Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

Hi, everyone!
It'e been a while...
I think this blog should have the word(s) "occasional" or "sporadic" or just plain "when life allows" in the title since I don't seem to make it over here as much as I always think I'm going to.
But a quick catch up...
football season with Robert will soon be over so I'll hopefully be around a tiny bit more just with that alone.
Am still in training for my first race on Thanksgiving morning...
but the last couple of weeks have seen me slipping a bit with that so I'm getting back on track as of Monday. It's just a 5K but right now I'm slower than a herd of turtles and now that weather is starting to cool I'm gonna start running at the track and hopefully shave off about 5 minutes on my time before the actual race.
But the reason I slipped...
hubby had the world's smallest heart attack a couple of weeks ago...
and those are the cardiologist's actual words...
not mine.
He's fine...
and his heart is in excellent shape...
no damage or blockages...
it was all stress related and he's working on relaxing a bit and trying not to stress over every small thing that comes along...
but it definitely caused life to deviate a bit from the norm.

So trying to get life back to more of a "normal" feel...at least for a little bit.
And you may not be aware of this...
ssshhh...
don't tell anyone in case it causes mass hysteria...
but the holiday's are coming!!! *giggle*
I personally get very excited about this time of year...
I LOVE the holiday's...
they are my weakness and I have so many projects I want to do...
some of which I've already started and you'll be seeing at some point...
but I get so excited about the new holiday stamps and dies coming out and I know Christmas is only one a day out of year so how many stamps do I really need?
Apparently...
a lot.
I ordered up a lot of the new goodies from PTI earlier in the week and they arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to use O'Tannenbaum.
I fell in love with the set from first peek but it was when it was previewed and I saw another tree included in the set that I was completely sunk.
See...
I LOVE this retro tree card I found a while ago...



seriously...
I die over it.
So I used it for inspiration for this...

PTI O'Tannenbaum

I stamped the tree on Soft Stone in Memento Rose Bud and though they're a little hard to see...
the lights and surrounding snow fall/twinkling are stamped in Fresh Snow.  
I added little touches of Copic marker for shading under some of the lights and then stamped the small "burst" image from Shakers+Sprinkles to some of the lights...
also adding some small dots using a white gel pen for extra lights.
The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Season's Greeting's.
I adhered the small panel onto a slightly larger silver shimmer panel and then adhered it all to a Raspberry Fizz base.
Actually very easy and there will be a quite a few of these mailed this Christmas season.

So hope your weekend is off to a great start...
it's gorgeous weather here and I'm going to be heading outside for a bit of yard work before hubby and the kids take off for the afternoon and leave me to some alone time...
which is going to see me playing with some more new goodies while I marathon Season 3 of Scandal on Netflix.
Till next time!

EDITED 3:20pm: My sweet friend Marybeth told me about the challenge at Festive Friday and I'm gonna link this up over there.  It's a proven fact that my friends have to make me aware of challenges because I have absolutely no clue about what's going on out there in blogland.  Thanks, Marybeth!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions- August Edition

Good morning!
Can you believe that tomorrow is going to be the first of September?
Where did August go?
My kids have already been in school for a month...
and after a 4 day weekend this holiday weekend...
in another 4 weeks they will on a 2 week fall break...
YIKES!
It's going so fast!
But after a milder than usual summer the heat and humidity finally arrived so I'm hoping to start seeing some cooler temps this coming month.
It's just not right to watch football when you're sweating...
you should be bundled up in sweaters and blankets and drinking hot cocoa.

But since tomorrow is the 1st day of the month that means today is the last and that it's time for 12 Kits of Occasions!
This month Kara was our fabulous hostess...


and is also our wonderful kit photographer!
She always makes the best collage photos of the kits...
I don't know what we would do without her!

This month is about birthday's...
and Kara included bright, cheerful, fun patterned papers...
cool elements...
but you'll have to pop over to the 12 Kits blog HERE to get the full list of supplies...
and you're gonna want to pop over anyway because Kara has a fun giveaway that you may want to find out about!

Now to the cards!
Had a really hectic, bad week so I didn't get to fully play with this kit the way I had planned...
but here's what I have so far...

12 Kits August


12 Kits August


12 Kits August

And I have so much more to play with in this kit...
which since next month is a "leftovers" month...
I'll have plenty of time!

Now make sure to head over to the 12 Kits Blog HERE to see what all the others were able to come up with using Kara's incredibly fun kit...
and we have a special guest joining us this month...
Alanna from Alanna's Spot in the World so you'll want to pop in and give her a hello...
PLUS you'll want to find out about Kara's giveaway!
Kara, thanks you for such an awesome kit...
I loved it!
And you can see all the creations from all the 12 Kits on our Pinterest board HERE!
And I'll see you again soon!
Till next time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps DT Release Blog Hop

Hello, Hello!
Well, it's finally here...
Waltzingmouse Stamps release!
YAY!!
And everything is now available in the store HERE!
But just in case you need a little more help deciding what's on your list I'm hopping along with the rest of the DT in our Release Day Blog Hop and you should have arrived here from Karin's blog but if you've gotten lost along the way you can always catch up on Claire's blog HERE.
And remember to leave comments along the way...
someone will win the stamp set of their choice just for doing so!

Up first a little more Happy, Hello, Thanks...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks

I used my favorite color combo for this time of year...
orange and navy...
for this one.
I stamped the sentiment on a piece of soft stone cardstock in SU Night of Navy adhered over a piece of navy cardstock which was then adhered at an angle onto a piece of Basic Grey's Persimmon patterned paper on a soft stone cardstock base.
A thin gold tape line was applied to the sentiment strip just to add a little pop...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks


Next up is a sweet little idea using Boo from Boo and Friends...

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO

look how perfect he fits this tag from Stitched Tags!
And the black band...
it's stamped with the star cluster element from this set as well...

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-Boo

A closer view of one of the treats...
how cute is he?!!

And last...

WMS Tis the Season

I don't think I will ever get tired of the chalkboard look and 'Tis the Season is perfect for this technique.
And course I used my black, red and white color combo again...
this time adding just a touch of green in the form of die cut holly and berries from Festive Foliage stamps and dies.

And that wraps it up for me!
Hope you've had as much fun as I have the last few days...
and now I'm gonna send you on your way to Teresa's blog.
You have until 6pm CT on August 29th to leave comments for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
Till next time!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day 3

Good afternoon!
Have you been enjoying the last couple of days and all the gorgeous new Waltzingmouse Stamps sets?
We still have more in store for you...
just remember that all of these new goodies will be available tomorrow...
August 27th...
in the store HERE.
If you've missed anything you can always stop by Claire's blog HERE to catch up!

And now for what is probably my favorite day...
I LOVE what we have to show you today!
And I'm gonna start out with A Great Big Owl...
and trust me...
he's BIG...

WMS A Great Big Owl

So where's the owl...right? *giggle*
I decided that I was gonna go super CAS and focus on one of the fabulous sentiments Claire included in this gorgeous set.
I love this sentiment...
and with just a little selective inking was able to stamp the pumpkin in orange to make it pop just a bit from the black.
The moon is also included in A Great Big Owl (along with oodles of other elements!) and I don't know if you can tell but I added a little Copic shading and some Wink of Stella to make it glimmer.
A few sprinkled star sequins finished this off super quickly.

And now for my absolute favorite's!
I love, love, love these sets and as soon as the baby child saw them he said...
"You're using these for my class this year, right?" 
So here are Boo and Friends and Peek-A-Boo Sentiments...

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO

I couldn't decide which I loved most so I used them all...
sorry for the pic heavy post but I really just love them! *grin*

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO


WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO


WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO

Tell me...
how adorable are these little guys?!
Seriously...
I LOVE them...
and as you can tell I had a lot of fun playing with them too.
All the images are from Waltzingmouse Boo and Friends and all the sentiments are from Peek-A-Boo Sentiments.
I didn't get my dies in time to use with today's cards...
but yes!
There are dies and that just means you haven't seen the last of these cuties this year! *wink*

So that's it for me today...
I'll be back one last time tomorrow for the DT Release Blog Hop...
just in case you need a little more help in deciding what's going on your shopping list *wink*...
but make sure to go check out all the amazing creativity the rest of the DT has for you...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day 2

Hello!
So did you enjoy all the gorgeous new Waltzingmouse samples yesterday?
What about all these new sets...already making your "must have" list?
Ready for even more?
Then let's get to it!

Remember all the goodies you see today will be available on August 27th from Waltzingmouse Stamps...
you can get all release details from Claire's blog HERE.
Up first for today is Little Darlings.
I didn't get my set in time so I'm only going to be featuring the coordinating Little Darling Sentiments...

WMS Little Darling Sentiments/Vintage Baby Shower

Here's one of the gorgeous sentiments included in this set...
stamped in SU Crumb Cake on vintage cream cardstock.
That die cut?
Yup!
It's the new Picot Panel.
I die cut it 3 times in vintage cream, berry sorbet and gumball green cardstock...
stamping the sentiment on the cream...
framing with berry and then filling in the little dots with green...
here's a close up showing both the die cut and the gold tape...

                   WMS Little Darling Sentiments

I love all the little details Claire included with this die.
The little shoe is from Vintage Baby Shower and I used some patterned papers from Graphic 45's Little Darling's line that I had in my stash.
A little green ribbon and all was adhered to a cream card base.

Next up...
another one of my new personal favorite's...
and I'm gonna tell ya with the holidays coming this one will get a workout *wink*...
'Tis the Season...

WMS Tis the Season

With the extra large font of these sentiments you can keep things pretty simple but I wanted to try and dress this one up a bit so I pulled some papers from Basic Grey's 25th and Pine and then heat embossed the sentiment in gold on white cardstock.
I then die cut with a circle...
layering onto a slightly larger red circle die cut.
A little gold ribbon and crocheted lace finished this one.

Next up is a super simple one that could be mass produced without a lot of time involved...

                             WMS Tis the Season

Have I ever mentioned how I love the color combo of black, red and white for Christmas?
I know some may not agree...
but I just love the simple elegance this color combo gives so I used it here in a black cardbase that has been layered with black die cut stripes for a little texture.
The gorgeous font Claire used in 'Tis the Season is perfectly sized and here I've stamped it on the largest tag from Waltzingmouse Stitched Tags.
A few more die cut glittery stars and gems...
little piece of red ribbon...
all done!

And that's it for me today but there's still more to see from the rest of the DT and I'll be back tomorrow with even more goodies!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day 1

Hello and welcome to the first day of the much anticipated Waltzingmouse Stamps release...
YAY!!!
So excited to show you what Claire has in store for you...
you're gonna love it all...
trust me *wink*...
so I'm just gonna get right to it!

Remember everything you see over the next few days will be available for purchase on August 27th in the store HERE...
but you can get all the release details on Claire's blog HERE!
And up first for today is Vintage Baby Shower...

WMS Vintage Baby Shower

I kept this one super, super simple because I remember all the baby Thank You's I've sent over the years and honestly this is the one thing that I would keep simple because there are always so many to send.
I stamped the umbrella image and sentiment from Vintage Baby Shower onto a pink cardbase...
outlined the umbrella with a touch of Copic to give it a slight shadow and this was done.
For mass producing you can't beat a CAS design.

Next up is one of my new personal favorites...
and just a little head's up...
you'll actually find before the week is over that I have a lot of new personal favorites *giggle*...
Hello, Happy, Thanks...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks

I love this sentiment...
I mean I LOVE this sentiment so much I want to use it on everything.
Do you know how many times I've said exactly this in my life?
Yeah...neither do I because that's how often I say it!
This is probably the number one comment my kids hear from me besides I love you...
even hubby has been known to hear it a time or two *wink*...
and it just makes me happy that now I can even say it with a card! 
I die cut some glittery stars from glitter paper and sprinkled them about a piece of white card stock...
then added a few tiny gems for some extra sparkle.
The sentiment was stamped in Memento Rose Bud and Tuxedo Black ink...
and then I shaded with just a touch with Copic and added some Wink of Stella...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks

here's a close up so you can see how sparkly that Wink of Stella is (Thank You, Amy!).
I adhered the white card stock to a pink cardbase and was all done!

That's it for me today...
I'll be back tomorrow with even more but in the meantime pop over to see what the rest of the DT was able to do with these gorgeous new sets...



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog

Hi, everyone!
Just popping in to let you know I have a tasty little project over on the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog...


And there's lots of goings on this week at Waltzingmouse...
and there's gonna be lots of action here too...
but you don't want to miss anything so make sure to pop over to Claire's blog HERE for all details!

See you soon!

PTI Stamp-A-Faire Regency Era

Hello, again!
Back again for my 2nd post for PTI's Stamp-A-Faire.


This one took a while...
but I knew I wanted to attempt this as soon as my SAF kit arrived and I saw the die.

I started cross stitching as a teen and I cross stitched up until the baby child came along and then I had to put it down for a bit...
with 4 kids there was just too much going on.
But the kids have grown and I recently picked it back up.
I got my 3rd tree last Christmas and have been working on cross stitching ornaments to decorate the trees with...
I have a long way to go before I have enough ornaments to fill even one of the trees.
But I just have this idea that someday my great, great grandchildren will be telling my great, great, great grandchildren how I stitched each and every one of them with my own hands...
that they somehow became family treasures to be passed down through time.
So anyway...rediscovered cross stitching again and I had to give this a go...

DSC_1575

I used the Coin Purse dies to cut the bag out of osnaburg fabric...
backing it with stabilizer...
and then die cut the flower and leaves from the SAF Regency kit and then stitched it in with cross stitch thread.
Makes a beautiful cross stitch and I have future plans for this die too.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PTI Stamp-A-Faire 2014

Hello, Hello!
Popping in very quickly with the first of what will hopefully be a few posts while I play along with PTI's Stamp-A-Faire...


And first up was the timer challenge...
color recipe's and sketches were provided and you were to pick one of each and make a card.
Apparently you were also supposed to time yourself but I didn't get that far in the directions...
ok...
I didn't read the directions at all...
I KNOW...
I'm worse than a man :( ...
but I did use a color recipe and sketch...
I just didn't time myself so hopefully it still counts.

Here's the color recipe and sketch I used...



I thought the colors had a bit of a fall feel to them so I went with it...

DSC_1572

I die cut, stamped and heat embossed just vein lines from a leaf in Leaf Prints...
and the heat embossed sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Thank You.

Thanks for stopping by...
can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with because in case you haven't noticed...
I'm really far behind...
and actually going in no particular order! *giggle*

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