Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lasting Memories Layout Challenge #516

Hello Blogging Friends!


Today is the start of a new challenge on the Lasting Memories Layout Challenge Blog  ~ LM #516 ~ Team B - Wonders of the World - Australia


This month we would like to celebrate the wonders of the world and celebrate different cultures. So please come along each week and let us guide you on this journey.


September 20th - LM #516 - Team B - Australia - September is Spring, it truly is the most beautiful time of the year in Australia. The wildlife, trees, and flowers are in abundance. I would like to see FLOWERS on your layouts this week. It can be embellishments, stamped images or on pattern paper.


Here is my layout for LM #516 Challenge:



I used a Mosaic Moments page kit to make this layout, Penny Black Bashful die and Elizabeth Craft Designs My Garden Flowers die.  The pictures are of my flowers and the butterflies who came to visit.


Now hop on over to the Lasting Memories Layout Challenge Blog to see what the Designers have made for this challenge.


Thanks for stopping by!

Lori

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dies R Us Challenge ~ One for the Boys (masculine)

 Hello Blogging Friends!


Today is September 15th and that means it is time for a new challenge on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and our theme is One for the Boys (masculine).



Here is my card for this challenge:



Ingredients:

Neenah Solar White paper
White card stock
Tumbled Glass distress oxide
Copic markers
Black ink

For this A2 card I started by making the base of the card with White card stock.  I took a piece of Neenah Solar White paper and the Frantic Stamper Ocean Sunset Scene die and cut out the die.  I then took the water part out and using my blending brushes applied Mermaids Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Broken China and Bundled Sage onto the paper and spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat tool.  I took the sky part out and blended Tumbled Glass and Broken China with my blending brushes onto the paper, spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat tool.  I took Fossilized Amber distress ink to color the sun and around the sun.  I took the rope frame part and used my blending brushes to apply the Frayed Burlap and Antique Lined distress oxide to it.  I pieced it together and added it to the card base.  I took some more Neenah Solar White paper and the Frantic Stamper Rope Wreath and cut out 3 sailboats, I colored them with Copic markers and then I added them to the card. I took the sentiment and some Black ink and stamped that onto the sky.  I took my dauber and Tea Dye distress oxide and dabbed it onto the white card background.

Don't forget to check our Sister Store in Canada with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts.




I hope you will come and join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Thanks for stopping by!


Lori


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lavinia World Challenge #35

 Hello Fairy Loving Friends!!


Today is the start of a new magical challenge on the Lavinia World Challenge Blog ~ 

Lavinia World Challenge #35


Here is my card for this challenge:




Ingredients:

Copic makers 
Gelly Roll pens
Mermaid Charm
Sequins
Black ink

For this Tag or Bookmark I started with a Prima Julie Nutting Mixed Media Tag and I used my blender brushes to blend Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean distress oxide inks onto the tag, I spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat tool.  I took some black ink and stamped Zelith onto the tag. I took the Verdant VersaFine Clair ink, Sea Tangle and Sea Algae and stamped them onto the tag.  I took some Copic markers and my Uni POSCA White paint pen and colored in the Tangle and Algae.  I took the  Quickie Glue Roller pen and applied the glue to the mermail.  I then took the Fairy Hugs Ocean and Cerulean Glitter Powder and added to the mermaid.  I took my Gelly Roll pens and added them to her hair. I also used the Uni POSCA White paint pen to add highlights to her hair.  I took the sequins and added them to the tag.  I took the Mermaid Charm and the DL.ART Mermaids Tale Second Edition Blue Hue Tail crinkle ribbon and tied  that onto the top of the tag.  You can use this tag as either a tag or a bookmark.  

The theme for Lavinia World Challenges is always "Anything Goes" using a stamped image (sorry no digi stamps, but rather rubber or clear stamps are perfect).  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to Lavinia World.

Now hop on over to the Lavinia World Challenge Blog to see what the talented Design Team have created for this challenge!


Lavinia World now has their very own Facebook group called Anything Lavinia.


Not only can you share any of your projects that use Lavinia products (stamps and papers), you can also enter our challenges there!  There is a specific Album for each challenge for you to upload your projects.  If you enter tour challenge on the Lavinia World Challenges blog, the theme is Anything Goes.  If you enter our challenge via the Anything Lavinia facebook group, it must include a Lavinia product (stamps or papers).  Entries from both Lavinia World Challenges and Anything Lavinia will be combined and one winner will be chosen by the Designers to receive a $15 Gift Certificate from Lavinia World.




Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

2 Crafty Critter Crazies September Challenge

Hello Blogging & Critter Loving Friends!!


Today is the start of the 42nd Challenge on the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog.


Our theme is always "Anything Goes + a Critter to enter the challenge.


We are excited to be sponsored this month by Stamp On It
the company which handles digi stamps from both
Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede!

 Stamp On It 

I used the Eureka Digi Big and Little Cats for my card:




 Ingredients:


Eureka Digi Big and Little Cat stamp
Kraft card stock
Neenah Solar White paper
Pink paper
Square die
Purr die
Pink Stickles
Copic markers
Spun Sugar distress ink

For this card I started by making the card base with Kraft card stock.  I took a piece of Pink paper, inked the edges with Spun Sugar distress ink and added it to the card base.  I took a piece of Neenah Solar White paper and printed out the Big and Little Cat stamp onto the paper.  I colored it in with Copic markers and cut it out with the Square die and added it to the card.  I took some Pink paper and the Purr die and cut that out 3 times.  I stacked them on top of each other and then covered it with Pink Stickles.  When the stickles were dry I added it to the card.  

Hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog to see what the Design Team have created for this challenge!


You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) oSeptember 25 to enter your project.


Thanks for stopping by!


Lori




Dies R Us Challenge ~ Back to School

Hello Blogging Friends!


Today is September 1st and that means a new challenge starts today on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  The theme for this challenge is Back to School!  


Here are my cards for this challenge:



Ingredients:

Cheapo Dies Stack of Books (no longer available)
Star stickers
Red Border sticker
White alphabet letters
White card stock
Green paper
Red paper
Tan paper
Aqua paper
Brown paper
Black ink

For this A2 card I started by making the base of the card with White card stock.  I took a piece of Green paper and added that to card.  I took some Red paper and the Cheapo Dies Bitten Apple die and cut out the apple.  I took some Brown paper and cut out the apple stem and the worm and added them to the card.  I took a piece of Tan paper and cut out the Stack of Books die (no longer available) I took some other scraps of paper and cut out the Stack of Books with several different colors of paper and inlaid them into the books die.  I added the apple, worm and books to the card.  I took some White alphabet letters and added the sentiment.  I took the Red Border sticker and added that to the top of the cards and I added some Star stickers to the border.


Don't forget to check our Sister Store in Canada with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts.






I hope you will come and join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lavinia World Challenge #34

 Hello Fairy Loving Friends!!


Today is the start of a new magical challenge on the Lavinia World Challenge Blog ~ 

 Lavinia World Challenge #34


Here is my card for this challenge:


 
Ingredients:

Kraft card stock
Black ink
Gray ink


For this 6" by 6" card I started by making the base of the card with Kraft card stock. I took a piece of Fairy Hugs Fairy Scapes Starry Moonlight paper, distressed the edges and added the paper to the base.  I took some Gray ink and the Mystical Swirl stamp and randomly stamped it onto the paper.  I took some Black ink and the Josie, Mini Seed Head and Every Dream stamps and stamped them onto the card.


The theme for Lavinia World Challenges is always "Anything Goes" using a stamped image (sorry no digi stamps, but rather rubber or clear stamps are perfect).  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to Lavinia World.

Now hop on over to the Lavinia World Challenge Blog to see what the talented Design Team have created for this challenge!


Lavinia World now has their very own Facebook group called Anything Lavinia.



Not only can you share any of your projects that use Lavinia products (stamps and papers), you can also enter our challenges there!  There is a specific Album for each challenge for you to upload your projects.  If you enter tour challenge on the Lavinia World Challenges blog, the theme is Anything Goes.  If you enter our challenge via the Anything Lavinia facebook group, it must include a Lavinia product (stamps or papers).  Entries from both Lavinia World Challenges and Anything Lavinia will be combined and one winner will be chosen by the Designers to receive a $15 Gift Certificate from Lavinia World.



Thanks for stopping by!!




Monday, August 24, 2020

Turner Syndrome Questions & Answers Campaign with the Turner Syndrome Foundation

 Hello Blogging Friends!!




Today I have a different kind of post.  As most of you know, my oldest daughter, Julie, was born with Turner Syndrome.  I am a Board Member of the Turner Syndrome Foundation and I serve on the TS Awareness Committee.  The committee is comprised of women with TS and Mothers of TS women.  To help raise awareness of Turner Syndrome we decided to write our own questions and answers about TS.  Most of the women chose to do a video of their questions and answers on you tube.  But I was not comfortable making a video so I wrote out my questions in this post and it will also be on the TSF Blog today ~ My Daughter's TS Journey:  Q&A with a Mother.  Here is the link to that post:  https://turnersyndromefoundation.org/?p=19792


Q:  When did find out your daughter had Turner Syndrome?

A:  When Julie was born, the pediatrician and the neonatologist noticed that she had very short arms thought that she might have dwarfism, so the doctors took blood to do a genetic test called karyotype on her.  A karyotype is when the doctors look at the chromosomal make-up of cells.  So, six weeks later, when the results came back,  the pediatrician called us and set up an appointment to talk in his office.  That is when we learned that Julie had TS.


Q:  What were your first thoughts on Turner Syndrome?

A:  We had never heard of TS before, so we didn't know what to expect or what it meant.  The pediatrician told us to go to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and have her seen by a geneticist there.  The geneticist did another karyotype test there, and that confirmed that she had mosaic TS.  My husband and I were not happy with the way the appointment went because we felt they were treating Julie as a science specimen.  There were several doctors and medical students in the room with us, and they were taking measurements and looking for information for themselves, instead of guiding us through what we could expect for Julie's future.

The hospital where Julie was born had done a karyotype blood test, but the geneticist at Robert Wood Johnson wanted to repeat it.  They took Julie out of the room and told us to stay behind.  We could hear her crying because they tried to get blood from both or her arms and then both of her feet.  So when we left there, I told Wayne that I would never let them take her away from me again to do a test of any sort.  But we were first-time parents dealing with a diagnosis that we had never heard of before.  it toughened us up!  Because of all of this, we made an appointment with the Genetics Department at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CH0P).

Q:  Did you tell your families about Julie's diagnosis?  Why or why not?  What was their reaction?

A:  The doctors at CHoP advised us not to tell our families because they would treat her differently.  In retrospect, I don't that was the best advice they could have given us.  Our families knew something was wrong but didn't know how to ask us about it.  We wanted to get all the tests and X-rays done first, so we had a clearer picture of how this might affect Julie.  My parents waited for us to tell them.  My Mother-In-Law took Julie to my husband's old pediatrician while she was babysitting Julie.  Because Julie was growing very slowly, she thought that I was starving her.  The pediatrician examined Julie and told her that we weren't starving her.  After that, we sat down and told our parents that Julie had TS.  My parents were very supportive, but my in-laws were not.  They had a hard time accepting that Julie was not a "normal" child.

Q:  What did you learn about Julie's health early on?

A:  The doctors at CHoP told us that Julie would be short in stature, and that she would have trouble with math.  They added that, if we gave her some extra help, she would eventually catch up to her peers.  A cardiologist evaluated her to see if she had coarctation.  She did not, but the doctors told that she should be monitored by a cardiologist for life because she could have issues later.  She also had X-rays to see if she had a "horseshoe kidney" (when two kidneys fuse together at the bottom to form a U shape), which she did not.  Lastly, they did a special blood test to see if her marker chromosome was a Y, which could have created other issues, but it was not.

Q:  How else has your daughter been affected by Turner Syndorme:

A:  Julie was born with a very high palate, which created feeding issues where she would spit up food through her nose.  She aspirated (when food enters the airway) at six days old and went to the NICU.  Over the years, her doctors diagnosed her with ADHS and ODD and considered her as having multiple disabilities.  She also had developmental delays and behavioral problems.  We enrolled her in an Early Intervention Program, followed by a pre-school program for children with multiple disabilities in our school system.

Now, at 32 years of age, she cannot write, other than her name; can read some sight words, but not a book; cannot drive, had trouble with IBS; and has challenges with anything that requires good fine motor control.  She has had many ear infections and has had to have tubes put in her ears several times.  She lives in a group home and always will, because she can't live independently.

Q:  What do you think are the most special things about Julie"

A:  Julie is a very outgoing person!  She loves to meet new people and learn about their families. She also has an amazing memory!  If she meets someone new and asks about their children, she will remember their names and anything you tell her about them.  Julie never has a bad word to say about anyone!  She is a very happy person, loves to laugh, and adores animals.  She lives in a group home and helps out her housemates all the time.  Julie and I have a very good relationship. She loves her sister Jenna and loves it when she takes her some place.  They get along wonderfully!

Q:  What advice would you give parents who have just found out their daughter has Turner Syndrome?

A:  The most important thing, in my opinion, is to be a strong advocate for your daughter for medical and educational issues.  Most of Julie's doctors are not familiar with TS, since she is usually their only patient with this condition.  Be aware of the educational issues that could give her trouble, such as poor math skills and difficulty reading facial clues.  You know your own child best.  If you feel that something a doctor or teacher is saying about your daughter is not accurate, stand up and tell them.  Don't be afraid to speak up for your child.

For example, when Julie was in a pre-school, they shared a classroom with the physical therapy (PT) department.  Several times a week the PT would go into her classroom, behind a portable wall, with a student to play basketball.  The child study team kept insisting that we should increase her ADHD medication to get her to behave in the classroom, instead of addressing the distraction.  After becoming aware of the situation, I contacted the other students' parents and asked for a meeting with the Principal, who moved the PT to a different area of the school.



Julie is a happy young woman with a great personality and she lights up any room she enters!!


At this point in time when I look back at when we found out Julie had TS, we didn't know anything about TS, never knew anyone who had dealt with this before and this was our first child after having two miscarriages.  We wanted Julie, but we had no idea where this would take us.  There were times when we felt we were given a very precious gift and then there were times when we thought it was way too much for us to handle.  Between many medical issues, educational issues and behavioral issues at times it felt like it was too much to deal with.  Then there are other times when Julie brings us so much joy and happiness!  In the end, I would do it all over again!  Julie is my hero!  I wish I could have her attitude and love for everyone!  My advice to any parent just learning their daughter has Turner Syndrome is she will brighten your world and teach patience and love!

If you would like to watch the videos from the Questions Campaign here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4rOXTzNu39ayA5wZStkc94iChehBF7wn


Thanks for stopping by!

Lori