Monday, January 30

I'm still

using and (totally loving!) my new Wplus9 stamps :) so, so fun.

really pretty, don't you think? It was so pretty,  I didn't really want to add too much else.

I impressed the background with Papertrey's text pattern. I kind of had to force myself not to use the canvas/linen one :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Oh, and in case you were wondering, the toilet "situation" has been successfully dealt with. I am very fortunate to have a dh who handles most of that sort of things :)

Sunday, January 29

Another wedding card...

I was thinking to myself  "hmm... wonder why I keep feeling like making wedding cards lately", then I remembered. It's because of these gorgeous new stamps from Verve I got. I actually got them pretty much only for the frame stamp to match the label. But I found I love all the stamps in the set.

Isn't this such a pretty heart?! I embossed it with white embossing powder to make it pop :) Other than that, I kept it pretty simple.I'm finally getting into using my stash of twine too :)

Short and sweet for me again today. I have groceries to put away, and a toilet to unclog :(
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 27

back again :)

I have another card to share--already :)

I think scheduling things better is really working for me. More stamping time is a good thing :) These stamps are from Wplus9. I *love* them! So pretty and versatile. I impressed the negative from my PTI mat stack 1 to frame the flowers.

I really like the look of black with kraft.  Has a really different look from the my usual brown/kraft combo.

Thanks for stopping by today! If things go as planned, we'll get some groceries, and then I'll be back at my desk stamping :)

Thursday, January 26

the kids

are slowly showing improvement, thankfully. And we made it back from swimming class by bus okay too.  AND, I have managed to squeeze some stamping time into my evenings the last few days.

This is one of the cards I made. I used some of my new Taylored Expressions stamps again. I *knew* I wanted to get these pretty roses as soon as I saw them. I love the coordinating dies too :) I added some copic shading to the big rose after stamping it.

I really like how it turned out :) Oh, the sentiment is from Verve.

Thanks for stopping by today! I don't know about you, but I am *really* ready for the weekend

Wednesday, January 25

Best laid plans...

I really, really, planned to post much sooner than this. But well, stuffy noses, rashes and a lot more doctor's visits than I would like to have made kind of slowed things down a bit. We did manage to keep things going with school, and I did actually get some stamping time in, though, so I shouldn't complain :)
Anyway, today's card is much more my style than the vintage-y cards experimented with.

I used some of my new Verve stamps for this. I debated about getting these, and their sale at the end of last year pushed me over the edge. So glad I got them :) Really pretty and easy to use.

I like having the diecuts to match. I'm not great at fussy-cutting.  I don't know if you can tell in the photo, but I impressed the white layer with PTI's linen/cancas impression plate.

Thanks for stopping in today!! I hope you are staying well :)

Thursday, January 19

another vintage-y card

at least a little bit. Definitely more than the cards I normally make.

I really like how the background turned out.I stamped the polka dots in versamark. Then I stamped the text on the edges, and last I added the flourishes. The sentiment and the butterfly are from Clear Dollar stamps. The ribbon is from Etsy.

Ok--that's it for me today. All of my peeps are under the weather today, and we are headed to the doctor. What did it have snow today? No one's up to playing in it :(

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are staying warm!!

Tuesday, January 17

so tiny...

I made a layout of the first pictures I got of Miss Emma--ever. The nurses took the pictures for me while I was wheeled away after the c-section. It is so hard to believe that she was ever that small!!

I kept it pretty simple with just the 2 photos they took for me. She was so tiny (4lbs14oz) they thought she wouldn't get to come home with me, but she did :) And she's been thriving ever since. You certainly wouldn't know it now-heehee.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your week is going great!!

Sunday, January 15

Mr. and Mrs.

I have a wedding card today. Not something you need *all* the time, but definitely fun to make.

I really like the pattern paper, which is from Gina K. I don't usually use lace or metal charms, but they seemed to fit with the wedding-y feel. I'm not sure I love how I used the lace, but I do think I'll try to use some more often. (kind of wanting to try some crochet lace trim now too).

Thanks for popping in today! My little Miss Emma isn't feeling too well, so I'm off to cuddle her some more.

Thursday, January 12


Taylored Expressions :) See, I told you they were a new favorite of mine.

Actually, this card is made with Taylored Expressions and Unity, another fave of mine :)  Love the grid background, really does go with anything. The quote stamp is TE. And...yeah, that's about it lol. This was a really quick card to make.

Thanks for stopping by today! Has your week been going well? Ours was great, even though we did have our first full week back to school. Everyone (including me!) loving school is such a blessing.

Tuesday, January 10


Leah's birthday went great :) Since Daddy took the day off, we had a whole day of celebration. There was bowling, and Chinese food, cheesecake made by Mama and decorated by Daddy (photos hopefully coming soon), and dvd watching. You can tell Leah's getting so old by her movie choices--this year she wanted a "love story". I think the boys kind of tolerated it heehee :)

Anyway, here is the card for today.
Just something a little different for me with orange and green...I love stamps with matching dies :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a *lovely* day!!

Friday, January 6

new favorites :)

I shared a card the other day using some new stamps I had gotten from Taylored Expressions. Well, I'm really, really loving all the ones I got. (So much so that I actually made 2 more orders for Taylored Expressions stamps with my Christmas money) Today's card is another one using some of the stamps with matching dies.

Isn't that banner fun? Really easy to use with the diecuts. I also use a stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the sentiment. So quick and easy that way :) The flowers are ones from PTI's Larger Than Life set that you have seen me use, well, lots of times :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Just 2 more days till my Leah turns 11!!! I can't believe it. It seems she has decided she wants a cheesecake for her birthday this year, so  I guess that is what I'll be making tomorrow :)

Thursday, January 5

I found...

some more butterflies I like :) as if I needed anymore, right? heehee :) I always need more butterfly stamps, especially if they have matching dies. I got these at Clear Dollar stamps for 50% off during their Black Friday sale.

Just a simple card, but I liked the butterfly so much I kind of wanted it to take center stage. I also diecut and stamped the the butterfly 3 times and layered it for some extra dimension. I made the pretty texture with my favorite texture plate from Sizzix. Finished off with a couple of gems.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week!!

Tuesday, January 3

Happy New Year!

I seriously still cannot believe that it is actually Did you stay up to ring in the new year? We did :) And since Tomio's birthday is January 1st, we eat cake and have presents at midnight too. We even let all the kids (well, Miss Emma only made it till 9) stay up too. I was surprised that they actually did make it. They were glad though :)

I also started off the new year by making 3 cards. Now that is the beginnings of a good year if you ask me :)

This isn't one of them though-they have yet to be photographed. This is just one I made using a bunch of my favorites--wood grain, flowers, and the super fun pocket stamp and die from Wplus9 :) I love finding different things to put in the pockets.

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope 2012 has started out great for you!