Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Webinar- Mini Album

I will teaching a step-by-step webinar on making this mini album on November 18th, 2009 from 12:00 noon PST to 1:00pm PST. Cost for the webinar is $10.00. 100% of the proceeds of this webinar will benefit the Private Non Profit Families Together for People with Disabilties to provide family support/education. It is because of thier support I believe I know what is best for my son!
To register on line: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=192241
For more information contact Families Together at www.familiestogether.org

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Schools Out for Summer!

After a crazy year for us School is finally out for summer! It is amazing how many things that Harrison learned this year and just how much further he came this year than every other year we have been participating in Special Education Services. Next year we have decided to repeat Kindergarten and not take any Special Education Services so that Harrison will not have to be in a self-contained classroom with only other disabled peers. We believe that all kids should be educated with thier peers while meeting their special needs regarding the academics. SO to all the kids who were in Harrisons Classroom this year...THANK YOU Harrison did great because you all did great!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cupcake Gift Box

I purchased a template from Inking Idaho to make this cute cupcake box. I am excited to finally show it to you. It is amazing how much time goes into to dealing with the education system when you have a speical needs child. That really cut into my creative juices, but schools out for summer tomorrow. I cant wait until my little guy is home for 9 1/2 weeks!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Field Day Photos!

It was an amazing day today where the kids played outside all morning and did wonderful games that showed their skill while earning points for their countries! Harrison had a great time. Tug-of-War was his favorite!

I love Bo Bunny paper and embellishments. Here is the newest Pet Book I have made using the left overs from the Bo Bunny Dog Class Kit and a few sheets of paper! It turned out really cute. The chipboard pages are also from Bo Bunny and the book is bound with my Bind-it-All! Love it all!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Grease Monkey 6X6 Bo Bunny Binder!

Using the Bo Bunny Grease Monkey Paper I made this 6X6 book for my husband for Father's Day. It was nice to see something completely finished including photos for a change. I love it and so does anyone who sees it. Have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another Bo Bunny Kit & Cards from scraps

I just love these kits. I made this as a gift for someone special. I know that she will enjoy it and it give me an excuse to see her this week! Hope your Tuesday is Amazing! Blessings!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bo Bunny Kit

I love to purchase kits and then make them mine in terms of design! I love templates too! Here is a great Bo Bunny Kit that only took about 1.5 hours to complete uninterrputed. Remember when getting a Bo Bunny kit to write down all the measurements for each piece of paper you are using first and then to cut the biggest piece of paper first! This really works best and you always have enough paper this way! Kits are available at A Stamp 4 All here in Spokane!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Backpacks for the End of School

It is amazing just how many activities come at the end of the school year. As this has not been our best year academically it has been a huge year in Harrisons social growth. He is playing Tball on the regular Little League Team! He loves it! Enjoy the photo and have a great Friday!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What a Wild Few Months!

Sorry I have not posted in a while. It has been a crazy ride with the School District. As many know that my son has Autism. As I share more and more of our story with people it has become apparent that people dont realize that there are still school districts that practice "Mainstreaming"-letting children visit the typical developing kids in the general education classroom but not fully including them or making it manadtory that the general educaiton teacher to plan or program for kids with disabilites. Children with disabilites need to be fully included with non-disabled peers. Not only because it is what is best for children with disabilites but because it truly is what is best for the non-disabled kids too! They are all our future and with 1 in 150 children (1 in 90 boys) learning to work together needs to be taught early. OK-I am off my soap box now!

Went on a scrapbooking weekend and completed a ton of paper crafting projects. Check back in the next few days as I will try to get something posted each day!

Here is the first project:

A Flower Pot Card!

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Call for Action- Washington State Residents

Please watch this video:

I found that this was a wonderful piece about behavioral intervention in children with Autism and how setting boundaries early and understanding that obsessions are hard to break if we allow them to become out of control. We have to pick our battles however it is nice to see that there are programs that are in development and in practice that will help a family to deal with the issues of home life.

WAA is working hard to get private insurance companies to cover therapy costs that work in get children ready for adulthood (up to $50,000 a year until age 21). If you get a chance to call let the legislators know that you are a friend of our family and that Harrison is a wonderful guy who needs intensive therapy not covered by private insurance because he turned 6 in December and the insurance company no longer covers private therapy-(my personal 2 cents) because they think that this type of therapy can be done completely at the public school level- not so or fair to assume. You are welcome to use Harrison as your example and share with the following legislators who you are in relationship to Harrison. Yes, I am his grandmother, teacher, therapist, aunt, caregiver, friend of the family, Harrison’s friend. I am giving you permission and will sign a release if you need one. Please just make the call in the next 48 hours and I will sign it when I see you next. It is really important to us! Thank you!

Now…what you need to know to call the legislators and why it is important for them to hear from you too!

Dear Washington Autism Advocate,
Shayan's Law (SB 5203) is so important to thousands of families across Washington, as it would require insurance companies to provide coverage of up to $50,000 per year for autism treatments and therapies.

We need your help today to reach out to Senator Karen Keiser, the chair of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee, to call for a vote on Shayan's Law.

We also need your help today to reachout to House Representative Eileen Cody, the Chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, which has yet to schedule a hearing for Shayan's Law.

Both of these Committee chairs need to hear from as many people as possible from the state of Washington. There is national momentum in over 30 states on the issue of autism insurance reform. They need to be made aware that Washington's families who are dealing with the financial challenges of autism cannot afford to wait another day for treatment. The time for change is NOW!


1. CALL AND EMAIL THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE, Senator Karen Keiser, today and continue to call her for the next 48 hours. Ask her to please schedule a vote on Shayan's Law in an executive session! Share your personal stories and convey the following message: Autism is a treatable medical condition. Insurance should cover the treatment. Be polite and persistent. Ask her to please schedule the bill for an executive session vote so that it can continue through the legislative process! Keep dialing until you get through!

Call Senator Karen Keiser - (360) 786-7664

Send an Email to Senator Karen Keiser HERE!

2. CALL AND EMAIL THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE, Representative Eileen Cody, today and continue to call her for the next 48 hours. Ask her to schedule a hearing for Shayan's Law! Share your personal stories and convey the following message: Autism is a treatable medical condition. Insurance should cover the treatment. Be polite and persistent. Ask her to please schedule the bill for an executive session vote so that it can continue through the legislative process! Keep dialing until you get through!

Call Representative Eileen Cody - (360) 786-7978

Send an Email to Representative Elieen Cody HERE!

3. FORWARD THIS ACTION ALERT to anyone you know who lives in Washington State that can help advocate for this important legislation. We need to flood the phone lines. Has anyone ever asked you what they could do to help your family? Ask them to help make these calls!

4. REGISTER AT AUTISM VOTES! It's quick and easy. You will then receive e-mail alerts any time action needs to be taken in Washington on behalf of autism legislation. Ask your friends, neighbors and family to register at Autism Votes as well. We need thousands of voices if we plan to succeed in our effort to end insurance discrimination against our loved ones with autism.

This is a chance to receive $50,000 in coverage for treatments and therapies for your child every year moving forward. We cannot let that opportunity get away from us today!

Monday, February 2, 2009

So Excited!!!! Cuttlebug Blog Hop Results

I was so excited to see that I was chosen as a winner in the Cuttlebug Challenges Blog Hop! There are so many amazing ideas and creations out there. I think I signed up for each of the Design Team Members Blogs so that I could see what they were creating. Here is the wonderful blog. Make sure that you go by and check it out and do the hop if you have not already! Thanks againg Cuttlebug Challenges for Picking me!

Love CD Album Tutorial

Love Mini Album
CD Folder Album Tutorial
By Gerriann Armstrong

Bo Bunny Paper
*Sweetie Pie Sigh
*Sweetie Pie Squeeze
*Sweetie Pie Snuggle
*Sweetie Pie Accessories Sticker Sheet
Close To My Heart
*Sweetleaf Cardstock
*Black Cardstock
*Sparkles (Kaiser Rhinestones)
*Prisma Glitter
EK Success
*Photo Corner Fancy Punch
Stampin Up!
*Arrows Punch
*Vintage Brads
Creative Imaginations
*Olive Rhinestones #18836
*Red Rhinestones #18834
*Black Velvet Floral #18830
*Tombo Mono Adhesive
*Miss Elizabeth Foam Squares
*Terrifically Tacky/Redline Tape
Studio G! Stamp
Cardboard CD Album (www.uline.com)

Cutting Guide:
Sweetie Pie “Sigh”
3 7/8 X 5
5 X 5
4 X 4 1/2
Sweetie Pie "Squeeze"
4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (2)
3 1/2 X 5
Solid Side:
2 X 2 (2)
4 3/4 X 4 3/4 (2)
3 3/4 X 1 3/4
2 3/4 X 2 3/4
3 5/8 X 3 5/8
Sweetie Pie “Snuggle”
4 X 3
4 1/2 X 4 1/2
3 X 4 1/2
Stripe Side:
4 ¾ X 3
1 X 3 (4)
4 ½ X 4 ½
1 ½ X 4 ½
Sweetleaf Cardstock (CS)
5 X 12
4 ¾ X 4 ¾ (6)
5 X 5 (2)
2 ½ X 3 ½
Black Cardstock (CS)
4 ¼ X 3 ¼
2 ¾ X ¾
2 ¾ X 2 ¼
2 ¾ X 2 ¾ (2)
3 ½ X 2 ¾
2 ¼ X 3 ¼
½ X 4 ½
3 ¼ X 4 ½

CD book Construction Instructions:
1. Score the 5” X 12” Sweetleaf Cardstock at 5, 5 ½, 6, 6 ½, 7, 7 ½, and 8. Slip the now accordion folded CS in CD Album centering the accordion fold in the spine of the CD Album. Secure with Adhesive.
2. Create the 6 pages using the Sweetleaf CS 4 ¾ X 4 ¾ as your bases.
3. Once pages are completed then apply redline tape to the accordion fold and to the opposite backside of the complete page.
4. Adhere pages to accordion folds.
5. Using the “Sigh” 5 X 5 square adhere to the front inside over of the CD Album with adhesive.
6. Using the “Sigh” 3 7/8 X 5 adhere to the front of the back inside pocket folding the extra paper inside the pocket.

Front Cover:

Inside Front Cover and Page 1:

Page 2 and Page 3:

Page 4 and Page 5:

Page 6 and Back Inside Cover:

Back Cover:

If you make up a cute book be sure to come back and leave me a link so that I can see it. Hope your monday is fabulous!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Birthday Present for Barbie Lover!!

I made this clothing storage/organizer for a girl in DS class at school for her birthday. She turned 6. Her mom loved it. I am sure that you wont believe it either but I could not find any Barbie wrapping paper anywhere I spent 3 days looking for it. I wanted to cover the box with it. So I had to settle with some outfits from a paperdoll book that the neighbor found for me as everyone was looking for the wrapping paper in thier closets. DS classmate loved the box and since she recieved a few new Barbie outfits with accessories I am sure that it will be used.

The box is from Creative Imaginations. Love them. The tag is a tag from the CTMH Brag and Tag Album stamped with watermelon and bubblegum ink. CTMH Believe alphabet, outlined with black legacy writers. It was a fun project.

DS went to a second birthday party this weekend. I made a really cute play area for her littlest petshop animals and polly pockets. I will try to get that posted in the next few days! Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I love you card kit.

I love Aaron Browns blog (www.aaronsbooth32.blogspot.com) and a few weeks ago she posted a great little card kit. I had so much fun making this kit for a lady who made slippers for my son for Christmas. It was so much. I used the Valenintes Bo Bunny paper and also my cuttle bug for the embossed die cut heart. It is so brite and pretty! I love it.

Aaron has some really cute templates that she is selling for Operation Smile. I love the one with the little drawers. I have a project with that template that I will post soon!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Valentines Day Layout

This layout uses the Cuttlebug Mickey Combo Die, Mickey Love Accessories, the Corset Die, Textile Embossing folder (for texture on the dress). This uses Bo Bunny Paper, CTMH Cardstock, Rusty Pickle Chipboard, SU Chunky Glitter, Fiskers Punches-Flourishes, Kaiser Rinestones, Joann's Toole. It was so much fun to make! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Valetines Day Class- kids 6-12

Here are the items that I will be teaching for a kids class ages 6-12 at a Stamp for All on Jan 30th and also on Feb. 9th. Call the store to register!

Class Fee is $22.00. If the classes do not completley fill kits will be available for purchase after Feb 10th. Post a comment if interested.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Remember Me?

December came and went in berms of snow and snow days from school. Harrison turned 6 years old. It is really good for the routine to be back to normal again.

I have been teaching at A Stamp 4 All (www.astamp4all.com) and loving it! I have loved meeting everyone and hanging out with them. I have been creating and collecting supplies too! So here are a few projects to share with you. I hope to be able to update my blog a few days per week. At least that is my goal.

I participated in a SCS Pirate Layout Swap and here are my pages:

I am teaching this Love Mini CD Album using the New Valentines Bo Bunny Paper: