Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew

This is completely non-crafty related! :D

Last night at parent/teacher conferences, the Communications teacher shared this article with us. The students (8th grade) were asked to read it, then star which items they wanted us to know about them, which items were most important.

I found the entire article A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...hope you'll take a few minutes to read!

by Rachel Vail, author of Unfriended

1. Respect me. I'm my own person, not just your kid. Sometimes I might have opinions that differ from yours. Sometimes I just want to be your baby. Respect me either way.

2. I still want to have fun with you, and feel like home is safe and happy. Smile at me.

3. I need to make some of my own choices, and maybe some of my own mistakes. Don't do my work for me or get me out of every jam. You don't need to be better than me at everything. Don't condescend; you don't need to impart your elderly wisdom on me if I have a problem. Please wait for me to ask for your help. If I don't ask for it, I might want to work it out for myself. Let me rant without offering advice. Sometimes that's all I really need, just to talk my way through something and for you to just listen to me.

4. Sometimes I'm going to be moody and annoyed and frustrated. You need to just let that happen (though you shouldn't let me be rude to you; that's weird and embarrassing). It might just be a mood or something might be going on that I'm not ready to talk about yet. If you hang around doing stuff near me and don't interrupt or try to solve it as soon as I start, I might feel comfortable talking with you about things.

5. Trust that I'll do my work. If I don't, you can help me manage my time, but wait until I'm not taking care of responsibilities to think I can't. Don't just assume I can't handle responsibility because of my age. Believe in me.

6. It feels really good when you ask me to teach you about what I'm learning or what I'm good at. You don't have to be awesome at computer programming to let me teach you some cool stuff, for instance. I have to be a beginner constantly. Show me it's OK to stay relaxed and present when you are struggling to learn something.

7. I don't like the drama either, and it surprises me as much as it does you. You think it's rough having this alien lunatic in your house? Try having it in your body, and you can't even get away.

8. If you don't like my friends, it feels like you don't trust my judgment or like I am stupid about choosing friends. Or both. Ask me what I like about them, or what we have fun doing together, or just to tell you about a new friend. Stay open-minded. Still, if you think my friends are being bad to me, I need you on my side that much more.

9. Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed and need to zone out for a while. I am not becoming a slug and will not stay in my room staring at a screen for the rest of my life. Maybe just for the rest of the afternoon.

10. I will fight you every step of the way if you make me do stuff I don't want to do (get some exercise, do my homework, write a thank-you note, practice piano, apologize to my sister, take a shower, wear deodorant... so many things), but you should probably make me do them anyway. I know I will feel better if I sweat and shower each day, and develop my study skills, and show up tomorrow prepared, and, and, and. I know! But please don't overwhelm me. I might not be able to do what I should right away. I might need reminders, later, which will annoy me completely. Remind me anyway.

11. Explain why I'm being criticized or punished. It feels scary if I don't understand anything beyond that you are mad at me. And sometimes what I need more than a scolding is a hug or a cuddle. Especially when I am more porcupine than puppy.

12. I need to have private jokes with my friends and not explain them to you. It's how we bond. You don't need to be involved in every aspect of my life to still be loved and needed by me.

13. If my social life gets to be too much, I may need you to force a little vacation from it on me. But most of time what I need is to work through how to navigate life online and with peers. Now is my chance to learn how to deal, with your help. Just shutting it down keeps me from learning how to build my life online with scaffolding provided by you. Stay calm and cool, let me explain what's going on, and talk things through with me. Ask more, tell less.

14. Especially if I've been feeling stressed, maybe you could just hang out with me. Go to the park or get an ice cream or have a catch, whatever; it feels good to just do something together without discussing or solving or teaching anything.

15. I like it when you think I'm funny. Or interesting. Or awesome. I actually do care what you think about me. Please find something specific you actually like about me because sometimes I can't find anything in myself to like at all. I might roll my eyes, but your words and judgments do matter to me, and I will remember them, the good and the bad. I will keep them with me like treasures even when I lose my keys and wallet and ID. Which I probably will. More than once. Sorry.

And bonus extra important thing you should know: The fact that my opinions on this and anything else might change tomorrow does not mean I don't feel them fiercely today. Keep up. I love you. Remind me you still love me, too.


Prickley Pear Stamps - Black Eye Susan * 3

Hi friends - welcome back to another little creation for Prickley Pear Stamps! This time I'm using one of their red rubber images - Black Eye Susan...and to spice up my life...and yours (HA!), I used it 3 times in different color combos. These cards are completely CAS (clean and simple) yet so sparkly IRL!

So grab a cuppa and settle in for picture overload!
From Millan.Net
Have you seen Jennifer's YouTube videos of coloring with sparkle? You can find it HERE and I followed right along with these cards. I used water color paper, distress markers and a clear Wink of Stella pen for coloring the flowers, highlighting around the image and word as well as creating the border around the main panel. I hope you can see the sparkle in this gorgeous image!!

I added distress marker directly to the edge of the main panel which is popped up on dimensionals; then a fine line underneath the main panel and color washed it out to the edges with the clear Wink of Stella.


Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Black Eye Susan and Verve Visual Because of You
Papers: Strathmore water color paper
Ink: VersaFine Black 
Accessories: clear Wink of Stella, MME enamel accents, washi tape, Distress Markers



Crafts for Eternity - Creepy Crawlers

Or nah.... :D

LOL, that "or nah" is so my youngest teenager daughter! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see your Creepy Crawlers (images that is)!! Go ahead and show us any type insect or bug - worms, butterfly, ants, etc. I used the PRETTY insect to play along this week!

Just for joining the fun, one person will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs!

This adorable dotty butterfly is from Prickley Pear Stamps; I stamped and embossed the image 3 times. I created an ombre background with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberries distress inks; the middle and bottom pink are both Picked Raspberries, I just used a heavier application at the very bottom.

I added a trail for each butterfly and glossy accents to each circle as well as glossy accents for the embellishments randomly placed on the card - simple, yet fun. I added a strip of black card stock on the right embossed with MFT's On the Diagonal Background.

Thanks for popping in; hope you have a GREAT weekend!!


Stamps: MFT On the Diagonal Background, Prickley Pear Stamps Butterflies 2
Papers: PTI Raspberry Fizz and True Black, Tim Holtz water color paper
Ink: VersaFine Black, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberries Distress Inks,, VersaMark
Accessories: glossy accents, Copic Multi-liner, clear embossing powder

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Prickley Pear Stamps - Butterflies 2

Hi friends! I'm back with 2 CAS cards today for Prickley Pear - LOVE these bright colors with the striking black and white...and a little gray thrown in there!

These butterflies are from the Butterflies 2 set; seriously, such gorgeous, gorgeous images! You can see all the Prickley Pear images HERE. I die cut and embossed each butterfly and colored them with just 2 Copics. To the polka dot butterfly I added glossy accents to each solid circle; both butterflies were given a coat of clear Wink of Stella - love me some Wink of Stella! ;) Their antennae were coated with black Wink of Stella. I added a solid black butterfly underneath to help them "pop" and only attached them together at their body.

The rest is simple card stock, designer paper, some dainty embossing, a gray circle and that's it - clean, simple, yet striking. Be sure to check out all the Prickley Pear images here and have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Prickley Pear Butterflies 2
Papers: Misc. White, PTI True Black, Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores, DP by MME
Ink: VersaFine Black, MFT Black Licorice
Accessories: clear embossing powder, clear and black Wink of Stella glitter, MFT Stitched Circles, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Prickley Pear butterfly die, embossing folder



2 Cute Ink - Hello Princess

Hi friends! Welcome back to a new digi reveal for 2 Cute Ink; this adorable little princess! You can see all the creations with this adorable image at 2 Cute Ink's Challenge Blog.

Did anyone else take the Online Copic Class over the last couple of weeks? I did and decided to 'try' channeling Kathy Racoosin by tracing the image after I finished coloring AND adding some extra accents (lace along the bottom, extra line at the base of the dress AND some black dots extending up at the loops of the dress...go ahead and check out all the other design team samples, then you'll notice the extra touches. I did have an issue with my black Copic multi-liner smearing when I added clear Wink of Stella so to fix that? Yeah, I added white polka dots to her dress!  :D

Our daughter plays volleyball and each game, a girl brings new ribbons for them to wear in their hair - this pink ribbon is left over from when she provided ribbon to the girls - it was a perfect, sparkly match for the card. Layout is Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #239 (turned vertically).

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Princess
Papers: MFT Whip Cream, DP by Echo Park
Ink: None!
Accessories: white gel pen, clear Wink of Stella, MFT Blueprints, misc. ribbon, misc. button, black/white twine, glossy accents



Prickley Pear Stamps

Hi friends! This month I'm guest designing for Prickley Pear and boy do I have some goodies to show you!

This first card is totally CAS allowing the stamps, the die and some fabby designer paper do all the work! I created a starry (or snowy) sky; a small hill of snow and 5 little trees nestled in the snow. All of the trees were cut with the Prickley Pear (PP) Christmas Tree die and then a couple were stamped with different images from the Christmas Trees 2 clear stamp set.

They have some of the most adorable images AND lots and lots of matching dies, be sure to check all their fun goodies out HERE.

Card w/Envie

I added some pearls (originally white, colored red with Copics) to the one tree which is popped up on dimensionals, a red sentiment and base card finish it all off.

Thanks for stopping by; I can't wait to show you more goodies this month! Have a great week!


Stamps: Prickley Pear Christmas Trees 2
Papers: Misc. White, PTI Pure Poppy, DP by MME
Ink: MFT Electric Red, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Inks
Accessories: pearls, Copics, Prickley Pear Christmas Tree die, white gel pen



Crafts 4 Eternity - 3 of the same letter

The computer and I are NOT friends today. UGH... :(

BUT I'm finally back with a super fun recipe from Crafts 4 Eternity - we want to see you use 3 of the same starting with the same first letter - whew, THAT'S a mouthful! :D So you know, buttons, bunting, brads, or purple, paint, paper - easy and fun, hope you will join us. One lucky participant will win 3 free images from Michele at Crafts 4 Eternity!

I was working on bonus points here - I have 5 items starting with the same letter - stitching, sequins, shadow stamping, stripes AND spots - WOW, who would have known! :D The shadow stamping is a technique from Julia Stanton which you can see HERE. The glossy accents actually caused a bit of warping on my vellum but I made do and still think it's a bright, fun card.

I also, like Julia, created a pocket with the tag from MFT and put some sequins inside as well as sprinkles on the cupcake, The "HI" is from MFT's Blueprints #7. I added a wooden heart colored with Copics and then a a heavy layer of glossy accents. And again, just like Julia, I added glossy accents as part of the frosting of the cupcake - too cute; love catching small ideas like that. I never think of them myself! O.O

Thanks for popping in; hope you will join us this week at Crafts 4 Eternity. Have a GREAT weekend!


Stamps: MFT It's a Cupcake Kind of Day and Hello Cupcake
Papers: MFT Whip Cream, DP by MME
Ink: VersaFine Black, MFT Berrylicious (envelope)
Accessories: glossy accents, sequins, MFT Tag Builder Blueprints, MFT Blueprints #7, wood heart, Copics, Janome Sew Mini



2 Cute Ink - You - HOO!

Hi friends,

Welcome back to a super fun blog post for 2 Cute Ink. Heidi has created this incredibly adorable witch/owl image - I LOVE IT! Owls are all the rage right now and this has to be one of the absolute cutest I have seen!

Be sure to pop over to the Blog at 2 Cute Ink to see all the amazing design team samples - they will blow your socks off AND Heidi is having an amazing sale of her digital images, no coupon needed, visit HERE. Lots and lots of adorable digital images!!

I was able to capture all the shimmer and shine on my little owl. The layout is once again Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #237, probably one of my absolute favorite sketches.

Thanks for popping in; have a great week!


Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Owl Witch
Papers: MFT Whip Cream, Neenah White 80 lb. DP by MME
Ink: None!
Accessories: white gel pen, clear Wink of Stella, MFT Blueprints 15


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Crafts 4 Eternity - Smile Please

Happy, happy Friday friends! We are back this week with one super fun recipe at Crafts 4 Eternity - SMILE PLEASE!

We want to see projects/creations with a camera/photo theme or element, or even a real photo is acceptable. One lucky participant will win 3 digital images from Crafty Sentiments Designs, so come on and join the fun!

I decided to use Karen's sketch #237 (SSSC237) and make a small card (3 3/4" x 5") and play with some MFT dies and the adorable Pure Innocence Cute-A-Tude. I stamped the image on Copic Xpress It paper and colored with Copics. I paper pieced the dress and her arms to give it more dimension. Very CAS card but I thought super cute.

I added a hashtag (do you love or hate hashtags? I have a co-worker that despises them, but I truly #lovethem) from Lawn Fawn #Awesome stamp set.

Thanks for popping by - fun theme this week, I hope you'll join the fun!


Stamps: Lawn Fawn #Awesome, MFT Cute-a-tude
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy, MFT Whip Cream, DP by MME
Ink: MFT Black Licorice, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Black enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, glossy accents, Copics, MFT Precious Polaroids Die, yellow gel pen



Crafts 4 Eternity - show us your...STYLE!

Hello crafty friends - how are you?

We are back this week with a fantastic recipe - SHOW US YOUR STYLE! We want to see your signature style - vintage, clean and simple, shabby, etc. One lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs. And don't forget to stop by and see if you were a winner from last week AND check out all the amazing design team creations while you are there!

My favorite style is when I have plenty of time and can add lots of layers and embellishments to a card - doesn't happen often. :D I hear clean and simple (CAS) is all the rage right now but even my CAS style tends to have a few more layers than a TRUE CAS. HA HA!! Can't help myself.

This particular card is for a very, very dear friend who lost her mother unexpectedly - it still causes me to catch my breath and leaves my heart in the pit of my stomach. So sudden, totally unexpected and THAT is the life cycle. :( Still makes me uber sad.

Anyway, as you can see, tons of layers and matting. I incorporated the JUGS challenge (JUGS258) of water color with the large flower and used Verve Visual's MOJO layout (MOJO363). The image was colored with 2 distress markers and spritzed with water then stamped on to Strathmore water color paper. I then spritzed the entire circle with MFT's Sheer Shimmer Mist...but that wasn't quite enough sparkle so I covered each petal with clear Wink of Stella. Tough to see IRL; but its super shimmery!

I added a woodgrain heart, colored with Copics and a heavy layer of glossy accents. A vellum flag, some machine stitching, and pearls finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you take some time this week to show us YOUR STYLE! Have a great weekend!


Stamps: Verve Visual Dream Big and Forever in Our Hearts
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Spring Rain, MFT Whip Cream, Strathmore Water Color paper, DP by MME, Vellum
Ink: MFT Hot Fudge (sentiment), Distress Markers, Old Paper Distress Ink for sponging
Accessories: Verve Visual Rounded Scalloped Frame, Viva Decor pearls, chocolate pearls, white pearled colored w/Copics, clear Wink of Stella, Janome Sew Mini, glossy accents, PTI small scalloped edge, Cuttlebug embossing paper, MFT Stitched Circle Die

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