February 21, 2008

I was gonna post these for Valentine's Day - oops! (oh, and BC)

Well, I had uploaded these picutres so I could write a Valentine post to show off these cute cards. Well, I missed the deadline! Hee hee. I know, I know, but please realize I am not a "daily" blogger like so many others out there. I can't even make cards everyday let alone get time to post! Well get ready, most of these cards are not my own ideas but I gave credit where credit was due. I just need to copy sometimes in order to get my juices flowing. I am not ashamed. That is why I look at so many blogs anyway, for the ideas!

This first card was made using baroque motifs. Is there anything this set can't do? It is so elegant and this is kind of my standard design with it. I need to come up with some variety. But, I like the red and black look. I added some bling to spice up 3 of the flowers.

Next is this heart card from the "Always" set. I love this set I must say. I totally cased this card from Mish Mash, Michelle Wooderson's blog. I changed the ribbon but basically it is hers. I just made a couple of these because I loved her design.

Still using "Always" I made this card with blush and white cardstock. I cut the card stock in a way I saw Nicole Heady do on her blog once long ago and inked the edges. I really liked the look and we made this card for our Stamp Club in Februrary. It also looked great with the heart.

This fourth card is another case from Mish Mash and like before I just made a couple for personal use.

Finally I made a long card that fits inside a legal size envelope. I have some clear ones and I need to make more cards this size to use the envelopes up. But, I hate only getting one card from the sheet of cardstock. (I am so cheap!) This card uses the "simply said" set and I know I saw a similar card on someone's blog but I have no idea whose. If it is yours let me know and I'll post your name here (______). :) I really like the tri-color look behind the image panel. I also love the polka dot background. I bought that background a while back but haven't used it much.

On a personal note: Well, where did we leave off? We had been to Colorado in January. Since then time has flown by! School has been good but tiring. I have been working hard to stay caught up with lesson plans and grading so that I don't have much to take home on the weekends and evenings. That is so important so that I can have quality time with Zoe and Brett. Most of my students are great but there are always a few that are so challenging. I know, I know. I am the teacher and I love them all, right? Well, ususally but sometimes there are days that I wouldn't mind a few being absent! I guess I am really ready for a smaller school. I definately don't teach in a "rough" high school but it in a big city school we are always going to have "rough" kids. Ya know?
Well, yesterday I turned 33. My husband has been so sweet and we have gotten a lot of quality time together lately. H had read the 5 Love Languages and decided my love language was quality time. So, we took Valentine Day off went to lunch and saw a movie, Michael Clayton. It was a great day. He had given me 11 roses. They were so beautiful. Why 11 you ask? Well, he had one of the dozen wrapped up on its own so he had a valentine for Zoe. It was the sweetest thing ever and she loved it.
Then we went to a marriage retreat last weekend. The classes were great! We had a wonderful dinner with friends and stayed at the Crown Plaza. It was a great get away. I learned a lot. I have had a lot going on lately personally. I have just felt VERY apathetic about everthing and I know I have a lot to change. The retreat wasn't overwhelming but I know that God really used the speakers to help me see that I have to decide daily to pick up my cross and follow Jesus. I also know I need to go after some health issues I am facing and do what I need to do to get healthy.
Then, on to the birthday. We took off work again so that we could meet with a business broker about the business we want to buy. It was a great meeting. Afterward we went to downtown Houston and ate lunch in the underground tunnel system. We also had a tour of the tunnels and a few of the downtown buildings. It was more interesting and fun than I thought it would be. We finished off the afternoon with a HUGE piece of lemon poppyseed cake. I have to have lemon cake on my birthday.
It really was a great week! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband.

Okay, if you made it this far, wow! Leave a comment and I'll choose a winner Saturday and send out a little blog candy for you!

Talk to you soon -
Lots of Love -- A


  1. I LOVE that bird stamp! Those cards are great, I have been making a lot of cards lately and these are some great ideas!

  2. I love the Cherish card. And it pays to read an entire post - I didn't catch the "BC" at the top for blog candy!


  3. First of all, I love the cards! The bird panel one is my fave though! Secondly, I am so happy for you that your hubby did something that sweet and special for you! I don't think men really know how important that stuff is for us. And lastly, happy late birthday to you and happy birthday to Zoe too! She has a great momma!