Merry Christmas

I pray your holiday has been filled with many blessings. Big hugs to you all.

(Custom card design from Kim Nelson.)

Introducing Lila Grace

Hello. Just wanted to pop in to introduce you to my Mother’s Day gift…

Lila Grace was born on the afternoon of Mother’s Day. Baby is doing great, as is Mommy… despite Lila weighing almost 9 pounds. (Yikes!)

Not the greatest photos, but we are focusing on leaving the camera aside and just enjoying the time with her. And to say that Colin is madly in love is an understatement. I just can’t describe it…

Lila (pronounced Lie-La) is a name Ken has had his heart set on for a long time. And I have always wanted the name Grace for a middle name. I look forward to Kay and Audrey meeting her soon, and then our little family will be complete. God is so very good.

Back to crafting soon. Thanks for the prayers!



Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. Between these last few days of (not-so-comfortable) pregnancy, a remodel (we lose our whole first floor on Monday) and Colin’s activities, I haven’t had much energy to create. But I promise to be back to sharing soon. (Unless, of course, this baby is on time and makes an appearance!)

Thank you for the nice emails. I love this hobby and the amazingly kind people in it.


See you soon. :)

PS: The winner of the Lawn Fawn Paper Pad was Mlightner.

Card share and birthday wishes…


Just have a simple card to share using a Hero Arts stamp and die along with some Hero Arts acetate

This went together so fast. (Gotta love that.) I layered and adhered all the papers that would end up on the front of the card together. I then temporarily stuck them to the front of the card and ran them through my die cut machine with the Edge label die. (Adore this die – I used it HERE, too, without the stamps. So versatile.) Next I stamped the owl label image with White Staz-On Ink on a piece of acetate. Once it dried, I sandwiched the image between the die cut layered piece and the die cut card. The perfect window with a “floating” white image.

I added some paper to the inside to show through, too. Finally, I jazzed up the acetate with a few “floating” pearls.

BTW, this is the label die I used. It matches up with this owl stamp along with several other Hero Arts stamps. But I like to use it alone, too. I like that is has a little more interest on the tips of the label than most label dies do.

All the supplies are listed below in the thumbnails.

I usually don’t share a lot of personal/boring/non-crafting life stuff here. But I just had to say this – Happy 6th birthday, little man. Thanks for making this life of ours so amazing.

Have a great day!


Guess I should mention…

I have some news to share…

Our next little one is expected to arrive this spring and we are all over the moon. Feeling blessed.

Friends and family have know for some time now. But I have been having some struggles for the past few months (with my health – the pregnancy and baby are great), so I just have kept a bit quiet about it. But since the doctor has given me the OK to go to CHA, I thought it would be good to share here to avoid people wondering when they saw my new “enhanced belly size” in the next few days. :)

I am so very happy to welcome a new future stamper to this world very soon.

Hope you have a great day.

(Oh, and note to self: red striped shirts on a big belly = giant candy cane. Ha.)

Advice for mommas of young ones…

If you are the momma of a quiet little guy who you are afraid will be nervous to get on the bus for the first day of Kindergarten, here is a bit of advice.

Print a bunch of your favorite family photos.
Laminate them.
Punch holes in the corner.
Put them on a key ring.
Attach them to the built-in key strap in your son’s backpack.

Then tell him that once he is on the bus, he can look in his backpack for the first time to see what fun pictures were included…

Next, you will watch him get on the bus – all excited. And as you stand there in complete shock, you will see him wave from his seat… and then open his backpack to see the photos inside.

And then, in that moment, you will feel like a really good momma.

Who would have guessed it was that easy?

Answered prayers.

(Oh, and he still LOVES the bus and school. Yay! And the Luigi patch? I have to thank for that one.)

Be sure to check out Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember.

There are great sales going on – something new every day! You can follow along HERE on their blog.

See you soon.