Happy New Year!

Things are slowly slowing down around here little by little and I'm feeling the emergence of some energy to start crafting again.  A lot of what you've been seeing the last little while are things that I'd made before life took off at breakneck speed!  It helps sometimes to have a little stash of unshared creations!

Today, I'm sharing yet another card I made prior to this week!

Stamps:  Verve
This time of year seems to be a bit less filled with birthdays in our family and I'm thankful for that, really!  Things will pick up in the spring!  I wanted a bright, happy color, so went with a mix of light and dark pinks for stamping the image.  I added a little bit of black Stickles to the flower centers just for a little interest.  The corners were rounded to go with the round flowers.  I love it when I end up with a one layer card!

DD didn't sleep well at all last night, fighting some respiratory stuff that the rest of us had while we were traveling last week and that I'd hoped she'd be spared from.  There's nothing like waking up in the middle of the night to what sounds like a baby seal!  All of our kids have experienced it at some point in time, so it wasn't a new sound, but still puts a mother on edge.  Needless to say, I'm a bit groggy today, but so thankful she is taking a good morning nap!

She is drooling a lake these days!  Before long, she'll probably be sprouting some new lower teeth...

Lest you worry she doesn't smile much, let me assure you she only gets serious when I get my camera out!  Little stinker!  This is her "Seriously?!" face.

I hope your year is off to a smooth start!  I need to sit down and finish my list of things to work on in the months ahead!  I typically choose small changes that can be worked on daily!  Otherwise, I don't get very far!

Have a great Thursday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop Goodness

December 30.  How did that happen?!  It feels like somewhere between the end of August and now, time just took off!  Tomorrow night is New Year's Eve and we're starting to think we're going to just stay home and enjoy some quiet as a family!  That probably has a little something to do with the fact that we were out of the state most of last week and happened to have a little respiratory ugh traveling with us the majority of that time.  We got back Saturday evening, had church at our house Sunday morning and tonight we have a potluck at our house with an overnight guest.  The boys will go back to school at the end of the week, weather permitting!  Whew!

Before we left, I actually made a couple cards!  I knew today was my day to post on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and wanted to have something to share along with the photography tips!  Be sure and stop by the Sweet Blog to catch up on the Picture Perfect photography series I'm authoring!

I made a New Year's card first with the versatile City Scape set!

After stamping the line up of buildings and the sentiment, I used SU's Brushed Silver cardstock for the colored buildings, fussy cut them and then popped them up with foam dots.  I added three clear gemstones for a little sparkle.  So fun!

I then went on to play with that adorable Panda Face set again...

The cupcake image and sentiment are from the Easily Distracted set (another fun one!).  I figured there couldn't be anything better than a cute panda bear with a cupcake!  Cupcakes are always good in my mind and, come to think of it, it's been a while since I've had one!  Better change that soon!

For now, I'm off to prepare for the evening's events!  Two batches of baked spaghetti, one chocolate peanut torte and homemade garlic bread need to be created and there's plenty of laundry from our trip still grinning with amusement at me, so best be putting my blinders on now and getting things done!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Polar Bear Gift Bucket

This time of year, it's always good to give the boys' teachers a little thank you gift of some sort. I usually do so at Thanksgiving time, but didn't get it done on time this year. Secretly, now that I'm done making these little buckets, I'm kind of glad I did miss my usual gifting date because I got to go with more of a winter theme!

Anyone that knows me really well, knows I can't resist little buckets and filling them with things!  I found these recently at Target (Thankfully, after the whole security issue they had!).  I put some little goodies inside with a pen and a little notebook that looks a lot like an Oreo cookie!  I figured they'd appreciate at least a little calorie free goodness!  A gift card is always included because I know teachers need a few more things for their classrooms than what the school budget allows.

What about you?  Do you give any teachers little gifts this time or year and, if so, what gift ideas have you come up with over the years?

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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Things are rather festive over at CASology and it's looking like there will be two weeks of partying this time around as we get through the next two weeks of holidays!  That gives you plenty of time to create something for a chance to win a prize from STAMPlorations, our new sponsor!

I decided to make a party invitation...

Stamps:  Mama Elephant, Recollections (sentiment)
I stamped and fussy cut the single party streamer before popping it up with little pieces of foam dots.  I then stamped the little dots, adding Stickles to them afterward.  I wanted something bright and festive and I think this works for that!

I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog in the next couple weeks because they've created some wonderful party inspiration!

(you're here!)
Be sure and link up your own PARTY creation on the challenge blog by 4:00 p.m. (CST), Sunday, January 5!

Have a wonderful holiday tomorrow!

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Forever My Babies

Is there anything like a new baby?!  After having four of my own over the last nine years, I have more of an appreciation for the babies of others!  I just love a good baby snuggle!  Baby cards are so fun to make and I find myself reminiscing about when the boys were babies like DD is now & then I have to try so hard not to get too nostalgic!  There is nothing like looking through their baby albums and suddenly feeling the tears welling up in my eyes as I realize just how quickly they are growing up!  Take DS1, for example...

Try as hard as we might, there is no slowing time and I am so thankful for a camera and journal that help me remember a few of the details of those precious days! 

The new year brings with it at least five friends & family members (so far) that will be welcoming new bundles of joy!  I can't wait to hear the exciting news for each one!  Baby cards are on my list of projects to create and I'm sharing one with you today.

Stamps:  Paper Trey
I stamped and fussy cut the little onesie.  The little elephant is a separate stamp image and it was colored with Copic markers, including a sparkly Spica pen.  The onesie was then popped up with foam dots, as was the entire main panel.  I just love soft purple for baby cards!  Some of the babies scheduled to arrive already have a pink or blue label, but some will be a surprise so I need to have a few unisex cards ready!

After a cup of hot coffee with a cinnamon bagel, I think I am ready to tackle the day.  It's a grey one here and the landscape is looking rather hazy off in the distance.  An icy night is in the forecast, so we'll see if there will be school in the morning!  It's the last day of school before winter break, so if it is cancelled, the boys will get an extra day at home!  DD has her wellness check up in the morning, so hoping the roads aren't too bad!

Have a great Thursday!

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Warm Thoughts


Today is the beginning of a cozy cue word challenge over at CASology!  One that, in my mind, is just perfect for the season!

If there is anything other than stamping and photography that I'm just itching to try, it has to be knitting!  I remember knitting with my mother as a young girl, but I left the skill somewhere back in childhood.  Today, I have a little box of knitting things just waiting for me to work up some courage to learn to knit again.  I find myself dreaming of knitting little hats for DD and DS3.  You know, those cute ones you see all over Pinterest and Etsy?!  Alas, time only allows for so much creativity at a time!  For now, I have a friend who creates such hats, but with crocheting!  It's good to have connections, you know!

Knitting automatically makes me think of sheep.  Those simple creatures are so generous!  Some of my favorite clothing is made of wool and I thank them for that!  I have a few sheep stamps in my stash that have never seen ink and I couldn't wait to dig them out for this occasion!

Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas (Sheepish)
Since I'm a severely CAS kind of gal, I quickly squelched the desire to color this sheep with my Copic markers.  Given the lack of unfilled squares on our calendar lately, that would have taken too much of that thing called time and I have a whole stash of decorative paper that haunts me quite often while I'm designing cards!  Someday I'll use it all up.  Or my great-great-great grandchildren's that bad, I tell you!  Of course, they'll probably view it as a collection like those twisty ties some of the older ones I knew growing up used to hoard, simply shaking their heads and thinking, "WHY?!"

This card is going to a DF of mine who has such a positive attitude about winter.  I'm one of those who likes to complain a little just for the fun of it and would never admit that I like wrapping my frozen fingers around a hot cup of coffee and slipping my cold, purple toes (yes, they do look this way from time to time...) into warm, fuzzy socks or slippers!  Those are simple winter pleasures that I do enjoy!

I paper pieced the polka dotted scarf and then added a tiny bit of clear Stickles to each white dot (which apparently is invisible to the camera late at night).  I made sure to make the fringe stick out a bit more!  The entire center panel is popped up for dimension.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog!  They've come up with some fantastic inspiration!

(you're here!)
Then, don't forget to link up your own KNIT creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!
It's errand day here today and then laundry awaits!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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