Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog awards!

This is my second post for today, scroll down for my first one. I recently received two blog awards, thank you so much! I love admiring all the blogs out there and I'm so flattered that someone likes my blog!

My first award comes from Dana Newsom , be sure to check out her wonderful blog! With this award I'm given the chance to tell you three things about myself and pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.

1. I love paper crafting (obviously, hehe). I started paper crafting about 11 years ago and haven't looked back since. I became a demo a few years ago because I love to teach women how they can use their creative side! And as my Blog name suggests, it really is my therapy, I won't say it's cheaper than therapy but we'll let my husband think it is...

2. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, ok I admit, I'm just plain picky. It's probably best if most if my friends and family don't realize just how picky I can be! It drives my darling Husband crazy some days, especially if we're working on a project together... My 6 year old daughter is quickly becoming a perfectionist as well, her poor daddy won't know where to turn in a few years, lol.

3. I'm an introvert living in an extrovertial (I don't think that's even a word) society, silence is golden. Don't get me wrong, I love getting together with friends or family, but at the end of the day I'm just itching to be back in my own home. My idea of a great day is staying home all day, no phone calls (or very few) and stamping til it's dinner time.

Here are 5 Blogs that I love to visit. If you time check them out!

Renee Van Stralen
Teneale Williams
Nancy Riley
Julie Marshall

And now to my next Blog award, The Stylish Blog award! This award was given to me by the talented Elaine Uhl, thanks Elaine! It's always so encouraging to know that people are enjoying your hard work!

When you receive this award you are to:
1) thank the person who gave this award and link it back to their blog
2) share 8 things about yourself
3) pass this award to 8 other individuals that you have recently discovered
4) leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!

So here's a little more about me:

1. I love to papercraft
2. I love Mexican food.
3. We don't have any pets, although if our daughter gets her way we'll have a small puppy by the end of this coming summer (ack)
4. I will soon have a stamp room with all sorts of goodies. Being a demo has really helped to fund my stamp budget!
5. I enjoy baking, but not the cleaning up part. I love home baked goodies, who doesn't!
6. I've been married for almost 12 years, we have twin boys and one girl with enough personality to make you laugh-scream-run, you get the idea, lol.
7. I hate worms, snakes, and bugs of any sort. Blech. Which can make gardening quite entertaining for my husband. :D
8. I loooooooove the rain. It could rain for days and it wouldn't be too much.

I'm passing this award on to:
Becky Roberts
Martha Stewart
Leanne Griff
Sandi MacIver
Brandi Wiggins
Mary Fish
Carrie Gaskin

Painting is like Childbirth

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Lol, ladies we can all relate to how childbirth can be. While you're in it, you're miserable, swearing you'll never do it again. But once you're done you already start dreaming of your next bundle of joy. Well that's how painting is for me, you swear you're done painting for a very long time, but it doesn't take long before you volunteer to paint claiming that it's actually kinda fun. Fun? Yeah, ok. Our contractor finished putting up all the trim and doors yesterday for the entire basement, so that meant we had to paint everything before the floor guys come (they're here right now, wohoo!). Only a few more days and it's done. DONE! I feel like I should shout that from a roof top, lol.

So my card today is a bit of a remake from one I did a while back using the Because I Care stamp set. I love using the Music Notes wheel to make my own music sheet dsp, so easy!

Stamps: Because I Care, Something to Celebrate
Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Corral
Other: Ribbon, Black Brads

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Box with... nothing?

Right now it's so peaceful outside, but if I look at the local weather they have a blowing snow warning in effect. Ack, we're expecting the snow and wind to come any time now. I was getting a little spoiled with the warm temps, even the kids commented on the springlike weather we've been having.

Today's project has no stamping on it, none. How did I manage that, lol! I saw this free box template over at My Time Made Easy and couldn't wait to try it. It's a SVG file for the cricut, so fast and easy and I was super impressed with the detail of the file! It's meant to hold hot chocolate pouches but mine ended up too small for our hot chocolate, I made the box with the same dimensions so I guess the USA has smaller pouches. But all I would have to do is resize the template and it would work great.

Paper: Kraft, DSP-Prima
Other: Rose Red Ribbon

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Winds of Grace

It's such a beautiful day out there today, the snow is melting! But Mother Nature must be laughing at us as she prepares to give us another blast of winter tomorrow. I love winter but I think it should be shortened by a month!

As I said yesterday, I finally had nothing on the agenda other than... nothing! And nothing leaves me more time to stamp! That's a good thing, lol. This card is a complete case from Laurie Schmidlin, (gosh that woman is talented!) although I can never get my case to look as good as hers but I sure have fun trying. I grabbed our Newsletter print dsp, sponged a little Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake to age the map a little. I ran the edge of my scissors along the hemp twine to fluff it up a little.

Stamps: Plane & Simple, Winds of Grace
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, DSP-Newsletter
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Other: Hemp Twine, Brads

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In Those Times...

Hi everyone, it's been a while hasn't it?! Life has been a little busy in our home, something that I plan on changing soon. I'm excited for the next two days, I have no plans other than to stay home and stamp!! Well I'll have to do some cooking and cleaning but you get the idea, lol.

I made this card this afternoon, I haven't used this set in a while and thought it was fitting.

Stamps: Refuge & Strength
Paper: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Black
Other: Button, Linen Thread, Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Echoes of Kindness

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We're finally getting a bit of a break in the cold temperatures, it'll be short but sweet! Plus we're making fast progress in the basement, in 3 weeks I'll finally have a finished basement. With kids it's really nice having that extra space, especially if they have their friends over.

I made this card a few days ago but just haven't gotten around to posting it so here it is!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Poor Husband...

Lol, I think we would all agree that any man married to a stamper is probably poor! We're in the midst of finishing our basement and that's where I've had my stamping area, but I had to move it all upstairs for the next month. Into our bedroom to be exact, much to the thrill of my poor husband. He was helping me bring some of my stuff up, only the stuff that I can't live without (yeah right, it pretty much all had to come up). Well I don't think he's ever really noticed the size of my stamp collection, but he does now, hehe. He did ask if I use all these stamp sets, well I couldn't lie. So being the man that he is, he does the math right away on how much money I could sell them for, and he's shocked. I thought he might have a panic attack, but I explained that they are my babies, all earned, and you don't just give away your babies! And I don't even have that many stamps, some have over 1,000! I'm still far from that many! (((whispering))) but that's my goal (((whispering)))

Well today's card is nothing spectacular, I saw it on SCS this morning and thought it would make for an easy card after I finished organizing my new stamp haven. The butterfly is coloured with copics and I used one of the copics to colour the rhinestones.

Stamps: All a Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, DSP-?
Ink: Black, Copics
Other: Rhinestones, Linen Thread

Thanks for stopping by!