Saturday, April 22, 2017

Super Hero for Autism Blog Hop

Seems fitting don't you think? 
How many Superheroes do you know affected by Autism? 

I had to use the Super Hero Stamp Set as that is what I think of people that are affected with Autism, whether it be the individual or the parent or family. 
Do you recognize LOVE? Look at a family that loves no matter what. 
They are Super Hero's to me! They are LOVE!

Autism Fact #3
Researchers have noted that infants who had early accelerated head growth were at risk for autism.

Several years ago I had this vision to enlighten more people with facts about Autism and make them aware of how Autism affects lives. I have done this through live events for Autism (and in the last three years)  Blog Hops for Autism. It's been incredible to get support from so many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and our Stamping Families.  

Today I am dedicating this Post to Kai

Kai has been diagnosed with Aspergers. 
His family didn't know that until recently. 

He was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, drug exposed, and hiv indeterminate. Withdrawals were horrible as an infant, he became over stimulated so easily and as a result of being exposed to hiv he was on a mass of anti-viral meds. Thankfully, he was cleared of hiv having always been negative. However the FAS and drug exposure has proved to effect his entire life.

At age 3 he began having massive seizures. (brain trauma that we had no idea was another signal of things to come.) He would have sometimes 15/20 seizures a day. These seizures lasted about a year, then one day they simply disappeared. For that his family have been so very thankful.

Fast forward to Mother’s Day weekend of 2015. This is the weekend he went into his very first Rage episode. It was horrible for both the family and Kai. This weekend began a journey of trying to figure out what is going on and how to get him the help he needs.

Since then, he has been hospitalized 10 times. There was so much we had not yet understood at this point. And getting anyone to spend enough time to help us figure it out seemed impossible.

There have been many doctors, therapist and assessments to help us get a better understanding regarding all the contributing factors.

Here’s what we know today.

Kai is on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. (this diagnosis has really helped to explain a lot.) Added to this, the results of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Dysrhythmia, and Mathematics disorder (basically means he struggles recognizing math symbols, things get switched around as he tries to process them, his math abilities are far below his intellect and overall education as a result.) Recently his psychiatrist, and another expert in the field stated that Kai’s complicating factors are very rare. His doctor told us he had only ever seen a very few children with these degree of complexity. 

This all plays out every day with him struggling with impulsiveness, obsessive behavior, sensory issues, mood and emotion regulation difficulties, going from easy going to explosive anger, anxiety, and on and on. He has to work so hard around others to try and “keep” them from seeing how much he struggles even with simple interactions. 

I can't imagine even a day in Kai's shoes, can you?

So in honor of my Hero "Kai" I will send via email three Technique Tutorials to anyone donating $25 or more. I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Thanks for reading my "Why"
Please help if you can. Make sure to send me your address when you donate to my email at the top of my blog where it says "Contact Me"

Want to travel so some other blogs to see what they've been up to? You'll be glad you did!
We've got  Super Hero's in this line up too! Please visit and help if you can.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Touches of Texture in Sepia

Hi Everyone,
I'd like to share a fun technique with you today. It's the "Faux Sepia Technique". It's so fun and'll love it or at least I hope you will. lol

What a great technique using minimal supplies. Love when that happens and I don't have to pull out everything I own.
I'll be doing my Technique Class featuring this technique this month. I hope they enjoy it. 

Say, how would you like to get a set up for this card and a copy of the Tutorial? 
Just let me know. 
Just place an order on my website and it's yours!
I will email the directions and send the cut kit snail mail right to your mailbox. 
Here are the supplies needed....

Don't forget that I'm having a Blog Hop this Saturday for Autism Awareness. You won't want to miss it. So mark your calendar and check it out. 

That's it for today. 
Have a glorious day and do something stamping! lol

Product List

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Springtime Birthday with Window Box Thinlits and more......

Hi Everyone,
Spring has sprung in most places but especially in Florida. 
With that I had to do this card in Springtime Colors. I hope you enjoy it. 

I used Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo. I love, love, love this combo. 
So bright and cheerful, don't you think?
I cased this from Tammy C but changed all the colors. 

I've been busy with a few other projects as usual. This past week we had to (wanted to) stuff 1000 Plastic Eggs with goodies for the kids at a local school for the Exceptional. 

Now that's some EGGS huh? Love that I and my Civitan Club can help others like this. 

So we went early to hide the eggs and had about 200 kids come through at the school. Some in Wheel Chair, some assisted by personal aids and some with Autism. You know how attached I am to raising Autism Awareness. It's so important to help!

Love this little girl....she is right in front of some eggs (shown below) but she'd rather pick some flowers for the person that was helping her. Love that!

This little girl was so excited but never kept anything for herself but shared with others. 

This is her friend in the chair....she kept him readily supplied with candy, that's for sure!
How special that innocence is and the unconditional friendship they share. It always touches my heart!!

Now if we can just teach him to not eat the wrappers of the candy we'd have it made. 

 Special Thanks to my Civitan Group for helping these kids. They both rock my world! Check out the little Civi-tot! Isn't he darling. Got to start them young on understanding, right? 

I will be Hosting a Special Autism Blog Hop next Saturday. I hope you will us and if you can donate a little for Autism Research. If we all band together and give just $1 we could change the world and make great strides in Autism Research. 

Here is my link just in case  you'd like to donate today.... 

Have I said how much I appreciate you visiting and putting up with my inconsistent blogging? If not I do appreciate you but this is the reason why. 

Happy Easter to you all.

See you soon,


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mediterranean Moments

Hi Everyone,
I'd like to share a little card I'm doing for my clubs this month.

This card features the Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set which I have been itching to use and one of my all time fav papers. Watercolor Paper. 
I love the richness of Watercolor Paper and love to even make the card base with it to make it extra special. 
All of the watercoloring was done using my Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of my Real Red, Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Early Espresso. 
You do have to be careful watercoloring as I stamped it on the smoother of the two sides and used Early Espresso for the image itself. It will bleed if you're not careful.

Tip: Squeeze closed Stamp Pads together to deposit ink into the lid. Lift off and paint from with your Aqua Painter. For this card I did not fill the painter with water. I just dipped into a little container I has so I'd have a little more control

That's about it for today. I've been so busy with all the Autism Awareness Festivities. 
Stay tuned for more and the hop coming soon. 

If you'd like to donate....

Have a fabulous Day!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sweet Cupcake Shaker Card and Big News

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are having a fantabulous Friday! I know we love our Friday's!

Tomorrow I am having my 48th Charity Event here in Jacksonville, Florida and it's for Autism. 
I do one of these events with some of my team every other month for different organizations. 
It's such a Blessing to do these Card Making Events and help so many people at the same time. 
Don't you think? 

Anyway I wanted to give you notice that because it is Autism Month we will be doing lots of things to raise awareness and hopefully raise donations for Research. It's so important!
Anyway  in the next few weeks you will be seeing Autism Blog Hops popping up all over the world and live events too! Isn't that great?!?
That is part of the HOPE to raise funds for Research. 
The hop I will be doing will be on April stay tuned! :)

Here is my link if you'd like to help out. You doesn't take a lot to help....$1, $2, $5...whatever you can afford. You'll feel like a $1,000,000 when you do! Let's help our kids together.  Click Here

Now on with my card share for today.
It's from the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and is a Shaker Card. Hope you like it. 
Lot's of fun going on inside that shaker! lol

The card base is White and I used Flirty Flamingo as my color along with Crumb Cake
Cut my little window out and used a Window Sheet to create the Shaker part.
The cupcake Cutouts Framelit has so many cool things in it'll just love it and the possibilities are endless with this. 
Use whatever confetti you have or create your own like I did with various shades of pink and My Confetti Stars Border. I love that I can make my own. 

Hope you enjoy this little share today. Don't forget this is the very last day of Sale-a-Bration and the last day to get your freebies. 

You can order all these products online at my website if you like. 
I'd love to see you over there. 

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

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