day.  It felt good to write, even if it was just to share some layouts.  Have a fun and safe weekend!  I am hoping to be back this week with some paper layouts for you!  


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Therm O Web and Girl Charlee Collide


Well, even though I haven't really shown anything, I have been sewing some.  I actually had my first sewing "project" for Therm O Web's blog a week or so ago.  They teamed up with Girl Charlee fabrics and I was excited to get in on the fun.

I worked with the Bolt by Girl Charlee line.  I did get to pick out my fabrics, so I picked a couple that went together.  My original idea was a tank with a cardigan, but then I just decided to make an outfit with a maxi skirt and a shirt!

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I don't want to bore you with all the details (especially since you are probably here for scrappy inspiration), so you can find the details on the Therm O Web blog HERE. Therm O Web has came out with a new HeatnBond Soft Stretch for knits that is amazing!!!  I used the hem tape and then also some of the interfacing and it was love at first use!!

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And if you cannot tell, I am obsessed with my twin needle for finishing!  The shirt is the Sweet Tee pattern from Patterns for Pirates.  I added the stripes and the pocket.  But I love how it turned out!  The skirt is the Mama Chloe maxi skirt from Made for Mermaids.  If you join their Facebook group, you can get the skirt pattern for free with a code that is in the group.

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I even wore this to work!  It was pretty darn comfy, almost like wearing pjs!  Be sure to check out the Girl Charlee fabrics also.  They have lots of fun prints.  I will say the fabrics I worked with are a lightweight knit, but that' perfect for me, because I can get hot easily!!!  Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Outta This World-Amber LaBau Designs

I have had this collection printed and ready to scrap with for a few months now.  When I saw it, I knew it was the perfect collection to scrap about Jetson's AKC registered name.  Note: there will be a Sheldon page when I get some time!  LOL

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Supplies: Outer Limits Digital Kit-Amber LaBau; Therm O Web Adhesives; American Crafts Thickers; Epson Premium Presentation Paper; Silhouette Cameo with Print and Cut; Epson Wide Format 1430 printer; Doily-Hobby Lobby.

The elements in the kit are easily used with the print and cut feature of the Silhouette Studio software.  I did do my journaling just in Word, since I wanted it done quickly!  LOL

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I love these little stars.  I think they would be fun to make a bunch of, color in and put all over a page!

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And this picture of Jetson is just one I could scrap over and over.  His expression just slays me!  We call him cartoon dog for a reason!  That's all from me today.  Hope everyone had a good Easter, if that is something that you celebrate!  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Never less-Hybrid Layout with Mommyish Designs and FiddleDeeDee Designs

Time for a crafty post, don't you think?!  I have so many, so many things running around in my head that I want to do and create.  Hybrid has been on my mind a lot, thinking of ways to streamline things, create new things, and ways to show just how fun hybrid can be.  For me, it's about the process and figuring out how to do what I want to do. 

This layout was on the LilyPad Blog for Pi Day.  I really like to eat pie, French Silk to be exact, but pie charts are fun to use on layouts.  I don't do them very often and I am not sure why?  

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Supplies:  Digital Kit-You Are Fierce (Mommyish Designs); Digital Template-Piece of the Pie Dressed Up-Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Twine-May Arts; Adhesive-Therm O Web; Doily-Doodlebug Designs; Printer-Epson 1430; Paper-Epson Premium Presentation Paper; Silhouette Cameo with Print and Cut; Enamel Dots-Prima

Ella has started walking more, YAY!!!  So, I though this kit was perfect to document that.  And the template with the pie chart was a fun way to use all the pattern papers in the collection.  And well, I had to use a doily for the center.

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One of the keys to doing hybrid and making it fun is using lots of foam adhesive!!  And I like to do that anyway, so win win!!

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And then you know, I love to cluster.  The corner just needed something, which the template had banners, so it was easy to figure out what.  I tried it without and the balance of the page was just off.

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So, I am slowly getting back into the groove, or at least trying to.  My projects may not be many for awhile and may be mixed with sewing.  But I will get there, eventually.  Have a great Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

So, it's Been Awhile.....

Well, I don't know where to even begin.  I know it's like I just disappeared off the blogging, crafting scene and well, I guess I did. 

Right after my last post, my mother went into the hospital for a 5 or 6 day stay. I am not going to go into a lot of details, but she and I decided that it would be best that she stay in long term care.  The goal was to get her to assisted living eventually if she could build up her strength.  Here she and I are a few days after she was moved from the hospital to the nursing facility.

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I am an only child.  I do have step siblings, but they were older than I was, so it was basically just Mom, Jack (my stepdad) and I.  I don't talk about family much, because well, I just don't.  Jack passed away almost 20 years ago, so Mom had been living by herself for awhile.  I had offered to help, but she was stubborn, proud and wanted to do things her own way and in her own time.  Well, now became the time for me to help.

These past few months have been a journey, one that I didn't plan, anticipate, or imagined that I would have to take.  But, I am so GRATEFUL for these past few months.  Mom and I have never been the "close" mother/daughter duo that I see a lot of people have.  We were both just too much alike I think.  She said push and I would say pull!  That's just the way we were.  But, she and I had to come to terms with what was happening, talk about things, make plans and go forward together.  

Caregiving is hard, I am not going to lie.  I felt like I needed to be at the nursing home every day, to check on her, make sure she was ok, etc.  It takes it's toll and becomes the focus of everything.  I cannot imagine if I had to have done this without Carleen at my side, taking care of the dogs, things at the house, helping me keep my head on straight, etc.  I just couldn't have done it.  And forget creating, because my creative side was non existent.  After talking with Carleen, I did sign up for the Adult Sewing Club at the sewing studio that I took lessons from, which I started in January.  She encouraged me to take those 2 hours and just go and forget about things.  Well, I didn't forget, but it did change my focus, at least for a little while.

Caregiving is a rollercoaster of emotions, things that need to be done, etc.  Mom lost her glasses at the nursing home and they were never found. So, we had to get her new glasses.  Here she is drinking her first frappucino while we were waiting on the transport van to come pick us up from the mall after picking out her glasses.

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Mom and I talked and decided that we needed to sell her house.So, that became another focus. Luckily, I work where I work and they helped me find someone to help clean it out, so that I could sell it.  I found an investor, but then didn't feel comfortable about selling. I reconnected with a friend from school, who was a realtor, and she helped me find the perfect buyer and we sold/signed within a week.

Mom was doing great and we had finally gotten her settled into a room and got her into a routine.  If you don't know, changes are hard for the elderly and she had been moved EIGHT different times in the facility to different rooms.  Some of it was necessary and some of it wasn't.  This is where I had to put my foot down.  Carleen and I went and bought a bunch of stuff to decorate her room and she had so much fun watching us put stuff up, etc.  I prepaid for a few months of physical therapy to help her get stronger and be able to hopefully walk again.  Here she is in her new glasses and a couple of days before my birthday.  And she was sporting a new hairdo from her beauty shop appt. that I had set up for her to have done every week. 

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I went and saw her on Wednesday, March 1, and sat with her while she ate lunch.  I was there about two hours and reminded her that I was going out of town to Branson the next day for a "crafting" retreat with some of my crop buddies that we had planned back in the late summer.  I told her Carleen would come and check on her and she told me to have fun and not worry about her, she would be fine.

I got a call at 5:30 that night and she had tried to walk to the bathroom (or that is what was thought) and she had fallen and broken her hip.  Carleen and I headed over to the nursing home to see if the ambulance had picked her up yet.  It's hadn't and Carleen gave her trouble for trying to walk without someone there.  Mom threw her pillow at her!  I told her that I wasn't going to Branson and she said she was sorry.

Trip to the ER to confirm and determine that she would have to have surgery. Total hip replacement. I left her about 10:30 that night and told her I would be back in the morning before surgery.

When I arrived at the hospital, she had went into respiratory distress and surgery was a no go for that day.  Mom had smoked for 40 years (didn't quit until she went into the nursing home) and she had COPD, a fib and plus a mass in her chest/lung area that they found back in November when she was first in the hospital.  That was one of the the things we talked about, she didn't want to do chemo or radiation, so there wasn't really a need to determine what it was and put her thru that.  The mass had grown significantly in the four months since they had done the first chest X-ray.

After talking with doctors, we all agreed to wait to see how she did over the weekend before surgery. She was high risk for the surgery in the first place, and the anesthesiologist was very worried that she would not be able to come off the ventilator once she came out of surgery.  So, we were waiting to see if she would get stronger.

By Sunday, I knew that I needed to make the decision that I had hoped I would never have to make. They were talking about putting in a tube to give her medicine that she really needed to talk orally, not by IV.  I talked to the attending doctor when he came in and told him that I didn't think surgery was a good idea and that I couldn't put her thru what was going on and that we should call in hospice.   Mom was a DNR and I had to take into consideration what SHE would want.  The doctors and care staff were amazing and supported my decision and said they would do the same thing if it was their family member.  I believe in my heart, they knew it was hard, but that I was trying to honor Mom by doing what she would want.  And honestly, if she had the surgery and never came off the ventilator then that decision would have been much harder to make.

The hospice nurse came and talked to me to make sure I understood everything and what steps would happen next.  I called Carleen and she came to the hospital to be there also.  They took out all the iv's and took the bi pap mask off.  I bent down and told Mom that I loved her and she said "I love you" and then mumbled something I didn't understand.  She then reached up and kissed my cheek.  The hospice nurse said Mom told me "I love you very much" and then Mom told Carleen she loved her.  Then she went to sleep.  We were moved to another floor for hospice and she passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7th, with me sitting right beside her.

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Gosh, I miss her something crazy.  And honestly, I am not anywhere near even having the ugly cry, ro anything similar.  There are so many things that I wish we could have done, but I am so thankful for the last few months we had.  

I have more to write about including the celebration at the end of her funeral, but I am saving that for another day and when I am ready to share.

So...that's where I have been, right where I needed to be.  For mom AND me.  I am slowing getting back into creating and I cannot thank my amazing teams for allowing me to take the time and let me do what I needed to and letting me slowly get back to my design team work.  I have missed it, I just didn't have the energy to do it all.