9.17.2014

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! 2014 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! Be sure to continue the hop around the world and see what the whole team has to share!

When Nate and I were first married, I worked as a Special Ed Para and spent the day working with kids who were struggling to keep up in their mainstream classroom. The extra help in a smaller group setting worked wonders for them to advance in their math, reading, and other academics. I found that most of the kids I taught were VERY intelligent, they just didn't fit the "typical mold" and needed to learn in a different way than most. Many times I had to get very creative in my teaching methods in order to keep the kids engaged. I found that if the kids were having fun, they were more likely to learn. I made MANY folder games to encourage the kids to learn and have fun.

When Gage was diagnosed with SPD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, I thought my teaching experience would mean I would have no problems making sure Gage was keeping up in school. Hahahahaha, the jokes on me! There was only one factor I didn't consider. . . he was my own child, and we all know that our kids are MUCH better for other adults than they are for their parents, am I right?! Gage LOVES to push my buttons and test his grounds with me, and when it comes to doing his homework, um. . .  yeah. . .  he flat out refuses to do it. Of course, I can't make him do it, so I have found that I need to get creative in how we go about homework. So, back to my early years, I have resorted to try and come up with ways to make homework fun. Wha?! Homework fun?! I created this super cute and fun folder game using the Motlley Monsters DPS for Gage, and now he loves to practice his math facts!

I made the gameboard and instructions non-specific so that I can simply change out the flash cards and use it for subtraction, multiplication, or division.
Ah! How nice it is to not have to argue with my 7-year-old as to why he needs to practice math facts. . .

Let's go see what Cindy has to share with us, shall we?

http://nutmegcreations.blogspot.com/2014/09/artisan-sept-3.html

Supplies used: Epic Alphabet set; Motlley Monsters DPS; Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock; Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers; White Chalk Marker; other: file folder and dice.

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Don't miss out on Stamps in the Mail! We are heading in to round 3, but you can still sign up and receive round 1 and 2! Click on the add for more info. Plus, refer a friend and if they register for Stamps in the Mail for Round 1 Month 3 you will get $5 off your registration fee! (Be sure and email me with the friend you refer so I can keep my eye out for their registration!)

9.10.2014

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop! Join us as we travel around the globe to see the 2014 international ADT Team's AMAZING work!

Last week I showed you a glimpse of what I have been up to for what seems like forever! Today I am going to show you the end result!
We recently celebrated my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary. . . and of course I volunteered to be in charge of decorating! It is a madness passion. . . truly it is. . . I enjoy doing it!
 I cut and rolled over 1000 flowers made with the Spiral Flower Die. . . used 123 hot glue sticks. . . 5 spools of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon. . . 2 spools each of Venetian Crochet Trim, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, 5/8" Gold Satin Ribbon, and Linen Thread. . . a spool of Gold Sequin Trim. . . and burned my fingers with the hot glue gun countless times!
 Nate's Nephew's wife Kerstie made the most delicious cake and cupcakes. . . 
And what party would be complete without a fun photo booth to capture the memories?!
 Here's Nate's parents, the happily married couple of 50 years. . .
. . . and of course my silly little stinker!
We had a TON of fun! But, phew! I sure am glad it's over!

Let's head on over and see what Cindy has been up to!
http://nutmegcreations.blogspot.com/2014/09/artisan-sept-2.html

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Don't miss out on my Stamps in the Mail! We are heading in to round 3, but you can still sign up and receive round 1 and 2! Click on the add for more info. Plus, refer a friend and if they register for Stamps in the Mail for Round 1 Month 3 you will get $5 off your registration fee! (Be sure and email me with the friend you refer so I can keep my eye out for their registration!)

9.05.2014

Convention Display Board Sample

EEESH! I am soooo behind in getting my display board samples from Convention posted! I promise I will work harder on getting them all posted and share them with you! Don't forget, you can follow the Pinterest board and see what the other 29 display stampers have created as well!

Here is a fun vellum confetti tag I created with the Amazing Birthday set. . .
 
Hope you enjoy!

Don't miss out on my Stamps in the Mail! We are heading in to round 3, but you can still sign up and receive round 1 and 2! Click on the add for more info. Plus, refer a friend and if they register for Stamps in the Mail for Round 1 Month 3 you will get $5 off your registration fee! (Be sure and email me with the friend you refer so I can keep my eye out for their registration!)
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9.03.2014

Stampin' Up Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop! Be sure to "hop" around the world and see what amazing things this international design team has been up to, you will be inspired for sure!

I am loving the Freaky Friends stamp set and the Motley Monsters DSP! I am not a fan of Halloween, don't stone me, but I do love this versatile set. The supper cute monster images, the fun little owls, the possibilities can go WAY beyond Halloween! For today's card I mad a super quick and simple card with that darling little owl. . .
I needed a quick card, as I am hastily trying to put together some decorations for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary that is THIS Saturday! EEEEP! I still have so much to do! I can do this. . . I CAN do this!
Let's go check out Cindy's blog and see what she's been up to!
http://nutmegcreations.blogspot.com/2014/09/artisan-sept-1.html
Supplies: Freaky Friends and And Many More stamp sets; Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, and Basic Black ink pads; Motley Monsters DSP; Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, and Hello Honey cardstock; Bermuda Bay and Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine; 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon; Autumn Wooden Elements; Decorative Label and Hearts Border Punches.


8.28.2014

Welcome to Fancy Friday!


Welcome to our very first Fancy Friday challenge! I am so excited to be able to share with you this new monthly hop! Join us the last Friday of each month as we share our take on "fancy", and challenge you to join us in creating! Each month we will participate in a different challenge. . . sometimes is will be a color challenge, sometimes it may be a sketch, and other times it may be to focus on a selected stamp set. . . the one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy for sure!

For the challenge this month the Fancy Friday team is using a color palette based on this gorgeous chair from Facelift Furniture:

Isn't it fun?! I am HUGE on recycle and reuse, and I couldn't resist the vibrant fall color palette of this old chair brought new again! Here's my inspired creation:

Wanna win the Seasonally Scattered* stamp set?!
 (*available in the 2014 Holiday Catalog)

Play along with the challenge and have a chance to win! Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment on any one of the Fancy Friday Team member's blog with a link to your creation. Comments/links MUST be left by Friday, September 19th 7:00 PM MST in order to be eligible for the prize. 2. Please use the color palette provided. You can use any combination or all of the colors provided as well as any neutrals. Although SU colors are listed, you can use any colors you have on hand as long as they are similar. 3. You MUST put a link in your post back to the challenge. *ONE lucky winner will be announced during the September Fancy Friday Blog Hop! (the last Friday of September)

Now, let's head In The Cat Cave and see what Cathy created for the challenge, shall we?!
http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/08/August-FF.html
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Don't miss out on Stamps in the Mail! It's not too late to sign up for round 2, and you can still sign up and receive round 1! Click on the add for more info. Refer a friend! If they register for Stamps in the Mail for you will get $5 off your registration fee for the first month! (Be sure and email me with the friend you refer so I can keep my eye out for their registration!)




Supplies used: Daydream Medallions and Four You stamp sets; Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss ink pads; Island Indigo, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Naturals Ivory, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss cardstock; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Linen Thread; Pearl Basic Jewels; Petite Petals Punch; needle and thread.