Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Today's card is one from the archives, I made it quite a while back, not sure why it never got posted because I really like it.  Loving the gradient color scheme.  The background is text style 1, trees from through the trees and the sentiment is from big and bold wishes.

See how I repeated the colors in the buttons?  just a fun little touch.

Not sure if I've mentioned it before but I am very passionate about photography, and I've got some fun news on that front.  This week I've got TWO photoshoots scheduled, and they're not even for my own kids!  haha :)  Some day I hope to have a full time photography business.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock:  Dark chocoalte, kraft, vintage cream, lemon tart, summer sunrise, orange zest, terracotta tile
Stamps: Through the trees, text style 1, big and bold wishes
Ink:  dark chocolate
Other: twine, buttons (lemon tart, summer sunrise, orange zest, terracotta tile)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Hello!  Happy Tuesday, we're that much closer to Friday right?  ha!  I've got plans to visit my son's 1st grade class to take some photos for the first installment of our school scrapbook.  Yey, it's so much fun!!  Don't have to be there for a couple hours so in about 5 minutes I will have a quiet house.  BLISS!!

Today I've got a card featuring my favorite set from WPlus9, hooked on you.  I wanted to keep this one super CAS.  The fish was stamped on some Echo Park patterned paper, cut out and colored the spots with a copic marker.  I also stamped his eye on white and cut that out.  I cut a 1 3/4" circle for him to peek out of and punched the waves on the top with a fiskars border punch.  Stamped the sentiment in black and the bubbles with versamark.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned, I've got some pretty exciting things coming up!!

Stamps:  Hooked on you WPlus9
Cardstock:  White, Hawaiian Shores
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Ink:  Palette Noir, Versamark
Other: 1 3/4" circle punch, Wave punch Fiskars, copic marker

Monday, September 27, 2010

halloween wishes

Hello everybody!  Happy Monday, hope you had a super weekend.  Ours was great, full of good times and great people.  We've all been battling head colds, seems we always are this time of year.

The card I have for you today is a Halloween card using Damask designs and Halloween tags.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all PTI):

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Plum Pudding
Ink:  Orange Zest, Plum Pudding, Dark Chocolate
Stamps:  2009 Halloween Tags, Damask Designs
Other:  Large Scallop Border, 1 3/4" circle punch (Ek Success), Twine, Orange Zest Button

Thursday, September 23, 2010

you're the man

Today I've got a masculine card for you featuring Practicing Creativity's You're the man and PTI's It's Official.  The bolts in the background are heat embossed on simply chartreuse cardstock.  I stamped the ruler on kraft cardstock and stamped some woodgrain in dark chocolate over it.  I stamped the sentiment, also from you're the man, on a fillable frames #4 die. 

I really like the simplicity of this one.

Now I've got to run, there's a full 3 hours of quiet until my boys gets home from pre-school.  Got to check some things off the to-do list and enjoy the peace and quiet! :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

1st day of K

Today I've got a layout for you featuring my oldest boy on his first day of Kindergarten.  This one is for Beth (babiestwo) challenge on the PTI board, the challenge was to create a layout using only paper, no other embellishments.  It was actually easier than I first expected, and I really enjoyed this one.  The background is glimmer misted for some interest.  My cricut cut the title using the Sesame street font cartridge.  The ric rac and large scallop dies were used, as well as Filllable Frames # .  I love using those for little journaling spots!  Patterned papers are Imaginisce.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Kiddo

Today's card features some of my favorite stamps from Practicing Creativity, the whole cycle and chatterbox.  I am so in love with this little tricycle, it makes me think of my youngest son.  He has a little red tricycle like this only his has a little storage box on the back.  You can always find it filled up with something, dirt or trucks or apples from the apple tree.  Makes me smile just to think of it, then it makes me worried that I should check how many rotting apples are left in the back of it, haha.

Anyways back to the card, I stamped the tricycle and the ground on a mat stack 4 die cut.  Then colored the tricycle with a copic marker.  The sentiment is actually "a happy birthday" but that wouldn't work for this card so I just didn't ink the "a" and added the word kiddo after that.  I sponged some aqua mist around the edges and tied some bakers twine to highlight the sentiment a little.  Matted that onto some patterend paper from Echo Park.

Well that's all for today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

welcome baby

Today's card is a sweet little baby card.  This one features the tin types impression plate and a sentiment from PTI's round and round anniversary set.  The moon was cut using my circle punch.  Other dies are the clouds and mat stack1 from PTI.  I sponged some hawaiian shores around the edges of a spring rain mat for the sky.

Now that I'm looking at this photo it really does not do this card justice.  In person this card is one of my all time favorites, it's subtle and sweet and I just love it to pieces!!

Tonight I've got a date to see Nanny McFee with my boys and my in-laws, should be good times.  Talk at you all later.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Yesterday was an important day for me.  Yesterday I did somethings that not too long ago I would have considered unattainable.  Yesterday I ran a full marathon!  That's 26.2 miles people!

When I first started running I couldn't run 1/10 of a mile without stopping to catch my breath.  I was so seriously out of shape it was pathetic.  So I would run a little farther the next time and eventually I could run a 5K (3.2 miles), which to me was pretty great.  Then I decided I was going to run farther, so I did.  I've been training for a while, but I didn't want to start something I couldn't finish so I waited until I felt ready.

The Marathon was held in Marquette, Michigan.  Wow it's a gorgeous course, the weather however, was not gorgeous.  It was cold and rainy with 20-30 MPH winds.  Luckily, much of the course has trees and buildings to block the wind.

My whole family was there through the cold and rain to support me.  They helped me immensely.  Here is the best part:

My Son, Dylan, wanted to run with me for a little while.  Right before he ran with me I wasn't sure I could keep going, but he helped me through.

Here I am crossing the finish line with a time of 5 hours 15 seconds.

Now I wasn't the fastest, by far.  But that's not at all what it was about for me.  I wanted to prove to myself that I can go above and beyond anything I ever thought possible and guess what?  I did!

A huge thank you to my family for supporting me through it all:  My amazing husband and both of my boys, My Sister, My Dad, My Mom who was sick, My in-laws whom I adore.  Thank you again.

Now if you made it through that I have a pretty card to show you.  It's for Courtney Baker's sketch challenge over at Practicing Creativity.

I chose Courtney's sketch, which looks like this:

and this is my card. 

This one uses a bunch of different sets from PCD.  Sentiment is from the whole cycle, clouds are from you're dandy and the balloons are from look up.  I love the subtle vintage feel of this one, it's so different from what I've been doing lately.  It needed some glitter on the balloons and clouds so that's exactly what it got, hehe.

Oh and I FINALLY jumped on the Nestability bandwagon, and now I know what I waited so long...  They're fantastic and now I want to buy them all!!!  yikes my wallet hurts already!

I sure do appreciate you stopping by, especially if you made it through all of my ramblings today!

Stamps:  Look Up, The Whole Cycle, and You're Dandy (PCD)
Papers:  Vintage Cream CS (PTI), Patterned  Papers (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Noir (Palette), Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other:  Buttons (PTI), Twine (PTI), Labels 1 die (Spellbinders), Ripe Avocado Grosgrain ribbon (PTI), Glitter (Prisma)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

On your wedding day

Hello!  The card I've got for you today showcases a gorgeous prima flower.  I loved these flowers so much that I didn't even want to use them!  Yes, I have hoarding tendencies.  Anyways, besides the flower this card uses the tin types impression plate, turning a new leaf, a sentiment from YOF: roses, the eyelet border die and some october afternoon papers and label.

In other news, this saturday I will be running my first marathon!!  I'm seriously nervous so if you could send me some good vibes, I'd appreciate it.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps:  YOF: roses, turning a new leaf (PTI)
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Noir (Palette)
Other:  Eyelet border die, Tin Types Impression plate (PTI), Flower (Prima), Label and patterned paper (October Afternoon), Pen (sharpie)
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