Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2018




This is such an awesome topic, I had to play in 2 hops! This month in Autism Awareness month, and we are hopping and sharing our stories to bring greater awareness. I am joining several of my stamping friends to bring you some creative inspiration, and some humanity inspiration!

Whether you have Autism, have a family member or friend with it, or just want to be a better human being to those in your community that you may encounter with it, knowledge is power!

Here is what I shared on the other hop, as it pretty much says it all for me:

For me, I encounter autism in my circle of friends and family, and in my professional life as a nurse.

I have several stamping friends who have children with autism, and being a listening ear when we get together is definitely something I am up for. We all need a safe place to share our unique joys and frustrations.

I work with a doctor who has 2 sons with autism, and I admire the way that he parents all of his children, and watch him struggle with the lack of coverage to the maintenance therapy his children need through our insurance company. And the sacrifices his family makes to ensure they get what they need. 

When my son got married this fall, I gained a 14 year old grandson with autism. He is a bright and enthusiastic child with lots to say, and is eager to interact with us all. Meal time is a challenge though, lol. He will eat anything full of sugar, and always wants steak. Neither of those items is on the list of things that I serve for a house full of people. Family gatherings here are frequently for a group of 15 or more! There are many other quirks, but I won't violate his privacy to share them. We love him, and would not cause him harm for any reason.

When a child with autism comes in to the ER, whether ill or injured, it does present some unique challenges. We are asking them to adjust very quickly to new settings, new people, and frequently painful interventions. Flying by the seat of our pants is our specialty, but not so for these youngsters! Sometimes we can take the time to help the child cooperate with what is happening. Sometimes the child needs care quickly, and that can get dicey! Then you try to get things done as quickly as possible to avoid drawn out fear and anxiety. It helps if everyone around the child remains calm and supportive despite screaming, hitting, and behaviors from the child. You know what, that applies to anyone, autistic or not.

By being flexible and caring in our interactions with each other, we can make this world a better place for those who have additional challenges to their everyday routine.


If you would like more information about Autism, check out this site that a friend recommended: the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Empowerment is a great thing! You can support this cause by donating here:

https://autisticadvocacy.networkforgood.com/projects/23616-your-gift-will-help-empower-the-autistic-community



Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just be there. Talking, sitting quietly, or sharing a task without conversation. Just being a peaceful companion. We all need that puddle of calm now and again.

And it is a special person who can do that for any of us! I hope I am that kind of someone for my loved ones, and my patients.

Most strongly in my heart, this card is for my husband. I am so glad he is my someone.


https://sootywingstudios.blogspot.com/2018/04/autism-awareness-blog-hop.html


BLOG ROLL:



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/01/picture-perfect-birthday.html
Oh, I am so excited about this set!! Magical Day is hitting all of my childhood fantasies! I used to play with my imaginary dragons and swim like a fish. I am sad to say that this set is not carrying over into the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, and you don't have it yet, stop right now and go order it. Don't worry. We'll wait for you 😉

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog. I am blown away by her creations every time!

Lots of sponging and spritzing here, and Sstampin' Blends to color this adorable unicorn.

And Copper embossing!

Sparkles inside!

One more photo!

This dragon is Black heat embossed, then watercolored, and spritzed. The background is sponged with a mask I made with my Silhouette, as well as a gable box I made with my Silhouette.



And now, Yapha Mason! I can't wait to see what twist she puts on this! Being that she is a librarian at an elementary school, I bet she has some fantastic ideas!


http://juanacreate.blogspot.com/2017/08/stamp-review-crew-window-shopping.html

http://addinktivedesigns.com/2017/08/21/the-stamp-review-crew-window-shopping/




If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store!


Scrapbook Sunday

Welcome to the April edition of Scrapbook Sunday! Hopefully we are inspiring you to keep your scrapbooking going 😀

This month's challenge is to use pastel colors, which is a stretch for me!

As usual, my format is an 8"x10" page that I can hang in a frame on the wall. This base is Sahara Sand-kind of a pastel neutral, don't you think?

Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz cardstock is used with thinlits to create embellishments. And stitching. Of course!


A peek at the journaling, because it would not be complete without the journaling.


And here is the whole page. I threw this together in about 20 minutes. That has to be a record for me!






If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store!

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Inky Friends: Inking Up the Retiring In Colors-Flirty Flamingo

 https://myinkyfriends.blogspot.com/2018/04/inking-up-retiring-in-colors-blog-hop.html
Hello stamping friends! Welcome to our hop featuring the retiring 2016-18 In Colors. Now is the last chance to stock up on the supplies of these colors before they are gone forever. The new In-Colors are going to delight you, so don't mourn to hard. 😉

We demonstrators have some inside information, and one piece we can share is that Flirty Flamingo is actually sticking around and becoming one of the core color family colors!! So awesome.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Holly Krautkremer's blog where she used Emerald Envy.  ANd If you want the master blog roll, find it here.

I used Flirty Flamingo on Crumb Cake with Emerald Envy, which is retiring for reals. I love them both, and they stamp really well on Crumb Cake.

I did use the Stamparatus, which I just got. I love that I can do repeating images by just shifting the plate over one notch at a time!

The white on the flowers is the white Watercolor pencil. Loved that!

The Garden Trellis embossing folder adds nice detail to the background.

Here are a few more cards I have made using Flirty Flamingo. Click on the image to go to the blog post featuring each card:


http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2018/01/IF-SAB.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2018/01/IF-SAB.html



http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2018/01/love-for-my-man-1.html


http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/10/src-beautiful-you.html



http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/08/IF-Suite-PAP.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/09/stamp-review-crew-crafting-forever.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/inky-friends-ac.html



http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/inky-friends-ac.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/nailed-it-with-two-new-sets.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/artisan-jun-1.html



http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/stamp-review-crew-colorful-seasons.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/artisan-jun-1.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/06/stamp-review-crew-colorful-seasons.html


OK, I could probably find more. But I think it is time to move on to the next blogger, Mary Haugen! She is featuring Peekaboo Peach.

http://centerstagestamping.com/2018/04/13/inky-friends-blog-hop/


http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2018/04/my-inky-friends-inking-up-the-retiring-in-colors-blog-hop.html



Monday, April 2, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day Hop




Several of my stamping friends and I are taking this opportunity today to bring a smidge of information to you about something that affects so many around us.

For me, I encounter autism in my circle of friends and family, and in my professional life as a nurse.

I have several stamping friends who have children with autism, and being a listening ear when we get together is definitely something I am up for. We all need a safe place to share our unique joys and frustrations.

I work with a doctor who has 2 sons with autism, and I admire the way that he parents all of his children, and watch him struggle with the lack of coverage to the maintenance therapy his children need through our insurance company. And the sacrifices his family makes to ensure they get what they need. 

When my son got married this fall, I gained a 14 year old grandson with autism. He is a bright and enthusiastic child with lots to say, and is eager to interact with us all. Meal time is a challenge though, lol. He will eat anything full of sugar, and always wants steak. Neither of those items is on the list of things that I serve for a house full of people. Family gatherings here are frequently for a group of 15 or more! There are many other quirks, but I won't violate his privacy to share them. We love him, and would not cause him harm for any reason.

When a child with autism comes in to the ER, whether ill or injured, it does present some unique challenges. We are asking them to adjust very quickly to new settings, new people, and frequently painful interventions. Flying by the seat of our pants is our specialty, but not so for these youngsters! Sometimes we can take the time to help the child cooperate with what is happening. Sometimes the child needs care quickly, and that can get dicey! Then you try to get things done as quickly as possible to avoid drawn out fear and anxiety. It helps if everyone around the child remains calm and supportive despite screaming, hitting, and behaviors from the child. You know what, that applies to anyone, autistic or not.

By being flexible and caring in our interactions with each other, we can make this world a better place for those who have additional challenges to their everyday routine.

I embraced the blue that symbolizes Autism on this project. It doesn't hurt that I love blue. All blues. Not even kidding a little bit. If you saw how much blue I own, you might be shocked.

I also love watercolor, and rustic things. And supporting my friends! This will be a great card for one of my stamping friends!


I used only two inks here, Versamark and Pacific Point. That is an awesome blue, isn't it?! Why do we neglect it so much?

For the inside image, I stamped off once to get a softer impression. It needs to be subtle to let the message I will write be the focal point.

I did use some Clear Wink of Stella on the heart and leaves inside and out, but it is nearly impossible to catch on camera.

That is all I have for your today. Hopefully I have made you think about how Autism touches your life, and how you can help those it touches in your life!
 
Here is a link to allow you to donate directly to the Organization for Autism Research, in an effort to assist individuals living with autism and bring more awareness, in support of World Autism Awareness Day

https://oar.z2systems.com/np/clients/oar/campaign.jsp?campaign=169&fundraiser=69578
 

Time to head to the next stop on the hop, Sharon Dalton.



http://studioshabazcreativeme68.blogspot.com/2018/04/world-autism-awareness-day-blog-hop.html


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