Happy New Year

Did you have a great holiday and new year?  We certainly have! This is the first time (in we can’t remember how long) that we have not had a schedule or places to go or people to see or anything at all to do. This has been a real staycation for us – thank goodness, ’cause we’ve needed it.

The first of the year marks the end of my December daily…to see all that we have been up to and to see my photos you can check out www.justforme365.wordpress.com that is where I keep my photos. I have been printing out many of the photos throughout the month and have been adding them to my Stampin’ Up pocket pages (so easy!) Just need to print off my last batch and then I’ll share the whole book (watch for that soon).

Our family always does a family photo on the first of the year, so I thought that would be the last page in my book.
For my page I used both the As You See It theme challenge this week and the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.



So, here is all that put together –


What do you think? Do we look rested and ready to take on a new year? I hope so! Have a great 2014 everyone!













Some of you may know that I attempted a photo-a-day project at the beginning of this year, just for fun. It was a great experiment…for about 3 months, then it started to slide…and the more it slid the harder it was going to be to catch up. It is one of my “failures” for the year. I say that tongue in cheek, btw. Kind of feels like a failure ’cause I didn’t’t last all year, but really it was just one of those learning opportunities.

Fast forward from March to this past Friday and I stumble upon what could be my saving grace…the weekend photography project or #twpp!
OK! Now maybe this I can handle (and maybe not too, I’m willing to accept that).

There is one prompt per week and I am supposed to take one photo over the weekend. Sounds easy enough for me. You can look forward to seeing my photos regularly on Sunday night! Of course you can play along too!
I’m thinking that at the end of the month maybe I can MDS a little page for the 4-5 pics…that’d be a good goal.

My first prompt was 9 o’clock

I thought about it several times over the weekend, but kept missing the magical time
….Until tonight 😀


At 9 o’clock at the end of  this particular week, THIS is how I feel. HA! 🙂
I have had the most jam-packed week EVAH! Life speeds up in September when hubby is away, hockey begins, and work events are at a high. Plus some sneaky extra to-dos this week, double-booking and such (of course). Alas, we have survived (fairly) unscathed.
Thanks goes out to my Mom and Grandma…and wine 🙂

Babies are a gift

I have decided that I LOVE designing baby cards…or maybe it’s just such a great reason to send a card that it just makes that much more fun. My cousin, Sara and her husband, who live in Oregon just had her first baby and the family’s first grand-daughter…after three grand-sons.

Isn’t she just a doll?


I’m so happy for their family. A beautiful healthy baby is such a gift.

Here is the card I designed to send to my cousin.


It is made with a Pink Pirouette cardstock base. I ran a strip of Primrose Petals cardstock through the Big Shot with the Finishing Touches edgelits and wrapped it with coordinating Primrose

Stitched Satin Ribbon. The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts set and is heat embossed in white. On top I used the 1 3/8 circle punch for three white circles. Then I used the Hearts a Flutter Framelits to cut out the heart from the centre to create a heart frame. I punched three additional Pink Pirouette 1 1/4 circles and ran them through the Big Shot with the polka dots folder. Then I mounted the frames on top of the pink polka dot circles. Lastly a cut one Pink heart and added a dimensional behind and a Rhinestone for some baby bling.

I think the card could be absolutely made for a boy by swapping the pinks for blues as love and hearts are applicable to babies generally.

Little Kelli is Graduating

My sweet little Cousin, Kelli  and her family have lived in Ohio since she was little. And while the distance has been long, they are always in our hearts.  This year, little Kelli graduates.











And I am so proud of her. She is such a beautiful young woman, smart, and athletic, and a world traveler to boot.  I know that whatever she goes on to tackle, she will be fantastic at it all. And I wish her all the best in her next adventure.

I made her a special card to honour not only her Grad colours, but her spirit…the way she lights up a room. Here is what I came up with:


I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the Oval Framelits for the main pieces of the card. I think the silver glimmer paper really makes this card stand out. Along with the white embossing of the sentiment (from the Pure Gumption set).  I know she will love getting this in the mail.

Family Stamp

I am SO lucky to have my family nearby for all sorts of wonderful reasons. One of those is that we get to gather and do fun crafty stuff all together. Tonight my Mom, her sister and my Grandma all came over to stamp a dozen Birthday cards. My Grandma was a bit nervous about “making a mistake” but we reassured her that they will all be individualized and that you really can’t make a mistake. We played with a lot of stamps and even did tried some watercolouring on one of the cards. Here they are hard at work- IMG_6775

We had fun and lots of laughs and by the end they had a stack of birthday cards to last  for awhile.  The funny thing about stamping with your family is that you may end up giving each other the same birthday card – LOL.