Themed Thursday: Holiday of Hearts

While looking at the calendar today, it hit me that Valentine's Day is only about 2 1/2 weeks away!  Wow!  I need to start thinking in pink and red, I guess!  :)  I've already found the chocolate, unfortunately.

Today, I dug out my heart shaped Nestabilities and had some fun making a little Valentine.  I used a rainbow decorative paper to go along with today's Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  It's hard to see in the picture below, but the middle pink heart is popped out with foam squares.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Heart Prints)
Paper:  Kraft cardstock, SU Real Red, Blushing Bride cardstocks, KI Memories DP
Ink:  SU Basic Black (sentiment), Real Red
Accessories:  heart brad, SU Real Red marker, paper piercer, foam squares (under pink heart), SU heart punch, Heart and Scalloped Heart Nestabilities

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Blog Candy!

Michelle is giving away some awesome blog candy in the next few weeks to celebrate reaching 100 followers on her blog!  Go visit her creative place in cyber space and, while you're at it, become a follower to increase your chances of winning!  :)

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Liebster Blog Award

I was honored with this blog award today by Rebekah.  Thank you!  I am honored.

There are a couple of conditions for the award:  You have been TAGGED and want to participate? Then create a post where you post the 'LOVE BLOG' image. You should also blog the persons link that gave you the award and inform her/him that you accept the award.You can then choose 3 - 5 favourite blogs which you also link in your post, then each blogger will inform you that they have been tagged.

Please note: The aim of this action is that we bring unknown, good blogs to light, so I was asked not to blog fellow bloggers that already have 3,000 followers.
Again, I am not adding this requirement for those I'm passing the award on to; that choice is up to the recipients.

Now the hard part is choosing who to pass along the award to. I love followers, so I think this award is a nice way of creating visibility to some of us who are followed less and/or just starting out.

Here are some of my favorite ones I visit:
(Be sure you check out her Creative Space portion of her blog too!)
Stamping with Kokirose
Joyful Creations with Kim
(I just stumbled across this great one today, Wednesday!)
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Friday Favorite: Organized Classes

I've found a great way to organize the materials for the wonderful online classes I'm taking from Big Picture Classes and my Project Life materials!  (If you're not familiar with either of those, and are a scrapbooker, please go visit them!)

I discovered this slim file box at Target this week and I have put all my class papers and materials in it.  Don't you love the color?!  I have a bad habit of misplacing things when I'm in the middle of a paper project, so this will be so nice to have!  I've put it on a bookshelf near the kitchen island so I'm ready to work at any given time!

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Themed Thursday: Birthday

I needed to make a birthday card for the youngest child of some friends of ours.  She's turning two next week.  This image reminds me of her a lot!  I designed this card for this week's Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Stamps:  Bildmalarma, Paper Trey (sentiment)
Ink:  SU Poppy Parade, Basic Black
Coloring:  Copic markers
Paper:  Paper Trey white, Kraft, SU Poppy Parade, SU Sunny Garden DSP
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing, paper piercer, SU word window punch, Hero Arts gemstone, foam squares

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A Creative Kind of Day

Ever have one of those days when you just need to do something creative?  Well, today is one of those days.  I'm dropping most things (except for tending to my little family) and am going to just create today!  The laundry can wait.  We have plenty of leftovers from having company the past two days.  The sun is shining.  We don't need to go anywhere.  What better excuse can I give?  I'm taking a much needed "personal day."  Think that's reasonable?!

I'm off to play with this cute little girl:
Where did I find her?  She's a Bildmalarna Mimosa stamp from 7 Kids College Fund.  They're new stamps and I'm loving the adorable images!

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Happiness is…

...a baby giggling in his sleep.

...finishing a workout with more energy than what you started with.

...whispers of encouragement and reassurance from God that comfort my heart, knowing He understands my struggles.

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