Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A special little guy turns 1!

Hello! Once again, I'm managing just a few minutes to post between ballgames and tennis matches!  My niece's little guy recently turned one year old and we actually had a free Saturday to attend his party.  Of course, Auntie had to make him a special card!

I pulled my design from a similar card I found on Pinterest.  It was a baby card with little zoo animals peeking over the banner, but I wanted something a little more fun and fitting this spunky little guy.  Just about everything used on this card is retired product except maybe the whisper white cardstock and white bakers twine, but he didn't seem to mind!

We had a great time at the party and he really enjoyed his gift from us-a little four key piano and a drum! Not sure his mom and dad will be speaking to us anymore, but he thought they were awesome presents!! Ha!  It was nice to spend a relaxing day with family and so fun to see him enjoying his little cake and all of the gifts.  I even got a little hug before we headed for home.

There is less than a month left of school and I am eagerly counting the days!  Have a wonderful rest of the week!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A little crafty break!

Hi!  I finally managed to squeeze a few minutes from my week to get something posted!  Our spring has been so much more busy than I had ever imagined!

DD1 decided this year that she wanted to go back to playing softball and found herself as the starting right fielder of the varsity softball team.  She is so committed to keeping that position and has not missed a practice, and they practice 6 days a week! DD2 started playing tennis this spring and has been doing really well for her first year.  She has practices 5 days a week.  Add to this DD1's weekly voice lesson and my job, and there is very little free time for Mama...  I am really looking forward to summer vacation!

Earlier this month, I did manage to sneak away from my responsibilities to attend a Relay for Life sponsored crop.  It was so nice to have a morning and afternoon to create and visit with other crafty people and OH MY WORD-the FOOD!!!  They even came around with snacks every so often so we didn't have to leave our spots!!  I felt very spoiled!

I was in desperate need of birthday cards so I managed to get quite a few made.  Since I was at a crop, I only had a few different designs so I wouldn't have to bring all of my goodies along.  I made 8 of this design...

Unfortunately, I did not list my supplies and didn't have time to pull things back out and look so I don't have the name of the sentiment stamp.  The cardstock is pool party and everything else is retired product.

I also took along a Paper Pumpkin kit I kept meaning to put together.  I made four of these...

While I am really enjoying watching my girls (they will be gone before I know it...), I am a little sad that I'm not able to visit all of my wonderful blog friends.  I am looking forward to summer vacation when I can stay up til the wee hours of the morning catching up on everything!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you (or at least your blog) soon!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ABAC Challenge 34-Spring Has Sprung!

Hello and Happy Easter! It is time again for me to share my DT project for Anything But a Card Challenges.  This month's challenge is to 'spring' into spring, and we would love to see your spring inspired creations!!  Be sure to check out all of the other team members wonderful interpretations too!

After what seemed like a never ending winter, it was so nice to see the crocus and daffodils beginning to bloom this month.  The robins have also decided that winter is over and have returned to eat all of the wonderful bugs who have also made their appearance known!  All of this activity inspired me to make a new page in my quotes journal.  I think the quote by Emily Dickenson is so appropriate for the change in seasons.  Spring is full of hope and promise, and I wanted my page to reflect this.  I used pastels for the background and then stamped the flowers and birds.  I also added just a hint of stickles to mimic the frosty dew that is often seen in spring.

 We have a spring tradition in my family.  On Palm Sunday, we receive green palm leaves during our church service.  For as long as I can remember, Palm Sunday meant folding and weaving these leaves into pyramids before they could dry and then placing them around the house as a reminder to celebrate Jesus.  Grandma taught Mom, Mom taught me, and now I'm attempting to teach my girls.  Here are our palms from this year...

I hope you will find time to join us and share your creation! You still have a week!!  Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by!!

**For my blogging friends- We are in full sport mode with both tennis and softball pulling us in different directions!  I hope to be back to a regular visiting and posting schedule within a month!  Until then, know that I am looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations as well!!