Hi Everyone! So how is your weekend going? Mine is slowly coming to an end, but are now feeling much better, so hopefully all bugs have disappeared.
So I have two things to share with you today, one being a card and the other a little story about a sweet little boy who needs our help, so please take the time to read the story and possibly help out. Hudson is his name and he happens to be my friends little boy, so it is a little close to home for me.
Firstly, I wanted to share a card that I created using the kite that I was in love with and purely brought the stamp set just so I could have that stamp, yes I know I hear you saying, it was a naughty thing to do, but really the more that I look at the stamp set the more that I will in the future be using the other stamps…LOL.
So I started with cream card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and set aside. Next, using some white card stock, I cut it slightly smaller then the card front and took the Hero Arts, Cloud background stamp, inking it up with some Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink and stamped over the entire white card stock. I also wanted to add a little extra to the cloud background so I decided to break out my sewing machine again and try my very hardest to sew in a straight line around the edges..don’t know if I succeeded with that one…..LOL, but I tried, and what do they say that the more you practice at something the more you become better at it. Well back to it, sorry I went off on another track. So once I sewed around the edges of the cloud background, I took some more white card stock and stamped three kites from the Hero Arts, Simple Things stamp set and coloured them in with my Copics, I cut the kites out, making sure to leave the tails behind. Using the same kite stamp I stamped onto the cloud background another three times so it was a mirrored effect, I coloured the tails in and added the tops of the kites with some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the same set to the bottom and attached it to the card front with more foam dimensionals.
Here is another view of the card.
A super quick and easy card to make that was fun in the process and well lets face it, that is what it is all about.
So if you can keep on reading this rather long post today, I would truly appreciate it.
We found out that Hudson’s brain hadn’t formed properly during an ultrasound at around 27 weeks into the pregnancy. We learned this is called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, which basically means the central part of his brain connecting the two halves is underdeveloped. We were shocked, as anyone would be, but were determined to give him the best life he could have.
At around 12 weeks of age, we discovered that Hudson was legally blind. He has a condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia with Nystagmus. This is a damaged optic nerve, which means his brain finds it difficult to interpret what he sees.
By 6 months it was apparent he was physically delayed. Hudson started Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy before his 1st birthday, to strengthen his muscles. At this point in time he was found to have muscle tone issues. It took over a year for Hudson to be able to sit up on his own, and he was 20 months old before he started crawling.
Hudson’s development progressed slowly but surely, until January 2010, when he had his first seizure. He had to be put on a ventilator to stop the seizure, and spent 3 days in hospital recovering. Hudson continues to have partial complex seizures, and is now considered to have epilepsy.
Hudson was recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This means that the part of his brain that controls movement and muscles is damaged. He will require ongoing extensive physiotherapy to manage his CP.
We are increasingly seeing his frustration, as Hudson is unable to make his body do what he wants it to do. We are hoping to raise the $5000 required to purchase a Kid Walker, a mobility aid designed to help him learn to walk and progress towards independence. We have seen firsthand children that have used a Kid Walker to begin to learn how to walk – the joy on their face when they realise what they’ve achieved. We would love to see that same look of joy on Hudson’s face. We thank you for your help to achieve this for Hudson.
Robert and Tina Gillespie
Thank you for showing interest in our Helping Hudson: A Wheely Great Cause fundraiser. I am writing to let you know that we officially kick off today.
So what can you expect from the fundraiser?
We have bundles of tutorials for sale. Each bundle has 10 tutorials and is priced at $10. If you buy 4 or more bundles you will also receive a bonus bundle of 10 more tutorials. I’m sure you’ll agree that they represent fantastic value!
We are also running a whole range of challenges over the 3 weeks the blog will be live. There are 3 major challenges a week that will include colour challenges, sketch challenges and technique challenges. The winners of these challenges will each receive a parcel of Stampin’ Up! products worth over $60 that may include punches, stamp sets, card stock, ribbon, inkpads and much, much more!
We will also be running a smaller daily giveaway for the 3 weeks. All you’ll need to do is answer a very simple question and you could win a small prize. These prizes include ribbon, ink pads and rub ons.
You will also be able to make a donation towards the fundraiser. We are hoping to raise the $5000 we need to buy Hudson his Kid Walker. You can read all about it on the blog.
So please come and check out the blog today, 1st August. It’s at HELPING HUDSON
We can’t wait to see you there to join in the fun. Please help us to reach our target by forwarding this email to anyone you know who may be interested.
On behalf of the Helping Hudson Team
Thank you for taking that little extra time to read this truly heart breaking story, I know that Tina and Robert will appreciate anything that you can do.
I hope that you all have a fabulous day and have plenty of time doing the things that you love to do.
Hello Everyone! Sorry I wasn’t around yesterday, but due to catching a bug which caused me to vomit(sorry I know you did not need the graphics..LOL) I did not feel like doing too much. Still feeling a little flat today but much better then I was yesterday.
Anyway, I have a card for you today, but first I wanted to let you know that I have now managed to add a gadget to the side bar of my blog that will allow you to sign up to receive emails about my posts.
So today’s card I played with my new set of stamps and had fun creating this sweet card. I stated with white card stock, cut to size and folded in half to form a card, I set this aside. Taking more white card stock I stamped the measuring tape from the Hero Arts, Sew Stylish stamp set four times onto the card stock, I then took Ranger, Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet and inked over the top of the stamped tapes making it look vintage, I cut each tape out and adhered to one side of my card. Next, using the new paper pad from Basic Grey, Olivia I stamped the sewing machine from the Hero Arts, Sew Artsy stamp set directly onto the patterned paper, adding some highlights with my Copic marker and cut the image out. Using the same stamp, I stamped directly onto the card front so as to have a mirror image, I attached the patterned paper sewing machine over the top with some foam dimensionals and lastly, added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Essential Messages stamp set at the bottom of the card to finish.
A cute little card that was super quick to make and kind cute.
So I hope you are all enjoying the start of your weekend and I look forward to bringing you another creation tomorrow.
Oh and also if any questions that need to be answered don’t forget that you can email me or drop me a quick question through formspring, both are on my sidebar, I have a couple of people asking me questions through the comments section and I cannot reply back, I would love to answer your questions but if you could use the other methods that would be fabulous.
Hi Everyone! Yes I know before you even say anything, I have been a very bad blogger this week, sorry. Life hectic, work, home life and really not much time spent in the craft room due to hours at work.
So as a peace offering I thought that I would share two things with you today, one being a card and the other being a video on the goodies that have arrived during the last couple of weeks.
So firstly the card.
I started with pink card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and then taking the Hero Arts, Flourish background stamp I inked it up with some Hero Arts, Soft Blossom ink and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, taking a piece of white card stock I stamped the Hero Arts, Little Stencil Flower stamp using some pink ink on the flower head and green ink on the leaves and stems I stamped onto the white card stock, I heat set the stamped image, once dry I took the Hero Arts, Friend Definition background stamp I inked it up using some Hero Arts, Soft Sand ink and stamped over the flower. Next, taking my Prismacolor Pencils I added more definition to the flower by adding contrasts of colours (a technique that the lovely and talented Lisa Spangler uses occasionally). I then cut another piece of white card stock to form a tag and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set and attached each piece to the card using Tombow Mono Applicator and foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added pink rhinestones to match the card.
Here is another view of the card:
A card that is super easy to make and one that allows different techniques, however, I do need a bit more practice at using the pencils, especially the leaf parts..LOL.
So I hope you have enjoyed the card and now for the little video on my goodies.
So that is it for me today, I am now off to get some tea and watch a little TV, possibly clean up the craft room (Hmmmm? maybe that is why I have not created this week..LOL) and maybe get some stamping done.
I am looking forward to bringing you some Digital stamped cards this week also.
Hugs for now.
Hi Everyone! So work is over and done with for the day, and WOW! was it busy, so pleased I am now home to relax.
So I wanted to share with you a card that I designed for Scrapbook Boutique, I wanted to create a card using another one of the Pure Innocence stamps, are they not the sweetest stamps you have ever seen? I plan on adding more to my collection, mind you of a whole 2 stamps that I have so far, so good excuse to add more..LOL.
So I started with Kraft cards stock, cut to size, folded in half and using my Hero Arts, Cling Dot background stamp, I inked it up using some Colorbox Ink, Frost White and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, I took a piece of white card stock, cut it to size and stamped the My Favourite things, Pure Innocence, Start the Day with a Whee stamp, I coloured the image in with my Copics and adhered it to a piece of red card stock cut slightly bigger then the white card stock that the image was stamped onto, I attached the card stocks to the front of the card using some foam dimensionals. I took another piece of white card stock and cut a tag, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and used my bone folder to make waves in the card stock, I adhered it to the bottom of the card and lastly, I added some rhinestones to finish the card.
Love these sweet little stamps, they are so fun to colour in and really just a quick and easy card to create.
So I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday night and your weekend so far.
Looking forward in returning here tomorrow to share another creation.
I am off to get a cuppa and relax a bit.
Hi All! so it is Friday and usually I would be saying YAY! But tonight I am saying NAY! As I have to go to work tomorrow and will be working for the next 5 days in a row, but once I reach the end I will officially only have 4 days left of work until I have my break of 6 days and my trip to the big Craft Show, I am so getting excited.
So first up tonight I wanted to share with you some news, thanks to my friend Sarah for pointing this out to me on Twitter, one of my cards was featured on the Silhouette Blog, you can check it out HERE, this was a fun card to make and it was the card that I made for Cards for Grace, for which I am hoping arrived.
Now, lets get on with the card for tonight’s blog post. I made this card for my wonderful friend, she needed a card made for her Aunty, who is mad on Owls, so hence another owl card and a great way of using up some of my patterned paper, seeing as I keep buying and never using it.
I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. Next, taking some patterned paper from My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary collection I cut a piece to fit the entire front of the card and adhered. I then took a Label 8 die from Spellbinder and ran a piece of white card stock through my Cuttlebug, cutting a die cut. After cutting the die cut, I took the branch stamp from the Hero Arts, Kiss the Sun and stamped it onto the die cut, I coloured the branch in with my Copics. I stamped the owl from the Hero Arts, Owl Trio onto the die cut making sure the feet of the owl was sitting on the branch, I also stamped the owl onto some more patterned paper from the same collection and cut the body of the owl out, I adhered the body of the owl to the stamped owl on the die cut using some foam dimensionals. Next, taking a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Huge Hugs stamp set I stamped it onto the die cut, I attached the die cut to the card and lastly, I added some googly eyes to finish the card.
So a sweet and quick little card to make for someone.
Well I hope you all enjoy your Friday night, I am off to more computer work, watch some TV and maybe do some crafting.
Hi! So today was a complete day of rest for me, absolutely nothing done around the house, mostly computer work, watched a really funny DVD and made tonight’s card for the blog.
So I have tried my hand at a digital design, I was so inspired to make a card using the Ice Cream Sundae out of the Hero Arts Digi Kit, called A Sweet Birthday. I saw Lucy’s card that she created for Hero Arts and I fell in love with it so seeing as this months competition is Food, Travel and Bookmaking over at Hero Arts, I thought why not have a go at creating my very first Digi Card. So thank you Lucy for inspiring me to try digital designs.
I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp (sorry guys, I think I have a slight addiction to this stamp, may need help to ween me off this soon, LOL) so I inked the stamp up with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I set this aside to dry. Next, I loaded my Ice Cream Sundae Digital Image onto a document page and re-sized the image to fit onto my card, I then took patterned paper from the Basic Grey, Capella 6 x 6 paper pad and printed the image onto 3 sheets of patterned paper along with white card stock to form the base image. I cut the various pieces out and adhered them to the image that was on the white card stock. I added some shading with my Copics and coloured the cherry on top with my Copics also. Once I was happy with the paper piecing and the colouring I adhered it to some matching coloured card stock and mounted it onto the card with some foam dimensionals. I took more of the coloured card stock and created a banner, I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings, once the banner was completed I adhered it to the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added some Glossy Accents to the cherry to give it some gloss and some white dots to the ice cream for some added interest.
Here is a close up of the Digital Image.
So why not give a digital image a try, it is really fun and there are lots to choose from, just a little something to try in the world of stamping.
So I am off to do more computer work and work in the craft room.