It's cold outside....baby love...baby baby....I have not done a baby post in a long time cause that baby girl is now a toddler.
I was really happy when I ran across this picture as I don't have a lot of photo's of her in her little billi blanket. I can still remember the feelings that I had when I found out she was jaundice. I was so scared and sad that she had to go through this. Looking back I know that those feelings are a little crazy especially since my oldest was also jaundice and that more than likely she would be fine. Because I had these feelings that I didn't really know what to do with I didn't take a lot of photos of the set up. So when I came across this one of Danielle and her friend I was so happy that she stopped by to see and hold the new baby.
I stamped the base of the page with sky ink on sky cardstock from Close To My Heart using Snow Flurries
I also added some CTMH chipboard snowflakes - Flurry and some bling...love me some bling. These snowflakes look awesome with glitter too but I just added some CTMH Sparkles
A few thicker letters....love those
and some close ups of the little squares. Those squares are from the December Personal Scrapper Kit featuring Fancy Pants Designs paper. it is the Tradition l
I have been scrapbooking lately and I have also been trying to use up my scraps after I am done. Here are some cards I made recently using up the rest of another PS kit.
This first card is just a fun little card I can send to a friend to say hello. It uses the cute little set from the Twitterpatted Workshop on the Go. I also did that generation stamping with a twist on the hedgehogs back but you can't really tell.
This next card is very busy...I mean really really busy with just little squares all over but I have to say I really like how it turned out. Also my girls loved this one so it would be a great teen card or maybe even a masculine card. I added some glitter to the cupcake and the rest is just basic stamping.
next up a card with no stamping what-so-ever I just covered a chipboard flower and tied on a button and wala fun little card for any occasion.
This year Jeanette Lynton will be doing 52 weeks of wonder at her blog. Each week instead of having a color set to play with she is going to have a stamping technique. Some of them might be simple and some a little more advanced. I can't wait to learn new things and revisit old things.
She featured generational stamping with a twist. Generation stamping is when you ink up your stamp and then stamp on a piece of scratch paper and then on your project. You can get all sorts of shade with a small number of ink pads. The twist is coming back in with a blender pen and coloring parts of the cut out image. I love it! I think it turned out really cool in these leaves.
I added it to a scrapbook page as I have been on a scrapbooking kick and I am so happy to finally be stamping and scrapping at the same time!
Close up of the left page
You can see Mai was not to interested in watching the parade as she was hiding her face in mommy or daddys neck. Maybe next year she will like it more. Here is the right page
doesn't my cousin look so cute? She dressed up like Pippi Longstocking. Then I have one more last look.
The papers came from the November Kit over at Personal Scrapper. The leaves came from the Many Thanks CTMH stamp set a personal favorite.
So I scrapbook. Really you say? I do I really really do I scrapbook about him, and her, and them, and this, and that, and the other. What about me? I hate having my photo taken I am to fat, my hair isn't fixed up, I am not wearing any make up....on and on the list goes. You know who doesn't care about that? My kids, my family, my future grandchildren and great great grandchildren. This is what they want to know. Who am I? What do I like? What do I want? What am I afraid of? What makes me laugh and laugh and laugh? These are things that I would like to know about my ancestors heck some of these things I would even like to know about my own parents and grandparents. I could call them and ask them, I am lucky like that...BUT...they would tell me about those things now, not about when they were young or maybe they might leave some of it out. So for years I have been dabbling in a Me book but I have never really done more than a page or two here or there. This year I decided is going to be all about me. Maybe I should say more about me. I am still going to be scrapbooking them. Not to mention that it sounds horrible as a mother doesn't it? Think about it though if I focus on myself a little won't I actually be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend. My kids and my family will always be first no matter what but this year I am going to start taking care of me. I am going to eat healthier because I matter, I am going to do things that I like because I matter, I am going to buy myself pretty things when I can afford it because I matter...ok enough of that do you see where I am going with all this?
I was blog hopping last week and came across a post from Pamela O'Connor (her blog is adorable BTW) and she had THIS book. She had one last year too and I was intrigued then but even more so now. The challenge theme of log your memory this year is called: This is My Life. Wow what? That is exactly what I have been talking about what I have been wanting to do. So I bought it. I had to do the download version because I am impatient and I wanted to start on the 1st. So I downloaded and followed the instructions and printed it out. Yep I made a mess! So I kept working with it and pieced it all together and got it all printed and fabulous and now I have been using it. I love it. I am tracking my family stuff, I am tracking what cards I made when, I am tracking scrapbook pages, and I am working those challenges. The challenges are broken up into monthly/weekly themes. Which brings me here to "me on monday" the first monthly them is Find Your Focus and week one is to create a list. It could be a bucket list, a list of goals, or a wrap up from the year before. Now I liked all of them but I chose to do a list of goals that I want to accomplish this next year.
I used paper from an old Personal Scrapper kit featuring Basic Grey and some chipboard from Stampin' Up! I was really pleased with ow it turned out. Here are some close ups
Here you can see the chip board a little better
I hope you take time to record you in your scrapbooks. I used to hate writing in my books to and I would type everything but it kind of is that same feeling for me. I love it when I stumble upon a letter from my other grandmother who passed 20 years ago. It makes me feel special and makes me smile.
let me know if you are playing along with something similar I would love to see it.
Once upon a time I used to belong to a stamp club. I met lots of new people and became friends with them. We got together for years and then we all decided it was time to stop meeting because we have all the stuff we would ever need. Now keep in mind we still all buy stuff all the time but...anyway. Haha! After a year or so of just working on our own getting together over summer or here and there I decided I really missed my stamping friends. I asked one of my friends if she would be interested in doing a shoebox no club. We would just get together and make super cute cards and have lots of fun. Well hello who wouldn't want to do that right?
Crafty Girls Shoebox Swap was born. Even though I know that it is going to be every others month I always find myself stamping the week, ok who am I kidding, the night before the big event. My excuse? I work better under pressure. Well this is what I tell myself anyway. Well this month I was right! I love the way my card came out. My life was made much easier because if you read my blog at all you know that I love a great sketch. Well lucky for me My Favorite Things came up with a new Wednesday Stamp Club idea weekly sketches. Here is this weeks:
And here is what I came up with.
I just adore those Pure Innocence girls. They are just too cute!
I also finally got to use this cute paper that I have had forever and ever from Stampin Up! it was from a mini catalog a while back.
Some close up shots for you, here you can see the die-namics scallop
and the little detail button and ribbon combo. This is one of my new favorite things to do.
Just been working on building up my card stash. I have pretty much depleted it and need more as one of my goals for the year it to send out cards. Specifically birthday cards!
I found this adorable little stamp at the CHA show this summer and had to have him because my middle daughter used to always say Rawr...guess what that means? Then she would say it means I love you in dinosaur. So I was so excited I get home and tell her to look in the bag cause I found something so cute that reminder me of her and she was like "what?" I said "well it says Rawr" and again she was like "what?" Kids...
I used these copics I ma sorry they are a little hard to read.
and the inside
Supplies: We R Memory Keepers Tiffany line, Bazzil cardstock Whirlpool, Martha Stewart Punch, Copics, Stamp from My Favorite Things, Pearls from CTMH