Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Everything!

I have a card to share today that I created over the summer with some left over pieces from my Silhouette.  I have quite a collection of "extra" pieces, and I don't have the heart to throw them away!  
So everything you so here was from the Silhouette.  I  used a sentiment from Kimberly's  My Craft Spot stamps .  
I added a bit of black Flower Soft to the center of the daisy.  
The human heart is strange. It is amazing how you can feel happy and sad all at the same time.
This weekend, for the first time in 18 years, my gal spent the night away from us.
We have had her on a list for a place in Illinois called Misericordia.  It is a home for disabled adults and children.  Now if you don't live in Illinois, you might think that it is a typical state funded group home.  
Let me assure you it is not.
It is the Cadillac of group homes. 
It is beautiful, well run, and has the most loving staff I have ever known!
With that said, it still tore my heart out to leave my baby girl there.
I absolutely know she is in good hands.
I know this is going to be the best place for her someday.
To be independent, engaged, happy.......
But as her mama, it was difficult. 
I can't imagine what I will feel when it is more than just a weekend someday.
This was just a chance for her to get to know them.
For them to get to know her.
And for them to fall in love with this happy,
sweet, loving little girl.
As we have....... 
It is always hard to let your children grow up and become independent, but even harder for us moms who have special children.
But I know that it will be the best thing for her. 
She is social, active, and loves making new friends. Her world needs more than me to be happy.
Being a parent is tough.

Thank you for your kind e-mails and such....
IT truly helps!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Many Thanks......

Good morning! 
 I have a card to share with you today that uses texture paste and a stencil.  The stencil is by Heidi Swapp. I just adore these polka dots!.  Before applying the texture paste, I added a wee bit of silver paint and mixed it well.  I taped my stencil to the piece of card stock, and scraped it across using an old credit card.  I love the subtle texture it gives!
Since I wanted the background to take center stage, I added a few simple embellishments to finish off the card. 
The flowers were created using orange vellum and my Silhouette.  I added a couple of feathers, ribbon, and my stamped sentiment. As a final touch I added a few orange sequins. 
I feel as though lately, my blog is a bit blah.  I don't have as much time lately and I apologize for the numerous "short and sweet" posts.  I keep hoping my life will slow down just a tiny bit, but not sure if that's going to happen.  
I hope you can bare with me! 

Have a great day my friends!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

I think I went a bit flower crazy on today's card!  
I couldn't help myself!  The main image is an image from Crafty Secret's Digital Garden set.  It was colored using my Inktense pencils.I added some Rock Candy Stickles to the center and a bit of glossy accents as well. I used a pretty Spellbinder's frame (Marvelous Squares) to matte the image.  The background used a Heidi Swapp stencil and texture paste.  I added a bit of silver ink to it once it was dry. I also added some Tim Holtz film strip, a bit of lace, and ruffled green paper to peek out under it. 
It's a bit busy....hopefully not too busy! ;)
My lil family went apple picking on Saturday.  It is a tradition we've had for the past 16 years or so. I know the kids are getting older and who knows if Kyle will want to go with us next year.  I took a lot of pictures that day knowing it could be our last year.  I still need to edit a lot of them and will share those in the next day or two.
 I handed the camera off to Kyle and he captured this one of Brian and me.  My man is scruffy, but I really like it!  
It's nice to get pics of us once in a while! ;)
Well it's the start of a new work week, so I've gotta run!
Have a great day my friends!