What Does the Sweet Fox Say?

By now, you've heard or heard about the oh-so-popular song/video, What Does the Fox Say?  You're probably either still enjoying the catchy lyrics or you're about ready to smack the next person that utters even a couple words of it in front of you!  I'm somewhere in between.  Thank goodness for the adorable Foxy stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop to keep me being a good sport:

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Is that little critter the cutest, or what?!  And just look at all those great sentiments!

I created this card with the set for today's Picture Perfect post over on the Sweet Blog!  Today's post is all about editing your card photos using Photoshop Elements, so if you use this software, you'll want to go grab some of the tips and tricks!

This week is the February New Release and you're not going to want to miss it!  Wednesday is the big day and, let me tell you, there are some wonderful new sets about to be revealed!  If you don't want to miss all the happenings and maybe even find a discount to use in the store from time to time, be sure and Like Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook!

I created another card for today using the Super Mom set!  This set has me brainstorming for more ideas and I can't wait to play with it a bit more!

I hope your week is off to a good start!  We've got another round of respiratory gunk visiting us.  Spring is now officially at the top of my wish list.  More than anything, I'm just ready for warm sunshine and freedom from runny noses, coughing and the middle of the night awakenings that come with it all.  Don't get me wrong!  We're surviving, but it sure will be nice when we can focus on sunscreen rather than kleenex!

In the meantime, some of us are passing the time hanging out in footed penguin pajamas...

...and others are getting creative with Matchbox cars.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Happiness Is…

...a seat under the table.


...willing help.


...the love of learning.


...time spent at the piano.

...a song in the heart.

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CASology #81: AND


And then she realized her calendar was full.  That's how I've been feeling recently, so please forgive me for a little silence now and then here on the blog!  I actually made this week's CASology card a few weeks ago, so that was a big help!  Such a little word, but lots came to mind for me.  With Valentine's Day just around the corner, hugs and kisses were one of the things that I thought of.  I ended up make a wedding/anniversary card.

This was such a simple design to put together!  The ampersand was stamped in black and then two little hearts were punched out of glitter cardstock and popped up with foam dots.  The entire main panel was popped up with foam dots also.

I hope you'll join us over at CASology this week as we explore what "and" brings to mind for everyone!  STAMPlorations is sponsoring us again this week and is offering a prize, so be sure and check it out and play along for your chance to win!  Before you start creating, be sure and visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for inspiration!


Then, don't forget to link up your creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

We spent the weekend with family as we attended our niece's one year birthday party.  Those are so much fun, aren't they?!  Made me realize all over again that DD will be reaching this milestone before we know it!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology #80: Purple

It's time to think in color!  This week's cue word challenge over at CASology is PURPLE!  I wonder if you like this color?  My mother sure does and she was the inspiration for my card this time around!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Spring Scalloped Circles - sentiment)
I used an SU heart trio punch to create a mask for the hearts.  So simple!  I inked the three hearts in three different shades of purple, although, the smallest heart looks like more of a greyish purple to me!  Ah, well.  I found a simple sentiment to accompany the hearts and will send this card off to my mother this week!

Our sponsor this week is none other than the lovely Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and they'll be awarding the challenge winner with a variety of unmounted red rubber stamps from their store!  Be sure and visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog this week and then link up your own PURPLE creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!


Another day of no school today due to the extreme cold!  We had an enjoyable day at home yesterday and today should be more of the same!  DD is turning 6 months old, so I should probably dig the camera out again and see if I can't get a few photos taken for the occasion!  All four kids humored me yesterday while I took a Valentine's Day photo of them.  I got some valentine photo cards ordered and now will impatiently wait for them!  Isn't that how it always goes?!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop Valentines

It's time for another installment of the Picture Perfect photography series over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!  This week, backgrounds & props for your card photos are the subject and you will want to go take a look at the difference these simple additions can make!

I used this card to demonstrate different backgrounds and photo props:

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Yummy Love, Monogram It - eye glasses)
I stamped the apple and colored it with Copic markers.  The glasses were stamped and fussy cut with Crystal Effects applied to the lenses for a little shine (which can't be seen in this photo)!  This particular card is going to a teacher, so I wanted to be sure and give the apple a more intellectual look!

I created another valentine for today using the same Yummy Love set, this time using the cute little strawberry!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Yummy Love)
I stamped the strawberry and colored it with Copic markers.  Some red Stickles were applied to the little heart and the entire main panel was popped up with foam dots for dimension.

This stamp set is such a cute one and I'm planning on making more valentines with it, so stay tuned!  If you're thinking you may want need it, here's a coupon code to use for 10% off in the storeMSD10!  (Yes, I'm enabling a few people today.)  Also, be sure and Like Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook so you don't miss out on future news and discounts!  Oh, and did I mention they are having a design team call right now?!  If you're wanting to be a part of a fantastic team with a wonderful leader who will teach you a few things, go apply by February 1st!

I'm off to enjoy a day with all four kids home!  It's bitterly cold with dangerous windchills here again, so school has been cancelled for the day.  We made a library run over the weekend just in case this would happen, so we are all set!  DS1 is busy making fresh, homemade bread, DS2 is cleaning and organizing a bookshelf for me, DS3 is buzzing around supervising everyone and DD is doing her job too...taking her morning nap!  So far, so good!  An afternoon of fun is soon to happen!

Enjoy your Monday!

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Pixel Moments

One can only do so many things in one day.  Today, I've been focusing on a little side project I hope to get going in 2014.  What is it, you ask?

As you know, besides card making, photography is a big part of my life.  With the encouragement of family and friends recently (including some of my dear friends here on this blog), I'm timidly moving forward with what I see as a future endeavor.  Baby steps.  Literally.  I hope to focus on babies, children & a few random families for this year.  I'm going to send hints to family & friends to allow me to use their children and families as subjects.  So...any of my family & friends that live close by or find me visiting them this year, this is your opportunity to get some free (yes, I really said that) photos taken!  You'll be responsible for printing the photos unless you want my help finding a good quality place to have them printed.

In the meantime, my dear blog readers, you can visit my blog-in-progress at Pixel Moments Photography!  I'm a bit nervous about this whole thing, but here I go!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!
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