Thursday, August 30

Happy Anniversary!

To my sweet hubby ♡ Thank you for 13 wonderful years together! We always like to include our kiddos in our anniversary celebrations, since they are such a big part of our lives. So, we are all going out to dinner tonight, and then on Monday we are all going to Disney Land. But, it is also nice to have to "alone time" :), so we are going on a date tomorrow too :) fun :)

Since I'm so thankful for my hubby, this card is for him. Pretty simple, great for a guy card, right? Kraft ink on kraft cardstock, with some chocolate brown letters.

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I know I will :) heehee.

Monday, August 27

well, it's official.

Tomio went and checked out our new house in Kumamoto on Sunday. Since we all couldn't go look at it, he got lots of really good pics and took a video :) It was SO nice to see what it will be like. It looks great, so he signed the contract. We'll be moving the first week of I really have to start getting things ready (!)

Here's a card for today.

Simple, yes :) I added some shading to the flower with my copics. I really like how it adds some depth, and that it is not very hard to do :)

Thanks for stopping by today!! I have quite a bit of packing to do....but I'm hoping to still get some stamping time in.

Thursday, August 23

really quick...

I've got a bunch of places to be today--doctors, dentist, police office, swimming...Quite a lot for someone who usually doesn't even get out of the house but once a week lol.
So I'll keep it short and sweet today :)

Here's the card. I really like these larger sentiments. But they don't fit on all cards. Layering them over a focal  image is one of my favorite ways to use them.

And that's it. I'm going to get my laundry out before we head out for the day.
Thanks SO much stopping by!!!

Monday, August 20

last day.

 Today was the last day of "summer break". Of course we are taking time off next week for our 13th wedding anniversary :) We will all go to Disneyland. It's kind of a tradition. But to be honest, I am looking forward to school starting again. I like teaching my kiddos :) And with our current curriculum, they actually love school too :)

Ok... here's today's card.

 I really like these colors. The pretty label die and stamp are from Wplus9. Yes, those are my favorite butterflies from Hero Arts again :)

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, August 16

I did it :)

I am officially done potty training. Forever. I will be honest and say that I was sort of putting it off. All of my older 3 were trained before they were 3....But, 1) Emma is my last and I really don't want her to grow up :( and 2) as I have mentioned before, she is well, strong willed, to put it mildly. I am very happy to say, that it went very well and was probably the easiest of all. So yay :) That was my big project for summer break...

Anyway, I did make some cards still though, and here is one of them.

Really liking the clean and simple cards lately. I am also loving these bright colors, which before I really was never very into. I added a couple of woodgrain strips at the bottom for some interest.

And that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by today! We have a couple more days before Tomio goes back to work, so I'm planning one enjoying them. Or at least practice driving here so I can get my Japanese driver's license before we move out to Kyushu where I will need to drive.

Monday, August 13


It's raining here. I don't really mind, it cools things off and all. Except that it is raining for Leah and Tomio too. They are in Nagoya for the All Japan Golf Tournament. Leah was 7th in all of Kanto, so she made it :) But it is *pouring* there :( I hope they just reschedule for tomorrow instead.

I finally got some pictures of the cards I made lately.

My new favorite butterflies from Hero Arts again. I just can't stop using them! The sentiment is from Beautiful  Butterflies from Papertrey. I used Hero Arts layering paper for the base again. And...yeah, that's it :)

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, August 11

out to breakfast.

Since Tomio is finally on break now, we are all heading out to breakfast this morning :) And probably a little shopping afterwards~fun :)

And a quick card before we head out. Trying for a little more manly type of card. I love how stamping the pocket in blue really makes it look like jeans. Definitely stamp the stitching lines first, though. It makes it a lot easier to line up. I love these pocket stamps from Wplus9! And the matching dies :)

Okay--that's it for me today. Thanks so much stopping by!! I hope you have a super day!!

Thursday, August 9

last day...

Today was the last day of school for us :) Definitely going to enjoy some time off from school. I plan to spend most of my time packing though. We've got less than 8 weeks till we move, so I want to keep things moving along.

Here's the card for today. Another simple butterfly card. I couldn't help it :) I used my linen/canvas impression plate for just a little more interest. I was sure to stamp the sentiment first. I never like how it turns out when I try to stamp after adding the texture.

Thanks for stopping by today! We are off to swimming class. Hoping it's not *too* hot waiting for the bus today.

Tuesday, August 7

supposed to be

a little bit cooler today. I nice break considering the heat we've been having here.

Another simple butterfly card :) This is another Hero Arts butterfly. This one is actually a wood mounted stamp(!). Up until now, the only wood mounted stamps I had were my big background stamps. But I really like this and one other Hero Arts butterfly that was wood mounted, so I got them. Really glad I did--they are  so pretty :) I popped up the butterfly on foam squares. I debated awhile about adding a sentiment, but in the end I just went without.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Are you enjoying your summer break? Tomio's break from work starts this weekend. Yay :)

Monday, August 6

so far so good...

Today went pretty good for a Monday. Not too bad for a start of a new week. Even managed to get some stamping time in :)

Very simple for today's card. But I really like how it turned out. I used my new favorite butterflies with matching dies. They are from Hero Arts. So super easy to use! And yes, I used this sentiment again. Really, it just goes with any card.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great Monday :)

Saturday, August 4


for the week of no posts :( Don't really know how that happened. Hoping this week will be a little better.

I really love this cute mug stamp :) I don't drink coffee. Or any other hot drinks for that matter. But  I love coffee stamps, so  I get them anyway.  hehe :)I used the matching die for the cup, but the hearts don't have any, so  I just trimmed them out by hand.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We went to see fireworks last night, and it's grocery shopping for today :)