Friday, October 12, 2012

An update!

Hello, hello!

I thought I'd pop in with a little update! :)

Our little boy, Max, arrived on August 29, 2012, at 2:52pm.  He weighed 7lbs, 6oz.  Labor and birth went pretty much how I would have wanted it to go, which was great!  I stayed at home as long as possible before traveling up to the birth center, and we arrived at about 8:14am.  I actually had an appointment that morning, at 8:30am.  Well, I was checked out and everything was going the way it should, and I was ready to be admitted - yay!  So, they took me downstairs to the birthing rooms.  I had to wait in one room while they were finishing getting the one with the birth tub ready, but we were soon able to move to that one.  I had a doula (an awesome one at that) and Seth with me, and my mom arrived at around 11:30am or so.  I was able to actually have a water birth, which was an incredible experience. :)  And everything went very well, so I was able to go home around 9pm that night!  It was so nice to be able to sleep in my own bed. :)

Max has grown so much already!  Here's a photo of him when we arrived home that night:

And here's the little chunker now... :)

He is probably over 10lbs now, just 6 weeks later!  Maybe even 11lbs, haha.  Obviously, he is nursing well. :)  He does pretty well with sleeping at night, just waking up to eat and pretty much going back to sleep, which is awesome.

We'd decided to cloth diaper, which has been going well too.  I use a few different brands, but I have a few favorites.  They just all look so cute on him!

He has such a personality already...

More soon! :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

The new catalog is here!

Stampin' Up!'s 2012-2013 Annual Catalog is live!  I'm so excited about the new format and the goodies within the new catalog.  You can view the catalog online here, or by clicking the links on my sidebar.  If you would like a hardcopy delivered to you, just contact me!  I'm here as much (or as little :) ) as you'd like!

You can also shop the catalog on my website here!  Have fun! :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day and a special announcement!

Hello and Happy Memorial Day!

I have been keeping a secret!  I'm ready to share now, so here we go...


...we've been gardening!

Haha, just kidding!  I mean, we've been gardening, but that's not it, as you can see! ;)

Yes, we are expecting!  This last photo above was taken a couple of weeks ago. :)  Here's the bump as of last week!

Due date is around the end of August, and we're having a little boy!  :D  We are just over the moon excited!

In case you were wanting to know more about the garden... it's doing really well!  The first photo above was taken this morning.  We're growing tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, rosemary, basil, and cilantro.  We had a few box gardens at Seth's parents' house a few summers ago, and I've just missed it so!  Our apartment community decided to build some for the residents, and we jumped at the chance to have one.

I think I am most excited (garden-wise :) ) about the zucchini!  I am hoping that all goes well.  We tried growing zucchini and yellow squash before, and they were growing so wonderfully... until they succumbed to the crazy squash bug. :(  We didn't get to this point though!

Here's another view of our garden... you can see some tomatoes!  We're pleased that everything is doing so well.

That's all for now!  Thank you for stopping by, and thank you to all of our past and present service men and women for defending our country!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Field Flowers Birthday

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a great weekend!  We had fun at the International Biscuit Festival! :)  We've been all three years that they have had it now.  If there's one thing I like, it's biscuits!  I had the most delicious biscuit filled with molten chocolate... yum!  Of course, there were also some other yummy ones I tried, with local bacon.. ham.. garlic butter... and more. :)  I can't wait for next year's already, ha!

Well I'm sure you didn't come to read about biscuits!  I have a card to share... :)

Yes, I did stamp the flowers and cut them out!  The Field Flowers stamp set makes me remember just how much I love 2-step stamping.  I used the retiring In Color Poppy Parade for both parts of the flower, stamping off on scratch paper to make the "filled in" area a little lighter than the outline.

As always, thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!

Field Flowers Birthday card supplies:
Stamps:  Field Flowers, Creative Elements, Something to Celebrate (retired)
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, VersaMark ink
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, and Very Vanilla cardstock, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Crumb Cake Designer Button, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Sponge

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Another card!

Hi again!

Yes, two posts in one week!  Quite the shock lately, eh?  Haha!

Well, hopefully you won't get sick of me!  I'm hoping to get back into making cards and using my stuff.. then I can buy new things!  I'm so excited about the new catalog and what is to come!

Here's another card I created.  I based it a little on a card the SU! designers created for the Spanish supplement Celebrando Creatividad, changing up pretty much everything... but you might be able to recognize the basic sketch. :)

I dragged out my old Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (which actually is still available for a great deal on the Clearance Rack!) and layered it in between Little Leaves Sizzlit die-cuts.  I added in some layered flowers, created with the Floral Fusion Sizzlits die and embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder.

Hope you like the card!  Thanks so much for stopping by.. hope you have a wonderful day!

You are simply wonderful card supplies:
Stamps:  Fresh Vintage (retired), Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride, and Very Vanilla cardstock, First Edition Specialty and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Basic Pearl Jewels, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Labels Framelits Die, Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Square Lattice and Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponge

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hello and a Mother's Day Card

Hello there!

Yes, I am still alive!  Sorry for my absence!  Things have been a bit different around here - I will share about that soon! :)

I have been crafting a little, but not very much... I miss it!  I did create a couple of Mother's Day cards.  Here is one of them, based on last week's Mojo Monday and colourQ challenges:

I will be back very soon to share the other card!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope all of you mothers out there had a great Mother's Day! :)

By the way... the new Stampin' Up! catalog will be released on June 1st - earlier this year!  It is a new format, too, and I think you will love it!  If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact me today!  I will also be starting up a new round of clubs soon, so keep an eye out for that.

You are simply wonderful card supplies:
Stamps:  Just Believe, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock, Twitterpated and Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Antique Brad, Pear Pizzazz Pleated Satin Ribbon, Labels Framelits Die, Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponge

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Accordion Scrapbook - UStamp with Dawn and Friends - Let's Score!


Just popping in again to share my other project for the UStamp with Dawn and Friends Let's Score! event... sorry, popping in is all I seem to do nowadays!

This is my accordion scrapbook and matching card.  And yes.. that's a doughnut, haha.  :)  The mini scrapbook is scored using the Simply Scored tool, and ties closed with the Basic Gray Satin Ribbon:

I have to say, I love how the Basic Gray grounds the brighter colors.. and I'm just in love with this year's In Colors, aren't you?

Click the banner below to be taken to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends Let's Score site!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

All-Occasion Card Set - UStamp with Dawn and Friends - Let's Score!

Happy New Year!!

Just popping in to share one of my projects for the latest UStamp with Dawn and Friends event - Let's Score! My project went live on the site today, an all-occasion card set...

All of the cards fit nicely into the box, along with their coordinating envelopes.  I put together two of my favorite stamp sets - Kindness Matters, and Always Elegant.  Let me know what you think! :)

Here's a side view of the box.. it took a while to put all of those pearls on there, ha!  I love how it turned out, though.

Click the banner below to be taken to the Let's Score! site!

As always, thanks for stopping by! :)