Family Court Business

28 11 2017

Tomorrow morning we have family court. We’re hoping it’s the last one before the TPR (termination of parental rights) trial at the end of January.

As always, a mountain of butterflies are swirling in my tummy. I hate court dates. It’s not likely that anything will change, but it’s so hard to predict a broken system.

Wish us luck!

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Because Ovens are Dangerous, I Made an Apple Pie Out of Paper

24 11 2017

Because I have no business baking. I have scars from different baking attempts.

Paper cuts don’t scar, so when I found this cute apple pie box, I went for it πŸ™‚

I had to redo the rose. I wasn’t happy with the first one. This one turned out better πŸ™‚ I used copics and prismacolor pencils on it to give it a bit more dimension. And the lattice work was embossed with an embossing folder πŸ™‚

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Xoxo

Link to the project here





Happy Thanksgiving – BBQ style

24 11 2017

You may have heard me mention that things are a little busy around here. But only just a little πŸ˜‰

So we use the easy button when we can. Thanksgiving is one of those times.

We picked up some of our favorite BBQ dishes and tossed in a few traditional Thanksgiving dishes and added a few extra helpings of sweet potatoes (those were still in the oven).

Here’s our spread. Except we forgot the cheesy corn in the microwave. Oops.

And even with 10 people, we still have plenty left.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Thanks for stopping by

Xoxo πŸ’‹





A Very Not Christmas Card

17 11 2017

Months ago, I started this. Then I realized I didn’t have enough ink in one of my grays. Then it took forever for me to order the small village of ink refills I needed for my stash. Then I colored a few Christmas cards.

Today, today I finished the background πŸ™‚

It’s not exactly how I envisioned it, but I’m not sure I know how to make it look the way I saw in my mind, so this will have to do πŸ™‚

I designed the card in my Silhouette program and did a print & cut.

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Xoxo

Here’s a link to the image. The artist is kind enough to allow othersto ink the line art πŸ™‚





Christmas Cards Part the Third – Here’s Another 3

17 11 2017

I’ve been a busy little elf! While I waited for the ink to refill my Copics, I did some designing so I’d be ready πŸ™‚

So, here are the cards πŸ™‚

  1. I used another Stampendous stamp and metal dies to pull this all together. But, I did try something new. This was my first try at no-line coloring. I’m happy with the results of my first try πŸ™‚img_3527

2. The next card features a digital stamp that I LOVE. I used it last year, and I’ll probably use it at least once more this year, in addition to this card. I’m also in love with the saying. The mat is a digital paper I have from an old Craft Artist kit that I imported into the pattern folder in my Silhouette program. I printed the girl separately, colored her, then used the print & cut feature to cut her out and mat her on the front of the card.

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3. This last card also features a digital stamp. TheΒ  backgrounds and mat for this are from the Silhouette Store. It’s all one piece I printed off then cut out. I colored the elf. This one I wasn’t sure about in the beginning. I started this card over at least three timesΒ  because I just wasn’t happy. This time, though, it worked. The little elf came out cuter than I hoped she would πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how I pulled that off πŸ˜‰

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Project Links

Card 1: Stampendous stamp

Card 2: One Child saying, Snowflake girl digi stamp

Card 3:Β  Holiday plaid pattern, snowflake pattern, Elf Mim





Christmas Cards Part the Second – Here’s Three More

16 11 2017
  1. This card was super simple but has a wow effect. If you’re pressed for time, this is a good one to try πŸ™‚ And to help keep it simple and quick, I used my Silhouette Sketch pens for the greeting.img_3526

 

2. This card was supposed to be a trifold card, but I could NOT figure out how to make it work. I ended up taking the pieces apart and layering them with foam tape. And I like how it turned out πŸ™‚

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3. This card was old school stamping and card assembly for me πŸ™‚ I used a Stampendous stamp, colored with markers and pencils, and used a few metal dies and put everything together.

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xoxo

Links for projects

Card 1: Flexi card file

Card 2: Silhouette file

Card 3: Stampendous stamp

 





Christmas Card Making Has Begun

14 11 2017

Last year, my husband asked me to make cards for him to use at work. Challenge accepted!

I’m starting early this year πŸ™‚

I don’t have the attention span to make many of the same design, so card making doesn’t go as fast as it might. But I enjoy it more this way πŸ™‚

So here are the first three πŸ™‚

This one wasΒ  quick and simple. I cut out the image and matted it. The “paper” behind it is a pattern from the Silhouette store that I also had my machine print and cut out before layering it all on the card front.

Project links: Blue on Blue dot pattern, deer scene

 

This second one is simple enough, but there’s a tweak. Having the patterns available in the Silhouette Store is great, especially if you’re doing digital work to save a little time (Have I mentioned that I’m a little short on time these days?). But one of the drawbacks is that they’re NOT EDITABLE. For example, you can’t change red and white striped paper to something like the striped paper below…except I did. I figured out how to alter an unalterable item. Maybe some of you already figured out a way to do this, but I’m feeling a little magical right now πŸ˜‰

Project Links: Red and white striped pattern, Deer ornament

 

For this third one, I pulled out some stamps to help finish things off πŸ™‚ I forgot how much little things like that can add to a card.

Project Links: Card

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo