Saturday, October 29, 2011

Huge Sigh!

Hi Everyone! I am finally back and first of all wanted to share this sweet little card. The stamp is from Stampavie and the frames were made using my wonderful Silhouette. The image was colored with copics.

I have wonderful news to share and that is that I took my IBCLC exam back in July and found out on Friday that I passed. What a HUGE relief!! I didn't realize how stressed I was about the whole thing but when I was able to open the website and see that I had actually passed, I burst into tears.....I was literally shaking I was so relieved. I had recently taken a job at my hospital as a part-time lactation consultant and if I had not passed the test this year....I had to try again next year. The test is not cheap and is only given once a year so thank goodness I don't have to worry about that anymore.

All that pressure....was self inflicted. Isn't that terrible? I have been a Neonatal nurse for 35 years, consider myself blessed to have had that opportunity and I plan to continue working in the NICU prn.  But early last year I started talking with one of our LCs about the need for increased support for our NICU moms and made the decision to pursue this career path. It has been quite the path for the last year. Outside of my regular job hours I worked with her to complete my requirements and did over 100 hours of education in order to be able to apply for the test. I am afraid my poor family has gotten the short end of things during this period, but they have been very supportive.

So huge sigh! and huge smiles!!!! I start my new job next week and am looking forward to it but also have some mixed feelings about not being in the NICU all the time. I'll admit to some tears when I think about what a blessing that opportunity has been. So many families over the years who have touched my life in ways they will never know. Even on the most stressful of days there have been blessings. If you have never seen a premature baby before you might not understand how a baby as tiny as 1 lb can have a personality and be the most precious of miracles, and I consider myself fortunate to have seen that.

So thank you for allowing me to share my news and thoughts with you. Now that some of the stress is gone I hope to be here more consistently and I thank you for your patience.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Penny Black Christmas Ornament

I know, it's not even Halloween yet! But....TANYA came over on Sunday and she had this adorable PENNY BLACK stamp that was new to her collection.  We always show off the new goodies we have gotten and this enabling always leads to shopping. Now I just need this cutie in my collection.

She is colored with copics. Glitter was added to her hat and mittens and I am not sure you can tell in the photo but versamark and clear powder were used to emboss the globe ornament and her wings.

I decided to make her an ornament instead of putting her on a card so I traced around her on a second piece of card stock, cut it out, added a little twine for a hanger and glued the two pieces of card stock together. I used plain card stock  so you could also use this as a tag and put the the writing on the back. Then if they chose they could use it as an ornament.

We had such a good time checking out all our new goodies and playing with Lainey. She is so cute and I can tell she is going to be a crafter. She found my craft room and went straight to the rack with stamps and started to pick out her favorites LOL! Hard to believe she will be 1 soon.

Also hard to believe that my son is 31 today!! Happy Birthday, Jared!

I have so many Christmas stamps that I have collected over the years...and you can't make but so many cards, but wouldn't it be great to make ornaments of them and have a special homemade ornament tree?

Have a great day, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Silhouette Star Birthday Card

It's Birthday time! Time has just flown by and my son will be celebrating his 31st birthday on Friday. I wonder where the time has gone.... I am always telling the girls at work with young children to cherish every minute because it goes by way too quickly. 

This card was created on the silhouette using 3 different designs and a fill pattern. 

This was the design used for the card base.

This is the fill pattern. I love these because they are so versatile. You can change the size, the direction and the opacity of the patterns.

This sentiment was perfect for the card base. I used the fill pattern for color and offset it with a white border for the cut line.

And the 3 little stars above the sentiment were taken from this frame design.

The white inner part of the star is cut out and I added a piece of green card stock behind the cut out so it would show up more than it did against the white inside of the card and I didn't have to worry about where I placed the sentiment inside the card.

Thanks so much for visiting!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Lifetime of Happiness

This is my entry for the challenge posted on the Penny Black blog yesterday. The winner gets to be a guest on the blog and wins some PB stamps. Isn't that awesome? 
All the stamps on this card are from Penny Black. They are Happiness, To You, Flower Gallery, and Majestic Composition. The flowers and the butterflies were colored with Copic markers and a Faber Castel white pastel pencil.

My son has been home this weekend and I have enjoyed every minute. We've had a good time visiting with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!

I am having a wonderful week and I hope you are too. My son is home for a visit and we are going to spend today visiting family and friends. So just a quick post to say HWCMD!

The stamp featured is from Magenta and it was colored with copics and then a clear versamark pen and embossed with clear powder. The edges were distress with antique linen distress ink and then picket fence distress stain was added to the entire image.

The background panels were created using a Martha Stewart border punch.

The weather is perfect here. Our first day of fall weather, highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. I am not sorry at all to say farewell to the heat and humidity.

Have a great day and hope you have time for some stamping fun!

Thanks for visiting!