~Festive Friday #28~

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello, crafty friends!  Here we are at the end of another week and the beginning of a new challenge over at Festive Friday!  Here's the new inspiration for you to interpret however you choose!

It's fun to see all the different ways the inspiration is included in your creations!  I focused on those frosty pinecones and evergreen sprigs, along with all the white in the photo.  (Wish I had candle image in my stamps, but…not a ONE!!!)  It may sound a little silly, but I knew right away I wanted to make use of some of the tiny pinecones our huge Hemlock tree in the front yard puts off…they're less than an inch long…and there are tons!  I've always thought I needed to do something fun with them.  My daughter had already bagged some up the week before, thinking SHE would do something fun with them…so I borrowed a few, and added a little white paint and glitter.  I decided to use them for something other than a card since I knew they would be adding bulk, and thought they would be an adorable way to embellish a tag...  

…they really were just the perfect size for this Papertrey tag die!!!  I got a little inspiration from Heather Nichols who recently posted some sweet Easter tags that she mass produced and added names to for personalization.  It's nice to think you could quickly make up a bunch early, and then just add names as you need them throughout the holidays. ( I just did this name on the computer.)  And that's it, I guess!  Hope you'll join us for this new challenge.  Or you may just want to file away some inspiration for future use from the team over at the Festive Friday blog!

Wanted to let you know…I've really been struggling the last couple months finding time for crafting and visiting.  My kids are just getting busier and busier!  And, on top of that, I've found myself back at work.  Not as a classroom teacher, thank goodness, just as an assistant.  But after only one week of being back at work, it is clear that blogging in general will be taking a serious back seat.  I've given up FUSION, but am going to try to hang on to Festive Friday and Precious Remembrance.  I just can't make any promises on how often I will be around to visit.  Three kids and a traveling husband take up every bit of daylight I have, it seems.  And...I'm no spring chicken…this girl's gotta sleep sometime!!!;)
I'll do the very best I can, is all I can say.  You can trust that it hasn't been an easy few weeks, as this has all come up fairly suddenly, and saying goodbye to being a SAH mom has been harder than I ever realized it would be.  I am so thankful, though, that the most perfect little job for me was open just when we needed it. My kids will be able to stay right here in the community they've always called home, and my husband can continue to do what he loves and is so good at!!!  (I think the good Lord is watchin' out for us;)

Thanks so much for stickin' with me and letting me share!  I sure do appreciate each and every one of you!!!


~Happy Birthday, Maria!!!~

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hello, and Happy Sunday to you all!
So glad you could stop in as we welcome another member into
the elite Fab 50 club.  My sweet and oh, so creative and talented friend, Maria
is turning 50 today, and a little party is being thrown in her honor.  This
past week sneaky notes have been passed, and hands have been busy
as friends have all tried to come up with cards worthy of this special occasion.
No easy task here, as Maria is one of THE most creative card makers I know, and
each one of her creations is a treat and absolute breath of fresh air.
How to match that creativity…I do not know…And, Maria,…
I know my card falls short as I've found myself back to work with little crafting time...

HAD to find time for this party, though, and I hope this bold and bright (which makes me think of you!;) card will do!  You are a jewel, and I'm so happy we've become
acquainted through blogging.  I do hope your time in the States with your family
has been enjoyable and memories have been made that you'll take back home and treasure!
Happy Birthday, my friend!!!
For those of you who know Maria and would like to join the festivities,  
the party is taking place over on Shirley Bampton's blog.
And for those of you wishing you could be inducted into this special and elite group
of women…
Your day will come…Your day will come!
Thanks so much for stopping in!

~a little Winter…a little Spring~

Friday, March 14, 2014

This every-other-Friday thing is getting to be a trend, huh?  Can't seem to carve any more time than that out lately.  And this post is much like our weather here in Indiana...don't know if it's winter or spring.  But you'll get a little of both in today's projects!

I wanted to let you know of a sweet little project I've posted at Precious Remembrance today.  I've packaged up 'a little something for you' in lots of Spring finery!

"What could it be" you ask???  Oh the drama!!!  Better head to Precious Remembrance to find out!!!;)
(I know…I'm a tease!)

Another challenge is up at Festive Friday also…

Now, ain't that purdy???
And here's my card…

The stamping on this card is so subtle!  It's much prettier in person!  Here's one more photo to give you the idea…

And I'm sure you know by now…there's always LOTS more inspiration that the rest of the team is sharing, if you'd like to head to the blog and play along!

Must. Get. Sleep.;)
I've GOT to go, but I DO appreciate your visit today!!!

~FUSION…Bring on Spring!!!~

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hey, Everyone!  There's some new Spring-y green inspiration up at FUSION today...

I personally love a good snowy winter...but at this point, even I have to say...
bring on Spring!!!

So I used some Basic Grey 'Fresh Cut' goodies that scream Spring to follow this week's sketch...

Yep, this sketch is wide open for interpretation, I think.  So what do you say...wanna play along???  Just head over to the blog, or check the rest of team using the list below for more inspiration.

Hope to see you there!