Friday, January 31, 2014

Girly Girl and Advice Needed!

Although really, I shouldn't complain seeing as how I only had a 3 day work week. ;)
 But weekends are good too. 
Especially when we will celebrating a certain someone's 17th birthday.
So tomorrow we take Kyle out for his birthday a few days early.  Just the 3 of us.  It is the one day a year we leave Cort behind with a babysitter. 

In the meantime I have a scrappy page that was published last year in Cricut Magazine.  It is my super cute niece, Katie. And yes, the title says it all.
She is a girly girl!
I used my Cricut Expression and cut the background using the Cindy Loo cartridge.  I love the tone on tone background.  It gives it a bit of interest without overpowering the photos. 
I used Make up Party for the nail polish, crown, and mirror. I swiped the edges with a bit of white ink
I used Kate's ABC's to cut the title.  When I first adhered it to the LO it seemed to be getting lost, so I took a pen and outlined it.  It made it pop a bit more and was easier to see!
As many of you know this crazy mama has been trying to get Cortney into some type of modeling.  It is a hard industry normally, much less trying to get a child with special needs in. 
I am thinking of starting a Facebook page just for her. 
But then I worry about creepy people....but then I think she also could use the exposure. 
I am still contacting companies frequently......
I am still acting as her "agent," but I need help.
So what do you think......should I start a Facebook page just for her? 
Here is her latest photo.......
If you know an Etsy shop owner, or if you have any outside connections to a modeling agency,  clothing company, or make up company, and would be willing to pull a few strings for this gal...her and I would be so grateful! ( I know I am reaching a bit....but desperation will do that to a mom!) ;)
The world is a small place and maybe just maybe the "right" person will 
see her cute face and take a chance on her!

Have a great weekend my friends!
Next week is going to be a busy one! All new JustRite stamps being released and Crafty Secret's Linky Party!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Photography and Vintage.....

I am home again today with the kiddos. Our temps are supposed to reach about 40 below it is another day to stay inside. (oh darn! ;)  
Of course this means I'll probably be cursing about this come June! 

Yesterday I spent the day working on my photography skills. My dogs and kids were used as guinea pigs....again. I've been working on taking the camera off of auto and choosing my own settings.  I've also been working on "finding the light." My house is small and fairly dark so finding a good spot was a bit tricky. But I managed to find a spot to get those pretty catch lights in their eyes. 
I have more photos....many of Cort, but didn't want to bombard the blog with too many in one day! 
And since Kyle actually cooperated for a few pictures, I thought I'd take this time to remind my blog readers that I do indeed have another child! ;)
My sweet Myla.....I think she really should have been a movie dog.....or a dog model, dont' ya think? 
She is such a ham in front of the camera! 
I also managed to get a bit of crafting done.
I created a touch of spring using this floral image (hydrangea maybe?) from Crafty Secrets. It is from the Flower Garden Digital collection. I printed it on glossy photo paper and colored it with my Copics.  I fussy cut it out. The frames in the back were cut using Spellbinder's dies, Resplendent Rectangles and Labels Twenty-Nine.  I created a shadow box effect by popping up the smaller frame on music paper using dimensional foam dots.  
I airbrushed the frame with my Copic airbrush system while leaving the dies in place. 
I added a bit of lace, a couple of sequins, and a vintage inspired button. 

Someday it's gotta get warm again right?
For now, I am going to enjoy the warmth of my house....
And craft.
And stay in my jammies all day.
Stay warm my friends!