24 October 2014

Disney Blog Hop for Rett Syndrome Awareness


Happy Saturday
and 
Welcome to this year's Blog Hop for...
Rett Syndrome Awareness
 
In this hop we will be showing you many Disney themed projects while sharing with you about
Rett Syndrome.
If you have just stopped by my blog to visit with me, thank you and welcome, but please start at the beginning of the hop with our
Hostess, Robin from
Create-A-Latte.
We would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects.

So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.
 October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, so I wanted to help get the word out and what better way to do that than with a blog hop.
  
Rett Syndrome strikes without warning. A girl with Rett Syndrome usually starts out as a happy and healthy baby. Then something goes terribly wrong. She loses the ability to speak, she can't use her hands to play with toys, or to even feed herself, and she may lose the ability to walk. 
Despite their physical disabilities, girls with Rett Syndrome are believed to be functioning mentally at a much higher level than previously thought.   
Rett Syndrome is caused by a mutation of the MECP2  gene on the X chromosome.  
Rett Syndrome is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world, and in every socioeconomic class.  
Rett  Syndrome affects in 15,000 female births.  

*Symptoms of Rett Syndrome...

Rett Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that affects girls between 6 and 18 months of age. This regressive disease leads to lifelong handicaps, including loss of speech and voluntary muscle control, and is often misdiagnosed as Cerebral Palsy or Autism. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and almost always include...
*Developmental Regression or Plateau
*Near constant hand clasping or wringing
*Severe communication impairment
*Breathing problems
*Digestive issues
*Floppy arms and legs
*If able to walk, then with a shaky, unsteady gait, or toe-walking. But most do end up using a wheelchair for the most part.
*Scoliosis
*Seizures
*Slowing head growth
*Abnormal sleep patterns
*Transient loss of social engagement
*Poor circulation that can lead to cold and bluish arms and legs
*Anxiety
  
Many individuals with Rett Syndrome live well into adulthood, although there are some that do not get that chance and end up losing their battle to Rett Syndrome at a very early age.
Most people including Doctors are not aware of Rett Syndrome, so, please help me get the word out about Rett Syndrome and hopefully the more that know the faster we can help in finding a cure.

For more information you can visit...
http://www.rettsyndrome.org/

Now, are you ready for some blog candy???  We have a several wonderful and generous sponsors today...


1.  Lucy Kelleher
with Close to My Heart
$10 gift certificate for Close to My Heart products with Lucy 

Close To My Heart


2.  Dee's Delights Store
$20 Gift Certificate for Dee's Store



3. Heather Stafford with...
Gemini Red Creations
A floating locket and your choice of two floating charms 


 

http://www.geminiredcreations.com/shop/floating-lockets/
 

4.  Diana Larson with
DLART
$10 Gift Certificate for DLART Store

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DLART

5.  Robin Lane with
Create-A-Latte
A Collection of Snap Products by Simple Stories. Everything you need to put together your Disney memories.
The kit comes with an Album, a pack of Insta Pocket Pages, "Say Cheese" Journal Kit, and the "Say Cheese" Snap Pack.

  

Without further ado...Our Disney Projects.





Since this is a Disney-themed hop, I thought I'd go through some old pics and share my first visit to Disney with you!  I added Black Diamond and Star Dust Stickles to the Mickey icons across the bottom to add a little extra bling.

Be sure to head on over to....

Jessica

for your next stop and see her wonderful project that she has made to share with you today.

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up for today's Blog Hop.

1.  Robin L. ~  http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com/


Thank you for hopping along with us today, I hope that you have learned something about Rett Syndrome and that you will help spread the word so that we can make as many people aware of this as possible. I also hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.



Thanks for stopping by!


19 October 2014

Happy Halloween!


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR THE MONSTER MASH BLOG HOP! 

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I can't believe it's almost Halloween!  My five-year-old son is going to be Captain America this year, and we already have his costume (GO, ME!!).  Now if I could just find the Halloween treat bag my MIL embroidered with his name a few years ago, we'd be GOLDEN!  LOL!

Thought I would share a Halloween card with you today that I made last week.


The papers were given to me by my friend Barbara when I visited her for the CK Convention last year in Kansas City.  We had such a great time!  The ribbon pieces were all found in my stash, and I think I picked up in the Halloween washi tape when I was in KC.  The candy corn strip is Reflections bling tape, and the outside and inside sentiments are both part of the BugBites Magic Spells stamp set.

I followed the sketch at Stick It Down for this card.

 October 14 Sketch

Challenges Entered
A Creative Need October Challenge--Yellow and Orange 
Fairy Tale Challenge #102--Happy Halloween
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #25--Orange and Black
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #105--Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' 52 Week Card Challenge--Week 41 
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' Monthly Challenge--Boo!
Simply Create Too Challenge #72--Halloween
Sister Act Card Challenge #79--Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique.com--Trick or Treat
Stick It Down--October 14 sketch
Sweet Pea Stampers--Halloween

I'll be back soon with a couple more projects I finished over the weekend.  Happy scrapping!



18 October 2014

Monster Mash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop Day #2!


I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash, the monster mash
It was a graveyard smash!

Connie Can Crop and her ghoulishly wonderful friends are so glad you could join us for this Monster Mash!  We have so many frightful projects, you'll be screaming for more!

This is Day #2 of the blog hop, and we appreciate you leaving a comment for all of these talented creatures who are here sharing their ideas and creations.  We are thrilled to death that you came back!

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula, and his son!
A Woooo!

We have three terrifying yet amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!


Creative Kuts is giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate to their online store.  Be sure to check out their spooky SVG files!  You can visit her shop here and follow them on Facebook here.

AND


Lucy Kelleher is giving away this Frightfully Fun stamp set from CTMH.


AND


Connie Wallenbrock is giving away this Mini-Medley Accents Pack from CTMH.  Perfect for your Halloween creations!

What do you need to do to win?  Easy . . . become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do a graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash, then you can monster mash!

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone, and leave your spirited comments along the way!

Let's get this Monster Party started!

I thought I would share two projects with you today!


I love these pictures on my youngest son, Joseph, from Halloween 2010.  He was in an Elmo stage, and he just made the cutest little Elmo!  Everything on this layout is stuff I had in my stash, and the "October 31" stamp in the bottom left corner is a Teresa Collins stamp that I used black embossing powder on, then set with my heat gun.


I really used up some of my stash, because all this stuff was stash stuff, too!  The patterned papers were given to me by my friend Barbara when I went to visit her in Kansas City last year.  The candy corn strip is Recollections Bling on a Roll, the gems are remnants, the "Boo" in the upper right corner is from a piece of washi tape that I cut, and the sentiment is from the BugBites set "Magic Spells."

Up next is the lovely and talented Robin L!

Here is our complete lineup for Day #2 in case you get lost along the way:

1.  Connie
2.  Alicia
3.  Darlene
4.  Jessica
5.  Pam
6.  Jenny
7.  Christina
8.  Carolyn
9.  Miranda
10.  Lori
11.  Ashley <== YOU ARE HERE!
12.  Robin L. <== GO HERE NEXT!
13.  Haidee
14.  Daphne
15.  Audrey

Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!  Happy Haunting!


02 October 2014

I won at Soul Scrappers!

I entered my "Welcome Autumn" card


in the Random Word 9 challenge at Soul Scrappers in September, and I WON!!!!  WOOHOO!!!!  Hope everyone is having a great week!  Happy scrapping, everyone!


20 September 2014

Family Fun

We try to take our kids on some sort of trip every summer, even if it's just a short one.  This year, we decided to do "Branson on a Budget."  Some people would groan at doing things on a budget, but we've become pretty good at find cheap and/or free things to do for vacation and still having a great time!

While we were in Branson, we decided to visit the Celebrity Car Museum.  It was pretty neat!  They had TONS of cars from so many of our favorite movies, and they even had two cars displayed that were damaged in the Branson tornado a few years ago.  Since we (I) took SOOOO many pictures at the car museum, I DO have a layout planned with those pictures!

For today's layout, though, I chose a family picture we had taken at the museum, and I used Sketch #277 from Creative Scrappers.


Scooby Doo is a favorite of our entire family, so it was the perfect backdrop for our family picture!

Supplies Used
~Carta Bella Summer Lovin' Collection--Cool By the Pool, Element Stickers, Gondolas, Stripes, Summer Words, Sunshine, Watermelon
~Twine from my stash
~ZIG Memory System Writer--Pure Pink

Challenges Entered
Creative Scrappers--Sketch #277
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' 52 Week Challenge--Week 38 Layout
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' Monthly Layout Challenge--Anything Goes

I hope everyone's having a great weekend!  Happy scrapping!


19 September 2014

Besties

As I was working on my layout for Week 37 in Scrappin' 'n' Chattin's 52 Week Layout Challenge, I realized there are only FIFTEEN WEEKS LEFT in this year.  OMG!!!  Where did this year go?!?  I was looking for a sketch and came across this one at Scrapping Everyday Miracles:


Here's my final creations:


This is my bestie, Betty, and me at the Army and Navy Academy graduation in 2012.  We taught English there together for just over three years but didn't really get close until the last semester and then after I moved away.  Sure wish we'd realized the value of each other's friendship before I moved!

There are so many elements on here I want to showcase, so I took a TON of close-ups!










Supplies Used
Bo Bunny Weekend Market--Antique, Combo Stickers, Cut Outs, Dot, Vintage Labels
Gelly Roll white pen
Me & My Big Ideas--Mambi Stones stickers
Queen & Co.--Sunflower Yellow rhinestones
Stickles--Champagne
Want 2 Scrap--Self adhesive bling
We R Memory Keepers--Crafter's Staples
ZIG Memory System Writer--Navy, Pure Brown

Challenges Entered
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' 52 Week Layout Challenge--Week 37
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' Monthly Layout Challenge--Anything Goes #1
Scrapping Everyday Miracles--Mini Crop Challenge #2 Sketch

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Happy scrapping!


18 September 2014

Welcome Autumn!

We've had some much-welcome cooler weather in Arkansas (and a little bit of rain!) for several days, and I am LOVING it!!!  I wish the cooler weather would be here to stay, but I'm afraid we may get some warmer temperatures again before fall is officially here.

I'm a moderator in the Yahoo group Scrappin' 'n' Chattin', and we are currently in Week #37 of a 52-Week Card Challenge.  The aim of the challenge is to complete one card a week for the entire year.  WHEW!!!  This is the third year I've participated, and I've never made it this far.  The group member who runs the challenge gives us a prompt each Saturday, and we have until the following Friday at midnight in our time zone to complete our card following the challenge.  Each participant is given five passes for the year that you can use at any time.  If you use a pass, you have to complete TWO cards the next week--the one you used the pass for and the current one.  This week's challenge is to use fall colors on your card, so I started digging through my stuff and found some of the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection (now retired) to create my card.



The large orange ribbon was some I found in my stash.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Scattered Straw to accent some of the swirls on the front, and I outlined the word "Autumn" with Star Dust Stickles.  The leaves on the inside are from Jolee's by You.

Challenges Entered
Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog Challenge #3--Colour Challenge  


Crafting for All Seasons Challenge #86--Colours of Autumn
Creative Moments Challenge #51--Anything Goes w/optional Fall Colours
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes
The Outlawz Challenges Twisted Thursday--Anything Goes w/Optional Twist "First Day of Fall"
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #88--Anything Goes
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' 52 Week Card Challenge--Week #37
Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' Monthly Card Challenge--Anything Goes
Simply Create Too Challenge #70--Fall/Autumn
Soul Scrappers Random Words 9--Fall/Autumn
Stampavie and More Challenge #220--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy scrapping, everyone!