Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Winter Themed Challenge

It's a two week challenge on the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. I am thankful for those two weeks, but I'm even more thankful that I have an entry. It isn't even Monday, much less my Wednesday near end of deadline posting.

I spent the entire day in TM yesterday. All of my time wasn't spent creating this card, but a fair share of it was.

For the challenge, I've chosen this delightful image called "That's Hot" from the Sassy Cheryls Stamp Store. This little fellow so reminds me of my grandson, MM. He loves being out in the cold and really loves hot chocolate. I've colored the image with my PrismaColor and Faber Castel pencils.

The DP papers are from Just So Scrappy 2's kit Snow Cute. The embossed paper is Neenah Metallic paper that is now being sold at Office Depot. It has the most gorgeous sheen to it. The card was designed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo, and the sentiment is from the Silhouette Online Store.

Our weather is turning cold starting today, so my cup is going to have a hot mocha latte in it this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by and remember there's still PLENTY of time to get a card made and entered.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Show Me Show Me Thursday

I didn't get an entry in last two week Sassy Cheryl Show Me Thursday challenge, and I'm bound and determined I'm going to make it for this one. I've been busy with babysitting Coleman, cleaning house(won't be showing you that), making Any Hero cards and working on 50th Anniversary Invitations.

 Thursday was a Coleman day. He was good up to a point with watching Dora, while I was working on getting things together for my card class at a local middle school. That said, we finally just had to get outside and play in the leaves.

I've also spent the last two Fridays at a local Middle School in their art department. I got to demonstrate different techniques to the 6th graders, and then they made Any Hero cards and wrote a note in them. These are pictures from the first week's.

I have to tell you, that they were like kids in a candy shop wanting to do all techniques on their cards. They couldn't quite grasp the idea of  "less is more", but you have to admire their zeal. Any Hero that gets one of these notes is going to be appreciative that's for sure.

 As many of you know my DH is one of 14 children, 13 of whom are still alive(pretty amazing when you realize the oldest is almost 91, and the youngest is almost 61). On December 22, 2013, the sister just older than my DH and her husband will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. This will make the 10th sibling to accomplish this. The only sibling older that didn't make this, never married, and he's also the one that has passed away. This family is an insurance actuaries biggest nightmare, because they don't follow any rules for average.

This is the invitation that we designed for the occasion. We used Neenah metallic glimmer Champagne(now sold at Office Depot) to print the top layer, and the base layer is Stardream Antique Gold cardstock(105 lb. and nicely heavy) from LCI Paper Co. The first picture was made with the flash on on my camera, so you can see the amount of sheen to the cardstock. The second was made with the flash off. My inkjet printer printed on the Neenah paper beautifully, but the inkjet will not print on the gold metallic envelopes from LCI. I've got a color laser printer(great deal and a good excuse for a laser printer:) ) coming to hopefully accomplish that task, because I really don't want to be hand addressing 150 invitations.

Come back later in the week, as I have a REAL Show Me Thursday Post. I'm going to show you how to create a silhouette cameo of your child for a great Christmas present.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Blog Hop for Pulmonary Hypertension

Last weekend, I got an e-mail from my friend BreAnn McFarland, asking if I'd participate in a Blog Hop for Pulmonary Hypertension(PH for short). This cause has special meaning to me as my older brother and good friend suffered from Pulmonary Hypertension. BreAnn told me a long time ago, that I was one of the few people that she had mentioned the disease to, that actually knew what it is. Unfortunately, including BreAnn, I've actually known 3 people who have suffered or are suffering from this devastating disease.

Pulmonary hypertension - WHAT IT IS.

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an increase of blood pressure in the  pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein or pulmonary capillaries, together known as the lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, leg swelling and other symptoms. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and heart failure.  In  other words just walking 50 feet will have the person gasping and laboring for breath. 

You can learn more about the disease from this LINK.

FACT: While there are now 11 FDA approved medicines to treat pulmonary hypertension, zero are approved for use in children with PH.


For my card, I chose this image from Sassy Cheryls called Firefly Frenzie - Maddie. The reason for choosing this image is in memory of catching fireflies with my big brother when I was a little girl, a task that would be physically impossible by someone suffering from PH. Be sure to note that  periwinkle ribbon to remind us of the PH cause.

She's colored with Prisma-Color Pencils and Faber Castell blended with Gamsol. The papers are from a digital kit by Correen Silk called Sandy Getaway from Computer Scrapbook.Com. I'm also entering this card in this week's Sassy Cheryl's Anything Goes challenge.

This is a two day blog hop, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the second round.

Here are the blog links for both days.

Sunday's line up 
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