Time to pack up the holidays

This year we didn’t put up as much as in the past but now that the new year has begun its time to pack everything up to save for next year. This small sleigh is one of my favorites which I put different things in each year. I found cinnamon spiced smelling pinecones this year which was a great addition and I’m hoping they will still smell yummy next winter.


Happy 2013!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year! As the new year starts we all start off with a clean slate and look back and reflect over the past year. Last year had some major bumps in the road along with a lot of tough times and loss of a beautiful angel from our family. I’ve taken a hiatus to try and regroup and am ready to take the next step forward into the new year.

I’ve decided to do a 365 photo challenge! I’ve realized how important photos can be to remember the amazing people in your life and memories over the years. I know the 365 challenge may be a little tough to remember to take photos every day but I’m hoping it will be the perfect jump start to my creative side while capturing memories throughout the year.

Here are the first 2 photos bringing in 2013.

Do you have any resolutions for this year? Is anyone taking part of a 365 challenge?

Congratulations on 10!

Congratulations to my wonderful friend Tracy and her husband as they celebrated 10 amazing years with a ceremony of a renewal of their vows. Here is the special card I made for them on their special day.

Here’s to many more wonderful years! I love you both!


It has been a long few years of hardwork which I’m happy to say has been completed. I’m so proud of my husband for all his hardwork and the time and energy he put into going back to school. I made this special graduation card for him to celebrate his great achievement.


Care package

Has summer been as busy for you as it seems to have been for me? I couldn’t believe when I looked at the calendar and realized it was almost September! In the midst of the madness I forgot to mail my nephew’s birthday card (I know, I’m a horrible auntie) so I put together a care package of cards to send up to my brother. I’ve included the birthday card for my nephew and one for my niece.

I also made thinking of you cards for my brother and sister-in-law since I don’t get to see them often.

Hope this brings some smiles!

A few new cards

I love the feel of a handmade card and enjoy that it has the extra special caring touch for the person receiving it. Here are a few cards I’ve created for some special family and friends.

Below is a wedding shower congratulations card.

I’ve always had a thing for personalized stationery so I created this cheerful lemon’s design which is available in my Etsy Shop.

It’s never fun to be under the weather for any reason. Hopefully this card will bring some smiles =)

Hope everyone is doing well!

Photo Magic

Ever have that photo where you thought you had the perfect shot only to later see the huge ugly obstruction in the background? Think we all have. Most of us are not Ansel Adams so we rarely get that perfect photo. That’s not to say that we can’t make it perfect…Hello PhotoShop! Recently my cousin had sent a photo to me asking if I could remove a few things from the photo so she could frame it for my uncle. When I got the pic it had some ugly orange construction cones right in the front of what was an adorable photo of my aunt and uncle who have been together for over 50 years!

So the challenge begins. Above is the original photo and the first step was to remove the cones from the foreground. That was the easy part because I then realized I had to get out the orange reflection on the side of the car. From there came the removal of the sign from the building and truck from the background. I was even able to remove the guy that you could see through the car window in the background. I’m so happy with the way it turned out and pleased that I could help out and make the photo perfect for him. =)

Do you have any projects you have been working on recently?

A special sentiment

I hope everyone had a wonderful mother’s day yesterday and got to spend some time with their loved ones. This is one of the times that I miss living close to home when I can see my family any time I choose. Mom and I are going to have a Skype date tomorrow though so I’m looking forward to “seeing” her! Here’s the card that I made her for Mother’s day.

I even had the perfect stamp sentiment to use on the inside of the card. I always have so much fun making cards for mom and hope she likes this one =)

We all scream for ice cream!

Fried ice cream that is! Thanks to Kami over at No Biggie I found her recipe for fried ice cream the other day and of course had to try it. Check out her recipe here. Surprisingly we had everything already in the house as we are big on sundae’s except for the whipped cream so I’ll have to try it again when we have that around. It was super simple to make and wasn’t too much of a mess. The plastic gloves definitely was the way to go to make the ice cream balls easier and we had a few left over from house projects. It made for a very nice treat to enjoy during our movie night. Hope you guys are having a great week!

Sweet and delicate

Happy Birthday to my amazing mom! I came up with this sweet and delicate birthday card which is on its way to her now. Since her birthday is in the spring I incorporated a cheery floral background with the butterfly accent on top. Hope she likes it!

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