bag o' bags

Well, I finally did it! I actually used my sewing machine to make something. Now, this might not seem like a big deal to most of you, but I am a little intimidated by the whole sewing thing. I have attempted to make curtains twice in the past and although they actually turned out, both projects ended with me in tears and a broken machine. Yep, first I borrowed my mother-in-law's machine to make curtains for our first house and somehow broke it. Tears. It was fixable and she was very understanding. Then in our second house I borrowed my mom's machine to make curtains (why I was trying this again I'm not sure!). I also broke that one and my mom was trying to troubleshoot with me over the phone...more tears. I decided that this whole sewing thing, while it looked like a lot of fun, was not for me. So, last Christmas (yes, almost a year ago) by mom, sister, and best friend took pity on me and bought me a new, easy-to-use, fully equipped with an owner's manual sewing machine. It's taken me awhile to use it. It's been sitting on my shelf looking pretty and taunting me. I feel pretty good about making something so functional. Now all my grocery bags have a home hanging in our pantry. Even though I try to use my cloth bags whenever I can, we still seem to end up with an overflowing pile of bags. We usually reuse them to line our small trashcans. Well, thanks for listening to all my rambling. I might even try to sew on a card while I still have some thread on that little bobbin thingy:)



Good morning! A little while back I attended a baby shower for a teacher at our school. This is the card I made to go with her gift. I had that purple ribbon in my stash for awhile and it was what inspired this card. I used some watercolor paper, ink, and my aquapainter for the bear. I really like the soft look.
We have spent most of the weekend working on our greenhouse. Yesterday we got all the brick layed for the floor and today after church we are hanging the insulation on the inside and hopefully framing the door and windows. It is so close to being done! It's been so cool to watch Ryan construct this thing!
Have a happy day!
stamps: bundle of joy, warmest regards
ink: stazon black, lovely lilac
paper: almost amythest, lovely lilac, watercolor paper
more: ribbon, brads, aquapainter


snowmay riley thanks

A fun winter-y thank you card! I just love riley the moose. I used some paper from K&Company. The ribbon was sent to me from ashley over at treehouse stamps and the teal felt ric-rac is American Crafts. I found these cool buttons in my stash and thought they were a fun addition. I colored the image with my SU markers. Then rounded all the corners and it's finished! I'm hoping I'll get some time to create this morning. I still need to decide on an idea for my Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you all have a fun day!


stamps: snowman riley, much appreciated

ink: chocolate chip, stazon black

paper: very vanilla, dp (k&company)


flower grid

It's such a beautiful morning here. There's a ton of snow on the peaks and the sky is a bright blue. I am sitting looking out the window with a cup of hot apple cider and the dogs sleeping at my feet. It is just so peaceful!

I have been wanting to try the grid technique for some time now and I finally got to it. I found some epoxy stickers in the $1 bin at Michaels a while back (see the two circle stickers in the bottom corner?). I used those as inspiration for the whole rest of the card. I wheeled the background tone on tone. I just love my wheels and don't use them nearly enough!

Well, I'm off to make some coffee cake and maybe bundle up for a walk before we head off to church. Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy day!


stamps: flower (rubber stampede), wheel, heartfelt thanks

ink: tempting turquoise, old olive

paper: tempting turquoise, whisper white, old olive

more: epoxy stickers, circle punch, dazzling diamonds, ribbon


Just a fun little fall thank you card today. I just love this dp...it's from a DCWV paper pack that I have had {forever} and I never seem to tire of it. I recieved this image through wish-rak on SCS. I colored it with my SU markers and added some white highlights with my gel pen. I paper pierced the corners and added some ribbon and jewels to the bottom. Super quick! Today I'm hoping to plan some meals and make a grocery list since we are headed to do our monthly shopping trip this evening. I'm thinking lots of soups for the chilly nights to come! Have a happy day!

{ingredients} stamps: just celebrate ink: black paper: not quite navy, more mustard, whisper white, dp (dcwv) more: jewels, brocade blue ribbon, su markers, gel pen, paper piercer