Monday, December 13, 2010

One Week Old today!

It seems like just yesterday I was patiently waiting for my new baby boy to come and now he is already a week old! He was four days late, but when he was ready man was he ready! He came in a total of 3 hours from start to finish, we just made it to the hospital and he was here 10 minutes later.  The above pictures was taken by my cousin yesterday at our newborn shoot.

Here is a quick card I put together while both boys were sleeping and I woke up early from my nap.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Christmas Tag

After buying the PTI Tag Sale 1 I am now completely obsessed with making tags! Although birthday tag ideas come flowing out, I have been struggling with Christmas Tags. I was searching for ideas, something that would spark an idea and came across this idea using recycled christmas wrapping paper.  Here is what I did to make it my own.
I used the Pure Poppy distressed dot pattern paper along with some Fine Linen paper for the middle layer.  The strips were cut into 1/2 by 3 inch strips.  I used the Martha Stewart Glue pen to glue the ends together, then glue dots to glue the strips onto a 1 1/2 inch circle.  Finished the center off with a dark chocolate button complete with button twine. 

My second tag uses the new flower die that goes along with the Signature Series Flower Stamp Set.  While brainstorming ideas I thought that using just two die cuts of the flower I could make it look like a poinsettia.  I really like how it turned out. This tag definitely took a lot less time to make so I plan on making more if I have time before our new addition arrives. :)  I love the look of the red polka dots on the kraft cardstock.  I also did a lot of distressing with the tea dye duo and I love how it turned out!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday...

This little card has all Papertrey Ink goodies. I really wanted to use the ticket stamp from It's Official as a background.
So here is what I came up with.

Here is a close up of the flower. This is the first attempt at making Betsy's flower
and also the first time I have used fabric with my cuttlebug.
I over did it on housework one day last week (nesting). Anyway Ethan and I were super bored.
My hubby suggested playing in the leaves.

Can you tell he had fun!

Trying to be a big boy and help make a pile.

He loved the crunch sound

Thinking he was going to record me a little...

Favorite picture, such a sweet little face!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I just love you....

Well, today I have a clean and simple card to share with you and also some pictures of my little boy.
He is growing up so fast, I can't believe it and just imagine him next our new little guy! We had some fun today going through his baby clothes and talking about the new little one coming.
Here is a little attempt at clean and simple. CAS may not be my thing,
I always feel like it needs something
Here are my favorite of Ethan's baby things!

"Put it on Mama"

Reading a little

Taking in these precious moments!  Sometimes I am blown away at how cute he is!
My favorite picture from today! My little photographer!
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 8, 2010


Hello all,

I am really trying to get better about posting a least once a week, but I have a hard time doing it. :)  Below is  a card I put together for a CARDS submission call.  Don't know if I will submit it or not.  This was my first attempt to raise the flower petals, I did a little ink distressing so the petals would pop a little.

I love this Hawaiian Shores paper from Papertrey Ink.  I wanted to put it together with some bold colors.
I used my x-acto knife to raise the petals of the flower .
 SUPPLIES: Cardstock, Papertrey Ink hawaiian shores, true black and smokey shadow Stamps: Text Style 2, Delightful Dahlia, Fancy Flourishes, Ribbon: PTI
other: papertrey die mat stack #4, Rinestones PTI border punch Embossed edge

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Waddle Waddle, Potty Training, and some exciting news!!

Exciting news first!!! I received an email yesterday from "THE CARDS MAGAZINE", and they wanted to publish one of my cards.  I was so happy, mainly because you never think it will happen and when it does you are blown away.  Funny story, I wasn't even going to try and submit anymore till after the baby, but I had a few  cards made and figured what the heck one last time.  Good thing I tried!

I honestly can't believe I even have patience for making cards because if you know me you know I have trouble sitting still doing one thing for long.  Even with things like the tv I am always doing something else when a show is on.  Anyway, when my hubby and I decided that I would be a stay at home mommy, I prayed long and hard that God would help me find something that I was good at.  (You know to keep me from going crazy in between diaper changes and cleaning the kitchen for the hundredth time.)  I had tried making cards before, but just wasn't interested.  Until, I think it was my sister, suggested that I make invites for my sons first birthday party.  Well I really got hooked!  Still am hooked or a little obsessed, which ever word you prefer to use! :)

Moving on, I now have 4 weeks left until my due date, and I have to say I have picked up a little waddle waddle in my step.  I am officially uncomfortable in all my clothes and feeling pretty big.  Most day I just want to slip into my husbands big tshirts and forget about looking cute.  Needless to say I am ready to meet this little boy soon! We are hoping he is here before Thanksgiving, fingers crossed!  Big brother is OK with the idea of the little one most days, but every now and then he just isn't interested! Hoping he handles it alright.
 Which brings me to the next thing, POTTY TRAINING! I am pretty sure that it will be the death of me.  Most days we are doing pretty good, others I just want to leave the room and cry. lol  He does try hard, but I think I may have started to soon, but it is to late now! So they say, that once you start you can't go back.  The only thing in my mind was having to change two babies diapers all day long and how wonderful it would be for one to be potty trained.  OOPS ! Anyway we will get there some day!

Now for a card and some tags...

Love this little card, mainly because of the Victorian lace die, but also because it is simple!

Cardstock: PTI Dark Chocolate Cardstock, Rustic White, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado Pattern Paper: Distressed Dots Stamps: It's Official, Delightful Dahlia,
Dies: PTI Victorian Lace, spiral notebook page 

Here are a couple tags made using the PTI tag sale #1 die. 

Happy Birthday Tag #1
PTI white cardstock, Ppatterned Paper: PTI distressed dots Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames #1, American Crafts stamp Fresh collection, PTI button and rhinestone Punch: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

Happy Birthday Tag #2
PTI white cardstock, Patterned Paper: PTI distressed dots Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames #1, Martha Stewart Transportation collection, PTI button Other: Button Twine and Tea Dye Ink

Thanks for stopping

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fun Crafting Time...

I got super excited when I came across this idea  from lovelydesign.  I decided to pull out all my craft stuff and let Ethan have a little fun painting.
This is a picture of some of the leaves he painted all by himself.  He is the perfect age for starting a craft time! He also loves it so much. After we got all cleaned up he said "I love to paint mom" warmed my little heart.

Here is the finished project, not bad for a 2 year old (with a little help from mom)

Lately I haven't had a whole lot of time to make cards, because I have been frantic to organize! It must be nesting because I am never motivated to organize closets, but man the last two weeks has been crazy!  Anyway I wanted a scrapbook page to hang in the boys room and also wanted to hang up the sonogram pictures so decided to do a scrapbook page.

 I don't really get to excited to do scrapbook pages, not sure why, but I actually like how this turned out.
 One of my favorite verses from the bible!

Ethan also made this cute little catepillar from a potato half.  Got the idea from lovelydesign also!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Welcome Home....

Well HELLO and thanks for stopping by!  Today I have a simple card I made for a good friend from high school that just got married.  I was thinking back to three years ago when I got married and how exciting it was to get mail with my new name on it! I decided that since Anna loves to get mail, I would just send her a simple little card. 
I love the new Wreath for all Seasons set from Papertrey Ink! I originally bought it to use for Christmas cards, but soon realized that it can be used for a ton more than that.

I also must share a super easy potato soup recipe that I tried out today for lunch! This was so simple and yummy! I just added a little scoop of sour cream to my bowl and it was to die for! 
I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and man oh man am I hungry all the time. The bad thing is that when I crave something, I just go whip it up and if I don't have the ingredients I run out and get them.  Last week it was chocolate pudding pie (had to home make the crust but it was way worth it).  Although I keep telling myself I need to slow down, but that doesn't seem to work. :)  My husband has already requested Pumpkin Pie, which I have no problem with!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 2010 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

Well, I am super excited to have finally remembered the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop on the right day!  This time it is an all day thing, which really works much better for me!!!

For today's blog hop Nichole asked everyone to create a project using one of your favorite learned skills that you have learned from a fellow blogger or friend.  For the past year or so I have been really in to blog hopping, and usually visit certain blogs once a week to make sure I haven't missed anything.  One blog I always go to first is Dawn McVey's Blog.  She always has something very inspirational on there, whether it is color combos or techniques.  The one I use the most is her poofy vintage print flower, I am always going back and reviewing her video.

Here is my take on the poofy flower.

 Instead of the scalloped circle punch I did use the PTI Beautiful Blooms 2 #2 die and I still think it works.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Card party cards

Here is a little gift card holder I made for a fall birthday.

A boy birthday card using PTI's Everyday button bits stamp set. I used some Basic Grey Buttons for the balloons

I love the colors of this card. So vintage and perfect for a boy baby shower card.
This card uses a lot of Papertrey Ink supplies, except for the ribbon and ek success punch

I love how simple this card is!

This card is a play off of this card my Maile Belles.  Instead of wrapping the string around I decided
to just have a bow.  This card is Pure Poppy by PTI I just couldn't get the color right.

I am very much looking forward to the Card Party on Saturday.  A friend of mine thought it sounded like a good idea, and I think it sounds like fun.  Time to see some friends and display a lot of cards!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bridal Shower card and some books....

Well, I can't believe it has been almost a month, but I have good reason for being missing in action. I have been reading a lot of really good books and making a ton of cards for an upcoming card party.
Miss Match is a really cute book, that I would never have guessed was a first for Erynn. It was really cute, but I must warn it is written for a younger crowd. Some parts of it seemed a little immature, but I was in the mood for a light hearted book so it didn't bother me.

I just finished "Love Starts with Elle" and boy did I love this novel. It was kind of one of those books that had the message I really needed to hear so it made it that much better to read. I actually couldn't put it down. Great author, can't wait to read another one of her books!

Dawn McVey had recommended "Dawn's Prelude" a while ago and I finally got around to starting it. So far so good!

Finally, I will leave you of one of the over fifty cards I have made in the last month! I made this card for my friend's Bridal Shower. She loves orange so I gave it a try for her card.
All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Orange Zest, White, Chartreuse, Plum Pudding bitty dots
Stamps: Polka Dot Background 2, Text Style 2, sentiment from Scattered Showers
Delightful Dahlia
EK Success punch