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This morning we awoke to a back porch slick...with ice! It has been so cold around here lately, much colder than the average and that cold in combination with a little rain caused some serious accidents in the area. Thank goodness we didn't have to go out last night.

Today I finished up another custom order of some Valentine's and some birthday cards, which I will be sharing over the next few days. I wanted to take a few snaps, but didn't want to venture outside, so pardon the bad photos!

This little card was quick and easy. I was very much inspired by
this card by Jessica Witty, which had been floating around in my head for a while. Then, when I found this yummy striped ribbon at Michael's, I knew it would be perfect for the concept!

I am off to hopefully get a few things done before we head to dinner with my brother- and sister-in-law and the babies--fun stuff! Hope you are enjoying the last bits of the weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Cardstock (Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy), Stamps (Simple Valentine), ink (Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy)--Papertrey Ink

Ink (Chesnut Roan)--Colorbox

Ribbon--American Crafts

heart punch
--EK Success



Do you ever get stuck in a rut, where you have lots of cards and things you need or have to make (holidays, birthdays, for an Etsy shop, in my case, or custom orders)? Sometimes I find myself really aching for just some time to play, just to relish in colors and textures and little treasures to add to cards...When that aching comes along, I know that there is nothing else to do but just that. It's good for the soul, I think, to just release. And besides, what is the point of enjoying a hobby if you don't?

Today I have a little gem to share with you. It is probably one of my favorite cards I've made in a while. It is the product of just such a session. I had just gotten some new Valentine's goodies, including the Cupid line from Pink Paislee. Bright, happy, not-so-traditional V-day colors--right up my alley. I also had found these little Valentine's metal charms from Making Memories on sale for a buck or so and they sat on my desk begging to be used. I used this fantastic dotted pattern as the spring board for the design, and adding a little here and there to funky it up.

The funny part is, once I had it done, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with someone who normally gets cards that I like but that sometimes feel forced, you know? I happen to be blessed with a wonderful repeat custom order customer who gives me free reign to create what I like...this one is going to her. :)

Thanks for looking. Take some time today and create just for you...you never know what you'll get!

happy wednesday.

cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry), ribbon (Aqua Mist satin), stamps (Simple Valentine), ink (Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist)--Papertrey Ink; patterned paper (Cupid)--Pink Paislee; journaling strip--cut from a sheet of Jenni Bowlin memo pad paper; heart punches--EK Success; metal charm--Making Memories; button--Basic Grey; bakers twine--Martha Stewart; brown thread; white gel pen; Corner Chomper


Etsy Greetings lovin'

Just a quick little post today...

The promotion week has started off strong. A few sales here and there, not for me yet. But I have gotten a lot of views, so I am happy with that for now.

One of our members created a special Etsy Greetings Treasury, featuring some lovely cards, including one of mine!

Check it out here:


Etsy Greetings Team Valentine's Promotion!

My talented team of Etsy cardmakers is doing a promotion for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday! Now is the perfect time to stock up on cards for this special day and many more. The promo runs from January 25-31.

Each participating shop is offering a featured item and many shops are also offering special pricing, discounts or other goodies. A list of all the shops can be found here, at the Etsy Greetings Team blog. Visit each shop for promotion details. You can also search for the tag "egvdaypromo" on Etsy to find items by participating shops.

Here's my promo: I am offering a Spend 5 get 5 deal. Spend $5 or more in my shop during the promo period and get a gift certificate for $5 off your next purchase. It's that simple!

I have just added a couple new Valentine's goodies, including this lovely:

Check my shop frequently for more items. (I am battling some sort of weird sickness and didn't get as much done as I would have liked on Sunday, but more things to be listed soon!) And spread the word!

happy shopping. :)


Birth Announcement

Umm, yeah...so the whole posting a couple times a week on this blog? posting a Product Spotlight once a week? Not sure about those. Sorry for the false start for anyone who was waiting. I have half of the 2nd product spotlight projects completed and haven't gotten a chance to finish them up due to other obligations and not sure when it will happen. SO, although I love the idea of doing these, and will try to when I can, I think I got a tad bit (just a tad-ha!) over ambitious. Let's all face it-once a week ain't happening around here until school is done! (just 4 more months, just 4 more months....)

But, I am going to try to post at least once a week. I have several things lined up to show you in the coming weeks, including a craft room photo tour (which I haven't finished editing), so do check back. If there is anyone who checks this blog on a regular basis, thank you! I might be a lame blogger but I love any feedback I can get. Anyhow, onto today's post...

I have been working on developing a custom order of baby announcements for a client. Remember the ones I made for my nephew here? Well, this gal received one of those and wanted something for her daughter who is due the end of the month with a boy. Her only real requests were a car/truck theme and green or blue, though not pastels. I had a hard time coming up with something, but then a stroke of genius hit me and I came up with this:

Combined a Valentine's stamp with a truck that I had to make for an adorable baby boy welcome! And a matching pocket for a photo inside. What do you think? I hope she likes it, because I sure do. :)

Happy Monday (and holiday, to those of you off)!! I'll be spending my day off catching up and perhaps getting ahead on some lesson plans and class work. Fun stuff...


One Year!!

I just posted this little gem today:

It is part of a stack of things that have been building up since before Christmas and I am gradually photographing them and getting them into the shop.
I can't believe that tomorrow already marks the one year anniversary of my Etsy shop! I has been a rough year through and through, and although I haven't really been 100% invested in developing the shop to its fullest, the opportunities it's brought have been worth it. I don't have all too many occasions to make cards and things for in real life, so making things for the shop gives me all the fun of creating for different occasions (and buying product I couldn't otherwise justify! :)

In honor of this mini-momentous occasion, I am running an Anniversary Sale:
Friday Jan. 8 through Sunday Jan. 10, I will offer 25% off all purchases. In addition, any item marked SALE will ship free!

There is no discount code needed--just commit to buy the item and wait for a revised invoice with your new numbers, then pay--Easy as pie!

Happy shopping!!

p.s. Product spotlight #2 coming very soon--it's


Make a Wish

Lately I have been going through all the pictures on my computer and have been finding lots of crafty goodness that I made and photographed, but never shared. So I am going to try to do more of that in the coming weeks.

Today I have a birthday card I made as part of a custom order a couple months ago. It features some fantastic vintage sheet music I bought at a junk shop-whole book for a buck. I love the special touch it gives.
The wings are grungeboard. I first painted them with white acrylic paint, let them dry, then stamped a text background repeatedly in aqua. I then embossed them with a thick coat of UTEE and bent them to crack them a bit. I finished them off by inking the edges with distress ink. To adhere them to the card front, since they were quite heavy, I used hot glue, which also gives them a bit of dimension.

Thanks for looking and have a great Monday!

Cardstock (Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Vintage Cream), ink (Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Vintage Cream), stamps (Background Basics: Text Style, Cupcake Collection, Vintage labels), ribbon (Ocean Tides), twine---Papertrey Ink;
Gems---Hero Arts;
Other: Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)---Ranger; white acrylic paint; Grungeboard---Tim Holtz; Versamark Ink; UTEE; vintage sheet music; hot glue; Fiskars border punch