Thursday, February 25, 2010

affirmations, pt.II

Well, I admit, I've been in somewhat of a funk lately - life in a pressure cookerBut!  For the last 3 days I started doing my goofy affirmation again each morning ("I am so happy that only wonderful things happen to me all of the time" posted here), even though I felt like it was ridiculous since I was feeling so stressed.   I can only say that I have been having some AWESOME DAYS!  Don't get me wrong - it's not that every moment of the day has felt super-duper, fantastic at the time - but all in all, every event that's come to pass has led me to a happier place.  I'm brimming!

Here's a picture I grabbed today - I was reading on the back patio when Caitlyn yelled out, "Take my picture!"  She was all snuggled up on the ground, with an umbrella.  How could I resist.  Since she's been four, she's been a dream.  Two and three were a challenge ;)

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Caitlyn did a great job making valentines for her kindergarten classmates this year!  I stamped & punched a scalloped circle glued to a folding flap card a la Pine (here).  We used plain ol' red construction paper.
 Caitlyn stamped the animals and sentiments herself (she turned 4 a week ago).  I colored in the little heart.
But the original art inside each one truly warmed my heart and stole the show.  She took so much time and was so careful with each picture - and there were 16 to do!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

cps valentine

Papertrey Ink is hosting the CPS sketch this week, so I thought I'd play along!  I wanted to make a really fun, really bold Valentine for my good friend and maid of honor.  How could I resist 4 different patterns and stitching out the wazoo? lol
I embossed PTI Damask Designs with white filagree powder onto  true black CS, and with clear glitter onto raspberry fizz for the embellishment.  The heart stamp is from Borders & Corners Hearts.

Hope your Valentine's crafting is going well! It's a blast, isn't it?


Friday, February 5, 2010

emboss resist toolbox

My poor DH always gets the shaft - his birthday is just days after our niece's, DD's, and Valentines Day.  By then, I'm crafted OUT.  So, I took advantage of the recent anniversary challenge at PTI.  The technique is emboss resist which was PERFECT for my needs. I wanted a toolbox like we have on the truck (DH is an umemployed commercial/industrial electrician).  I couldn't WAIT to use the lil' tools from Daily Designs :)

I sponged smokey shadow over embossed pewter on soft stone cardstock.  The stone was a little too soft, and the pewter too shiny, so the shadow ink helped tone it down.  I also used my T6 Copic on the bright metal tag.  The orange saddle stitch ribbon is a nod to Rigid tools (orange & black) - my DH's favorite tool brand ;)  The tools are also embossed in pewter - Alli Miles, they are toooooo cute (for guy things...)

I'm lovin' this one.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

pearl's birthday

My beautiful niece Pearl is turning one this weekend.  

Here's a lovely card to go with a cute dress - beige with brown & blue striped ruffles, and an image of bird on a tree with swirls.
Thanks to Becky for the image download - all part of the fun today at PTI!  
I wanted to get those swirls in the card, and I snuck the sentiment into the clouds.  That little pop balloon - too cute! lol