Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What's Your Story?....

Kia ora koutou

...Often, people ask me how did I get into card-making?  Well - this is my story....

My son Xavier was two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder - Autism.  My partner and I cried when we were told of his diagnosis....oh my god the grief - it was shocking, heartbreaking, feeling of uncertainty and hopelessness - our beautiful boy had been given a lifelong sentence of living with a disability :(

Thankfully he was diagnosed young, which meant we could seek help and give him a head start.  I enrolled him into Autism Queensland - Early Intervention Programme, it was a year long programme, two days a week, involving highly specialised teachers and therapists (speech, occupational), the whole enviroment - even the classrooms and playground were specially designed for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), understandably the programme was expensive and the waiting list was long....
One lucky day, we got a phone call from Autism Queensland - they had a vacancy for Xavier at their Sunnybank premise (this meant a three hour round trip from where we lived).  We said yes and decided to move closer.

We moved to a suburb called Kingston in Logan.  It was affordable, close enough to my work and only 20 minutes away from Sunnybank. I was now in a new area and I wanted to meet the locals, so I went down the road to the local community center Kingston East Neighborhood Group. They were running several free programes for the community, I joined three of them - craft, sewing group and card making (it was the beginning of the end, lol).  This is where I fell in love with card making - the beautiful people I met, and the wonderful friendships made. The lovely lady Ursula (my mentor) was and still is teaching card making classes at KENG - she is also a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  One of my friends in our card making group wanted to host a Stampin' Up! party for Ursula to demonstrate at and also to get the hostess benefits (free products and big discounts).  I went along and fell in love with the products, next minute (a few months later)...I have signed up - my intention was not to be an active demonstrator, just maintain the minimum quarterly sales so I could get the 20% discount on all Stampin' Up! products.

August 2012 we moved to New Zealand to live.  As a family we were not spending quality time together, Ryan (my partner, best friend, love of my life) and I were both working full-time - we were like two ships passing in the night.  Two days of the week our little whanau (family) would all get to spend time together, even though I was a zombie tired from work....it just wasn't enough! The turning point was when Ryan applied for a job in Christchurch New Zealand (our home town, where Ryan and I were both born).  He was accepted but had to be there asap, well that wasn't a possibility, but the thought of moving back to New Zealand and being close to whanau was very appealing.

Today...I am an active Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and loving it :) Xavier is excelling at life :)

Best English Quotes and Sayings

Recently, my niece asked if I could do her a big favour at such short notice....next minute, I'm on Te Karere Maori News talking a little bit about Xavier and Autism and a teeny tiny bit about what I do with my time (Big Curly Hair Stampin).
In the beginning I didn't realise I would be asked about Xavier and his Autism until she interviewed me while filming, lol, so I was a bit under-prepared.  You will see my youngest son Bronson on there too :)

Click on this link -Te Karere Maori News to see my two minutes of fame, the interview is about 10 minutes in.

Here are some photo's of the interview
Me preparing a card for the tv interview
My son's, Xavier and Bronson

Filming of me making a card

More filming of me making a card.

Talking to Irena and Pat, Te Karere reporter and cameraman

Irena interviewing me.

Bronson standing on a chair, trying to look through the tv camera

Xavier standing a chair looking through the tv camera

Irena, tv camera, Pat, Bronson, me, Xavier

I designed a card inspired by Te Karere for the interview.

Card designed for the interview featuring Mixed Bunch and sale-a-bration.

 For You - Te Karere

Stamps - Mixed Bunch, Pretty Petites (sale-a-bration)
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Card - Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (sale-a-bration): Pool Party, Polka Dot Parade DSP: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - Blossom Punch, Petite Curly Punch (sale-a-bration), 1" Circle Punch, Vine Street textured impressions embossing folder (sale-a-bration), Sycamore Street ribbons and button (sale-a-bration): Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, stapler, dimensionals.

Cards inspired by Sale-A-Bration and Clearance Rack

Card featuring I (Heart) Hearts from the clearance rack and sale-a-bration.

I (Heart) Hearts - Love Card

Okay, so I'm in love with the colour Rich Razzleberry...you will see it feature in many of my creations :)
Stamps - I (Heart) Hearts (clearance rack)
Ink - Rich Razzleberry
Card - Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (sale-a-bration): Tangerine Tango
Accessories - Vine Street textured impressions embossing folder (sale-a-bration), Heart Framelits, Sycamore Street ribbon and button (sale-a-bration):  Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, 1" Circle Punch, dimensionals.

Open - Card featuring Mixed Bunch and sale-a-bration.
Card featuring Mixed Bunch and sale-a-bration.

 Sycamore Street Gate Fold Card

Love, love, love the bright, vibrant colours and patterns of Sycamore Street designer series paper from sale-a-bration...this cheerful card brightens my day and kicks the blues to the curb :)
Stamps - Mixed Bunch
Ink - Summer Starfruit
Card - Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (sale-a-bration): Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Vine Street pattern - Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
Accessories - Simply Scored, Blossom Punch, Sycamore Street ribbon and button (sale-a-bration): Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry

Card featuring sale-a-bration

 Vine Street - Love Card

Vine Street textured impressions from sale-a-bration - the star of this card.  The I (Heart) Hearts stamp is clear embossed, I am very pleased with the shiny effect - sadly, this photo doesn't do the card justice.
Stamp - I (Heart) Hearts (clearance rack)
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Card - Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Sycamore Street DSP (sale-a-bration):  Pool Party
Accessories - Vine Street textured impressions embossing folder (sale-a-bration), Hearts Framelits, Sycamore Street button and ribbon (sale-a-bration):  Pool Party, dimensionals.

....Well, I have arrived at the end of my 'What's Your Story?' post, thanks for joining my journey and reading my story - I would love it if you were to share your story....
Join me next time....I hope to post pics of my first scrapbook page :)

Ka kite ano
BCH Stampin

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