|I was able to post Tacy's movie right here. For more information on what this movie is for, read my previous post. Thank you for all the wonderful comments!|
Wednesday I head down to Minnesota's state capitol for Disability day. I never envisioned myself as a person that would be involved with politics - far from it. But I suppose when you have a passion that you care for deeply (like my sweet Tacy)... how can you not be involved?
I am bringing this short slide show that I hope to share during my visit. I will have appointments with my local legislature representatives. I think a visual snapshot of Tacy's life will be more effective than me talking - let them see one of the children that they are making the laws for. A child and family that is supported by what the state and school system can and should provide.
Hopefully this file will work - I formatted it for Windows Media Player. I am really new at movie files and so right now this is all I have... I do have a full screen version ready to bring, but have a smaller version here. I am working on getting it set up in Quicktime... so please stand by!
questions from my cards in the last post:
I had a lot of questions about what the sets are that I used in my doodle cards. The sets are Doodle Alphabet, Doodle Numbers (the winged heart is included in that one), and Doodle That. They will be available in the Stampin' Up!'s spring mini catalog that begins on Thursday (March 1)
The snow is still coming down and so I spent the afternoon playing around with some of my new sets I preordered from Stampin' Up!'s spring mini catalog... Regular ordering from this catalog begins on Thursday (March 1).
Tomorrow will be a day of digging ourselves out from under all the snow. The girls are going to be so excited to finally have snow to play in! It is about time.
Have you been kissed lately?
This card design and layout are inspired by a swap card I recieved from my friend Sue Decker. I used the kissing technique to create the paisley flower. The basic idea of kissing is to ink up a background/patterned stamp (paisley in this case), pressing a solid shaped stamp (the big blossom here) onto it to transfer the patterned design and stamping that onto your cardstock.
You can do this technique in reverse as well.
So, instead of stamping the flower after I pressed it into the well-worn words background stamp, I stamped the background stamp. I found that the reverse technique worked much better with lighter colored inks than with darker ones - you will have to play around with it a little to see what works best for you! I love how it gave this card a sort of shabby chic feel.
We are expecting a big snow storm here in Minnesota this weekend, most of the snow we have gotten this winter melted this week with our warmer weather. I love snow, but of course it's going to come on a weekend where I had a stamping date with friends in the cities!
In other news... You might remember this post from last spring. We just recieved funding in December for Tacy through a CADI (Community Access for Disabled Individuals) waiver that is going to cover the rest of the money needed for her bike! The order has been placed and we are expecting delivery in about 4 weeks - just in time for spring! We will keep you posted and again - Thank you all so much to everyone who has contributed to this. I am so excited for bike riding around the neighborhood!
In my design classes in college, I had a professor that would spend time just showing us "eye candy". We looked at slides of paintings, photographs, typography, anything that he considered inspiring. I loved to soak it all in. I still am this way with design magazines, books, blogs, products - relating to anything from scrapbooking and stamping to home decorating and photography. I am constantly on the look out for my own "eye candy" - I want to keep my creativity fresh all the time.
One of my favorite things is when Target comes out with new lines. Right now they are setting up the new Easter product and I can't wait until I have time to take my time and browse everything from what's on the shelf to the signage. I love that stuff!
Have you seen the bellas? I don't have many girly girl images in my stamp collection, but after I played with the bellas I placed my own order. And I am very excited about new bella images that are coming soon - I know I will need more.
The Blush line by Basic Grey is complete eye candy for me. I love the patterns and colors and how everything works perfectly together. So FUN and fresh and inspiring. I can't wait to get my hands on the new lines that were unveiled at CHA.
Have a happy & creative rest of the weekend!
The design team, gallery, and first stamp set were revealed today at Papertrey Ink! I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team. I have followed Nichole's designs and articles in Papercrafts for several years. Can you imagine my complete surprise to find an email from her in my inbox last month? Nichole Heady sent me email? And wants me to be on her design team for her new stamp set being debuted soon? Really?
I am so excited to have been given this opportunity. The new stamp set is beautiful, elegant, and classic. Being a clear acrylic set I love how easy it is to put the sentiments together and see exactly how they are going to look and how simple it is to position and stamp with them. You won't be disappointed!
The design team that Nichole put together is awesome. What an incredible opportunity to be working alongside with such talent! I look forward to getting to know all of them and seeing their designs as Papertrey Ink grows and expands. Thank you so much, Nichole, for letting me be a part of this!
Of course I had to pick up some of the infamous Target $ spot mailboxes. I put these together last night for my girls. Chad is picking up something fun to tuck inside of them on his way home from work.
Where in the world did the time go? Doesn't it seem like it was just the New Year? This year is going to fly by fast - I feel it already! I am running around gathering all the Valentine projects we have worked on in the past week so we can give them out!
Hana has a Valentine party at dance class tonight so I am getting her treat bags finished up for her to share with her friends. Their teacher always does such a nice job with the class parties - even I get all excited about them!
Tacy's Valentine's to share at school are almost ready too, so that is what I will be finishing tonight. I made up a bunch of fun clip bookmarks for teachers last week - my friend Pam Hooten (Iris on SCS) came up with the idea and they are too cute and too fun - a perfect little gift!
I used a lightweight chipboard (from my friend Joy's new online shop eclectic paperie - check it out!), Blush paper by Basic Grey, Cuttlebug dies to do the shapes, buttons, moss gingham ribbon, and jumbo paperclips from Walmart.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed by our local paper about a support group I am a part of for parents who have children with special health care needs. The article came out in the paper today. You can read it here.
I love how the picture turned out. Big cameras with big flashes make Tacy very nervous. She actually paced around the room for quite a while before she settled in to play after she finally decided that she was going to be okay and the camera wasn't going to "get" her. The photographer was able to take quite a few pictures. I was excited!
My biggest hope for the article is that hopefully we can reach out to parents who are feeling like there isn't anything or anywhere to go for help when you are dealing with special healthcare needs for your child. I remember having feelings like this when Tacy was very little - wondering who to call to meet other families like us, finding answers for questions like how do you go about actually getting a PCA (personal care attendant) for your child, what do you do when your child is over 4 years old and is still in diapers and has grown out of the sizes at the store, what kind of activities are available in the community for children with disabilities...? I feel like I waded through all of this and one way or another found some answers, but when our group began I found people with questions just like me, people that had solutions to share with a positive outlook on the world of special needs that we live in - a world we never dreamed we would be a part of, but here we are.
Don't get me wrong. Yes, I never dreamed that this would be my world. But I can truely say that if I was given the opportunity to go back and change things, I wouldn't. There is a reason I am in the place that I am. I am happy to be here. I love my Tacy and everything she has brought to my life.
I will have some new stamping things to share soon - I am in the middle of working on something new. It came to me soon after I chose my word for the year - opportunity.
In the meantime, this is a page I did for a recent workshop: