A Non-Craft Related Post

24 07 2017

If you’ve been following the blog for a little while, you know our youngest child is a foster son. He’s biologically related to some kiddos we adopted a few years back.

Interesting things are happening in our state under a new governor. The most significant being the Foster Care Bill of Rights he signed into law last month.

The way the process was explained to us a few years ago, the only time the judge can ask the questions – Is this what’s best for the child – is when they were deciding to remove a child from care. The judge said the rest of the laws are written for the adults – the parents.

The very first line on this new Foster Care Bill of Rights states that the best interest of the child should be the top priority for Children’s Division.

54 days ago, all three state representatives involved in my foster son’s case recommended that the case goal be changed to adoption (with us). We’re still waiting to hear what the judge’s ruling is. But we hope that the new Foster Care Bill of Rights gives those workers stronger ground to stand on when they’re arguing for the children. We’re hoping that they can finally use the words – this is in the best interest of the child.





Why I Love My Pixscan Mat!

24 07 2017

For years, I didn’t get what the big deal about the pixscan mat was. Then I got one and now, I understand πŸ˜‰

I had a scrap of vinyl to use – who wants to waste perfectly good vinyl?

My daughter needed something to decorate the case for her glasses – it was pretty plain.

My pixscan mat was perfect for this job!

First, I stuck her case onto my pixscan mat and went through the steps of loading it into my work space.

Next, I found the image she wanted and modified it to fit her case.

Once I had my design, I put my vinyl scrap on my pixscan mat and loaded this into my workspace.

Then I copied my design and pasted it over the top of the new image I had.

From here, I cut out the vinyl and applied it to my daughter’s case. She was a happy camper πŸ™‚

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Back From Vacation!

24 07 2017

This summer has been kind of busy. In all fairness, I do have 7 kids which does take up some time πŸ˜‰

I’ve been working on things but haven’t really had a chance to post them. But, today, I have something to post, as well as a pixscan project I’ll post soon πŸ™‚

This card is something I did because I needed to color πŸ™‚ After a couple of weeks away, I was a little worried I might have lost my mojo. But I found it πŸ™‚

This card was designed in Craft Artist 2 (which is being discontinued shortly, btw)(so sad). And then I brought the different pieces of the card into my silhouette workspace to do a print and cut. I colored the flowers and butterfly then added them to the card front.

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A little of the coloring progress for the butterfly πŸ™‚

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Elephant Card to go with the Elephant Baby Shower CardsΒ 

30 06 2017

Almost done with baby Shower Cards πŸ™‚ I think there will be abt 5 sets total when I’m done.

In this card, I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store as a digital stamp. The elephant was pretty fun to color πŸ™‚ (Quick tutorial on using cut files as digital stamps here)


Inside, you’ll find one of my favorite card features – a pop up!


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Xoxo

Card, Elephant, Welcome little one





More Baby Shower Cards

29 06 2017

I told you there were a lot. There’s still two more sets I need to work on πŸ˜€

The shower theme is elephants this time. I don’t have that many elephant things to play with, but I did have a file for an elephant book mark, so I started there πŸ™‚

Once I planned it out, I realized I didn’t have any light gray paper and white didn’t look quite right. Because I’m impatient, I used the white anyway and then used my copics to add color to the face. I sponged gray ink on the back and added a few details with my prisma color pencils.

I designed the card in Craft Artist 2, then dragged it into my Silhouette work space for some autotrace work and a print and cut. I sized the elephant book marks to a complimentary size then cut those out, too.

Just for fun, here’s a pic showing the coloring progression for the elephant faces. There were 12 of these guys.

I also made a satchel/purse/bag to hold the cards. I used some of the same colors and paper for this as I did for the cards.

Here’s the finished project.


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Xoxo

Elephant Bookmark, CA2 Yellow , CA2 gray, Satchel





A Card For the Baby Shower Gift

24 06 2017

I was excited to remember I had a file for a card with an umbrella and I thought it would go well with the umbrella gift bag. I changed it up a bit, used the same color scheme and some of the papers from the gift so they’re coordinated πŸ™‚


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Card, Butterfly, CA Digital Kit (for some of the papers), Blue paper, Green paper





Babies, Part 2

23 06 2017

Here’s the second set of baby cards. I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with this set. It turned out better than I thought it would πŸ™‚


The designed the card in Craft Artist 2 and imported it into my silhouette work space to do a print & cut. I used my prismacolor pencils to better define the flower.

Here’s the difference he pencils make. I like the added contrast πŸ™‚


For the umbrella bag (this was an adorable design in an Easter kit, but it worked well for this) I added the digital papers I used to design the card into the Patterns folder in my library so my bag coordinated with my cards. I had some extra vinyl left from my Father’s Day project, so I used that instead of paper for baby Finley’s name πŸ™‚

I absolutely love how this project turned out. Hopefully, my sister-in law will, too!

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Xoxo

CA2 Digital kit, Umbrella bag