Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Grateful for You

Hello :-) I am on The Ton blog today with a pretty floral card. 


I finish up with school in about a week so look for more regular posts on my own blog in the weeks ahead. Thanks so much for your patience and support!! ♥ ♥ 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sparkle

I'm on The Ton blog today with the Princess Cut Diamonds stamp set :) Please stop by! Here's a sneak peek:


Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Hi all, I'm on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today with my DT post with a beautiful mother's day card. Be sure to stop by and check it out :) Here's a sneak peek:


Thanks for the love!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fabulous

Sorry, I've been so busy lately! I can't believe I'm so close to finishing up grad school. I appreciate all my crafty friends who take the time to visit my posts, are interested in what I have to share, and leave me wonderful feedback. Yesterday, I posted my card for Butterfly Reflections Ink and today I'm on The Ton blog with another post. Here's a quick peek ;-)


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Panda Can't Even

Hello! Today I'm on The Ton blog with a simple card :-) Have you checked out their latest release yet? Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

With Love

Hey friends, I'm on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today featuring my first design team post with them! Please stop by and leave some love. :-)

Thank you!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Hello and welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop! As a social worker, I knew that I had to join in on raising awareness for autism. 

 
Autism Speaks shares a lot of information about autism. You can register on their website to officially participate in shining a light on autism! 

According to Autism Society:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis and intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)
Know the signs: Early identification can change lives
Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Know the Signs. Act Early” site.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
© Autism Speaks

We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here. If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies, leave a comment on this blog and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, April 6. Now here is the card I created for today's hop! 

I created a cute layered card with Panda Can't Even and Building Blocks

Since I have a lot of pattern paper, I felt that I could use a few of them and this actually came together quite accidentally. Many things in my scrap bin are die-cut pieces, like the cloud and circles. The panda was stamped in Hero Arts black dye ink and then stamped again in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder for a glossy look. The labels were die-cut from the Building Blocks dies. I took "omg" from Panda Can't Even and "you're amazing just the way you are" from Building Blocks. The heart was from the panda set. My finishing touch included Smarty Pants and Lemon Chiffon sequins from The Ton.  


Thanks for visiting! Remember, you have until Friday night to comment on The Ton's Blog Hop & Bauble Giveaway!!

Linking this to the following challenge:
Virginia's View Challenge #14: Layers and Dimensions
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pastel 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Big Deal

Hello! Check out The Ton blog today for my Wednesday DT post! Don't miss the Blog Hop from Monday! Eligibility for the fabulous prize package ends Friday night and winner will be announced on Saturday! 


Here's a sneak peek of the card :-)


Don't forget that this new release is featuring NINE new stamp sets! 


 You can place your orders now, and they will start shipping April 13! Happy crafting, my friends!