Hello, Cupcake!

Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a sucker for cupcakes.  White ones.  With frosting.  And sprinkles.  Lots of them.

I couldn't resist making a card with this adorable cupcake from 2 Cute Ink!  I colored it with Copics, cut it out and then popped it up with a foam dot after applying some red Stickles to the sprinkles.  Gotta love baker's twine!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Mini Cupcake - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - Gina K white cardstock
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - baker's twine, Stickles (red), foam dot, corner rounder
Coloring - Copic markers
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One Little Word Blog Hop

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It's time again for the monthly 2012 One Little Word Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to see what everyone has captured in photographs!

My word for this year is Nurture, so I found myself looking for ways to capture a glimpse of some of the things I'd like to nurture in myself and my family this year.  Here is what I came up with:

With nine photos to capture, I used my word as the center (it needs tweaked a bit yet to fit the pocket better) and used eight additional words to support it.  My current thoughts on these words:
  • Love - This one is and always will be at the top of my list.  A love for eternal things and a love for others is in the very foundation of our home as a family.
  • Beauty - Not in a vain sense, but rather, an awareness and appreciation for the beauty in our surroundings and within other people.  Sometimes this takes some looking, but I think it's always present.
  • Simplicity - To enjoy the simple things in life.  The less noticed.  To take notice of the simple moments of life and really appreciate them.  Notice the mini marshmallows?  Something so simple makes such a big difference, doesn't it (at least to my boys, it does...)?  :)
  • Health - So many times we take this for granted.  I want to nurture healthy habits so that we can enjoy good health now and in the years yet ahead.
  • Nature - There is something about nature that brings a sense of calm whenever I am surrounded by it.  We don't get out in it enough.  With all the technology that's in the world today, we get so wrapped up in the tasks that need completed.  I think we need to go take a few more lessons from Mother Nature.
  • Laugh - This one seems to come more easily for children.  I have fond memories of those "laugh until you cry" moments in childhood and, thankfully, I've had a handful of those moments since "growing up!"  I want to have more of those moments, to have my children carry similar memories into adulthood.  To find the humor in things more often!  To truly be able to laugh at myself during those awkward moments.
  • Creativity - A little creativity goes a long way in life and I want to nurture this in my children.  Not only to enjoy creativity in the form of art, but to find solutions to everyday problems by putting a little thought into things. 
  • Positive - I really enjoy being around positive people.  They lift me up.  They help me smile.  They help me laugh.  I want to be one of those people who can be a positive influence on my family and others who I meet along life's way.  I want to encourage a positive attitude in my family.  "Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses."  ~Proverb
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In recent weeks, two fabulous fellow bloggers have passed along the Liebster blog award to me:

Amy at Amers Creations and Sandy at Scribbles by Sandy.
Thanks so much!

The Liebster award is given to show appreciation for those blogs with less than 200 followers and that provide inspiration for others!  To accept the award, you must:

1. Link back to the person's blog who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post on your blog.
3. Give to five other Bloggers who you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the five blogs you choose and let them know.

Below you will find some blogs that are currently an inspiration to me:

1.  Julia - This gal has some fun cards and great creative ideas!

2.  Jenn - Another clean style kinda gal!  Love her whimsical character choices!  Her cards make me smile.  Every time.

3.  Suzanne - This gal has some creative talent!  More of that fabulous clean style with lots of bright, fun colors!

4. Tilly - I just recently discovered this fabulous blog!  This gal lives in one of the most beautiful places on Earth...New Zealand, and her simple, clean style is fantastic!

5. Susie - I stumbled across her blog recently through Splitcoast Stampers and what a treasure to find!  She is one talented photographer and makes some wonderful cards!  Add to that some beautiful life stories and her blog is one inspirational read!

Be sure to go give them a little blog wave!  :)
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Mitten Greetings

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  From here on out, we are going to be doing a weekly challenge since there have been so many entries!  Love seeing everyone's creations for each challenge!  If you haven't already, bop on over and play along for a chance to win!  You can use any image you have, not just Stamping Boutique ones!

This week, the challenge is to used shaped cards!  How fun is that?  You can use any shape other than squares and rectangles.  I love circles, but after looking through some of my Nestabilities, decided on a mitten shape.  With the fresh snow we got last week, winter is still very much on my mind (even though spring is competing for first place)!

This little snowman sure looks like he is enjoying himself!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Snowman - Bring It On!!!)
Paper - SU Basic Gray, Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU Basic Gray
Accessories - gemstones, polka dot ribbon (American Crafts), Stickles (clear), distressing tool, Nestabilities (mitten)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Life in Dreams

Happy, Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was enjoyable and you had a little time to relax a bit!  For me, even a 10-minute cat nap does wonders in the middle of life's daily activities and the weekend is usually when I find that little snippet of time for such a luxury.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made Sunday afternoon while the wind was whipping wildly around the house and the sun was calmly smiling down, unfazed.  It's another clean and simple (CAS) card, but I'm on a CAS kick these days and rather enjoying myself!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Glimpses - sentiment, Mini Butterflies Clear Stamp Set)
Paper - textured white cardstock, SU Basic Black (textured) & Real Red cardstocks
Ink - SU Basic Black & Real Red
Accessories - Prickley Pear Mini Butterflies Dies, red gemstones, foam dots (popped up red butterfly)
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Happiness is…

...the fragrance inside a floral shop.

...toddler giggles.

...a lazy snow day.

...seeing desirable traits emerging in your children.

...a whole milk latte sipped slowly.

...energizing music on a sluggish day.

...a good book.
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Color Play

Our landscape is covered in a bright white for a change!  This was the pretty morning scene that we awakened to yesterday:

 Mother Nature sure knows a thing or two about landscaping!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I'm itching for a little color and the Round 2 challenge of the current Splitcoast Stampers CAS Spring DT Search provided me with the perfect opportunity to use some!

Stamps - Paper Trey (Birthday Basics)
Paper - Gina K white cardstock, Paper Trey kraft cardstock, SU Pumpkin Pie cardstock
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - Basic Grey buttons, linen thread, corner rounder 

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Green Friday

It's Friday again and with fresh, new snow on the ground, I've got mixed emotions today.  While I love the clean look of brand new snow, I just can't shake the feeling of spring fever that's already begun to stir.  I have nothing to complain about this winter.  It has been unseasonably mild and dry, but winter is winter.  I'm looking forward to the return of color in the landscape.  To those of you who enjoy the cold, wet snow, I apologize for not seeming a bit more excited.

For today's 2 Cute Ink creation, I chose to use a little green.  St. Patrick's Day is coming up and, for me, it's the beginning of spring's return!  This Shamrock Turtle is rather adorable, don't you think?  My card, on the other hand, isn't one I'm extremely satisfied with.  There's "clean & simple" and then there's "too clean & too simple."  I think this one fits the latter category.  I fussed around trying to add one or two more elements to it, but my brain just wouldn't budge, so I had to let it remain as it is.  I'm posting it anyway.  It'll keep me humble.

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Daisy Pixie

Some of my mother's favorite flowers are daisies.  Her wedding flowers were daisies and she still prefers them, but with a little purple mixed in now.  I just love the sweetness of this little pixie from A Day for Daisies and created a card using this month's colors from over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog:  red, pink & purple.  You have about a week left to play along if you want to join in the fun!

Stamps - A Day for Daisies (Tiny Pixie Daisy - digital)
Paper - SU Real Red, Rich Razzleberry & Pretty in Pink cardstocks, Copic Blending Card, My Mind's Eye DP
Ink - SU Real Red
Accessories - SU buttons, Nestabilities (circle & blossom), SU Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon, foam dots (popped up main image circle), baker's twine
Coloring - Copic markers
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Clean & Simple Spring

It's a grey day here with a little drizzle falling from the sky.  We had a little snow overnight, but that is quickly melting with the unseasonably warm temperatures we are having right now!  I'm not complaining.

I'm in a Clean & Simple kind of mood today, so thought I'd share a very quick and easy card!  I stamped the stem using the same color as the cardstock, stamped & fussy cut the flower blossom, popped it up with a foam dot for some dimension, stamped the sentiment, applied some clear Stickles to the blossom edges and I was done!  How's that for a card on the run?!  Now off to enjoy the rest of the day!  One toddler check up done (with immunizations).  Laundry folding, lunch and school drop offs/pick ups next.  Maybe a date with the treadmill.

Stamps - SU (Fabulous Florets, Vintage Vogue - sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstock (Sahara Sand)
Ink - SU (Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand)
Accessories - foam dot (popped up blossom), Stickles (clear)

Are you a Clean & Simple kind of card maker?  Be sure and try out for this spring's CAS DT over at Splitcoast Stampers.  The first round ends Thursday (Feb. 23) at noon (EST)!
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Casino Fun

It's Prickley Pear Monday here on my blog and I thought I'd share one of Prickley Pear's new red rubber stamps today!  I don't frequent our local casino except for the occasional dental seminar that is hosted there, but I do like this stamp.  :)  I came across this week's sketch over on the Card Sketch Challenge Blog and immediately thought of this stamp!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Towne Casino)
Paper - Gina K. white cardstock, SU Basic Black & Tempting Turquoise cardstocks
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - gemstones, baker's twine, SU scalloped border punch, corner rounder, foam dots (popped up black panel)

Here is the sketch from Card Patterns:

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