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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love Story

This card is made especially with my mother in mind. When you see all the pictures, you will see why. All papers are scrap, except for the off white base, which is a 12x6 in. generic card stock from Wassau I brought at Target a few years back. The flat back pearls are from the dollar aisle at Michaels. The pearl flourishes were on clearance at Michael's and are by Recollections. The sentiments are stickers, also from recollections. The papers are from my scrap box. I distressed the pink papers with a distressing tool from Stampin' Up and inked them with crumb cake ink also from Stampin' Up. The paper roses are also from the dollar aisle at Michael's. The Scalloped heart is cut from cricut craft room basics as is the plain heart.

On with the show:


Obviously, this is the front of the card. 


Due to the folds, I created a belly band to keep the card closed. 


The front without the belly band.


The inside of the card. 


The pictures are of my mom and dad circa 1967.


The center of the card fold up to reveal another picture and sentiment.


My mom and dad circa the year 2000. Theirs is a true love story. I cannot wait to give this to my mom this weekend. I cried when I made this card. I expect happy tears when she reads it. I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day weekend.


Miranda


Challenges:
Outlaws:  Valentine's Day
Exploring Cricut: Valentine's Day + at least 1 jewel or pearl
Craftin' Desert Divas: Color Challenge: Red Pink White
Craft Your Passion: Chose Any Challenge from the Past Year (More than One Fold)
TTCRD: Anything Goes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BookMark

Since I haven't been crafting in a while, I wanted to start with something kind of simple. I have a friend who has been right by my side through all the crap that has happened to me this past year and I want to thank her.   So, I thought I would use my craftiness to do so. And, since my crafting is a bit rusty and dusty, I decided I would make a book mark. All the papers I used, are from my  scrap book. The lace is also scrap. The clothes pin and the flowers are from recollections.



Challenges:
1.  Delightful Challenges: Anything But a Card
2.  Pinspirational Challenges: #93
3.  Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
           

I hope both you and she think this book mark is as pretty as I do.

Miranda

Sorry It's Been So Long

I know. It's been a very long time since I've been on my blog and without explanation to boot. I don't want to bore you with long drawn out  stories so I will try to make a long story short.

Once upon a time, in January 2013, I began to pass out with warning and began to suffer from excruciating headaches. The headaches and the passing out were so terrible I was unable to work. I went thought test after test and doctor after doctor without an explanation for what was happening to me. I even took a trip up to Cleveland Clinic. Even the doctor's a Cleveland Clinic couldn't pin down what was happening to me. The trip to Cleveland took place in August 2013 (keep in mind, this whole time, I'm still not working). So, I took a chance in September, 2013 and saw a new Neurologist at University of Cincinnati. He agreed with a couple of the other neurologists I had seen. So, finally, I had a diagnosis:  Psuedotumor Cerebri aka Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. But, he felt the condition was better treated by a headache specialist. So, I finally (whew), after almost 10 months, not only had a diagnosis but also a specialist. My first appointment with the headache specialist was in the end of October 2013. Right about know you are asking, "Um, Miranda, what's pseudotumor cerebri?" Basically, it's a condition in which the pressure inside my skull is increased for no obvious reason. The symptoms mimic those of a brain tumor, but no brain tumor is present. I am currently being treated successfully with 2 medications. Should medical treatment fail, surgical intervention may be necessary.

As relieved as I was to finally be on the right track, I was still in a lot of pain, though not passing out as often, if at all, and I was an emotional wreck. That being said. An emotional wreck is not a good state for a girl to be in who has spent the  majority of her life with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. So, when I started to realize my emotions weren't exactly the most stable, I started to reach out to anyone who would listen. Unfortunately, no one would listen. I think this was mostly due to the fact that I really couldn't pin point what exactly what wrong with me, I just knew that I was broken, I just wasn't right.  It wasn't until after Christmas that I was able to convince my psychiatrist that something was wrong. His solution was to change my antidepressant. In hindsight, which we all know is 20/20, this was not a good idea. As I weaned off the medication I had been on for years and began to taper onto the new medication I was fine. It wasn't until the old medication had been completely stopped that I noticed the change. Before switching over the medications, I was depressed and just kind of "blah." Once the old medication had been completely stopped and I was only on the new medication, I was angry, very, very angry. And I lost every filter I ever had. I said and did things and I didn't care who they hurt or what the consequences were. Now, I have pretty much always spoken what's on my  mind, but this was different. Over the years I had learned to speak my mind in a way that isn't always brash and painful, this was balls to the wall evil, mean girl action. The reaction to the medication was so bad, I actually ended up in the hospital for about a week because the doctor and my family were afraid I might hurt myself or someone else. While, being hospitalized sucked, they were able to find a new medication (only one) that takes the place of all 3 of the medications I was on prior to the whole ugly incident.

The name of the medication my doctor put me on, the one that did not agree with me, was Viibryd. While in the hospital, one of the nurses was telling me that she knew of 3 people personally that had bad reactions to the medication. So, when I got home, I looked it up on the net. Well, it seems that only a select few have actually done well with the medication. My reaction seems to be of the more extreme variety, but still, it doesn't seem like there is much good information out there. It was definitely easier to find information on how it caused bad reactions versus the good information.

So, There is my year in a nutshell as well as an explanation as to kind of my downward spiral and lack of activity of my blog for the last few months. Needless to say, my craft room had been abandoned for a while and I think evil crafty gnomes broke in and scattered stuff all over the place. I went in about a week ago and was so overwhelmed I almost turned right around and said "F@*& it!" But, I didn't. I took several days and actually rearranged, pitched, dusted, organized, etc. and now I think I might be ready to start some light crafting again.  Woo Hoo!!!!!!  No, I know I said I would probably never share my crafting space, but I thought I would go ahead and show you. Keep in mind, I live in a very small  house, I have no real "crafting furniture" and everything is just kind of thrown together from what I have found at good will, garage sales, etc.





Thanks for stopping by. Sorry it's been so long.


Miranda

Saturday, November 23, 2013

So Thankful

Hello again everyone! I haven't been feeling well, so this post is going to be short and sweet.

This week's theme at the Outlawz is die cuts/punches. So, here is my project:
Card Base: Brown scrap
Circle layer: I have had this paper in my stash for quite some time. I do not know who the designer is. The pack has totally fallen apart and the front has come off and is gone.
Rectangles: backside of pumpkin paper
Sentiment: computer generated and printed on Very Vanilla paper from Stampin Up.
Leaves: Martha Stewart Punches punched from scrap paper
Pumpkin: Cut from Cricut craft room basics cartridge using scrap orange paper. I ran it through the embosser with the distressed lines EF then inked the edges with Really Rust ink from Stampin Up. I colored in the stem and vines with sharpie markers and added the doodles with sharpie also. I popped the center of the pumpkin up with one layer of foam tape.

I hope you like it. Have a great week and keep creating!

Miranda

Challenges:
Exploring Cricut: Count Your Blessings
Craftin' Desert Divas: Thanksgiving
Craft Your Passion: Add some Doodling
Die Cuttin Divas: Thanksgiving
Created with Love: Anything Goes Paper Craft
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Docerella: Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks: Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Birthday Stars

Hello fellow crafters! I hope you have all had a great week. This weeks challenge at the Outlawz is stars and snowflakes. The idea is to use stars and or snowflakes in your creation.  I chose to make a birthday card for my mom. There are several pictures of this car since there are multiple aspects to this card. So, pictures first.

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Ok, so, first things first....papers: All papers are scrap. I love it when scrap papers come together to make such awesome projects.
 
Inspiration: came from Pinterest and of course, I can't find the link again. So, thanks for the inspiration whoever you are!

The front of the card is a tag that I elongated and fan folded. It is being held shut with bakers twine from my stash. The paper on the front was embossed with a star EF. The sentiment is computer generated. The stars were cut from the Cricut cartridge Cricut Craft Room Basics.

Inside, again the sentiment is computer generated and the stars are the same cut as on the outside. The ribbon is a scrap from my stash.

I love the way this turned out and I hope you do too.

Challenges:
FCCB: Buttons and Ribbons
Paper Play Time: Sparkle
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Docerella Creations: Brown and Orange

Thanks for stopping by and keep creating!

Miranda

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Food Coma

I am so excited. This is the first week that Paper A La Mode at the Outlawz Challenges has had a sponsor! This week's sponsor......Rick St. Dennis. He has a little bit of everything and all his images are fantastic. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he has two store; one at Etsty and one at Zibbet. Seriously, check it out! His images look complicated, but are really quite easy to color.

On to my project. I have made an 8.5" x 11" sign that I plan to place on the Thanksgiving serving table.
Obviously this is inspired by the Keep Calm and Cary On signs that have been all the rage as of late. Here's the Recipe

Image: Rick St. Dennis Autumn Nap printed on Very Vanilla paper from Stampin Up and mounted on scrap orange paper. This combination was then adhered to box pleated ribbon from my stash.
Coloring Media: oil pencils
Green Leaf: The image has a pumpkin leaf where the green "flower leaf" has been glued. The flower is from the dollar isle at Michael's. I think I got it last year at Christmas time. I took out the little stamen and added a hand made bead spray.
Edge Flowers: The flowers at the edges of the image have been in my stash for quite some time and I honestly have no idea where I got them. The leaves under the flowers are punched maple leaves.
Background paper: The background paper for this is also Very Vanilla from Stampin Up.
Brown Layer: The brown layer is Early Espresso from Stampin Up. I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics to cut out the lettering and used the negative space to achieve the look I wanted.

Here's a closer look at the image:

This was a very fun piece to make. I hope you like it!

Challenges:
2 Creative Chicks: Thanksgiving
FCCB: Anything goes
CARDZ TV: Happy Harvest
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything Goes
Card Mania: Anyting Goes
The Perfect Sentiment: Fall or Halloween
An Inky Situation: Turkey
DL Art: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anything Goes with Ribbon
Docerela Creations: Brown and Orange
Cut It Up: Thanksgiving
Casology: Brown

Miranda

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Winter Wonderland

The theme this week at the Outlawz is "Snowmen." Now, I absolutely love snowmen and my house if full of them. I also have a ton of snowman images and it was difficult to chose one. But, when I finally did, this is what I came up with.....my first shaker card:

Here's the recipe:
Card Base: generic white card stock
Image: Disney coloring page
Blue paper: From recollections
Acetate: clear plastic from a Stampin' Up bag
Blue Glitter Paper: DCWV glitter stack
Snow globe base: Scrap brown paper
Silver shape: scrap metallic paper
Blue ribbon wrapped around base of snow globe: scrap piece from stash. I think it came from Studio G.
Silver Snowflake: Brad and charm from recollections.


I hope you like it! I think it turned out pretty cute for my first shaker card.

Challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas: Anything Goes
Pinspirational Challenges: #81
An Inky Situation: Anything Goes
DL Art: Word Art Challenge
3GJ: Anything goes with Ribbon


Miranda