Saturday, April 30

Sort of a break...

Yesterday was technically Tomio's first day of his "Golden Week" holiday. It supposed to be a pretty long break from Tomio's work. But with all the stuff he has to do, it's not really working out much that way. We do still take the week off from school, which is very much needed :) I'm hoping to go through all the kids's clothes and make a bunch of cards :) Fun, fun :)

And here's a card for today.

I had some fun with this card. I made five strips of kraft stamped with the woodgrain pattern to make it look like it was made of pieces of wood. I stamped a couple off different background images on the hearts after I punched them out. Oh and that fun "Mr. and Mrs." stamp is from Unity. Finished off with some ribbon and pins.

Ok, I'm headed off to bed. Everyone but me seems to have a cold and their all sleeping. Hoping to catch up on some of my sleep :)
Thanks for popping by! I hope you are having a great weekend so far!!

Wednesday, April 27

CR84FN color challenge :)

I'm so proud of me :) I decided to try to use the time have in the morning since I have to get up at 5 to get Tomio off. And with Miss Emma sleeping a little bit better in the morning, I have from an hour to an 90 min. in the morning to work on cards :) Heehee :) And that is with me doing the laundry and dishes too. So today I used this  time to make a card for Cr84 Fun Color challenge. Here is the inspiration for the colors red, aqua, and white.
I really liked these colors :) Here is what I made:

Yes, very CAS again. I really just can't help it. So I decied just to go with it and admit that I just don't do other styles well. So clean and simple it will continue to be :) I just got PTI's Embellishments set that I used here. Really loving this set. I actually made another card for this challenge with it, but I was afraid it had too much kraft in it, so I made this one instead. It was actually kind of hard for me to make card without using kraft. When I looked at the last 10 or so cards I made, ALL of them had some kind of kraft in them lol.

Thanks SO much for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week :)

Tuesday, April 26

WaltzingMouse sketch

I finally made time again to join in the Waltzing Mouse sketch. Feels so much better to create things :) And if I don't spend forever choosing what papers or what images like I normally do, it doesn't have to even take TOO long lol :) I was able to make this card after I put the little ones in bed before Tomio and Leah even got back from their golf :) Anyway, this was the sketch for this week:
I like embossing, so this fun for me. I went with a rectangle instead of  a square though.

I've had Teeny Trees for awhile, but I haven't really gotten a chance to break it out much yet. I love it though :) So many fun images to choose from! I used one of my Sizzix embossing plates I got recently. I'm SO loving those!

I used some Basic Grey pattern paper for the top part. And I distressed the edges of  kraft panel. Another one the things I'm addicted to right now.

Ok, that's it for today. The kids and I are planning taking a picnic lunch to the park today after school, so we've got lots work on this morning.

Thanks so much stopping by!!

Sunday, April 24

No excuses...

I'm not going to make any excuses as to why the blog here has been so quiet. It's all just typical stuff going on around here. Stuff that I should be able to handle just fine. I guess sometimes the everyday is a little more than you expect. Or maybe it's just me? At least Miss Emma seems to be doing better about sleeping through the night without screaming :)

And now for a card. Kinda  simple really. But not completely "CAS".heehee.

 I love the subtle look of the woodgrain stamped on kraft with antique linen distress ink. Just perfect. And I seem to have a thing for adding these pins to my card lately. The cute felt "love" is from Fancy Pants. I {heart} all their fun felt shapes that they released a few years ago (!) I don't know what I'll do when I run out though! gasp! I use them on my cards and layouts too.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. I still feel like I am making for some missed sleep.  Thank you SO much for stopping by even though it has been so quiet around here. Hope you had a great Easter weekend :)

Sunday, April 17

a little tired and a layout.

Well a new week started again. I have been so tired lately. I guess I shouldn't complain, since I get to stay home with the kids and Tomio is the one who has to go out. See he's been so busy at work that he has to leave by 6 most days. Which means that I get up and get him breakfast etc. before he heads out. That itself is tiring enough, but Miss Emma seems to have decided now would be a good time to start waking up in the middle of the night and scream, and scream...and scream. I've tried everything I can think of but it hasn't helped.

So I'm tired. Maybe some extra coke will help :) And at least the coke-shortage that seems to have been going on at the stores near me has ended and I was able to find plenty for the week. yay :)

I thought I would share another layout today(!) I actually really like how this one turned out. It is from the same sketch as the one I shared a little bit ago. But I like how it has a totally different look.

I love the "wonky" scallops at the bottom. I didn't really have any, so diecut several circles and cut them in half and tucked them in. I also like the little felt car. I like adding stitching and buttons to felt shapes :)

Well, that's all for me today. I'm really hoping to get a nap after school today... :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a great weekend!!

Tuesday, April 12

lots of love and some cleaning :)

I did some major cleaning all around my house. My mom came over and helped one day, and I spent another day doing some more. Kitchen, kids' rooms, closets. All done. I think we ended up with 20 or so trash bags(!!) Felt so good to get things cleaned. And I love opening things and seeing them all neat :) yay :) I'm pretty sure I need some sort of reward for working so hard though... you know, maybe some new stamps? :)

And here's the "love" part....

A love-y card. Only one stamp one this card! Isn't it such cute stamp? I love the look of Unity stamps :)
Short and sweet again from me tonight :)

I hope your week is going well!! Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, April 6

Waltzing Mouse sketch :)

yay :) I missed last week's challenge, and I was afraid I might miss this one too. But I didn't.I liked this week's simple sketch. I was little stumped at first though.... I just don't usually make "mini" cards. But they came together super easily with some of  my new Waltzingmouse stamps :)

 Aren't these little guys just too cute?! I loved all the fun sentiments too.
 They would be fun to color in too, but I love how they look cute just like that though :)

That's all for me today though. I've got a lot of school things to do for the kids today, and I'm trying to organize a bunch of things in my house (!!) Thanks for popping by!!

Sunday, April 3

Sorry for the long silence again. My week didn't go at all like I had planned. I had hoped to do all this great planning and cardmaking while Leah and Rhys were gone doing sports all week....but none of that happened at all. I DID take Emma and  Levi to the doctor for their bad coughs. And I did manage to catch Emma's before it got really bad this time.
But I still have big plans for this week. I'm sure that some rescheduling and some attitude adjustments(which come from the Lord) I can get things done and enjoy them too.

Since I didn't create anything that I had planned this week, I don't have a card to share. But I do have a layout(!!!) I know, can you believe it? It's actually one that I made for Creating Keepsakes, but they didn't want it. But I still love how it turned out.
Some fun pictures of all my kiddos enjoying some cupcakes :) I used lots of stamps on this layout, which is one of my favorite things to do. When I first started stamping, I really didn't combine the two, but now I love it. 

I used lots of Papertrey dies too. I *LOVE* these notebook page and ticket dies. Both are ones that I wasn't sure I would get much use out of but got just because I liked them. And doesn't the cupcake look so cute out of felt?! So fun :)

That's it for me today. I hope your week went smoothly. Or at least you made the best of whatever came your way lol :) Thanks for popping in!!