Happy New Year~

Hello 2016!

With the start of the new year have you joined the planner craze?

I tried last year, but quickly fizzled out.

This year I thought I’d try again using it to simply keep track of all my doctor appointments and the rest of the family’s crazy schedules.

Wish me luck!

Of course, I’m going to mix in some craftiness like stamping, pictures and other little sparkly things.

To start the year off right I wanted to dust off my Cricut Explore and make decorative paperclips like the ones  I had been admiring on theplannersociety Instagram feed.

My decorative clips~

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Aren’t they adorable?

I used Cricut’s Seasonal Character to create my Baby New Year and Santa Claus.

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I can’t wait for December to roll back around to use this guy.

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Of course, he’ll probably end up in my December Daily. He he.

Currently I’m using a sparkly heart clip to hold my place.

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And I’m actually using my planner.

Yay!

I used~

Heidi Swapp 2016 Memory Planner, Sweet Stamp Shop Planner Stamps, Cricut Seasonal Character for Baby New Year and Santa Claus, Teresa Collins Gold Paper Clips, American Crafts Red & White Paper Clips, EK Success Layered Heart Punch, DCWV Cardstock, DCWV The Twinkle Glints Stack, Wink Of Stella

You’re A Real Princess~

Have you been coloring during October?

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I’m joining in when I can, but it’s not as much as I would like.

I’ve even spent some evenings coloring, but I haven’t found the time to post my pictures.

There’s just not enough time in the day.

And it’s hard to get a good picture after dark. Sigh.

But, here’s one of my evening’s work~

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Even on a completed card!!

How about that?

A close-up~

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The little princesses from The Greeting Farm Ever After set are so cute and fun to color.

And perfect for a real princess’s birthday.

I used~

The Greeting Farm Ever After Stamps, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies, Studio Calico Sundrifter Paper, DCWV Gems, Copics, Signo White Pen, Brother Scan & Cut

Here Comes The Bride~

And her flower girl~

Hartly Flower Girl

I can not even begin to tell you the excitement and anticipation we all had for Tori and Blake’s big day.

Tori has been with Hartly since she was a newborn.

She has helped shape her into the amazing young lady she is.

So together Hartly and I made Tori a special card to celebrate their wedding.

Our card~

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We even dusted off the old Cricut Explore to make our blushing bride.

A close-up~

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The shimmer from the DCWV Premium 5 Pack Stack made our bride shine, yet she doesn’t even come close to the sparkle from the real bride.

And her flower girl.

Things have been really quiet here on my blog.

Between a wedding, soccer, volleyball and cross country seasons we’ve been extremely busy.

And there’s also a little thing like a baby on the way.

Now that things are slowing down I hope to be creating and blogging a bit more.

I used~

DCWV Premium 5 Pack Stack, DCWV Gems, Nina Brackett Fanciful Tags, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Cricut Tie The Knot Cartridge and Teresa Collins Ebosser

I Like Big Mutts~

And I can not lie.

The family and I saw that phrase on an animal clinic sign the other day and laughed about it for the rest of the day.

Of course, I had to explain it and the song to the kids. Sigh.

It also meant I had to use it.

My card~

Mutt

I used the adorable two sided hanging puppy from the My Favorite Thing’s You Make My Tail Wag stamp and die set.

A close-up~

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Not only is my puppy peeking at us from the front, but when you open the card you see his big…

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He he.

And the sentiment~

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Silly I know, but it makes me laugh.

However, probably not my best idea since my five year old is now singing the song repeatedly. Sigh.

I used~

My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag Stamps and Dies, Simon Says Stitched Dies, Copics, DCWV The Basics Stack

Love, Embrace And Celebrate~

It’s seems like just yesterday I received this~

Design Team Announcement

To say that I was excited is an understatement.

One of my first Stack-a-Holic Challenge layouts as a Design Team Member was this one of the kids celebrating Ashlyn and Holden’s 13th birthday~

Happy Birthday layout

Look at how small they all are.

As this is my last official post as a DCWV Design Team Member I think it’s appropriate to end with this layout of Hartly from last week.

My layout~

Love Embrace Cherish

Can you believe it?

That little girl with the Wubba hanging from her mouth is now a Nursery School graduate and soon to be a Kindergartener.

And those two teens are now driving and looking at colleges.

Time has simply flown by.

A few close-ups~

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I used one of my all time favorite DCWV La Boutique Vintage Stack to create my layout.

I just love the colors, prints and all around feel of this stack.

If you look close enough in the upper left hand corner you will see the name Hartley is even on the patterned paper.

How perfect is that?

Thank you to DCWV for allowing me to create with your fabulous products.

It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with and get to know such talented ladies over the past three years.

This experience is something I will love, embrace and celebrate always.

I used~

DCWV La Boutique Vintage Stack
Kraft Paper, ArtC Book Pages, Ali Edwards Get Real Stamp Set, Kaisercraft Sea Breeze Sparklets , EK Success Layered Heart Punch, Crate Paper Ephemera Pack

Good Things Come In Small Packages~

Like a brand new pack of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. He he.

Oh, and babies.

My card~

Small-Things

I used the new pens to color a Mama Elephant Up & Away bunny to accompany a baby gift we’re giving.

A close-up~

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I love how easy the pens were to blend and how bright and bold the color remains.

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Wanting to keep the focus on my bunny I placed him on a sheet of DCWV White Embossed paper backed with a coordinating polka dot paper from the DIY Project Stack Flowers.

And now I think I have a few more pens to go play with.

I used~

DCWV White Embossed Stack, DCWV DIY Project Stack Flowers
Mama Elephant Up & Away Stamps & Dies, Surprise Sentiments
My Favorite Things Cross Stitched Circle Dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Dies
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Wink Of Stella, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Say Cheese~

Do you know how hard it is to get nine children to pose for one little picture? Sigh.

Unless you tell them they can make a crazy face!!

My layout~

Say Cheese

Then you just need to be ready to snap away.

I used the new layout sketch from DCWV Stack-a-Holic Sketch Challenge for May.

The sketch from Page Maps~

DCWV Stack-a-holic May Sketch

I dug out my DCWV Vintage Collector stash and simply had fun putting this layout together.

A few  close-ups~

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Although I didn’t have quite as much fun as these kids were having. He he.

I hope you’ll find time to join in this month’s challenge.

I used~

DCWV Vintage Collector Collection including Paper Stack, Postcards, Cardstock Stickers, Washi Tape and Acetate Hearts, Thickers and Papertrey Ink Sequins