Saturday, September 27, 2014

Colton GRADUATES from SPEECH today!!!

**I was unable to post this on Sept 26,2014.. watching the old videos really hit me hard and my emotions were on over drive. I was unable to see to type!! I am posting Sept 27, 2014***
 Hi everyone!! Today I have an update on my sweet Colton. PLUS I do have a project I made to share with you.
Most of you know, my son has had many challenges in his short life. I will give you a BRIEF synopsis of his(our) journey.. and link you to more at the end.
 At 18 months old I was concerned about him not even trying to talk. PRIOR to that.. he would babble and babble and laugh all the time. So, at his 18 mos check up I talked with his pediatrician and she got us in contact with our local First Steps Program. Colton was tested and tested and tested some more.( during one of the tests it was suggested he had Autism)  He always ranked VERY high in every area EXCEPT expressive. So, he had a therapist coming to the house an hour a week. She was wonderful with him and he LOVED his "Kiki". ( her name is Kari Hall)  A couple months after she started with Colton, she mentioned APRAXIA.. she said she would do more research and and work more with Colton before she gives a final diagnosis. A couple months later.. we talked and she said she was positive he had Apraxia.
This is one of the first videos I took. ( Sept 25,2010)
You can see he TOTALLY understands and really tries...
He wanted to talk sooo bad, but his frustration levels would over power him. I tried to understand what he was saying, but sometimes I totally had no clue! This frustration set him back ALOT. On Nov.17,2010.. his 3rd birthday, he entered Pre-School. This was a VERY tough decision for me. See, First Steps no longer help with services once the child turns 3. The schools had a therapist and she would be there for him. His 1st day was AWFUL!! He went knowing primarily basic sign and very few intelligible words. The teacher and her aide had their work cut out for them BIG time!! ( Thank you Tara and Mary)  He didn't want me to leave. I knew and saw and heard the other kids.. they WERE talking and Colton wasn't. I knew just how out of place he felt. I hung around for a bit to allow him to see that the kids would play with him and all would be ok. After a bit, he seemed to like Tara and I kissed him and walked out. She smiled and nodded as I walked out with tears and questioned my decision. Sooo many times I said to myself.." I should have home schooled him". So.. the days got easier and he got more comfy. He started to like school!! I would stop in and hang out and just smile as I watched him FINALLY interact with other children instead of him hovering in a corner by himself. By the end of the year, he was doing better socially and academically. Still.. not many words and shy around anyone he didn't see every day!!!
I took this video of him June 8, 2011.
You can tell in the video.. still not many words. This video was BEFORE NV. 
I started researching DEEPER places for help in understanding Apraxia. I looked for people with similar cases and even found a Face Book Group. THIS is where I learned most about Apraxia and more specifically, Nutri Veda. (NV) I met a lady and she told me about HOW this has helped her child and others. Of course, the skeptic in me wouldn't say yes. I pondered the product and then had a discussion with my family. If we DIDN'T try it, we would always wonder if it COULD have helped. Colton took his first serving June 26, 2011 and LOVED it!  He had 1 scoop twice a day in milk and some sugar free syrup. I was told he would probably HATE it, but nope.. HE LOVED it!!
By July, he was saying :  " what ya doin" , "I help you", "mice" , "Oh gosh", Bumble bee", "Olton"(what he said his name was), " Ido it".
He started actively going TO other kids to play instead of them going to him. He started saying letters he saw on cars, trucks, shirts.. anything!!
July 22,2011 Colton started taking fish oils. I bought the capsules and squeezed in his mouth and he LOVED them day 1. ( still does)
July 23,2011 .. 1 month on NV
Doesn't he have the sweetest smile? He can spell his name too!! He called the fish oils.. POKE HOLES!! Some of his words are more intelligible than they were only a month ago!
So.. his servings get increased and he makes so much progress.  He started t-ball over the summer and about half way through.. he really loved it.
Oct 28, 2011 ..Colton spelling some words and saying hello to his friend Marcus!
Colton taking fish oils! He LOVES them!!
He just kept doing better and better... Jan. 23, 2012.. We worked hard on words in our every day life. He talks about playing with his friend and playing a monster game. He says .. " I love my chocolate milk mom. I burped".. LOL
Aug 27, 2012 .. he talks about working on cars and "his work" at Swope. He REALLY loves cars and tools!
By Oct 2012, he was spelling and writing his first AND last name!
March 2013 ... He is in Kindergarden and doing AWESOME!! Here he is doing sight words.
October 4, 2013 : School visit at the Pumpkin Patch!!
April 14, 2014 Colton reading Fly Guy book
Today, Sept 26, 2014 .. Colton has a message!!!
So.. today we reviewed Colton's IEP and agreed that he is ready to be released from speech services. He WILL be checked on monthly to be sure he is still making progress and not regressing. I am super excited and proud of my little guy.
So.. as you can see.. Colton has had ALOT of work to do to get to where he is now. Therapy and NV played a HUGE part in it. We, Lisa ( the one who accidentally found out NV would help by giving it to her son) and all of us parents and grand parents who give our kids NV need YOUR help!! We REALLY need NV to be validated!!! We need your help to raise money to have a double blind study done to secure our children's use of Nutri Veda(NV). The POSSIBILITY of it not being produced SCARES the crap out of all of us who have children using it. Most of you know, my son was diagnosed with apraxia and the "chocolate milk" has helped him TREMENDOUSLY!! This would validate so much and help others to see that nutrients and gut bacteria DO play a role in our children's overall health. PLEASE consider donating!!! This is tax deductible!! ANY amount helps!!
To see more about Colton's story.. please click >> More about Colton. ( there are 6 pages so be sure to click the next page as you are at the bottom)
I made this shirt for Mrs.Abell( Colton's SLP) ! She loved it!! Colton will miss seeing her weekly!
Thank you visiting and please help spread awareness. If you know a child who COULD have something more than just being a late talker.. BE PRO ACTIVE!! Dig deeper and get an appropriate diagnosis. Diagnosis is key to treatment which in turn is key to progress!!
Big hugs,
Tanya & Colton

Monday, August 18, 2014

Scallop Circle Flower Tutorial

Hello everyone and welcome back!! My it has been a while!! I hope you have had a great summer!! A lot of kids have started back to school, which, for me, means ROUTINE!! Oh my have I ever missed you!!!
Well.. on with the show...
Today I am going to show you how to make a pretty flower using a simple scallop circle. You will need 2 sizes... within 1/2 inch of each other. In the example, I am using a 2 1/2  and a 2 inch scallop. This is perfect for punches or even to cut out with your Cameo or Cricut or other cutting tool.
If you have any questions.. please feel free to message me on the Paper Flirtations Face Book page. Be sure to LIKE as well. I'm WAYYY better about updating there.
The tools you need are pictured below. You do NOT need to go run out and buy anything!! Use what you have.. improvise!! A sharpie cap works good as a stylus as does a crochet needle!! TRUST ME... I have used both!! You can use almost anything thin, round, and at least 4 inches to sculpt the petals!! The mat.. don't have one?? Use your mouse pad or a cheap piece of foam from Walmart!! I would suggest tho.. do NOT glue on your mat!! You will see the yukkies on mine in the pics. Use a Teflon pad or freezer paper. ( Amazon does sell the tools tho)
Part 1 : Tools and Prep
Part 2 :  Petals, Petals, Petals
Part 3: Alternate Those Petals
Part 4: Ta Da
So.. wasn't that SUPER easy??? Remember.. practice makes perfect!! Use liquid glue until you get the hang of alternating petals and NO TWO FLOWERS ARE EVER ALIKE!!  Nope!! You will see how yours improve as you practice!
I'd LOVE to see YOUR flowers!! Please tag us in your photos on Face Book or add them to a comment on our page >> Paper Flirtations
Please let me know if this was helpful and if you have ANY questions.. message me on Face Book. You can click HERE to get to our page!!
Thank you for stopping by!! I look forward to seeing the garden of beautiful flowers you all make!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thank you Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Phyllis for a wonderful school year!!!

Well.. the 2013-2014 school year has came and gone and while bittersweet, also very exciting for my lil man. He has worked very hard since his Apraxia diagnosis and continues to thrive!!
((see videos of Colton's progress>> HERE!!! ))
He started Pre-School ON his third birthday and spent 2 additional school years in Pre-School with some amazing teachers!!He was super excited to move along to Kindy!! His teachers are amazing and he often says " I love Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Phyllis mom". This always warms my heart knowing how much he cares for these ladies. Teachers are "moms" to my kids and I could never pay them enough for all they do for my kids.
So, Colton asked me about whether or not he would be able to go to 1st grade with his friends and when I said " YES" , he smiled and said " I can only be in Mrs. Kim's class one time mom?" ( he seemed sad at first) I smiled and explained to him how working hard and getting good grades allows you to move on and if he continues to make such progress, he could be the President one day!! He was more interested in being a fireman or police man or a car "dude" like his daddy. He really cracks me up!!
As a crafter, I often find myself wondering.. "what can I make SPECIAL ENOUGH for these ladies that show how appreciative I am"?? Well, again, I'll never repay them what they are worth, but I certainly hope they LOVE their gifts this year.
Colton decided the teacher's needed something with "their favorite colors", which just so happens to represent their KY basketball team colors. So...
For Mrs. Kim, who is also a Louisville fan...
And for Mrs. Phyllis, who is one of the biggest KY Wildcat fans we know...

These plaques were made from a solid piece of wood and sanded and painted. I used a file from the Silhouette store for the phrase and made the flowers and leaves myself. The phrase on these mean so much to me as I know how much HEART they out into their "job" every day!!
Again, Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Phyllis, thank you for such a GREAT year and for all you have done for my little guy. He hasn't always been an easy one to work with, but your love and guidance has shown him the way. You will see him getting many AR awards for reading as the years go by and just know... you are never more than a thought away!!
Thank you SOOOOO much!! We truly do LOVE YOU!!!
Big hugs!! Have a GREAT summer!!!
Tanya & Colton 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lovebug Creations & Kaboodle Bug Creations team up for a FaceBook hop!!!

Good morning everyone!!
Today is day 2 of our FIRST FACEBOOK Co-Hop!! What a wonderful way to bring 2 wonderful companies together !! If you missed yesterday's post.. please start at Lovebug Creations!!  Remember.. this is a FACEBOOK hop so you must LIKE and COMMENT on each post!! Be sure to LIKE ours here>>>>PaperFlirtations
I made two cards.
KaDoodle Bug Designs : Mother's Day card
Lovebug Creations : Rumple Ribbon
Jaded Blossom: Mother's Day
Lovebug Creations: Mama's Mesh & Rumple Ribbon
KaDoodle Bug Designs: Spring Bluebird
Be sure to go to FACEBOOK and comment for a chance to win some awesome prizes including :
Lovebug Creations - $15 gift certificate

KaDoodle Bug Designs - $30 gift certificate

Too Cute by Jessica - $20 in regular price files

Craftin Desert Diva's - one stamp set
LIKE us on Face Book HERE >>> Paper Flirtations
Thank you for visiting and hope to see you on our Face Book page!!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Hello everyone and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you all!!
Today I am here to wish a certain mom a VERY SPECIAL Mother's Day. The woman who brought me into this world oh.. 30 something years ago. :) The woman who has taught me so much from cooking to being a mommy. Mom...
( my sisters, mom and I(on mom's left)... Happy Mother's Day in Heaven baby sis.. We love and miss you soo much)
 I love you SOOO much and wish we could be together today. I certainly hope that no matter how far away.. you are always in my heart and on my mind! You are the strongest woman I know and for that.. I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE!!
Well, I made mom something and wanted to share it with the world BEFORE she actually got it. :)  I will however save the card for just her. Gotta keep somethings OFF the internet right? hehe... ( my card is part of a FB hop next week so I CAN'T share it.. )
Anyways.. Here it is...
Happy Mother's Day Mom!!!

I used files from Fleurette Bloom for some of the flowers, the pot is from the Shilhouette Store and the FABULOUS ribbon is from Lovebug Creations.

Thank you for being such a WONDERFUL mom even when I didn't deserve it!! I am thankful for the friendship we have made over the years and it only gets better!!
This is a lil collage of what my wonderful family did for me!!
Thank you all for visiting and hope you had a WONDERFUL Mother's Day!! It is such a blessing to BE a mommy.
Big hugs...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

Hey y'all and welcome back!!
Those on my Facebook page have seen the Teacher Appreciation Gifts I made for the teachers this week. If you haven't, you are in luck!! Here they are!!
"Thank You" Daisies
The flower stems are wrapped in hemp and then I added some Lovebug Creations Green Goddess ribbon. It looks awesome and almost appears to be leaves!!
(Stay tuned... I'll add the last project in a bit) IF you want to see the project before everyone else here on the blog... go LIKE my Paper Flirtations Facebook Page by clicking this link and clicking LIKE!!Here is the SECOND Friday project.. (recently edited post to add this)

Apple for the Teachers
The apple is from Silhouette Studio. The ribbon is from Lovebug Creations and sadly is retired, but I LOVE this green!!!

Teacher Pencils

Sweet Cards my lil guy made (he has two teachers and cards are very similar as well as inside message)
Teacher Pretzels
I am so blessed to have teachers that my son "loves". It warms to heart to know they care for him as well as I could. Thank you Kim and Phyllis for all you have done for my lil guy. You really have no idea how grateful I am to have you in our lives.
I'll be back in a short bit with the last project for the teachers!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Kristi

Hello and WELCOME BACK!!
Today we are celebrating a sweet friend and Lovebug Creationscreative team member's birthday~~~ KRISTI from Little Paper Sprinkles!! She is super sweet and talented!! I'm so blessed that our crafty paths have crossed!!
I made a cute lil card for her using 3 of Lovebug Creations products! I used Mama's Mesh, "Oh Darling" Rumple Ribbon, and a Green Beautiful Bloom. I just LOVE these products!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOTS!! I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!!
Be sure to pop over to her page >> Little Paper Sprinkles and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Big hugs,

Friday, April 18, 2014


Hello everyone and so glad to have you!!
I thought I'd make a post and show you a couple lil Easter projects I did for my kiddos. This weekend will be super busy so.. here are a few ideas that are rather easy and cheap!!
First up ... Bunny Food using pretzel sticks and Wilton Candy Melts. I used the prongs on a fork to make the lil marks. Hey, they really are on carrots!! LOL .. These were for my children's church youth group and they all loved them!! I whipped up the tags using my Cameo and cut and print and then some twine to add the tag.
My son is in Kindergarten and we always have to make lil surprises for his friends. Today he took lil sour cream containers ( this is how to make them> Splitcoast Stampers . Then, I added some grass to the top that I cut out using my Cameo ( you can use scissors and jagged lines as well).I added the grass BEFORE I closed up the top.  I used the same type of tags as above.. after all, they are both carrots, so it worked well. This is a GREAT project to involve your children in. My son had a BLAST filling these lil guys.
The bunny bags were bought from Walmart. All the pieces were included and all we had to do was peel the sticky and apply!! Yep.. I cheated here. This could be easily done with white lunch sacks and markers and cut out ears. The lil bunny bags are for his soccer buddies at tomorrow's game. He just loved filling the bags with goodies and knowing what it is them!!
Well, I hope this helped with a couple ideas you may be able to use! You still have a lil time!!
During your Easter celebration.. remember what the day REALLY is about and take a few minutes to reflect on what it means to you!!
Hoppy Easter !!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday STEPHANIE!!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!!
Today we are celebrating one of our Lovebug Creations Creative Team members, Stephanie's birthday!! She does AMAZING work and her layouts are always sooo fun and full of wonder!! PLEASE join us by visiting her blog >> STEPHANIE'S BLOG  and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! She really is a treasure and I'm so blessed to be able to be on the team with her.
This is the card I made her. I used Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon in Beary Brown. I LOVE LOVE pink and brown together!! I used Jaded Blossom Flag Die 2 and Sweet Birthday Wishes.

(sorry the pic is a bit crooked.. I had to fight the wind)
Happy Birthday Stephanie!! I surely hope you have a wonderful day!!
Sending birthday hugs..

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kimi's SURPRISE Birthday Blog Hop


  We are super excited to share her special day with you! If you just so happened to arrive at my blog and would like to start at the beginning, which is also the birthday girl’s blog, please hop on over to Pam's blog.  I’m sure she would LOVE your birthday wishes. If you arrived at my blog from Pam's blog then you are on the right track.

If you get lost along the way, here is the complete line up.
This is the card our sweet CT member Dorcas made for Kimi. She hasn't been feeling so well, but made a sweet card for Kimi. Isn't it lovely?? She wants to let Kimi know she appreciates her and really enjoys being a part of her team!
Onto my project.

I started with a plain wood plaque and put some Gesso then inked yellow and pink. Then, put Modge Podge to seal the inks.  I used a saying from the Silhouette Store and cut it out of vinyl. I applied more Modge Podge to keep the vinyl down.  I LOVE using Crackle and love the depth it gives this piece. I planned on using yellow flowers, but they didn't seem to strike my fancy on this. So... Along with my flowers and some greenery, I used Lovebug Creations "Sunflower" Rumple Ribbon for some pops of yellow! I LOVE this!! I lined the lace with "Green Leaves", although you can't see it.  I added a couple feathers and some stamens and TA-DA!! I certainly hope Kimi likes this. I made my own hangy thingie on the back and used a glob of glue as a "bumper" as to not scratch the walls. Pretty Clever huh? LOL ..  
Thank you for stopping by.. now, onto the marvelous  Stacey  to see what her surprise is!!
Happy Birthday my sweet friend. I am so happy you came into my life! You are like a sister to me! SUPER big birthday hugs...  
Big hugs...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lovebug Creations Spring Celebrations New Release Blog Hop

Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.

Welcome to LoveBug Creations Spring Celebrations 

New Release and Blog Hop!!
If you have floated over from Katie's Blog, then you are on the right path, but if you stumbled upon our hop and want to start with our blog hostesses, then click over to

 Spring is a time for Easter and Mother's Day events but it also signals weddings, graduations, family reunions, and more.  LoveBug Creations has some new awesome products to unveil today for your spring celebrations.
  So do you want to add something special to your handmade projects?? If so, consider these new springtime collections for your crafting arsenal of rumple ribbon delights:

 Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
   And for something different, we are releasing the beautiful Mama's Roses.  
Each rose is hand-formed and hand-dyed; each has dimensions of  2"x 2" and can be used as is or inked, painted, stickled, and more - your imagination can provide lots of possibilities for these beauties - and they are feather-light so you can create lots of projects from layouts to cards to tags to mixed media creations to 3-D creations and more and not feel there's an anchor on your project, weighing it down!
 Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
And if that isn't enough... We've got 4 NEW Mama's Mesh Colors: Kraft, Ivory, Light Blue & Light Pink!!!
Also Mama's Mesh is now being offered to buy by the yard as opposed to in collections!
 Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
So settle back as we take you on a tour of spring celebrations and invite you to visit our LBC ONLINE STORE

 Now, onto my project!! I'm SUPER tickled about this!! For the past week I have been in a flower making frenzy and showed a couple sneak peeks on my Paper Flirtations Face Book page. I used the NEW BUTTERCUP Yellow Rumple Ribbon in my wreath!! This added pops of color and worked beautifully to separate colors. I hope you like this as much as I do!! The flowers were made using files from Fleurette Bloom.
Don't you just LOVE that Buttercup Yellow ribbon on the baby's breath? Did you spot the MANY POPS of ribbon throughout the wreath?? Oh how I love these new colors!!!
  How about some delicious LBC Blog Candy!
LoveBug Creations is offering a $10 gift certificate to our online store and several other items as well.
What do you have to do to be a possible winner?
1.  Become a follower of each crafter (if you're not already)
2. Leave a love note at each blog spot with your contact info
3. For one extra chance to win like our Facebook Page and leave a comment at
4. Check back on Wednesday for the announcement of the winners
The full spring line up is:

5.  Katie:

6. Tanya << YOU ARE HERE

7.  Kristi  <<

8.  Christine

9.  Kathy

10. Stacey

We hope you enjoyed your visit and wish you happy spring celebrations!

 The next blog spot on this spring tour is Kristi.
Thank you for stopping by!!


Fleurette Bloom Lovebug Creations Blog Hop

Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
Welcome to the Fleurette Bloom-LoveBug Creations Co-Hop. 
If you've flown over from Ilda then,  you've joined the parade, but if you've stumbled on this hop and want to begin with the first stop, soar over to Fleurette!

The pairing of LBC's fantastic rumple ribbon and other trimmings with Fleurette Bloom's outstanding SVG's and digital delights is a great way to jazz up your projects - who wants to be ho-hum? 
Not us grab your favorite beverage and settle back for some crafting inspiration 
for just the right touch of class

Most of you know my LOVE for flowers so... once I saw Fleurette sold flower SVG's I HAD to have them. I used the Rose file and the Lush Flowers kit for my project. A bit of this and a dash of that and TA DA!! GORGEOUS flowers were created!!  Lovebug Creations has the BEST Rumple Ribbon and blooms. I used ( now discontinued .. ) Lady Jenna ribbon and a green bloom. I used my flat iron to "un" rumple my ribbon. I LOVE how easy it is play with!! The pot was from the Silhouette Store and I used CTMH paper. Lesson... use THICK paper for this or .... well.. use thick paper :)  So.. onto my project. Hope you like it as much as I do!

How about some blog candy??

Fleurette Bloom is offering a $10 gift certificate to her ONLINE STORE
Christine Strickland Barker's photo.

LoveBug Creations is offering a $10 gift certificate to their ONLINE STORE

Kimi Lash Cremar's photo.
So what do you have to do to be in the running???
1.  Become a follower of each crafter (if you're not already)
2. Leave a love note at each blog spot with your contact info
3. For extra chances to win like our Facebook Pages and leave a comment at

 Fleurette Bloom Designs
LoveBug Creations

4. Check back on Wednesday for the announcement of the winners

The co-hop line-up:

5: Connie
7: Katie
8: Ilda
                                     9: Tanya  YOU ARE HERE!!!!
  10: Chantel  NEXT
12: Kathy
13: Cheryl

For your next touch of class, please visit Chantel  ! I'm sure she has something marvelous to show you!!
PS: Lovebug Creations will be having another Blog Hop tomorrow to reveal the newest spring colors and trims. Stop by and be the first to see what's new! I have MORE flowers :)

 Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment!!!
Tanya Stilwell

Monday, March 17, 2014

Luck 'O The Irish

Hello jolly friends!! So glad you stopped by!! First and foremost...
I certainly hope you wore your green and avoided the "pinch" from those annoying friends who LOOK for green!! Yea, I have some like that Anyways, I made a few "green" projects and am excited to show you!!
First, I made this corsage for one of the kiddos' girlfriends. He asked for a flower and did something better. :) I'm sure she will love it.... well, I hope anyways.

So.. last week I decided to make a lil "pot 'o gold" using a soup can painted gold and some of my hand sculpted flowers! I also used some of Lovebug Creations ribbon called Fool's Gold. I got the printable from Pinterest.( I apologize as I don't recall which one I got it St.Patricks Day printables and LOTS come up!!)  I love how the colors work so nicely together.
And... last but not least... we MUST have goodies!! My daughter and I dipped pretzels for these lil goody bags! The stamps here are Studio G that I bought years ago!!  Again, I used Lovebug Creations Fool's Gold rumple ribbon. I also used the fancy topper die from Jaded Blossom. I LOVE their dies!

Well, thank you for stopping by!! If you haven't already, we would LOVE it if you stopped by our Facebook page and "liked" it. >>> Paper Flirtations Facebook  We will be having a SPRING Contest soon so be sure to "like" us!!!
Thank you again for stopping by and we hope you had a great St.Patrick's Day!!
Big Hugs!!