Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I've Got A Crush On You...Xyron

Good morning friends, 
I am sad to say this is my last post for my DT term with Xyron and
what a wonderful term it was! :) For my last project I created a card
and a bookstand I turned into a home decor project. 
Let me share how I created these projects! 

Cut Crush On You card file using Silhouette Cameo or similar machine. 
This card is 6X6. 
Trim out Cardstock for the inside at 6X6. 
Run card stock through Xyron 9" Creative Station.
Rub and peel.
Place cardstock- ADHESIVE SIDE UP in card so the sticky parts 
show through to the front of the card. 
Sprinkle with glitter and shake off excess. 
Using Xyron High Tack Tape 1/2" place strip at bottom of the card
then apply a strip of vintage lace- press firmly. 

Take acrylic LOVE Expression peel off protective film from the front. 
Run LOVE through Xyron 9" Creative Station top side down. 
Rub, peel and remove. Coat adhesive side with glitter. 
Dust off excess. 
Trim out paper to fit bookstand- run through Xyron 9" Creative Station.
Adhere to center of bookstand. 
Apply Xyron High Tack Tape 1/2" at top and bottom or patterned paper. 
Layer on Dazzle ribbon. 
Cut apart LOVE Expression and use Xyron High Tack Tape 1/2" to adhere
it to the bookstand. Use Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Pop Dots 
to pop up half the letters. 
Embellish using stickers and extra lace and Xyron High Tack Tape 1/2".
Now you have a great romantic home decor piece to use through Feb. 
And a very glitter Valentine Card! All of them made so easy with Xyron!

Don't forget to like Xyron on Facebook!

Products Used:
Xyron 9" Creative Station, Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Pop Dots, Xyron High Tack Tape 1/2", Silhouette Cameo, Samantha Walker Crush On You Card Cut File, Clear Scraps Bookstand, Clear Scraps Acrylic LOVE Expression, Clearsnap Glitter, Vintage Lace, Ribbons Unlimited Dazzle Ribbon, CutCardStock Basis Cardstock.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Attention! 2 Design Team Calls!!

Oh it's that time of year! Design Team calls are up again- 
We are excited announce that Clear Scraps is looking to bring on a few new  Design Team members for 2014! Clear Scraps is looking for talented, social, and committed designers who love to create with Clear Scraps products.
To apply, please email with the following information:
  • A paragraph telling us a little about yourself. When did you start scrapbooking? How would you define your style? What do you love about Clear Scraps products? Are you on any other design teams? Have you been published before?  
  • We want to have a good sense of who you are and your paper crafting history. Let us know why you would be EXCITED to work with Clear Scraps. Please note that previous design team experience is not required.
  • A link to your online gallery and/or blog so that we may see samples of your various paper crafting projects. If you have a scrapbook resume we’d love to see that as well.
  • A scan or high quality photo of 1 layout, 1 card, and 1 other type of project that showcases your style. Please use Clear Scraps products.
  • Please include all of your contact information, including address, phone number, and return email address.
The deadline for all applications to be received is February 25th. The individuals chosen to join the team will be notified via email and the new team will be announced here on the blog in early March.
New design team members will serve for 1 year beginning in March 2014 and will be required to submit 2 monthly assignments, help promote Clear Scraps, and a monthly tutorial or as assigned.
Further questions may be directed to Good luck everyone! We’re excited to see your applications

Do you love Xyron? Would you like to join our team? Then get your craftiness on because Xyron just announced a Design Team call!

Benefits of being on the Xyron Design Team include:
Lots of Free Product – both from Xyron and from partner companies
Exclusive previews of any of our upcoming products
Payment for projects published in print and/or online magazines
Featured on our Facebook page and blog
Link to your own personal blog
Private FB group for DT members only
Payment for projects used at trade shows and on-air
Opportunity to have your projects displayed on the Home Shopping Network
Xyron DT blinkie for your email and/or blog
Purchase Xyron products at a deep discount for use in teaching classesThe application process is all done online (through FB as a matter of fact!) and is available to international designers as well - click this link to apply. Some of the information you will need to complete the application:
Contact info

Short bio about yourself

Links to three different projects (no scrapbook layouts - at least one project must be DIY/kids craft/home decor item)

Links to your galleries (if applicable)

A list of any past or current design teams you've been on (if applicable)

A link to your blog/website

There are a few questions at the end about Xyron products - how long you've been using them, which machines you own, which is your favorite, etc.
The deadline to enter is February 1st, and the new Design Team will be announced February 3rd. Good luck to everybody - I'd love the chance to work with you!

Good luck crafty friends! 
TRUST ME BOTH are wonderful companies!

Monday, January 27, 2014

So Basically Mom...You Love Me..

Good morning Happy monday friends!
I have a few things to share today from TV & Tutorials to Tattoos.

So remember those flowers I created for that box that was on HSN?
Well this weekend there was a tutorial featured on Samantha Walker's blog
that I created for making them.  
And just in case you missed it- here is the video of my box on HSN!
The funny part? I slipped cards in the box in case they needed them
but no one knew LOL so it was cute when she opened the box- 
Next time I will send a warning label! hahaha- 
 Oh and here is the link for the tutorial! :)
So excited to be back with SW and the gang! :) 

 And a VERY special even this weekend, for a few months now I 
have wanted an Autism tattoo- and a month ago I sent an idea to my 
artist Renee Johns in Nashville at Avenging Art Tattoo Shop. 
This tattoo is what she and I came up with and this last Friday night
I sat for 4 hours and had it done!
It says simply "I will fight your fight" and it's an incredibly touching tribute to
my amazing boy with Autism and his struggles. 

He asked me what "I will fight your fight means" I told him
to think of it like a boxing match, when he has trouble with school,
or bullies, or anything, I will always be there to help him and
fight for him. He said "So basically mom you love me"...well ya kid- 
I guess that about sums it up doesn't it?

He loved the idea and loves the tattoo- he saw it when 
I got home and said "SO COOL MOM".
I know my whole life seems to revolve around Autism right now
and I am probably boring some of you. 
But when your child is sick- you go to the mat and you stay there
until it's I am very proud to share my tattoo with everyone today! :) 

Muah! Thanks for all your love and support! 
Be back tomorrow with another cool project!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Autism Mom Copes Post~

Good morning friends, Happy Friday.
You know occasionally I interrupt my crafting wonders (lol) for a
REAL LIFE post- or Autism post. 

I think this photo says it all- it encompasses every person his age he meets- 
he melts down very loudly and  the other child looks at him like...
what the hell man? LOL It's pretty cute because this little boy is
very sweet with Gage- but we all feel this way at times when he is screaming. 
As some of you know we STILL cannot get the school to acknowledge
my son's Autism or give us any assistance in any way because his grades 
are very good. He came home with honor roll again. 

It's funny that they admit he has dexterity issues and clearly social
issues but since he has good grades they are not responsible to give
any assistance. So now I let him fail- or we go on with no help. 
I find neither a viable option. I really despise TN schools right now. 
So the fight and struggle, frustration, and despair continues.

On the bright side we went to Ohio to visit friends and had a day of
sledding which I expected to be mayhem of meltdowns, but I was 
surprised with only 2 slight meltdowns. 

I think the sledding was freeing for him and he loved flying down the hill.
I so love this boy! LOVE!
 He has always loved swinging and I think sledding gave him great peace.
 I also think being around friends who don't judge and accept him 100%
makes it so much easier. It was a wonderful trip. 
 Here he is with a strange dog names Biscuit- this was one of his meltdowns
the dog acted like he was giving him the led but in fact ran off with it! LOL
My little man did not find this nearly as amusing as we did on the hill above.

So two things caught me this week and I mean CAUGHT ME!
This is the first- before we had a diagnosis of Autism I admit I allowed
people to say things about my son and "tolerate" him. They would say
"well I would have him over but he cries" or "I would like to have him around
but it's just too hard". OR "I will take your other kids I just can't handle him".
What I have realized is- the ONLY people who should be in our family 
or friend circle are those willing to take the extra moment to see how incredible
my AUTISTIC son is. And if we have no one but our family left
then so be it, because if you cannot LOVE a child with special needs, 
then your a giant dick anyways! 
And we are so very blessed with people who go out
of their way to love my son and they see how amazing he is. 
So I know those people exist. Unfortunately that means the others
just have to go find their perfect friends and love them, because
clearly we are not good enough for them. 

The second thing I noticed was this.
Guess what? ALL my children always have been and always will be a blessing
so NO my son is not giving me a hard time, he is coping the best way
he can. He is not some malicious child out to do harm, he is overwhelmed,
over stimulated, and has so much pain and so many sensory issues
going on that it's like a torture chamber. 

So get up and help me or get over it and walk away- because I love this
kid and I am protecting him NOT spoiling him.

Yea, I am a little rough today but it's been a long week and momma
feels it all too, it just goes into her heart and sits there while she's 
dealing with everything else going on! :) 

Muah! Love ya thanks for stopping by and listening to my Autism Life!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Birthday Gift Set BLINGED UP!

Hello there crafty friends, 
If you haven't stopped by lately then you missed
this project! :) I created it and it posted while I was in Ohio. 

Now that I am back I thought I would share. 
I used CutCardStock papers and one of my favorite TEAL colors!
 and blinged it up with  my Xyron tapes-which I LOVE!
It was a fun project to create.
You can buy these adorable bags in most party stores
or cut and create your own with templates online. 
Pick an area on the bag to glitter- use puffy paint to glitter the area. 

Stamp OR print Birthday sentiment onto kraft paper or even a 
bag you have cut up! Perfect for grocery bags. Trim it to 8.5X11 and
run it right through your printer!
Trim it out in the shape of a heart. 
 Take a plain white card and place Xyron Tapes around edges creating stripes.
Glitter over tape and dust off excess. A swifter comes in so handy for this.
 Run the heart through your Xyron Sticker Maker.
Leaving the heart on the Xyron paper- use puffy paint again and
glitter edges. Shake off excess and leave on Xyron paper to dry.
Apply to center of heart and add a bow to both bag and card to coordinate. 
Seriously anyone can do this- whether you craft or not it's easy peasy. 
I just love this color combo. 
Perfect for any party and any gift set!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Love Layout- Soft Rosie Fun!

Good morning and happy hump day friends, 

For all my digital scrapbooking friends- I have a treat for you.
Today at Jessica Sprague- Samantha Walker has her entire Rosie Mega
Kit collection at just 1.00!!!
I sat down and created this layout using that kit- I love it!
Also do you remember the box I created a few days back?
That was created using the Floraliscious dies and it is also 50% off!
Happy to be back on the Creative Team with Samantha Walker.
I love being able to dip my toe in everything from paper and traditional
scrapbooking to digital and die cut! SO versatile!

Have a great day friends, I will be back tomorrow with another project
so stay tuned!! :) 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Jars Of LOVE...My Favorite-

Good morning and hello Monday my friends, 
I have a special card to share today and it has COPPER inked JARS
on it- that's right jars- Oh I love me some jars. 
When I saw this new stamp set from Avocado Arts and the jars- 
I just died a little inside from joy. 
I layered and layered on this card because I wanted it to be shabby
and fun and just pretty. 
A little Echo park paper and Kraft paper never hurt a card I tell you what!
I also added some ribbons and vellum too. All just goodness. 
You can see these stamps and the cards I created on the AA blog right here-
 Stop by and say hello!