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I am creating a little valentine for each day until Valentines Day.

This last year was the year that my husband and I were able to mend some of the broken fences in our relationship. Some of these were just the overwhelming reality of being married for 11 years and then BAM! we were the happy parents of new born twins! Don’t mistake me here: I am so incredibly blessed and I can get so emotional when I look at my nearly 5 year old babies and think that I really didn’t think we would ever have children.

But there is a price and as our babies consumed our lives, it became easier and easier to let the distance between us grow. Add in the fact that my husband was in severe pain because of hip, a hip that would give out from time to time which made it hard for him to carry a baby for any length of time. I wasn’t the nicest person about this, and I have felt horrible guilt about this. But I have learned to let go of this and forgive myself. I was trying to take care of everything in the and around the home, care for two babies, and not having a lot of help. After the babies turned two, he had a partial hip replacement and it was hard. It was another baby who needed more help.

Now, two years later we are getting back to really being in love and have talked about our struggles and forgiven each other. This reconciliation is such a blessing. We are different people than we were before we had kids and this is okay, as long as we still come back to center.
And I want to remind him daily how much I love him and what he means to me.

Here’s the first few days of valentines.

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This was my last weekend before my next graduate class starts up: Research Statistics. And yes, it’s probably going to be as bad as it sounds. But I ignored it (helps that I still don’t have my book) and did some last little creating before the pain, I mean class starts.
And I really would like spring to start soon.

I played with two new sets of stamps that I couldn’t resist: nature, birds, and eggs. I had to have these! I was also super smart this time around and made two of each card.

First up a simple card with a raspberry sprig.

Next up a little bird.

A set of eggs.

And finally, a bird cage.

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Quick-Card Making

Lately I’ve needed cards for various reasons and have found myself scrambling to make something. This is a little ridiculous when you look at the amount of card making stuff I have, enough stuff that if I were to never buy anything but adhesive for the next 3 years I would not run out of supplies.
So I went through my paper stash and started with a basic layout, cutting the background paper to 4 x 5 1/4, and a white and coordinated card stock in small rectangles. I cut a bunch of these pieces so I could make a few card as time presented itself.

This is my basic layout, nothing really complex or earth shattering but I figured it was a good foundation that I could add a few bits too to jazz them up.

For me, this simplifies the process and allows me to add more detail as I want. For some cards, I trimmed the focal pieces down. I also tried to create 2 of the same card.
Here’s what I created with this basic layout.

Bright and Fun

Soft, Subtle

Black and White

Guy Cards

Thankful

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Last week I needed to make a birthday card for my aunt’s 60th birthday so I borrowed a brand new stamp set from my stamper friend Lori. It’s called Elements of Style and it’s going to be in Stampin Up! summer mini coming out in May. It is so beautiful! Classic florals, a bird, funky swirl all add up to a beautiful and romantic shabby chic look!

First the birthday card I made 2 because it was so pretty!

supplies:
-pretty in pink, basic black, whisper white cs
-pretty in pink, basic black, certainly celery, bashful blue, barely banana, almost amethyst ink
-blender pens, pretty in pink satin ribbon (love!), half back pearls, and ticket corner punch

The next card was inspired by a left over bit from the first project and was a “just-because-I-wanted-to” card and is soo deliciously shabby and aged, and textured!

supplies:
-kraft, very vanilla, almost amethyst, whisper white cs
-pretty in pink, basic black, certainly celery, bashful blue, barely banana, almost amethyst, soft suede ink
-Vintage vogue wheel–one of my new favorite things!
-scallop trim border and scalloped oval punches
-vintage tulle and crochet trim

And then, because I was on a roll and had a strip left over from making my background with my wheel, I grabbed markers and started to play!

supplies:
-kraft cs
-regal rose, crushed curry, bordering blue markers
-tag corner punch
-shimmer paint and sponge daubers
-vintage tulle and pretty in pink satin ribbon

And now I’m off to do some homework!

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That’s the name of the stamp set for this card.

Supplies
orchid opulence, so saffron, certainly celery,
eyelet border punch, swirly embossing plate
ribbon originals, vintage button

This past month has been a month of waiting and worrying. Went to my general dr. for a check up and asked her to look at my ear as it felt full of fluid. Sure enough it was, but there was
something else, a small bump or growth behind the ear drum. So I went on a horrible antibiotic, Avelox for 3 weeks, then had a ct scan and an appointment with an ENT surgeon.
I had my appointment yesterday with the ENT surgeon. There is no lump, bump or anything else in my right ear. The ct scan was clear too. I had a hearing test
today and my hearing is actually pretty good considering my history. My left ear that I had surgery on in high school, the hearing is down some due to the
prosthetic ear bone has come loose and has wedged itself into a different spot. The dr said I could either get a hearing aide for the left side, have surgery to fix the bone and
probably improve my hearing. Or I could leave it be since I’m hearing okay and it’s not causing any problems.

It’s nothing short of amazing that there is nothing in my ear and how well I’m hearing and that there is nothing in my ear that shouldn’t be!
I’m just full of praise right now, I feel that this was a test of my trust and of my big fear (my ears), that one big thing that I didn’t think I could face and I feel God has seen me through this!

Yet another reminder that God is really great, and will take care of all of our needs!

Have a great day, and keep hoping!

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Finally getting back into making things. I’ve finished my yearly calendar Christmas gifts for my family. I know that January is nearly over but they are done and in the mail. Better late than never or as the postman said yesterday, “at least you’re early for next Christmas”. A nice way to look at things. I’ve been playing with my new goodies from the new Occasions Mini from Stampin Up. The clear mount stamps are wonderful to use and I love the storage!

I love butterflies, so when I saw the new butterfly embossilit, I had to have it!
So far I’ve taken my favorite in colors (bermuda bay, dusty durango, and rich razzelberry) and made several sets of butterflies to use on various projects. These combined with the vintage vogue wheel are becoming my favorites!

A birthday card

And a thank you tag

Next up will be scrap booking with these lovelies!

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trying new ideas out

I signed up to be in a 100 card swap for the new SU! catalog. I really liked the new leaf stamp set and wheel and thought it would be great for this swap. But I’m just not feeling it and it’s not coming to me. Now I wonder what idea I had in mind when I purchased this set??? So here’s my attempts. Nothing I’m really in love with. Even my photos came out dark. Any of these appeal to you?

1st attempt

2nd attempt

3rd attempt

And a totally different card.

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