Finding Joy During the Season

Finding Joy During the Season


There is no doubt this year we are finding joy during the season.  

While it wasn’t a planned hiatus, I was finding myself becoming overly stressed during a season that was to be joyful.  Can you relate to this? 

This time of year is no doubt my favorite for so many reasons.  Of course last year everything *normal* was tossed and the only thing we focused on was getting Russ home for Christmas.  THAT was joyful.  

This year I found myself wanting to make up for everything lost last year.  Not that we haven’t spent Christmas without Russ before.  It never failed that Russ would be on deployment during Christmas. Last year was so different however.  This year I wanted every single tradition we have to HAPPEN.  Not just for the kids but for everyone.  

If it’s one thing I learned last year during this time, you don’t take anything for granted and enjoy LIFE.  I’m happy to report that is exactly what we’ve done.  

As a business owner it may not have been the smartest choice but I can’t help but look at my family and know that each time I’ve stepped back from the business side of things I’ve never once regretted it.  I’ve always felt the choices that I’ve made were in line with what God would want me to do.  Making sure that my priorities are ALWAYS in check.  God first, Family second and Career third.  When they are in this order, we’ve been blessed 1000x times or more.  Just look at Russ… he is the perfect example.  


Inspiration On a Different Level

Normally when I talk about inspiration it usually involves something crafty.  I’ve been inspired by something totally different lately.  The inspiration comes from the Prince himself.  Determination should be his middle name.  Last weekend Russ was determined to get our Christmas lights on the house.  I had an errand to run and told him I would be right back.  Do not do ANYTHING crazy until I got home.  Imagine my eyes when I pull up to see the attic ladder down and Russ standing on it.  This was a moment I almost wet my pants.  

Lights 2 Lights

Luckily, I noticed two little boys higher on the ladder and they were helping Russ get the lights down.  Without any hesitation the three of them worked aimlessly to get our lights up.  Keep in mind the boys, both 13 did not do this without grumbling.  In fact at one point I had to pull the boys aside and have them count their working fingers.  That stopped the grumbling quickly.  

I’m proud to say our lights look beautiful.  We haven’t had them up in a LONG time.  


One of our favorite traditions is baking cookies with my mom.  Alexis especially loves to bake and the boys love to EAT.  Ironically this year we baked a ton of cookies and I hardly have ANYTHING in my house.  My mom ended up with all of them.  This does serve a good purpose as I’m not eating them.  However, I find that I’m craving them like a crazy lady.  

cookies 2 cookies 3 CookiesI treasure the time we get to spend with my parents.  I love that my kids enjoy spending the time with them too.  They learn so much from them.  

During all my crazy fun that we’ve been having of course I’ve procrastinated on making my Christmas cards.  Now it’s down to the wire and I’m frantically trying to get them done.  I sat down last night and started coloring Santa’s for a little card I had in mind…

Santa Stache, Stampin' Up!

I have many of the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stacks sitting on my desk so I thought I would start using them for my card.  I have to say I am completely addicted to coloring with my Blendabilities. My favorite is coloring in bigger images like this Santa.  

Santa Stache, Stampin' Up!

The Mustache Framelit is another favorite and I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the STACHE.  ***LOVE***

What’s Next? 

I am happily awaiting my order from the upcoming Spring Occasions catalog which is due to arrive tomorrow.  Looks like I’ll be a stamping queen again. I’m super excited.  After Christmas I’ll be back to my normal schedule.  The kids start Christmas break on Friday.  Sadly for Brandon he is getting braces tomorrow.  To be honest, he is excited to begin this journey even though it might be uncomfortable.  Say a prayer for him tomorrow.  

Meanwhile, enjoy this season.  Every moment of it.  Enjoy spending time with your family and the enjoy the best gift given to us and WHY we celebrate this beautiful season… Jesus!  







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Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright

It was TIME to get this stamp set out and ink it up!  I’m Making Spirits Bright with this card… and hopefully inspiring you to pull your set out as well.  

Spirits Bright, Stampin' Up!
Seriously, this set has been sitting on my shelf since the Holiday Catalog came out and I’ve just looked at it.  I love the fonts and I love the images.  Now I’m so glad I pulled it out and created a card with it.  

Making Spirits Bright, Stampin' Up!There are a couple of things to note with this stamp set.  You can see in the image above the image and greeting are separate.  I cut my greeting away from the actual image so I could have TWO stamps  instead of one.  I felt like I could use the greeting on many other cards.  What do you think? Do you ever do this? 

Making Spirits Bright, Stampin' Up!Lastly was the background.  I used my Decorative Masks again with Gesso on Blushing Bride cardstock.  I loved how this turned out and it dried so quickly.  

The coloring was quick and easy using my blender pen.  Nothing terribly fancy but perfect for this card.  The images were stamped using Black Craft ink and embossed in Clear Embossing Powder.  It made the image stand out just a wee bit more.  

I did add a touch of stitching to the card but again, nothing fancy, just a quick back and forth stitch to hold my ribbons and cardstock in place.  Easy… Peasy!

You can see all the supplies below to create this card.  

Spirits Bright, Stampin' Up!
Well, my sweet Prince is on his first journey by himself.  He flew to Iowa to see his parents.. by himself.  I’ve been a nervous nelly but he has landed and did fantastic.  This is a big milestone and a test run for some upcoming travel dates he has for work.  I am so proud of him.  

For me.. well that means a taste of single motherhood again and running the kids by myself.  This could be interesting.  Wish me luck.  It’s not a bad thing, and I know I can do it… but let me be the first to tell you these little gems can wear this Mama OUT.  


Have a BEAUTIFUL day. 

XOXOXO


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Project Life- Gratitude

Project Life- Gratitude

Exciting news today.  It’s a double whammy post. This NEVER happens, huh?

That’s not the exciting part really.  I have a fun Project Life Blog Hop today from demonstrators around the globe.  WOWSA.  Now that is COOL.  

The theme for this Blog Hop is Project Life- Gratitude.  This was so fun and easy to put together.  

If you have never tried Project Life but you are sitting there thinking you have WAY too many pictures and no where to start… I have a solution.  

Honestly, I’m grateful for Project Life.  I have tons of pictures that are sitting in boxes and need to be scrapbooked.  When I started digital scrapbooking I was getting low on pictures.  GASP.  I know, I know.. that is crazy talk.  This is a great way to get pictures back into a book, be creative and get it done fast.  

This two page layout took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I even created 2 cards with heavy embellishments.  

Project Life by Stampin' Up!, Project Life Project Life by Stampin' Up!, Project Life

This layout was started using the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life by Stampin’ Up! kit.  In this kit you have Halloween, Fall, and Christmas rolled into one.  The cards are fantastic, the embellishments are so CA-UTE!  

Project Life by Stampin' Up!, Project LifeYou can get creative on your own as  you see in this photo above.  Now… WAIT… do you see how little there is here? There is a wood looking clear pocket page to insert.  Then I added some of the Autumn Wooden Elements.   The sequins come with the kit.  Ta Da!  The next pocket on the right is a leaf stamped from For All Things stamp set and then cut out.  Grateful is stamped on another layer of cardstock to give it a little pop.  

Project Life by Stampin' Up!, Project LifeOn the bottom right corner of this page I decided to be creative with banners.   I also added an Autumn Wooden Element to bring in the Fall/Grateful theme.  

Again, if you are looking for quick and easy, or you are a busy lady with piles of laundry and hungry kids… Project Life is for you.  If you are a full time worker who cannot even THINK to be creative at night when you get home… Project Life is for you.  Simple and Easy.  

You can see all the products I used at the end of this post.  

Let’s see what the other Project Lifers have created.  

Just click the link and see what they created.  

The BIG question… are you ready to try Project Life by Stampin’ Up!??

Claire Daily, Australia

Julie Kettlewell, UK

Delys Cram, New Zealand

Tina Gillespie, Australia

Constanze Wirtz, Germany

Janet Wakeland, USA

Kim Holterman, Netherlands



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CYCI #44 – Color Challenge

CYCI #44 – Color Challenge


Time for another challenge on this beautiful Sunday with Can You Case It.  This time it’s a fun color challenge. 

CYCI44, Can You Case It, Color Challenge
Today’s color challenge works with two of our newest In Colors and I love the way these two colors are so RICH in color.  

CYCI #44, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!If you are looking for a simple card, this is perfect.  Only a few layers, and no fussy cutting.  Simply stamped and die cut using the Stars Framelits.  

CYCI #44, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!If you see a little shine on the stars that is because I clear embossed each of the stars from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set to make them stand out more.  I also embossed the stars on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  This added a bit more texture to the base of the card.  

CYCI #44, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!I couldn’t help but add a little stitching to the stars using a Vanilla thread.  While the buttons are not spot on as for color, they add the perfect contrast for the colors.  

Tip: I wanted a vanilla twine for the button so I used the Natural & Old Olive Two Tone Twine and unraveled the twine discarding the Old Olive twine. This was a perfect match for my Very Vanilla card base.  Create a banner easily using the Hexagon Punch to create the “V” on the ends of banner. 

Ready for a challenge yourself? Come along and play along.  Join the challenge and see other inspirational cards created with these colors HERE.  

Today’s supplies for this card are listed below.  




CYCI #44, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!

I can’t wait to see your designs using this color challenge.  
Looking for more color combinations to try? Check out on of my favorite Pinterest Boards HERE.  

Have a BLESSED Sunday!!

XOXOXO


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Peek-a-Boo Card

Peek-a-Boo Card


To be truthful, I’m not sure this is the correct name for this card but that’s what it reminds me of so I thought this would be a good name.  

Ha, and of course I’ve confused you more without showing you the card… I’m so good at this.  I feel like I’m playing hide and seek now.  Peek-a-Boo!

Peek a Boo Card, For all Things stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Stay with me…. this is pretty fun…. 

Peek a Boo Card, For all Things stamp set, Stampin' Up!



Peek a Boo!! Isn’t that CA-UTE???  I love how that turned out.  The best part about this card is it’s quick.  Sure, the embellishments took time but the CORE of the card is simple.  

Take a peek and create with me by watching the video….



What do you think? Peek a Boo… I would love to hear from YOU!

Peek a Boo Card, For all Things stamp set, Stampin' Up!
I love how the For All Things stamp set and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set are perfect for Fall Cards.  

You’ll find the supplies below.  There are lots of fun techniques to try with this card.  
* Sponging
* Create your own stencil
* Using Wooden Elements

Peek a Boo Card, For all Things stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Want to view more Fall cards? Click the SEARCH button on my sidebar and type in Fall and see a great mix of fall paper crafting.  

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