Monday Blues Inspiration | Ruby Rock-it

by erin on April 21, 2014

We have started a fun new feature over at Ruby Rock-it! There are more times than not, when while I love to create…sometimes I just get stuck and need some inspiration out there!


Photo Credit: Indah Waty

I wish I had a green thumb, as I love all things flowers, lush & green, blossoming all around us!

Once I went through my supplies, I found the perfect combination for this:


I chose the purple Fusion papers, along with some of our fabulous vellum, organza brads and some bling!

The full post is up today…over here!

And I will be back on the 29th for a fun tutorial on some of those flowers…

Have a blessed day ahead!



Welcome to Holland | Light it up BLUE!

by erin on April 13, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month, and when we first received her diagnosis, it knocked the wind of out me.

And my husband. While we knew she was struggling in certain areas, news like that doesn’t settle in easy or quickly.


This photo was taken a month before we knew. Could you tell? She is a bright, beautiful little girl, who is very high functioning, so outwardly you don’t know. How could you, unless you spent a significant amount of time with her? Once the diagnosis settled in, the work began…and through referrals, research, and countless interviews, we aligned ourselves and surrounded our girl with amazing therapists who went beyond, so far beyond with our girl. WE ALL GREW. And learned. And struggled together.

With a child like miss Mari, it doesn’t make sense for outsiders to see her fall apart in a restaurant…or have a hard time at a sports event, or movie theater, birthday party, trip to the park, or any “normal” type of activity for a then 4 and a half year old. That was a rough patch, receiving those looks like…[those parents have NO control, they don’t set boundaries, etc.]

Since Autism is different for every.single.person affected, it is difficult to understand how she processes differently and why she can appear to be slower, and how her bright little mind knows what she cannot articulate.

What we have learned in the past 3 years is how critical early intervention can be……………..

I want to share one of the examples her psychiatrist shared with us to describe how part of her mind works, and was so instrumental in helping us to understand how to help her.

You and I, who don’t live with Autism can jump from topic to topic in a conversation. Have multiple conversations at the same time even. We have clear “walls”…

A child like Mari has CEMENT walls. Once she goes down a path and is focused on that activity [because of her delays and sensory issues], for her to go to another topic means: She has to back down the corridor through the cement wall and come out of the tunnel before going down the next “tunnel” or topic. And then she said, now imagine if YOU knew that you had to do that, and that everyone around you didn’t have to do that. And your amazing little mind was leaps ahead of where you could take it. And YOU knew everyone else knew that about you, too.


I came across this story and as parents who only want the “best” for our children, adapt to a new brand of hope for our children living with Autism and hold one another tight every single step of the way!

Welcome to Holland
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley (in 1987)

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to imagine how it would feel.
It is like this…

When you’re going to have a baby, it is like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The Gondolas of Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It is all very exciting.

After months of anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bag and off you go. Several hours later the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, ‘Welcome to Holland’. ‘Holland? ‘ you say. ‘What do you mean Holland? I signed up for Italy! ! ! I am supposed to be in Italy. All my life I have dreamed of going to Italy! ‘.
But there has been a change in flight plan, they have landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they have not taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It is just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met before. It is just a different place. It’s slower paced than Italy. It’s less flashy than Italy. But after you have been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, and Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy and they are all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, ‘Yes, that is where I was supposed to go, That’s where I had planned’.
And the pain of that will never, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss, but if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t go to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.


We love you, miss Mari more than you will ever know, and simply could not be prouder of how hard you work and how very far you have come!

Thanks for reading and allowing me to share!




Essence Empire Bebe | Ruby Rock-it

April 11, 2014

Over at Ruby Rock-it, we are featuring our new essence Empire Bebe and Bella! Year In Review this month! My assignment this time was “beyond the page”. So often I am in the box, and while I love to create layouts and cards, I also love to just create. And this type of assignment was [...]

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Therm O Web + Elle’s Studio

April 10, 2014

Oh my goodness, we have been blessed with such fun swaps over at Therm O Web! Have you seen the latest from Elle’s Studio? So so cute! I was given Love You More papers, embellishments and some very sweet stamp sets! Yes, my obsession with anything GOLDEN continues… For the background, I added one of [...]

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April 2, 2014

He has been golfing a bit more, reading, writing, and keeping up with his girls… She has been exploring new friendships, thriving at school, enjoying her art, coming into her own with golf, and becoming so very mature. This little girl has been proving that early intervention is so KEY, has been thriving at her [...]

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Ruby Rock-it Creative Team | 2014

April 1, 2014

YAY!!! We can finally share our fun news…here’s our fabulous New Creative Team for Ruby Rock-it! Congratulations Pattie, June, Beckie, Alicia, Candice, Monique, Jenifer, Kaka and Fauve!!! So excited for this next adventure ahead! xo! Erin

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Honoring Rosangela Phillipsen

March 31, 2014

Even though I never had the honor of meeting her, she will live forever in our hearts, in this art community we all cherish. Rosangela Phillipsen ’s work is stunning, beautiful, fresh, and just so her! She is deeply missed by so very many…I wanted to share one of her very favorite projects on behalf [...]

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For the love of Fusion | Ruby Rock-it

March 25, 2014

Ruby Rock-it debuted this new set of Fusion papers at CHA Winter last January. They have been so well received, very exciting stuff… Each color family, [there are six total] has four beautiful double sided patterned papers, yum! Here’s a layout I created for our booth…and turned out to be one of my favorites! This [...]

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Spring Home Decor | Ruby Rock-it

March 21, 2014

Spring is my absolute favorite season…Over nearly twelve years ago, I became forever known as Mommy. A name I quickly embraced and cherished dearly! Spring has SO many possibilities…of growth, of adventure, of HOPE. Ruby Rock-it’s new Essence East Coast range’s gorgeous patterns and beautiful color palette were just perfect for this little home decor [...]

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Spring Canvas | Therm O Web & Maya Road

March 13, 2014

This month over at Therm O Web, we had the pleasure of creating with some of Maya Road’s fabulous embellishments! I knew I wanted to try out the new Ranger stencils/masks, so a spring “choose joy” canvas was born… Some of my favorite products aside from our fabulous tape runners and zits are our foam [...]

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