January 12, 2008

Time Well Spent

(I am going to post "crafty stuff" up top and will be putting personal notes at the end of the posts. So, if you are interested in the "personal stuff" it will be at the bottom!)

At first I wasn't sure if I *loved* the "time well spent" set that I got from Stampin' Up. It is a level 3 hostess set. I liked it but....
Well, I started using it and I do like it very much and I *love* the phrases it uses. I made this first card with my new Christmas present. The Creative Memories circle cutters. I got the circle and oval patterns from my husband. It is a thank you for a friend that had us to dinner. I had to play around a bit to figure out what size circle will fit on the card front. That was the interesting part. This was a 4" circle cut in half. I water colored the big flower with pomegranate ink after stamping it on guava paper. Please do not enlarge this or the other pictures to get a good look at the mess in the background!! :)

I was having a bit of a creative block after we got back from our Christmas trip. That always happens when I haven't stamped in awhile. So, I cased these next two directly from the new catalog on page 24. I did make a few changes. I used my new "Celebrate" set on the one. I really like that set a lot. I need to get the other ones like it. My wish list for the new catalog was long. I was really impressed, especially with the sentiments. On this top card a little water damage has occurred and that is disappointing. My own fault though. This one used the new "Bali breeze" paper on that bottom strip and I put some little rhinestones on the flower.

I really like this last one. It is fun I think and the colors were an unexpected combo for me. I would never pick it on my own. I have been having a lot of fun playing and have some other photos to show you. I didn't want to overwhelm you in one blog post!! :)

On a Personal note: School started for me on the second and has been busy since. This year we have exams AFTER the break and that has been silly I think. Exams for the kids are next week. Usually when they are over this is a winter break or summer break so it is weird to have them and then go right back to school. But, we are going to Colorado to visit my mom and for Brett to spend some time with my grandparents. He is thinking about buying their business, so yes, that means we are considering moving to Colorado this summer! I am really excited but it seems like a lot of things need to fall into place (like selling our house, what a chore!) To sell the house seems like a challenge because everyone is complaining about the housing market. We have only lived in this house for 3 years and so we would need to get out of it more than we bought it for in order to pay the real estate agent his commission! We would need to paint (which I have wanted to do since we moved in) and get rid of some messy areas before we put it on the market. Probably I'll need to pack TONS of stuff before we even put it on the market. Crazy! How in the world do I tidy my stamp area and pack what I don't need? Of course I'll need it as soon as I pack it! I guess we'll see what happens but please pray for us to be able to follow the path God has laid out for us. We have hit a fork in the road!

Talk to you soon and love you lots!

---A.

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