Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Vintage Card

This card matches the petal cone I made for the blog hop I participated in at the beginning of the month.
I used my free Sale-a-bration stamp set, Fresh Vintage along with my free Sale-a-bration DSP. I love free, especially when the free stuff is beautiful and craft related. If you haven't earned all the free Sale-a-bration items you want don't worry you still have time. Place your order by March 31st.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Baby Announcement

Here is my adorable reason for being a horrible blogger, Kaiden Connor.

I've had good excuses in the past for not keeping up my blog and not stamping but my little bundle of joy is one of the most adorable reasons. After I had Malachi 2 years ago it was a lot easier to fit in my crafting and blogging but now with a newborn and a toddler I have to schedule time and it doesn't always work out like planned. Sometimes I am just to exhausted and even though both kids are napping, I just end up napping with them.

A lot has taken place in my life the past few months. In November we went into escrow on our new home and we started packing up our little house. It is amazing what you can accumulate in 7 1/2 years. December is an already busy time of year and adding the packing and moving on top of it made for a stressful month, I was also weeks away from my due date. We got the keys to our home on December 24th and actually moved in on December 31st and 4 days later I had Kaiden.

I think that adjusting to two kids has been one of the hardest things. Poor Malachi has had a hard time adjusting to sharing his parents. He didn't want anything to do with his brother the first couple of days but he now loves his brother and smothers him with kisses.

Kaiden is now 8 weeks old and is letting me sleep a little more the house is mostly unpacked, I have returned to work 3 days a week, and I actually stamped for a couple of hours this past week. My life is getting a little more routine every day and I hope this is a sign that I will find the energy to focus on my SU! business a little more.

Enough about all that and look at that adorable birth announcement. I used My Digital Studio to create my one of kind announcement. I knew I wanted to create my own announcement and had some ideas floating around in my head so during the kids nap time I worked on it and when I got interrupted I just hit save and came back to it later. After I was pleased with it I sent it off to be printed. It took me longer to mail them out than to create them and have them printed because going to the post office with two little ones isn't that appealing. If digital scrapbooking or card making is your thing, make sure to give MDS a try. It is easy to use and has lots of digital downloads that come with the software.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad March Hop

Welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' Blog Hop. This month we are sharing spring, baby, and St. Patty day creations. I've been horrible about updating my blog lately because adjusting to two little ones has been a bigger task than I anticipated, anyway since I have a newborn baby in the home I wanted to create something baby related.

I really appreciate the gifts I received for baby Kaiden and thought what better way can I show my thankfulness than to send them a hand made card. So I got out my new stamp set Baby Prints from the Occasions Mini Catalog and since stamping is a little challenging when my husband isn't home to help with Malachi I thought "lets make this simple but nice." I got out some paper, ink, ribbon, and an embossing folder and whala! Here is my thank you card. I love the simplicity of the card, that made it easy to duplicate.

Items Used:
Stamps: Baby Prints
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, & Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Other Items: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Big Shot, Strips Texture Impression Folder

Now for my 3D item I was a little stumped because I didn't know what I wanted to make, I actually took days just thinking about this and couldn't come up with anything. I got online and looked around for inspiration and still was stumped. Finally I thought to myself, I'm just going to choose a product and go from there so I looked through my dies and chose the Petal Cone die.

To decorate my petal cone I decided to use my free Sale-A-Bration paper, my framelits dies, and another new stamp set Apothecary. This cute spring petal cone came together rather quickly. That is just my style lately, quick. I love the colors! I used some packaging paper I had laying around for filler. I just shredded and scrunched. Its a great way to re-purpose that paper.

Items Used:
Stamps: Apothecary
Paper: Soft Suede, Every Day Enchantment
Ink: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, & Lucky Limeade
Other: Big Shot, Petal Cone die, Framelits Labels collection, 1 1/4" circle punch

I hope you enjoyed my projects this month. Now make sure to hop on over to Tonya's Blog.

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica

  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards

  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!

  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot

  5. Anji C. of Altered Scraps Blog

  6. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose

  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya

  8. Chelsea M. of A Chelsea Morning

  9. Amanda H. of Live Laugh Craft

  10. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet

  11. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'

  12. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog

  13. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu

  14. Linda O. of Stamp at Linda's

  15. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot

  16. Michele M. of Michele's Stampin' Blog

  17. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place

  18. Nicole B. of Creations by Mommy

  19. Pam S. of Sunny Girl Scraps

  20. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim