Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Gratitude Card

Welcome to the November Fun 'n Crafty Blog Hop! I am still loving the For All Things stamp set, and this month's theme for the blog hop is gratitude. Today I have a card to share with you.

I also plan to use this set to decorate some little journals and treat bags, but right now one of Alex's kindergarten projects has taken over my craft desk. Make sure that you check out the rest of the blog hop for more wonderful ideas! Your next stop is Stinky Tofu.

Blog Hop Participants:
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper
Sara G of 1200 Some Miles
Pam W of Stinky Tofu


Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Fun

We've had a fun Halloween! Last weekend we carved our pumpkins with some of John's work friends.

Then we went to a Halloween party hosted by one of my crafty friends.

Today Alex was able to wear a simple costume to school for the day. It was a rainy afternoon, so I helped his class with inside activities. They decorated a cookie and made some halloween crafts after lunch. I am so glad that I have the time to help at Alex's school!

We all went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood tonight, including Paddy. We had a great time, especially Alex.
(The bowl went missing, so next time we will use an extra box!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

For All Things

I love the color combination from The Paper Players challenge and the For All Things stamp set.

I used these colors plus Whisper White and Chocolate Chip as my neutrals. First I made my own pattern paper by stamping the leaves. I used a watercolor brush directly on the rubber stamp and on the paper to vary the colors.

Here is my finished card:

At first glance, Mossy Meadow was not my favorite from the 2014-2016 In Color collection, but I like it more and more as I use it. It is great for fall and holiday cards!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simplicity Links

I have not blogged about simplicity or minimalism lately, so I thought that it was time to share some links. Blogs, podcasts, and even a Facebook group helps me stay focused on simplifying our lives.

I am working through a career transition and Tammy Strobel's answer to my recent question gave me some helpful perspective. You can read her post about rethinking work on Rowdy Kittens.

I enjoyed reading Courtney Carver's discussion on the difference between simplicity and minimalism at Be More with Less.

I am happy to hear that one of my favorite podcasts about simple living will continue to have new episodes. I can relate to so many episodes of Simple Life Together.

I am working to cut back on some memorabilia and get our printed photos into a Project Life album. I've had all of the supplies for a while now, so it is time to use them! I love that I can move around the pages in my scrapbooks. I started with some photos of a trip to visit family in 2010.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kit Fun

Welcome to another Fun 'n Crafty Stampers blog hop! We are featuring Stampin' Up! kits today. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Whether you are a new or experienced crafter, kits are a fun way to complete projects. I am using the Everyday Occasions card kit. The kit includes supplies for 20 cards. They are super fun and all you need is some adhesive and scissors. I started my card with the intention of following one of the example cards in the instruction booklet, but I could not resist the urge to change it up a bit. (I also added a rhinestone that was not included in the kit.) This card came together in just a few minutes!

If you are in my local area (near San Jose, CA), then you can come make more cards with me from the Everyday Occasions kit on Monday, October 6th in the evening. Please RSVP on my Facebook page or Stampin' Up! website. If you want to order the kit, please click on the picture below or contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I am really happy with this kit and look forward to making more cards with the supplies.

Check out the next post and the rest of our blog hop for more fabulous kits and ideas!
Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles
Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
Stacey L. of A Work of Carte
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Also, if you are looking for a card kit at a great price, then check out the Hip Hip Hooray kit on the weekly deals for $14.96.