Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Older Stamp Sets

On day 3 of the Merry Making class at Online Card Classes, we were inspired to use our non-holiday stamps for holiday cards. I had almost gotten rid of my retired Flowering Flourishes stamp set from Stampin' Up! in our recent move, but it makes a festive background for holiday cards when heat embossed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Holiday Backgrounds

I am really enjoying the Merry Making class from Online Card Classes. The first day covered holiday backgrounds, and I had fun playing with some older supplies that I had not used in a while. These cards ended up focusing on embossing. The heat tool was one of my first purchases from Stamping' Up! in 2008, but I had not been heat embossing on my recent cards. I did lots of heat embossing on the first card and am happy with the results using a variety of supplies that I already own. For the second card, I used one of my older embossing folders and colored the poinsettias with a red Copic marker.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Two Months

It has been over 2 months since Carolyn joined our family. At her two month check up, she weighed 12 pounds and 2 ounces and was 23 inches long. CJ is smiling more, which we all love. This month, she met her Uncle "Shrek" and visited San Francisco. Most of our days are quiet and spent around our house and neighborhood. We are happy with our current rental house and can easily walk to the school, library, and a Friday farmers' market. She likes playing with the toy bar on her Pack 'n Play and sitting in the "monkey" seat. She sleeps through most of her brother's soccer games.

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! I am finishing up some baby cards today. You can check out holiday cards from card makers all over the word on the Simon Says Stamp blog. Now I can ready to begin my holiday cards and will be taking the Merry Making class from Online Card Classes beginning Monday. Happy crafting!

(All supplies are from Stampin' Up!. The papers are retired but the Moon Baby stamp set and Watercolor Pencils are still available.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Back to Card Making

After moving and having a baby, I now have some time to get back to card making. I can work on little bits of cards when CJ is sleeping. My latest card was inspired by the newest Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration challenge.

I have a collection of embossing folders, but I rarely use ink on them. As I made this birthday card for my brother, I decided to use a tone-on-tone ink and card stock for the bricks. The result is subtle, but I like it for the background of the card.

Supplies from Stamping' Up!
Card stock: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, and Tip Top Taupe (retired)
Stamps: Mixed Drinks and Stylized Birthday
Inks: Basic Black Archival, Delightful Dijon, and Tip Top Taupe (last 2 retired)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Big Shot, and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Other Supply used: Glossy Accents and Washi tape

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Welcome CJ!

I am overdue to some updates to the blog, and I will start with the big one. Carolyn Jane (CJ) was born on July 19th at 7:54 AM at 7 pounds and 19.5 inches long. We are settling into life as a family of four and enjoying our daughter.

Here is she is on the afternoon on July 19th.

She likes to be swaddled. Pictured on 8/2/17.

She is not a huge fan of baths yet. Pictured on 8/5/17.

We have a wiggly baby! This cute onesie is from our friend Kim. Pictured 8/13/17.

On Carolyn's one month birthday, we started moving into a new rental house. It is a little crazy to move with a newborn, but it has been a good move for us. We are closer to Alex's school and John's office, and we have friends in this neighborhood. We were also fortunate to have family visiting to help.

It is hard to put down my sleeping baby, which means that it takes longer to get our unpacking done. Sometimes the dishes and laundry have to wait. Pictured 9/2/17.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Even though I am taking 15 credits this semester, I am making time to cook more healthy meals. We are enjoying meals from Minimalist Baker & Forks Over Knives. We wanted pancakes for breakfast this morning, so we adapted this recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking:

Yields about 6 medium pancakes (and would be easy to double)
1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (This helped make them fluffy!)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup

Combine ingredients and cook on a nonstick pan or griddle. You may want a little oil for cooking. Serve with fruit and maple syrup. (We even added a few chocolate chips for Alex.)

The last pancake is pictured and most of the banana was eaten by that point.

Updated 6/25/17:
I've been trying some variation of the recipe and doubling it. Here is my updated recipe:
2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoons vanilla
Optional add-ins: sprinkle in cinnamon, add blueberries, or chocolate chips.
I add 1/3 cup of batter onto our cast iron skillet per pancake and cook.